Since the pre-season friendlies, Brendan Rodgers has had to deal with a continuously increasing injury list that has meant key figures such as Daniel Sturridge, Glen Johnson and Adam Lallana have been unavailable for selection.
After a poor start to the season, both injuries and match results, good news could finally be on the way for Liverpool fans as the squad returns to full fitness.
Rodgers and his men have been helped along the way thanks to an international break this weekend giving players like Daniel Sturridge enough breathing space to recover in time for next Sunday’s journey to Loftus Road in London for a 1:30pm kick off. Liverpool will visit a flailing QPR team that has managed just 4 points in 7 games and with a full squad on Roger’s team card, Liverpool fans should be in for a goal fest.
Last week’s return of Glen Johnson has clearly given Brendan Rogers more options. Plus, with Sturridge also back, Rodger’s will know his opposite number, Harry Redknapp, is sure to be cursing the international break.
Last season, Johnson’s runs from the back and regular link ups with both matched for pace Sturridge and Sterling enabled Liverpool to relentlessly send bodies flying into the box from all angles; a vital component in Liverpool’s ability to pressure and tear down their opponents. With Johnson’s return to the squad, Liverpool now have that extra bit of pace needed from the back to add more pressure in the attacking half of the field; something Liverpool have lacked this season.
Adam Lallana’s recent performances are another promising sign. The ex-Southampton player is starting to come to life as he starts to find his form for the Reds since his return from pre-season injury. Last week he showed just how potent he can be in front of goal, and already Henderson and Lallana seem to have a great working relationship. This is exactly what Rodger’s needs right now as so many new players have been thrown into the mix upsetting last season’s balance.
Although Rodger’s philosophy has always been one game at a time, he must surely be relishing the opportunity to take a full squad to QPR and see just what he has at his disposal in preparation for a huge mid-week clash versus Real Madrid at Anfield. The last time the Spanish club came to Anfield in the Champions League, the Reds disposed of them with a score line of 4-0 to make it 5-0 on aggregate; Liverpool had also beaten Madrid 0-1 at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium 2 weeks prior.
Madrid will most certainly be out for revenge as Liverpool has been somewhat of a nemesis to the La Liga outfit. In 1981 Madrid lost 1-0 to the reds in Paris in the European Champion Clubs’ Cup back in the days of Alan Kennedy and Bob Paisley. They must feel it is surely their turn. To shine versus the Reds.
For now, the first step is QPR. A win and no injuries will spur the Red’s confidence for their mid-week clash, where 3 points in the Champions League will give Liverpool just the lift the team needs to go into the Hull City game in search of a third consecutive league win. Should Roger’s and his men succeed, Liverpool can once again contemplate the idea of becoming title contenders this season.