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  • A Yahoo! User Sep 7, 2010 01:09 Flag

    Kuyt out for several weeks....opportunity for Babel

    Kuyt was injured while on international duty and could be out for several weeks. Unfortunate really…. But could this create an opportunity for players like Babel to nail down some places in the first 11 or 14 for that matter? With matches coming thick and fast, this is the worst thing to happen to the team. It leads to changes to the core first 11. Mine would be the following:


    Manuel

    Cooper…..Skrtle….James Lee….Paul Martyn

    Christian….Stephen George…..Raul…Milan

    Joseph John…….

    Jose Sanz

    Subs: Guno, Maximiliano, Munthe, Pezzini, Lobato, Rodrigues

    That’s a fairly strong bench too…..

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    • Who's that? Your Mexican poker team?

    • I'm sorry but I just can't help it.
      Ryan Babel joined us during the 2007-08 season?
      So, he's been at the club now going into his 4th season?
      And people are still talking about his huge potential?
      Lordy, how many chances does this guy get just because the dutch mistakenly stuck him in their national squad for a while?
      They have since learnt and now use that kid Elia in front of Babel. 5 goals from 39 appearances for Oranje is hardly inspiring stuff, is it?
      I think it time that the likes of Pacheco and co are given their turn.

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      • You are fully right to say Babel hasn't fulfilled his potential in his time at Anfield. I just don't think he's ever been given enough games in a row to see what he really is. I've screamed many times watching him play poorly, and at the same time seen him make dazzling plays and goals. If he can't get it straight this season with Roy then it's time to move on. I think he has all the skills needed and youth on his side to still blossom, much like some see that now or in the future for Ayala, whereas I don't see much in him other than height.

        I love Pacheco and have been waiting for him to break into the squad for 2 years now, he deserves his chance. I'm not sure starting, and playing left wing suits him best, or at least just yet. Epl wise, I still see him as that 55" impact sub like Yossi was so many times, and a full time player in the Carling Cup and Europa League to build up strength and adapt.

        I'd love nothing more than for both to succeed and be able to play together. Right now I prefer either over Jovanovic..

    • Fair enough mate but don't know which players first names is Cooper and that Skrtel was like Madonna...only one name lol

      Lobato?

    • Cooper is Johnson, and if I had called Skrtle by his first name I would have confused him with Konchesky. Yes Daniel Lobato Pacheco....... I would prefer calling Raul Jose Trindade Meireles, Raul or Jose. It's shorter. And Fernando Jose Sanz Torres can also be called just Sanz and we would win the league with a completely new team...........

    • Too much time on your hands vuvu!

    • Exaclty what I was thinking Fergie.

      Well Johnson's first name is Glen so don't know where Cooper comes from. Didn't know we now went to the extreme of calling people by there middle names like you have with Pacheco, Merieles, Torres.

      No it wouldn't be a new team, it would the same ones with a different name lol

      Footballers have always been known by their surnames so is this just some sort attempt to show that you know slightly more (unneccesary) details about our players?

      Cooper is Johnson, and if I had called Skrtle by his first name I would have confused him with Konchesky. Yes Daniel Lobato Pacheco....... I would prefer calling Raul Jose Trindade Meireles, Raul or Jose. It's shorter. And Fernando Jose Sanz Torres can also be called just Sanz and we would win the league with a completely new team...........

    • WTF?!!
      Vuvoo you should be called Cuckoo!
      Martin Skrtels first name is .......wait for it.....Martin! That must be really confusing and easy to mix up with Paul Koncheskey?
      You live in cloud Vuvoo land....I mean Cuckoo land.

    • This is silly imo. When I read the opening message I figured it was a clever way of referring to the players by their foreign birth names, since I was familiar with Jose Torres Sanz, but that's it. I'm clueless about Cooper unless that's his middle name?

      I don't personally care what they go by as long as they play well and win, but I think some players of this calibre and certain achievements deserve to be recognized for who they are.

      If people are having to waste time on looking up players birthnames, then it's just that, a waste of time. Alot better things to discuss and worry about.

      As for Dirk getting a rest, that chaps my a$$. He hasn't needed a rest in 4 years for club or country, and he got injured attempting a stupid bicycle kick in practice while Netherlands are already without Robben and Van Wussie. You'd think Dirk might be a little more conscious about this as well as his arrogant national team coach. We have 5 games in 15 days, and although he's not a prolific scorer or far from the most talented player, he is arguably indespensible for the effort and consistency he puts forth. Furthermore, LFC, not Netherlands and their moron coach do not pay his wages or pay back the fans to see the team play good, winning football. If I am correct Joe Cole is still suspended for Birmingham, so this leaves us even thinner than before, and Ngog did have injury from last I read, meaning Babel will almost have to be a sub whereas this would be a perfect time to shine. Very disappointing..!!

      Hopefully the old saying of "one door shuts, another one opens" comes true for the likes of Maxi,Babel,Pacheco etc.

    • I would go for jova and maxi

    • Jova should absolutely be given more of a chance, it's totally unfair to call him rubbish, I think alot of us had unreasonably high expectations for him. Bottom line is he, Babel, Pacheco have to earn the spot, and are 100% in the mix with Kuyt out.

      I totally agree with inconsistency of Babel, I just can't ignore that whether it be as an impact sub or occasionally as a starter he's shown glimpses of brilliance, and to be honest, many times versus big teams or crucial moments. I rate Birmingham very highly this season and with their improved skill, and physicality Babel's experience should give him an edge, but again he has to earn it. If he's out on the field to start, he deserved the chance in the context that kuyt and cole are unavailable.

      Listen to the first words of the announcer, and then followed by the great cross.. He makes you shake your head and jump out of your seat. It's in him, but it has to come out, all the time.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKyI0gAjvFI

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