Melwood Today: Stoke City, Ballon d’Or & more

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Here’s a quick round up of some of this morning’s essential and not-so-essential LFC news and anything else of interest from the football world….

The Britannia

We’re off to the Britannia stadium for the Carling Cup fourth round tie with Stoke City tonight with early reports suggesting Kenny will be fielding a strong side as we seek a place in the quarter-finals for the first time in four seasons…

agger Daniel Agger may make a comeback after appearing as a late substitute during our 1-1 draw with Norwich while Lucas Leiva is also available again after missing out last weekend due to suspension after collecting five bookings this season….

Jack Robinson, Danny Wilson and Brad Jones are the only injury doubts. Kenny Dalglish also confirmed Alexander Doni could be involved despite dislocating his finger in the friendly with Rangers.

“Although Doni’s finger is not quite right, it’s great credit to him he was prepared to sit on the bench (against Norwich) and we’ll see how he is tomorrow.”

Stay tuned to Thisisanfield.com for more match team news and updates from the Britannia during the day… Meanwhile, Let us know in the comment section below how would you like Kenny ideally to approach the game in terms of team selection and tactics?


Stoke News

Pennant

Former Red Jermaine Pennant, who appeared in 81 games for Liverpool scoring 3 goals, is a doubt for Stoke tonight with a hamstring problem. While Danny Higginbotham is nearing a return to action having been on the sidelines since April.

Jonathan Woodagate is also pushing for match time again having missed the last 3 games through injury.


Tuesday Nights Carling Cup Results

Aldershot 0 – 3 Man Utd
Arsenal 2 – 1 Bolton
Cardiff 1 – 0 Burnley
Crystal Palace 2  – 0 Southampton


Tonights Carling Cup Fourth Round Fixtures

Stoke v Liverpool 19:45
Wolverhampton v Man City 19:45
Blackburn v Newcastle 20:00
Everton v Chelsea 20:00


Importance of the Cup

kuytAn interesting statistic reveals we have only won just once at the Britannia in the last five visits. Dalglish will also be aware that Stoke are unbeaten at home this season so far. Dirk Kuyt, whose first trophy since joining Liverpool is long overdue believes our failure to qualify for Europe places extra significance on the Carling Cup…

“In all my time as a Liverpool player I have been close to winning trophies, There was the Champions League final, the semi-final and coming second in the Premier League. We have been close but it is now time to get some silverware.”

Kenny Dalglish also spoke yesterday of his desire to bring the League Cup back to Anfield…

“We cannot guarantee anything other than we’re going to work hard to try and get a result – and we don’t try and kid anybody that we’re trying to underestimate the tournament. We take it seriously and we’ll be going to try and get a result. It’s a trophy – and we’d love to win a trophy at some stage.”


Suarez on FIFA Balon D’or List

Suarez

Well the list won’t be officially announced until November 1st, but early reports according to the Spanish daily Mundo Deportivo suggests our very own Luis Suarez is on the list of candidates for the FIFA Balon D’or award.

No surprise, Barcelona have 9 of their players on the list including Lionel Messi, Dani Alves, Xavi, David Villa, Andres iniesta, Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol, Cesc Fabregas and Eric Abidal. Also reported on the list are Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez along with Manchester City‘s David Silva and Sergio Aguero. The final 3 will be officially announced on Decemebr 5 with the winner presented with the award in Zurich on January 9.


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