This weekend’s result provided some light relief to what has been a rather glum time on Merseyside in recent weeks. Liverpool’s striking woes have been well documented and were apparent again on Saturday when the Reds beat Reading 1-0 at home when they should have scored maybe 3 or 4.
With Fabio Borini picking up an injury during the international break that will keep him out to January the question is simply. What will Brendan do?
The Reds have bore the brunt of a tough schedule at the beginning of their Barclays Premier League campaign and have slowly started to gain success from Brendan Rodgers ‘tiki taka’ football. However with Luis Suarez the club’s only fit striker one has to ask where will the goals come from if Suarez isn’t on form. True Raheem Sterling netted on Saturday in a game when Suarez missed several chances, but is it down to the youngsters to bear the brunt of a light squad.
Ultimately yes because there is nothing that Brendan Rodgers can do. The usual lot will be asked to step up in Liverpool’s time of need, especially with key European fixtures upcoming along with games against Chelsea and Everton. However it will be the youth of Liverpool that will make the difference – Sterling has already become a game changer for the Reds this season and Suso has also impressed since his regular inclusion in the first team squad.
The task is simple now for Brendan Rodgers. Forget any high held aspirations of a Champions League place or qualifying for European competition in any instance. The Northern Irishman has to stick to the old footballing cliché – take one game at a time.
Rodgers has to inspire the likes of Suarez, Gerrard and others to perform to there upmost for every game until the transfer window. He also needs to focus on embedding his young players into this squad whilst operating a policy of damage limitation on the fixture front. If the Reds can survive until January without a significant number of losses then I think many would be happy given the current squad.
In the New Year things should chance. Firstly Borini will be back and hopefully ready to contribute to the Liverpool goal chart. Secondly, Rodgers has to recall Andy Carroll from his loan – Liverpool desperately need a striker and Carroll has proven time and time again he can score goals in the Premier League.
Yet Rodgers work is not done here. The Liverpool boss needs to make the January window count. Liverpool need to secure their targets, build a squad that is capable of developing into Rodgers’ vision and then implement that vision throughout the rest of the season.
Reds fans might not be happy with the poor results and disappointing performances that seem too regular at Anfield these days. However they need to patient – if Liverpool pull their finger out in January then good things are just around the corner.