September 26, 2012 by Hamilton Fan
Much needs to be taken into consideration when analysing Liverpool’s start to the campaign. Although the record books will show it is their worst start for decades, it must be put in to some kind of context. Not only would most agree their performances have warranted more than the disappointing two points they have mustered so far, the fixture list has also been less than kind to Brendan Rodgers as he starts life on Merseyside. You can not get any tougher than Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United as your first three home fixtures and with tough trips to The Hawthorns and The Stadium of Light in between them, it was always going to be a difficult start for Brendan Rodgers’ side. Performance-wise, Liverpool outplayed the champions at Anfield whilst also doing the same to Manchester United last Sunday, despite playing most of the game with ten men. Looking at the performances constructively, only the second half verus West Brom and the game against Arsenal could you say Liverpool played poorly and got what they deserved.
Results have not gone Liverpool’s way and frustrating mistakes have cost Rodgers’ side dearly so far this season, but the performances are improving and the football has been, for the most part, rather impressive. Brendan Rodgers has a specific style of play which will take time to be fully implemented. As seen by Swansea, it took five years under three different managers to achieve their aim of Premier League football whilst playing their impressive brand of football. Although the circumstances at Liverpool are slightly different, as with the extra resources at their disposal and added expectations, the situation at Swansea proves that Rodgers’ style of ‘tiki-taka’ football will take time to be fully implemented and for Liverpool to fully reap the rewards from it. However, the signs are there in the performances that it will come good. Liverpool fans need to be patient, progression is definitely evident.