Yet Another 2010/2011 Premier League Preview: Liverpool

Liverpool

Under maverick Spanish manager Rafa Benitez, Liverpool spectacularly dropped out of the top four last season, with the Spaniard routinely choosing to substitute best player Fernando Torres for no apparent and then watch as his replacement; David N’Gog/Ryan Babel/Andry Voronin proved to be utterly useless and the Reds lose to undoubtedly weaker opposition, seemingly one a one man mission to prove that he was a massive gump. Much off-field politics between Rafa and incompetent owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett and the inexplicable sale of Xabi Alonso were also contributing factors.

With new manager Roy Hodgson managing to keep hold of Torres and Steven Gerrard, Liverpool will be hoping to regain their mojo this season.

The Manager – Roy Hodgson

Performs wonders at almost every club he graces, including the unthinkable Europa League final last season with Fulham, Hodgson will have to do the thinkable and return Liverpool to top four contention if he wants to stay in the job.

Strengths

The Spanish duo of Pepe Reina and Fernando Torres, arguably two of the best players in the country in their respective positions.

Weaknesses

During Rafa’s reign, the first team squad was filled with a large amount of mediocrity and the demises of the previously reliably excellent Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher’s abilities last season will be a huge worry to Reds fans.

Did you know?

Dirk Kuyt’s body is made up of approximately 98% sweat, 1% crap hair he should really do something with and 1% everything else.

Best Chant

You’ll Never Walk Alone” (Obviously)

Prediction

Shilts reckons that with the relatively small amount of additions Hodgson has made to Liverpool’s seemingly mid-table standard side, Champions League football could evade them once again, with Manchester City and Tottenham finishing ahead once again.

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