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    Ravi Ubha: Sounds good, Julio, and thanks Jan.
    Have fun watching Chelsea-City.
    So long.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    Thank you for answering all our questions Ravi!

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    [Comment from Julio ]
    If I ever see you in a London bar Ravi, I'll buy you a drink :)

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    Ravi Ubha: Enjoy the rest of your day!

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    Ravi Ubha: Thanks for your company today, folks. It's been fun as always. Now head over to http://soccernet.espn.go.com/feature/_/id/1239762/the-boot-room?cc=5901 for Chelsea-City.

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    Ravi Ubha: Still no score in Soton-Newcastle, which is an achievement for the Saints.

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    Ravi Ubha: You're welcome, Derik.

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    Ravi Ubha: Hi Sam,
    As you prolly saw, no. Go to the link I posted a few seconds ago to join James and Roger.

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    [Comment from Sam ]
    Will u be here for the man city v. Chelsea game?

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    Ravi Ubha: Talking to Sky.

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    Ravi Ubha: Leon Britton: "It was a tough game. Not too many chances. We came away with a point and were pretty happy with that."

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    Ravi Ubha: So in six minutes.

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    Ravi Ubha: Good question. It's a slight move to:
    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/feature/_/id/1239762/the-boot-room?cc=5901
    They'll be live at 10.30 eastern.

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    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassage ]
    Does Boot Room continue here? or do we need to move?

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    Ravi Ubha: Liverpool with a goal disallowed in the first half and Sterling struck the crossbar.

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    Ravi Ubha: Just about right. Liverpool the better team in the first half, Swansea upped its game in the second.

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    Ravi Ubha: There's the final whistle. 0-0.

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    Ravi Ubha: I'm in London!

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    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassage ]
    WHAT ARE YOU DOING WATCHING SKY?!? Don't you work for ESPN?!?

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Another point secured for Brendan R0-0dgers.

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    [Comment from Kal ]
    Should be You will never win anything

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    [Comment from Derik ]
    Ugly game. Ugly finishing. Ugly all over.

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    [Comment from Colin ]
    Might as well be You'll Never Score Again.

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    Ravi Ubha: At 94, but about 1 1/2 mins to be added further probably given a stoppage due to a Swansea player down.

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    Ravi Ubha: Pundit on Sky gives MOTM to Hernandez. Not really an argument. He's been Swansea's best player.

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    Ravi Ubha: Liverpool fans breaking out in You'll Never Walk Alone.

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    [Comment from Vargo ]
    Let's be honest Ravi: this has been a poor game from Liverpool and Swansea.

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    [Comment from Colin ]
    Wow nasty shot by Shelvey!

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    [Comment from X ]
    I WANT THE 3 POINTS!

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    Ravi Ubha: Shelvey lets rip and Tremmel, never looking convincing, beats it away.

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    Ravi Ubha: Diving header to clear.

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    Ravi Ubha: Suarez taking it by default.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Gerrard in a vintage lull. Suarez un-serviced yet drama free. The Anfieldian melodrama runs another week.

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    Ravi Ubha: Maybe not. A Liverpool corner.

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    Ravi Ubha: Unless we get late drama, it's a second straight 0-0 in the Prem. Have not seen many of those.

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    Ravi Ubha: And how sad is that?

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    [Comment from Derik ]
    According to Wenger, Champ's League is just as good as a trophy!

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    [Comment from Kal ]
    Wes Brom fighting for the fourth place trophy too?

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    Ravi Ubha: Four minutes of added time.

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    Ravi Ubha: If lucky :)

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    Hey now Ravi, Arsenal are going to win the fourth place trophy again.

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    [Comment from Gooner66 ]
    I had a smile on, just for a second.

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    [Comment from Kal ]
    Carling cup at the best

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    [Comment from Bill ]
    liverpool giving up a lot of space in the middle

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    [Comment from Derik ]
    Today's game is another reason why LFC failed in the transfer window. Extremely annoying to not see something finished.

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    Ravi Ubha: Just to make you happy.

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    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    Swansea-Liverpool like watching the Welsh Rayo Vallecano play the English Deportivo La Coruna

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    Ravi Ubha: Yes.

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    [Comment from Gooner66 ]
    Ravi, any chance of Arsenal getting silverware this season ? Please say yes.

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    Ravi Ubha: Stay with us after this one for Chelsea-City with James and Roger.
    But early team news nuggets: Tevez stays on the bench (!); Ivanovic and Luiz in the center of defense for Chelsea, Torres starts.

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    [Comment from Derik ]
    Close.... very close

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    Ravi Ubha: Hernandez's shot is stopped by Reina and pushed out for a corner, even though it was going a half a yard wide.

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    [Comment from Derik ]
    Allen just did his former team a service there.

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    Ravi Ubha: Last real chance?

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    Ravi Ubha: Allen hacks down Ki. Free kick in a dangerous spot, to Reina's slight right. 20 yards.

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    [Comment from Vargo ]
    I guess all the weekend's goals were scored yesterday...

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    [Comment from Colin ]
    Ha an Everton fan says second best team in Liverpool two years running when they barely finished ahead last year and this year isn't even half over. A little over anxious after being #2 for 100 years I suppose eh little brother?

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    [Comment from Raza_88 ]
    Swansea...have wasted just too many chances

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    [Comment from Chris ]
    Liverpool won the League cup and was in the FA Cup final last year, Everton was not a better team last year

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    [Comment from Jay Jay Okocha ]
    That was a "selfish pass" by Suarez. He made the pass so he could score the goal. Should've waited and slipped Sterling in.

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    Ravi Ubha: De Guzman off for Kemy Agustien.

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    Ravi Ubha: Ki's shot to Reina's right, edge of the box, is wide.
    There's been a lot of that today.

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    Ravi Ubha: Though Everton blowing too many leads.

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    [Comment from $heikh ]
    LFC, 2nd best club in Liverpool, 2 years running...

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    [Comment from Jon ]
    sterling and suarez can only go 100mph for so long

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    Ravi Ubha: Liverpool breaks but on a 2-on-1, Sterling's pass to Suarez is too far ahead of the South American. He still manages to shoot, yet the effort is straight at Tremmel.

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    Ravi Ubha: And good one, too. But cleared.

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    Ravi Ubha: Corner.

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    Ravi Ubha: Almost...for a second Michu had an opening from six yards, pass from Michu. But Enrique quickly across to prevent a shot.

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    Ravi Ubha: He'd be my pick.

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    [Comment from Derik ]
    Sterling is the MOTM so far?

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    Ravi Ubha: They were much better in the first half.

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    [Comment from Jon ]
    liverpool doesn't seem to have much intent going forward like swansea does

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    [Comment from X ]
    LFC just need one goal. COME ON

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    Ravi Ubha: Southampton and Newcastle are underway.

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    Ravi Ubha: Into the final 10 mins.

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    [Comment from Derik ]
    Enrique drilling a hole in the ground. Get your head up man!

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    Joe "England's Next Big Thing" Cole!

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    [Comment from Chris ]
    Another dive from Swansea

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    Ravi Ubha: Game coming to an end, but any more questions on your mind, ask Macca and Ian at #FCBootroom

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    Ravi Ubha: Nah...no chance, as Michu and Agger try to win a header. Michu, to be fair, didn't make much of it.

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    Ravi Ubha: Michu down in the box and the fans want a pen.

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    [Comment from Derik ]
    Liverpool need another striker. Cole on. That is the best we can do. Sad.

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    Ravi Ubha: Cole impressed vs. Young Boys in midweek, and now you'd expect Enrique to shift to left back.

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    Ravi Ubha: Shelvey for Henderson, Cole for Downing.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    To be fair to Stewart Downing...

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    Ravi Ubha: Gerrard corner.

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    [Comment from Derik ]
    Reina saved Downing there. Reina taking one for the team.

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    [Comment from X ]
    Liverpool need to make changes to midfield. Bring on Sahin or Shelvey.

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    Ravi Ubha: Brave by both players. Neither gave way.

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    [Comment from Colin ]
    Heroic play from Reina there. Took a boot right in the face.

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    [Comment from Vargo ]
    WOW, that's a frightening collision.

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    [Comment from Jay Jay Okocha ]
    Who says he's talented? He is what he is - just another overrated young English player who won't pan out.

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    [Comment from Derik ]
    Reina got a mouth full there

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    [Comment from Vargo ]
    West Brom, hands down. 3rd in the table, up the Baggies!

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    Ravi Ubha: :)

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    [Comment from Derik ]
    If LFC kept Konchesky and Adam, where would they be in the table?

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    Ravi Ubha: Dyer reacts quick to chase a ball in the box, in a 50-50 ball with Reina. Dyer gets there first, Reina blocks, and the two are on the ground after the collision.

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    Ravi Ubha: At Sunderland he was a box to box midfielder. At Pool that hasn't been the case, and being on the wing has shot his confidence.

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    [Comment from Colin ]
    How can someone with as much talent as Jordan Henderson just play like he's invisible every game?

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    Ravi Ubha: Yes, like Rodwell. They'll turn out like Adam Johnson, Steve Sidwell, Scott Parker...will move on.

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    [Comment from Vargo ]
    Ravi, do you think Scott Sinclair committed career suicide with his move to City?

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    Ravi Ubha: I'd have to go with West Brom. They've been outstanding.

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    [Comment from Tambling11 ]
    Ravi, according to you which premier league team has been the most impressive, leaving out the likes of United, Chelsea, City etc

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    [Comment from Jay Jay Okocha ]
    Shelvey on for Henderson, STAT.

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    Ravi Ubha: First yellow to Chico for pulling back Suarez. No doubt about it.

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    Ravi Ubha: Not sure how much better -- you have to look at the players they brought in to help offset their losses, and they've been good.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    If Swansea had held onto Allen and Sinclair, where do you think they would be in the table right now?

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    Ravi Ubha: Williams is on the receiving end, but the defender catches it a bit behind him and it's out of harm's way.

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    Ravi Ubha: Corner in, Reina with the punch, Dyer's shot is blocked by Downing and another corner is coming.

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    [Comment from Derik ]
    LFC need a midfield change... and quick!

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    Ravi Ubha: Meanwhile, they show a replay of Agger being clipped by Angel in the box, but nothing given. Seen those ones given.

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    Ravi Ubha: Pretty quiet game from Routledge, and he's off for Dyer in minute 67.

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    [Comment from Derik ]
    So will Downing be shopped out as a LB or LW? ha

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    Ravi Ubha: LOL.

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    [Comment from Winston ]
    Michu doesn't go on enough short diagonal runs..He's always looking for that ball in the air. I feel like even if the pass was on the ground he would try to head it into goal

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    [Comment from Colin ]
    Another horrible Swansea dive, another 20 stories!

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    Ravi Ubha: They show a replay of the Routledge incident and he goes down a few seconds after contact was made (if any). Dive. Don't think he simply lost his momentum.

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    [Comment from Derik ]
    See? Here comes the Swansea pressure...

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    [Comment from Colin ]
    If Suarez just dived like Chico did near the box, we would see roughly 20 stories about it tomorrow.

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    Ravi Ubha: Routledge goes down in the box but nothing given from Moss?

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    Ravi Ubha: It was indeed Williams.

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    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassage ]
    ZERO diagonal runs on that break. Too easy for the Liverpool defense

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    Ravi Ubha: Corner from Ki and I think it was Williams whose header was cleared by the man at the post. But I think it was going wide.

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    Ravi Ubha: Close!

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    Ravi Ubha: Swansea coming on.
    Angel gets a shot away, it's blocked and goes out for a corner.

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    Ravi Ubha: Less than half an hour to play.

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    [Comment from Derik ]
    I sense deja vu for Liverpool today. Have the better chances, but lose 1-0 to a late goal.

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    [Comment from Julio ]
    I love watching Arsenal's anguish in the form of Piers Morgan's tweets

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    Sadly, we Arsenal fans won't get a replacement until Wenger decides he wants to retire.

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    [Comment from Kal ]
    @julio-Usual Arsenal ranting when they underperform every season

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    [Comment from Derik ]
    Liverpool should be up 2-0 here.

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    Ravi Ubha: They could change wings, perhaps, but also Pool needs someone to back up Suarez.

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    [Comment from Govanah ]
    With talks of Walcott to Pool, where would play? Sterling has made right wing his spot and he cannot displace Suarez. so what's the thinking behind this.

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    [Comment from Derik ]
    Ravi, to me he tends to be too cute. Love him, but he's past it. Would like to see Shelvey come on.

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    Ravi Ubha: First time Michu has a chance. The cross from Hernandez on the left, Michu's header hits Agger and goes straight to Reina.

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    Ravi Ubha: Not alarmed -- it's to be expected. How long do you expect the fans to be quiet and not raise concerns about Wenger and the team?

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    [Comment from Julio ]
    Hey Ravi are you alarmed by the increasing number of Arsenal fans that are chanting "Wenger out" and "You don't know what you're doing". Will we see a change at Arsenal ?

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    Ravi Ubha: And what was Flores doing there?
    Terrible backpass to Tremmel, but the keeper hoofs it away.

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    Ravi Ubha: Sterling outmuscles Routledge and works a cross in front of goal...after Suarez's low right-footed shot was stopped by Tremmel.

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    Ravi Ubha: No. No matter how poor of a game he may or may not be having, all it takes is a moment of brilliance - and he has that in his locker still.

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    [Comment from Derik ]
    Gerrard has been poor in possession. Should he come off?

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    Most modern wingers know how to play on both sides of the pitch.

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    Ravi Ubha: I would say a sabbatical. Wait to see who needs what before possibly moving on.

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    [Comment from StamfordSentinel ]
    Ravi, where do you think RDM is headed to now ? A sabbatical or a new job ?

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    Ravi Ubha: Gerrard receives the ball from Suarez and then tries to play in Suarez, but the ball is picked off. It runs to Gerrard, but his left-footed shot doesn't trouble Tremmel.

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    [Comment from Winston ]
    He used to be a winger when he still had his speed..The only problem is he was a left winger. If you want to utilize his crossing you would need him on the right and would lose that right footed curler he's known for

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    Ravi Ubha: Hernandez takes it and is off target again. It's the part of his game that's been off today, his finishing. Otherwise he's been very good.

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    Ravi Ubha: Allen concedes a free kick in a dangerous spot. About 23 yards out, slightly to Reina's left.

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    Ravi Ubha: Hmm, I don't think so but may be wrong.

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    [Comment from Winston ]
    DIdn't Rafa and Torres have a falling out at the end of Rafa's stay at Liverpool?

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    Ravi Ubha: IMO he's too slow for the wing.

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    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassage ]
    Odd thought - Torres' ability to cross the ball is top notch. What about moving him out to the wing?

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    Ravi Ubha: Not necessarily. Rafa will have had two months in charge by the time the window is about to close. If Torres doesn't up his game, perhaps Roman won't be standing pat and bring out the cash again.

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    [Comment from Adam ]
    Do you think the Benitez appointment means that Chelsea won't try to buy Falcao (or another striker) in January to give one last chance to Torres ?

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    Ravi Ubha: Sterling continues to impress.
    Makes a semi-driving run into the middle of the pitch and dishes it onto Enrique, whose pass over the top over-shoots Suarez.

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    [Comment from Winston ]
    I think Rafa has a lot to prove, leaving Liverpool in shambles, picking up Inter at it's peak and then leaving them in shambles. However I will say that it's easier to remember his failures than his past grand success at Pool.

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    [Comment from Danny ]
    Good music selection at Swansea!

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    [Comment from Govanah ]
    I think Rafa was brought in to see if he could get the best out of Torres, it's cheaper to get a coach in th interm than a striker who will cost north of 40 million pounds

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    Ravi Ubha: Shechter off for Swansea; Ki on. So Michu now will occupy the lone position at striker.

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    Ravi Ubha: Players coming out of the tunnel.

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    [Comment from NHBob ]
    I thinkwhen Lucas returns it will take some pressure off Stevie

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    [Comment from ForWhatMatters ]
    Draw or slight win for City

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    Ravi Ubha: Well, he hasn't been tested all that often, but I think he hasn't been completely assured, which is to be expected since it's not his usual position.

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    [Comment from Vargo ]
    Ravi, what do you think about Downing's performance at left back so far?

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    Ravi Ubha: Join James and Roger for that game after this one is done.

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    Ravi Ubha: What is everyone's thoughts on Chelsea-City? Instant success for Rafa?

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    Ravi Ubha: That could be a bit harsh.

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    [Comment from ForWhatMatters ]
    Gerrard is the weakest link

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    [Comment from Jay Jay Okocha ]
    Turn a game in any direction*

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    [Comment from Guest ]
    To me Gerrard hasn't quiet been the same since departures of Alonso and Torres. I think there are still lingering effects

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    [Comment from FLGooner ]
    I love how Arsenal's defense is finally decent again and now unthinkably our offense has been sold off to the highest bidder and has regressed to barely acceptable levels.

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    Ravi Ubha: Gerrard is slower than he was in the past, to be expected. But his vision can turn a game in an instant.

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    [Comment from Winston ]
    Is it just me or has Gerrard looked slow? For the past 2 years.

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    [Comment from FLGooner ]
    On SantaKlaas....WANT NOW NOW NOW.

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    [Comment from PG ]
    I always hear about clubs looking into strikers in the Jan transfer window, but shouldn't they be more concerned with defenders with the defensive meltdowns we've seen this season?

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    Not if you believe that he wants to take on a new challenge. West Ham would be a challenge in a sense, but not the type he's looking for because the Premier League doesn't need him.

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    Ravi Ubha: An uninspiring performance yesterday, and for Wenger to say fatigue from the Montpellier game contributed...

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    Ravi Ubha: Will only believe it when it happens.
    Arsenal have been linked with too many players - and deals never materialize.

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    [Comment from PAGUNNER ]
    How realistic do you think the rumors of Klaas Jan Hunt.. coming to Arsenal are??

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    Ravi Ubha: Now that he's looking, Becks will get linked with every continent!
    I suppose West Ham would be a fitting finale given his roots.

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    [Comment from PG ]
    Any stock in the rumors of Beckham coming to a London club? (West Ham?)

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    Ravi Ubha: Did Liverpool spend all that money on Henderson to look composed? But I get your point.

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    [Comment from Drew ]
    Henderson actually seems quite composed today...unlike Captain Fantastic, who has me reaching for the antacids every time he touches the ball in his own half.

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    Ravi Ubha: Not at all. They've been doing all the probing and pressing. It could be 2-0 give or take an inch.

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    [Comment from Guest ]
    Rodgers looks worried as he should, don't you think Pool looks a bit pedestrian?

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    [Comment from mr. bitters ]
    Henderson's pressing is giving the Liverpool midfield some balance imo

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    Ravi Ubha: It's still pretty early in the season, so let's not look too far ahead. But Clarke has done a great job and the team is very balanced. A solid trio up front, too, in Long, Odemwingie and Lukaku.
    But if they start losing, maybe some will start moaning about Clarke's rotation policy.

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    [Comment from FLGooner ]
    Will West Brom finish top 7 and make at least the Europa League?

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    Ravi Ubha: There's the HT whistle, and Swansea will be the happier because it's still 0-0. They should be behind.

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    Ravi Ubha: All a bit scrambly at the edge of the Swansea box.

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    Ravi Ubha: Haven't noticed him at all.

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    [Comment from Govanah ]
    Henderson looks lost in the midfield.

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    Ravi Ubha: I kind of disagree on the dribbling and passing. His crosses are very good, and that's pivotal for a winger.

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    [Comment from FLGooner ]
    Ravi, Jenks is pacey but his dribbling and passing isnt up to snuff at all. Not to mention no finishing. We need strikers or more creative mids or we aint going anywhere. Not RBs who might play RM haha.

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    Ravi Ubha: Chico down in a bit of pain after Enrique steps on him. Unspotted by Moss, otherwise would have been a Swansea free kick.

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    Ravi Ubha: No, not like in the Champions League.

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    [Comment from NHBob ]
    Does EPL cancel out all yellow cards? if so, when?

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    Ravi Ubha: And again it's found the head of Johnson, one of the smallest players on the pitch. Over the bar.

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    Ravi Ubha: Liverpool with a fourth corner.

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    Ravi Ubha: Routledge a lucky boy. He opts to clear right into the middle of the pitch and it's intercepted by Liverpool. After an exchange of passes near the box, Swansea manage to clear.

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    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassage ]
    Sir Ian is missing the biggest LFC target - Xabi Alonso!!!

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    Ravi Ubha: Halftime approaching, folks, so crack on with those questions for Macca and Ian. At #FCBootroom

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    Ravi Ubha: Having missed narrowly earlier, Hernandez tries his luck again. He goes across goal with his right foot but this time the ball is over the bar.

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    Ravi Ubha: Good spell of possession now from Swansea.

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    Ravi Ubha: Routledge takes on Johnson, beat him, but his low cross is cleared.

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    Ravi Ubha: Similarly, I think Carl Jenkinson would be a good right-mid playing in front of Sagna.

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    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassage ]
    Enrique is looking really good in midfield. Liking this change!

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    Ravi Ubha: How have 'pool not scored?

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    Ravi Ubha: For offside. Johnson allowed to stride into the box, passes to Suarez, whose dink finds Enrique, but replays show he was half a yard off.

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    Ravi Ubha: Goal disallowed!

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    [Comment from Jay Jay Okocha ]
    Wow Sterling. That was a bomb.

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    Ravi Ubha: Right-footed shot across goal thunders off the crossbar!

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    Ravi Ubha: By Sterling.

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    Ravi Ubha: Off the post!

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    Ravi Ubha: Not great keeping by Tremmel. Sterling with the cross from the right, Tremmel uncertain, only pushes it out to the wrong man, Suarez, but his shot is blocked.

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    Ravi Ubha: 'Just play in our league, David. You don't have to run.'

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    Not since he moved to MLS.

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    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassage ]
    Ibrahimovic as the all-languid team captain?

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    [Comment from Jay Jay Okocha ]
    Carlos Valderamma is another candidate for captain, I suppose.

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    Ravi Ubha: Poor, poor choice by De Guzman after a Stevie G giveaway.
    He has options to both sides but elects to shoot from 20 yards and it's well wide. Cue the outstretched arms from those teammates in the box.

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    Ravi Ubha: Really? That's a bit of a strange one. I can often recall him chasing and haranguing.

  •  

    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    David Beckham is my captain of the "all-languid" team.

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    Ravi Ubha: Reina a little slow to react...

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    Ravi Ubha: Hernandez not far off with a curling effort to the far post. He's been Swansea's best players thus far.

  •  

    [Comment from Andrew ]
    does anyone else think downing doesnt look like he fits in this system?

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    [Comment from Raza_88 ]
    Downing at LB and Enrique as winger? *quizzical*

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    Ravi Ubha: Sliding tackle by Agger on the right channel. The Liverpool defense solid so far.

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    [Comment from Jay Jay Okocha ]
    Michu is the vice captain of my "all-languid" team. Berbatov is obviously the captain and talisman.

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    Ravi Ubha: Home fans getting slightly impatient.

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    Ravi Ubha: Yes, with Allen the 1 in mid.

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    [Comment from NHBob ]
    it appears 4-1-4-1 fpr 'pool is that what you see?

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    Ravi Ubha: A Liverpool goal is on the way, surely.

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    Ravi Ubha: Enrique and Swansea play a 1-2 and Tremmel comes out to deny Johnson when in alone on the keeper.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Swansea's tiki-taka is a bit AND1 Mixtape only they're missing their dunks

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    Ravi Ubha: And a better chance!

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    Ravi Ubha: Some nifty footwork by Johnson on the right, waltzing into the box.

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    [Comment from Jay Jay Okocha ]
    Eddie Johnson is the undisputed king of offsides.

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    Ravi Ubha: Sloppy, sloppy pass by De Guzman. He panicked for a second when he spotted a Liverpool player behind him, then over-hit his pass going forward.

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    Ravi Ubha: Was the king of offsides Pippo Inzaghi? He was outstanding, too.

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    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    Luis Suárez leads PL with 58 offside calls in the last two seasons. Van Persie (54) & Adebayor (53) are next.

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    Ravi Ubha: Suarez at the other end continues to be a danger.

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    Ravi Ubha: Great piece of skill by Hernandez in midfield to evade two Liverpool midfielders.

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    Ravi Ubha: 18 minutes played and Liverpool shading it.

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    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassage ]
    No movement by the Swansea strikers. Michu stuck to the turf.

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    Ravi Ubha: Routledge got behind the defenders - but the pass didn't go with it.

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    Ravi Ubha: Hashtag on Twitter for the questions to Macca and Darke: #FCBootroom

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    Ravi Ubha: Great ball by Johnson into the box and a charging Enrique puts it wide -- after not making clean contact. Bad miss.

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    Ravi Ubha: Ask!

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    [Comment from Al ]
    Macca was praising Laudrup's English. I know he also speaks Spanish from seeing him interviewed on Hispanic TV and of course, he would speak Danish. My question is: does Macca know any languages besides English and Scouser?

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    Ravi Ubha: Swansea asking for off-side and they get it. Poor decision making by Enrique. Had a chance to play a short reverse ball to Suarez in a threatening position but he waited too long.

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    Ravi Ubha: That time not a good choice by Sterling. Cuts inside into the middle but elects to shoot from 20 yards. No pace and a comfortable save by Tremmel.

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    [Comment from Philip ]
    I'm a Scouser living in Arkansas & Ian Darke & Macca are the best commentators in the business ... Hopefully Stevie G can hit the old onion bag today for the reds!

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    Ravi Ubha: And at the other end, Hernandez to Routledge and it's a decent save at the near posts by Pepe.

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    Ravi Ubha: Meanwhile, good chance missed by Liverpool. Free header for Johnson in the box off a corner, but he heads over.

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    Ravi Ubha: Williams in his book (yes, he has a book out) was highly critical of Suarez, but they shook hands prior to the game - and Suarez even had a smile on his face.

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    Ravi Ubha: Great work by Sterling, not shirking his defensive responsibilities. Tracks back to shadow Davies and Liverpool have a goal kick.

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    [Comment from Andrew ]
    great pass to sterling

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    I'd like to say No to the poll question, especially after the recent comments, but I have to say Yes.

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    Ravi Ubha: Speaking of Luis, poor clearance by Williams and Suarez finds Sterling. He can't get enough pace on his left-footed shot from inside the box and it lands safely in the arms of Tremmel.

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    Ravi Ubha: Poll question out, folks.

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    Ravi Ubha: Good interplay by Swansea in midfield and Skrtel does well to make a clearance with Davies looking menacing in the box.

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    Ravi Ubha: Corner taken but amounted to nothing.

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    Ravi Ubha: Good recovery by Downing after initially getting beaten by Hernandez, who, too, has been in good form.

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    Ravi Ubha: A high boot from Enrique and ref Jon Moss has blown for a free kick, even though a Swansea player wasn't really around him...

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    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassage ]
    I'm wondering if Shelvey isn't getting the start because of how lame his goal scoring celebration is.

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    [Comment from Jay Jay Okocha ]
    like Andy Carroll?

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    Ravi Ubha: Again, though, I'll defend Rodgers a bit by saying he may be thinking of the midweek Prem programme.

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    [Comment from Chris ]
    Would rather see Shelvey, Suso, or Sahin in the team rather than Henderson. Odd lineup.

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    Ravi Ubha: A sunny day in Swansea. Yesterday was horrible throughout the UK.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Sends a heck of a message to Downing that a LB is a better LM option. Or maybe Rodgers watched "Freaky Friday" last night.

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    Ravi Ubha: We're off.

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    Ravi Ubha: Shechter up front for Swansea; Graham not in the squad.

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    Ravi Ubha: Suarez leads the league with 10 goals; Michu fourth with 7.

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    Ravi Ubha: An obvious one, though, is some decent striker to help out Suarez.

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    Ravi Ubha: Good question...send it over to the #FCBootroom hashtag on Twitter.

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    [Comment from ReneRuiz ]
    Macca who would you like to see Liverpool bring in during the transfer window?

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    Ravi Ubha: Teams in the tunnel and now coming out. Let's get this show started!

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    Ravi Ubha: If we're talking about value for money, then yes. Significantly cheaper than Cazorla and Hazard. Michu, Mirallas and Kone have all been great value for money buys.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    Up to this point, do you think Michu should be considered the best summer signing by a team in the Premier League? Significantly less expensive than the others that are in the conversation.

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    Ravi Ubha: Could the keepers factor? Reina plays his third straight game after his injury, while Tremmel retains his spot with Michel Vorm still out.

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    Ravi Ubha: We could have one team bossing possession in spells today, given the styles on offer.

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    [Comment from willie]
    I hope you're wrong about the score Ravi as I'm a Scouser but Swansea are a good team. I'd like to see Downing leave and see more of Shelvey. I hope it's a good match with more than 3 goals. May the best team win. Cheers

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    Ravi Ubha: Since returning to the Premier League, Swansea is unbeaten vs. Liverpool. Swansea won 3-1 at Anfield in the League Cup this season and won 1-0 at home last season.

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    Ravi Ubha: Keep those questions coming on Twitter with the hashtag of #FCBootroom coming. I've seen a few already.

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    [Comment from Tanno]
    If memory serves correct, Downing played as a left back during his stint at Middlesbrough. Liverpool do need to find something to do with him.

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    Ravi Ubha: Apparently not.
    Allen is all neat and tidy, but is he worth £15 million?

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    Wasn't there some stipulation when Rodgers left for Liverpool that he wouldn't be able to take any Swansea players with him?

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    Ravi Ubha: Rodgers says that Downing will be playing left back, behind Enrique, who has been in great form. He's pushed up to midfield.

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    Ravi Ubha: Swansea 10th in the table, a point better than 12th-placed Liverpool.

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    Ravi Ubha: Yeah, Downing was linked with a move away from Liverpool last week. Not surprising, now is it?

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    [Comment from Tanno]
    Hernandez too, is beginning to look more and more of a threat. Ah, and yes, Joe Allen. Going to be an interesting tie. Henderson and Downing in the line-up too, been a while since I have watched that.

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    Ravi Ubha: Willie, I'm going for a 2-1 Swansea win.

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    [Comment from willie]
    so what's your prediction for today's match?

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    Ravi Ubha: Swansea: Tremmel; Rangel, Williams, Chico, Davies; Routledge, Britton, de Guzman, Hernandez; Michu, Shechter. Subs: Cornell, Monk, Tiendalli, Agustien, Ki, Dyer, Lita.

    Liverpool: Reina; Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique; Allen, Henderson, Gerrard; Downing, Sterling, Suarez. Subs: Jones, Carragher, Coates, Suso, Shelvey, Cole, Sahin.

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    Ravi Ubha: We shouldn't forget that Joe Allen returns to Swansea, too.

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    Ravi Ubha: Without a doubt, Tanno.
    They've done well enough this season. A good start, then rocky, now stabilizing again. Michu has been in great form, and Routledge is playing the best he ever has.

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    [Comment from Tanno]
    Swansea, surely capable of giving Rodgers a few nightmares tonight. Your thoughts?

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    Ravi Ubha: Thinking of the midweek programme?

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    Henderson and Downing? What is Mr. Rodgers doing?

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    Ravi Ubha: Team sheets coming up very shortly.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    A Liverpool Boot Room without JT feels wrong. I expect you'll do great though, Ravi.

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    [Comment from itvfootball via Twitter]
    In case you missed it yesterday - Galatasaray midfielder Felipe Melo saves crucial last minute penalty itv.com/sport/football…

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    Ravi Ubha: He may show up, but rest assured he'll be following the game closely.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Two #FCBootroom today: @r_ubha for #LFCvSwansea NOW -- soccernet.espn.go.com/feature/_/id/1… -- and me, @rogbennett for #CFCvMCFC -- soccernet.espn.go.com/feature/_/id/1…

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    Isn't JT going to be in this chat? He has to since it's Liverpool.

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    Ravi Ubha: Hi, Jan,
    And even better: A full Prem programme in midweek. Then Champions League the next midweek. Fabulous.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    Good day to you Ravi! Always good to be back in the Boot Room, especially since we have a double dose today.

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    Ravi Ubha: And a reminder to send your questions for Macca and Ian Darke, and the best will get answered during the breaks in action.
    Simple: Go on Twitter, pose your question and add the hashtag of #FCBootroom.

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    Ravi Ubha: I'll be the one taking you through Swansea and Liverpool in Brendan Rodgers' return to Wales, before Boot Room Guru James Tyler and the wonderful Rog Bennett will lead you through Chelsea and Man City.

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    Ravi Ubha: Morning!

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    [Comment from OMG]
    Morning Ravi!!

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    Ravi Ubha: Hello, everyone, and a good Sunday morning for those of you in the US.
    A big day of footie!