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  • Hobsey Hobsey Oct 18, 2010 22:14 Flag

    Team to face Napoli?

    Theres not much risk of rotating having gone 6 matches without a win but heres what I and not Roy would be sending out on Thurs.


    Subs: Jones, Ngog, Lucas, Maxi, Agger, Koncheskey, Pacheco

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    • Reina,
      Kelly, Carragher, Skrtel, Konchesky,
      Poulsen, Spearing
      Jovanovic, Shelvey, Babel,

      Official line up, Shelvey as the attacking midfielder! I like the look of the widemen coming inside!

    • Tonights Squad: Reina, Jones, Hansen, Konchesky, Aurelio, Kyrgiakos, Skrtel, Wilson, Carragher, Kelly, Spearing, Poulsen, Shelvey, Maxi, Babel, Jovanovic, Pacheco, Eccleston, Cole, Ngog

      Starting Xi must be:

      Personally, I would rather see Babel partner Ngog in attack but it certainly looks like Pacheco is likely to play centrally from that squad. I would also like to see Aurelio start alongside Poulsen in the centre based on the squad we have taken.

    • I'm just making an educated guess and speculating based on some of the photos show on lfc website, and some of the guys wearing certain uniforms, as well as those that should and need to play:

      Kelly Carra Skrtel Aurelio
      Maxi Poulsen Spearing Jovanovic

      I'd like for Babel or Pacheco to start, even on the right wing, Maxi offers nothing to me anymore, he's just a body. Also, like to see Shelvey, Wilson, Eccleston too, but they really need to field the strongest 11 possible and get some of these guys on good form, Cole, Jova, Ngog, Aurelio in particular.

      Napoli are not a weak European team as some have suggested, they are currently 4th in Serie A a few points adrift of top 2 and ahead of much better squads like Juventus and AS Roma. They pass the ball very well, similar to an Arsenal type, and are pretty sound in the back. Make no mistake, this is a tough and HUGE game. Everyone should give 200% to win, and Roy should really get his tactics right as well as use his subs more wisely. If they come home without playing well and a loss, Blackburn will be a predator waiting to jump on us..

    • Early in that season they used wing backs I think, and they also used them under Redknapp, but later on they used a 4-2-3-1 formation, I can recall. Kaboul used to play right back for them then, and their attacking midfield was Johnson right, Nugent left wing and Kranjcar centrally behind Crouch. It was a solid team.

    • I wish he would just play right wing so he could be relieved of all of his defensive duties and just focus on going forward and supporting the attack, but there's got to be some reason why Rafa and Roy, didn't or won't do it. Beyond me..

      He played rwb for Pompey, but they were in a very bizarre 3-5-2 formation most of that season, so he still did have rb duties. I remember the game late in the season where Aurelio scored a fk in the box and Torres had a last minute header to win 4-3..

      Anyways for me, our wing play both left and right are in shambles and one of the biggest reasons for our horrendous form. A winger or two or 3 have to take preference over a striker in the January window or Torres will finish with 6 goals..

    • Well, you guys can just leave out Torres and Stevie from your line-ups because Roy is leaving the two behind to "rest".

    • According to internet Gerrard and Torres will not be playing

      I can understand Grrard getting a rest but Torres needs all the games he can get to rediscover his scoring boots
      i would pick this side
      Kelly Carragher Kyriakos Aurelio
      Pacheco Selvey Spearing Cole
      Eccleston Jovanovic

      N'gog and Babel have had their time so let's give the kids a try

    • Kelly at right wing is probably not such a good idea. I think Johnson would love to play right wing, he played it at Pompey for Paul Hart before he left. I think he needs the freedom to charge forward, like he did at the start of last season, he was one of our best players.

    • Yea !

      We have far too much quality in our squad & need to get rid of players of Johnsons standard.

    • I think he should, because for me he's almost absolutely worthless as a defender, but he won't because Rafa never played him there, Capello never plays him there, Roy won't play him there, and he might also take it as a slight towards him if he were asked to, especially by bringing in Kelly to start behind him.. who knows what effect that would have on him, possible transfer request or Mascherano situation? I know no player should have or even be given consideration for that type of behavior, but you never know and with what's going on already under Roy the last thing we need is another problem.

      Again, I think he should, but he never will. Personally, I wouldn't be totally opposed to selling him in January, bringing in an experienced player to start or back up Kelly and using the funds for a winger. We paid around 21 million? Could get 2-3 players for that.. what's he really accomplished other than a nice hairdo and 30% of the time on the physios table?

      Maybe, and this is just being creative, we should start Martin Kelly at right wing instead?? He's a better defender, and he gets forward quite nicely when he plays for LFC and for England U-21.. I think Kelly is our best, most underused player in the squad.

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