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Signs Of Positivity For Liverpool

Friday 16th March 2012
After watching Tuesday night's Merseyside derby as a neutral it really got me thinking about Liverpool and just how good they could be.

The Reds continue to rely on an aging Steven Gerrard, and simply cannot continue to do so. Luckily, within their midst they have a replacement. Love him or hate him (and I stand firmly in the hate him section) Luis Suarez can be the catalyst for Liverpool for the next five years.

If you can ignore his diving and constant play acting, as hard as it may be to do so, when Suarez has the ball he can be quite simply brilliant. He does things that the majority of players can only dream of. If he's given someone to play the ball onto for the knockout blow - on Tuesday night it was Gerrard - then Liverpool will be up there with the likes of United and City.

They have a good goalkeeper in Pepe Reina, and a solid backline. They are particularly strong when Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel are at the heart of the defence, while Jose Enrique is a good left back and Martin Kelly is showing signs of being a top right back. I haven't included Glen Johnson there, and why would I, he's rubbish.

Charlie Adam has shown glimpses of what he can do and I think it's a little unfair to judge Jordan Henderson as a failure so early in his Anfield career, considering he has been stuck out of position on the right wing all season. And there's Lucas, who seems to have won over many of his critics, to return to the midfield.

Then it comes to the men up top. Andy Carroll is strong and dominant in the air, decent with his feet and he can pick a pass, but unfortunately he couldn't hit a cow's backside with a banjo. That's not to say he hasn't got a big part to play in Liverpool's future, it really depends on the system they decide to deploy. Iif Liverpool were to play two strikers with Suarez playing in behind, then goals or no goals Carroll could be the man. The ball could be played up to Carroll to knock down to Suarez who does what he does into the path of the goalscorer. That could be the winning formula if you ask me.

But these theories are all based round Liverpool signing a bloke who can tuck the ball away. They ought to go after Napoli's Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani. He's a good age, knows Suarez from international duty and scores goals - lots of goals. The problem with that is that Napoli will potentially be able to offer Champions League football next year while Liverpool definitely won't. But if the team from Naples don't make it into next year's elite again, I wouldn't bet against that move, unless other top European sides also take an interest in the striker.

If Liverpool get that 25 a season goal scorer they so desperately need to support what they've already got, I would happily stick a cheeky tenner on them to win the league next season. And I'm a man who only ever bets a quid on first or last goal scorer every other week at Carrow Road.
Ian Murray

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