It is said that we have the spine of a good team with Reina at the back, Carragher in front of him, Gerrard in the middle and then Torres upfront. The rest of the squad should be built around this basic spine in a 4-4-2 formation.
Glen Johnson was a solid right back when he played last season, and apart from a dodgy world cup I think he is our best defender apart from Carragher. We have Carra at the centre of the back four and there is Agger, Skrtel and Kyriacos all vying for that particular position alongside Carra. It is at left back that we seem to be lacking with our main one being Insua, who is a good young player, but often lacks experience, so I would like to see an experienced left back coming into the side. We have been linked with Wigan’s Figueroa and Man City’s Bridge. Out of those two I would rather have Bridge at the club. He has the more experience and I reckon would be quite a good addition to the team, and he would be further away from John Terry.
In the middle the key player is Gerrard, and if we can keep hold of him, he needs to play week in week out, then we will see the best of him. We have sadly lost Yossi Benayoun to Chelski which will leave a void in the team. True Riera can play where Yossi played, but I would prefer Joe Cole in that position. However I think that Joe Cole is unlikely to move north as he gets a nosebleed when he ventures further than Watford!
In attack we need to stop relying on Fernando Torres and get a couple of other strikers in so that, if he does get injured at least we don’t have to rely on N’Gog as our main striker. Perhaps Kuyt will finally get to play as the striker he really is under Hodgson. I reckon that a forward line of Kuyt and Torres would be something of a problem for many defences in the coming season.