Former Reds centre-half Carragher, who retired from professional football in May 2013, felt their win against the Potters was vital. Still, it will take performances significantly better than this if Liverpool are to improve on last season’s sixth-placed finish.
“Number one is those who, no matter who the manager is, they love their club and will love their manager whoever it is”, he said. When we hired Brendan we wanted to see improvement.
Brendan Rodgers believes England duo James Milner and Jordan Henderson are the ideal combination to lead Liverpool into the Premier League season. Yet his impassioned plea about wanting to “fix” what had gone wrong struck a chord in Boston. With another season of adjusting to the physicality of the EPL under his belt, Coutinho could again flourish for Liverpool.
One of the biggest problems for Liverpool were their transfer-market failings. Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana and Jordon Ibe are expected to play in the attacking midfield. Their star performer, Raheem Sterling went for rivals Manchester City and the club icon Steven Gerrard joined MLS side LA Galaxy.
Let’s start from the back. Now 21-years old, Can enjoyed a promising debut season at the club, being deployed out of position in defence for much of the year. Croatian had a hard time adjusting and was the center of criticism in many games.
And though Werner has insisted that Rodgers has his full backing, he is also expecting to see a drastic improvement in their fortunes this time around. “The reality is that we’re very much focused on taking the club forward”, he said.
Henderson and Milner? The right choice for LFC captains?
The owners have put their support behind Rodgers, in word as well as deed. Something that will vindicate his decision to make the move in the summer.
Liverpool, it must be remembered, had sold top scorer Luis Suarez and were without injury-prone Daniel Sturridge for large tracts of the season. At City, the 29-year-old was massively underrated, scoring five goals and providing 52 opportunities from a variety of different positions, from defensive midfield all the way to the false nine.
Liverpool will probably play in a variation of a 4-3-3 formation, concentrating on ball possession, and fast movement between the lines.
As Molby notes, Can – ridiculously hailed as an ‘amazing’ player by Kolo Toure – doesn’t have the positional discipline to play there (or at right back).
The summer acquisition of James Milner plugged many gaping holes in this Liverpool side. Joe Allen is also injured and will not be travelling with the squad.
“The second group is those supporters who will accept you but to earn their real respect you will have to be successful – and that’s fine by me”.