Enough has been said about the leicester disaster so i’ll move straight onto this game.

It looks like hendo is out and for me he’s a big loss, he’s the engine of this team and is badly missed when not playing so it could be a midfield of Can, wijnaldum and lallana with Can getting another chance to prove himself worthy of the shirt, which i don’t think he is.

Will klopp stick with migs or give karius a game? will he stick with firmino as our striker or give Origo a chance, i’d actually like to see Origi get a chance, can’t be any worse than firmino.

I very much want to see gomez get a chance or at least get klavan in there, either one ahead of lucas please. Other than hendo i don’t see any other reports of fresh injuries, i won’t mention sick note, he’s glued to the doctors bench. My team for this game would be, 

                                                                                               migs

                                                                          clyne   matip   klavan   milner

                                                                             wijnaldum   lallana    Can

                                                                             mane        Origi       coutinho 

I feel klopp has to make some sort of changes and for me this team is worth a try, i would even go as far as to take milner out and give gomez a chance but i can’t see klopp making that many changes, anyway, best of luck to our lads,   YNWA.

                                                                               

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RedUncle
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I can’t see Klopp dropping Firmino, if he’s fit, he sees him as too important, although I can understand the reasoning behind playing a fresh player up front. The way Klopp was talking at the presser it looks like there could be a chance of Lovren returning although I’d only want him back if he’s fit, a partially fit Lovren is more of a hindrance than a help. I doubt there’ll be much of a difference in the starting lineup (perhaps in the defence) than what we saw at the Leicester game. I read somewhere the percentage of games we win without Henderson in the team is around the 33% mark compared with 66% when he is in the team. For all the stick he gets it’s pretty clear now how important he is to this current squad and I’d be feeling a lot more optimistic if he was playing against Arsenal.

Simply Red
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I also like to see Gomez be given a chance or even Klavan, what’s the point of getting him if he doesn’t get games. Thought he was the backup for the situation Klopp is in now

sandiphulse
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What a match, so pleasing, please continue with Klavan,

RedUncle
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I don’t think you could get a more chalk and cheese comparison than this game and the Leicester game. Everyone upped their game and the defence looked more settled, especially with Can staying deeper in front of them. I’m not sure if it’s just me but I thought it looked like Klopp had told the team to be more direct with a greater number of moves starting from Mignolet long kicks than usual. We also passed much better across the width of the pitch, the first two goals were excellent in that respect. But the elephant in the room is whether we’ll play with similar energy and precision against Burnley in a week’s time?

Simply Red
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Klavan proved a point (actually 3) so next week`s team sheet should be interesting

Huytonian
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If Henderson is going to be out for a few games with his foot injury it will be interesting to see how Can develops in that DMF role. He’s struggled there in the past but he seemed to be more disciplined in his positional play in this match. We’ve been crying out for a specialist in this position but could it be that we already have one who just needs a bit of time to develop. I’m not totally convinced after one good game but if he can produce a string of good performances in that role then I could change my mind.

RedUncle
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You’ve hit the nail on the head calling his display disciplined (although he probably should’ve been sent off, to be fair). One of the problems in that Leicester match was how quickly players were getting through to our keeper (with pace being a big factor) so I think against Arsenal Can’s job was to challenge attacking players early to slow down any drives into our half, thus giving our defence half a chance to get into position. It didn’t seem like he was told to do much else (apart from on corners), it was a real defensive midfield display. Personally, I think when he gets given the license to venture forward, like Henderson can do, he loses focus on his defensive role because he’s looking for attacking possibilities. A pre-injury Lucas thrived in a straightforward, no nonsense defensive midfield role and I tend to think that’s what Can needs.

Huytonian
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He may not get a chance to prove himself in that position after all as I read Henderson is likely to be back for the Burnley game. Not sure how reliable the source is (from This is Anfield).

RedUncle
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All indications would suggest Henderson will be back for Burnley and, to be honest, if I had to choose between him and Can I’d go for Henderson every time. However, Klopp looks to have managed to figure out how to cover for Henderson when he’s absent which is genuinely unfortunate for Can because that deep lying defensive midfield role seems to suit him. He won’t be the first decent player to be displaced by the return of another and he won’t be the last.

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