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All Things Footie | Wednesday, July 6 | Jordan

Liverpool fans show rational side

So Steven Gerrard is leaving Liverpool. He’s given them possibly some of his best years, and he’s led them to a European Cup triumph. I believed him after the European Cup Final when he said he wanted to stay, Scousers being the fiercely-loyal-even-at-the-expense-of-their-careers type, even more than Geordies. Something’s gone wrong, and you can bet it’s a mixture of Gerrard/Gerrard’s agent, Rick Parry/Rafael Benitez and the general capitalist malaise in football at the moment.

Whatever it is, burning effigies of him is just a bit too much. Xabi Alonso is better, and Gerrard wasn’t even the most important player in Istanbul anyway, for that accolade, we come on to something I’ve been meaning to talk about for a while.

In modern European football, the most important player in any team is the unsung defensive midfielder.

They consistently fail to receive accolades—even from their own fans—but without a consistent, quality player in this position, it’s not possible to be successful. It seems the most obvious thing to say in the World, but it’s hardly ever discussed, and even fewer people appreciate the point. It is more difficult to find a world class holding midfielder than it is to find a striker who’ll score 30 a season. It’s more difficult than finding a solid defensive rock, it’s more difficult than finding a creative ‘hole’ player, and it’s even more difficult than finding a quality goalkeeper.

The reason for this is two-fold. Firstly, managers are aware of all this, and doggedly refuse to let the good ones go; secondly, the players themselves are not the prima-donna, outgoing, flashy, ambitious personalities—the role they play is the antithesis of that—they enjoy being unsung, they enjoy the so called ‘donkey-work’. In the past, their abilities have been underappreciated, hence the derisory comments made about the Didier Deschamps and Dungas of the game. I won’t go so far as to say I under-appreciated David Batty, but there are plenty who didn’t get their dues in the past that would do now.

Lets look at some examples:

The game is played in such a way now that when a team attacks, three of the four midfielders in a 4-4-2 generally bomb forward, leaving a defence and one midfielder to fend off counter-attacks. Without wanting to get too analytical, the key player in this defensive line is the first point of contact for the attacking team. If this player can win the ball and send it back up the pitch, not only has he prevented an attack on goal, but even if his distruibution is iffy (as seems to be the norm for this type of player), he sends the play up the opposite end of the pitch, and indirectly creates chance after chance. The role becomes even more important playing for or against a five man midfield.

So there it is: as Arsenal demonstrated perfectly last season, no number of Thierry Henrys and Robert Pireses can make up for having a good ‘water carrier’.

EDIT: So it seems Gerrard’s staying—I bet those clowns who burnt his shirt outside Anfield feel like proper tits now.

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# Posted by Anonymous Darren at 10:39 AM
I agree Jordan,

I've always liked Gilberto's tidying up work thought he was neat but didn't fully appreciate how crucial he was until he wasn't there.

Just looking at how weak Arsenal have been at time at defending set plays reminded me of what he brings. So often is Gilberto the man getting the first head on the ball in those situations. Easy to take for granted and to be overshadowed by fancy footwork down the pitch.
# Posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 10:42 AM
I really don't think fielding Kewell is a wrong decision. try to replayed the 15 mins of Kewell, he played good football. His limp off was unpredicable.
# Posted by Blogger Jordan at 10:49 AM
Had Kewell not gotten injured, Liverpool would not have won the European Cup. Simple as that.
# Posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 10:53 AM
How can yu question the kewell inclusion? They scored after 45 seconds. Game plan out of the window, Enter the rabbits staring into the headlights a.k.a Liverpool, for the next 45 minutes. If certain rumours are true, tantrum stevie G was ordered to play more attacking but refused and stayed deep, until the second half that is.
# Posted by Anonymous Hill at 10:58 AM
I aggre that Hamann is so underrated. Statistics prove we win matches with Hamann and lose them without him.
# Posted by Blogger Jordan at 11:53 AM
kewell had hardly played all season, is one of the most inconsistent and flakiest players in the squad, and was absolutely rubbish on the night until (thankfully for Liverpool) he got injured.

It was his first start in about four months.

He's never come close to delivering on the player Liverpool thought they'd bought.
# Posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 7:12 PM
Look at the circumstances Kewell was bought in. They sum up the player and his performances for Liverpool.

Jord you're spot on right, the introduction of the defensive Hamman won it for Liverpool. A rock amongst pebbles at times for Liverpool.

# Posted by Blogger wildirishrogue at 9:13 PM
You are dead-on about the defensive midfielder, sir. Good work.
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(aside) Jord, whats up with Arse selling (if reports are to be believed) Paddy Viera?
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