Teams: Liverpool v Spurs – Maxi on bench

Once again Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has had a limited squad to pick his side from with the likes of Fernando Torres, Yossi Benayoun, Daniel Agger and Steven Gerrard all out injured.

Jamie Carragher will be filling in as captain again and also looks likely to fill in at right-back. Kyrgiakos and Skrtel both get another start in the centre of defence with Emiliano Insua retaining his place at left-back.

Lucas and Javier Mascherano both start in midfield meaning Alberto Aquilani will have a more advanced role, probably just behind Dirk Kuyt. Rafa is looking to Philip Degen and Albert Riera to provide some width. Maxi Rodriguez is amongst the subs again, Ryan Babel is back on the bench and for his sake perhaps keeping his phone switched off.

Also on the bench is Robbie Keane, one of the Spurs subs just under a year after he left Anfield following his ill-fated six-month spell at the club, most of which he seemed to spend on the bench. Former Red Peter Crouch is certain to get a good reception too, he starts alongside Defoe.

Liverpool: 25 Reina, 23 Carragher, 37 Skrtel, 16 Kyrgiakos, 22 Insua, 27 Degen, 20 Mascherano, 21 Lucas, 11 Riera, 4 Aquilani, 18 Kuyt
Subs: 1 Cavalieri, 32 Darby, 17 Maxi, 26 Spearing, 19 Babel, 24 Ngog, 47 Pacheco

Tottenham: 1 Gomes, 3 Bale, 20 Dawson, 22 Corluka, 26 King, 8 Jenas, 12 Palacios, 4 Modric, 21 Kranjcar, 15 Crouch, 18 Defoe
Subs: 27 Alnwick, 2 Hutton, 19 Bassong, 25 Rose, 9 Pavlyuchenko, 10 Keane, 17 Giovani

Referee: Howard Webb

5 thoughts on “Teams: Liverpool v Spurs – Maxi on bench”

  1. Just watched the game and come away with mixed feelings.
    We won ! Wahoo ! – But how ? God knows. Spurs fans must be thinking exactly what we were thinking against Stoke last week. They should have had penalty and had what seemed to be a goal disallowed.
    Their open play was far better than ours – “a team ” and a well drilled team at that. While we although committed looked disjointed and clueless at times.
    Degen is possibly the worst player i have ever seen in the red shirt. I would love to know at what point Benitez thought ” Degen he’s the answer! – Sign him !” God he’s crap..
    He makes Lucas look truly world class. To be fair to Lucas though he does try his best as does Kuyt who scored a great 1st goal but should have scored three or four goals tonight if he’d shown more composure in front of goal.
    Spurs had lots of possesion (66% in the 2nd half) they played like the home team while we just charged around rushing misplaced passes and yet again giving the ball away.
    I do feel sorry for Benitez, he clearly is giving his all for the club but his tactics / subs are just strange.
    One striker up front – at home ?
    Two holding midfielders – at home ?
    Another new signing (Maxi) on the bench?
    Having said all that – We won ! – and my God we needed a win. let’s be positive eh ?
    At least Aquilani looked the part tonight . He could be a good signing after all…..

  2. darren read redknapp’s postmatch coments.

    Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp expressed his disappointment after seeing his side lose 2-0 to Liverpool at Anfield.

    Spurs now sit just one point ahead of the Reds in fourth place as the race for the Champions League hots up.

    “We came here in good form, but I was disappointed in us tonight,” Redknapp told Sky Sports. “We had a great opportunity tonight and in all honesty my players were below par.”

    Redknapp though was graceful in defeat and was quick to praise the application of the Liverpool players throughout the match.

    “Give credit where it’s due they worked their socks off. Dirk Kuyt never stopped working and chasing, the whole team played with great enthusiasm,” he admitted.

    The Tottenham boss also said that the Liverpool fans are second to none and any game at Anfield isn’t an easy one.

    Redknapp added: “The crowd here is the most amazing site in football, they responded to the crowd and deserved the win.”

  3. to be fair to darren, lfcmalta, i would want nothing more than to have darren supporting me in every endeavor i embark on in my life

  4. Oh well – I was obviously watching a different game to you fellas. Football all about opions. I’m sure you would can agree on that. Maybe i was a bit hard on us last night who knows – We won and that’s all that matters.

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