16 May 2015

Confirmed Teams: £46m trio dumped from the squad; surprise up-front? Anfield debut for Sinclair?

After the 1-1 draw with Chelsea, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has made one change today for Steven Gerrard's final game at Anfield.

FULL TEAM: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Lovren, Moreno, Gerrard, Henderson, Lallana, Coutinho, Ibe, Sterling

SUBS: Ward, Johnson, Toure, Lambert, Lucas, Allen, Sinclair

PALACE: Hennessey; Ward, Dann (C), Kelly, Souare; McArthur, Ledley, Puncheon; Lee, Bolasie; Chamakh.

* Rickie Lambert makes way for Jordon Ibe, which could means one of two things: Sterling will play up front, or Rodgers will go with the Coutinho 'false nine' approach again.

* Balotelli not in the squad again. Seriously, what a gargantuan waste of £16m. I don't blame Balotelli for that, though, I blame Rodgers and the wretched transfer committee for the irresponsible use of transfer funds.

* Borini and Manquillo are also missing from the squad, which is a regular occurrence these days.

* Johnson drops to the bench, which suggests that Rodgers will play Ibe out of position yet again at right wing-back.

* Markovic is also missing again. Another £20m wasted by the manager.

* £47m worth of signings not even deemed good enough to make the match-day squad. Bravo, Brendan!

Probable formation:

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

------ Can ------- Skrtel -------- Lovren

--- Ibe ---- Hendo ----- Gerrard --- Moreno

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

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

If Rodgers goes with 343, Liverpool will have an attacker and a midfielder playing in defence, and a winger (probably) playing up-front. 442 is also an option:

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

Can ------- Skrtel -------- Lovren --- Moreno

Ibe ---------- Hendo ----- Gerrard --- Lallana

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

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



My prediction: 2-1 to Liverpool. It'll be amazing if Gerrard scores the winner, but Palace will not just roll over and die to allow the captain to go out with a victory.

There's no room for complacency, and after previous good performances against the Reds, Palace - and Yannick Bolasie - will fancy their chances of spoiling the party.

As for the rumoured 'Rodgers Out' banner: pathetically predictable, and not worth getting worked up about. Rodgers dealt with in it good humour last time ('I thought it was Rafa's agent'), and I'm sure he'll react the same way this time.

One final thing: I really hope Gerrard plays the full 90 minutes; taking him off after 80 minutes or something to get a standing ovation is (IMO) the wrong approach.

There won't be enough time to really show appreciation in the time allotted for a substitution, so just leave him on till the end, irrespective of the scoreline.

That's the absolute bare minimum Gerrard deserves after 17 years of amazing service.

Author: Jaimie K



444 comments:

  1. Square pegs in......square holes? ;-)


    Let's hope the rumours of a 'Rodger's out' banner are untrue. It's truly pathetic. Today is about giving a great send off (hopefully with a good win) to a club legend.

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  2. Balo penned a farewell letter to Gerrard and made it public today... He gets his fair share of criticism, but credit where credit's due. Class act from Mario :D


    Not great penmanship, but it's the thought that counts I suppose.

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  3. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2466707-mario-balotelli-writes-a-goodbye-letter-to-his-liverpool-captain-steven-gerrard

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  4. Long term view4:59 pm, May 16, 2015

    Frustrating read yet again. We all know BR didn't want Ballotelli so why suggest he did. Let's be supporters for a change and try backing manager and team. The negativity in the stands has been too prevalent this season and doesn't help players on the pitch. Criticising one man for all bad transfers when we all know it's a committee is becoming nauseatingly tedious

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  5. This will be tough to watch.

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  6. What's 'nauseatingly tedious' is fans continually spreading the ridiculous myth that Rodgers didn't want Balotelli. All evidence and logic suggests the complete opposite, yet some fans continue to stick their heads in the sand.

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  7. Who is the attacker playing in defence? By the way half of Brendan's signings are starting the game too

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  8. Go out with a goal at the Kop end Stevie

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  9. Looks like 3-4-3 revisited

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  10. What's nauseatingly tedious is this same drawn out excuse as well about the committee. Regardless of whether BR was involved in bad transfers, if you are a manager at a big club like Liverpool, you are accountable for everything that goes on. It is what comes with the job like how in a corporate world, the higher level officials are blamed even if it might not have been their fault. You are putting yourself up for criticism with the job. Do you think everything that happens at LFC's is BR's doing? Of course not. Like when the team does well, he is lauded, when something bad happens, he is put at blame.

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  11. Long term view5:08 pm, May 16, 2015

    We'll have to agree to disagree. An ex player says he knows for a fact Rodgers didn't want Ballotelli. Say he is wrong and you are right what about the other members of committee? BR Solely to blame? Finally I thought you might have written a piece on Gerrard and some positives rather than a piece further slating our manager

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  12. And out of the 4 others who aren't starting, 2 were always going to be squad players (Manquillo & Lambert), 1 was a huge gamble and we knew it (Balotelli), and Markovic may well be injured.

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  13. Which ex player said that? Please post a link.

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  14. Long term view5:10 pm, May 16, 2015

    Not an excuse but fact. I'm not saying BR is faultless. He's clearly not but to blame him for signing ballotelli is harsh

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  15. KK looking good .... plenty of time for golf these days !

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  16. Kleenex and stiff drink at the ready ....

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  17. First the positive/optimistic bit - I wish SG all the best for the game and future, and hope he scores today. Also know the fans will give him an OUTSTANDING ovation for everything he has done for the club.

    Having seen the departures of Keegan, Souness, Rush and Suarez (who were all in their prime when they left), I had this stomach-churning pain of of how will we cope without them and what will we do next.

    But today, knowing SG is leaving us, I wish him well, but I do not feel we'll be missing out greatly. Not that I am not appreciative of 17 years long service, but there is a feeling that now is as good as any for SG to leave - much like it was time for Barnes, Owen, Fowler, Torres et al - you know they had passed their peak and it was time to get in younger legs.

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  18. I wish the ALL fans understood this point of accountability and responsibility that comes with being the manager of any team, let alone LFC.

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  19. Sorry - but absolute tosh.

    BR is accountable and responsible for ALL playing matters for LFC, including player acquisition.

    FULL STOP.

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  20. Just a peep at the match day squad is enough to make my blood boil. JK is absolutely correct. Where's Balotelli and Markovic??? Loanee Manquillo no where to be found now. Raheem Sterling playing as the forward/striker. With 120 mil pounds on hand and we cannot even get ourselves a decent wing back and most importantly, strikers, 2 to be exact. It may also be the reason why we are playing 343/352 because we just do not have any quality strikers that are playing regularly with knowledge of putting the ball behind the net. Complete bull crap when talk about the scouts, transfer committee, manager and CEO/chief negotiator of LFC.

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  21. rotchie the red5:18 pm, May 16, 2015

    well said

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  22. I was actually hoping for a few more youngsters to be given a go..

    Exactly what are we playing for other that a fond farewell to SG..?

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  23. That's why the match is interesting. We shall see if the new recruits can steer LFC clear to a 5th-place finish in the league.

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  24. Long term view5:25 pm, May 16, 2015

    Partly but not solely. If he built the committee he'd be solely responsible. FULL STOP

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  25. Rodgers himself said that he had the final say in transfer, sure he didn't have top striker on the list but he had the luxury to refuse if we really not wanted Balotelli, looks more like he accpeted balotelli's signing but just denied it to the media so he had an excuse in case.

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  26. Long term view5:27 pm, May 16, 2015

    http://www.liverpool-rumours.co.uk/maccaliverpoolrumours.php

    Do some digging and this guy's identity can be easily identified

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  27. I think BR will very much love to confirm a 5th-place finish with as many of his new recruits as possible. Else, be prepared to see John Henry pulling out a banner that reads "Rodgers Out!!!".

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  28. Great rendition of YNWA - quite teary

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  29. It was blatantly Dave Fallows who brought in Balotelli, but I imagine the choice for the manager wasn't *between* Balotelli and someone else, it was probably Balotelli or no-one.

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  30. That's not really how life works.

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  31. My understanding, and a logical way to understand how the transfer committee works is thus:

    BR tells the committee please find me a player for a certain position - say striker.

    Scout 1 goes away and recommends player 1 for the striker position. Scout 2 goes away and recommends player 2 for the same striker positions, and there may be any additional number of candidate players.

    Transfer Committee meets (including Ayre/BR) and they discuss all the options and come up with a strategy to buy one of the players, together with associated financial package.

    Critically at this meeting, BR has the VETO power to say yes or no to a certain player. If he chooses not to exercise it, then when Ayre goes out to buy/negotiate with that player/agent/team BR has implicitly agreed with that player acquisition.

    Those who think the committee meet in a dark room and BR is excluded from all discussions are really living in cloud cuckoo land.

    Hence BR is fully accountable and responsible for ALL playing matters INCLUDING player acquisition.

    FULL STOP.

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  32. Please see below, and let me know if you still disagree?

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  33. Not sure securing 5th place and Europa League is such a positive outcome..

    But only need two points to secure that in the next 2 games...

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  34. Wonder how much that cost Brendan ;-)

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  35. Looks like Logan paid for a 'in Rodgers we trust' banner. Nice gesture from him.

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  36. We really have to say a big thank you to Steven Gerrard, an undisputed Anfield legend, for his loyalty and positive contributions on field over these many years. I guess his only regret as a Red will be the missing EPL crown.
    Hope to see u at Anfield again soon! SG!

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  37. Never paid for anything before, so always a nice way to start ;-)

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  38. It wasn't 'blatantly Dave Fallows who brought in Balotelli' at all. That is a spurious myth with absolutely zero foundation in fact, and directly contradicts the statements of Rodgers, and Ian Ayre.

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  39. Should have been one thanking Stevie

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  40. You're prob right.. but then at least BR agreed to it.

    He could have said NO.. but didn't....!!

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  41. And if Arsenal win FA Cup 6th place is in it as well i believe

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  42. I do and I don't!

    It's the sort of thing that sounds good, but in reality responsibility is always shared.

    Someone in a position like a head coach has complex responsibilities which go beyond "results" and success in the job is also not straightforward to determine. Brendan Rodgers has done and continues to do a job at Liverpool that seems to me extraordinary. He's vindicated himself over and over again. He's not perfect but no one is. Just shouting at him that he's "responsible!" and "accountable!" doesn't make sense to me as a response to the work he's done, really.

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  43. Hopefully Stevie goes out with a goal in front of the Kop today,We could all say that he could have stayed for another season or two,the reality we have played better at times when absent.& the legs are gone,The Capt. probably would not have been happy with a part time role, as he.s a born winner & needs to be involved,Rodgers says he would have him back in a couple of years ,but thats wishful thinking on B.R. part There will have to be some serious thinking/fine tuning/hard decisions made about the squad over the summer Signings & transfer business over the last year or 2, was like moving the chairs about on the Titanic,looking for freebies & unproven potential this season.last resort next season is 4TH.Best of luck to a great Servant Stevie,time & time again u have pulled it out of the fire for us Fans . Time for a new hero to emerge now & kickstart a new era.

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  44. Long term view5:45 pm, May 16, 2015

    You are right. Here's the link i was asked for http://www.liverpool-rumours.co.uk/maccaliverpoolrumours.php

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  45. rotchie the red5:45 pm, May 16, 2015

    well not everyone wants him out kop are singing his song and a plane flying around with in Brendan we trust being dragged behind it.....looks like he'll never walk alone...

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  46. Long term view5:45 pm, May 16, 2015

    All sounds great except for what if we don't get targeted players. Sanchez et al and end up with players the manager didn't want such as ballotelli. QUESTION MARK. your style of writing could catch on.

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  47. Nah, of course it was Dave, come on. Otherwise what's his job, anyway? Besides which I'd imagine Fallows was among the first people Raiola called when Balotelli got the hoof from Milan.

    I don't care what statements it contradicts These people are all full of shit. They're not going to tell the press about how these deals get made or why. Reading between the lines and using a bit of common sense, I stand by my version of events. Not that it really matters.

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  48. I agree, I think he should have said no, but that could have led to frictions internally. This way, Balotelli solved his problem for him, by being shite, and maybe Rodgers will get his way in the next window. Although, it's as likely to end up with both Rodgers and Falows being shown the door, if my experience of big companies is anything to go by!

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  49. When stating he is "accountable" and "responsible" it is meant to be neutral, ie not accusing him of being bad or good. Just a statement of fact. Like I said, this is true of all managers for all clubs.

    It can also be extended to all managers of something, whether it be businesses, charities or your local gym, etc...

    I know when I appraise the performance of managers in my team, I am holding them accountable and responsible for something we have pre-agreed at the start of the year. Hence when they come to ask for pay rises or bonuses at the end of year, we sit down and go through in great details what went well and what went wrong. It's then a relatively easy exercise to determine who gets the bonus and pay rise.

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  50. If you follow through your argument, BR could want both Messi and Ronaldo to play for LFC, but then he has to convince first the committee and ultimately Ayre to make it happen. If it does not, as in the Sanchez case and others, this is something BR has to live with, and does NOT excuse him of his accountability or responsibility for LFC playing matters.

    Apologies for caps - just the easiest way to accentuate stuff - not shouting ;-)

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  51. Lallana! Specific measurable impact!!!

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  52. What the hell is Brendan doing playing Lallana out of position as a C/F

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  53. Lalla Superstar!!!!

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  54. For me you've hit the nail on head with your last comment.

    In any normal business which has pre-determined performance measures, BR has been given a 3-year stint, and for whatever reason has missed his targets and would normally now be moved on.

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  55. You see - now you're talking my language ;-)

    Can we have same said performance measures review for BR please?

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  56. I bloody love Adam Lallana.

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  57. Enough to demand that he leaves his wife?

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  58. That's interesting, Neutral, sorry if I was a bit short with you initially.

    My two-pence on this is that a football manager isn't quite a manager in the same way as a business manager is a manager. He's also something like a teacher, an improvised theater director, and a prison officer. It's a role which requires, as those roles require, support for the kinds of relationships and responsibilities which commercial enterprises are not very good at. His responsibility is, as I say, complex.

    Clubs usually make the head coach responsible for league position, ultimately, which doesn't make much sense a lot of the time, since more often than not it's the performance of the commercial and recruitment teams which will determine that outcome. As I see it Rodgers has done an amazing job, but I appreciate that others take a different view. I'd certainly give him another season to see what he can do. If I'm any judge at all, Liverpool are on the verge of producing a very good side.

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  59. He doesn't answer my texts any more :(

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  60. If you don't think Phillipe Coutinho is capable of playing DM against a powerful counterattacking side like Crystal Palace, then you are nothing but a...a... an apologist of the lowest kind.

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  61. Fair points - but I would suggest that I am more a "coach" and "mentor" to my team of managers.

    For example, I do not tell them what to do, simply you are responsible for this bit, and I don't want to know unless you mess it up. They then come to talk to me about their problems and issues in 1:1 talks, where I try and help them come to sensible solutions but allow them to solve the problem, with me being a guide.

    As for committees, there's tons of those in business and the art of a good manager is knowing how to circumnavigate those to your own advantage.

    So there are many many similarities between the term manager of a football club and manager of a business. The differences are the people who work for me don't own Ferraris and paid more than I am ;-)

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  62. With respect, that is not evidence of anything, and I doubt it's McManaman anyway.

    I will praise Gerrard in my own time, and in a different way.

    As for Rodgers - my stance is that if he gets another season, then fine; if he goes, then also fine.

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  63. Well, have you tried getting a restraining order against the horrible wife who is keeping you from your true love ?

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  64. He's on the bench. We could use a second one, though.

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  65. Quite the contrary it seems. "In Rodgers we Trust" is making it's way around the stadium. Again, kinda embarrassing considering the last one...

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  66. That's exactly what I thought when he scored haha.

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  67. I felt people may feel I'd overlooked King Lucas, not the case I promise ;-) he defo needs a partner in crime though as you say.

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  68. Alas we may be saying Ta Ta Thank You Bye Bye to King Lucas in the summer..

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  69. That would be all wrong IMO

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  70. But how else is BR going to get another attacking player on to the pitch, especially as its more important to outscore the opposition.. than to NOT concede...

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  71. Yeah not really a fan of banners at all. But at least it was a surprise....in a good way.

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  72. Another set piece ...... GK error !

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  73. Bloomin heck... stream bit behind :(

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  74. too bad we don't have defender to play in defense...

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  75. Theycallmemrburt6:18 pm, May 16, 2015

    not judging by these stas

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  76. B R has to GO - Wr are so lethargic AGAIN - New Manager is a must - KLOPP

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  77. 'King Lucas' - I approve ;-) I remember the last Madrid match when he and Can did very well together. I'd like to see more of that next season.

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  78. No one is going to sack BR unless you reply someone here.

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  79. Rohan Anderson6:22 pm, May 16, 2015

    Sterling has been absolutely destroyed by average defenders. Get him out.

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  80. Did he even play any part in the Lallana goal...

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  81. If any manager worth his salt was told he had to take Balotelli he would have told F S G to take a running jump = what kind of Manager puts up with that - Once again failed to keep a lead - We are too slow - dont work hard enough and STERLING IS PATHETIC AGAIN

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  82. I hear you, but still.. When thinking about players that should be subbed he is always top of the list. Lately..

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  83. To me it doesn't matter who wheels out what snippets of media aimed PR from the past, it's blindingly obvious that Brendan categorically, did not want Balotelli.
    As someone posted below/above depending on how you sort, maybe when a choice of Balo or nothing was the only one, the deal was done, but in a Sanchez signs for Liverpool world, Balo most certainly does not, IMO, sorry to nauseate ;-)

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  84. Let's hope SH we can get some atmosphere going ..... at least make more noise than the Palace supporters !

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  85. My lawyer doesn't answer my texts any more :(

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  86. Below par agreed, but as with yourself I'm not going to condemn the man outright at this stage and still in hope that even in the remainder he will find form and even his perceived threat to the opposition is a big help IMO.

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  87. Yeah this focus on the manager is really low-grade stuff. I guess it's the times we live in, the exploits of people's bosses are supposed to be fantastically interesting aren't they. I don't give much of a toss, in the end. I want football to be about the players again. Specifically I want football to be about Adam Lallana, but I expect that goes without saying.

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  88. Once again, Sterling adding absolutely nothing going forward. Either loses the ball, overruns it, gets easily tackled, or delivers a weak shot. It's absolutely scandalous that this guy is holding the club to ransom. Just sell him already and watch him sink without trace.

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  89. I also vote he goes, can't even figure out his best position.

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  90. Let's keep him another season so he can restore some of his value at least. Wouldn't get much for him on his form in the last three months!

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  91. Absolutely. The player I saw tear Man City to shreds on his debut is not the same anymore. The hunger is not there. The reason Gerrard stayed on for so long is he never lost his hunger to play and win.

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  92. Car crash ! They have been all over us...

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  93. Bolasie making Liverpool look like chumps again. Got to say, he's growing on me. I'd take him over Sterling tomorrow.

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  94. At the time we had SAS who would draw out defenders leaving sterling with space. On his own sorry to say, but he is useless.

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  95. Back three again. Though it was offside.

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  96. Not for what they want for him.

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  97. This was before SAS mate. He played really well in his first season.

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  98. Is Dejan Lovren even a footballer any more?

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  99. Pooping Stevie's party...

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  100. Scripted, we will win.

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  101. Lovren is such a poor player. Looks like a soccer player but he just has no game intelligence at all, which makes me worry he won't improve. He is getting destroyed today.


    And to think JK blasts all the other players and tries to apologize for Lovren who is the biggest disappointment.

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  102. We've really missed Lucas, haven't we?

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  103. Don't think Palace have read the script

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  104. To those scapegoating Sterling. Please look again and realise that Bolasie is tearing tearing us a new one. Historically pace and strength is something the defence can't cope with. Let's look at our attackers generally and tell me who is a threat?

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  105. To me his best season was last year when we had SAS. I still think we can get about 30mill if we sell him in the summer, and bring in players who can score.

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  106. Long term view6:52 pm, May 16, 2015

    Difference is Sanchez was a realistic target. Messi and Ronaldo haven't be and could never be given our financial situation. Same for Willian, mikhityran etc. BR can't be blamed for the negotiations although I'd like to see him involved more of I'm honest. No probs re caps lock. Found it funny

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  107. Wanna talk about Lovren's performance today and how poor he is. Why does he continually escape your wrath?

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  108. RODGERS LAST STAND - He is not up to the job = Once again he fails - SACK HIM TOMORROW

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  109. If you post that stuff about my view on Lovren again, you will receive a 3-day ban. You constantly (and deliberately) misrepresent my view on the issue, so give it a rest. I've criticised Lovren many times.

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  110. Pff, you'd have sacked him after his first three months. People like you have no credibility.

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  111. to be fair it is a home game against crystal palace ! wait...

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  112. Be alright now Lambo is on .........

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  113. Well he is definately making mice meat of Lovren.

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  114. Agree not because we are getting demolished at home against crystal palace that it means Rodgers is not up to the task !

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  115. Name me one team stupid enough to pay 30 mil for a player who cannot even score 10 goals.

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  116. Jordon Ibe: another young player grossly and irresponsibly overhyped by Rodgers, and unable to live up the endless superlatives, all of which put unnecessary pressure on him to perform miracles.

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  117. He still needs time. This is not even his first full season of first team football.

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  118. To be fair I think it's plain to see that all is currently not well in the LFC camp and for me it's not the best time to be judging players, or giving gross overpraise admittedly.

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  119. I'm not trying to misrepresent things at all - just you seem to insult all the other signings. You have to admit you are much lighter on Lovren. I try to say this to you, and instead of engaging with me and defending/critisicing Lovren, you just threaten me with bans because you don't like my view.

    A ban doesn't bother me if that's how you want to run this site. It more highlights your attitude than my own.

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  120. I agree. My point is that Liverpool should just let him develop without all the ridiculous hype.

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  121. If B R survives this a lot of fans will not renew season tickets next year and nobody can blame them - Stevie G last day spoiled by B R team selection YET AGAIN

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  122. that means nothing lovren is average at the very best

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  123. Oh...if we only had a real striker.

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  124. Don't understand the argument about BR improving player when you see that Sterling can barely walk on the pitch and that Ibe getting worse every match since he came back from loan.

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  125. If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on BR...

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  126. Where's Markovic?

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  127. the reality is rogers has overpaid for players he either cant motivate or are just not good enough ...adios brendan you did well to blag 3 seasons at a top club but for me you are just a lower level coach has hasn't achieved anything

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  128. playing 3 pops in on stanley park with kids ( thats about his level )

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  129. i have sacked hiim after 3 weeks and i was right

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  130. And some people think BR will make us a top 4 team

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  131. I thought he was playing bingo with the purple rinse brigade.

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  132. thats way to tuff for him

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  133. Theycallmemrburt7:09 pm, May 16, 2015

    you're right yet again Mr strap. Before the game go doubt gave his "when this for you're captain speech" as he did in the semi final. This game for the players is the equivalent to a semi final or even final and again the team have demonstrated that they can handle big pressure matches

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  134. he will on merseyside

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  135. any other top club BR would have gone by now

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  136. You're spot on. Too much thinking to do?

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  137. We were outstanding

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  138. Theycallmemrburt7:11 pm, May 16, 2015

    that train is never late

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  139. its all sentiment and sloppy speeches with out substance or tactics its doomed to fail

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  140. Theycallmemrburt7:12 pm, May 16, 2015

    ... it has failed

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  141. If B R is still there next season I am betting twenty quid on us being relegated

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  142. Theycallmemrburt7:12 pm, May 16, 2015

    letters from the moms...............

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  143. I'd take your granny over sterling

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  144. Regardless of what we think of Rodgers you would think the players would have had all the motivation they needed to win this today

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  145. I said 30mill betting that he is young, I read man city have been considering getting him, they seam stupid enough.

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  146. balo,borini,marko ...thats about £50 million worth of attacking talent and it cant make the bench WTF is going on

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  147. Tactical Genius

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  148. It's for that reason why I get so frustrated with br

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  149. its crazy he signed them ...in what other industry would this wash

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  150. No, you weren't, sorry, that's stupid.

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  151. No penetration, toothless!

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  152. Theycallmemrburt7:17 pm, May 16, 2015

    thankyou robo Lazars, cen u wecomend a gud pictionary?

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  153. Palace are better we deserve zilch

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  154. We can't cope with pace!

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  155. what this shows is that the squad don't care about rogers and care even less about gerrard ....its a squad of money grabbers bar a few like lucas and he cant get a game

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  156. Nothing new there

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  157. Another nail in BRs coffin, let's see how FSG justifies keeping him.

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  158. Theycallmemrburt7:19 pm, May 16, 2015

    there you go stevie.... the send off of champions

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  159. How can FSG be satisfied with BR as our manager is beyond me?

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  160. there's no pace in the crystal palace team, we are just awful

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  161. Well poor old Stevie is not gettin the send off he deserves.

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  162. He had finished 5th

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  163. Probably feels he's best out of it

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  164. Zaha and Bolasie have been a constant threat!

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  165. Now I see why he wants to leave, I would also not be happy staying with the club losing repeatedly to the likes of palace.

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  166. We got outplayed by another team we are supposed to beat...at home...in SG' s last match. My heart hurts.

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  167. i disagree he is ..its the paying fans who are not getting what they deserve,gerrard can drown his sorrows in the la sun with 100m in the bank no such luck for the mugs who shell out half there wages watching that tripe...

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  168. voice of reason7:21 pm, May 16, 2015

    so brendan needs to go right

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  169. yes, because we are awful.
    We have lost more 1v1 than we have win, that has nothing to do we pace it's just quality.

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  170. With a few minutes to go he decides to bring on a striker.... Clássic.

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  171. Theycallmemrburt7:22 pm, May 16, 2015

    according to BR he needs a striker

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  172. voice of reason7:22 pm, May 16, 2015

    he is sooooo out of his depth is embarassing now

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  173. Right on! The state of the squad is doodoo!

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  174. voice of reason7:23 pm, May 16, 2015

    he hasnt even joined his new club yet why does BR think he will need a striker there

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  175. What a disgusting performance

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  176. Theycallmemrburt7:24 pm, May 16, 2015

    haha. Because one day that sentence might actually be relevant. He's playing the percentages :)

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  177. voice of reason7:24 pm, May 16, 2015

    he have some ok players just the management it needs to change... we have been horrible at defending from season 1... but BR refuses to hire a defensive coach... the ego on this guy is running our club into the ground

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  178. I don't think it is. The sqaud is very good it more the manager not utilising it

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  179. I suspect we're both right. You must admit that Bolasie tore us a new one!

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  180. Just makes me wonder What the Hell will it take to motivate this team ????

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  181. in my time at the club stevie has been magnificent and the team played magnificent today the young lads where world class ...pity we lost

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  182. voice of reason7:25 pm, May 16, 2015

    haha BR what has happened to u this season he really has lost the plot if FSG dont replace him this summer i will be well and truely shocked

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  183. BR should not be trusted with money. £20M on Marko.... I know guys a play with on Mondays much better

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  184. REMINDER: Please remain constructive and civil when criticising Rodgers. Mean-spirited belittlement, ridicule etc will not be tolerated.

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