After suffering a humiliating heavy defeat by Hull City (Reds lost 3-0), how King Kenny must crave for the return of his most potent deadly striker Luis Suarez and talismanic captain Steven Gerard.
On Saturday King Kenny hid behind the excuse of, “it’s only a friendly. ” However his face told of the disappointment of losing. King Kenny is a born winner and men of this ilk never like to lose, even if it is a pre-season friendly.
Luis Suarez has just lifted the Copa America, scoring four goals in the process and cementing is reputation as a world beater! While the striker is in outstanding form I’m sure the player and manager would like nothing more and continue playing.
With the new season now less than a month away that would give the striker little if no time to rest. Everybody knows tired bodies break down. If Liverpool want to be successful this campaign then they will need Suarez to be fit for the majority of the season.
There is good reason to wary of the perils and pitfalls of playing continuous football. A lengthy list of fallen names proves to be telling evidence. Some names are close to home too, those of Michael Owen, Harry Kewell and Jamie Redknapp. All talented young footballers, all picked up injuries of the back of busy summers that plagued their latter careers.
King Kenny has proven already during his second stint in charge at Anfield that he treads a cautious path when it come to a player’s fitness. His treatment of January signing Andy Carroll is a sign of this. It Carroll several months to get his long awaited debut, even then he was used sparingly.
Liverpool would benefit more from having a rejuvenated Suarez returning three or four games into the season rather than returning to the start and pulling a hamstring in September/October, sidelining him for months at a time. Liverpool now have a squad that is big enough to cope without one or two of their biggest stars, but even the biggest of squads miss their stars when they’re out for a substantial time.