Over 2013, we have seen Liverpool in scintillating form with Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez helping to lead the Reds to accumulate a massive total of 84 goals and 69 points.
All this was accomplished in just 37 games, one less than the amount they will be playing in the league. Continuing that form into 2014, the fans can expect to see another good year which will hopefully lead them into games amongst Europe's elite in the Champions League.
Reds fans haven’t seen their team top of the league at Christmas or even so close to the top of the table going into the New Year since the 2008-09 season where they finished just two points behind winners and north-west rivals Manchester United.
This is another stat that gives fans more hope for the rest of the season and just reinforces the fact that Liverpool have built the platform to springboard themselves into 2014. But what have they done over the year to help build it?
Let's start with the signings made in both the January and summer windows that have improved Liverpool massively. In January, Brendan Rodgers stated that he wanted to buy quality. In bringing Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho to the club, the boss certainly brought the quality he wanted and the two have repaid the gaffer by proving they were value for money, maybe even bargains.
The quality signings completed during the summer were for Simon Mignolet and Mamadou Sakho. Those two came in and became instant fan favourites by contributing impressive performances to the start of a very good season. Kolo Toure added depth and experience in defence in addition to Tiago Ilori and Luis Alberto who were brought in with the future in mind.
John W Henry and Tom Werner haven’t really been seen or mentioned much this year in terms of the club, but when they have its been nothing but compliments. Behind the scenes, the American duo have done many things that modern owners don’t do, sit back and let the manager take control.
You could say that, in a way, they are the masterminds behind the whole project by helping to aid the plan in action. The stance they took over the Luis Suarez deal and the way they backed Rodgers over it was also an important moment for the club, a moment that proved they meant business.
They made their feelings known through the press and assured fans that their man wasn’t going anywhere. To the delight of Liverpool fans, Henry even took to Twitter to let everyone know his feelings about the way Arsenal went about the bid.
The final aspect in footballing terms is a no brainer. For the Reds, keeping Suarez was key. The Uruguayan has been in magnificent form this season and despite being banned for the first part of the season, he has still managed to score 19 goals in 14 games.
Over the transfer window, there were two bids placed by Arsenal, both of which were rejected and there was a fear that if Real Madrid came in for him they would lose him. But, as already stated, Rodgers and FSG stood firm and kept Suarez much to the delight of the fans.
Despite everything that was said, they welcomed him back into the team with open arms and have seemingly forgiven him. The icing on the cake for the Kopites was when he then went on to pledge his future for the long term by signing a new contract just before Christmas.
But it isn't just footballing terms that have helped Liverpool this year. For 24 years, Liverpool fans across the world have joined together in a massive battle. This battle is to get justice for the 96 lives that were cruelly taken on that fateful day at Hillsborough in 1989.
2013 was full of progress in that fight. This is something that has brought not only the fans together but the city as well.
The fans have been brought closer together in battle, Rodgers' philosophy is coming together nicely, the owners aren't getting to heavily involved and the January transfer window is already full of encouraging rumours.
The fans can also look forward to five home fixtures against their top four rivals and one away trip to Old Trafford. All these things just add to what could turn out to be not only promising year but also a year to remember at Liverpool.
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