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Post by Don't call me James on Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:34 pm

2011-12
Liverpool 1-1 Sunderland
Finished 8th!!
Drew first game, No CL!!

2010-11
Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal
Finished 6th!!
Drew first game, No CL!!

2009-10
Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool
Dinished 7th!!
Lost first game, No CL!!

2008-09
Sunderland 0-1 Liverpool
Finished 2nd!!
Won first game, CL cheers

2007-08
Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool
Finished 4th!!
Won first game, CL cheers

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hmm I'm not a superstitious man, but goddamn that first game is a MUST win.



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Re: Importance of First Game

Post by Guest on Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:50 pm

After first game, our other 4 fixtures are:

City (H)
Arsenal (H)
Sunderland (A)
United (H)


Crucial to win on saturday. Very crucial, will keep our momentum going and keep the feel good factor. plus, Anfield will be buzzing when City come visiting.

just get Sahin and Dempsey in ffs......

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Post by stevieg8 on Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:58 pm

Necessary to win considering the fixtures that come after. Need to take 9 points or so from those first five games, and that'll be almost impossible if we don't beat wba.
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Post by Emaharg on Wed Aug 15, 2012 3:34 am

I think with the Europa games and the match vs Bayern you will be more prepared than a lot of teams. Definitely think you beat WBA and with matches vs Arsenal, City and United all at home could set yourself up very well for the season.
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Post by BeautifulGame on Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:23 am

I would be more than happy with 6 or 7 pts from the first 5 games.We are under new manager with new style , will take time to be integrated.

Just Remember how awfully Spurs/Arsenal started last season.

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Post by CBarca on Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:46 am

@BeautifulGame wrote:I would be more than happy with 6 or 7 pts from the first 5 games.We are under new manager with new style , will take time to be integrated.

Just Remember how awfully Spurs/Arsenal started last season.

This.

The first game is nice if you can get off to a good start and get momentum, but really I don't see it much more important than any other game of the season. IMO the crucial games are around the turn of the year where the results really start shaping up who will be where at the end of the season, and it's around the same time fatigue starts setting in ( at least for Barca historically)

You look at how Arsenal started the season and they finished third. No reason anyone else can't do the same thing.

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Re: Importance of First Game

Post by Art Morte on Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:58 am

West Brom were rather poor at home last season, losing over half of their home games. Hopefully that will continue on Saturday.

Although when it's the first day of the season, I'm sure the place will be rocking, it will be difficult for us. Clarke knows us very well. If I got offered a draw right now, I just might take it.
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Re: Importance of First Game

Post by Don't call me James on Wed Aug 15, 2012 7:09 am

I just pulled out my 08-09 DVD and rewatched our whole season. What an amazing season Sad Have no idea how we didn't end up winning the title. Our midfield was out of this world :bow: So pumped up for the season to start. bounce

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Post by Fahim89 on Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:45 am

The first five fixtures in any half of the season would have been vital. So they being in the beginning of the season doesn't make much of a difference to me. However, i feel the fixtures are pretty much favorable cause you see the difficult games are all HOME games. And the away games are ones we should try to win. So all in all not that bad! Thumbs up
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Post by Nishankly on Wed Aug 15, 2012 1:04 pm

Have to win it, Have to get atleast 7 points from the first five fixtures.
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Re: Importance of First Game

Post by Don't call me James on Sun Aug 11, 2013 9:06 am

BUMP

Must win. The trend continuous. There is absolutely no room for mistakes if we want to sustain a challenge.

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Post by Art Morte on Sun Aug 11, 2013 11:30 am

Someone might as well start a thread for the Stoke game or we'll end up discussing it here now.
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Re: Importance of First Game

Post by Red Alert on Sun Aug 11, 2013 11:42 am

Win first game against Stoke City and we'll get CL.

Watch us bottle it. :coffee: 
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Post by Helmer on Sun Aug 11, 2013 12:22 pm

omg, I just got superstitious after reading that stat in the first post!!!!
If we loose the first game, I will watch the whole season keeping in mind we will not finish 4th

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Re: Importance of First Game

Post by iftikhar on Sun Aug 11, 2013 9:49 pm

Nishank (match-day thread) and Art (prediction thread), time to get busy.

Here are two teasers
1. Who will start: Toure or Skrtel!
2. Who will start: Downing or Borini!
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Post by stevieg8 on Sun Aug 11, 2013 11:16 pm

Toure and neither, I think front four will be Sturridge/Cou/Aspas and either Hendo or Allen, Downing and Borini will both be on the bench.
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Post by iftikhar on Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:48 am

Then Sturridge is fit! I heard he have some injury/fitness issue.

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Re: Importance of First Game

Post by Don't call me James on Mon Aug 12, 2013 4:55 pm

Let's hope Agger is fit by then. That's the biggest concern for us.

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Post by Red Alert on Tue Aug 13, 2013 4:59 am

Exactly. And if Agger gets injured, our defence becomes a joke even with Skrtel in it. It's already our weakest part in our starting XI with Agger in there in the first place.

So I don't see why we want to sell Skrtel for another CB to come in. Just sign a CB, and have Toure as the 4th CB.
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Post by Helmer on Tue Aug 13, 2013 3:09 pm

may be BR thinks that Toure is third CB choice and Wisdom as fourth

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Re: Importance of First Game

Post by Don't call me James on Tue Aug 13, 2013 6:49 pm

Toure is without a doubt ahead of Skrtel in the pecking order at the moment.

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Post by Art Morte on Tue Aug 13, 2013 6:50 pm

McAgger wrote:Toure is without a doubt ahead of Skrtel in the pecking order at the moment.
Which is just wrong.
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Post by Don't call me James on Tue Aug 13, 2013 6:52 pm

@Art Morte wrote:
McAgger wrote:Toure is without a doubt ahead of Skrtel in the pecking order at the moment.
Which is just wrong.
I know, I don't agree with it either. But Skrtel hasn't done himself many favors when played.

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Post by vegfootball on Tue Aug 13, 2013 9:14 pm

very worry, are squad not bad but like seen the 3 XI been we need bought by now,

open games for past 18+ year i was think this are year, now i am think that team who going fight to stay in Premier League have bought some good players & midd team look much better than have for a long time

i am think this is the year LFC go down not into the top 4

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Re: Importance of First Game

Post by RedOranje on Wed Aug 14, 2013 1:35 am

Toure's outperformed Skrtel in pre-season (and obviously in training) and has far more experience while showing better consistency during his time in the PL. I don't think it's as much of a stretch to start him over Skrtel as some claim.

Skrtel is almost certainly the better player at the moment if both are in form. However, Skrtel hasn't been in convincing form for a while, nor does he seem comfortable in the higher line Rodgers wishes to establish (which was put off to accommodate Carra) while Kolo is both experienced and relatively comfortable in that system.

Also, I think the "importance" of the first game is overrated. It's just built up to be such a big deal so pundits and fans alike can overreact following the result.

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