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Liverpool Pays the Price for Poor Team Selection

sissoko momo lfc profile 2006 Liverpool Pays the Price for Poor Team Selection
Rafa Benitez has himself to blame for Liverpool’s defeat last night in the Champions League. Deciding to put Leto and Aurelio on the left wing and Sissoko in the middle was a devastating mistake.

It was almost as if Benitez seemed to not take Marseille too seriously, the first French side ever to win at Anfield. Valbuena’s goal, an exquisite shot, was the deciding factor.

For Benitez, he should have started Arbeloa as left back instead of the woeful Aurelio. Riise should have began the match as left winger instead of Leto, and Mascherano should have been on instead of Sissoko.

With those changes, Liverpool would have been a completely side last night. Based on Sissoko’s poor performances recently, how did he start the match and why did Benitez keep him on for 90 minutes?


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