Liverpool FC: 5 Standout Performers for the Reds So Far

Dusan LucicCorrespondent IIDecember 20, 2012

Liverpool FC: 5 Standout Performers for the Reds So Far

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    Liverpool are still in the bottom half of the table, and we're almost halfway through yet another disappointing season for the Reds.

    But looking back, it wasn't all that bad—certain players have shone through the darkness with their phenomenal performances and have given the fans reason to be joyful in these hard times.

    It's high time for us to at least mention those who kept the club alive in these painful months.

Luis Suarez

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    It is only natural that we begin our list with the best player in the Merseyside.

    The man that just likes dribbling, the man that humiliates the opposition defences, the man that scored half of Liverpool's goals. Yes, that is Luis Suarez.

    The Uruguayan might not be the greatest player when it comes to discipline, but his performances almost always leave the fans breathless.

    It should also be noted that Suarez seldom has support from the squad and often has to do it all by himself, but it appears not to be a huge problem for the Uruguayan, who has already netted 14 goals.

    Should Brendan Rodgers manage to find him a suitable partner in the January transfer window, the potential is limitless.

Raheem Sterling

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    We all knew Raheem Sterling was a talented youngster with a lot of potential, but it's safe to say nobody expected that he would evolve so rapidly—in a matter of months, Sterling has come from being an academy prospect to a first-team regular.

    The 18-year-old is a tricky dribbler with the ball at his feet, a lightning-quick winger who torments the opposition throughout the match without sacrificing his defencive duties.

    Not a whole lot of players can do that. Not at the tender age of 18, at least.

    Sterling's outstanding displays haven't gone unnoticed—the club have reportedly offered the youngster a new, improved deal that would see him stay at Anfield for five more years (via

    As they say, the sky is the limit for this guy.

Glen Johnson

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    Glen Johnson has entered his prime.

    The former Chelsea defender is capable of playing on both sides of the pitch, but it is his displays at the right-back spot that got him numerous fans.

    Johnson has mastered his role perfectly and is finally fulfilling his immense attacking potential.

    The Liverpool full-back has put in some terrific displays on both halves of the pitch recently, venturing forward and assisting the attack without neglecting his defencive duties.

    Johnson is, beyond any doubt, the most in-form full-back in the league at the moment, and Liverpool supporters can only hope his fantastic run of form lasts as long as possible.

Steven Gerrard

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    Steven Gerrard apparently refuses to age.

    While he's no longer the attacking threat he once was, the Liverpool captain has a vital role in the team nonetheless, orchestrating the Reds' midfield alongside Joe Allen.

    Furthermore, Gerrard has averaged 2.2 key balls per match and completed 85 percent of his passes so far—it is obvious the 32-year-old is still one of the most creative players in the team.

    "Captain Fantastic" rarely disappoints his fans.

Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel

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    We cap off our list with the center-back duo of Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel.

    The rock-solid pairing has been at the heart of the defence for a couple of years now, and they seem to be only getting better with time.

    What is more, the duo is probably the main reason why Liverpool haven't fallen further down on the table.

    Both Agger and Skrtel are strong in the air, are good on the ball and read the game superbly, intercepting through-balls and crosses with relative ease—is there anything they can't do?

    The occasional blunder is easily forgotten once you count down the number of times the duo has bailed the team out in critical situations (the League Cup final, for instance).

    This might be the greatest defensive partnership in Liverpool's recent history.


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