Has Rafa brought another jack of all trades to Anfield or could this be another big mistake?
Some might argue that one of the biggest problems to have hamstrung Liverpool’s progress is that no one really knows where they fit in to the team.
Gerrard is part-midfielder/part-second striker. Dirk Kuyt, like Babel, is considered to be a winger, or, again, a second striker if needs be. Robbie Keane was equally kept in the dark during his lame stint with his boyhood heroes.
Basically, Torres-aside, the Anfield attack appears to lack any kind of stability/consistency. And sadly, with the arrival of Maxi Rodriguez, there is little sign of any improvement on the situation.
Rafa Benitez has reportedly said this:
“He can play in three positions – on the right, left or as a second striker – and is someone with a very positive mentality, which is what we are looking for.”
Unfortunately, he said much the same on the arrival of both Babel and Keane, which surely translates as: “Oh dear, I have no idea what to do with him.” (The Spoiler)
Does this source have a good point? I think there is a little truth in what has been said. We don’t have any out and out wingers of note and having another player who can do a myriad of jobs well without doing any excellently could be our undoing. Yossi Benayoun is another in the vein of Dirk Kuyt and Ryan Babel, obviously the Israeli is far better and in my view one of our best performers in the last 18 months, but he doesn’t have a nailed down position and as such sometimes when he is on the ball he doesn’t really know where he is going and what to do with the ball and seems very keen to give it back to Steven Gerrard as soon as possible.
Anfield has a few players who’s ideal position is still unknown and it could be a problem that is causing others to make up any shortfall. This season it has seemed like the pressure on Stevie G to perform has been heavy on his shoulders and whilst we all hope that Maxi does the trick and helps give us options in the midfield there are those who feel that such a signing, whilst financial prudent, is not necessarily the right man for the job.
We are of course all still waiting for Alberto Aquilani to grow into his role and that can’t come a moment too soon. The pressure is on Rafa to at the very least achieve a top four finish and it might take more than the signing of the Atletico Madrid man to make this happen.