A huge sense of relief must have overcome Brendan Rodgers as the final whistle blew at Anfield on Wednesday. He had found a winning combination of players and he and his team had immediately bounced back from the shocking and unacceptable defeat at Hull City.
Rodgers appeased the voracious Liverpool faithful not only by leading the team to victory, but also by starting Daniel Agger in the centre of defence, a move that so many have been clamouring for since Liverpool's form began to decline.
In a week of discussion governed by the topic of his transfer policy, Rodgers can additionally be pleased with the play of his early favourite signing, Joe Allen.
Allen's passing was much more incisive and forward than it was earlier in his Liverpool career, illustrating his development into a more threatening midfield presence. This will be key in the upcoming series of difficult fixtures the Reds will encounter over the next few weeks as it allows for rotation in the midfield without a drop in quality. Or so it would seem.
The commanding win over Norwich is somewhat of a false positive. Yes, Liverpool scored five goals, but four of those were completely due to the sheer brilliance of Luis Suarez. For a team so criticised for relying too heavily on one player, this is not the type of victory they needed in order to debunk that argument.
It is so nice to have a player of such skill, but Liverpool still need to have a Plan B for the games in which Suarez is closely marked by better defenders. Norwich are a shadow of the team that surprised so many last season, and while it is great to beat them so handily, you cannot read to much into this game.
One thing that can be taken away from this match is that Liverpool do have a great deal of quality. The ball movement was nice, and there was an aggression that was fantastic really visible; it was the sign of a team that was hurt and was out to make up for such a poor performance at Hull, which for the most part they did.
However, the 5-1 result is as frustrating for Liverpool fans as it is enjoyable. Most fans (including myself) must be asking themselves, 'If they can beat Norwich this badly, why can't they beat Hull?'
Inconsistency has been one of the team's main problems over the past few years, and despite early season optimism, the same problem seems to be occurring again. The lack of an alternative method of attack than the pass-the-ball-to-Suarez method plays a major part in this enigma.
When Suarez does not score, it leads to a sense of despair in the side that is evident in the play; when Suarez does score, the team oozes confidence and plays with an air of confidence and style.
Liverpool now sit seven points behind Arsenal, and in order to bridge that gap they need to find a way to turn in performances as good as, or better than the Norwich match in order to bridge the gap.
The hardest part for fans is knowing that they can most definitely do just that, and also knowing that their recent performances indicate that they won't.
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