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Another summer of rebuilding awaits Liverpool's new manager Brendan Rodgers. With a new philosophy being implemented at the club, lots of changes in personnel can be expected...

Previous Season Performance

Premier League: 8th

Europe: Did not qualify

FA Cup: Runners-up

League Cup: Winners
Positions that need Reinforcements

The club is set to undergo a sea change in personnel under new manager Brendan Rodgers, who is looking to instill his own playing philosophy at the club. While they employed a pass and move style under Kenny Dalglish as well, the former Swansea manager is expected to take it to the next level, where keeping control of the ball, and that along the ground, is the only way to play.

Consequently changes will be needed, especially in midfield and attack.



Borini is a player Rodgers
knows well and shall
provide tactical flexibility
and an eye for goal.

With Dirk Kuyt and Maxi Rodriguez having left for Fenerbahce and Newell's Old Boys Club respectively, and Craig Bellamy also possibly on his way out, forwards and attacking midfielders cum wingers shall be a top priority for the Northern Irishman. Especially considering that the manager doesn’t consider Andy Carroll to be a vital part of his plans, which is logical, considering that the English striker is known more for his aerial dominance and ability to bring others into play rather than for his touch and movement.

Hence a striker who has plenty of movement and an eye for goal will most likely be bought by the Reds this summer. And that need has been addressed by Liverpool's purchase of Roma's Fabio Borini.

In midfield, if Rodgers employs a 4-3-3 formation as expected, a proper playmaker might be needed, and considering that the club were interested in Gylfi Sigurdsson, an attacking midfielder who can get a few goals might also be added to the roster, though with the likes of Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam, Alberto Aquilani and Jonjo Shelvey already in the squad, any new buy will have to be compensated for by a sale of atleast one of the existing options.

An energetic but limited Jay Spearing continues to be Lucas Leiva’s only viable backup, and with the club having been supposedly interested in Mohamed Diame before Kenny Dalglish was sacked, a back-up for the Brazilian might still be added to the side.

Rodgers has inherited a strong backline from his predecessors and will not have much to worry about, unless one of Martin Skrtel or Daniel Agger try to force through a move away from Anfield.

Pepe Reina shall continue to be Liverpool’s undisputed first choice keeper, with Alexander Doni expected to continue as his deputy.

Who's Likely to Come In?

 

A deal for Fabio Borini has been agreed and he becomes the newest player to join the red half of Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers has said how he intends to buy atleast four players to truly kickstart his Anfield revolution.

Players like Daniel Sturridge, Clint Dempsey and Gaston Ramirez have been linked with the club in recent times, and the trio fit the profile of players that the former Swansea manager likes to have in his squad.

Joe Allen is another player whom Rodgers would like at Liverpool. However the Northern Irishman has a friendly pact with his old club, and might have to wait for atleast one season, before he can lure his former protege to Anfield.

Probable Departures

As stated above, Dirk Kuyt has already left for a Turkish adventure while Maxi Rodriguez has for Newell's Old Boys Club. Craig Bellamy will be the next to follow if rumuurs are to be believed.

The future of Andy Carroll is also in doubt, with Liverpool’s record signing getting a mixed welcome from Rodgers, as questions stay about whether he can fit in the new manager’s plans. A loan deal might be agreed for the targetman, with his former club Newcastle alongwith AC Milan and West Ham as well as Fulham interested in the player.

Alberto Aquilani might also be moved out, though the Italian fits the style of play likely to be implemented at Anfield next season, as he has never truly settled at Merseyside.

Formation
GOALKEEPER

Pepe Reina
(A. Doni)
(B. Jones)
RIGHT-BACK
CENTRE BACK
CENTRE BACK
LEFT-BACK

Glen Johnson
(Martin Kelly)



Martin Skrtel
(Jamie Carragher)



Daniel Agger
(Sebastian Coates)


Jose Enrique
(Jack Robinson)
(John Flanagan )

 

RIGHT CENTRAL MIDFIELD DEEP PLAYMAKER LEFT CENTRAL MIDFIELD

Steven Gerrard
(Jordan Henderson)
(Jonjo Shelvey)

Lucas Leiva
(Jay Spearing)


Charlie Adam
(Alberto Aquilani)
(Joe Allen(?))

 

        RIGHT WINGER                 CENTRE FORWARD                 LEFT WINGER        

Luis Suarez
(Clint Dempsey (?))


Andy Carroll
(Fabio Borini)
(Daniel Sturridge (?) )

Stewart Downing
(Craig Bellamy)
(Gaston Ramirez(?))
Fan Zone

Saransh Gehlot says, "I wouldn't mind Liverpool signing Dempsey. He can be a great false 9 that Rodgers said he might use. He scores goals and is in his last year of contract, hence he shall come a little cheaper."

Miqdad Haider opines, "I would certainly like Liverpool to bring Gaston Ramirez to Anfield. LFC need someone who can provide that final pass for the strikers and I believe he can make those passes. The fact that Ramirez already has two compatriots in Suarez and Coates at Anfield, might just tempt him to come to Merseyside."

 

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