Liverpool players constrained under Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson's style of play does not bring the best out of England's Liverpool contingent.


Many fans are expecting Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson, Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson and Daniel Sturridge to replicate their Liverpool form for England, but Roy Hodgson's pragmatism will inevitably stifle their ability to express themselves.


On the other hand, Reds manager Brendan Rodgers has allowed them to flourish, instilling a quick tempo, high energy pressing and possession based game that saw each individual reach new heights last season.


While Rodgers sets his teams out to win, Hodgson is preoccupied with not losing first and foremost, and that can only do a disservice to the likes of Sterling.


The 66-year-old's negative approach is in contrast to the positive way in which the 19-year-old goes about attacking the flanks from the wing and indeed through the middle as a 'number 10'.


Gerrard is perhaps the player who loses out the most under Hodgson. The lack of movement in front of him reduces the passing options from deep and allows the opposition to close him down and concede the ball.


Henderson, in turn, has to do twice the work to make up for the captain's increasing lack of mobility without the ball.


Although Henderson played very well in England's last outing, it will be unsurprising to see him along with the fellow Liverpool players underperform at the World Cup unless there is a radical change in approach from the manager.

If there is not, then it will be a shame and maybe even an injustice as many could well be left with the impression that Sturridge and other Liverpool players are incapable of helping the national team achieve success when they obviously can.


The former Chelsea striker in particular has quality in abundance and could easily grace any national side's strikeforce. His 21 goals in the Premier League, one of the world's toughest domestic leagues, is ample testament.


Of course, this is all said assuming each player brings their A game, and unfortunately too many England players in the past have not.


Finally, given the nature of cup competitions, it is possible that England could end up doing admirably by producing special moments through Sturridge or Sterling that compensates for the general poor play, but it is nevertheless a risky way to avoid exiting the tournament at the early stages.

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