by Brian Reece
The season starts in just a few weeks and Liverpool fans are already passing opinions and predictions of what and where Liverpool are going to finish in the league this season, the simply fact is that it must be better than the last.
We have had healthy debates of who should be at Liverpool and who should leave, but with the increased possibility of players like Jovanovic, Polusen, Cole and Aquilani still being at Liverpool whether rightly or wrongly we must just let Dalglish get on with it and use the players he has to start our campaign and try and return us to the top four where we belong.
Aquilani is not a bad player he just hasn’t delivered what his talent promised, understandably Aquilani was brought injured and took time to adjust to the English game which most overseas players do, and lets not forget that we also obtained Andy Carroll injured, and if given time Aquilani could be a fantastic player for us, but most intelligent Liverpool fans will not extend that sympathy to players like Jovanovic and Polusen who have little or no excuse for their performances.
We as supporters sometimes can be cruel in our opinions of players and I am just as guilty of this, but I will always attempt to justify my opinions whether good, bad or indifferent but this is what debate is all about, we as supporters are suppose to disagree, this is what’s so refreshing about our club and our supporters, which say what we think and listen to others opinions.
A lot of fans question the importance of Aquilani and Joe Cole’s role in the squad but it also has to be noted that Aquilani has made it clear that he wishes to return to Italy and Joe Cole does want to stay but his motives must me questioned, Aquilani may well end up as a missed opportunity while Joe Cole is a squad player at best as he does not warrant starting in front of other players in the squad at present.
With regards to our current squad we have a relatively decent squad, but not a squad that will win the title at present, am sure Dalglish is well aware of what’s needed and will make more changes when targets become available at the right price and right circumstances, Players like Maxi, N’Gog, Meireles and Wilson will all have to improve considerably if they want their Liverpool’s playing career to remain beyond January.
It is likely that one more player will arrive at Anfield before the season starts and the possibility of at least two players going, either way its now time to judge how Dalglish deals with this season, Kenny proved he can get results with this squad against the top teams he has beaten Man Utd and Chelsea and drawing with Arsenal but also slipped up against West Ham and Blackpool so now Dalglish must work with what he has and be judged on team performances, Liverpool must finish in the top four this season and another season of Europa League or no European football will be deemed unacceptable so its essential that FSG support Dalglish and insure Liverpool has the funds and the right supporting management in place to achieve this.
If results improve that like they did towards the latter part of last season then Liverpool can look forward towards a fruitful season and one that will drive us towards success that has been strived for since 2006, if there is one manager or one man who can do this for Liverpool football club then its Kenny Dalglish.
FSG have promised supporters success and must now walk the walk with this self inflicted statement of intent, so its also time to judge FSG and their intentions, if they fall short in providing financial support for transfers then Liverpool’s fans will start to question if FSG are just the same as the last disastrous owners, as it stands Liverpool’s supporters are behind FSG, the challenge for FSG is to maintain that trust and support they have been given.