12 Sept 2015

Confirmed Teams: £51m-duo out; LFC bit-part player starts; massive boost for Liverpool as Rooney misses the game

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has made named the team most fans expected for today's vital Premier League clash with Manchester United, but the biggest news of the day is that Wayne Rooney misses out, which means United don't have a recognised striker in the starting XI.

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

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

MAN UTD: De Gea; Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Shaw; Carrick, Schweinsteiger; Mata, Herrera, Memphis; Fellaini.

* With Coutinho suspended, Ings is the obvious replacement, and his presence in the team will hopefully give the Reds more of a consistent attacking threat in the final third.

* Hendo, Lallana, and Sturridge are all out injured, which - Lallana aside - is a massive blow for Liverpool.

* This Man United team looks distinctly average, and if Liverpool can put in an Arsenal-style performance today, then the game may be there for the taking.

* Against West Ham, Lucas often played higher up the field than James Milner, which was incredibly frustrating to see.

* Although it's not saying much, Milner is clearly a greater attacking threat than the Brazilian, and Lucas should *never* play higher up the pitch. Hopefully, that won't happen today.

Probable formation:

------------------- Mignolet
Clyne ------- Skrtel ---- Lovren ----- Gomez
------------------- Lucas
------------- Milner --- Can
------------------- Firmino
------------ Ings --------- Benteke

Ings should stay as close to Benteke as possible, but it won't surprise me in the slightest to see Rodgers play him on the wing.


Liverpool Win

* 0-0: NeutralRed, Nss Ssn, Kwaku Affum, Stipe,

* 1-0: Joe, lfcjai, tartan360, fkpoh

* 1-1: Gagan Jit Singh Saini, Jaimiek, DanDifiknow, Finlay, tigger1703, Nick87, gilstrap, demon_knight, krn, Glen

* 2-0: Ashlee, pocky, Stuart C, Peter_Maxwell, Blood Red, Case

* 2-1: Salim, Jensen Huddleston, orme, nX3lemZ, nick1811, romper, Jonathan Capozzola, Ronny, Toni ¤ 911, Not You, Siavash, Linu, SGMM, SidLFC, patrick ferrell, Peter BIDsley

* 2-2: Kibur Semachew

* 3-0:

* 3-1: DAROVAR, DerBaumMann

* 3-2: Razen

* 3-3: Puga Nesh

* 4-2: Timp

* 6-0: Ash

Opposition Win

* 1-0: Francisco Mambela, GogesusSS4, Great hair, xxcell2010

* 2-0: wallacelallace, Mr. Point Of View, PhillyRed YNWA, Loganlfc, solitaryreaper, DaBandit, Joey2771

* 2-1: Chirag Vyas, Charlie, Sav, imoff, Donkey Kong, scotthardy

* 3-1: hawthorn, Trigger, Ahverruz Maritz, Nicolas Chamberlain

* 3-0: FdotM, Ghost Rider, Livi

Author: Jaimie K


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