Liverpool’s Premier League campaign hasn’t exactly gone according to plan in 2012, so much so that if the league was to have started on January 1st one of the great names of English football would be found languishing in the relegation zone. With this is in mind its time for John Henry to stop throwing money at the problem and leave Dalglish to deal with the squad he’s created.
So here’s my top three reasons while it’s time for Liverpool’s American owner to put his cheque away out of the reach of their Glaswegian manager:
The disappointing quality of Dalglish’s previous signings – Adam, Henderson, Carroll, Downing have all failed to impress since joining Liverpool and there’s no reason to believe that Dalglish’s choice of signing is going to improve.
Downing suddenly appears incapable of beating a defender and providing a cross, Henderson has failed to live up to the potential he showed at Sunderland, Adam looks slower than ever and Carroll, well Carroll has simply been awful. If Dalglish was to recruit players of a similar quality come the summer relegation could really become an issue for the Merseyside giants.
The current side are failing to gel – The new signings have failed to blend with the side’s already established players, throwing more new players into the mix would only escalate this problem. For example the running of Spearing and Henderson has failed to balance out Adam’s lack of pace and work rate.
While even those who have impressed this campaign have failed to reap the benefits of their performance e.g. despite unanimously been seen as one of Liverpool’s best players this season Luis Suarez has actually produced only 7 goals.
Dalglish is unable to adjust his tactics in light of new signings – Andy Carroll is the prime example of this point. The player prospered at St. James Park amid their direct playing style, the more subtle passing game and wing play preferred at Anfield was never likely to suit the big Geordie.
Dalglish should either have signed a striker more suited to his tactics or changed them to bring the best out of his £35 million signing.
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