Olly Dawes presents everything you need to know about Liverpool's season to date:
The flourishing strike partnership between Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge has propelled Liverpool into second place, with both players hitting eight goals each this season – the best in the league, along with Manchester City' Sergio Aguero. It also can't be underestimated just how important Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho is to the Reds, with their 4-0 thrashing of Fulham a marked improvement upon his return from injury. They secured a fantastic 1-0 over fierce rivals Manchester United, which gave Liverpool fans renewed hope for the season.
Summer signing Iago Aspas has been a huge disappointment since his £7.7m switch from Celta Vigo, with the Spaniard striker still yet to find the back of the net for Liverpool. It makes Suarez and Sturridge's health even more important, with the drop off in quality obvious should they be missing. There is also still a role to be filled on the wing with Victor Moses failing to nail down a place in the team, and manager Brendan Rodgers may look to sign a winger in the January transfer window, but generally, this Liverpool team have impressed this season.
Their patchy form without Coutinho was very concerning, whilst the 1-0 home loss to Southampton was incredibly disappointing. They failed to break down 10 man Newcastle, and were poor in the big game against Arsenal. The tactical switch the 3-5-2 didn't really work, but with Coutinho now fully fit, expect a return to a four man backline with new signing Mamadou Sakho becoming a key part of the defence.
B+ – The Reds have exceeded expectations so far this season, but the depth of the squad will be tested in the coming months. They will continue to rely heavily on Suarez and Sturridge, but the return of Coutinho is vital, with Rodgers now less likely to experiment with his formations.
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