Probably our biggest game of the season so far, not in terms of a title challenge, that’s gone now imo but for our confidence which is on the floor right now, get a win here, even a draw and it may just kick start our season again. Great news that mane is back but i do worry about his mental state after him missing that pen kick in the AFCON, he may not start but i’ll put him in my starting line-up just to cheer us up a bit, here’s my team for this game, picks itself really imo, 

                                                                                                   migs

                                                                               clyne    lovren   matip   milner

                                                                                hendo    lallana   wijnaldum 

                                                                                 mane   firmino    coutinho 

Hopefully mane’s head is right and klopp feels he’s good to go to start this game, we get this team up and running our season is far from over, best of luck RedMen.

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Huytonian
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We seem to have problems against teams that defend strongly and break quickly and no team does that better than Chelsea. We will have to be at our absolute best to get anything out of this game even a point. Having said that football is a strange game and Liverpool have a habit of exceeding expectations in big matches and letting themselves down against lesser teams so I am hopeful we can get at least a point. I don’t think there’s much chance of Mane starting after playing 120 minutes on Saturday but it will be good to see him on the pitch again if he comes on as a sub..

RedUncle
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Clyne will be absent and Mane will hopefully be alright to start on the bench, according to Klopp. Much will depend on whether Klopp can get our defence switched on again, in recent matches they’ve been far too passive, letting oppositions steal a march on them, especially on free kicks and corners. I don’t actually think we have to lift our attacking game a great deal to start scoring again. Even though we’ve been struggling for goals we’ve still come very close on occasions. Whether we can make that lift, however small, remains to be seen though. This will not be a game for passengers, everyone has to be up for it.

RedUncle
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The main things about that game were that the team looked back on their game and the crowd had found their voice again. Mignolet redeemed himself after a daft non-freekick by saving the penalty, the defence looked stronger with Matip and Clyne back, but we still look blunt in the final third. The draw was a fair result, both teams put in a shift, and hopefully that game will act as a turning point.

RedUncle
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I should add, given our latest form, I’d have bitten your hand off for a one-all draw beforehand.

DB-99
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Really pleased with the draw today tbh, especially, considering our pathetic form going into the game. I love Klopp and while he’s right that everyone connected to the club need to stay cool and positive in bad moments and support the team, it’s not easy when you see the lack of incoming quality players. The club need to back Jurgen and get him whatever players he wants otherwise, like this season and a few others in the past few years, we’re going to throw away decent title run ins.

ickyuk
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I dont think its a question of backing Klopp in the transfer market, thats a gimme or he wouldnt have signed to stay here.Klopp will only buy if the players he wants are available.

Huytonian
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It was a deserved point and a much better performance even if some players have yet to find their form after injuries (Matip and Coutinho in particular). At least Henderson was back to something approaching his best. Hopefully we can continue this improvement at Hull on Saturday.

RedUncle
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I’ve been worried about Henderson lately, that he’d have a season like last season where he’s constantly hampered with an injury that undermines his performances, but he looked right back on it last night. The weight of that pass to Milner for the goal and the timing of that tackle in the box were not the actions of a player that’s struggling.

RedUncle
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I’ve been reading reports today and trying to work out how Mignolet got the free kick so wrong. Apparently he said after the game he didn’t hear the whistle go for the kick which, to me, is the only reasonable explanation if you watch the clips back. The ref had stopped the game and used his spray to draw a line for the wall, an act which surely means a quick free kick is no longer possible as the ref would be in the way. Mignolet is therefore setting up his wall in the knowledge he’s safe from a shot until the whistle is blown. The fact he’s still arranging his defence when the ball comes in can only reasonably be explained by the fact he hadn’t heard the whistle, otherwise he’d have prepared himself for the shot. Is it possible in a wet and very noisy Anfield he hadn’t heard the whistle? Quite possibly. Is he therefore to blame for the goal? Well, hearing the whistle is not something you can really train for, you either hear it or you don’t. Therefore, I’d suggest some of the stick Mignolet’s getting is a bit unfair, he was more unfortunate than… Read more »
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