Liverpool have had a fantastic run this season till now, gathering 10 points from their opening four matches which has put them at the top of the table. And they have done all that without the services of their star striker Luis Suarez, who is serving a ten match ban for biting Chelsea defender Ivanovic last season. It has been a remarkable turnaround from last season when their entire team was built around Suarez, making it unthinkable for them to cope up without him. This has lifted the spirits of manager Brendan Rodgers who is elated with the result and hopes that more good things would follow once the Uruguayan returns.
“It’s early stages but it keeps the momentum going and in the next couple of weeks we have one of the best strikers in the world coming back. You can’t look too much at it (being top). But you’d rather be there than be at the bottom and what it does is that the more you are up there the more aggression and will and desire you have to stay there.”
“It’s only four games in, but we’ve had four tough games and we have only lost once in the last 16 odd games so we are getting a level of consistency and that was the biggest thing for me.”
“Coming here there was no consistency in the performance and now we are just churning out wins and if we can’t win we are drawing games with resilient performances like in the last 25 minutes here. But I believe we will get better and more fluent as the season goes on so we are happy to be there and it gives us the fight to stay there,” Rodgers said in an interview.
The supporters are also eager to witness the return of the maverick player and see him combine with Daniel Sturridge who has been exceptional in this period.
While the return of Suarez is a good news for the fans, a bad news also awaits them. Their star playmaker Phillipe Coutinho will now undergo a surgery on his right shoulder for the injury that he underwent on their match against Swansea on Monday. This will keep him out for six weeks until the end of October.
“It’s been decided Coutinho will now have surgical stabilisation on the AC joint in his shoulder,” read an official statement. Liverpool hope he will be “back in contention again towards the end of October”.