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Benitez Trying To Use These Top Two Players Effectively

9:03 am, Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 18 Comments

Rafa Benitez seems to be a fan of Papiss Cisse and he keeps mentioning how well the Senegal striker has been playing for the team.

The former Liverpool manager has brought in two of our most experienced players in Papiss and Cheick Tiote and they have both played well in the last three games.

Rafa has preferred Cisse to start up front and then he has brought on young Aleksandar Mitrovic more as an impact sub in the second half of games and Mitro has been able to be effective in that role.

papiss cisse jack colback

Papiss Cisse and Jack Colback
Our two goalscorers at Liverpool

Rafa is doing his best to try to get the maximum benefit from these two strikers in these vital last three games:

“You have to match them – it depends on the games.” “Papiss is doing a great job. And after, you know Mitrovic will come and be a threat too.”

“I think we have to find the balance between one, the other one and sometimes even both like against Sunderland.”

“You have to be sure both are ready and they compete between them. That is good for the team.”

Cisse scored for the first time last Saturday since back in late November, when he scored the first goal in the 5-1 thrashing against Crystal Palace, so maybe he can score against Alan Pardew´s side on Saturday?

This is a really vital game and anything but a win will seriously jeopardize our chances of survival.

Most fans think we will win this game.

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18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 posada // Apr 27, 2016 at 9:12 AM

    This blogs not worth reading since the rantings of Bobbybee started.
    Hope it makes him feel good judging the world with the benefit of 27 years of hindsight, which as they say is a wonderful thing.
    We are judging the past with the values of the present.
    Watching football then was dreadful and dangerous.
    The government, the clubs, the FA, the Police, the supporters. Everyone knew it but we all accepted it.
    Without this disaster we would not have changed.
    If it had not happened on that day it would have happened a year later, 3 years later or whatever.
    Sad, but without massive events we don’t seem able to affect change for the better.

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Apr 27, 2016 at 9:16 AM

    Are you a member of the borg. Anybody who argues with mad Booby is part of “the borg”

  • 3 lesh // Apr 27, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    lesh // Apr 27, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    Magscar – you preferred Jackson Browne’s Stay? A msn of impeccable taste….. err, just like me!

    Ron Knee, I could never get away with the British covers of American music.

    Bobby was waxing about Wigan Casino and its all-nighters and back in the day, we had the Gogo of a Saturday evening, generally watching the likes of the American blues men supported by tuppence ha’penny bands such as The Who, John Mayall, Them (with Van the man, Animals, Nashville Teens and other bands that would go on to bigger things. Then, at the witching hour of midnight, down to the Downbeat for its blues-based all-nighter – no booze licence but somehow Brown Ale used to appear from under the counter! Kicked out about eight and down to the Railway Canteen for breakfast – roast beef and Yorkshire pud.

    Heady days.

    Jib, you’re probably too young to remember the City Hall when smoking was allowed – some folk must’ve been so skint, they shared their fags. How friendly, how thoughtful.

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Apr 27, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    Absolute madness that they tried to sell Tiote and replace him with the inexperienced Saivet who hasn’t managed 90 mins since his arrival, what a difference if that 5M had of been spent on a LB. Despite Jibs protestations that they tried to get one they had no intentions of buying one until Collo ferked off and Dummet moved over to CB.

  • 5 posada // Apr 27, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    I think I must be part of the “borg”.
    Do we have club meetings.

  • 6 FinnBarr // Apr 27, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    A ginger scoring at Anfield, the resurgence of Sissoko, Rafa is working some wicked magic.

  • 7 Ron Knee // Apr 27, 2016 at 9:21 AM


    First band I saw at the Gogo – John Mayall with Eric Clapton, Jan 66. Not bad, eh?

  • 8 lesh // Apr 27, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    I remember a time in the Leazes shed when the lads scored, the crowd erupted and swayed, pushing everyone forward into the crush barriers.

    As a result, the lass I was with lost a shoe and the crowd parted ‘The lassie’s lost her shoe’ became the cry and the crowd parted so she could find it.

    Priceless and such great spirit – albeit in potentially dangerous circumstances.

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // Apr 27, 2016 at 9:25 AM

    Who’s in the “the borg”?

  • 10 Jail for Ashley // Apr 27, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    Never been a fan of the Leazes end lesh, give me the Gallowgate all day long. It’s pretty shite in the posh bit where I’ve been going lately.

  • 11 cyprus // Apr 27, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    This blog always had its nasty underbelly but now arguments and backstabbing predominate. I get it in a way because the team too is in a meltdown stage…

    On football, I think this weekend will seal it, though not mathematically, a draw. The other teams could still lose all or most of their games, but I think they won’t, given their performances recently. One of them may collapse, both I don’t think so.

    Still I’d love it if we had all to play in the last game. Probably they’ll both be playing for sheer entertainment: 4-3 to the toon.

  • 12 lesh // Apr 27, 2016 at 9:27 AM


    Aye, great stuff. I remember one tine in the Grapes Vaults on a Friday afternoon and who should be sitting there with a bottle of brown but one of the great blues men – T-Bone Walker who was with the said same then not famous Clapton.

    Got their autographs on a beer mat.

  • 13 lesh // Apr 27, 2016 at 9:29 AM


    Glad you asked the question about the Borg. I’d assumed it was a reference to it being two-thirds underwater!

  • 14 posada // Apr 27, 2016 at 9:30 AM

    Put me now for membership.
    Are you collecting the subs.

  • 15 Jib // Apr 27, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    First time I saw John Mayall , Mick Taylor was lead guitar.
    The last time was in 2005 in Porto Cristo Mallorca with Rocky Athas (Black Oak Arkansas) lead guitar.

    He’s still touring now – he’s 82 ffs

  • 16 Ron Knee // Apr 27, 2016 at 9:32 AM


    Fascinating. Was Mayall’s band backing T-Bone?

  • 17 lesh // Apr 27, 2016 at 9:53 AM


    John Mayall’s Blues Breakers were backing. They pitched up at the A Gogo pretty regularly.

    I saw John Lee Hooker there too, he was drunk as a skunk and I got his autograph on an lp cover. Drunk and still learning to write, he had three attempts at signing his name. Sadky, the 12″ was nicked but I’ve still got the signed cover.

  • 18 bladeuser // Apr 27, 2016 at 1:04 PM

    yet again bloggers boring the pants off everybody no wonder people are looking for other outlets

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