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How Do You Solve A Problem Like Suso?

Date: 16th January 2013 at 5:20 pm
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Suso of Liverpool and SpainWELL, quite easily really. The young Spaniard has been played on the left of the front trio and on the right, more often, yet neither of these are his best position. With Rodgers’ plan A there is a growing feeling he is getting it right, but against Aston Villa we saw that there are times when it needs tweaking.

Enter .

Suso should be played as closely to Suarez or Sturridge as possible, as the games where we are playing against teams that just defend he is one of the few players that can make that difference. A ‘no look’ pass, beating a man in close proximity, Suso is not blessed with electric pace but he has that way of playing that this generation of young Spaniards are all blessed with.

It’s a mixture of guile and agility that gives the player with the ball the confidence and frame of mind to just go past his man with the simplest of ease.

Suso has this in abundance, which makes him so dangerous to play against. In the blink of an eye he is past his man through fleet of foot, showing great skill and trickery to embarrass his marker.

Suso, along with , has been played “out of position” quite a fair bit this season, and has still looked good. Although of late he has been subbed a fair bit, which may affect his confidence, but he won’t let it show in his playing style. The ideal scenario would be one of a front three of Sterling, Suarez and Sturridge with Lucas, Suso/Shelvey and Gerrard/Henderson behind them. Suso pushing up to support the front three as much as possible to really get the best out of him and others around him.

In the Spaniard, recently capped for his national teams under 21 side, we have a player that can play here for years to come and with a manager that has no problem trusting youth then the future is bright for the youngster. Real Madrid and Barcelona are already putting out the feelers for him, but the level headed kid from Cadiz has only recently signed a long-term deal with the Reds, keeping him at Anfield to help him flourish beyond his teen years to become a mainstay in the first team.

Player comparisons are sometimes misleading, but if you were to compare Suso to anyone it would be ; someone who has become so pivotal to the way reigning champions Manchester City, play. Suso needs to add goals to his game, as he has a few assists to his name already, but the composure in front of goal will come with more game time and age. There is an ever growing feeling on that when Suso scores, he will explode, such is his desire to make it at Liverpool.

Credit must go to Rodgers for having the guts to play the likes of Suso, , and others so frequently, but it is also a damning realisation of how poorly we have spent on so called senior members of the squad – which is an entirely different topic altogether. One thing we can all agree on is that Suso will be an Anfield regular for years to come.

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44 thoughts on “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Suso?

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  • the answer!
    2 years ago

    Drop sterling for a good number(4) of games and play suso as close as possible to gerrard and suarez… Suso’s a playmaker, not a winger…Barca and R.Madrid wanted him, I’m almost certain they wouldn’t have put him on the wing! Think top 4

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  • Seb
    2 years ago

    Things are beyond a joke now , how anyone can support the catastrophe that is Brendan Rogers amazes me . Dont results matter to Liverpool FC anymore ?

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    • ozred
      2 years ago

      We support the club. We also recognise that nearly every manager who has gone on to have success has had to endure short term adjustment which reflects on the table.

      No manager could have come in with the squad we’ve got and won us the title. Get that through your heads people. Pep pep pep, mourinho… blablabla. Look at the quality of their squads. It’s miles ahead of where ours is.

      We’ve taken a couple of neccessary steps back this year to the benefit of finding and developing Suso, Sterling, Shelvy and Henderson – all playing the best football of their careers.

      We finally have a second striker who can score goals unlike the big dope number 9 we currently have. Suarez and Enrique in the form of their life, Johnson and Downing playing the best football since they’ve been at Liverpool etc etc etc.

      Whilst i still shake my head about Allen along with other things you take the good with the bad and NEED TO ACCEPT that the squad had been catastrophically mis handled over the last 24 months so time is required to right the wrongs.

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      • Gary
        2 years ago

        You really dont understand football , do you ? Just about everything you say is wrong .Everytime you leave a comment, it makes you look childishly stupid

        Taking ‘neccesary’ steps back ? what rubbish is that ??? No need for any steps back – get a good manager, sign good players and things will improve …… get it ?

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        • Gary
          2 years ago

          More rubbish when you say those 4 have played best under Rodgers . Shelvey had better season last for Liverpool and Blackpool, And didnt Henderson play much better for Sunderland ? Suso and Sterling are in first senior year, but i would expect better anyway

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        • Gary
          2 years ago

          Rodgers has inherited a excellent squad, it has been grossly mis-handled by Rodgers . its fine everyone having diffrent opinions, but yours are just so uneducated its laughable

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        • Matt
          2 years ago

          How can you Rodgers inherited an excellent squad when they finished 8th last season?

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      • simon
        2 years ago

        LOL . do u make this waffle up as u go along ? or do u actually believe the total nonsense u write ?

        you dont know about LFC , u dont know about winning , thats what important . clueless as usual

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      • Chan
        2 years ago

        @Ozred

        So BR had inherited a bad squad but the first thing he did was to pay 15 mill for the hapless Allen and then describe him as some sort of Messi waiting to happen?

        Yes i know there are good and bad but who proactively bring in the bad? Does BR not know we REALLY needed a striker at that time?

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      • fotheringham
        2 years ago

        Ozred you talk rubbish as always . The squad last season underperformed … but was still an top squad full of excellent players , internationals and a plethora of great youth , it won a cup and got to another final

        Like Gary said you dont understand football , try learning about it before spewing nonsense

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    • Chan
      2 years ago

      To some no as both the manager and the owners lost sight of what it is to be LFC.

      Sorry, i take it back,they can’t lose what they don’t have in the first place.

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  • Rai Reds
    2 years ago

    Lets see where all this ends up at the end of the season and them pass judgments

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    • simon
      2 years ago

      why wait one whole season , we have the worst manager in our modern history at the helm but still can salvage the season IF we had a good manager

      Would ANY other club NOT sack their manager , if they were under-performing as we are ?

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  • Dickie Rock
    2 years ago

    Good article again Liam *Toppa*

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  • Matt
    2 years ago

    I just read on goal.com that Liverpool are back in the race to sign Sneijder, should I be excited, is this site trust worthy of information?

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    • fotheringham
      2 years ago

      NO , unless you see it on Sky Sports – forget it

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      • Matt
        2 years ago

        I thought it was too good to be true.

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  • Keane
    2 years ago

    Youngsters should play in their proper position to help them settle in . Playing Suso on the wing , and hauling him off after 50 minutes every game is detrimental to the kids progress and confidence

    Apart from Wisdom , i dont think Rodgers has handled the kids well at all . We have an exceptionally talented group of starlets , i believe a better manager would get more out of them

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