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Lucas not good enough for Reds; Fringe players will struggle.

JUDGING by the faces on Gerrard and Torres after the defeat by Athletico Madrid, they must have read the same Echo sports page I did with the headline "I will fill Alonso's boots" by Lucas Leiva.

He's not good enough to fill my boots and I'm a 68-year-old pensioner so get real lad, you're just not good enough. The sports writers and commentators who say he has improved must be seeing something I and thousands of other supporters can't!

Neither him nor the other fringe players - Plessis, Voronin, El Zhar, Ngog - are good enough to play for my beloved Liverpool.

These second raters won't make us great again.

Unfortunately, I can't see any of the reserve players being good enough either.

We need world class, not second best.

If Benitez thinks his squad is strong enough he needs new glasses. Put Steven Gerrard back in midfield till Aquilani is fit and put Voronin up front with Torres until we can sign a decent forward to work long term with him.

Julia McDonald, Knowsley Village ONCE again Benitez excels himself in the transfer market! Last season we had the hopeless Degen, the hapless Dossena and the ill-fated Robbie Keane.

This summer we have sold our best midfielder and for pounds 20million have brought in a player who hasn't completed a full season in the last five years.

I suppose he was brought in to support the other 'sick notes' Agger and Aurelio in the treatment room. So the new season is upon us and we still have not brought in a dominant central defender to replace Sami Hyypia and prop up the defence at set pieces, nor have we a good reliable left-back or class midfielder able to play a full season in the Premier League.

We still haven't got a decent winger nor back-up for Torres.

An awful pre-season has just gone by with the likes of Babel,Voronin, Lucas, Ngog, El Zhar and Riera showing that they each are at best very ordinary squad players.

With the exception of Stephen Darby, the rest of the youngsters, who are at an age when they really should be showing if they have any promise, are looking very ordinary.

I hate to say it but I suspect our league campaign will be well over before Christmas and that we will struggle for a top six spot.

Jeff Frost, Clubmoor I HAVE read the letters in 'Your Shout' recently and I can't believe the negative views and shouts already and the season hasn't even kicked off yet.

Are these the same people you hear on the terraces (or in the armchair) week in and week out who continually moan no matter how good the performance or the result is? Pre-season, as good seasoned supporters know, does not have a true bearing on the coming season. I don't care if we lose them all as long as we win the league matches.

It improves the fitness of the players and gives some of the youngsters a chance to show if there ready to take the mantle. The likes of Kelly, Spearing, Pacheco, Darby, Hammill and Nemeth have all shown good form and I won't be surprised to see them taking part in our assault for trophies this year.

Give Aquilani a chance.

"Come on the Reds" Tony Miller, Aigburth


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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 12, 2009
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