Predicting Brendan Rodgers' Starting XI at Liverpool
Now that England has been eliminated from Euro 2012, we can all get back to thinking about real football. A number of Premier League teams have had a managerial change, and it will be interesting to see how they perform in the coming season.
Brendan Rodgers is one of the more interesting changes; he won't be everyone's choice for the job, but he is a good young manager. I am assuming for the sake of this slideshow that he will be using a 4-4-2 system and there won't be many changes in the transfer market.
So, let's have a look at who might be in Rodgers' team next season.
Jose Reina (Goalkeeper)
Jose (Pepe) Reina may not be able to get any games for Spain, but he is a quality goalkeeper that has served Liverpool well over the years. The 29-year-old has the sort of experience that Rodgers will need as he settles into life as Liverpool manager.
The £6million fee that they paid to bring him to England in 2005 was a very fine piece of business.
Jose Enrique (Left Back)
Glen Johnson (Right Back)
Glen Johnson would not be everyone's choice to go to Euro 2012 with England, but he proved to be one of the better players in the England team. The pace that he has going forward will be a real asset to Liverpool next season.
Daniel Agger (Central Defender)
Danish international defender Daniel Agger has proven to be a solid Premier League defender, and at 27, he has experience without being too old. Therefore, it would hardly be a surprise to see Agger be a key part of Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool side.
Martin Skrtel (Central Defender)
Martin Skrtel is another 27-year-old that Rodgers will want to make full use of in his Liverpool side. He has an imposing frame that makes him strong in the air and should form a very strong partnership with Agger. It is said that strong defense is key to many successful teams.
Stewart Downing ( Left Winger)
Steward Downing is not everyone's choice of a quality left winger. He was in England's Euro 2012 squad, but did not feature. Nevertheless, this is a player that Liverpool paid £20million for and Brendan Rodgers will hope to get the best out of him.
Maxi Rodriguez (Right Winger)
The Argentinian player may not be in Liverpool's starting line-up every week if Rodgers adds to the squad in this area. But he will still be a very important player for Liverpool and could play plenty of Premier League football. Dirk Kuyt's departure also increases his chances of playing.
Steven Gerrard (Central Midfielder)
Gerrard was one of England's standout players at Euro 2012. I think there is plenty of life left in him at the Premier League level. But now I see him mainly being used as a holding central midfield player that will allow him to control games without too much pressure to attack.
Charlie Adam (Central Midfielder)
This is one area of the pitch that I see Brendan Rodgers strengthening before the start of the Premier League season. Charlie Adam isn't popular with everyone, but he proved himself to be a quality Premier League central midfielder in his time with Blackpool. And he is certainly capable of scoring and creating goals.
Andy Carroll (Striker)
I think we all know that Andy Carroll didn't have the best of seasons with Liverpool last year. And he can probably consider himself lucky to have made England's Euro 2012 squad. But he put in some decent performances for England.
The 2012-13 season will give him an opportunity to start again with a clean slate and prove he is still a quality Premier League striker.
Luis Suarez (Striker)
There is certainly no guarantee that Suarez will remain in the Premier League. But I rate him as one of the most exciting players to watch and hope he stays. If he can keep himself out of trouble and form a good partnership with Carroll, then he should be one of the leading goal-scorers in the Premier League during the 2012-13 season.
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