Liverpool sit in the bottom half of the table in 11th place, but it isn't all bad.
Here are five reasons to be positive...
Luis Suarez has found his shooting boots
Last season Suarez's campaign was afflicted by an ban and all the controversy which came with it; now freed from that the striker has got back to doing what he does best, scoring goals. The Uruguayan has stepped up when Liverpool desperately needed him to, and he has 10 club goals to his name so far this season. The attacker was last season criticised for his wastefulnees in front of goal, largely this season he has turned that around.
Emergence of young players
See, Liverpool didn't need to go and spent millions in the transfer market, when they could just have promoted Raheem Sterling all along. The winger has been impressive upon breaking into the first team, and while he has much to learn, he is just 17 and the future bodes well. It is of course dependent on him signing a new contract, but fans should be confident the winger will see sense and do so. He isn't the only youngster to emerge, Suso has integrated into the first team, and Pacheco and Yesil have also had chances, while Jonjo Shelvey has also confirmed himself as a first team player.
The Andy Carroll problem is gone
Today's reports that Andy Carroll has been interviewed by police over an off-pitch incident merely confirms supporters' reservations over the striker's troublesome reputation. Liverpool can be thankful that for now he is a problem who is off their hands. His loan spell at West Ham has hardly been a success, scoring just one goal so far. Its a negative in that his re-sale value won't exactly be high, for now its out of sight and out of mind for the Reds. Rodgers is getting tough with Dalglish's flops, Adam has gone and Downing is expected to be next.
Reinforcements are on the way
Liverpool's dearth of striking options is well-documented, but they have got this far without any real disaster, the first test will be this weekend when Suarez is suspended. But now there is under a month to go until the transfer window opens. Liverpool have been linked with Daniel Sturridge, and Klaas Jan Huntelaar, both who would provide options in attack, while Fabio Borini will return from injury. New signings will give the club a big push in the New Year and help them climb up the table and make a push for Europe.
The European adventure will continue
The Europa League is a funny competition at times, Liverpool have used it to rotate and experiment, but they still sit second in their group. Providing they come through their final game ans secure qualification, it will really get interesting next year. When the knockout stages begin and a potential glamour tie emerges against a top team, Anfield will be rocking and the first team players will be out. Liverpool will start taking it seriously and who knows how far they can go?
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