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    Thought Lallana was quite impressive today.

    I really don't understand Markovic. Everything I heard about him just before/after we signed him indicated that he was a very fast player who loves running at people etc. However I'd struggle to put together 5 times I've seen him actually attempt to beat a player this season. He just seems intent on making a safe backwards/sideways pass when he should be trying to beat the fullback and put a ball in.

    Is it just laziness?
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    (Original post by Endless Blue)
    Thought Lallana was quite impressive today.

    I really don't understand Markovic. Everything I heard about him just before/after we signed him indicated that he was a very fast player who loves running at people etc. However I'd struggle to put together 5 times I've seen him actually attempt to beat a player this season. He just seems intent on making a safe backwards/sideways pass when he should be trying to beat the fullback and put a ball in.

    Is it just laziness?
    It's not laziness, it's confidence, as he plays more he will grow in confidence, he is still adjusting to the league and doesn't want to risk giving the ball away too many times. He did very well today tbh, most of our attacking play came from him in the first half. He still has work to do but could become a very good player for us in the future.
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    Not denying all three had a good game - thought Sterling was poor, though.

    What I mean by that is that we can't play four at the same time - it just doesn't work. Arsenal tried it for years and are still attempting it to some degree.

    Henderson being shunted out on the right isn't good for his development, either. It's almost as if Rodgers thought to himself "who's right footed and athletic? Oh, Jordan is, so we'll stick him on the right."

    It's a specialised position - and Henderson's ability to affect a game is deteriorating rapidly as a result.
    Hard role to play as a striker when Arsenal were defending deep and Sterling doesn't have the size or height to do much else (since he can't use his pace).

    Yea I feel bad for Henderson. I think his best position would be behind the striker like Gerrard played for years.


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    Ah I see your point, thought you meant in terms of playing styles. I thought you played well tbh, think Can should've started ahead of Gerrard, if not then put Manquillo at RWB and then played Hendo through the middle tbh. Yeah Henderson has had a poor season so far but I don't blame him. Know we keep saying it but Sturridge coming back will solve a lot of problems, wouldn't mind seeing a diamond with Lucas, Can, Henderson if I'm honest.


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    What's the point in playing the diamond unless we have two top quality strikers?

    (Original post by Mackay)
    Manquillo's lack of game time is curious given how much he has impressed with his composed performances.

    Henderson should always be played in the middle, and I agree Can could have got a start.

    Sturridge's inclusion today would have been a game changer for sure. Can't wait to have the beautiful ******* back.
    Watch Manquillo next time he plays. After 45-60 mins, he's huffing and puffing. He's physically not there yet to be able to play 90 mins regularly.

    (Original post by jam277)
    Cool so people finally realising how vital Sturridge is to the team then?
    Think a few people were saying it last season. Suarez was a creative spark but Sturridge was the one who got more winning goals and his all round game meant it's harder to defend against Sturridge than Suarez.
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    (Original post by Endless Blue)
    Thought Lallana was quite impressive today.

    I really don't understand Markovic. Everything I heard about him just before/after we signed him indicated that he was a very fast player who loves running at people etc. However I'd struggle to put together 5 times I've seen him actually attempt to beat a player this season. He just seems intent on making a safe backwards/sideways pass when he should be trying to beat the fullback and put a ball in.

    Is it just laziness?
    He regularly turned and motored forward with the ball. Players in the premier league and generally very athletic so it's difficult to just outpace someone.
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    Only SUG was saying that and he was still pretty implanted into the Sterling hype as a matchwinner as the main reason for that giant win streak 2nd half of the season which is partially justified however it's clear who the big boys were at Liverpool.

    You'd think that the second Sturridge was bought you lot started getting consistency in your results that people would actually estimate his value to the team(40-50M) but people still slept on him. I think the rest of the league as well are realising his importance to the team too.
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    Sturridge is so overrated right now
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    Sakho, emre can, sterling, lallana, markovic, coutinho need to start every single game for us, they are our best

    Please sell henderson and Johnson this January too
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    (Original post by golden tribe)
    Sakho, emre can, sterling, lallana, markovic, coutinho need to start every single game for us, they are our best
    I actually agree with this bit. Last season, our attacking play basically relied on overloading the final third with quality players who are always on the move. Their defensive players wouldn't know who to pick up and as a result it creates space for us to play in. Last season it was, Suarez, Sturridge, Sterling and Coutinho, now it is Lallana, Markovic, Sterling and Coutinho. Quality wise, of course we are worse off now (particularly in the finishing department), but tactically we still have the types of players who can make it work.

    Once we have an actual striker to pick from, it will be hard to keep playing all 4, but then I suppose we wouldn't really need to. We could possibly have Sterling and Markovic as wing backs, Lallana and Coutinho in behind Sturridge, and Lucas (who absolutely MUST play) and one of Can/Gerrard/Hendo at CM (can't really see Gerrard being dropped though unfortunately). That would be a bit overkill though, I think I would keep Hendo at wing back (rotating him occasionally with Moreno) and just rotate the other four to keep them fresh.

    I agree on Sakho too. People judge him because he looks clumsy on the ball but in actual fact he rarely loses the ball at all compared to our other CB's and his passes out of defence can actually be so good and start attacks straight off. Defensively, he and Skrtel were never really compatible and that showed last season, but I reckon he would be decent alongside just Toure. Whilst we have 3 at the back, he's fine though. I'm personally fed up with Skrtel, he is simply awful, but he's unlikely to get dropped whilst we play 3 at back (especially now Lovren is injured). Whilst he's in the team, we will continue to give away sloppy goals on a regular basis.
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    Not denying all three had a good game - thought Sterling was poor, though.

    What I mean by that is that we can't play four at the same time - it just doesn't work. Arsenal tried it for years and are still attempting it to some degree.

    Henderson being shunted out on the right isn't good for his development, either. It's almost as if Rodgers thought to himself "who's right footed and athletic? Oh, Jordan is, so we'll stick him on the right."

    It's a specialised position - and Henderson's ability to affect a game is deteriorating rapidly as a result.
    I find it odd you say this when our upturn in form directly coincides with BR putting all four in the team. I think we benefit from it massively (I explained my reasons for this in my previous post). All four AND Sturridge? Yea probably too much, but the four of them without any other forwards is absolutely fine imo. How is it tactically any worse than us playing all four of Suarez/Sturridge/Sterling/Coutinho last season?

    Disagree on Hendo as well. He's been poor all season, if anything he's actually been better whilst at wing back. He got the assist midweek. Although if you really want a specialist, I would put Moreno in and switch Markovic to the right wing. In reference to your other posts, I really like Manquillo, I think he is quality defensively, but he doesn't provide enough offensively to be a wing back for us. I would actually consider using him as the RCB when we have 3 at the back. Would rather have him there than Skrtel. If Johnson can do it (which he has multiple times), then Manquillo can.
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    I personally think henderson and Steve are liability and dead wood.

    I hope never to see both henderson and Johnson after January transfer. Gerrard has been out of it since last season and I hope he concentrates on management now and starts to learns that trade rather then waste a position. He is a legend and should quit while ahead
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    (Original post by cBay)
    I find it odd you say this when our upturn in form directly coincides with BR putting all four in the team. I think we benefit from it massively (I explained my reasons for this in my previous post). All four AND Sturridge? Yea probably too much, but the four of them without any other forwards is absolutely fine imo. How is it tactically any worse than us playing all four of Suarez/Sturridge/Sterling/Coutinho last season?
    Sterling was much more effective after Markovic's withdrawal, though.

    Markovic looks a player who will play when confidence is high. His finishing needs to be honed, though, obviously.
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    Don't know why some of our fans rate Henderson so highly. Good work ethic, but he's an absolutely bang average footballer.
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    (Original post by Fideo)
    Sturridge is so overrated right now
    It's not about him being a quality player only but that he allows the rest of the system to flourish.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/30571842

    Read the bottom part of this analysis by Phil Neville which explains how having Sterling (i.e. pace up front) means that the backline don't press high and then it gives more space for our attacking midfield players to run into. Sturridge gives us that but also more since he's a clinical finisher, can head the ball and join up play.

    (Original post by golden tribe)
    Sakho, emre can, sterling, lallana, markovic, coutinho need to start every single game for us, they are our best

    Please sell henderson and Johnson this January too
    (Original post by golden tribe)
    I personally think henderson and Steve are liability and dead wood.

    I hope never to see both henderson and Johnson after January transfer. Gerrard has been out of it since last season and I hope he concentrates on management now and starts to learns that trade rather then waste a position. He is a legend and should quit while ahead
    GTFO if you think Henderson needs to be sold. He's going to be our star player in another year or two.
    Why sell Johnson in January when we don't have a replacement available till the summer?
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    Sami Hyypia: Brighton manager resigns after one win in 18 games

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/30497171

    Sign him up as our defensive coach?

    I believe we don't current have a defensive coach - http://www.theguardian.com/football/...oach-liverpool
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    Shame about Hyypia - but yeah, I'd take him as a defensive coach.
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    Shame about Hyypia - but yeah, I'd take him as a defensive coach.
    Hilarious how Rodgers says we don't need a defensive coach. We've been so bad in defence during his tenure. Cba to tally up how many conceded in all competitions.
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    Henderson is Milner/Ramires said it last season. Maybe he can add a few goals to his game but nothing I've seen of him suggests he is any different to this evaluation.
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    (Original post by jam277)
    Henderson is Milner/Ramires said it last season. Maybe he can add a few goals to his game but nothing I've seen of him suggests he is any different to this evaluation.
    He technically better than Ramires on the ball. Haven't watched enough of Milner to comment. Henderson will either become brilliant or forever remain a utility player depending on his development over the next season or two.
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    (Original post by Zerforax)
    He technically better than Ramires on the ball. Haven't watched enough of Milner to comment. Henderson will either become brilliant or forever remain a utility player depending on his development over the next season or two.
    Really is he actually that much better than Ramires on the ball. Henderson isn't really the type of guy to make numerous key passes a game. Ramires is better defensively while Henderson has a bit more composure on the ball.

    If you give Ramires space to play he can play the ball it's only when he gets congested(which 95% of teams do against Chelsea while other teams give Liverpool space to play they just lack the technique to get past) when he looks poor and bumbly on the ball.

    Milner is decent technically. Take e.g. his game against Liverpool last season e.g. when he came on and destroyed you lot.
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    Sakho is our best defender tbh , was great to see a defender play with confidence against Arsenal. Hope Rodgers gives him more of a chance.

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