One of the great periods of football for Liverpool in recent memory came towards the end of the 2010-2011 season--with seemingly little left to play for Kenny Dalglish's side went on a tremendous run, throwing some amazing parties en route to very nearly clawing their way back into a Champions League spot. They ultimately ran out of steam, dropping their last two, but it was the most fun we'd had--or would have--in awhile.
Perhaps no result was more enjoyable than the 5-2 win at Craven Cottage almost exactly two years ago, where a Maxi Rodriguez hat-trick led the way for a comprehensive Liverpool victory. Dominant from start to finish, Liverpool only allowed Fulham a small second-half window before they swept aside their hosts and continued what was a run of terrific form.
And then they went and completely disassembled the heart of that squad's attack, with Raul Meireles being shipped off and each of Dirk Kuyt and Maxi finding themselves benched in favor of newer, less effective squad regulars in the shape of Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing.
Rather than focus on that, though, I'm curious to know which of those aforementioned three--Meireles, Kuyt, Maxi--do you find yourself missing the most?
I think Kuyt's the easy answer (and mine if I'm not stretching a bit here), and Maxi's a wonderful sentimental favorite, but I'll opt for Raul Meireles, who added another dimension to Liverpool's attack from the midfield and showed a growing link-up with Luis Suarez before his exit. He wouldn't have been the solution to what ailed Liverpool last season and certainly wasn't without his faults, but I still think he'd have brought something very positive to the squad.