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Do Liverpool Still Possess The Killer Instinct?

Last season Liverpool were known and feared for putting games to bed early. But do they still possess that early bird mentality?

In the 2013/14 season Liverpool were free scoring in the first half of games, netting 16 times more in the first half (60) than the next highest scoring team. Their matches were frequently over before they even began, with sides going into the break two, three, or even four nil down at half time.

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This was, of course, in large part due to the goal scoring prowess of Barcelona’s newest forward Luis Suarez. Brendan Rogers’ side hasn’t changed too much, so they should still possess this ability; but do they?

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In three Premier League games so far this season the Reds have scored twice in the first half, but they haven’t looked as threatening right from kick off.

Their opponents in the late kick off this evening are Aston Villa, who surprisingly are sat in third place in the table two spots above Liverpool. Villa have had a relatively solid defence so far this season, so it will certainly be another test to see if Liverpool can regain their early goalscoring form of last season. Villa have only conceded one goal so far this season, and that was in the second half.

Paul Lambert’s Villa side will put their defensive stability in large part down to captain Ron Vlaar’s superb form. The Dutchman has suffered an injury recently and was a doubt to start against Liverpool, which would be a huge blow for the Villains.

With Sturridge out injured for Liverpool, Rogers will be looking to controversial new signing Mario Balotelli and the in form Raheem Sterling for goals. The Italian has netted four times in two appearances against Villa and will be hoping to continue that trend tonight.

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