After 907 games Liverpool quartet should be doing far more

Why four of Liverpool's summer signings owe them much better performances.

Recent comments from Emile Heskey suggested that Liverpool were unlikely to see the best of their summer signings until next season. After all, Brendan Rodgers added a large number of new faces and to expect them to hit the ground running would be foolish given that it often takes players time to settle in new surroundings.

But there are some recent additions who should be performing considerably better than they already are when you consider the Premier League is not new for them.

In Dejan Lovren, Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Mario Balotelli, Liverpool signed four players who already had 907 appearances in English football between them.

When you take that into consideration, surely they should be doing better.

Yes the likes of Lazar Markovic, Emre Can and Alberto Moreno are going to take time to get used to a very different league while simultaneously acclimatising to a new culture. But the apparent wisdom of Liverpool’s summer spending was that some of the new faces had plenty of experience in the top flight and would seemingly need far less time to find their best form.

Instead Lambert is yet to score, Balotelli looks a shadow of his best self and Dejan Lovren has failed to shore up a defence that at times has looked even more porous than last season.

Only Adam Lallana has shown glimpses of the player he was at St Mary’s so questions have to be asked of those who are under-performing at Anfield.

With Daniel Sturridge blighted by injury and Raheem Sterling unable to carry the weight of expectation alone, those players who had already notched up nearly 1000 games in English football need to stand up and be counted.

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