The 2013/2014 season was a big one for Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers. They started off setting their sights on a Champions League place and they certainly achieved this, with expectations changing to a possible league victory. The inspired season was mainly due to the SAS partnership of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez, together picking up over half of the Liverpool goal tally. In the end they were just pipped at the post by Manchester City for the league title, after what was a remarkable run by the reds.
Finishing second however was a five place improvement and the progress Brendan and his team had made was clear. Although there was no silverware won, he himself managed to claim the League Managers’ Association Manager of the Year award and also a new long-term deal with the club.
STAR MAN – Raheem STERLING
The teenage sensation had a brilliant 2013/2014 season and could be seen as one of the positives in England’s World Cup group stage elimination. His electric pace and agility makes him a handful for any defence and is always a likely goal source in the Liverpool ranks. Last season, the youngster managed to score himself 9 goals and create 7 assists. At a price of £8.5m, this can be seen as a little steep, but if his form is as good as last season you really can’t go wrong.
HIDDEN GEM – John FLANAGAN
Last season Flanagan had to step in for the injured Jose Enrique, and he certainly didn’t disappoint. Not only did he maintain his place in the starting XI but he excelled; keeping 5 clean sheets, scoring a goal and also creating two. This season however, he will have to fight off big competition not only from Jose Enrique but also new arrivals such as Dejan Lovren as they could push him out of the starting XI. Saying that however, if he does get a place in Rodgers XI, at £5.0m he would be an absolute bargain.