Pick your Liverpool team to attack Chelsea tonight

The chances are you’ll come up with something better than us

It wasn’t until The Spoiler tried to figure out how we would set Liverpool up tonight that we realised just how tough a task Rafael Benitez faces. They need to field as attacking a line-up as possible without leaving themselves so vulnerable at the back that they risk humiliation. After lots of umming and ahhing, here’s what we settled on:

The Spoiler’s Liverpool team for the Champions League Quarter Final against Chelsea

Playing without full-backs is risky with Florent Malouda and Salomon Kalou both likely to start for Chelsea so we’d need Jamie Carragher and Daniel Agger to move wide a lot with Javier Mascherano operating as a virtual centre-back at times. The reason we chose Sami Hyypia over Martin Skrtel is that he has scored in three previous Champions League quarter-finals for Liverpool and could unsettle a Chelsea defence missing John Terry at set-pieces.

Our approach is fairly suicidal so if you have a better way of balancing all-out attack with a steady defence, let us know with a comment below.

11 responses so far
  • chris // April 14, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    play the normal lineup but with gerrard on the right and kuyt up front with torres. This means that Essien cannot mark Gerrard out of the game – he will try to mark alonso, moving him upfield as he attacks from deeper this will create a void where gerrard likes to play which he can move into

  • McRib // April 14, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    The Essien thing is a serious issue. It will be interesting to see how Benitez does deal with it.

  • alex // April 14, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Interesting.. but for lots of umming and ahhing it is strange to me that you would play carra on the left and agger on the right when it would obviously be the opposite.. and it’s Riera not Reira… i like the Spoiler but c’mon, take some pride in your work.

    i also think gerrard and yossi would be flip/flopped here..

  • anthonyOA // April 14, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    I’m no Chelsea fan, but if you think Chelsea are going to concede 3 goals at home without even scoring a single goal in reply, then you have another thing coming.

    I see everyone citing the Bolton 4-3 win as a template for Liverpool to follow. The most important fact there is that Chelsea scored 4. Infact they were 4 goals up before drifting into a deep sleep.

    Another fallacy is the presumption that because Liverpool beat Man Utd by a truckload of goals (at Old Trafford no less), that they can do the same to Chelsea. I don’t mean to be a party pooper but, Chelsea aren’t Manchester United.

    This is like me saying Bayern can overturn their huge deficit -against Barca- because they scored a shitload of goals against Sporting Lisbon. On paper? Maybe. In the bright blue world of reality, that would be a “no”.

  • anthonyOA // April 14, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    You can arrange that Liverpool team into a Christmas tree, a vase, a bread basket or even a large dildo with Gerrard’s groin at the tip. It doesn’t matter. Liverpool will not score 3 goals without conceding at least 1 @ The Bridge.

  • Russ Anderson // April 14, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Rafa wont change too much.

    He’ll use Yossi after an hour dependant on whether we’ve still got a chance, expect to see the big guns withdrawn if it’s not going to happen with 15 mins to go.

    I’d like to see him start with Yossi on the right up against Ashley “one foot” Cole to get him turned inside out but think he’ll stick with Dirk’s workrate early doors.

    Arbeloa, Carra, Agger,Aurelio
    Kuyt, Masch, Alonso,Riena

  • McRib // April 14, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Anthony – I don’t think you’ll find many Liverpool fans who firmly believe we’ll do it, just many who believe that we can give it a go and see what happens.

    Obviously the players have been talking things up, but that’s their job.

  • Michael Lintorn // April 14, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    alex – the decision to put Carragher left of centre and Agger right was made because I preferred having Carragher take care of Kalou, rather than out of ignorance to Agger’s left-footedness.

  • Reece // April 14, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    All we need is 3-1 to get penalties. People seem to forget if we score 3 at the Bridge then its 3 away goals and 1 home goal a piece.

    Plus on penalties surely Reina is the favourite of the keepers given his proven track record compared to a certain chelsea keeper who just kept conceding one rainy night :)

  • alex // April 14, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Michael – hmm i see what you are getting at although i think with playing 3 in the back, we would be less concerned about an individual and more concerned with the shape, flow, and transition to our midfield from the back. Additionally, Carra hasn’t done so well man marking those with pace… be it Kalou or Malouda..

  • alex // April 14, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Or we could all be wrong and see Rafa Select on of his most defensive teams without Gerrard even on the bench. I guess he has given up on the Champs League –

    Reina, Arbeloa, Skrtel, Carragher,Aurelio,
    Kuyt, Lucas, Alonso, Mascherano, Benayoun, Torres. Subs: Cavalieri, Dossena, Hyypia, Agger, Riera, Babel, Ngog.

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