4 Feb 2015

Bolton 1-2 Liverpool: Did BR get it wrong with surprise decision to rest Hendo and Lucas?

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has sprung a major surprise by leaving Jordan Henderson and Lucas Leiva out of the starting line-up for tonight's FA Cup clash with Bolton Wanderers.

FULL TEAM: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Sakho, Allen, Gerrard, Moreno, Markovic, Lallana, Coutinho, Sterling

SUBS: Ward, Johnson, Lambert, Henderson, Sturridge, Manquillo, Borini

* This is one of Liverpool's most important games of the season, so it's strange that Hendo is on the bench. Rodgers will probably argue that he's being rested for the Everton game, but it seems odd to leave him out of such an important game.

* With Lucas and Hendo out, we're faced with the unappealing prospect of an Allen/Gerrard partnership in midfielder, which doesn't really inspire confidence.

* Sturridge starts on the bench, which is a good decision. No need to rush him back to the starting line-up, especially with Sterling capable of deputising.

* Lallana gets another start, and he really needs to start delivering the goods on a more consistent basis.

* Balotelli not in the squad yet again? What is the point in spending £16m on him if he hardly ever plays, or even makes the squad? It's ridiculous. Yes, Balotelli hasn't set the world on fire, but Liverpool are never going to get their money's worth if he's not even in the squad, especially against lower-league opposition.

Probable formation:

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

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

Markovic --- Gerrard - Allen --- Moreno

---------- Coutinho -- Lallana

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

Despite the changes, the team selected by Rodgers is more than capable of getting a victory tonight, and anything less than that will be massively disappointing.

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68 comments:

  1. What no Henderson or Lucas Where are the goals going to come from!

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  2. Wattup, dawg? Don't panic, bloody Johnson is on the bench.

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  3. Can't believe Lucas and Hendo aren't included... Gerrard and Allen provide no screen for the back 4 and I can honestly see us getting beat tonight with that midfield. Gerrard doesn't have the legs anymore to play that role and Allen has the legs but very little else. Long hard night for me.

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  4. Speaking of Johnson and goals, that last one was kinda heroic...

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  5. What goes on between Allen and Rodgers ? Expect the usual inoccuous display from him tonight. Totally beyond me

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  6. I can't believe Ibe and Suso are not starting. BR needs to go now before he destroys this once great club forever.

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  7. Doesn't look good for him - good that Lucas gets a rest - our next 6 games are real ring stingers

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  8. BR may want to keep him but Ballo's gone AWOL

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  9. Unless he is getting Migs treatment. Extra training, sitting with Steve Peters too. He may come back the Soto player we bought. Hmm my optimism gets the best of me sometimes.

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  10. Allen is player good enough, people see that he isn't on a level for the top4 and start saying he can't handle championship team?! It will worl out...

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  11. Bolton have a guy called Ream

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  12. Suso... He's left for Milan pal. Ibe on the other hand should be on the bench, strange one that.

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  13. I'd like to see Stevie start, though if that's the team that's out, I would be fine. Like you, I want to see what can has in the Midfield. Although, I have a feeling Allen will make an appearance -.-

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  14. Lovren not even on the bench.

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  15. Ibe is cup tied

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  16. The own goals come from Skirtel : ) no forget that- a Gerrard penalty we win a bum squeaking 1-0

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  17. Ibe is cup-tied from loan spell, presumably with Rodgers approval

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  18. Suso is already at AC Milan and Ibe is cup tied. Good thing you know that much about this one great club ;-)

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  19. So Borini scores his first goal in eons and is then left out of all games after that.. If Balotelli cannot play, why not Borini.. At least Lucas gets a rest but Allen and Gerrard is a grimful pairing.

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  20. Lucas supposedly has a minor thigh injury.

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  21. Even better.. Add insult to injury or in this case injury to insult

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  22. You mean the cup tied guy and the Milan guy

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  23. I never had you down as an apologist, Tree. I see the disease of apologism is spreading like a plague :p

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  24. He does not need any encouragement!

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  25. one leg at a time?

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  26. you know, i change my opinion like my underwear :P

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  27. Only when there are no ladies present?

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  28. I want to say never but don't want to offend you: )

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  29. He prefers to be called Joe except at weekends

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  30. Why can't I be Emre Can.

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  31. Why can't we bloody shoot

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  32. Haha, Clough looks like he's auditioning for us :)

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  33. What a shot does he play for us

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  34. It's going to be a crazy 10 minutes

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  35. Hope Allen can have a good game tonight, the squad would be much stronger for having a plausible alternative to Henderson in the midfield busy-legs role.

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  36. The linesman has got it wrong - twice

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  37. No support for Raheem - different SH with Studge

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  38. Migno looking more confident

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  39. i was already awaiting those answers
    brilliant as always guys!

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  40. Think he intended it to be longer ..... Jones injury he's taken his chance and coming good

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  41. Good show from Migs so far. Confident decision making and seems to be communicating better with the back three. Encouraging to see.

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  42. Not from Hendo or Lucas, even if they were playing.

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  43. BR's decision to rest him paying off now .-)

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  44. Great comment, shows what you know about LFC, Ibe cup tied, and Suso in Italy, he he he

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  45. Islesfan74 out.

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  46. Stats according to flashscores make it look fairly even but I'm sure we've dominated. We just lack an outright goal scorer when Sturridge isn't in the pitch.

    Sterling still cannot shoot, he is a midfielder and not a centre forward, but now his passing seems to be slipping too. Is playing him up front hindering his natural progression?

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  47. We don't want extra time esp wiv a derby game coming up Mutley doo something

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  48. I'm going to ask again, having watched the first half-


    WHAT DOES ALLEN BRING TO LFC?

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  49. -15m on the check book i guess

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  50. I've always said he is world class - has he got any Scottish blood in him?

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  51. So many apologists, Stu.

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  52. Yes he has improved so much, hope it continues, with Keepers its all about confidence in their own ability, and he seems to have really got over the bad streak he had.

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  53. Think Steve Peters might have had something to do with it

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  54. We really had a perfect storm at the start of the season. Migs probably lost a little form, but ahead of him Sakho lost form too, and it was amplified because the defence seemed so exposed: the midfield was giving them nothing and the ball wasn't sticking up front. Everyone seemed really uptight and they played with fear. Lovren was destroyed by it, Moreno nearly was too -- just started playing his own game and got through it.

    Once the pressure eased off, they were able to rebuild... er hang on, what was my point? Oh yeah, that the whole team's improvement is the most important factor in Mignolet's recovery.

    VERY INTERESTING I'M SURE YOU'LL AGREE.

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  55. I believe he eats Angus steaks, does that count, ???

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  56. Sorry to steal the limelight :/

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  57. I think Stuart told his boxer to do it. He's such a bad influence on him.

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  58. I'm better of keeping a slightly lower profilet

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