- Sep 25, 2012
On Brewster and Sterling, Raheem made his debut towards the end of one season but no starts. The following season he made 22 starts. I've said 15 starts for Brewster would be ambitious and we are a much stronger side than we where when Sterling broke through. Sterling from then plays that much now and it would weaken us significantly so Brewster would have to be significantly better than Sterling was (or Trent for that matter) to get to 15 starts. I think it's much more realistic to view him as hopefully being a fantastic super sub style who gets starts in few cup games during his first season. If he doesn't have any further repercussions from his major injury.I honestly wonder sometimes if you read the post you are responding to, as you are arguing against a point I've never made.
For a final time and at the point of repeating myself ad nauseum. I want us to strengthen the front line, exactly as you say, we have a lot of games and we need to be prepared for injuries and avoiding fatigue. Now where we seem to differ is. I think Klopp is giving the following pre-season (or the initial part) to stake their claim for that "back up" role, and if they don't he will go to market.
Brewster - Rated as one of the best attacking talents to come from the academy in recent years. We are talking Sterling levels of potential. If he hadn't of got injured last season he'd probably now already be a big part of the 1st team squad.
Wilson - For a manager who puts so so much emphasis on youth getting their chance, Wilson has done everything needed to prove he deserves his. He'll get it and now it's up to him to prove he has the physical stature and ability to make an impact in the big time league.
Origi - I'm ignoring the fact he achieved cult level status with some hugely important goals. He is a confidence player who prior to the potential career ending challenge by Funes Mori was developing into an excellent player. Klopp rated this guy (he wanted him at Dortmund) he'll get his chance to progress (which is his final chance here) this season.
Now that's 3 players, Brewster a #9 come wide player, Wilson a Right Forward come no.10 and Origi a Wide Left Forward come no.9. That on paper is sufficient depth, is it the required quality? Only Klopp can confirm that.
Wilson may not be given that chance. I want him to be. But all the write ups from the journalists with connections are that he'll have a chance to convince Klopp this summer but we apparently have a price we will accept for him and talks of potential loans for next season. Klopp certainly doesn't seem convinced or to have included him in his plans.
Origi actually only started 7 games last season, mostly/all in second half of season. You could literally treble that and still not get close to covering the amount of extra starts we will have next season.
Even if Salah, Firmino and Mane start as many games next season as this one (not ideal with risk of injury and keeping them fresh and in form) we could still have as many as 58 starting roles to fill. I don't believe we currently have enough and will struggle next season as it stands.