8 Apr 2015

Confirmed lineup vs. Blackburn: £36m duo dumped; formation change? More humiliation for Balotelli

For some inexplicable reason, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has ignored Mario Balotelli once again for tonight's FA Cup clash with Blackburn Rovers.

FULL TEAM: Mignolet, Johnson, Lovren, Sakho, Lucas, Allen, Henderson, Moreno, Sterling, Coutinho, Sturridge

SUBS: Jones, Toure, Lambert, Manquillo, Borini, Brannagan, Markovic

BLACKBURN: Eastwood, Henley, Baptiste, Kilgallon (c), Olsson, Conway, Williamson, Evans, Marshall, Cairney, Rhodes.

* In his press conference this week, Rodgers stated: ”We've got a number of players unavailable for the game. We'll see how Mario is this morning." Balotelli trained during the week, so why is he not in the squad. It's a total farce IMO. Yes, he hasn't set the world on fire, but Liverpool spent £16m on him in the summer, and he can't begin to repay that if Rodgers repeatedly ignores him.

* Having Lambert and Borini on the bench instead of Balotelli is ridiculous (IMO). The Italian is streets ahead of both when it comes to natural ability. The only thing those two have on him is work-rate, and when the club needs goals (as Rodgers admitted during the week), Balotelli is more likely to get on the scoresheet.

* As expected, Toure and Markovic are dropped after the Arsenal debacle, and deservedly so.

* Lucas and Allen in the same team again? To be fair, Rodgers has limited options, but it looks like hee'll sacrifice Henderson in midfield just to accommodate Allen. What's the point? Is Allen a better central midfielder than Hendo? Absolutely not, so why make that chance, especially when it didn't work against Manchester United?

* Given the personnel, there's a possibility that Rodgers may go with four at the back:

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

Johnson --- Lovren - Sakho ---- Moreno

------------ Allen - Lucas

----- Hendo -- Coutinho ---- Sterling

------------- Sturridge

This may work better against lower-league opposition, but Henderson is wasted on the right, and the Allen-Lucas axis doesn't inspire much confidence. The other option:

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

---- Johnson --- Lovren ----- Sakho

Hendo --- Lucas -------- Allen --- Moreno

-------- Coutinho ---- Sterling

-------------- Sturridge

My prediction: 2-2

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465 comments:

  1. Still praying it is a diamond..

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  2. Comfortable 2-2?

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  3. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:14 pm, April 08, 2015

    Sorry but we will lose this 3-1


    as you said farce of a team

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  4. Did he say 'farce of a team'?

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  5. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:17 pm, April 08, 2015

    Sorry but this is the worst lfc line up i have ever seen
    and i have seen a lot of bad ones


    why not start Lambert ? , go 442 vs a cahmpionship team


    instead we go 343 a found out formation
    and they will isolate Sturridge


    Rodgers is proving he is not tactically flexible like Mourinho,Benitez,Van Gaal,Ancelotti , Simeone


    i want to support him
    but if we lose , sack him

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  6. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:19 pm, April 08, 2015

    he said it is a total farce regarding Balotelli
    and i agree he is easily one of our most talented players

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  7. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:20 pm, April 08, 2015

    If Henderson is wing back
    i hope we lose , so he can get sacked
    There is a limit to naivety and he is crossing it


    Where is Logan when we need him?


    SQUARE PEGS IN ROUND HOLES

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  8. You seriously do not understand, the difference between what you wrote, and what JK wrote?

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  9. Someone is definitely crossing limits...

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  10. Maybe you need to clarify that for him..

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  11. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:21 pm, April 08, 2015

    And it starts with Brendan

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  12. Nah. He'll crack the code.

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  13. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:23 pm, April 08, 2015

    Look i am not going to spend my whole week
    excited over a match


    then Rodgers ruins it all playing Hendo at wing back


    not having it


    is it because he wants to accommodate Joe Allen at midfield ?


    is so they boith can go join Cardiff city

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  14. hhahahah.. eventually.. imagine him in a bar in Liverpool on a matchday..

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  15. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:24 pm, April 08, 2015

    i don't drink or smoke or inject

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  16. great. instead you go with your girlfriend for couple of hours and forget about Liverpool?

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  17. Perhaps you should

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  18. can't see it

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  19. how doyou input water mate?

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  20. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:26 pm, April 08, 2015

    Liverpool is my life


    i am Liverpool


    so how can i go away from it.
    There is nothing more satisfying then a lfc win

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  21. being a liverpool supporter you can't live without beer IMO

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  22. Yet, you hope we lose?

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  23. 'i am liverpool'

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  24. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:27 pm, April 08, 2015

    drink as in drink alcahol
    i dont do that

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  25. there's one thing more satisfying then a lfc win for NGCTC: Rodgers getting sacked

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  26. do you realize you/ve just said you won't have it? and you can't change his decision either..

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  27. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:28 pm, April 08, 2015

    exactly


    finally
    on page with you

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  28. never getting old :-D

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  29. i think it is sniffing glue..

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  30. we will never be

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  31. it's look moe likely a 4-4-2 allen-Lucas-Hendo with coutinho behind sterling-Sturridge.
    the reason of mario not in the squad is simply because Rodgers doesn't like him.

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  32. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:28 pm, April 08, 2015

    He is injured


    but i think he is cup tied anyway , so

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  33. my lord, do you even know what sarcasm is?

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  34. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:29 pm, April 08, 2015

    Rodgers is not brave enough for 442

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  35. brave enough? well it's one of the oldest line ups.


    playing 442 is far from being brave

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  36. Theycallmemrburt7:30 pm, April 08, 2015

    glen Johnson right sided centerback? The fans argued for years that Glenville should be used as a right midfielder, now to add insult to injury we (it looks like) will play him in a three. It makes my tiny mind boggle. If we do stick with Henderson on the right (which is crazy) he will definately have his work cut out protecting a slowing aging and defensively unaware johnson. For me we should go Lucas and Henderson in the middle of the park with Markovic right wing back. It's imperative that our central midfield has a combination of pace, power energy, a goal threat and composure. That combination can only be met within our current squad with Henderson and another in the middle. Allen should be dropped.

    Lovren Should feel at home in the center so I have no worries there unless that is they really press our defenders and shake them out of their comfort zones which lets face it is extremely easy to do.

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  37. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:30 pm, April 08, 2015

    This season?

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  38. Theycallmemrburt7:31 pm, April 08, 2015

    If were to play 442 I think Manquillo would get the nod at right back

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  39. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:32 pm, April 08, 2015

    I said


    after the loss at cIty in Eihad in 2nd game of season


    Rodgers should be sacked


    yet i was labelled knee jerk


    no looks like i am not the only one who thinks like that

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  40. this season doesn't change the fact that we played 4-4-2 a lot last season, and it was under Rodgers

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  41. ...and there you have it.

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  42. I think we had just fininshed runners-up the season before under him...

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  43. Let's forget about Rodgers for the time being .... there are a few LFC players who need to prove that they can cut it tonight !

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  44. And then we caught form and went on a great winning run... I'd say keeping him was a good decision.

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  45. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:33 pm, April 08, 2015

    We played 442 diamond


    there is a differnce

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  46. Rodgers pre-interview:


    "we will see if it's 4 at the back or 3"


    "mario trained well but he felt ill"

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  47. Rodgers and is love for attacking full-back forbid that.

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  48. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:34 pm, April 08, 2015

    As if
    he is ill every week


    but conveniently fine after the game

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  49. some players will be under huge pressure today

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  50. Theycallmemrburt7:34 pm, April 08, 2015

    yep but rodgers has already admittted Johnson cant run anymore

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  51. well that's what i wanted to say we would play.
    Diamond or not it's a 4-4-2 anyway

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  52. Hope we don't concede the first goal. We always seem to lack a plan B.

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  53. I hate to say it... but they aren't going to prove if they can cut it as they are expected to win. They will however prove they can't cut it if they lose.

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  54. i don't really think he listen to what he actually say...

    in press conference i actually feel he talk just to hear the sound of his voice.

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  55. Is there even a slightly remote chance that Logan and NGCTC are one in the same?

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  56. Theycallmemrburt7:38 pm, April 08, 2015

    loool true that..

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  57. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:39 pm, April 08, 2015

    You are insulting me
    and testing my patience

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  58. Theycallmemrburt7:39 pm, April 08, 2015

    you sound like my wife :)

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  59. Did he go to Jared?


    (That's an American joke for anyone wondering)

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  60. Multiple(all equally annoying) personalities?

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  61. Cripes if he doesn't know either we are in rouble.

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  62. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:42 pm, April 08, 2015

    what he does not even know his own tactics?


    this is unbelievable


    if he does not know whether it is 3 or 4
    how will the players ?

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  63. Yep the blackburn ones

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  64. Mind games or maybe no mind------

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  65. Well he's got my mind in a spin

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  66. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:44 pm, April 08, 2015

    if we won and rodgers carried on
    then lost to villa


    or if we lose Rodgers gets sacked




    what would you choose

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  67. That was quick we haven't kicked off on my stream

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  68. he shoud just man up and admit he don't like him and he'll never play him again, he did the same thing with Agger and Reina than with Balotelli (fake excuse)

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  69. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:45 pm, April 08, 2015

    No Rudy Gestede


    no concussions

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  70. well we're just that good !

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  71. Theycallmemrburt7:46 pm, April 08, 2015

    Mario it seems ill soon need to go on a massive enforced holistic detox cutting out meats, grains, starches, sugars, dairy and.................. the city of Liverpool

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  72. they have nothing to loose

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  73. Win the cup and PL and get sacked

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  74. back 4 ! blessed

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  75. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:49 pm, April 08, 2015

    Blackburn scored!

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  76. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:49 pm, April 08, 2015

    Just joking

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  77. Nicolas Chamberlain7:50 pm, April 08, 2015

    Balotelli was clubbing last weekend, so its normal that Rodgers is not counting on this enigma anymore. Come on you Reds!

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  78. jaimie when will you finally ban this guy?


    he's taking the quality of this page down to a new level

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  79. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:50 pm, April 08, 2015

    Really slow game so far

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  80. how old are you? 11?

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  81. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:51 pm, April 08, 2015

    So you guys can keep making jokes but when i do
    i should be banned

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  82. you're the most anoying person on the site

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  83. Theycallmemrburt7:52 pm, April 08, 2015

    well this confirms FOR ME, IN MY OWN TINY MIND that Sterling wants to be played as a striker before he signs anything

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  84. Nevergonnacrackthecode7:53 pm, April 08, 2015

    That is your opinion
    i dont think i am

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  85. without any doubt

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  86. he certainly doesn't want to play wingback

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  87. urgh sakho, you have a right foot too

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  88. Sweet mother of dog

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  89. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:01 pm, April 08, 2015

    Blackburn playing well

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  90. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:01 pm, April 08, 2015

    uggghhh Micheal Owens commentary

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  91. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:03 pm, April 08, 2015

    Raheem Sterling and Sakho playing well so far

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  92. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:10 pm, April 08, 2015

    18

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  93. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:11 pm, April 08, 2015

    Sturridge a shadow of his former self




    Lacazette ring ring

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  94. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:13 pm, April 08, 2015

    Sakho?


    why ?

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  95. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:14 pm, April 08, 2015

    Toure and Lovren


    uh oh !




    Lloyd Jones where r u?

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  96. Got to up the pace and keep it high n away from defenders

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  97. Nicolas Chamberlain8:16 pm, April 08, 2015

    Yeah yeah, lets sell our whole team.
    You have no faith or loyalty at all.

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  98. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:16 pm, April 08, 2015

    Lovren

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  99. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:17 pm, April 08, 2015

    No i never said sell him


    where did you get that idea ?


    but we need a new number one striker

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  100. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:17 pm, April 08, 2015

    Williamson think this is WWE

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  101. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:18 pm, April 08, 2015

    Johnson almost scored

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  102. No.shite that sakho got injured

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  103. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:20 pm, April 08, 2015

    If i had no loyalty i would be supporting man city

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  104. Nicolas Chamberlain8:20 pm, April 08, 2015

    Not a new number one, we need an extra quality striker so we can play with two man upfront. I was exaggerating because you are always burning our players and than come up with a list full of mediocre players. Not that I'm saying that Lacazette is mediocre...

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  105. Sturridge still looks way off..

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  106. Nicolas Chamberlain8:21 pm, April 08, 2015

    or Chelsea... If you have loyalty please show that from time to time. Give our players some credit.

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  107. Theycallmemrburt8:22 pm, April 08, 2015

    where where where is philippe?

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  108. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:22 pm, April 08, 2015

    I give enough to Sakho and Coutinho


    and Skrtel and Lucas
    even Balo


    jsut annoyed with Sterling and hendo thinking they are too good for us

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  109. Unlucky keep the pressure up lads

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  110. Nicolas Chamberlain8:24 pm, April 08, 2015

    I'm more fed up with Sterling. Only two weeks before that interview he was saying that he was enjoying his football... There is something wrong with our wage policy. Especially if we want to take that next step.

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  111. Balotelli has a sicknote from his doctor for this game.... Looks like he's looking for as many excuses as he can not play for LFC again...

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  112. Theycallmemrburt8:25 pm, April 08, 2015

    Toure amd Lovren have switched..... haha so now they can play poor passes out from the back on their good sides

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  113. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:25 pm, April 08, 2015

    hey i called you the cornerstone of the site
    you should respect me


    also respect Jaimie ,

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  114. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:26 pm, April 08, 2015

    Nice!

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  115. Sturridge hasn't though, and that's all I care about

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  116. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:27 pm, April 08, 2015

    Maybe Rodgers should play another striker with him


    Ricky Lambert
    Mario Balotelli

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  117. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:28 pm, April 08, 2015

    bring on Lambert for Allen

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  118. 4-3-3 ooops!

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  119. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:30 pm, April 08, 2015

    i am happy he proved me wrong today


    still angry over Balo though
    he cant be ill every week?

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  120. Be angry with him, not Brendan. or better still, his illness.

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  121. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:31 pm, April 08, 2015

    its an excuse
    by Rodgers


    he does not want to admit he dropped him to protect Balotellis transfer value

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  122. Of course, why didn't I see it...

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  123. Not gonna be easy to break these boys down..

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  124. Maybe, and I'm not pushimg, but maybe you should give something a try...

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  125. So what I guess can be said is we are still in it?

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  126. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:34 pm, April 08, 2015

    ...............................Sturridge...........Lambert
    Coutinho................Henderson..........Lucas..............Sterling
    Moreno...............Lovren...................Youre.......Johnson
    .......................................Mignolet


    Allen off for Lambogini Lambert

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  127. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:35 pm, April 08, 2015

    We need Lambert
    tooo many croosses
    no targets

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  128. Up to our necks in it

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  129. Balotelli not on the bench as far as I know?

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  130. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:37 pm, April 08, 2015

    Messi,Suarez,Neymar


    the dream forward lien up


    The best there is the best there ever will be Messi
    Neymar the next greatest player
    Suarez the perfect supplement

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  131. He is in Code's parallel realm.

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  132. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:38 pm, April 08, 2015

    No i am speaking in general not blackburn

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  133. It's not Sterling Coutinho and Sturridge so I don't care.

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  134. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:39 pm, April 08, 2015

    Suarez is a legend

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  135. I have just waved my hand over my head!

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  136. dude,no one cares ok

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  137. Maybe he should go there himself and close the portal behind him!

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  138. He claims he's injured his knee.

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  139. You don't take your meds either..

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  140. But he was cup tied the last round too

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  141. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:41 pm, April 08, 2015

    Oh my gosh


    when i left i said
    you omre ,Derbauurman and Anderson were really rude people


    Omre changed
    but you and the boer man
    need to work on it

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  142. Do not understand were the criticism of Sterling is coming from.


    His movement and awareness is something we will struggle to replace.


    In fact, take Coutinho, Hendo and Sterling out of this squad and we are totally f*****.

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  143. Really, if we sign a petition, can we ban him?

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  144. well that's the thing, when you're cup tied it's until the end

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  145. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:43 pm, April 08, 2015

    We are struggling regardless of Sterling

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  146. I am talking in general. Not just this match.

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  147. Sterling passing is as awful as always and he just lose the ball when he has it

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  148. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:44 pm, April 08, 2015

    I never broke any of the rules in the comment policy




    ps i thought you changed

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  149. Who arewe going to have to make us feel better about ourselves if he wasn't around....

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  150. Bring Lambo on SH and let's just go for it ..... or it's bloody penalties !

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  151. 4-3-3 OR 4-4-2 Brendan?
    Gee, I uh, dunno..

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  152. because someone's opinion differs from you??

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  153. Sturridge is worse...

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  154. Coutinho is anonymous..again. Needs to get back to his previous level

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  155. In fairness they are doubling up on him every time he gets the ball..

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  156. I agree. Been terrible.

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  157. That is because he doesn't know what is his position.

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  158. true, but doesn't change that Sterling passing is bad though

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  159. he's not last season's player

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  160. ok i take it back i've been reading some of the comments nevergonnacrack... yh i think he's a troll

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  161. They are not worth the expense......now diamonds on the other hand

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  162. I vote you stay code.would be boring without you!!

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  163. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:47 pm, April 08, 2015

    he needs an injury free season
    and a strike partner

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  164. sorry i take it back been reading some of the comments can't defend this guy

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  165. Who else thinks BT presenters SUCK

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  166. its a given

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  167. Nevergonnacrackthecode8:48 pm, April 08, 2015

    owen as well

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  168. as always, and always will be a poor imitation to Skysports..

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  169. Sterling 55 key passes and 62 chances created. Coutinho is far behind. Henderson is slightly better than Coutinho.


    These three are our best players and tow of them might hit the road.

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  170. Nicolas Chamberlain8:50 pm, April 08, 2015

    We need to man up asap.
    What the hell...

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  171. We're in trouble

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  172. has blackburn come out in the second half

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  173. my god mignolet saving us again

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  174. Ming is proving there is life after a twitter campaign...

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  175. Nearly a great save by Joe Allen

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