Liverpool are 15 games through the season and sit comfortably in 2nd with 30 points and are above Chelsea on goal difference whilst they trail Arsenal by 4 points and the Gunners have a game in hand but fans shouldn’t let this get them down as the main objective has been and should remain Champions League Football. After the Hull defeat, Brendan Rodgers came out and took responsibility for the surprising loss but made the point that if we won our next 2 games against Norwich and West Ham then we’d be achieving our target of earning (on average) 2 points per game and “lo and behold” they did win and now sit, as previously stated, with 30 points from 15 games.
With the clogged fixture list during the festive period, comes some daunting away days for the Reds, with visits to White Hart Lane, the Etihad and Stamford Bridge along with Cardiff and Hull coming to Anfield. Now at first look, these 5 fixtures appear like they could be a turning point in the Reds and not a good one. After a few deep breaths, you’ll find these fixtures aren’t as bad as they seem. Brendan Rodgers has said that he’s been looking at the fixtures in blocks of 5 meaning that he looks to achieve 10 points from each block of games and if we have a look at this block, 10 points is actually easier to obtain as it first looks!
Probably considered the easiest of the three away games, the previously considered “title contenders” aren’t having it all their way this season. Despite selling Gareth Bale and spending over £100M in the summer transfer window, Spurs sit 6th on 27 points. Now on paper, that doesn’t look so good but during games they have been far from convincing. With Soldado misfiring and Defoe seemingly out of favour until recently, Spurs have been lacking a cutting edge in front of goal which is highlighted by their goal tally (15 goals in 15 games). Liverpool fans may worry when it comes to the midfield battle during this game as they have looked shaky in this department for the best part of the season. They’ll be hoping Steven Gerrard is fit for this game after being substituted vs. West Ham because despite his “lack of legs”, he still creates the most chances for the team and remains probably Liverpool’s best offensive-minded midfielder. Liverpool fans will however, look forward to a very much in-form Luis Suarez running at Spurs’ injury stricken defence. I can see us getting a win in this game, making it 3 out of the desired 10.
The Welsh side are new to the Premier League and after great performances against the two Manchester sides, they may be considered as a tricky side to deal with. Both of these performances did however, come at home for Cardiff and seeing that the game is at Anfield, fans may not consider the game as tricky as they would if it was away. When Liverpool have played the “lesser sides” at home this year (with all due respect to Cardiff) they have been relentless. Scoring 3s, 4s and 5s on quite a few occasions, Cardiff may be dreading a trip to Anfield rather than relishing playing in front of the famous Liverpool support. This should be, providing the performance isn’t absolutely botched, an easy win for us. Making that 6 of 10 points.
Manchester City (A)
This however, won’t quite be so easy. The Etihad is very much a fortress and ignoring a defeat to Bayern Munich (which is nothing to be embarrassed about), City have been nothing short of frightening at home this year. Beating Norwich 7-0 but more impressively beating the champions 4-1 and the aforementioned Spurs 6-0 makes scary reading for all comers to the home of the Citizens. Unfortunately, a team that includes the likes of Negredo, Aguero, Toure and Kompany appears too strong for Liverpool and where they are as a team at the moment so I fully suspect to be beaten but I don’t feel like it’s anything that fans should be upset about. With that, we would have 6 points from a potential 9.
To memory, this will be the first time Brendan Rodgers will go head to head with someone he knows very well from his Chelsea days in the form of Jose Mourinho! Chelsea have infamously never lost a Premier League game at home under Jose Mourinho showing how hard it would be to get a win here but as we all know, this is not Jose Mourinho’s team from 2004 and we also know that, as the old saying goes, “records are meant to be broken”. Going my some of Chelsea’s results this season, a win might also not seem too unrealistic with some less than convincing performances already, with games against Stoke, Everton, Tottenham and even Southampton (which they won) being quite underwhelming. A win is very much possible here, especially as we seemingly always do well against Chelsea but I’ll say we’ll only pick up a point which would give us 7 in 4 games.
Let’s hope this isn’t as embarrassing as the away game, eh? This is the vital game in the block as a win here would make it 10 points from 5 games and taking our imperious home form, especially against “lesser teams” into account, I think we will make it 10 points from 5 games here. The Liverpool players and manger will be looking to distance themselves from the embarrassment of another defeat to Hull, especially at home. If Suarez continues his form throughout the winter period and Sturridge comes back raring to go then I think this game should be easily won and leaving us sitting in a good position to attract some players in the January window and push on for the rest of the season, in the hope that Liverpool can finally return to a competition they miss dearly and a competition that arguably misses them too.