Liverpool FC: 5 Anfield Players Who Need To Prove Themselves in 2011-12

Jake WareCorrespondent IIIAugust 5, 2011

Liverpool FC: 5 Anfield Players Who Need To Prove Themselves in 2011-12

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    Preseason is always a good opportunity for players to showcase their skills to their managers. At the end of the day, though, nothing matters until the beginning of the full Premier League season.

    Many of Liverpool's players have a lot to prove to the coaching staff, and they have certainly impressed in preseason.

    Now, they need to carry that over into September and October and the months beyond.

    Here is our pick of the five Liverpool players with something to prove in 2011-12.

5. Charlie Adam

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    While the £7 million transfer fee wasn't particularly high, Adam needs to prove that Liverpool's relentless pursuit of him was worth it.

    Kenny Dalglish has been chasing his fellow countryman for a while and was close to signing him in January, but he managed to stay just out of reach.

    He needs to enter this season, dominate the Liverpool midfield and create a good partnership with Steven Gerrard. If he does that, he will be well worth the money.

4. Glen Johnson

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    When he is fit, he is one of the very best right-backs in the world, but Glen Johnson's two seasons at Liverpool have both been plagued by injury.

    Nevertheless, the Liverpool brass decided that he was deserving of a two-year contract extension, and he needs to show that they were right.

    With Liverpool's dearth of true right-wingers, Johnson needs to come in and be an offensive threat down the wing, as well as a defensive force.

    For Liverpool to succeed, they need Johnson to create a fortress of the right-back position.

3. Stewart Downing

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    Liverpool splashed out nearly £20 million to bring the English winger from Aston Villa to Anfield, and he needs to prove that it was worth every penny.

    The Reds brought him in for one reason: to solve the team's left-wing position.

    When he's on, he's arguably the best English winger in the game, but he has struggled with inconsistency and has often been overshadowed by Ashley Young at Villa.

    He needs to prove how good he can be game in and game out and be an offensive force down the flank.

2. Andy Carroll

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    When Andy Carroll joined Liverpool in January, it was as part of a major rebuild of the team's attacking force.

    Now, he needs to show he was worth the massive £30 million Liverpool brought him in for.

    Carroll's potential is very high, but Liverpool brought him in virtually untested in the Premier League, and if he fails to make an impact, it will be seen as a major mistake by the Anfield club.

    If he succeeds, though, he could create one of the world's deadliest strike pairings with Luis Suarez.

    I think I know what was going through Kenny Dalglish's mind when he completed the signing...

1. Jordan Henderson

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    Kenny Dalglish was determined to sign Jordan Henderson this transfer season. So determined, in fact, that he paid a price many thought was too much.

    At £20 million, the 21-year-old becomes one of the most expensive English footballers of all time.

    He impressed with Sunderland last season, but he is relatively new to this level of play. He projects to be a long-term replacement for Kop legend Steven Gerrard, and with Gerrard out for the beginning of next season, Henderson will be given the opportunity to shine alongside Charlie Adam.

    He will eventually be a star for Liverpool, but was he worth the £20 million?