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Liverpool: This season's surprise package?

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In a topsy turvy Premier League campaign, there is a good case to be made for Liverpool being the surprise package of the season.

At the start of the season, Liverpool were without star player Luis Saurez until their sixth Premier League fixture and there were also questions about whether Daniel Sturridge could cut it at the top level.

Steven Gerrard was one year older and the stalwart goalkeeper Pepe Reina had been replaced by Sunderland's Simon Mignolet.

It seemed then that it would be another transitional season for the red half of Merseyside and an opportunity for Brendan Rodgers to build on last season by mounting a serious challenge for the top four.

15 games into the season, however, and things are going quite a bit better than most thought likely for Liverpool.

In the absence of Suarez, at the start of the season, Sturridge blossomed as a top-flight striker of real quality. Mignolet has settled comfortably into life at Anfield, Gerrard is once again delivering the goods and - perhaps most importantly - Suarez seems to have taken his return from suspension as an opportunity to make up for lost time.

The result of this is that Liverpool are second in the league, five points behind Arsenal and on the cusp of a real title challenge.

This point, however, is where you get into glass half full/glass half empty territory.

In glass half full territory, Liverpool have players of real quality. Suarez in particular would start for any team in world football.

In glass half empty territory, though, Liverpool's squad lacks strength in depth. Sturridge and Gerrard have both picked up injuries and their replacements aren't at the same level. This places more pressure on Suarez and co.

When the Uruguayan plays like he did against Norwich and West Ham, this is no problem. When he has an off day like he did against Hull, though, then the problems begin.

Over the next month, Liverpool have four games to play. Included in this are three away trips to Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea.

If Liverpool can come out of this run of games with two wins and the opportunity to add depth in the transfer window, you've got to think that the odds on a first Premier League title at Anfield will shorten.

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