Away to Udinese

Thursday night European football see’s LFC travel to Italy to play the much maligned Udinese in what will be a pivotal game. A win will ensure we progress to the knockout stages, where as a loss could potentially end out cup run.

I have mixed feelings towards the Europa League, as most fans do. On one hand we have a chance for Brendan to win his first piece of silverware, as well as showcase our ever growing talent against some of the best in Europe. On the other hand, it’s an added distraction taking away time and energy from our main goal; getting that allusive top 4 position.

We should be able to field a strong XI for the game, as our Sunday game is against West Ham. With no disrespect to West Ham, but they’re no title contenders (neither are we though, it seems). From the players available  it looks like we’ll get a 4-3-3 playing style, which is favoured by Rodgers in the Europe games, mainly because the younger players being used aren’t ready to a quick change up in style.

I would like to see an XI like this:

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Wisdom – Coates – Carra – Flanno

Lucas –       Sahin       – Hendo

Sterling   – Suarez    – Assaidi

 

This formation will allow for Lucas to provide defensive cover and distribution. Henderson will be the powerhouse of the midfield, someone to track back and chase after possession, and Sahin should be able to pull the offensive strings from his preferred deeper role. Sahin is somebody who’s best position is in the “quarterback” role, someone who can create the pass-to-assists chances, much like the way Modric played for Hotspur.

Up front will be as lethal as ever, with so much attacking penetration from both wings. We will have both sides running rings around an ageing Udinese defence. Suarez will occupy the false 9 position that Rodgers loves, and he plays it so well. Hopefully he will get the full 90 minutes as he will be sitting out the West Ham game due to suspension.

The Beginning of an Era

Brilliant read, well done mate

Blood Red

So after much thought and procrastination i have finally decided to spend my free time writing about things i love, things i’m passionate about: Liverpool FC.

The title, ‘The Beginning of an Era’, reflects not only on the start of my first LFC blog but on LFC on the whole. It is time to call it as it is, we have now entered a period of mediocrity and era of being a mid table team. It hurts – but i think it’s time we all accept it and build on it. Yes, we take pride in our glorious history, have great traditions, the best fans in the world, numerous League titles under our belts and we have won the Champion League 5 times but we can’t rest on our laurels anymore.

“You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.” -Abraham Lincoln

The past few years have been cruel…

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Rodgers style finally talking place, but is he the man bring glory days back to Anfield

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By AussieRed

15 matches into Rodgers’ first season, and it seems Deja Vu has set in for LFC fans. 19 points is what the Red men have gained this season, the same amount of points as under Roy Hodgeson 2 years ago, playing some of the worst football to grace Anfield Road that most spectators had ever seen. But quite frankly, the points tally are where the comparisons end.

Not for years has Liverpool played such elegant, dominating football, that wouldn’t look out of place at a Spanish National team training session. LFC has always had a mentally of “pass and move” football, but after the technical stiffness of Houllier and Benitez, then the dour anti-football Hodgson brought to the team, the movement is a sight for sore eyes.

Other teams will look at the lack of results with insult, but the fact is that LFC have been incredibly unlucky. From hitting posts, to lack of penalties given (against Norwich, Hotspur, ManU & Chelsea), to down right taking away a legal win (vs Everton), we have got to have to worst run of luck. In fact, our luck rivals that of Wile E. Coyote and Tom from Tom & Jerry. It seems to be only a matter of time before refs calls come our way, and the post hits sneak in, but until then we have to believe in Rodgers. And I do.

His style is unrivaled in English football. For such a young manager, so early in his professional career, his impact can not be denied. The game against Saints saw LFC dominate possession for the 13th time this season. 13 out of 15 ain’t bad, right? Especially considering one of those outings was against ManUre and we had ten men for the majority. My point is, you would have to look back to the 80’s for a period in which LFC have dominated possession they way they been have of late. Quite frankly, if we could get back to the dominate times of old, I would be a very happy man! We also have to consider, this squad is something Rodgers has inherited. I can’t wait for a few years when Rodgers has the time to build, sculpted and bring in players that will ultimately play the style as well as possible.

Forget about the points for a moment, and just picture the way LFC are playing. Would you have it any other way? For mine, Rodgers can and WILL get us back into the top4, and it will happen sooner than you think! Onwards and upwards, my fellow Reds!

YNWA