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It's us against Rams on Saturday!

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3 points or bust!

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I am sure we'll win...with St Mike and Stevie G back in form...

i think Houllier may play the diamond again ....

Owen - Anelka - Litmanen.....

Derby may come too soon for Heskey and Hamann though...

so Guys, whats ur first 11 like?????

mine reads:


Abel Xavier Hencoz Hyypia Carragher

Gerrard Murphy Riise


Anelka Owen
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Heard that Heskey and Hamann back to train with the team and they will be available for the match against the Ram.

My line up will be

Xavier Henchoz Hyypia Carra
Murphy Gerrard Hamann Riise
Owen Anelka


hehehe... I hope I can get them right.

Not sure it will be shown here in NZ... Keep my finger cross...
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Just read about Hamann being ready...

so I am gonna have Hamann unstead of Murphy
Let me have a go at the lineup.....;)

Xavier   Henchoz   Hyppia   Carragher


Gerrard                            Riise


           Owen     Anelka
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Premiership Preview: Liverpool Vs Derby
Liverpool - Derby County | News Archive

Steven Gerrard (L) is in excellent form both at club and international level (Allsport)
04/19/2002. AT STAKE

The team second in the table clashes with the team second from bottom as Saturday's game between Liverpool and Derby presents a Tale of Two Teams. Each requires important points for very different reasons. While Liverpool will be plotting to win their 10th win in their last 11 Premiership games, Derby's poor run of form has seen them lose their last five games. As Liverpool continues to secure vital wins in their remaining features, Derby's relegation fate will be all but sealed if they lose at Anfield.

While Houllier will almost have a full strength squad to choose from, Gregory does not have many viable alternatives, with Mart Poom, Craig Burley and Brian O'Neil unavailable. So will this be the David versus Goliath match up that the facts seem to be pointing to?

One thing is for sure: David will play for a lot of pride or their season will surely be over. Goliath, will be cautioned against a contemptuous attitude, or face the possibility of going trophy-less this season.


The latest news is a happy one for the men at Anfield as Emile Heskey and Dietmar Hamann have passed tests on hamstring and ankle injuries respectively. Dietmar Hamann, Steven Gerrard, Danny Murphy and John Arne Riise should all feature in midfield. If Heskey is presented a green light, Liverpool may start with a 4-3-3 formation to set an attacking tone right from the start. In this case, John Arne Riise may be dropped to left-back.

Liverpool (all comps – oldest results first): WWWWLW: After squeaking past Sunderland last week, the Reds will hope for a more comfortable victory at home. At this stage of the season, Liverpool (and Manchester United) must methodically secure three points to stand a chance to leapfrog Arsenal as the favourites to lift the title.

The inspirational Lee Morris and a healthy Rob Lee will be available for tomorrow's game. Fabrizio Ravanelli may not see first team action but Gregory will be relieved that he has his trio of internationals - Malcolm Christie, Chris Riggott and Branko Strupar – to choose from.

Derby (all comps – oldest results first): WLLLLL: Derby's latest defeat against Newcastle would have broken down anybody's morale but don't expect Gregory to throw the towel just yet. While the Rams will need a Hail Mary to gain victory over the Reds on Saturday, they still may not be able to complete a last minute Houdini and escape from the drop. Hopefully, the visitors are still keeping their fingers crossed.


Liverpool: Steven Gerrard: Sven Goran Eriksson praised Gerrard as one of the best midfielders in the world. Well, we all know that but how much more can the young international blossom if he can put his injuries behind him? How effectively can he continue to split defences with his eye for an opening only for Owen to thump the ball into the back of the net?

Derby: Lee Morris: Morris is perhaps the best player in the Derby team. Unfortunately, the rest of the team has been a major disappointment this season. Gregory will hope to build a new team around the talented youngster next season.


Liverpool: As long as Liverpool continues to win, we won't need this section anymore. Danny Murphy scored his first international goal just days ago, Owen continues to remain sharp in front of goal and Steven Gerrard continues to mature in midfield. Defensively, Henchoz and Hyypia are probably the best one-two punch in today's game.
Derby: Ravanelli: The Italian's best seasons are years behind him. He has lost a lot of the speed and lethal finishing that made him of the most feared strikers. Especially in the physical play that an English game brings, it makes it even more difficult to adjust to the game without a string of first team action which he has sorely missed out on.


The only way that Derby may seize victory over Liverpool is if John Gregory takes on Gerard Houllier in an arm wrestling match. Even if Liverpool's defence has an off day, the Rams must find a way to contain the likes of Owen and Heskey. While the home side will have all the incentive in the world to secure the victory, Derby is almost sure of losing its Premiership status and must surely feel that their backs are against the wall.

Liverpool have seldom looked to rout an opponent but a demoralised Derby side may put this game out of reach by the end of the first half. Almost everything points towards another Liverpool victory. Liverpool 3, Derby 0

Liverpool 90%, Draw 5%, Derby 5%


Liverpool (4-4-2): Dudek; Carragher, Henchoz, Hyypia, Xavier; Murphy, Hamann, Gerrard, Riise; Owen, Anelka

Derby (4-4-2): Oakes, Barton, Jackson, Riggott, Higginbotham, Kinkladze, Lee, Boertien, Morris, Christie, Strupar

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----- Skysports -----

Team news


Emile Heskey is back to bolster Liverpool's title challenge as they attempt to push Derby closer to Nationwide football.

The striker missed England's win over Paraguay with a hamstring pull, but is vying for a place in attack wiht Michael Owen and Nicolas Anelka.

German midfielder Dietmar Hamann faces a late test on the ankle injury which forced him to sit out his country's friendly defeat by Argentina in midweek.

Nick Barmby is also back in the squad after six weeks out through injury.

Team (from): Dudek, Xavier, Henchoz, Hyypia, Carragher, Wright, Gerrard, Murphy, Litmanen, Riise, Anelka, Owen, Heskey, Hamann, Kirkland, Smicer, Berger, McAllister, Barmby.


Rob Lee should be fit for relegation-threatened Derby's must-win trip to Anfield.

The midfielder was involved in a nasty clash of heads with old mucker Alan Shearer last week, but is expected to return after having stitches in the wound.

John Gregory may recall skipper Fabrizio Ravanelli in attack after starting him as a substitite in last week's disastrous 2-3 defeat by Newcastle.

But the Rams are still without crocked trio Mart Poom, Craig Burley and Brian O'Neil.

Team (from): Oakes, Barton, Riggott, Higginbotham, Jackson, Kinkladze, Lee, Boertien, Morris, Christie, Strupar, Ravanelli, Elliott, Evatt, Grenet, Bolder, Valakari, Zavagno, Foletti.
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Well I think Utopia put it in the best way.. 3 POINTS OR BUST!!!

Although Derby do have something to fight for.. as they have to win to keep their slim chances of avoiding relegation alive.. But the stakes are much higher with us...

About the formation.. well I'd say keep Heskey as a sub.. don't rush him in.. and go in with the diamond formation with Litti just behind Owen and Anelka.. in midfield.. Riise, Hamann and Gerrard.. and the expected back 4 of Xavier, Henchoz, Hyypia and Carra..

One thought.. isn't there a chance Marcus Babbel could make a comeback?? it's been ages.. and it would really make it a special day..

My only hope is that.. IF we score early on.. we don't turn the game into a defending training session.. although Yes.. the main objective here are the three points.. but we're more in danger of losing them if we invite Derby to attack (remember the Southampton game?!!)..

So my line up would be:

Xavier (Babbel if available) Hencoz Hyypia Carragher


Gerrard Riise


Owen Anelka

Subs: Kirkland, Barmby (I really want this guy to get some playing time!!), Murphy, Berger, Heskey
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Liverpool is 1 nil up. Scorer... who else but the wonder boy, Owen... :D
full time

Liverpool 2 - Derby 0

Owen x2

Yes and no

Yes for back to the top of the league, :)
No for Derby relegated. :(
Well Yasir, it was 3 points rather than being busted:happy:
Owen!!!!!!!!!!!!!:cool: :cool:
SAY NO MORE!:fero:
Arsenal you better slip up:devil: .....cuz we are going to win all of our remaining games:excited:;)
BRING 'EM ON.....:fero:
Spurs 2-0
Rovers 4-0
Ipswich 6-0


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Re: full time

Arthro Enas said:
No for Derby relegated. :(
I like Derby so much that they are almost like my second team in England and I am a big fan of Christie......but something had to give:rollani::(
Hope to see ya in the Premier League season 2003/4, Derby:(
I don't think Arsenal will slip up tomorrow. They play Ipswish and that will be an easy game for them.

But the ball is round, so keep our finger cross... :tongue:
Arthro Enas said:
They play Ipswish and that will be an easy game for them.
We can always depend on Man U on May 8th:devil: :D :hopefull:
HooYa HooYa ....HooYa ...

HooYa St Mike!!!! HooYa Liverpool

Didn't watch the match...no Live coverage...


But heard that Owen, Anelka and co have loads of chance...

and the score should have read 10-0

but I'm not complaining.......
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Oh and I forgot to celebrate 'the B*O*S*H* way':D
HooYa HooYa....HooYa:tongue:
utopia said:

We can always depend on Man U on May 8th:devil: :D :hopefull:
Not enough though. They have 1 game in hand and if they win that game, that means they are 4 points ahead of us and they need at least 1 draw and 1 defeat, so 2 defeats will be a positive one for Liverpool.
Razor's match review

Well fortunately the game was shown here today, al be it by a 2 hour delay. Still this gives me a rare opportunity to offer my insight into a game:D

The game kicked off and there was a very tense atmosphere within Anfield, understandable really with what was at risk today. Liverpool needed the 3 points to remain in with a shout of the title, defeat today would see Derby playing nationwide football next season.
Liverpool pushed forward with purpose, early on and Smicer played a wonderful ball through which set Danny Murphy and Nicolas Anelka through, Oakes was the saviour as early as the first 5 minutes. Minutes later Oakes agains saved Derby when he dived to his left to stop a Riise header.
However the pressure Liverpool were piling on told and on the 15th minute some neat play between Murphy and Smicer, the ball was passed to Owen, who himself had a fortunate bounce off of Riggot as he tried to squeeze through. As soon as the ball was past Riggott there was only one outcome and Owen finished in style in the top right hand corner over a helpless Oakes, who hit the deck too early.
From this point on there was only going to be one winner in this game.

1-0 and the Kop expected more, and it wasn't through a lack of effort, nor good football,that they had to wait until the second half. Anelka again was frustratingly caught offside on several occasions. The worst of which was on the 30th minute when he rounded Oakes to score after taking a pass from Riise, but alas he was ruled offside.

Derby hadn't had a meaningful shot on Liverpool's goal within the first 45 minutes.

The second half followed a similar pattern, Liverpool without playing at their best were dominating the game and Derby looked relegated already throughout.
Murphy put Owen clear again on 49 minutes, but he went wide and the chance was gone. A minute later Anelka should have done better as he picked up a poor clearence and smashed his shot over.
This pattern of play continued throughout, and Owen and Anelka missed chance after chance, which left me wondering, were Derby going to grab a late equaliser.
Their one big chance of the game came in the 80th minute. Dudek fumbled a ahot which let in Malcolm Christie, but the Polish goalkeeper made up for his error to scramble the ball to the safety of his arms. That's when I knew it'd be our day. We survived a scare and we had the game won.
As Derby pushed forwards in the dying minutes trying desperately to find an equaliser that would have delayed their inevitable plummet to division 1, they left gaps which I was sure would give us the opportunity to finish them off.
In the last minute of the game, Heskey played a ball through, and Owen beat the offside trap, rushed around Oakes to the right of the goal and cooly slotted it home in the left hadn corner of the goal, past a hopeless Derby defender.
Still there was a chance for the 3rd in the last action of the game as Litmanen half-volleyed a shot which Oakes saved as the ref blew the final whistle.

Not the greatest performance, but we dominated the game without getting out of third gear against what could easily have been a nasty Bannana skin. We return to the summit, maybe only for a day, but who knows. Come on Ipswich!
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Re: Razor's match review

RazorUK said:
rushed around Oakes to the right of the goal and cooly slotted it home in the left hadn corner of the goal, past a hopeless Derby defender
Anyone notice the simlarity of Owen's second goal with Heskey's first against Leeds and Litty's goal against Fulham?:) Each time they rounded the goalkeeper on the right hand side(well, in Litty's case, Van Der Sar made it easier for him:D) and each time I thought Owen/Heskey/Litty may probably not find the target from such a narrow angle...........however, I was wrong all 3 times:eek: :D :) No doubts about the finishing skills of our strikers:cool:
Hi everyone..

Great result... although as Razor said.. we never got past third gear.. the first 20 to 25 minutes were outstanding.. Derby barely got to breath!! But after the goal was scored.. and the euphoria after it died down.. we slowed down a bit.. but still chances were created..

I think Razor's comment on the match are more than enough for a report.. But I had one concern.. Michael Owen! I know some would bite my head of for saying so.. But he simply missed too many chances.. and I'm not saying the type of chances where you're in the middle of four players or something.. no.. clear cut one on one (usually 100% goal for Mike) chances!! and I did notice something.. the two chances that he took calmly all went in.. and ALL the chances he took with full power went wide!! I couldn't believe some of the chances that he wasted.. I actually rechecked to see if it was Owen or Murphy :) But it's understandable with the pressure of the game itself and what's at stake.. although it's his 2nd game in recent weeks (the first being the Bayer game) where he's missed a buckload of chances.. anyway.. hope he takes it easy next time :) I actually think that the same problem is what's preventing Anelka from scoring.. he keeps wanting to score a full power goal.. and I was watching the Arsenal tape (when they got the double).. and nearly all his goals were put with elegance and finesse instead of power.. hmmmmm :)

Anyway.. I think the result and game went exactly as we wanted.. 3 points.. no yellow cards.. or injuries.. hope Ipswich can do ANYTHING!! :)
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