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I'd agree with that Dave, though coming from me, some may find it surprising, but not only recently has he been great, but I thought by a landslide, Downing was our best player in that cup match.. The amount of times he ended up with the ball and going forward on counters at pace, eyes on goal or good passes was very impressive.. Almost like this guy I heard of named Steward Downing who played for Aston Villa in 2010-11..
We need our best, most experienced 11 out there, and obviously that will almost certainly still include Wisdom and Sterling, but both are as up to the task as can be for their age, or vs their competition..
I suppose we could come out very aggressive, and have Sturridge through the middle, with Suarez dropping off and floating into space, which is what he does anyways, or how Rodgers described him as his "false 9"..
Trepidation there is, Suarez, Sturridge, Sterling, Downing and Gerrard are our very best we have, and leave nothing of note off the bench, so I'd probably not go that route just yet, personally, but expect it at some point..
I think the biggest question will be if both Allen and Lucas start, which means Henderson gets dropped, and again much like Downing, he's been very good of late, and his work rate/stamina/pace really charge up the midfield because those 2 look tired and still catching up to speed, which puts more on Stevie.. Alot to consider..
I'd just guess - Reina, Wisdom, Skrtel, Agger, Glen. Allen, Lucas, Gerrard, Downing, Suarez, Sterling..
Jones, Carra, Sturridge, Henderson, Shelvey, Suso, Robinson
I'm not fan of Allen and Lucas together. To win this game, I think we need to stop Carrick getting on the ball, so maybe Stevie alongside Lucas with Henderson a bit further forward. I think he should play Downing, Sturridge and Suarez together with Sterling on the bench to replace Stuzz when he gets knackered in the second half.