The games are coming thick and fast now and after our excellent win against everton confidence should be high. Another home game and against a team whom we owe one too and i think some sweet revenge is in order here.

We all know about our awful injury list but when you look at the team that klopp can put out it really dosen’t look so bad.

                                                                                                    migs

                                                                                  clyne    matip   lovren  milner

                                                                                    Can        Lucas     Wijnaldum

                                                                                    Firmino    Origi    Coutinho

 Like i said, pretty strong team that. With Origi scoring, Firmino and coutinho getting back to their best form, Lucas looked assured in midfield against everton as did Can and lovren was excellent at the back in that game so i’m very confident we can get our revenge on bournemouth and take another step towards CL football for next season.

 

    

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RedUncle
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By all indications Sturridge will be fit for this game. That gives Klopp a slight problem because he’ll have to choose whether to start Origi ahead of him or not. I tend to think Klopp would start Origi on the grounds he’s more match fit than Sturridge.

According to reports Can has got a back injury and an ‘all over body bruise’ (according to Klopp) and Matip has also got a back injury. However, both are expected to be fit enough to play. I agree the team above in the blog is the most likely starting eleven and if so they all at least seem to be in good form. My one little concern is that a number of them will probably still feel a bit jaded after the Everton game and this might have an impact on our pressing game.

Huytonian
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Bournemouth also had a very intense derby against Southampton on Saturday evening so we have no excuse for being more jaded than them. The player who may be rested is Lucas who, it is rumoured, finds it difficult to play twice a week. That would be a pity after his performance against Everton. I saw a suggestion that if that happened Moreno would come in with Milner moved forward and Can as the holding player. Personally I would rather bring in Alexander-Arnold who brings energy and is a threat going forward. I saw some of Bournemouth v Southampton and they looked well organised. Though second best for 70 minutes they then put an extra man (Wiltshere) in midfield and bossed that last 20 minutes, hitting the post and missing a penalty. This game could be more like the Burnley game than Arsenal and Everton and I would expect it to be close.

Simply Red
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Coutinho does look like he`s getting his confidence and form back. He could be the key tonight . Let’s hope Firmino also steps up and no more injuries.

RedUncle
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That was one of those Liverpool games – moments of brilliance interspersed with moments of frustrating sloppiness. Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal won but at least City lost. Given United drew yesterday a draw here might not be as damaging as it could’ve been. We should’ve banked all three points though really, we can’t afford more slip-ups like this.

OldSage
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Warrior, please explain to this futbol illiterate American, why we still have problems with mid-table (and lower) teams that we do not have with the top 5/6 teams in the table. Any team that goes into a shell seems to have our number and causes us undue grief. A solution should have occurred to JK by now, yet we still struggle against lower ranked teams. This malady seems to be a holdover from the BR days and it must stop or we’ll kiss the CL goodbye. We were lucky today, but with Stoke coming up, I wonder at our chance of success.

RedUncle
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I agree there is a psychological aspect to it, we tend to be more lethargic and sloppy against the lower teams, but there’s also a tactical element. Liverpool play high up the pitch which means if the opponent pushes out too far, and leaves space behind their defence, we can use our pace to beat the offside and get in behind them. To negate our pace of attack many of the lower teams have been sitting deep in their half and mainly attacking on the break. I’ve noticed some sides have even put an extra one or two players in their back line against us. With so many players in and around their box we’ve found it very difficult to play through these lower teams at times. The top sides tend to play a higher line like us which works in our favour because it gives our players space to run into. The frustrating thing about this Bournemouth match was they didn’t sit particularly deep, we were just too sloppy and gifted them goals.

Huytonian
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It wasn’t poor defensive organisation that cost us it was individual errors. For the first goal that was obvious. For the second Klavan completely lost the position of the ball after it came to King (it was at his feet Ragnar). It was good to see Origi score again which must be a boost to his confidence but to me he isn’t a natural goalscorer. He doesn’t have the anticipation of a Rush or a Fowler in the box. He’s still young so has a lot to learn but the best goalscorers have that natural instinct. Coutinho going off was a worry but I gather that he was feeling sick and wasn’t injured.

RedUncle
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The Origi situation is a tricky one. He’s made 36 appearances, in all competitions, this season of which 21 of those have been as a substitute. Of the 10 goals he’s scored 80% were in games he started and he’s scored in over half the games he started. This is interesting because the statistics would suggest Origi’s current weakness is not necessarily as a goal scorer but as a substitute (he’s scored only 2 goals in 21 appearances as a substitute). I’m not sure why that is, maybe he has trouble adjusting to games when he comes on, but it would perhaps explain his desire for more game time.

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