We put five key questions after Liverpool FC’s start to the 2015/16 season to the This Is Anfield writers. Here, we get the general consensus on the two games so far.
2 games, 2 wins, 2 clean sheets. How happy are you with the start to the season?
KARL MATCHETT: Very (happy) with the points tally, only reasonably so with the performances. We had to beat Bournemouth of course but the Stoke was match was vital to win given our next half-dozen away games, we couldn’t afford to be dropping points every other week and hitting October with no away wins.
That said, it has definitely been functional rather than spectacular. There are signs that defensive organisation has been worked on a lot, but I’m no fan of the starting system for both matches (based on this squad) and there has to be a lot more cohesion about LFC’s play in the final third going forward.
HENRY JACKSON: What football fan isn’t happy with a 100 per cent record to start the season? Of course the performances have been far from perfect, but they will come with time. Last year we probably don’t win either of those matches.
DAN HOLLAND: I’m delighted with the start. It is unrealistic to expect us to be firing on all cylinders straightaway with so many new additions so to pick up two wins without playing well is fantastic. Hopefully another 7 days training will improve us ahead of Arsenal.
MAX MUNTON: Can’t grumble, a win’s a win and whilst there’s been little to get really excited about, we’re winning whilst the players get used to playing with each other. The defence is looking towards some consistency.
JOSHUA SEXTON: We’ve got to be happy with the results to this point, even if the performances haven’t met our expectations, there is plenty of time to fine tune tactics and for the new signings to gel, and hopefully soon the performances will improve.
ANDREW RONAN: In a word – satisfied. We’ve gone to the Britannia which is never an easy place to go to for any side and looked determined. And we’ve beaten a newly promoted team at home in a game we’ll always be expected to win. The most pleasing aspect of the Stoke game was the solidity throughout the team.
Perhaps the most obvious factor in last season’s hammering at Stoke was how easy we rolled over. There was no sign of that this time around. We matched them tackle for tackle, and looked comfortable dealing with their aerial threat.
Over the two games nobody has been outstanding, but nobody has been really poor either. Performances and fluidity will come in time; results and building confidence are all that matter for now.
NEIL POOLE: I’m more than happy with the six points. All that matters is getting points on the board at the moment. The performances have been quite poor and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t slightly concerned. However, I’m crossing my fingers that this is down to early season rustiness and incorporating new players as opposed to anything more sinister.
AARON CUTLER: So far so good. Stoke was hard-fought redemption, Bournemouth a job well done. There is clear room for improvement but the reds started sluggishly on the two occasions they last challenged for the title. Once new signings settle and a clear pattern of play is established we’ll kick on. Better to take points in the meantime.
BEN TWELVES: Results and points wise there can be no complaints at all, with winning essential to building confidence within the new-look squad. However, displays have been far from ideal, so hoping that fluency and performance level increases with belief over time.
PJ VAUGHAN: I am really happy with the two wins, however the two games have highlighted lots of areas of concern, one of the most worrying one is that Brendan Rodgers has not learned from his past mistakes.
TOM McMAHON: The first few fixtures are all about points particularly given our short preseason as players are still building fitness. So overall I’m happy.
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