Date: 13th April 2011 at 12:42pm
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The OurKop.com team got together this morning and we were pondering over the Liverpool starting lineup for next season if we are able to have it our way in the transfer market in the summer and looking at the players we currently have. Manny got the ball rolling by suggesting the following:

Paul Robinson will be in goal as Pepe Reina is most likely to leave in the summer. A back four of Johnson, Carragher, Agger and Jose Enrique signing for us from Newcastle. In the middle of the park we will have Charlie Adam and Steven Gerrard with Raul Meireles just in front of them. With an attacking three of Ashley Young on the right, Carroll in the middle and Suarez on the left. That is playing a 4-3-3 formation.

Kava then responded to Manny’s team by stating this:

Thats a pretty solid line-up if you ask me, but definitely not a league winning one or CL qualifying one. Carragher is a solid CB but is aging, slowing and hoofing the ball too damn much. Agger is too injury prone but I wouldn’t sell him, he’s our best CB by a mile. He plays when he is fit, no question.

Stevie G is aging and with that comes injuries. I doubt he has a full season of football left in him, especially considering his troublesome groin. What he does bring, though is his leadership. He is Mr. Liverpool, while it might be a good idea to bench him sometimes I don’t see it happening as long as he is fit. He’s got tenure. Lucas should be rotated not benched. Trust me in big games we need him.

Interesting stat from Opta re: Lucas: 139 tackles, 69% success rate. Leading tackle maker in the prem (known for its hardtackling English thugs). The next highest is 121, Vaughn, Blackpool.

Maxi, Ngog, Soto and Joe Cole can all leave. Though with Joe Cole and Aquilani they will add depth to the bench. I hope we dont sell Aqua to Juve, he’s a quality player.

On another note the kids are all-right. In 2 seasons time I expect to see the following in the squad regularly:
Adam Morgan, Suso, Raheem Sterling, John Flanagan, Jack Robinson. They have a lot of potential.

I went on to argue that the problem with Manny’s starting lineup is that we do not have a defensive midfielder (DM) in there as Adams and Gerrard are not disciplined enough to play a DM role like Lucas does. I suggest that Liverpool need to buy a quality DM but there are not too many available on the market. My dream signing would be Lass Diarra from Real Madrid but I do not think Real would sell him and if so, he would cost a lot of money.

MoKo then gave us his analysis with two possible starting lineup’s: