Liverpool End-of-Season Grades: Rating Every Member of the Reds Squad

Peter Webster@@petercwebsterContributor IIIMay 7, 2012

Liverpool End-of-Season Grades: Rating Every Member of the Reds Squad

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    It's been an interesting season for Liverpool.

    Two cup-final appearances coupled with a terrible league campaign have left supporters wondering where things are going wrong.

    Whilst it's easy to apportion blame, there are some players that have vastly underperformed when called upon this season.

    Here are the Liverpool player ratings for the season—only players that have played 400 minutes or more of league football feature.

Pepe Reina

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    Pepe Reina is up there as one of the best goalkeepers that has ever played for the club, but his 2011/12 season has been mediocre by his usual high standards.

    Reina has commanded his area and martialled his defense well, but the Spaniard hasn't pulled off any outstanding saves or won Liverpool any points of late.


Glen Johnson

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    With his defending often criticised, Johnson's attacking qualities have deserted him this term. The right-back has managed just one goal and one assist all season and has failed to sparkle.


Martin Skrtel

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    Martin Skrtel is a hot contender for Liverpool's most improved player this term.

    Alongside Daniel Agger, Skrtel has established himself as a key member of Liverpool's central defense, forcing Jamie Carragher onto the bench in the process.

    Hopefully there will be more improvement next season.


Daniel Agger

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    If Daniel Agger plays just 17 more minutes of football in the Premier League this season, it will be the most minutes he has played in a season since 2006/07.

    With injuries often upsetting his rhythm, Agger has performed well when called upon but has much more to offer the club.


Jose Enrique

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    For his first season at Anfield, Jose Enrique has made a good impression.

    Excellent early form tailed off into average displays through the midst of the season, but the Spaniard has secured the left-back slot as his own.

    With just two assists this season, Dalglish will be hoping Enrique can improve on his decision-making process in the final third.


Jamie Carragher

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    Jamie Carragher's age is finally catching up with him it seems.

    Never a player with much pace, Carragher has been demoted to the bench for the most part in favour of the blossoming Skrtel and Agger partnership.

    Carragher has performed solidly when called upon but looks set to spend a lot more time on the sidelines from now on.


Jay Spearing

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    Jay Spearing is one of those players that you really want to see do well, but you know deep down that he's just not quite good enough for Liverpool FC.

    Spearing has all the grit and determination in the world, but his ability on the ball can let him down.

    His recent performance against Fulham was terrible.


Stewart Downing

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    Considering Liverpool payed £20 million for Stewart Downing's services, Kopites may feel as though they have been shortchanged somewhat.

    Bags of ability but terribly inconsistent would be the way to describe Downing. His season was poor and a paltry two assists is all he has mustered in the league.


Jordan Henderson

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    Henderson has not impressed for the most part this season despite being the most played midfielder in the Liverpool squad.

    Henderson is only 21 years of age and thus is sure to improve by playing and training alongside Steven Gerrard.

    Better performances and more end product will be expected next season.


Dirk Kuyt

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    Dirk Kuyt is another player who may be departing over the summer.

    The Dutchman has been a bit-part player under Kenny Dalglish but scored an important Carling Cup final goal against Cardiff.

    Would have produced more if he had been given the pitch time.


Martin Kelly

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    Considering Martin Kelly is actually a centre-half by trade, he doesn't do a bad job when he fills in at right-back for Glen Johnson.

    Kelly is a player who surely will be a Liverpool starter over the coming years.


Charlie Adam

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    Charlie Adam has led the way in assists for Liverpool this season with 11, but the dead-ball specialist needs to contribute more than corners and free kicks before he is accepted as Liverpool quality.

    Adam may find it difficult to get a first-team place when Lucas Leiva and Steven Gerrard are both fit.


Steven Gerrard

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    Kenny Dalglish took his time nursing Steven Gerrard back into the Liverpool fold after a long injury layoff.

    The England midfielder has shown occasional flashes of his brilliance—such as the stunning hat trick against Everton—but he is still operating at way under his ability level.

    Considering his injury problems, his season has been decent.


Lucas Leiva

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    Lucas Leiva's season was curtailed early on due to a knee injury, and how Liverpool have missed his presence.

    In the short period of time Leiva was fit, Liverpool looked a lot more solid.


Maxi Rodriguez

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    Maxi Rodriguez has been disgracefully underused this season, which could lead to a summer exit for the Argentinian.

    Maxi has contributed well when called upon and must be wondering why Liverpool's faltering midfield cannot find room to accommodate him.

    Unfortunately, he scores low due the minimal games he has played in.


Andy Carroll

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    Andy Carroll hasn't performed as hoped this season, but the last month has shown that he might finally be settling into life at Anfield.

    A sparkling substitute appearance in the FA Cup final has provided hope for next season.

    Considering the amount of doubters and haters that Carroll has had to endure this year, his strength of character has been impressive.

    Look for more goals with renewed confidence next term.


Luis Suarez

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    Liverpool's season could have been terrible if it were not for the mesmerizing performances that Luis Suarez produced on occasion.

    His unbelievable triple against Norwich showed the class of the player who will look to add more goals to his game next season.

    Discipline lessons have hopefully been learned.


Craig Bellamy

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    Craig Bellamy has to go down as one of the best free signings that Liverpool have ever made.

    Surplus to requirements at title-chasing Manchester City, the Welsh forward has managed some scintillating displays when not nursing his chronic knee problems.


Sebastian Coates

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    Sebastian Coates might be a signing for the future, but he will have to cut out his basic errors if he wants to hold down a permanent role in Liverpool's defense.

    Coates has showed plenty of ability this season as he looks to adapt to the English game.


Jonjo Shelvey

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    Jonjo Shelvey was called back from his loan spell at Blackpool due to the injury of Lucas Leiva, but he has failed to recreate the form he was enjoying at the Championship side.

    Shelvey will need more game time in order to improve on a personal level for next season.


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