NEIL Atkinson, Rob Gutmann, Martin Fitzgerald and Steve Graves are in for this week’s podcast, albeit, at least, in body if not in spirit after Liverpool comprehensively dispatched West Ham and Daniel Sturridge made a goalscoring return for the Mighty Reds.
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Great show, as usual. Do young players score from the distance? Christian Eriksen scores quite a few goals like that. Young, ballplaying creative types who can also score from the distance, curl one in the corner from a freekick or from open play outside the box … these players do exist. If Coutinho added that to his game, he would be the best AM in the league.
Excellent podcast – thanks lads.
It’s great to enjoy watching LFC again and a real change from the dark days of a couple of months ago. We have to give credit to the manager. He has been posed with problems every season he’s been here and he’s solved the puzzle each time. I think the development that really helped BR was Stevie’s announcement. It’s been liberating. Since then, BR’s been much more relaxed about resting Gerrard or playing him further forward rather than the quarterback position, with Lucas playing as the proper defensive midfielder. It’s made all the difference.
The only thing that makes me nervous are the reports that Sterling and Coutinho are stalling on their contract extensions. That could be just paper talk, but if it’s true then I’d be panicking.
Oh, I forgot to add that *surely* Coutinho can take a better free-kick than Hendo?! Didn’t Lallana take them for Southampton? If Hendo’s our deadball expert then we’ll pose no threat.
Glad Rob’s not choosing the team. Let’s save that one for next season……
Talking of sterling at hull and when his form started to improve i noticed that when saurez used to give him pelters for picking wrong options he felt more pressure and it affected his confidence and form , when saurez started to encourage (after hull) and go over and acknowledge sterlings assists and encourage etc was when he stepped up ,this season he has stepped up again i’m guessing brendan had a word with saurez its all about confidence at that age
Shelvey is another young player that can score from distance. Did us a huge favor today by taking three points from Southampton with another belter. But I’d take Coutinho “as is” over Jonjo any day of the week. Thank goodness he’s no longer our problem (but still finding ways to help LFC’s league position).
Enjoyed the pod. Just wanted to make a general point though. Whenever Gerrard’s name is brought up, it is always along the lines of “Let’s not beat around the bush lads, we can have a conversation about Stevie not being an automatic pick now…”.
This is then always followed by a long stream of needless odes and more caveats than my old girl used to give me when agreeing to let me go to the under-18s night at RJs nightclub in New Brighton, back in the late-1980s.
When did we get so sentimental about putting ageing players out to pasture, after their legs had gone? After we had stopped winning everything, that’s when!
I would just like to see everybody associated with the club toughening-up a bit. The directors, the manager, the players and the fans all seem a bit soft, compared to how we were 30-odd years ago. I don’t want our next captain to retire with a cabinet full of hard luck stories and flowers thrown from the stands.
I want him to be a winner. The sort of man you may not particularly like but can’t help respecting because of what he has achieved.
The sort of man that is Graeme Souness. Couldn’t agree more.
Yeah, although I find Souness far easier to like than Roy Keane or Jon Terry. Gary Neville never intimidated anyone, but his will to win was undeniable. All three have been proper leaders.
I like what I have seen from Henderson so far though. It’s as though he has recognised the flaws in Gerrard’s captaincy and has decided to show his team-mates just how a captain of a big team needs to conduct himself on the pitch. A strong all-round vocal presence, always keeping the referee on his toes and constantly letting him know if we have been getting the rough end of the big decisions. He is now at the point where his performances also command respect.
Gerrard’s approach has been to just lead by example. This only works if you have superb positional discipline and are in the prime of your career. If you have a quiet captain, who is also having a poor game, your team isn’t really being led at all.
You may have found Souness likeable, our opponents didn’t!
Souness was a noble savage. An animal with class. At least, when he was a player. I basically agree with what you are saying though, Paul.
Actually, I met someone in London who claimed to have been at school with him. Apparently, he used to hang around the school exit doors at break-time, dishing out head-butts to lads he didn’t like as they tried to skulk past him into the yard.