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Liverpool look set for Champions League finish

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When Brendan Rodgers took over in the summer of 2012, many people were skeptical at the Northern Irishman's appointment.

After a mediocre first season, things are starting to look up for Rodgers and his team.

Finishing seventh in the 2012/13 season wasn't exactly an amazing showing from the Liverpool team, but throughout the season, they showed us signs that they were a team capable of a top four finish.

Eight games into the current season, it's clear that the players have mastered his playing style, with the team playing some fantastic football and winning games with relative ease. 

This style of play, similar to Barcelona's style of tiki-taka football, is a key component in Liverpool's top four challenge.

It wears down opponents by getting them to chase the ball, which leads to more space on the pitch that players such as Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge can exploit.

When players with the quality Suarez and Sturridge possess get space, there is every chance they can get you a goal.

Suarez and Sturridge have formed a fantastic partnership since Suarez's return from his ban and both are in red hot form.

Even before Suarez returned Sturridge was scoring for fun. If the pair can keep up their current performance level Liverpool will have every chance of getting a top four finish.

It's all well and good having quality strikers, but if they don't get the service then they simply won't score goals. Luckily for Liverpool, they have players who can provide chances for the strikers in abundance.

Steven Gerrard, Phillipe Coutinho, Jordan Henderson and Lucas Leiva have created many chances for Sturridge and Suarez this season, and if they keep doing what they're doing, Liverpool will be in the top four come the end of the season.

Liverpool under Rodgers also have a great policy of getting younger players lots of game time.

Players such as Raheem Sterling, Luis Alberto, Andre Wisdom and Jordan Ibe have all come in to the team and shown they are worthy of a first team place.

This kind of competitiveness within the squad can only be beneficial for the team, as week in week out players will have to perform to guarantee a first team spot, and good performances will eventually lead to a top four spot.

So with a long way to go before the end of the season, Liverpool fans can watch on with excitement, knowing that their team has a massive chance of finishing in the Champions League spots come the end of the season.

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