What qualities do Liverpool have, and still need to address to win the title?
When you think of a title winning side, you think of sides that can win when they have played well or played poorly, can come from behind to win games and win without their best players in the side.
Other traits that have been part of the fabric of title winning sides include good home records, consistency, someone who can provide the goals but also solid defences managed by a top class individual in the dugout.
So how many qualities do Liverpool have?
The big stand out one is of course the goalscorers. Luis Suarez has already surpassed the 20 goal mark this season having missed the start of the season whilst Daniel Sturridge seems to be doing his best to try and make it a Liverpool one/two at the top of the Premier League goalscoring charts this season.
This has been the signature trait of Liverpool this season as they seem to have outscored the opposition rather than been solid at the back, the lack of defensive solidity has admittedly been a worry, especially away from home.
They have kept just the seven clean sheets, only two of them have come on the road, and only four sides in the league have kept less.
The ability to win when playing poorly or ‘winning ugly.’ There have been a couple of examples this season – Hull City at home wasn’t the best of performances but the result mattered more after two gruelling away games, both of which were lost to Manchester City and Chelsea.
Then there was the win over Fulham on Wednesday night, an example that Liverpool show they can turn games around from losing positions. Even if it was against a side that is bottom of the table, it’s a start because Liverpool need to do it a lot more, even if they have clawed games back to draw on occasions.
Anfield has started to become a fortress again. Only five points dropped – as long as it remains in single figures it is title winning home form, but their away form might need to pick up between now and the end of the season if they are to lift their first top flight crown in 24 years.
There is an element of consistency about Liverpool this season. Ever since the turn of the year they have yet to lose a game, and have won nine of their last 13 league games.
The other big aspect is strength in depth. People have highlighted this as the biggest weakness for Liverpool, but this is where the manager can use his knowledge.
He knows he can get the best out of players by playing different systems and the versatility of some of his players provide different options depending on how he wants the team to set up.
There is also an element of the unknown when it comes to the younger players as well. Though admittedly it is a gamble to put them in the side at this stage of the season with the position they’re in, we just don’t know if they are good enough.
If any of the youngsters that Rodgers has handed first team chances to so far at the club are anything to go by, there could be more strength to this Liverpool side than we think.
There are glaring issues for Liverpool to sort out, but as they have shown so far this season, it’s not too late to put them right.
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