Optimism is high around Anfield after Liverpool started the season brightly, winning three matches in a row and occupying the top position of the Premier League. On top of it, they have won their first big match of the season, beating derby rivals Manchester United 1-0 at home.
Liverpool fans were skeptic about Brendan Rodgers last season. While many treated him as a man with strong philosophy and ideas, there were many experts, who felt his constantly blubbing of tactics is nothing but a self-constructed myth. The results didn’t go well, although Liverpool played an attractive brand of football, and the constant susurration of doubt gradually mounted.
But, as the season progressed, players became more familiar with his ideas, results started to follow. The new signings made in January made a great impact and things looked positive from then on. Fast forward this summer, Rodgers with the backing of the owners, has made quality additions and already the progressive signs are clearly visible.
Fans can expect more attacking edge and sharpness once their maverick star, Luis Suarez returns from suspension.
The Reds have shown great attitude and tenacity to grind out results, all are hallmarks of a very good team. The optimism surrounding the club has a strong ground to it. Ex-Liverpool player and now pundit Dietmar Hamann feels that if Rodgers can continue making progress, Liverpool will be reckoned as a potential title challenger within next four or five years.
Rodgers has laughed off suggestions of a title challenge as the Irishman believes that a top 4 place would be a much more realistic option as of now. Hamann, the former German star also believes the same, though admits the task is harder, as several top clubs like Arsenal and Tottenham are equally vying for the same target.
Well, there can be no doubt that the Reds have taken huge strides under manager, Brendan Rodgers, but it will too far-fetched to predict about title challenge, even after four or five years, but finishing in top four should be the realistic target for them.
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