Liverpool FC: Rodgers Revolution Slowly Taking Shape...Hopefully
Over the weekend, Liverpool finally won their first home game of the season, after having drawn two and lost two.
Manager Brendan Rodgers was finally able to back up impressive passing and possession statistics with a positive result.
The Reds had a remarkable 27 shots on goal, only seven of which were on target, and 57% of possession.
Despite having secured their first three points at Anfield this season, there is still an overwhelming feeling that far more chances have got to be taken.
Once again the most guilty in front of goal was Luis Suarez. However, again due to his overall superb contribution to the game and being the Reds' most threatening player, the Uruguayan escaped too much criticism.
Had starlet Raheem Sterling not become Liverpool's second-youngest goal scorer behind a certain Michael Owen, Suarez would most certainly have had more fingers pointed at him.
With eight games played in the season, the Rodgers revolution is beginning to take shape. The influence on confidence and morale of the first home win should not be underestimated.
Rodgers can now point to proof of some kind that his footballing philosophy can reap dividends, win matches and in turn earn points.
Coincidentally at the same point last season, Rodgers had guided his Swansea City team to eight points, although not too much should be read into this statistic.
What is more significant is that the players are beginning to find their feet in the new passing and possession style that Rodgers has established.
The lack of an out-and-out finisher in the first-team squad has clearly impeded the progress that has been made on the training pitch.
Joe Allen, the epitome of a Rodgers player, has led the way forward; always available, always hungry for the ball and never afraid to receive it no matter how tight a spot he is in. Others have followed his example of controlled football.
It is notable that Liverpool goalkeepers only ever clear the ball long when extremely rushed and forced to do so.
Players trust their teammates, when in possession, to make space for themselves to receive the ball so that the player in possession is never in doubt that he will have a teammate to pass to.
This weekend, Rodgers can finally point to a home game where the Reds dominated the possession and shots statistics and came away with maximum points.
What is needed now is consolidation. Another home game is next, this time in the Europa League against the Russian super club Anzhi Makhachkala and a win in this encounter would certainly do wonders for the team's confidence going to the next league encounter against high-flying rivals Everton.
Slowly, but surely, Rodgers' footballing ethos is beginning to reap benefits for Liverpool.
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