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It does seem well near certain that this summers signing of senior talent is all but completed.In reviewing our squad I have given my own interpretation.In doing so I have looked at the outfield only and tried to think of the squad in relation to the area

of the pitch we have players and then the number of players who will then compete for places.I have assumed we will sign Heinze

 

In essence I have split it into the following and assumed we will have 5 players competing for 2 places

 

Right side............RB & RW

Centre back........2 centre backs

Left side..............LB & LW

Centre Midfield

Strikers

 

I have then thought about what I think Rafa sees as requirements in his players.............tangible assets such as technique, athleticism, skill, power, speed AND an ability to play in more than 1 position........possibilities probably covers it.

 

 

RIGHT SIDE....................Finnan, Arbeloa,Pennant,Bennayoun,Gerrard

 

CENTRE BACK.................Carragher,Agger,Sami,Arbeloa,Heinze

 

LEFT SIDE.......................Heinze, JAR , Aurelio,Arbeloa, Kewell,Leto,Babel

 

CENTRE MIDFILED...........Gerrard, Mascherano,Alonso,Momo, Lucas

 

STRIKERS.......................Torres, Kuyt, Crouch, Voronin, Babel

 

Seems we have finally some impressive depth and an ability to rotate players, rotate formations........from the standard 4 4 2 to 4 3 3 ....and thru myriad combinations of 4 5 1 , to 4 2 3 1..................and possibly 3 5 2

 

Looking at what I have loosely demed the 2 left side positions.......it would appear we do have too many players....though it could be said JAR and Aurelio could move forward into the LW position.This is something we lack on the right side....unless we do spring what I would deem a surprise if we bought Alves. that also excludes Insua who is coming into everyones thoughts but really he is more for the future and not this season.

 

I am impressed with the depth we seem to have and the relative youth of 20-23 year olds............Torres,Lucas, Momo,Leto,Agger.Masch,Babel. In fact add to these the other players signing long contracts.........we know who.....all I can do is offer a big thumbs up to Rafa and the board for backing up words with action.

 

 

TACTICS AND HOME & AWAY FORM

 

A quick review of our home form shows we need some minor improvements in goal scoring should overcome the teams that come to Anfield with the sole ambition of parking the bus..............the Portsmouths, Blackburns and Man U of this world.Gaining an extra 5 or 6 points at home won't hurt a bit. Not a lot to comment on here.

 

When looking at our away form a few things I think we need to 'acknowledge".....................Rafa bought Crouch and specifically mentioning away games.Kuyt's away record is not good.In away games the opposition need to come on to us more.Fine....we have a good defence and midfield and generally we can absorb that in most games.The main issue has been being able to breakaway and score goals.....what a surpise. Measuring the quality of chances we create however is for another thread.

 

Crouch may find himself absorbing the impact of a frontrunners role with the Torres alongside and then wideplayers and subs to add the blistering speed required to exploit more space.................Am only going to add this 1 line up.....for the game at Villa and see if I am right ......a 4 4 2 Combination

 

 

Reina

 

Finnan Carra, Agger, Heinze

 

Gerrard Masch Alonso Kewell

 

Torres

 

Crouch

 

 

Importantly will be the roles of subs such as Babel, Pennant,Voronin , Kuyt. As the opposition tire....we the throw on the speed merchants and clever ballplayers.dependant on the score if we need to chase a goal the front 6 could be something like

 

Gerrard Alonso

 

 

Pennant Voronin Babel

 

 

Torres

 

 

Assuredly he has built a large squad and knowing as we do Rafas use of rotation it's hard not to see use of all players.

 

Exciting times.......thanks for reading my 2 nd only post and maybe it can lead to me debate about how we shall line up.

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