Liverpool: We Don't Need New Centrebacks But We Do Need Reinforcements

Johnson aside, they're not bad defenders - their mistakes can be ironed out but there's no way we can compete in Europe too without serious reinforcements...
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Liverpool: We Don't Need New Centrebacks But We Do Need Reinforcements

What’s going right?

Liverpool are playing fast flowing, intense football on the floor. They're just as good winning the ball back as they are in possession. Seeing a 25 point improvement from last year and not to mention how many times they've found the back of the net. It's nice to be going the game thinking "How many today then?" rather than "I hope we don't concede too many". I think that's many Liverpool fan's mentality now. Seeing the Champions League again without the fannying around in the qualifiers is also a massive plus.

What’s not?

It's difficult to say what's going wrong when we've had so much to shout about this season. I would say the amount of goals we've conceded. The goals we've conceded are down mostly to individual errors and I think it's a knee-jerk reaction for people to automatically think "Oh, we're conceding goals we need better defenders". This is were coaches earn their money, I believe. The likes of Steve Clarke made a living out of being solid defensive coaches. The defenders we have aren't bad defenders (Johnson aside), the mistakes just need to be ironed out.

Got the right manager?

Definitely. I think you'd be hard pressed to find a Liverpool supporter who doesn't think Rodgers is right for the job. He's put his own stamp on the team, brought in his own philosophy and has been experimental with different formations. He's young and so is the squad he's got and it will continue to grow. Brendan's in for a big summer. Every time Liverpool have looked as thought they'll push on, they've always spent terribly. Houllier and Benitez spring to mind.

Star player?

Luis Suarez without a shadow of a doubt. 31 goals is a frightening return. You have to pick him on that alone. If I had to choose without Suarez, it'd be Steven Gerrard. He's adapted to the deeper role after getting unwarranted criticism that he hasn't got the discipline to be a holding player. If I was a maverick, football hipster. I'd choose Jordan Henderson.

Who would you like to sell in the summer?

I'd like to see Johnson go if he carries on being absolutely diabolical. People keep on saying they'd like to see Lucas leave (no pun intended), but I just feel as though he needs a pre-season after getting thrust into action straight from injury. I reckon he'd be alright if he stopped wearing those brand new Nike Tiempo boots made of lead. He has to be the most immobile player I've seen play centre midfield for Liverpool since Didi Hamann, that's a pretty big negative to have when you're playing in a team that relies heavily on a good transitional game.

Personally, I don't think we're in a position to sell players. The squad has struggled with 40+ games this season. So imagine going into a season playing potentially 50+ games?


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Who do you want to sign?

Suarez to a ten year deal. Realistically though, I'd like to see us sign Lallana who I think will be a top player. He's an awesome player who would only thrive under Rodgers. Fabian Delph looks as though he's shaken off the pressure of being a young player with a big price tag, with one year left on his contract I think he'd be a steal. His energy coupled with Henderson's would more than suit the intensity this team plays at. Also on the wish list is a left back and a right back, only because we need depth at the position.

I've stopped playing Football Manager recently, so you'll have to ask me again in a couple of weeks time if I've found potential suitors.

Best chant so far?

The Borini chant away at Norwich. The day after he took points off Chelsea with that penalty. "Fabio's fantastico! Fabio's magnifico! Olé olé! Olé olé!" The "We are Liverpool" Bony M chant is chant of the season, though. Just when you think it's going to stop it slowly starts again.

Best opposition player/team you’ve seen?

Has to be David Silva. He's unbelievable. Glides with the ball and picks out passes that aren't even there. Best team I've seen this season has to be City. An awesome, albeit expensive side. I wouldn't expect anything less from a team that cost nearly £300 Million to assemble.

Biggest w***** of the season?

Alex Ferguson. You've just spent over 20 years at a club, won honours left, right and centre and after retiring, you're still there watching your successor struggle. Go and have a game of golf or go and get a National Trust membership with your missus.

Funniest Moment of the season?

Every moment of David Moyes' reign as Manchester United manager or Kolo Toure knocking Phil Dowd on his a*** at Fulham. Phil Dowd's had a torrid time this season. The Newcastle fans were chanting "You're too fat to referee" at him at Anfield on the final day of the season. Poor fella.

Next season’s prediction?

Top four. Good run in the Champions League and hopefully another title challenge. It's good to be back.

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