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Liverpool boss Rodgers looking forward to a happy new year

By Robert Jones

Brendan Rodgers believes Liverpool fans can look forward to a big upturn in fortunes for their team between now and the end of the season.

Rodgers has endured a miserable start to the 2014-15 campaign, with the Anfield men a mere shadow of the swashbuckling outfit that came so close to landing the Premier League title last May.

But last night's 4-1 victory over Swansea - their best performance of the season so far - has bolstered Rodgers' belief that a Champions League place is still up for grabs.

Two goals from Adam Lallana - one a fluke, the other a sublime effort - helped put the skids under Rodgers' former charges and hinted that it could yet be a happy new year for Liverpool.

"I think we've seen signs in the last few weeks that we're getting back to the tempo, intensity, the pressing and the creating of chances that we had last season," said Rodgers (left).

"It's around half-way now, and we have a lot of work ahead of us, but the signs are there that we can have a much better second half of the season to look forward to."

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