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Is This The Surprise Player To Fill Leiva’s Boots?

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has been ruled out for the rest of the season, we look at the possible replacements for the Brazilian.

Lucas Leiva’s 6 month injury has been a big blow to Liverpool, and Kenny Dalglish has a selection dilemma ahead of Liverpool’s first game without the Brazilian defensive midfielder.

Now the question is, who could fill that gap left by Leiva? Names such as Jay Spearing, Jordan Henderson and even Jonjo Shelvey (whom Liverpool have just recently recalled from a loan spell with Blackpool), have been brought up, but all lack one aspect of being a defensive midfielder, with Jordan Henderson and Jonjo Shelvey, in my point of view, not ready to take on this role.

Jay Spearing, as eager and energetic he is, lacks the proper experience and the game time to be successful in the Barclays Premier League. He perhaps lacks in passing sharpness, especially that compared to the passing of Lucas Leiva, whom was accurate in distribution and simple in execution. Perhaps tackling wise has the most comfort playing in the defensive midfielder role compared to anyone else, but not ready to make that step up unless huge improvements are made to refining his game.

Jonjo Shelvey and Jordan Henderson are very much the same mould of player. Shelvey is the goal scoring attacking midfielder, whilst Henderson is the playmaking attacking midfielder. Both have been touted as the ‘Next Steven Gerrard’ around Anfield, but lack in their tackling ability. Both don’t have the experience to play the role of ‘destroyer’, intercepting and tackling players, with the forte of both players being in their passing game.

So, that’s why I bring up my argument now, why not we bring forward Daniel Agger as a defensive midfielder? Here’s another argument bringing forth Agger’s chances as DM for Liverpool FC. He is good with his tackling and is decent with his passing as well, so he shouldn’t be written off as a possible defensive midfielder.

He brings the ball forward well and even has a wicked long shot in his left foot. Not to mention a more than adequate replacement at centre back in Jamie Carragher, and we perhaps have the winning formula for when Lucas isn’t around.



  1. magnumopus

    December 5, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Could work but probably not kenny’s first choice. Bet he will try Spearing and if that fails then he will go elsewhere for help.

  2. Towson Tom

    December 5, 2011 at 11:15 am

    I thought about that myself some days ago, but concluded that reading the game in midfield is a very different proposition to reading it from central defence (he also plays left sided most of the time and we require a right sided player), also can Agger cover that much ground? Of the others Spearing is the one most likely to work out he’s more mobile certainly quicker and will move up with the attack and support the forwards – and the bottom line is this, he will never make it if he isn’t given the oportunity when it arises.

  3. Steven

    December 5, 2011 at 11:46 am

    I’m gonna go and put my foot in it!
    We can easily put Kelly at RB and put Johnson in there!
    He has great vision and composure not to mention experience in the first team!
    I mam not sold on Spearing just yet..,
    Johnson would also offer a good counter attacking option too! :))

    • Towson Tom

      December 5, 2011 at 2:02 pm

      He not even a good defensive fullback

  4. merc

    December 5, 2011 at 11:50 am

    agreeing with steven (last comment), johnson is more than capable of handling lucas’ absence, and in my opinion could prove to be a better DM than RB 🙂

  5. Vaishak

    December 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    are you out of your mind??your idea of playing agger there sums up you lack of football knowledge.agger doesn’t have pace and that is very important in midfield.and why the hell can’t spearing do the job?he’s quick and have always stepped up when asked.

  6. Dogzenkatz

    December 5, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I don’t think the article suggests Spearing can’t do the job, but is not the best person for it, given the contribution Lucas makes. I’m sure Spearing is more than decent as a holding midfielder, but it also means we are now short of a creative passer as Lucas combined both effectively. I believe we’ve brought Shelvey back to balance out having Spearing beside Adam at the expense of a striker, which Shelvey can double up as.

  7. Dom

    December 5, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    hang on Lucas doesnt have any real pace either, its more about reading the game then pace in the midfield, as for johnson playing DM im gonna pretend i didnt hear that. I think spearing would be the best suited he did well towards the end last season, maybe we will get a player in january like Keita or M’vila.

  8. kurt

    December 5, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    why in the world do that when 3 other players in that poistion not including gerrard? agger would be wasted there

    • Towson Tom

      December 5, 2011 at 2:04 pm

      right on

  9. imnotdumb

    December 5, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    whoa..wats with defensive mid needs to be speedy now..was makelele a sprinter??c’mon guys..alot of people dont know the magnitude of the problm..LUCAS IS GONE FOR THE SEASON!!! but,its the best timing…we can test spearing until jan..if nothing is goin to work then we have to buy in jan…but plz give spearing a chance…and guys..johnson as dm??..c’mon…

  10. Joy

    December 6, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Kenny might have to change his formation now there is no recognized DM in the squad IMO the best make shift DM would be Kuyt he will give his 100% anywhere KD plays him the second option is Aurelio if he is fit enough, but come Jan we will definitely need to buy one DM unless Gerrard is back, although he is attack minded he can fill the gap created by the injury to Lucas and Spearing would not be able to handle that position all by himself for the rest of the season plus we have players like Hendo and Shelvey who can paly in an attacking role.

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