A third successive poor start to a season (under a third successive manager, no less) has a number of Liverpool fans already calling for the head of Northern Irishman Brendan Rodgers.

 

Whilst the Reds have been perfectly able to pull results out of the bag in the Europa League and Carling Cup, they have struggled to match that form in the league. After six games they are sitting in 14th place with only five points to their name.

 

The win against Norwich City on Saturday was the first league win of the campaign, and they were brushed aside by West Bromwich Albion on the first day of the campaign as if they were a team that expected to be fighting off relegation.

 

However, all is not bleak in the streets of Merseyside as the new Premier League season really begins to wind up in the run-up to Christmas. This is the first Liverpool team in a number of years that is really playing like a Liverpool side should.

 

The successful sides of the '70's and '80's were all about a simple passing game, where no ball was wasted and the Route One football famously employed by teams like Wimbledon was considered to be anathema. 'Pass and move, it's the Liverpool groove!' went the 1996 song.

 

Sadly in recent years this style of play seems to have gone out of the window. These days it's known as Tiki Taka and is exclusively the realm of teams full of world class stars such as Barcelona, but many forget that it had its origins in the great teams of the eighties; Liverpool included.

 

Even under fan favourite managers such as Rafa Benitez and Kenny Dalglish it was worryingly absent. Benitez sold probably the best passer in the Premier League, Xabi Alonso, to Real Madrid, and Liverpool's football was disappointingly negative under King Kenny. This was possibly even more bizarre because of the success he had in the eighties as manager of the Reds using a similar style.

 

Since Rodgers has come in Liverpool's attitude has been much more positive. The passing has been simple and Joe Allen's pass completion statistics show signs of a long awaited return to the way a Liverpool team should play.

 

Liverpool under Rodgers are finally playing beautiful football again, and it seems that now the results are starting to come with it. Luis Suarez has found the goalscoring form that he was lacking for parts of last season and the performance against Manchester United, despite being at the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline, was extremely positive.

 

In addition it is refreshing to see so many youngsters coming out of the revamped Academy that are looking like quality players. Raheem Sterling has already earned an England call up and Martin Kelly is arguably already a better right back than Glen Johnson. Other players like Suso, Andre Wisdom and Conor Coady are reportedly not far behind.

 

All things considered the future might not be as bleak as the decriers of Rodgers' regime might try and have you believe. Anyway, no-one with their feet anywhere near the ground expected us to win the treble this season. Look to next season, when the old-look Liverpool might just pull a few surprises out of the bag.

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