The LFC Testament

2010-11 awards.

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It isn't mentioned in the article, but it's certainly my photograph of the season.

Liverpool’s season has reached its conclusion; The LFC Testament’s first season as a blog has done the same.

In July, I set up a ‘Player Scoring System’ on the old blogspot domain, which was meant to tell me who was performing well (and not so) through the process of mathematics. However, as I made the sensible transition to WordPress, I basically decided that my days of tallying up on a frequent basis had ended with my compulsory education in May 2010.

Not to worry though, I can still give you a good idea of how the season’s gone; it’s just that this is through the process of opinion. Not that it’s a lesser alternative:

Best player – Lucas Leiva
The landslide victory on the official website tells an awful lot of the Leiva story. Between late July and early January (a period that you still have to consider in such an awards process, regardless of who the authorities were), the Brazilian international was simply the least worst in an underwhelming squad. Since the return of Dalglish, Lucas has went from a hardworking-yet-awkward midfielder, to a permanent fixture with a lengthy contract extension. Long may this brilliant form continue.

Worst player – Joe Cole
I can already hear the calls of “That’s harsh!”, but it’s important that you consider my reasoning here. In my opinion, Cole is the worst player to feature in all the quarters of this season. We’ve arrived at the point where Christian Poulsen wouldn’t get a game if we were Garston Woodcutters (he hasn’t played since we were in the Europa League), and Paul Konchesky’s time as Liverpool’s number three was cut short as soon as we got the chance. Their quality of performances were probably lower than our apparent marquee signing of last summer, but my choice was still being selected and playing poorly in the final game on Sunday.

Best signing – Luis Suarez

I was mulling over Raul Meireles, but he spent half of the season tremendously out of his natural position, and didn’t really settle into his own expected levels of performance and consistency until managerial changes were made. It’s difficult to question the following statement; Luis Suarez has been sensational since his deadline day arrival. Speed-of-thought, purposeful movement and industry all coupled in with that phsycological edge to his game that makes those who he plays for love him, and those who he plays against the contrary.

Worst signing – Paul Konchesky

When ranking your signings, you need to take into account the supposed contents of the transfers and the end product. First of all, we won’t be getting our money back on a Konchesky who is just one year into a long term deal. We also won’t be getting two players back in the form of Laurie Dalla Valle and Alexander Kacaniklic, who went the other way. The former Fulham left-back was simply out of his comfort zone, having spent his career plying his trade with sides who tolerated his tactically inept style of defending.

Most improved – Jay Spearing

Merely a fringe player when on loan at the Championship’s Leicester City, Stevie Heighway’s claims that Spearing could play in the Liverpool first team at seventeen were looking increasingly far-fetched. Even upon Hodgson’s arrival, with appearances in the Europa League, I saw an energetic midfielder with little idea of where to position himself and no real future at the club. As I’ve mentioned a couple of times though, the change of manager has helped. Tidy performances and a deserved extension to his current deal are testament to Spearing’s willingness to succeed and the management’s believing of his abilities.

Best match – Liverpool 3-0 Manchester City

In my opinion, our best team performance this season. The fluidity of our attacks were a joy to behold as what loosely seemed like a 4-2-2-2 formation swung into full effect. Andy Carroll opened his account at Anfield with two sensational goals, whilst Dirk Kuyt eventually ended a flawless move for Liverpool with a composed finish past the impressive Hart. Defensively, with a certain youngster to be mentioned later on featuring for the first time, we never looked like being breached by Roberto Mancini’s £111 million forward line. A superb Monday evening (for once) all round.

Worst match – Liverpool 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

If you don’t laugh, you cry. For me, the lowest point of the unfortunate sixth months spent with Roy Hodgson. The winless travellers that were Wolverhampton Wanderers, occupying the bottom position in the Premier League table at the time, arrived at Anfield, scored a goal and looked comfortable. A game remembered for those who, like me, have a thing for the Guardian’s chalkboard feature; just have a look at Reina’s distribution and Torres’ shots. You certainly won’t think we needed time to adapt to Hodgson’s system after that.

Best youngster – John Flanagan

Not just for his promising stint in the first team. Flanagan’s been a key player in both the Under 18 and Reserve set-up this season, and he’s the kind of full-back I like. Hard in the tackle, tidy in the pass and comfortable in the opposition’s half. As eighteen-year-olds go, he’s a specialist in his trade already.

Written by The LFC Testament

May 23, 2011 at 20:26

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