Liverpool face a major test tonight against Chelsea, but victory could see them on the way to something great…
There is little doubting that it’s been a difficult year for Liverpool and their manager Brendan Rodgers. However, there is something particularly satisfying about triumph through adversity – something that Rodgers will be out to prove later tonight.
Having survived calls for him to resign late last year, with his team out of the Champions League at the group stage and struggling for form in the Premier League, Rodgers’ 2014-2015 season is finally beginning to show signs of recovery and upward momentum.
The Reds have lost just once in their last 14 games in all competitions and head into tonight’s game against Chelsea looking to take a giant stride towards their first major final under the Northern Irishman’s stewardship.
For all the success that the club have enjoyed during their first two seasons with Rodgers – mainly their run to second place in the Premier League last season – the Kop boss is the first to admit that his reign will be judged on trophies.
Rodgers, who was quoted by the Daily Star ahead of the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg, said: “I think it is that taste of success that hopefully pushes them on.
“We have worked really hard in the majority of the two-and-a-half years [under Rodgers], but we are here to win and as I said, we are club that is synonymous with winning trophies. We want to get that back again and hopefully we can do that this season.”
He added: “Over the last 10 years they have shown once you win the first one, you can go on and sustain it. They will tell you that first trophy was the most important. We know if you want to win the competition you have to beat the best teams.”
For Liverpool, who face Chelsea twice in the next seven days ahead of a potential final against either Tottenham Hotspur or Sheffield United, the League Cup offers a shot at redemption – win and much of an extremely ordinary first-half of the season will be forgotten.
Despite already losing seven league games this season, as well as ten in all competitions – more than the entirety of their previous campaign – the Anfield faithful is beginning to feel cautiously optimistic once again.
Four wins in their last five Premier League games, as well as progress in both domestic cup competitions, have left a relatively young an inexperienced Liverpool squad looking at a much happier second-half of the season.
Players like Lazar Markovic, Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling, Alberto Moreno, Jordan Henderson and Emre Can have begun to shine, while Liverpool’s summer transfer business is beginning to look slightly more understandable, with only Mario Balotelli yet to impress at some stage.
With only five points separating them from the top four and with three major trophies still to play for, there is plenty to get excited about for the Liverpool players, staff and supporters.
Just three games currently separate them from their first taste of success. In 2012, Liverpool’s League Cup victory – their last taste of silverware – inspired them to push on and improve, also reaching the FA Cup final. Now, in 2015, Rodgers and co will be hoping it can do the same again.
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