Time these players were given their marching orders.
I had high hopes for Albert Riera when he first arrived from Espanyol but other than a couple of decent games and a decent finish here and there I really have been consistently wanting more from the winger. Far too often he fails to deliver. He doesn’t seem to get the hang of putting in a decent ball in to the box and on other occasions he is far too greedy and sometimes he disappears from games altogether.
Quite why he still draws a wage from the club is beyond me. Has there been a worse number 10 at the club? The 30 year old Ukrainian managed to fool many with his initial burst of games at the club but then he went off the boil big time. Even more explicable was his excellent spell whilst out on loan with Hertha Berlin. Essentially we got stuck with him when the Bundesliga side decided they couldn’t afford to take the pony tailed forward on a permanent basis. Not good enough for the club. Simple as that.
An utter disgrace. Out on loan and hopefully will never return.
I actually have a great deal of respect for this Italian full back. He gives a committed performance when selected but just hasn’t adjusted to the Premier League. He wants to go back home and I see no reason why we don’t allow him to do so at the earliest opportunity.
I was dead chuffed when we landed the Ajax man two and half seasons ago but he has gone from bad to worse in his spell at Anfield. In his first term at the club we all thought his excellent cameo appearances were part and parcel of his bedding into the top tier of arguably the best league in the world. When Rafa gave him a decent run in the side however he couldn’t manage to string two decent performances together and this season, the Lyon goal aside and a five minute burst against Hull City, he has looked pedestrian and bereft of ideas. He really is running out of lives and I am sure Benitez will not think twice about selling the Dutchman in January should a decent offer come in for him.
Now this isn’t supposed to be a doom and gloom article. There are players who despite our poor start to the season have actually been impressive. There is a reason for instance that Lucas is not on this list. He has come on leaps and bounds this terms and I don’t think anyone can list him among the under performers this season. I was also impressed by the early signs of ability shown by the likes of Daniel Ayala, Jay Spearing and Martin Kelly.
Fabio Aurelio has learned to ping in consistently accurate set pieces and crosses and Yossi Benayoun has made himself indispensable.