Liverpool FC: Ranking Jose Enrique, Henderson, Downing and Adam on Form Thus Far
The winds of change have blown through Liverpool Football Club, as new faces greet the club and older ones bid farewell. Jordan Henderson, Jose Enrique, Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing were all brought to Anfield by Kenny Dalglish in what turned out to be a busy summer transfer window for the reds.
But that was long ago, and now the main concern for the new signings is to gain Kenny Dalglish's confidence and play as many games for as many minutes.
I think now is a good time to analyse which signing has performed best so far. Enjoy.
4. Stewart Downing
Stewart Downing almost made a dream start to his Liverpool career when a fantastic run followed by a blazing shot was only denied by Liverpool's worst nightmare—the crossbar.
Three months later, and Stewart Downing has yet to find the net. It's not for the want of trying. Over the last three games alone, Downing has struck the ball more than 12 times and hit the target a grand total of...wait there was no total. He missed every single one.
Also, he has yet to notch an assist. While this stat seems shocking, it's not as bad as it sounds. I mean, it is quite bad, but not that bad. Downing has been putting crosses in when asked to; it's just Liverpool in general haven't been very clinical of late.
So, the main criticism for me is his finishing. As far as I'm concerned, he should keep on shooting. One of them might be one of those rockets that just fly off your boot and sail into the top corner.
Feedback: Keep shooting and keep crossing. You're going to get there, eventually.
3. Jordan Henderson
Unlike Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson has a lot of competition in midfield. The 21-year-old has been good so far, his goal against Bolton being the highlight of his games.
While Jordan Henderson was a buy for the future, he has shown glimpses of great potential already. His goal has already been mentioned, but some great wing play against Chelsea and some fantastic passing at times have assured me that this man will be a great player.
If there was anything I could say to Henderson, it'd be to make sure that he plays as offensively as possible and be willing to try things out.
Feedback: A positive start for the youngster, but he should be more willing to try and move the team forward, and pass the ball backwards only when necessary.
2. Charlie Adam
Charlie Adam has had a mixed season so far, but my feeling is the Scott is getting better and better as the season is wearing on. He has looked encouraging in midfield, with some of his passes opening up the field at times as easily as a knife cuts through butter.
Adam's set pieces are arguably the best part of his game, as his corners are worth 10 million pounds, apparently. However, his set plays have been a tad off the mark of late, something the whole team will be keen for him to address.
Steven Gerrard will return soon and I'd urge Adam to make sure he continues to perform well in order to keep in the starting 11.
Feedback: Continue to be confident on the ball. Increase quality of set pieces.
1. Jose Enrique
Everything Kenny Dalglish would have wanted from Jose Enrique has been given to him in abundance. He has settled extremely quickly into the back four and is the only defender at the club who is guaranteed a starting place if fit.
He has provided excellent defensive cover and offensive options. Nothing more to be said, really.
Feedback: Excellent thus far, keep it up.