1990 Liverpool league winners Vs 2014 Liverpool league (potential) winners
Twenty four years is a long time to wait. A lot has happened since 1990, too much to even contemplate mentioning. For Liverpool fans, these past twenty four years (bar 2005) have probably felt more like double that, as they desperately wait for the Reds to end their ever growing title drought and bring a 19th league title to Anfield. 2014 may just be Liverpool’s year. They are tearing opponents apart with their uncontrollable offensive tactics that has left them as top scorers in the Premier League. Yes, their defence is shaky at times but the points are still stacking up for Rodgers men on a weekly basis. Can Liverpool go from 7th last season to 1st this season? It’s a huge ask, but football is well known for throwing up a few upsets now and again.
Let’s take a look at how the current Liverpool XI compare to the 1990 League Champions:
Goalkeepers: Simon Mignolet V Bruce Grobbelaar
Mignolet is yet to prove himself as a long term replacement for Reina in the Liverpool goal but he has come to Liverpool's rescue on a number of occasions this season. Grobbelaar was an eccentric genius. Who could ever forget those wobbly knees?
Defence: Johnson/Agger/Skrtel/Flanagan V Ablett (R.I.P.)/Nicol/Hansen/Burrows
Two very contrasting right backs. Johnson is known for his attack minded approach to each game and prone to the odd error. Ablett will be best remembered for his no nonsense defending which involved a career full of crunching tackles on unfortunate opponents. With the ‘all out attack’ tactics that Brendan Rodgers has instilled in the 2014 Liverpool team, central defenders Skrtel and Agger (Sakho and Toure not good enough to mention) have struggled to lock down opponents this season. The opposite can be said for Nicol and Hansen, who helped Liverpool concede less than a goal a game during the 1989/90 season. Another position that Liverpool have experimented with this season is left back. Enrique has spent a large portion of the season on the sidelines, giving opportunities to Aly Cissokho and Jon Flanagan. Flanagan has made this position his own in recent months after some very impressive performances. David Burrows slotted into left back after Steve Staunton was moved into midfield during the season. He played 146 times for Liverpool over a five year period.
Midfield: Gerrard/Coutinho/Henderson/Sterling V Houghton/Whelan/McMahon/Barnes
These four midfielders have been Liverpools best in their respective positions this season. Henderson’s hard work has been inspirational. Coutinho and Sterling are blossoming into exceptional players, while Stevie G has just been Stevie G once again. This man deserves a league title more than any other player in the game. Comparing the current players with Houghton, Whelan, McMahon and Barnes is quite easy really. Barnes=Sterling, Houghton=Coutinho, Whelan=Gerrard and McMahon= Henderson. Impressive midfielders all round. A special mention for Lucas is a must also, who has been an unsung hero in the Liverpool midfield, when fit this season.
Forwards: Sturridge/Suarez V Rush/Aldridge
Two highly impressive offensive partnerships. Rush and Aldridge (and Beardsley…) tore defences apart throughout the season and played a pivotal role in winning the league title. If Liverpool somehow manages to win the EPL title this season, they will have both of their strikers to thank in a big way. Lying first and second in the individual goal; scoring charts says it all and both players missed a couple of months each. They are arguably the best strike partnership in the world at the moment and Liverpool fans will pray that they both remain at the club for years to come.
Managers: Brendan Rodgers V Kenny Dalglish
Rodgers has been immense this season both tactically on the field and with his man management of the Liverpool squad and staff. He has shown a cool head during all of his interviews and looks set to be a long term fixture at Anfield. Dalglish is Dalglish, a living Liverpool legend, both as a player and a manager. It will take a lot for Rodgers to be loved as much as Dalglish, however ending the league title drought would soon rectify that.
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