It’s been a tough season so far for Liverpool fans, watching their team perish into the depths of the relegation zone. However, the recent buy out by American outfit, NESV, maybe the saving grace to rescue the Reds’ season.
Liverpool’s lack of creativity at the Reebok yesterday was exceptionally clear; Torres looked more like Kevin Davies than the man himself. So with January approaching, one must ponder where Roy Hodgson will look to change his fortunes.
Liverpool’s lack of wing backs is stifling their attacking play. Newboy Konchesky has looked reasonable but seems to be without the ability to really overlap and create chances.
Furthermore, the lack of a natural right back at the club is not only forcing Liverpool to rely on Maxi far too much down the wing, but is also inviting pressure on the defence. Croatian captain, Darijo Srna would be a fantastic addition to the back four, utilizing strength and experience with the possible addition of Marseille left back Taye Taiwo for some pace and muscle.
Since Xavi Alonso left Anfield for the Bernabeu just over a year ago, Liverpool have really struggled to fill that role. Alberto Aquilani looked decent when Benitez decided to play him, though his time at the club has been frustrating and Lucas Leiva has never really made the impact Reds’ fans desired.
I do believe that we are yet to see the best in Raul Merieles, though the possible addition of World Cup starlet and CSKA Moscow player Keisuke Honda could be the player to give Liverpool a little more vision through the middle for roughly £15million.
An injection of pace and creativity is desperately needed on the wing to really get Liverpool challenging. I would consider moving Joe Cole back to his original position and strengthening with proven stars such as PSV’s Dutch youngster Ibrahim Affelay or Udinese’s Chilean “wonder boy” Alexis Sanchez, both of which would cost around £20million.
Torres has looked tired in recent weeks. Despite his endeavour, he has looked alone up top, chasing nothing balls and lacking support. David Ngog, though still a decent enough striker, is yet to make the impact I think that one day he may be capable of. 6ft 5” giant Fernando Llorente has been strongly linked with the club in recent weeks and could prove to be the perfect partner for Torres for roughly £22million.
Several options will be available to Hodgson after Christmas and it will be interesting to see what plans the former Fulham man has to resurrect his team’s fortunes.
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