Sunday, January 06, 2008

Luton 1-1 Liverpool (FA Cup)

This is, I believe, the first time in Rafa's tenure that Liverpool have faced a team below the Championship, and I expected him to follow Wenger's strategy of employing (for the most part) a youthful reserve side - including at least some of Hobbs, Insua, El Zhar, Spearing, Leto and maybe even Simon. As it was, eight changes were made and while the likes of Itandje, Leiva and Babel got starts, it was still a strong side.

It's all the more frustrating then that they were unable to defeat a team in the League One relegation zone (albeit only because of a ten point penalty). It's true that Luton didn't create too many dangerous chances, and even their equalizer was an own goal by Riise, but the fact is that nor did we and they were good money for a draw. Speaking of which, no one can really begrudge them a much needed and lucrative return tie at Anfield. For them, it's probably the best result, and I'm not too bothered about fixture congestion either. This time I think we should play the reserves - they can't do much worse...

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