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I'm really not sure what the story is with Skrtel since I know he was actually injured, but there was a pretty bad interview he gave on Sky where I basically can't see him staying, unless it was Rodgers pulling a "Downing/Hendo/Enrique" kick up the #$%$ thing.. If he's 100%, I have to have him regardless of Carra's recent run, because Carra was a little error prone in the Wigan match, similar to the give away vs Zenit and Hulk, and I just can't see a good matchup with Defoe, Bale, Lennon, and Dembele up there with all their pace and creativity. I also decided that we should employ the new 3 RB system, while managing to only seem like we have 11 out there. I thought Allen was great vs Wigan, back to his early doors form, but I think Henderson could also come in for his pace, work rate and size to pair with Lucas, or to play forward with Gerrard deeper. I could even see Sturridge not starting, with Coutinho to trouble Walker, but I could also see Suarez there like the Arsenal match vs Sagna..
Basically, I see this as the 2 most in form players in the league, and offensively in form teams going head to head, and one big chess match. I don't really rate AVB as a good tactician, and if there's every been a 1 man show, it's the Tottenham Balespurs, though Defoe back and Lennon scoring makes them very scary.. I do think BR can out think AVB, but it comes down to the starting 11's, and Spurs may have issues after Europa so who knows.. We know we'll have our best 11 based on a week's rest/training and who Brendan deems best for this one which could be an incredible result, especially since I think we've won 1 in 5 vs them, maybe 1 in 6?
Wisdom - Skrtel-Agger - Enrique
Gulasci, Carra, Wisdom, Hendo, Jonjo, Coutinho, Sterling
I like your way of dealing with Bale, the problem is he seems to be starting through the centre with a free role of late so the triple right backs may not work ;) If ever there was a game you wanted a Mascherano this is it, I think that the responsibility will lie largely on Lucas to deal with him through the centre but there is a big factor of the passover time when he changes out to the left or right hand side so he doesnt get the chance to ghost between markers. The other thing is getting assistance in quickly, the last thing you want someone to do is commit to a challenge with Bale with no support, it might work 7 out of 10 times but then he will be through and causing mayhem!
The 2, 1 man teams come head to head so surely it will be a case of everyone else scoring in this one!