Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Kenny Must Play It Canny

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Kenny Must Play It Canny

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LIVERPOOL manager Kenny Dalglish knows he has some tough calls to make as he seeks to end Manchester City's unbeaten start to the Barclays Premier League season.

The Scot is not averse to effecting a seemingly random change to what appears an established team, often with some degree of success.

He did so last weekend when Maxi Rodriguez marked his first league start of the season with a goal in the win at Chelsea but tomorrow the calculations are likely to be even trickier.

Craig Bellamy was also recalled to the starting line-up at Stamford Bridge and will be desperate to face the club he left in the summer - but waiting in the wings are multi-million pound substitutes like former North East stars Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson, who are all eager to reclaim their places.

Dalglish will make his selection knowing just over 48 hours after the final whistle at Anfield he will have to send out another side for a Carling Cup quarter-final at Chelsea.

But his primary focus will be on picking the right team to face City in a fixture which saw pounds 35m ex-Newcastle striker Carroll (pictured right) score his first two goals for his new club in a 3-0 win in April.

As good as that display was, it will have no bearing on the team which takes the field at the weekend.

"You take into account what is happening at the moment," said the Scot. "Andy scored two great goals against them last year but we got our reward for that and so did Andy.

"But that is not to say because he scored two last year he will do the same this year - you are giving yourself a bit of a problem if you think that's you finished. We will start afresh, Andy included, for the game on Sunday and if we can repeat the same result everyone will be happy. "Almost every week we say we are happy with the strength of the squad and there are many examples of when that is reflected in the team selection and the results they have got. …

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