Who Must Stay, Who Must Go: Liverpool FC’s Midfield and Forwards


In the sequel to our who must stay who must go edition for Liverpool’s defenders which can be seen here, here I review Liverpool’s midfielders and strikers.

Midfielders

Raul Meireles
Perhaps the only bright spark that came out of Roy Hodgson’s reign at Anfield. A goal threat, a good passer and one for the tackle. He’s resurgence under Kenny Dalglish has also been a revelation.
My Verdict: Stay

Lucas Leiva
The Brazilian midfielder has improved greatly this season and has stepped up to the plate left by Mascherano. Possibly Liverpool FC’s best player of the season given his passing ability and his tracking back. Still young, Lucas has a huge potential to fulfill with Liverpool over the coming years.
My Verdict: Stay

Christian Poulsen
Another one of those ‘Roy Hodgson imagining he’s still at Fulham’ buys. Has absolutely looked horrible and to add to his dreadful passing, he’s dreadfully off the pace.
My Verdict: Get him out of here!

Jay Spearing
Hard in a tackle, assured in his passing, Spearing does in fact seem like he’s got the potential to be a star with Liverpool FC. An academy graduate, but has taken a few years to get his feet together and his energy is giving Liverpool more bite in midfield.
My Verdict: Stay

Steven Gerrard
No explanation needed here
My Verdict: Stay

Jonjo Shelvey
Not seen that much this season, although he certainly needs to work on his tackling, as I still get worried that he will get a red card every time he makes a tackle. Still, he’s 19 and he’s highly regarded, so I think he’s a keeper.
My Verdict: Stay

Maxi Rodriguez
Absolutely anonymous until 5 weeks ago, where he awoke from his slumber and he’s been knocking in plenty of goals ever since. A clever player who exploits the defence and can punish them dreadfully.
My Verdict: Stay

Joe Cole
The wave of optimism has long disappeared from Anfield over him long ago. From that red card to simply playing in that Lancashire Senior Cup. Deadwood, if not worse.
My Verdict: Oh please go.

Strikers

Milan Jovanovic
This move looked doomed from the start. He simply didn’t fit into any manager’s plans other than that of Rafael Benitez, whom brought him in. Hardly played this season, and when he has, he hasn’t been that great.
My Verdict: Go.

Dirk Kuyt
Very versatile. And he doesn’t seem to stop working for the team. Can score headers, long shots, penalties and even the one on ones.
My Verdict: Stay

Luis Suarez
Been an absolute revelation for the Reds this year since his spring transfer to Merseyside. Goals, assists, crosses, skills, this Uruguayan seems to have it all. Certainly has made us forget ermm, what’s his name again? Fernando Who?
My Verdict: Stay

Andy Carroll
Well, haven’t seen so much of him, and Suarez has certainly outshined him for the entire of their time together in their Liverpool adventure, but should Liverpool bring in someone capable of a good cross in the summer, bet on the 35 million pounds being spent looking like spare change.
My Verdict: Stay

David N’gog
Well, he’s got pace and a cool head for the one on one. Problem is, Liverpool don’t exactly play like that. Lacks ability to create chances and the instincts to finish off.
My Verdict: Give him a season’s loan away from Liverpool

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