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Reina

 

Finnan Carragher San Jose Insua

 

El Zhar Gerrard Plessis Babel

 

Torres Nemeth

 

Integrate the kids with the first teamers so they get a feel for what it’s like and feel supported with senior players around them. I’d give them all 90 minutes as well as Babel.

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Itandje

 

Finnan Arbeloa Riise Aurelio

 

Pennant Lucas Benayoun Kewell

 

Voronin Kuyt Crouch

 

I'd say if teams put in decent bids for all of them Rafa would sell. I'll start the bidding, €2.57 and a half eaten packet of Rolo.

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Are you going to risk getting injuries to players you want to sell?

 

Someone like Crouch could get a bad injury and by the time hes fit his contract is up, a long shot maybe but the club could lose out on £10 million by playing him in a meaningless game, the same goes for Riise.

 

Personally id like a strong team with 1 or 2 young players like Insua in there. Its no good playing the ressies in 2nd string teams, play them with the first team so they have the best chance to impress.

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Nemeth isn't available - he's away with Hungary's under-19s this weekend. So said Tony Barrett on LFC TV last night anyway.

 

He's probably better than the strikers in the Hungary full national team. I haven't heard of any Hungary strikers so Nemeth must be better than them.

 

I just googled their national team squad.

They have 3 strikers listed. Priskin, 21 years old Watford. Ferenczi, 30, Barnsley and Orosz, 26, Wacker Innsbruck.

 

Its a disgrace that he's in the u19s, treated like a dog.

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Itandje

 

Finnan Arbeloa Riise Aurelio

 

Pennant Lucas Benayoun Kewell

 

Voronin Kuyt Crouch

 

I'd say if teams put in decent bids for all of them Rafa would sell. I'll start the bidding, €2.57 and a half eaten packet of Rolo.

 

I'd even be worried about beating spurs with that 12 playing :o

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For no reason whatsoever I shall use their 1950s names:

 

Joe Royal

Al Arbuckle

Jim Carragher

Sam Harper

Ernie Inman

Jack McMahon

Luke Leaver

Derek Kite

Stan Gerrard

Brian Bobble

Frank Towers

 

Manager: Reg Bennett

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reina has to start..golden glove!!

 

-----------------reina--------------

finnan-----skirt----hyypia---riise

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pennant-masch-alonso---babel--

-----------------gerrard------------

-------------torres------------------

 

I think Rafa will play a strong side......

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reina has to start..golden glove!!

He's already won it as James is ruled out of tomorrow's game and was the only person who could draw level with him! 3 seasons in a row now for Pepe, wonder what the record is?

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Reds stars must earn their Spurs for Benitez

 

May 10 2008 by Tony Barrett, Liverpool Echo

 

IT is the time of year when fans of all clubs consider whether or not progress has been made and look ahead to the future.

 

Managers are no different, of course, and for Rafa Benitez the sight of Tottenham looming large on the horizon offers him a poignant opportunity to assess how Liverpool have fared during both this season and his time as manager.

 

It was against Spurs that Benitez made his league bow as Reds boss in August 2004, a game in which then record signing Djibril Cisse opened his goalscoring account only for victory to be snatched away by a Jermaine Defoe equaliser.

 

Four years on and it is a much changed Liverpool side which will take to the field at White Hart Lane for tomorrow's clash.

 

Cisse has gone, of course as have nine other members of the Liverpool 16 that day. Only Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher Sami Hyypia, Harry Kewell, Steve Finnan and John Arne Riise remain and with a summer of change ahead it is likely that only half of them will still be around when the new season kicks off in August.

 

The speed of change in terms of the Anfield playing staff is there for all to see but has the revolution resulted in standards being raised?

 

According to Benitez, the answer is undoubtedly in the affirmative with the Reds boss adamant that progress has been significant since his first league game in charge, despite the fact that Liverpool will end the current campaign without a trophy to their name.

 

He said: "I think if you look at it we have improved every year since then.

 

"The squad is stronger and we now have more experience so it is clear that we are better now than we were then.

 

"This season has not been bad. It has not been perfect either because we have not won trophies and that is always what we set out to do at the start of every season.

 

"But if you look at the depth of the squad it is clear that we are going in the right direction.

 

"Now we must look to improve again by doing the right things and by signing the right players."

 

Despite the fact that Liverpool have endured a campaign that has been difficult for almost its entire duration, Benitez insists it has not been without its plus points and believes that in a time of adversity he has been able to identify those who have the strength to flourish at such a high profile club.

 

"When you have a difficult season like this one I think you get to know people better," he said.

 

"You know who you can trust and who can help you and for me that has been one of the best things about the season – I now know everyone better than I did before and that means we will be able to improve more in the future because I have more information."

 

Tomorrow's meeting with Spurs is Liverpool's second relatively meaningless fixture in a week, following on from last Sunday's 1-0 win over Man City at Anfield.

 

To all intents and purposes, Liverpool's season ended at Stamford Bridge when they were knocked out of the Champions League by Chelsea and since then all they have had to play for is pride and points which will not alter their position in the Premiership table.

 

In a bid to motivate his players for what most people in football consider to be a the deadest of rubbers, Benitez has issued them with a series of targets he wants them to meet on the last day of the season.

 

"I always try to find some targets but at times like this it is not always easy," he admitted.

 

"Last week in the first half against Manchester City it was difficult because we were not playing with a high tempo but in the second half it was much better.

 

"In this game away from home we have to have some targets so I have told the players that I want to finish the season with 76 points because that would be a good achievement.

 

"We have scored 117 goals so far this season so I want more goals to add to that total and I want another clean sheet for the keeper.

 

"So I am trying to find things to help motivate the players but what I will also tell them is that our fans will be with us as well – like they always are – so we must play for them.

 

"You always want to win but if you can win while playing well and scoring some goals that would be much better."

 

The make up of Benitez's starting line up is likely to give an indication of which players do and don't have an Anfield future.

 

Last week, he left Peter Crouch, John Arne Riise and Jermaine Pennant on the sidelines for the visit of Man City and none of that trio are expected to be involved tomorrow.

 

As expected, Harry Kewell will be the first to leave the club after his current contract expires at the end of this season and should Liverpool receive acceptable offers for Crouch, Riise and Pennant they will also depart.

 

Benitez insists the key for him now is to go with those players who show the kind of hunger for the shirt he is looking for.

 

"I will try to choose players with commitment, with a very good mentality and with passion.

 

"If that means we have to use some young players we will use young players. I am not worried about that."

 

A trip to Tottenham almost four years ago ushered in the Benitez revolution, it is likely to continue apace tomorrow.

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The Reds XI in full is: Reina, Insua, Arbeloa, Carragher, Skrtel, Babel, Gerrard, Mascherano, Kuyt, Torres, Voronin. Subs: Itandje, Hyypia, Finnan, Lucas, Benayoun.

 

 

i love Rafa and wouldn't want to change him but his choices do amaze me sometimes! Why Voronin? Why not Lucas or Plessis instead of Alonso or Benayoun instead of Voronin?

 

cue a Voronin performance of a lifetime and hat trick!

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Rafa sure knows how to pump up Crouch's value ;)

 

Good team though. Voronin had better behave.

 

Re Crouch because hes in the last year of his contract any serious injury and we can wave goodbye to £8-10 million the same goes for Riise it really isnt worth the risk for sentiment.

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