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The No Ped Report - Liverpool 3-0 City

You will see that has been no Ped Report posted for the above match as I was enjoying a long weekend in Malaga and didn't even get to see the match on television.

Reading up about it though it appears that Mancini probably thought he put out a side that could do a job, although this was a fixture that he had probably surmised was not one City would win.

So judging by the line-up and how well Liverpool have played recently, this was three points tossed away and Mancini therefore deserves the pressure of Spurs creeping upon us again.

Without being unkind to colleagues on the Aston Villa site, Villa were perenially a side that would finish around 5 or 6 in the table, so when you have Barry and Milner, who are not winners, you will not do much much better than that especially if they are presented as the fulcrom in the middle of the field. And so it proved at Anfield.

My suspicions without looking at the match are that Barry and Toure were too one-paced and offered us nothing from the centre. Milner probably shows more intent taking his monthly cheque to the bank that actually performing on the field, injury to Tevez took away our only attacking threat and his replacement Mr Balotelli probably had one of his 'I can't be bothered' days. Once again I suspect that Dzeko kept himself on par with the departed (from Liverpool)Torres.

So we leather a team 5-0, playing our best team football of the season and the follow on is that we endure our worst defeat of the season, losing our key goalscorer in the process. If this was about team preservation for next Saturday then Tevez should not have started or maybe Mancini thought he had enough tools in the kitbag to actually win this match? Dream on Roberto.

Next stop Wembley just as the Old Trafford machine starts to hit form and dispose of all in it's path! We really do need to be very positive on Saturday, move the ball quickly and press them for ninety minutes. Oh and get a couple of goals too. I would have preferred Rooney to have been playing. Hernandez will cause us more problems than him.

We need Tevez but not if he is not 100% fit. If he can't lead us from the front then I would prefer something totally different althoughI would find it difficult with only one up front whether it is Dzeko or Balotelli. I don't want to see one of those teams that sets up for 0-0 and hopes for something better. I couldn't see either of them hrlping in midfield if we played 4-4-2 reverting to 4-5-1 when we don'thave the ball.

It's deep thinking cap time for Mancini. It's been a long long way to dear old Wembley. I don't want it to be a longer one back to Manchester!!




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Writer: Tranmere Loyal Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday April 13 2011

Time: 9:00AM

Your Comments

You were remarkably accurate for someone who didn't see the match. Citeh were surprisingly poor. I was hoping we'd get a draw out of the match at best, but you lot basically gave us the match. Apart from about 10 minutes halfway through the first half, Liverpool dominated the match. We created chance after chance, with many blocked shots and deflections. Balotelli really was shocking. Dzeko started off looking a threat and powerful, but our defence eventually got the better of him and he hardly won a challenge after the first 20 minutes. We played very well, but at least some of that was how poor Man City were.
RafaTheGaffer
Rafa, I'm sure you can do the same. When you see your line up you know more or less how the team is going to play. It becomes a habit. Having said that I don't write my "Ped Reports" just from looking at the team sheet!!
pedmachine
I'd say the majority of that was City being poor RTG. Credit Liverpool for their spirit and desire, they were first to every ball and put City under pressure all over the park but I wouldn't say Liverpool played particularly good football but were aided immensely by City's inability to string a couple of passes together and some absolutely shocking defending. What Mancini was thinking with that line up I just don't know.
Bluedub
Ped the midfield was non existent. What got most of here watching, after the match had finished as a contest after 35 minutes, he then sent Silva on and De Jong with 5 minutes to go. What was that for? The only bit of compensation in this match was that over the two legs it was 3-3 so honours even.
Buzz Lightyear
Took one on the nose? I'd have described it as taking one decidedly lower down - whilst bent over. Not pretty watching, that's for sure - couple of friendw tried to get me to go along to Anfield with them, glad I didn't now.
fifthcolumnblue
A 'dry one' as well Fifth.
RobsonGreensleeves
how can you write a report having not been to a match? and from the looks of things you got it bang on. amazing and confusing.
rabit71
Outside of Vinnie and Johnno of the starters, we just didn't want it. Agony to watch.
Johnny Baguette
Blue and Ped, I'm not saying it wasn't Liverpool playing well, especially after I saw the line up. With the complete lack of width, which we did the game before against West Brom, I expected the worst. When Suarez started wide I was fuming, but he moved into the middle after a few minutes and created loads of opportunities. To go from 5-0 against Sunderland to a spanking by us is quite bizarre, just as we went from losing to West Brom to beating you. It's a funny old game.
RafaTheGaffer
Not really bizarre, Mancini disrespected the opposition by putting Silva and De Jong on the bench. Without those two, we're just about half the team we are otherwise. Add in Tevez's early injury and 3/4 of our outfield core (Kompany, De Jong, Silva, Tevez) was off the pitch.
StuMCFC
 

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