If you happen to be a supporter of Liverpool, you must have experienced moments like these – holding your breath when Steven Gerrard or Luis Suarez were standing within 30 yards of goal to take a free-kick, watching the ball beautifully curling beyond the reach of the goalkeeper into the back of the net and going ecstatic at the resulting goal.
How many times were Liverpool bailed out by Steven Gerrard’s sublime free-kicks as well as exquisite assists from corners?
There is no doubt that set-pieces are one of the most important sources of goals. However, the Reds have not been able to make the best out of all the dead-ball situations ever since the successive departures of their two dead ball specialists, Suarez and Gerrard.
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After being outclassed by West Ham during their 0-2 defeat recently, the Merseyside outfit shouldn't require any more persuading that they are in desperate need to create more goalscoring opportunities - a point further emphasised with Tuesday's narrow victory over Stoke.
nd finding the next dead-ball master capable of scoring and creating chances with a static ball is certainly one of the most effective ways and needed improvements for them.
Hakan Calhanoglu, who has established himself as one of the best free-kick takers in Europe, would be the perfect target for Liverpool. Since joining Bayer Leverkusen just 18 months ago, the 21-year-old has already developed into a crucial player for the Bundesliga side and rightly so, with his lethal free-kicks and well-rounded skill set as a playmaker.
The Turkish international's unrivalled technique and accuracy with the ball could easily be a huge boost for Liverpool’s set-pieces, which have been relatively aimless and wasteful so far.
In addition to being a dead-ball expert, the midfielder is also a deft picker of passes. Needless to say, the promising young talent can only get better and more valuable with no limit how good he can become.
With Alberto Moreno, Jordan Henderson and even Liverpool’s main man, Philippe Coutinho failing to provide the same kind of the excitement and conviction for everyone as Steven Gerrard did with set-pieces, Hakan Calhanoglu stepping up will certainly allow us to relive those magical moments again.