Denis Gaudillere, France
Hello Scousers of all around the world,
I wanted to write an article since long time about our team, its strengths, its weaknesses, and about we need to improve and make “top four” a real and minima performance.
And today, every fan can be happy with Joe Cole’s signing. With rumours of leaving (Insua (close done), Mascherano (almost close done), Riera, Ngog…) and coming (Remy, Scharner, etc…), i just wanted to look at the squad and try to reflect about our needs.
We don’t really know if Hodgson will make our reds playing in 442 or 451, or even if we can really speak about typical tactic (because we all know that difference between those two can be thin in a match, can quickly change too).
Easily, I prefer to use the two tactics named before: Here are, post by post, our needs
Goalkeepers 0: Reina, Gulasci (sub). Cavalieri seems to leave the club, we don’t need a “star” as second goalkeeper, (they only play cup matches), and our young players need those matches to improve.
Left Back 2: ???, ??? or Robinson (s) . Aurelio is gone, Insua is gone, we need (and Hodgson said it was his priority now) a real top player for this role, and why not a second experienced player in substitute (a free one?), Robinson, our young player, could have his chance too.
Right Back 0: Johnson, Darby (s): Johnson is the one at this place, and it’s now time for darby to have his chance in case of injury
Central Defenders 0: Carra, Agger, Skrtel (s), Kyriakos (s), Kelly (s), in my opinion we don’t need anybody there
Defensive Midfielders and Relay Midfielders 1: Lucas, Aquilani (in a more offensive role, as Alonso before), Shelvey (s), Spearing (s), for my part Mascherano is gone in his head, we need to use this deal’s money to find an experienced player who can play a second role and let Lucas improve again and being the one at this place, Aqui in relay midfield rolee to be the “first” creator of our offenses (with shelvey in the same role as substitute), we could see more spearing in turn overs to know if he’s really ready.
Left Wing 0: Cole, Jovanovic (s), with the arrival of Joe Cole, we can think that, if the team plays with wingers, he will be our left one, Jova in a second role, i don’t want to see Riera having his chance again so i don’t count on him.
Right Wing 0: Kuyt, Maxi (s), in this way, nobody else than Kuyt can be right winger, maxi in second role.
Offensive Midlfielder 0 : Gerrard, for my part we don’t need other player in this role because if Gerrard is missing, Cole can play in an almost same role, and tactic can move in a 442 form, without player needed behind strikers.
Striker 1: Torres, xxx (s): Torres Torres and Torres !!! but we all know that his injuries are consequences of the fact he’s alone in attack, we need a turn over (with a really good striker who want to improve to have his chance, an hungry young striker (Remy?), Ngog has had an important role last year, but i think that if we want him to be an important player in the future he has to be number nine in an other club on loan
In a 442 tactic, Kuyt could be used as a second striker, less winger than scorer, Aqui and Lucas in midfield, maybe Gerrard in a role as right midfield, switching with Kuyt in offensive animation, Cole left winger,
To finish and resume, we made two real important free deals with Jova and Cole playing wingers (don’t forget maxi bought for only 1.5m), wings would not be our weaknesses this year, we only (but really) need now a left back international (and an experienced and not expensive in substitute), an experienced defensive midfielder who can play turn over matches and let Lucas be the one, and a international young and hungry striker (Remy?)
With the sell of Masch and Riera, we can have 30m, to make those three key player become our news reds and making the club back to play again champions league… even if, in my (and our) spirit, I really think that with intelligent transfers we can still play first roles in the championship…
Don’t forget that 442 433 451 don’t really mean anything, in fact, only team spirit, collective action, and offensive animation are important, if our reds “want” to play “together”, every team is beatable…
We all know that in Liverpool… especially in Liverpool :)