With Liverpool’s visit to Upton Park, Richard Johnson looks at how the Reds have started this season and outlines what we can expect to see

This Season The sacking of Anfield legend and Kop favourite Kenny Dalglish in May and the appointment the following month of his successor Brendan Rodgers, led to a shaky start for the red half of Merseyside.

This Season

The sacking of Anfield legend and Kop favourite Kenny Dalglish in May and the appointment the following month of his successor Brendan Rodgers, led to a shaky start for the red half of Merseyside. An opening day defeat to surprise package WBA was followed by defeat to Arsenal and a draw with Champions Manchester City. At time of writing, Liverpool have played 13 league games, winning just three, drawing seven and losing three. The scouse European adventure has seen them fair a little better, with wins away to Berne and at home to Anzhi Makhachkala.

Last Season

The Reds reached both domestic cup finals, beating Cardiff in the League Cup and losing to Chelsea in the FA Cup. However, they experienced a mixed season in the league, finishing 8th. Their record 8th League Cup win took them into the Europa League Third Qualifying round for this season.

Expectations

Given the recent history of managerial appointments at Anfield, it was no surprise that the board opted for the up and coming Brendan Rodgers. Having tempted the Irishman away from Swansea, expectations from the fans would have been a top four finish at least and another cup to add to the collection.

New Arrivals

The arrivals of Fabio Borini, Joe Allen and Oussama Assaidi have perhaps shown a lack of investment in the side. The decision to loan Andy Carroll to West Ham perhaps came as the biggest surprise to most of the football world as due to injuries Liverpool have been left with just one fit striker.

Tactics

Brendan Rodgers likes to play with three attacking midfielders supporting a loan striker. Two holding midfielders protect the back line of two central defenders and two wing backs.

Star Player

Whether it is for the right reasons (football) or the wrong reasons (diving/racism) Luis Suarez is the one to watch here. Arguably one of the top three strikers in Europe, his ability and razor sharp finishing can often be overshadowed by off the ball incidents.

Stalwart

Steven Gerrard is a rarity in modern football. A player with his profile and ability that has so far remained a one club man in something to be admired.

One To Watch

Raheem Sterling has established himself in the Liverpool side as well as winning his first England cap recently. He has speed and precision to his game and will be dangerous down the left hand side of the pitch.

Statistics

(11/12) Top Goal Scorer: Suarez 17 Most Assists: Suarez 17 Average Shots: 16.11 Clean Sheets: 12 Average Goals Conceded: 1.05

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