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Teams - Liverpool v Pompey

This is the Liverpool line up:

Jose Reina
Alvaro Arbeloa
Sami Hyypia
Jamie Carragher
John Arne Riise
Yossi Benayoun
Steven Gerrard
Javier Mascherano
Harry Kewell
Fernando Torres
Dirk Kuyt

Charles Itandje
Andrij Voronin
Fabio Aurelio
Ryan Babel
Leiva Lucas

Pompey make one enforced change from last weekends defeat, Noe Pamarot's injury keeps him out - Hermann Hreidarsson got the nod. Injury means Sean Davis misses out again so Pedro Mendes keeps his place in the side. Lauren and Kanu return to the bench, along with keeper Asmir Begovic so we line up like this:

David James
Glen Johnson
Sol Campbell
Sylvain Distin
Hermann Hreidarsson
John Utaka
Papa Bouba Diop
Pedro Mendes
Sulley Muntari
Niko Kranjcar

Asmir Begovic
Dave Nugent
Matty Taylor

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The Journalist

Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday December 22 2007

Time: 2:52PM

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Still 1 up front, no complaints away from home though, bet Kanu comes on before Nugent
so utaka does keep his place - hopefully he can return to his best and his pace, which might be crucial can be utilised to its full against a liverpool defence that lacks pace...
yep 1 up top doesnt worry me... away from home - you are prob right paul about kanu getting on 1st, i like kanu but i hope not kanu can barely walk let alone run! we'll miss sean davis today i reckon...
Feeling more optimistic now than when i made my prediction.
How does Utaka keep on keeping his place? Surely time to drop him to give im a wake up call. Hopefully he will play well today though.
liverpool have got a quality side lining up tho havent they... im hoping that utaka justifies his place today by using his pace, if not if he keeps his place again for the arsenal game im not going to be amused - couple of months now of virtually nothing from him!
the scousers have started very well havent they - johnson saved us didnt we, but it looks like being at a very big cost...
we'll just have to come from behind to win 2-1 then...
One nil down and under the cosh. Plus Johnson off injured - not a good start.
Whats happened to GJ then? 1 down, doesnt sound good, listening to Charlie Nicholas on sky. 2-0 defeat, that was my prediction, defend now lads.
well sulley you wont have impressed liverpool giving the ball away as easily as you did... chix could be right 2-0 after less than 20 mins could see a spanking given - but weve still got time!
johnson isnt off tho is he - he went off and came back on again trying to run it off.
Yes I heard Charlie say Lauren was coming on and then left the room.
it looked like he was, but he didnt in the end... there is a long way to go but its gonna be tough for us to get back into this isnt it fellas - i would love to see nuge get on in the 2nd half, but i bet kanu - as paul said - will get on first...
Got to go 442 2nd half. We going to win 3-2.
Matt - forever the optimist!!
we do need something more up top that much is for sure... nope matt... were gonna win 4-3 :-)
kanu and lauren are on - utaka and johnson are off arent they but ffs it looks like 'arry is sticking with the lone striker with kanu being that and benji on the right....
papa smurf went close - should have hit the target tho... promising?
and that is why kanu came on... back in the game nice one benji - play up pompey!
16:35 - Just logged on - thought when we pulled one back he had a chance ... Just as they got the third ! - Oh well a think a point has now passed us by...
16:38 - With Villa at 1-1 at least we won't drop from 7th ... assuming that score stays the same...
looks like its a defeat now, but weve done okay and been alittle unlucky with a couple of goals really havent we... but there you go.
16:43 - Spanking complete 4-1 !
16:48 - Point of interest the Quay broadcasts about 30 seconds after Radio 5 ... I've just heard the same thing twice when moving frm the garage to the kitchen..
you cant win 'em all can you, 4-1 was a touch harsh tho wasnt it - but again the better side one... im not going all doom and gloom tho, and if anyone does then they are expecting far, far too much... arsenal next up will be a tough, tough game and we might lose again - but again that would not be the end of the world...
16:50 - Game Over - Oh well at least Benjani scored
so what happened fellas, had to go shopping. Did we go 4-4-2 2nd half?Surely utaka must now be made to fight for his place?? At least it's 'only' Arsenal up next!
Unlucky guys. I think our quality really did shine through in the end. You had me worried for a few minutes when Benjani scored!
Well I said go 442, I think we did. I predicted 3 goals in the 2nd half, though I meant all of them for us. This is what happens when you let your heart rule your head... you predict bollox. Sorry lads. On the plus side at least the scummers lost with a late goal.
Matt Taylor and Nugent must be banging their heads against the wall, I think Pompey have been sussed by the bigger sides, our gameplan is falling apart, Utaka gets taken off h/t regular, surely its time for a change?
Utaka....Where is that player I saw against Bolton????
well i think this was a success even if the result wasnt... utaka needs to be given the ball more, but even so he isnt doing anywhere near enough to justify a place in the side an cannot surely start against arsenal? im staying positive and will not be downbeat by this result, much better sides than us will go to anfield and lose 4-1 - there is no shame in this result, we still have plenty to play for and the season is a long one, arsenal will be mighty tough on boxing day but even if we lose i will not mind so long as we put in the kind of performance that we want to see at home, again if we lose that game too its not 'pompey falling apart time' is it...
Idea seemed to work really well Rug and although I only came in at the end of the second half it was good to read the comments and catch up with a supporters eye view of the game.. definately worth another crack if not a regular feature .. theres always comfort in knowing others are going through the same emotions that you are .. especially when we are losing..
i was more than happy with it an will certainly make this a regular feature - but only for away games tho as home games sees most people going, plus altho i might not get to many this season my season ticket is coming back next year so i'll be 'otherwise engagaed' every other week too! i also really liked Gleamer doing the report and would be delighted if others approached me - as he did - asking if they could do reports for certain games... the beauty of this site is it is about us all, so the more views we can hear in comments and actual article writing/match reporting the better!
oh, and did you like the fact that i made the liverpool team names red too :-)

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