Liverpool haven't got off to the greatest start this season considering their campaign last time around. But Brendan Rodgers is still confident that his side can get their season back on track.
The Reds suffered another defeat on Tuesday night against Real Madrid in the Champions League and this result just piles on the concern for the Liverpool fans. Even though they lost, the performance they put on actually wasn't too bad.
Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling were left out of the starting line-up and maybe this gave Liverpool more of a chance in a weird way. They gave one of their best displays so far this season as they started off similar to the way they did so often last year, hunting the Madrid players down quickly and chasing everything while they weren't on the ball.
That is something we haven't seen too often this term from the Reds and it could be the cause of their problems; their opponents last season just couldn't handle the intensity Liverpool came out of the blocks with, but this season they are quite predictable.
Reasons for decline
But you'd have to think the departure of Luis Suarez plays a major part in Liverpool's problems. He was their talisman last season scoring an extremely impressive 31 goals in the Premier League, winning the golden boot and firing his side to second place and within an inch of winning the title.
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The recruitments Rodgers brought in over the summer are struggling to fill his boots, which comes as no surprise. As such it can be argued that the Northern Irishman had to do better in the transfer window; the giant sum of money the club received from Barcelona for Suarez wasn't spent too wisely.
Mario Balotelli was signed for £16 million from AC Milan and was expected to live up to the performances of the Uruguayan striker. That in itself was a huge ask for Balotelli and rather predictably, it's something he hasn't achieved.
Other signings Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic haven't performed to their full potential as of yet either and are even finding it difficult to get into the starting eleven.
The main issue for Liverpool, however, is their defence. Dejan Lovren was brought in from Southampton for a price-tag of £20 million and like the rest of the signings, he has failed to impress the Kop faithful.
They are very shaky at the back and a change desperately needs to take place; Kolo Toure's performance against Real Madrid on Tuesday night has given Rodgers a decision to make and the Ivorian has certainly made a case for himself. But even so, something definitely needs working on in regards of that back four.
So, can Liverpool turn their season around and achieve a top four finish? At the moment, it looks unlikely, but you'd think they would get stronger as the season progresses and the squad depth the Reds have comes into play.
However, if something doesn't change soon, Liverpool may find themselves in a bit of trouble.
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