Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has admitted that he wants to add new faces to his inherited Liverpool squad, with the team’s attack in need of a revamp. With Andy Carroll looking surplus to requirements in the Northern Irishman’s thoughts, sprightly Roma striker Fabio Borini has become Rodgers’ first new signing. However, Fulham forward Clint Dempsey is also a name that has been consistently linked with a move to Anfield – but where would he fit into the Liverpool setup?

The second-half of the season slump that saw the Merseysiders finish eighth in the Premier League last term and cost Kenny Dalglish his job was largely down to a lack of goals and some substandard finishing at times. A total of 47 goals in the 38-game campaign is simply not good enough for a team with top-four ambitions and Rodgers has correctly identified this as an area where reinforcement is needed.

The former Swansea boss’ offensive approach at the Liberty Stadium side should have the Kop witnessing a more forward-thinking team next term, but the personnel needs to be right. It will be interesting to see where the former Swans boss opts to deploy talisman Steven Gerrard, but a berth in central midfield rather than out wide or in behind a striker seems likely.

Luis Suarez’s glimpses of brilliance were a rare bright spark last season, and the side will continue to look to the Uruguayan for inspiration. However, the South American needs assistance, as in a second striker role he needs a hitman to feed off. Presumably this is where Borini fits into Rodgers’ plans.

Dempsey took almost the sole goalscoring responsibility at Craven Cottage last term, with 23 goals in the campaign an excellent return for the United States international. The 29-year-old has become the main man for Martin Jol’s side, and has played in numerous different positions with minimal fuss. If and when he does move to Anfield, Dempsey has the potential to complete a Liverpool team set up in the same style as Rodgers’ Swansea.

A central midfield three of Britten, Sigurdsson and Allen would be replicated presumably by Gerrard, Lucas and Adam/Henderson, with three attackers ahead of this. Borini will act as the Danny Graham type centre forward, with Suarez and Dempsey given the leniency to roam, start from wide and support the main striker.

The American’s determination on the pitch, quality on the ball and added goal threat would surely be an asset at Anfield, and one feels that Liverpool need him alongside Borini to nullify their overdependence on Suarez and complete a more rounded attacking line-up.

Published – Soccerlens


  1. 4-3-3 FORMATION:

    On paper, that looks like a good attacking line-up, add Joe Cole, Henderson, Sterling, Downing, Pacheco and Bellamy as subs, we now have some very good attacking options in the squad

  2. Our squad depth isn’t showing any signs of improvement since the start of the summer. We have lost Kuyt, Maxi, Aurelio and now it looks like AC will be going too. Aurelio is not too big a loss considering he hardly played last season and we have Jack Robinson emerging from the academy. Kuyt was replaced with Borini which will hopefully work out well. I see Dempsey as a pretty decent replacement for Maxi but it’s looking now as if Fulham have priced him out of a move. Losing AC worries me the most though. We’ve only got 4 recognized strikers on the books. Suarez, Carroll, Borini and Bellamy is good cover but can’t play 2 games back to back and may also leave soon. That would leave us with just 2 strikers in the squad. How do we play 4-3-3 with 2 strikers!!!!

    If Borini or Suarez gets injured (or an unjust 8 match ban) we’re screwed! IF we sign Dempsey we will still need AT LEAST an other striker. Downing might come good under Rodgers, stranger things have happened but I won’t hold my breath. Pacheco, Sterling and Suso have great potential but are not ready to be relied upon as 1st team regulars who will get us a Champions League place.

    As I mentioned earlier, the deal for Dempsey is looking increasingly unlikely. Carroll looks like he is not wanted by Rodgers. I believe he could do well with 2 of Suarez/ Borini/Dempsey either side of him but it’s BR’s thoughts that count. I have no idea what is going on behind the scenes but unless we have players lined up it makes no sense to offload the ones that we already have.

    • Agree Tyson, Rodgers seems to be a bit hasty in casting off Carroll, who actually looked dangerous and like he had turned a corner towards the end of last term.

      As you say, LFC certainly need a few more new faces to compete over a full season

    • Dempsey can play striker if he’s needed there. Fulham asked him to do so for 2 matches towards the end of the season and he scored 3 goals. He also occasionally plays there for his country and performs well. Also you’re doing him an injustice saying he’s a decent replacement for maxi. He’s a much better player and has proven so in his play and his statistics. Maxi has managed less goals in 3 prem seasons than Dempsey had in 1. Dempsey is also 2 years younger. I think if Liverpool manage to sign Dempsey you’ll have the goals from midfield you’ve needed, especially with Gerrard coming back to health and form. If Suarez returns to form (with the scandal behind him and a full prem season behind him I think he will) you all of a sudden have a world class striker, steven gerrard, the highest goals scoring midfielder in premiership over the last 2 year span in Dempsey, possibly a rebound year from downing, borini is promisiing. Add that to a pretty formidable back line and I think Liverpool could right the ship in a big way.


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