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Post by Art Morte on Wed Sep 10, 2014 8:27 am

Aston Villa's owner, Mr Lerner, put the club up for sale early in the summer and has so far failed to sell it. Reluctant to put any more money into the club, Villa's summer transfer dealings were a "bit" desperate: they acquired Joe Cole on a free.

Philippe Senderos, who failed to cut it at relegation-quality Fulham, was also acquired on a free transfer.

And they actually had to pay money for our good friend, Aly Cissokho.

Whereas every other Premiership club were busy spending that ever-increasing TV cash, Villa's net summer spending stayed at about £7m, with defensive midfielder Carlos Sanchez brought in for £4.7m as the marquee signing. Only Burnley spent less than Aston Villa.

In that light for Villa to have started the season with two wins and a draw, putting them third in the table, just goes to further highlight the genious of Paul Lambert - not that his genious needs any more highlighting for it surely is unquestionably clear for the footballing world by now.

So, Saturday's last kick-off promises to be quite the tough test on our team. Last season the fixture ended in a draw; let's see if we can defy the odds and go one better this time round.

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Post by BusterLfc on Wed Sep 10, 2014 7:44 pm

Is Lallana ready to start this one? Or he'll get minutes from the bench?

I'd also be tempted to play the Italian duo Balo-Borini up front.
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Post by DeletedUser#1 on Wed Sep 10, 2014 9:22 pm

We've beaten Villa at Anfield only once in the past 5 seasons :facepalm: , always one of those days...hope we put it behind us this time.

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Post by Helmer on Wed Sep 10, 2014 9:43 pm

Studge getting injured for this game is just going to make that stat even stronger Laughing

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Post by Don't call me James on Wed Sep 10, 2014 11:02 pm

Actually not worried at all.

Sturridge being out and even if Hendo was injured it wouldn't big that big of a blow as now we finally after decades have a great squad with quality players who can come in and out and keep the same level.

-We can see the Italian duo up top if we want to continue with the diamond.
-May be move up Sterling to the Studger role and play one of Phil or Llana in the hole.
-May be go attacking at play Coutinho instead of Allen in the midfield 3.
-Maybe 4-3-3 with Marko and Sterling flanking Mario with the same midfield 3.
-Maybe rest Gerrard and have Lucas or Can come in the deep lying role.
-Even a chance of playing a couple pivot with Hendo-Can or Hendo-Allen or Allen-Can if we want to rest Stevie for midweek CL.

The possibilities are endless.

So excited.

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Re: Liverpool v Aston Villa

Post by Helmer on Thu Sep 11, 2014 10:12 am

I dont about exact stats but Villa perform good when playing against top 4 or 6 away from home, Paul Lambert :bow: Morty Man :bow:
But if, this time Lambert loses this game, BR Proud

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Post by Nishankly on Thu Sep 11, 2014 2:27 pm

No Can, Allen and Sturridge for this.

I think Lallana and Lucas will come in.
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Post by Curtinho on Thu Sep 11, 2014 2:41 pm

Allen and Can are out too? Hm. Any idea what we line up like?

Manquillo-Lovren-Sakho-Moreno
Henderson-Gerrard-Coutinho
Sterling-Balotelli-Lallana

? I have to admit, against smaller sides this is such a strong line-up to score a lot of goals holy.

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Re: Liverpool v Aston Villa

Post by iftikhar on Thu Sep 11, 2014 3:24 pm

-------------Mignolet-------------
Manquillo-Lovern-Sakho-Moreno
-------------Gerrard--------------
------Henderson--Coutinho------
Raheem----Balotelli-----Markovic

-------------Mignolet-------------
Manquillo-Lovern-Sakho-Moreno
-------------Gerrard--------------
------Henderson----Lallana------
------------Coutinho--------------
-------Raheem----Balotelli-------
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Post by Art Morte on Thu Sep 11, 2014 4:04 pm

If Lallana just has the fitness to start, I think he should slot in nicely. He's played in the Prem and in the summer with many of our players at the World Cup, I would have no problem starting him.

After all, when you pay some £25m for a player, you should be able to count on him...
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Post by Nishankly on Thu Sep 11, 2014 6:40 pm

Lucas will start 100%. It'll be folly to play a Gerrard-Henderson midfield IMO when Villa's midfield is 5x times faster than us.

They are probably the fastest on counter along with us in the PL, Its just that they dont have enough quality upfront to make it count.
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Post by Don't call me James on Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:10 pm

We play a 3 man midfield Nish, Rodgers, I think, only twice ever played with a double pivot and it backfired.

As for the line up bib theory suggests:

Mignolet
Manquillo - Kolo - Sakho - Moreno
Gerrard
Hendo - Coutinho
Markovic - Lambert - Lallana

Dejan and Mario weren't training today for some reason. And they aren't injured so expect them to come in for Kolo and Lambert in that line up.

Raheem will be rested going by the bib theory after playing 90mins twice with England. Lucas won't be starting either going by the bib theory.

Allen, Skrtel, Johnson, Flanno, Sturridge out injured.

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Post by Don't call me James on Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:12 pm

So this is what I expect:

Mignolet
Manquillo - Lovren - Sakho - Moreno
Gerrard
Hendo - Coutinho
Markovic - Mario - Lallana

Bench: Jones, Kolo, Enrique, Lucas, Raheem, Lambert, Borini/Suso.

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Re: Liverpool v Aston Villa

Post by Nishankly on Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:18 pm

Could be a decent game to test a new front 3. Wink
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Re: Liverpool v Aston Villa

Post by Don't call me James on Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:23 pm

I really wouldn't mind at least once this season seeing Mario-Fabio partnership in a diamond.

On paper seems like a match made in heaven considering both players strengths.

Maybe this could be the game. hmm

Though I would feel safer if it was Lallana, Sterling, or Marko playing instead of Fabio.

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Re: Liverpool v Aston Villa

Post by Nishankly on Fri Sep 12, 2014 8:24 am

The league cup game will be there for that imo. Lambert and Borini will start, With Markovic and Coutinho on the wings. Anyways thats for another thread.
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Post by Curtinho on Fri Sep 12, 2014 6:20 pm

So basically, unless Sterling needs rest, they're going to use my line-up. Just make me coach ffs

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Re: Liverpool v Aston Villa

Post by Nishankly on Fri Sep 12, 2014 7:44 pm

No one's getting my vote for coach until Adorjan's backing starting for us again tbf
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Post by Don't call me James on Fri Sep 12, 2014 7:50 pm

El Cujo wrote:So basically, unless Sterling needs rest, they're going to use my line-up. Just make me coach ffs


You would get sacked right away for trying to sign Blind from Man Yoo.

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Post by Curtinho on Fri Sep 12, 2014 8:37 pm

Psh. Under me Skrtel, Johnson and Lucas would already be gone, and Memphis, Blind, Schar and Rodriguez would be here instead. :coffee:

Would also bring in Loris Karius for competition with Mignolet.

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Post by Nishankly on Sat Sep 13, 2014 5:03 am

"It's just about him getting the minutes and the game time, and we'll look forward to introducing him back to that over the next couple of weeks."

So no Lallana starting, Coutinho comes in then. He needs to work as hard as Lallana to fulfill that third CM role.
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Post by Curtinho on Sat Sep 13, 2014 5:34 am

Nishy wrote:"It's just about him getting the minutes and the game time, and we'll look forward to introducing him back to that over the next couple of weeks."

So no Lallana starting, Coutinho comes in then. He needs to work as hard as Lallana to fulfill that third CM role.


Lallana wouldn't be playing in the CM role anyway. Coutinho is much, much better suited to it than Lallana is. If Lallana isn't starting they must be going with Sterling/Markovic?

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Re: Liverpool v Aston Villa

Post by Nishankly on Sat Sep 13, 2014 7:39 am

Lallana is much more of hard worker hence assumed BR might play him at that CM role. Lana's crossing is also something Balotelli could thrive on.
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Re: Liverpool v Aston Villa

Post by HOXTYGEN on Sat Sep 13, 2014 4:36 pm

Confirmed team.
Mignolet
Manquillo Lovren Sakho Moreno

Henderson Gerrard Coutinho

Markovic. Ballotelli Lallana
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Re: Liverpool v Aston Villa

Post by Art Morte on Sat Sep 13, 2014 4:40 pm

Six players of that starting XI weren't at the club last season, three of the back four and all three of the attack. This could be amazing or a disaster.
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