Season Round-Up: September-December
After securing their first two trophies of the season in the Community Shield and the UEFA Super Cup, Liverpool kicked on, winning 17 out of 17 league games, taking the maximum points available and propelling themselves to the top of the table.
In other competitions, the Reds ended their year by winning the Club World Cup and are also looking set for more glory after topping their Champions League group with 5 wins and 1 draw. Meanwhile, the Capital One Cup Semi Finals await, a tournament that Rodgers' men look set to win again.
A match that kept both sets of fans on the edge of their seats, Liverpool were the ones that eventually emerged triumphant with all three points at the end of 90 minutes. Jonathan Tah opened the scoring for the Red Devils just 2 minutes in, only for Samuel Umtiti to equalize for Liverpool 20 minutes later. Adnan Januzaj finally found the breakthrough for United just past the hour mark but it would be their bitter rivals taking home the spoils as Umtiti made it 2-2 in the dying minutes, followed by a splendid goal from Richairo Zivkovic in the 2nd minute of injury time.
Liverpool 4 - 0 Arsenal
In what was billed as a potentially tough matchup for title defenders Liverpool, especially after Arsenal's £16.5 million summer acquisition of Tonny Trindade de Vilhena, the result certainly proved to be anticlimactic. Richairo Zivkovic and Raheem Sterling both put the Gunners to the sword in a harsh 4-0 thrashing, and Vilhena was rendered completely ineffective.
Liverpool are in the Semi Finals of the Capital One Cup now, but an upset almost happened in the Third Round as League One minnows Southend came agonizingly close to punishing Rodgers' decision of fielding a weak lineup. Israel and unlikely goalscorer Jang Young-Hun made it 3-0 within 49 minutes but suddenly in came Nouha Dicko, a Southend summer recruit after being released by Aston Villa, with a marvelous brace that blew the game wide open. Fortunately for Liverpool fans, their side held on to seal their advancement to the next round.
Liverpool's perfect winning streak came extremely close to an end against newly-promoted Bolton Wanderers. Chris Powell, who has achieved two promotions in two seasons since taking charge at the Macron Stadium three years ago, continued proving his managerial credentials with his tactics succeeding in crippling Liverpool's lethal attacking force. However, Jang Young-Hun's well-placed header into goal allowed the Reds to escape with three points.
Normally one of few Premier League teams that give almost no problems to referees, Liverpool displayed their aggressiveness in this fixture and paid the price as South American duo Eder Alvarez Balanta and Lucas Romero were both sent off in the 16th and 67th minute respectively. Duvan Zapata's first-half goal saw Norwich take the lead but a win for the Canaries was not to be, as Ernie Sharp and Raheem Sterling left it late to lift the score to 1-2 with 9 men.
Liverpool 7 - 1 Boca Juniors
Liverpool won the Club World Cup Final in convincing fashion as South American champions Boca Juniors were downed 7-1 in Los Angeles. Alejandro Moreyra was unleashed against his previous team, the midfielder having left Boca for pastures new in England 4 years ago, and played superbly, even getting himself onto the packed score sheet. But the real star of the show was Israel, after being moved forward from the right wing where he had originally started the game. And once again, the Brazilian star demonstrated just how good he was in the number 9 role as he smashed a hat trick home.
Top Goalscorer: Richairo Zivkovic (22 goals in 26 games)
Top League Goalscorer: Richairo Zivkovic (13 goals in 15 games)
Top Assists: Raheem Sterling (10 assists in 21 games)
Top Appearances: Richairo Zivkovic & Israel (26 games)
Ward-Prowse missed a few of the season's opening games after suffering from a case of broken ribs, but the Liverpool captain has been instrumental since his return, dictating the midfield and enforcing his reputation as one of the best players at his position in the world.
The Fulham academy graduate has taken his tally to 6 goals in 12 Premier League games this season - he took double that number of appearances to score the same number last season. Sharp has been steadily improving with every game, and his continued presence ensures that it will be very hard for Philippe Coutinho to make his way back into the first team.
Liverpool had to part with £40 million to convince Real Madrid to part with one of their prized assets back in January 2020, but as one of the Anfield club's best players for the past year, Savitskiy has generally repaid that large fee with his dazzling performances in a red shirt. The winger can not only create goals but score them too, as he has proven this season with 11 goals and 10 assists in 22 games.
Zivkovic has made major improvements to his game this season, and is 6 goals away from beating his previous season's tally of 27 in all competitions. The prolific Dutchman, currently Liverpool's top scorer, is also leading the chase for the Golden Boot after 13 goals in 15 league appearances, an award he has never won since joining the club in 2015. £35 million signing Israel represents stiff competition, but Zivkovic's place in the first team is looking fairly assured and that may not change for awhile yet.