Kenny Dalglish stands with his new signings for this season. It’s fair to say that Liverpool have failed to meet expectations this season. Currently they sit in 7th, 13 points away from the Champions league spot. Part of the reason for their poor form is the performances of the Scotsman’s new players. Here are some stats from this seasons premier league for these players:
Jordan Henderson– Games: 24 (5 sub appearances), Goals: 1, Assists: 1, Pass Accuracy: 83.1%, Cost: £20m
Charlie Adam– Games: 27 (1 sub appearances), Goals: 2, Assists: 6, Pass Accuracy: 79.5% Cost: £7.5m
Stewart Downing– Games: 24 (5 sub appearances), Goals: 0, Assists: 0, Pass Accuracy: 85.5%, Cost: £20m
Craig Bellamy– Games: 9 (12 sub appearances), Goals: 6, Assists: 2, Pass Accuracy: 87.6%, Cost: (undisclosed)
Sebastian Coates– Games: 2 (2 sub appearances), Goals: 1, Assists: 0, Pass Accuracy 82.9%, Cost: £7m
Alexander Doni was also signed from Roma as second choice keeper but has so far failed to make an appearance in the Premier League. Of the signings this season the performance of Steward Downing has been most disappointing as he was expected to supply many chances to Liverpool’s strikers. So far he has failed to gain a single assist in the League. While the performances of 21 year old, Jordan Henderson have not been much better. He was expected to play as creative midfielder, but has found himself deployed, often on the right side of midfield.
With the recent loss at Anfield to Wigan, a side at the bottom of the table at the time, questions are beginning to be asked of Dalglish’s management. While some of his actions this season have been questionable, namely his refusal to criticize or even acknowledge the bizarre behaviour of his star striker Luis Suarez. He has not been helped by the mediocre performances of his new players. But is it all the players fault or is it the fault of the manager, who seems unable to get the best out of his players or even know how best to deploy them in his starting eleven? For now Dalglish still seems safe in his role as Liverpool manager. The fans still seem to forgive him for his sides performance, mainly because of his feats as a former player. How long that will last only time will tell. It’s interesting to note that the fans were not so patient with a manager of the experience of Roy Hodgson who only lasted in the Red’s hot seat for 6 months. Sometimes a fans passion for the club can blind them to what is really needed for their side to succeed.