2011’s last image for Liverpool supporters was of Steven Gerrard’s brilliant goal against Newcastle United upon his return from injury. Naturally, it wouldn’t have been a big crime to wish for 2012 to begin on the same note.
But Manchester City had other plans. Liverpool got beat 3-0 and in doing so the Citizens also exposed a considerable number of flaws/weaknesses in the Reds’ tactics.
Though, at this point, the club have bounced back from that defeat and beat Oldham Athletic 5-1 in the recently concluded F.A. Cup fixture, problems are still aplenty. But that doesn’t take away the fact that Liverpool did have a better first half to the season—comparatively better than the statistics during the Roy Hodgson period.
So here we take a look at some key pointers that has had a direct or indirect influence over the Merseyside club’s performances thus far.