Rodgers exposing just how bad Liverpool were under Dalglish in 2011/12

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Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool side deserve immense credit for their rapid transformation.

Under Kenny Dalglish in 2011/12, Liverpool scored just 47 goals in 38 games.

Here are several staggering stats from this season to underline just how bad the Reds were that season, or alternately - just how good Brendan Rodgers' current side is.

- After 27 games Liverpool have scored 70 Premier League goals this season.

- Liverpool have scored 46 goals this season simply in the first half of Premier League matches.

- Daniel Sturridge (18) and Luis Suarez (23) have scored 41 goals between them and are on pace to beat the Reds season total of two years ago all by themselves.

The turnaround is all the more remarkable considering the scale of the changes at the club in terms of personnel over the past two seasons.

Rodgers has taken a side who finished eighth in the league two years ago, to have them on the brink of a genuine title challenge heading into the final few months of his second season.

When Kenny Dalglish was fired by Liverpool owners FSG there were a number of fans who were disappointed the legend had not been given more time, but it's surely hard to argue the Reds would be better placed sticking with him.

Just how average the side was two seasons ago is being exposed by the high standards being set by the club's attack. A common complaint of that Liverpool side was that they were unlucky, but this season too, the Reds have hit the woodwork more than any other team.

Their attack however brings us to the other side of the coin. Dalglish's side conceded just 40 goals all season - Brendan Rodgers' team have conceded 35 with 11 games to go.

It's a problem which they need to fix, almost costing them in the 4-3 home win over Swansea. Yet their goal difference of +35 is five times better than the +7 landed by Liverpool two seasons ago.

Liverpool in 2011/12 registered a tally of 52 points. Presently they sit on 56 points, already surpassing the total f two years ago.

The progress Rodgers has made, while not having the funds to spend as freely as Dalglish did is all to his credit, achieved while mopping up much of the mess left before him, namely Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam et al.

It all makes you wonder just what Liverpool can go onto achieve over five, even 10 years. Axing Dalglish was a risk in terms of popularity for the owners, but in terms of his replacement, they have proved it the best decision by picking the right man for the job.

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