It is funny how this season turned out for Liverpool considering how bleak their fan's ambitions were in August.
Failing to achieve significant, Ozil-esque signings of Mkhitaryan, Willian, or Diego Costa (Who would go on to top La Liga scoring charts to our disappointment) as well as the furor caused by a certain £40,000,001 bid meant that a difficult season for the Anfield outfit to top their Merseyside rivals Everton, let alone challenge for the top-four, was in the ready.
But a fantastic start to the season, which has seen Liverpool finish the first half of the season with 36 points from 19 games, has brought good vibes back to Anfield. The points-per-game tally of 1.89 is just shy of the average 1.9 ppg which guaranteed qualification to the Champions League for all teams that finished in the top four of almost all the seasons of the Premier League.
In this season of unpredicatbility, though, where Manchester United have fallen after the retirement of Sir Alex; Tottenham have yet to realize there is life after Gareth Bale; and Mourinho not yet able to make this Chelsea team his own; should the bar be raised higher for this team?
Rodgers surely must be weighing his options now. With the financial might of United and Chelsea, as well the quality of new signings at Tottenham, no doubt they will be back to challenge a resurrected Liverpool at the top of the table sometime sooner rather than later. If there was a time to go all out for a title assault, it would be now.
The weaknesses are few in the team. A lack of dynamism in the midfield was exploited against the likes of Arsenal and Southampton, and the lack of quality depth in the side was exposed disappointingly against Oldham in the FA Cup, are the only things holding Liverpool back. A few signings in the January transfer window would erase those problems.
This is the test for Rodgers' and FSG's ambition for the club. The appointment of Rodgers in the first place brought talk of long-term success to the club, strengthening the patience of the supporters for the time being. The title would be in sight, as Rodgers put it, within the 2014-15 season and onwards. But in an age where results are expected sooner rather than later, they need to show the supporters that they want Liverpool to be back to the very top.
Yet it is not only the supporters they need to convince, it is also Luis Suarez. A man with a better goal-to-game ratio than Ronaldo with 20 goals in 15 games, he signed a new contract last month to show his belief that this rejuvenated Liverpool side are ready to challenge for honors once more. If they really want to prove him right, and that Anfield is the place for him, they need to mean business. Otherwise, we will be £130m richer and at least 3-4 years set back of winning the title.