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Ok, I've thought this through, and I'm going to give RH some more advice on his team for Sunday. He failed to pick my dream midfield of Johnson, Meirles, Gerrard and Babel, and the result speaks for itself.

 

For OT I'm going with this seemingly defensive line up, that secretly oozes pace and flexibility :

 

-----------------------------Reina

 

Kelly----------Carragher--------Agger-------Konchesky

 

Johnson--------Meireles-----Poulsen-----Gerrard------Aurelio

 

----------------------------Torres

 

The way it is works that defensively the midfield full backs provide extra cover against Uniteds width, and the threat of Evra in particular. The central mid trio stifle United generally, but Meireles and Gerrard and Johnson are given licence to bomb forward in all directions in support of Torres the minute we have the ball. At these junctures, Aurelio tucks in alongside Poulsen to give us a compact shape behind them, and allow for the possibility that either Kelly or Konchesky may join up with a promising attack.

 

So, defensive solidity all round, but real pace and movement on the counter, and throw Babel in late on to upset them further.

 

Are you listening this time Roy ?

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You're not gonna get Johnson on the right.

 

Four full backs? I remember this place going apocalypto over that at the Britannia last year.

 

Just put our best XI on the pitch and have a go.

We're gonna be done for a pen if Scholes falls at the halfway line anyway.

 

I agree. When we came out with that 3-5-2 or whatever it was, everyone was livid (because it didn't work, obviously).

 

I would love to see this, as I believe it is an arrangement of the 'default' formation which includes all of our best players (except Kuyt, injured) and almost all playing in their natural positions

 

Reina

Johnson Carra Agger Paul

Mereiles Poulsen

Maxi Gerrard Cole

Nando

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I agree. When we came out with that 3-5-2 or whatever it was, everyone was livid (because it didn't work, obviously).

 

I would love to see this, as I believe it is an arrangement of the 'default' formation which includes all of our best players (except Kuyt, injured) and almost all playing in their natural positions

 

Reina

Johnson Carra Agger Paul

Mereiles Poulsen

Maxi Gerrard Cole

Nando

Agree with your team lad but if Aurelio was fit I'd have him at LB as he's got good previous there.

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think we'll learn a lot about roy from how he sets up for this one.

 

Sorry, couldnt agree less - if Roy was not disappointed with a point against Brum away and not making attacking substitutions then I think we all know how he will set up away to Utd.

 

In fact, I think Torres could get so isolated that he might be a good bet for a sending off given the level of frustration I expect him to suffer.

 

I think we learn more about Roy in away games to Blackburn, Stoke, Bolton etc.

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Reina

Johnson Carra Agger Aurelio

Mereiles Poulsen

Maxi Gerrard Cole

Nando

 

 

 

though i do think the Johnson at RM could work.

 

that team, well actually any team without Babel in it is seriously lacking pace though.

 

You see, this is why Roy's just pipped me for the Liverpool manager's job, because he (and you) remember that we own Joe Cole, whereas I entirely forgot that fact. :D

 

I don't want to see Maxi and Jovanovic starting proper matches for a while. Neither offers enough defensively or going forward to merit regular starts.

 

Reina

 

Johnson - Carra - Agger - Konchesky

 

Poulson - Merieles

 

Cole - Gerrard - Babel

 

Torres

 

 

Have a go at the f*****s.

 

Thats the team that 'Arry 'ave a go' Redknapp would pick. And me too, thinking about it a bit more. Love it.

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Thats the team that 'Arry 'ave a go' Redknapp would pick. And me too, thinking about it a bit more. Love it.

 

I want Meireles, Gerrard, Torres, Cole to play.

 

One from Lucas/Poulsen and probably Maxi on the right if Cole is left. However, if Cole is right then I am not pushed on Jova on the left.

 

Agger to partner Carra with Skrtel dropped.

 

Thats the bones of what I want to see.

 

Reina

 

Johnson - Carra - Skirtl - Konchesky

 

Cole - Poulson - Lucas - Jovanovic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gerrard

 

Torres

 

Is what I fear.

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Reina

 

Johnson Carra Agger PFK

 

Lucas Merieles

 

Maxi Gerrard Cole

 

Torres

 

f*** it, I'm gonna back you on Lucas, Cobs. From what I have seen of Poulsen, he is just slow. I think Lucas will get busy in there and cover more ground. Dont anyone dare ask me to make a case for Lucas - but for this game and in a choice with him and Poulsen, I'll go with Lucas.

 

I think I'd like to see Meireles and Gerrard play the central role in easier games with Maxi, Cole, Jova ahead of them - moot point for this game though.

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Reina

 

Johnson Carra Agger PFK

 

Lucas Merieles

 

Maxi Gerrard Cole

 

Torres

 

I'd go with Aurelio at left back if he was fit but agree otherwise.

 

Worried about Berbatov... he's playing well at the minute and could do damage given how weak we're looking to the high ball at the moment.

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