Five players not good enough for Liverpool including Jordon Ibe

first_img 3. Jordon Ibe – The 19-year-old has undoubted potential, but the loss of Raheem Sterling immediately prompted suggestions among fans and pundits that Ibe is actually the better player. Talk about ramp up pressure on Ibe to perform! He may well prove better than Sterling in the long run, but whereas his former team-mate was able to blossom very quickly alongside the brilliance of Suarez and Sturridge, Ibe is on the fringes of a team nowhere near that level right now and the danger is that playing him too often in a team struggling for cohesion will slow his progress. Ibe possibly should have continued to develop on loan, with a more established wide attacker signed to replace Sterling. Or at least give the more mature Markovic a shot. The pressure is on Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, after his side fell to a tame 3-1 defeat at Manchester United. Despite picking up seven points and three clean cheets from their first three games, the defensive problems that have beset Rodgers’ reign look to have returned as the Reds have now shipped six goals in their last two.BRENDAN RODGERS: BACK HIM OR SACK HIM? SEE HOW NEARLY 20,000 PEOPLE VOTED, JUST CLICK HEREBut who’s not cutting it for Liverpool on the pitch right now, as they bid to reclaim their place in the Champions League?Click the right arrow to see the five players that aren’t good enough for Liverpool right now.Disagree with our picks? Comment below. 5. Dejan Lovren – Lovren looked like an established Premier League centre half at Southampton, resulting in Liverpool willing to spend £20 million on the defender, but time has shown that he was probably made to look better than he is by Saints’ overall defensive set up. The Croatian made six defensive errors last campaign, more than any other Liverpool player. 5 4. Kolo Toure – The Ivorian defender has won two league titles and three FA Cups in his career, but that was with much better sides than the current Liverpool team and, frankly, Toure is well past his best. His time at Liverpool has been riddled with defensive mistakes, most notably the back-pass at the Hawthorns in 2014, which ended up costing the Reds two vital points in the title race. 5 2. Simon Mignolet – The Belgian goalkeeper made a poor start to the 2014/15 season, leading to him being dropped for what Rodgers described as an indefinite period, starting with a trip to Manchester United. Mignolet was reinstated to the team after an injury to reserve ‘keeper Brad Jones, and his form improved, but his poor aerial ability promotes nerves among the Liverpool back four. 5 1. Martin Skrtel – click the arrow above to see four more players who shouldn’t be playing for Liverpool – While Lovren and Mignolet get their fair share of criticism, Skrtel seems to fly under the radar, but the Slovakian has been pretty much a constant in Liverpool’s poor defending under Brendan Rodgers. Seemingly first choice centre back under Rodgers, Skrtel’s positioning and often nonsensical fouls hardly help the Reds’ defensive cause. Only Lovren made more defensive errors than the Slovakian for Liverpool last year. 5 5last_img

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