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JOHN ALDRIDGE: David Ngog needs lessons at finishing school to help Liverpool FC
Published : 13 Feb 2010 02:00:00
DAVID NGOG might prove in time that he can master the art of being a centre-forward. It is often a thankless task being asked to assume the role of a lone frontman and even when I was in the prime of my career, there were times when I found it hard going. But we saw at Arsenal on Wednesday night that, once again, playing Ngog in that position does not really add anything to Liverpool's team. Rafa Benitez works with him every day, so he clearly sees things in him, but at the Emirates Stadium Ngog looked like a schoolboy playing in an adult's match. One thing you cannot fault him for his effort; he never stopped running or trying his hardest to help the team and, for that, he should be commended. Unfortunately, though, in contests of great magnitude against the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United, effort alone is not good enough. You need to have a clear head and be ruthless when opportunity knocks but, when Steven Gerrard sent him skipping through, Ngog was neither and Liverpool suffered accordingly. Put it this way - had Fernando Torres been presented with the same chance, you would have invested your mortgage on him scoring; when Ngog was homing in on goal, he never convinced that he would score. In my opinion, Dirk Kuyt should have started up front at The Emirates because he is vastly experienced and has scored a few goals recently but Rafa likes playing him in that role on the right. Had the manager been able to invest in the squad during the January transfer window, maybe we would have had somebody with experience to take over from Ngog in Torres' absence but that wasn't the case.