23 Sep 2014

Confirmed LFC XI vs. 'Boro: Attacker ignored again; Gerrard replaced by exciting youngster

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has made significant changes for tonight's Capital One clash with Middlesbrough, and with Gerrard out for the evening, the club also has a new captain.

FULL TEAM: Mignolet, Manquillo, Sakho, Toure, Enrique, Lucas, Rossiter, Lallana, Markovic, Sterling, Lambert

SUBS: Jones, Skrtel, Moreno, Williams, Suso, Borini, Balotelli

Rickie Lambert captains the team in Gerrard's absence, an honour that caps a memorable few months for the England striker. Probable formation:

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

Manquillo --- Toure - Sakho ---- Enrique

---------------- Lucas

--------- Rossiter - Lallana

------- Sterling ----- Markovic

--------------- Lambert

There's also the possibility Rodgers may go with 4231:

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

Manquillo --- Toure - Sakho ---- Enrique

------------ Lucas -- Rossiter

Sterling ------- Lallana ----- Markovic

--------------- Lambert

I personally prefer this, as it means Lallana will play in a position more suited to his abilities. Suso still can't get a game, though, which is disappointing.

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300 comments:

  1. Its clear that SUSO has no future at our club... I am really disappointed thought he could our Silva

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  2. Why is Sterling playing? There is absolutely no need to risk a player of his importance in a game like this. We could have played Suso but this is indeed the final nail in his coffin which will soon be packaged to Milan. Glad to see Rossiter play though..

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  3. I am quite happy with that lineup. Sure we will go 4-3-3.

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  4. But, why Sterling. He is rested for the Villa game but started for this game. Seems very perplexing.

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  5. Exactly my first thought, why Sterling? Seems very contradictory.

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  6. I am assuming Rodgers does want to win the match and Sterling is our most dangerous attacking player. If we can finish them off in the first half then the start of the second half Sterling can be subbed.

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  7. Knowing us, that is never going to happen. I very much fancy this game going to extra time and even penalties and then he will be burned out for the Derby. This game is not vital like the Everton one as even if we lose, we can still go for the FA Cup so taking a risk does not seem plausible.

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  8. They ended the Soto game together last year at home. Will be interesting to see them start a game.

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  9. Is Ibe injured? Would have liked to see him in there somewhere, even the bench, and like most I would have liked to see Suso. Still a couple of interesting performances to watch out for, Rossiter/Markovic etc.
    For me though Lallana has to improve his game massively tonight. I know he has been injured, but really want to see him step up.

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  10. rodgers is taking it seriously..but suso wud ve been a good choice instead of sterling..everton is more important than this one

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  11. It is a no win situation for Rodgers. If we lose this match then the daggers will be out again.


    Press, Press, press and we will win. That is how we slaughtered teams last season. For this starting eleven i without a doubt would go 4-3-3.

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  12. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:21 pm, September 23, 2014

    i made a prediction on the other article
    got all right apart from serling for suso and borini for rossiter

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  13. nooooo and skrtel too ..i am watching you :P

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  14. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:38 pm, September 23, 2014

    ashley williams?
    i think we signed him from swansea

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  15. sonny bill williams the rugby player

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  16. a win is essential for confidence. momentum will help the next game.

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  17. Michael Williams joined the Reds at U14 level from Wrexham and is a regular member of the U21 squad.

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  18. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:42 pm, September 23, 2014

    i hope we win his or the fa cup
    i have given up on the top 4


    this is the only way we can save some face


    and rodgers can prove himself as a manger by winning trophies as well

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  19. my only concern with these types of line up is a moral one.....say kolo and sako play superb together do they keep there spot...say lambert and rossiter have blinders do they keep there spot

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  20. Jordan Williams is a Welshman. 17 years of age (I think). Plays in central midfield

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  21. ibe is on loan lets make it a flush

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  22. Not at the end of the game old chum.

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  23. well he could if he had the talent

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  24. Come on liverpool, I have nerves in the belly about this one...

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  25. How did Lambert get the armband? its gone cheap tonight. Lucas or toure alllllllll day for me, what a slap in the face.................errrrr good luck lads :)

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  26. i got the lottery prediction right apart from 3 numbers

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  27. I think (hope) Toure will reign Sakho in tonight, the way Gary Neville Reigned Stam in during his teething period at the scum.

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  28. Yep, Suso will suffer the same fate as Pacheco

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  29. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:54 pm, September 23, 2014

    can anyone win the ball without fouling

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  30. Lucas and Rossiter found wanting?

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  31. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:55 pm, September 23, 2014

    i seriously dont rate markovic got nothing but pace

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  32. Rossiter you beauty!

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  33. 20 yard megs :)

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  34. Rossiter should be playing further up the pitch.

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  35. rositer 1 - 0 boro

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  36. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:57 pm, September 23, 2014

    rossiter started well hope his not new jay spearing

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  37. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:01 pm, September 23, 2014

    markovic do something
    running around liek a headless chicken is useless

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  38. Lallana looking really good.

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  39. Ayala looking really good. He could have been a player for us

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  40. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:04 pm, September 23, 2014

    markovic
    aweful
    his match vs villa i senced he would be a bad signing and so far he is looking worse gives it a way every time

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  41. Can we afford to rest Sterling?

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  42. Give the guy a break.

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  43. Give the boy a chance to adjust to a new league/country etc etc

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  44. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:06 pm, September 23, 2014

    sterling put him in he passes it to ayala
    when he gets the ball passes it back to midfielders all the time

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  45. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:06 pm, September 23, 2014

    tadic his fellow serb
    dis not need time

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  46. Rossiter looks like he has been playing 1st team football for ages.

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  47. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:07 pm, September 23, 2014

    dont say anything yet
    manquillo looked like cafu vs dourtmount
    but looke like konchesky vs west ham

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  48. Yet against City he looked good

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  49. Tadic is 5 years older and quite honestly has not done anything spectacular.

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  50. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:09 pm, September 23, 2014

    for 5 mins

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  51. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:11 pm, September 23, 2014

    please serbian lfc fans said markovic is too weak and tadic is better

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  52. Playing for saints is totally different to playing for LFC, then there's the age difference! Give him more time, besides being from the same country isn't as important if you consider personality/character etc people are different!

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  53. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:14 pm, September 23, 2014

    it may seem like i am picking on him
    but i am not markovic needs to improve
    you need to dribble as a 20m winger take on your man get to the byline
    worry the defenders not keep coming infield

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  54. For Lambert's sake hope we get some crosses in!

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  55. He's not playing out wide, Rodgers is playing the same formation Liverpool used to beat Norwich 3-2

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  56. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:18 pm, September 23, 2014

    also what a ridiculous decision to give lambert the captaincy
    lucas 7 years , even mignolet or toure could have done it


    lambert on his debaut proves rodgers is losing it

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  57. Ibe is on loan.

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  58. We have not really threatened Boro's goal. Really do not know why we are playing two holding midfielders. There has been no need for it. I would switch to 4-3-3 with Lallana and Rossiter ahead of Lucas.

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  59. Average, very average.

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  60. Too many long balls from us

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  61. Can you explain the need for two holding midfielders in this match?

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  62. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:20 pm, September 23, 2014

    markovic finally does something
    applause !

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  63. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:21 pm, September 23, 2014

    if we did not ahve two tomlin would ahve destroyed us

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  64. From my point of view its a 4-3-2-1 with Sterling and Markovic interchanging behind Lambert

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  65. I don't Logan, baffles me. Marko looks average as well. Why not play Suso from the get go?

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  66. Rubbish. explain where and how.

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  67. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:22 pm, September 23, 2014

    whats wrong with two holding mids
    you make it seem like a bad thing

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  68. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:22 pm, September 23, 2014

    marko looks so average its unbelevable

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  69. To compensate for the lack of pace?

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  70. its down to basic lack of quality in defense and midfield which is panicking rogers into a safety first strategy if we had two decent cb and a commanding goalie coupled with a decent Dm i dare say we would play one....

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  71. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:23 pm, September 23, 2014

    what do you mean
    alonso and mascherano used to play under rafa
    we used to be fantastic attacibly

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  72. Boro have troubled us once or twice. If we do not take the game to them then they will find an equaliser.

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  73. Boro have not troubled us. We are waiting for them to score.

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  74. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:25 pm, September 23, 2014

    look two holding mids are essential when your defense is that bad but one of them should be able to get by the pitch

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  75. ergo lies the problem do we have the players to do that .....no danny no suarez =lazer and lambert and a world of differance

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  76. If we had a Fernandinho type DM we wouldn't have to have 2 DMs.

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  77. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:28 pm, September 23, 2014

    markovic ruining every attack with his negative play

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  78. thats because we dont have the quality to build from the back kolo just whacks it anywhere and we dont have the right movement up front on in midfield no one runs the channels

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  79. I really like Lallana's style! Elegant on the ball and makes things happen.

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  80. Does Markovic owe you money?

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  81. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:29 pm, September 23, 2014

    we have balo

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  82. on the bench and settling in...and if im honest he is adapting his play so it will take time for him to get his niche

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  83. That is literally an amazing thing to say. He is pure quality.

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  84. You are ignorant.

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  85. What lies? We would be much better off having two midfielders pushing forward than two sitting back. Boro are waiting for the opportune moment. We could have finished off this game long time ago.

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  86. Markovic is only 20 and this is his second game on first eleven.

    He need time and support. He has the attributes to succeed but he hasn't used them yet which is a bit odd.

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  87. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:34 pm, September 23, 2014

    he needs to put his head up
    " think can i get my team up the pitch "
    that is what he should be thinking , but just passes it side wards and back
    no way is he worth 20m he looks so weak almost aspas like no way can he ever adapt to the pl

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  88. A whole back there were rumours about football players where they really, really shouldn't (too close to home). I can only presume that Suso was one of those.

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  89. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:35 pm, September 23, 2014

    no he is like aspas and aqualani
    way too weak
    serbian red fans on TIA warned us about this

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  90. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:36 pm, September 23, 2014

    he will join milan
    and will be a good player
    but we dont need him with sterling,coutinho and lallana all better then him

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  91. We are playing with two holding midfielders.


    I can guarantee that if we switch to a 1-2 midfield with Lucas holding, Lallana and Rossiter ahead of him we will throttle Boro.


    What have they done to trouble us?

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  92. What have Boro done to trouble us?

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  93. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:38 pm, September 23, 2014

    tomlin getting in between sakho and toure

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  94. lallana is furthest forward and lucas will implode if he shoots..as for rossiter im not sure what his natural game is if hes a defensive midfielder its a big ask for him to play out of style on his debut but he has scored

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  95. See you still cannot give a straight answer.

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  96. Play out of style? I freaking give up!

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  97. well phil thompson says they have so nar nar nar nar nar

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  98. Suso is obviously finished at Anfield.
    Very surprised to see Sterling in the lineup with the derby at the weekend

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  99. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:41 pm, September 23, 2014

    sakho has been so clumpy as well
    made a pass from enrique a boro break away


    toure doing well though

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  100. So was Sterling. So easy to take down. And look at him now.

    Just saying. Give him so time. He will deliver.

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  101. rossiter is 17 i think give the kid a break

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  102. toure has been awful

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  103. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:43 pm, September 23, 2014

    but what is his role ?
    all i see is a guy that gun run fast
    with no footballing brain there is a reason why he only got 0 assist last year

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  104. Have to play Sterling - REST POOR

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  105. Are you arguing with yourself?

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  106. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:44 pm, September 23, 2014

    well compared to sakho he has been decent
    he plays like a mad man

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  107. goal was a fluke BUt who cares - Laser is real bright spot

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  108. good first halfs for lallana rossiter sterling ...jose has looked good also considering hes been out

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  109. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:47 pm, September 23, 2014

    are you serious?
    are you deliberately trying to wind me up ?


    the worst player on the pitch :
    loses the ball when no ones there
    passes the ball back at every opportunity
    plays no part in link up play
    always gets shrugged off the ball


    his start reminds me of another serb jovanovic all they ahve is pace
    but jovanovic was a free markovic is a 20m flop

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  110. Sorry, the name for both of you was "Nevergonnacrackthecode" momentarily.

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  111. Good God man, you jump the gun so much it's actually comical.

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  112. And again. You could say this same thing about Sterling. He looked exactly like player who can run fast and nothing else.

    You are way too short sighted in many things. Give some time!

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  113. Come on up the pace!!!

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  114. Bugger all is happening upfront.

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  115. Nevergonnacrackthecode9:01 pm, September 23, 2014

    lallana lookunng promising

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  116. Terry McDermotts perm9:01 pm, September 23, 2014

    I think Brendons given Lambert the armband to give him a boost to kick start his career with us.
    Hes got a touch like a f***ing bin man though

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  117. Lol lol! Problem is that Lambert needs to play consistently to find his rhythm. The odd 20mins won't help!

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  118. What did I tell you. We were waiting for Boro to score.


    really getting fed up with our boring football this season.

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  119. This team is so poor. Lambert absolutely useless tonight

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  120. What did I tell you. We were waiting for Boro to score.


    Getting tired of our boring football this season.

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  121. as cila black would almost say ......no surprise surprise

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  122. I genuinely think it's impossible to build a solid defense with Sakho inside it, no matter who are the other defenders.

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  123. We were waiting for Boro to score. Getting tired of our cautious football this season.

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  124. So blame Sakho??!!!!

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  125. he used to be a bin man but he got sacked for missing the cart

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  126. Sterling is the only player trying to score...a 19yo.

    Take Lambert & Marko off, doing absolutely nothing!

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  127. Nevergonnacrackthecode9:08 pm, September 23, 2014

    he handballs it
    he always does something clumsy
    that indirectly leads to a goal


    you can blame sakho for gerrard slipping as well he is always in teh thick of it

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  128. He gave the ball away needlessly then commited a hand ball, who other's fault is it ?

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  129. Change the f****** formation.

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  130. POOL 1 BORO 1 - only one winner now and its not us - as predicted - B R might have to GO - cant defend dead ball after spending 75 million on defenders -SHANKS would be disgusted -REALLY NO MORE EXCUSES

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  131. Why is Sterling still on the pitch - get him off you idiot

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  132. Nevergonnacrackthecode9:10 pm, September 23, 2014

    you can cahnge the formation a million times
    but the truth is rodgers has wasted 200m
    sakho and markovic are 38m down the drain lovren following that path and we have mignolet 8m down the drain
    balotelli is opposite of how we play
    only lallana,allen,sturridge,coutinho, and moreno look decent


    sack the ,manager ancelotti will be available this summer

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  133. That ball to hand, he had his hands by his side. It wasn't his fault the ref got that one wrong!

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  134. Sterling and lallana looking good, borini and balo in for marko and lambert hopefully soon

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  135. i really wanted it to work for lambert like i did carroll but the reality is they dont suit our style

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  136. He gave the freaking ball away to start with !!!!!

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  137. its extreme but there are elements of truth in there rogers has spent big on whats turning out to be average players

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  138. Our biggest problem and it's so obvious

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  139. Markovic bottle that shot!

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  140. how does the format work is it extra time or a replay

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  141. Last thing wee need is sterling playing extra time with the derby on saturday

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  142. that answers my question

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  143. wow the go brigade have started already. "YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE"? yeah right...........

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  144. Nevergonnacrackthecode9:17 pm, September 23, 2014

    forget the derby
    this games is more important
    we need a trophy

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  145. Terrifying more like.

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  146. Nevergonnacrackthecode9:21 pm, September 23, 2014

    maybe we should ahve kept roy hodgson in the job in 2011 and be playing championship football and never sacked him because we sign ynwa


    it is just a song we will always support the players if tehy ahve problems like brad jones did
    but if tehy are bad players they will be ousted out


    rodgesr cant justify losing 3 out of 5 games

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  147. shocking approach play

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  148. Use your left foot Mario!

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  149. Nevergonnacrackthecode9:37 pm, September 23, 2014

    tell them MK DONS

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  150. So poor. No energy, no penetration, no pace! Average!

    I know BR will turn in around but man.... poor performance so far.

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  151. that still leaves sterling ( our best player ) lallana ( 26m) lazer ( 20m) sako (17m) lambert ( 4m) balo ( 16m )

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  152. Nevergonnacrackthecode9:38 pm, September 23, 2014

    cant believe suso did not come in for williams


    rodgesr is clearly basing his desicions on emotion
    selling agger ,reina etc

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  153. Granted... BR cannot pick a center back, in the same way Ferguson couldnt pick a keeper. However I'm hoping like you that this is just a blip in form.

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  154. Nevergonnacrackthecode9:39 pm, September 23, 2014

    lazaer is a flop you heard it hear first has no quality he will leave for 3m


    sakho is a flop lambert was uneeded


    balo and lallana will come good

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  155. Liverpool could not open up a bag of crisps at the minute

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  156. I have to be honest I never understood the Markovic sigining. Even his highlights on youtube were lowlights

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  157. why the f**k is everyone slipping and falling on their butts ???

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  158. Nevergonnacrackthecode9:43 pm, September 23, 2014

    i was hoping you would say he would come good and tell me i am wrong

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  159. Nevergonnacrackthecode9:44 pm, September 23, 2014

    sakho at it agqin

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  160. Kolo has been pretty good tonight

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  161. Saying that it looks like someone has in the centre circle

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  162. For flip sake Markovic SHOOOOTTT!!!!!!

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  163. Shaquiri was our first choice and he's hardworking, strong and skillfull enough. Markovic was 2nd or 3rd choice as far as I could tell. His signing hurt me almost as much as the Andy Carroll deal. BUT I hope he proves me wrong

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  164. Average from Marko...Suso should have started.

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  165. I'd stick Lallana up front alongside Sturridge and tell him to do a 'Suarez' he's a very elegant footballer in full flow.

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  166. if you add it up we have about 100m worth of talent out there

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  167. Wish we kept Ibe & saved the Markovic money!

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  168. Lallana needs to release the ball after all that fancy work!

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  169. It'll come :) he's looked good tonight... he WILL be our new talisman

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  170. i hope this dross doesn't run into ray donovan

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  171. shudder to think of the derby now.

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  172. I dont get it either. Ibe would have turned the flanks to flames.

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  173. Nevergonnacrackthecode9:59 pm, September 23, 2014

    well everton are just as bad as us
    missing barkley a lot

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  174. its the lack of quality tonight thats worried me ...especially in the final third

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  175. atleast they will be fresher having gone home earlier tonight.

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  176. Nevergonnacrackthecode10:01 pm, September 23, 2014

    we are at home
    so they will have to travel : )

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  177. SUSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

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  178. suso 2 - 1 boro

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  179. no doubt rogers will say that was his plan with suso

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  180. How are you so quick!!

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  181. SUUUUUUUUUUUSOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

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  182. Not convinced. I think he is class. I have real concerns about lallana and wish we had stuck with Suso and spent 25 mill up front, personally. Hope I'm wrong.

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  183. 4.03 am here n still want to watch the team m8

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  184. am i the only one who is not jumping for joy at that goal ?

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  185. Nevergonnacrackthecode10:04 pm, September 23, 2014

    i kinda wanted a penalty shoot up
    but id take the win

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