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Melbourne Victory vs Liverpool FC (Wednesday: 24th July)

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Looking forward to this game. My first time to see the team in action so can't wait! Was there to greet the team when they arrived at the hotel tonight and also have tickets to attend the open training session on Tuesday night.

Considering it will only have been 3 days since the game in Indonesia (where the main players were involved for around 70mins) I wonder how Brendan will approach this game. I expect Gerrard and Enrique to again feature for 45mins but hopefully the likes of Sterling and Ibe get a bit more game time against Melb Victory.
 


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Think we'll see the likes of Gerrard and Enrique do around 60-70 mins based on what Johnson and Gerrard said post match yesterday.

Think we'll see our strongest line up again, and maybe a cameo for Suarez and Coates. Although we may see Henderson and Allen start over Alberto and Lucas so they get extra time.

The flight to Melboure is around 6 hrs but they are likely to have done that this morning so maybe a light training session then rest.

Think, even though they've just played, we'll see the team feeling a bit more refreshed as the climate down under will be much more pleasant.
 

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rupzzz said:
Think, even though they've just played, we'll see the team feeling a bit more refreshed as the climate down under will be much more pleasant.
Weather in Melbourne can be extremely unpredictable, and it's now winter. So it's going to be a shock to the players' system moving from a 39-40 degrees heat to less than 10 degrees weather. The pitch should be nicer to play on for the boys to get a good run out. (hopefully no Aussie rules right now, it would mess the pitch up for the boys)
 
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Hope in your heart said:
How is the quality of the opposition, mate?
Melbourne Victory are a pretty good team in A-league standards but then the A-league is about the level of League 1 at best. I expect it to be pretty comfortable in all honesty and Victory have a few players missing due to International duty. The Mancs played the A-league all-stars yesterday (although there were a few big names missing) and won it comfortably 5-1. Hoping for a similar scoreline for us against Melbourne!

lfc.eddie said:
Weather in Melbourne can be extremely unpredictable, and it's now winter. So it's going to be a shock to the players' system moving from a 39-40 degrees heat to less than 10 degrees weather. The pitch should be nicer to play on for the boys to get a good run out. (hopefully no Aussie rules right now, it would mess the pitch up for the boys)
It was pretty cold out there tonight when the players arrived around 9.30pm local time. Unfortunately I do believe an AFL game was played at the MCG just today.
 



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liverpool_singh said:
It was pretty cold out there tonight when the players arrived around 9.30pm local time. Unfortunately I do believe an AFL game was played at the MCG just today.
Let's hope they patch up those holes and nicks. I can never get a hang of Melbourne weather, especially the tail end of autumn or beginning of spring. You never know if winter is still around or not. Fluctuates temperature in a day is quite crazy at times.
 

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How come we are playing Melbourne and I thought I heard that Suarez landed at the Sydney airport??? Its a pretty drive from Sydney to Melbourne...but still? Or are we playing Melbourne in Sydney?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj7W1ATx3xU&feature=player_embedded

Melbourne is not know to be the city of 4 seasons in a day for nothing. you can have big sun, rain and cold within the same day.
 

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liverpool_singh said:
He came to Melbourne Airport.
hear between 14-16 seconds where he said Sydney airport. I hope Suarez did not fly to the wrong airport! :lol:
 
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That is interesting. I think he might have taken an interchanging flight from Sydney to Melbourne. He was certainly at the team hotel in Melbourne this afternoon and all the events are going to be taking place in Melbourne.
 



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Does anyone know what Ayre is actually doing on this tour, apart from getting a nice tan I mean?
 

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Like Singh, I'm also looking forward to my first LFC match day.

Interesting, there is a march from Federation Square to the MCG, starting at 6:30 pm. Go to the Melbourne Liverpool Supporters Assoc for details.

I'm looking forward to a few pints on Wed and soaking up the atmosphere before the game (and buying a couple of things in Melbourne while I'm there). Does anyone know of anything else happening prior to the game on Wednesday?

Will Suarez be involved I wonder? Should be a fun night.
 

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Bloody 11am kick off. And it's on ESPN. Can I get away with watching this at my desk? Maybe an early lunch break and watch the second half?
 



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gasband said:
hear between 14-16 seconds where he said Sydney airport. I hope Suarez did not fly to the wrong airport! :lol:
He probably would have flown from Buenos Aires or Santiago to Sydney by way of Auckland, then on to Melbourne. Getting from South America to Australia is somewhat difficult, not a busy flight corridor.
 

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Fucking getting edgyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!

Come fucking on.

Contract extension, new signings, trainings, Liverpool at the 'g'.
 

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Getting really excited now.

Me and the missus are flying from Sydney to Melbourne tomorrow. Taking her to her first LFC match!

Hopefully see some of the big names, but ultimately just want to sing my heart out with 80,000 other Aussie Scousers!
 

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Prolix said:
Please elaborate instead of making with the smartarse comment. Educate we ignorant folk if you please, as you're clearly itk.
 



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Hope in your heart said:
How is the quality of the opposition, mate?
Just to elaborate a bit more on what Liverpool_singh has said, Melbourne is an interesting team with a similar playing philosophy to us. Their coach favours a possession game and keeps the ball on the ground at all cost. 2 years ago he led Brisbane Roar to an unbeaten season, and an overall 36 game unbeaten streak, the longest in Australian sport. The way they played earned the nickname: Roarcelona. He has been coaching Melbourne since the start of last year and while they underachieved, progress is being made. So their last season was one of transition and learning how to play in a new style, not unlike ours.

If Melbourne was to play in the English League they'll probably be midtable in the championship. Should be interesting to see two sides with similar philosophy play against each other and it should be a good game. Might not be as lop-sided as people think.
 

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fungi79 said:
Just to elaborate a bit more on what Liverpool_singh has said, Melbourne is an interesting team with a similar playing philosophy to us. Their coach favours a possession game and keeps the ball on the ground at all cost. 2 years ago he led Brisbane Roar to an unbeaten season, and an overall 36 game unbeaten streak, the longest in Australian sport. The way they played earned the nickname: Roarcelona. He has been coaching Melbourne since the start of last year and while they underachieved, progress is being made. So their last season was one of transition and learning how to play in a new style, not unlike ours.

If Melbourne was to play in the English League they'll probably be midtable in the championship. Should be interesting to see two sides with similar philosophy play against each other and it should be a good game. Might not be as lop-sided as people think.
IT will be interesting Ange Postecoglou - is a pretty good coach and certainly tries to play good football - but the Victory I think are in a bit of a transition period - he is still tyring to stamp his mark on the team - they have just lost their best player Rojas - he's moved to Germany and Archie Thompson isn't getting any younger.

They are still in pre season mode as well, so be curious to see how it turns out.
 

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Spitfire said:
IT will be interesting Ange Postecoglou - is a pretty good coach and certainly tries to play good football - but the Victory I think are in a bit of a transition period - he is still tyring to stamp his mark on the team - they have just lost their best player Rojas - he's moved to Germany and Archie Thompson isn't getting any younger.

They are still in pre season mode as well, so be curious to see how it turns out.
Thompson is on national team duty at East Asia cup, unfortunately for him and Victory.
 

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Clive said:
Like Singh, I'm also looking forward to my first LFC match day.

Interesting, there is a march from Federation Square to the MCG, starting at 6:30 pm. Go to the Melbourne Liverpool Supporters Assoc for details.

I'm looking forward to a few pints on Wed and soaking up the atmosphere before the game (and buying a couple of things in Melbourne while I'm there). Does anyone know of anything else happening prior to the game on Wednesday?

Will Suarez be involved I wonder? Should be a fun night.
Craig Johnston is in the Crown Casino two nights midweek think Tuesday and Thursday. Tickets are ons ale i think. sold out event at Crown casino involving Rush and Fowler would have been the highlight. Think the are tickets for the open training session if you know anyone in the Melbourne Supporters club contact them asap becauses its on tmw and i reckon availability would be tight enough.

The main square in city i think hasa few events also.
 
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I live in perth in western Australia and on the news this morning said that the game was a complete sellout and 95000 tickets had been sold!
we were on the ticketing sight logged in five minutes before allocation and five minutes later there was none left!
 



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Sounds like Melbourne is going mental over this occassion. It's more than a match. My plane to the game tomorrow can't leave early enough.

United were massive in Sydney in terms of press and exposure. To their credit they conducted themselves well with kids, hospitals, promotions and all the usual off field stuff generating positive reviews. On field they dominated.

But now it's Melbourne and Liverpool's turn and it appears every bit as big. So far all the right messages are being delivered from Rush/Fowler through to BR and the players. We better now provide an on field show.

The Victory are Australia's biggest club team, well supported with an average attendance above 20,000. Being a Sydney supporter I hate them and the rivalry is real. The coach Ange Postacoglou is the best in Australia and may even get the next National gig. So the team should be more competitive than the Indonesian team a few days ago.