Daniel Sturridge is the best 'non-starter' playing in the Premier League right now. But is there a case for promoting the speedster into Klopp’s starting line up? Coming off the bench against Southampton, Sturridge posed a serious threat on attack, sparking several chances with the ball at his feet. There is now growing momentum for him to resume starting honours, but at what expense?
Liverpool face a challenging time ahead as they move closer to the December break. No one is complaining about the Reds' position on the ladder, however with some niggling injuries to key players there will be some challenges to deal with in the days and weeks to come. A promising 2-0 win over Sunderland also came with a dose of concern on the injury front for Jurgen Klopp.
Key Player Injuries
Liverpool has had a relatively positive run with injuries compared to previous campaigns, nevertheless some key players are currently under injury clouds. Philippe Courtinho is the perhaps the most concerning name on the list. Courtinho suffered ligament damage in the match against Sunderland and was seen wearing a protective moon boot in training, while he awaited for the result of his scans. Fellow Brazilian Roberto Firmino was also injured in the 2-0 win over the Black Cats, from a blow to the calf, however he received a far less severe assessment and is only expected to miss one midweek match. Adam Lallana is still sidelined with the groin injury that he picked up on representative duties for England early in November.
There is much to like about the Red’s season so far. Club, management and players are all singing from the same song sheet. But in Premiere league football, troubled waters may only be a couple of results away. So, here is a recap of key activities around the club that have the potential to shape the team’s future.
As Liverpool continues their winning ways, several things have emerged for fans and coaches to take pleasure from. Attacking prowess, cohesiveness and a willingness to play attractive football now have Liverpool as the in-form team atop the Premier League. Jurgen Klopp has said that “it makes sense when you have the ball that you do something nice with it”. This summarises the last few weeks of the Reds' season and the best could be yet to come.
After nine rounds of Premier League play, Liverpool sits joint top of the table alongside Arsenal and Man City. Most Reds fans would have thought this is the stuff of dreams six months ago, but now Premiership aspirations don’t seem so far-fetched at all. In fact, it’s a distinct possibility. The cautious nature of the Liverpool fan has come about through recent years of close misses, but now fans and players appear to be following Klopp’s advice - to believe.
Oren Shabat Laurent is a passionate Liverpool fan and a cryptocurrency entrepreneur. He has been involved with sports from a young age, and sponsored football and basketball.