Liverpool FC: At What Point Should Reds Fans Panic over Poor Performance?
Liverpool’s early-season slump is nothing to celebrate, but at the same time, it should not determine their destiny for the remainder of the season.
When should Reds fans panic?
Not yet, is my answer.
They have collected only a mere two points since they made their managerial transition from Kenny Daglish to Brendan Rodgers, but the football they have played has been positive, for the most part.
Against Manchester United on Sept. 23, Liverpool looked impressive on the pitch. It can be argued that the referee made an invalid decision in sending Jonjo Shelvey off and damaged the game in the process.
United were fortunate to escape with three points, and, in essence, Liverpool did not have any luck on the pitch.
They are playing great football and are enjoyable to watch, but their current position on the table does not reflect their football on the pitch.
Following the match against Manchester United on Monday Rodgers told LiverpoolFC.com, "There has definitely been growth and I've got great confidence. Very, very soon our luck will change and we'll do what it takes to win games - and when we do, I believe we'll fly."
It is evident that Rodgers has the right approach.
He has remained calm, and we have to remember his history with Swansea City AFC, when Rodgers transformed Swansea from a team who were favored to fall into the relegation zone to a team that finished 11th in their debut Premier League season in 2011-2012.
An impressive feat, to say the least.
Liverpool are currently positioned in 18th place, in the danger zone, which is definitely hard to witness for diehard fans.
It is key to remember they are in a transitioning phase. Rodgers needs time to implement his philosophy and polish the formation. The mature players need to get comfortable with Rodgers’ traditional style of play, while the ripe youngsters need to be pointed in the right direction.
It may not even an immediate turnaround, but if Rodgers is given more than one season to revolutionize the Reds, the team can climb the table steadily until they’re threatening the top three teams again.
Another exciting prospect that should comfort the fans is the influx of young talented players. Suso, Jonjo Shelvey and Raheem Sterling represent the future for the Reds.
Suso completed 100 percent of his passes against Manchester United when he replaced Fabio Borini at halftime. He also unleashed a shot on goal and was energetic on the pitch. Suso’s Spanish style of play is right up Rodgers' alley.
Although Shelvey was given the red card, he has shown promise over the last few games. His two goals against the Young Boys moved Shelvey into Rodgers’ line of sight.
Sterling may be the most exciting of all three. At 17 years old, Sterling is already proving he deserves a place in the starting lineup. His pace is phenomenal, and he moves very comfortably with the ball at his feet.
Five games have passed, and only two points have been won.
"You’ll Never Walk Alone" is a song of hope, and right now the fans need to sing it as loud as they can.
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