To say this season has been frustrating would be a serious understatement. Liverpool’s inability to kill off teams during games is costing them dearly and with each bad result, the task facing the reds for Champions League qualification becomes tougher and tougher. With the year almost at an end, the start of the January transfer window is beginning to loom, which means it’s almost time for us to put our football manager hats on and start dreaming of new signings.
The first thing I would say is that I really do believe in the squad Kenny Dalglish has assembled. The kind of frustration we are feeling now is a more positive one than it was year ago. Back during Roy Hodgson’s reign, we were near the bottom of the table and frustrated at how dire Liverpool’s squad had become, whereas now our frustration is built on the fact that we could easily have been in second place right now.
Liverpool’s wastefulness in front of goal this season is a cause for concern, but in hindsight it’s positive to know that the team is regularly creating chances. We all remain hopeful that Liverpool’s players will get over this period of inaccuracy in front of goal as soon as possible and I definitely believe the squad is strong enough to go on a winning run of games. As for January, it gives the boss a chance to add the finishing touches to what is already a pretty strong squad of players. The question is, what type of players should Liverpool be looking at to help the team find more goals?
Due to our goal shy record this season, an obvious type of player that springs to mind is a new striker. It is clear that the Suarez and Carroll partnership has a long way to go before it truly works and in the meantime, no one would complain at the addition of a top, reliable marksman to the squad. Another type of player that springs to mind in regards to new recruits is a tricky right sided winger with pace to burn.
Liverpool have done well to add a bit more pace to the team in the shape of Downing, Enrique and Bellamy but despite that the squad still lacks a creative right winger capable of both torturing and unlocking defences.