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Defenders
For the defence Rodgers brought in three defenders- Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno and Javier Manquillo. Dejan Lovren seemed to excite a lot of Liverpool fans when he signed in the summer. A transfer fee of £20 million after a great season in the successful Southampton side which managed an 8th placed finish. Lovren has made a slow but steady start. He has showed some signs of promise, being tall, strong and winning balls. However there is still signs of that shaky defence from last season with Lovren now in the centre of the chaos as we have already conceded 15 goals in 11 games. This season. Rodgers brought in two Spaniards. Javier Manquillo, a right back, and Alberto Moreno, a left back. Javier Manquillo, who is on loan from Atletico Madrid for the season, looks promising but he is only 20 and still has a lot to learn when it comes to both defending and going forward. Moreno, another young full back at 22, looks good going forward, with a lot of pace and power shown especially with his goal in the 4-0 beating of Spurs at White Hart Lane, however at 22 he can still improve defensively, but with the reds splashing out £12 million from Sevilla on the Spaniard, he really needs to step up, along with the rest of the back four.

Midfielders
Rodgers brought in three midfielders. These were Emre Can, a central midfielder, Adam Lallana, who can play on the right of midfield or in the number 10 role, and Lazar Markovic who is a winger. The next signing we will come to is Emre Can, a young 20 year old German defensive midfielder. Liverpool paid £10 million to Bayer Leverkusen for Can. Can hasn’t set the world alight with his performances so far but he is yet another signing who could be put in the, ‘has potential’, bracket. He recently scored his first goal against the league leaders. Chelsea and looks to be improving and learning all the time. The most expensive Liverpool signing of the Summer was another import from Southampton in Adam Lallana for £25 million. When he signed, it was generally thought that, because of his performances in earlier seasons, he would be a top quality player. As I said before, Lallana is versatile, able to play out wide or attacking through the centre. He has a lot of creativity which is hard to find in a player. His dribbling, first touch and passing ability seems to be very good. Lallana is showing a lot of promise but it is clear he still isn’t at his brilliant best from Southampton and there is certainly space for improvement when it comes to his work in the final third. Lazar Markovic is the next player we will come to. A young 20 year old but with a high price of 20 million. Noticing a trend? Again he is another player with potential but surely we can’t afford to be throwing tens of millions of pounds on players that simply might be good for the future.

Strikers
Now to strikers. To start with we got some backup in. Rickie Lambert, the local lad who has supported the club since he was a kid and was released by the reds as a teenager. He has made his way up through the lower leagues until he was back in the big time with Southampton before he was bought by his boyhood team. But is £4 million really worth it for a 32 year old striker coming to the end of his career. Well what a story he has and it was nice to see him accomplish his dream by playing for the reds. Lambert was a proven goalscorer in the league for Southampton so he looked like someone good to bring to the club, even if he is just on the fringes. Surprise, surprise here comes another youngster into the mix. Divock Origi- the Belgian from Lille who scored in the World Cup. He cost us £10 million and was immediately sent back to Lille for a season long loan. So what can we expect from him when he returns? He recently played against Everton for Lille and I have to say that he looked a threat to their defence with his pace and trickery. Now to the main attraction, Mario Balotelli. The Italian cost us £16 million from AC Milan. He has always been known for his antics both on and off the pitch and he will always be remembered, perhaps for his infamous reputation, during his time at Man City. Every fan knew it was a risk to bring him to a club. Has the risk paid off in one word? No. No it has not. Of course, he is another one that Brendan says ‘needs time’. But that isn’t good enough for Liverpool football club. He has scored 2 goals all season for us and none in the league.

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