Liverpool go into this weekends game against West Ham missing their two key central midfielders. Gerrard and Lucas have been the key in Liverpool’s central midfield of late and both will not be available to take on West Ham. Gerrard is out for a month with a hamstring injury and Lucas is suspended for the game. That means Hodgson has to come up with a new look central combination. He needs someone who is going to be the defensive mind in the middle and break up the oppositions attack, at the same time providing cover to the back four. I have to say it, as much as I do not want to, it means Poulsen is going to have to fill in this role.
There is also the option of playing Jay Spearing there or Jonjo Shelvey. Personally I would not mind seeing Spearing starting ahead of Poulsen. But considering Poulsen has come out and said he is now ready to show us his best form, let us give him a chance there.
Who will be the second player in central midfield in place of Gerrard? The only logical man for me is Raul Meireles. I still wonder why Hodgson deploys him on the right of midfield. Credit to Raul, he has put in some decent performances on the right but it is clear to see he would be more effective playing in the middle. One just has to look at the Portugal game against Spain when Raul was playing in the middle of the Portugese midfield and he did well against the mighty Spanish midfield.
Hodgson has a big decision to make in terms of who starts in the middle against West Ham. I hope he gets it right.