However, the woeful defeat to Hull City was a blow. December is a key month for us and it will go a long way to deciding how we fair for the rest of the season. We need to get through that tricky period with what we have – and Sturridge has gone for 2 months. That is a serious blow.
With that in mind, I think we need a striker. Who, I don’t know because it will be hard to get a proven match winner in January. But another striker has to become a priority if Sturridge is likely to be out for anything approaching an extended period of time. We do have Aspas in reserve but he’s got “failure” written all over him unfortunately. Perhaps Victor Moses will rise up off the bench and show his worth, but he’s another one who is clearly a good player but I’m not convinced it’s going to work for him at Liverpool.
But until this weekend I wasn’t thinking about that position too much – it has now propelled its way to the top of the priorities list.
We also need to beef up our central midfield. And I mean that in every possible connotation of the word – we need to get a powerful force in the engine room. We’ve never replaced Mascherano adequately. It’s not easy, because players of that quality are few and far between and can play at a higher level of football compared to what we can currently offer. But we don’t appear to have even looked at bringing in another destroyer, another physical presence. It’s not Rodgers’ style.
But it needs to become part of his philosophy – our midfield is too much of a pushover. Individually I rate all of our central midfielders but as a unit, they get overrun too easily. We need someone like Diame from West Ham (I’m not saying him, why would he leave the auspices of Big Sam to come to Liverpool?) who will break play up and set himself amongst opposition attacks. Along with set pieces, it’s our biggest weakness and we need to do something about it. M’Vila was at the derby and him, or someone like him, would be ideal.
We also need a left back. This has become more and more apparent in light of Enrique’s injury and the need to play the disastrous Cisshoko. Enrique makes me want to pull clumps of my own hair out in frustration but the loan signing takes it to new levels. He’s awful. I am perfectly happy with the links to Martin Montoya from Barcelona. He’s looked accomplished every time I’ve seen him play.
However, I am prepared to rein this in if Flanagan continues to impress at left back. He was sensational in the derby last weekend and he keeps playing like that, there’s no need to spend fortunes. Unless Luke Shaw at Southampton becomes available because that lad is class, but that’s not happening. Montoya would fit the bill because he can play at right back as well, which might give the increasingly lax Glen Johnson a boot up the backside.
I honestly think we’re mostly on the money so far – a few tweaks here and there and I think we could become a very, very good team.
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