7th heavens beackons for Liverpool

7th heavens beackons for Liverpool
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers deserves credit for moulding the Reds into title contenders again.

Just about everyone was wrong.

In pre-season, there was talk of a famous five; a quintet of quality contenders for the Premier League title.

There were the two halves of Manchester, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham (remember them?).

Liverpool were going to contest the Europa League cast-offs.

A top-four finish was the stuff of daydream believers.

But the Reds are poised to make monkeys of us all.

Brendan Rodgers' boys are on top, in form and have the calculator in their corner.

Six games, six victories and the seasonal suffering will finally come to an end. And there are six reasons why those final fixtures could end with an open-top bus parade through the jubilant streets of Liverpool.

1 West Ham v Pool: Sterling Resurgence

Rodgers' selections appear to be touched by the knowing hand of a clairvoyant.

His decision to recall Raheem Sterling proved decisive in shooting down Spurs.

Where others might be fearful, the winger floated away on his remarkable confidence, proving to be the prickliest of thorns to a drooping Danny Rose.

He didn't dribble against Tottenham. He danced; all hip swinging, pass flicking and flank switching.

Either George McCartney or Guy Demel will be served up for potential humiliation at Upton Park this Sunday.

Hungry like a wolf, Sterling promises to feast on either fullback.

The first of the final six fixtures threatens to be a brutal, bloody banquet.

Against Tottenham, Sterling was operating on a higher plane. He'll be on the England one to Brazil and should be in the starting line-up against Italy.

He's still only 19. That's scary. For McCartney and Demel, he's a nightmare on Green Street.

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