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Friendly v Rochdale today


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According to Liverpool.no we played Rochdale in a friendly today. Winning 2-1 when the game was called off because of a serious injury to one of the Rochdale players. Line up: Pepe, Johnson, Kelly, Agger, Robinson, Lucas, Adam, Shelvey, Eccleston, Carroll, Pacheco. Goals: Johnson, Eccleston

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Not a clue. Don't see it, personally.

He's got all the physical attributes to play there, but as we know CB is a position with much more than that. I guess the only way you find out whether he has the concentration, positioning, awareness and general game nous to play there is by giving him a go and having a look in training.

 

GloJo is a shoe in to start, but Kelly is at an age where he needs a lot of games. Maybe developing another position for him is a way to give him that.

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He's got all the physical attributes to play there, but as we know CB is a position with much more than that. I guess the only way you find out whether he has the concentration, positioning, awareness and general game nous to play there is by giving him a go and having a look in training.

 

GloJo is a shoe in to start, but Kelly is at an age where he needs a lot of games. Maybe developing another position for him is a way to give him that.

 

Aye. Just think the time has passed. He's been a right back for nigh on three years now. Completely different being responsible for a corridor of space on the flank than being 360 degrees aware.

 

Yeah, he needs games. Still concerned that our combination of GloJo and Massive Martin is prone to injuries.

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Doni still has Flanno flashbacks, I bet.

That was hilarious, looking back. One of the craziest games in recent years.

 

I actually don't think Flanno is THAT bad. He's good on the ball (despite those mistakes) and strong in the tackle. Will probably make a semi-decent Championship full back in the end.

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That was hilarious, looking back. One of the craziest games in recent years.

 

I actually don't think Flanno is THAT bad. He's good on the ball (despite those mistakes) and strong in the tackle. Will probably make a semi-decent Championship full back in the end.

 

Yeah, agree with all that. Think he'll be ok to be carried if needs be but isn't a long term solution to anything for us.

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I saw the Rochdale lad tweet his thanks to our medical staff - what did he do?

 

Weirdly low-key this considering the lineup.

 

 

"Physio Andy Thorpe explains the extent of Reece’s injury: “Reece fell awkwardly on his ankle during the game resulting in him dislocating his ankle and fracturing his tibula. He has also suffered soft tissue damage."

 

http://www.rochdaleafc.co.uk/news/article/reece-injury-293311.aspx

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Aye. Just think the time has passed. He's been a right back for nigh on three years now. Completely different being responsible for a corridor of space on the flank than being 360 degrees aware.

 

Carragher was playing at fullback for 5 or 6 years before he settled into the centre-half position.

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While this is true is he the exception or the rule? Jamie is a remarkable case.

 

He is but he was coached for it and you'd think if the core skills are there Kelly could be coached accordingly. I think the awareness is as much down to coaching as natural talent.

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He is but he was coached for it and you'd think if the core skills are there Kelly could be coached accordingly. I think the awareness is as much down to coaching as natural talent.

 

This is true but I still think Carragher had an extra something that made him a brilliant centre back. He had such a competitive drive. I hope I'm completely wrong but I don't see Martin Kelly as a centre back. Then again, it's hard to doubt me with my background in football scouting and coaching. Ha.

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This is true but I still think Carragher had an extra something that made him a brilliant centre back. He had such a competitive drive. I hope I'm completely wrong but I don't see Martin Kelly as a centre back. Then again, it's hard to doubt me with my background in football scouting and coaching. Ha.

 

Yeah it's fair I'm not really convinced about Kelly at RB or CB. I think he could push on to become a really good player but I don't think he's there yet. I do think if he can become a good RB he could similarly become a decent CB.

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