Sunday 28th February could be the start of the future for Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp. With Manchester City not in the greatest of form at present, this is a fantastic oppertunity for Klopp to win his first cup with his new club. Sergio Aguero and David Silva are the stand out players for City but I feel they have another superb player in Kevin De Bruyne, who will miss the game through injury. I believe that is a massive boost for Liverpool. Take nothing away from Liverpool who have some superb players of their own, but we must capitalise on City’s inconsistent form. A forward line of Sturridge, Courinho and Firmino will cause City’s back line problems if they are to start together. The movement and inter changing of the 3 is set to cause confusion for city, and if Manuel Pellegrini keeps to his word and plays Willy Cabellero in goal I think Liverpool could do a number on City. The cause for concern for all Liverpool fans is the fact that our defence isn’t the greatest either, including our goalkeeper. All are going to have to be on song to keep Aguero, Silva, Sterling at bay. Liverpools midfield are full of energy in Emre Can, James Milner and the captain Jordan Henderson and the high pressing could bring mistakes out of Yaya Toure who isn’t the best at shielding his back four. But Jurgen could also play the loyal Brazilian Lucas in midfield who could be given the job of shadowing David Silva. There’s no doubt about it James Milner will want to put one over on his old club. I don’t think Jurgen Klopp will tinker to much with our back four, but I’d love to see Jon Flanagan given a chance to start, a local lad who gives his all every time he plays for his boyhood club. But I think Clyne and Moreno will start at both full backs. I believe Liverpool have every chance of beating this City team and I hope this is the springboard for Liverpool to go on and push for more trophies next season and get into the champions league. With Jurgen in charge at the helm I trust him in every decision he thinks right to get us there. Come on you reds, Wembley South beckons, in what is set to be a fantastic game and hopefully a great day and a new dawn for our beloved Liverpool Football Club.
With Christian Benteke struggling to adapt to Liverpool life, the question is why was he ever bought I’m the first place? Brendan Rodgers bought the Belgian for £32.5 M from Aston Villa in the summer, Benteke was the main man at Villa with the midlands club getting balls directly up to the big Belgian to cause havock against opposing defences, scoring 42 league goals in 82 league games. The problem for Benteke at Liverpool is the fact that we don’t actually have any natural wide men. Yes Jordan Ibe is a winger but it’s no secret the youngster has struggled to find a decent run of form this season, he still has time on his side so I hope under Klopp he can get himself up to the levels everyone believes he can reach. Liverpool also shipped Lazar Markovic off to Fenerbache on loan for the season leaving Liverpool with limited options for width. We all know Benteke isn’t going to be a forward who will drop deep and link the play, he needs crosses and direct balls up to him to be most effective. So why didn’t the club buy any wingers in the summer or January transfer windows? The whole transfer of Benteke just doesn’t make sense to me. I know Rodgers said he would only accept Firmino if the club bought Benteke but still to buy no natural width to go with it is just baffling. With Jurgen Klopp seemingly being a fan of James Milner, he seems to play the midfielder on the right quite often. I’ll confess I’m not Milner’s biggest fan, the lad works his socks off but isn’t blessed with pace and he can’t really seem to be the best crosser of the ball either, so just why does he play on the right of midfield? Most fans I have spoken to think Bentekes time as a Liverpool player is set to come to an end in the summer, but I feel more could’ve been done to make sure the big Belgian can become a success at Anfield. There’s no doubt about it, Jurgen has a big rebuilding job to do in the summer but I’d love to see Lazar Markovic given a proper chance next season. But with the return of Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi, and Danny Ings back from injury next season I can’t see Benteke being a starter for the Reds anytime soon.
With rumours circulating that Kolo Toure could be set to leave the club in the summer I think there’s a case to keep the Ivorian stalwart on at the club. After his goal in the 6-0 thrashing of Aston Villa it’s clear the defender has a good influence in the dressing room and on the pitch with his team mates, the goal celebration says it all. His years of experience, winning the premier league with two different clubs and playing with a smile on his face can only be a good thing for the future of liverpools youngsters to look up to. Although I feel he will be pushed out of the team next season with the arrival of Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren finding a decent run of form before his injury, with Martin Skrtl an ever present and the beast that is Mamadou Sakho cementing a place in the side under Klopp I think the club should offer Kolo a contract extension with a coaching role included with it. The likes of Joe Gomez, Lloyd Jones and even the current players can only improve from learning from Toure. His passion on the pitch is infectious. I know Brendan Rodgers tried to bring back some of the past times during his tenure with the boot room, maybe Klopp could try something similar with setting Kolo up in a defensive coaching role. It’s no secret our defensive has been shambolic for a while now but I feel every time Toure pulls on the famous shirt we look more solid at the back which give the team a base to go on and play the free flowing attacking football we love to watch. I’m not naive enough to see we don’t always see the ” free flowing football ” but you get the idea. I hope the club do keep Kolo Toure on as its always nice to see players have respect, passion and a never say die attitude. Kolo Toure You’ll Never Walk Alone.