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Post by iftikhar Thu 16 Apr - 8:07:14

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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Johnson-Emre-Skrtel-Moreno
Henderson-Lucas-Allen
Markovic-Coutinho-Raheem
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Post by Nishankly Thu 16 Apr - 8:40:51

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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Post by Art Morte Thu 16 Apr - 9:05:12

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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Johnson - Skrtel - Can
Markovic - Henderson - Allen - Sterling
Coutinho - Balotelli
Lambert

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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 Thu 16 Apr - 16:27:21

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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Post by Nishankly Fri 17 Apr - 8:38:32

Forgot Ibe is cup tied for this. Dammit.
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Post by McAgger Fri 17 Apr - 15:31:31

Just win dammit, I don't care who plays as long as Coutinho's in.
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Post by Curtinho Fri 17 Apr - 15:40:03

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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Post by DeletedUser#1 Fri 17 Apr - 17:02:08

^ 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 Fri 17 Apr - 19:05:32

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 Fri 17 Apr - 21:59:38

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 Fri 17 Apr - 23:40:59

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 McAgger Sat 18 Apr - 1:39:15

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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Post by Nishankly Sat 18 Apr - 21:51:22

So Arsenal if we beat these turds.
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Post by RealGunner Sun 19 Apr - 14:51:20

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Post by Art Morte Sun 19 Apr - 15:13:14

If we're playing a three man midfield


defense
Gerrard
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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Post by Curtinho Sun 19 Apr - 15:56:08

Judging by the lineup I hope for:

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

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Post by Art Morte Sun 19 Apr - 16:00:47

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 Sun 19 Apr - 16:02:49

Oh f***, it's Gerrard starting as attacking-midfielder :facepalm:
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Post by Art Morte Sun 19 Apr - 16:04:09

Emre so lucky not to be booked inside two minutes...
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Post by McAgger Sun 19 Apr - 16:27:51

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 McAgger Sun 19 Apr - 16:30:36

COUTINOH GTFI cheers
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Post by iftikhar Sun 19 Apr - 16:33:05

any links, guys...
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Post by McAgger Sun 19 Apr - 16:39:38

Gerrard is walking around Mad
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Post by McAgger Sun 19 Apr - 16:39:50

iftikhar wrote:any links, guys...


http://yumsports.com/streams/hd2.php
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Post by mr-r34 Sun 19 Apr - 16:42:34

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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