The secrets to Liverpool's attack

Liverpool are the joint second highest scorers in the Premier League this season on 56 goals. How have they turned things around after a rocky start?

Liverpool are arguably the most in form attacking unit of the Premier League at the moment, which is remarkable because they looked as though they would struggle to make it into the top ten at one point.

Brendan Rodgers bemoaned the fact he had a very small squad before Christmas but he has been able to add to that which gives him plenty of options in nearly every position.

What that guarantees is players in the team competing for places; a bad run of form and you will quickly be replaced by someone else. Other than Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard, no one seems fully sure of their place in the front six.

Rodgers deserves a lot of credit on a personal level because he stuck by his methods and tactics when everyone who had an opinion, told him he was doing everything the wrong way round.

He’s defended his attacking tactics throughout the season and has resisted the urge to turn Liverpool into an Andy Carroll based long ball team, which doesn’t play pretty football.

The consistency with which Rodgers’ team has controlled games, moving the ball into the final third quickly and then building pressure, has allowed Liverpool to create masses of chances for his best attacking players to score goals.

Possibly the best example of this was the home match against Manchester United earlier in the season. Despite the fact Liverpool lost that game, it was nearly the perfect example of how to keep pressure on a side and ensure they stay within their own defensive third.

A large part of the attacking part of the side is down to the resurgence of key midfield players who may have doubted they have a future at the club.

Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson in particular, have responded very well to being left out of the team at the start of the season, as they are now certain to be in any group of players Rodgers considers for selection.

Finally, we come to Suarez who has bagged 22 goals for the club in the league this season. That precision and consistency in terms of his finishing has rewarded a lot of the hard work done by the midfield to create chances.

There is no one better at the moment in the division, when it comes to putting away half chances, which are ultimately what decide close games.

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