The case for Aqua and Babel – Liverpool v Sunderland Preview

24 03 2010

As we get closer to the end of the season, Aston Villa and Manchester City have handed Liverpool FC a glimmer of a hope by drawing against Sunderland and losing to Everton, respectively, in midweek.

Carew's goal rescues point for 7th place Villa. http://www.bbc.co.uk

Now, Liverpool will need to take on Sunderland on Sunday, the 28th of March and MUST capitalize on this with a three point haul.

Cahil scores against Man City! http://www.bbc.co.uk

How are Liverpool to go about achieving that? By playing Aquilani in midfield and Babel on the wing. The time for a defensive mindset is long gone and Rafael Benitez has been reminded that time and again, the latest unsavory reminder coming against arch rivals, Manchester Utd last weekend. I hate retrospect but that was a match which flabbergasted me!

My starting eleven would be:

Reina, Jonhson, Carragher, Agger, Insua,Kuyt, Aquilani, Mascherano, Gerrard, Torres.

Despite Liverpool’s rotten season, I don’t see Liverpool slipping up against Sunderland and in light of recent happenings in the Premier League, live in eternal hope of a fourth place finish!

Moyes and Mancini. http://www.soccernet.com

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4 responses

25 03 2010
ngriffiths1981

I assume from the blog you intend to play Babel aswell? Unless you feel confident Liverpool can win with 10 men?

It would be nice to see Liverpool play a more expansive game, Glen Johnson can now bomb forward to get involved, confident in Mascherano’s ability to read the play and cover counter attacks. Aquilani can then look to get involved with attacks and feed the wide players or Gerrard with his passing ability allowing Liverpool to have a varied, balanced attack that can cause defences problems.

25 03 2010
Aneet

Yes, I think Babel should play as he can be a regular spanner in the oppositions works with his pace.

27 03 2010
steven.

Aquilani must start .. two holding midfielders at home? NO LONGER NECESSARY. we need to throw caution to the wind and fuck some shit up ..

27 03 2010
Aneet

We probably don’t need holding midfielders any more for the rest of the season. And like you said in a rather non-PC fashion: Liverpool must wreak some havoc.

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