Unlike the Liverpool FC defence, the Liverpool FC midfield has a lot of rotations, therefore I shall review our key midfielders in the 2011/12 Premier League season thus far.
#8: Steven Gerrard
Guess who’s back? Liverpool FC’s season has been revitalized under the stewardship of our captain Steven Gerrard and he has even managed 3 goals in his 6 appearances this season, an impressive total for a midfielder. He doesn’t seem to have lost any of his sharpness when it comes to his passing, with his long range passing still having that Gerrard-esque pin point accuracy.
It seems likely that the captain will eventually fight his injury through to a consistent First XI place, despite appearing in most of his games this season coming off the bench. He could be what is required for Andy Carroll to find his feet at Liverpool FC.
#14: Jordan Henderson
Still a player whom divides opinion amongst the Anfield faithful, but he looks like a neat and tidy player, and I am confident that he will become a great player come a few years. Quietly studious, the Englishman still hasn’t been given that “Steven Gerrard role” on enough occasions to impress the Liverpool FC fans, in my opinion.
Has been played in many positions, whether it being beside Charlie Adam or out right. A kid with bags of potential, just needs to add that extra ‘magic’ into his game. His pass for Gerrard against Newcastle United was absolutely sublime.
#20: Jay Spearing
Has done well since we lost our Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva to injury. Didn’t deserve that red card that he got against Fulham and has done well enough to keep his place in a first XI that now sees Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam, Gerrard and Jonjo Shelvey fighting for two remaining central midfield spots.
A wonderful job so far.
#21: Lucas Leiva
Had a splendid season up to his injury. Simple as that.
#26: Charlie Adam
Looks increasingly like the man whom will be taken out of the team to accommodate for Steven Gerrard’s return, with him being taken off for Steven Gerrard in the league two times in a row now. Still heavily criticized for attempts at his famous ‘hollywood passes’ that don’t work out most of the time.
Otherwise, it’s been a good season so far for the summer signing. Distributes the ball fairly well and his tackles often give away fouls to stop counter-attacks (it sounds bad, but it really is helpful and organisation at the back).
#33: Jonjo Shelvey
Showed a lot of promise with Blackpool after he was loaned out. Recalled following Lucas’ long term injury and made an impact against Oldham in the League Cup a couple of days ago. Bags of potential.