We put five key questions after Liverpool’s start to the 2015/16 season to the This Is Anfield writers. Here, the focus is on the new signings so far.
Of the new signings, who has impressed you most so far?
KARL MATCHETT: Clyne and Gomez bring a much-needed composure and solidity to the back line, especially bringing the ball from deep into the middle third. Clyne would be my top signing so far, with Benteke just behind. He has done all that could have been asked of him so far (apart from score a late second vs. Bournemouth!).
HENRY JACKSON: Clyne and Milner have both been terrific, and have added a great amount to the team. Gomez also continues to impress. I don’t expect to see the best of Firmino until October/November time at least.
DAN HOLLAND: I think they have all impressed and hats off to Brendan who has made some questionable signings in the last three or four windows. Milner, Gomez, Clyne and Benteke have obviously featured the most and not one of them has let us down. If I had to pick one… probably Clyne. Firmino will get his chance soon, Ings and Origi may have to be a bit more patient and Bogdan will debut in the League Cup no doubt!
MAX MUNTON: The two full-backs, Clyne and Gomez. Both have slotted in very comfortably and, in particular Gomez, who is playing football at a maturity well beyond his 18 years.
JOSH SEXTON: It’s got to be Joe Gomez. It was first expected that he would be loaned back to Charlton however he has carried his pre-season form into the season with two very solid performances. His strength, pace and composure at such a young age make him an ideal full back choice.
ANDREW RONAN: Nathaniel Clyne. He hasn’t been Roberto Carlos, but we knew we weren’t signing that. What we knew we were signing is a reliable full-back who understands what is required from a full back. First and foremost, he does the defending part very well – and that is most important. As we know, Glen Johnson had a habit of getting forward and forgetting to return into his own half when a move broke down, leading to all sorts of problems.
Clyne, though, is aware of the important balance of when to go forward and when to hold off. Jon Flanagan is also aware of that balance, and he could slot into the left back role when he returns from injury. How nice it would be to finally have two solid, reliable full-backs.
NEIL POOLE: Nathaniel Clyne. Other than that great interception during the Bournemouth game I’ve barely noticed him. I can’t tell you how much of a relief that is watching a Liverpool fullback. After obsessing over the abject shitness of Glen Johnson for three years it’s been a breath of fresh air to barely notice a right back quietly going about the business of defending rather than causing me palpitations every five minutes. May Nathaniel long remain invisible.
AARON CUTLER: Clyne, Gomez, Milner and Benteke have all impressed but the latter has altered perceptions. Two games in the Belgian has shown not only great physicality but a deft touch and fine link-up play. Moreover he offers a much needed get-out ball, winning the majority of aerial duels and allowing us to relieve pressure when pressed.
BEN TWELVES: Definitely Nathaniel Clyne. He’s been solid defensively, quick to attack at the right times and has really slotted in seamlessly since arriving. £12.5million will look a bargain in the not too distant future, if it doesn’t already.
PJ VAUGHAN: I have being really impressed with Benteke. I think he will be a huge player for Liverpool especially away from home and against some of the bigger sides at home. His hold up play allows our more creative players getting possesion higher up the pitch and this is essential if you want to stop sides from pushing on.
TOM McMAHON: Clyne has impressed me the most, he just looks like he’s hit the ground running. Special mention to Benteke and Gomez, who have also bedded in well.
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