25 Aug 2014

Game Over: LFC 'hammered' 3-1 by Man City. €12m star close to leaving Anfield?

Liverpool face Manchester City today at the Etihad stadium, in a game represents the first real test of Liverpool's (possible) title credentials. Even at this early stage, every point is vital, and with another tricky game at White Hart Lane to follow, a positive result is essential.

Adam Lallana and Jon Flanagan remain on the sidelines, but the good news is that £32m duo Lazar Markovic and Alberto Moreno are fit and available. A few further points:

* I have a feeling that Brendan Rodgers will go with the same team that beat Southampton, but with one change: Emre Can for Lucas, who is currently linked with a €12m loan-to-buy move to Napoli.

* There's also an outside chance that Joe Allen may get the nod, but the Reds arguably need more of a physical presence against City, and Can is more of an imposing presence on the field than both Lucas and Allen.

* I can't see Rodgers dropping a player of Glen Johnson's experience against City, which probably means Moreno will be on the bench.

* The other option is to play Johnson at right-back, bench Manquillo, and start Moreno, though this will be harsh on Manquillo, who had a great game against Southampton.

* Markovic will also probably be on the bench (the right decision IMO), but will hopefully make an appearance at some point in the game.

* For some inexplicable reason, Suso didn't make the match-day squad last week; maybe he'll be on the bench this week. He certainly deserves to be given a chance after an impressive pre-season.

Possible line-ups:

--------------- Mignolet

Johnson ---- Skrtel - Lovren ---- Moreno

--------------- Gerrard

------- Hendo --------- Can

----- Sterling ------- Coutinho

-------------- Sturridge

OR:

--------------- Mignolet

Manquillo - Skrtel - Lovren --- Johnson

--------------- Gerrard

------- Hendo --------- Can

----- Sterling ------- Coutinho

-------------- Sturridge

Predicting a 1-1 draw, Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson told the BBC:

"On paper, this game suits the Reds better because they are set up to hit you on the break, but I think it will be a much cagier affair than previous encounters. When these sides met at the Etihad Stadium last season, I thought the very least Liverpool deserved was a point. This time, I think they will leave with one".

Jamie Carragher has tipped City to win the game:

"You’d have to fancy Man City because they are the home team. Last season Liverpool put on a great performance at the Etihad; it was a tight game, which could have gone either way and you would expect the same again – but you would always have to favour the home team".

Mario Balotelli will reportedly watch the game from the stands, which must mean that the proposed transfer is very close to being sealed.

My prediction: 2-1 to Man City (Sorry, but that's the feeling I'm getting!)

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170 comments:

  1. Johnson should not be let near the starting eleven!

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  2. Nevergonnacrackthecode2:22 pm, August 25, 2014

    I want allen to start he does really well vs city and him and gerrard normally make a stable midfield partnership in midfield
    i also dont like coutinho out wide , so i would play diamond like this :




    ....................................................mignolet
    manquillo........................skrtel..................lovren.................moreno


    ............................................................gerrard
    .............................henderson...................................allen
    ............................................................coutinho
    ..................................sturridge..................................sterling

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  3. Nevergonnacrackthecode2:27 pm, August 25, 2014

    we could also play 3 at the back if city start augero and dzeko and rodgers feels manquillo is not ready :


    ....................................................mignolet
    ...................................skrtel..........lovren........sakho
    johnson............................gerrard..............henderson.........moreno
    ......................................................coutinho
    ............................................sturridge...........sterling

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  4. Or the Stadium.

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  5. We will destroy them with our pace markovic, sterling and Sturridge on the counter will be devastating.

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  6. Yes agree about Johnson unfortunately. The thing is, if Nasri starts on the right then Johnson may be able to deal with him, but he'll get torn to shreds by Navas. It all depends on who starts on the right for City. Moreno looks quicker to me, and the better player to deal with Navas. Pellegrini is a smart man and will know Johnson is the weak link. Nasri is an intelligent player, but I think Navas' pace will be used to get in behind Johnson on the counter attack.
    I think Manquillo will keep his place, he was one of our stand-out performers against Southampton.

    I also agree that the 4-5-1 formation is probably the way we'll set up. I don't think that the Etihad is the place to try the 3-5-2 formation for the first time. I expect your second suggested formation will be the one.
    How about this though:


    ...........................Mignolet
    Manquillo......Skrtel......Lovren......Moreno
    ......................Gerrard
    ................................Can
    Sterling..............Coutinho...........Markovic
    ..........................Sturridge

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  7. I would play this team but Can for Allen. Johnson needs to be dropped but as JK says I can't see it happening this week unfortunately, however, it will become a more regular theme as the season progresses.

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  8. No Hendo? Suicide against a top team IMO. We need his energy and movement more than ever in these games.

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  9. No Henderson? That'll never happen!

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  10. Have to agree with you JK I think City may just pip it but it will be a very close game with both teams playing good football. I just think they are still a bit too powerful for us on their day but you never know we could win it if we really turn up.

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  11. I'd have the exact same formation and players with one change. Can instead of Allen. He is equally mobile and much stronger to take on toure and the city midfield. I have a feeling Allen would get bullied off the ball too often.

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  12. Agree, like in pre season I just feel we will get outmuscled in the middle of the park, the three giants fernando, Fernandinho and Yaya just seem to beat the likes of Lucas, Allen and Coutinho out of the game, (the latter especially) he couldn't seem to get into the game and I expect the same this time.

    Hopefully with our pace on the break we can manage a draw, I just felt like in previous outings City just look to be the better team.

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  13. Yeah I know. I was going for the most attacking, yet solid selection I could think of. A midfield triangle of Gerrard, Henderson and Can/Allen is very solid, but lacks goals in my opinion.
    Coutinho is best in the number 10 slot rather than out wide, but a 4-4-2 with the diamond leaves us short in the middle of the park I think.
    Maybe it's a sub option for late in the game when we're chasing a goal, sub Hendo/Can for Markovic and throw everything at City for the last 10 minutes.

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  14. Theycallmemrburt2:41 pm, August 25, 2014

    Skrtel would be nowhere near the side for me. I thought he was shocking against Southampton, really lackadaisical. He performs according to mood, he has a shocker every 3-4 matches that costs us. I would drop him and play either Sakho or coates. Johnson would get dropped too. It's time for a fresh feel to our back line. I'm going 2-1 city too possibly 3-1 depending on how switched on Skrtel is against Aguero.

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  15. Theycallmemrburt2:43 pm, August 25, 2014

    Johnson is 29-30 now with over 50 caps, if he cant defend now NO amount of coaching is going to correct his game. The ultimate 'ball watcher'

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  16. The voice of reason.2:48 pm, August 25, 2014

    Maybe more optimistic than some i think we will prove that we can perform without Luis Suarez, and if Johnson is at his best or replaced by Moreno, and Can plays in a central mid roll i think we could come away with all 3points, my prediction is a 2 - 1 win for LFC.

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  17. mignolet
    manquillo skrtel lovren moreno

    gerrard
    can
    henderson

    sterling coutinho
    sturridge


    though allen has the tendency to play good against city i want him to come in late game to introduce energy in tired midfield..a physical presence is necessary against those two monsters..if city starts 4 4 2 there is a good chance to take control of midfield..coutinho wont be shackled in this game i think and need to nullify their attacks from wings(their main source of attack)..manquillo and moreno are capable of doing that as both have pace n positioning sense (i saw manquillo against ronaldo he did well there)..silva - keep a check on this man and burst on counter.

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  18. I think Allen can be a good shout for this match as he can zip around and protect the defence behind the ball. I just don't trust Gerrard in a fixture like this anymore and I would have Allen and Can sit behind Henderson. We could also go extra defensive and put Hendo on the wing and throw all our midfielders in.


    Overall, I'd be very happy with a point. Then that's 4 points we didn't get from two corresponding fixtures last season. I think Spurs will be a tough battle too. Even if we lose both games, I can't see the morale of this squad dropping, unlike in the past.

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  19. The voice of reason.2:54 pm, August 25, 2014

    Did you actually watch the game? i`m sorry but disagree totally, Skrtel had a good game and without his blocks it could have been a very different score line. Skrtel must start he`s proven week in week out his worth to the team in my opinion, he`s always one of the first on my team sheet.

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  20. Theycallmemrburt2:55 pm, August 25, 2014

    If coutinho starts left side OR right side he offers absolutely nothing. HE CANT play there..... not in this league, in spain maybe. He lacks pace in a league where pretty much every full back is lightning. I wouldnt play with a no.10 against City either so Coutinho would have to play center mid or not at all.

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  21. Theycallmemrburt2:58 pm, August 25, 2014

    For every block there is a mistake. Dont allow his 'heroics' to paper over the cracks of yet another Rafa ball watcher in our midst to join Johnson and Agger

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  22. Theycallmemrburt2:59 pm, August 25, 2014

    Every chance Southampton got in the second half was due mainly to Skrtel ball watching

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  23. Experience is not the key in this situation for GJ as he is one pitiful form. I would take an inexperienced Moreno ahead of 300 game veteran GJ because we have a better chance of winning. He offers more in attack and has pace. Hopefully, BR does the right thing and drops him. Can and Moreno for Lucas and GJ.

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  24. Ja Jamie.. I like your starting Line up, but for one hope Rodgers takes the risk on Moreno over Johnson... I foresee our possession being better and more aggressive in the tackles, not to mention Moreno and Manquillo to block those crosses coming into the Dzekos et al... now, how the hell do we keep that bloody "impish" David Silva quiet?

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  25. Theycallmemrburt3:01 pm, August 25, 2014

    hmmmm Silva was key in the last fixture... we couldnt cope with him

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  26. If we take both spaniards I have a good feeling we can boss the mooners

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  27. Pace and positioning. He runs between the lines alot, force him into dead space and hope he doesn't pull off something amazing... Can and Hendo could handle him I think...

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  28. Can might not be fully fit yet - that's why he didn't play the first game and I read somewhere earlier this week quoting him that he might not quite be there (ready to start) but hopes he will be. If that's the case Allen better start...Lucas is a liability.

    On paper what you're saying about GJ makes sense, but I really doubt he'll start. Manquillo won RB from him, and he had to play LB bc Flanagan and Enrique are hurt. His experience doesn't count for much considering how he's playing...if we see him on either side ahead of the M's I will be shocked...Rodgers knows how bad GJ is right now.

    I say a draw or a win...2-2, 3-2, around there. Even when we were bad a couple years ago we always gave City a hell of a game, and we'll take confidence from that preseason win. If we lose, I think it'll be bc Skrtel makes an individual error..otherwise draw or win.

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  29. Theycallmemrburt3:04 pm, August 25, 2014

    But can Gerrard?

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  30. Best hope he has against silva is to position himself well... team needs to be set up tactically well for that (esp in defense)... but then again we also have Lovren!

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  31. Theycallmemrburt3:08 pm, August 25, 2014

    yeah Lovren holds the remote control to our backline. I just feel some of our backline have dodgy aerials :)

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  32. IMO Rodgers will go with the diamond tonight having Sterling and Sturridge up top.


    I want to see pressing football tonight please.

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  33. Theycallmemrburt3:09 pm, August 25, 2014

    Thats what I'm going with too

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  34. I think so too. Hopefully Can instead of Allen

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  35. Theycallmemrburt3:10 pm, August 25, 2014

    The diamond is our 'Big game' away formation...... that works

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  36. Theycallmemrburt3:13 pm, August 25, 2014

    R.I.P Albert Ebosse football fans need a large SLAP sometimes

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  37. I think the first person on BR's team sheet is Henderson.

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  38. No.2 is always the first name on the sheet.

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  39. Just had to google it. Sh!t. Cretins exist in all social groups but hopefully this will end some of that kind of behavior one way or another.

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  40. I am not a number

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  41. Johnson??? Do me a favour, we now have quality full backs who suit the system! Sorry but he is only good enough for the bench now.

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  42. He is a penalty waiting to happen. How he went all last season without giving 1 away ill never know

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  43. Leadership is all that was lacking man... and Johnson = Liability. quality all around otherwise. Hope we can show increased solidity against the mancs tonight...

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  44. All the evidence suggests otherwise, sadly

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  45. I have very good feeling about this. We are always dangerous in these big games and I expect a very good game. Win would be a dream come true but I'm hopeful we get at least one point...

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  46. Should he just leave the Country to be on the safe side?

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  47. City have some monsters in the midfield i like the selection of Can but Allen i could take it or leave it against this mob.

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  48. You all go too far with this stuff. He's an excellent full-back. All players make mistakes.

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  49. The voice of reason.3:25 pm, August 25, 2014

    Ok here`s my opinion on Sakho, i don`t think he`s quite ready at this point for a game of this magnitude, he looks to nervous at times and i think it shows when he plays, others around him look edgy i think thats why Rodgers has gone with Skrtel and Lovren, less stressful in my opinion.

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  50. Allen is very rarely beaten on the ball for strength. He uses his body incredibly well to shield possession. Big players aren't necessarily hard to dispossess. Mobility is more effective against Toure anyway -- a case of bigger they come, the harder they fall against such a majestic player.

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  51. Well if we got 1- 0 or 2-0 down Allens not going to add anything offensively i dont rate him much at all.

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  52. Allen just isn't good enough IMO and must be shipped out a long with Lucas ASAP. Won't happen this summer but we need to bring in 2 strong, powerful CMs next summer to replace them and then we are really set.

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  53. I agree with this. I think against Toure it is better to have someone a touch quicker off the mark rather than a player going head to head.It is different against the thug teams who want you to have the ball then use their strength. City want possession, so we want to intercept. That is why I think Allen is the better shout.

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  54. I wouldn't go that far but I have said many times that his dropping deeper and deeper causes us problems.

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  55. Not if you watched the Southampton match

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  56. Our midfield was ordinary in that match did you watch it?

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  57. Ask Branson how those space shuttles are coming along!

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  58. I would disagree about equally mobile. I think Allen is quicker off the mark in short distances. From what I have seen of Can he is mobile but not got much acceleration. Toure has always seemed to have an issue playing against Allen. Perhaps because he is so big and Allen so small.

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  59. Theycallmemrburt3:45 pm, August 25, 2014

    on the ball johnson has the ability to play behind the front two..... ive seen it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DI54K-s9pEw I remember the manager at the time said he 'stuck johnson behind the front two' in the closing stages of this match.


    However like Gerrard he is tactically inept (although Gerrard is improving in his current role) Both have all the ability in the world but are not aware of where they are on the pitch in relation to the opposition. They were not raised on tactical awareness and it has affected them.

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  60. I had read that violent crime reduces decade upon decade. We are in a safer "society" now than when I was born. Have faith mate. Live right and teach your kids to do the same.

    You may call me a dreamer.......but....

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  61. Playing for Pompey at the time. How often does he do anything in the final third these days?

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  62. I think you're the only one ;)

    (I wish I had your optimism)

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  63. I agree. Manquillo should be there permanent.why is Johnson even as a bench player
    he didn't make one tackle last week!

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  64. Ok he came on did do alright I'll give you that but still he didn't go anything special he doesn't contribute enough on the ball for me.

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  65. I don't care how experienced Glen Johnson is, he's consistently terrible. If Moreno can be better than terrible on his debut, he will be an improvement.
    I agree with Can for Lucas and Markovic the last half hour or so.
    I can't wait for kick off!

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  66. I've just dug a 6 foot hole... Too far?

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  67. They go weigh too far. Not sure he's excellent anymore, but he doesn't deserve the abuse he gets.

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  68. Tell me the last game Glen Johnson was excellent?

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  69. Amen to that........we were unlucky not to get a result there last season, no thanks to a bloody linesmen.

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  70. No better make it 7 foot.

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  71. We are just playing. He has been poor for a while now though.

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  72. One of the most important things Rodgers expects from his central midfielders is the ability to press.


    Anyone who thinks Allen was signed for the purpose of scoring goals or creating them have been well and truly misinformed.

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  73. Same with Coutinho. How many times do you him going down in a challenge.

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  74. Rodgers on Moreno

    "At 22, he's hungry to succeed. He has got improvements to make but he's one of the players we've brought in this summer who is ready to play straight away."



    I would play him ahead of Johnson tonight. Do it! ;-)

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  75. He offers little defensively too does not seem to get interceptions or tackle to any great effect either.

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  76. I'd play my nan who has been dead for close to 10 years ahead of Glen Johnson

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  77. Image below shows the overall defensive score figure average per game via Squawka for the 2013/2014 season. Lucas is our only defensive midfielder. I have included Tiote who is another defensive midfielder. Allen is not a defensive midfielder and Interesting to see that Gerrard leads the way...

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  78. Partly for the sake of argument, I'd defend his performance against Southampton last week as one of the better fullback displays of the weekend.

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  79. Nice post mate. Inept is too strong a word, for me. Johnson lost a pace or two of his speed a couple of years ago and it was difficult for him to adjust his positioning accordingly. But with a more settled team around / alongside him, I think he can find his form again this season.

    I don't think he's a bad player at all. Good in the tackle, reads the game ok, and technically good as you say. Just doesn't have the response from his legs that he had when he was younger, when he *could* wait a second or two before sprinting into a defensive position. These days, quite often he turns, looks for the pace.... it's not there.... so he tends to give up. Which doesn't look great. If he can learn to be more conservative with his positioning in the first place, he'd be ok.

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  80. Nevergonnacrackthecode5:12 pm, August 25, 2014

    balotelli official!

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  81. You can imagine how eager he would have been to play against City tonight. The one thing I am convinced about is that Balotelli is going to score many goals for LFC.

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  82. I think the announcement of the deal has come at a good time right before the City game. This focuses their attention on Balotelli and not on the game. I am ready.

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  83. Moreno might start over Johnson (!) but Can won't be in the starting 11. No way. It will be Allen and that's okay.



    Also it's obvious Markovic won't start.




    We can win! just oughta fight hard.

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  84. Really? Zero tackles, zero interceptions and zero positive influence in the game. Anyway, defending his performance is a far cry from excellent

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  85. When can we expect confirmed line ups?

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  86. Nevergonnacrackthecode5:41 pm, August 25, 2014

    about 7:04 uk time with 23secs

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  87. I'm a happy dreamer.. Great song on one of the Caffe del Mar cd's...

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  88. It is you who is misinformed. A player whose only contribution to the team is 'pressing' in midfield will never make it at any elite team. Allen has nothing else to his game except that, and perhaps square passing. That is why he is not a regular. He will remain a squad player, and will only come on when Rodgers needs someone to inject some energy into the team's pressing game.

    Unless Allen develops his game, and actually contributes in other areas, he is destined for squad player status for his entire career.

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  89. Nevergonnacrackthecode5:44 pm, August 25, 2014

    might make sturridge try too hard

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  90. Diamond with Lallana and Hendo in it with Sterling waiting to come in for Coutinho or Balloteli.. Damn we will be feared..

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  91. Don't worry, he always does..

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  92. Nevergonnacrackthecode5:46 pm, August 25, 2014

    allen will break into the team


    he is actually very good at forward passing and keeping play ticking


    ...............................sturridge/balotelli
    hendo/lallana...........allen.........coutinho......sterling
    .....................................gerrard


    that is how i expect it to be most of the time

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  93. Nevergonnacrackthecode5:48 pm, August 25, 2014

    you know what is weird
    there is no affection for sturrridge
    like there was for suarez and torres
    despite him being our best goalscorer in 50 games and our big game player


    maybe some people could pay the race card but apparently barnes was also loved like torres



    why do you think it is?

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  94. Nevergonnacrackthecode5:50 pm, August 25, 2014

    coutinho said he is trying to learn from allen how to shield the ball with his body
    as rodgers sees him long term as a creator from deep like modric a number 8

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  95. Harsh to say nothing else. I have read stats about his key passes being alright (if not good). I agree though that is not enough and so being used off the bench to add energy in the press is actually a good tactic. If we want to concede less goals we want players pushing the opposition back. So whilst not being the very Allen can be a vital cog in this red machine.

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  96. I much prefer Coutinho in a deeper position. I think he can be targeted more as a ten.

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  97. Spirit of the Shadows5:51 pm, August 25, 2014

    imagine can,allen and hendo in a midfield trio, would be the most energetic midfield in the country

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  98. Nevergonnacrackthecode5:51 pm, August 25, 2014

    maybe if ramsey joins instead of can
    lallana is very energetic as well

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  99. Good idea. Ash's nan needs some competition.

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  100. Nevergonnacrackthecode5:52 pm, August 25, 2014

    exactly
    coutinho is still young has time to get bulked up


    him sterling and henderson in the midfield hopefully for the next 8 years

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  101. -------------Lovren
    Sakho---------------Skrtel
    I think that could work, With Moreno and STerling on the sides....

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  102. Spirit of the Shadows5:54 pm, August 25, 2014

    in due time Can can be just as good if not better than ramsey. That aside ramsey right now plays more high up the pitch and i sincredibly consistent in his performances. Great player

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  103. Nevergonnacrackthecode5:54 pm, August 25, 2014

    that is taking it too far


    johns son is not as good as he was two years ago when he was our third best player


    but he is still midt able level maybe man utd would be a good club for him

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  104. Nevergonnacrackthecode5:55 pm, August 25, 2014

    35m bid
    just to break our transfer record


    cant still believe its carroll so embarrassing

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  105. I am not even going to bother.

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  106. Nevergonnacrackthecode5:57 pm, August 25, 2014

    why does everyone not rate joe allen?




    i think his work goes unnoticed he is like mciheal carrick when utd used to win everything he is the man that keeps everything ticking

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  107. Nevergonnacrackthecode5:57 pm, August 25, 2014

    some people just do not get joe allen

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  108. Spirit of the Shadows5:59 pm, August 25, 2014

    maybe its because he isn't directly involved in goals

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  109. Nevergonnacrackthecode5:59 pm, August 25, 2014

    that should be left to the forwards
    maybe he can somehow contribute though

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  110. Check the officail LFC twitter account in an hours time. They always post the starting eleven an hour before the match.

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  111. Nevergonnacrackthecode6:01 pm, August 25, 2014

    i mean sometimes

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  112. Jonathan Capozzola6:01 pm, August 25, 2014

    It is because for 20 mil his price tag means he should contribute more to the team. He is a good squad player but will always be weighed down by his price tag.

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  113. I can tell you how it is with me.. I loved to watch Suarez, but not real affection there. I loved Torres and thought he will be here for years so fcuk him With Sturridge, I don't know, I expect him to score and to do it beautifly, but for some odd reason, I never thought it would be great to have his shirt. Everybody is talking about his skills and contribution, but you are right, I do not think he is even close enough being idolized.. Weird..

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  114. Don't do social network except disqus because of Liverpool, but thanks..

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  115. I'm with you there brother.

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  116. Nevergonnacrackthecode6:07 pm, August 25, 2014

    like omre says he is not yet idolized

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  117. Please forget about price tags when you discuss players contributes. Either he does or he doesn't, eleven on the pitch shold always click, price is irrelevant. It's only relevant for FFP and people who make money from football.

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  118. Seventh word in that sentence!

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  119. Jonathan Capozzola6:11 pm, August 25, 2014

    You can't just ignore price tags. Most people equate price tags with expectations. Not saying it is right but that is just how it is.

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  120. I do not have a twitter account either but always visit the official LFC twitter account just for the starting eleven and subs. I usually post the starting eleven too on this site.


    And then there is also checking the accounts of journalists like Ben Smith, Tony Barrett and James Pearce who are usually the most reliable when it comes to player we are interested in.

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  121. Ballotelli has signed.

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  122. You are not saying it is right, I'm saying it is wrong. So don't do it?

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  123. Jonathan Capozzola6:14 pm, August 25, 2014

    The question was "why do people not rate Joe Allen?" The answer I gave is that people look at his price tag, look at his contribution, and don't see how he cost that much, therefore, they don't rate him.

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  124. Ok, you said why THEY don't..

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  125. Jonathan Capozzola6:20 pm, August 25, 2014

    Yes, I attempted to help answer the question of why does everyone not rate Joe Allen. Unfortunately some (most?) of that is due to his price tag. Whether that is right or wrong is a whole different debate.

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  126. Some rate Allen. 20m? Is that Euros?

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  127. Nevergonnacrackthecode6:23 pm, August 25, 2014

    i just died

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  128. That my friend is a good question. However, I'm thinking JK's suggestion to start Can instead has more to do with right player for right situation rather than him simply thinking Allen's not good enough. We'll be up against a Mid containing any of Fernandinho, Fernando, Yaya, etc. Can's physical strengths might be more helpful than Allen's technical strengths. If we were up against, say Arsenal, Allen would be my choice since they have a much more mobile midfield where good control and passing would make the difference.

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  129. Nevergonnacrackthecode6:25 pm, August 25, 2014

    playing like for like is not always a solution ,


    as someone here said allen is great vs yaya toure the height difference actually helps

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  130. Nevergonnacrackthecode6:25 pm, August 25, 2014

    shut up! OMRE

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  131. usually Bleacherreport or a similar site shows LFC official tweets for lineups, transfers, etc. Should be in the teamstream.

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  132. Why is BR obsessed with Johnson...we will loose the match as Johnson is clueless in defending...when Manquillo is playing well then why can't Moreno play as left back is beyound my reach

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  133. Nevergonnacrackthecode6:27 pm, August 25, 2014

    i don't know!


    what do you think about starting markovic?

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  134. Jonathan Capozzola6:27 pm, August 25, 2014

    Yea, it was reported to be 15 million pounds I believe. So somewhere in that range.

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  135. I actually agree, but I'm just pointing out what JK was probably thinking. Allen is much more mobile as well. We can just pass circles around them and never have to draw contact :)


    Edit: *we can pass triangles around them

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  136. Spot on - re Can, that's exactly what I was thinking.

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  137. Nevergonnacrackthecode6:30 pm, August 25, 2014

    there has never been no better option look:


    2009-10 right backs: johnson,degen kelly (both other option injury)
    2010-11 : johnson, kelly
    2011-12 : johnson ,kelly
    2012-13: johnaon , kelly (kelly always injured)
    2013-14: johnson, flanagan ( flanagan injured for abit then lb fill)

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  138. Moreno joined just last week. Not everyone can just start of running like Manquillo. If we were facing a lesser team, sure I can see a debut. But these are the Champs. Poor form or not, Johnson has tons more experience than Moreno. I'd rather we only take the risk if Johnson plays REEEALY bad.

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  139. Nevergonnacrackthecode6:34 pm, August 25, 2014

    exactly ,
    one i was thinking about buying my shirt
    first name that came to my head sterling
    then henderson(my faviroite palyer) and then gerrard

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  140. Neither full-back had much to do because Southampton had no wide threat did they, it all came through Ward-Prowse and the other lad in the middle -- Davis, is it? He got forward very well throughout the game, covered neatly, and stuck nice and close to his man on the whole when he had one. Can think of a few really good bits of defending from him actually.

    Anyway we'll see how he does tonight and talk again :)

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  141. Gerrard(Carra before him), Hendo, Ager.

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  142. I'm not really in this conversation, but I agree that while Sturridge has been producing the goods, he just doesn't seem to be a "hero" type figure. For me its Agger, Stevie, Sterling, Hendo. Hendo's probably my favorite player, but Agger is kinda like my model player (I'm a defender as well), Stevie is, well, Stevie, and Sterling is just soooo exciting.

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  143. Should've been in the conversation, you've nailed it.. You won't tell me where you play? So glad there is so many of us that have Hendo as their favourite player...

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  144. now we need a "nori" and a "butme".

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  145. I would tell you, but I feel like if you knew I was just some 16-year old American high-schooler it would lower my credibility...whoops.

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  146. Hope to see you in red in couple of years...

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  147. Hang on a minute Ash's Nan is already pencilled in for that position. There are only so many dead Nan's you can fit into a team without a dedicated DM especially in the one position. ( I mean LB not lying down although presumably they would be)

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  148. Team I would like to see tonight.

    -----------------------------Mignolet-------------------------
    Manquillo----------Skrtel---------Lovren---------Moreno

    -----------------------------Gerrard--------------------------
    -----------------Henderson---------Can--------------------
    Sterling--------------------------------------------Markovic
    ----------------------------Sturridge-------------------------

    SUBS: Jones,Sahko,Johnson,Allen,Coutihno,Ibe,Lambert

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  149. Spirit of the Shadows7:06 pm, August 25, 2014

    Are the squads out yet?

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  150. Logan just cried

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  151. Still believe that after the game surely not.

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  152. How you feeling about that comment now they tore us up in the midfield in the 2nd half.

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  153. Just wanted to know how far back you know Liverpool fc, and how old is someone without fb profile...

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