Fluid passing, better movement amongst players, and more of a cutting edge in the overall attack. Lucas Leiva’s return to the midfield was a treat for sore eyes – the way he took back control of the Liverpool midfield, allowing Steven Gerrard to continually push up and link with new boy Borini.
It’s been already pointed out though that Liverpool won’t be playing a side like Gomel every day. Having said that, the continuing doubts over Daniel Agger’s future at Anfield is increasingly worrying.
Of course Rodgers isn’t at fault here, having already come out and said he wants the 27 year old to prolong his stay with the Reds.
Agger himself is reportedly looking to stay, yet apparently new contract talks haven’t seen any kind of positive outcome.
This is a rebuilding process for the club and during this time, it needs the key players to stay. Even during last season’s tumultuous performances in the league, Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel’s defensive partnership was praised time and again.
This would be the worst possible time to break that partnership. Of course Martin Kelly is more than capable of playing in central defence but it’s important for the club not to set a precedence of selling key players.
Speaking of key players, many will strongly disagree and perhaps they’re well within their rights to do so, but allowing Andy Carroll to leave would be a huge mistake.
It’s already been confirmed that Craig Bellamy has returned to Cardiff City ,and if Carroll’s let go as well, it will come back to bite Liverpool later in the season.
He hasn’t yet developed any expectations of starting each and every game and his return to form last season needs to be capitalized on. Especially after his fairly encouraging performances at Euro 2012.
In form, the lad is the perfect man to pressurise defenders and steal balls from them in the final third of the pitch and link with the wide men. His aerial presence will only keep getting better and with more confidence, it won’t be long before that rocket of a left foot drive makes a return.
It’ll be naïve to assume he can’t fit in to Rodgers’ style of play just because he emerged to prominence while playing for a team that used the long ball philosophy.
Now’s not the time to discard the potential the young Geordie holds for the club. A lot of the criticism he’s faced has come as a result of the price tag he has on his head. He didn’t ask for it and it’s slightly unfair to judge by those standards.
He’s a young player, still learning his trade. Given the way he managed to make a form of comeback towards the end of last season, it would appear he may well have the ability to battle adversity and come out flying the other end.
Rodgers needs to retain these players – both Carroll and Agger. Again, people are welcome to disagree on Carroll’s importance but the same people worship most of what former manager Kenny Dalglish did.
Carroll was one of his decisions, albeit with help from Damien Comolli but it’s quite unlikely Dalglish was forced to sign the player.
Let’s put some faith in the front man then.
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