One of the most supported and legendary club in the globe with various trophies to their name. After four years missing out of the very much valued Champions League, The Reds finally grabbed their deserving spot again under Brendan Rodgers. Undeniably the Irishman has brought in more attacking stylishness plus trust in young talented players. Gifted stars like Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge, Jon Flanagan, Jordon Ibe and Jordan Henderson range between age 19 till 25 only. These individuals embrace huge potential to drive Liverpool back into glory days.
The manager has coagulated fresh offensive strategy with his team and changed the philosophy of football, yet a further part to look into is the impact of new signings. It’s always unfair to aspect all signings to be become an instant hit, however when bringing a bulk of players, at least half of them should be performing well. It’s never an easy task to replace Uruguayan hotshot Luis Suarez therefore during the previous transfer window, the Reds boss had a strategy to reinforce other segments of the team, particularly defense. Things turned bitterer as Brendan Rodgers’s side is looking extra wobbly at the back today than last season.
Dejan Lovren who comprises lots of Champions League experience and goal-scoring ability has not settled well with his new team. Moreover, the Croatian international is the most expensive defender Liverpool has signed. Many questions were raised when loyal-hero Daniel Agger was sacrificed to his childhood club while Kolo Toure holds on to his place at Anfield. Spanish pair Javier Manquillo who is on a two-year loan from Atletico Madrid and former Sevilla star Alberto Moreno has gelled in quite decently at the back. On the other hand, these young kids can’t handle immense pressure when it comes to European or derby matches.
One of the most media-bound players in the world, Mario Balotelli signed for the Reds for only a bargain price of 16 million pounds. The Liverpool boss had many options such as Wilfried Bony, Samuel Eto’o and Karim Benzema and surprisingly penned a deal for the hot-headed Italian. It’s relatively understandable that Liverpool do not have the money power like rivals Manchester United and Chelsea, yet securing a deal for a troublesome forward to replace former goal machine is a gigantic gamble. In addition, former Southampton star Rickie Lambert was signed for a plan B strategy, but still any plans are not working for the five time European Champions at the moment. German powerhouse Emre Can is gradually showing his dominance and excellence in the center of the park.
The most exciting players in Liverpool for now are Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho. An individual with quite similar game style is Lazar Markovic, another 20 million pounds starlet from Benfica. High money paid for his services on the bench. Over the years Liverpool has failed to clinch their primary targets, such as Willian, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Alexis Sanchez, Loic Remy and few others. Whereas players who Rodgers worked with before like Fabio Borini plus Joe Allen are struggling to discover a place in the starting line up. The Anfield faithfuls are rather waiting to see more game time for the young Italian who had a great pre-season. Divock Origi, another played signed and loaned back to Lille is bagging in goals freely and home grown talent Jordon Ibe is excelling remarkably with his loan club Derby. Another wrong move by Rodgers?
Brendan Rodgers’s hard work, dedication to the club and brilliance in introducing rapid attacking play is vastly applauded, while his signings have been below par. Besides Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho, others do not fit in the super star grouping. Upcoming January transfer window will be another tough test for the Liverpool caretaker. Who do you like to see wearing a Liverpool jersey in January that will directly be an option for your fantasy premier league squad?