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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Liverpool vs Crewe Carling Cup 2009 Preview

Liverpool hosts Crewe today in the third round Carling Cup encounter. The match will take place at Anfield. Liverpool is clearly favorite against League One club Crewe, but before writing off Crewe, it is necessary to remember that Liverpool dropped points in their latest premier league match against newly promoted Stroke City. Liverpool could not win any silverware for a long time. So, in their pursuit to win the Carling Cup 2009 title, Liverpool must be careful against Crewe and seek some favor of luck.

Liverpool lost two points against Stroke City as the premier league match was held to a goal less draw, even though they had overall dominance throughout the match. Liverpool also suffered for poor referring that saw a Liverpool goal being called off due to off side. So, they must need some favor of luck against Crewe. Manager Rafael Benitez is expected to field a competitive side, considering the fact that any more ‘slip up’ would come as a morale-denting blow for Liverpool.

Crewe could never reach the fourth round of Carling Cup. Now, to get a fourth round berth, they need to cause an upset at Anfield which will not be easy al all. However, Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has indicated that he will experiment with the squad, keeping an eye on Saturday’s derby trip to Everton. Daniel Agger might feature in centre defense of Liverpool today.

All reds goalkeeper Jose Rein will be rested for the match and Brazilian goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri will be handed his debut match for Liverpool. Diego Cavalieri joined the Merseyside club from Palmeiras in summer transfer window. Benitez is expected to bring some of the irregular players like Left-back Emiliano Insua, midfielder Damien Plessis and forward Daniel Pacheco in the starting line up.

Crewe will find defenders Danny Woodards and Julien Baudet available for the match as the duo have recovered from injury. However, Chris McCready is still doubtful for the match as he is yet to recover from hamstring injury that kept him out of action since August.

At last, I think, seven-time League Cup winner Liverpool is hot favorite against Crewe who will go into the match on the back of five loses out of seven matches this season in League One.

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