Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool: Legitimate Title Contenders
With the consistency that the English Premier League’s top four clubs have played with over the past few seasons, many looked at it as a formality of sorts as to which clubs would contend for the Premiership title as well as which clubs will represent England’s top flight in the lucrative Champions League next season.
Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool squad looks to have dispelled such assumptions early in the season. Along with Andres Villas-Boas’ Tottenham Hotspurs squad, Liverpool seems ready to contest the usual suspects for trophies and European recognition. Between Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal, someone should be looking over their proverbial shoulder, if the current form of these teams stays true. The top of the table will look very different than many expected before this English Premier League campaign kicked off.
Rodgers, Liverpool manager, has made some masterful moves in the summer transfer window and they seem to be paying major dividends. With star player Luis Suarez being suspended for much of the season so far, no one could have predicted that Liverpool would sit atop of the table without their best player. It doesn’t hurt that Daniel Sturridge has been in rare form, scoring 14 times in his last 14 English Premier League appearances. Steven Gerrard, Lucas Leiva and Jordan Henderson have all been solid in midfield. The acquisition of Victor Moses on loan from Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea squad has made the injury to Brazilian starlet Philippe Coutinho less of a blow as the Nigerian International has tormented defenders on the left side of the pitch in an attacking role.
Maybe the signing of the summer for Liverpool has been French International Momadou Sahko. The no-nonsense defender has been excellent in the Premier League so far, solidifying a centerback position that already boast the talents of Kolo Toure, Daniel Agger and Martin Skyrtel. Sahko may be the best of the four, showing superior athleticism and strength in the center of defense, bringing physicality to the Mersyside club that they have lacked in the past few years.
Everyone wondered what they would do when Suarez returned to the lineup. There’s no need to wonder now, as the Uruguayan has been brilliant in his return. Rodgers has shown that he will adjust his formation to make sure Suarez and Sturridge are on the pitch together, whether he has to go to three defenders at the back or something else creative. Rodgers seems to be the manager who can get Liverpool back to the forefront of English football and it looks like he finally has the players to do it.