Consistency Remains Brendan Rodgers Biggest Challenge

At least, we might surmise, the waves of panic might be starting to recede from lapping against the walls of Anfield now. On Sunday afternoon, Liverpool put in about as complete a performance as could have been hoped for considering their wretched start to the season against West Bromwich Albion eight days previously in holding Manchester City to a two-all draw in front of the television cameras. There was plenty for Liverpool supporters to be optimistic about, as well. The debut of Raheem Sterling, after three appearances from the substitutes bench, showed off a player with a sack of potential, while Joe Allen, whose signature from Swansea City for £15m raised eyebrows at the amount of money paid, put in about as accomplished a performance as Liverpools midfield has seen since the club started its slide down the Premier League table a couple of years ago. There is, of course,  one big “…and yet” to add to all of this. Two teeth-gratingly basis errors handed Manchester City a point. These are the sort of errors that a manager can hardly account for, a flap by the goalkeeper and a back-pass made without due care and attention, but they did end up costing Liverpool the full three points that their performance deserved and manager Brendan Rodgers will be more than aware of the fact that his team cannot continue to...

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