Brendan Rodgers keeps saying his side can improve, so when will we see the best of them?
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said at nearly every pre-match press conference this season that he thinks there is a lot more improvement left in his side this season.
The Reds have picked up 13 points out of a possible 18 and trail league leaders Arsenal by only two points.
But how good can Liverpool be this season?
Luis Suarez has only just returned to the Liverpool line-up and was the man that broke their early season hoodoo of being unable to score in the second half.
There are areas for concern for Rodgers – Liverpool switch off shortly after the half-time break, a flaw that has occurred in the last four matches and on three occasions that has proved costly.
What must not be forgotten is the major new additions to the Liverpool side that have come at time when one or two notable absentees would almost certainly be in the first team instead, such as Glen Johnson and Philippe Coutinho.
Mamadou Sakho is still adapting to his new side, as is Victor Moses. They may have put in one or two decent performances but there is still work to be done before they reach their best at Liverpool – such as positioning, communication and movement when certain players are on the ball.
There is the prospect of Liverpool playing with more pace out wide when Johnson and Aly Cissokho reach full fitness in Rodgers’ 3-4-1-2 formation, which should make Liverpool even more dangerous on the counter-attack than they are already.
Luis Suarez will no doubt have more to offer the side with the more games he plays, and if Liverpool don’t suffer any more injury woes the starting eleven will look quite strong.
In that sense, the fixture list has probably been kind to Liverpool with injuries flaring up against sides who, on paper, they ought to beat anyway, whereas the big hitters could be starting to gain some momentum and full fitness for their more tricky months of November and December – where Liverpool face a gauntlet run of trips to Arsenal, Everton, Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea.
It wouldn’t be surprising if there was the odd ‘shock’ result in there as well in a developing side, akin to that one incurred against Southampton.
Only after that period I feel is when we find out just how good this Liverpool side can be.
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