Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday's match against West Ham, Brendan Rodgers said that despite a few early stumbles he believes things are headed in the right direction. Those who grew accustomed to last season's high-flying approach may be wondering where the goals have gone, but as Rodgers reminded them, the same was true at this point last season.
"We'll always look for different ways to win games," said Rodgers. "There's no magic formula, it's consistent work on the training pitch. A year ago I was being asked, 'are we going to score goals?' and we ended up with 101 goals last season. It's going to take some time for the new players to start playing cohesively, but I'm really pleased with how they're settling in."
While Rodgers believes the squad is increasingly coming together in training and that the results will begin to show on the pitch as they did last season, he doesn't believe everything can be blamed on Liverpool perhaps failing to perform. Liverpool may have been poor against Aston Villa, but beyond that the manager isn't willing to place all the blame on his side failing to deliver.
"Last week against Aston Villa we weren't at the level we expect in the final third," he admitted. "They defended well and got the result, but we move on. In reflection, beating Ludogorets was a very good result, even if maybe people thought we'd win more comfortably. Southampton's good form has shown how well we did to beat them, and we were outstanding against Tottenham.
"The international break came at a bad time for us and we lost some of our players, which upset our rhythm, but we'll continue to work hard."