17 Aug 2015

Confirmed Liverpool Team: £39m-duo out; surprise as £26m misfit starts. Big mistake?

How predictable: Despite his poor performance against Stoke City last week, Brendan Rodgers has selected Adam Lallana in the starting line-up for tonight's Premier League clash with Bournemouth.

FULL TEAM: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Skrtel, Gomez, Henderson, Milner, Coutinho, Lallana, Ibe, Benteke

SUBS: Bogdan, Toure, Firmino (£29m), Moreno, Can (£10m), Origi, Ings

BOURNEMOUTH: Boruc, Francis, Elphick, Cook, Daniels, Ritchie, O'Kane, Surman, Gradel, King, Wilson.

* Rodgers has chosen the same team that started the Stoke game.

* The principle of keeping a winning team together is a good one, but the team that that finished the last game (i.e. with Can and Firmino) is the team that actually won the match.

* As such, in my view, that is the team that should be starting the game tonight.

* Lucas, Markovic, and Balotelli are all missing from the match-day squad yet again.

* It's good to see the back-four stay the same. This should - in theory - help with overall defensive stability.

If players are included in the team on merit, then why is Lallana starting over Can? Lallana did nothing in the last game, and Can had more of an impact.

It's typical stubborn Rodgers, though, and just shows yet again that he has (IMO) an unfair preference for British players.


Week two! Here are this week's prediction in full (No more predictions will be added):

* 1-0: gilstrap, FdotM, Not You

* 1-1: Nicolas Chamberlain (1)

* 2-0: Benj, DaBandit, PhillyRed YNWA, Funkdoc, Francisco Mambela, Steven2815, Nss Ssn, NonEventHorizon, Ashlee, Razen, Kibur Semachew, laramonet, Coodakay, Ash, Case, nX3lemZ, Peter BIDsley, Gagan Jit Singh Saini, SGMM, Stipe, pocky, Walter, Johnny Starrs, Peter Maxwell, lfcjai, nick1811, LFC, Dion Martin, jcaw, tartan360, AS007, tigger1703, Nick87, DanDifiknow, Great hair, Syed Faraaz, Mark Lawrenson (LFC)

* 2-1: DerBaumMann, keegan8912, Kwaku Affum, krn, Chirag Vyas, SidLFC, Joey2771, MzA, 2-1, adamblfc, Shot callin OG, imoff, Tomkorn42

* 3-0: Benji, Nugget25, gandharv, Eric, Ahverruz Maritz, Weiz, romper, Greg, ChampsWinnerTraore, enayat, Fowler 09, Salim, Donkey Kong, Francisco Mambela, Jer, Satty, Jonathan Capozzola, LT1610, tesoman, GogesusSS4, Charlie, MattJ, Kop4it, orme

* 3-1: Toni ¤ 911, jaimiek, DAROVAR, Jensen Huddleston, LFCNYC74, Gene, BEAST, Shaun F

* 3-2: Puga Nesh (1)

* 4-1: Bilal Malik, Livi, scotthardy81, Linu, Dips (5)

* 4-0: Earnst, Y.O, Stuart C, Siavash, JockInTheKop, hawthorn, David Cannon

* 5-0: Ghost Rider

* 5-1: Timp, pandle (2)

* 1-0 (Opposition Win): trigger


Premier League

Division One

Phantom Zone

Author: Jaimie K


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