There are many occassions in a season when a fan just wants to get up and ask the manager of his beloved club a question. Why did you do this? When did you drop him? Why isn’t he playing? As much as fans love to watch their club succeed under the right manager, some situations just don’t add up.
So here are the five most-glaring questions Liverpool should be answering to their fans.
- 1) Why were all the strikers sold, bar Luis Suarez?
During the months of July and August earlier this year, new manager Brendan Rodgers took a step in the right direction by declaring his method of positive, fluent football. The style that was so successful under his old club Swansea, was going to be implemented into a new-look Anfield side in an attempt to steer the team back to their title-winning ways.
The problem was that after signing Roma’s Fabio Borini, who has only played one full season in his career, Rodgers than proceeded to send Andy Carroll to West Ham on a season-long loan, sell Craig Bellamy to Cardiff and Nathan Eccleston to Blackpool. With no other recognised striker at the club, why did the clear-out materialise?
Adding salt to the wound, Borini picked up an injury which has kept him out and is still keeping him on the side-lines for three months. With only 13 goals in the Premier League from 10 games, Liverpool are one injury short of a crisis. Suarez has kept them in the running for a top-8 finish by bagging seven goals himself but what would happen if he was to get injured?
- 2) Why were there millions spent on the wrong players?
Taking a look at the amount of money spent on summer acquisitions doesn’t make for good viewing for Liverpool fans. Considering last summer The Reds spent £16m on Jordan Henderson and £20m on Stewart Downing, could the money have been better spent elsewhere? Considering the lack of options up front, it’s surprising to think that players such as Emmanuel Adebayor and Aroune Kone were signed for just £5m and £2.7m respectively.
Charlie Adam is another example of a player they didn’t really need to buy but chose to have only to sell him a season later. Christian Poulsen also comes to mind as a signing that was immediately deemed surplus in the matter of a couple of months. Just how many more signings can Liverpool make without making a loss?
- 3) Is the Europa League taken seriously?
The old saying goes. ‘Six years without a trophy.’ Up until last year’s Carling Cup victory over Cardiff, Liverpool were beginning to lose their silverware ambitions. Once one of the toughest English clubs to play against, where Europe stood up and noticed the never-say-die 2005 Champions League winning side, now stands a completely different team.
It’s always a sign of a well-structured club when young players are given the chance to shine from time to time. What Liverpool need to systemise in Europe is a good balance between youth and experience which has seen even the likes of AC Milan and Manchester United find success over the years.
Right now, inexperienced players such as Suso, Andre Wisdom, Conor Coady and Jon Flanagan all starred in their last Europa League game against Anzhi Makhachkala, which they lost 1-0. No doubt had at least one of the likes of Steven Gerrard, Pepe Reina, Joe Allen or Nuri Sahin featured, maybe a victory would have been on the cards.
Winning the Europa League is no mean feat; just ask Atlético Madrid. How much do Liverpool want it?
- 4) Who is going to be signed in the January transfer window?
A poor track-record of signings must come to a halt soon and surely one big-name signing is on the radar for the Liverpool scouts in January. In what is a majority opinion, a striker is an absolute necessity at Anfield and if rumours can come true, many fans will be wishing Klass-Jan Huntelaar can begin life in the Premier League.
The Dutchman’s record at Schalke currently stands at 69 goals in 97 games, a phenomenal statistic. Rated by Louis Van Gaal as the ‘best player in the world when in the penalty area’ Huntelaar would be the perfect fit for misfiring Liverpool. Strong in the air, good with his feet and with a partner in the shape of Suarez, this could be the deadly force needed to wake up the five-time Champions of Europe.
Other names in the mix could be Celtic’s Gary Hooper, Newcastle’s Demba Ba, Aston Villa’s Darren Bent and most ambitious of all, Barcelona’s David Villa.
- 5) Do Liverpool really have a chance at the title this year?
With the on-going revolution of Brendan Rodgers and his aforementioned tactical methods, it’s going to take a while for the Anfield side to click into gear. There have been some real glimpses of potential from players like Raheem Sterling but ultimately it is the idea of what a club can do with the players today rather than wait on the future.
In a couple of years’ time, with some real strikers in the side, the Reds could very well prove a threat to the Premier League holders and may find themselves in the running if they hold onto stars Luiz Suarez and Martin Skrtel.
It may be too soon for them now, but with a good youth basis and experience to spare, Liverpool look like they have a strong future ahead. Whether they can wait until then is the question only football can answer.858602