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    Liverpool

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    Arsenal

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    Newcastle

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    Aston Villa

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    Southampton

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    Man Utd

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BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE

Anfield, England

Attendance: 44932

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Arsenal

  • Lukas Podolski 31'
  • Santi Cazorla 68'
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    James Tyler: Bye, all!

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    James Tyler: Would have been miserable without you all. Have a good week, Rog. Try not to gloat too hard. Ha ha

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    Roger Bennett: Thanks for all your comments. Follow us
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    @jamestylerespn

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    James Tyler: Thank you for waking up early to join us for chat!

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    James Tyler: Right, then. I'm off to help with the post-game and prepare for United-Southampton.

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    James Tyler: Abou Diaby was a midfield titan, Steven Gerrard couldn't do much, and the impending "Being Liverpool" drama just got another compelling storyline.

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    Roger Bennett: Worrying narrative for Liverpool continues. Wenger will be elated with the performance of his midfield. Giroud's frustration continues. But dark start to the season for Reds.

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    James Tyler: We try to keep perspective given it's September 2, but that won't stop the panic, agita, confusion, despair or schadenfreude around the league. Nor the newspapers.

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    James Tyler: Arsenal looks good! Liverpool in CRISIS. Etc etc etc

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    James Tyler: FULL TIME

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    Full-time: Liverpool 0-2 Arsenal. Goals from summer signings Podolski and Cazorla earn the Gunners their first win of the season.

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    James Tyler: Sterling can't win a corner off Jenkinson. Anfield hushed and miserable. Not even a blast of Phil Collins over the Anfield PA system could help.

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    James Tyler: 50 seconds left... sweet release. Another strong first-half ends with LFC 1-0 down, and more of the same in the second. Arsenal has been full value today for the win, that said.

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    [Comment from George]
    I feel that Liverpool are lacking the tirelessness work that Kuyt used to provide

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    [Comment from Bingham]
    Who names their kid Jonjo?

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    James Tyler: Suarez fouls in the Arsenal box with the ball loose.

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    [Comment from Neil]
    The Kop is strangely quiet. The sound of reality hitting?

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    James Tyler: Arsenal's set piece marking has been impressive.

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    Roger Bennett: Suarez 4 shots. One on goal

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    James Tyler: Gerrard wins a corner. 2 minutes left, down 2. Miracle in Anfieldbul?

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    [Comment from EW]
    Anyone remembers Udinese in 2010-2011 starting with 4 losses and finishing 4th, or Bilbao last season winless after around 6 games?

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    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD, LIVERPOOL: Shelvey has one barge too many on Ramsey down the left flank.

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    James Tyler: Gerrard's corner is headed by Johnson but not on goal. Arsenal clears.

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    James Tyler: Four added minutes remaining.

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR ARSENAL: Vermaelen off, Koscielny on.

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    [Comment from GFOP Pierre]
    They had no problem playing the top teams under Dalglish... it was everyone else.

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    [Comment from Aaron]
    Honestly, JT, Liverpool is bad when they let Arsenal score two...I mean, it's not Swansea or West Brom...

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    James Tyler: Shelvey forces a fine save from Mannone. Corner, LFC.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Can't help but think Gerrard's freelancing is more damaging under Rodgers given the discipline needed in his 4-3-3.

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    James Tyler: I can't imagine anything any more, Bryce. Staying positive is paramount. Not a good result and part of a rough opening to the season but this 4-3-3 takes time.

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    Roger Bennett: AVB career wise. Liverpool are a mess infra structurally...

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    [Comment from Salvatore]
    Who is under more pressure to succeed? AVB or Rodgers?

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    Give Rodgers time and another striker, and this should work. Can you imagine them dominating play vs Manchester City under Dalglish?

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    James Tyler: Good through-ball from Gerrard.

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    Roger Bennett: Rodgers will get you back up inside one season JT.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Liverpool! Lovely passing move gets Suarez in behind Vermaelen but Luis opts to chip over Mannone and fires over the bar. Keep it simple, Luis.

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    #MUFC team to face Southampton: Lindegaard, Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Carrick, Cleverley, Valencia, Kagawa, Welbeck, RVP.

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    James Tyler: I will -- until Week 4.

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    [Comment from Jan (pronounced Yawn)]
    Keep telling yourself that JT.

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    James Tyler: FSG is all-in on Rodgers, the fans have to be too. Always natural to panic -- especially among Liverpool fans -- but it is only Week 3.

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    Roger Bennett: Arsenal fans singing "Everton are better than you."

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    [Comment from Jon]
    I hope fans stay off Rodgers back long enough for his system to work. I believe in him

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    James Tyler: Chance for Liverpool! Shelvey rushes up the middle and shoots at Mannone, but before Gerrard can tap home the rebound, Vermaelen rushes in to clear.

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    James Tyler: Five minutes remaining before my dirt nap. What a rough Sunday morning. Still time for me to make the 11am church service and rapidly repent.

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    Southampton side to face #MUFC: K. Davis, Clyne, Fonte, Hooiveld, Fox, Ward-Prowse, Schneiderlin, S. Davis, Puncheon, Lallana, Lambert.

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    [Comment from King Kenny]
    $50m Warrior kit deal?

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    Last week Liverpool got the passing all wrong. This week it's the pressing.

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    James Tyler: Maybe Rodgers can use the time to gently ease Gerrard into a secondary role. His freelancing was always a burden in recent seasons, but in a system as meticulous as Rodgers', one that demands precision and teamwork, it is a massive flaw.

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    James Tyler: We have a break for a week?

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    Roger Bennett: Positives for Liverpool? International Break means they won't lose next week. Joe Allen looks terrific. You still have Agger. Sterling is an asset. What else JT?

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    [Comment from ESPNPressPass via Twitter]
    RT @AndrewOrsatti: I'm about to send a text message to Steve Nicol. What would you like me to include in it? Taking suggestions now.

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    [Comment from USA-Red]
    Only thing Gerrard is good for right now is FIFA...

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    James Tyler: Shelvey fouls Diabey inside the center circle. The Anfield hush gets a little deeper except for the Gunners fans wedged in the sunny corner.

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    James Tyler: Arsenal corner by Cazorla is flicked over from close-range by Giroud. Wide-open header.

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    [Comment from Bingham]
    Liverpool fans will be saying, "it's only week 12, it's only week 12" #languishinginrelegationzone

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    [Comment from Skyler]
    Joe Allen looks great

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    Arsenal sub: Podolski off for Santos. Follow the final ten minutes - soccernet.espn.go.com/gamecast?id=34…

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    James Tyler: Giroud has a chance to finally beat Enrique and make it 3-0 but the defender recovers and sweeps it off his boot. Phew.

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    James Tyler: I forget where I am on the scale, CTK. I vacillate between anger and more anger usually.

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    Roger Bennett: Liverpool stayed in this game because of Joe Allen, Mertesacker and Giroud

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    [Comment from Carrolls TopKnot]
    As a LFC fan, I think I am either in the "denial" or "anger" stage on the Five Stages of Grief stage. Make it anger, it is more fun.

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    Arsenal sub: Podolski replaced by Coquelin. Follow the final ten minutes - soccernet.espn.go.com/gamecast?id=34…

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR ARSENAL: Lukas Podolski off, Andre Santos on.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Liverpool! Hooks his left leg around the ball from 20 yards but rifles over the bar. Blocked by Vermaelen on the way through. Corner.

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    [Comment from JC]
    It's only week 3. It's only week 3. It's only week 3. It's only week 3.

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    James Tyler: Shelvey's cross nodded clear by Vermaelen.

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    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    Interesting career choice by Brendan Rodgers. Gone from managing "Welsh Barcelona" to "The English Pontypridd Town"

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    Villa team to play Newcastle: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Lichaj, Holman, El Ahmadi, Ireland, Bannan, Weimann, Bent.

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    James Tyler: Joe Allen is perhaps the only one still trying.

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    [Comment from Wacman]
    Reina drops it on Poldi's head, Fould on Poldi's head

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    James Tyler: 10 minutes left.

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    James Tyler: See? Rodgers was smart to leave Wales. No Neil Taylor is a crushing blow.

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    Swansea defender Neil Taylor has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a broken ankle.

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    James Tyler: Reina fumbles a corner but was fouled. Almost 3-0.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    @KDS_Football "Somewhere, King Kenny is laughing on a golf course."

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    Cazorla or Hazard are surely the 2 best signings of the season.

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    James Tyler: Abou Diaby doing plenty to erase memories of Alex Song.

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    James Tyler: Not the tidiest performance by Arsenal, but done more than enough to weather various Anfieldian storms and counter-attack with precision and speed.

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    Roger Bennett: Cazorla is a joy to watch. Whatever team you support. Total magician.

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    [Comment from NYCToon]
    That Cazorla pass is exactly what Liverpool need to make!

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    James Tyler: I fancy an Arsenal third before LFC scores its first. Arsenal fans basking in the sunshine behind Pepe Reina's goal. All smiles.

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    [Comment from Todd]
    Liverpool with tons of wasteful possession and super shaky defense against counter attack. They are basically Arsenal the last five years.

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    James Tyler: No, sorry.

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    [Comment from Miles]
    Apologies if it's been asked/answered...You guys sticking around for ManU/SHampton?

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    James Tyler: Gerrard lunges on Vermaelen in the corner, frustrated at the 75 minutes prior to his tackle. Of course, he won't take any blame. He's the Captain.

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    Roger Bennett: Arsenal fans enjoying themselves. Singing "Andre Santos -- He Drives When He Wants"

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    [Comment from Bingham]
    Stevie G man of the match for Arsenal. Pepe Reina a close second

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    [Comment from Michael Sheen]
    Oh, I forgot to tell you all, Being Liverpool is the sequel to the Damned United.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    @LFCOffside Amazed that the camera crew hasn't been attacked.

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    James Tyler: Shelvey tries his luck from the edge of the box but fires wide.

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    James Tyler: Pass-pass-pass-pass-pass-pass-Sterling's cross is cleared by Mertesacker.

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    James Tyler: Hope it goes better than my morning has, Jake.

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    [Comment from Jake]
    JT and RB, thanks for your time fella's, off to work now.

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    Newcastle side to face Villa: Krul; Simpson, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Santon; Ben Arfa, Anita, Cabaye, Gutierrez; Ba, Cisse.

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    [Comment from Skyler]
    I do Rog!!!!!

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    [Comment from Intelligent User]
    I love how all of the comments are about Liverpool. Up the Arsenal! Come on you Gunners! Great Performance, especially Podolski and Diaby.

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    [Comment from Liverpool ad]
    "We come not to win"

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    [Comment from Wacman]
    Is Gerrard reaching Carragher levels of Old Yeller-ness?

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    Roger Bennett: JT. I take no pleasure in this.

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR ARSENAL: Oxlade-Chamberlain off, Aaron Ramsey on. Shut this one down, folks.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Kudos to Oxlade-Chamberlain and Podolski for their work at the defensive end. Just as crucial. Both done well.

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    Arsenal sub: Oxlade-Chamberlain off for Ramsey.

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    James Tyler: Lukas Podolski has been stellar at both ends today. Reliable in defense.

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    James Tyler: Lovely work by Glen Johnson down the right but his cross is easily caught by Mannone.

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    James Tyler: "Work In Progress"

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    [Comment from Aaron, GFOP]
    Seriously, Rodgers changes formation or Gerrard's lack of defensive effort drags this team down for a while.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    The impending Steven Gerrard-Brendan Rodgers TV showdown to rival Walter White and Jesse Pinkman for drama and gravitas.

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    [Comment from pepe reina]
    guys I swear I will play better next week.

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    [Comment from Colin]
    New Narrative: Arsenal new boys unstoppable!! Liverpool relegated!! Arsenal defense cannot be breached!!

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    [Comment from colin]
    I woke up at 515AM for this...

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    [Comment from The Beatles]
    City of Everton's biggest band...

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    James Tyler: Shelvey tries to free Suarez in the box but his pass is intercepted.

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    James Tyler: 20 minutes to go.

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    James Tyler: Anfield's silence audible as the away fans outsing the bemused masses.

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    [Comment from WheresWilshere]
    Liverpool: I Swear, We Used To Be REALLY Good

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    [Comment from George]
    You'll Never Cry Alone

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    James Tyler: Fourth place in the nPowership, Josh. Have to favor Crystal Palace.

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    [Comment from Josh]
    James, Is there a Championship waiting for us at the Championship?

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    [Comment from JC]
    So glad I'm on vacation and cannot watch this match. Off to the beach then.

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    Roger Bennett: Brendan Rodgers add "Goalkeeper" to his list of worries. Why did he leave Swansea again?

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    [Comment from reinas elbow]
    hahaha what a howler

  •  

    [Comment from Editor In Chimp]
    Aaaaand the Travelling Circus of Failure gets what was coming to them

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Guys, bear with me. Think of the TV show! How compelling is it going to be now?!

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    [Comment from Patrick]
    Being Liverpool: A Pain You Will Never Understand

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    [Comment from Orr]
    Reina OUT

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    [Comment from Jan (pronounced Yawn)]
    I told you GK howler would be a decider.

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    James Tyler: Let Gerrard do his Hollywood routine all he likes now. All for nought.

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    James Tyler: Santi Cazorla slipped in on goal and fires under Pepe Reina. Lovely passing move by Podolski and Santi. Low shot squirms under the Liverpool keeper. That's your lot.

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    Roger Bennett: Good Lord. Pies. Beers. Reina. Dodgy. Dodgy. Keeper

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    GOAL! Cazorla scores for Arsenal! Liverpool are 2-0 down. Another Reina error? soccernet.espn.go.com/gamecast?id=34…

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR ARSENAL! GOODNIGHT, ALL.

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    James Tyler: Does indeed seem like Rodgers fears the Anfield mutiny.

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    [Comment from GFOP Pierre]
    Wow.... Gerrard stays in

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    [Comment from Skyler]
    Gervinho and put Podolski through the middle

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    Roger Bennett: Liverpool just bought on the lead singer from Midnight Oil. Should shake things up.

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    James Tyler: Shelvey offers a bit more in attack, will be unafraid to shoot.

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR LIVERPOOL: Nuri Sahin off, Jonjo Shelvey on. The young Real Madrid man played tidily enough but is being pulled for the dynamic Jonjo.

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    Liverpool sub: debutant Sahin is replaced by Shelvey.

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    [Comment from Jan (pronounced Yawn)]
    Gervinho.

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    [Comment from WheresWilshere]
    Van Persie

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    [Comment from Intelligent User]
    They have to take Giroud off!

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    Roger Bennett: Arsenal fans. Giroud to be pulled... who would you like to replace him? Gervinho? Walcott?

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    James Tyler: Another good performance for Raheem Sterling today. Yet Liverpool still trails 1-0 with 25 mins to go.

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    Arsenal still 1-0 up at Liverpool but the home side are creeping back into it - soccernet.espn.go.com/gamecast?id=34…

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    [Comment from Steve]
    Pretty sure Sterling is already better than the Ox....

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    [Comment from Chaz]
    Time to put the Ox back in the pen.

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    James Tyler: And I hope you just jinxed it.

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    [Comment from El Rob]
    Manonne on course for a clean sheet at Anfield. Yes, I just typed that sentence.

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    James Tyler: Another good follow-up cross comes in from Sterling on the left but Downing can't connect with a header. Just a fraction too high for #19.

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    James Tyler: A better follow-up cross by Gerrard tests Mannone, but the keeper's punch mercifully doesn't drop for a Reds player in the box.

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    Roger Bennett: Reminder to depressed Liverpool fans. There is still only one goal in this...

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    James Tyler: Good work by Downing on the right to cut infield and create space to shoot. Shot's blocked out for a corner. Gerrard hoists it into the mixer but nothing decisive.

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    James Tyler: They certainly do, which is funny considering the likes of Arteta and Diaby. The latter has certainly stepped up since Song was sold.

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    [Comment from Josh]
    One thing I will say about this Arsenal team is they work unbelievably hard without the ball and look very committed. Alot more so than recent seasons

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    [Comment from FCBoston]
    Is it too late to sell Gerrard to the Dodgers?

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    James Tyler: Great play again by Allen to find Gerrard, he finds Downing out wide who wins a throw-in off Mikel Arteta.

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    [Comment from JC]
    Jonjo for Stevie?

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    James Tyler: Agger stings Vito Mannone's palms from long range. Shot on target but right at the Arsenal keeper.

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    [Comment from Chris M]
    Diaby looks fantastic

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    James Tyler: Would make for great TV. And some truly hilarious transfer fee negotiations.

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    [Comment from WheresWilshere]
    Can be transfer window open 1 more day for JUST these 2 teams?

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    James Tyler: Chance for Arsenal! Jenkinson cuts in from the right and shoots low. Reina sees it late but falls on it.

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Michael, but he's not a "get forward" type so his influence and artistry is fantastic but limited.

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    [Comment from Michael GFOP]
    This is pretty obvious, but Joe Allen has been Liverpool's best player

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    James Tyler: Comment of the day, Nick. Hard one to beat.

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    [Comment from Nick Christie (GFOP)]
    When did Liverpool become Women's Tennis? Other than a 17-year-old and a truly crazy South American, there isn't much there is there?

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    James Tyler: Suarez tumbles near Vermaelen. No call from Webb.

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    James Tyler: Half an hour to go and Liverpool looks no closer to evening up the score, even with the mighty Downing on the field.

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    Roger Bennett: Arteta is having a beautiful game. So much more robust in Arsenal's system than he was at Everton

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    [Comment from Jan (pronounced Yawn)]
    Downing's next corner and he overcompensates.

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    [Comment from Chris]
    Not to harp on Giroud too much, but I'm really starting to fear that he's another Chamakh... Podolski has looked ok and Cazorla has looked great, so you know what they say, two out of three ain't bad...

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    James Tyler: Liverpool's six corners have been as effective as Arsenal's zero.

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    James Tyler: Good point, NYCToon. Just a matter of minutes until Luis chokes/headbutts/punches the big Belgian.

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    [Comment from Patrick]
    can it be both

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    [Comment from Toilet]
    Drunk Liverpool Fan Too Close to Microphone!

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    James Tyler: Downing's "cross" doesn't beat the first defender. Super sub!

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    [Comment from NYCToon]
    Vermaelan is expertly riling up Suarez

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    Roger Bennett: Suarez to score or get sent off?

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    James Tyler: Sahin finds Suarez down the right flank. Vermaelen's tackle ends with an LFC corner.

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    James Tyler: I meant better crossing in comparison to Borini. Of course, he's still well below desired levels of competence.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    System Of A Downing: Where will he play?

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    [Comment from NYCToon]
    James, that last comment made me spit coffee while laughing

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    [Comment from paul]
    Ball to hand.

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    Roger Bennett: Suarez. refs just do not like that gent do they?

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    James Tyler: Handball on Vermaelen is begged for by Gerrard. Webb no-call again. Third time is not the charm.

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    James Tyler: Another Liverpool PK shout!

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    James Tyler: Plenty of us are second-guessing the sub. Guessing Downing provides a little better decision-making on the ball than Borini. Also better crossing, too.

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    Liverpool sub: Downing on for Borini.

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    [Comment from James]
    In need of a goal, Rodgers turns to...Stewart Downing. Relief for Arsenal fans!

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR LIVERPOOL: Fabio "Still Finding His Feet at Anfield" Borini comes off, Stewart "Really Still Finding His Feet at Anfield" Downing on.

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    James Tyler: Nuri Sahin gets close to goal but elects to pass wide instead of shoot. Borini takes too much time on the ball and his far post chip is handled by the defense.

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    [Comment from NYCToon]
    Great Downing is coming on to hav exactly zero effect on the game!

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    [Comment from Michael GFOP]
    How is that not a penalty? He was directly behind Suarez and pulled him down. Suarez puts that in

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    [Comment from Jason]
    Looked like a penalty...Mertesacker pulled him down for sure...

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    James Tyler: I'm not sure Luis could have reached it, Jake.

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    [Comment from Jake]
    Honestly though, if Suarez doesnt go to ground, that's a tap in...

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    James Tyler: Could have been 2-0 quite easily.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Arsenal! Lovely run by Gibbs to overlap Podolski and his narrow left-footed shot is sharply saved by Reina at his near post.

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    Roger Bennett: This is like watching two mediocre boxers fight on the undercard.

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    Roger Bennett: JT -- same call in first half was a free kick. Dive then by Suarez. Dive again here.

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    James Tyler: Maybe so, Dan. One wonders if Suarez' reputation precedes him on non-calls like that...

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    [Comment from dan]
    United gets that call from Webb

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    James Tyler: Webb didn't think so, replays show that the German did have a shirt-tug.

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    James Tyler: Gerrard free on the right, his cross is wide of Suarez but the striker goes down under pressure from Mertesacker. Not really a penalty.

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    James Tyler: Another penalty shout for Liverpool!

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    James Tyler: Gibbs can't find Santi Cazorla inside the box and Liverpool finally gets on the ball.

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    James Tyler: Arsenal in the ascendancy early in the second half.

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    James Tyler: Remember when footy was a simple, almost binary game? Lump it upfield, big fella scores. 1-0.

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    James Tyler: "The little things."

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    [Comment from El Rob]
    One almost feels that a forward's least important duty these days is goalscoring, it's more about holding possession, back to goal stuff.

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    James Tyler: Indeed, NYCToon. Hence Liverpool's misfires.

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    Roger Bennett: Agreed. Giroud is meant to be a great hold up player with aerial ability. Confidence levels low.

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    [Comment from NYCToon]
    is it just me or does the false striker only work when every one of your midfielders could theoretically play as a striker as well?

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    James Tyler: Jenkinson's cross is blocked by Enrique for a throw-in.

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    [Comment from Chris]
    If I see one more mis-timed jump from Giroud...

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    James Tyler: Except Liverpool is lacking, ahem, the personnel.

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    [Comment from colin]
    Just like Spain's 4 -6-0 in the Euros ehh James

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    James Tyler: Enrique can't beat Oxlade-Chamberlain down the left touchline and fouls the Arsenal winger in possession.

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    James Tyler: Brave new world, Andrew. "The False Striker." Latest tactical innovation.

  •  

    [Comment from Andrew]
    why do I feel like liverpool got rid of all their goal scorers and carroll for players who can only pass

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    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD, LIVERPOOL: Skrtel does a Scholes job on Diaby from behind. Easiest call Webb's had to make since any PK given to United at Old Trafford.

  •  

    [Comment from USA-Red]
    Its nice to see Gerrard go in for a tackle half-heartedly

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    Roger Bennett: Mertesacker has not been nutmegged since 1935

  •  

    [Comment from Josh]
    At this rate I'm going to start missing Dietmar Hamann.

  •  

    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    The second half at Anfield is under way as Arsenal lead 1-0 against Liverpool. Follow it live: soccernet.espn.go.com/gamecast?id=34…

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    James Tyler: I miss big Dirk.

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    [Comment from colin]
    I miss Carroll and Kuyt and Bellamy....

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    James Tyler: Right, ready for half number 2.

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    [Comment from Chicago]
    Do Allen and Sahin make the final pass? Or even attempt them?

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    Roger Bennett: Liverpool have looked most menacing when Sterling has the ball. Yet he has touched it least of any of their 11.

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    James Tyler: Allen's passing: 39 of 39. Sahin: 26 of 29. Gerrard: 26 of 35. #GerrardOUT

  •  

    [Comment from Wren]
    Lieber, about 99.

  •  

    [Comment from Aaron Lieber]
    How many more seasons must Everton finish above Liverpool for them to rename the city ?

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    Roger Bennett: Being Liverpool. I can't get over how hyperbolic these promos are. Going to be like Welcome to the Dollhouse.

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    Roger Bennett: Diaby has been terrific trotting through the heart of Liverpool's midfield. But Liverpool have been vulnerable and inviting.

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    [Comment from Colin]
    I'm just following via chats but it sounds like Diaby looks great. Dare I say he is like a new signing? (that is, until his leg falls off)

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    Roger Bennett: Feels great when he is scoring thought right?

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    [Comment from colin]
    I dont know about any other Liverpool supporters but I'm sure sick of Suarez's antics...Huff and Puff...Flailing his arms...pissing and moaning

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    Roger Bennett: How are Liverpool fans feeling about Sahin? Joe Allen has been a tiny wonder. But Sahin seems to be in shock at the amount of time he has on the ball today.

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    [Comment from black_bile]
    Stevie G needs a conveniently pulled hamstring

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    James Tyler: Be right back, all. Plugging my toaster in above the bathtub.

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    James Tyler: Think of the documentary, Roger! The producers are practically begging for it in the dressing room. Would make AMAZING TV.

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    Roger Bennett: For Rodgers to yank Stevie G would be one of the highest risk highest rewards for Liverpool's season. Can't see it until at least 70 minutes.

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    James Tyler: Oh, or Shelvey. Forgot he was on the bench. He's amazing.

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    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    On the evidence of this first half, the "Being Liverpool" documentary will be similar to Albert Maysles Grey Gardens

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    James Tyler: I'd like to see Henderson for Gerrard. Sounds sacrilegious, but the younger man can actually help on defending a bit. Problem with a 4-3-3 is you need three super-fit run-all-day types in the middle, and Gerrard's getting so excited to bomb towards goal that he's leaving gaps.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Which one is Fergie's rent boy?

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    Roger Bennett: Tough viewing for Liverpool. Arsenal fans will be relieved by the goal and elated the scoreless defensive record remains intact. What changes would you like to see JT?

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    James Tyler: 8 shots for Liverpool, none of which were on target.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    @tomEurosport @Matt_Furniss @JamesDallESPN Thought Diana was some Awayboyz witticism for a player of questionable injury record. It works.

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    James Tyler: No. Just needs to inspire him. Heck, put him wide right and remove Borini, who has also been disappointing.

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    [Comment from Jay Jay Okocha]
    Does Rodgers have the stones to give Stevie G. the hook at halftime?

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    @LFCOffside you knew who I meant.

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    James Tyler: HALFTIME: Liverpool 0, Arsenal 1. Gerrard assist for Podolski and Arsenal's first goal of the season.

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    HT: Liverpool 0-1 Arsenal. Podolski with the goal, although Diaby has been the Gunners' shining light. Sterling hit the post for the Reds.

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    [Comment from Jake]
    Entertaining half nonetheless. Don't regret waking up for this one.

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    James Tyler: Enrique's cross is headed to Borini by Vermaelen, the Reds can't force a shot from the edge of the box and Borini then fouls Podolski in the right corner.

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    James Tyler: Into the final minute of stoppage time in a topsy-turvy half. Sterling slithers past two defenders but Gerrard ends the play when he can't beat Vermaelen on the edge of the box.

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    [Comment from Orr]
    Fire up the drum solo from "In the air tonight" in the dressing room and Gerrard will be a new man.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    @LFCOffside Don't forget Aissati! #Ha

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    James Tyler: Mannone springs off his line to catch a long ball into the box intended for Nuri Sahin.

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    James Tyler: Agreed, Jan.

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    [Comment from Jan (pronounced Yawn)]
    Replay definitively shows the penalty shouts from Liverpool a few minutes ago were unfounded.

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    James Tyler: Free kick is headed clear by Glen Johnson and hoofed downfield by Enrique.

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    James Tyler: Reds fans have been burying him for years, Toilet. It just takes a breather every now and then.

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    [Comment from Toilet]
    Gerrard under rabid attack from Liverpool fans. A bit early to bury a legend no?

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    James Tyler: Sahin fouls Arteta in the Liverpool half. Chance for Mertesacker to get in the box...

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    [Comment from Dan, NJ]
    FYI, this game is showing why Oxlade Chamberlain doesn't start. He is gassed. Been walking about the pitch for the better part of 10 minutes already...

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    James Tyler: Sahin looks for Jose Enrique in the left corner but the fullback is offside.

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    James Tyler: Aaron, Gerrard is the ship captain and the iceberg.

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    [Comment from Aaron]
    The captain is supposed to go down with his ship, not sabotage it into sinking in the first place...

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    Obligatory "RVP would have scored that" comment.

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    James Tyler: What a typically Liverpudlian game thus far: play well, impressive attacks, losing 1-0.

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    [Comment from NYCToon]
    Giroud went to the "Luis Suarez School of Finishing"

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    Roger Bennett: Giroud keeping Liverpool in this at the moment. His movement with his team mates is like a piece of flapping skin

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    James Tyler: Probably as bad a miss as the one in the 0-0 Sunderland game.

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    [Comment from The NY Kid]
    these are some big growing pains for Giroud, just looking a bit lost out there

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    [Comment from Jonathan]
    Steve Gerrard and Borini both having poor first halfs.

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    Roger Bennett: But so much space for Arsenal when they cross the half way line...

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    James Tyler: Allen has yet to misplay a pass, Sahin looks sharp. Both combining well with Sterling and Borini. It's the talismans that are clogging this particular party.

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    James Tyler: Lucas isn't the problem today, Rog. It's Gerrard/Suarez yet to synchronize. Captain Steve in particular.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Giroud: Guivarch

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    James Tyler: A breathless few minutes prior to half-time.

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    Roger Bennett: Liverpool miss Lucas how badly JT?

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    Roger Bennett: Interesting watching Podolski... Wenger has him playing far more on the left which he prefers. First two games was playing much more centrally.

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    [Comment from GFOP Pierre]
    Misses = Giroud

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    James Tyler: Some wonderful pressure by Liverpool is quickly turned up the other end by Arsenal via Abou Diaby's surging run, he slips Giroud in on goal but the striker screws it wide from close range with his left foot!

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    James Tyler: Giroud misses a glorious chance to make it 2-0!

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    James Tyler: Figured that was implied. Overhit = Gerrard

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    [Comment from GFOP Pierre]
    You failed to note the overhit cross from was Gerrard.

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    James Tyler: Anfield demands a penalty! Ball comes to Suarez inside the box and he's tackled from the side. Webb remains resolutely unimpressed.

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    James Tyler: His cross is blocked following some lovely interplay down the left between Sterling and Allen.

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    James Tyler: Joe Allen has yet to misplay a pass.

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    [Comment from Josh]
    Raheem Sterling, the only person in the pitch that knows what he's doing, like an acid-induced Roger Sterling.

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    [Comment from Chicago Gunner]
    Post in excellent form at Anfield, as usual.

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    James Tyler: Mannone failing to deal with an overhit cross that is knocked back infield by Borini. Sterling pivots and shoots with his left foot but hits the outside of the woodwork.

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    Woodwork! Sterling hits the outside of the post for Liverpool - soccernet.espn.go.com/gamecast?id=34…

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    James Tyler: Sterling hits the post!

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    James Tyler: I think so, Aaron.

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    [Comment from Aaron]
    What happened to Rog? Is he still laughing?

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    James Tyler: It's played to Agger at the far post but cleared.

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    James Tyler: Gerrard's cross is nodded behind by Vermaelen. Another chance to loft one in.

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    James Tyler: Nice work by Jenkinson to track Sterling's left-wing run and block the cross for a corner.

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    James Tyler: I'd like to do more than yell, USA-Red. Shake violently. Perhaps a headbut. Something to wake it up.

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    [Comment from USA-Red]
    This is the moment you want to grab Gerrard and Suarez and yell at them!

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    James Tyler: Suarez fouls Arteta in the Arsenal half.

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    James Tyler: Another Arsenal break but Abou Diaby's right-flank cross is far too high for Giroud. Liverpool recover but look rather rattled.

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    James Tyler: Right, then. I can hear Rog's belly laughs from here. What a morning.

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    James Tyler: It also helped that the bulk of the Reds XI was upfield hoping that Gerrard would play a better pass, Patrick.

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    [Comment from Patrick]
    To be fair, Arsenal had a lot to do after the Gerrard give away. Liverpool defense didn't cover themselves in glory there.

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    James Tyler: It all sounds so easy, Jonathan. I expect a hatful of agonized/desperate 30 yard shots into Row ZZZ in his bid to atone.

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    [Comment from Jonathan]
    Gerrard would be fine if he just played better, he's made so many mistakes already today.

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    James Tyler: The Anfield crowd still singing, though not sure what to make of it all. First real break for Arsenal is converted. A Liverpool response must be immediate.

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    James Tyler: Gerrard is Gerrard. He's his own man. Can Brendan tame his habits?

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    [Comment from Bryce]
    I'm seriously starting to worry that Gerrard is past it...which makes losing Aquilani look like a poorer decision by the day...

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Seeing Arsene Wenger drink out of his water bottle is like the old saying in theatre that if you see a gun in the first act, you'll see it in the third

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    [Comment from dan]
    And thusly has my attempt at Sobertember become Drunktember. Thanks a lot, Liverpool.

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    [Comment from Dan]
    Oops, woke up the whole dorm.

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    James Tyler: Suarez steps on Vermaelen by accident. Or so Luis says.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    So, the main thing ruining Brendan Rodgers' plans: Captain Gerrard. Good luck with that about-to-be-a-saga.

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    [Comment from GFOP Pierre]
    ......errant Gerrard pass leads to another goal. This is getting out of control.

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    Roger Bennett: What a finish. Reina won't like that. But what a finish

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    [Comment from Ms K]
    Found Podolski.

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    James Tyler: First goal for the Gunners! Gerrard's gaffe allows Santi Cazorla to run on goal, he finds Podolski on the left and the German makes no mistake. Hello world! Lukas exists!

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    Roger Bennett: Out of a Stevie G error JT...

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    GOAL! Podolski scores for Arsenal! soccernet.espn.go.com/gamecast?id=34…

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    James Tyler: Out of nothing.

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR ARSENAL!

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    James Tyler: I often wonder the same thing...

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    [Comment from Aaron]
    Does Liverpool have to plan an intervention for Gerrard? "Time to give it up, Stevie"

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    James Tyler: All very disjointed. Like watching AMC's The Killing.

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    James Tyler: Sloppy play by Arsenal gives the home side yet more attacking chances, but Sterling can't skip inside and shoot.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    When does Lukas Podolski make his Arsenal debut?

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    Roger Bennett: Arsenal's pass completion rate in final third is just 75%

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    James Tyler: No. It's week 3. I'll be worried if they're still in third place by Christmas. Until then, great run of form but the ebb/flow will hit soon enough.

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    [Comment from NYCToon]
    is anyone else starting to worry about how good looking West Brom are? On quality of opponents they have to have had the best start to the season. Clarkie is doing a job there. he should switch jobs with Hodgson.

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    James Tyler: Another Gerrardian shot on goal by Thomas Vermaelen.

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    James Tyler: Failed a late fitness test, Ms K.

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    [Comment from Ms K]
    Try 7am for us Mountain Time zoners. Missed first few minutes - is Szczesny injured?

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    James Tyler: Gerrard thunders the set piece into the wall.

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    James Tyler: Vermaelen was there to steam in and challenge too. Free kick, LFC, 20-odd yards out.

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    Roger Bennett: canter i think. technically.

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    [Comment from Toilet]
    Rog, does Diaby lollop or amble?

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    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD, ARSENAL: Sterling steals possession in the attacking third and is hacked down/flopped to ground by Mikel Arteta near the top of the box.

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    Roger Bennett: Arteta's foul wakens drunk Liverpool fan from his slumber...

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    James Tyler: Sahin looks competent enough at running the show from deep midfield. Both sides with plenty of slick-looking passing but incoherent around goal. TYPICAL, really.

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    Roger Bennett: Both teams showing themselves to be very much works in progress. Makes Kagawa's quick start at United seem even more admirable. So many of these new players appear to still be "bedding in"

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    [Comment from David]
    How does Sahin look? Is there any rhythm to the game for either side?

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    [Comment from Orr]
    Podolski is Polish for "Arshavin"

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    James Tyler: Gerrard gives the ball to Abou Diaby in midfield and the Gunners break, but Gibbs' cross is hit to no-one in particular. Mild panic as Jose Enrique (not Luis, sorry) heads it straight up in the air and gives Giroud a heading chance, but the Frenchman fouls Reina.

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    James Tyler: Santi Cazorla is fouled by Luis Enrique. Game slipping into a lull. Not good for 9am on a Sunday morning when we're all struggling to stay awake.

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    Roger Bennett: Poor Giroud has only touched the ball 3 times. Least by far of any player on the field.

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    James Tyler: Thanks for reminding us, Toilet, that Podolski is actually on the field right now.

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    [Comment from Toilet]
    Podolski does not look comfortable at all.

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    Roger Bennett: Suarez channeling Sturridge there. Liverpool's front two making curious decisions at key moments of opportunity so far...

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    [Comment from Jan (pronounced Yawn)]
    200 minutes of scorelessness both for and against Arsenal?!?! That's a statsie goldmine.

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    James Tyler: Vermaelen finds Giroud at the top of the box but his lay-off is cut out by Sahin. Liverpool surges upfield but Mertesacker does well to hold Suarez from breaking on goal. Ball dribbles to Vito Mannone. Panic over.

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    James Tyler: We do try to get Statsies in the booth but it's not always easy. The stats don't mine themselves, after all.

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    [Comment from Wacman]
    Arsenal have reached 200 minutes of goallessness... The Jets of the Prem

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    James Tyler: Theo Walcott in a nutshell, really.

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    James Tyler: We can only work with what we're given, and this first 20 minutes has been lively but lackluster.

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    Goalless at Anfield after 20 minutes. Follow the action with us - soccernet.espn.go.com/gamecast?id=34…

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    James Tyler: Thanks, NYCToon. We aim to not-really-please.

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    [Comment from NYCToon]
    You guys have a ways to go to get the the quality of the chats put on by the Soccernet chaps in London...

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    James Tyler: Imagine how different it might be had Barcelona beaten the Blues... anyway, we digress.

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    James Tyler: Bit of fun.

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    [Comment from Jan (pronounced Yawn)]
    Should have mentioned this in pregame, but what are your thoughts on Hirshey's piece about Chelsea's resurgence being Messi's fault?

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    James Tyler: Gibbs' left wing cross is nodded clear by Skrtel at the near post.

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    James Tyler: He, like Daniel Agger, loves to dribble and shoot.

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    James Tyler: Vermaelen's turn to Gerrard one wide from long range.

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    Roger Bennett: The Ox is finding gravity a real problem today

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    James Tyler: Free kick for Arsenal wide left is drifted in by Santi Cazorla but headed clear.

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    [Comment from David]
    That depends on if Scouse translates into Middle English

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    Roger Bennett: I think so. Up there with the striker problem.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    The next time Arsenal pressures Liverpool in possession will be the first time.

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    [Comment from K-Hen]
    Is Gerrard Rodgers' biggest issue at Liverpool? A club icon that struggles to fit the system?

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    James Tyler: Sahin just ghosted between two "defenders" and was able to seek Gerrard out wide under little duress. Not a good way to play if you're the visiting team. Wenger might prep a half-time hairdryer just in case.

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    Roger Bennett: Would love to see what Rodgers says to Stevie G about short passing game at half time

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    James Tyler: Arsenal's unwillingness to pressure the Liverpool midfielders in possession is giving the Reds ample time to pick passes and dictate play.

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    James Tyler: 15 minutes gone and Arsenal builds a nice attack. Oxlade-Chamberlain blasts a cross high over Giroud and the momentum is gone.

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    [Comment from KevinPatrick]
    They should have eye patches too. Look like a bunch of pirates.

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    [Comment from The NY Kid]
    the Purple Reign kit is an abomination that must be stopped at all costs

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    [Comment from shaw]
    Rope-a-dope but can they counter???

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    James Tyler: Moments later, Enrique's lofted ball for Suarez is nodded over the bar by the Uruguayan. No clue how he was supposed to put that on target.

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    [Comment from GFOP Pierre]
    13 minutes in and still no sign of "Drunk Liverpool Fan Too Close To The Microphone"

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    James Tyler: Crazy crossfield pass by Jenkinson goes right to Borini, unmarked on the right wing, but he can't find Suarez in the middle.

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    Roger Bennett: Arsenal. Rope a Dope.

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    James Tyler: Yep, replay shows Agger had a wide-open near-post header and fluffed it.

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    [Comment from Colin]
    I like the stripes

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    James Tyler: Liverpool corner misses everyone in the box! Agger was closest. Had an open look. The Reds' turn to pressure.

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    [Comment from Orr]
    Jenkinson is on loan from Wenger's local pub, right?

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    [Comment from USA-Red]
    looks like an evil witch jersey

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    [Comment from Dago]
    This jersey is great. I think the home one is pretty bad, actually.

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    Roger Bennett: How do people feel about this Arsenal jersey? People seem to love it or hate it. I think it is lovely.

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    James Tyler: Shot for Arsenal! Nice pressure ends with Podolski having a couple of shots blocked. It falls for Cazorla who dribbles an effort into Reina's arms. Amazingly, Pepe does not let it trickle in for a goal.

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    James Tyler: LFC loves having three tiny sprinters across the front line. Looks lovely bar the end product.

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    Roger Bennett: Sterling looks even younger than last week

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    James Tyler: Chance for Liverpool! Sterling slips infield from the left to find Suarez, he feeds it to Borini on the right flank but the ex-Roma striker blasts wide from a narrow angle.

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    James Tyler: Burly work by Gerrard to win a 50/50 ball and surge upfield, but his through-ball for Borini is intercepted sharply. Nice defending.

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    Roger Bennett: He wont be playing. So i dont think so

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    [Comment from NYCToon]
    Rog, predictions for today's later two games? Does Ramirez score against united?

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    James Tyler: HUSH, JAKE.

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    [Comment from Jake]
    The real question is will SKRTL put one in his own net?

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    James Tyler: Borini feeds Johnson free on the right flank but the fullback is offside.

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    James Tyler: As dismayed as I am that Liverpool didn't sign any strikers, I am pleased that Daniel Agger is still a Red. Nice defender with great confidence in the dribble. Fancies a good gallop upfield every now and then. Will he have one today?

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    James Tyler: Still, Luis has done his job. Get an Arsenal defender on a soft yellow card early on. Part of the gameplan, no doubt.

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    Roger Bennett: Suarez was aiming for that fan. He meant that. right JT?

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    James Tyler: Suarez smacks the set piece comfortably over the bar.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Now that Liverpool are a Barca-style passing team, will they now start shouting 'hoof' when their opponents hit it long?

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    [Comment from Aaron (GFOP)]
    Mertesacker guaranteed a yellow. Likely to be sent off...

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    [Comment from Wacman]
    Suarez with the first dive of the game!

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    James Tyler: Free kick, LFC, 25 yards out and central to goal.

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    Roger Bennett: Mertesacker v Suarez is like seeing the 18th century battle the 21st

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    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD, ARSENAL: Suarez worms free of Mertesacker and falls gently under Per's caress. Bit of a dive, but the Gunners CB is on a booking inside 7 minutes.

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    Roger Bennett: Dive

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    James Tyler: Borini's was arguably a less horrible miss than that Stevie G would have had.

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    James Tyler: As Rog said, Gerrard was wide right and fancied thumping a shot into the crowd to get settled down.

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    James Tyler: Chance for LFC! First real attack, Liverpool breaks four-on-four, Borini shoots wide.

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    Roger Bennett: Borini should have fed Gerrard. Says Gerrard.

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    James Tyler: Quite a technical passing game thus far. Both sides fancying the tippy-tappy.

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    James Tyler: Big hit with Prince fans, K-Hen.

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    [Comment from K-Hen]
    I don't want to get too tactical this early on but - Arsenal kit, yay or nay?

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    James Tyler: Indeed, NYK. Szczesny broke his 2H in the warm-ups.

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    [Comment from The NY Kid]
    I always imagine the "fitness test" to be a paper-and-pencil thing

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    James Tyler: Podolski and Giroud combine in the left corner but Joe Allen breaks it up. Long ball hoofed upfield. Arsenal's next "attack" ends with Giroud whistled for offside.

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    Roger Bennett: Am i alone in thinking Giroud looks like a young Hasselhoff. Knight Rider era?

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    James Tyler: Long ball down the right flank intended for Borini rolls out for a goal kick.

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    Roger Bennett: @piersmorgan
    8.25am in Ri-Ra bar, Charlotte, North Carolina. I'm the only person in here....

    It was packed until he walked in

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    James Tyler: First minute full of anxious looks from the sideline. I hope the "Being Liverpool" camera crew was closely zoomed in.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Right, then. Me and @rogbennett are chatting. Come chat with us for #LFC vs. #Arsenal -- j.mp/NFmjIH

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    James Tyler: Let the tension begin!

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    James Tyler: We're off!

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    Roger Bennett: Is it Howard Webb or Jonjo Shelvey?

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    James Tyler: (shivers)

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    [Comment from Jake]
    OMGGGG HOWARD WEBB, NOOOOOOO

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    James Tyler: #analysis

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    James Tyler: Warren Barton doesn't think Arsenal can win the league this season. Reckons the Gunners are a 2-4 year plan. Which it's of course been for 7 years.

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    Roger Bennett: I like that idea JT. Shirt deals more important than points. Good television more important than doing well in the premier league

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    James Tyler: Part of me thinks the transfer deadline day farce was concocted to make the awful TV show that bit more compellingly awful.

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    Roger Bennett: This might be the sad scene where the farmer has to shoot his beloved old dog.

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    [Comment from Josh]
    Rog or JT: How great is the potential of this match being featured on "Being Liverpool", and how much of that potential will be comical?

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    James Tyler: Right then. Mere minutes to kick-off. I have my Bill Shankly pillow ready to scream into.

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    James Tyler: They are permanently arched, aren't they? I'm thinking it's a pencil.

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    Roger Bennett: Two Words: Yes

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    [Comment from Jan (pronounced Yawn)]
    Having trouble counting so early in the morning Rog? Have a good night last night?

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    Roger Bennett: I love those eyebrows though. are the plucked or are they tattooed on? (Enrique)

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    James Tyler: DROGS.

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    [Comment from USA-Red]
    Which free agent would you choose? Drogba, Anelka, or Heskey?

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    Roger Bennett: Two Words: Not So Good

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    James Tyler: Prior to that: Joan Capdevila.

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    James Tyler: Two words: Jordi Alba.

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    [Comment from Aaron (GFOP)]
    How has Enrique never featured for Spain?

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    James Tyler: Remember, he said if RvP left the club he'd jump off the Santa Monica Pier. I think a sizable Gunner contingent is still waiting.

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    James Tyler: Yes! The Piers Morgan Corollary. Or PMC. A huge schadenfreude factor today.

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    Roger Bennett: Piers. Piers. Piers. Arsenal fan since 2011

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    [Comment from Alfredo]
    I want Arsenal to lose primarily to see another twitter tantrum from Piers Morgan.

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    James Tyler: To be fair, Rog, Mathew Street has some right tasty nightlife.

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    Roger Bennett: Pies. Beers. Liverpool life dulls your reflexes

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    [Comment from El Rob]
    What's going on with Reina? Once upon a time serious voices talked about him challenging Casillas for the Spain #1 slot...

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    James Tyler: Both teams today are a bit like the old men in "Waiting for Godot."

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    James Tyler: No, Patrick. If he needed a trophy to remain there, someone would have fired him at some point in the last seven years.

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    [Comment from Patrick]
    So the question that is asked every year. Does Arsene need a trophy to remain with the club or are they content just making the CSL and having their best players leave every year while not addressing their glaring needs?

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    James Tyler: Mike is bringing the heat early on a Sunday morning.

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    [Comment from mike]
    bold prediction alert!!!!!.....oliver giroud will see an open arsenal player in a better scoring position but opt to fire wide instead

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    [Comment from shaw]
    Cazoria, Arteta, & Diaby will dominate midfield, but will Arsenal mount an effective counterattack too??

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    James Tyler: You didn't, actually, watch all 13 hours, did you?

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    [Comment from GFOP Pierre]
    More unforgivable than missing out on Dempsey was Liverpool tricking me into recording 13 hours of HD deadline day coverage...

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    James Tyler: In the spirit of both teams being goalistically challenged...

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    James Tyler: I hope so too.

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    Roger Bennett: JT. I hope you are right. I hope you are right.

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    James Tyler: Via the Guardian (NOTE: BETTING IS BAD):
    William Hill are offering 7/5 against Arsenal failing to score a goal again today – their fans are yet to enjoy a goal this season, in either net. Match betting: 23/20 Liverpool; 12/5 Arsenal; 23/10 Draw.

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    Roger Bennett: Kevin Patrick is the nom de plume of Kenny Dalgilish. We are honored to have you King Kenny. Good team talk that would have been

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    [Comment from Jan (pronounced Yawn)]
    GK howler, obviously. With Mannonne in goal, it's too likely.

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    James Tyler: Rog, I think the first sublime Nuri Sahin through-ball pinged onto the post by Suarez will set the game up nicely.

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    James Tyler: That, too. Could be messy for the Anfield physio staff. Then again, I think Arsenal's chief doc Colin Lewin is equally skilled at making Gunners players break down.

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    Roger Bennett: What will settle the game? Skrtl own goal? Goalkeeping howler? Refereeing blunder? Mertesacker doing his "I've fallen over and I can't get up?"

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    [Comment from KevinPatrick]
    12-0 Liverpool and four arsenal players will catch on fire and their legs will fall off.

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    James Tyler: Best prediction of the day?

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    James Tyler: Good shout, NYK.

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    [Comment from The NY Kid]
    I am confident that Jenkinson will be the best Carl on the pitch.

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    James Tyler: Josh is winning in the comment of the day stakes...

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    [Comment from Josh]
    1-1 Draw. Dry, but oddly entertaining like Clint Eastwood's RNC speech. Here's hoping Wenger talks to an empty chair for formation changes.

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    [Comment from Zefa22]
    I just hope our predictions don't jinx a victory for Arsenal. Hate to be superstitious. But Arsenal has a way of proving people wrong. Sometimes NOT in a good way.

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    James Tyler: About 10 minutes to kickoff.

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    [Comment from Dusabimana]
    Liverpool 2: aRSENAL 2

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    I don't see much confidence in Carl Jenkinson on here today.

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    James Tyler: A little, Pierre, but honestly, FSG is trying to fix that Hicks & Gillett nearly broke. All that debt and misspent lucre. LFC is on a sell-to-buy system for a while. As for Boston, not sure what's going on there beyond the usual mess. Perhaps it's bad karma for John Henry trying to run two deeply parochial and troubled historic clubs in two different sports.

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    Roger Bennett: Jason clearly a Liverpool fan. And reading between the lines, he thinks it will be 5-0 Arsenal

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    [Comment from Jason M]
    I don't make predictions, it's bad luck.

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    [Comment from GFOP Pierre]
    As a Liverpool fan, did it concern you that FSG dumped millions in salary with the Red Sox, then proceeded to do the same at LFC?

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    James Tyler: I'll say 2-1 Liverpool.

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    [Comment from Larry]
    3-0 ARSENAL!

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    [Comment from Raul]
    2-0 Arsenal

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    [Comment from theo]
    3-1 lcc

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    [Comment from The NY Kid]
    1-nil to the Arsenal, obviously

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    [Comment from Zefa22]
    1-2 Arsenal. Giroud to score a cracker.

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    Roger Bennett: I think it will be 2-1 to Arsenal. Podolski to score.

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    [Comment from John]
    2-1 Liverpool

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    [Comment from mike]
    0-0 draw!!!!

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    [Comment from El Rob]
    2-1 Liverpool, edgy to the last.

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    [Comment from invincible]
    3-0 to the goooooonners!

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    Catch all the action from Anfield as Liverpool take on Arsenal via our live commentary: soccernet.espn.go.com/gamecast?id=34…

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    [Comment from Jan (pronounced Yawn)]
    2-1 to the Arsenal

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    James Tyler: On that note, let's have your score predictions...

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    Roger Bennett: This is a finely poised game. two squads with SO much to prove. Liverpool desperate to score goals against Arsenal's impressive defense. GIroud, Podolski know they need to make a mark. Fine young lads in Ox and Sterling. Terrific new midfielders in Cazorla and Sahin. And Rodgers v Wenger. Going to be close. Could just be one goal in it. Depends which goal SKRTL wants to pop it in...

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    [Comment from Zefa22]
    Who's going to edge the game? Is liverpool goint to dominate or will Arsenal finally start to score?

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    James Tyler: Not sure he'd ever do it, Oliver. I mean, he's no Dimitar Berbatov.

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    [Comment from Oliver]
    How many more points do Arsenal need to drop before Wenger starts wearing black turtlenecks and berets on the sideline while smoking gauloises?

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    James Tyler: Loserpool. I like that. Stealing it, even, like a true Scouser.

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    [Comment from Dusabimana]
    Wenger is a Professor-coacher, manager than being a trophy competitor, so we hope to manage well his team with Livepool/Loserpool with draw. I like Arsenal, respect and love professor but i dislike his way of keeping money in his pocket

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    James Tyler: He'll make a mark for Spurs, though as we saw yesterday, he's not the player that Tottenham needed (coughMOUTINHOcoughcough)

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    [Comment from John]
    Any comments on Clint Dempsey transfer to the Spurs? Will he be a good fit with their current lineup?

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    Roger Bennett: They need someone to pick the cones up after training

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    [Comment from mike]
    if marouane chamakh wont get his chance to fight for a spot why did arsenal keep him instead if loan him to malaga?

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    James Tyler: As do I, NYK. Wenger's kung-fu makes inanimate objects quiver in fear.

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    [Comment from The NY Kid]
    I fear for any water bottles in the technical area.

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    Roger Bennett: Matt... that is the 6 million dollar question. Or 4 million dollars if you ask Clint Dempsey... lots of theories going round. LFC trying to blame Commoli still... but FSG are not sheiks or oligarchs and this "running a football team lark" they jumped into at the last minute to buy Liverpool is starting to look a lot harder than they thought when they took over.

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    [Comment from Jason M]
    Sterling again. Can we keep expecting the same kind of performances out of the young man?

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    James Tyler: Wenger every time.

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    [Comment from GFOP Pierre]
    Who will win the managerial pursed lip showdown?

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    James Tyler: He's at Liverpool; does any of the rest matter?

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    [Comment from Chris]
    When you say Sahin "chose" Iiverpool, that is incorrect. He wanted Arsenal, but Arsenal wanted a permenant deal instead of a loan..

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Jan. One has to wonder how big a factor it was when Santi Cazorla joined. Word has it that he was a huge "Jenko" fan and couldn't wait to settle in a matchday squad with young Carl.

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    [Comment from matt]
    and how did we not sign any attackers on deadline day?!?!?!?!?

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    Roger Bennett: Jan -- by RB do you mean Red Bulls?

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    [Comment from Jan]
    Am I the only one who thinks that Koscielny at RB would be a million times better than Jenkinson?

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    [Comment from Dwizmol]
    How's the weather in Liverpool? Can we expect any errant inflatable beach balls?

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    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    Liverpool-Arsenal at 8:30 AM ET. Arsenal is unbeaten in last 5 PL games at Anfield.

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    James Tyler: Good to know, Rog! And I too shall try not to let my red Scouserism seep in too much. Except if Liverpool loses. In which case my lament will runneth over.

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    James Tyler: No clue, Matt. Ask Brendan. #JustAskBrendan

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    Roger Bennett: JT. I am neutral on all games. No favoritism here. Am excited to see Sahin. Excited to see the Ox and Sterling. Interesting to watch Podolski and Giroud battle to get off the schneid. And to see Suarez and Borini play hard without injuring themselves and putting liverpool up the creek.

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    [Comment from matt]
    assaidi has been in liverpool for like 2 weeks, how is he not in the lineup with carroll gone?

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    [Comment from Jan]
    I stayed up all night on the west coast for this one JT. Thank the lord I got someone to cover my shift at work tomorrow. Or should I say today?

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    James Tyler: I think that ship has sailed, Mike. Chamakh has been dire for the Gunners. He's a bench man for life.

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    [Comment from mike]
    when will marouane chamakh get a chance to play, and finally prove himself at arsenal?

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    James Tyler: Or Reina will have a case of the fumbles. I'm praying for neither.

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    James Tyler: I hope you're right, Mike. After all, Martin Skrtel will try hard to give the Gunners at least one gilt-edged chance.

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    Good morning, we're starting our LIVE chat in US with @JamesTylerESPN & @rogbennett for Liverpool v. Arsenal tinyurl.com/9uuy5mo

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    James Tyler: *BOLD PREDICTION ALERT*

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    [Comment from mike]
    once again arsenal will not score today

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    James Tyler: Morning, Rog! Try not to laugh too hard at Liverpool today. I hope being humbled by mighty West Brom (that makes two of us) has humbled you a touch.

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    James Tyler: Walcott's being "punished" for daring consider a transfer, I think.

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    Roger Bennett: Good Morning JT. Hello America. Excited for this one. Battle between two of the Premier League's Big Clubs/Weaklings. Should be like watching Grey Gardens..

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    [Comment from Brian]
    Surprised to see both Walcott and Ramsey on the bench, well, at least Ramsey. Can understand bringing on Walcott late.

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    James Tyler: Not sure. Could be with reserves, getting settled etc.

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    [Comment from Mitchell]
    No Oussama Assaidi, any word on why he isn't even on the bench today?

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    James Tyler: Think he will be in due course, but I don't think he's capable of leading this line. Even with the German NT, he has a wider forward role. Don't believe he can handle being the #1 scorer for a Prem team.

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    [Comment from John]
    Do you think Podolski was a good addition for Arsenal?

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    James Tyler: Hmmm... Del Piero signed in Sydney and Drogba is (for the moment) still in Shanghai. I think signing Michael Owen, or even considering it, is hilarious/awful.

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    [Comment from I_Pray_for_this]
    any news on liverpool trying to aatract free agents (Owen, del piero, drogba)

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    Good morning, we're starting our LIVE chat in US with @JamesTylerESPN & @rogbennett for Liverpool v. Arsenal tinyurl.com/9umo43t. Join us!

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    James Tyler: Arsenal: Mannone, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Cazorla, Arteta, Diaby, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud, Podolski
    Subs: Koscielny, Martinez, Santos, Ramsey, Coquelin, Gervinho, Walcott

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    James Tyler: #LFC: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique, Allen, Sahin, Gerrard, Sterling, Borini, Suarez.
    Subs: Jones, Carragher, Shelvey, Downing, Henderson, Kelly, Coates.

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    James Tyler: So, LINEUPS:

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    James Tyler: That would be nice...

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    [Comment from USA_Red]
    Suarez needs to have a big game today. And by big game, i mean finish chances

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    James Tyler: Er, beyond irrational excitement, Peter? He's been highly touted for years having impressed in the Bundesliga so I think we're all looking forward to seeing how his technical ability adds a fillip to Liverpool's midfield. Especially against the team that coveted him desperately until he chose Anfield.

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    [Comment from Peter]
    Morning, thoughts on Sahin making his debut?

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    James Tyler: Should be a doozy.

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    James Tyler: The battle of the two teams that forgot to buy players on Friday.

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    James Tyler: It's far too early to sit next to a computer, but we're all doing it anyway as Liverpool vs. Arsenal is set to kick off in half an hour.

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    James Tyler: Morning all!

 
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Goal Shot Video
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  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Liverpool

  • 19(4)

  • 25

  • 12

  • 53%

    47%

  • Arsenal

  • 11(5)

  • 32

  • 7

Match Stats

  • Liverpool
  • Arsenal
19(4) Shots (on goal) 11(5)
12 Fouls 7
10 Corner kicks 2
3 Offsides 1
53% Time of Possession 47%
2 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
3 Saves 4