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    Can see us winning comfortably - pretty good side that is.

    Hopefully Rossiter's decent.
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    (Original post by mr tim)
    Mignolet, Manquillo, Toure, Sakho, Enrique, Lucas, Rossiter, Lallana, Sterling, Markovic, Lambert

    Subs: Jones, Skrtel, Moreno, Williams, Suso, Balotelli, Borini
    I'd rather Lucas was captain. Been at the club longer. It'll mean a lot to Lambert though.

    Should have given Suso a run rather than risk Sterling. We're ****ed if he picks up a knock.
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    (Original post by mr tim)
    Mignolet, Manquillo, Toure, Sakho, Enrique, Lucas, Rossiter, Lallana, Sterling, Markovic, Lambert

    Subs: Jones, Skrtel, Moreno, Williams, Suso, Balotelli, Borini

    Lambert captain! Rossiter starts. Didn't expect Sterling to start tbh.
    stronger team than i expected but i don't understand lambert as captain.
    sakho, lucas, mignolet, even sterling should be ahead of him in captaincy - i know he's experienced and this is his dream club but he hasn't been here long at all!

    (Original post by Deshi)
    Rest Sterling for Premier League matches and start him in the league cup? Sounds legit. Surprised Jones isn't starting either

    Decent team in terms of personnel
    yeah i don't get that either.
    this would be the perfect game to rest sterling ahead of the match at the weekend.
    personally i don't think a young, competent player like sterling needs a tuesday rest for a game on saturday anyway which is why resting him after internationals like he did was a little uncalled for.
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    Rossiter!!!!!

    Mistake by the GK but oh well... good to get a debut goal there.
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    Damn, happy for him
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    shall we call that a lambert assist?

    great play by sterling closing down but what a mess up by that keeper
    chelsea loanee:cool:
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    sterling is tearing them apart!
    he's bloody everywhere!
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    Have to say, that pass to Moreno vs City aside, Markovic has done absolutely nothing so far in his LFC career to make him look even a decent player.
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    Lallana been our main creative spark, best player on the pitch atm.

    Markovic looks afraid to do anything, he should be getting the ball and running at his man but all he does is pass back or sideways.

    Generallly speaking sterile domination, tikka takka with no penetration bar the odd Lallana and Sterling drive but we're just asking to get countered once there is a stray pass.
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    not a terrible half but i feel like if it were 0-0 we'd be complaining about our lack of clear chance creation.

    enrique, lallana and sterling have been excellent
    sakho has been pretty solid but toure doesn't have a clue what he's doing in posession.
    markovic has been very average - he isn't as fast as i thought he was and he isn't strong at all which is not good.
    i feel like lambert is just a little out of sync with the rest of the team.

    1-0 is a nervous scoreline; middlesborough were getting their fair share of chances and were growing as the half went on.
    at least we're ahead though.
    i don't really want sterling to play a full match but right now i feel that we need him to help us score a second since markovic really doesn't seem up to it
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    Lallana looks like he's getting up to speed. We still look pretty crap though.

    (Original post by So Instinct)

    Markovic looks afraid to do anything, he should be getting the ball and running at his man but all he does is pass back or sideways.
    Yep, at the moment he looks nothing like the swashbuckling footballer we thought we were getting.
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    (Original post by Pn94)
    Lallana looks like he's getting up to speed. We still look pretty crap though.



    Yep, at the moment he looks nothing like the swashbuckling footballer we thought we were getting.
    Will come with time I think, I remember there was a period after Sterling broke through to the first team that he seemed afraid to run at his man too was playing similar to Markovic and was dropped for a little while- came back with a bang though.
    Hopefully he gets into his groove in the second half of the season when we can really push on.
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    our set piece defending though:coma:
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    The Lambert signing looks weirder with each passing game.

    (Original post by So Instinct)
    Will come with time I think, I remember there was a period just after Sterling broke through to the first team that he seemed afraid to run at his man too was playing similar to Markovic and was dropped for a little while- came back with a bang though.
    Sterling came in and bossed City on his full debut, then went and had a string of good performances before he dipped.

    Markovic hasn't even shown the initial signs of quality - can't remember him trying to beat his man even once.
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    (Original post by Lúcio)
    our set piece defending though:coma:
    Sarcasm?
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    (Original post by So Instinct)
    Sarcasm?
    of course:rolleyes:

    regardless of how good/bad your defence is, there's really no excuse for poor set piece defending at the top level.
    in open play we've been pretty solid but as soon as they get a corner we're all over the place as usual.
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    (Original post by Pn94)
    Sterling came in and bossed City on his full debut, then went and had a string of good performances before he dipped.

    Markovic hasn't even shown the initial signs of quality - can't remember him trying to beat his man even once.
    Yeah something like that.

    He hasn't shown it for us but he's shown it at Benfica which is why we were so eager to get him and their fans didn't want him to go. He was patchy at Benfica too but that's just how young players are.
    Hopefully this is just his dip which it does seem like, even his touch is a bit off atm he was keeping the ball a lot tighter and cutting through defences at Benfica. If that's the case I'd expect him to go ham post Jan.
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    (Original post by Lúcio)
    of course:rolleyes:

    regardless of how good/bad your defence is, there's really no excuse for poor set piece defending at the top level.
    in open play we've been pretty solid but as soon as they get a corner we're all over the place as usual.
    Was about to say...
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    Anyone else hear someone shout "he reminds me of your mums"?
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    1-1 from a set piece.

    0% surprised.

    middlesborough have been completely useless going forward from open play in this half.
    they get a free kick and score as easy as you like.
 
 
 
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