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Old 22-02-21, 11:11 AM   #241
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Surely at the moment the obvious pairing is Kabak and Phillips.

IMO with what we have available at the moment I think Kabak is 1st choice because of the situation more than form.
Kabak was v shaky at the start vs Everton but when Phillips came on the defence was much better. I really donít know why Klopp persisted with Hendo at the back - he wasnít comfortable there and it left a huge hole in midfield. Play defenders in defence and midfielders in midfield. I know Fab is an exception but I really hope he plays DM when he is back
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Old 22-02-21, 12:21 PM   #242
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Kabak was v shaky at the start vs Everton but when Phillips came on the defence was much better. I really donít know why Klopp persisted with Hendo at the back - he wasnít comfortable there and it left a huge hole in midfield. Play defenders in defence and midfielders in midfield. I know Fab is an exception but I really hope he plays DM when he is back
Couldn't agree more. The logic of 'shoring up the defence with midfielders' just because they are senior players doesn't make sense. Because if we then blunt the attack, the only likely outcomes are draws and losses. At least if we had more attacking fluidity we would have a chance.

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Old 22-02-21, 12:24 PM   #243
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Surely at the moment the obvious pairing is Kabak and Phillips.

IMO with what we have available at the moment I think Kabak is 1st choice because of the situation more than form.
Can we play with a high line with two of the slowest centre backs in the world?

If we played those two then i'd imagine it'd signal a move away from 4 3 3 to a more 4 4 2 with the team sitting much deeper and Hendo / Gini offering plenty of cover in front of the CBs.
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Old 22-02-21, 06:07 PM   #244
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I would have been scared witless with R Williams and N Phillips in defence together, but I think Phillips has done OK. Yes he's not fast, but generally seems to be well-positioned and very sensible. Yes maybe he shouldn't have committed himself so far up the pitch (for Everton's second goal) but maybe Alisson should have held the shot or maybe TAA should have taken DCL out well before he got anywhere near the box.
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Old 22-02-21, 07:30 PM   #245
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Kabak was v shaky at the start vs Everton but when Phillips came on the defence was much better. I really donít know why Klopp persisted with Hendo at the back - he wasnít comfortable there and it left a huge hole in midfield. Play defenders in defence and midfielders in midfield. I know Fab is an exception but I really hope he plays DM when he is back
I think the theory for this is ball rentention, in order to sustain attacks, then Hendo is an excellent passer of the ball from deep. We lose this with Phillips or Williams and I don't know about Davies.
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Old 22-02-21, 08:12 PM   #246
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I think the theory for this is ball rentention, in order to sustain attacks, then Hendo is an excellent passer of the ball from deep. We lose this with Phillips or Williams and I don't know about Davies.
I actually thought that part of the problem had been how deep Hendo the midfielder was starting to play. When the full backs push on, this season he has become part of a back 3; last season he covered the space but was still in midfield. Maybe that's because the full backs are not making the same recovery runs.
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Old 22-02-21, 10:34 PM   #247
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I think the theory for this is ball rentention, in order to sustain attacks, then Hendo is an excellent passer of the ball from deep. We lose this with Phillips or Williams and I don't know about Davies.
Maybe - I guess Klopp thought we’d dominate the ball so it makes sense. It doesn’t make sense when you see the amount of people running off him as he’s not used to that position.

It’s all moot now anyway as I’m sure he’ll be out fir the season and it will be Fab + 1 again
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