Liverpool: Frustration Marks Defender's Season

Frustrating. If there’s one word to describe Jack Hobbs’ season then that surely is it.

Yet it had all started off so positively for him. Injuries to both Daniel Agger and Sami Hyppia seemingly opened up his path to Benitez’s starting eleven, presenting him with the ideal opportunity to prove his worth.

Sadly, the only thing he proved was that he needed more time to fully develop and mature. He may not have been at fault at any of the goals but a 3-1 defeat to Reading was Liverpool’s first in the season. Benitez, wary of the criticism that normally tends to follow a bad display by a young player, quickly decided to revert to the more experienced Alvaro Arbeloa.

All that was left for Hobbs was a return to the reserves yet not even that was good enough. So instead a hastily arranged loan deal with Scunthorpe followed where, despite the club’s lowly placing in the table, were confident of pulling through.

Initially, Hobbs started getting games and was soon being hailed as a pivotal transfer. Then, inexplicably, Hobbs was relegated to the substitutes’ bench.

Matt Blanchard of the Scunthorpe site helps explain what’s happened. “When he first arrived, he was thrown straight in at Burnley and although reports elsewhere said he had a shaky debut I thought he was terrific. “

“Unfortunately he has been played out of position at right back for the best part of his loan, because Andy Crosby our captain has always been at centre back.”

That said, Blanchard believes that he could play at a higher level. “He has been hampered with niggling injuries and illness and I’m sure he wouldn’t really class the experience as successful. I think if he wanted to sit on the bench and in the stands he'd rather have been in and around Liverpool's first team rather than not making ours”

“He has always given 100%, and when playing centre back he looks a class act. I think he'll be a definite one for the future.”