Liverpool Building For Next Season

By on April 13, 2011

Liverpool celebrate Andy Carroll second goal

Liverpool’s demolition of Manchester City on Monday night shows there’s still life in the old Liver bird. The Reds dominated in all areas of the game with impressive performances from Andy Carroll and youngster John Flanagan.

A big injury list at Liverpool threatened to derail Kenny Dalglish’s rebuilding project. However Flanagan with Carragher at his side showed skill and quality beyond his years, but most importantly the full back kept a cool head throughout his Liverpool debut. He looked like he had always been a part of the back four.

Liverpool are far from being the finished product but they showed signs that they are moving in the right direction. They hustled and pressured City all over the park. The performance resembled Liverpool in the Champions League. Their desire for victory was clear they showed no fear and played some fantastic football at times.

Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll’s link up play was good and Carroll finally started to stand up to his expensive price tag.  Both showed a great work rate as they got back and helped out in midfield when they needed too.

Another positive for Liverpool was Jay Spearing. Monday was defiantly his best performance for Liverpool. He will never be at the level of a Xabi Alonso or a Mascherano but his passion and will to do well in a red shirt is clearer than ever. A recent run in the first team has doubled his confidence. Spearing looks twice the player he first was when he came into the Liverpool first team. It’s clear his positioning, awareness, touch and passing are all better.

Liverpool’s performance continued to show the work of Dalglish and the rest of the backroom staff as Liverpool’s movement, passing and pressing caused City many difficulties. The shackles have been taken off Liverpool and they are running free because of it.  After years and years of pundits and journalists saying Liverpool relay too much on Steven Gerrard it was refreshing to see the side flourish in his absence.

There is still work to be done. Liverpool will need a couple of signings in the summer not only to bolster the team but to keep the likes of Pepe Reina happy. Reina is crucial to Liverpool’s progress. Look at the issues Arsenal have had between the sticks. It could be argued that if Reina was in goal for Arsenal this season they would win the league this season.

Liverpool are crying out for a winger. With Suarez doing all the leg work and Carroll and unstoppable force in the air the Reds need a player that can put a top quality ball into the box. Liverpool’s wings haven’t had a quality player since Steve McManaman left for Madrid in 1999.

All in all Liverpool displayed the confidence and performance they need to. They have progressed a great deal under Dalglish and showing all the signs that the Liver bird will be fighting it out next season for a top four finish.

Do you agree?

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8 Comments

  1. Chunky

    April 13, 2011 at 11:06 am

    About the comments on Spearing not being on the level of Alonso or Mascherano – A little too harsh I would say. He has barely started his career so I would NOT condemn him so soon. Some fan you are!!

  2. rick

    April 13, 2011 at 11:49 am

    good pice of business. totally agree.

  3. Jonny

    April 13, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Chunky – I have not comdemed Spearing. Far from it, im saying hes developing and becoming a better player. Hes benefited from the guidence Kenny. His recent run in the team has helped his confidence and his recent performances have are showing his game is improving in all areas. However I don’t think he will reach the level of an Alonso or Mascherano and I know im not the only person that thinks this.

  4. Jerry

    April 13, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Chunky you numpty – Xabi and Masch are world class DM’s. That doesn’t just happen overnight, Spearing is 22 now and he’s hardly set the Reserves alight nevermind the first team. Xabi and Masch were dominant at the age of 22 and yet because Spearing is a local lad he must be given more time? He will never be more than a bit-part player and he’s not got the quality to start in the Prem for anyone above mid-table.

  5. Don .D.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:55 am

    I agree with you about Flanaghan.. but a true test for the lad will be sunday against Arsenal if he gets the shout. Nasri Arshavin and Clichy will be a much tougher test down that right side…

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  7. Chai

    April 14, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I totally agree we need a good winger. Meireles did well with his cross to Carroll but he is better off playing in the middle.

  8. ralph

    April 15, 2011 at 3:15 am

    Liverpool need 2 fast wingers right and left side like Lennon and Walcot speed but good defending at the same time when needed to kill the opposing team’s attack in the middle of the field before they get to Reina.

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