Peter Phillips sits down with Dave Hendrick to provide a season so far review….
1) How would you sum up Liverpool’s season so far?
2) Who has been the best performer for Liverpool in your opinion?
It’s impossible to look beyond Mighty Mo. Salah has come into the team and from day one he’s just looked like he belongs. In pre-season he built a good understanding with Coutinho, and he’s built them with Mane and Firmino during the season as well. When we get those four together for a run of games I think they’ll terrorise the league, and I think Salah could realistically get 25-30 goals this season which is staggering for a wide forward in the Premier League.
3) Which has been the best Liverpool performance this season?
I think the Arsenal game. We were just on another level to them that day. We tore them apart and in truth, we could have had 7 or 8 and nobody could have claimed it wasn’t a fair reflection.
4) Which has been the worst Liverpool performance this season?
5) Do you think Klopp will address the defensive problems by making signings in January?
6) What are your hopes and expectations for the rest of the season?
7) Who would you sell/buy in January to strengthen the squad?
I’d sell Ings in January because there’s no place for him at the club. I’d sell Flanagan at the same time for the same reason. Two honest pros but neither good enough for Liverpool, especially after the injuries. I’d fire Lovren from a cannon into the North Sea just to be rid of him. And I’d sell Danny Ward because he’s our third choice, he needs to be playing and we might find a club who are desperate for a new keeper and might overpay for him. In terms of buying, we need that top end centre-back and the obvious choice is Van Dijk. I’ve been driving his hype train since before he went to Celtic so at this point I’m just desperate for us to get him. We need an upgrade at the 6, and Leander Dendoncker from Anderlecht would be perfect for that role. Great defensively, and excellent on the ball. Everything Henderson isn’t. He’s a perfect fit with Naby Keita as well, and signing him in January allows us to let Emre Can go and at least recoup some money before losing him on a free. I’d also try and get either DeVrij from Lazio or Gimenez from Atletico Madrid signed to a pre-contract to join on a free next summer, and then maybe lowball their current clubs to get them over 6 months early.