Seven Games done and dusted, 16 points from a possible twenty one and second in the table. At least for now haters with their “Next Season is Ours” Chants have been given a hiding. But the question is for how long? Definitely the Reds from Merseyside have had a terrific start to the season and for now at least it seems manager Brendan Rodgers has his think tank in place barring the Southampton Game which loyal and vociferous Anfield faithful would call an aberration.
But have the summer signings been spot on? Lets just analyze: Simon Mingolet looks an absolute bargain 8m. If Mingolet wasn’t a steal, Kolo Toure for free from Manchester City certainly is. Mamadou Sakho has showed signs of being a tidy defender with his odd lack of concentration but Iago Aspas has however flattered to deceive, whereas the least said about Luis Alberto, the better. Sadly, we haven’t seen much of Thiago Ilori yet. The diminutive Brazilian and the Reds playmaker, Coutinho has been out injured albeit, dislocating his shoulder in the frantic two all draw against Swansea. Overall Liverpool have had the sense of calm needed, of course I am not flying over the clouds for they haven’t faced a top side except Manchester United at home.
Liverpool’s man of the moment however, has been Daniel Sturridge. The Englishman with his trademark dancing moves has surely set the stage on fire with his hits at the back of the net week in and week out. Luis Suarez, the controversial Uruguayan has put his past behind and is back after his ten match ban and already looks prolific in front of goal. Even though Rodgers has shifted to the 3-5-2 formation on the pitch, Liverpool for me would be better off playing the classic 4-2-3-1, thus giving Suarez the role of a roaming forward, like Messi at Barcelona.
The main concern however is in the middle of the pitch. If you have to play the 4-2-3-1 you need three players, one the destroyer, who breaks down the opponents play in the middle, the passer, the role currently assigned to Captain Steven Gerrard. However the son of Anfield isn’t getting any younger yet and this might be a cause to worry as the season withers on. I have always heard at still do that “Henderson is a headless chicken running across the field”, but fans need to realize that the former Sunderland man has hardly played in his preferred central role. Whenever, Hendo, as he is called by the home faithful, has played in his preferred role, he has put in a great shift in. Once Coutinho comes back, he will play in the number ten role with perhaps Moses and Suarez on the wings.
So here is where Liverpool need to strengthen in the middle of the park, the one player who is the destroyer. There aren’t many good Makalele type players available in the market, but if the Reds from Merseyside can get Milan Badelj of Hamburg, expect them to make waves in the Premiership. Perhaps the last missing piece in the Jigsaw, the Croatian is surely is the next big thing in World Football. The twenty four year old possesses a calm head on young shoulders. Going by stats he averages an equal number of tackles and passes coupled with dazzling dribbles in tight situations. If at all, he is made Lucas Leiva’s understudy, I as a Liverpool fanatic won’t be worried, for the Croat has something in his locker which can at the end of ninety minutes make the proverbial difference.
Let’s hope the Sun shines high over the Red half of Merseyside as the azure skies open up to grandeur a new Revolution. Till then You’ll Never Walk alone.