- Rodger’s himself – calm, assertive, tactically and strategically savvy
- We’ll win a higher percentage of the games against the none top-four teams
- Suarez & Borini partnership will result in a higher number of goals
- The defence unit will get stronger & Pepe’s form will improve
- Man United, Arsenal & Spurs will have it tougher this season
Ok so there it is. That’s my top five reasons why Liverpool will qualify for the Champions League this season. Blinkered, wearing rose-tinted glasses, unrealistically biased I hear you say. Well I’m probably guilty of all of the above but, as you would expect let’s do a brief assessment of each one and then you have your say.
1. Rodger’s has done nothing but impress since his appointment at Liverpool. He has a clear vision the direction he wants to take the team and the style of play he want to implement . He seems to have a real sense of who in the current squad is able to fulfill this vision and who is not. He’s bringing in quality players such as Allen and Borini and will give them very specific roles plus he’s already worked with them both and knows their strengths and weaknesses. Rodgers has gone about his business in calm yet assertive way and already has the team behind him. We’ve had the best pre-season in years and he understands what an important club Liverpool is and has sworn to do his utmost to get us back to the top. I believe him.
2. A top 4 spot isn’t necessarily won by beating the top four or five teams. No disrespect, but it’s won by taking maximum points from the likes of West Brom, Norwich and Stoke City. It’s a task Liverpool have failed at miserably for too many seasons but with Rodgers more fluid, passing, possession-type football I can see Liverpool winning the vast majority of these type of games this season. Bottom-line is Liverpool have to win nearly all their home games this season. “This is Anfield” will once again have real meaning.
3. Suarez and Borini already look like they will create a very effective strike partnership. I’ve no evidence for this but I’m banking on the fact that with a partner that is also a constant threat it will create more openings for Suarez. Suarez himself can also put all last seasons troubles behind him and focus on his football and convert more chances than he did last season and even though Borini has played less than 50 senior games in his career he already looks like he has the potential to score a lot of goals this season.
4. If we don’t sell Agger we’ll be good in defence and probably stronger than last season. With Skrtel, Johnson, Enrique (just don’t let him shoot), Kelly and Agger Liverpool are looking strong in this area of the field. They shipped 38 goals last seasons so there’s room for improvement and with Reina committing himself to having a better season, he looked dodgy last year, I’m banking on a better defensive record this season which is the basis of all successful Liverpool teams.
5. Ok ok, I know we can only focus on our performance and win as many games as possible but I think we’ll see a some of the last years top-four faltering this season. Man United are almost certain to be in the hunt but they might find the going harder this season. They showed some vulnerability last season so long may it continue. If Arsenal lose Van Persie you have to think Arsenal won’t be as potent a force as they were last season. They got off to a poor start losing to the Reds 2-0 at the Emirates and were very fortunate to get the win that saw them finish 3rd and secure a CL spot. As for Spurs, AVB is a big gamble plus they seem to be having a striker issue right now so I can see them struggling to finish in the top six.
So there it is. Liverpool will qualify for the Champions League this season.
Let the comments begin.