Liverpool have started to impress, after a poor start to the season.
The Reds looked in bad form in the opening weeks of the campaign, and head coach Brendan Rodgers has admitted to talkSPORT that the 3-0 loss to Manchester United was the turning point in the Merseyside club’s season.
Having lost Luis Suarez to Barcelona, and Daniel Sturridge to injury, Liverpool were struggling to score goals whilst conceding a large number to little effect. They failed to qualify from their Champions League group, and were sitting around the mid-table mark in the Premier League. Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was dropped from the starting XI after a series of game changing mistakes, and a number of summer signings have failed to impress.
However, the situation is remarkably different now.
Although they are not considered contenders for the Premier League - and were knocked out of the Leauge Cup at the semi-final stage - Europa League success is still on the table, and progression to the latter rounds of the FA Cup has been assured after a replay with Bolton Wanderers. A change in formation has made Raheem Sterling the centre point of the attack, and, with Daniel Strurridge returning to match action, there is real hope that silverware will be heading to Anfield this season.
There was one key game that saw Liverpool start this run of just one loss in 12 games - the defeat coming to Chelsea - although that game offered little in the way of encouragement. A 3-0 loss to Manchester United saw the Reds start with this new formation, and, although it ended in defeat, Brendan Rodgers has told talkSPORT that he saw enough in that game to be convinced that the situation was about to improve.
The Northern Irish coach said: “The turning point was the Man United game.
“After the Crystal Palace game, we had to arrest the momentum because it was going away from us, we weren’t playing, there was no pressure in the team, no intensity, nothing of what we had showed for the last couple of years.
“We picked up seven points out of nine and in that little period of three games we were defining a way to get back to how we wanted to play. We threw that in against Manchester United and we lost that game but I saw enough in that to see we were creating chances again.”