26 Feb 2015

Aldo tells BR: 'Sensational' LFC attacker has been 'brilliant' for Liverpool but he needs resting

With injury and suspension currently decimating Liverpool's squad, it's all hands on deck for the crunch-clash with Besiktas, but despite the fact that the Reds have 8 players missing for tonight's game, Anfield legend John Aldridge has advised Brendan Rodgers to consider leaving another player out of the team.

In his column for the Liverpool Echo this week, Aldo noted:

"Jordon Ibe has been brilliant. He’s done a lot of good things very quickly but I'd be tempted to rest him against Besiktas"

Aldo's caution is understandable. Overplaying teenagers can cause problems later on down the line, and there's no way Liverpool should be relying on a 19-year old to secure a victory in the Europa League.

I personally don't see any reason to rest 'sensational' Ibe, though. Including his stint at Derby, the youngster has averaged only 56 minutes per game this season, so he's (arguably) not being overplayed.

In any event, Rodgers is so short of first-team depth right now that even if he wanted to rest Ibe, it's not really a viable option.

That said, if Rodgers is planning to leave Ibe on the bench, Javier Manquillo is available to come in at right wing-back. The Spaniard is not the most effective attacking player, but he's solid defensively, and that will be important during tonight's game. Probable line-up without Ibe:

---------------- Mignolet

------ Toure --- Skrtel ------ Lovren

Manquillo --- Allen -- Can ------ Moreno

-------- Sterling ----- Lallana

--------------- Sturridge

Ibe obviously adds more attacking potency, but with Sterling, Lallana, Sturridge, Moreno, and Can in the team, there is - or there should be - more than enough quality in attacking areas of the field to get the job done.

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27 comments:

  1. I think Can will play deeper than Allen. Not sure if his attacking qualities will be utilised in the match.

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  2. We're well past the days when players are rested on a whim because it seems like they've played alot. I'd guess if the fitness experts think Ibe is ok and he's looked sharp in training then he'll play. Liverpool don't need to change their approach now. If anything they'll need attacking players in midfield because Toure and Lovren are not as effective playing out from defense. Ibe will be an effective outlet on the wing, as will Moreno. Manquillo is a nice back up but I don't see him being needed.

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  3. I really don't see why Rodgers seems like he randomly gave up on Manquillo. He played him a lot when he first arrived at the club and he was great. I'd prefer Manquillo over Glen Johnson with absolutely no hesitation

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  4. The Bore man aka Derbaurman7:52 am, February 26, 2015

    Play them till they get tires like Sterling , they can then tell management.
    In your young age you should be able to play every game though.

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  5. we must consider the match against city on sunday. my starting line up would be like follows

    ---------------- Mignolet

    ------ Toure --- Skrtel ------ Lovren

    Manquillo --- Allen -- Can ------ IBE

    -------- Borini ----- Lallana

    --------------- Lambert

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  6. I will goes for glen ! This match really need exp bcoz we may playing various of tactic thru out time to time. Keeping ball / Def / Caution Handling / Limit silly mistake etc If we still leading on agg. Mayb switching to ALL out ATK if anything goes bad ! So exp player come 1st in my mind to handle this type situatino ! Let ibe focus on city game

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  7. Isn't Johnson out too?

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  8. Im not sure bout that.

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  9. its a chance for him to shine

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  10. I do not get why we have to rest Ibe considering Coutinho has started so many games in a row and Ibe has just come back. He is fresh and raring to go and I am pretty sure Besiktas are scared at the sight of him. Unleash him and watch them run scared.

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  11. Are you suggesting Rodgers plays them so hard they become those wheeled creatures from the second wizard of Oz film?

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  12. Absolutely agree and he will have a forced rest in the FA cup too. That's fine enough for me as the next game after that is a week.

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  13. We'll never like his posts. Promise.

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  14. Yes, I agree, that is almost certainly the worst team we could put together.

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  15. I'm not sure yet whether I shall find it amusing or weird

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  16. it's easy really, every cup-game Markovic can't start Ibe should and the other way around

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  17. I don't think he was great. The antipathy to Johnson, itself somewhat random, was behind a virtual strategy of overpraise of Manquillo by segments of the LFC support. I have not been impressed with him myself. But I agree that he was dropped very suddenly. Given Rodgers' repeated emphasis on hard work in training, I would imagine the problem starts there.

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  18. Keeping ball / Def / Caution Handling / Limit silly mistake etc.....isn't that what GJ is known for in recent times?

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  19. The stats speak for themselves bud. Defensively our best full back. Moreno is the best overall though. I like Manquillo but we want to be more attacking and he is not the man for that job.

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  20. will only do him a world of good playing in Europe even if its the Europa League

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  21. Ibe shoul relish playing in Europa League and rather rest him for City on sunday!

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  22. If all is right with the world...

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  23. Imitation is the best form of flattery?

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