So, after our excellent win over arsenal we now play one of those teams that liverpool seem to collapse against and i’m sure we’re all waiting with bated breath to see which LFC turns up on the day. We’re at home though so i do feel confident we can get revenge for our defeat to burnley earlier in the season.

Hendo has been ruled out so i reckon that means Can will get another start and lovren is 50-50 but i would have klavan start as he done very well against arsenal so no need to drop him really whether lovren is fit or not. Looks like firmino is a doubt as well so as sturridge is still offering up sick notes Origi could very well start here, other than that it looks like we’re good to go, the team could look something like this, 

                                                                                                       migs

                                                                                 clyne     matip    klavan    milner

                                                                                 Can            lallana      wijnaldum

                                                                                   mane        Origi        coutinho 

Basically as you were against arsenal. There all big games now but a win here against a side like burnley that have caused us problems for most of the season would give us an even bigger confidence boost than beating the likes of spurs and arsenal recently and would keep us in the fight for a top4 finish, best of luck RedMen.

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RedUncle
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There shouldn’t be a problem with Klavan and Can taking over from Lovren and Henderson because they’ve played in the team recently but I’m a little uneasy with Origi starting as well, not that he’s not good enough but because Firmino does so much on and off the ball. Henderson is usually the driving force is midfield and Firmino is usually the driving force in attack, they do a lot of the work, but it looks like neither will be present. That unsettles me a bit. Origi is hardly in sparkling form but he’s still capable of getting goals, no doubt. However, he’s not exactly a like-for-like replacement for Firmino so it’ll be interesting to see how Klopp arranges things. I think Klopp’s role is going to be particularly important – he’s said we know how to play against the lower teams so now he’s got to prove it, and with a team that’s going to need some adjusting. If we click I reckon we could win by one or two goals, if we don’t click Burnley could.

Huytonian
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I think Firmino is often ineffective against park the bus teams so it may be no great loss to have Origi start on this occasion, particularly if he is as lively as he showed as sub against Arsenal. A win would help ease any possible mental block against the so called lesser teams. Lovren or Klavan is a hard choice though. I’d go with Lovren but only if fully fit.

RedUncle
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That’s true, Firmino has often struggled against defensive teams. It’s not having our two most industrious players in the centre of the pitch that I’m a bit iffy about. One good thing is that Lallana has really started getting involved creatively and Mane isn’t afraid to work so hopefully it’ll all come together.

OldSage
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I like your lineup! After the fiascos of 2016, I think putting Origi in for Firmino adds a different dimension to our game. Being able to bypass the midfield with Origi’s ability to hold up play, would eliminate (to a degree) error-prone midfield play. The fullbacks can support without over extending themselves and we might just find the answer to ‘parking the bus’.

RedUncle
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Our passing in the first half was dire until near the end. For some reason so many of our balls, especially into the area, were in the air, we looked so much better when we got the ball on the floor and played.

RedUncle
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Well, we got the points but it was hardly the most convincing game from our regulars. Coutinho’s passing was poor, Lallana and Wijnaldum were pretty anonymous, and Mane had a go but was fairly ineffective. Origi tried but most of the time he was out wide rather than in the centre to receive the ball. Can at least tried to use some initiative, which paid off. We were much better in the second half, but to be fair we were pretty awful before the break. On a positive note, Mignolet looked convincing in goal and Woodburn looked very at home on the big stage. Three points is three points though so mustn’t grumble.

sandiphulse
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I will take those three points, given our form against these kind of teams and our ordinary bench

Huytonian
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I guess we were all mightily relieved when the final whistle went. Fair play to Burnley they came with a game plan and it nearly worked. What has happened to Coutinho? Since he came back from injury he has looked a shadow of the player of the first 3 months of the season when he was a decent bet for PL player of the season. I know it can take a while after an injury to regain form but he must have had about 10 games in which to come good. Is he still carrying an injury of some sort or has he totally lost confidence? One thing for certain is we need an experienced alternative next season to put pressure on his place in the team (and that’s true of several positions).

sandiphulse
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He is playing in a much deeper role these days, doesn’t spend much time in the front three, hopefully when we have Henderson back, we will get to see a different coutinho, whenever we say he is not contributing much, expect a box office performance from him 🙂

RedUncle
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Something I noticed in this game, and I wonder whether it was a conscious tactic on Klopp’s part, was that for the first half hour 80-90% of the balls going to the front players were aerial balls, we didn’t put together one of our trademark quick passing sequences until just before halftime and then we scored as a result. I actually think we were a bit wrong-footed by how attacking Burnley were in the first half, it looked like we were set up as though they were going to sit deeper and in greater numbers. Once we got the ball on the floor and started passing with a bit of tempo we became more dominant. I still can’t understand why some of our player’s passing and ball retention was so bad though.

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