We’re in a poor situation at the moment.  The atmosphere around the club is bitter and the timing of this bad run especially during the winter transfer window just compounds the bitter disappointment in the club.  We don’t have a squad that can compete effectively for 3 games a week which leads me to question why would we have CL qualification aspirations if we cannot compete. We went through this a few years ago when we finished 2nd and the next year, the wheels fell apart(Mostly due to Suarez leaving).  

 Within the space of  a month, we went from challenging for the title to battling to land up in the top4.  If things don’t improve I feel like it won’t be the worst thing in the world if we don’t make top4.  The reason I say that is because if the squad isn’t good enough for 3 games a week and competing with CL then we shouldn’t be there.  Our first 11 at the top of their form can compete with anyone but the squad needs improvement. 

For this game, we need to win. A draw is simply not good enough at this point and even though a win will essentially give Chelsea one hand on the title, we are not in a position to worry about the outcome of others anymore.  I think Klopp is going to go for a similar lineup to Hull. We could see Wijnaldum in for Can and Karius for Migs.  This would be my lineup –

                                                                                Karius

                                               Clyne         Matip           Lovren           Milner

                                                                     Henderson     

                                        Lallana                                         Wijnaldum

                                       Mane              Firmino             Coutinho             

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warrior18
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As far as i know lovren is a doubt for this game, knee injury so if he dosen’t play i would like to see gomez get a start, he showed a lot of potential before he got that awful injury, let’s show a bit of confidence in him. Strong rumours doing the rounds that migs will be dropped for this game and karius brought back in but what will this do for both there confidence levels, their heads must be spinning not knowing from week to week whether they’ll be starting or not, i hope the rumours linking us with joe hart are true and he comes onboard in the summer.
Can has to be benched in favour of wijnaldum, Can and hendo simply dosen’t work, if he persists with Can then he’s clearly showing some bias imo.
A tough, tough game for us as spurs are flying right now and we all know where we are, our only hope is the fact that we seem to up our game against the teams at the top of the table, why they can’t do it against the others god only knows.

Huytonian
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I’m not sure Gomez is ready for the first team yet after his long injury absence. He is doing ok for theU23’s but he made an horrendous error for Spurs U23’s second goal on Sunday and he has been making at least one bad error in most matches. Against U23 teams he can often use his pace to recover but Premier League forwards would punish him more often. I agree that for a 19 year old he is very promising and would expect to see him challenging for a place next season.

warrior18
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It looks like klavan is a doubt as well so that could mean lucas at the back with matip, for me, i would play gomez ahead of lucas all day long, i hear what your saying about gomez but surely lucas as a CB is a disaster waiting to happen, gomez is a natural defender and was brilliant for us 18months ago, put him in there and give him some first team experience, i’m sure he’ll do well, better than lucas anyway.

Huytonian
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I wasn’t aware Klavan was a doubt when I commented on Gomez. I think if it was a choice between Gomez and Lucas I would also go for Gomez but neither is ideal.

Huytonian
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How wrong can you be! Credit to Lucas that was one of his best games for a long time.

RedUncle
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The one good thing about this game is that Spurs need a win as much as we do, if they’re going to catch Chelsea, so they should play quite high up the pitch giving us space to play. We can’t complain about Spurs sitting deep like other teams have against us, it won’t happen, this should be a much more open game meaning our passing and crossing will have to be noticeably better than it has been lately. This is one of those games where we can’t hide behind excuses: we’re at home, we’ve got a fairly fit squad, we’ve had time to recover from the last match – we’ve just got to go out there and perform. End of story. In fact, I’m more interested in the performance than the result. We could get turned over by this current Spurs side, they’re very good, but as long as we show spirit and a clear strategy there’s no shame in it. What I really want to see is a clear break from the mentality we’ve sunk to during January, if we want that top four place we’ve got to show we deserve it, starting here.

warrior18
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We need an early season performance if we’re to get a win here which is very possible seen that we haven’t played in a week. Klopp gave them last sunday and monday off training and i hope he took it easy on them on the other 4 days as they’ve looked really tired lately hence the poor results and performances. Just because we’re down to one game a week now shouldn’t mean they train hard all week, we need them as fresh as possible on match days if we’re to salvage this season, i know that sounds like wrapping them up in cotton wool but sure that’s today’s footballer for you.

RedUncle
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That was the kind of game I was hoping for. All the intensity was back in the first half and we got the goals we deserved. The fact we didn’t score in the second half doesn’t bother me because we showed we could shut the game down against a dangerous attack. Everyone played their part, even Lucas had a very good game in defence. It does beg the question, though, why have we played so badly against poorer teams over the last five weeks? Was it the lack of recovery time? Was it having important players missing? Was it a dip in confidence? In reality, it was probably all of these things but it won’t be until play Leicester and Burnley that we’ll know if we’ve really recovered our form.

sandiphulse
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That result was so refreshing, can’t wait to see the next and see what we do

Kugan
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i think its down to the fact that Spurs needed this win so they played with an attack mindset leaving the midfield much open and them playing higher up (this was mentioned in another post as well) .
Unfortunately we are only effective with this type of play; when teams sit back we have a much harder time..you will notice when our play starts from our half we play well with through balls and great moves Fluidity), however with teams that sit back we get right there to the 30/36 yard line and we slow down and at times come to a halt and try our best to break through with the one-two’s and we fail against 8 defenders,,,with a lose ball played behind our defensive line (counter) other teams score…to me it’s as simple as that..

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