Liverpool Midfielders Assessed: Who Should Play Right Midfield Next Season?

By on July 7, 2011

So we’re continuing with our summer feature, where we talk about the options for right midfield next season, along with deciding which option is the best.

Option A: Dirk Kuyt

Our hard-working, never-say-die, pops up at the right moment, striker-turned-winger that we signed from Dutch side Feyenoord. Already became part of the Liverpool family with him never ever showing that he wanted to leave throughout hard times and helping us to score crucial goals.

Remember the hat-trick against Manchester United? A special moment that we won’t forget for a long time. What he brings to the team, well, a defensive bite on the attacking end, he will continually harass and disturb the defenders, often forcing them to misplace the pass or lose the ball. Wonderful at the penalty spot with a 100% record for Liverpool, brilliant technique. He’s Dirk Kuyt.

Option B: Maxi Rodriguez

He can play on both flanks and he absolutely showed his potential on a good day with a sparkling end to last season, where he managed to nab two consecutive hat-tricks, both coming from left-wing. Great with a dribble, good technique with a shot, and even a wonderful header to his name, especially given his height.

Although getting older, he causes havoc with his marauding runs where he cuts in, although the thing is that he potentially cuts in way too often, leaving us a) bare on the wings and b) not using that space on the wings. By bare on the wings, I talk about it defensive wise, where the opponent would then have space to break. By not using that space, I mean that he doesn’t deliver too many crosses into the box, something that we need with Carroll in the team.

Option C: Joe Cole

A horrible season for the Englishman, and he may even be leaving in the summer, but he’s still an option nonetheless. Definitely needs to work on his pace, as he seems awfully slow these days and that seems to be one of his key weak points. Scored a lucky goal on the back end of last season, and if he stays, he needs to do more than that.

The desire, the skills, he’s hugely capable of performing, and I think it’s confidence and match fitness in which he has been lacking in, so well, don’t put your money on him succeeding next season, but it’s still a possibility. Who knows? It’s football, remember?

Option D: Transfer

A bit of transfer activity and well, Payet is no longer an option anymore with him signing for Lille. But this potentially allows some room for tinkering for Eden Hazard, a Lille player himself. Hazard could have very much be brought in as his replacement in the summer, so that’s possible. Although tons of clubs would be jostling for him, and he would be fetched for a very high price.

I think that a more realistic target would be Manchester City outcast Adam Johnson. Although there is a chance they might not sell to Liverpool, there is as much chance that they will. He is surplus to requirements at Eastlands and would be welcomed at Liverpool. Lots of trickery and speed, he could just prove to be a wonderful buy.

My Best Option

It was a close decision for me, it was down to Dirk Kuyt and Adam Johnson, but I decided to go for Adam Johnson. Reason being that, with Andy Carroll around, we need more accurate crossers of the ball. Johnson could provide Liverpool with just that, and he certainly knows how to beat his man.

Submitted by Two Liverpool Fans

 

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14 Comments

  1. Ben

    July 7, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Are you serious? We just signed a right midfielder, Jordan Henderson. He only played CM last season because Cattermole was out.

    He’ll compete with dirk for the RM spot. Maxi and Cole will only be used as extreme backups hopefully.

    • Towson Tom

      July 7, 2011 at 9:57 am

      Maxi came good with the introduction of Suarez, surely he deserves the chance to show whether or not his end of season form was a fluke?

  2. wizurai

    July 7, 2011 at 9:54 am

    jordan henderson!!!!

  3. Steven

    July 7, 2011 at 9:54 am

    None of the above:
    I actually would like to see Kelly at right back and Johnson as a right winger!
    Other option is to buy:
    Jeffren or Milner (preferably)

    • gavin

      July 7, 2011 at 10:47 am

      Agree with you there steven. Johnson is good going forward. Still hard to see why we haven’t even tried him on the right wing yet. Our main priority should be for midfield is left wing. Again A Johnson or Arda Turan would be my first choice.

      • charlie

        July 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm

        i also agree, glen would be perfect on the right with kelly right back. then sign adam johnson please…

  4. Towson Tom

    July 7, 2011 at 9:54 am

    The Adam Johnson that I see is in and out of games Kuyt plat 95 minuits in every 90!

    • charlie

      July 7, 2011 at 1:30 pm

      so could paula radcliffe but that doesn’t mean we should sign her for right wing…!

      Kuyt is a strike and thats where he should play as back up for Carroll and Suarez.

  5. john o sullivan

    July 7, 2011 at 10:09 am

    he didnt score consecutive hat-tricks.he got 3,then 1 then 3

  6. john

    July 7, 2011 at 10:45 am

    I agree with Ben, why didn’t you mention Henderson? – that is exactly where he is going to play.

  7. Jay Wright

    July 7, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Transfer – I really hope that Henderson isn’t going to be our right midfielder, as from what I’ve seen of him he just isn’t that good out there. He looked loathe to delivering crosses on the move and doesn’t have the kind of agility or ball control that you’d expect from a top quality winger.

    Kuyt should be a backup striker and have no future on the wigns, while Maxi and Cole should have no future at Liverpool fullstop – they’re just expensive deadweights that are slowing any progress that the club is making

  8. jokoo

    July 7, 2011 at 11:50 am

    we are okey with midfielders liverpool should hunt 4 wingers like adam johnson,juan mata and lennon.

  9. rak bob

    July 7, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Be realistic !!!!!!!! none of our rivals will sell their players to us …. so adam johnson , lenon are out of the equation …….. I think Kuyt will still be the man in the right and Downing on the left !!!!!!! I hope we can get someone with pace though !

  10. steve

    July 8, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Realistic:
    Reina
    Kelly Carragher Agger Enrique
    G.Johnson Gerrard Adam A.Johnson
    Suarez Carroll

    What i’d love:
    Reina
    G.Johnson Skrtel Agger Cissokho
    A.Johnson Gerrard Adam Mata
    Suarez Carroll

    YNWA

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