See all articles

Team Focus: Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool

by

Team Focus: Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool

 

As Wigan manager Roberto Martinez exits the away dressing room on Saturday afternoon, strolls under the "This is Anfield" sign hanging over the entrance to the tunnel and makes his way out on to the pitch, Liverpool supporters will catch a glimpse of what might have been this season.

Back in May, Martinez broke off his summer holiday in Barbados to fly to Miami and hold talks with the club's principal owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner with a view to replacing the sacked Kenny Dalglish. Ultimately, of course, nothing came of it and Liverpool, despite seeing their initial request for talks turned down, instead appointed Brendan Rodgers from Swansea.

While respect for Martinez and everything he has achieved at Wigan remains strong, there appear to be few regrets among Liverpool supporters that he chose to remain in his current position. That comes in spite of the inevitable brouhaha made after the club recorded its worst start to a season in a century and the attention given to how they have seven fewer points than at this stage last year under Dalglish and, supposedly more damningly, four fewer than his predecessor Roy Hodgson could muster too.

In the meantime, Wigan, regardless of an evident difference in stature and, by the same token, resources, as demonstrated by Liverpool spending an estimated four times more than they did in transfers during the summer, are only a point and a place behind them in the Premier League table.

Much can be read into the above. Too much perhaps. Rather than placed in their proper context, statistics like those mentioned earlier are all too frequently set with Liverpool's history, tradition and, understandably, the expectation that comes with it as their backdrop. Rodgers spoke candidly about it after last Sunday's 1-1 draw at Chelsea. His honesty was refreshing. For a manager often described as a visionary, Rodgers showed a grasp of reality and an empathy with Liverpool fans that, for all the lampooning of his character after Being: Liverpool, is impressive.

"They're very educated, Liverpool supporters... And it can't be easy for them. Most of us in this room know Liverpool and its great history," he said, "but we can't keep looking in the rear view mirror and looking back. We have to go forward. If you're not going to have massive investment that can make it happen very quickly then you have got to develop it. That's where we're at. The supporters, I'm sure, they see that. They've been very lenient with myself and the team and I'm sure they'll be frustrated at times, but their support has been absolutely incredible."

That leniency Rodgers refers to can be explained in part by the recognition on the fans' part that Liverpool can't, for now, compete with Chelsea and the Manchester clubs at the top end of the transfer market, a matter exacerbated by their own bungling in the last window, when they left the squad short.

Team Focus: Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool

"Listen," Rodgers paused, "the reality is that we're a long way off winning the league. I'm not going to sit here and say that we're challenging. You don't need to be a rocket scientist to look and see the squad... You see Chelsea today with Hazard, the investment. If you haven't got that you've got to try and grow your own."

And Liverpool have tried to do exactly that by bringing through the likes of Raheem Sterling, Suso, Andre Wisdom, Jonjo Shelvey, Martin Kelly and Adam Morgan to name but a few. Remarkably, they have the second youngest squad in the Premier League behind Aston Villa. Too much can't be expected of them. Not just yet. They and Rodgers require time and patience. Liverpool supporters understand that.

Faith in Rodgers, far from being lost as it already had been with Hodgson by this time in 2010, remains if not unquestioned then certainly strong. Why? Because on the one hand, Rodgers at least appears to 'get' Liverpool. So far, he has said and done the right things, showing an understanding and appreciation of the club's tradition. Like, for instance, when he restored the original 'This is Anfield' sign first hung by Bill Shankly.

Then on the other hand, there have been some encouraging signs of progress in recent performances. Liverpool are unbeaten in six Premier League games. True, four have been draws but the run did come during a particularly tough run of fixtures, including the Merseyside derby at Everton, the visit of Newcastle to Anfield, and a trip to Chelsea. Considering how either side of those engagements there were Europa League and League Cup commitments to honour, Rodgers managed well with a squad stretched across three fronts.

He has answered some of the questions asked of him too. For example, there was a fear that Rodgers' philosophy was too dogmatic, that he wouldn't compromise either on his 4-3-3 or his short passing game. Over the past month, however, he has displayed an ability to innovate and adapt as the situation requires.

Against Everton, he switched to a 3-5-2 at half-time to better protect his defence in wide areas and look to counter attack. Against Newcastle, Liverpool equalised through a long ball from left-back Jose Enrique up to Luis Suarez. And then against Chelsea, he started with 3-5-2 with Gerrard just behind Suarez and Sterling at the tip of a midfield triangle. Joe Allen and Nuri Sahin were at its base, dropping deep to receive balls played out of defence where they were picked up by Fernando Torres and one of Chelsea's three No.10s, typically Juan Mata.

Stop them, particularly Allen, and it's thought that you can also stop Liverpool. So Rodgers adjusted, partly mindful of that, but also because it had become apparent that Liverpool's midfield and attack were too far apart. Aware that "we just couldn't get the distances right", he "flipped" his midfield triangle, so Allen was at the tip with Gerrard and Sahin in front of him looking to get Liverpool on the front foot. Then in the second half, they changed again to 4-2-3-1.

"We were a wee bit tentative first half and that was my fault really," Rodgers admitted. "We normally play with three front players and that allows us to press the ball much higher up the field. We played with 3-5-2 in the first half just to see if we could get Luis a bit of support and still have the superiority in midfield with three midfield players and try to get the wings backs to go and join in a bit.

"We just couldn't quite press it and that's a big part of our game because that allows us to be on the front foot and win the ball higher. Once we then changed it and flipped it around we went back to a sort of 4-2-3-1. We then got more on the front foot again and, as I said, we started to play how we've played a lot this season."

Suarez got the equaliser and once again showed just how important he is to Liverpool. A lot was made of how, with eight goals in 11 games, he was the Premier League's joint top scorer and that without his contribution Liverpool would be bottom of the table with just three points. But it's worth pausing here to highlight another part of his game.

 

Team Focus: Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool

 

So much of Rodgers' game plan is about winning the ball high up the pitch. According to WhoScored, only two teams are better at this than Liverpool and no player has recovered the ball in the final third as many as the 10 times Suarez has in the Premier League this year. His importance to Liverpool made the speculation on Thursday that they might be looking to engineer his sale all the more dumbfounding. "If we lost Luis, then we have no strikers," Rodgers said, "so I can't afford to lose anyone."

There has been much discussion about Liverpool's problems in front of goal. Their chance conversion rate is still a cause for concern at just 6%. But with Suarez apparently recapturing the sort of prolificness he showed at Ajax, where he scored 81 goals in 110 games, it's arguable that rather than an alternative centre-forward, Rodgers could instead do with players either side of his No.7 [like a fit again Fabio Borini, or one of Theo Walcott or Daniel Sturridge perhaps]. A presence behind him capable of contributing goals wouldn't go amiss either. "Luis just needs that support of instinctive goalscorers," Rodgers said on Saturday.

"We're normally dominating games with the ball [Liverpool average 57% possession, the fourth best in the Premier League], but you need materials," he later added, "and if we can get hopefully one or two in January that can help us in that top of end of the field, we'll turn draws into wins."

Comments (5)

 
  • Johnson is a better left back than Enrique, it is no coincidence since Enrique has being moved to a more advanced position under Rodgers his form has drastically improved and at the moment one of our best performers. Your view that cause he doesn't play Samed Yesil is some sort of bigotry is nothing short of clueless. Yesil never played a senior game for Leverkusen, he is a raw talent who has moved to a new country and needs time to be integrated into the system which every player from the age of 12 up to the first team plays. You clearly have a chip on you're shoulder towards Rodgers and that post sums that up in spades. I think when Lucas comes back Rodgers could push Gerrard up off Suarez on the right and switch Sterling to left offering more a goal threat till the transfer window opens in January.

  • "to add insult Rodgers preference for English players is slightly disturbing. Playing Glenn Johnson in lef back instead of right back whereas Rodgers has the best left back simply makes every supporter dumbfounded" You have an opinion but you're opinion is so far off where the club is at the moment and what it is doing I find disturbing. Firstly, I take your point about English player preference. His side that started in the last two league games for example only had Carra, Gerrard, Johnson, Sterling and Wisdom against Chelsea that are English. Against Wigan, Gerrard, Johnson, Sterling and Wisdom, in both games we had two players that have graduated from the Next Gen Series side from last season. Gerrard and Johnson are England regulars. Secondly, playing Johnson at left back. He has being playing this position since Dalglish took over in Jan 2011. He has proved time and again over that time he has that position laid out to a tee...continued...

  • Despite the massive investment if that the best Rodgers could manage then its utterly stupid. Every1 is trying to copy Barcas game which is not physically possible. To add to insult Rodgers preference for English players is slightly disturbing. Playing Glenn Johnson in lef back instead of right back whereas Rodgers has the best lesft back in Enrique simply makes every supporter dumfounded. Rodger constantly complains of having no strikers rite now, he is the one to blame for loaning Andy Caroll. Plus there is no striker crisis it just due to Rodgers bigot and dogmatic approcah of favouring English Players as he has one of the most talented youth striker in the form of Samed Yesil and he is not even using hjim. SUch a bigotry.

  • Liverpool's midfield and attack need sorting and more quality. Suso is currently out of position on the right wing, he's a No.10 really, and you can see that he has the vision and the body balance for that, but not the pace of a winger in a 433 formation. Allen isn't a defensive midfielder despite his massive defensive contribution, Lucas will definitely create a solid wall with Allen defensively. That would lead to a formation of one defensive mid, one central and one attacking mid. Shelvey and Suso are the only ones that can perform that role, I'm not doubting them but they still need time and experience to develop. Gerrard can't play in the role anymore and Sahin hasn't got the right movement for it. Give Rodgers money and time, he knows what he's doing and he has the ability to spot, get and develop talent for the future and has the intelligence and the proper vision to get the right players to build the team around Suarez.

  • Great article...

Categories

Article tags

More
Ciro Immobile Borussia Dortmund Jordan Amavi Nice Timothée Kolodziejczak Premier League West Ham Burnley Tony Pulis Paulinho Ramires Fernandinho Oscar Willian Wayne Rooney David De Gea Branislav Ivanovic Seamus Coleman Santiago Cazorla Christian Eriksen Wilfried Bony Santi Cazorla Arsenal Atletico Madrid Giménez Diego Godín Miranda Emiliano Velázquez Lens Yoann Touzghar Lalaïna Nomenjanahary Montpellier Ajax Arkadiusz Milik Michael Carrick Manchester United Newcastle Olivier Giroud Chelsea Hull Milan Napoli Barcelona Liverpool Real Madrid Başakşehir Abdullah Avcı Augsburg Markus Weinzierl Sam Allardyce Andy Carroll Alex Song Cheikhou Kouyate Stefano Okaka Sampdoria Sporting Ruben Loftus-Cheek Cruzeiro Everton Ribeiro Mayke Dede Ricardo Goulart Manchester City Sergio Aguero Denis Cheryshev Villarreal Sevilla Steven Gerrard Yaya Toure Christian Benteke Laurent Koscielny MLS Robbie Keane Theirry Henry Landon Donovan Lee Nguyen Omar Gonzalez Bill Hamid Henri Camara Chad Marshall Robbie Rodgers Diego Valeri Osvaldo Alsonso Ipswich Daryl Murphy David McGoldrick Christophe Berra Rennes Jonas Martin Lucas Barrios Swansea Juventus Fiorentina PSG Tottenham LA Galaxy New England Revolution Jermaine Jones Genoa Gian Piero Gasperini José Callejón Jérémy Menez Paulo Dybala Sergio Agüero Alexis Sánchez Charlie Austin Jonathas Southampton Graziano Pellè Europa League Everton Gladbach Guingamp Saint Etienne Diego Costa Didier Drogba Loïc Remy James McCarthy Valencia Nicolas Otamendi Shkodran Mustafi Cristiano Ronaldo Eric Choupo-Moting Arjen Robben N'Golo Kante Ligue 1 Monaco Marseille Lyon Bordeaux Davy Klaassen Luciano Narsingh Tommy Oar Anwar El Ghazi Mauricio Pochettino Harry Kane Aaron Lennon Bayern Munich Roma Inter Trabzonspor Palermo Champions League Hull City Curtis Davies Michael Dawson Dimtri Payet Mathieu Valbuena Brendan Rodgers Martin Skrtel Dejan Lovren Tiago Wayner Rooney Cesc Fabregas Eden Hazard Raphael Guerreiro Lorient Layvin Kurzawa Wigan Shaun Maloney James McClean Danny Welbeck Yannick Bolasie Crystal Palace Simon Mignolet AC Milan Lazio Manuel Pellegrini Clint Dempsey Roberto Firmino Philipp Lahm Hoffenheim Bundesliga Rodrigo Palacio Mauro Icardi Mateo Kovacic Gary Medel Nemanja Vidic QPR Leicester Aston Villa Luis Fabiano Sao Paulo Andre Schurrle Gary Cahil Cesar Azpilicueta Fraser Forster Joe Hart England Edinson Cavani Zlatan Ibrahimovic Paris Saint Germain Daley Blind PSV Eindhoven Adam Maher Phillip Cocu Giannelli Imbula Corentin Tolisso Florian Thauvin Paul-Georges Ntep Jordan Henderson Fenerbahçe Dirk Kuyt Raul Meireles Caner Erkin Neymar La Liga FK Rostov Serie A Gianni Vio Catania Mario Balotelli Luis Suarez Jefferson Montero Swansea City Abdul Rahman Baba Ivan Rakitic Luis Enrique Cardiff City Russell Slade Federico Macheda Nantes Jordan Veretout Stoke City Bojan Stoke Karim Benzema Kevin de Bruyne Wolfsburg Podrigo Palacio Leonardo Ulloa Alan Pardew Gabriel Obertan Rolando Aarons Ayoze Perez Nataneal Alisson Carlos Erik Malcom Louis van Gaal David Moyes Anderlecht Grzegorz Krychowiak Stephane Mbia Ever Banega Marouane Fellaini Marko Vejinovic Vitesse Franck Ribery Besiktas Demba Ba Atiba Hutchinson Spartak Moscow Artem Dzyuba Jose Callejon Gonzalo Higuain Erik Lamela Alexis Sanchez Lionel Messi Ángel Di María Carlos Tévez Marco Reus Toni Kroos Luka Modric James Rodriguez Birmingham Lukasz Fabianski James Milner Andre Villas-Boas Tim Sherwood Harry Redknapp Andre Ayew Anthony Lopes Diafra Sakho Getafe West Brom Seattle Sounders Obafemi Martins Osvaldo Alonso Saido Berahino Filip Djordjevic Lucas Lima Ganso Santos Raheem Sterling Maribor Mohamed Diamé Dani Alves Mevlut Erding Ricky van Wolfswinkel Sunderland Lee Cattermole Vito Mannone Eredivisie Joël Veltman Niklas Moisander Lasse Schöne Galatasaray Fenerbahce Intercontinental derby Lille West Ham United Keisuke Honda Markus Gisdol Sebastian Rudy Nicklas Süle Romelu Lukaku West Bromwich Albion Jurgen Klopp Germany Ireland John O'Shea Eibar Raul Albentosa Raul Navas Gaizka Garitano Fernando Stewart Downing Bolton Jay Spearing Joe Mason France Yohan Cabaye Raphael Varane Dimitri Payet Sporting Kansas City Real Salt Lake FC Dallas Toronto FC Vancouver Whitecaps Mesut Ozil Arsene Wenger Antonio Di Natale Italy Udinese Nathaniel Clyne Alessio Romagnoli Manolo Gabbiadini Jeremy Mathieu Nacer Chadli Etienne Capoue Karim Bellarabi Juan Bernat Daniele Rugani Nathan Dyer Andros Townsend Theo Walcott Victor Moses Dani Parejo Javi Fuego Andre Gomes Andre-Pierre Gignac Wissam Ben Yedder Alexandre Lacazette Kyle Ebecilio Twente Wesley Sneijder Felipe Melo Roberto Trashorras Rayo Vallecano Eduardo da Silva Flamengo Gareth Bale Ricardo Rodriguez Ander Herrera Wilfried Zaha Radja Nainggolan Athletic Club Robin van Persie Alan Hutton Grazino Pelle Frank Lampard Benjamin Mendy Norwich Lewis Grabban Wes Hoolahan Cameron Jerome Javier Pastore David Luiz Gabriel Agbonlahor Cologne Andrea Pirlo Andrea Belotti Tim Howard Phil Jagielka Sylvain Distin Ronald Koeman Nottingham Forest Ryan Mason Tyler Blackett Bibras Natkho CSKA Moscow Denis Suárez Leicester City Celta Vigo Eduardo Berizzo Fabian Orellana Samuel Umtiti Maxime Gonalons Daley Sinkgraven Heerenveen Nemanja Matic James Morrison Joleon Lescott Rio Ferdinand Peter Crouch Bruma Ozan Tufan Oguzhan Ozyakup Enes Ünal Ali Adnan Chris Brunt Munir Sergi Samper Rafinha Sergi Roberto Sandro Ramírez Max Allegri Lúcio Edílson Paulo Baier Alex Kieza Xabi Alonso Koke Diego Simeone Mesut Özil Michail Antonio Borussia M.Gladbach Lucien Favre Andre Hahn Max Kruse Raffael Juan Mata Jack Wilshere Jesús Navas Schalke Thierry Henry New York Red Bulls Fabian Delph Jack Grealish Simone Zaza Sassuolo Dinamo Moscow Kevin Kuranyi Alexander Kokorin Christopher Samba Christoph Kramer Feyenoord Terence Kongolo Mitchell te Vrede Franck Ribéry Antoine Griezmann Loïc Rémy Rémy Cabella Switzerland Xherdan Shaqiri Admir Mehmedi Josip Drmic Turkey Arda Turan Hakan Calhanoglu James McArthur Marouane Chamakh Kuban Krasnodar Andrey Eschenko Ivelin Popov Kingsley Coman Paul Pogba Alexandre Pato Alan Kardec Kaka Tom Cleverley Adam Lallana Stevan Jovetic Gylfi Sigurdsson Gerard Pique Marc Bartra Mikel San Jose Lukas Fabianski Ryan Shawcross Phil Jones Gaël Clichy Cesc Fàbregas Andreas Weimann Salomon Kalou Fulham Ross McCormack Scott Parker Jack Colback Atalanta Empoli Mauro Zárate Cheikhou Kouyaté Aaron Cresswell Steven Naismith Frank De Boer Falcao Fernando Llorente Iker Munian Athletic Bilbao Morgan Sanson Wahbi Khazri Marcos Lopes Abdelaziz Barrada Bayer Leverkusen Oğuzhan Özyakup Calum Chambers Community Shield Alessio Cerci Torino André Schürrle Éverton Ribeiro Diego Tardelli Elias Gil Malky Mackay Cardiff Memphis Depay PSV Patrick van Aanholt Eric Dier Andrew Robertson Javier Manquillo Ashley Young Leonardo Jardim Joao Moutinho Jeremy Toulalan Brighton Matthew Upson DeAndre Yedlin Tottenham Hotspur Aaron Ramsey David de Gea Bojan Krkic Dusan Tadic Remy Cabella Brede Hangeland Francesc Fábregas Juan Guillermo Cuadrado Gaston Ramirez Francesc Fabregas Xavi Bastia Christopher Maboulou Kalidou Koulibaly Federico Fernandez Mark Hughes Pepe Reina Siem de Jong Daryl Janmaat Emmanuel Riviere Championship Jordan Rhodes Craig Bryson Grazianno Pelle Ben Davies Mateo Musacchio Serge Aurier Graham Zusi Dom Dwyer Ronaldinho Atletico Mineiro Jesus Datolo Guilherme Fernando Torres Davide Astori Stefan de Vrij Marco Parolo Dusan Basta Graziano Pelle Morgan Schneiderlin Atlético Madrid Mario Mandzukic Arturo Vidal Teal Banbury Ron Vlaar World Cup Netherlands Kieran Trippier Daniel Drinkwater Diego Poyet Roberto Martínez Kevin Mirallas Gareth Barry James Rodríguez Álvaro Morata Bruno Martins Indi Romain Alessandrini André Hahn David Ospina Wojciech Szczesny Daniel Baier Felipe Gutiérrez Lars Stindl Vladimir Darida Harry Arter Luke Shaw Keylor Navas Costa Rica Hatem Ben Arfa Spain Belgium Argentina Ricardo Rodríguez Thomas Müller Miralem Pjanic Sergio Romero Javier Mascherano Miroslav Klose Brazil Fred Thomas Muller Rickie Lambert Willy Caballero Nigel de Jong Angel Di Maria Bernard Manuel Neuer USA Michael Bradley Kenneth Omeruo Mehrdad Pooladi Muhamed Besic Aissa Mandi Cristian Gamboa Colombia Luiz Gustavo Hugo Lloris Blaise Matuidi Jerome Boateng Sami Khedira Chile Divock Origi Gonzalo Higuaín Vincent Enyeama Nigeria Rafael Marquez Enner Valencia Ecuador Daniel Sturridge John Anthony Brooks Andreas Samaris Cost Rica Joel Campbell Bryan Ruiz Guillermo Ochoa Mexico Portugal Matteo Darmian Uruguay Russia Dries Mertens Kevin De Bruyne Hulk Croatia Stipe Pletikosa Julio César Japan Javier Hernández Edin Dzeko Vedad Ibisevic Sejad Salihovic Bosnia and Herzegovina David Villa Adrian Ramos Carlos Bacca Victor Ibarbo Jackson Martinez Nani Silvestre Varela Robert Lewandowski Antonio Cassano Phillip Lahm José Mourinho Rafa Benitez Shinji Okazaki Emmanuel Adebayor Roberto Gregory van der Wiel Pepe Fabian Schär Alex Sandro Andrés Iniesta Samir Nasri Holland Thibaur Courtois Iker Casillas Asier Illarramendi Derby Will Hughes Ashley Cole Jose Mourinho Dimitar Berbatov Gabi Marc-Andre ter Stegen Loic Perrin Naldo Sergio Ramos Mathieu Debuchy Giorgio Chiellini Luis Suárez Claudio Ranieri Christoph Galtier Steve Bruce Romulo Verona Goias Samuel Eto'o Michel Vorm Sascha Riether Mark Noble Yaya Touré David Marshall Martín Demichelis Joel Ward Mile Jedinak Patrice Evra Jussi Jaaskelainen Bacary Sagna Daniel Gabbidon Marc Albrighton Steve Sidwell Chris Wendolowski Matt Besler Paco Jemez Leon Goretzka Julian Draxler Doncaster Barnsley Yeovil Marcelo Bielsa Juan Cuadrado Jannik Vestergaard Nolito Connor Wickham Elche Almeria Granada Valladolid Osasuna Nikola Zigic Zenit St Petersburg Javier Morales Chris Wingert Isco Lewis Holtby Sir Alex Ferguson Laurent Blanc Felix Magath Alberto Paloschi Daniel Parejo Blackpool Henrikh Mkhitaryan Cagliari Borussia MGladbach Gus Poyet Marco Verratti Norwich City Chris Hughton Mattia Destro Jeremie Aliadiere Bruno Ecuele Manga Kevin Strootman Stijn Schaars Leroy Fer Jonathan De Guzman Tonny Vilhena Leonardo Bonucci Gerard Piqué Raúl García Jay Rodriguez Tobias Werner Stefan Kießling Joaquín Larrivey Anthony Modeste Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Uwe Rosler Martin Demichelis Benoit Tremoulinas Bafetimbi Gomis Mauro Diaz Mauro Rosales Dillon Powers Nurnberg Ander Iturraspe Mohamed Salah Shane Long Nikica Jelavic Parma Alessandro Lucarelli Michael Higdon NEC Nijmegen Javi Martinez Marko Marin Johannes Geis Andre Iniesta Danny Ings Sam Vokes Rafael Danny Rose Vincent Kompany Kolo Toure Adam Johnson Nathan Redmond Mohamed Diame Cheick Tiote Nabil Bentaleb Julien Féret Jonathan Pitroipa Villarreal Athletic Bilbao Chivas USA Leandro Barrera Benfica Kevin Gameiro Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Martin Joel Rene Meuluensteen Valenciennes Sochaux Spurs Patrick Bamford Adel Taarabt Thiago Alcantara Aritz Aduriz John Terry Charlton Millwall Rio Mavuba Joshua Guilavogui Clement Grenier Yoann Gourcuff Geoffrey Kondogbia Yann M'Vila Zenit Lokomotiv Moscow Real Sociedad Loic Remy Luuk de Jong Christophe Kerbrat Jetro Willems Urby Emanuelson Tom Cairney Anthony Knockaert Jamaal Lascelles Hamburg Arsen Wenger Pep Guardiola Joey Barton Niko Kranjcar Kurt Zouma Lucas Digne Chris Martin Rene Meulensteen Martin Jol Javi López Tony Jantschke Lorenzo De Silvestri Aymeric Laporte Max Meyer Domenico Berardi Nicola Murru Levante Thibaut Courtois Lucas Piazon Marc-André ter Stegen Víctor Valdés Michael Laudrup Carlos Vela Hernanes David Nugent Fabinho Ki Sung-Yueng Evian Cedric Barbosa Túlio De Melo Diego Ribas Leo Baptistao Eduardo Vargas Stefan Mitrovic Oliver Torres Artiz Aduriz David Silva Gervinho Thomas Ince Birmingham City Chris Burke Aron Jóhannsson AZ Alkmaar Jefferson Farfan Clint Hill Federico Fazio Leeds Luke Varney Alessandro Matri Adnan Januzaj Ryan Bennett Diego Lugano Ciaran Clark Nathan Baker Robert Snodgrass Roberto Soldado Dan Burn Alejandro Gálvez Lucas Jermain Defoe Reims André Villas-Boas Juan Iturbe Jonathan De Guzmán Jonjo Shelvey Tomas Rosicky Aleksandar Kolarov Gael Clichy Sandro Dwight Gayle Danny Graham Ross Barkley Cesc Fábregas Robbin Ruiter Mario Gotze Thiago Motta Radamel Falcao Southamton Leighton Baines Bryan Oviedo Dario Cvitanich Nemanja Pejcinovic Atlético-PR Fluminense Nigel De Jong Tom Carroll Davide Santon Newcastle United Stefano Denswil Landry N'Guemo Grégory Sertic Borja Valero Jose Goncalves Aurélien Collin Portland Timbers Toulouse Jean-Paul Boëtius Quincy Promes James Ward-Prowse Bruno Mathieu Flamini Mikel Arteta Jonathan Tah Matthias Ginter Timo Werner Hakim Ziyech Philippe Coutinho Kossi Agassa Lukasz Piszczek Mehdi Benatia Lorik Cana David Alaba Marek Hamsik Juan Arango Konstantinos Mitroglu Mamadou Sakho Yohan Cabye Olexandr Kucher Winston Reid Carles Puyol Ned Grabavoy Ukraine Sweden Luca Antei Robin Knoche Pierre-Michel Lasogga Henri Bedimo Miguel Lopes Houston Dynamo Brad Davis Will Bruin Suso Rodri Jeffrey Gouweleeuw Angel Rangel Neil Taylor Nelson Oliveira Richard Dunne Patrick Ebert Lucas Leiva Victor Wanyama Jordy Clasie Mike Magee Chicago Fire Jorginho Frello Giuseppe Rossi Marcos Rocha Cicero Walter Rene Girard Lucas Piazón Montreal Impact Marco Di Vaio Matteo Ferrari Alessandro Nesta Philippe Mexes Cristian Zapata Jesse Lingard Ahmed Musa Seydou Doumbia Alvaro Negredo Luc Castaignos Luca Toni Colorado Rapids Deshorn Brown Atiba Harris Sidney Sam Morgan De Sanctis Jairo Alberto Moreno Hugo Campagnaro Mario Yepes Ryad Boudebouz Milos Krasic Zakaria Bakkali Georginio Wijnaldum Camilo Tom Huddlestone Ahmed Elmohamady Europe Alfred Finnbogason Kenneth Vermeer Luka Modrić Pablo Osvaldo Brad Guzan Botafogo Rafael Marques Miguel de las Cuevas Oriol Riera Marc Wilson Brandao Benjamin Corgnet Kei Kamara CJ Sapong Steven Whittaker Thievy Ruben Garcia Saul Niguez Carles Gil Gary Cahill Jonathan Yuto Nagatomo Petr Cech Mario Götze Mbark Boussoufa Anzhi Makhachkala Ander Ricky Álvarez Inter Milan João Moutinho Jose Fonte La Galaxy Mousa Dembele Ryan Giggs Tim Cahill Denis Glushakov Emanuele Giaccherini Shinji Kagawa Jose Canas Jesus Navas Helder Postiga David Albelda Oriol Romeu Wellington Paulista André Luan Jack Rodwell Juan Quintero Porto Pescara Héctor Moreno Carlos Tevez Mario Gomez Clarence Goodson Cristian Sapunaru Sergio Tejera Zaragoza Espanyol Lukas Podolski Kyriakos Papadopoulos Franck Tabanou Egidio Bruno Rodrigo Nilton Alberto Gilardino Kenny Miller Heung-Min Son Timm Klose Daniel Caligiuri Salif Sané Jadson Maicon Luis Muriel John Obi Mikel Daniele De Rossi Peter Odemwingie Nicklas Bendtner Yannick Sagbo Julio Cesar Wojciech Scczesny Francesco Totti Wahib Khazri Francesco Lodi Rômulo Togni Fabien Camus Clément Chantôme Ishak Belfodil Coritiba Darren Bent Adem Ljajic Eden Ben Basat Marco Sau Ricardo Alvarez Lorenzo Insigne Josuha Guilavogui Eddie Johnson Brad Evans Roque Santa Cruz Fabrizio Miccoli Ibai Gomez Yohan Mollo Szabolcs Huszti Giovani dos Santos Pedro Leon Romain Hamouma Sebastian Giovinco Marquinhos Thiago Silva Lars Bender Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Carlos Martínez Dennis Diekmeier Álvaro Pereira Bastian Oczipka Beñat Joan Verdu Betis Stephane Sessegnon Jordi Alba Nnamdi Oduamadi Walter Gargano Gianluigi Buffon Andrea Barzagli Per Mertesacker Heiko Westermann Kyle Beckerman Michel Benny Felihaber Andres Iniesta Thiago Alcántara Inigo Martínez Stefan Kiessling Papiss Demba Cisse Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa Jack McInerney Marco van Ginkel Magnus Eikrem Nir Biton Hiroshi Kiyotake Antonio Candreva Diego Milito Benjamin Stambouli Iago Aspas Fernandao Ederson Maxi Biancucchi Deivid William Stephan El Shaarawy Gonzalo Rodríguez André-Pierre Gignac Matt Jarvis Carlos Martinez Ezequiel Lavezzi Diego Ibrahima Traore Sercan Sararer Dani Hernandez Fábio Coentrão Juan Agudelo Alex McCarthy Josip Ilicic Leon Balogun Paul Baysse Sebastian Rode Vitória Matthew Lowton Pablo Zabaleta Ashley Williams Paul Scholes Simon Pouplin Daniel Carvajal Chico Jan Vertonghen Sergio Busquets Stefan Savic Maarten Stekelenburg Deportivo La Coruna Ruben Castro Imanol Agirretxe Arouna Kone Callum McManaman Antolin Alcaraz Jonny Evans Nacho Damia Filipe Luis Jakub Blaszczykowski Giampaolo Pazzini Adam Le Fondre Michu Victor Valdes Andrés Fernandez Claudio Bravo Nigel Adkins Mattia De Sciglio Nelson Valdez Cañas Víctor Sánchez Ignacio Camacho Deportivo Mallorca German Denis Giacomo Bonaventura Marco Borriello Jean Beausejour Gary O'Neil Jose Antonio Reyes Thomas Mangani Dorlan Pabon Gabby Agbonlahor Vieirinha Cristian Molinaro Benjamin Moukandjo Diego Lopez Moussa Sissoko Freiburg Borussia Monchengladbach Eintracht Frankfurt Raphaël Varane Pedro Mba Obiang Brandao Ilkay Gundogan Bayern Leverkusen Malaga Ilkay Gündoğan Reading Glen Johnson Pizzi Riki Jan Mucha Nacho Monreal Mathis Bolly Maynor Figueroa Craig Gardner Marko Basa Mirko Vucinic Chris Smalling Steven Caulker Steven Taylor Inigo Martinez Leon Osman Man City Bologna Ben Foster John Ruddy Patric Evra Matija Nastasic Javi Garcia Lucas Moura Michel Bastos Roberto Di Matteo John Arne Riise Gareth McAuley Innocent Emeghara Siena Alexander Meier Carlos Cuellar Javier Zanetti Mats Hummels Michele Canini Zdenek Pospech Sergio Garcia Damien Duff Yoan Gouffran Giuseppe Biava Hilton Nicola Legrottaglie Salvatore Sirigu Magno Macedo Novaes Daniel Aranzubia Antonio Conte Andrea Ranocchia per Mertesacker Manucho Leo Nils Petersen Cyril Thereau Adam Szalai Iker Muniain Steven Fletcher Pavel Pogrebnyak Roman Neustadter Daniele Conti Ilkay Gündogan Milan Badelj Gerhard Tremmel Asmir Begovic Daniel Agger Kyle Nauhgton Zoltan Gera Brett Holman Adriano Joe Allen Youssuf Mulumbu Premier League. Luis Suarez Valon Behrami Neto Federico Peluso Jamel Saihi Gustavo Cabral Wakaso Daniele Gastaldello Danilo David Pizarro loris Nery Hugo Mallo Gotoku Sakai Andre Wisdom Andre Schürrle Mousa Dembélé Hamburger SV Rafael van der Vaart Rene Adler Sean Morrison Juan Jesus Frederik Sorensen Nicolas Isimat-Mirin Joel Matip Barry Bannan Nicky Shorey Luca Cigarini Andrea Consigli Jordan Ayew Ajaccio Carl Medjani Ricardo Faty Jerome Rothen Takashi Inui Takashi Usami Steven Pienaar Tolgay Arslan Loris Nery Wissam Ben Yeder Angelo Ogbonna Yoann Gouffran Marc Planus Ludovic Obraniak Emanuel Herrera Anthony Mounier Daniel Congre Pablo Hernandez Arda Gueida Fofana Arnold Mvuemba Steed Malbranque Nuri Sahin Kwadwo Asamoah Christian Maggio Henri Saivet Massadio Haidara Jean-Christophe Bahebeck Mladen Petric Real Betis Riccardo Montolivo Lucio Christophe Jallet Gokhan Inler Ilkay Gundogan Marvin Martin Steeve Elana Alain Traore Renaud Cohade Geoffrey Dernis Daniel Avles Patrick Helmes Raobin van Persie Pablo Armero Rondon Fabio Borini Patrick Herrmann Jonathan Scmid Kostantinos Fortounis Vincent Pajot Josua Guilavogui Idrissa Gana Gueye Ezequiel Munoz Nene Oliver Sorg Davide Brivio Sebastian Larsson Franceso Totti Tom Trybull M'Baye Niang Jean Daniel Akpa Akpro Matias Silvestre Euro 2012 Olof Mellberg Crisitano Ronaldo Alvaro Arbeloa Sebastian Boenisch Alan Dzagoev Andrey Arshavin Michael Krohn-Dehli Vaclav Pilar Theodor Gebre Selassie Gordon Schildenfeld Greece Miguel Veloso Mark Davies David Hoilett Santiago Garcia Marco Rignoni Vicente Guaita Michael Rensing Paul Robinson Fabien Audard Thomas Vermaelen Younes Belhanda Aurelien Chedjou Antonio Valencia Nancy St. Etienne Lukas Piszczek Dante Robert Huth Gijon Claudio Pizzaro Racing Santander Jonas Hannover Santander Werder Bremen Claudio Pizarro Papiss Demba Cissé Wolves Cesena David Jarolim Joe Cole Moussa Dembele Yakubu Javier Hernandez Leon Best Benat Kaiserslautern Christian Tiffert Paolo De Ceglie Federico Balzaretti Jeremey Menez Juan MGladbach Andreas Ivanschitz Jires Kembo-Ekoko Guillaume Hoarau Florent Malouda Steve Gohouri Kenwyne Jones Lecce Stephen Ireland Jakub Blaszcykowski Christian Fuchs Chievo Sloan Privat Abraham Guie Guie Bastian Schweinsteiger Louis Saha Martin Harnik Stuttgart German Bundesliga Grant Holt Ali Al-Habsi Ludovic Sane Aldo Angoula Younes Kaboul Brest Marcelo Stiliyan Petrov mathieu Valbuena Tono Ramirez Gianluca Buffon Emile Heskey John Utaka Markus Rosenborg Marko Arnautovic Jonathan Biabiany Andrea Caracciolo Evian Thonon Gaillard Mohammed Abdellaoue Dijon Anton Ferdinand Fabricio Coloccini Betting Eric Mouloungui Cedric Bakambu Gregory Pujol Eduardo Ribeiro Sebastien Larsson Nolan Roux Moussa Sow Bradley Johnson Jamie O'Hara Wes Brown Jason Lowe Jose Enrique Anders Lindegaard Mark Schwarzer Cheik Tiote Alberto Aquilani Danny Murphy Martin O'Neill Modibo Maiga OGC Nice Perparim Hetemaj Alejandro Faurlin Leon Britton Nicolas N'Koulou Antonio Nocerino Maximiliano Moralez Claudio Marchisio Marco Rigoni Simone Pepe Heidar Helguson Mark Gower Blackburn Emanuele Calaiò Zlatan Ibrahimović Germán Denis Jose Jurado Nicolas Anelka Edgar Barreto Alexandre Song Shaun Wright-Phillips Nicolas Maurice-Belay Jhon Jairo Culma Kevin Anin Sebastien Corchia Kevin Theophile-Catherine FC Cologne Julien Feret Jaroslav Plasil Yann Jouffre Tomas Rincon Kevin Davies Giampiero Pinzi Tamas Hajnal Camel Meriem Frederic Bulot Caen Gokhan Tore AS Nancy Gabriel Torje Lynel Kitambala Florent Sinama-Pongolle Idriss Saadi Oscar Trejo Botelho Juanlu Axel Bellinghausen Gonzalo Castro Andrea Cossu Marcel Schafer Marco Hoger Timothy Chandler Bolton Wanderers Ivan Klasnic Paris St Germain Wolverhampton Wanderers Wigan Athletic Micah Richards Javi Varas Blackburn Rovers Stephan Lichtsteiner Anotnio Cassano Scott Sinclair Nenad Milijas Anatoliy Tymoshchuk Luis Gustavo Ruud van Nistelrooy Benoit Cheyrou Lucho Gonzalez League Analysis Queens Park Rangers Walter Samuel Christian Chivu AS Roma Stephen Warnock Martin Kelly Gary Caldwell Karl Henry Kevin Doyle England National Football Team Charlie Adam Javi Venta Vicente Iborra Sergio Ballesteros Bobby Zamora Jonas Gutierrez Dariusz Dudka Youssouf Hadji Christian Abbiati Alvaro Dominguez Phil Neville Senad Lulic Filip Daems Ezequiel Schelotto Victor Ruiz Jonathan Pereira Anthony Reveillere Santiago Gentiletti Cheikh Diabate Nicolas Spolli Luciano Fabian Monzon Mauricio Isla Ignazio Abate Titus Bramble Ritchie De Laet Leroy Lita Christian Lell Philipp Wollscheid Milivoje Novakovic Tottenhman Hotspur Johan Cavalli Eliseu Serdar Tasci Ryan Babel Aleksandar Ignjovski Chechu Dorado Djamel Mesbah Arsenal Swansea Ashely Williams Piscu Eden Dzeko Emmerson Boyce Auxerre Phil Bardsley Jose Bosingwa Gretar Steinsson Mattia Cassani Jonathan Woodgate Germany National Football Team Gasperini Mauro Zarate Diego Forlan Estaban Cambiasso Juraj Kucka Marco Faraoni Joel Obi Benedikt Howedes Clemens Fritz Chris Lowe Daniel van Buyten Albania Yann M’Vila Baptiste Reynet Angelo Palombo Eric Tie Bi Faouzi Ghoulam Chris Mavinga Anderson Aaron Hughes Chris Baird Raul Aly Cissokho Alessandro Del Piero Samir Handanovic France National Football Team Marc Tierney Bundelsiga Raul Bobadilla Loric Remy Jean Pascal Mignot Mainz 05 Schalke 04 Marcel Risse Steven Reid Danny Gabbidon Michal Kadlec Paulo Machado Ben Watson Spain National Football Team German National Football Team Bundeslgia Ricardo Carvalho Ivan Ramis Diego Colotto Sergio Fernandez Sere A Cesare Bovo Miguel Britos Bostjan Cesar Jose Angel Gabriel Heinze Chris Samba Charles N'Zogbia Yohan Demont Rod Fanni Rudy Mater Georgios Tzavellas Javier Pinola Dennis Aogo Daniel Schwaab Attacking Full-Backs Defensive Wingers 2010/11 Attacking Wingers Nicolas Douchez Jeremy Menez Under-21 Team of Season 2010-11 Maxi Rodriguez Scott Dann Crossing Wingers Under-21 Team of Season All-Round Midfielders Benoit Pedretti Rising Stars Kyle Walker Gaetano D'Agostino Centre Backs Paulo Da Silva Ivan Hernandez Eric Abidal Weligton Borja Ekiza Alassane Toure Stephane Grichting Jordan Loties Kader Mangane Adama Coulibaly Martin Stranzl Pedro Geromel Neven Subotic Christian Zapata James Tomkins Roger Johnson Stephan Lichsteiner Reto Ziegler David Vaughan Seb Larsson Asamoah Gyan Benoit Pedretti Anthony Mounier Mehmet Ekici Simao Duda Alvaro Cejudo Xabi Prieto Alexsandar Kolarov Guiseppe Mascara Simone Bentivoglio Fernando Marques Gian Piero Gasperin Thomas Hitzlsperger Rafael Van der Vaart Theofanis Gekas Gerard Asamoah Youssef Al Arabi Lisandro Loric Remy Victor Hugo Montano Edison Cavani Sergio Pellissier David Di Michele Steward Downing Spain Under 21 Felipe Caicedo Pierre Webo Youssef El-Arabi Brown Ideye Mobido Maiga Chu-Young Robin Van Persie Kevin Gamerio England U21 Udinese. Alexis Sanchez Pedro Sami Allagui Frédéric Kanouté Renato Augusto Jonathan Pitropia Eljero Elia Ivo Llicevic Fernando Muslera Diego Perez Alvaro González Abel Hernandez David VIlla Marcel Schmelzer Danijel Pranjic Holger Badstuber Sven Bender Johan Djourou Darren Fletcher Carlos Kameni Thiago Silve Antonia Di Natale Cristiano Zapata Domenico Criscito Luis Jimenez Josep Ilicic Samuel Eto’o Alexis Thébaux Ludovic Sané Mamouda Sakho Boukary Dramé Daniel Alves Nikolay Mihaylov Charles Puyol Ji-Sung Park Edwin van der Sar Dani Alves John O’Shea Park Ji-Jung Gabi Fernandez Jonathan de Guzman Michael Owen Gary Taylor-Fletcher Ian Evatt DJ Campbell Charles N’Zogbia Wolverhampton Robinho Rudi Garcia Avram Grant Conor Sammon Wayne Bridge Rob Green Victor Obinna Mike Hanke Borussia Munchengladbach VfL Bochum Tomasz Kuszczak Martin Olsson Brett Emerton Steven N’Zonzi Muset Ozil Gianpaolo Pazzini Leonardo Seydou Keita Miguel Pallardo Ibrahim Afellay Valdo Pallardo Damien Perquis Luka Modrid David SIlva Roberto Mancini Benoit Assou-Ekotto Vedran Corluka Carlo Ancelotti Saloman Kalou Clarence Seedorf Matteo Brighi Fabio Simplicio Rodrigo Taddei Mark Van Bommel Gennaro Gattuso Kevin Prince-Boateng Nicolas Burdisso Elkin Soto Pep Gaurdiola Lassana Diarra Antonio da Silva Robert Mak Heurelho Gomes Andre Marriner Pinto Alavro Arbeloa Alexander Hleb

WhoScored Elsewhere