Liverpool vs Newcastle – Teams – Torres Starts


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No surprises in the Newcastle line-up as Keegan makes just one change from the side which was beaten at home to Blackburn with Charles N’Zogbia as expected replacing Joey Barton.

Alan Smith continues to partner captain Michael Owen up front with N’Zogbia partnering Nicky Butt in the center of midfield. This is the team we expected Keegan to play with the subs being the expected ones of Forster, Cacapa, Geremi, Martins and Carroll.

It remains to be seen how long Keegan keeps faith in striker Smith, who has yet to score for the Magpies. 🙁
Unfortunately Liverpool included both Torres and Gerrard for today’s game.

We had hoped both would be rested for the Inter Milan European Champions League tie in mid-week – no such luck.

TEAMS

Liverpool:
Jose Reina, John Arne Riise, Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres, Yossi Benayoun, Xabi Alonso, Jermaine Pennant, Alvaro Arbeloa, Lucas, Jamie Carragher, Martin Skrtel
Subs: Charles Itandje, Sam Hyypia, Peter Crouch, Dirk Kuyt, Ryan Babel

Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Habib Beye, Jose Enrique, Steven Taylor, Abdoulaye Faye, Nicky Butt, Charles N’Zogbia, James Milner, Damien Duff, Michael Owen, Alan Smith
Subs: Fraser Forster, Oba Martins, Claudio Cacapa, Andy Carroll, Geremi

Referee: Peter Walton
Attendance: tbc



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198 comments so far

  • Andreas

    Mar 8, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #1

    As said, no surprise – but still depressing.

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  • Jinal

    Mar 8, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #2

    Not Smith again! :'(

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  • Martins

    Mar 8, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #3

    Butt? Smith? Martins not starting? We aint got a chance in hell.

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  • CRAIGG

    Mar 8, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #4

    So nearly right Kev but Martins should be in for Smith that is the only blot on the teamsheet.

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  • kelvin

    Mar 8, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #5

    why does smith start every match, he does nothing! i just don’t understand how 2 managers keep on picking him.

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  • Leo

    Mar 8, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #6

    smith must have it in his contract that he must play. good teamsheet except i would have had oba insead of smudge

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  • CRAIGG

    Mar 8, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #7

    Martins i dont know why youre questioning Butts inclusion what are the other options Geremi or Smith dropped back into midfield against Alonso, Lucas and GERRARD

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  • ObaFan2

    Mar 8, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #8

    Oba benched 🙁

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  • ToonKing

    Mar 8, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #9

    i’m sorry but with Stevie G and Torres were going to be blown away….. to bad…… 🙁

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  • Steve_48

    Mar 8, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #10

    Must be a clause in Smith’s contract 😉 but agree Oba needs to start and given the quality of the service generated last week against Blackburn he could ave potentially done something.

    Slightly off topic here, but I see the ref @ Manure gave them nearly 4 minutes to equalise, tw@.

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  • ToonKing

    Mar 8, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #11

    yeah i saw that too Steve he gave 1’30” extra……… the wanker….

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  • Charlie Bucket

    Mar 8, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #12

    Sadly we are going to lose today. I think it will be 3-0. 🙁

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  • Steve_48

    Mar 8, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #13

    There was even the gratuitous camera shot of fergy looking at his watch – @rse

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  • ADL_Cali

    Mar 8, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #14

    I had predicted (see Match Preview post) that Torres would start!

    Sadly that means it’s bound to be a 3-0 or even 4-0 loss to us 🙁

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  • ToonKing

    Mar 8, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #15

    ok here we go!!!!!!!!!

    HOWAY!!

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  • CRAIGG

    Mar 8, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #16

    I think we should be singing “you’ll never walk alone” cuz we need it more than they do today

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  • Hadrian

    Mar 8, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #17

    capello’s there , i can see james milner getting a call up .

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  • ObaFan2

    Mar 8, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #18

    Lol, did the commentator say that Barton and Duke should be playing? lmao……. commentators are as bad on this channel!!!!!

    Fingers srossed for a good game :0

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  • Steve_48

    Mar 8, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #19

    COME ON LADS, JUST FERKIN’ GO FOR IT TODAY

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  • Leo

    Mar 8, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #20

    which is the best channel on sopcast because the one am using at the moment has only 16seeds… whereas last time i had over 80

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  • ObaFan2

    Mar 8, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #21

    Setanta sports…………. sigh

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  • Steve_48

    Mar 8, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #22

    Try sopcast 1018 – great quality ATM

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  • Steeley

    Mar 8, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #23

    Is KK going mad? Martins will leave us in the summer if this carries on….and that’s no joke! Why the f**k would you stay at a club who keep you on the bench so some chump who doesnt know how to score can play.
    And I’ll tell you what, Keegan has lost some respect from me for doing this! Can he not see that Martins is the best striker we have!? It’ll backfire on KK if we pull a blank again, and end up being relegated!

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  • Obafan

    Mar 8, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #24

    KK is depressing me. Again poor team, with that Smith dude. We will be blown away. WE NEED OBA AND OWEN UPFRONT. KK you don’t know what you are doing. You are SA in disguise. And Taylor will be made ridiculous agains Torres, we need Cacapa!!! We haven’t won since December, but still the manager does not chance his team. Can anyone still follow this??? Me not!

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  • Michael

    Mar 8, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #25

    Are smith and Kevin Keegan brothers? His continuous selection is worrying considering we now have fit options on the bench. Did I not say Kev is not a learning manager. Just the same old tripe as before.

    Is ther something wrong with the other options, he goes on about not having a full squad available due to injury but when we have fit options he does not use them.

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  • The black in the blacknwhite

    Mar 8, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #26

    any good links to the match???

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  • ObaFan2

    Mar 8, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #27

    Both these r working good :

    sop://broker.sopcast.com:3912/43343

    sop://202.190.75.149:3912/1018

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  • toon4lyf

    Mar 8, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #28

    i think we should have played a 4-3-3
    …………harper……………
    geremi…cacapa..beye…enrique
    ..milner…faye…nzogbia
    duff…….smith/owen……martins
    gerrard isnt that great a player….

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  • Toon! Toon!

    Mar 8, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #29

    download and install Sopcast:
    http://www.sopcast.org/download/

    Copy and paste the following into your browser and press enter.
    sop://broker1.sopcast.com:3912/6029

    wait a couple of mins, and voila 🙂

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  • ObaFan2

    Mar 8, 2008 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #31

    Both these r working well:

    sop://broker.sopcast.com:3912/43343

    sop://202.190.75.149:3912/1018

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  • Obafan

    Mar 8, 2008 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #32

    SMith is running in midfield: so lads I was right (and not happy with being right).

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  • tommyy

    Mar 8, 2008 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #33

    We have already lost. Smith is in the midfield!?!?!?!??!?!?

    I f*cking hate it at the moment, why doesn’t anyone listen to the fans?

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  • ObaFan2

    Mar 8, 2008 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #34

    Soz tried posting links but r being blocked,

    channel 43343 and 1018 r good on sopcast

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  • Steve_48

    Mar 8, 2008 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #35

    We could do to touch the ball, you know that thing Liverpool seem to have ALL THE TIME

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  • obamagic

    Mar 8, 2008 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #36

    wow…our defense looks shaky…. looks like its gonna be a long day…..BRING ON oba!!!!!!!!

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  • tommyy

    Mar 8, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #37

    wow, we are shit. Im depressed already, i hate football.

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  • Steve_48

    Mar 8, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #38

    Good support from the crowd, TOON, TOON, B&W Army

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  • tommyy

    Mar 8, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #39

    C’MON lads!!! we’re the bees knees!!

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  • Outlaw

    Mar 8, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #40

    Can someone please tell me why are we still playing Smith? fk sake!

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