Liverpool have endured a difficult season so far. Losing Luis Suarez was always going to be tough, but coupled with the absence of Daniel Sturridge through injury and the sheer number of new players having come in, things have been very hard on Merseyside.
But a scrappy home win against West Brom could well prove to be the springboard, with some positivity beginning to creep back in at Anfield. Here are three reasons we at FFC Towers think Liverpool fans can be optimistic through the international break…
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For a team in shaky form, Liverpool showed a great deal of grit to come back from Saido Berahino’s penalty. With the spot kick controversial – the striker appeared to be outside the area when fouled by Dejan Lovren – it would have been easy for a side low on confidence to sink into their shell and use the ready-made excuse. But Raheem Sterling bounced back up from a robust challenge just minutes later at the other end of the field to pick out Jordan Henderson, who coolly finished.
— Kevin Dean (@KevinDean08) October 4, 2014
Strong finish at the end for a much needed W. YNWA! #LFC
— Dan Madigan (@dmad1433) October 4, 2014
— Shaya Raymond (@ShayaRaymond) October 4, 2014
With England boss Roy Hodgson having left Sturridge out to recover, the striker looks almost certain to back for the QPR game after the international break. And what a relief that will be for Brendan Rodgers, who has struggled to fill the void left by his now star man. He may also link well with Mario Balotelli, as the pair showed good signs of an on-field relationship during their only outing together at Spurs.
Now can we please get Sturridge back for QPR? Pretty please?
— Dan Kennett (@DanKennett) October 4, 2014
Looking forward to seeing Balotelli & Sturridge up front after the international break.
— David (@lfcmaestro23) October 4, 2014
In 6th, 1 pt off 4th position. Sturridge back. And 3 tough away games done. It’s not all doom and gloom. #LFC
— Mr. Wright (@_CallumMWright) October 4, 2014
The sheer joy on Lallana’s face when he celebrated his opener was a major hint at the relief he felt. The £25m England man has been the subject of some criticism since his move from Southampton, but he looked every bit worth the cash outlay against West Brom. Now fully fit again, the playmaker may be a useful tool for Rodgers.
Lallana is settling down now, looking the player we thought we signed. All a matter of time, he will flourish I’m sure of it.
— The Anfield Roar (@TheAnfieldRoar_) October 4, 2014
Delighted for Lallana getting better each game quality ball player & the difference in liverpools play when Gerrard reverted to his old
— Brian Shortall (@Shorto12) October 4, 2014
Hendo has been a rock but somehow we need him to replicate today’s performance every game. Lallana is class and will prove worth the price
— LFC_Alldayeveryday (@lfcbk) October 4, 2014