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Liverpool Defenders Assessed: Who Should Play Rightback Next Season?

In our new feature we assess who should play in each position Liverpool next season. In the first installment we’re going to be looking at who should play rightback.

For this post’s purposes, Liverpool are going to play a basic 4-4-2 formation.


Option A: Martin Kelly

Out for the second half of the season, and was very much missed at rightback. A talented young fullback with bags of pace and decent crossing ability. What must be noticed about our young talent is that he is pretty good at defending as well. Good with a header and with a tackle. He absolutely showed this by keeping Johnson from the rightback spot in the first half of the season.

Option B: Glen Johnson

Perhaps the most naturally gifted rightback among Liverpool ranks and would certainly be the man for the job, had Liverpool not had their problems at the leftback position. Brilliant at going forward and delivering crosses into the box, with a brilliant shot as well.

Option C: John Flanagan

Our newest breakthrough from the academy. A really passionate player, this one, with him amazing with that odd crunching tackle here and there. Comfortable with the ball at his feet, as he displayed against Manchester City, the rightback could challenge for the rightback spot in the coming season.

Option D: Jamie Carragher

Our captain and Liverpool FC’s heartbeat. Brings extra security in defence when he plays at rightback and he allows for our players perhaps to play at a more advanced position. However, I eventually won’t pick him, simply because he is who I want for playing at centerback. The mean, tough-tackling central defender.

Option E: Potential Transfers

Only Zapata can be included in this list, because simply he’s the only one whom has been linked to Liverpool and can play as a rightback. A good defender, and he would provide some competition amongst the ranks at Anfield.

The Final Verdict: Glen Johnson

My choice for who should play at rightback is Glen Johnson, simply because had he not been in the leftback injury fiasco, he would have been playing as rightback week in, week out. Talented and fast, a worthy choice for someone playing at rightback come next season, being one of the best in the business.

So the current choice is as follows:

Liverpool FC (4-4-2) : Pepe Reina, Glen Johnson

Submitted by Two Liverpool Fans




  1. Steven

    June 28, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Right Back: Kelly
    Right WIng: Johnson

    • Rich

      June 28, 2011 at 12:33 pm

      Totally agree, mate

    • charlie

      June 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm

      me too! Johnson MUST play right wing, after all the question marks over his defending surely that is the natural progression. Also Kelly was our best player in the first half of the season so cannot be dropped:




  2. TSP

    June 28, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    You’re all wrong. Should be Phillipp Degen

    • charlie

      June 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm

      bring back Igor Biscan…

  3. now

    June 28, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Did you purposely choose to ignore making any comment on glen johnsons defensive abilities????

  4. Ronny

    June 28, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    I agree with choice of Johnson at rightback because the form he showed under Kenny, he was truly world class, he was rarely caught out of position

    • Jay

      June 29, 2011 at 10:11 am

      Saying glenn johnson was rarely caught out of position is like saying katie price is rarely caught with her tits out.

  5. news

    June 28, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Bring Back JOSEMI or KROMKAMP or DOSSENA our best ever full backs!!!!!

  6. Finch

    June 29, 2011 at 1:17 am

    I still can’t believe that Kuyt and Skrtel can be left out of peoples lineups when they are our most consistent players

  7. Jay

    June 29, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Glenn Johnson cant defend and is very predictable going forward, kelly 1st choice without doubt.

  8. sandudu

    June 29, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    kelly my 1st choice and glenn should move forward and play in front or kelly that means that side is secure

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