Kenny Dalglish returned to the position of manager of Liverpool FC on Saturday but arrived back in the country too late to have any real time with the team ahead of the FA Cup defeat to Manchester United.
That’s not the case tonight and although he’s only a dew days into the job it’s his team, formation and tactics for tonight’s visit to Blackpool.
And it looks like Kenny has sprung a surprise. We now know the team but we have to wait and see what the formation is. Martin Kelly has played at left-back away from the first team and may well be used there tonight, but there’s also a possibility that he’s going to be used as a centre-back, the position seen as his long-term future.
If that’s the case then Kenny could be going for something like a 3-5-2 formation, with Kelly, Agger and Skrtel the three at the back. The midfield of Poulsen, Lucas and Meireles would be flanked by Johnson on the right and Jovanovic on the left, with Torres and Kuyt up front.
If Kenny has decided on using a back four it’s also possible that Johnson will start on the left, but it really is best to wait and see. In the days before players had squad numbers Kenny would often cause confusion by dishing numbers out to players that in those days were considered odd for the position they’d be playing. And his teams were usually revealed as late as possible.
Danny Wilson had been rumoured as getting a start tonight but has to settle for a place amongst the subs.
Glen Johnson starts the game the day after his partner gave birth to a baby boy – congratulations to both on their new addition.
Liverpool: Reina; Kelly, Skrtel, Agger, Johnson, Poulsen, Lucas, Meireles, Jovanovic; Torres, Kuyt.
Subs: Gulacsi, Kyrgiakos, Konchesky, Ngog, Wilson, Maxi, Shelvey.