5 Lessons learnt from opening day win over Stoke

2) In Nathaniel Clyne Liverpool have a very good right-back

Liverpool brought in several new players this summer and a lot of focus has been on the arrival of Christian Benteke and Firmino. But the capture of right-back Clyne from Southampton, so far seems to be one of the better signings Brendan Rodgers has made during his time at the club.

Last season Rodgers opted to play Emre Can at right-back and on some occasions Glen Johnson. Both players did not cover themselves in glory in that position but now based on Clyne’s pre-season and his performance against Stoke, Liverpool now have a right-back who is actually better at defending than going forward.

If Clyne can remain fit and in-form then Liverpool’s right hand side of defence will be solid for the rest of the season.

3 responses to “5 Lessons learnt from opening day win over Stoke”

  1. Billious says:

    I wouldn’t say Lovren played well, he was too easily beaten which left Gomez exposed. If BR is continuing to play him to build up his confidence he’d be better doing that in the reserves leaving Sakho to regain his place.

  2. laramonet says:

    Please, please, please Brendan, notice the effect of bringing on Can as a defensive midfielder. We were much better. Milner and Henderson were freed to think about going forward more but between the three of them we were much more solid.
    is it too much to consider Lovren and Sakho ? A competent Lovren my just highlight how susceptible Skrtel is to making mistakes.

  3. tophia says:

    I quite agree with you on point 5, we really need a balanced defensive midfielder to provide a shield for the back four. Attack minded opponents will easily take advantage of our defensive lapses if we start without a player that can really provide that needed protection. It’s good we got the win we desire, YNWA till I casket!!!