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Liverpool - Everton 16/1/11

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Dalglish looking for first win

Liverpool recently sacked Roy Hodgson after an underwhelming campaign and brought in former boss and club legend Kenny Dalglish to take the reins on a temporary basis. But the Scot is yet to taste victory in his second stint at the helm.

His first game in charge was against Manchester United in the FA Cup, which ended in a 1-0 defeat to his side. This was followed by a trip to Bloomfield Road, where the Reds surrendered the lead before allowing the hosts to ****** a victory.

Now for the Merseyside derby. It is almost two decades since Dalglish suddenly quit the very position he holds, after his side played out a 4-4 draw with these very opponents.

The 59-year-old is held as a true legend of the club as a player as well as a manager, but his status could be dimmed if he is unable to bring about a resurrection in the team’s dreadful form. But on the contrary, a positive achievement - and a victory over Moyes’ men, for now - will do a world of good to the team as well as himself.

Blues need the points too

It is almost as if the two clubs on Merseyside are sympathising with each other stooping down to newer lows, as only goal difference separates both teams in the Premier League.

This means that the derby takes an added significance as both teams are only four points above the relegation zone, and the loser could face potentially very difficult consequences in terms of getting back up in the standings.

The visitors were having some trouble converting their chances in recent weeks, but were able to successfully put five past Scunthorpe United in the FA Cup. But their current opponents are not a team that sit in the Championship drop zone, which would make the task all the more difficult.

To add to the Moyes’ woes, Australian Tim Cahill is away on international duty in the Asia Cup and will play no part in this game. But on the positive side, the Toffees have won their last two games and the cup win should give them enough confidence to hope for the right result at Anfield.

Daniel Agger, Martin Kelly, Christian Poulsen and Daniel Agger recently received encouraging words from manager Kenny Dalglish, and could all be set to start this game. Jamie Carragher (shoulder) remains sidelined following his surgery, while Joe Cole and Jay Spearing are doubts for this one. Steven Gerrard will play no part in this game since he is suspended.

Possible starting line-up: Reina; Johnson, Agger, Skrtel, Kelly; Kuyt, Lucas, Poulsen, Meireles; Cole; Torres.

Everton

David Moyes has revealed that the Toffees have accepted an offer for Steven Pienaar from an unnamed club, but the South Africa international could still play in this game. Phil Jagielka (thigh) was expected to be in contention to feature in the Merseyside derby, but he has been unable to recover well enough to take part in the mammoth encounter at Anfield. Tim Cahill is unavailable since he is away on international duty at the Asian Cup.

Possible starting line-up: Howard; Neville, Heitinga, Distin, Baines; Coleman, Fellaini, Rodwell, Arteta, Pienaar; Saha


Thoughts?

Having Gerrard and Carragher out is a major blow, but hopefully if Kelly plays ( :wub: ) we'll have at least one local chap there.
Torres seems to finding his feet again.
Kenny and Tom Werner and John Henry will have talks after the match, to do with transfer budget. God knows why they're discussing it 2+ weeks after the window opens.
Cahill's absence is a major plus for us.
I say, 2-0. Kenny getting his first win, and a confidence giver.
 
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I have a feeling this will end up either 0-0 or 1-1. Like mentioned, Cahill is away, Liverpool's back four (mainly Johnson) look suspect, we score very inconsistently, so it's got the look of a draw which i'd be happy with.
 

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Dalglish looking for first win

Liverpool recently sacked Roy Hodgson after an underwhelming campaign and brought in former boss and club legend Kenny Dalglish to take the reins on a temporary basis. But the Scot is yet to taste victory in his second stint at the helm.

His first game in charge was against Manchester United in the FA Cup, which ended in a 1-0 defeat to his side. This was followed by a trip to Bloomfield Road, where the Reds surrendered the lead before allowing the hosts to ****** a victory.

Now for the Merseyside derby. It is almost two decades since Dalglish suddenly quit the very position he holds, after his side played out a 4-4 draw with these very opponents.

The 59-year-old is held as a true legend of the club as a player as well as a manager, but his status could be dimmed if he is unable to bring about a resurrection in the team’s dreadful form. But on the contrary, a positive achievement - and a victory over Moyes’ men, for now - will do a world of good to the team as well as himself.

Blues need the points too

It is almost as if the two clubs on Merseyside are sympathising with each other stooping down to newer lows, as only goal difference separates both teams in the Premier League.

This means that the derby takes an added significance as both teams are only four points above the relegation zone, and the loser could face potentially very difficult consequences in terms of getting back up in the standings.

The visitors were having some trouble converting their chances in recent weeks, but were able to successfully put five past Scunthorpe United in the FA Cup. But their current opponents are not a team that sit in the Championship drop zone, which would make the task all the more difficult.

To add to the Moyes’ woes, Australian Tim Cahill is away on international duty in the Asia Cup and will play no part in this game. But on the positive side, the Toffees have won their last two games and the cup win should give them enough confidence to hope for the right result at Anfield.

Daniel Agger, Martin Kelly, Christian Poulsen and Daniel Agger recently received encouraging words from manager Kenny Dalglish, and could all be set to start this game. Jamie Carragher (shoulder) remains sidelined following his surgery, while Joe Cole and Jay Spearing are doubts for this one. Steven Gerrard will play no part in this game since he is suspended.

Possible starting line-up: Reina; Johnson, Agger, Skrtel, Kelly; Kuyt, Lucas, Poulsen, Meireles; Cole; Torres.

Everton

David Moyes has revealed that the Toffees have accepted an offer for Steven Pienaar from an unnamed club, but the South Africa international could still play in this game. Phil Jagielka (thigh) was expected to be in contention to feature in the Merseyside derby, but he has been unable to recover well enough to take part in the mammoth encounter at Anfield. Tim Cahill is unavailable since he is away on international duty at the Asian Cup.

Possible starting line-up: Howard; Neville, Heitinga, Distin, Baines; Coleman, Fellaini, Rodwell, Arteta, Pienaar; Saha


Thoughts?

Having Gerrard and Carragher out is a major blow, but hopefully if Kelly plays ( :wub: ) we'll have at least one local chap there.
Torres seems to finding his feet again.
Kenny and Tom Werner and John Henry will have talks after the match, to do with transfer budget. God knows why they're discussing it 2+ weeks after the window opens.
Cahill's absence is a major plus for us.
I say, 2-0. Kenny getting his first win, and a confidence giver.
Very much hoping for a much needed win for Liverpool. Agreed it's a huge blow not having Gerrard and Carragher. Both players that would get really fired up for this and give 200%. Hopefully Kelly plays as he seems more defensively sound than Johnson and will also be giving it his all. Hopefully Kenny will get at the players to really give it that extra bit of effort for the fans.
 
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I love this derby. Very physical and players hardly get any space to pick out pass.

I think Everton will either nick it or draw this one.
 
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When is Cahill back by the way?
 
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I think that if they play like they did against united in the cup then this could be 3-1.
 
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COME ON U TOFFEES!!! i am going for a 1-0 win to the sexy blues
 
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A win would make me a very happy man. No prediction from me because I have no idea.
 
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this game could either way, but i expect a cracker
 
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Typical.



3-1 to the red men. Daglish to celebrate like we've won it 6 times.

What do you mean Typical? He isnt allowed to be happy with a draw at anfield now?
 
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Where did I say he's not allowed to be happy with a draw at anfield? If you'd like to point that out for me then I will happily accept it, but until then try to read things slower in future.

I said it as it's expected from most of the evertonians, pretty much every time we play, not just at anfield.
 
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