29 Aug 2015

Confirmed Teams: £37m-duo in; 'wonderful' starlet on the bench; £18m star ignored

Consistency is key in football, and in his attempt to maintain Liverpool's early-season consistency, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has named the same team that played so well against Arsenal on Monday.

FULL TEAM: Mignolet, Clyne, Skrtel, Lovren, Gomez, Lucas, Can, Milner, Firmino, Coutinho, Benteke

SUBS: Bogdan, Ings, Origi, Sakho, Rossiter, Moreno, Ibe

WEST HAM: Randolph, Tomkins, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Obiang, Kouyate, Lanzini, Noble (c), Payet, Sakho

* After being dumped from the France squad this week, Mamadou Sakho will not be happy about being on the bench, but It's clearly the right decision to keep the same team.

* Good to see £8m-rated Lucas keep his place, and Firmino makes his second start in a row, which will be good for his fitness levels.

* It's imperative that the likes Coutinho, Firmino, Milner, Can, and Benteke have a consistent attacking impact on the game, and I'm sure many fans will be expecting a goalscoring victory today.

* It is, after all, a home game, and Liverpool are (on paper) a superior team to West Ham.

* It's simple really: if Liverpool have any serious ambitions of finishing in the top four this season, then home games like this need to be won.

So far, West Ham have lost two of their three games, and conceded six goals (average: 2 goals per game), so there's clearly an opportunity for Liverpool to capitalise on the Hammer's porous defence.

That said, West Ham went to Arsenal on the opening day of season, and won 2-0, so there's a definite warning sign there.

Probable formation:

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

Clyne ------- Lovren -- Skrtel ------- Gomez

------------------ Lucas

----------- Can -------- Milner

-------- Firmino ------ Coutinho

---------------- Benteke

Prediction League

A lot of optimistic fans this week, with the majority predicting a Liverpool win. Let's hope it turns out that way. (the predictions will be updated over the next 30 mins_

* 1-0: Joy, Syed Faraaz, Gene, Ronny, Eric, krn

* 1-1: Y.O., patrick ferrell, LFCNYC74, Livi

* 2-0: Adam, lfcjai, SidLFC, tigger1703, Kwaku Affum, imoff, LFC_SA, romper, pandle, pocky, mogsy, FdotM, Kibur Semachew, Charlie, AS007, Gagan Jit Singh Saini, DanDifiknow, Chirag Vyas, MzA, Stipe, Weiz, Francisco Mambela, keegan8912, Nss Ssn, enayat, Mark Lawrenson (LFC), Trigger, colonel cocknocker

* 2-1: nX3lemZ, Orme, Nick87, Shot callin OG, Jensen Huddleston, Sav, Greg, Siavash, SGMM, JockInTheKop, jaimiek, Ahverruz Maritz, DAROVAR, Steven2815, gilstrap, Case, Nicolas Chamberlain, Not You, Razen

* 2-2: Loganlfc, Donkey Kong,

* 3-0: Mr. Point Of View, Puga Nesh, DerBaumMann, Fowler 09, Ghost Rider, GogesusSS4, scotthardy81, Ash, vvlfc

* 3-1: RedSubmarine, Terry McDermotts perm, Stuart C, BEAST, demon_knight, DaBandit, Peter_Maxwell, Great hair, kred, PhillyRed YNWA, Glen, Vinnie, kopite s, MattJ, MICK THE RED

* 3-2: GodSpunk

* 4-0: Johnny Starrs

* 4-1: Dan Tanna, Linu,

* 5-1: LT1610

* 5-2: Timp

Opposition Win

1-2: Toni ¤ 911, Joey2771

Author: Jaimie K


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