Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(67) 41 Goals 44 (65)
(46) 29 Assists 35 (44)
(6.8) 7 Average Ratings 7 (6.8)
28.7 Average Age 28
181.5 Average Height (cm) 183.1
(1.4) 1.5 Shots pg 1.4 (1.3)
(52%) 53% Aerial Duel Success 48% (51%)
(0.8) 0.8 Dribbles pg 0.6 (0.6)
(1.8) 1.5 Tackles pg 1.3 (1.3)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Daniel Agger Out 7.03
José Enrique Doubtful 6.97
Joe Cole Doubtful 6.18
Player Reason Status Rating
Sergio Agüero Out 7.01
Micah Richards Out 7.24
Gareth Barry Out 6.95

Team News

  • Jamie Carragher will stand in for the suspended Daniel Agger, who was sent off at the Hawthorns last week and will serve a one-match ban.
  • Jose Enrique is a doubt with the knock that kept him out of the defeat at the Hawthorns, though he is likely to return in time to play, with Glen Johnson switching to right-back.
  • It will be interesting to see if Rodgers sticks with the same midfield and attack he selected at West Brom, after they failed to find the net in that game.
  • Sergio Aguero suffered a knee injury against Southampton that is set to keep him out for a number of weeks, though the exact duration of his absence is still unclear. Edin Dzeko could replace the Argentinian up front, while Mario Balotelli is another option.
  • With Gareth Barry also injured and rumours amassing that Nigel de Jong is on his way out the door, Jack Rodwell could play in central midfield again alongside Yaya Toure.
  • It seemed against Southampton that Roberto Mancini had decided against using the 3 man defence he tried out in pre-season, so it will be interesting to see which formation he opts for at Anfield.

Prediction

  • Possibly the standout game of the weekend is at Anfield this week, with champions Manchester City paying Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool a visit. The home side will need to be much improved from their abject showing at West Brom last week. They kept the ball well, in true 'Brendan Rodgers style' but they lacked a cutting edge up front, and failed to break through the West Brom defence.
  • Manchester City showed why they are champions, coming back from 2-1 down with 20 minutes to go to take all three points despite a very good performance from Southampton. They will need the likes of David Silva to improve, though, particularly with Aguero now out for a few weeks at the very least.
  • The home crowd will be fully behind their team and that will certainly help them along. They will keep the ball more than most teams manage against City, but the onus may be on Luis Suarez to inspire his side. City, meanwhile, look far from their best defensively, but as strong as ever going forwards, so once again, they should see goals at both ends.
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Comments (4)

 
  • ynwa!

  • Allen was superb. His distribution, the way he takes pressure off his teammates, he fits in perfectly in the pass and move style. His defensive contribution was the best from Liverpool's midfield, he passes into the spaces and plays perfect simple football. Not exceptional, but his regular game. He's a very good player, and an incredible addition to Liverpool's squad. Sterling was brilliant as well, bright future for the lad.

  • Suarez scored a brilliant goal. Also, he creates chances with his movement, even if he fluffs many of them. Rodgers' pimping of Allen is merely his way of trying to instill a passing style. Don't see how Allen was exceptional.

  • Joe Allen was clearly MOTM and is only rated 6,9. That's not right at all. Much better than for instance Suarez who had a really bad game.

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