After a promising opening fixture against Tottenham garnered three away goals and a clean sheet Liverpool promptly lost their main goal scoring threat in Daniel Sturridge and then laboured to try and reproduce anything like last season’s scintillating attacking football.
Part of the reason for that can be laid fairly and squarely at the replacement strikers who with the exception of Borini look like they are running through a treacle pudding.
Rodgers has gone through several iterations of the starting line up only to end up where he should have started in the first place.
Of course it’s easy to say in hindsight but the recent form of Lallana and Coutinho who have both upped their game a level in recent games means the striker shortage is less keenly felt.
Now that Borini has served his one match ban he would be an ideal starting replacement for Sterling who could do with some feet up time and I don’t believe the Italian has been given a fair crack of the whip.
Today’s visitors are languishing at the bottom of the Premiership and in years past this would have been the sort of fixture that would throw a spanner in the works of any Reds revival.
The away performance against Burnley though, horrible to watch as it was, shows that this team has a bit more steel. Lucas particularly is in outstanding form and very much the unsung hero of a tirelessly working midfield.
Emre Can will surely keep his spot on the left side of defence and maybe the German can cement a long term starting berth if he keeps up this standard and the manager persists with playing three at the back.
The only dark cloud is Mignolets kicking which is horrible to watch and as random as you are ever likely to see in a Premiership game.
After backing against Liverpool for the majority of last year, I’m going to give them some new year cheer and back them to win easily today followed by a serious assault on fourth place.
Liverpool are 9/20 at Betvictor so it’s not going to make you rich anytime soon but based on their demolition of Swansea in the last home game along with a copious amount of luck that has been sorely missing over the past three or four years it’s going to be a home win.
Leicester are desperately short of that magic ingredient and badly need lady luck to start shining on them if they are to have any chance of avoiding the drop.