With so much negativity surrounding Anfield at the beginning of the season, Brendan Rodgers has been desperately searching for a break. On Saturday it appeared he finally got one.
Liverpool’s 5-2 victory over Norwich might immediately be recalled thanks to Luis Suarez’ hat trick. However those who watched the full 90 minutes will know that it was Liverpool’s youngsters who stole the show.
Raheem Sterling has already become a staple in Brendan Rodgers’ first XI so far this season yet on Saturday he was joined by Andre Wisdom and Suso in the starting line up. Wisdom again gave a mature performance at right back whilst Sterling provided much of the same only to slacken off when Liverpool’s lead became unassailable.
However if Sterling and Wisdom were the warm up then Suso was the headline act. The 18-year-old Spaniard orchestrated the midfield and played a part in all of Liverpool’s goals as the Reds finally looked like they had embraced Brendan Rodgers’ philosophy.
Liverpool fans will not doubt be happy that their side have some strength in depth coming up from the academy yet they cannot afford to let their dreams run wild just yet. True Suso did put in an impeccable performance on Saturday but it is consistency that Brendan Rodgers will need if his side are to drastically improve their league position. Should the Spaniard prove he can perform at that level on a weekly basis and there will be smiles all around on Merseyside.
Brendan Rodgers will certainly be pleased that Suso has stepped up to the plate and delivered in the Barclays Premier League but it is a little much to simply label him as a break for Brendan Rodgers. The Spaniard is only 18 years old and such labels would likely harm his growth and development in this Liverpool side. Furthermore, and no offence is meant to the midfielder here, but he is not a one-man show. At the moment Suso is an exciting talent but the Reds cannot throw all their eggs in one basket – a mistake they have made with Steven Gerrard some may say.
In short Suso is certainly an exciting prospect and Liverpool fans have every right to get their hopes up about the midfielder’s future. However he is not the solution to all of Liverpool’s problems this season and should not be idolized by the fans. At such a tender age, the next few months are crucial in the development of Suso’s potential and Kopites should try and help the youngster by easing the pressure on the 18 year old. If they do and it all goes to plan, then Liverpool might just be able to compete with the top four in the next few seasons.
One thing’s for sure; Rafael Benitez will certainly be on Brendan Rodgers’ Christmas card list.