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Win Over Rabotnicki Means Trip To Trabzon

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Gerrard more than pleased the home crowd...
Liverpool notched up their first Anfield win of the season last night after they put two past Rabotnicki in their Europa League clash. A lively Anfield despite it not being a sell out provided all of the atmosphere as the away support was minimal. Chants from the kop gave a great welcoming taster of the famous atmosphere to new signings Joe Cole and Milan Jovanovic.
The side fielded by Roy was a real mixture of experience, youth and players who wouldn't always get a chance to shine. With Reina's understudy Cavalieri in goal it was Kelly, Carragher, Skrtel and Glen Johnson who made up the defence.
Jovanovic, Lucas and Gerrard made up the three man centre with Joe Cole chosen to sit behind the two front men: Pacheco and Ngog.
Liverpool got stuck in immediately and were strong even without the ball. Possession was great and the lads were playing with confidence. David Ngog notably who had two superb chances to get on the score sheet very e…

Anfield Opens Its Doors For The Competitive Season

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Can Joe Cole impress in his first Anfield appearance?...
Liverpool play their first match of the season at Anfield tonight as they look to secure a place in the next round of the Europa League after this 2nd leg against Macedonian side Rabotnicki.
After the superb news earlier in the week that star striker and adopted Spaniard Fernando Torres will remain at the club, unfortunately the number 9 will not be featuring tonight due to his very late on injury he picked up in Spain's win in the world cup final.
Other players who probably won't be utilised include misfit Philip Degen who has been told he can find a new club and out of place Javier Mascherano who has told Hodgson he wishes to leave the club. Despite this Hodgson remains adamant that he is treating the midfielder still as a Liverpool player so you never know, we may just see the Argentine.
With Pepe Reina, Dirk Kuyt and Ryan Babel recently back in training after their extended breaks we could probably see all three of those…

Magic In Macedonia

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Ngog converts his first effort...
David Ngog led Liverpool to a secure 2-0 victory last night in Macedonia as Roy's first competitive game gets him off to a great start. The new manager perhaps took a big risk in leaving the likes of Reina, Carragher, Gerrard, Kuyt and many others at home to sit this one out, but it's safe to say the risk paid off and an unfamiliar Liverpool side were more than comfortable against the team from Skopje.
Hodgson fielded a very mixed XI, Cavalieri started in goal with Agger, Skrtel, Kyrgiakos and Kelly making up the back four. Aquilani, Lucas, Spearing and new signing Jovanovic made up the midfield with Ngog and Amoo up front. Darby, Dalla Valle and Eccleston also made sub appearances.
It took just under 20minutes for Liverpool to make their mark on the game. An ever aware Ngog was on the chase after a defensive and goalkeeping misjudgement meant he was able to easily send the ball home and make it 1-0.
Liverpool could now lay off the pace a bit afte…

Liverpool V Rabotnicki

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Can Roy go all the way to the final again this time with the Reds?...
Liverpool face Macedonian side FK Rabotnicki tonight in their first competitive game of the season. To get out the starting blocks in the Europa League it is still guesswork as to who Roy Hodgson will be fielding tonight in his XI.
Expect a lot of the big names to still be missing but perhaps players like Aquilani and David N'Gog who he has already utilised to start. Lucas Leiva is also strongly rumoured to be starting the game as captain which again indicates the likes of Reina, Carra, Gerrard, Torres, Kuyt etc etc will probably not feature. Some haven't even travelled over to Eastern Europe for the game.
It will be interesting to see how Roy sets up the side because although a win should be achievable comfortably, this is no match to be mixing and matching formations. However he sees it and whoever he plays i can't see this being a thriller though. Punt for a simple 1-0.
So who are FK Rabotnicki?
Well they …