Funny how this game has become one of those you look for when the fixtures come out. Could it be the fact that we have replaced the Scousers at the pinnacle of English football.
Where Liverpool were once at the vanguard of English football many years ago, they have now joined the Spuds as one of those mid table teams vying for Europa league places. Recent matches against Liverpool have tended to be spicy affairs with controversial decisions (just what we need) sendings off and non goals and Sundays game will be no different.
Liverpool have had their worst start for many years in the Premiership (snigger) and we have started reasonably well. In fact Liverpool are probably the worst one man team in the league with Suarez about their only decent player now. Take away Suarez’s goals and assists and Liverpool would struggle to have a point this season. Stop Suarez and you stop Liverpool. As can be seen from Liverpool’s Europa league performances, where Rodgers have rested the Uruguayan, Liverpool are pretty rubbish without him. So how do you stop him? Who do you pick to counter him? If we are being honest ‘Geezer’ was pants against Shaktar and I don’t think there would be any surprise if Cahill or Branner played at centre half on Sunday, alongside JT.
Suarez is clever rather than quick and you need an experienced defender to play against him. Suarez made a mug of Coloccini last week by control rather than pace. I don’t think JT or Gary Cahill would have been fooled like that.
So what about Gerrard is he the player he was? Frankly, no. In a poor team he’s shown as not being the player that he maybe was a few years ago.
The next big question? Torres? Despite his fortunate goal on Wednesday he had one of those frustrating games we have seen this season. I couldn’t see him raising his game against his old club and I would be tempted to give young Danny a run up front feeding off of our triumvirate of Juan, Oscar and Eden. The pace of these four should scare the pants off of Skertel and Agger, neither who have whippet like qualities. Add on to that the pace and finishing abilities of a certain Victor Moses and we should really have far too much for the ‘Mickey Mousers’.
Always good to welcome ex blues back to the Bridge and Brendan Rodgers and, if he plays, Glen Johnson will receive a gracious welcome.
I feel sorry for Rodgers, being at a club which thinks its better than it currently is and there is no doubt that he will start to feel the pressure if Liverpool continue their run of results both in the League and Cups. Liverpool’s only two realistic chances of silverware were in the domestic cups and they are out of one of those already.
So it seems that Liverpool really are becoming the Arsenal of the North.
Just a reminder that Sunday is Remembrance Sunday so respect the silence even if provoked by the opposition fans. Look out for poppy sellers and let’s see as many Blues fans wearing them as possible.