1 Nov 2014

Confirmed LFC XI vs. NUFC: €18m star dropped as the BR kiss of death strikes again

The Brendan Rodgers kiss of death strikes again! Despite being showered with praise for his midweek performance against Swansea, Fabio Borini is - as expected - back on the bench for today's Premier League game with Newcastle.

FULL TEAM: Mignolet, Johnson, Moreno, Lovren, Skrtel, Gerrard, Allen, Henderson, Coutinho, Sterling, Balotelli

SUBS: Jones, Toure, Manquillo, Lallana, Can, Lambert, Borini

Newcastle: Krul, Janmaat, S.Taylor, Coloccini, Dummett, Sissoko, Abeid, Colback, Obertan, Cisse, Ameobi

In his pre-Newcastle press conference, Rodgers hailed Borini's Swansea performance as 'outstanding', and waxed lyrical about the striker's contribution to the game, fuelling speculation that the €18m-rated Italian may start today's game.

Well, as usual, whenever the manager praises someone to the hilt in a pre-match press conference, it usually means that the bench beckons, and i recent months, Coutinho, Sterling, Lambert, and Lallana have fallen foul of this trend.

Still, it's the right decision - there's no room for Borini in the starting line-up, and it's a good decision to start Sterling and Coutinho ahead of him. probable formation:

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

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

Henderson ------ Coutinho --- Sterling

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

My prediction: 3-2 Newcastle

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466 comments:

  1. Hope LFC wins 3-1..... Balo needs to strike plus prefer 2 strikers as LFC needs it.

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  2. Not really a surprising team. Lallana can come on and change things, as can Lambert. It's very predictable stuff from Rodgers and why not? Liverpool don't need to be surprising, they just need to start getting things right.


    This will all come down to early pressure and if Liverpool can convert pressure into goals. I can see them having plenty of possession and going hard at Newcastle but if the defence can absorb that and not concede within the first half hour then it will get harder.


    No idea what will happen in this game. Liverpool need to lift substantially to be assured of the result. Otherwise it's a total lottery.

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  3. Newcastle going to destroy us at set pieces.

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  4. Rodgers again trying to get the same out of Balotelli as he did with Suarez by again playing Balo up on his own.


    Broken record...

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  5. We needed 2 strikers but at least markovic ain't in the squad. And rightly so forh his poor form. A £20m winger who has failed to score or create and also wastes oppurtunutiy. Mediocre player. Can't wait till Suso comes back, markovic sso useless. Worst signing of the pack

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  6. I maintain my theory that something has changed behind the scenes. Last year, Brendan always got the team right for every game we played but so far he has got the team right in one of our games. We have only played ONE game with our best team on form. That is unacceptable.

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  7. I said very early on that it would take time for Mario to learn his role in the team. I'm not entirely sure why people are surprised. Yes, we would like him to do better but it seems totally obvious to me that he would need to change his game, at least a little, in order to be successful. Didn't you think the same?

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  8. Might work better though with the support of both coutinho and a rested sterling.

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  9. Rodgers needs spectacles.

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  10. Too early to say he is useless imo. Players from different leagues sometimes take a season to get up to speed and he's young.

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  11. Oh thank God, no Michael Owen

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  12. Lucas not even on the bench? He was better than Henderson against Swansea, and better at DM than Gerrard against, well, most teams.


    And I hope Sterling is back in form.

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  13. Not quite sure what formation we're playing but I like it.

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  14. We are so predictable it is actually becoming a joke to watch us play.

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  15. joe allen is pathetic..cant pass at all..good that he s starting today..hopefully emrr can starts againsy madrid

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  16. Our midfield looks quite static. Can't expect cute triangles from the middle if they aren't moving into space when we're on the ball.

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  17. Imagine Sakho had made that pass that Lovren just made...

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  18. Johnson-Skrtel-Lovren as a back three. Ha ha Rodgers clearly has lost his marbles.

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  19. Nevergonnacrackthecode1:00 pm, November 01, 2014

    no link up play between defense and midfield allen and gerrard look like terrible

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  20. Nevergonnacrackthecode1:02 pm, November 01, 2014

    long balls over and over again
    gerrard and allen be brave stop sitting down

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  21. Nevergonnacrackthecode1:02 pm, November 01, 2014

    gerrards making me hope liverpool dont offer him a contract
    so slow the play and he is partly to blame

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  22. Yeah what's up with the long balls? Henderson is also nowhere to be seen.

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  23. joe allen is pathetic..hw is he even given a thought of being compared with xavi.

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  24. Nevergonnacrackthecode1:04 pm, November 01, 2014

    our defnse eithe rpass it between them or ping it


    henderson gerrard and allen lost somewhere

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  25. Nevergonnacrackthecode1:05 pm, November 01, 2014

    vc has not helped henderson

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  26. Nevergonnacrackthecode1:07 pm, November 01, 2014

    henderson has never looked this bad

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  27. I can't recognise Henderson these last few games. It's like he's returning to Dalglish era mode.

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  28. saving my eyes for better things... im out

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  29. Nevergonnacrackthecode1:10 pm, November 01, 2014

    hendo gerradc allen out
    borini lallana can in

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  30. Stick around. Newcastle's about to make a substitution.


    Not sure what that's going to do to our midfield, but we live in hope.

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  31. OK, Honestly tell me this.. Which PL team will have Glen Johnson in their team.. Unacceptable..

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  32. Half time change = Get Rodgers some spectacles. He cannot see what is happening on the pitch.

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  33. This won't get any better

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  34. i really dont know what fans see in henderson to expect so much from him. this is as good as he can ever get.

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  35. I maintain some backstage politics is going on. All of us can see this is not working and one does not become delusional overnight..

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  36. I'm a huge Rodgers fans and always advocate that managers be given as much time as they need but this is ridiculous. Of course, there's still time for us to win and at least we haven't conceded yet.


    Touch wood.

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  37. the front 3 r pressing more than midfield 3

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  38. Nevergonnacrackthecode1:15 pm, November 01, 2014

    johsnon aint a centre half
    toure surely betetr suited




    rodgers you aint helping yourself

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  39. Nevergonnacrackthecode1:16 pm, November 01, 2014

    football is getting spoiled with all these soft free kicks

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  40. its like we are playing in slow motion gee so frustrating

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  41. rodgers taking notes during a game is a sham

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  42. Planning his takeaway

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  43. We are waiting for Newcastle to score just like we have done in most matches with the other teams.


    Just pathetic.

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  44. Nevergonnacrackthecode1:19 pm, November 01, 2014

    sterling playing so right
    almost a right wing back when he is best upfront


    uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

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  45. No variation always looking to Sterling!

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  46. Nevergonnacrackthecode1:20 pm, November 01, 2014

    why si sterling so right
    his best game come in the centre

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  47. I think most people on in here need to grow up to be honest. Get some perspective honestly. It's like you are sitting there waiting to savage the team. From what i have seen we have largely bossed the game. Yes, no clear cut chances but we are working our way into tne game. Jesus

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  48. not even a shot on goal

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  49. Nevergonnacrackthecode1:21 pm, November 01, 2014

    look hendo and allen have never played this bad
    balotelli has been our best player actually

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  50. Yea sign him we need divine intervention

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  51. Rodgers...4231 DOESN'T WORK!!!!!!!! WHAT ARE YOU PLAYING AT!!???

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  52. It is not about savaging the team. It is about a manager who is being to arrogant for his own good.

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  53. Nevergonnacrackthecode1:23 pm, November 01, 2014

    exactly
    borini should have started

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  54. grow u!? I thought u where out?

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  55. I guess to create space in the middle. Hendo last season would have made the most of it!

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  56. Sick of Mignolet.

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  57. Nevergonnacrackthecode1:23 pm, November 01, 2014

    we are playing 3-3-3-1

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  58. Skrtel and Lovren laughing stock.

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  59. Sick of defender who do not know how to defend set pieces either.

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  60. Good block by Glen

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  61. I am sick of any formation with a lone striker.

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  62. They are passing waaaaaaayyyy too f***ing slow. Way too slow. This is pathetic.

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  63. Nevergonnacrackthecode1:26 pm, November 01, 2014

    its allen gerrad and hendos fault

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  64. Nevergonnacrackthecode1:26 pm, November 01, 2014

    take vice captiacy of hendo give it to skrtel

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  65. Have you seen us at set peices. Come on Jaime.

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  66. once the ball gets to the midfield is like everything is frozen

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  67. Balotelli has had great service, I must say! We're far too creative.

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  68. we need 2 up front!!!!!!!!!!!

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  69. JOHNSON CAN F*** OFF.

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  70. Up-vote for the sarcasm. Bet Balo gets the most criticism from Carra after the match, though.

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  71. That's BR master stroke when 15min to go and we need a goal

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  72. Thanks for seeing right through the sarcasm

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  73. No team worries about us any more everybody expects to beat us

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  74. On the plus-side, the clean sheet is still intact

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  75. what a disgrace this team is. they can f*** off back home. wanks.

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  76. its like one step forward 2 steps back

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  77. so f*(*&^* slow

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  78. Nevergonnacrackthecode1:34 pm, November 01, 2014

    hey support the team
    even if we are the worst team in the world

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  79. True! My main concern is Sissoko he's playing like a beast on heat!

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  80. I am so angry because I do support the team. This is bulls***. Absolute bulls***. Rodgers has been absolutely clueless thus far this season. I don't know what the hell he's trying to achieve.

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  81. sterling doesnt contribute anything from the flanks..switch him n coutinho

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  82. Come on Man.. This is such a joke. I do not have words to say. Nothing about Glen Johnson or anything. I am just speechless..

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  83. Nevergonnacrackthecode1:36 pm, November 01, 2014

    so my changes
    bring on borini for henderson
    can for allen he is getting bullied
    ..........................................................balotelli..........borini
    .......................................................................sterling
    ....................................................can............................coutinho
    .....................................................................gerrard


    i would take of gerrard for lallana but gerrard can never be dropped

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  84. He is playing like our midfielders should be. Always thought he was good!


    Emre Can for the second half, maybe? And in place of who (because Gerrard and Henderson can't be substituted)?

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  85. Good luck if you think that is going to happen..

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  86. Nevergonnacrackthecode1:38 pm, November 01, 2014

    what do you propose ?


    i think a managerial change will shake things up right now it seems rodgers just plays his favorite players
    chelsea always do it when thing break down thats why their so successful

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  87. Nevergonnacrackthecode1:38 pm, November 01, 2014

    but it should happen?

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  88. I propose that Rodgers pull that butt plug out of his arse and get the team back to what they do best.

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  89. Nevergonnacrackthecode1:39 pm, November 01, 2014

    Rodgers treatment of borini has been shocking this is pure bullying
    like avb with adebayor
    rodgers if you aint gonna be fair to our players why should the fans be fair to you?

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  90. Here we go, he comes the lectures from atop the towers of morality

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  91. Ok. Enough.. I hate this nonsense on commentary.. Everytime we play sh!t, the commentators are like " Oh, but they lost Suarez and Sturridge and it was always going to be difficult". Enough with the excuses.. Losing two strikers does not make the players forget how to pass or kick like weaklings.. We are plain rubbish. No excuses.

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  92. I thought it was nil nil. Did i miss something?

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  93. My team for the 2nd half


    Mignolet
    Manquillo Toure Lovren Moreno
    Gerrard
    Hendo Allen
    Sterling
    Borini Balotelli

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  94. Obviously. Ever since the AV game, we have called for two strikers but it has never happened.. So why start now..

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  95. Nevergonnacrackthecode1:40 pm, November 01, 2014

    yes but 90% of what the team does best
    came from 2 great wise men
    STURRIDGE AND SUAREZ


    look at luis enrique doing wonders with messi and neymar when he is an average manger

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  96. It's not just Borini, either.

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  97. Poor poor performance so far...

    Balotelli and Sterling cannot see any of the ball. Why play Sterling out wide on the right when we all know he plays better in the mid?

    Why play Balo by himself AGAIN?!

    Coutinho, as usual, is struggling on the left wing. Play him centrally.

    We need 2 up front with a diamond behind.

    No one from the bench can come in and make a difference.

    BR sort it out and stop being stubborn.

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  98. Yes.. It is nil-nil and we are playing like we are 5-0 down. I have not complained like the others till now but Brendan himself saw the effects of two up top when Balotelli instantly scored. He downright neglected it. No energy and no urgency.

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  99. Nevergonnacrackthecode1:42 pm, November 01, 2014

    Balotelli congratulations you have been the only player that has been decent
    deserves an apology after all the stick i gave him last week

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  100. i rather hav sturridge injured for longer time than him come n cover their weaknesses..let everyone learn to play

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  101. IN OUT
    Borini Sterling
    Lallana Allen

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  102. We need to make 2 changes at the back. Johnson and Skrtel off, Manquillo and Toure on leaving us with one attacking sub which would be Borini for Coutinho.

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  103. Guess i have a higher patience threshold. Haha

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  104. Liverpool will certainly lose against Madrid , probably against Chelsea but ffs this is Newcastle ,what a lineup Allen & Johnson = crap we all know that, the others are not lighting up the pitch either, BR is clueless and based on the 1st half we don't deserved anything from the game unless something dramatically changes in the 2nd half

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  105. we just cant get passed the midfield when we attack

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  106. Let's see if Carragher agrees with you after the match.


    I, for one, am upset with Balotelli for not dropping back into midfield and dragging a centre-back with him, winning the ball off someone and then lobbing it into the vacant space before hurtling forward to latch on and chipping over the 'keeper.

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  107. I don't normally criticise individual players and I thought Mig might just be lacking a bit of confidence then he tries a Cruyff turn having previously come for ball and completely missed it.


    Clearly it's not confidence he just is not good enough

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  108. we used to move the ball so quick its like we are lost now

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  109. Nevergonnacrackthecode1:46 pm, November 01, 2014

    no connection between midfield and defense


    pass it pointlessly at the back 20 times then put a long one up field to sterling or corner flag

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  110. Nevergonnacrackthecode1:46 pm, November 01, 2014

    no spice up front

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  111. Nevergonnacrackthecode1:46 pm, November 01, 2014

    sas created space for everyone

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  112. The midfielders dropped off to help out the defenders. Our build-up play was the best. But throughout this match, I have only seen Skrtel and Lovren pass to each other.

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  113. I almost had kittens when he did that

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  114. I almost had puppies and I am a male Boxer.

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  115. There would prob be an article written before full time explaining how much of a liability he is. Yet, all I here is "goal scoring Skrtel and 20 mill Lovren need time to form a partnership"

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  116. Nevergonnacrackthecode1:48 pm, November 01, 2014

    why is lovren almost asked to play lb
    and johnson at cb


    this is madness

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  117. Yup. That's how I saw it, too.


    But at least it's a version of possession football.

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  118. we need 2 up front so the ball wont die in midfield

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  119. FFS bring Borini on and LET S GO FOR IT !

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  120. So this how we are lining up


    Johnson Skrtel Lovren
    Gerrard Allen
    Sterling Coutinho Henderson Moreno

    Balotelli


    Ha ha. get Rodgers spectacles.

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  121. Last season Rodgers didn't want t change a winning team, which was fair enough.


    This season we aren't winning that much, and when we do, Rodgers changes the team. What am I missing?

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  122. Oh Johnson, get lost. please.

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  123. Nevergonnacrackthecode1:51 pm, November 01, 2014

    maybe we can appoint sam allerdyce : )

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  124. Red card for Sissoko for the studs on Allen?

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  125. Nevergonnacrackthecode1:54 pm, November 01, 2014

    look we should not need desicions to win games

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  126. And Sterling the spice?

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  127. At this point, somebody needs to be stepping up for Liverpool and putting the boot into Sissoko and co. That sort of thing can't go unopposed.

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  128. Nevergonnacrackthecode1:55 pm, November 01, 2014

    allen just lost the ball playing forward
    i would rather see that then all theese pointless back passes

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  129. It's like a yo yo

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  130. Good shot from Balo. But he had no other options besides a back pass.

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  131. Lambert's warming up...

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  132. Coutinho man you gotta be better with those passes.

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  133. Johnson you lazy s*** run.

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  134. Nevergonnacrackthecode2:04 pm, November 01, 2014

    this aarons really good
    him and origi can give us that skill up front

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  135. I think we'll snag a late winner.

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  136. Well done Balotelli

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  137. should have been red

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  138. Nevergonnacrackthecode2:07 pm, November 01, 2014

    oof this aarons has to eb a lfc player wow what a player

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  139. are rodgers blind??

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  140. I posted yesterday that the boy Aarons was one to watch out for!

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  141. STOP GIVING THE BALL AWAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

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  142. We need Lallana's skill now! Ok Borini

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  143. Cabella is also a good player.

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  144. moreno deserves to be in a better team

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  145. Wow Lovren keeps giving the ball away. I'm being very negative today but this is frustrating.

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  146. seriously, are we playing for a draw????

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  147. I thought yoyos go upwards too...

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  148. Borini comes on but Balotelli still up on his own.

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  149. That's why there's only one...


    OR


    It's a long way down...

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  150. Grief that was a good strike from Borini.

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  151. atleast defense looks better than last month

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  152. Could have been better we're just not doing it often enough!

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  153. We seem so tentative. Can't understand why.

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  154. Should have been red for that on Ballo

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  155. so sick of them. awful. bloody awful

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  156. &*()(*(*)*)*)*)*)*)*)*)

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  157. Can't see where a goal is going to come from!

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  158. HOW HARD IS IT TO STAY ONSIDE FAROUTTRTTT

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  159. Well no surprise there....this team is poor and boring.


    Why is sterling still on the right?

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  160. blind f*** linesman..

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  161. Liverpool of course!

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  162. I AM OVER THIS TEAM. I AM OER RODGERS.

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  163. Hee-hee. I'm masking my frustration in bad jokes.

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  164. Mig migs rescues our mugs

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  165. lol what is happening

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  166. jonsooon tooo lazy

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  167. Can we all go down with flu and call RM match off ?

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  168. If we played 11 v 1 we would lose

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  169. too fu&*(n slowww

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  170. Rodgers making this team go down in flames. Only ashes will soon remain.

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  171. I wish I could join you in laughter

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  172. how is sterling still on the field ?

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  173. Why is he being played out wide with no positive outcome?


    It starts with B and ends with R.

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  174. need pace as horse not lamb

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  175. Clean sheet ha ha.

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  176. Just pretend we're 1-0 ahead.

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  177. So he's the BR and end, um, R...?


    Sorry.

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  178. being wide doesnt excuse the fact that he doesnt run.

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  179. Please. You are starting to sound like Mourinho

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  180. lambert is shite.

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  181. Haha ;) What are the odds on Sakho being blamed for our defensive mistakes today?

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  182. 'liverpool have not got major problems'- idiot commentator. bloody hell.

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  183. He is running, being asked to run around like a headless chicken and so is Balotelli.


    Rodgers needs a blow from a 14LB hammer on the head to wake up.

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  184. we deserve nothing and Madrid will humiliate this lot- Rodgers go away

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  185. It was an reference to a comment of earlier :-).


    Skrtel and Lovren a laughing stock.

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  186. It was fun while it lasted :-)

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  187. If we can't score we get what we deserve !

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  188. That is what you get for doing the same thing over and over and over again. Rodgers keeps on sticking Balotelli up on his own over and over again.


    Taxi!

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