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Liverpool’s tactics against Arsenal – some interesting decisions for Brendan Rodgers

By Stefano on January 29th, 2013

A peculiar feature of Liverpool’s difficult away games under Brendan Rodgers is his tendency to completely change his side’s formation at half-time: away at Everton, Chelsea and Manchester United he’s dramatically altered his side after an underwhelming first-half performance. Now, especially after the weekend embarrassment at Oldham, he’s under pressure to get it right from the start.

Following the arrival of Daniel Sturridge, Fabio Borini’s return from injury, plus Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson’s good form, Rodgers has plenty of experienced players to call upon. As a result, Raheem Sterling will predominantly be a substitute for the rest of this season, while Suso is no longer a regular, and instead on the periphery of the squad.

Sterling, Borini and Joe Allen were omitted from the side that convincingly defeated Norwich 5-0 at Anfield ten days ago, and none did anything against Oldham to suggest they deserve a place in the side for the trip to Arsenal. Sterling would be a risk defensively, Borini isn’t yet 100% fit following his injury lay-off, while Allen has been in poor form.

The natural approach would see Rodgers revert to the side that faced Norwich: Lucas Leiva and Steven Gerrard sitting deep, then Downing, Henderson and Luis Suarez behind Sturridge. But will Rodgers be brave enough to play that system at the Emirates, considering Arsenal’s tendency to dominate possession? I can’t help feeling that he’ll will want some extra passing quality in the centre of the pitch, and might start Allen: this is surely a game made for him, despite his recent form.

That would probably mean Henderson dropping to the bench, with Downing on the left and Suarez cutting inside to join Sturridge. With so many versatile options, Rodgers’ tinkering is understandable, but he needs to get things right at Arsenal.

This post courtesy of Pick Our Team is by Michael Cox. PickOurTeam is a new type of football community giving fans an opportunity to have a meaningful say on the formation and selection of their team. PickOurTeam is the voice of the fans – collecting views on who should play where and ratings on how the players, manager, and referee perform each week. Every match the findings are compiled and presented back to the fans. The article was originally posted here.



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Liverpool update: Bayern Munich in shock move for Luis Suarez. New bid for Philippe Coutinho

By Stefano on January 22nd, 2013

Luis Suarez’s electric form for Liverpool hasn’t gone unnoticed in Germany. The latest club to be linked to the Uruguayan is Bayern Munich who are apparently, well The Express says, are lining up a £40 million move for the player.

However before Liverpool fans get too concerned the source of the rumour is Spanish newspaper Sport (as reported by The Express) which mentions that Suarez is on Guardiola’s wish list along with Radamel Falcao, Edinson Cavani and Edin Dzeko.

Guardiola may have great connections but he is hardly going to sign all those players? The Metro does however suggest that Suarez is his main target.

Suarez has been electric in front of goal this season, netting 20 times in all competitions for the Reds.

The same paper also reports that Inter Milan’s Philippe Coutinho could soon be a Liverpool player with the Italian team apparently ready to accept the club’s £8 million bid.



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Top Stories – worst ever corners, Luis Suarez on diving and Tombraider 2013 preview

By Stefano on January 21st, 2013

Top stories from Brandish and our pals.

Britain’s harshest winter in great photos and an epic video

12 obscure Bowie gems that today’s artists would kill for

What they said about Luis Suarez before he admitted to diving

The worst ever corner kicks video

Magnificent assorted vintage football stickers

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Tombraider 2013 preview



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Is Luis Suarez a cheat? The best pics from the FA Cup. Loads of new gadgets from CES 2013

By Stefano on January 7th, 2013

The latest stories from Brandish and our pals

Is Luis Suarez a cheat? You decide

Polar Bear tries to mate with BBC presenter – video here

A teenager recalls the moon landing – genius diary post

Andre Iniesta and his rather surprising ambition to play for Real Madrid

The best pics from the FA Cup Third Round

CES 2013 – day one’s hottest new gadgets – the coffee table sized tablet, huge phones and more

15 of the most under rated British bands of the 80s

Ugo Ehiogu, his record label, The Fossil Collective and an ace tale about Ian Wright

CES 2013 – Loads and loads of new tech goodies and gadgets

15 apps to help you keep your new year’s resolutions

 




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