Blackpool v LFC – Kenny picks the team

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.

4 thoughts on “Blackpool v LFC – Kenny picks the team”

  1. Mistake in my opinion for Kenny to select Poulsen. He offered nothing but a total lack of space against a fast moving midfield. Our players also seem to lack any kind of confidence and also express confusion as to what to do.

  2. Whilst I was both surprised and disappointed at the team he chose last night I understand why he did. We have to play 3 games in 8 days so you can’t expect the same 11 to start all 3.

    The start was excellent and Torres displayed a much improved attitude. The midfield and defence continues to disappoint but I would say Meireles had a worse game than Poulsen. Blackpool had an element of luck with their equaliser but it was annoying that we faded so much in the last 30 mins.

    Clearly Kenny has a lot of work to do but I hope that when John Henry comes over this weekend he brings his cheque book with him because we do need to strengthen this month. If we finish outside European places I fear we may lose our best players making the recovery even longer.

  3. He gave some weaker names a run out here rather than in the derby game. He had to see them in his own formation.
    Remember, Henry’s coming over and the clock is ticking on the txfer window. He needs to talk intelligently about what he’s got.

    Also, its 3 games in 8 days, so there had to be changes for tonight. He’s a smart man.

    He’ll have some idea of where the attack is breaking down, what Jova and Poulsen are like, seeing Raul a bit more aswell as Lucas (he needs to know if they are attacking mf potential).

    Also, he wanted to see if Glenjo could satisfy the left back problem before confirming the need to buy.
    Note, Glen used to be a centre back so this is a conversion for him to the full back position. Needs coaching.
    I reckon Clarke will be good for that, and then he’ll be an excellent player.
    He also saw how their confidence disappeared, and while he already said they need belief, it proved that he had already judged that correctly.
    No Gerrard or cahill, which everton will turn up? They have been just as inconsistent this season but are on a good run.

  4. He gave some weaker names a run out here rather than in the derby game. He had to see them in his own formation.
    Remember, Henry’s coming over and the clock is ticking on the txfer window. He needs to talk intelligently about what he’s got.

    Also, its 3 games in 8 days, so there had to be changes for tonight. He’s a smart man.

    He’ll have some idea of where the attack is breaking down, what Jova and Poulsen are like, seeing Raul a bit more aswell as Lucas (he needs to know if they are attacking mf potential).

    Also, he wanted to see if Glenjo could satisfy the left back problem before confirming the need to buy.
    Note, Glen used to be a centre back so this is a conversion for him to the full back position. Needs coaching.
    I reckon Clarke will be good for that, and then he’ll be an excellent player.
    He also saw how their confidence disappeared, and while he already said they need belief, it proved that he had already judged that correctly.
    No Gerrard or cahill, which everton will turn up? They have been just as inconsistent this season but are on a good run.

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