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Old 08-11-20, 11:45 AM   #81
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I think that's probably why he hasn't played that much under Klopp when he has been fit. Lovely footballer, capable of things that most of our midfielders cannot do but the graft and the tactical side of it probably isn't his forte.
I really like him. Great player. Just difficult to find a starting spot for him in a Klopp 4-3-3 (possibly not so much the formation - more the way Klopp demands his players play).
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He’s a fantastic player with the ability to play the killer passes like Thiago to unlock packed defences.
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Old 08-11-20, 11:54 AM   #83
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Hes a fantastic player with the ability to play the killer passes like Thiago to unlock packed defences.
True. Would you start him against City?
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Old 08-11-20, 12:33 PM   #84
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Can't believe we are 27/10 to win. Even though we are missing important players, that still seems generous odds. Especially when you consider how good we looked in our last game
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Old 08-11-20, 12:57 PM   #85
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I really like him. Great player. Just difficult to find a starting spot for him in a Klopp 4-3-3 (possibly not so much the formation - more the way Klopp demands his players play).
yeah he's not that versatile which seems a massive thing for Klopp. A very specific player that plays in a very specific position. I do think Klopp will start Keita, time will tell if that is a good decision or not.
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Old 08-11-20, 02:56 PM   #86
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No idea where it's coming from but seeing people discuss 'rumours' that all four forwards start in a 4231. If true - a big if - that would scare me a bit. A midfield 2 hasn't worked particularly well for us and you'd think we'd get overrun in the middle?

I'll be happier with a 433 and whoever Klopp prefers from Bobby or Jota.
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Old 08-11-20, 03:00 PM   #87
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I think I'd settle for a draw today. A win would be massive. A defeat would put City within overtaking distance with their game in hand.

Impossible to call.
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Would be a very tight game. City will be all out to make up that gap or at least, not allow it to grow bigger. Wed have to be at close to our best to beat them I think. I also think Bobby will start that one, with Matip back in defence.
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Old 08-11-20, 03:11 PM   #89
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This is the most nervous I've been about a game for ages.
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Old 08-11-20, 03:11 PM   #90
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First goal is normally massive in these games.
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Old 08-11-20, 03:22 PM   #91
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This is the most nervous I've been about a game for ages.
Same - it could define so much going forward. Win without VVD and its a massive statement and confidence boost for the team - it also creates a fear factor for other sides. A bad loss could impact negatively in all the ways above.

I have no idea how this will go and no result would surprise me given City are not fully at it either. The idea of being wide open in midfield is a worry however because this lot can exploit any space
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Old 08-11-20, 03:24 PM   #92
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Old 08-11-20, 03:26 PM   #93
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We have made a habit of conceding first recently.

I can see an open game, but suspect they will be too mobile for our defense to contain.
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Old 08-11-20, 03:29 PM   #94
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City are little less potent (or have been up to now) going forward this season. They might be more solid defensively with the arrival of Dias, but early days. Ive seen them struggle to contain West Ham on the counter but they did well generally.

Well need to be precise in midfield and be wary of their press and counter press. Any mistake and well be found out. Having said that, its practically impossible to maintain that kind of concentration levels against this lot.
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No idea where it's coming from but seeing people discuss 'rumours' that all four forwards start in a 4231. If true - a big if - that would scare me a bit. A midfield 2 hasn't worked particularly well for us and you'd think we'd get overrun in the middle?

I'll be happier with a 433 and whoever Klopp prefers from Bobby or Jota.
I think there is no good option for that third midfielder so sort of makes sense to put Jota in the team instead.

I'd hope its a much more solid 4411 than having the two midfielders isolated.
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Jota -Bobby-Salah Mane

-----Keita-Hendo

Robbo-Gomez-Matip-TAA

bang on the nail again.

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Old 08-11-20, 03:48 PM   #97
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I think there is no good option for that third midfielder so sort of makes sense to put Jota in the team instead.



I'd hope its a much more solid 4411 than having the two midfielders isolated.
Bobby in midfield?
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Bobby in midfield?
I'd expect
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Trent- Matip - Gomez -Robertson
--Salah - Hendo- Gini- Mane
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With Mane/Salah getting on the ball a lot deeper and helping out the fullbacks a lot more.
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Old 08-11-20, 04:04 PM   #99
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This is the most nervous I've been about a game for ages.
Yeah, it's a weird season, it could be any result from us winning at a canter or them hammering us like Villa.

At the end of the day, it's only three points though, and it's not the title decider it could've been in the last few seasons (or basically two years ago).
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Just realised, we also played City last year at 4.30pm on Remembrance Sunday. Hopefully the result is the same this year.
I watched last year's game on my own in a tiny Best Western hotel bar in the Californian desert. Bit of a difference this year
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Jota -Bobby-Salah Mane

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bang on the nail again.

Would be surprised if Gini didn't start
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I watched last year's game on my own in a tiny Best Western hotel bar in the Californian desert. Bit of a difference this year
Last match I was at Anfield for and was surprised it was only a year ago, feels much longer.

Definitely will be longer before I ever get to another game.
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Would be surprised if Gini didn't start


If Gini is dropped for Keita, I'll eat my socks.
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Old 08-11-20, 04:30 PM   #108
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A penny for the thoughts of City's back four right now
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Hope I'm the most wrong I've ever been but I'm not convinced by this at all. Fuck me.
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Defence has a solid look to it.

City will have no idea how we line up. And neither will we supporters.
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I feel sick and there's an hour to go ffs
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Old 08-11-20, 04:33 PM   #114
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Old 08-11-20, 04:34 PM   #115
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Jurgen plopping his big balls on to the table with that team selection
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Old 08-11-20, 04:35 PM   #116
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Defence has a solid look to it.

City will have no idea how we line up. And neither will we supporters.
Good to have Matip back. Surely it'll be 4-2-3-1 with Bobby in the hole? Then some fluidity with who is the 9 and who goes up wide. Can't see any other way that would make sense. I hope that Mane and Jota switch up front and Salah stays on the right, personally.
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Surely it's a 4231 with Bobby at the tip of a midfield three ish. He'll have to drop right in and work his absolute bollocks off but I'm just not convinced at all.
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We are either going to score 6 or concede 6..
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Bobby in the hole.

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