Borini and Dempsey will run, but who will create for Liverpool?

The Maxi effect on Rodgers’ Barca plans for the Reds

Brendan Rodgers is fast learning the art of leaving the press bemused.

A move hopefully he can teach his forwards to leave the opposition defence with come August 18.

After insisting he would not transplant his Swansea style of play – see Barcelona for reference – to Anfield, but focus more on winning at any cost, Rodgers’ transfer moves suggest otherwise.

An almost desperate attempt to get Andy Carroll to go out on loan may take a new twist next week with the pony-tailed hitman saying that he wants to stay at Liverpool.

That would mean more time on the bench and more last-15 minute displays, which if the goals don’t come, will mean more frustration.

However, enter Fabio Borini and Clint Dempsey and one can see that the team that Rodgers is building is going to be built around technically sound players who work their socks off, and then some.

It is not clear yet where the creative element will come from, should Steven Gerrard get injured or have an off day.

In that respect the loss of midfielder Maxi Rodriguez will hurt Rodgers plans.

Maxi can hardly be described as the man who works his socks off, but, he did have a creative touch.

Maxi has, however, left Liverpool to rejoin former club Newell's Old Boys in Argentina.

This increasingly raises the spectre of the Kop having to come up with a chant for Joe Cole and Alberto Aquilani.

In a system aimed at slick passing, and hunting down the ball when lost like a starving wolf-pack, Cole and Aquilani, hardly inspire rousing confidence, though one senses both have in them match-winner potential.

Now if only West Ham (or Newcastle) would get Carroll to move.

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