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Food For Thought: 3 Under Appreciated Liverpool Players In Recent Times



Anfield has been the home of many top quality players and the environment inside the ground is considered as one of the best footballing experience. The Merseyside club have produced some extraordinary talents in the past and now, the tradition is all up on the shoulders of their new manager, Jürgen Kloop.

The German tactician joined the Anfield outfit Liverpool back in October 2015, and led the side to the 2 cup final. Although they lost the games, they made it very clear about their intentions. Klopp has already started working on the squad, and it is expected that some names might have to leave Anfield to make room for the new arrivals.

Many-many names are currently linked with a move to Anfield, but before making any rash decision, the manager will be looking to assess his existing squad and will have to figure it out that who will be playing a part in his plans for the next season.

As stated above, Liverpool fans have always loved their players and the players have always felt overwhelmed while receiving the applause from the crowd, yet there are a few names, who deserves much more credit, and here, we will give you the names of those 3 players, who are not appreciated enough:

  1. James Milner-

The former Manchester City man joined the Reds last summer after falling down in the pecking order of City’s starting line up. The 30-year-old quickly became the first choice player for Brendan Rodgers and just due to his versatility; he was used at various positions and sometimes even as a full-back.

After the arrival of Klopp, many players revived and following that, Milner was left under the shadows of Klopp’s era. He made 45 appearances for the Reds last season and scored 7 goals and bagged 11 assists. Milner is the player, who drives his side forward and he has been doing the job since his days at St. James’ Park. His future might become a doubt if Klopp signs some top names, but we feel that he has been brilliant for Liverpool, but was never appreciated the way he should have been.

  1. Lucas Leiva-

The 29-year-old Brazilian joined Liverpool back in 2006, when Liverpool was managed under Rafa Benitez. The Brazilian recently completed his 9th season with the Reds and is one of those players, who have never been applauded the way he should be. Lucas was one of the most important figures in Liverpool’s squad during 2008-11, but then he failed to acquire regular first team places.

The Brazilian made just 27 appearances for the side last season, and due the congested midfield, he was often used as a centre back, but Lucas still did a fantastic job and finished his season on a high note. Just like Milner, his future will be put on hold if some new names will arrive, and if the Brazilian leaves Anfield, he will remain the unsung hero for the Reds.

  1. Jordan Ibe-

The 20-year-old English midfielder is a Wycombe product, who joined the Reds back in 2011 at the age of 16. In 2013, he made his premier league debut for Liverpool in the final game of the season, starting the match and assisting Philippe Coutinho for the only goal of the match against Queens Park Rangers. He spent 2 loan spells at Birmingham City and Derby County respectively, before becoming a trusted agent for Klopp.

Last season, Klopp showed full trust on the English lad and gave him lots of opportunities. He made 41 appearances and scored 4 goals and assisted twice. It is obvious that Ibe will have to work harder to be picked ahead of Coutinho or Lallana, but to be honest, he is a great performer, who gives everything while running on the pitch. He needs the support of the fans, and if that is delivered, then he could become an unstoppable force.