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Liverpool FC: Which Underperformers Should Kenny Dalglish Sell This Summer?

Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterApril 10, 2012

Liverpool FC: Which Underperformers Should Kenny Dalglish Sell This Summer?

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    Liverpool's domestic league campaign has been absolutely disastrous.

    The Reds fans appear divided—some want Kenny Dalglish out and some back him to the hills.

    Whether or not there's a management change at Anfield this summer, there will certainly be some personnel changes carried out amongst the playing squad.

    Dalglish spent big last summer and has little to show for it. It's got to the point where fans claim not even a cup double can save this season.

    With that in mind, who should Liverpool look to move on when it comes to the summer clear out? I've listed whether or not I believe each player should stay or go and invite you to share your opinion.

    Read on and enjoy!

Andy Carroll

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    Andy Carroll has been nothing but a headache since joining Liverpool for £35 million back in January 2011.

    Kenny Dalglish continues to defend his young striker but the truth is he's had time to turn this around. The falterings of both Carroll and Fernando Torres were once gleeful talking points for the media, but now people are starting to feel sorry for the Geordie.

     

    Verdict

    For me, it's sell. This will divide opinion endlessly. Some will profess he needs time whilst others will be sick of him and wish to lend him no more patience.

    If he lowered his wage demands he could move on for a cut-price fee. There are a number of clubs in the Premier League who play football more suited to his strengths and would fork out £10 million for him.

Stewart Downing

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    This season has not gone to plan for Stewart Downing.

    If you've seen any of my previous articles, you'll know I like to go on about how poor a season he's had. It's not a witch hunt—it's genuine shock as I thought he'd be a hit.

    He hasn't recorded a single assist in the Premier League so far after 31 appearances and has no goals to show for it either.

     

    Verdict

    His sell-on value could not be lower at this moment. He's on high wages, bought for a huge fee and completely out of form. Liverpool must persevere.

    He was awful in his first season for Aston Villa, but won Player of the Season in his second. The fans will hope...

Jordan Henderson

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    Jordan Henderson was a surprise signing by Kenny Dalglish last summer and represented the first of many acquisitions during that transfer window.

    Dalglish was praised for spotting young English talent at the time but the former Sunderland midfielder has had a really rocky campaign.

    He's failed to make a meaningful impact on the squad and on several occasions, it was possible to sit back and not recall a single thing he did during a game.

     

    Verdict

    He doesn't have a defined role in the Liverpool team but that's not his fault. He's been moved about frequently and hasn't been given the chance to get a run of games in his favoured position—Steven Gerrard's spot.

    Keep him and play him in the right position because he might turn out brilliant.

Charlie Adam

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    Charlie Adam was never worth the £8 million fee Liverpool paid for him during the summer of 2011.

    It was apparent during his maiden Premier League campaign with Blackpool that he thrived off being the big fish in the small pond—his time at Rangers were he was ineffectual is testament to this.

    He hasn't been the solid presence Kenny Dalglish would have wished for and even his set pieces have dipped in quality.

     

    Verdict

    Sell him. He'd fetch £4-5 million which isn't the worst loss a club has ever made. There are teams like Aston Villa who'd snap him up in an instant.

    He would have been a hit at Anfield if he hadn't forgotten how to take a set piece.

Jamie Carragher

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    Jamie Carragher's expiry date is looming large.

    His performances this season have been poor and the combination of Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel looks much more promising for the next few seasons.

    With Sebastien Coates and Danny Wilson waiting in the wings, it might be time for Carragher to hang up his boots.

     

    Verdict

    With Carragher's contract running through till 2013, Liverpool are unlikely to shift a club legend. If they can move him to a player/coaching capacity and use him only when desperate, that might be beneficial in the long run.

Luis Suarez

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    Yes, Luis Suarez has underperformed this season.

    Eight goals in 27 appearances in the Premier League is not the return Liverpool supporters would have been expecting after a considerable financial layout in order to acquire his services.

    He's been the bright playmaking spark this season and has hit the woodwork an awful lot—but his record is worse than one-in-three and he is not without controversy this season.

     

    Verdict

    Paris Saint-Germain might pick up the phone this summer but the Uruguayan is a phenomenal footballer and I have expressed my reasons to keep him in the past.

    Those reasons still stand and he can only get better next season with regards to goal-return figures.

Conclusion

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    In conclusion, I've gone for some modest touching up of the squad.

    I'd sell Andy Carroll and Charlie Adam, drop Jamie Carragher and keep the rest of the crew.

    I considered adding Dirk Kuyt to the list, but ultimately decided that if Kenny Dalglish can't give him a consistent run in the side and constantly put the unworthy Jordan Henderson in ahead of him, his patchy form isn't all his fault.

    Importantly, I've suggested I'd keep Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson, but that is only because no one else would buy them. They have to stay, improve and increase their value again.

    What are your thoughts?

     

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