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Liverpool FC End of Season Report: Player by Player Grades and Comment

Mitch HubbleContributor IMay 29, 2011

Liverpool FC End of Season Report: Player by Player Grades and Comment

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    For Liverpool FC, it has been a season of two contrasting halves: going from fighting against relegation, to competing for a Europa League spot. 

    And it's all been thanks to a renewed hunger and passion within the entire club sparked by the dramatic return of Kenny Dalglish, and it's my job to try and put that in to perspective and pack it in to one convenient slideshow for you all by rating every single Liverpool player that has made 21 or more appearances this season.

    So without further ado, I bring you the Liverpool FC End of Season Report: Player by Player Grades and Comment.

Glen Johnson

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    Rating: 6

    Johnson has had a much better second season at Anfield despite constant injury struggles. Although performances under Roy Hodgson may suggest differently, Johnson is yet another player who has flourished under new manager Kenny Dalglish. 

    Hopefully, the Englishman can spend more time on the pitch next season as the Reds go for the title.

Raul Meireles

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    Rating: 7

    Like many other players at Anfield, Meireles has blossomed under Kenny Dalglish and now looks a totally different player to that of the Roy Hodgson era. 

    Meireles will be forced to battle for a starting place in next season's squad but will be up for the challenge if recent performances are anything to go by.

Daniel Agger

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    Rating: 5

    Injured, Injured and Injured. Daniel Agger has spent more time on the sideline than on the pitch this season. Although, in the games in which he has played, he has performed well.

    Hopefully, Agger will endure next season free of injury, but otherwise, it may well be time to look at selling the Dane.

Fabio Aurelio

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    Rating: 4

    A partner of Agger's on the sideline, Fabio Aurelio has also endured an injury-stricken campaign with the Reds.

    The Brazilian will hope for a better run next season but even then, he will find it hard to make his way in to the Starting XI as the Reds look to bolster the squad in the summer transfer window.

Steven Gerrard

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    Rating: 7

    Steven Gerrard has yet again had a sensational season on the pitch, only to have it spoiled by constant injuries. 

    Coming towards the end of a glorious career, Gerrard will be hungry for silverware next season as Liverpool make a title push. 

Joe Cole

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    Rating: 4

    When Joe Cole arrived at Liverpool in the summer on a free transfer from Chelsea, fans expected big things from him. But instead, he's delivered absolutely nothing.

    Cole has struggled with injury constantly this season and has performed rather poorly in the rare moments that he has come on the field.

    Cole will be hoping for a better 2011/2012.....at a different club.

Sotirios Kyrgiakos

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    Rating: 7

    Kyrgiakos is one of the most under appreciated players in the Liverpool squad; he's both a hard-working defender and a proven goal scorer. 

    Although some are calling for him to be ushered out the door in the transfer window, I believe Soto will be a vital back-up player next season, and he deserves it, too, for all his hard work this season. 

Maxi Rodriguez

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    Rating: 7

    I wont lie, Maxi had a very poor first half of the season, but the improvement he has displayed in the final games of the season is a credit to everyone at Anfield. 

    Maxi might not be the most technically gifted player, but he has certainly given King Kenny a selection headache for next season. 

Dirk Kuyt

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    Rating: 9

    Dirk Kuyt has been impressive all season, putting in the most effort humanly possible; you could not find a more determined and committed player in the EPL. 

    Whether Kuyt features in next year's starting XI remains to be seen, but it would be silly to suggest that he won't be a crucial part of Liverpool's squad in the future. 

Lucas Leiva

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    Rating: 8

    From one of the worst to one of the best, Lucas Leiva has improved rapidly over the second half of the season, showing more hunger than ever before. 

    The Brazilian has managed to notch 47 appearances in that time, the third highest count in the entire squad. 

    An injury-free, enthusiastic young midfielder, Lucas is surely a big asset to Liverpool's future.

Jamie Carragher

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    Rating: 8

    Words can not describe how valuable Jamie Carragher is to Liverpool's squad. 

    In one of his last seasons, Carragher has overcome a few injuries, most notably a shoulder injury sustained in Liverpool's clash with Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

    All the same, Carragher has once again been the heartbeat of the Reds' defence. 

David Ngog

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    Rating: 5

    Ngog has somehow managed to rack up 38 appearances in what has been yet another very ordinary season for the Frenchman. 

    The only thing I can deduce from Ngog's terrible performances this season is that he needs to go this window. No debate needed.

Pepe Reina

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    Rating: 10

    Pepe Reina has put in yet another solid season in the Liverpool goal, but the great debate remains: will the Spaniard be at Liverpool next season? 

    "It’s not about being patient, it is about the club winning, and I want to be competitive," said Reina, according to The Mirror.

    "All I can do is train hard and do my best, but who knows what is going to happen here?"

Christian Poulsen

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    Rating: 2

    The signing of the season? Not quite. 

    Christian Poulsen has played terribly in his first season at Anfield, failing to impress most. Let's hope that it will be its last. 

Jonjo Shelvey

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    Rating: 7

    In contrast, Jonjo Shelvey has enjoyed a great season on the Merseyside, making 21 appearances and representing the bright future in store for Liverpool thanks to the great youth at the club. 

    Expecting big things in the future. 

Martin Kelly

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    Rating: 8

    Much like Jonjo Shelvey, Martin Kelly has managed to break into the Liverpool squad this season with a run of superb performances.

    Personally, because of his fine showings recently, I believe Kelly should and will be in the Starting XI next season. 

Others

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    Paul Konchesky, Rating: 2

    Considering Konchesky's performances this season, even a rating of 2 is a bit generous. The Englishman today finds himself at the lowly Nottingham Forest, after being loaned out by Kenny Dalglish in January.

    Let's hope he doesn't return....

     

    Luis Suarez, Rating: 10

    Luis Suarez has been nothing short of a miracle since arriving at Anfield. His pace, trickery and 'never-say-die' attitude has been the feature of a Liverpool side that has been the best in the league since Kenny Dalglish took over.

    Its only early days, but this boy is shaping up to be something very special. 

     

    Andy Carroll, Rating: 8

    Andy Carroll has had an injury-plagued start to his Liverpool career since his record-breaking move from Newcastle in January. 

    The Englishman has still managed to make an impression despite this, scoring two cracking goals against Manchester City. Over the summer, Carroll will be hoping to improve his fitness and form a bond with strike partner, Luis Suarez as the Reds look to make a title challenge.

     

    The Youth, Rating: 10

    Jay Spearing, John Flanagan, Jack Robinson, Jonjo Shelvey, Martin Kelly and co. have been awarded a lot of time on the pitch in the later stages of this season as the club goes through a transitional period.

    Meanwhile, Dani Pacheco has endured a tough season at Liverpool, and after a lack of game time, has moved to the lowly Norwich City on loan. 

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