Sterling Out, Suso In for Liverpool
It cannot be denied that so far this season Liverpool has looked very impressive for the most part. However, the recent blow of losing striker Daniel Sturridge for up to eight weeks, followed by the shock defeat to struggling Hull City has left the red half of Merseyside beginning to doubt the durability and strength in depth at the Anfield club.
Liverpool looked awful against Hull, both defensively and in attack. Their play was one-dimensional and Hull was deserved 3-1 winners on the day. Without Sturridge, Suarez was easily dealt with by the Hull defense, especially after Rogers decided to include Raheem Sterling and Victor Moses in the starting line-up, relegating playmaker Coutinho to the bench. They both failed to have any impact on the game.
After a very promising start to his Liverpool career last season, Sterling has really struggled in recent months. Fair enough he only turns 19 on Monday and definitely has a bright future in front of him, but is he good enough to be playing at the highest level in England at the moment? Most Liverpool fans would struggle to say yes. He is being brushed off the ball with considerable ease by too many opponents during his recent performances.
What about Victor Moses? Nominated for the 2013 African Player of the Year, which was won by Man City’s Ya Ya Toure, last week; has the Nigerian winger, on-loan from Chelsea been a good acquisition to the Liverpool squad this season? Once again, you would be inclined to say no. The next few weeks are crucial for Moses to show his true class, or his Liverpool career will be short lived.
Rodgers has admitted that the Norwich game is too soon for Iago Aspas’s return to the starting line-up so the attacking options this evening will be the same as against Hull, with Coutinho expected to start.
Down in sunny Almeria, Liverpool loanee Suso, who is a year older than Sterling, is beginning to make a name for himself with his performances for the Spanish Primera Liga club. In 13 appearances, the 20 year old attacking midfielder has scored two goals and set up five more. Rodgers has predicted big things for Suso, but maybe it is time for him to produce these performances for Liverpool?
It is hard to justify saying that Suso needs to play more games to develop as a player before returning to Liverpool. He is developing and Almeria is currently reaping the rewards, while Liverpool struggle to get the best out of Sterling and Moses. It is time to bring back Suso and send out Sterling on loan
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