With the return of champions league football and being considered has genuine title contenders after last season 2nd place finish, this season promised a lot to Liverpool fans. However after only five games in the league, with 3 losses and an unconvincing victory in the champions league over Bulgarian champions Ludogorets; The Merseyside team have failed to reproduce the form which saw them take apart Tottenham at the beginning of the month. after being beat by Manchester City, they failed to break down Aston Villa after they scored early on and needed a 93rd minute penalty to beat Ludogorets.
Liverpool’s task was always going to be difficult, like any team that had sold their best player in Luis Suarez would. However the club was second in the spending table for the last transfer window, only outspent by Manchester United. Most signing were very youthful, with the exception of surprise signing Ricky Lambert, one of many that made up the mass exodus from Southampton. Aswell as Lambert, the striker force is increased with former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli. Balotelli was signed after Rodgers seemingly missed out of other targets such as Real Madrid Karim Benzema and Manchester United newly loanee Radamel Falcao. To the outside world it seems like Liverpool may have replace one troublesome player with another, Suarez world class talent made his antics tolerable. So far for better or worse Balotelli has not lived up to Suarez or his reputation for causing trouble or reproduced his match winning displays.
With Suarez’s departure to Barcelona, Liverpool need a new form of creativity. And so far the signs show that they will mostly likely come from 19 year old Raheem Sterling, the England international immense speed and dribbling skill is a nightmare for any defence. Imagine the Aston Villa’s starting back 4’s relief after a week of Brendan Rodgers making noises to the press that he was going use Sterling sparingly has not to burn the winger out; They see on the team sheet that he starts from the bench. Rodger was forced to bring on Sterling after 60 minutes after his team struggled to break down a Villa team defending an early goal. The reasoning behind Rodgers logic wouldn’t seem so flawed if Steven Gerrard 35, hadn’t played in every minute of every game the team had played this season.
The season is still in its infancy, there is plenty of time to turn things round. But this is a massive season for not only Liverpool but Rodgers to prove that they belong at the top with the big boys. This team is a Brendan Rodgers team, he has been backed in the transfer market heavily. Yes most of the signing are ones for the future, but the question of is it what they needed right now needs to be asked. Last season Liverpool has plenty of time between game to recuperate, train and plan for the next game. This season they won’t have the luxury of time, playing every 3 day may take it toll on their title chances this season.