Brendan Rodgers’ men have been fighting it out in the upper echelons of the Premier League this season, but how have the new faces fared?
Liverpool look like real top-four contenders this season for the first time in some years, with Brendan Rodgers now having a squad of quality to select his team from.
A number of new faces made the move to Anfield over the summer to add strength in depth to the Reds’ contingent, but how have they fared so far?
Iago Aspas – 5/10
The Spaniard has not been given a huge amount of playing time due to injury and the first-choice SAS strike partnership, and has not used the chances he has been given to show his full ability.
Aspas deputised for Luis Suarez when the Uruguayan was suspended at the start of the season, and seems to like to drop deep and pick up the ball. He has shown some neat touches and ability to bring others into the game, but generally has not had as much influence as Rodgers would like him to.
The verdict is still out on the former Celta Vigo man, who has failed to impress as yet.
Mamadou Sakho – 7/10
The France international has shown why he is so highly rated in his homeland with some commanding performances so far in a Reds jersey and seems to have all the attributes to be first-choice at centre-half for Rodgers’ men.
Sakho still has some adapting to do to fit into his new team and the English game, but the initial promise shown will be encouraging for the Kop.
Victor Moses – 6/10
The Chelsea loanee started well for Liverpool, with a number of good performances in the early days of the campaign, but has seen his opportunities limited and form dip of late.
With the return of Philippe Coutinho from injury and the form of Raheem Sterling, Moses has found his place in the starting XI no longer there, and has not done anything of real note in his last number of performances.
Undoubtedly capable of playing a role in Liverpool’s quest for the top four, the Nigerian needs a run of games to get back to somewhere near his best.
Luis Alberto – 5/10
A young man with a considerable reputation and technical ability, Alberto has largely been warming the bench at Anfield this term.
When he is introduced he has shown glimpses of a solid range of passing, but his best position in the Liverpool side is yet to be determined.
One for the future, Alberto’s start in England has been decidedly underwhelming.
Kolo Toure – 7/10
The Ivorian’s free transfer capture seemed like a masterstroke in the early days of the season as Toure looked back to near his best in solid defensive showings.
His experience and versatility have played their part for the Reds this term, but the African centre-half has found himself out of the side of late, with Rodgers preferring Martin Skrtel.
Despite this, Toure will still be an asset to Liverpool this season and has played his part in softening the blow of Jamie Carragher’s retirement.
Simon Mignolet – 7/10
The Belgian goalkeeper was simply inspired at the start of the season, making telling saves that saw the Reds win fixtures by the odd goal.
With Pepe Reina’s dip in form last season, Mignolet’s arrival seemed to end the uncertainty in the Merseyside club’s goal.
However, the former Sunderland man has been subject to a mistake or two of late, with some soft goals being conceded. That said, he has looked solid for the most part and has all the abilities to be one of the Premier League’s best over the next number of years.
Aly Cissokho – 6/10
The Valencia loanee has been introduced on fleeting occasions on the left, with the 3-5-2 system seemingly suiting him.
His defensive abilities seem relatively comprehensive, but he does not inspire a huge amount of confidence when going forward.
Cissokho’s reliance on his left foot means that he is reluctant to come off the touchline, and in the long-term it remains to be seen whether he is the answer at left-back/wing-back.
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