- Jul 10, 2010
We can do it in the midfield because Naby has been injured so much, Lallana has been injured so much, Ox has been injured so much. So really we were just accomodating Hendo, Gini and Milner while Fab was having his intro season; fighting for a place and establishing hmself as a starter.But why? Why can we accommodate 5/6 "starters" in 3 CM spots but we are limited to 3 "starters" in attack? None of the "starters" in CM are being underplayed, we were only missing one through injury. Just because we had those players as back up no it doesn't mean they would be used. Not if they aren't good enough. If Klopp is looking at Mane, Salah or even Firmino and thinking "hmmm that guy is a bit fatigued I could do with giving him a rest" is he going to do it if Sturridge is the option? When its do or die in the league and every game is must win? Sturridge plays nothing like our starters? If we can't fit four starting level attackers into the side how come we were really comfortable when we had those three and Coutinho? We have had 4 top attackers at once so to say we can't do it now is illogical. It's already happened.
What happens if you have an established order is what we see with Migs and Lovren. Now they have accepted they will rarely play they have asked to leave. We know how many games we could have this season, and on paper how many starts that means for players, but the truth is that isn't how it works, and the reality is players move on.
If Naby had brought his form from Red Bull, he'd be a starter most weeks now alongside Fab and 'perhaps' Milner might have decided to move on if he thought he was now a sub/rotation player. But Naby and Fab were brought in for that purpose, to be the new starting CM's. They weren't brought in to be a pool of six rotating players.
For the front three, they played when fit. When they weren't, Origi and DS and Shaqiri stepped in. That's how a squad works.
Now by all means you can replace one of them with a better player, but the point is if you do so and you are paying them 200k+ a week, they have to be good enough to be starters and essentially this summer only Mbappe fits that profile. And yes if we had endless money we could have brought him in, but then he becomes one of the front 3, someone else becomes the rotation option and decides they want to leave, just like Migs and Lovren.