Liverpool's Task Just Got A Lot More Difficult

Liverpool's starting line-up at Bournemouth revealed a worrying lack of squad depth in the race for the top four. With Mata joining United, the Reds' hopes have taken a real blow...

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chrissb7 (Manchester United) says...

Liverpool have seemed to do well without those players mentioned at different parts of the season. Also considering defeat in the FA cup last year I would think rodgers didn't want a repeat. So what if he's using the same and strongest team as much as he can! Is this bad? They clearly have the players to step up as I mentioned earlier so what is this based on. Rodgers found coutinho and sturridge who everyone thought was flop material. Henderson has exploded on the scene this year as well after claims he wasn't good enough for Liverpool. He clearly knows his stuff and I wouldn't be one bit surprised if he pulled one out of the hat again. In my mind Liverpool tend to make players as they are a big club. Wouldn't be worried in the slightest about that squad. With Rodgers it will only get better I think.

Posted 3:34am 28th January 2014

abelxavierhair (Stoke City) says...

Liverpool don't need new defenders, they need to make the defenders currently at the club deal with the high ball/bouncy ball. Every game they play, the high ball causes chaos. Liverpool don't need new defenders, they need to tell the current defenders to stop showing reverence to opposition players hyped up by the media. You can bet Lukaku will scare the boys senseless and will be given an acre of space to run at the defense and shoot. If I was Brendan (I clearly am not, although the boys at work get a laugh out of my optimism) I wouldn't be going to the championship for players. Its never good to meet your role models. Millhouse once followed Santa home from the Mall.

Posted 5:14pm 27th January 2014

chronicbint (Liverpool) says...

PANIC BUY SOMEONE! FOR GODS SAKE! GO GO!

Posted 2:17pm 27th January 2014

bobsy (Liverpool) says...

also i agree. united problem is much greater than mata. they won't be catching 4th

Posted 2:04pm 27th January 2014

bobsy (Liverpool) says...

Dembele, Cabaye, Baines, Jagielka; only cabaye good enough for liverpool

Posted 2:01pm 27th January 2014

wazza19 (Liverpool) says...

matt, matt, matt honestly...managers cant win can they...play a decent 11 in the fa cup and apparently its a sign of a weak squad, play a weakened squad and its disrespecting the cup

Posted 1:58pm 27th January 2014

GVMUFC says...

@synergy: yeah, I suspect a change in formation is the way to go as well. Had said the same at the start of the season though in order to get the best out of kagawa and knowing the lack of quality we have out wide. If he can get in a top CM then that 4-2-3-1 formation is a no brainer. He played something similar at Everton - Mirallas and Pienaar were narrow and the full-backs provided the natural width. you will still need at least 2 of the 3 behind the striker to track back at any one time but this can be rotated. But again, you need to have a quality 2 in CM. We don't have that at the moment, which is why i think he has had to go with a 4-4-1-1. Also, our full-backs have been fairly wasteful (although Evra has had a decent season).

Posted 1:38pm 27th January 2014

Synergy says...

@GVMUFC> iyibaba is a typical ABU. He finds the one deficiency of Mata and tries of overplay it. Ironically now that Mata is a United player, I'd rather he gets doesn't play for Spain. Means he is better rested to perform for United. So what he portrays as a negative is actually a huge positive.

The only danger of the Mata transfer is that Moyes continues to play 4-4-1-1 and plays Mata on the left wing, instead of changing formation and playing 4-2-3-1 with a mobile front 3 of Mata, Rooney, Januzaj (sub -Kagawa) behind RVP.

As for Pool, its not a dogfight to the finish. We have Everton, Spurs, United and Pool who will duke it out for the Arsene Wenger trophy. Honestly speaking any one of these four teams could finish forth based on form, injuries and luck.

Posted 1:11pm 27th January 2014

corydog (Liverpool) says...

@kolevlfc, BR player management is started to remind me a little of Rafa player management, im not talking about rotation.But Rafa used to frustrate me for the lack of substitutes he used in a match and the lack of playing time he gave players. Despicably in matches where the win was secured.Some matches this year it was the opertune time to bring on players who were in desperate need of finding some form (Aspas,Moses for example) but instead BR left them on the bench. Im sorry to sound negative, its more frustration then anything.I don't mean to be to down on BR,obviously i like the style he's developed and proud we are fighting for the title.

Posted 12:59pm 27th January 2014

kolawole (Manchester United) says...

Thanks Synergy, u saved up by time wit ur response to d tool dat calls himself iyibaba. I'v said it on another article that this guy really has to start stop and think before he types. He just comes out as a bitter/clueless chap. Oh yea, so R.Madrid bought G.Bale, Isco, Illaramendi well over 150million euros, they had to balance the books, and sold Ozil cos whether u folloishly admit it or not, he was deemed surplus to requirements. Same wit Higuain. I cant remember them selling CR7 to balance offset their purchases. rather, they gave him a new bumper contract. Like I said, U epitomise typical arse fans, 9 years of bitterness and cluelessness!!

Posted 11:39am 27th January 2014

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