Match Preview [Europa League]: Liverpool FC vs FC GomelWritten by : Andryan Dedy
The First Competitive Match at Anfield will be held when Liverpool are hosting FC Gomel for the 2nd leg of the Europa League Qualifying Round. An excitement, joy, and hope. Those are what all the Liverpool fans around the world felt for this match. It's been a year for Liverpool to miss the European Campaign and I believe all the Liverpool fans are taking this competition for granted, even though it is not the so called "UEFA Champions League" but they do want to Win this. Winning a trophy is what this club is all about.
Having the 1-0 Advantage over the opponent, Liverpool will not underestimate FC Gomel. In the 1st leg, it was FC Gomel who came close to score the win, but eventually, it was Stewart Downing strike who burried FC Gomel hope and secure the away Win for Liverpool.
Liverpool will play with their strongest team available, for Liverpool this match is not just to qualify for the next round, but also it is the match to boost their fitness level to be ready for the next season. It's needed to keep in mind that Liverpool is not yet reach their full fitness level especially those who are involved with the EURO (Reina, Agger, Gerrard, Johnson, Kelly, Henderson, Carroll, Borini). From the first leg, we can see that Liverpool player is exhausted and struggled against the Belarus side who already at their competitive fitness level. Sloppy pass, Bad Defending, Poor Finishing are all the "to be done" homework for Liverpool.
The Good News for Liverpool is the return of the Uruguayan duo, Sebastian Coates and Luis Suarez; both of the player are expected to already at their full fitness level as they already started their competitive match at the Olympic Games. Fans are dying to see Suarez play in this match, they want to see their flamboyant striker flourish under the new managers; and hopefully, the Managers philosophy will fit and match with the Suarez style. Suarez are expected to be deployed as Inside Forward Striker (Position where Suarez scores the incredible 49 goals in 48 appearances for Ajax) under the 4-3-3 along with Fabio Borini as the main striker, and Stewart Dowing as Winger Striker. It is also nice to see if Andy Carroll and Daniel Agger who missed the 1st leg due their fitness level, are played in this match to end up the speculation for their departure. I personally hope that both of this player stayed, there are still a lot to come from Andy and Danny.
For the away side, FC Gomel will maintain their previous line-up. with their main striker, Alumona who came close to break the deadlock in the previous game, they are hoping to grab the first goal and push Liverpool to the limit to secure their place in the next round of the Europa League.
Liverpool XI (4-1-2-2-1):
Johnson - Skrtel - Agger - Enrique
Gerrard - Henderson
Downing - Suarez
Subs: Jones, Kelly, Carragher, Lucas, Shelvey, Sterling, Carroll
Gomel XI (4-2-3-1):
atveychik - Voronkov - Kirilchik - Klimovich
Kashevski - Kozeka
Levitski - Nowak - Platonov
Subs: Sakovich, Palomeque, Yevseyenko, Timoshenko, Lipatkin, Demidovich, Sheryakov
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