FC Gomel vs Liverpool, Europa League: Open Thread

Liverpool has the task of being the first Premier League team to kick off the 2012-13 season with its match today against FC Gomel in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.

In addition to FC Gomel from Belarus and Liverpool from England, there are plenty of other European teams in action today in the tournament including familiar names such as Inter Milan, Rosenborg, Dundee United, Sparta Prague, Rapid Vienna, Hajduk Split, Athletic Bilbao, Hannover 96, Marseille, Gent, APOEL and many others. As you can see, Liverpool is in good company in this European tournament.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has already said that success in the Premier League this upcoming season is the goal. So while he’s already placed the Europa League on a lower priority, understandably so, it’ll be interesting to see (1) what team he fields, and (2) how they play. We already know that Andy Carroll didn’t travel with the squad. But how many reserve or youth players will Rodgers field against FC Gomel? Or is it going to be a strong first-team side?

For Liverpool, it’s an opportunity tonight for Jamie Carragher to win his 700th appearance for the club, which will be an incredible achievement for this footballer.

For viewers in the United States, the game will be shown live on FOX Soccer beginning at 2pm ET.

Before, during and after today’s match, post your rants, raves, questions and observations in the comments section below.

10 thoughts on “FC Gomel vs Liverpool, Europa League: Open Thread”

  1. Cole out injured.

    This game is for masochists only. I’m out. Unwatchable.

    45 minutes I’ll never get back.

    Horticulturalist United v. Lumberjack City…and the Belarus team missed a couple of decent chances and should have been up a goal.

  2. Liverpool look awful.
    Best line of the match so far….”and finally Liverpool string together a few passes…Oh..and immediately Jordan Henderson makes a fool out of me”.

  3. Brilliant shot by Stewart Downing. Hopefully this will help his confidence levels for the upcoming Premier League season!

    The Gaffer

  4. Liverpool were lucky to win as Gomel had the better chances and played better. It looks like it’s going to be a very long season for Liverpool because the players they have are not suited to playing the way Rodgers wants Liverpool to play. Today they couldn’t string more than 2 passes together and when they did they became impatient and started playing the long ball. We’ll have to wait till the end of the transfer window to get a better idea of where Liverpool might finish the season. With the players they have right now they will be lucky to make top 8.

  5. Wow that was awful football, maybe Liverpool don’t care? No that can’t be it, whatever it is man alive they had better turn it around before Christmas. Otherwise it could be a knightmare, bookies have stopped taking bets on Liverpool finishing in the bottom half of the table…ouch!

    1. It’s a cliche, but this upcoming season is going to be a transition year for Liverpool.

      As we saw on the US tour and yesterday against Gomel, they have a LONG way to go before they can improve their confidence and their playing ability to get anywhere close to how Rodgers wants them to play.

      The sooner Jay Spearing goes out on loan somewhere, the better. The same goes for Henderson. Lucas Leiva is light years better than them, while Gerrard needs to step up his game. Looking at the way Liverpool plays right now, they desperately need Joe Allen in midfield — someone who can pass the ball.

      The Gaffer

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