Normally Warrior starts these but I haven’t seen one so thought I’ll kick it off.  A big boxing day tie against the surprising table topping, high flying Leicester.  It’s going to be a really tough match.  We’re in a difficult place and their in form.  I’m hoping we can do a Newcastle and surprisingly pull a win.  There’s a whole raft of injuries but this would be my lineup –

Mignolet

Clyne,  Toure,  Sakho,  Moreno

Lucas,  Henderson, Can

Coutinho, Origi, Lallana

With Leicester’s CB Wes Morgan and Huth good with handling big strikers like Benteke, we should play on the counter and keep it simple.  With this front three their movement should give us the best possible chance to breakthrough.

 

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lanoisseforp
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Leicester will come into this game as the favorites due to their high form this season. They robbed the Goodison bank and took three points off our nearest neighbors at the other side of Stanley Park.

The worst part is… that we lost two of our CBs… Lovern and Skrtel within each week so that makes us weak at the bottom of the barrel. Hopefully Kolo and Mama will be up for this task and control the area to prevent them from scoring.

If we can come up with a game plan with our tactics and at least win 1-0 with three points earned for which we need to and our first PL win in December… it will change the dynamics of the PL and put us further up the table for the top four… every point is vital to this day and let’s hope we’ll end the first half of the season with the maximum three points from this encounter.

I am going to be ******* stressed out with this game on Saturday.

sandiphulse
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Yeah mate , these days that eerie feeling creeps in when the match starts, hope our lads will give us something to hold on to…. we have to play to our strengths, we have to be very gritty till the last moment, because LCFC don’t give up at any time and they are very calm even after conceding a goal, we have to keep our cool too, most importantly please …. believe in our selves than anything else….

warrior18
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I’m more than happy for other people to start the match threads mate, it’s good to have a different perspective on each game so cheers. 🙂

What worry’s me about this game is, in the main, our home form has been bad this season and our recent performances have been dire, we’re at the other end of the scale to leicester as regards confidence but on the flipside there should be no better insentive than to beat the lge leaders and inform team on your own ground, i’m just hoping that the fear factor dosen’t come into play on our behalf.

Regarding your team, i would drop lallana and play ibe, ibe is a stronger player and just as quick as lallana, we need more big, strong players in the team just like ibe and Can, other than that i would agree with your selection, most definitely Origi over benteke, he’s got more movement and is quicker and is coming into some good form, should be starting most games with benteke as our super sub.

Huytonian
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It’s a long time since Leicester were favourites to beat Liverpool even though they were a bit of a bogey team in the 60’s. After Sunday I could only see one result but I’m clinging on to the thought that they don’t defend well especially from set pieces where they are even worse than us. If we go out and treat the game like we are playing a top side then we will probably do ok. I wouldn’t like to predict this one other than there will be goals at both ends. Having moved to Leicestershire last winter I’m desperately hoping for a good result or I will get an earful from the natives.

As far as the team is concerned I’m with Warrior – Ibe before Lallana.

sandiphulse
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I really don’t know what Lallana is upto, spends too much time on the ball, if you have end product to back that up , go for it , if not just pass… Ibe is still young, he is got end product, I would rather invest game time in him than Lallana…

lanoisseforp
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It appears Lovern may feature in this game tomorrow… The guy suffered a shocking injury against West Brom. If this is true… then it’s a miracle that he has recovered very quickly and will he be 100% match fit?

I have no idea what team Klopp will bring out and DB-99’s list is the closest guess and probably the correct answer too. We shall find out tomorrow 😀

sandiphulse
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Yeah saw the Klopp’s interview, he is ready and match fit but he has to be at his best, Vardy and Mahrez are not the strikers he would like to face after injury , let’s see… I don’t think tomorrow’s game will be that easy for either sides.. I have a feeling we will comeback strongly after the setbacks….

My Boldest prediction of the season yet…. 3 – 1 😛 , provided both Origi and Ibe start….

Huytonian
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Rather than pack our team with defensive minded players and formation let’s give them something to think about by playing an attacking line-up. They are going to catch our defence out at some stage so let’s make sure we put a couple in their net.

Koped49
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I too live in Leicestershire so could do with winning this one guys, they have always been a bogey side for us, once took my son to watch us play them at the old filbert street ground, it was a great game we were the better team for most of the game. Gave the a couple of chances, when we eased of and it ended LCFC three LFC three. It was an amazing game. They used to come to anfield and just have a go, and real pushed us. Think they will be doing just that on Saturday.

cfleejb
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3 points against Leicester will make my Xmas & New Year celebs really memorable! I ‘ve been rooting for at least 30 pts at the half way mark for this season and it has been much harder than I thought!

RedUncle
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There is something a bit curious about the photos of the Christmas Eve training session. There are lots of pictures showing Bogdan and none showing Mignolet. It may be that Klopp is giving Mignolet a bit of extra time to recover or it may be he hasn’t recovered in time and Bogdan is playing against Leicester. Bogdan has received a lot of criticism since his fumble, understandably, but what many are forgetting is that it occurred in the first ten minutes of his first league match for Liverpool. If ever a goalkeeper is likely to make an error it is exactly around the time Bogdan did, what with all the nerves, expectation and pressure upon him. In all honesty, I thought he made a good recovery considering how rattled he must’ve felt and I don’t think that performance as a whole was indicative of his standard. If he does play it’ll be interesting to see how composed he is. Lovren was seen training so I expect it’ll be him and Sakho in the centre of defence. Lovren’s injury was more superficial than it first appeared. Most of all I just want to see a reaction to the lacklustre display against… Read more »
sandiphulse
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Too many fixtures coming up , we need confidence, hopefully lads will show some spirit… and express some killing instinct… YNWA….

lanoisseforp
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In all my years as a Red Supporter I never thought I see the day us being underdogs against Leicester City at Anfield. It shows that the game has evolved into a different era. Jeese I hope Klopp has a solid game plan and our lads up for this huge task to go out and win the game. We need the maximum points today.

lanoisseforp
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They are really tearing into our Defense we need to smarten up

lanoisseforp
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A corner for them…. we need to tighten up

lanoisseforp
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Great play and unlucky Can

sandiphulse
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Origi is playing really well

lanoisseforp
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For ***** sake Origi is injured with hamstring and had a great game… Up comes Big Ben

lanoisseforp
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Great save migs…. the defense needs to wake up

lanoisseforp
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good play Clyne to Hendo and unlucky Benteke

lanoisseforp
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whoo whoo Big Ben 1-0 great strike son

lanoisseforp
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Penalty?

lanoisseforp
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Unlucky Coutinho great strike though

lanoisseforp
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Unlucky Firmino

lanoisseforp
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OMG wasted goal opportunity I don’t believe it

lanoisseforp
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4 mins time added on Lucas replaces the Count

lanoisseforp
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Allen replaces Lallana…. Our final Substitution

sandiphulse
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Ufffff 3 points, such a relief

lanoisseforp
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OMG we missed jeese

lanoisseforp
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Great game but we should have won 3-0 but I said earlier 1-0 will do me fine… Whoo Whoo Well done fellas three points collected and next stop at Sunderland

RedUncle
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Good result, Lovren and Henderson my top performers, I thought that was probably the best defensive performance of the season. Our attack reminds me of bludgeoning a fish to death with a feather duster – you get there in the end but it takes continuous fruitless attempts. How we contrived to not score into a keeperless goal epitomises the situation. However, we showed much more grit than against Watford and the stadium really made some noise so can’t moan too much really.

warrior18
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I missed the game, was the atmosphere better than normal??

RedUncle
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It was better than the long periods of silence we’ve had earlier in the season, there was more of a buzz around the place (although that’s not unsual for Christmas fixtures). It wasn’t the best we’ve seen but it was one of the better atmospheres at Anfield this season.

Koped49
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Well a good win, only one goal, but a clean sheet so no mean feat.

cfleejb
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So at last we red fans can claim our “perfect” Boxing Day present of 3 pts! I reckon the heart-to-heart talk with Benteke yields the right outcome for Klopp. Now for another gift of 3 pts in the New Year against the Hammers!

sandiphulse
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True DB, they seem to up the game against the table toppers in the league and play ***** against teams like west brom and likes, anyway loved the match, very gritty performance, if Lovren can perform consistently like this, Ben keeps gaining confidence, we should be good, hopefully Origi’s injury is not that serious, I liked the formation and subs yesterday , common lads , let us keep going…. YNWA

Huytonian
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Very handy that Lovren is two footed and can play on the right. I’m wondering if Skrtel will get his place back when he’s fit. He’s been the weak link recently not Lovren. I was impressed with Henderson yesterday. He seems to have returned remarkably quickly to full match fitness after a very long lay-off. He just needs to work a bit on that final ball. The big disappointment was the injury to Origi. Are all these hamstring injuries a coincidence or is it something to do with training/pre-season? I’ve read Leicester hardly get any thanks to their training methods. So we are down to one fit striker for the Sunderland game though Sturridge says he is ready to come back soon.

RedUncle
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I think Lovren deserves a lot of credit for turning around his performances in the face of massive (but not totally unreasonable) criticism. The difficulty for him now is keeping his focus because he has a habit of going on a run of good games then committing a howler out of nowhere. When Lovren is playing as he is now I prefer him and Sakho in a backline to Skrtel and Sakho, I think they’re a better unit. Mignolet and Lovren frequently get accused of being the defensive weak links but I personally think Skrtel is given the benefit of the doubt a little too much when the blame is being handed out.

Koped49
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Just a thought is big enough quick enough in feet and mind to cope long term, with the rigours and pace which is required, to work in the way that Klopp is looking to get the team performing.

Realspanishred
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Hi RedUncle I agree with you on Lovren he really has turned his form around and we are starting to see the cb we payed for. It will be interesting to see what Klopp does when skrtle is back. Me personally I would leave Lovren where he is as I think there is less chance of him booting it out the park because he is right footed, and played at rcb gives him more room for error. Sakho is the one that worries me now, although he has plenty of time to sort his feet out before skrtle comes back. Great result after the Watford debacle. I’m not going to mention Benteke as he won us the game and also nearly cost us 2 points.

RedUncle
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Judging by what Sakho has done in the past he tends to need to play himself into form after returning from an injury. Quite often it takes him a good half a dozen games before he looks fully adjusted to matches again. Many defenders are similar, I think it can take a while for them to get their timing and decision-making finely tuned again. Henderson, on the other hand, pretty much slipped back into place seamlessly on his return. It’s a funny old game…

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