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Liverpool are improving but must stay patient

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The next four games in the Premier League are massive for Liverpool. They start by hosting West Ham, before travelling across Stanley Park for the Merseyside Derby.

After that they host Spurs and Manchester City, with a trip south to Southampton in between.

It is a crucial period that could be the difference between consecutive years in the Champions League or a return to the mediocrity of a place outside the top four.

Rodgers can look to the positives

However, it is not all doom and gloom for the team from Merseyside. Away wins at Sunderland and Aston Villa have shown a resilience that has been lacking from the side throughout the early part of the season, and have been coupled by exciting performances home and away to Chelsea in the League Cup.

Whilst these performances have provided hope, especially through the performances of the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Leiva who have both excelled recently, there is still significant room for improvement. Results such as the 2-2 draw at home to Leicester and the 0-0 at home to Bolton in the FA Cup cannot be forgotten too quickly.

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Can Sturridge's return help revive Balotelli?

The return of Daniel Sturridge could potentially be enormous for Liverpool (providing he doesn't pick up another injury). His pace, movement and awareness has been everything that Liverpool have been lacking whilst he has been on the sidelines.

Furthermore, if his partnership with Mario Balotelli in the 3-0 win at Spurs earlier in the season is anything to go by, Sturridge's return could kick start the Italian's Anfield career. 

Whilst the second half of the season is a bright prospect for Liverpool, they must remain calm and patient in order to secure the much sought-after Champions League spot.

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