I like the style of football Rodgers plays and if nothing else we'll play some attractive football. And I look through the playing list and I wonder how he can achieve his style of play. First choice keeper, defence and DM are near perfect. There's really nothing to debate there, I don't think our depth is ideally suited to Rodgers style but the starting players are good.
It gets trickier from there on though as we've had managers that employ a direct style of attack and more recently(post Rafa) a style of play that invites opposition forward and used in more of a 4-4-2. I don't however think we need to spend a fortune if Rodgers is creative. As central midfielders: "energy, linking, support for front three, pressing"
I think we've got a good foundation. We know Gerrard is great and Henderson quite suited to Rodgers style I'd argue Jay (our most effective passer in CM this season) is a lot like Allan, not a DM! and not as good but similar. I don't want to side track this but I'll point out that Aquilani is perfect. At Juventus he had a 92.3% pass success rate a if nothing else I think it'd be worth Rodgers attempting to get him to stay. The one glaring issue is Adam, he's simply too direct. As inside forwards: "pace, crossing, goal scoring, energy, directness, pressing".
To me that's Gerrard through and through. Yes it's a pretty significant shift for him but you can't tell me teams would enjoy seeing Gerrard coming off the left. He has all the attributes necessary and I think could be a wild card (on a part time basis) if Rodgers choose to get creative. Bellamy & Shelvey were born for the role on the left and I think both Suarez and Downing play there best off the right. I'd argue we could get away with just the one wide player and I'd prefer a versatile wide player. Maxi & Kuyt probably the odd ones out due to speed though both aren't completely wrong.Striker: "reference point, goalscorer, bringing support runners into play"
I am very much in the camp that Carroll could do this well. It seems to me though that Rodgers would do well to bring in another as a false no.9 (which is not Kuyt). Suarez can play this well but I think we could do with another.
So without spending a cent we could start with a team as follows:
Johnson Skrtel Agger Enrique
To me that's not a bad start, it the cover that we could do better with.
Cover (including a youth option):
RB: Kelly, Flannagan
CB(r): Coates, Wisdom
DM: ??, ??
, Spearing, Suso
CM(l): Shelvey, Texeira
RF: Downing, Eccelstone
LF: Bellamy, Sterling +
Pacheco Maxi Cole
The reality is where not going to get players in all those positions and many like Carra and Adam will stay while Aquilani will need to be replaced. Still I think we've got quantity and were better off shrinking the squad and bring in quality utility players.
Don't think we need to spend copious amounts of money
8-10m on a DM utility
20m on a Striker/LW
>3m on a backup GK
Replacement for Aquilani if he doesn't stay
that'd be it for me