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    Quote Originally Posted by pineapple stu View Post
    I'm more worried about the goalkeeping situation to be honest.

    Kelleher not in the last Liverpool squad, presumably due to injury, and Randolph maybe struggling with a knock in the last game according to a couple of posters here. We could really do without that sort of headache going into a triple-header.
    Hows Dean Kielys fitness?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pineapple stu View Post
    I'm more worried about the goalkeeping situation to be honest.

    Kelleher not in the last Liverpool squad, presumably due to injury, and Randolph maybe struggling with a knock in the last game according to a couple of posters here. We could really do without that sort of headache going into a triple-header.
    Honestly this is why I’d like Westwood back in the mix. But unfortunately he’s apparently broken his ribs so I suspect he won’t even be an option by late March.

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    If the game was tomorrow, you’d have all of Westwood, Randolph and Kelleher injured. Which leaves the likes of Travers, O’Hara, McDermott and Bazunu

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    Quote Originally Posted by elatedscum View Post
    If the game was tomorrow, you’d have all of Westwood, Randolph and Kelleher injured. Which leaves the likes of Travers, O’Hara, McDermott and Bazunu
    I'd be ok starting Bazunu if it came to it. Playing regularly all season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elatedscum View Post
    If the game was tomorrow, you’d have all of Westwood, Randolph and Kelleher injured. Which leaves the likes of Travers, O’Hara, McDermott and Bazunu
    Lawlor is in the Oldham team on loan from Doncaster there, 26 now with 100 league appearances.

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    So, we've currently Darren Randolph, Caoimhín Kelleher, and Keiren Westwood all injured.

    Kieran O'Hara second choice at Burton Albion.
    Mark Travers second choice at Bournemouth and denied his first team loan opportunity at Swindon, a bit questionably.
    Sean McDermott at Kristiansund, who don't start their league until April, and he only played 6 games for them last season.
    Max O'Leary second choice at Bristol City
    Rob Elliot who hasn't kicked a ball for Watford

    That leaves:

    Gavin Bazunu - First choice at Rochdale in League One, who are leaking goals for fun. Bazunu only turned 19, and probably a bit raw and young to throw into action, although is one of the only goalkeepers actually playing regularly.
    Ian Lawlor - Starting at Oldham in League Two, but struggling near the bottom of the table and the worst defensive record in the league.
    Colin Doyle - Bit out of left field but playing on loan at Kilmarnock in the SPL

    Beyond that, I don't think there's any standout goalkeepers in the League of Ireland worth an inclusion.

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    There's Danny Rogers at Kilmarnock as well, was starting ahead of Doyle until recently. Doyle's started the last six games in a row, Rogers on the bench for the last three after starting all but three of Kilmarnock's games this season until a month ago

    Jack Bonham is playing regularly at Gillingham as well, midtable in league one
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    I can go back as far as Mick Kearns playing for Walsall and he was ok too. Didn’t let us down.
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    This article reckons Kelleher will be back in a week.
    Report: When Caoimhin Kelleher will return from injury for Liverpool (hitc.com)

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    I suggested before ( was nearly lynched) playing Doherty at right back and Coleman ahead of him on the right side of midfield.... any new takers for this idea? !

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    Quote Originally Posted by tetsujin1979 View Post
    There's Danny Rogers at Kilmarnock as well, was starting ahead of Doyle until recently. Doyle's started the last six games in a row, Rogers on the bench for the last three after starting all but three of Kilmarnock's games this season until a month ago

    Jack Bonham is playing regularly at Gillingham as well, midtable in league one
    I forgot Jack Bonham existed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by punkrocket View Post
    This article reckons Kelleher will be back in a week.
    Report: When Caoimhin Kelleher will return from injury for Liverpool (hitc.com)
    Good, though I still wouldn't want to throw him in for a triple debut at such a crucial stage.

    Also, Klopp is saying he'll try block international releases for players who would have to quarantine when they return - we're not on that at the moment and neither is Serbia, but there's still time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggs246 View Post
    I suggested before ( was nearly lynched) playing Doherty at right back and Coleman ahead of him on the right side of midfield.... any new takers for this idea? !
    I think that only works if its a 4-4-2 or 4-5-1 where you play old fashioned wingers. If we play something like a 4-3-3 like we have been doing the wingers are more like wide forwards and Doherty and Coleman don't work in that position

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    100 per cent. But we should be playing 451

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggs246 View Post
    100 per cent. But we should be playing 451
    Away to Serbia, yeah I'd probably agree. I generally dont like it because it leaves the striker too isolated.

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    any gossips?

    Colin Doyle could be an alternative in Serbia, kids not ready yet, kelleher to start vs Qatar

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    Injuries are mounting.

    Currently injured:

    Randolph
    Kelleher
    WESTWOOD
    EGAN
    D WILLIAMS
    McCarthy
    Arter
    Brady
    BYRNE
    SMALLBONE
    MCCLEAN
    O’Dowda
    Maguire
    OBAFEMI

    Capitalised those that are almost certain to miss out
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    I think I’d go with:

    Randolph (McDermott)
    Kelleher (O’Leary)
    Travers

    Doherty
    Coleman

    Clark
    Duffy
    O’Shea
    K Long

    Stevens
    Brady (Manning)

    McCarthy (Arter/unknown*)
    Cullen
    Hendrick
    Hourihane
    Molumby
    Knight
    Browne

    Connolly
    Robinson
    Horgan
    O’Dowda (Curtis)

    Long
    Idah
    Hogan

    He went for a 25 man squad last time. So I followed suit...

    *I’m not particularly convinced that any other central midfielder is ready yet so between Taylor, McEneff, Ronan, Mandriou, Kelly, Sykes, McGrath, Kinsella, Coventry, Doyle-Hayes, Murray, if Kenny is happy with any of them, fine by me.

    Outside the squad, there’s far more interesting wingers than anything else, who could be useful coming off the bench: Harness, Duffy, Shodipo, even Trevor Clarke is being used off the bench at championship level...

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    Quote Originally Posted by elatedscum View Post
    Injuries are mounting.

    Currently injured:

    Randolph
    Kelleher
    WESTWOOD
    EGAN
    D WILLIAMS
    McCarthy
    Arter
    Brady
    BYRNE
    SMALLBONE
    MCCLEAN
    O’Dowda
    Maguire
    OBAFEMI

    Capitalised those that are almost certain to miss out
    Just one big loss - Egan. Randolph and/or Kelleher should be ok. Brady and McCarthy - when are they ever 100% fit? Of the rest, well, a more comfortable bench experience for others.

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    Things have gone quiet on the McGoldrick return front. He scored last night in a 1-0 win for Sheff Utd.

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