PICTURE: Is this the secret behind Liverpool's outstanding season?

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Liverpool are enjoying a fantastic season, but just how much is down to the camaraderie between Brendan Rodgers and his players?

Liverpool are enjoying a campaign few would have expected back in August.  

With Luis Suarez suspended, the saga surrounding his possible move to Arsenal fresh in the mind and the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City spending big, the prospect of the Reds making a run for the title just seemed a little too fanciful.

But not anymore, with Liverpool enjoying an amazing campaign that sees them matching Chelsea almost stride-for-stride as the season reaches its business-end.

So what is the secret?  The form of Suarez and Daniel Sturridge has certainly played a huge part, as has the emergence of Jon Flanagan and re-emergence of Raheem Sterling.

In fact a whole host of players can stand with their heads held high regardless of what the rest of the season brings.

But I saw a picture a few days ago that gave a glimpse into an unheralded but vital reason for the Reds' resurgence.  It was a shot of Sterling and Rodgers that showed just how much the manager cares about his players and just what they think of him.

That cannot be said of all bosses and the men under their control.

I have been hugely impressed with Rodgers this season - from the way he dealt with the Suarez affair to the way he talks at his press conferences and the way he has his team fighting both for him and for each other.

The picture of him and Sterling staring intently at each other is just one such example, but perhaps the best I could find, of a man - and a team - doing things the right way as they strive to return to the pinnacle of the English game.

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