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foddersbackagain asks:Do you agree with this assessment that Everton's relative success is from looking outside the box in their approach. Liverpool are trying to buy success and so are ultimately doomed to failure as their resources are lesser than Manchester City, Chelsea, United and Arsenal.
Everton, on the other hand, have a chance of relative success (Champions League) because they cannot play that particular game and so concentrate their energies on a long-term transfer strategy of picking up bargains such as Coleman, developing young players (Barkley), and fostering team spirit a through the use of a base of local players (Baines and Jagieka were purchased but were originally Everton juniors), such as Osman, Hibbert, and foreign players who are not obviously mercenaries.
BrigadierCrispbread asks:Do you think Martinez might be overplaying the Everton injury list and when the team is announced there will be positive surpirises among the Evertonians? Also, what do you think of Traore (surely the most common name in European football)!
The contract was a three-year deal to make Liverpool competitive again. Obviously owners can move the goalposts if it suits them and pay off a manager, but as things stand, Rodgers is "ahead of schedule". Finishing a "good" 5/6th while disappointing would not be plausible grounds for dismissal.
Any chance you could provide a more balanced analysis Andy, rather than one massively favouring Liverpool? Also Liverpool were much worse against Villa, than we were against West Brom. A number of our injuries are strongly rumoured to be available, just to let you know. Coleman is out, but there's apparently good news on Barkley, Jags, Distin and Pienaar.
Hi Andy, as a Liverpool fan I would prefer to see David Moyes in the opposite dugout instead of Martinez, the Spaniard can be too positive in his approach sometimes. What do you think?
In his last few press conferences, Brendan Rodgers seemed to lament the lack of players and the lack of transfer activity. Unusal as he is always (overly?) positive.
Do you think he is sending a message to the owners? Is there a power struggle on at the club with the transfer commitee et al?
StuartHenderson asks:I'll pretty much watch any football, but for some reason the Merseyside derby just doesn't excite me; also television has destroyed my ability to read more than eight words without getting bored and wandering off. Therefore, please convince me to watch the Merseyside derby using no more than eight words. Thanks.
As a Liverpool fan, Barry and McCarthy are what worry me the most about tonight's game. If they play well and control the game, especially early on, then our pretty limited looking midfield might struggle, then Suarez and Sturridge don't get much of the ball.
Andy - any idea if Joe Allen is fit for this one? If he isn't then we literally have only two fit central midfielders at the club.
If Liverpool fail to qualify (again) for the Champions League this year, is Brendan's number numbered?
pabloelbrujo asks:If you scored a 90th minute winner in this derby how would you celebrate?
A well known bookmaker is giving the unbelievable odds of 4/1 for a Liverpool win (for new customers). Should I be taken outside and given a good hiding for betting against my team?
seeneenoz asks:My cousin (a Liverpool fan) said to me that he thinks this Everton squad is on its way out, lots of ageing players and over reliance on the loan market. What is your opinion on the prospects of this Everton squad, and are Liverpool really in a better position?
Do you reckon Roberto Martinez has ever thought anything was 'alright' or 'pretty decent like, but nowt special'?
In terms of individuals, who do you think has the best goalkeeper, defence and midfield of the two teams?
Normally when I look at the two teams in the Merseyside derby, Liverpool's boasts far more quality than Everton's. However, apart from the attack, in which Liverpool is obviously superior, I now feel that Everton have as many, if not more, quality players. I'd choose Howard over Mignolet, Baines and Coleman over Johnson, Enrique or Cissokho. Jagielka first choice out of all the CBs, perhaps with Skrtel? And then in MF, Coutinho has disappointed, as has Moses, Gerrard is too old, Lucas isn't great, Sterling's still young but not the finished product. What do you think?
Would you agree that there is an endemic failure at Liverpool to properly play the transfer market and bring the right players in? Beginning primarily with Houllier - and going right up to Rodgers - an entire Pannini book could be filled with the overpriced failures that have come to Anfield over the last decade or so.
Granted, some of Rodgers signings need time but I am alarmed that three of our defensive line alone – Sahko, Mignolet and Llori (who is now out on loan) – tots up to a whopping £32m (Migs has cost us points over the last two months, some absolute howlers being made him yet very little being made of it) Even our loan players this season have flattered to deceive. Is it just bad luck?
Would Duncan Ferguson take Neil Ruddock in a fight? as they were back then - not now
This will be an interesting game, both sides are depleted badly by injuries – especially at the back. Liverpool are on a complete second team for the back line while Everton only retain Baines in theirs. Could ultimately be a contest between the strikeforce, which will still be a pretty close run thing. I would expect Sturridge and Suarez to win out but with Liverpool it's nigh upon impossible to call.
My question for Andy is – Liverpool's midfield is clearly below standard and the back four are shaky. Henderson is often eclipsed when Gerrard is on the field and Gerrard himself is certainly something of a liability as a "quarterback". Would you expect to see Liverpool be dominated in the middle of the park or would you expect the occasion to bring something more out of them? Despite my slating of Gerrard, he often tries especially hard during the derby.
Which team do you think will be most affected by their injury woes going into this match? Cheers
Would you agree that for the first time in ages Everton fans genuinely fancy their chances at Anfield and that is down to the more positive approach Martinez adopts (especially away from home) than his predecessor? It should be a great spectacle with both tams playing good attacking football.
Andy will be here from 1pm
Good afternoon. Andy will be here from 1pm to answer your questions, but in the meantime here are some of our previews for tonight's derby:
Liverpool have not lost a Merseyside derby at Anfield for more than 14 years but memories of that September night in 1999 still burn in Steven Gerrard. That is hardly surprising, given he collected the game's third red card for a thigh-high foul on Kevin Campbell and was later confronted in a restaurant toilet by an angry Everton striker with his trousers around his ankles. Continue reading
Roberto Martínez has described Leighton Baines' decision to sign a four-year contract at Everton as a mark of confidence in the club's Champions League prospects. He could be without 11 first-team players when trying to enhance those top four claims at Liverpool on Tuesday, however. Continue reading
Brendan Rodgers praises Liverpool's form ahead of Tuesday's Merseyside derby. Only a point separates Liverpool and Everton going into the game, in what could be one of the most crucial Merseyside derbies in recent years. Rodgers says both sides will be confident and expects a frantic match following the 3-3 draw between the sides in November. Watch the video
And if you want to read about something completely different, here is Adam Hurrey from the Football Clichés writing about the lost art of the backpass
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