Liverpool

Liverpool’s Top Four Hopes Rest On 21…And A Few More

Liverpool have named their squad for the coming Premier League season but instead of the required 25, manager Roy Hodgson has decided to only pick 21 players.

Under the new regulations, a team must have a minimum of 8 players who fall into the bracket of ‘home grown’, leaving a possible 17 players as ‘non home grown’ players to complete a 25 man squad.

It’s no surprise to see the likes of Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Glen Johnson and Joe Cole, who seemingly make up a large part of the Reds first team talent, as part of the home grown selection, along with Paul Konchesky who joined from Hodgson’s former club Fulham on deadline day for around £4 million.

Australian goalkeeper Brad Jones also qualifies as a home grown player after spending over 9 years at North East club Middlesbrough and completes the home grown number contingent along with 21 year old Jay Spearing and Stephen Darby who impressed for the club during pre season.

New signing Raul Meireles has also been named as part of the 21 man squad and many fans will hope he can bring greater success to the club than some of the other foreign signings to arrive at Anfield in recent years such as Alberto Aquilani and Maxi Rodriguez, who arrived with large expectations but as yet have failed to deliver, resulting in Aquilani’s case, in being loaned back to Italy with Juventus in an attempt to recapture the form that enticed Liverpool to shell out £17 million in the first place.

However, under the regulations, a club can use as many players as they want who are under the age of 21 regardless of their nationality. This ruling means that although Hodgson has chose a squad of just 21 players, the former Fulham boss still has the likes of David Ngog, Martin Kelly, Daniel Wilson, Jonjo Shelvey, Daniel Pacheco, Peter Gulacsi and Nathan Eccleston to call upon should he find himself struggling to make up the numbers on any given match day.

Liverpool as a squad should have more than enough to at least challenge for a top four spot as long as they can get the likes of Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres contributing on a regular basis. After a somewhat difficult first few games for the Reds, fans are still waiting to see the best from new signing Joe Cole, whose performances could become paramount if Liverpool are to improve on last season and give the Anfield faithful something considerable to cheer about.

Home Grown Players

Steven Gerrard

Joe Cole

Glen Johnson

Jamie Carragher

Brad Jones

Paul Konchesky

Jay Spearing

Stephen Darby

Non Home Grown Players

Raul Meireles

Fernando Torres

Pepe Reina

Martin Skrtel

Dirk Kuyt

Ryan Babel

Milan Jovanovic

Christian Poulsen

Daniel Agger

Sotirios Kyrgiakos

Fabio Aurelio

Maxi Rodriguez

Lucas Leiva

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