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Liverpool’s Starting Line-up Next Season?

Liverpool have been busy in the transfer market this summer and here’s my take on the best possible lineup for the Reds next season. I have gone for a standard 4-4-2 formation.

Squad vs Fulham 2-5 Win

Last Season

Here’s how Liverpool FC’s last winning lineup from the 2010/11 season looked like. This is in fact the squad that defeated Fulham 5-2 at Craven Cottage. Rodriguez got a hat-trick but Luis Suarez was man-of-the-match in this game.

Kuyt allows for a bit of switching there between him and Rodriguez because he can also drop back and operate as a winger/attacking midfielder.

Luis Suarez’s speed was absolutely key in this game and he tormented the experienced centerback in Fulham’s Hangeland. Either when the ball was played behind the towering defender or one on one, Suarez managed to come out victorious in the several clashes between the duo during the game.

The Key Men

Here’s my list of indispensable players, players that help the team get better, and players who nearly always cause a blow to the side if they are out injured. Here’s who I think will be the key men next season.

7. Suarez

Not much surprise of Luis Suarez being on the list. He pretty much has to be in the Liverpool team week in, week out. Just see what he’s done with Uruguay in the Copa America!  He’s the only player whom has scored for Uruguay in regulation time in their march to the final.

25. Reina

He brings confidence to the back four. He’s still fantastic with the acrobatic save, and he isn’t leaving Liverpool FC anytime soon.

23. Carragher

Jamie Carragher’s a key man at the back. Provides guidance to our young prospects, such as Robinson and Flanagan and he’s the man that we rely on when he’s the last man between the striker and the keeper. His sliding tackle, absolutely CRUNCHING.

(When Carroll is playing) 19. Stewart Downing

This one’s gonna have to wait for a while, but I think that Downing will be a success with the Liverpool faithful. The stats don’t lie, he’s got the best numbers in terms of crossing in the game. Bank on Carroll to be scoring tons with Downing’s crosses.

8. Steven Gerrard

Perhaps has lost a bit of his spark thanks to his injuries, but he’s still a talismatic captain and he always rescues us from the dead. Wonderful vision, a powerful shot, Liverpool FC’s disappointing last season was also partially due to the fact that Gerrard was missing for most of the time.

My Formation

There might be a few surprises here. Henderson is ahead of Kuyt and Rodriguez for the right midfield spot because of his crossing ability and because he can play “out-and-out”. If Liverpool’s left back signing ian’t good, I would shift Johnson to the left and play Martin Kelly on the right.

Click on the image to see it clearer :)

Submitted by Two Liverpool Fans




  1. shaun

    July 22, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    ur forgetting charlie adam!

  2. felderkirk

    July 22, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    I think you need to work on the layout of this article mate. Move the first picture beneath the block of text entitled ‘last Season’.
    I’m no Einstein, granted, but it took me far too long to realise that the first image of your proposed teamsheet wasn’t what you hope to see us line up like this season.

    • charlie

      July 22, 2011 at 6:32 pm


  3. james

    July 22, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I will go for a 4-2-3-1
    kelly carra agger insua
    henderson adam
    suarez gerrard downing

    what does everyone think?

    • Karlos

      July 22, 2011 at 2:27 pm

      Johnson Carra Agger New signing
      Kuyt Adam Stevie Downing
      Luis Andy

    • DY

      July 22, 2011 at 2:52 pm

      Kelly Agger Skrtel New LB
      Lucas Adam
      Kuyt Aquilani Downing

      • tass

        July 22, 2011 at 3:55 pm

        Mine is simple for home game:
        Johnson Cara Agger Insua
        Gerrard Adam
        Henderson Aqua downing

        • suarez4ever

          July 23, 2011 at 11:09 pm

          this is the best one ive seen yet mte if this was played there would be a few more wins then last season ill tell u that

    • Naveed

      July 23, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      Rather have Lucas instead of Henderson in that position.

  4. Lloyd

    July 22, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    my line up: Reina Johnson Carra Skrtel New lb hendo aqua adam downing gerrard suarez: subs: doni lucas kuyt maxi carroll agger flano.

  5. M.

    July 22, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    As long as we are getting a quality LB, I would go for 3-2-3-1-1 (With every one fit)

    Starting from left

    Agger, Skartel, Carra
    Adam, Lucas
    Downing, Acqualani/Henderson, Suarez

    We ‘ll have to play a target man’s game to justify 35mn & 20mn. Also, I think Suarez is perfect in right flank. SG ‘ll play a free role behind Carroll. Lucas ‘ll be cover for over-lapping defense & a game breaker. Adam ‘ll play as a Basketball’s point guard role.

    I think Acqua or Henderson can play as the central attacking midfielder (Don’t think Henderson is a good idea at right flank. Jhonson can be a better right midfielder)

  6. Jerra

    July 22, 2011 at 2:54 pm


    Kelly Carra Skrtel Jonhson


    Gerrard Adam

    Suarez Downing

  7. DanielLFC

    July 22, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    No Kelly, no Gerrard and Spearing on the wing? hahahahahaahah you must be mad or thick..

    • tom

      July 22, 2011 at 3:44 pm

      That formation was the formation they used when they beat fulham 5-2 last season, which he highlighted. Gerrard and Kelly were both out injured at that time. Who’s mad and thick now?

      Kelly Carragher Agger Johnson
      Lucas Adam
      Suarez Gerrard Downing

      Depending on injuries and availability, I’d happily put Meireles/Aquilani anywhere in the attacking 3, preferably central. I’d also happily slot Kuyt anywhere there, and move Suarez about. Wouldn’t mind spearing playing as one of the two centre defensive mids. I guess I wouldn’t mind Henderson in the attacking 3 somewhere… but I don’t agree with the signing of him for 20 fucking million.

      IMO, liverpool should try do everything to sign Mata. They need potentially world class players to help build a world class team.

  8. nicholas lumbwa

    July 22, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    starting line up reina,johnson,new signing,skratel,jimmie,steve,adam,jordan,suarez,downing,dik

  9. Manase

    July 22, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    U guys r nt mentionin mereiles

  10. A-whizie

    July 22, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I’ll prefer a 4-1-2-3 formation.defenders;johnson,carragher,skrtl,new lb defensive mf;lucas attacking mf;gerrard,adam forwards;downing,carrol,suarez

  11. getaun

    July 22, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    i think king Kenny will use 4-2-3-1

    Johnson Carragher Skrtl new lb

    defensive mf-
    Lucas Adam

    Downing Gerrard Suarez


  12. Abdirizak

    July 22, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    mine is so simple quite happy for every player i could have played this formation
    25 REINA

    26 ADAM 21 LUCAS


    9 CARROL

  13. charlie

    July 22, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    kelly carragher agger (A. Cissokho)

    Johnson Lucas Gerrard Downing

    Kuyt Suarez

    This is how we should begin the season. Pace down the flanks at both right and left back as well as wingers. Carroll has yet to have done enough to justify dropping Kuyt, same goes for adam/gerrard and henderson/lucas, not to mention Aqualani, Meireles and Spearing (surely we have to sell 2 of these midfielders?!). We can evolve this throughout the season to cope with fatigue and injuries and Carroll may well be more involved, but i was pleased to see how Suarez and Kuyt linked up last season. The important thing is that now we have options.

  14. aaron barnes

    July 22, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    i think there should definately be an inclusion of gerrard and meireles in the midfield, although meireles’ passing ability isn’t as good as xabi’s, he seems a good partner for gerrard and is imo, the best cm to play alongside gerrard since xabi left. then defensively, if we don’t get a LB, then johnson, with kelly as full backs and carragher, and either agger or skrtel depending. suarez and kuyt up front, kuyt has a good header and brilliant work rate, and along with suarez’s good finish and team play, a dominant forward set. downing and maxi on wings, although maxi lacks pace and a possible change for henderson if he leaves. and of course reina in goal.

  15. ian

    July 22, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    i would put charlie adam at left back and see wat his like

  16. LFC4LIFER......

    July 22, 2011 at 10:07 pm


    Johnson Carra Agger New signing

    Kuyt. Raul Lucas Downing



    LB: 1st choice Cissokho 2nd Choice Enrique ?

    That’s as near perfect team as we can expect!

  17. purify

    July 22, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Some people have the right idea:

    – There must be 2 holding mids, Lucas and then presumably Adam to take Spearing’s spot
    – Meireles and Aquilani cannot tackle well enough to play there, Gerrard can when fit and motivated (i.e., vs top 4 opponent)
    – Carroll is not in our best 11 but don’t tell Kenny that
    – at home 4-4-2, away 4-2-3-1
    – Skrtel played every minute last year
    – best eleven right now is

    Johnson – Skrtel – Agger – Aurelio
    Lucas – Adam
    Kuyt – Gerrard – Downing

    – second team is

    Kelly – Carra – Wilson – Insua
    Poulsen – Spearing
    Henderson – Meireles/Aquilani – Maxi

    – never, ever play Kyrgiakos under any circumstances
    – needs right now are LB-CB-S-HM

  18. ian

    July 22, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    your all forgetin kuyt and suarez up fornt they out played man u

  19. purify

    July 22, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    woop, 2nd LB should be Flanno…

  20. deric

    July 22, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    i think the 1st 11 should b; reina; kelly-carra-agger-aurelio; downing-adams-meireles-gerrard-kuyt; suarez: for 4-5-1 next season

  21. dsds

    July 22, 2011 at 11:31 pm



    adam lucas

    kuyt gerrard suarez


  22. Kory

    July 23, 2011 at 12:58 am

    No way on earth Lucas starts ahead of Adam

  23. LFC4LIFER......

    July 23, 2011 at 3:55 am

    Whatever team KK puts out I’m just glad we have the options that RAFA never did…

    So let’s hope KK can go one step further and win the bloody league!!

  24. chrysler

    July 23, 2011 at 4:44 am

    here tha line up.
    glen,cara,agger,nw l.b
    or mayb carol can b replaced by suarez then kuyt on tha right

  25. Simon

    July 23, 2011 at 6:39 am

    I believe our starting lineups will match whichever formation Dalglish wishes to deploy for each match. Adam and Henderson are clearly bought to be somewhat on the flanks of a 3 wide central midfield like a 4-3-3, 4-5-1 or 4-4-2 diamond.
    If we are indeed going for a 4-3-3 or 4-5-1, then our most central player has to be an all round midfielder and that would be Gerrard, followed by Meireles.
    Lucas and Aquilani are shoe-ins for the holding and trequartista roles respectively. You would expect them to feature in a 4-4-2 diamond with Adam and Henderson, and definitely in a 4-2-3-1 with Meireles perhaps the best partner for Lucas in front of our back 4.
    For a flat 4-4-2, we have more options as we could use the Lucas/Meireles pairing once again, Meireles/Gerrard to make the most efficient use of a 2 man midfield or Adam/Gerrard for lateral balance.

  26. purify

    July 23, 2011 at 7:16 am

    If you watched last season at all, you’ll know that Meireles can only play attacking mid, defensive winger or 2nd striker. He can’t tackle well enough to play as a Prem center mid.

    We went on a hot streak last season when Spearing came into the side next to Lucas. You need that double holding pair in front of the back four, like Alonso & Mascherano used to do. Adam can probably do that, but Meireles & Aquilani can’t.

  27. Tommy

    July 23, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Leave out Lucas? He made the most tackles last year and out Carroll? He costed 35 mil and we are not real madrid
    Johnson, Agger, Skrtel, New Signing
    Adam, Lucas, Gerrard
    Suarez, Carroll, Downing

    Or 4-4-2
    Johnson, Agger, Skrtel, New signing
    Gerrard, Lucas, Adam, Downing
    Suarez, Carroll

  28. azaaz

    July 24, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    johnson skrtel agger new lb

    henderson aquilani gerrard adam downing


  29. Ben Curtis

    July 26, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    I’d be inclined to play a formation with 3 defenders so there’s more room for playmaking in the central midfield.

    Kelly, Skrtel, Agger
    Meireles, Gerrard, Adam
    Suarez, Carrol, Downing

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