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Why Liverpool should copy Germany for future success

15th May 2010 was the day that Germany felt all hope of winning the World Cup. This was the day that the German born Kevin Prince Boateng’s tackle on Michael Ballack ruled him out of the World Cup that summer. Germany had lost not only their captain, but their influential leader and match winner whom Germany had made the team around. However this misfortune proved to be the catalyst of Germany reshaping and becoming a better side. Ballack’s injury allowed both playmaker Mesut Ozil & defensive midfielder Sami Khedira to become regular fixtures in the German side & their performances won them moves to the Galacticos of Real Madrid, in which they are still key players for the side. After their impressive 3rd placed finish in South Africa, the German youth revolution didn’t stop there with the likes of Dortmund centre back Mats Hummels and their attacking midfielder Mario Gotze, Leverkusen striker Andre Schurrle & Schalke centre back Benedikt Howedes to become part of the team amongst others. Had Ballack not picked up an injury, Germany would be playing a side still dictated by the former Chelsea midfielder with a lack of youth products in the side. This has allowed Germany to be seen as a major force in the World game and will be one of the favourites to win Euro 2012 next year, in which they have already qualified for with a 100% record.

 

Liverpool have spent the summer rebuilding under the player who was voted the best Liverpool player of all time, Kenny Dalglish. The player who finished 2nd in that poll is their current captain Steven Gerrard. He has possibly been England’s best player of the last decade and his array of talent combined with his leadership & goal scoring ability, it would be hard to look past him. The Liverpool teams of the past decade, like Germany with Ballack, have been built around Gerrard & they had struggled to get results previously when he was unavailable. However, Gerrard has missed the start of the Reds Premier League campaign, in which you could say, Liverpool have prospered without him. Their midfield would be the envy of the majority of clubs both at home and Worldwide, with Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson (plays mainly as a winger), Lucas Leiva, Jay Spearing & Gerrard competing for the 2 central midfield positions. I’m not saying that Liverpool should sell Gerrard as I still believe he has much to offer to the club but he should be in a reduced playing capacity if Liverpool want to progress. If he was to play, they would probably take out the much improved Brazilian enforcer Lucas Leiva, therefore pairing him up with Charlie Adam. This central midfield partnership would get comparisons with the Lampard-Gerrard combination for England, in which the two were too similar to play alongside each other, and this resulted in Gerrard being played out of position as a winger.

 

Germany went into the 2010 World Cup weak and came out of it strong. Why? Ballack’s injury had forced their coach Joachim Loew to take drastic actions and almost rebuild the team and reshaping how they play, allowing the likes of Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira to be able to force their way into the side. Liverpool should keep Gerrard for his leadership qualities and he is still a brilliant player to call upon, but if Gerrard, Dalglish & Liverpool want results, it will have to mean that their icon misses out on a place at the Anfield club.

 

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