The mighty Carling Cup Winners Liverpool are up now. Boy do they know how to win pointless trophies. My anti-Liverpool bias aside, their team actually looks pretty good this year (subject to people poaching their star players.) How will Rogers’ system impact the starting XI? Let’s take a walk….
There we have it. 4-3-3 formation, as Rogers used for Swansea. Expect Gerrard to play an advanced CM role while Henderson sits behind him.
Very straightforward. The same defence that was rather rigid last year, and it looks set to continue. The only possible changes that could occur are if the whispers about Agger relocating to Man City are true. Then, expect Coates or Old Man Carragher to step in the CB role.
Only the one spot really up for grabs here is Henderson’s. Lucas was brilliant as a DM last year, and given his return from his knee injury, he’ll again anchor for Liverpool. Gerrard speaks for himself. Potentially, Adam may stake a claim for Henderson’s slot, but with a high intensity, passing game required, the lazy Scot will find he just doesn’t cut it anymore. The only person I could see trumping Henderson is Swansea playmaker Joe Allen. If the rumours about him joining LFC are correct, then he’ll start in Henderson’s spot, and suddenly becomes fantasy relevant at 5.5.
Forwards: Borini is the only person to join the Merseyside Marauders so far this window, and his inclusion looks to be a good one. A tireless worker, a solid finisher and a whippet across the track, he is a typical Italian forward. His price, at 8.0, aint exactly cheap, but he will have ZERO competition for his place with Carroll seemingly out the door/ and or out of favour. Suarez looks likely to start not as a RW, but as a Right-forward, playing slightly closer to Fabio. This means the left-wing should be paraded by the much-maligned Downing. No goals or assists last year? No worries. Alternatively, Bellamy could play on the right and Suarez on the left, but given Bellamy‘s age and links to the Championship, I’ll tip the man with Downing-syndrome to play. Don’t pick him up though, whatever you do.
ALTERNATIVELY, when Dempsey arrives, which I believe he is every chance to do, he will start as a RF and Luis will jump back to a LF, meaning poor old Stewie drops the bench. And to think, Liverpool still owe Aston Villa the 20 million pounds for his purchase… Oh well. At least he’ll never walk alone.
So that’s Liverpool. Not a huge amount of fantasy potential there, but you never know, Rogers’ worked marvels with Swansea, he could do the same at Liverpool. My gut feeling is that it will take them a few weeks to get adjusted to the game style, but when they do, hold on to your hats. It could get interesting.