peachesenregalia wrote:Liverpool did exactly what I thought they would do this year. Finish 6-10 in the league, gut the squad and implement a new mentality. Ended the season relatively strongly. Lost some matches we should have won, won some matches we should have lost, and had a lot of draws. Rodgers improved the attacking/goalscoring immensely, but we were let down by shoddy defense all too often. We brought in some fantastic players in Sturridge and Coutinho, tried out some young lads in Suso, Wisdom and Sterling, all of which look promising. Henderson has improved, which is good.
All in all, I'd give Liverpool a solid C+. a little better than expected, the Suarez biting incident of course is a black mark on the season, but there it is.
Strange season (as they usually are) for the Reds. you have to break it up into three segments:
1. the intro: BR's first 3 months as manager, the new template for playing, poor window to start the season. The team struggled to get forward consistently, relied far too heavily on Suarez and used up youth projects like Sterling, Suso and Shelvey to get results against too good of teams. (D)
2. January: The additions of Coutinho and Sturridge, as well as the reliance on Carragher, Henderson, Downing and Gerrard more and the return of Lucas signaled a sharp turn around for the squad. It was mid December they started hitting form, finishing 3rd in total points accumulated from Dec. 15 to the end of the season. (A)
3. The run in: The Suarez incident was a black mark, surely, but it also gave the squad more time to play without their talisman (and target man). The emergence of Henderson and Coutinho as well as the confidence of Sturridge over the last 5 games, but also the 10 games prior, show where the club is headed. There are still questions (of which replacing Skrtel, Carragher and Downing are the most persistent, as well as finding someone to unluck pesky defenses in 0-0 matches) but their is hope. (B+)
Overall, the season for me is a B. Thats including the natural shaky period that came with yet another managerial change and again a summer window that saw more players leave then come in. The fact the squad gave up only 5 more goals than champs United on the season, scored a heap load more than last year (most in the PL since January), adopted BR, while he adapted to them sells hope for the next few years.
The summer is massive. I'm not against Toure coming in, but he better only be a replacement for Carragher. This team needs a new CB to start alongside Agger.
Names to follow this summer (so far, it will change daily in about two weeks): Alderweireld, Lovren, Papadopoulos, Ince, Ilisic, Ericksen, Thiago, Tello, Williams (Swansea)