NEIL ATKINSON was joined by Mike Girling and Sean Rogers for this weeks ‘Tuesday Review’.
Did Brendan fox everyone with his Stamford Bridge line up? Did Liverpool play well or did Chelsea just not turn up? Did a positional tweak help Raheem Sterling to his best performance for a few months?
All this and more on ‘The Tuesday Review’.
Surely Hendos best position is centre mid?!!! He’s improved year on year and is still only 24 yet he scored 8 and assisted 14 in a team that basically played without a striker this season. Off the top of my head I can thing of another 3/4 key passes he’s put into Sterling in particular when’s he’s fluffed his lines in front of goal…..Newcastle for one. So he could be on much more assists for the season if we’d had a decent striker to utilise. He scores, he assists, he’s box to box, great passing range, great energy….where else on the pitch is he gonna play?!?! Think you’s are picking at something there that doesn’t need picked at.
Can is a worry for me simply because he’s being shifted around the pitch without nailing down a position. He’s not a fightback/wing back. He’s good on the right of a back 3 but are we gonna persist with that next season with no natural wingbacks?? He’s rarely been played midfield for which he was bought. I dont see why he can play holding midfield in the next 2 games. If we go 4-3-3 next season (Rodgers preferred formation?) then is a midfield 3 of Can, Hendo and Coutinho all that bad?? I Gerrards the only midfielder that goes we are left with Hendo, Can, Allen, Lucas, Coutinho, Lallana and maybe Milner. That’s a decent selection to pick a midfield 3 from.
Gotta agree on the Ings thing. He’s fine to bring in as a 3rd/4th choice striker but only if we bring in a top notch striker too. By getting him for just a few mil that hopefully frees up funds to out toward the top quality striker. We will have the EL to contend with next yr so while Sturidge is out the new striker can be kept for the league while Ings and Origi can be used as starters in the EL and Carling Cup etc. My fear is that Rodgers will play him for a few games, he doesn’t hit the ground running and is cast off into the ever increasing pile of players that Rodgers doesn’t “trust”.
Soz…. This comment should went under the Anfield Wrap pod.