Javier Manquillo: A lesson from history

“HE’S one of the best full-backs in the world.”

“We want to keep Glen here. There is no question about that, especially now he’s in this form. He’s 29 and we feel that he has still got good years ahead of him.

“No contracts will be looked at until the summer but his will be a priority for us, especially if he continues in the form that he’s in.

“It’s important for me with how we play that the full-backs can get up, join in and make runs in behind. We are seeing now the player we all know Liverpool had – which is one of the best full-backs in the world.”

– March 24, 2014

Eight months is a long time in football. The above quotes come from Brendan Rodgers after a 6-3 win at Cardiff City, a result which encapsulated — perhaps more than any other — Liverpool’s carefree attacking and laissez-faire defending last season. In any ordinary season and with any ordinary team, a 6-3 win away from home would stand out – this one didn’t. Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick, though probably his least memorable in a red shirt, Daniel Sturridge did a great back-heeled assist that no-one remembers and Martin Skrtel scored his second double of the season.

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