Upon reflection of Liverpool’s 2-2 result against Newcastle on Saturday, one player whose absence was felt for Liverpool was left back Jose Enrique. Brendan Rodgers said in his post match press conference:
”Jose was injured. He’s had a problem all season with his knee and he’s struggled.
“In fairness to him, he’s put himself out for the team to go out and play.
“But he was suffering with it and we just felt it was best for him to come out and make it right. And that coincided with Aly Cissokho coming back.
“With Cissokho and Glen Johnson, the running and the work that they put in today was brilliant, considering they had literally just re-joined training.
“The role they played [wing-back] demands that they have to get up the pitch and they’ve got to get back. So it’s a great credit to them.”
Aly Cissokho filled in for Enrique as he made his first Premier League start for Liverpool. One can see that Cissokho needs some time to adjust his game to suite Liverpool and the Premier League as a whole. The French left back was too one dimensional in my analysis and always used his left foot wanting to beat the defender on the outside when he clearly does not have the pace to do so.
From an attacking point of view, Cissokho offered very little going forward considering the amount of space he had down the left, space that Enrique would have used more wisely.
One can also lay the blame of Newcastle’s second goal on Cissokho as he was ball watching when the ball came into the box and he did not pick up the man he was marking.
It was a game for Cissokho to quickly forget and learn from it and I am sure he will be told at Melwood what he needs to work on if he wants to push Enrique for a starting role in the side. For now let us hope that Enrique makes a speedy recovery and is available for the game against West Brom.