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Post by iftikhar on Thu Apr 16, 2015 7:07 am

With Champions League qualification seemingly out of reach, winning the FA Cup has emerged as THE objective of the season. Not only will it take some bitterness off what has been a miserable season; it will be our first trophy in three years and the first in Rodgers reign.

With Skrtel returning, Ibe being cup-tied and our recent preference for 433; we might field a team like this:

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Post by Nishankly on Thu Apr 16, 2015 7:40 am

Skrtel in, Can on the bench. Lovren should start. The rest would be the same team that played against Newcastle.

Benteke usually scores of set pieces and crosses, We might a bit better off with Skrtel there.
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Re: Aston Villa vs. Liverpool

Post by Art Morte on Thu Apr 16, 2015 8:05 am

Our goal-scoring is so bad (especially if Sturridge isn't fit for this one) that I'm kinda hoping it'll be an open game where we can play counter or semi-counter attacks. Villa might frustrate us if they decide to defend deep.

I'd actually be tempted to start Lambert in this game, at least he can finish chances.

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Markovic - Henderson - Allen - Sterling
Coutinho - Balotelli
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Okay, very unlikely that Lambert will start and I'm not sure are we going to see Mario play for Liverpool ever again, so don't take that seriously.

One big question is that is Rodgers going to start Gerrard? I don't think he should start, but if he does, at least he should be well fresh. Or if we play that three-man midfield, then Gerrard could start in that deep-lying role.

A huge game and no doubt we are the better team, but my biggest worry is that Villa might know better how to play to their strengths than we know how to play to our own strengths, both tactically and team selection wise.
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Post by DeletedUser#1 on Thu Apr 16, 2015 3:27 pm

Johnson should be nowhere near the team iMO. He doesn't care and doesn't even bother running and tracking back anymore.

If Agbonlahor start vs. GJ, we're screwed.

Can see us going to 3 at the back for this and rightly so. I don't trust a 4 men defense to deal with Benteke.

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Re: Aston Villa vs. Liverpool

Post by Nishankly on Fri Apr 17, 2015 7:38 am

Forgot Ibe is cup tied for this. Dammit.
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Post by Don't call me James on Fri Apr 17, 2015 2:31 pm

Just win dammit, I don't care who plays as long as Coutinho's in.

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Re: Aston Villa vs. Liverpool

Post by Curtinho on Fri Apr 17, 2015 2:40 pm

I'd like to see:

Flanagan - Can - Lovren - Moreno
Henderson - Lucas - Allen
Lallana - Coutinho - Sterling

It'll be a tough game but we have to stay motivated and bring our best. With Sterling and Lallana penetrating while Coutinho plays the false 9 again I don't think Villa can handle the fluidity of our attack so it will be all about taking our chances and making sure not to get caught sleeping at the back.

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Re: Aston Villa vs. Liverpool

Post by DeletedUser#1 on Fri Apr 17, 2015 4:02 pm

^ Dropping Skrtel who has been one of our best players this season.

Starting Flanagan in the most important and intense game of the season when he hasn't had a single minute of game time all season

Playing Coutinho as a striker


that must be some nice shrooms you're on mate Proud

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Post by Curtinho on Fri Apr 17, 2015 6:05 pm

I actually forgot Skrtel would be back for this game. I would slot him in at CB and Can in at RB, but I would still prefer Flanagan or Manquillo over Johnson if those are the options.

Coutinho played as our "striker" against Newcastle (you know, the first game in a while our team looked extremely effective and fluid in attack, and he was by far our MoTM), but I'm guessing you just didn't watch that game. Or maybe you were too busy with those shrooms.

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Post by Art Morte on Fri Apr 17, 2015 8:59 pm

I wonder does it have any significant effect on the pitch that Reading and Arsenal play on it on Saturday and we on Sunday hmm

A deteriorated pitch would be a disadvantage to us.
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Post by Helmer on Fri Apr 17, 2015 10:40 pm

Johnson - Can - Skrtel - Moreno
Henderson - Lucas - Allen
Markovic - Coutinho - Sterling

So BR will most likely keep the same team except Markovic coming in for Ibe and Skrtel for Lovren.

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Post by Don't call me James on Sat Apr 18, 2015 12:39 am

@Art Morte wrote:I wonder does it have any significant effect on the pitch that Reading and Arsenal play on it on Saturday and we on Sunday hmm

A deteriorated pitch would be a disadvantage to us.


You can have 20 games played in a row on the Wembley pitch before our match and the pitch would still be better than the Sunday league pitch we have at Anfield.

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Re: Aston Villa vs. Liverpool

Post by Nishankly on Sat Apr 18, 2015 8:51 pm

So Arsenal if we beat these turds.
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Re: Aston Villa vs. Liverpool

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Re: Aston Villa vs. Liverpool

Post by Art Morte on Sun Apr 19, 2015 2:13 pm

If we're playing a three man midfield


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Henderson - Allen

then it's okay that Stevie's starting, but if he's starting as an AM with Coutinho, it's a mistake.
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Re: Aston Villa vs. Liverpool

Post by Curtinho on Sun Apr 19, 2015 2:56 pm

Judging by the lineup I hope for:

Can - Skrtel - Lovren - Moreno
Henderson - Gerrard - Allen
Sterling - Coutinho - Markovic


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Re: Aston Villa vs. Liverpool

Post by Art Morte on Sun Apr 19, 2015 3:00 pm

Yeah. BT Sport's graphic does suggest, though, Gerrard as AM with Coutinho in a 3-4-2-1...We'll see.

How about that bench, though, three defenders and three strikers Neutral
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Post by Art Morte on Sun Apr 19, 2015 3:02 pm

Oh f***, it's Gerrard starting as attacking-midfielder :facepalm:
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Post by Art Morte on Sun Apr 19, 2015 3:04 pm

Emre so lucky not to be booked inside two minutes...
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Re: Aston Villa vs. Liverpool

Post by Don't call me James on Sun Apr 19, 2015 3:27 pm

Honestly this has to be the most boring 25mins of football I have ever seen in my life. What in the *bleep* hell are we doing. :facepalm:

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Post by Don't call me James on Sun Apr 19, 2015 3:30 pm

COUTINOH GTFI cheers

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Post by iftikhar on Sun Apr 19, 2015 3:33 pm

any links, guys...
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Post by Don't call me James on Sun Apr 19, 2015 3:39 pm

Gerrard is walking around Mad

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Post by Don't call me James on Sun Apr 19, 2015 3:39 pm

@iftikhar wrote:any links, guys...


http://yumsports.com/streams/hd2.php

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Post by mr-r34 on Sun Apr 19, 2015 3:42 pm

Lol might as well just lose now, if gerrard plays the final lol.

Leave benteke free on the top of the box what else did they expect.


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