It was a perfect weekend for Liverpool as the Reds put four past a struggling Fulham side to climb back up to second place in the Premier League table.
Following the disappointing 2-0 defeat to in-form Arsenal last weekend, the Merseysiders slipped five points behind the league leaders, but with the Gunners losing by a goal to Manchester United on Sunday, Brendan Rodgers’ men are back within touching distance of top spot as they head in to the international break.
Losses for Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur will also have provided the Anfield supporters with further encouragement and increased the belief that Liverpool may well end up finishing in the top four and claiming a Champions League place at the end of the season.
Keeping Luis Suarez in the summer despite reported interest from La Liga clubs and from Arsenal was arguably Rodgers’ biggest success during the transfer window and the Uruguayan has been in sensational form since returning from a hefty ban. The former Ajax star was unavailable for the first five games this term, yet has still managed to score eight Premier League goals – the same number as fellow top scorers Sergio Aguero and teammate Daniel Sturridge.
Suarez could have clinched the golden boot last season had it not been for his outrageous attempted bite on Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic which earned him a lengthy suspension, but the tricky forward may well finish as the top scorer in this campaign providing he does not let his discipline drop in another moment of madness between now and May 2014.
Rodgers’ decision to revert to a back four and recall vice-captain Daniel Agger paid dividends as Liverpool kept their first clean sheet since the 1-0 win over Manchester United at the beginning of September. The Reds gained mixed results while Rodgers opted to use a system which incorporated three centre-backs in recent weeks and although the former Swansea boss could switch back to that system if needs must in the future, he may stick to the tactic which handed Liverpool a 4-0 success over Martin Jol’s men.
Many of the Reds’ star players will now leave to join up with their international teammates and play some friendly fixtures for their countries and the Liverpool manager will be hoping that his playing staff return from the break fully fit and without any injuries.
The Merseysiders’ next clash in the Premier League will come against bitter local rivals Everton at Goodison Park. The Toffees, who sit sixth in the league table with 20 points from 11 games, have made an impressive start to the season under new manager Roberto Martinez and could draw level on points with their high-flying neighbours with a win in that fixture.
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