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Post by iftikhar Thu Apr 09, 2015 4:55 pm

Our great run of results came to screeching halt with two consecutive defeats against Champions League contenders. Right now, prospect of making Champions League is purely mathematical. To make matters worse, we have a host of players injured or suspended. And just to recap, Sturridge haven’t managed to lose the cobwebs in over a month.

Probably the greatest source of hope is in form of Newcastle, who has lost five of their last six games. This is also the team that has taken TWO points from their last TEN away games.

With Skrtel & Emre suspended and fate of Sakho still unknown, the worst case scenario is Johnson-Toure-Lovren or perhaps Toure-Lovern if we switch formation. Haven't watched the last/Blackburn game, but it would be stupid to shove Henderson on WB. Also, Moreno haven't done anything in last 5-6 games to justify selection over, well anybody. I would fancy something like this,

Mignolet
Johnson-Toure-Lovren
Raheem-Henderson-Lucas-Markovic
Coutinho-Lallana
Sturridge

In case Rodgers wants to shuffle the deck,

Mignolet
Johnson-Toure-Lovren-Markovic
Lucas
Henderson-Lallana
Coutinho
Raheem-Sturridge
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Post by Nishankly Thu Apr 09, 2015 5:03 pm

Can is available.
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Post by Curtinho Thu Apr 09, 2015 6:11 pm

I think we will continue to play the 4-3-3 with Skrtel out and its relative success against Blackburn.

Johnson - Can - Lovren - Moreno
Henderson - Lucas - Allen
Sterling - Sturridge - Coutinho

I'd like to see maybe Sturridge come off the bench again to show that he's been piss poor of late. Maybe he's still not fit, but Balotelli or Borini, if healthy, should get a chance (or maybe shift Sterling to striker and have Markovic start on).

Can't wait for Ibe to be healthy again and having Sterling as the striker becomes a enticing idea with Ibe - Sterling - Coutinho being full of movement, creativity and very threatening. Would also not mind having Manquillo in over Johnson.
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Post by Art Morte Thu Apr 09, 2015 9:15 pm

This is probably the easiest fixture we could have right now, with Newcastle's poor form and their mercenary squad having nothing to play for. That's the lucky part considering we are missing our two best CBs. Newcastle have scored just two goals in their last six games and haven't scored more than one goal in a game since 31st January against Hull.

I hope and believe we play four at the back since both Skrtel and Sakho are missing. That said, I'm not sure I trust Can in a two-man center-back system. He's been making some mistakes in that CB position in the three-man line and such mistakes get exposed worse in a two-man system. Then again, the alternatives are Calamity Kolo and Lousy Lovren. LOL

And what ever the line-up, just put some urgency in the attacks for heaven's sake.

I'd play:

Mignolet
Johnson - Toure - Lovren - Enrique
Henderson - Can - Allen
Sterling - Coutinho
Sturridge

Ps. Sucks that it's another Monday night game for us.


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Post by iftikhar Fri Apr 10, 2015 5:19 am

I don't know how Toure played in the last three games as I missed those. But the few games I saw him play, he was pretty decent.

I would go with Arty's team but preferably with Markovic for either of Johnson or Enrique.
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Post by Red Alert Fri Apr 10, 2015 8:25 am

Atleast 4 goals will be scored here.
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Post by iftikhar Fri Apr 10, 2015 9:39 am

Red Alert wrote:Atleast 4 goals will be scored here.
Suspect hmm
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Post by Red Alert Fri Apr 10, 2015 9:42 am

Newcastle's horrid. Suspect
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Post by Helmer Fri Apr 10, 2015 11:19 am

@El, having Sterling, Ibe and Coutinho together in attacking positions can be interesting. I think we should continue with Kolo-Lovren for CB parternship.

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Post by Helmer Fri Apr 10, 2015 12:16 pm

Mignolet
Johnson - Toure - Lovren - Enrique
Henderson - Lucas - Can
Sterling - Coutinho
Sturridge
that is what I would play

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Post by iftikhar Fri Apr 10, 2015 12:24 pm

Red Alert wrote:Newcastle's horrid. Suspect
Thumbs up cheers banana
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Post by Curtinho Fri Apr 10, 2015 2:38 pm

Newcastle has been really terrible of late, but they still have a few quality players. Cabella specifically has really come on the second half of the season and is incredibly talented.

Also if we're keeping Toure on and moving Can to midfield for this game I hope it's Lucas sitting. He has not been good since coming back from injury. Might be better as a late defensive sub.
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Post by McAgger Fri Apr 10, 2015 4:49 pm

Newcastle fixture at Anfield seems to be a relatively easy fixture for us.

We need to win this to see where we stand after the Manchester Derby. We will know our who our potential last chance is against.
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Post by Sri Fri Apr 10, 2015 5:15 pm

^ think it might just be easier to catch City than United, at least based on form.. United are second only to us, City are 9th on form (last 6 games)..

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Post by Helmer Fri Apr 10, 2015 5:20 pm

just win our own game please, dont care about nothing else !

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Post by Sri Fri Apr 10, 2015 5:27 pm

You have to win all your remaining games anyway! :/

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Post by McAgger Fri Apr 10, 2015 5:29 pm

Well 6 of the remaining 7 are very winnable. Chelsea game imo doesn't really matter.
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Post by Great Leader Sprucenuce Fri Apr 10, 2015 6:41 pm

Red Alert wrote:Atleast 4 goals will be scored here.


I would be disappointed if you didn't.
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Post by Sri Fri Apr 10, 2015 6:55 pm

Don't call me James wrote:WChelsea game  imo doesn't really matter.


It might for others Wink

Great Leader Sprucenuce wrote:
Red Alert wrote:Atleast 4 goals will be scored here.


I would be disappointed if you didn't.


Was expecting Mole to drop in and solemnly jinx this, in all his earnesty. Moal didn't disappoint me Proud

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Post by RedOranje Fri Apr 10, 2015 10:00 pm

Sturridge needs to start, if only to try to play him into fitness and form.

While it could be suicide to underestimate any side in the PL for us at the moment, to approach a match like this in an overly cautious manner would likely be just as damaging.
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Post by Great Leader Sprucenuce Sat Apr 11, 2015 12:03 am

srigooner wrote:
Don't call me James wrote:WChelsea game  imo doesn't really matter.


It might for others Wink

Great Leader Sprucenuce wrote:
Red Alert wrote:Atleast 4 goals will be scored here.


I would be disappointed if you didn't.


Was expecting Mole to drop in and solemnly jinx this, in all his earnesty. Moal didn't disappoint me Proud


No jinx, i honestly don't care haven't done for over a year.

Was just saying i'd be disappointed if Liverpool couldn't because we are that bad Laughing If i recall i did the same when you played us.

You ended up disappointing me greatly Sad
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Post by Nishankly Sat Apr 11, 2015 5:07 am

Lucas was pretty good against Blackburn, Did the dirty work that no one noticed. He's an integral piece of a 3 man midfield at LFC.
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Post by Red Alert Sat Apr 11, 2015 8:52 am

Great Leader Sprucenuce wrote:
No jinx, i honestly don't care haven't done for over a year.
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Post by Sri Sat Apr 11, 2015 9:06 am

Don't worry, I already called Moal's jinx. Hope that helps Wink

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Post by Red Alert Sat Apr 11, 2015 9:22 am

No, I'm in the same boat as he is lol.
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