Liverpool FC: 5 Worst Players This Season

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentMarch 12, 2012

Liverpool FC: 5 Worst Players This Season

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    Kenny Dalglish's Liverpool are 10 points adrift of fourth place. 

    Without Champions League football, Liverpool cannot attract world class footballers to Anfield. 

    Which players have been letting Dalglish and the Liverpool supporters down? 

    Here are the top five worst Liverpool players this season. 


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Dishonourable Mention: Jordan Henderson

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    Jordan Henderson isn't worth £12 million, let alone the £20 million that Liverpool paid Sunderland for him last summer. 

    Playing Henderson on the right makes no sense because he only completes 14.5 percent of his crosses. 

    When he's played centrally, his performances have ranged from average to sub-par. 

    He isn't a creative outlet, as evidenced with 0.9 key passes per game, while his 1.4 tackles per game proves that he isn't a consistent ball winner. 

5. Dirk Kuyt

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    One admirable trait about Dirk Kuyt is that he cares, and even if he cannot impact the game with goals or assists, he's willing to track back. 

    When he has started, he's offered nothing from an attacking perspective. 

    If he's willing to be an impact sub, Liverpool should keep him. He has scored goals off the bench in the Carling Cup final and the winner against Manchester United in the FA Cup fourth-round tie at Anfield. 

4. Pepe Reina

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    There was a time when some Liverpool supporters were suggesting that Pepe Reina was a better goalkeeper than Ray Clemence. 

    What utter drivel, and Reina has proven this season that he has no right being placed in the same sentence as Clemence. 

    Reina has been a liability this season, as evidenced by glaring mistakes against Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Fulham

3. Jamie Carragher

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    Father Time has not waited for Jamie Carragher, and Liverpool need to assess his role. 

    His inability to read the play and react quickly has been alarming this season.

    He averages an anemic 0.5 interceptions per game. 

    Failing to stay in front of Robin van Persie for Arsenal's first goal summed up Carragher's season 10 days ago. 

2. Andy Carroll

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    Andy Carroll is a waste of £35 million. 

    Three goals from 53 shots indicates that he is a poor finisher. He is a poor passer, too, because he only completes 65.3 percent of his passes. 

    He has no pace, he can't dribble, his positional awareness has escaped him and his body language is terrible. 

    Instead of aiding Luis Suárez, Carroll has hindered the Uruguayan. 

    Carroll has been so bad that Suárez has to lead the line, and everyone knows the Uruguayan is at his best in a deep-lying role. 

1. Stewart Downing

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    Stewart "Nothing" Downing has been woefully inefficient for Kenny Dalglish. 

    A stats guy like Damien Comolli will cringe looking at Downing's statistics. 

    In the Premier League, Downing has yet to score from 51 shots and has failed to provide an assist from 934 passes. 


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