Spurs v Reds: Gerrard and Torres start

The season begins, no more rehearsals and Liverpool need to get off to a good start if they are to push for that 19th league title. The other sides in the ‘top four’ have all played their first games, and have all won.

Glen Johnson makes his full debut for the Reds, the summer signing from Portsmouth will play at right-back with Emiliano Insua takign the other full-back berth. Carragher and Skrtel have recovered from injuries to take their places in the centre of defence.

No Xabi Alonso any more in midfield after his move to Real Madrid, and Alberto Aquilani not yet available for selection, so Mascherano and Lucus take up the central roles.

Dirk Kuyt and Ryan Babel start in the wider positions, with Steven Gerrard fit again and starting just behind Fernando Torres.

Spurs have two former Liverpool forwards in their squad, Robbie Keane starts, Peter Crouch is on the bench, and Liverpool know that this isn’t going to be an easy fixture.

Tottenham: 1 Gomes, 19 Bassong, 22 Corluka, 26 King, 32 Assou-Ekotto, 6 Huddlestone, 7 Lennon, 12 Palacios, 14 Modric, 10 Keane, 18 Defoe
Subs: 23 Cudicini, 02 Hutton, 16 Naughton, 05 Bentley, 24 O’Hara, 09 Pavlyuchenko, 15 Crouch

Liverpool: 25 Reina, 2 Johnson, 22 Insua, 23 Carragher, 37 Skrtel, 8 Gerrard, 20 Mascherano, 21 Lucas, 9 Torres, 18 Kuyt, 19 Babel
Subs: 1 Cavalieri, 34 Kelly, 38 Dossena, 15 Benayoun, 26 Spearing, 40 Ayala, 10 Voronin

4 thoughts on “Spurs v Reds: Gerrard and Torres start”

  1. Well what did i really expect.

    A well put together side, with a few new (world class) signings dotted here and there and a fresh fighting spirit.

    What we actually got was for want of a beter word pathetic.

    Benitez has now had over 5 years to piece together a side that has the ability to challenge for the title.

    We finish the game behind, with the desperate, nowhere near premiership quality Voronin up front and an unknown centre back as cover.

    Our bench today looked more lightwieght than Burnley’s and we expect to be fighting for the title. Forget it. If Benitez thinks this side he has will even come close to winning the Prem this season he is dreaming.

    Why do we not have a second worthy striker in the squad, why dont we have at least one true winger and why are we relying on the likes of Lucas, Voronin and Ngog as replacements for our first teamers.

    The man has had 5 years for God’s sake.

    If Torres gets injured we are done for. Even with him on the pitch today he looked isolated and alone. No strike partner and no service, except the odd cross from Johnson.

    Our squad is weaker than last year with the exit of Alonso, Hypia and Arbaloa, who have not been replaced.

    And to buy a player (Aqualani) who is desperately needed, but who could be out til October is frankly ridiculous. The title will be gone by then.

    Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal and Man city and spurs all look strong with a good squad depth. We do not have this.

    A poor start with an even poorer outlook.

    Top 4 if we are lucky this year boys on todays shabby performance.

    At least we have Voronin eh!!!!!!!

  2. Welcome back Cantos!

    There’s 50% (the pessimist side) of me that agrees with much of what you said.

    However, I really liked the look of Johnson today. He’s definitely up for it! Lucas is a superb passer of the ball but needs to play more like Johnson i.e. impose himself on the game, take it by the scruff of the neck and be THE MAN!

    I was disappointed (as ever!) with Babel today and thought that we looked far more threatening when Benayoun came on.

    Again I was impressed with Insua more in the way that he seems to get on with things like he had been doing it for years.

    Anyway not the start I would have liked but let’s crack on now with the destruction of Stoke.

  3. I agree Babel is just not up for the job. Not a fan of Lucas at all. But Insua and Johnson do look like decent full backs.

    In all our defence is pretty good, but we look weak in the middle of the park and a bit lacking up front.

    We just dont have any options to change a game.

    Still 2 weeks to go and i think a winger and a forward would be money well spent if we are to compete this season.

    Good to be back Edward. Look forward to the banter from all the regulars.


  4. i was surprised to see babel instead of benayoun…for me that was the key…benayoun was superb last season…what the feck does he have to do to get a game???
    sure we were diabolical in the first half but i thought spurs played well…one of those things….the battle may have been lost…but the war is not done..
    maybe play babel as 2nd striker….and then buy a midfielder ….martin petrov would be a very good buy….plays on the left for man city…but at athletico madrid he was in the centre as an attacking midfielder…he can fill in until aquilani gets fit and if gets injured again…
    chelsea were luckky…manure were underwhelming…but look at who they were playing! arsenal was the result but they’ll play well until 4th feb and then implode in 10 days…
    37 games to go

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