The tour to the U.S.A was a generally good one for Liverpool, but with the large influx of players coming to Anfield, the following players have had a poor tour given the high competition for places next season.
Here they are:
In truth, Rickie Lambert has been unfortunate on this tour. Because of injuries to both Daniel Sturridge and Fabio Borini, Lambert was left as the only senior striker.
This will have put him in the spotlight more than Brendan Rodgers would have liked, and despite expectations not being that high as many people see him as a third option striker, he has failed to live up to them.
Having scored 34 consecutive penalties at Southampton, he missed one against AC Milan in this tournament to deny him his first goal at his boyhood club. Lambert’s experience will no doubt be a positive for this young team, and he will come good eventually as a back up option, but this goalless tour will be exactly what Lambert and Rodgers were hoping would not happen.
Johnson has repeatedly come under fire in the last six months for his defensive positioning and inconsistency, and this tour will have done nothing to assuage the fears that Johnson is now permanently past his best.
He was tried in both the right back and left back positions and he impressed in neither. Jon Flanagan and Martin Kelly will both fancy their chances of displacing the England right back, and with Javi Manquillo having come in on a loan deal and Alberto Moreno apparently about to arrive, Johnson’s time at Anfield may well be coming to a close.
This tour started so well for Daniel Agger; a good performance in a friendly game against his Danish club Brondby and praise from his manager seemed to suggest that, despite the arrivals of more centre back competition to the club, Liverpool’s vice-captain may well have a future at Anfield. However, since then, the pre-season has very much gone downhill.
He has not featured in any meaningful way on the tour and, with Dejan Lovren’s arrival from Southampton and Mahmadou Sakho looking more and more like the player Liverpool thought they had bought last summer, this tour may well mark the beginning of the end for a man who has been an excellent servant to the club down the years.
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