Rafa's Obssession With Wingers

Discussion in 'Liverpool' started by lfcfan858, Jul 10, 2005.

  1. lfcfan858

    lfcfan858 New Member

    May 19, 2003
    San Diego, CA
    I found this very interesting article about Rafa's apparent love for left-sided wingers:

    From the article:
    Terry Venables liked his goalkeepers. George Graham loved a centre-back (though he preferred to have at least six). Neil Warnock has amassed a selection of journeymen forwards. Now we have discovered what Rafael Benitez's weakness is: wingers.

    Or, to be precise, left wingers. To Harry Kewell, Luis Garcia, Stephen Warnock and John Arne Riise, he has added Mark Gonzalez and Boudewijn Zenden. Luis Figo could give the Spaniard a seventh option on the left flank.​

    I think the article has some really interesting points, particularly in regards to the attacking nature of our left side for next season as well as some guesses at Rafa's strategy in the transfer market this summer.

    Read and discuss...
  2. lackadaisical

    lackadaisical Member

    Jul 9, 2004
    Garcia and Warnock are not left wingers and Zenden can play many places, so it's pretty obvious that Liverpool don't have some huge surplus of left wingers. The writer had nothing else to say so he had to lump all these players into that category to make a point.
  3. Los_Merengues

    Los_Merengues Red Card

    Jul 6, 2005
    neither is figo
  4. skipshady

    skipshady New Member

    Apr 26, 2001
    Orchard St, NYC
    Likewise, Riise isn't so much a left winger as he is a left-sided midfielder/fullback.

    What a stupid article.
  5. liverbird

    liverbird BigSoccer Supporter

    Sep 29, 2000
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The guy is a tosser and has shown an anti-Liverpool bias in the past.
  6. stanaccrington

    Jan 4, 2005
    Manager don't have obsessions with postions it is what they inherit and have to improve upon, a good example is the left side of the Liverpool team, JAR is a great player but needs cover when he has to get back something H Kewell should have been able to do but was and still is beyond his capabilities, Garcia is a central mid player with a left foot as is Zendon and Figo as for left wingers.... the 70s just called they want their postions back.
  7. quentinc

    quentinc New Member

    Jan 3, 2005
    Annapolis, MD
    Our main problem last year was a true left-winger. Riise isn't really a true left wing player, and we all know about Kewell. Garcia really isn't a true wing player, and Zenden can play pretty much anywhere in the midfield. What a tool.
  8. skipshady

    skipshady New Member

    Apr 26, 2001
    Orchard St, NYC
    It seems that the writer, rather than the gaffer, who is obsessed with positions. And you're absolutely right (I think) in that positions are far less set in stone than it was in the past. While no one is playing the Dutch Total Football, today's players can fluidly move from position to position and formation to formation.

    Rafa's acquisitions give him players who have the ability to cover for or complement each other, providing both depth and tactical flexibility.
  9. Suss

    Suss Member+

    Aug 11, 2003
    New York
    Liverpool FC
    Every single one of those players can play in a position besides the left wing.

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