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The pinnicle of their career, or just not mentally strong enough?

Date: 12th November 2012 at 5:30 pm
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STEWART Downing, and all arrived at with a lot of expectation and with a tag of the future of English football.

With all three still currently contracted to Liverpool, they all still carry a tag, but instead of the one mentioned above, they carry one of some of the biggest flops to pull on a Liverpool shirt since their money spinning moves to Merseyside.

During his Aston Villa and Middlesbrough days, Downing created chances for fun and also mucked in with his fair share of goals. He played with the confidence and the direct style that Liverpool have been crying out for on the left flank for more than a decade. Henderson’s first full season in the Sunderland first team seen him boss their midfield and earn him plaudits all across the nation. Andy Carroll was in fine goal scoring form for Newcastle which also earned him credit from managers and players across the country.

So why is it that when players make the move to Anfield it takes such a long time, if ever, for them to reach their true potential? The players mentioned are not the only big name players to struggle at Anfield. Peter Crouch, , Robbie Keane and Joe Cole are all others that have struggled. In fact it’s only Crouchy, who after a slow start, finally found his feet and made a good go of his Anfield career.

I have a few thoughts on this, with the first being that certain players may well feel that by finalising their big money move to a club like Liverpool, it’s the pinnacle of their career. In recent times there is only , , , , Raul Meireles and Fernando Torres who come to mind, who have swapped the Red of Liverpool to go on and gain further success with different clubs, with four of the six choosing to play their football at either or .


It is only the world class players that will go on and have a chance of playing for a bigger club than Liverpool. It is only the world class players who will want more than just being able to say that they have played for Liverpool. The attitude that is filtered from the players mentioned is that they don’t care; they’ve played for Liverpool now. Not many players can claim to have played for one of the greatest clubs in world football

My second thought is that certain players are not mentally strong enough and the pressure of playing for such an illustrious club is all too much and they just simply crumble. People talk about how the images of our glorious past around both Melwood and Anfield are there to act as an inspiration. Everybody is different and for some this will be the case, for others this will only add to the pressure of playing for Liverpool as this is a constant reminder of the bench mark that has been set.

My next thought is our scouting system. Do we have mediocre scouts who struggle to spot real talent and a player who actually fits the Liverpool style and philosophy? Just because a player is great for one side does not mean he will be for another. has constantly spoken about the type of player he wants. He wants winners, people who will give their all for the shirt. Players who will go into every 50/50 challenge with 100% commitment. Those players are hard to find these days and this is another reason why I believe Rodgers has stuck with some of the youngsters.

Rodgers has some big decisions to make in the January transfer window and providing we can strengthen it wouldn’t come as too much of a surprise should we see the likes of Downing, Henderson and Cole head for the Anfield exit.


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14 thoughts on “The pinnicle of their career, or just not mentally strong enough?

  • kirbyking
    2 years ago

    carroll and downing are not liverpool class . i actually think henderson has potential if we can wait long enough for it to come out .

    allen assaidi and sahin are also nowhere even close to anfield quality and should go

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  • Jgats
    2 years ago

    Allen Sahin and Assaidi not good enough!?
    Allen has been immense, Sahin a world class talent and Assaidi has yet to receive a chance in the prem!!

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    • simon
      2 years ago

      ha ha . try watching some matches and quit the comedy !

      ‘allen immense’ lol lol lol . i agree about sahin but assaidi isnt even championship player

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    • bellers
      2 years ago

      immense , dont be stupid . its suicidal having a weak midget in midfield . he is just backwards player too

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    • Francis
      2 years ago

      wrong wrong and wrong again jgats , Rodgers bought 3 lemons there

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  • LFC Dean
    2 years ago

    Give Henderson a go in defensive midfield instead of Allen – Get rid of Downing . Carroll deserves another go under a better manager

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  • bellers
    2 years ago

    henderson downing allen assaidi coates sahin borini are all tat , get rid of all
    borini carroll enrique need more chances

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    • LFCkeano
      2 years ago

      not enrique – he is good , downing is ok as a sub

      i agree with the others
      ps . you forgot joe cole

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    • Daveyj
      2 years ago

      Coates tat? Behave

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  • horrid henry
    2 years ago

    top expensive players shouldn’t need 5 minutes to settle and play , let alone 5 months . all 3 are not good enough neither is allen or sahin

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  • kay
    2 years ago

    We can talk tactics,money,players,formation,JW Hendry,but, ultimately if we don’t bring Rafa back or another coach of his calibre,we will just remain a mid-table club. Since 2000 it has been realised in football that you can no longer keep a manager for future success,cos what happens after 5yrs if it doesnt work out? Do we start another 5yr project. Rafa won the CL in the first season,Pep won the double,Jose,Klopp,Wenger,Ancelotti to name a few. Guys like Fergie(going 5yrs without silverware,yet having the best budget) would never make the grade in the current game,he still be working somewhere in his hometown… So why as LFC are we trying to be a grooming arena for an unexperienced guy like Rogers? He should do his time like Pep did at Barca and understand the game more thoroughly,no disrespct to Rogers,but, WE ARE LIVERPOOL!!!!BESIDES ANY COACH THAT IS FERGIE-FRIENDLY IS JUST NOT LIVERPOOL… IF FERGIE DOESNT MIND YOU, YOU NOT GOOD ENOUGH!!!

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  • Russ
    2 years ago

    Seriously….. Assaidi has looked good each time he’s given the chance, ran at full back and delivered a decent ball. Infact in most games when he’s played he’s looked our most creative player (other than Suarez)

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    • Sid
      2 years ago

      he runs fast , looks tricky and then … oops nothing ! not fit for the reserves in my opinion

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  • scott
    2 years ago

    Henderson has ability . Send him on loan until he rediscovers it

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