Why pool can be kings

Why pool can be kings
Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers (R) shakes hands with his Everton counterpart Roberto Martinez before their English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park in Liverpool, northern England.

UNITED STATES - When Liverpool lifted their 18th league title in 1990, their long dominance of English football showed no signs of abating. Nearly a quarter of a century later, they are still waiting for title No. 19. Brendan Rodgers' side are well placed to end that barren run this season, and here are the 10 reasons:

10 BRENDAN RODGERS

The Liverpool boss can be annoyingly self-reverential, and his ego is there for all to see - every time he opens his mouth we're nearly blinded by his glistening new gnashers.

However, steadily, the Northern Irishman's (above) stock is rising. Players who've worked with him at Chelsea, Watford and Swansea marvel at his methods, his strategic approach, analytical mind and forward thinking.

He's also transformed Liverpool into great entertainers, and bringing out the best in players who were ridiculed under previous boss Kenny Dalglish.

9 JORDAN HENDERSON

Talking of players who were ridiculed under Dalglish.

Statistically, Henderson was one of the best attacking midfielders in the Premier League for two seasons running during his time at Sunderland, but, following his £20m ($40m) move to Anfield in June 2011, his technical ability was called into question.

However, that's missing the point - Henderson is an old-fashioned, unselfish midfield workhorse who gallops from box to box from first whistle to last.

In terms of shots, interceptions, tackles and key passes per game, Henderson compares favourably to the EPL's finest .

8 SERGIO AGUERO'S INJURY

Manchester City were so impressive during the 6-3 drubbing of Arsenal last Saturday that it seems barely comprehensible that Manuel Pellegrini's side have already lost four EPL matches.

Striker Sergio Aguero (above) has been at the hub of everything wonderful about City's offensive play that has seen them accumulate 50 goals in just 12 home matches in all competitions.

However, his anticipated six-week injury lay-off is a massive blow for the title favourites. The Argentinian could miss seven crucial games, including the visit of Liverpool on Thursday.

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