Date: 15th August 2008 at 1:45pm
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Finally, the new season is here. It had been too long a break and I am glad that Saturday afternoons have now returned to normality as we can now watch Premiership football again. So it is now time to get your Saturday rituals going again! First up for Liverpool is a trip to Sunderland. When the fixture list came out and I saw that we would be heading to the Stadium of Light for the first game of the season, I was a tad disappointed as I had hoped that for a change we could get our campaign under way with a home game. But nonetheless, we just have to go up to the North East and come back with 3 points. It will not be easy but we can definitely beat Sunderland.

Our game is midweek against Standard Liege was largely disappointing and we can not afford to play like we did again. There has to be a huge improvement on our part. Thankfully, Steven Gerrard has been passed fit to play in tomorrows game and he will add some much needed bite into the team that was missing on Wednesday night. Robbie Keane and Dossena made their Liverpool debuts on Wednesday night and both of them did not cover themselves in glory. But I have no fear as I know both players are going to be stars for us. I expect Rafa to start the match with the same eleven that started against Standard Liege but with Gerrard replacing Plessis in midfield. There could also be a possibility of seeing Skrtel replace Agger in the heart of the defence. I think Rafa is going to find it hard to find his best combination in central defence but I feel a Carragher – Agger combination offers us more especially when Agger steps out of defence and starts an attack.

Overall, I think we should just edge this game with a 2 – 1 win, goals coming from Gerrard and (cross fingers) Robbie Keane.