ARE THE CLOUDS FINALLY ABOUT TO OPEN AND LET SOME LIGHT IN?
There is no denying the fact that it’s been a fairly gloomy season. Liverpool sit in 11th place, 15 points behind league leaders Chelsea. Most summer signings have failed to make much impact and we aren’t doing too good at the Champions league, with the team needing two victories in their next two matches to assure entry into the next stage.
BUT, the Reds could be back on track this week. For the first time this season, the team’s full squad will be operational, with the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Mamadou Sakho back in training, while the initial reports of Mario Balotelli’s long-run injury have proven to be false and the striker is expected to be fully fit for the clash against Crystal Palace on Sunday. SO, for the first time this season Brendon Rodgers can comfortably field a full strength team.
Sturridge and Balotelli’s combination to be tested
Balotelli hasn’t been able to make much impact to the current Liverpool squad so far, but neither have other strikers. However, in the last three years, Sturridge has been seen as one of the most consistent performers for Liverpool. In 52 appearances, the striker has scored 36 times, while he was also one of the major assist providers in the Premier League, last season. This season, Balotelli has had to play as the lone striker in many matches and it seems that it’s a position that the Italian just isn’t suited for at all. But, finally the duo could combine, upon which the fans can give the true verdict about whether buying Balotelli was actually a mistake or not. It could thus be said, that time has come for Balotelli to prove that he really was worth the money and hype, when he signed at Liverpool.
January isn’t very far
Like always, the rumors of many good players joining Liverpool during the Winter transfer season is heating up. It has been heard that Liverpool might want to end the loan contract of Origi at Lille and bring him to Anfield for the rest of the season. The Reds have been linked with some interesting players and the reports haven’t been denied so far. Some interesting prospects include MK Dons star Dele Alli and Norwegian star Martin Odegaard. In the last few years, Liverpool have managed to grab in some great players in the January transfer window and we can expect some great additions to the squad this season too.
So perhaps, we can realistically expect that the clouds will open and the sun will shine at Anfield. While Liverpool are pretty far from the leaders, we still aren’t too far from the teams in the top 4 and if the team strengthens, Liverpool still can do really good this season.