23 Nov 2014

Confirmed LFC XI vs. CP: £48m trio out; BR to make same mistakes yet again...?

With three points an absolute necessity, Rickie Lambert starts for Liverpool today as Brendan Rodgers tries to arrest the Reds' alarming slide into mid-table mediocrity.

FULL TEAM: Mignolet, Manquillo, Skrtel, Lovren, Johnson, Gerrard, Allen, Lallana, Coutinho, Sterling, Lambert

SUBS: Jones, Toure, Moreno, Lucas, Can, Borini, Markovic

According to the official LFC website:

"LFC can confirm Mario Balotelli is absent due to a groin injury while Jordan Henderson is missing through illness".

With one goal all season, and only one assists since September, Henderson won't be missed that much, so it's a great chance for Lallana to stake a claim to stay in the side.

Alas, given the personnel, it looks like Rodgers will go with a 4231 yet again. Probable formation:

Mignolet

Manquillo --- Skrtel --- Lovren ---- Johnson

------------- Gerrard - Allen

---- Coutinho -- Sterling ----- Lallana

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

You never know, though - it's possible Rodgers might go with the following:

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

Manquillo --- Skrtel --- Lovren ---- Johnson

----------------- Allen

------------ Gerrard - Lallana

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

---------- Sterling -- Lambert

My prediction: 2-2

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373 comments:

  1. Henderson has 3 assists this season: Southampton, Spurs & West Brom.

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  2. I want LFC to win so desperately.... I hope this team shocks everyone and wins comfortably. Till the end of Jan 1st, 12 games for LFC on a trot is freakin' scary! LFC should be more imposing...

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  3. need some salt with your words?

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  4. but I dont blame you for your prediction

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  5. Besides the goal, we look so unbalanced.


    Do not know WTF to do with the ball.

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  6. That was so bad

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  7. Only a matter of time before Johnson, Skrtel and Johnson struck again!

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  8. To be honest it's what we deserved we are awful

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  9. Skrtel and lovren 1st choice my f****** arse.

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  10. Is sahko still injured

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  11. They will play against Ludogrets

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  12. Does it really matter when Johnson, Skrtel, Lovren and Rodgers are best mates?

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  13. I'm happy he is trying Lallana and Coutinho in the same team

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  14. Where was Gerrard? Wat kind of defensive midfielder is he?

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  15. What does it matter when he is playing johnson sorted and lovren

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  16. We are absolutely clueless. Clearly Balotelli ain't the problem at the moment.

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  17. Can somebody tell what the fuck gerrard is doing apart from nothing

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  18. Mignoiet saving our arse again.

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  19. Only we can make Palace look this good

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  20. Just wait until somebody puts a high slow ball

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  21. do we have a midfield

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  22. Midfield... midfield.. nope doesn't ring a bell

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  23. I honestly don't believe we need a new keeper, any keeper would struggle with this defence in front of them. I do admit there is room for improvement though.

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  24. People need to realise Gerrard is the problem too slow and a free passenger

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  25. palace have us figured out. Cut out Gerrard, put our defence under pressure and it is A for a way.


    Why did Skrtel, Lovren, Gerrard and Johnson start again? Clueless manager. Absolutely clueless.

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  26. You don't have to cut gerrard out, you just have to leisurely walk past him

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  27. WTF is the purpose of Sterling in this match? Lambert nowhere to be found after the first goal.


    F****** mess.

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  28. Stirling looks tired, shame we don't have a pacey talented 20 mil player who could play up front with lambert.... hang on

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  29. Even Warnock has Rodgers number

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  30. Mate, zippy george and bungle have the measure of br

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  31. Markovic? In fact, i would bring on Borini and Markovic. Pace is clearly lacking up front.


    Lambert has done bugger all since the first minute.

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  32. We look like a f******* league one team.

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  33. Bloody hell we are utterly useless

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  34. That's a bit harsh, I think league 1 teams would be doing a better job.

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  35. Why play a player that you paid 20 mil for and another player who will run his b******* off

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  36. I note you didn't comment when Liverpool scored, but have had seven moans since, you'd be better not watching maybe ....

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  37. I have said it time and time again. Does not matter which keeper you want to bring in. He is a sitting duck behind this defence.

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  38. Everyone has that figured Gerrard needs to be dropped what has he done in 45 mins?

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  39. What did you want me to say about the opening goal. look at the entire first half. We are clueless.

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  40. What should happen


    Moreno for Johnson
    Can for Allen
    Borini for Coutinho


    What is going to happen - We all know

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  41. Did Sterling forget how to pass the ball

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  42. Lambert has gotten on the end of a couple of things. No one sores everything. Sterling has been poor. Doesn't quite know the role perhaps.

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  43. I think Lambert has been good. He has awareness unlike others. Him and Lallana and even Allen have been decent. Manquillo looked solid. Others- the less the said the better.

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  44. ...except to pass it backwards of course. It is infuriating to watch. CP dares...they take chances they mark a man when LFC has the ball. They press. We stand. If something doesn't change the outcome of this match is predictable.

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  45. He is not getting the ball much at all. We are intent to play it around the back instead of getting it up. Borini would have done no better.

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  46. The goal was scored in the opening minutes. What else have we done? Balance of the team completely wrong. Defence up to sh!te. Rodgers persists.


    Going to cost him his job.

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  47. It's not the pace that's lacking. It's the attacking attitude that's lacking. We have pace, we just don't have any killer instinct.

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  48. Yet Balotelli is being blamed for not getting into the box?

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  49. Think we should put in a 10m bid for Boalsie in Jan the guy is good instead of wasting it on potential

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  50. Skrtel and Lovren were a nightmare for that goal. Skrtel not knowing what to do which led them to get the ball and play it around and Lovren for when they actually attacked having the worst body position he could have had.

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  51. Allen has been one of our better performers.

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  52. Johnson takes atleast 30 secs to make the pass

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  53. Actually yeah- Can for Gerrard then

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  54. borini for sterling
    can for gerrard
    toure for gerrard



    an moreno for gerrard


    an u know what will happen


    we will win the game.......!!!!!

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  55. Agree on the defence but Lambert can't do much without the ball getting played to him. His movement has been good and has had a couple of headed chances.

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  56. Jeez, you're determined to make things sound as bad as possible, aren't you? You're so transparent - you have an agenda, so your goal is to make everything seem as apocalyptic as possible, which means you ridiculously exaggerate every negative aspect of the game.

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  57. Yeah I would go for that maybe.

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  58. Bolasie is gonna tear our defense a new one

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  59. My mum could do better then gerrard and she has just had her hip done

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  60. moreno for johnson sorry

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  61. Lambert scored his first chance. Balo has missed his. Lambert has gotten in the box more than Ballotelli does.

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  62. Enough is enough BR has made our team a big joke

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  63. And we have played well? Sorry but clearly I see things differently. We are so far behind the performances of last season it has become and absolute joke.

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  64. Sorry Jamie but logan is right. We have been truly awful

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  65. Have you not been calling for the diamond though?

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  66. It's 1-1, not 0-3 - you are trying to make things sound as negative as possible with your constant exaggeration. You clearly have zero capacity to be constructive or fair.

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  67. Diamond or no diamond - if you have Skrtel, Lovren and Johnson in your defense, you are calling for trouble.

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  68. Slow from the back, too easily pressured out of possession, poor passes in the forward third and lots of dead end runs. Defensively not worth commenting on ... Palace deserve a goal from that half. Borini could take off Sterling, go to the right, and Markovic might have some joy down the left. It has to come down the wings but somehow it's still being directed down the middle and just not working. Jedinak just muscles and kicks people off the ball, sometimes gives away fouls but most of the time gets away with it. It's actually a bit rough and ready from Palace, they're getting away with a lot, but that's how it is in this league.

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  69. We do not even know how to make that work at the moment. Nobody knows WTF to do with the ball. Open your eyes.

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  70. I was actually going to suggest that one. Can is a similar player to Gerrard except actually has some mobility and has potential to develop into a great player and is probably better than Gerrard now.

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  71. Jamie are you watching the game.. can you honestly say you believe with the way we are playing we are going to win.

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  72. and Gerrard as DM

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  73. PATHETIC - We cant keep a clean sheet under B R - NEVER - we are getting WORSE

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  74. 0-3 would be good. 3-0 wouldn't though.

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  75. That's not the point. It's not as bad as Logan is making out, with his constant 'the world is ending' posts.

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  76. id like to see can for gerrard and borini for allen ...play 2 up front ffs!!!!

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  77. Common Jaimie. Do you see us finishing 4th with the way we are playing against a team that is one place above relegation? Get real mate.

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  78. Not gonna happen

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  79. We are being outmuscled in midfield by Ledley and Jedinak now. We have the perfect weapon to counter that but of course - Rodgers is never going to do it.

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  80. Brendan is riding the back of senior players to protect himself from the sack at the cost of liverpoolfc... poor loser like tactics...


    everybody can see.. gerrard, johnson and lovren are all worthy of drop...and he is blind.. twat

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  81. now that I have said that SG will score a cracker free kick

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  82. Not as bad.. seriously?

    We are bloody awful. On top of that from what we have seen so far this season what makes you think we can win this

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  83. We are so slow up front. What a joke.

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  84. Straight away we look awful

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  85. Where LFC will finish in May is irrelevant right now. Your constant hysterical posts about how badly things are allegedly going just illustrates your inability to analyse things in a fair, moderate manner (IMO)

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  86. For the first timre I now agree B R must go = this is not Liverpool = he insists on playing this crap system and I almost want Palace to put another 3 past us to end this era for good

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  87. Sterling is playing up front.

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  88. Wow just when you think johnson couldn't get any worse

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  89. Yeah he'll score a free kick as he can't contribute anything in open play.

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  90. Sorry, but it's literally not as bad as some of the more ridiculously overwrought posts suggest. It's 1-1, which means the game is still in the balance. Palace haven't had that many clear-cut chances, and if the defence is as bad you Logan et al make out (in this game) then LFC would've conceded 4 goals by now. The fact it's only one goal conceded means that the defence is, for the most part, doing its job.

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  91. At least somebody agrees with me :-)

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  92. He's the guy who gets the ball and runs into about 3 players and loses it.

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  93. Up front. Diamond Lambert and Sterling.

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  94. All I can say is we will see but from the evidence so far this season and from the first half if i was a betting man I go with palace winning this game

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  95. Where is STEVIE G ????????/

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  96. Watching the world go past

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  97. Sterling is busy covering for Johnson. Are you blind?

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  98. Although by first looks shape seems to have changed in this half.

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  99. I can see mate you may need to give it a go yourself.

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  100. If a goalkeeper is forced to make a save you've already made a mistake. Last line of defence.

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  101. Where is any player? We are that rubbish.

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  102. We just go to panic stations as soon as palace go on the counter

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  103. In other news atleast Hamilton is winning the Formula 1 and just lapped Robbery.

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  104. Drop Skrtel, Lovren, Johnson and Gerrard ASAP!

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  105. Hamilton WC let's sign him

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  106. Probably better than half of our players.

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  107. Coutinho is our only hope of a goal or a penalty - Stevie G is so slow -

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  108. Steve G is 30% if the problem for our defense!!!

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  109. Bring on Borini and Markovic. just try something to win the bloody game. It is going nowhere at the moment.

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  110. Nevergonnacrackthecode2:45 pm, November 23, 2014

    markovic on for allen
    can on for gerrard

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  111. Scott Dann making our defenders look like chumps. It is a terrible state of affairs.

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  112. I disagree Gerrard needs to go off!! Way too slow

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  113. I don't get why BR doesn't use the team we used against Madrid. Probably our best performance(apart from Tottenham) of the season.

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  114. That would mean dropping his best mates

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  115. Nevergonnacrackthecode2:48 pm, November 23, 2014

    draws not the worst result here
    selhurts park is a tough place to go

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  116. Johnson, Skrtel, Lovren and Gerrard of course.

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  117. In a nut she'll, it doesn't suit your agenda to comment on 'a positive' you constantly moan and moan without giving any constructive opinion of what should happen. We all know the problems, without your constant doomsday moaning. BR is going nowhere right now ....

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  118. After we have lost 3 in a row and the way we are playing in this match? Get over yourself please.

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  119. I don't mind using Sorted Lovren so much. It's more Gerrard and Johnson.

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  120. when are we gonna change things gee!!!!!!!

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  121. Jedinak is not a gentle type.

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  122. BR OUT BR OUT


    WASTED MILLIONS

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  123. Fanis Borini is coming on.

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  124. Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock, tick tock...

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  125. Playing like this we will be in a relegation fight - so slow

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  126. If we lose this and lose on wed I hope that's game over for Rogers. This is the worst crock of shit mediocre team been put together for over a 120mill!!!!. Wow fsg must be well happy.

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  127. Lambert still on the pitch and has done nothing since the first minute. We are going to score for sure :-o

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  128. And some think FSG are going to spend more money this season.


    Rose tinted glasses.

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  129. I will buy a Borini shirt if he scores and we win.

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  130. Nevergonnacrackthecode3:00 pm, November 23, 2014

    the thing is if tehy dont they might get relegated a defenite possability
    if liverpool get relegated we lsoe all our tv money
    wour club loses its value


    in buisness you cannot greive you take desicive action

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  131. Why did we get rid of Martin Kelly?

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  132. I'm guessing injury prone?

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  133. Nevergonnacrackthecode3:02 pm, November 23, 2014

    pointless question he was poor last season
    you are liek teh people who say why did we sell shelvy
    they werent good here

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  134. we are simply not good enough

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  135. Cripes Manquillo. Doesn't anyone on this team have a left foot?

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  136. He is playing now is he not? 9 matches this season.

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  137. I can only imagine the excuses from BR after the match. OMG.

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  138. Championship Manager

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  139. I disagree with the Shelves part. Shelves wasn't really given a chance except on the Europa League which he was one of our better players.

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  140. I can't watch anymore.

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  141. I think BR is on his way

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  142. He was forever injured when he was player for Liverpool.

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  143. Pathetic is better than us

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  144. i'm gonna have a lie down. Wake me up in May.

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  145. What you have to say now Jaimie. Am I overreacting?

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  146. Rafa Benitez anfield is calling you.

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  147. We won't get relegated with a decent manager. Rodgers needs to go, regardless of result. We're not playing like a top team and he is solely to blame. I didn't want to believe that SAS carried us last term, but it's there for all to see. A nice guy and will be a decent manager as he is now, but we need a proven winner to raise the performance levels of these guys.

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  148. Rodgers needs to go along with grandad Gerrard they both can enjoy LA Galaxy fc

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  149. You may not like what you see when you wake up.

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  150. Go away now Rodgers FSG do it

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  151. hahahahahahahaha 230m spent BODGERS

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  152. Lovren is going to get Rodgers the sack.

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  153. What on earth is going on?????

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  154. Bring Rafa now!!!!

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  155. Rodgers is gonna get his own sack

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  156. Rodgers is the cause of this. Bit lame blaming the new signings.

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  157. It's not lovren fault it's Gerrard keeps exposing our defense bring Rafa now

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  158. 120mil spent and nothing to show no strikers nothing im sure he will be gone

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  159. Brought on Can, took off the wrong play IMO.

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  160. Surely BR is gone now

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  161. I think Bob means May 2018

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  162. Nevergonnacrackthecode3:13 pm, November 23, 2014

    im not looking for scapegoats anymore
    the problem is a million percent rodgers

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  163. I stand by what I said. League 1 I'm thinking.

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  164. Yes, you were overreacting in the first half.

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  165. Its weird but am cheering for palace. One team is playing with lot of heart and other keeps getting worse. Last couple of months we have played football similar to roy era...if not worse.

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  166. We weren't conceding as much in the Hodgson era.

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  167. Jamie your being as stubborn as BR.

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  168. the players just dont trust in BR

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  169. Nevergonnacrackthecode3:16 pm, November 23, 2014

    its got nothing to do with heart
    i ahte that line
    its all managemnet
    rodgers mistakes are so obvious

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  170. So.. what's the betting that BR says we played well and he is happy with effort blah blah blah

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  171. I think BR will step down after this game

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  172. The only solution right now is to bring in an experienced manager till the end of the season. Hiddink for me and then bring in Frank de Boer at the start of next season along with Johan Cruyff as director of football.


    Rodgers at a dead end now. Time to go.

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  173. Not a chance. He only leave if he is sacked and even then he will blame everybody else except himself

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  174. At the moment I would take the chuckle brothers over BR

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  175. I think rafa will come now

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  176. Pulis till summer would do but only if BR doesn't turn around by January.

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  177. You are in dreamland.

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