13 Sep 2014

Slated: Barton blasts 'stupid' £29m LFC star, & claims Man Utd flop is 'better' and more 'selfless' for England

QPR midfielder Joey Barton has delivered a withering assessment of Liverpool star Daniel Sturridge, accusing the striker of selfishness, and hinting that he's not a team player for the England national team.

Speaking to The Telegraph this week, Barton:

* Slammed Sturridge's 'stupid' robotic goal celebration, and argued that he should rush to celebrate with team-mates instead of celebrating by himself (!)

* Claimed that England "wouldn’t have won the [Switzerland] game with Sturridge" because he’s an 'individual', who prioritises scoring, doing 'tricks' and trying to shoot over passing.

* Insisted that Danny Welbeck is 'much better for the team' and is a 'much more selfless player' for England than Sturridge.

Barton is simply the latest in a long line of people to perpetuate a well-worn cliche about Sturridge here, i.e. that he's a selfish player. In fact, the only thing missing from his mean-spirited tirade is the suggestion that the Liverpool striker is 'arrogant', which is the other ridiculous cliche with which Sturridge is unfairly associated.

Barton's reasoning is tenuous at best: Sturridge spends ten seconds doing his trademark celebration, and that means he's selfish? Lots of players run off and celebrate solo after scoring; not all players immediately rush to embrace their team-mates, or the goal-creator.

Is there something inherently selfish about this? Only in a Seinfeldian bizarro world.

Additionally, £29m-rated Sturridge's job is to score goals, which is why he prioritises this at every opportunity. Many of the world's top striker are the same, and this hunger to score at every opportunity fuels Sturridge's prodigious strike-rate.

Danny Welbeck is goalscoring pauper next to Sturridge, and when he is capable of contributing 46 goals/assists in 50 games, then we'll talk.

NOTE: Any comments personally insulting Barton will be deleted.

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96 comments:

  1. Why are you giving Joey Barton's opinion air time?

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  2. I must admit I never thought I would see the day when I wholeheartedly agreed with Joey Barton ............and fortunately I still haven't.


    If any one might have dubious motives for criticising Sturridge it's him

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  3. People in England still seem to rate players like Welbeck over Sturridge. These are the kind of reasons why they keep making a fool of themselves in international competitions and get found out as soon as they meet half-decent opposition.

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  4. barton is a waste of space, should not be given time of day, even here on scum page. sturridge is a decent player barton should think he is lucky he isnt cleaning his boots everyweek

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  5. Barton doesn't like players with skill/style because he never had any himself.

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  6. Joey Barton is a tit anyway. Another waste of reading time. Come on jk write something better than this. Nobody cares about what he thinks or says. The lad is just a thug end of.

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  7. Joey Barton.....in the nicest possible way......you are a thuggish c**t and have no right to make an assessment on a man like Daniel Sturridge. Put football aside, you are a racist thug who isn't fit to walk this earth, let alone pass judgement on one of England's top players. You wait till he rips QPR apart, I bet you're praying he is still injured. If he isn't, you're going to thoroughly enjoy playing against Mario, let's hope he isn't out to get you!

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  8. there is so much you could say in reply to him but I dont think even Joey Barton takes himself seriously....what a clown

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  9. Nevergonnacrackthecode11:14 am, September 13, 2014

    did anyone else see barton on that question time ?
    he is clueless as they come , you don't know anything about politics and are arguing with experts




    sturridge presence will open up space for other players

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  10. My heart was in my mouth until I got past the ellipsis. Joey Barton's is probably on his shoulder with an arrow through it.

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  11. Think what you like about Joey Barton but I think he regularly speaks sense. He also has the guts to speak his opinion even if it does go against the grain. In the Uk people regularly think one thing and say another just to be part of the herd. Sturridge is a top top striker and yes strikers need an elimant of selfishness however not to the detriment of the team and I feel he did that at the World Cup a lot.

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  12. They say strikers should be selfish, however I do think there is an element of truth in what Barton says! Sturridge is a decent player but he tends to try the impossible at times instead of slipping a team mate in! I would say his decision making is his poorest quality! He has many good qualities too, pace, movement etc!

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  13. Nevergonnacrackthecode11:16 am, September 13, 2014

    yeah when jaimie put roy keanes view on stevie
    i said fair enough
    but barton is a thug and has been arrested while his brother is a murderer

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  14. Why bring his brother in it ?

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  15. I agree with you, but I don't think it's fair to bring his brother into it. Tim Cahill's brother is also a murderer.

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  16. Did you watch the World Cup? We went with Sturridge and he was extremely disappointing! Your point makes no sense

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  17. Nevergonnacrackthecode11:17 am, September 13, 2014

    sorry i should not have

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  18. Nevergonnacrackthecode11:19 am, September 13, 2014

    extremely dissapointing?


    a goal on the first game my man u mates said him and sterling were the only players to play


    against uruaguay again most dangerous player created rooneys goal


    costa rica he had an off day


    plus eh is playing for roy who made torres from a world class striker to average and almost got us relegated

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  19. I saw Narton on Question time along with half of twitter and I have to say most people were very positive about his arguments. Barton is far more educated and informed than 99% of the premier league as well as 99% of fans it seems.

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  20. I'm talking about the football philosophy, prioritising stamina and 'workrate' over creativity. Our players don't even look like themselves with England. I think my point does make sense.

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  21. Nevergonnacrackthecode11:21 am, September 13, 2014

    please he just used the most simplistic arguments

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  22. I think you got him mixed up with the guy in the middle. He was the dick on the right making stupid sexist analogies.

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  23. Exactly. That has absolutely nothing to do with anything.

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  24. Why don't you attack the argument instead of the person? What does this have to do with Barton's comments on Sturridge?

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  25. It was like a comedy sketch - like something from "The Office" only more excruciatingly embarrassing.


    The twitter comments were mostly and quite rightly highly critical of the outrageous sexist content of one of his early comments

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  26. Agree. Typical English football mindset.

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  27. Most people want to disagree with Barton because he's Joey Barton - the truth is however, almost everything he says is actually spot on. Sturridge is infuriating, the number of times he has to faff around with the ball instead of passing it, and the only reason he as made to look like a world class player at Liverpool was because of a certain Luis Suarez, who not only had superior work rate, finishing and hunger, but he also passed the ball sometimes.

    Sturridge does seem to always have to do a trick, then blast it into the side netting, or simply get the ball taken off him. He's a liability unless he has someone superior up with him - let's see how he fares this season before slamming Barton for saying what many of us have been thinking.

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  28. 'Many of us' - speak for yourself. Your assessment of Sturridge is so woefully wide of the mark that it's not even worth responding.

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  29. Oh I've gone off him now! ;-)

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  30. So it's OK to say someone's point makes no sense?

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  31. Nevergonnacrackthecode11:36 am, September 13, 2014

    alright i will
    first his assumption england will not win with sturridge has no basis , sturridge has played the diamond and has a unbelievable understanding with sterling
    but predicting weather such an element would change a game is hard to do


    secondly his celebration has nothing to do with anything , goals dont even have to be celebrated

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  32. Nevergonnacrackthecode11:37 am, September 13, 2014

    more goals then anyone else in 50 games for liverpool


    and the argument that is because of suarez has no basis because he is statistically more potent by himself , 11 goals and suarez 10 match ban

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  33. Looks like it's "Rico time".......Every other comment is from him and he's even arguing with himself - disqus again!

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  34. Quite disqusting from the commenting platform

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  35. Nevergonnacrackthecode11:46 am, September 13, 2014

    fabian delph has 12 months left in his contract
    maybe we should scout him he looked boss in that diamond
    if lucas leaves he could be a good replacement on a cut price deal

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  36. I think Joey Barton is in no place to judge who or not is helpful for the England team. If you looked at the WC Eng matches, Sturridge and Sterling were not their best and still Englands best players. To just assume that DS would have cost the match against the Swiss is a personal insult to Sturridge and Barton cannot do that. Welbeck was also playing in the WC and nothing changed. Hopefully, we ignore these comments.

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  37. I agree it can be brave to go against the prevailing view. Equally it can become a habit just to be controversial and to provoke a response. Now who else does that remind me of from time to time?


    Agree strikers need to be a bit selfish and it can sometimes frustrate fans and colleagues alike. Often though the player he might pass to is even more likely to make a mess of it than him. If he started to pass too often he'd be criticised for not taking responsibility as a striker.

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  38. Suarez was suspended for 10 matches and Sturridge managed 11 goals during that period. I guess the Sturridge bashers will always come up with something anyway.

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  39. Don't even know where to start on this one. Considering he is using someones goal celebration to have a pop at them really shows how weak his arguement is.
    I don't know where his ire is coming from, but it is clearly mis-placed. Sturridge is not the reason for Englands under-performance on the world stage. Their fear of playing an attacking, passing game is what has stunted them for so many years. Their main style of play is based on disrupting opponents and limiting goals conceded, instead of actually setting up to attack.
    The succession of managers who prioritise caution over ambition has wasted some top talent and will continue to do so until they bring their national team into the era of modern football.
    Just my opinion.

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  40. Champions League football returns on Tuesday :-)

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  41. It's in the blood...you know...bad seeds run thru the family,

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  42. Posting something Joey Brainless Barton said here is disrespect towards the faithful visitors of this page... And about Welbeck, it was the first time I saw Welbeck having a good game and the Arsenal fans made him the next Thierry Henry... A dismal attempt to convince themselves that the £16M purchase is not overpriced by £13M... Comparing DS with him is a joke...

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  43. Studge has good feet... When he receives the ball, he can instantly position his body to unleash a shot before the defender can say 'oh crap'. Yeah, at times, he can be wasteful, but his talent is undeniable and he is a born scorer...

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  44. Afzal, this is not a place for people that reduce the group IQ with silly comments

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  45. Fed up with the nonsense12:39 pm, September 13, 2014

    Who gives a flying Matilda what joey barton thinks?

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  46. Typical shortsighted what have you done for me in the last game mentality.Danny Welbeck scores a couple of goals for England and Joey Barton and others go over the top with praise, importance and player assessment.
    Welbeck has scored 37 league goals in 178 matches.A goal every 4.8 games.A very poor record.Most of those matches were played for Man Utd under SAF.They didn't struggle to make good chances!
    Daniel Sturridge's career goal average.He gets on the scoresheet every 2.5 games.75 goals in 192 matches.DS was only behind Suarez in the race for the golden boot last season.
    I wouldn't swap Sturridge for Danny Welbeck.It will only take DS to recover from injury and get a brace to change the mind of Joey Barton who's high on Welbeck this week.
    The goal celebration comment is stupid.He probably had a short piece so came up with nonsense to fill his section in The Telegraph.

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  47. Yeah we're in fractions already

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  48. I'm sure Sturridge won't be losing any sleep over a player who has never played for a champions league club and I believe has one solitary cap for England?
    Barton speaks about him not being a team player... How much of a team player has he been over the years? Between prison sentences and hefty suspensions, how many of his clubs and team mates over the years have thought "Good old Joey, always puts the team first." Not too many I would've thought.
    Daniel Sturridge has been an absolute revelation since coming to Liverpool and has been integral to our success. His creative output is second to none.
    Couldn't care less what he does for England

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  49. To be fair, it's been reduced by 50 and now it's on -50.

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  50. Danny Welbeck is a good player. Alexis and Ozil are so bad for Arsenal it's amazing. Good examples of what you can end up with when you go for "marquee signings" on their way back down the ladder.

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  51. Fed up with the nonsense1:46 pm, September 13, 2014

    Hey! Hey! Hey! Hold on now. Both Daniels are phenomenal players. No need to disrespect Welbeck. Time will prove me right. In the future, people will wonder why these two were played out of their preferred positions for the first formative years of the professional careers. Mark my words.
    Look at Barnes. He wasn't considered by the English fans until he started to tear up the international stage. I wonder why? Just asking!
    As for Barton. He needs to go back to charm school. Better yet, infants school.

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  52. Wind has blown the marquee away

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  53. It's ridiculous seeing someone who screwed up his career criticising Sturridge who is one of the hottest players in the world game. What a joke.

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  54. That's laughable man sorry.

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  55. But the ref seems to have misunderstood the idea of playing advantage. The team doing the fouling are not supposed to be given the advantage......

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  56. Ha. Bit better in the second half anyway. City to lose twice in the first four games of the season? That's already encouraging isn't it...

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  57. Sanchez would have been perfect for our style of play. He may not have had the greatest of starts but the amount of work he puts in is extraordinary and has a great touch too. Ozil I agree is terrible and have to disagree about Welbeck. Arsenal are more than welcome to have him.

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  58. Welbeck is class mate, you'd appreciate him if he played for us, but he's not important. I had hoped we'd get Sanchez too, but really, he looks the rather unimpressive player the Barca fans warned us he was. Nice goal tho.

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  59. Barton should be giving opinions on criminal sentencing not football.

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  60. I like Barton, he makes bold remarks that often make sense. Ths one has some grounding but... It's about ballance. His sefishness has rarely, if ever cost us points. He misses an opportunity or two to pass to the teammate in dangerous possition but than he scores or assists in a classy way. Him and Suarez both live for scoring and both attempt the impossible but both scored assisted and created a shed load of goals/ opportunities..
    He IS selfish, but keep it up Daniel.

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  61. Sturidges goal tally and assists speak for themselves. When Wellbecks is anywhere near perhaps we can then compare. Stupid statement, perhaps thinking before you speak and criticise would be a good idea especially from this Joker

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  62. Barton joins a long line of pointless pundits making controversial statements in a desperate attempt to get some attention. I've rarely heard anything from him that was worth listening to. He didn't use his brain much while he was playing ... not much has changed.

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  63. Gareth Bale: British players should test themselves abroad - including Liverpool's Raheem Sterling Bale is already luring him away...

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  64. Glad that Welbeck is "more of a team player", yet Sturridge's goals help the team more.


    Take a guess which every manager will take... the "better team player", or the guy who helps the team more.


    In my opinion, any time a striker gets labelled a "better team player", it's trying to hide that fact that he doesn't consistently score or provide assists. Now that I think about it, it's a perfect description for Welbeck. Barton is spot on there!

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  65. If joey Barton opens his mouth and nobody cares what he says, did Joey Bary actually say something?



    Great result this morning. I guess the next best thing to both City and Arsenal losing is neither winning!

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  66. They look like the surprise package this season and they are playing some very good football too.

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  67. Welbeck is not a phenomenal player and hasn't shown himself to be one yet.


    Not to say it can't happen for him, but in my opinion, he's not anywhere close to Sturridge's level right now.


    And that's not even a knock on Welbeck. Few players in the world have done what Sturridge has done since he's arrived at LFC.

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  68. One word for why England failed at the World Cup: Woy

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  69. Could you clarify more on the "hunger" part?

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  70. Welbeck is ok. £16m no chance and would much rather add another £14m onto his price and take Sanchez.

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  71. ah yes joey Barton the self styled thinking mans footballer who defines his spirituality by trying to understand plato and stubbing a cigar out on someones face

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  72. Nevergonnacrackthecode3:20 pm, September 13, 2014

    what if they take our top 4 place ?


    we should sign dyer and delph

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  73. Nevergonnacrackthecode3:22 pm, September 13, 2014

    i hope arsenal keep dropping points
    spurs to lose , everton to draw , man u to draw ,chelsea to win
    and us to win
    perfect weekend

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  74. didn't Barton do a maclaren in a french interview by sounding like an hello hello character ....wen i ply de fuutball .....thats a real grasp of french moron by just speaking english with a french accent

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  75. Barton makes statements but by virtue of action fails to understand them.....his idea of intelligence is walking around with an eckart tolle book and professing like the Smiths .....

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  76. I actually think wellbeck is a good prem player .....but he is very seldom played the right way

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  77. wHY YOU WANT THE SMALL TEAM TO LOSE, can they usurp us?!? And chelsea to win?!?

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  78. Nevergonnacrackthecode3:40 pm, September 13, 2014

    chelsea and city are title race we are not in that race
    swansea can potentially be top 4 rivals

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  79. Nevergonnacrackthecode3:43 pm, September 13, 2014

    they are potential top 4 challengers


    go chelsea!

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  80. Nevergonnacrackthecode3:47 pm, September 13, 2014

    yes costa
    we could potentially be second by the end of the weekend

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  81. Terry McDermotts perm4:04 pm, September 13, 2014

    Im amazed how Welbeck's stock has risen in a week. Goes to show what one off the shin can do.
    In my day fans didnt even want a Carlton Palmer as DM, now they want one as a striker.

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  82. The Chammpioooonssssss playing at Anfield will be amazing

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  83. Confirmed LFC team: Mignolet, Manquillo, Moreno, Lovren, Sakho, Gerrard, Henderson, Coutinho, Markovic, Lallana, Balotelli

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  84. Sterling must be resting due to the International break?


    Good team though.

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  85. But Coutinho travelled to somewhere in the Americas and he needs more of a rest than Sterling does. But, I think Marko will make up for him. Our bench looks a little weak though. Why is Suso not on the bench even with all the injuries?

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  86. Just happy we have not started with both Gerrard and Lucas...

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  87. Jaimie scared the hell out of me with his Balo article. Hopefully he steps it up tonight.

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  88. Pieter Engelbrecht5:00 pm, September 13, 2014

    take it from whom it comes

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  89. No movement from Mario whatsoever. Change to the diamond and bring Sterling on I reckon

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