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Post by Art Morte on Fri Feb 27, 2015 6:41 am

Going out of two European competitions in one season against Basel and Besiktas, how about that. Combined those two teams spent about £25m in transfer fees in the summer while we spent around £100m, but oh well.

Yes, I'm still gutted about our latest bad performance in Europe.

However, on Sunday it's a big, important game as far as getting into Europe again next season goes. Hopefully into the richer of the two competitions, so we'll have the dough to easily out-spend the teams we'll be going out against next season, eh?

Okay, enough about the negativity. Beat Manchester City on Sunday and we'll be on the high again. The fight for top-4 is incredibly tight, 48, 47, 46, 45, 44 read the points from 3rd to 7th. We're 6th right now and unbeaten in 10 in the Premier League.

I do fancy our chances against City at Anfield. They are definitely beatable and have not been in great form lately; only 3 wins in their last 8 PL games - albeit they have won the last two with a 9-1 GD.

I don't know who's fit to start, I really hope Henderson and Sakho are. If Gerrard is fit, he shouldn't start. Sturridge's form & fitness looked really worrying against Besiktas, hopefully he will be unshackled at Anfield. City should have everyone fit.

The team I'd play:

Mignolet
Can - Skrtel - Sakho
Sterling - Henderson - Allen - Ibe
Balotelli - Coutinho
Sturridge
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Post by Red Alert on Fri Feb 27, 2015 6:44 am

We'll dominate the game (like we normally do against them at Anfield) but they'll score.

Hopefully we score more...

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Post by Curtinho on Fri Feb 27, 2015 2:12 pm

If Henderson and Coutinho are back I will feel a lot better than the alternative.

Can - Skrtel - Lovren
Ibe - Henderson - Allen - Markovic
Lallana - Coutinho
Balotelli

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Post by iftikhar on Fri Feb 27, 2015 4:00 pm

If fitness permits,

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Post by DeletedUser#1 on Fri Feb 27, 2015 6:45 pm

Really can't get myself motivated for this.

I had dreams about EL especially with final being in Warsaw.

Most important game of the season is Blackburn at H for me now.

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Post by Curtinho on Fri Feb 27, 2015 6:58 pm

I feel like the contract stuff is getting to Sterling...could be wrong, but he has looked off since coming back from Jamaica TBH. Sturridge hasn't looked good at all since his return from injury outside of very short moments, and his decision making is oy.

Right now Henderson and Coutinho are the heart of this team and they need to be healthy and firing for us to finish the season successfully IMO.

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Post by Art Morte on Fri Feb 27, 2015 7:25 pm

I don't think the contract issue would make Sterling play the way he has. Maybe he got too used to playing striker in mid-season when Sturridge was out and no one else was delivering, because now he's been playing further down he has still looked like he thought he was playing striker, if you know what I mean. He used to be so good last season taking the ball in midfield or in the tip of the diamond and driving forward and playing good passes forward and making runs. Now he looks like he's playing striker in all areas of the pitch.
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Post by Helmer on Fri Feb 27, 2015 11:40 pm

@Art Morte wrote:I don't think the contract issue would make Sterling play the way he has. Maybe he got too used to playing striker in mid-season when Sturridge was out and no one else was delivering, because now he's been playing further down he has still looked like he thought he was playing striker, if you know what I mean. He used to be so good last season taking the ball in midfield or in the tip of the diamond and driving forward and playing good passes forward and making runs. Now he looks like he's playing striker in all areas of the pitch.

spot on Marty, I thought the same and wanted to post in the Sterling thread ! I feel the same, he is suffering from that syndrome. I hope he picks up it soon and soon enough means from this game.

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Post by Helmer on Fri Feb 27, 2015 11:42 pm

Btw, Allens contribution is going decide this game. You will realise it on Sunday, what I am saying.

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Post by iftikhar on Sat Feb 28, 2015 2:21 am

HEIL MEIN REDS wrote:Btw, Allens contribution is going decide this game. You will realise it on Sunday, what I am saying.
To be fare, he had a good game at Istanbul.
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Post by Nishankly on Sat Feb 28, 2015 10:56 am

Allen is not incisive enough to play in this system. In this 2 man midfield you need a destroyer and a creative passer. Henderson Lucas is the best pairing we have.

Allen though is easily the best recycler of the ball in the team, He never loses it even when surrounded by 4 men unlike the rest of the team.

I just want us to score in this game. The bluntness in attack is making me restless.
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Post by iftikhar on Sat Feb 28, 2015 12:03 pm

I don't understand why this game has to be at midday? These EPL/FA guys are really some creeps. They could have had the game around evening and allowed Liverpool some extra (and vital) hours of rest.
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Post by Helmer on Sat Feb 28, 2015 1:02 pm

Nishy wrote:Allen is not incisive enough to play in this system. In this 2 man midfield you need a destroyer and a creative passer. Henderson Lucas is the best pairing we have.

Allen though is easily the best recycler of the ball in the team, He never loses it even when surrounded by 4 men unlike the rest of the team.

I just want us to score in this game. The bluntness in attack is making me restless.

He can, not as good as Henderson but still he can. he just needs some confidence. In the City game, I hope to see the same Allen as we saw i his starting three months.

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Post by iftikhar on Sat Feb 28, 2015 3:38 pm

Coutinho fit to play. Henderson to face late fitness test. No words on Sakho.
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Post by Curtinho on Sat Feb 28, 2015 9:17 pm

Thank god Coutinho will be in. We badly lacked his creativity against Besiktas.

I'm fine with Allen in midfield. He is improving every game and I think he can still contribute to this team. As someone else said his confidence is growing and as it comes back he can be a valuable player.

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Post by Art Morte on Sun Mar 01, 2015 11:09 am

Confirmed #LFC team v @MCFC: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Lovren, Henderson, Allen, Moreno, Markovic, Lallana, Coutinho, Sterling

Man, Lovren starts and no Sturridge... He's on the bench with Balotelli, Lambert and Borini... I don't know what's the point of having them all on the bench.

Suddenly I'm not feeling that confident.
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Post by iftikhar on Sun Mar 01, 2015 11:54 am

@Art Morte wrote:Confirmed #LFC team v @MCFC: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Lovren, Henderson, Allen, Moreno, Markovic, Lallana, Coutinho, Sterling

Man, Lovren starts and no Sturridge... He's on the bench with Balotelli, Lambert and Borini... I don't know what's the point of having them all on the bench.

Suddenly I'm not feeling that confident.
Frankly, Sturridge hasn't been that great recently. But yes, him upfront would have given me some confidence/comfort too. Big match for Markovic. He has been poor recently and he will be replacing someone (Ibe) who was quite good. Lovren for Sakho is unavoidable I guess.
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Post by Don't call me James on Sun Mar 01, 2015 12:49 pm

Tactically we're playing so well. Best pressing from us all season. Defensively a bit too risky. But man the game is entertainment at its best.

Lallana should've score that Markovic flick. And Sterling right at 45 mins ffs from the Lallana backheel.

Both teams defenses look vulnerable. But man we can do this.

Credit to Allen and Coutinho. Two of the best players on the pitch. Sterling and Lallana playing great as well.

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Post by Art Morte on Sun Mar 01, 2015 12:50 pm

A decent half, but should have scored more. Sterling, why didn't you do better at the end there? Sad

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Their equalizer was a little disappointing, three of our midfielders on Aguero but they still let him play that pass. Skrtel gave Dzeko too much space. But it's really our finishing why we are not leading, we've created enough chances.

Moreno is being a bit disappointing again whereas Markovic is playing pretty well. I'd really like to see Ibe in that LWB spot. Hopefully Sturridge is fit enough to make an impact in the second half.
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Post by Art Morte on Sun Mar 01, 2015 12:55 pm

@Don't call me James wrote:Tactically we're playing so well. Best pressing from us all season. Defensively a bit too risky. But man the game is entertainment at its best.


The two-man central midfield is risky against City as they have one of their strikers + Silva playing between the midfield and defense lines. If we had a third, defensive CM behind Hendo & Allen it would help a great deal in this game. I'm constantly scared of Silva finding space in between the lines and playing it to Dzeko or Aguero.
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Post by Don't call me James on Sun Mar 01, 2015 12:55 pm

Can was ball watching for their goal as well. Really shit goal to concede. Way too many mistakes made by too many players to blame just one guy.

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Post by Don't call me James on Sun Mar 01, 2015 1:52 pm

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAS

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Post by Shed on Sun Mar 01, 2015 1:55 pm

You Red beauties Proud

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Post by iftikhar on Sun Mar 01, 2015 1:55 pm

Molenation Proud Chaka :wub: banana :bow:
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Post by iftikhar on Sun Mar 01, 2015 1:56 pm

@Shed wrote:You Red beauties Proud
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