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Liverpool review on Can, Lallana and Origi
Here's a review on Can, Lallana and Origi. I've already done one on Lambert if you can be bothered to look for it in the banter Archives. I'll start with Origi as he's probably the least well known of all our (possible) signings.
Divock Origi is a Belgian forward who currently plays for Lille in Ligue 1. He's 19 years old and already regarded as one of the brightest forwards in Europe. He is 6ft1. He favours his right foot. On the ball he is fast, strong, skilful, and has very good close control and dribbling ability. It is for that reason he played a lot of games out wide last year.
Style wise he loves running in behind and ghosting in at the back post from the wide positions. He can score a range of goals from headers, poachers goals in the 6 yard box, calm one on one finishes and even the odd long range curler/drive. He just needs to work on his finishing so it is more consistent and instinctive.
He often looks up to see where the goal is when he should know that instinctively. In contrast he doesn't get his head up enough when he is looking to make a cross. He needs to pick out a man better but he is young and it should come in time.
His strength makes him very good at holding up the ball. His only other weakness his the timing of his runs, although he finds space in the box very well. His lack of sprinting about can sometimes make him appear lazy but he is constantly on the move looking to get on the ball.
Hopefully Rodgers will drill the pressing from the front mentality into him though. He grabbed 6 goals and 2 assists in 35 games which is a good return for a 19 year old and hopefully he improves on that progressively for the next few years.
Next his Emre Can who is already confirmed. He is a 20 year old powerful midfielder who played for Bayer Leverkusen last season in an array of positions; left back, centre back, left midfield, defensive midfield and in a more box to box role (which is where I personally think he is best). He is predominantly left footed but doesn't shy away from a shot or a pass on his right side.
At 6ft1 he, like Origi is a bit of a beast! He loves to run at the opposition. He is quick, strong and very skilful. His agility is surprising for someone his size 'jinking' in and out of challenges. Obviously though he is incredibly versatile and his stamina makes it easy for him to get up and down the pitch but he can also play a more disciplined role thanks to his solid tackling ability and calmness in possession which allows him to dictate the pace of the game.
He has good passing and vision, but his final ball can be a little inconsistent. He also needs to work on his finishing as his shooting can sometimes be wayward and wasteful. He also needs to learn when to hold and when to press the ball as his steely nature sometimes allows the opposition to pass it round him too easily. It's something a young player learns though.
He could also work on his marking at set pieces as a player of his height could be a good asset defensively. He managed 4 goals and 5 assists in 39 games last season.
Then it's Adam Lallana. I personally love this guy. At 5ft8 he is quite small but that doesn't stop him getting stuck into the game. He is an attacking midfielder for Southampton.
At 26 years old he is just coming into his prime and will make a big impact next season for us. He incredibly is 100% two footed. He prefers his right but is excellent on either foot. In my opinion, he is the most technically gifted English player since John Barnes. He isn't quite as quick though sadly.
Don't be fooled though as his acceleration from a standing start makes it appear effortless as he glides past defenders. His skill and control is just incredible though. The Southampton manager actually likened him to Iniesta and whilst he hasn't proven himself at the top of the game yet, surrounded by better players he easily could do. It sometimes looks impossible to get the ball off him.
His ability to thread a pass or curl in a cross is excellent, not many can match his vision. He created 71 chances last season, more than any midfielder currently at Liverpool. He plays a very high number of key passes. He is also a more than capable finisher when he gets into a shooting position.
He's not all about attacking flair though. His willingness to press from the front and get stuck into a tackle makes him a very complete midfielder. He makes a lot of crucial interceptions. Like all players though he has weaknesses. He isn't lightning fast despite his impressive turn of pace and he isn't the strongest either.
Maybe Rodgers could do to Lallana what he did with Sterling! As previously mentioned as well, he's not really proven at the top. Hopefully he can show he wasn't just a big fish in a small pond. Also despite his willingness to make a tackle, he isn't the sort of player who regularly wins 50/50 duels. He could do with being a little bit stronger in the challenge.
His only major weakness though is aerial ability. He just doesn't win headers. Hopefully Liverpool will keep the ball on the deck though. With 10 goals and 8 assists in 42 games last season, you can see why he quite rightly made it into the team of the season.
I know his signing is getting mixed reviews but this guy is one of my favourite players and I'm very pleased we've bagged him.
Thanks for reading!
25 September 2014
Lallana isn't for LFC
10 July 2014
Was interested in the Origi one as I'd seen him the least; sounds promising though! If anything I think you're underplaying can, he is quality although I still font see him walking into the team.. and finally lalanna all that can be said for him is he will fit Liverpool like a glove.. he is the signing I've been most excited about in the last 10 years if not more can't wait to see him!
10 July 2014
That's a wonderful job you've done. I can only hope they can hit the ground running in time. And please, can u give a little review on Markovic. Not so convinced about him...Thanks in advance.
10 July 2014
Great reviews! Thanks for taking the time to write them. Cheers YNWA