Five things we learned from Liverpool's destruction of Arsenal

A breathtaking attacking show saw Liverpool batter league leaders Arsenal 5-1.

We look at five lessons from the match:

This is the match that proved Liverpool ARE title challengers

Though many managers in recent weeks have been cagey about their opinions on their own side's title chances, it's once again impossible to ignore Liverpool in the hunt for the Premier League title. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had been one of those who played down his team's potential, but with the Reds just six points behind leaders Chelsea, and with Manchester City and Mourinho's men still to come to Anfield, they are right back in it - especially if they play like they did against Arsenal.

Sterling has to head to Brazil and the World Cup

Raheem Sterling had an absolutely outstanding game Saturday against one of the top teams in the country. He tortured two French international defenders and a German international, and proved he is perhaps the most deserving out of the many young English wingers of a place on the place to Brazil. He must be given the chance to link up with Daniel Sturridge on the international. Sterling's pace will cause ANY team problems. 

Liverpool have the perfect combination of pressing, drive and pace

Like they proved against Tottenham last month, Liverpool have the perfect team to chase down sides that like to hold onto possession. Jordan Henderson, Suarez and Gerrard are all comfortable harrying such opponents, and all these players can then advance themselves or hand the ball off to Coutinho, Sterling or Sturridge who are direct, quick and capable goalscorers. Against Arsenal this came off expertly, and the reality was that the Reds could have had 7 or 8.

Luis Suarez is irreplaceable

Suarez is tenacious, persistent, direct and of course top top quality. It's hard to imagine where Liverpool would be without him. He led his fellow attacking players in both attitude and ability, showing that there isn't a player in the world that could replace him.

It's hard now to question any of Rodgers decisions

Though he has, of course, yet to win anything as Liverpool boss, Rodgers looks like got his 'project' most certainly on track. He has revitalised the team and introduced a style of play that's easy on the eye and effective against rivals.

Rodgers is exactly the kind of manager Manchester United fans would wish for their club. His application of Gerrard in a deeper role is working, his introduction of Sterling and Jon Flanagan looks ideal, and his management of both Suarez and Sturridge has helped bring the best out of both. The majority of his transfers have also come off, and it's hard to put anything but complete confidence in the former Swansea City man.

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