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Reds captain Steven Gerrard suffered a tumultuous summer for both Liverpool and England, with the Merseyside club failing at the last hurdle in the Premier League and the Three Lions crashing out of the World Cup at the group stages.
Nevertheless, the 34-year-old looks to have a renewed vigour this season and has performed comfortably in his three appearances to date.
Deployed in the deep-lying regista role, Gerrard has been particularly impressive defensively, winning an average of 2.3 tackles per game, according to WhoScored.com.
Despite the summer arrivals of spot-kick maestros Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli, Gerrard remains Rodgers’ first-choice when it comes to set pieces, and the midfielder dispatched his penalty with consummate ease as the Reds ran rampant at White Hart Lane.
Gerrard is still an important option for Rodgers.
The rapid rise of Rodgers on Merseyside has been complemented by the rapid rise of central midfielder Henderson in a Liverpool shirt; the England midfielder has become one of the most important players at the club.
A determined attacking front against Southampton saw Henderson provide Sterling’s opener against Southampton, and the 24-year-old turned provider once more for the winger at White Hart Lane.
Perhaps most prominent in Rodgers’ midfield diamond formation, Henderson has been Liverpool’s best player throughout August.
Welsh midfielder Allen has so far failed to nail down a regular first-team role at Liverpool but, despite this, remains an important option for Rodgers.
Replacing Lucas Leiva in the opening-weekend victory over Southampton, Allen provided the energy Liverpool required to push themselves over the line.
With a further two appearances so far in the Premier League, Allen was particularly impressive in the opening half-hour against City, with his harrying and pressing vital as Liverpool dominated proceedings.
It will be interesting to see if Allen vacates his first-team place when Adam Lallana returns from injury, but the Welshman should take heart from his performances so far.
27-year-old Brazilian midfielder Lucas looked set to depart Merseyside this summer, but a deal never materialised; a dramatic drop in form may underline this lack of interest.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Lucas’ game-time at Liverpool this season is “likely to be limited,” and the vitality of Gerrard, Henderson and Allen, along with the emergence of Emre Can, seem to suggest just as much.
Making one appearance so far, against Southampton, Lucas failed to impose himself as a holding midfielder, failing to make a single tackle according to WhoScored.com.
Replaced by Allen in that encounter, this likely signalled the end of Lucas’ regular role at Liverpool.
Hulking German midfielder Can joined Liverpool this summer in a £10 million deal and is set to feature prominently in the Reds’ midfield this season.
The 20-year-old impressed during pre-season, but has been limited to two substitute appearances so far in the Premier League; despite this, Can was dominant in the centre of midfield once introduced against Spurs.
Making three tackles so far, per WhoScored.com, Can should leapfrog Lucas in the race to deputise for Gerrard as holding midfielder this season; the versatile No. 23 can look forward to further appearances elsewhere, too.