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No, but he will. Dzeko is in red hot form, our defending, Skrtel in particular has been very, very good, and I don't think up alone could trouble Skrtel since he plays more style than power for a big man..
That said, I suppose it also depends who's paired with Skrtel. Aguero killed us last year, and facts show, Aguero plays, he scores.. The only win/win, is if he's off form and gets hurt/subbed early like you say
I'm not sure Dzeko would bother Skrtel / Sakho too much.. besides Aguero, it's about where is Silva?
I think it would be good if he did. I watched him past time he played after injury and he really does suffer from a lack of match fitness. I hope that statement doesn't bite me on the bum! I really think dzeko would be more of a threat to our defence this particular game.
To be honest, the beauty of Brendan Rodgers, is that nobody knows what he's going to do.. I often find myself disagreeing from several of our selections out of the gates, often wanting Sterling over Coutinho or vice versa..
While City are a wonderful side, and in great form, they have weaknesses, so I think rather than going crazy trying to defeat them where we possibly can't, he's strictly going to focus where we can & our strengths. Pellegrini must be having similar struggles, which makes me feel good.. Rodgers is becoming great at the tactical mind-games..
Another note, while you fellas are still around.. I'm headed over the 11th v Newcastle and to visit friends. I'd love to get in touch if you boys would like a pint or 3.. I'm sure we'll be celebrating one thing or another.. Let me know!
Tough call isn't it. Thing is Rodgers has made some subtle little changes to the midfield to suit the opposition and it's worked with a bedrock of a consistent defensive line up with Gerrard just in front. (bar the few leaked goals that is) The front players and other midfielders have adapted and adopted these subtle changes really well.
In truth I've no idea what he'll do................
Glad to see we're keeping the wheels turning here..
Been giving this one some thought for a while now too, along with Sakho staying in for a "fit" Agger (if there's such a thing". It's a back and forth, pro and con debate, but I think for me, since we're at home, and caused them all kinds of chaos in a dominant performance at Etihad, we go with Coutinho.
There's not really a player in the world right now who can bully Yaya, though I think Allen nipping at his heels could be a nuisance, but that said, I think rather than play through him, we play past / around him. He doesn't like tracking back, and if we can hit quick counters, I think we can really expose them.
Demichelis is a card waiting to happen, so if we can get Suarez and Sturridge the ball in isolated spaces, at pace, we could really have at em.. Zabaleta is probably the best RB in the LG, but he had trouble vs Soton against Lallana and their style of play, so Kompany can really be stretched..
I think I'd be tempted to go with Allen as well. He's better than Lucas full stop and keeps the ball better than Coutinho. That I think is the best way of ensuring that we have a fair share of the ball.
The alternative is to concede possession and try to get them on the break. In that instance Coutinho may be the better option.
The other option is to play Sterling in the hole and pack that midfield with Allen or Lucas. That might be the way we go on this. It's a subtle difference but a formation that Rodgers has gone with recently.
This is where I think its gonna be won and lost this weekend. Do we play Coutinho? Or do we take out Toure from the game by having Allen or Lucas trailing his #$%$ all game?
Its a tough one, but I think I would use Coutinho as an impact player on this one and have Allen in a diamond midfield. I know Lucas did well at West Ham, but does he have the pace we will need on Sunday?
Just you and I manning the boards..
Referring to idiots, perhaps that leaf can be passed along to the classless, whining, crying, self proclaimed god, down in London, who moans as if he's not got 2 pennies to rub together.
But, anyways, I'm absolutely loving every minute of this ride.. it's absolutely amazing, and there's definitely some vindication whereas Rodgers is concerned.. wish the other blokes were here to acknowledge their blushes.
I was just thinking.. isn't it amazing that in not too far memory, we were 7 points adrift of Arsenal at the top, and are now 10 points clear of them? 11 if you count goal differential. And, while we've all got our head in the clouds dreaming of what might possibly be, we're all but certain of an automatic UCL qualification in 1st, 2nd or 3rd, avoiding the early season tricks 4th brings.. but again, looking quietly, much further up!!
Just a little pin prick, there'll be no no more
Head down and enjoying it at the moment Jason. Big game this weekend, crossing fingers, toes, legs anything.
I will say that I've been incredibly impressed with Rodgers. He's been calm, straight and solid. There's no rants or pops at other managers or even talking about other teams / sides. It's all about the team striving to deliver on the field.
Sadly one idiot we had managing us couldn't do that and should take a leaf out of Rodgers book.
Famous Quotes from Pink Floyd the Wall.. and yours truly..
Just figured I'd throw out a shout to see if any of you lads are still around and checking..
Another week, another win, and another milestone for our miracle Reds!! Top OF THE LEAGUE!! Buzzing about City already..
I feel like the Spuds game is going to be a very feisty, hotly contested affair, especially with Sherwood running his mouth, and trying to galvanize his team. I can see some fast flying challenges, and some cards, so let's keep our fingers crossed then, because I think if he can make it through this one, then he can make it through WHU going into the City game..
But, I don't really like looking any further than one match at a time, it's bad karma for me, so let's hope for a great performance Sunday, especially after getting a deserved wake up call vs Sunderland..
The yellow card amnesty kicks in on April 13th. Two game ban before then and I don't think we can afford to lose him for the City game which is on the 13th.
So as it stands it's tread lightly or we'll be doing City a favour I think.
I was 100% sure that Rodgers would have Gerrard take a "tactical" yellow at some point in yesterday's match, so he'd miss the Spuds and Norwich matches. Since the game got so stretched, perhaps that went out the window. Honestly, if I'm BR and Gerrard, I'm taking that last yellow asap, rather than trying to delay the inevitable..
Aside from the fact that we probably can't cope without him for 2 matches, could you imagine if his two match ban included the final 2 games of the season? Let's just say all the chips fell in our favor, and that last day at home v Newcastle meant the world, he woul'd be absolutely killing himself, sat in the stands.
Maybe I'm viewing it negatively, but I'd just pick it up vs Spuds, hopefully when the game is won, so we can be assured of top 4, with top 3 almost a lock.
Harsh but I don't see Lucas much more than a squad player to be honest. I'd put all of our other midfielders in before him right now. One major concern is that Gerrard is on 9 yellow cards at the moment. One more and he gets a ban which will mean a midfield change and that's always been an area, particularly in the defensive area that worries me.
Perhaps they have been clever in terms of misinformation and misdirection of other teams. I've gotta admit though, I do like the look of Salah in terms of pace - I regret we missed out on him. Anyway it looks like M'Vila could be on his way which would add some real steel to the middle, if he comes, could it be the end of Lucas?
If you ever manage to read this, as it appears that the boards were hidden again, I came into some info, (a story at least), that a majority of our transfers that have gotten stuck up, are due to a transfer committee.
I think the ones that have gotten done immediately, have been strictly Rodgers', ie - Allen, Borini, Coutinho, Sturridge, Mignolet, Aspas, Alberto, Moses. Mostly successful..
The others have all seemed to really drag out, and ultimately cost alot, or get above our head and slip away. And yes, I've seen Spuds seem likely to sign Konoplyanka, which is fine, since he'll work out as well as Lamela, Chadli, Paulinho, Gylfi, Dempsey etc etc..
I think we'll be right back in for Tello now, Montoya, MvIlla, etc etc
Well I see that Spurs have been sniffing Konoplayanka now. Dear me. Can we call them Liverpool B now?
I have wondered if Ayres has been restricted a bit by FSG. They have given him a top budget for a player (and agent) and when it goes over the deal gets stuck. I'm just playing devils advocate here and wondering if Ayre is only doing what he's told and within the agreed or set budget.
Juan Manuel Iturbe .. currently on loan at Hellas Verona from Porto.. I feel very strongly about this one, and this player having seen him frequently in Serie A, he's dynamite! Check out his footage.. I'm sure he will look great in Chelsea blue on their bench next season, or on loan with the other 19 players..
Fortunately, what we haven't spent in 2/4 windows, due to whoever's idiocy, will be available (in context), and Rodgers has proven an ability to spot talent and get the best..
This said, like I mentioned above, I think we'll be in a great position to recruit 1-2 really top notch players, or that BR has really fancied, and then add a few more very good bodies from a very talented pool. (Menez, Tello etc etc)
Rodgers has alot more deadwood to ship out, which should allow for funds. Reina, Cissokho, Jones, Aspas, Moses, Toure all outski.. Not to mention, we'll have Suso, Borini and ILori back, who have all really been superb on their loan spells at top level competitions. They've really impressed..
yes teams will strengthen but I think those in the CL next year will start to stretch away even further. The new TV deal really adds some financial welly to those clubs in there and it will be a real toil to clubs outside trying to get in. Hence my giggles at United although they will still have enough financial power to rock the boat.
Of course take your eye off the ball and you'll lose out as always. we do agree that we really need to be on the ball this window however. We can't afford expensive bench warmers and we seriously need the bodies.