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Open Thread

Written by on October 22, 2011 | 12 Comments »
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A bit late getting this posted – my apologies. We have already had a pretty good game to enjoy with Wolves coming back with two late goals to draw with Swansea. A controversial sending off at Villa Park and a couple of penalty kicks as well. Let’s see what the rest of the day and weekend has in store.

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12 responses to “Open Thread”

  1. Gus Keri says:

    I don’t remember the last time Liveprool had the full complement of its roster without notable absentees due to injury.

    The only absent player today is Lucas and it’s because of suspension.

    Starters: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Enrique, Downing, Gerrard, Adam, Bellamy, Kuyt, Suarez

    Subs: Doni, Agger, Carroll, Maxi, Spearing, Henderson, Flanagan

    Go Reds.

  2. Gus Keri says:

    Liverpool – Norwich: 1-0 at the half

    Bellamy scored in the last kick of the half.

    It was a dominant performance by Liverpool which wasted so many good opportunities and hit the post twice in the first 10 minutes (Skrtel and Suarez).

    I like to see Gerrard gets more envovled in the attack, which only happened late in the half. Sometimes, it looks like Liverpool is playing with two defensive midfielder in Gerrard and Adam.

    You need more attacking help to overcome a very defesive Norwich.

    Now, let’s hope Liverpool kills the game. They have the habit of making their fans very nervous late in the game.

  3. Gus Keri says:

    Liverpool – Norwich: 1-1 (full time)

    For the second week in a row, Liverpool play better than their opponent but fail to win.
    They will live to regert the many chances to score and increase their lead, including 3 time hitting the woodworks.

    There is no soubt that Norwich played good defense but I disagree with the sentiment that they diserve the point. It was their good luck. The referee also helped them and let a lot of physical challenges go on without punishment.

  4. Soccerlogical says:

    Gus – As of now, letting Meireles go may be the deciding factor in Liverpool’s 4th place pursuit. Kuyt and Henderson bring absolutely nothing in attack and you need an Adam Johnson, A Lennon or Kranjcar type in your squad as you lost 2 creative players in Cole and aforementioned Meireles.

  5. Tim says:

    Man City 3-1 over United tomorrow

  6. Carmelo Gabriele says:

    Lucas was sorely missed today… Meireles even more in my opinion… Charlie Adam still has not impressed me, I expected better passing range and creativity from him. Even though the crosses kept coming and the chances were there Liverpool should have been up by 2 or 3 at halftime. Carroll came on a bit late in my opinion….and boy did he miss a chance to completely re-define his Liverpool career… if that header goes in, his confidence and everybody’s perception of Andy Carroll make a 180 shift. Andy9 does not look at ease yet in my opinion, maybe he is better suited for smaller club that scraps and fights, or maybe he will catch on the movement and energy needed to start right now for Liverpool…. One thing is for sure, IF Liverpool want a top 4 spot, they HAVE to get 3 points from games like this.

  7. J Rob says:

    Liverpool have 2 main problems – woeful finishing and poor defending. Most comments here are wrongly directed at someone who came on as a sub (Carroll) and midfielders. Meireles – fair point. Joe Cole – er, please.

    But where is the criticism of either Reina or Suarez? Reina shouldn’t have come for the ball and Suarez had more attempts at goal (11) than some teams manage all game (West Brom scored 2 from 8 today) and he didn’t score. (Granted Ruddy was in good form).

    I count that 7 points dropped by Liverpool because of poor defending and poor finishing. Two today, two last week (Suarez missed the only clear chance of the first-half, Henderson and Kuyt were at fault for others) and three at Stoke (Suarez missed a sitter when Begovich dropped the ball in extra-time).

    The same three games saw poor defending from Carragher at Stoke, Skertel against Man Utd and Reina today all leading to goals. LFC have kept only 2 clean sheets this season and on both occasions the opposition (Arsenal and Everton) were down to ten-men.

    Coming back to Suarez he is a blessing and curse. Wonderfully inventive he consistently misses chances that have the potential to deny Liverpool a Champion’s League place.

    There was no better example than the chance he created early today out of nothing that he hit wide of the post under no pressure from a defender.

  8. Gus Keri says:

    Creative Joe Cole? Are you talking about the Cole of 6-7 years ago? Because I haven’t seen him in Liverpool’s shirt or during his last years at Chelsea. (I admite that I haven’t seen him in France this season)

    About Meireles; I didn’t like him leaving. But we need to remember that it took him almost a half season to show his worth with Liverpool and only after changing manager.
    I am not going to cry over a player who wanted to leave because of money and because he felt his position in the starting line up is being threatened by newcomers. Kuyt, on the other hand, stuck with the club although he was left on the bench few times.

    For Carroll, we shouldn’t judge him after playing only 10 minutes. I believe he has a role in the club. I would have liked him coming off the bench earlier today. He could’ve helped with all these crosses and might have broke down this physical defense.

    Adam was asked to play a defensive midfielder. I am not sure this is his strength. Lucas, surely would have done much better. But I can’t criticize Adam for his effort in an unfamiliar position.

    Suarez is much better at finishing than what he displayed today. If one of the 3 balls that hit the woodwork (2 of which by Suarez) was in, we wouldn’t be having this discussion.
    Saying that, Suarez is a class by himself. His trickery was on display for every one to see, today. Unlucky not to finish.

    At the end, it was very unlucky for Liveprool.

  9. Gus Keri says:

    Barcelona suffered the Liverpool syndrome today.
    I don’t have the exact number but what it looked like 99% possession for Braca went for nothing.

    Sevilla’s goalkeeper was huge today. he saved many good chances especially a PK from Messi at the death.

    Now I understand how barcelona work. If they are leading, they are very nice and all that.
    But if they need a goal very badly, they resort to their Oscar-worthy acting skills.

    Levante can claim the top of the table for themselves tomorrow if they beat Villareal away. Who would’ve thunk it?

  10. Carmelo – agree with you that Lucas was really missed today. Liverpool was very wasteful in attack. They created tons of chances – failed to ht the target often enough.
    Stats board up tomorrow on this game.

  11. Carmelo Gabriele says:

    Hey Bobby!
    I would like to make a suggestion to throw in the mix for the soccer report xtra podcast:
    The state of affairs at Rangers F.C. considering their finances & the football aspect of my beloved Celtic F.C.
    How exciting is Serie A this year?? Juve are fun to watch, Malesani (Genoa) always very attacking, Inter & Milan are going to have to get on a roll….I think on the balance of things Serie A this year might be the most balanced of the European leagues.
    One more thing, would you and Eoin give us your shortlist for the next England manager, I know everybody and their sister thinks Redknapp is automatic. I think he is entertaining, charming, witty and his sides keep the ball on the deck but he as never won anything of note and he is the biggest reason Portsmouth went bankrupt. Truth be told great English are few and far between, I’m not critizing English football, I just think more people could use Paul Lambert’s career path…. stint at BVB then coaching badges in Germany… lower league progression, tactical flexibility, efficiency…. I really think more English managers could use some time in the Serie A or the Bundesliga, it would add depth and versatility to a very stale coaching fraternity in England…..
    My nominees for the England post: Jurgen Klopp, David Moyes, Tony Pulis, Martin O’Neill

  12. Ed Gomes says:

    The statement; Lucas being missed, is just really strange to read, say think about or even write.
    Lucas? Really?
    That just about closes the door on Liverpool getting a CL spot.
    Lucas?

    I too think that Meireles is sorely missed. Yes he wanted more money, but I believe that it was money he was promised. The fact is that with Gerard coming back,Meireles would have just caused lineup nightmares for Dalglish. Especially with Adams, and the other signings.

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