Thursday, 27 January 2011

Liverpool Leftback Loonieness

Article first published as Liverpool Leftback Loonieness on Technorati.

Liverpool in Search of a Permanent Solution to their Left Sided Defensive Woes

by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
January 27, 2011

Few teams in the world of football have deployed as many men on the left side of the defensive third than Liverpool in the last few years. The current season has seen the arrival of Paul Konchesky from Fulham provide little to nothing for the club as last years promising Emiliano Insua was loaned out to Galatasaray in Turkey. The young Argentine was a mainstay in Rafael Benitez's line-up last season as free kick specialist Fabio Aurelio spent time injured. His performances in the last season at Liverpool and this loan season in Turkey have him a target of Juventus, current location of on loan midfielder Alberto Aquilani, according to

Aurelio was out of contract over the summer but Roy Hogdson believe he still had miles left, but another injury sidelined him again allowing Hodgson to bring in his former Fulham charge Knochesky. Andrea Dossena was another that had been employed previously and earned himself a quick trip straight back to Serie A after only impressing in several substitute appearances including Liverpool's not to long passed 1-4 routing of Manchester United at Old Trafford in 2009.

However that victory of impressive class seems so long ago many have forgotten. New Manager Kenny Dalglish has moved Konchesky to the bench all together and is deputizing usual Right Back Glen Johnson in the left sided role as he has preferred youngster and rising talent Martin Kelly on the right hand side. The ability of both Johnson and Kelly to get forward has seen them rise to prominence in Dalglish's pass and move system while Konchesky is still believed a student of Roy Hodgson's batten down the hatches and play for a draw regime.

Warnock in Red 2007
Recent reports have linked the Reds with the arrival of another name to be added to the long list of occupants on the left side. Former Red Stephen Warnock currently of Aston Villa has been tipped for a return to Anfield this January. The move would most likely see Martin Kelly relegated back to the bench, alongside Aurelio, but the vital experience will be key to the youngsters development and it is good to see youngsters from the Academy starting to break into the first team again as it has been a long time since such has happened.

Out of Favor Konchesky has endured a not so positive tenure at the club and it looks as though her will be heading back to Fulham. It looks as though he will be sold in this last week of the transfer window and if not looks to secure a loan deal until a move can be arranged on a permanent basis in the summer.If the deal does go through look for Warnock to be in through purchase or loan until a summer move.

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