Liverpool FC: Kenny Dalglish's Ideal Starting XI

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Liverpool FC: Kenny Dalglish's Ideal Starting XI
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With so many first team players at Liverpool, who is Kenny Dalglish's strongest line-up?

During his time at Liverpool the Reds manager Kenny Dalglish has amassed a large squad full of a variety of different types of players.

How many of these should be included in Liverpool's starting lineup though is a good question and after the disappointing 1-1 draw with Sunderland you can almost accuse the King of not getting the starting XI right on the day. A combination of too many new players starting and a touch of profligacy in front of goal meant that after an impressive first half, one where Liverpool could have been three or four up, we could only muster one point at home against Sunderland, a team tipped to struggle this season.

However we can all see what Kenny Dalglish was trying to accomplish but for me the shape and some of the squad selection was wrong. In the past a 4-4-2 has worked very well for Dalglish, he dominated with the system with Liverpool back in the day and won the League with Blackburn in 1995 using the same system.

Traditionally a Dalglish team has always been about the "big man, little man" combination up front, attacking fullbacks and pacey wing play. Whilst there was elements of those qualities in the Liverpool team that faced Sunderland, it didn't quite work out as well as Dalglish would have hoped.

However there was enough in that first 45 minutes to get Liverpool fans excited about the rest of the season and if the best players can play week in and week out Liverpool have more than enough quality to achieve what is expected of them, mainly European football.

So here we have Dalglish's Ideal starting XI, despite Kenny liking a 4-4-2 I've opted to go with a 4-2-3-1 system (which will be explained why as we go). Some of the players that are selected may not be everyone's first choice, but I assure you all will be explained as we go along.

But Lucas fans don't worry. He's definitely on the team sheet.

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