Liverpool's Performance Against Newcastle Showed That Their Glass Is Half Full

Ross BellamyContributor IIINovember 5, 2012

The Kop are fully behind the new regime
The Kop are fully behind the new regimeMichael Regan/Getty Images

At the risk of stating the obvious, Liverpool’s start to the 2012/2013 season has not gone according to plan.

It did appear Brendan Rodgers was already starting to feel under pressure, strengthening the mainstream belief that the job could be too big for him.

However, Sunday’s game against Newcastle left me realising Liverpool’s glass is definitely half full, and the deafening noise emanating from The Kop suggests to me that the fans are in full agreement.

The first positive for Liverpool has been the all-action performances of the controversial Luis Suarez.

When Suarez is in the mood, he is unplayable, weaving a path to goal like a downhill skier and leaving defenders bewildered with his close control. His latest victim was Newcastle's Fabricio Coloccini, whose frustrating afternoon ended with him receiving a red card for a reckless challenge on the Uruguayan international. 

Suarez's world-class equalising goal epitomises his undoubted talent. Ghosting in on the defender’s blindside, killing the ball with one touch and rounding Tim Krul in a blink of an eye, it was mesmerising stuff.

If he had the finishing ability of Robin van Persie, he would be one of the most feared strikers in world football, not just the EPL

But when Luis Suarez is diving around the pitch like a London 2012 Olympian in the 10-meter platform event, this is where problems arise.

His reputation for simulation overshadows how gifted he is. Winning at all costs is not very "British," and this mentality has not endeared him to fellow Premier League players, officials or supporters.

Luis Suarez is in danger of his unpleasant reputation preceding him.

If Brendan Rodgers can eradicate both of these aspects from his game, Premier League defenders would be having sleepless nights, and he could become a legend in the mould of Ian Rush and John Aldridge.

The second positive for Liverpool fans has been the unstated work carried out by summer signing Joe Allen.

The Welshman played an integral part in Swansea’s success over the last two seasons, and he has slotted seamlessly into Rodgers’ midfield ethos once again.

What sets Joe Allen apart is his ability to pass quickly and accurately before finding space to offer an outlet for the next move. Down the years, Liverpool fans have become accustomed to midfielders who have clever football brains—Joe Allen looks set to be added to that long list.  

Indeed, Liverpool fans will be hoping that he can fill the midfield void left by Xabi Alonso in 2009.

Coolness under pressure and going largely unnoticed are signs of a cultured defensive midfielder—just ask Claude Makelele or Demetrio Albertini.

He is fast becoming the focal point of Liverpool’s attacking game plan, allowing Steven Gerrard space to showcase his devastating range of passing. 

So, Liverpool fans should be enjoying the positives at the moment. I am sure some of their supporters have been complaining but, as I see it, the glass is finally looking half full at Anfield.