A few quick observations on Liverpool's February schedule with two league games and a two-legged European tie to round off February after a fantastic, dominant performance against Man City at the Etihad Stadium. Another silly mistake saw a potential victory end in a heartening/deflating (delete as desired) draw. Noel C at The Liverpool Offside intelligently looked at whether it was just mistakes that have resulted in dropped points this season. If anyone actually wants to get a closer look at how good Liverpool actually were, Nate at ohyoubeauty constructed a fantastic visualisation full of stats, images and analysis as per usual.
|"Spalletti has impressed at Udinese, Roma and now Zenit."|
Sturridge and Coutinho. At some point this month Liverpool fans will get to see both players on the field. Sturridge has shown early promise. He's young, talented, intelligent, technically capable but did not get the sustained playing time required to develop at Chelsea. However, Sturridge went on loan to Bolton and excelled with regular game time to such an extent that he was the focal point for the side’s attack. Now playing regularly, he's looking like a vital and quality player. Sound familiar? Swap Sturridge for Coutinho, Chelsea for Inter Milan and Bolton for Espanyol and the tale would be virtually identical except for the ending part. The high level of defending in England will surely strike fear to all who visit these shores. Back to reality, the man previously known as "the future of Inter" should become a major star in English football. The Vasco da Gama youth product, football is a business unfortunately, is nearly three years younger than Sturridge and will need time to adapt physically and tactically to the club and English football. The kid has superb technique out of both feet and loves a dribble as much as Luis Suarez. Nutmegging ability is currently unknown. Liverpool's playing style and tactical arrangement should suit Lucas' new best friend and he will appreciate the movement of Sturridge and Suarez, the fullback support from Johnson and Enrique, the energy and availability of Henderson and the passing range of Gerrard.
|"Coutinho linking up with these three could be a treat."|