Debrecen v Liverpool Johnson back, Agger starts

Champions League

Debrecen v Liverpool

Glen Johnson makes a return and Daniel Agger is over his bang to the head so Jamie Carragher gets back to his usual spot in the centre of defence. It means Liverpool’s back four is about as strong as it can be in a game the Reds need to win whilst keeping one eye on the other match in the group.

With Lucas and Mascherano starting in their usual central-midfield spots Alberto Aquilani still has to wait for that first start. Fabio Aurelio looks set to play in an advanced role on the left, Kuyt on the right and Steven Gerrard centrally, in support of David Ngog. As always Pepe Reina is in goal.

Debrecen: 1 Poleksic, 10 Bodnar, 17 Meszaros, 21 Fodor, 24 Mijadinoski, 25 Szelesi, 30 Kiss, 55 Szakaly,77 Czvitkovics, 86 Laczko, 14 Rudolf
Subs: 12 Pantic, 16 Komlosi, 6 Ramos, 7 Dombi, 22 Bernath, 33 Varga, 39 Coulibaly

Liverpool: 25 Reina, 2 Johnson, 23 Carragher, 5 Agger, 22 Insua, 20 Mascherano, 21 Lucas, 12 Aurelio, 8 Gerrard, 18 Kuyt, 24 Ngog
Subs: 1 Cavalieri, 16 Kyrgiakos, 37 Skrtel, 38 Dossena, 4 Aquilani, 15 Benayoun, 26 Spearing

5 thoughts on “Debrecen v Liverpool Johnson back, Agger starts”

  1. Who signed Aquilani ? He was injured for ages and now he’s available he still not being picked!
    Robbie Keane played more often for liverpool than Aquilani . Both cost £20 million and Benitez didnt want Keane.

    Benitez makes the most bizarre decisions sometimes.
    Nobody understands his tactics let alone his team.

  2. Unbelievable tactics and substitutions again.

    Why is Aquilani ont the bench? Is it just to wind us up. If hes not fit enough to play he shouldnt be there, if he is fit enough then why isnt he playing.

    Negative, negative football. The season goes from bad to worse under this over cautious, negative individual.

    Safe, defensive football. One lone striker both home and away and the continued zonal disasters.

    But hey, in Rafa we trust.

  3. relax guys, he has just come back from a major injury. can’t rush him back, look at our incredible injury list

  4. Sorry Simba, that doesn’t wash. He played for 20 mins against Arsenal in the League Cup last month and he was taken on the flight so he’s definitely fit. I’m not suggesting he play 90 mins but why isn’t he playing 30 mins or more gradually so he can build up to full fitness?

    It’s catch-22. He can’t play because he’s not match fit but to get match fit you have to play in matches!! Arrgghh!!

  5. Aquilani needs to be nurtured back to fitness. He’s had a string of injuries at Roma. Hopefully the cautious approach will be a huge benefit for him. He said it himself that whilst at Roma he was rushed back to soon from injury. But i’m as frustrated as everyone he hasnt played more. I think its going to be the new year before we see the best of him and the team