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Squad Conundrum

Jim D

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Thinking about all of these draws we've had at Anfield this season tells me some our players in the squad just aren't good enough to have made that crucial difference of converting 1pt into 3pts. Take Liverpool's squad at this moment in time and categorise the players into three categories.


1. First Team player, be on anyones team sheet every week without hesitation.

2. Squad player proving his worth when called into the side, reliable.

3. Squad player not proving his worth and should be gone in the summer.


No sitting on the fence allowed and reserve/youth team players are excluded.


1. Daniel Agger, Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres, Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano, Jamie Carragher, Pepe Reina and Martin Skrtel


2. Dirk Kuyt, Sami Hyypia, Emiliano Insua, Alvaro Arbeloa, Fabio Aurelio, Albert Riera, Yossi Benayoun and Nabil El Zhar


3. Ryan Babel, Philipp Degen, Diego Cavalieri, Andrea Dossena, Charles Itandje, Lucas Leiva, Jermaine Pennant and Andriy Voronin.


I think its telling under section 1 we don't have one single player who gives us that extra dimension from the wide areas of the field. Yossi and Albert are capable players but they both have a tendency to cut inside too much. The players we have in the squad who play the lines unfortunately are stuck out in section 3.


In the summer we are going to need top quality attacking players who can play the lines, so turn the frustrating draws at Anfield this season into wins next.


What say you?

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