Liverpool: Low-Flying Reds Have Come a Long Way Under Brendan Rodgers

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIDecember 10, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Pepe Reina of Liverpool celebrates his teams third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Liverpool at the Boleyn Ground on December 9, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)
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It might not have started in the way Liverpool fans and players would have imaged, but Brendan Rodgers' revolution is finally starting to take shape this season.

Winless through their opening five matches in the Premier League season and sitting in the relegation zone was not the start that the former Swansea City boss had envisaged for his new club, but three months later, the vision is finally back for the men from Merseyside.

Only Manchester United and Manchester City have had more points than Liverpool in the past three months, with the Reds' recent come-from-behind victory over West Ham at Upton Park putting Liverpool inside the top half of the table for the first time this season.

While that's still a far cry from what many Liverpool fans would have dreamt of at the start of the year, it's certainly a long way from where they were earlier this year. 

After all, they are only four points off fourth-placed Everton with still over half a season remaining.

Rodgers' men have already taken points off Manchester City, Chelsea and Everton this season and with a relatively easy schedule upcoming, there's no reason why they cannot work their way back into contention for a European berth once again next year.

Based on what they showed this weekend, you would have to agree.

Down 2-1 at Upton Park, many expected Liverpool would do what they've done so many times over the past few years—threaten to score some incredible goals through the likes of the absent Luis Suarez, but fail, and concede a cheap goal to end the game.

The Hammers were playing relatively strong football and coming off a huge 3-1 victory over Chelsea the week before. They were full of confidence and controlling the ball heading into the final half hour of play.

An untimely injury to Mohamed Diame allowed the Reds to gain the upper hand in midfield—an advantage they would capitalize on with two goals in three minutes to regain the lead and the three points that would come with it.

It truly was a remarkable comeback by Liverpool.

And the words that manager Brendan Rodgers had following the match? If you think that's something, then you haven't seen anything yet.

Per the club's official website:

For us there was no drama. My focus since I came here has been about the collective. We're not asking anyone to do any more than anyone else and I had great belief in the players that we could score and create goals tonight.

I think you saw today the quality in the team and equally the fight in the team and that was very pleasing. 

We had a difficult opening fixture list and when you couple that with trying to play a certain way of football, it was always going to be difficult. But certainly over the last few weeks we have progressed - let's just see how we finish. This is one of the biggest clubs in world football and everyone knows where it should be.

We're making steady progress in climbing the league and that's important for us. It's a very tight league this season. We've supposedly had an unbelievably bad season up until now, so once we really hit form we'll be alright.

The win marked the first time that Liverpool had come from behind to beat an opponent away from Anfield since 2009, when the Reds came back to beat Bolton Wanderers 3-2—a fact that is bound to instill a great sense of self-belief and momentum at the Merseyside club.

With Lucas Leiva returning successfully from injury this week, Fabio Borini to return also, Jonjo Shelvey proving his attacking worth and Luis Suarez making a case for EPL Player of the Year so far, there's a lot to love about Liverpool going forward this season.

Because, at the end of the day, they're only four points off fourth with over half the season still remaining, and if that's what they can achieve at their worst, imagine what the Reds can pull off at their best.

Maybe Brendan is right.

Maybe we haven't seen anything yet.


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