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Liverpool will still be aiming for the Champions League, but if they do not improve their home form they could even lose seventh spot.

Saturday's match at Anfield started so well for Liverpool, 1-0 up despite a penalty miss, it looked like they would go on and continue to dominate. But Robin van Persie gave them a lesson in cutting edge finishing to defeat them 2-1.

It was supposed to be the match which propelled the club's charge for a Champions League spot- building on their Carling Cup win, instead they find themselves looking nervously over their shoulders.


Only three points behind them in the Premier League are Stoke City and Fulham. To put that into context, Stoke failed to win a single game in the league for almost two months, from the first week of January to the last weekend of February.

Both clubs deserve great credit for their league positions, Martin Jol has turned Fulham around after a difficult start, while Tony Pulis has effectively steadied the ship managing his squad sensibly, winning two games at a key time when the Europa League threatened to play havoc with their season.

Whether they can climb higher will depend on if Liverpool bounce back from their latest home defeat, or fall apart.

Of course Liverpool have one game in hand to push them six points above both Stoke and the Cottagers, but that game in hand is the Merseyside derby at home to Everton- far from a cut and dried three points.

In fact, lose that and Liverpool will only be two points ahead of their blue neighbours, and then they really will be on the back foot.

Naturally there are many permutations that can come from the club's 12 remaining games, but this is hardly the position supporters would have hoped for after last summer's huge expenditure.

Liverpool's fate this season rests still in their hands. While the defeat to Arsenal was a big blow, they host Chelsea and travel to Newcastle. Captain Steven Gerrard has said he has no intention of giving up on fourth spot, and nor should supporters.

Yet a solution has to be offered to their dismal home form, which has seen them fail to beat Norwich, Swansea, Blackburn and Stoke among others.

Is it time to rotate the playing personnel, drop the ineffective Downing and throw in young teenager Raheem Sterling?

Dalglish might as well. Seeing the much-touted youngster in the first team would excite the crowds and would give the team a boost. What have the club got to lose by playing him?

The status quo is not working, so why not mix it up a bit, picking Sterling would also give players like the aforementioned Downing a kick up the backside and show them their places are not guaranteed.

A lift is needed from somewhere, without it, Liverpool's season may just trail off and get worse.

Do you agree that Sterling should be given an opportunity now?

http://hereisthecity.com/2012/03/07/liverpool-should-play-raheem-sterling-or-risk-getting-overtaken/?


There has been a lot of talk on the subject of giving some of the youngsters a chance in the first-team this season and especially Raheem Sterling - whose form in the youth and reserve teams has been very good.

But can the people calling for his inclusion in the first-team really know better than Kenny Dalglish, who will have been watching him and monitoring his progress a lot closer than any of us..?

Every Liverpool fan was very excited by Sterling's five goal performance against Southend United in last season's FA Youth Cup, and many were calling for him to get a chance straight after that, but is it possible to integrate a player too quickly?

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was born in August 1993, while Sterling is over a year younger having been born in December 1994. So he isn't even eighteen years old yet and to be thrown into a faltering first-team with huge expectations on his shoulders is hardly fair to the lad.

We have seen the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Jack Wilshere benefit hugely from spending some time on loan at Bolton Wanderers under the stewardship of Owen Coyle in recent years. I said myself a while ago that I think Sterling would benefit from a similar move - but I don't think he should be thrust into the world of first-team football at the top league level at the age of seventeen. It could break him to drop him into the physical world of top flight football too soon.

If he is to move into first-team football sooner rather than later, then perhaps a loan move to someone like Blackpool or the like would be a more sensible move.

If he is to get a chance in our first-team though, the best way is to wait until the final couple of games of the season and put him on the bench and consider bringing him on if the game is appropriate.

What do others think of Sterling and any other youngsters?

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Reply #1Wed 07/03/12 at 16:30

sliced-bread-no2

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I'm a fan of throwing in youngsters at the deep end. If they're good enough, age is irrelevant. Just look at Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler. Heck, even recent youngsters like Jon Flanagan and Jack Robinson.

I'd be eager to see Stirling, Suso and Morgan in first team action and see how they get on.
Reply #2Wed 07/03/12 at 16:36

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Although I'd love to see him given a crack at the first team I think a loan to a championship team would be s more sensible option. Chamberlain has been excellent at arsenal but he was already southamptons best player when arsenal signed him.
Reply #3Wed 07/03/12 at 16:37

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The old adage of 'if they're good enough, they're old enough', eh?

It certainly worked with Owen, Fowler, McManaman, Gerrard etc...but those were some seriously special talents. Is Sterling in that league? We can hope so.

I don't think Adam Morgan will make it personall, nor Suso, but I think Sterling and Silva look like real prospects. Conor Coady doesn't look a bad shout either.

Flanagan and Robinson did well, especially against Arsenal last season, but they haven't managed to feature as much this season. Does that mean that they were ready to play or was it a case of needs must?

They didn't let anyone down either way.
Reply #4Wed 07/03/12 at 17:09

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I would be very much up for giving some of our youngsters a chance. Now that Europa League's in the bag via the Carling Cup I'm not so fussed about our league position. If we end up with any big games in the FA Cup I'd be up for sticking the likes of Sterling in the team for the preceding league match. We'll never know if they're good enough til they get their chance.
Reply #5Wed 07/03/12 at 17:28

Olivavu

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They couldn't do much worse than the likes of Downing, Carroll and Henderson in fairness.
Reply #6Wed 07/03/12 at 20:45

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I'm sure i've been banging on about this in the youth and ressie thread for a while now, but seeing as how a new thread on the same subject has popped up, I'll say again that the only way to find out if any of our kids are good enough is to give them a chance. We've hardly seen any of them on the bench this season.
I tend to side with Eddie. 4th place is only a pipe dream now so give some of these kids a chance. Some will sink and some will flourish but there is only one way to find out.
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Reply #7Wed 07/03/12 at 21:49

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Well the "is it time to give youngsters a chance " has come forward again is a sign that maybe a younger, hungrier player is the way to go or is it a sign that the owners are saying you have got the talent now use it and were keeping our hands in our pockets for a bit.

Can we afford to try the in the first team this season and indeed next or is it worth sending them out on loan to another premiership side where they may get more games all be it a lower team in the division. Lets look at Welbeck went out to Sunderland and now in the United first team squad starting alongside Rooney, Cleverley went out to Wigan and only injury stopped him playing more first team football.

Don't get me wrong im all for giving them a go just look at the Dutch squads in previous tournaments they may not of got far but they played well and didn't look out of place, the Germans did it last world cup with a few older players and did well maybe it is the way to go we have signed up all this young talent yet not used it 
Reply #8Wed 07/03/12 at 23:24

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Give Sterling a go against Sunderland if we're up by a couple goals.
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Reply #9Thu 08/03/12 at 02:55

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I think Stirling should be given a place on the bench as we do lack pace off the bench especially when Bellamy starts.  Give him even a few minutes at the end as a taster. 
Reply #10Thu 08/03/12 at 09:10

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I just worry about Sterling coping with all the hype and expectation.
Reply #11Thu 08/03/12 at 10:10

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I just worry about Sterling coping with all the hype and expectation.

You could call him for a ten minute chat before every game, that would bring the kid down..
Reply #12Thu 08/03/12 at 10:29

Olivavu

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I'm sure i've been banging on about this in the youth and ressie thread for a while now, but seeing as how a new thread on the same subject has popped up, I'll say again that the only way to find out if any of our kids are good enough is to give them a chance. We've hardly seen any of them on the bench this season.
I tend to side with Eddie. 4th place is only a pipe dream now so give some of these kids a chance. Some will sink and some will flourish but there is only one way to find out.

Which youngsters would you want to see given a chance?

Sterling is a clear standout candidate, while Toni Silva looks like he has a few tricks up his sleeve. He's on loan at Northampton though, so we won't be seeing him on our bench any time soon.

Conor Coady seems to be closer than most to breaking through into the first-team. Centre-back would be a tough spot for him to fill, but he is capable of playing the midfield anchor role as well.
Reply #13Thu 08/03/12 at 10:31

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Which youngsters would you want to see given a chance?

Sterling is a clear standout candidate, while Toni Silva looks like he has a few tricks up his sleeve. He's on loan at Northampton though, so we won't be seeing him on our bench any time soon.

Conor Coady seems to be closer than most to breaking through into the first-team. Centre-back would be a tough spot for him to fill, but he is capable of playing the midfield anchor role as well.

Suso and Adorjan look prospects... Suso was fantastic against the blueshite ressies yesterday.
Reply #14Thu 08/03/12 at 10:39

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Suso and Adorjan could give us a bit of spark off the bench. We could do with a bit more guile and craft in attack, and they could potentially work well with the likes of Bellamy and Suarez too.

I just hope they can have more of an impact than Pacheco has so far. I had hopes for him, especially given how well he has played for the Spanish youth sides. Doesn't seem to be working out for him at Rayo Vallecano either.