What to do about our crisis on the left?

Discussion in 'Liverpool' started by AndSomeAreAngels, Jan 10, 2007.

  1. AndSomeAreAngels

    AndSomeAreAngels Moderator
    Staff Member

    Jun 7, 2003
    Brokelyn
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    As if our midfield wasn't beat up enough already, we manage to lose two left-sided players for an extended time. Garcia's done for the year and Gonzalez is expected back in 3 weeks or so. That sounds optimistic to me.

    None of the players we're rumored to be interested in are left-sided midfielders. Obviously we may end up purchasing one - as we well should; even before yesterday's debacle we were hurting on the left, with Gonzo not making much impact, our LB's not providing much in the way of support (or defense for that matter) - but if we don't, what's the solution on that side of the pitch?

    One idea is to start playing a 3-5-2. We've got the defenders to do it, Aurelio is a natural fullback, and Finnan is good enough to provide support in the attack. We can slide Gerrard into the hole, in front of Momo (when he returns) and Xabi, giving him the freedom to roam all over the field.

    Do we have any youngsters who can come up and step into a role on the left side? Paul Anderson is a RM, correct? Everything I've read and seen about him is very promising. Is he up to the task of first-team football, or is he still a ways off?

    What LM's are available in the transfer market?
     
  2. Suss

    Suss Member+

    Aug 11, 2003
    New York
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    For now Aurelio or Riise are going to play LM. It could be in a 4-4-2 or maybe as a wing-back in a 3-5-2 like you suggested. When Momo comes back, Gerrard can play as an attacking midfielder on the left side.

    I doubt Rafa will be able to make a major move in the transfer market for a winger now. We started the season with an abundance of left wingers and left backs. None of them have performed well, and now most of them are hurt. And we still aren't very strong on the right wing either.
     
  3. ForeverRed

    ForeverRed Member+

    Aug 18, 2005
    NYC
    Club:
    FC Bayern München
    Nat'l Team:
    Germany
    What are we going to do about our crisis period?
     
  4. CCSC_STRIKER20

    CCSC_STRIKER20 New Member

    May 14, 2005
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I am against putting Auerlio and Riise on the same side in any type of formation, but it really looks like that is what is going to have to happen. Is the 3-5-2 that was mentioned what was the plan there.
    Carra Agger Riise
    Finnan Aurelio
    Pennant Xabi Gerrard
    Kuyt Bellamy

    ??????
     
  5. CCSC_STRIKER20

    CCSC_STRIKER20 New Member

    May 14, 2005
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Your guess is as good as any.
     
  6. Suss

    Suss Member+

    Aug 11, 2003
    New York
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    More like:

    Carra Sami Agger
    Finnan Aurelio (or Riise)
    Xabi
    Momo Stevie
    Kuyt Bellamy

    Which admittedly would be lacking in the attacking 3rd.
     
  7. revelationx

    revelationx Member+

    Jun 5, 2006
    London
    Obvious step is to keep 4-4-2 with Aurelio and Riise playing Left Back and Left winger. Not sure who would play where as both can play either position. Anyway with Gonzalez out, Aurelio will feature more certainly. Gonzales won't miss too many games as his injury is not as bad as we initially feared.

    Zenden is back soon and Sissoko is only a few games away. Kewell is still out for the foreseeable.
     
  8. Red Bird

    Red Bird Member+

    Sep 30, 2003
    Oxford
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    Actually, it's the central midfield where we have problems. Warnock will soon be back. Gerrard can play on the right and Pennant pressed onto the left, if needs be, but we have very few options in the centre. And against Arsenal that was one of the reason why we got taken apart.
     
  9. Bobinhood

    Bobinhood Member

    Apr 22, 2005
    Toronto
    warnock to lb and rise to midfield and fabio to sub in after 65 mins. might be better than what weve been doing so far.
     
  10. CCSC_STRIKER20

    CCSC_STRIKER20 New Member

    May 14, 2005
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Yeah, but Pennant pressed to the left wouldn't be too terrible. His crossing wouldn't be as good, but he would be in a better position, to cut in, combine passes, or shoot.
     
  11. AndSomeAreAngels

    AndSomeAreAngels Moderator
    Staff Member

    Jun 7, 2003
    Brokelyn
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Pennant couldn't be much worse than he has been. Aside from a few games, he's been shite the whole year. Maybe he'll at least take some shots if forced to the left.
     

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