A new era, a new season, a new Liverpool FC. Their new kit deal brought more than just different jerseys, it brought a new slogan as well. "We Come Not to Play." What does that even mean? To Liverpool it must mean inspiration and the ideal that they cannot take the field and perform averagely like they did multiple times last campaign. They must come not to play, but to win. But how? Here are a few keys:
1) Trust in Brendan Rodgers
39-year-old Brendan Rodgers might not be the big name manager some thought would replace the King when FSG decided to terminate Kenny Dalglish's contract at the end of May, but he's the real deal. Having led Swansea to becoming the first Welsh side to ever gain promotion to the Premier League, Rodgers adopted the tiki-taka style of footy (pass and move). True, Liverpool may not adapt to the style as quickly as some would like, but Rodgers is someone who knows the game and knows it well.
2) Look for Suarez-Borini to Create Some Great Goals
Having purchased Fabio Borini from Roma this summer and signing Luis Suarez to a huge new contract, the tandem will look to fire in the amount of goals Liverpool fans were crying for last season. The 2011/12 campaign brought some of the worst goal scoring ratios and percentages in Liverpool history, and Rodgers and his staff aim to see that differently. If Suarez AND Borini both start hitting the mark (instead of hitting the frame of goal), then Liverpool easily has the potential to crack the top four.
3) The Transfer Window
It's getting later in the transfer window and the Andy Carroll saga continues on as his loan move to West Ham appears to be stalled, while rumors linking Daniel Agger with a move away from the club are growing stronger. However, Rodgers assured the supporters that there are moves in the works behind the scenes, but that (rightly so) Liverpool doesn't discuss transfer terms outside of closed doors. With Joe Allen and Clint Dempsey still strongly linked, and Nuri Sahin's name being thrown around the mix, LFC fans still have something to look forward to before deadline day.
Will Liverpool crack the top four?
4) A New Mix of Things
Trust the new era that is ushering in to Merseyside. Trust that Rodgers knows what he's doing and is fully devoted to doing whatever he can to ensure success. Trust the transfer window, but more importantly trust the players Liverpool already has. A healthy Gerrard coupled with a healthy Lucas can dominate a midfield while Luis Suarez and Fabio Borini do their work up front. Don't forget a solid back line of Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, and Enrique, assuming everyone stays. This team has a promising future if all works out and if this squad puts in the work needed.
Liverpool may not have had the most successful last few years, but the promise of something fresh to come may indeed spark an enthusiasm for success and something these players can enjoy. At the end of a storm, there's a golden sky. Hopefully that golden sky will show itself this season. YNWA.
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