7 Feb 2015

Confirmed LFC line-up vs. Everton: Huge double-surprise; £42m-duo dumped from the squad

After his ineffective performance against Bolton, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has dropped Adam Lallana from the match-day squad for today's game with Everton.

FULL TEAM: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Sakho, Lucas, Henderson, Gerrard, Moreno, Ibe, Coutinho, Sterling

SUBS: Ward, Johnson, Lovren, Lambert, Sturridge, Allen, Markovic

EVERTON: Joel, Oviedo, Jagielka (c), Stones, Coleman, Besic, Barry, McCarthy, Mirallas, Naismith, Lukaku.

* Great to see Jordon Ibe getting a start, seemingly at the expense of Lallana. The young attacker played well during his recent West Ham cameo, and it'll be interesting to see how he responds to the pressurised environment of the Merseyside Derby.

* Sturridge is on the bench, which is (IMO) absolutely the right decision. He is not fully match-fit yet, so there's no sense in taking any risks.

* Lovren returns to the squad, but with Can, Skrtel and Sakho in good form, it's hard to see how he's going to break back into the team.

* Balotelli out of the the squad *again* - what is going on? He's not injured, and he's never going to repay the £16m fee if he isn't given a chance to contribute. It looks like Rodgers has basically given-up on the striker.

* Manquillo is also missing from the squad. Rodgers' treatment of the Spaniard is confusing, as he's been nothing but solid since arriving at Anfield.

The absence of Markovic may mean that Gerrard drops into midfield..unless, of course, Rodger plays Ibe at right wing-back.

Probable formation:

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

------ Can ---------- Skrtel ---------- Sakho

-- Ibe ------- Hendo -------- Lucas ----- Moreno

--------------- Gerrard --- Coutinho

--------------------- Sterling

OR:

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

------ Can ---------- Skrtel ---------- Sakho

-- Hendo---- Gerrard -------- Lucas ----- Moreno

------------------0 Ibe --- Coutinho

--------------------- Sterling

My prediction: 2-2

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177 comments:

  1. Doubt Ibe will be played at RWB and it is a surprise that he has been picked for such a big match.


    Your second lineup looks correct but I have a feeling we are going to struggle tonight.


    What a waste of money Balotelli has been.

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  2. Lallana went off injured in the last game, so I guess he's unavailable.

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  3. Sick note he is becoming.

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  4. Thank f*** Johnson is not even on the bench.

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  5. I believe Lallana is injured, which is why he is not in the squad.

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  6. I remember the same questions were being asked when he started Flanagan for the derby last season and he had an exceptional game. I feel Ibe won't have any problems stepping up to the task.

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  7. Thank f*** Johnson is not even on the bench.

    :-o He is...

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  8. was replying to Logan sorry

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  9. No prob I think Ibe will be a big surprise - in a good way

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  10. I reckon they are going to finish top 4 this season...

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  11. If we don't make it (likely) would rather them and Arse or Spurs to make it

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  12. Spurs are looking really good too at the moment. Arsenal always finsih top 4.

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  13. where can the match be viewed on line?
    thanks

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  14. Flanagan is a Scouser though. That tackle he made on Saldado last season was my favourite moment. Destroyed him!

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  15. vipleague.me is the best especially if you use google chrome, with ad-block plus, clear as a tv most times.

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  16. Sturridge injured in the warm up.

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  17. I think Ibe will be better than Markovic

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  18. So they are saying on TV, but he done the same last week, went to the tunnell, instead of the bench.

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  19. I doubt Ibe will be playing at RWB. Most likely Henderson.

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  20. Southampton have been consistent and won again today. They have a very good chance of finishing top 4.

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  21. Fair play to them, done a great job koeman. Would be happy for them to break the norm in the top four, as long as its not at our expense! Lets get this tricky one out the way.

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  22. Even so he'll be more meaningful than Lazar!

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  23. or at the very least the fans who pay his wages

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  24. That is the problem. We have teams ahead of us all capable of finishing top 4. If Rodgers did not mess about in the first half of the season then we would not be in this predicament.

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  25. So Lucas injured. Can has to play CM. End of the bloody story.

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  26. Gerrard could have one trophy after trophy elsewhere but stuck with us all these years and will not even get the chance to win the holy grail. What a player he has been for us. Drag us out of the sh!te on so many occasions. Pity he could not be an EPL winner...

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  27. Like I said Ibe is a better footballer, touch, dribbling everything. That shot was an absolute cracker! Lazar should be a squad player after Ibe.

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  28. Everton pretty comfortable.

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  29. This game looks like it's passing Gerrard by!

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  30. Who is actually showing any intention from our team?

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  31. I can't be critical of anyone, it's a tight derby. Ibe has looked good!

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  32. Markovic is a decent player. What gets my gut is that we spent £25m on Lallana when Ibe could have been utilised and we could have used that money to sign a goal hungry striker.

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  33. We could have used the 20m we spend on markovic to buy cuadrado in summer. There's just nothing special in Markovic

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  34. But nothing special ain't it? Gerrard has done enough for LFC. The players around him need to show that they can step up and none have in this match!

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  35. Gutted I can't watch the game lads... How is it looking? Looks like Ibe is doing well? Lucas God injured? Gerrard?

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  36. I agree! Ibe pre season was very good. I felt we could have saved money on Markovic though, at least Lallana has proven in the prem.

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  37. Everton are comfortable. That is all you need to know.

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  38. Lallana has not lived up to the price tag!


    At least we have seen that Markovic has the attitude to make it. Lallana was not needed and he is injured again?

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  39. Exactly. The games he's had has shown he is far from being indispensable. You're right he doesn't do anything particularly well apart from run in straight lines. Like I've said before he looks like an 800m runner who's just taken up football.

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  40. Take Moreno off ,Sturridge on
    move sterling to left wing back

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  41. I think Ibe has been good, I think it's a game waiting for Sturridge. Away from home I did think we'd just turn them over. I sense an element of dissatisfaction from you?

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  42. Watch Johnson come on :-o

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  43. How has the defence been? Allen?

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  44. But I am referring to some of the regulars. It has been a very dull match.

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  45. We cannot take Gerrrad off because of the build up to the match . Sterling and Coutinho are too good. ibes been the best player . Maybe Allen off Gerrard moves back

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  46. The worst player by far
    i would have moved Can upfield and Lovren on

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  47. My preference for Lallana is based on the fact that he is a better footballer, touch, passing & shooting etc. Markovic has youth on his side but he doesn't do the basics very well. I hope he improves.

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  48. If we concede I do not see us winning. Everton have dealt with us pretty easily. Ibe hit the post though.

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  49. If Gerrard is not performing then he should be taken off. The same goes for everyone. Wow Ibe really? I'm so glad!

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  50. where is lallana .why isnt he on the bench......criminal...gerrard has been awful he just hasnt got it any more to play a fast short game which you need with tino and sterling

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  51. Who do we bring on for Gerrard though, Lambert?

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  52. Lallana is a sick note.

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  53. No one has really stood out, but my original point was that Gerrard hasn't been involved. He's been at the edge of box a few times but has largely been ignored.

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  54. Mate, how has spending £25m on him helped us this season?

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  55. i would have like balo on the bench for the last 20 how is he ever gonna kickstart

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  56. Logan, you strike me as a glass-half-full kind of guy...

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  57. Well it is well known that Gerrard is no longer what he used to be but who is going to step up when he is gone? Based on tonight NOBODY.

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  58. ibe has been great

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  59. He played 38/38 games last year
    he is unlucky this year,maybe we should stop rushing him back?

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  60. gerrad dm ....are you having a giraffe

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  61. Balotelli was also a waste of money. Not even making the bench. What a joke!

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  62. I came on here to cheer myself up and get some positive vibes for the second half - just off now to slash my wrists ;-)

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  63. i dont do positive its so yesterday

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  64. Ha ha. Get rid of the razor blades in your house mate!

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  65. I agree he's no where near his form of last season. But there's been glimpses of quality. Injuries has made this season stop start. There's lots of games to play this season, let's wait & see.

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  66. I didn't get positivity from you yeasterday either

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  67. Well have we looked like winning? Everton have a pretty good game plan. One goal and the game is theirs.

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  68. You're probably right which is why we need quality transfers this summer.

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  69. or ours Ibe hit the post

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  70. he should of got shut then in jan ...if hes not gonna sell him at least try him now and again...i just think bringing him and danny on together for the last 20 if we are behind or level would be a real threat

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  71. Quality transfers when we had almost £120m to spend last summer. Ain't going to happen next summer mate...

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  72. im positive i was negative yesterday

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  73. I have already mentioned that :-)

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  74. Unless we want to sell Balotelli for at least half of what we paid for him he ain't going nowhere.

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  75. Fact of the matter is that Lallana was not worth £25m and fact of the matter is that Ibe could have been given a chance instead.

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  76. but then play him ...any object is only worth what someone is willing to pay

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  77. What that it might be our game too- I doubt you mentioned that somehow. But if you did it was probably well hidden by a cloak of negativity and abject misery

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  78. I agree in principle but my issue is with Markovic not Lallana. If we continue current form then the owners may see enough to stump up the cash.

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  79. Come on Sturridge!

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  80. That Ibe hit the post.

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  81. But then they would have done so in the January window?

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  82. Why is Coutinho being subbed? Bad performance?

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  83. maybe a slight injury ...that can be the only reason

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  84. No just lacked cutting edge. Got into some good positions

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  85. I'd get Emre Can in midfield now. He's the only one in the side who can create the type of goal out of nothing he did for Sterling the other day.

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  86. What IS the matter with matter with Sakho ?

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  87. Lambert coming on. WTF?

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  88. Rodgers likes a fairytale...... we lack creativity though

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  89. Maybe Markovic would have been a better idea? Some pace???

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  90. I think we have enough pace tbh. we needed lallana to put his foot on it

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  91. I still think Emre is the answer. we should get him charging through the midfield making things happen. we're walking out there

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  92. We miss Coutinho s magic to create chances

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  93. Markovic would have been more of a threat than Lambert.

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  94. we should probably let Barcelona take Joe Allen now... if the price is right

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  95. Forget top 4 mateys... It ain't happening.

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  96. Any bloody price is right !

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  97. we set up to nick it today. Really dont like these tactics but we go again. Another clean sheet.

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  98. We could play them off against Real and Bayern

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  99. Disappointing we needed 3 points to keep in touch with the pack

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  100. Didn't lose. All our players still alive (I think). I'll take that.

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  101. If you play mediocre players like Allen and Lambert expect results to suit

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  102. Jordon Ibe is nbsc man of the match
    What an awesome player he was credit to him
    deserves to play vs spuds

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  103. they'd have to throw in an egg mayo sandwich if they want piece of the action and none of that Asda brand crap either. hellman's or nothing!

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  104. Yeah Ibe is one positive to take from the game.

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  105. Snoozefest, both teams lacking in quality. Some effort from Ibe but other than that pretty disappointing.
    Jay Jay performances like today are what made me have reservations about Sakho

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  106. My money was firmly on Joe Allen.

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  107. defo. Lambert isnt even a impact sub! we really should have brought Crouch back in the summer for a mill. He'd have been a bargain

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  108. I think Lucas died a little when he was replaced by Allen.

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  109. He was very lucky things didnt go terribly wrong probs the worst game ive seen from him shaky as.

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  110. We are so close yet so far from catching utd and southampton, why can't BR tell the boys to play high tempo from kickoff. We need to win 10 of next 14 to have a chance at 3rd.

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  111. He's all left side. Biiiiiig problem, he can only go one way and the opposition know this

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  112. He was probably worried Allen would get a brace and win MOM and Lucas would never get back in the side again. But.....

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  113. OK 6 points from the next 2 games (Spurs and Saints) or it's definitely bye bye top 4.

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  114. makes me wonder why Markovic was signed

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  115. In truth drawing at Goodison isn't bad but in the position we're in any draw is a bad result.

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  116. This type of matches we should be winning if we want to qualify for top 4. I don't know why BR talks so much BS. Liverpool will challenge for title next season? BR should sort out the current season first. Maybe he is just distracting owners from current season and giving hope for next breakthrough season so that he doesn't get sacked based on his achievements of this season. I know...quiet a theory.

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  117. The official LFC site says "dominant reds held to draw". I like a bit of positivity but that is plain deluded

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  118. Everton has been very poor this season. Should have won it.

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  119. Rodgers made them write that headline...

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  120. Statistically we were but only results count.

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  121. That sums up statistics then

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  122. I think you're overly harsh. 17 points out of 21 and 5 clean sheets in our last 7 league games is our true current form. We know derbies are always special

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  123. LFC will challenge for the title next season? Ha Ha Ha. Guinness World Records funniest joke ever...

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  124. We should go for 4231 formation.
    Manquillo skrtel sakho moreno
    Henderson Lucas/Can
    Ibe coutinho sterling
    Sturridge

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  125. I am always harsh on BR. I hope he is shown the door if we don't qualify for top 4.

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  126. And then when it doesn't work slag Rodgers for changing a system that was working? We've hardly lost a game with 343, lets stick with it.

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  127. Weak as water.... I've Ibe as MoM along with Can. Also special mention to Sakho for giving everyone open heart surgery. Again Steven was weak, Coutinho equation was solved by Everton. Should have won at least by a goal as we had the impetuous while they were shaky. I hope Lucas is not injured by not more than 1 day. Lambert/Allen should not have played instead Lovren as defender and Can as DM. Happy with another clean sheet. Wonder why Italian boys were rejected today? Goodnight!

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  128. It's the wrong crowd on tonight for anything other than wrought over criticism and pessimism

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  129. Not really it's a derby match away. Anything could happen. You don't just turn up & expect a win!

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  130. Someone stupid has to want to buy first. He ain't exactly selling himself!!

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  131. You were right the other day. We have reached the level of mediocrity.

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  132. Come on now... Go have a walk you'll feel better :-)

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  133. Sterling will probably leave for Real Madrid. and Ibe is a good replacement maybe even better

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  134. All our CB's are best suited to either playing in the centre of a 3 or in a back four.
    Sakho would be awesome in the centre as he would have more options to pass. Skrytl rightly plays there but Rodgers needs to decide how we are going to play as I'll bet any money that if he is still boss next season, we will play with a back 4.

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  135. Haha...I have been pessimistic since December...a walk won't change anything. ;-)

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  136. Is that a typo? ;-)

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  137. Is that another typo? ;-)

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  138. God this top 4 is a tough ask now. Have to beat tot'm. Ibe or Mark', my vote is Ibe.

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  139. Besides the match, that wasn't boring at all.

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  140. + Can to replace lucas if not fit tuesday. Would rather chance Lovren at CB than see Allen loose the ball again.

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  141. Here's a pretty incredible stat - 0 goals conceded in open play in our last 11 games.



    A more frightening one - Moreno has scored as much goals as Lambert in the league, and more than Borini and Balotelli combined.

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  142. don't think they give AM the ball enough, too many of his runs go unused

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  143. I don't get it... And I hate that!!

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  144. You know what I've noticed that too, when watching games it seems like Markovic on the right side sees much much more of the ball.
    And btw it's 3 goals conceded in open play not 0, got a bit ahead of myself.

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  145. Dammit missed most of the game but Jordan Ibe looks like a young Jimi Hendrix : )

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  146. its all two steps forward 3 back, rodgers just cant make the big decisions...just when you think you are out you are dragged back in ( homage to al pacino ) why gerrard wasnt took off is a mystery ....

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  147. and joe allen looks plays like a young joe pasqualle

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  148. Say hello to my little friend ( Joe Allen)

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  149. the ball naturally goes that way ,also if you look at how everton set up they made sure there was always someone stood in front of sako on the left making him play in field

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  150. Lallana's status doesn't change to me, regardless of weather he is injured or not -


    "BR paid 25mn for a player, at 26 & at his prime doesn't start for a pathetic, mediocre, over hyped & boring England team".


    Had he not been English, his price would have been 10mn, at best.


    I am sure by now, BR doesn't have the guts to manage French, Spanish, German or Dutch Internationals.

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  151. Lallana needs to toughen up - cries off with little niggles too often -STOP BEING A BIG BABY

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  152. I don't either, which is why I WALK a lot

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  153. where you going with that gun in your hand?

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  154. Neither Gerrard nor Allen should have been in the match-day squad. Gerrard is past it and Allen is just a poor player.

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  155. What a waste, eh! We're he at any other club he would have been booed every game, but Liverpool have the best fans and the most patient fans.

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  156. Why did he take off Coutinho!?

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  157. Ibe seems a bit more assured

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  158. Derbies are exception to rule dude. Any other game, yes, but derbies can throw anything at you.

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  159. Nobody would be worried if Joe Allen had a gun in his hand, he couldn't hit water if he fell out a boat

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  160. Because he was having a poor game.

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  161. Ah, so just take him off and basically remove any creative outlet we have, especially with Sturridge on? Why bring Sturridge on if you're going to take away his primary supplier?

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