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Who Must Stay, Who Must Go: Liverpool’s Midfield and Forwards

In the sequel to our ‘who must stay who must go’ edition for Liverpool’s defenders, here I review Liverpool’s midfielders and strikers.


Raul Meireles

Perhaps the only bright spark that came out of Roy Hodgson’s reign at Anfield. A goal threat, a good passer and one for the tackle. He’s resurgence under Kenny Dalglish has also been a revelation.

My Verdict: Stay

Lucas Leiva

The Brazilian midfielder has improved greatly this season and has stepped up to the plate left by Mascherano. Possibly Liverpool FC’s best player of the season given his passing ability and his tracking back. Still young, Lucas has a huge potential to fulfill with Liverpool over the coming years.

My Verdict: Stay

Christian Poulsen

Another one of those ‘Roy Hodgson imagining he’s still at Fulham’ buys. Has absolutely looked horrible and to add to his dreadful passing, he’s dreadfully off the pace.

My Verdict: Get him out of here!

Jay Spearing

Hard in a tackle, assured in his passing, Spearing does in fact seem like he’s got the potential to be a star with Liverpool FC. An academy graduate, but has taken a few years to get his feet together and his energy is giving Liverpool more bite in midfield.

My Verdict: Stay

Steven Gerrard

No explanation needed here

My Verdict: Stay

Jonjo Shelvey

Not seen that much this season, although he certainly needs to work on his tackling, as I still get worried that he will get a red card every time he makes a tackle. Still, he’s 19 and he’s highly regarded, so I think he’s a keeper.

My Verdict: Stay

Maxi Rodriguez

Absolutely anonymous until 5 weeks ago, where he awoke from his slumber and he’s been knocking in plenty of goals ever since. A clever player who exploits the defence and can punish them dreadfully.

My Verdict: Stay

Joe Cole

The wave of optimism has long disappeared from Anfield over him long ago. From that red card to simply playing in that Lancashire Senior Cup. Deadwood, if not worse.

My Verdict: Oh please go.


Milan Jovanovic

This move looked doomed from the start. He simply didn’t fit into any manager’s plans other than that of Rafael Benitez, whom brought him in. Hardly played this season, and when he has, he hasn’t been that great.

My Verdict: Go.

Dirk Kuyt

Very versatile. And he doesn’t seem to stop working for the team. Can score headers, long shots, penalties and even the one on ones.

My Verdict: Stay

Luis Suarez

Been an absolute revelation for the Reds this year since his spring transfer to Merseyside. Goals, assists, crosses, skills, this Uruguayan seems to have it all. Certainly has made us forget ermm, what’s his name again? Fernando Who?

My Verdict: Stay

Andy Carroll

Well, haven’t seen so much of him, and Suarez has certainly outshined him for the entire of their time together in their Liverpool adventure, but should Liverpool bring in someone capable of a good cross in the summer, bet on the 35 million pounds being spent looking like spare change.

My Verdict: Stay

David N’gog

Well, he’s got pace and a cool head for the one on one. Problem is, Liverpool don’t exactly play like that. Lacks ability to create chances and the instincts to finish off.

My Verdict: Give him a season’s loan away from Liverpool

Submitted by Two Liverpool Fans




  1. Dennis

    May 24, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Another dead wood player was left out:

    El Zhar RW/LW is still on clubs books, he needs to be shown the door and Ngog should be shown the door also.

  2. redhed17

    May 24, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I agree with most of the article, but on last seasons displays, to dismiss Gerrard leaving out of hand is a bit blinkered. He has had a very poor season. And I feel we play better as a team when he is not playing, as the rest seem to defer to him too much.
    Maxi has had his usual anonymous season, last 5 weeks aside, and if he is on a large wage, use it to pay someone more consistent.

    • Dennis

      May 24, 2011 at 12:52 pm

      Well said i think Maxi Rodriguez should also been shown the door, a season is not based on 5 games. it is based on 43 on average a season, so for that reason Maxi should be sold on or shipped out in the summer!!!!!!!!!!

      • Jay Wright

        May 24, 2011 at 2:33 pm

        totally agreed Dennis – people are so easily blinded and instantly forget that it was these same players that got us into the hole that we find ourselves. Rafa and Hodgson had to pay with their Liverpool careers for their failures and so should some of the players that actually contributed to our downfall, not just those guys that have been on our benches

  3. Shynee1

    May 24, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Fellow liverpudian, keep de faith let know each other more on facebook.. Arch makata chukwunoyen, Exactly wat i wanted… Liverpool till death, Ngog pls go out on loan..

  4. Shynee1

    May 24, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    …Joe cole out, pls by all means get downing and ashly young pls pls pls pls pls pls pls…

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