Most people had written of Liverpool before the season had even begun, with a top four finish seeming unlikely, and an English Premier League title seeming as likely as the Reds being involved in the relegation battle.

However, as the season has embraced its first seven matches Liverpool find themselves tied at the top of the table at 16 points. Ahead of rivals Manchester United, Chelsea, and Manchester City.

So, what have been the keys to success for Brendan Rodgers side? And why will that success be continued as the season wears on?

1. Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez

A big problem for Chelsea has been the lack of goals coming from their strikers. A problem for Arsenal is that Olivier Giroud is the only forward who can put the ball into the back of the net.

But those problems are not present at Liverpool.

Daniel Sturridge has been a revelation for the club this season, bagging six goals and becoming the Premier League's current leading goalscorer. The Englishman has certainly been on fine form and has accounted for many game winning goals at the start of the campaign.

He has now been joined by Luis Suarez, who was out for most of the first seven matches serving suspension.

Last season the Uruguayan international finished second in the Premier League top scorer charts, and had it not been for his suspension he might have beaten Robin van Persie to the Golden Boot award.

With these two players leading the line for the club goals are surely going to come. These are two players who can make magic in a game where Liverpool lacks creativity. Similar to how Van Persie dug Manchester United out of holes to win the Premier League title, these two players can dig Liverpool out of holes and lead them to a title winning season.

2. Experience

It may not have been the case last season, but certainly this season Liverpool can boast that they have a squad filled with experience.

Steven Gerrard continues to lead the squad and wear the captain's armband as he has become the epitome of what Liverpool stands for.

The return of Lucas Leiva has brought back much needed stability in the center of the park, and the additional signings of Kolo Toure and Mamadou Sakho have brought valuable experience to the defense.

This kind of experience will prove essential to the team as the season wears on, and they will be the ones to lead the team towards a title winning run.

3. Simon Mignolet

Every title winning team needs a quality goalkeeper between the sticks.

For Liverpool that man is Simon Mignolet.

Although he is not as good with his feet as his manager would like him to be, Mignolet has been the shot stopping phenomenon that Liverpool has needed.

After the departure of an inconsistent Pepe Reina Liverpool needed someone to provide stability in the back four. They chose Mignolet, and he has proven that decision wise.

He immediately made his mark with a stunning penalty kick save on opening day as Liverpool won that match 1-0.

Since then he has produced a series of fantastic stops that has led to Liverpool's current position of second place.

And as the season wears on Mignolet's fine form will be the saviour in many of Liverpool's matches.

4. Brendan Rodgers

After having an encouraging debut campaign at Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers has begun to shape the Reds into the club that he is envisioning it to be.

With a fluid passing style, solid defense, and creative attack he has implemented his ideals into the Liverpool squad.

And with a season of learning about his team and learning about what it's like to manage one of the most reputable clubs on earth under his belt he has begun to found the success that he has merited.

He will ensure that his club is ready to win the English Premier League title.

5. No Pressure

The pressure at Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, and Arsenal is immense. Manchester United and David Moyes have to live up the expectations left behind by their predecessor, and fans have already turned away from the club.

Manchester City have been left disappointed by their start, especially after the millions of pounds splashed out by the club over the summer.

Chelsea are expected to do what they did when Jose Mourinho came to the club for the first time.

And Arsenal will be expected to win after their extended trophy drought.

However, those expectations are lessened at Liverpool. No one expects them to win the title, nevertheless challenge for it.

And this non-pressurised situation will allow the team to thrive. The players can play with all the freedom in the world, the manager will be allowed to experiment with what works, and the fans will not turn against the team in the rougher patches of the season.

And all this is key for Liverpool as they work to regain the title as the most successful club in English football history.

Expect to see them at the top of the table come the end of the season.

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