Liverpool v Fulham – European supremacy Part 1

10 04 2010

The title shows an obvious lack of ideas for … er …titles. However, it is rather surprising that given their antecedents this season, Liverpool and Fulham are the only two English sides still in any European competition, a stark contrast of a situation as compared to the EPL’s supremacy in Europe.

Anywhooo, this isn’t about the Europa league. Or the Champions League. This is about the Premier League. It is about whether Liverpool would reclaim fourth place which has so often been their’s over the last couple of seasons.

Given that Fulham are in the lower middle half of the table, I have a sneaky suspicion that they may rest a few key players  so as to avoid injuries to key players which might hamper their European adventure. On the other hand, Liverpool should probably play a full strength squad with Ryan Babel, possibly, returning to the starting line up after sitting out Liverpool’s mauling of Benfica. Having said that, if you know Rafael Benitez then there’s a good chance you can’t quite predict the starting line-up for tomorrows clash at Anfield!

On a side note, would we see Lucas Leiva start again or would the gaffer prefer 20 mil. man, Alberto Aquilani?

Predictions, predictions, predictions… Liverpool can’t afford a sub-par performance like the one they demonstrated against Birmingham, so I would say it would, in all probability, be a Liverpool victory: 2-0 or 2-1. Please do note that the key phrase here is “in all probability” and everyone who has followed Liverpool’s dismal season would understand my lack of confidence!

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10 04 2010
A Premature Preview? « paisleygates.com

[…] of relief? Dude scored after 27 seconds. Now that’s quick2. Maxi, Insua and Babel will all be back in contention after missing out last time around so we can take heart that our selection woes are behind […]

10 04 2010
steven.

Lucas scored on Thursday .. he’ll be out there ..

10 04 2010
Aneet

Yea, I guess you are right. Aquilani will be a full time member of the squad come next season.

10 04 2010
Prososc8

Liverpool will take all 3 points as this is crucial to their push for the last champions league spot. It would be a huge mistake to rest players just for Europa Cup. I say forget the Europa Cup and concentrate on the Champions league spot…. Benitez should know his priorities. and CHampions League football next season should be no doubt be number 1 goal.

10 04 2010
Aneet

They NEED to take 3 points. It’s not an option anymore to draw games against lesser oppositions.

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