Arsene Wenger was challenged on players he might opt in for this summer. One player who does appear to be off the radar is Luis Suarez, our manager doubts we’ll revisit a move for the striker who has banged in 23 goals. Not surprising, we could have landed him for £55m, now we’d be lucky to land him for £75m. A touch out of our price range I’d say.
Personally, with no inside info, I’d say Manzuckic is the most likely target. Arsenal don’t like going for players when there is rampant competition. I’d suspect Costa and Martinez will have plenty of suitors, Manzuckic isn’t quite as trendy. I’d also bet a few of our boys know him. Would make a nice move. He’s banging them in this season and I was mistaken when I said he was less mobile than Giroud.
The Liverpool game is on tomorrow nice and early, Arsene says our destiny will be driven by how well we control the ball in the middle of the park. If we create chances tomorrow, we’ll score goals. If we stifle the flow of balls to Sturridge and Suarez, they won’t score. We have to be at our disciplined best in midfield, we have to hope Arteta is fresh as a daisy and we have to hope Ozil turns up and has a game like he did against Everton. This is a pivotal game because it kicks off a cycle of very tough games. We’re in a good state squad wise and everyone is confident about this run in…
Time to deliver on the seasons promise. February is traditionally the month it goes to pot, we need to break that cycle in the same way we broke the November hoodoo.
What’s that? You’d like to hear the opinion of a bonafied Scouser? No problem. this is from @GarethOwen1. I work with and occassionally eat Chicken Cottage with him.
Arsenal come to Anfield after another one of Liverpool’s half-assed performances at the Hawthorns… Kolo Toure’s massive error aside, Liverpool just seemed slow in that game, there was a definite lack of sharpness in the passing and the movement and that was disappointing after such an impressive derby win. I’d have thought that maintaining that intensity would have been the first thing on Brendan Rodgers’s mind all week in the build-up but if it was, then it didn’t show.
The thing about Liverpool this season is that we are still very capable of utterly dire performances and they are often totally out of the blue like Sunday’s effort. That said, it’s not a bad time to be a Liverpool fan generally, the football we’re playing is good, there are plenty of opportunities for youngsters now and if we were lucky enough to end up in the top 4 then it definitely puts us in a strong position moving forward. Brendan Rodgers seems to be winning people over steadily, he does seem to have grown into the job very well and the eyebrows being raised at behind the scenes documentaries, David Brent comparisons and groaning at self-portraits in hallways has certainly subsided. One thing he seems very capable of is getting the best out of young players. In most other Liverpool yeras, Sterling would already be playing in the reserves running his contract down and developing a drink problem in the Mosquito bar in Liverpool but he’s been better than Sturridge and Suarez in a lot of our recent games despite not getting on the score sheet.
Speaking of Sturridge and Suarez, and in fact Arsenal for that matter, I see them as the clearest illustration of the differences between the two teams. To be clear, I think we have a good chance of getting a result, but only really because we have 2 strikers, both of whom are probably better than Arsenals’s single striker. The rest of the two teams are not really comparable at the moment, Arsenals’s defence is really solid, ours looks like a collection of Djimi Traores – Arsenal’s midfield is well drilled in ball retention, young, sharp and complemented by Ozil and Cazorla’s exceptional vision and genuinely world class ability, ours has a hard-working Jordan Henderson and a rapidly slowing Gerrard.
I think we’ll play on the break, look to get the ball to Suarez early and watch for Sturridge and Sterling to break off him quickly, I know Arsenal have been solid all season but I always see a mistake waiting to happen in Koscielny – one or two in a game maybe so if we’re going to get anything then that’s likely to be a contributing factor. If things do fall our way then I’ll predict a 2-1 but as I say we’re absolutely capable of being anonymous like we were at the Emirates and losing comfortably so we will see…