With the appointment of Brendan Rodgers, the UK’s foremost exponent of ‘tika-taka’ football, Liverpool FC has created a few conundrums for themselves. Rodgers himself admits Andy Carroll may be surplus to requirements next season and the arrival of Fabio Borini cannot be a good omen for Carroll’s Liverpool career.
But who are the winners from this appointment ?
Here are 4 who may benefit the most:
The Spanish fullback arrived at Anfield after a terrific season at Newcastle. However last season he was phased out at times under Kenny Dalgish; preferring Glen Johnson as a makeshift left back could not have done wonders for the Valencian’s confidence. Nevertheless, with his proactive and attacking approach coupled with his control and guile on the ball he could be a perfect piece of the jigsaw in Rodger’s puzzle. Next year may be the real start to his Anfield career.
The talented and skilful Uruguayan showed off some of his skill with a tremendous bicycle kick last season and could be given more opportunities in 2012/13 as his technical abilities fit the mould of the modern day centre half expertly. A stint at the Olympics means he will miss much of pre-season but also gain invaluable game time and Coates could be a potential star this season.
Discarded under Dalglish and after ineffective loan spells Aquillani’s career is at a crossroads. There is no doubting his talent and his range of passing and attacking vision are superb; undoubtedly fitting the mould of a Brendan Rodgers midfielder. Question marks surround his fitness and mentality. Whether he can stay off the treatment table long enough to make an impact on the pitch and if he’s willing to put in the work off the ball. If these issues are addressed in pre-season Alberto could be like a new signing.
With the tricks and craftsmanship of a wizard Joe Cole is one of the most naturally gifted English footballers in the last 15 years. After a productive season playing first team football for Lille in France, Cole is in a similar boat to Aquillani. If sufficient work is done pre-season to get Joe back to anything near his natural ability he could become a leader amongst that team. He would be the first to admit his struggle for form during his first Anfield stint but after a reinvigorating season Cole could benefit more than anyone from Brendan Rodgers appointment.
What do you think ? Will these 4 make an impact and who else benefits ?
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