Originally posted by budski
I'd like to get the post season started, and also look ahead to the new campaign (roll on august!)
[edit on 13/5/2008 by budski]
Good post mate.
Without a doubt Torres has been an absolute revelation.
He would have to get the vote considering the impact he's made in just his first season. Not sure about the 'goes missing' part though! Lol. I
think given the right service he is always a threat but when he doesn't he can be isolated at times, he's still learning aswell of course.
Stevie came in for criticism at times especially when we hit that horrible November/December period but more often than not he led by example as ever
and his goals/assists ratio was excellent yet again.
I'm delighted you mentioned Masch, one of the highlights of the season was was securing his future at the club, he is an immense player for his age
and I truly believe he can go on to be an LFC great.
Pepe Reina is without a doubt one of the best stoppers in th world right now and we're very lucky to have him, yes he had a few dodgy moments like at
OT, it was goodison the season before but what keeper doesn't? Three consecutive golden glove awards considering the fact that the back 4 has been
changed frequently (due to Agger's injury) says it all about him and his distribution is exceptional.
Yossi has proved to be an excellent squad player, perhaps he could have been given a bit more game time but his goal return has been very pleasing.
I fully agree about Skrtel, Rafa does it again, when he clears it, it stays cleared! Has composure on the ball, tough in the tackle and already has
formed a good understanding with Carra, great signing, he might even keep Dagger out of the team when he returns.
Dirk had a tough time finding the goals but how invaluable a player he proved to be for us in Europe. He works so hard for the team, it's easy to see
why rafa remains loyal to him, will we ever see the prolific goalscoring Kuyt we saw in Holland, I doubt it but he deserves another season at Anfield
Lucas and Ryan Babel have shown they are the future of the club, Babel finished the season really well and he really could be anything once he keeps
his head down and keeps learning. Lucas is a little lightweight but the boy has an eye for a pass and I think he will keep getting better.
Nemeth, Plessis, Insua and Pacheco are some very bright prospects for the future, Ablett has done a sterling job with the ressies this year.
With the new 7 sub rule, hopefully we'll see more and more appearances by the youngsters next term.
We were so close but yet so far in the CL but given the off the field
shenanigans and boardroom turmoil we've endured to finish a strong 4th
and to finish nearer to the top points wise than previous seasons with just 4 defeats was in my opinion significant progress.
D is for draws, we had too many, they cost us the title, well that and our inability to take 3 pts from the rest of ''the big four''.
I hope Xabi stays, he struggled to recover from his injury but against Chelsea at home he looked back to his best, controlling the game with his neat
Some fans are very much against Barry coming to Anfield but I think he would also be a very solid addition for our left flank.
With Kewell almost certain and JAR very likely to be leaving Barry would be a very good addition to the squad, plus he is good mates with Gerrard
which has to be a help.
I feel sorry for Crouchy, he loves the club and the fans but with Torres and Rafa seemingly settled on 4-2-3-1, next season looks like more of the
same, but we do need a proven goalscorer on the bench to take the pressure off Torres, who that might be I don't know, nest season might be just too
soon to put pressure on someone like Nemeth but who knows?
We're probably going to be as optimistic as ever going into next season but the simple fact is we have to strengthen if we are to match the mancs and
chelsea's spending, the arrival of a new assistant (maybe the return of Sammy Lee) seeing as Alex Miller has left the club could have a really
Oh and one more thing....
TOM HICKS - GET OUT OF OUR CLUB!!
[edit on 13-5-2008 by pmexplorer]
[edit on 13-5-2008 by pmexplorer]