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Liverpool vs. Burnley


Saturday 12th September 2009


Burnley Plot Anfield Antics

The International break is over and the Clarets return to their Premier League campaign on Saturday with a juicy away trip to Anfield. Yes after defeating both Manchester United and Everton 1-0 at home but losing 3-0 against Chelsea, we now play Liverpool to complete the sequence of four consecutive games against a club finishing in the top 5 of the Premier League last season. It has certainly been a baptism of fire and a season so far in which most fans and punters would not have expected newly promoted Burnley to currently be sitting in 10th spot with six points already in the bag.

Liverpool are celebrating the release of fan Michael Shields at the moment and he could be invited to the match on Saturday. If so Clarets fans will be hoping for some party pooping and a point or three from this tough clash. It won`t be easy but you never know another upset could be on the cards silencing those media punters convinced that we are going to be relegated.

Predicted Team Sheet

In our last game at Stamford Bridge, we were totally outclassed by a side in awesome form and even at this early stage one looking likely to be League Champions. We simply have to forget about that game and try and remember we won`t be playing Chelsea every week, he says with 7th place Liverpool on the horizon! They won`t have the fluidity of Chelsea though and have looked vulnerable on occasions this season.

Despite the mauling by Chelsea, Owen Coyle could still select a similar eighteen for the Liverpool clash and apart from Steven Caldwell who is still recovering from a groin injury, Coyle has virtually the whole squad to choose from.

The big question on everybody`s lips is whether new loan striker, David Nugent will start for the Clarets or even be named on the bench. He needs match practice after being out of contention at Portsmouth although he did impress in his Clarets debut in the 'Save our Stanley` friendly against Accy in midweek. He did not score but was looking hungry and lively and comments on the Burnley FC Official site strongly suggest he could be in with a chance of making the eighteen for Anfield.

Jay Rodriguez playing a more central midfield role got a brace against Accrington Stanley but has struggled to even make the eighteen this season and his selection chances have now been made even harder with the arrival of Nugent. Another casualty up front appears to be Steven Thompson who again has tended to be on the bench this season with Coyle preferring Paterson and Fletcher.

In my opinion the weaker of the strikers at the moment is Paterson and he badly needs a goal. He seems to have got into the habit of panicking in front of goal. He should have scored against Chelsea after Mears pounced on a Lampard mistake and by all accounts he missed two great opportunities for Northern Ireland in midweek in their World Cup qualifier against Slovakia, a game they lost 2-0 at Windsor Park.

There are so many options now in attack it is difficult to predict what Coyle will do against a side the calibre of Liverpool. Will he be more defensive or more attack minded? If the latter he could choose 4-3-3 with Paterson, Fletcher and Nugent up front but I suspect he will be more cautious and adopt 4-1-4-1 or 4-1-3-2.

Michael Duff appears to have now fully recovered from his ankle injury and played the full 90 minutes in the midweek friendly but competition is also strong in the back four and he could struggle to be in contention. Chris Eagles and Fernando Guerrero also put in impressive, lively performances against Accy but have they done enough for a starting eleven spot against Liverpool? I suspect not.

I will predict the eighteen as follows although I am not necessarily in full agreement with this selection and think Paterson should be on the bench or even be rested.

Jensen, Mears, Carlisle, Bikey, Jordan, Alexander, Elliott, McCann, Blake, Paterson, Fletcher

Subs from: Penny, Kalvenes, Duff, Edgar, McDonald, Gudjonsson, Guerrero, Eagles, Nugent, Rodriguez, Thompson

Liverpool Team News:

Rafa Benitez has to decide whether to play fit-again defender Fabio Aurelio or stick with left back Emiliano Insua. Aurelio, the 29-year-old Brazilian has missed Liverpool`s opening four games following knee surgery.

Javier Mascherano (Argentina) and Lucas Leiva (Brazil have both been on international duty in South America this week only returning on Friday for training. They might find themselves on the substitutes' bench therefore. Mascherano though is a major doubt after picking up a knock in Argentina's 1-0 defeat to Paraguay on Wednesday night.

Yossi Benayoun, Albert Riera and Ryan Babel are also all in competition for the left-wing spot.

18million new signing Alberto Aquilani looks likely to miss out but is due back in training before the end of the month following surgery on his ankle in the summer

Player to watch: All of Them!

Yeah I know I am fed up of saying it too but when you have a team with Gerrard, Carragher, Johnson and Torres in the side amongst others how do you select one danger man? At least they don`t have Xabi Alonso now after his move to Real Madrid and many feel this move is one of the reasons why Liverpool are struggling to hit top form this season.

Burnley Team News:

Michael Duff is available again after recovering from his ankle injury and playing 90 minutes in the midweek 'Save our Stanley` friendly. The only injury we still have is Steven Caldwell. The captain has yet to play for the Clarets this season after picking up a groin strain in Scotland`s World Cup qualifying game against Norway in Oslo which took place in the week before the Premier League season kicked off. Owen Coyle has virtually a full squad to choose from therefore and it will be interesting to see if he risks playing new loan David Nugent at some point against Liverpool following his impressive midweek debut against Accrington Stanley.

Player to watch: David Nugent

There is a strong hint that David Nugent could make his full League debut for the Clarets on Saturday or at the very least be named on the bench. Clarets fans will be keen to see how well he performs against top flight opposition and whether he can finally start to hit the back of the net after a torrid time at Pompey.

Back to the Future

It is 33 years since we last played Liverpool in a league match and in 1975-76, the year we were relegated from the top flight, not only did we play them in the league but also knocked them out of the League Cup.

We drew 1-1 at Anfield and in the third-round replay at Turf Moor on the Tuesday night of 14th October 1975 came out winners 1-0 in front of a 20,022 crowd. Peter Noble scored from the spot in the 44th minute and indeed a week earlier also scored in the game at Anfield after 48 minutes. Liverpool had been runners-up the season before and were destined to be Champions by the end of the 1975-76 season so this was no mean achievement although we were lucky to win. Jimmy Adamson in his programme notes said of the match "We did not play well by any stretch of the imagination and were lucky to win but this only balanced up some bad fortune on two or three recent occasions"

The league match against Liverpool in that season at Turf Moor took place on Saturday December 6th 1975 just a few weeks before Adamson resigned to be replaced by Joe Brown. The game played in front of an 18425 crowd finished 0-0 and that day we lined up as follows:

Peyton, Scott, Newton, Ingham, Waldron, Thomson, Summerbee, Kennerley, Hankin, Flynn, Bradshaw .Sub: Loggie (Did not get on!)

In the return leg at Anfield, played in front of 36708 fans on Saturday 27th March 1976, we lost 2-0. Our team that night was:

Peyton, Docherty, Newton, Noble, Waldron, Rodaway, Morley, Flynn, Hankin, Fletcher, Summerbee. Sub: Ingham (Did not get on!)

It would also prove to be Colin Waldron`s last game for the club. He was given a free transfer at the end of the season and joined Manchester United.

Liverpool in those days had a number of big names in their squad as they do now but just look at this list-Ray Clemence, Phil Neal, Phil Thompson, Emlyn Hughes, Ray Kennedy, Kevin Keegan, Brian Hall, Steve Heighway. John Toshack and Ian Callaghan. Not bad to play them in a relegation season four times, Win 1, draw 2 and lose just 1!

We have of course played them in cup competitions since 1975-76 and indeed played them a remarkable nine times in either the FA Cup or League Cup. In one season, 1994-95 we played them in both the FA Cup and League Cup and lost out both times over four games. In those nine games we failed to win a single one at Anfield and in total have lost six, drawn 1 and won 2 (both at Turf Moor)

You have to go back to the 1974-75 season for the last time we beat Liverpool at Anfield. Ian Brennan scored a memorable goal in the 37th minute in our league game on 24th September 1974. The final score was 1-0 and whenever you think of Ian Brennan you always think of that goal, a 30 yard screamer.

Ref Watch:

Bolton referee Lee Mason is in charge and Clarets fans will be hoping he has improved after those memorable cock-ups he made when we went down 3-2 at tome to Preston in 2007/8. He was also the referee in control (if that`s the right word!) when Preston were again the visitors last season although this time he made amends by making cock-ups the other way giving Alan Irvine more to complain about this time round. If you think this referee is full of wind, then he was the last time he was in charge of a game featuring the Clarets! Remember our 1-0 win at Blackpool last season and Jensen`s attempt to take a goal-kick under gale force conditions? Yep, he was the referee that let the game continue despite the farcical weather that night.

Match Prediction:

Liverpool of course were runners up last season and by their standards they have had a relatively poor start to this season after high expectations. Burnley will certainly be hoping to exploit their shaky start. Aston Villa came away from Anfield with a 3-1 win recently although Liverpool earlier in the season thumped Stoke 4-0 on home soil so the scene is set for an intriguing game. I honestly think an upset could be on the cards here and we could sneak a point so I will go with 1-1 hoping we might even shade it 2-1. (What am I saying?)

Next Match

In what seems like ages we return to Turf Moor for a League match with Sunderland the visitors on Saturday 19th September. Fans are reminded this will be televised by Sky and is the early 12:45 pm kick off match

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday September 11 2009

Time: 12:33PM

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Come on you Clarets, what it would do for our confidence if we could get owt from this game!
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11/09/2009 12:35:00

Nice to see Burnley back in the top division. I remember watching one of my very first games v Burnley I think in 1972. A proper football club in my book who now have a very good manager. Good luck lads for the rest of the season, except against us ;)
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11/09/2009 13:03:00

Good preview that, and completely non-biased (well apart from the shading it 2-1 - hopefully!!!). We no longer have Traore, which may be a disappointment for you lot, but we do have Lucas. The weather looks like it is going to be nice, so no doubt I'll be sat on the grass outside petrol station (opposite the Sandon) with a few Bargain Booze Stella's from about 1:30. Everyone's invited (but bring your own booze!)
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11/09/2009 15:50:00

Cheers WDR &RTG! Oh aye that was some night when you played us at Turf Moor and Traore obliged! Quite a comical og, still makes me laugh that! Sunny day in Liverpool sounds good. No doubt will be in the Arkles pretending to play sardines!! ;-)
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11/09/2009 16:39:00

TMF, sod the Arkles, walk up the road to the grass and have a sit down! Even we laugh at Traore. Can anyone name a worse player with a Champions League winners medal?
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11/09/2009 16:56:00

PS my spelling it atrocious! That was meant to be TMP!!!
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11/09/2009 16:57:00

Quick question everyone, I didn't think it was on the tele ut I have been told its live n tv. Hope so then I just need to find a tv, and go awol from the wedding reception I'll be at.
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11/09/2009 18:28:00

It's not on sky or ESPN but it is the commentry match on Talksport radio. I will be in Portugal as I go on holiday tomorrow, going to miss the Sunderland game unfortunatley. My aim is to be in my burnley shirt watching Sunderland game on Sky in a pub, then try and get my pic in the programme! Haha. Nice to see some Liverpool fans. I've got a fiver on it with a mate, I get the draw. Come on you clarets!
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11/09/2009 19:39:00

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12/09/2009 08:12:00

Come on you Clarets rise to the big game.
Grimsby Claret
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12/09/2009 12:19:00

New boy Nugent on the bench Burnley: Jensen, Alexander, Carlisle, Fletcher, Paterson, Elliott, Mears, McCann, Blake, Bikey, Jordan. Substitutes: Penny, McDonald, Gudjonsson, Nugent, Thompson, Guerrero, Eagles. Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Gerrard, Torres, Riera, Benayoun, Kuyt, Lucas, Insua, Carragher, Skrtel. Substitutes: Cavalieri, Voronin, Kyrgiakos, Ngog, Spearing, Degen, Dossena.
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12/09/2009 14:27:00

Burnley go behind with a Benayoun goal Liverpool 1-0 Burnley
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12/09/2009 15:33:00

Dirk Kuyt makes it 2 for Liverpool now half-time Liverpool 2-0 Burnley!! we are playing well though game of two halves
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12/09/2009 15:53:00

Benayoun scores again Liverpool 3-0 Burnley
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12/09/2009 16:25:00

Benayoun scores his hatrick well off-side come on Burnley 4-0
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12/09/2009 16:45:00

Full-time Liverpool 4-0 Burnley :-(
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12/09/2009 16:57:00

Well onside actually. ;) Anyway, it was a spirited performance from you lot but our quality obviously told in the end. Good luck for the rest of the season.
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12/09/2009 17:37:00

We played a very open game in midfield and Yossi ran riot, we need to be more defensive minded in midfield away from home.
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12/09/2009 20:25:00

Credit to Burnley for their attack minded approach... but as Colin suggested it was probably not the best course of action. But, I guess if you would have come away with something then it's a totally different view... the benifits of hindsight huh :)
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12/09/2009 21:09:00

Two off-sides were there not!! ;-) our home games will keep us up Come on you Clarets!!!
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13/09/2009 06:09:00

Nice to meet TurfManPhil, however briefly. Good game from our perspective, and not a disaster for Burnley. It's not these games that will decide Burnleys season, but it was nice to see a team at least havve a go. Good luck lads.
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13/09/2009 09:45:00

Nice to meet you too Rafa, perhaps we can sort summat owt for the return game at Turf Moor in April when hopefully we wont be desperately needing to beat you to stay up! We were simply outclassed and outplayed yesterday but I do think we also played poorly and can do much better than that. Had we played like that against Man U and Everton we would have been destroyed! You are right though, most Clarets fans will have written off any points against the Top 5 so to have six already is a big bonus. We can hopefully now start to consolidate a bit starting with Sunderland at home next Saturday and it is crucial we win against the clubs likely to be in the relegation scrap
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13/09/2009 10:37:00

Getting tickets for away games is a nightmare mate. I'll guess that for the Burnley game it will sell out to season ticket holders that went to a minimum of 9 away games last season. It is impossible to get on the list for a ticket!!
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13/09/2009 11:35:00

Sounds like a similar problem to some of our Clarets fans who haven't got the required number of Loyalty Points for away games despite being loyal fans and gone to numerous matches over the last few seasons. Good luck anyway Rafa and if you do get one let me know in April
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13/09/2009 12:51:00

Will do. :-)
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13/09/2009 15:47:00


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