Five things learned from Liverpool's season so far: Sturridge, Henderson & Moreno feature

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A mixed start to the Reds' season has left more questions than answers - but here are five conclusions from the first part of the new campaign.

Daniel Sturridge's importance can't be denied

Luis Suarez's impact last season took Liverpool to new heights. With a genuinely world-class Uruguayan within their ranks, Brendan Rodgers' side looked a totally different team. And not just with him on the pitch - but the squad as a whole simply due to his presence at the club.

So far this term, it seems Suarez's departure hasn't shifted the responsibility onto any of Liverpool's new signings. Insteadm it simply placed it all on Daniel Sturridge's shoulders.

Indeed, with the 25-year-old England striker in the side, the Reds looked far from at their best - but still good enough to score goals, especially if Sturridge was played as part of a front two. Without him, until Saturday's win against West Brom, Liverpool simply looked lost.

Alberto Moreno represents the future

The Reds have demonstrated some consistency, however, in the fact that their biggest weakness last season is still their Achilles heel this time around: their defence.

One summer signing has broken the trend, though, in Alberto Moreno. The £12 million left-back has been Liverpool's best new recruit so far by some distance. Adam Lallana is starting to impress now but, overall, Moreno is still the top dog.

The likes of Dejan Lovren, Mamadou Sakho and Martin Skrtel need to seriously take a leaf out of Moreno's book. Bar a couple of poor recent performances, though, Javier Manquillo has impressed.

So does Jordan Henderson

Another positive to come out of an extremely difficult start to the new campaign at Anfield is Jordan Henderson. The 24-year-old midfielder is not exactly a fresh phenomenon, with his form being superb for Liverpool last season.

His ability to restart as though last term's Premier League didn't even end, however, has been just as impressive. Henderson is now the Reds' vice-captain and looks a sure bet to take over the captaincy from Steven Gerrard when the Liverpool legend hangs up his boots.

New signings are yet to prove themselves... But it's not been a Spurs

Barring Moreno, Lallana and Manquillo, the rest of Liverpool's summer signings are yet to prove themselves on Merseyside. Mario Balotelli looks hopeless without a strike partner and, even then, he is yet to find his shooting boots when he is alongside someone.

Lazar Markovic, meanwhile, has so far looked like the most expensive flop of the transfer window - and that's saying something with some of the fees that were paid for relatively unknown players.

That said, Liverpool cannot yet be said to have 'done a Spurs.' In spending over £100 million this summer, the majority of the Reds' new recruits can still star for the club. It is in their hands.

Everything is left to see

As such, Liverpool's far from brilliant start has hardly been a disaster. The 2-1 win against West Brom this weekend gone was vital to get Rodgers' side back on track and they can still qualify from their Champions League group, as well as finish in the top four.

The current campaign looks as though it could be Liverpool's most challenging in recent years - but a slow start means everything is still left to play for.

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