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"The opening day at West Brom was a massive, massive disappointment" - A Reds supporter offers his views on the team's start to the 2012-13 season under new boss Brendan Rodgers

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Best performance

There are two standout answers here: Norwich City away, our only League win, and Manchester United at home, despite the result. We haven't been playing badly despite our lack of results but the United performance was particularly encouraging. We dominated the game despite being down to 10 men for over half of it. Bringing on Suso at half-time showed a massive amount of guts by Rodgers and a readiness to use youngsters rather than some of the more established players who haven't been performing.

Away from the League, the performance at West Brom in the League Cup was particularly pleasing. A massively inexperienced team went behind early on but showed superb maturity to come back into the game, dominate and get the victory. That match could be looked back upon the night our youngsters showed they are good enough and a new era began.

Worst performance

The opening day at West Brom was a massive, massive disappointment. Talk about throwing optimism out of the window.

But we didn't play too badly until going behind and then everything that could go wrong, did. We never got going against Arsenal at home, hopefully the manager learnt the lesson of playing certain players in the Europa League just three days earlier.
Manager verdict

Generally pleased and encouraged. He certainly talks a good game and supporters are prepared to give him the time he needs to make a mark on the club.

Our early-season results are somewhat irrelevant. He's already got us playing good football in possession. The only concerns are the leaky defence with changing style and tactics, hopefully attention can be placed there and we see improvements. I'd love to win a game 1-0.

Best player

Has to be Raheem Sterling. I don't remember the last time that any 17-year-old made such an impression in the Premier League. He plays with spirit, maturity and balance.

He doesn't just provide an attacking outlet, he also does his work for the team. Again though, he wouldn't have been able to if Rodgers hadn't been so brave to start him against Man City - ahead of Downing and Co. A mention also for Joe Allen, who has walked into the team seamlessly; remember he's only 22 too.

Worst player

Difficult to say. Obviously Pepe Reina has had his fair share of mistakes. Martin Skrtel has thrown a few errors in there too. But neither is necessarily our 'worst player'.

Season's expectations

I expect that we will dominate many games but not particularly finish teams off when we 'should'. It's been a problem for more than just this season; not scoring when we are on top, then allowing the opposition in later on. We'll finish top eight and, by blooding youngsters, we'll be in a better shape than we were last May. I'd rather finish eighth using Sterling, Suso, Jonjo Shelvey and Co., than finish sixth using Jordan Henderson, Andy Carroll, Jose Enrique and Co.

Overall rating of season so far (out of five)


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