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Old 29-09-21, 08:56 AM   #1
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Kickoff 4:30pm
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Seen loads of City fans on social media posting their City lineup and virtually everyone has gone with just one holding midfielder (usually Rodri). I’m hoping that’s what Guardiola does. I remember when we went to their place for Klopp’s first visit & when I saw their lineup only had one holding midfielder, I felt like we’d enjoy oceans of space between the lines. And we ended up ripping them to pieces, winning 4-1.

I think Guardiola might be smarter than that at Anfield this time, but if they do go with only one holding midfielder, that could be a massive error.

Big game obviously. I think Bobby comes back into the side. Very likely Trent misses out. And after last night, (with Thiago out too), the temptation to keep Curtis Jones in the side must be huge.

So probably:

Alisson, Milner, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Jones, Mane, Firmino, Salah

If we can win this game, our start to the season will be as near to perfect as you can realistically ask for, given that actual perfection and winning literally every game cannot ever happen.
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Old 29-09-21, 09:04 AM   #2
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Yeah pretty much nailed on that starting X1 imo.
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Old 29-09-21, 09:05 AM   #3
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Yep I think that team picks itself.

Huge game for Curtis if selected. He was excellent against them in the home game last season and we actually fell apart a bit after he was taken off.
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Old 29-09-21, 09:06 AM   #4
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I think we've got to win this. Dropping points at home against our too closest title rivals would be far from ideal.
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Old 29-09-21, 09:08 AM   #5
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I think we've got to win this. Dropping points at home against our too closest title rivals would be far from ideal.
The crowd will be rocking, none of that rubbish 12:30pm kickoff time either, which helps. Hopefully the players will respond and we don’t get shafted by the ref.
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Old 29-09-21, 09:09 AM   #6
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I think we've got to win this. Dropping points at home against our too closest title rivals would be far from ideal.
They’d probably take a draw before the match but yeah to really put a marker down we need to beat them at home to put some fear into our fellow title challengers
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Old 29-09-21, 09:12 AM   #7
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It looks very much like, this season, the likes of City, Chelsea and us will generally be beating most of the rest of the league fairly consistently.

If that’s the case, then it’s probably that the title is decided by the results between the three top teams. Crucial not to lose but a win would be significant.
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Old 29-09-21, 09:17 AM   #8
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I’d have taken a draw at their place but not at ours. The fans are back & the joint will be rocking. A win is what we want
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Old 29-09-21, 11:51 AM   #9
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Big call between Firmino (Klopp favourite and just back from injury) and Jota (probably better form than Firmino over the last 12 months and part of a front three that's doing ok )

Think Klopp will go with Firmino. I'd go with Jota.
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Old 29-09-21, 11:55 AM   #10
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I'd pick Firmino for this. Mainly for his incredible pressing from the front. Jota to come on and finish them off as they tire.

Great to have all 4 of them in good form before this game
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Old 29-09-21, 12:17 PM   #11
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It will definitely be Firmino, unless something happens before Sunday. Based on what happened for Chelsea, Bobby would be favourite, but the fact that Jota basically played full 90 last night, means bookies stopped taking bets.
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Old 29-09-21, 01:42 PM   #12
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I'd say he'll start Bobby alright
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Old 29-09-21, 04:29 PM   #13
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CRAZY....

Referee: Paul Tierney. Fourth official: Mike Dean. VAR: Stuart Attwell.
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Old 29-09-21, 04:31 PM   #14
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Guess you could say this about most of them but Tierney is fucking dreadful.
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Old 29-09-21, 04:36 PM   #15
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What's wrong with Tierney? Is he not normally okay compared to some of the others?
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Old 29-09-21, 05:50 PM   #16
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nah....they're all cunts. Mike Oliver used to be ok.....but after the everton away game last year, he's a cunt now too
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Old 30-09-21, 10:05 AM   #17
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Big call between Firmino (Klopp favourite and just back from injury) and Jota (probably better form than Firmino over the last 12 months and part of a front three that's doing ok )

Think Klopp will go with Firmino. I'd go with Jota.
I'd go for Bobby as well, nice to have Jota as a sub, but tbh, he's really blown hot and cold the past weeks, when he's off, he's like really off!
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Old 30-09-21, 11:01 AM   #18
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I think Bobby will get the nod.

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Firmino for his experience in big games

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Old 01-10-21, 01:13 PM   #20
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Definitely Firmino for me. Jota is far more effective that Firmino coming off the bench too.
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Bobby has more of a n natural presence in midfield that Diogo - we mustn't be outnumbered by their 2-8 formation.
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Old 01-10-21, 01:37 PM   #22
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Think it is an easy enough team selection for Klopp for a change.

More or less the same starting line up as against Porto with the only decisions to be made being Jota or Bobby up front (would start Jota myself and have the front three stretch City and shoot on sight as much as possible during the first 60 mins) and whether or not TAA is fit enough to start (unlikely) if not then Milner gets the nod.


Jones I would defo start. Do like how he brings more of an instinct to shoot from range than some of our other players when he gets a good chance which makes us that bit more unpredicatable when we start to build an attack in the final third
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Old 01-10-21, 01:45 PM   #23
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Remember last season at their place when Klopp picked all 4 forwards

We battered them early on before they got on top.

I can't see him doing it again but you never know.
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Remember last season at their place when Klopp picked all 4 forwards

We battered them early on before they got on top.

I can't see him doing it again but you never know.

It also took two out of character errors from Allison for them to totally wrest control of the game.


We went punch for punch in that game and lost 1-4 to them.

Then again we went punch for punch with them at Anfield the season before that and ran out 3-1 winners.


Generally we do well against City at Anfield when we turn it into a straight up gun fight rather than trying to be overly tactical. Let Pep be the one that over thinks it, something that often sees him cock up against big teams or in big games, and have us just play to our strengths and let them adapt to us rather than the other way around.

We are good enough to stand and fight head on against City, especially with a close to full strength team available to us.

We are also good enough mentally to deal with an equally talented team going punch for punch with us, but I would question whether or not they always deal well with that.
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It also took two out of character errors from Allison for them to totally wrest control of the game.


We went punch for punch in that game and lost 1-4 to them.
Nope that was the anfield game- we drew 1-1 at their place when we played the 4 up top.. we were well on top the first half hour or so, looked in total control…

Even though we coulda lost the game if de bruyne scored his penalty…
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It also took two out of character errors from Allison for them to totally wrest control of the game.


We went punch for punch in that game and lost 1-4 to them.


Then again we went punch for punch with them at Anfield the season before that and ran out 3-1 winners.


Generally we do well against City at Anfield when we turn it into a straight up gun fight rather than trying to be overly tactical. Let Pep be the one that over thinks it, something that often sees him cock up against big teams or in big games, and have us just play to our strengths and let them adapt to us rather than the other way around.

We are good enough to stand and fight head on against City, especially with a close to full strength team available to us.

We are also good enough mentally to deal with an equally talented team going punch for punch with us, but I would question whether or not they always deal well with that.
It wasn’t the 1-4 at Anfield were we played all 4 of Mane, Salah, Bobby and Jota. It was the 1-1 at their place.
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We'd also lost VVD and Fab for that game.

Klopp obviously decided just to go for it with the 4 attackers.
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Nope that was the anfield game- we drew 1-1 at their place when we played the 4 up top.. we were well on top the first half hour or so, looked in total control…

Even though we coulda lost the game if de bruyne scored his penalty…
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It wasn’t the 1-4 at Anfield were we played all 4 of Mane, Salah, Bobby and Jota. It was the 1-1 at their place.



I am mixing up the games then



I still say let's go at them though
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I still say let's go at them though

I agree we should go at them, but I think with 3 up top. I’d start Bobby up front, I think he gives us more all round control than Jota.. I also think Jota can be a great option from the bench if we need a goal.
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I agree we should go at them, but I think with 3 up top. I’d start Bobby up front, I think he gives us more all round control than Jota.. I also think Jota can be a great option from the bench if we need a goal.

Oh I meant three up top in my earlier post. I was just favouring Jota starting over Bobby, and Jones to add a body from deep to the attack when we are pushing them back.
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Just did the BBC 'Pick your combined Liverpool and Man City XI' thingy. I always try to be objective and balanced with these type of selections. I ended up with nine Liverpool players and two City players

If anyone fancies giving it a go...

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/58642404
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Just did the BBC 'Pick your combined Liverpool and Man City XI' thingy. I always try to be objective and balanced with these type of selections. I ended up with nine Liverpool players and two City players

If anyone fancies giving it a go...

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/58642404
8/3 split

Our back 5 inc Matip
Fab, Thiago and KDB
Mo, Sterling, Foden
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8/3 split

Our back 5 inc Matip
Fab, Thiago and KDB
Mo, Sterling, Foden

I have almost the same. Only difference is I had Jesus in where you have Sterling.
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Mo on the right, jesus on the left and moses down the middle
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I had Foden up front and KDB in midfield in my combined 11.

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Oh I meant three up top in my earlier post. I was just favouring Jota starting over Bobby, and Jones to add a body from deep to the attack when we are pushing them back.

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I had Foden up front and KDB in midfield in my combined 11.

Alisson
TAA Matip VVD Robbo
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Foden Salah Mane

Take Robertson out and out Cancelo in.

Take Matip out and put Dias in.
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