13 Sep 2014

Confirmed LFC XI vs. AV: Shock selection by BR; No one saw this one coming. Mistake?

Well, no one saw this one coming (!) Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has sprung a major surprise this afternoon by leaving Raheem Sterling on the bench for the Reds' Premier League game with Aston Villa.

FULL TEAM: Mignolet, Manquillo, Moreno, Lovren, Sakho, Gerrard, Henderson, Coutinho, Markovic, Lallana, Balotelli

SUBS: Jones, Enrique, Lucas, Toure, Sterling, Lambert, Borini

VILLA: Guzan, Hutton, Baker, Senderos, Cissokho, Westwood, Delph, Cleverley, Richardson, Agbonlahor [c], Weimann.

Many LFC fans will be unhappy with Rodgers resting Sterling, but in my view, it's a good decision. Liverpool should not have to rely on a 19-year old, and with the hype-machine currently out of control, withdrawing the youngster from the spotlight every now and again is arguably the right thing to do.

Earlier this week, I argued that the gross overpraise of Sterling is counter-productive, and as per usual, many fans refused to accept it. However, Brendan Rodgers himself argued this week that he needs to be 'protected' from the hype, so my point is valid. When asked on Thursday whether Sterling is being overhyped by the media, Rodgers said:

"I think he [Sterling] needs protection. I have seen it over the years. He is doing great for Liverpool but there are still a lot of things he needs to learn. I expect him to keep progressing but in terms of where he is at I think we need to be careful".

Probable formation:

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

Manquillo --- Lovren -- Sakho --- Moreno

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

----------- Hendo ------ Lallana

----------------- Coutinho

------------------------- Markovic

---------------- Balotelli

My prediction: 2-2, or 3-2 to LFC.

I hope Sterling spends the whole game on the bench. If Liverpool are winning, he doesn't need to play, and with three games in seven days, the more rest he gets, the better.

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197 comments:

  1. Looks a good team. Happy Markovic started. His blistering pace will help us a lot..

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  2. Nevergonnacrackthecode4:51 pm, September 13, 2014

    6 new players
    only lambert,origi and can are not playing of rodgers transfers


    of the 117m we spent
    balotelli 16m , markovic,20m,lallana 25m, lovren 20m , moreno 12m manquillo loan
    so 93 m

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  3. Nevergonnacrackthecode4:52 pm, September 13, 2014

    6/11 new recruits
    93m/117m on field


    dont be surprised if it looks a bit disorganized

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  4. Lambert the only one available of the nine summer signings who doesn't start ! 4-1 to liverpool is my prediction. Bold from Rodgers, reckon there could be fireworks; in balotelli's gaff after the game.

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  5. Arguably this game is the hardest in the next seven days. Not sure about Rogers decision making on this.

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  6. Nevergonnacrackthecode5:02 pm, September 13, 2014

    he is not faster then sterling

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  7. I think he is.. He just glides with the ball. What is the point of this anyways? They both play for us.

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  8. Not surprised at all that Raheem has been put on the bench. For the last 3 days all the articles in the news have been about Brendan saying we must protect him, not over work him, still lots to learn etc. Brendan was setting the stage for this line up, and I am very happy with it. Have a Sterling on the bench is something we haven't for years (figuratively you pedants). Last year Villa wrote the blue print in how to play against us, stifling our play and I think Brendan will be a little more defence minded; possibly this:
    ................................Mignolet
    Manquillo.......Lovren.........Sakho........Moreno
    ...................Gerrard..........Henderson
    ...Markovic..............Coutinho...........Lallana
    ................................Balotelli

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  9. I for one reacted to the fact that you were including Rodgers with the media and claimed that he was probably acting irresponsibly in the way he was managing the hype over Sterling. His comments this weekend suggest otherwise.
    Anyway, this is a good team selection, and should be good enough to see past Aston Villa. Can't wait to see Markovic and Lallana in action.

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  10. Nevergonnacrackthecode5:12 pm, September 13, 2014

    is lucas on the bench

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  11. What happend to "since he scored last game, he deserves a start..."

    He's on a role, let him play, take him off early if need be, but let him play.

    Too many changes to the team with sturridge out, Skrtel out, now Sterling - not the best idea.

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  12. Didn't he play almost 180 mins with England? I just think he needs a little rest before the busy schedule ahead.

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  13. nice prediction jk in a draw or a win for liverpool .why mot cover all 3 bases and add a win for villa as well

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  14. what a calamity ........experiment over bring sterling on

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  15. We need to change the formation. Henderson is wasted in the position he is playing in now.

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  16. What is it about Villa that we cannot tackle?

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  17. Lovren was supposed to add steel to our defense but he keep commiting mistake after mistake...

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  18. We aren't even pressing the ball.

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  19. I say bring Lambert and Sterling on

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  20. I say change the formation.

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  21. llanna rusty + gerrard finished = henderson the only one who can press

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  22. Going to be a long day. We are the home team and playing deep...

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  23. We are missing a spark in midfield. To much pedestrian passing accomplishing nothing.

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  24. I really don't like 4-2-3-1 as an offensive formation. It means you inevitably end up with the defenders seeing too much of the ball, and the centre forward becoming an attacking pivot with the 3 breaking past him. The movements are difficult to read, sure, but the through balls are virtually impossible and rarely lead to clear opportunities. Lallana is peripheral. Move Hendo up, Gerrard back to deep, Lallana back to partner Hendo, Coutinho to No. 10 and Markovic up front close to Balotelli, please.

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  25. Villa have us figured out. Surprised Rodgers is persisting with going nowhere.

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  26. Villa are playing with a back six and we are still going for the cautious approach.

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  27. Sakho was never supposed to concede the corner in the fast place. Even I could have cleared that ball.

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  28. This is what you call tactics and formation gone horribly wrong.

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  29. i don't understand how lovren can let the playes he's marking to get in front of him on corners... that's like the first thing you learn.

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  30. Nevergonnacrackthecode6:13 pm, September 13, 2014

    markovic looks woeful
    so weak!

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  31. agger has give him tips before leaving

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  32. Villa saw from the start of the match that we were not going to take the game to them. They have their goal. Now all they need to do is park the bus and hit us on the counter.


    Cannot understand why Rodgers has gone for a defensive approach. Awful football.

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  33. Nevergonnacrackthecode6:15 pm, September 13, 2014

    manquillo and markovic have very bad 1st touches

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  34. Coutinho, Lallana, Markovic, Balotelli, Henderson etc - it's not defensive at all, so where you get that from is anyone's guess. The team just isn't playing that well. Doesn't mean it's a defensive approach.

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  35. Nevergonnacrackthecode6:19 pm, September 13, 2014

    rodgers has blown it
    the cl is 2nd priority to the premier league and raheem sterling should play vs villa even if that means he does not play vs ludengrets


    this all backs my theory that liverpool should ahve got a more experienced manger who has won trophies
    compare trophy count of van gaal,mourinho,wenger and to a lesser extent pellegrini, the sign are clear.


    henry make a call to rafa

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  36. And like that we are back to no cutting edge. Moreno had an easier situation than his goal against Spurs and elected to pass. If he shot, the mood would be so much different. At least Mario looks good. Take Lallana off( since he is rusty and on a yellow) and bring on Sterling to play as a second striker. Also, what happened to Coutinho. Tip-Tap...

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  37. Aston Villa worked incredibly hard to shut the door. Gotta be patient.

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  38. Yeah, this isn't a knee-jerk reaction...

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  39. Agreed. Easy clearance, and he fluffed it.

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  40. There's nothing defensive, we're just extremely slow in our attacks like against Southampton.

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  41. Nevergonnacrackthecode6:20 pm, September 13, 2014

    too many new players ta once
    what happen to bedding them in
    this is just as bad as 4cbs vs southampton
    rodgers running out of excuses

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  42. Who would you have put ?

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  43. it wasnt even a fluff a fluff infers something happened

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  44. See how much having two strikers helps. Our attack looks clueless in the three games without one and world class in the one with it.

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  45. the defending letting is down once again, sure we weren't great offensivelly but it's more about getting use to playing with each other than being poor or defensive.

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  46. You're entitled to your opinion but, seriously, get a grip. I haven't seen this much reactionary knee-jerkism since, well, your last post.

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  47. or a least since suarez left

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  48. Don't know if BR's plan was to save Raheem for the CL but we need more spark in there. It's sad to see that the team can't do much without Raheem and Sturridge available, especially with the latter being so injury prone.

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  49. Nevergonnacrackthecode6:22 pm, September 13, 2014

    missing sturridge,sterling and allen is a big blow
    none of the players are on the same wavelength


    i think we have lost even though there is 45mins to play
    hopefully rodgers sticks to diamond and gets the players mentioned fit

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  50. Nevergonnacrackthecode6:23 pm, September 13, 2014

    thats not my job
    but rafa would ahve put out a team that would win the game
    and i miss him

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  51. Where is all the movement?

    Bring Lambert and Sterling in so we can play our unbeaten diamond. With two strikers in the box we are much more dangerous and will win this game!

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  52. If you think we are going to win or even get a goal with our current approach then it is going to end in tears ;-)

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  53. im a big fan of knee jerk jk it keeps things lively...bring on Lambert and sterling

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  54. Yeah, he would have put Sakho at RB. Where were you when we won 3-0 last game?

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  55. If Liverpool can't compete at Anfield without Sturridge and Sterling then there's a serious problem. BR spent over £100m to ensure that the squad is strengthened, so if the club is still relying only on Sturridge and Sterling, then that's a tacit admission that the transfer business is still not good enough.

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  56. Spirit of the Shadows6:26 pm, September 13, 2014

    Too many new faces introduced simultaneously. Hope Rodgers pulls of something in the 2nd half.

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  57. villa are shutting the door and we are locking in

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  58. You're avoiding the question. You said "too many new players at once", so who would you have put instead of those players. You're an LFC supporter, you know their players right ?

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  59. Sorry, but I found none of our first half inspiring.

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  60. Nevergonnacrackthecode6:26 pm, September 13, 2014

    it is not knee jerk
    if you follow my posts you will see i have always been of the idea liverpools manager should have a lot of silverware
    the only other big club that employ trophyless mangers is barcaloena but because of messi they get away with it
    like rodgers maybe has with suarez


    and games like this only strengthen my belief

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  61. Yes, because Liverpool never lost games and/or performed badly under Benitez.

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  62. come on jk you cant call 84m for sako, lovren ,lazer and llana bad buisness

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  63. Maybe, but it doesn't mean the tactics and formation are 'horribly wrong'. That's just gross exaggeration.

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  64. Nevergonnacrackthecode6:28 pm, September 13, 2014

    i dont know thats a bit of a knee jerk reaction : -)
    considering it normally takes players a couple of games to settle especially when the team changes so much


    if we had sanchez we would ahve won the league

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  65. Massive mistake - still think we should not have gone for Falcoa boys ?? We must get Cotinho off A S A P - Been awful from the start - B R has a big dilema - Lambert or Borini will have to figure at some point but which one ?? Exactly - hope you now get the point - Sterling for Coutinho NOW

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  66. It is knee-jerk, and with respect, it's embarrassing. You're basically calling for Rodgers to be replaced with Benitez. It's 4 games into the season after an amazing 2nd place finish last year. In my view, you need some perspective.

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  67. this kind of formation look too much like a last chance plan to me, if we can't even win agasint aston villa at Anfield with the kind of formation we're playing it prove that we just had a fluke last year.

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  68. It did go horribly wrong. Villa are playing like the home team.

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  69. Isn't Ludengrets a brand of cough drops?

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  70. the only action i want borini to take is to sign the dotted line for another club...if we are relying on him the season i9s over before it has began

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  71. Nevergonnacrackthecode6:31 pm, September 13, 2014

    but rafa never got his tactics wrong
    he just had a lot of bad luck with the owners making him use 3rd rate players


    if he had the cash rodgers has had wow!


    treble we would win

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  72. Borini and Raheem for me. Out coutinho and lallana.

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  73. prefer Flacao if i'm being honest...

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  74. Villa have to have the ball for us to press. They've not had enough possession for us to press.

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  75. Spirit of the Shadows6:32 pm, September 13, 2014

    On the other hand someone can be a hero today hope somebody shows some magic.

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  76. any way its looks like the jk tip of a draw or win at home for Liverpool is looking shaky ...any tips for the grand nash

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  77. Formation change. thank f***

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  78. Yes Benitez did get his tactics wrong. Many times. You clearly didn't watch all of LFC's games during his time in charge. There were times when he had 8 defenders in the team (with Fabio Aurelio at DM); He played Peter Crouch on the left wing once; he got it totally wrong in the CL final first half against Milan. There are plenty of examples.

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  79. Nevergonnacrackthecode6:33 pm, September 13, 2014

    im sorry i embarrassed you
    see i dont know yet how much of that 2nd place is due to suarez
    last year we had the best player in the planet
    so i will judge rodgers on post suarez and so far no good

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  80. You don't embarrass me, you embarrass yourself. You're entitled to your view though, as am I.

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  81. Nevergonnacrackthecode6:37 pm, September 13, 2014

    whats balotellis role ?
    he keeps going wide

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  82. Spirit of the Shadows6:40 pm, September 13, 2014

    Much better

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  83. id bring Lambert on with sterling take laser and llana off ...the rough house tactics of villa actually suit the game of lambert

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  84. Gerrard having no influence

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  85. Nevergonnacrackthecode6:44 pm, September 13, 2014

    no one is

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  86. Nevergonnacrackthecode6:44 pm, September 13, 2014

    most annoying linesman ever
    is he from greater manchester as well

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  87. Nevergonnacrackthecode6:46 pm, September 13, 2014

    manquillo does not knwo how to attack
    the anti glen johnson

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  88. Villa are just sitting back now. Why oh why Rodgers did we not take the game to Villa from the start? Frustrating!

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  89. i told you he throws a curve ball

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  90. NO WAY BACK - COUTINHIO STILL ON - Jose Mo would have substituted him after 20 minutes

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  91. really ? doesn't seems like it to me, the exact same things happened last year.

    We just look like united, we have the ball but don't know what to do with it.

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  92. bring them both on lambert and borini we have nothing to lose

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  93. What a totally contemptible remark. Manquillo has made four or five mistakes this afternoon in situations in which I've never seen Johnson make a mistake. Stop this stupid scapegoating, it's idiotic.

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  94. Coutinho should have come off first, really hope there are points around the corner. Bleak showing at anfield, reminds me of villa last season, Lambert has Rodgers' number it would seem.

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  95. 17m for an attacking right back who has scored about 4 goals

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  96. We've every chance of winning the game from here. You're underestimating how hard Villa have worked.

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  97. because johnson wasn't even in position to commit them because he doesn't trac back...

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  98. We do know what to do with the ball.


    Rodgers will not play Gerrard and Hendo as a holding midfield pair again. He learnt his lesson with pairing Gerrard and Lucas. Now he has learnt his lesson again.

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  99. good point about lambert he seems to have rogers worked out

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  100. Match is over I am afraid. I was right. Formation and tactics from the first half gone horribly wrong...

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  101. im inclined to agree i think villa may snatch another ...poor display all round

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  102. Looks like we are following the spurs route, many buys, no cohesion between players. Hopefully we improve soon, would hate to see man u replace us in the top 4 (would rather any other team)

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  103. Must of been Sakho's fault. Ha ha, best defender by a mile today

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  104. And those who like to take stabs at Joe Allen. He would have been chasing down every player on the pitch. Humble pie has been served.

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  105. running around without doing a tackle or getting assist/goals doen't do anything, and with him we would still have concede.

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  106. Ha ha. Knew I would get this response.

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  107. lovren and sako world beaters humble pie has been eaten

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  108. They have had nothing to do since the first goal was conceded. Your comment is a bit moot.

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  109. well because it's true, honestly him running around would have change our poor defending on the conerner or have give the attack more edge or whatever ?

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  110. So Allen just runs around? Cough cough.

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  111. haha the king of the circular argument mr logster....id assume the villa plan was to score and sit back and defend well as a plan its worked a treat for them

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  112. Did I not make the point that Rodgers threw the game away in the first half?

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  113. well he runs around and concedes free kicks

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  114. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:14 pm, September 13, 2014

    This is goodbye from me !
    I will miss you guys , i have decided to stop following football , after last season i can never get as much joy and now it feels pointless , i am better off focusing on more important things in life.


    I wish all you guys the best of luck , just don't miss me too much.


    codeman

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  115. Get over yourself. Allen would've made no difference whatsoever.

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  116. i want it to work but if im honest im not convinced by either lovren or sako but we will have to persevere but Gerrard should be dropped he offers nothing

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  117. The first goal was partly Sakho's fault. He gave away a needless corner.

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  118. yeah yeah he close on opposing playing leaving them with no space and forcing them to commit mistake or whatever people like to say, even with him we were overrun by southampton and it this match he had like 0 tackle 0 block 1 interception.
    In this match the problem wasn't our midfield our attack lacked movement in the final third and we concede from a stupid error.

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  119. I knew that would be your response!

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  120. dont worry we wont hahah

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  121. What have they done wrong?

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  122. and lovren let senderos get on the ball... well he actually did that 3 times today and the score could have been worse.

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  123. the goal was down to sako

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  124. A true LFC fan never gives up on the team.

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  125. and lovren is over rated

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  126. gerrad offers no energy in attack or defence ///and the cbs look shakey and unorganised

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  127. What did Lovren and Sakho do wrong?

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  128. Still dont want Falcoa boys ??

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  129. i'm starting to understand why french media were skeptical when we brought him...

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  130. the burden of proof is on the initial statement i just made a counter claim

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  131. nope still prefer Flacao

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  132. Too costly. Not worth it.

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  133. Mr Rodgers, take the blame my friend.

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  134. KOP knows now we are NO HOPERS this season

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  135. Roy, I hope you are happy. You have succeeded.

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  136. You know yourself this ain't true...

    Losing is part of the game. It feels bad but that's life.

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  137. Spirit of the Shadows7:23 pm, September 13, 2014

    Yeah, he got it wrong today and the jaded players didn't help

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  138. You have proven nothing. Provide examples.

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  139. well played villa once again Liverpool have fell into the trap of playing a weaker team when the reality is that for us to win our home games we need a full strength team out ,,,poor tactics from the off invited early pressure and the non roll of Gerrard for me is causing massive gaps in midfield .....

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  140. not acceptable to loose against aston villa at home... don't care about the "in the PL wanything can happen" excuse, that was just a pitiful performance.
    Really angry at how we conceded at this level it can't happen.

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  141. Game of three things
    1- Mistakes- Brendan made 2. He did not play Sterling and when he brought Sterling, he took off Balo who was hands down our best player.
    2- Injuries- My sincere thanks to Roy for that one
    3- Villa have some formula to beat Liverpool it seems and we always seem stifled. We did not show any urgency.

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  142. Spirit of the Shadows7:27 pm, September 13, 2014

    Villa did exactly what Chelsea did to us last season.

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  143. You are supoposed to be able to defend those.

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  144. Falcoa, Falcao, Facoal .. none of them would have made any difference. The inevitable remark of if Suarez was here, things would be better is rubbsih. How can you score when you do not create chances..

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  145. Yup and every team is now going to do that. We have to now figure out how to beat it.

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  146. Finally something i can agree with you.
    Rodgers just doesn't learn.

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  147. if we can't win without Sturridge and Sterling against villa at home then there's something wrong.

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  148. for a start Allen offers little in way if goals or assists and seeing how the goal conceded was down to your mr Eiffel tower or mr awful tower im not sure how the game would have changed

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  149. The issue is not conceding the goal. Chelsea conceded, City conceded, Arsenal conceded. We have to have the cutting edge and that will only come with two strikers IMO. We have to play as a team and the ethic from last year was lacking. I am all right with not doing well this season as this is a transitional one where the team builds up its unity and plays as a single unit.

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  150. Anfiwld index have his pressing stats only bettered by Henderson. That proves Loan's statement of him chasing down the opposition. As for giving away loads of free kicks? That doesn't sound right at all. Allen was missed today. Continho did very little and when losing the ball broke down attacks. Surprised Ball has not been criticised more. Barely any movement especially the first half.

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  151. Spirit of the Shadows7:32 pm, September 13, 2014

    So why was Lambert brought in everyone knew this was going to happen, I mean Keane is the assistant right.

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  152. Yes oh he presses so does my missus with the iron and she doesnt get paid and is better at it.

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  153. See, this is the mentality that leads to losses. It's just Villa, how hard can it be. In the end, the Villa game counts for the same number of points as the Man City game. The squad is not together enough yet to start squad rotation. Brendan underestimated Villa and it paid similar to the game against Hull last season. The team was on a high and he changed it. A simple change of Lallana for Allen and Sterling as striker would have been much better.

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  154. Well Sterling came in and didn't make a huge difference did he?

    There are so many new players it will take some time. I predicted this and results like this will be part of our season.

    The positive thing is that only Chelsea is on a run. All the other big teams have max 1 point more than we do.

    We can still win the next six games if we can learn from this loss. And I believe we will.

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  155. No proof of your claims.

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  156. What did Sakho and Lovren do wrong?

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  157. Lovren was immense IMO. The attack let us down this game.. The same scapegoats cannot be taken. We have to play our best team.

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  158. hahah don't worry Greg im just having a bit of fun with old loggy to take my mind off the abject performance

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  159. Please do not say that otherwise the inevitable Suarez chants will start again.

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  160. The champions lost to Stoke. These things happen especially when bringing new and not fully fit players on to the team. Rodgers underestimated the opposition. We saw it last year too. We can bounce back.

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  161. If anyone can convince me otherwise looking back at our first half performance then please do so now.

    Please Rodgers. Scrap the idea of two holding midfielders.

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  162. Would that first sentence have one of our posts blocked?

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  163. 18 shots 1 one on target didnt score the fortune we spent on attacking talent need to pull their socks up cant win if you cant score.

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  164. he will persist with it as rogers wont drop Gerrard but obviously doesn't trust him as last man on his own ,,,

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  165. We killed Spurs with Gerrard as the pivot. Try again.

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  166. One shot on target in the first half and 3 off target. Pitiful.

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  167. Poor today. Thought Mario was a passenger. All the Sturridge doubters... How much did we miss him today. And dare I say, joe Allen?

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  168. I thought Mario was our best player to be fair. He always kept the ball and created an attack.

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  169. The proof of the claim that 'Allen offers very little in the way of goals/assists' is the fact that Allen offers very little in the way of goals and assists. Why don't you stop trying to antagonise, get off your high horse, and engage in constructive debate?

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  170. No way. No movement whatsoever. Thought hendo was our best player first half. Coutinho got better second half. Balotelli never once looked a threat

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  171. Lallana and Markovic for 45 mill does not look good at the moment and in my eyes never did.

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  172. Each to their own. I thought Coutinho was woeful today. He looks a shadow of his pre season form and scared to do anything. I expected more from Markoivc and wanted him to run at the defenders but sadly he was not able to do it.

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  173. Lovren's marking of Senderos was worrying for that goal. Sakho maybe shouldn't have given the corner away but was under a lot of pressure from Agbo

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  174. What is Allen's purpose?

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  175. Seriously though is this not sniping? I got banned for no more.

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  176. Sakho could have not given the corner and Lovren let Senderos get ahead of him.

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  177. I think at his best Markovic is all show and little substance doesnt have a great number of goals or assists per game yet is highly rated i think we got ripped off.

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  178. I think now everyone realizes that it is important to have a core of players and then add to that with some signings and the only team successfully able to do that is Chelsea. We have the core but we have abandoned it. I hate to say it but it is not the Suarez's and Falcao's of the world that win you the league, it is the Joe Allen's and Jordan Henderson's and we have to learn that.

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  179. You make more replies to Logan than any other poster .... are you stalking him :-)

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  180. Dont put winning down to any one group of players eg defenders etc but we didnt get 1 goal today and i doubt Allen would have changed that.

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  181. I did not see the loss coming, but I saw A Villa causing us problems again due to the fact the do not let S Gerrard(34) have any time or space on ball and then on the counter they use their energy, mobility and pace to full effect.
    Against the best sides, we will struggle if B Rodgers does not get the balls to drop S Gerrard(34) as mobile, pacey, quick and youthful sides will expose his lack of energy, legs, mobility and pace.
    L Markovic(20) looks like a good class player, but he rarely went past A Cissokho(27) on the outside. And it now makes you wonder why B Rodgers spent £20M on L Markovic(20) when he should have added another £7-£9M and brought in M Reus(25) Of B Dortmund.
    Without Sterling(19) and Sturridge(25) in side we look pedestrian and no other player wants to stretch the oppositions back 4.
    I Hope B Rodgers is taking note, A Villa are now our bogey team at home. We have not beat them at Anfield in last 4 outings.
    B Rodgers needs to ship out F Borini(23) in January as when he came on what did he actually offer as usual, Nothing whatsoever.
    The problems are for every one to see:
    Our GK is just an amazing shot stopper, the team and back 4 do not have any trust in him and he is a shambles at corners , whilst his distribution is woeful to say the least.
    S Gerrard(34) has been an amazing class quality servant to club but he needs to be played from the bench.
    A Mobile tough tackling DM is needed as when teams break on us with pace and speed we look vulnerable as we do not have a class quality mobile tough tackling Enforcer in front of back 4.
    With Sterling(19) and Sturridge(25) off the pitch team lack mobility, pace and speed to stretch opposition defences.

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  182. I mean that each great team has a dependable unsung hero in their team whose value you only realize when they are not there. Chelsea have Matic, City have Fernandinho. We need those kind of grafters in our team to do well.

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  183. Yeah i know what your saying Sid and you are right i am just gutted about how weak the new attacking talent seems i didn't like Lallana or Markovic signings to start with but you still want them to succeed.

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  184. I believe they will succeed with time but you cannot chuck all of them in at once and expect great results. Remember, most of these guys are strangers to each other. We have to go with our tried and trusted lot of players and only when required, bring on the rest. Ease them into our team. Only three players in recent memory have had an immediate impact and those our Studge, Coutinho and Suarez and Suarez too was eased into the team.

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  185. Yeah too many too soon but i will say i have grave doubts on Markovics ability to truly succeed but time will tell.

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  186. Team for Ludogoretes
    Mignolet
    Manquillo-Lovren-Sakho-Moreno
    Gerrard
    Hendo-Allen(if fit)
    Sterling
    Balotelli-Lambert

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  187. If Rues could have been bought for that price he would have been. If not by us by someone else. You can't just by whoever you want for however much you want. It is silly to think otherwise. Please let that drop. Please.

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  188. We looked better with Sterling when he came on. Before that it was all huff and puff without any end result. I hear many already saying that we are a one man team.

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  189. as a qpr fan of 40 years in MYopinion he shouldnt be aloud to play football at any level because if his thuggish behaviour on but more off pitch and all sports people should be banned from posting any twitter /type sites on there own sport it should be in there contracts

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  190. I've really never heard such rubbish...

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  191. JK heard a bunch of accusations about you man... care to clear it all up?

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  192. you should be small team fan.

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