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Here is a look at a few players on the outside looking in who figure to make their mark in one capacity or another.
Kelly is the go to full-back reserve on either flank for the moment. He is a foreseeable future starter for Liverpool—likely at center-back. For now, he is just getting his minutes where he can and biding his time.
The Englishman is an immensely solid reserve and should make at least 15-20 appearances in a variety of roles.
Should Agger go out with injury (as he often does), Coates is his understudy. The Uruguayan has that tactical ability discussed earlier when lauding Agger's ability. Over time, he should develop into a strong defender for the Reds.
Carragher has made over 700 appearances for the team. At this point, he is part defender, part ambassador. For now, he vies with Coates and Kelly for minutes when the center-backs do not play. However, at his age, it is doubtful that he can consistently contribute.
The Joe Allen signing is bad news for Henderson who seemingly saw his starting position evaporate just a week before the EPL kickoff. That said, Rodgers likes to rotate his midfielders. Henderson will get opportunities to prove that he is worth a consistent run-out.
Spearing is also detrimentally effected by the Allen signing. The former Swansea man played Lucas' role for Great Britain at the Olympics. Unless he is already on the field at CM, and Lucas is hurt, Spearing should not see much time.
Shelvey had an admirable preseason during which he may have been the club MVP. He is still raw, but his confidence on the ball is undeniable. Shelvey is going to be a big part of the club's future, but who knows how much time he will get on the pitch in 2012/13.
His lack of composure and tendency to go for the home run too often will hurt him in the 4-3-3. Expect a loan if there are any takers.
Many see him as the future on the wings for Liverpool. At his age, I think he is still a bit raw. As a super-sub, his speed offers something to consider. But I do not feel that he is ready to play every week.
At this point, Cole represents an awfully expensive injury liability. He has to recover both fitness and form fast if he expects FSG to continue rationalizing this expense.
Carroll's obdurate refusal to leave is either admirable or quixotic depending on your vantage point. He has undeniable talent and is a force to be reckoned with when he is on his game. Nevertheless, the 4-3-3 seems to completely contradict his preferred playing style.