Thursday, 7 July 2011

Can Adam be the new Alonso for Liverpool?

Liverpool have finally completed the signing of Charlie Adam from Blackpool. The move shows yet more intent from the man Liverpool fans call 'King Kenny' to make Liverpool a force to be reckoned with again. It's no coincidence that Liverpool have been unable to challenge since the sale of Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid, the man responsible for much of Liverpool's creativity.

Since his departure, Liverpool have often lacked a killer pass to unlock a defence which Alonso would usually provide and not had anywhere near the same amount of imagination in their side. Charlie Adam is not as big a name as Alonso, having only signed for Blackpool for £500,000 a few years ago, and some may call me crazy for comparing Alonso to someone who has only had one season in the top flight, but Adam's range and accuracy of passing impressed many last season, even in a struggling side.

If he can produce what he did last season for a side who were eventually relegated, what could he achieve in the red shirt of Liverpool.

What's more exciting is the fact that he could bring out the best in some of Liverpool's other main assets. His passing ability could benefit the likes of Gerrard and Suarez who are capable fo finding space in areas between midfield and attack which Adam can spot.

He also boasts an impressive goals tally from his first season in the Premier League. His 12 goals his better than any of Liverpool's other midfielders including Maxi Rodriguez who struck form in front of goal at the end of last season.

One criticism that could be aimed at Adam is the fact that he doesn't have the legs but that probably could be solved by playing him alongside Henderson, Lucas or Spearing.

Liverpool's midfield, dismantled over the past few seasons with the sales of Alonso and Javier Mascherano, seems to be taking shape again.

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