I might be a bit keen with this one but it’s a huge game and we ain’t played forever. Recent games against United have ended badly but we’re in fine form this time. It won’t be an easy game but it would be a fantastic win for so many reasons. 

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RedUncle
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After the draw with bottom of the table Stoke I think a little bit of doubt may have crept into some of United’s players, they’re not the all-conquering outfit perhaps they expected to be. This is the one weakness Liverpool may be able to exploit if we go at them hard from the off and don’t let them settle. If we allow their experienced players to get into a rhythm their younger players will soon relax and we could be in trouble. I’d like to see us play at a high tempo, moving the ball around to keep them guessing, in that frantic way that makes teams unsure where the attack will finally come from. If it settles into a distance-shooting slogfest players like Ibrahimović will gain the advantage.

warrior18
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We play like the first half against swansea and this will be over in the first 45, we got to get at them right from the off, get our passing game going straight away, frustrate them and hopefully get an early goal. I despise both maureen and united so would be brilliant to get one over on them both, our recent record against them is not good but i feel we’re playing some fantastic football right now so very hopeful we’ll pick up all 3points here.

Huytonian
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It looks like we will be without Wijnaldum and probably Lallana as well. I would bring in Can and Sturridge which would hardly be weakening the team in any way, though it’s a shame that the Lallana, Henderson, Wijnaldum midfield should be split up just when we are approaching a very important match. We will have to hope Can hits the ground running. He will be desperate to stake a claim for a regular start but he may be a bit rusty. This one is hard to predict but if we play with the level of intensity that saw off Leicester and Hull we should have enough to beat United.

DB-99
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Lallana has worked so hard for the team which he does in every game but that quality we saw at Soton is what he’s added which is why there’s been so much of praise. Wijnaldum is finally looking like he’s finding his feet in the team so this injury is coming at the worst possible time for him. We need 3 in midfield and while I’m tempted to add Coutinho in Lallana’s role with Can and Hendo, I don’t think it’s going to have the same effect. I’m wondering what Lucas’ fitness is like because he could play the defensive role and Hendo could go into Lallana’s with Can in Wijnaldum’s. With both Firmino and Coutinho flying all the way to South America, energy could hamper their game so I think both shouldn’t start so we should go with Coutinho, Sturridge and Mane upfront. Maybe put the Count in #10 with 2 forwards and Can, Hendo and Lucas behind with Firmino coming on as a sub to give the team that work rate upfront.

DB-99
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I forgot to add that I think Mignolet should start as Karius hasn’t been too good tbh.

Musicman71 aka Muso
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Yeah, but Deebs!!! Don’t forget, Karius is coming back from (a hand. v.important for a goalie! LOL!) injury. Minno’s got no excuses.

Musicman71 aka Muso
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J-Dog!!! I think that you’re forgetting the epic tussles in the EL last season, mate! I can’t wait to be there (on the KOP, as usual!). Oh, and I’ll be taking a special friend with me!!! 😆 😎 😆
But like you say, there’s not just the chance to get one over on the scum, but also the chance to wipe the smugness off Moanrinhos’ face!!!!

lanoisseforp
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There is one slight issue with this up coming fixture that Anthony Taylor will be the referee for this encounter and he lives 6 miles from Old Toilet. I hope we’ll get off a flyer in the first half and destroy them in the second. I would choose Migs to be in between the sticks due to his experience of the PL and Karuis isn’t ready to fulfill this high octane rivalry but we will wait and we what game plan the Gaffer has instore for us.

RedUncle
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I agree about Mignolet playing. I thought in his last game Karius looked a bit nervous, probably because he was so desperate to do well, and it appeared like he was overthinking things rather than just allowing his natural game to flow. What you don’t want in a game against United under the floodlights, however, is a keeper that isn’t totally comfortable with his game. For all of Mignolet’s faults he is used to the atmosphere of these games and, objectively speaking, he hasn’t had a real shocker yet this season. If we can’t play him in such circumstances as these there’s not much point in retaining him at all.

Huytonian
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There are two schools of thought on this. One is that Klarius must be a top keeper as he was rated second best in Germany behind only Neuer and that we should persist with him until he gains the confidence to produce his best form. Dropping him this early would be a confidence blow. It could also be argued that he hasn’t had any saves to make as yet and it’s saves that build confidence. The other school of thought is that Mignolet is used to the big occasion, has made no mistakes this season and would be a better bet for the United game. I’m edging towards the latter but have faith that Klopp will choose the best option.

RedUncle
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The one thing that worries me a bit if Karius plays is that should he make a howler it’ll be amplified because it’s against United. He’s not really established himself here yet and a bad game against United could weigh upon him. Had he not had such a jittery last game I think the decision would be more in his favour.

warrior18
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I have to agree with Huytonian on this one Red. Ok, Karius has’nt been tested as yet but klopp clearly thinks he’s our number 1 keeper so to drop him for this game would make no sense, yes, migs has the experience but he’s a mistake waiting to happen and in a game of such importance as this one we can’t be closing our eyes everytime the ball comes into the box from a set piece. Lets give karius a chance to prove himself in a big big game such as this, i don’t think he’ll let us down.

RedUncle
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That’s a fair enough argument, reasonable pros and cons can be made for playing either keeper and I’ll support whichever choice Klopp ultimately makes, but it does beg the question why we’ve got Mignolet in the squad at all if he can’t be played for fear of mistakes. Klopp has retained him when he’s let other keepers go so he must see some value in him. Personally, I think there’s something of a self-fulfilling prophecy about Mignolet now, one that is not totally within his control. There are times when Mignolet does things and there is a collective intake of breath around the stadium in anticipation he’ll make a mistake. Such anxiety must transmit to the player himself, putting him on edge and making mistakes more likely. Even so, I don’t think Mignolet’s performances this season have been as bad as some would have you believe.

HAMNUM8
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Jesus Christ I’m ******** myself!!!!

lanoisseforp
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We better get our **** together or else they will leave Anfield with three points. Poor first half, Sturridge and Can have been terrible in the first half. I hope Klopp is angry and gives the lads a good old fashion rollicking. Is Lallana 100% match fit?

HAMNUM8
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Totally agree! Sturridge is really annoying me & Can just needs to keep it simple!

ruzzos
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****, de gea again MOTM.

KLOPPite
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We kept a clean sheet!!!!!!

lanoisseforp
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Disappointing result… especially when we had 66% possession to their 34% and thanks to their only World Class player De Gea for making a great save on the Count’s sinking strike and other saves.

Can has improved in the second half and with his shot at goal… and his shirt was pulled at the same time… a penalty should had been given. Since Lallana came on we got better and stronger in the attacking so this ends or makes me think… Sturridge is on borrowed time because he hasn’t been impressive in this campaign so far.

Our first clean sheet or shutout is nice on the book but still it’s a disappointing result when up against a bus parking team… and our next stop is another Bus Station team West Brom at home.

OldSage
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Was afraid Mo was going to park it tonight. Shame that was his tactic but he needed to Tay in touch of the teams in front of him!

RedUncle
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You’ve got to give it to Mourinho, he knows how to kill a game (and make it rather boring). It’s not often you see a United side drop into a back five as they occasionally did. I thought Mourinho was supposed to be an upgrade on van Gaal when it comes to entertainment. It did, however, have the effect of keeping our fullbacks rather quiet and I thought we missed their usual influence.

This game did prove one thing though. With the exception of Man City, who I’d say are slightly ahead of everyone else due to their consistency, I don’t think there’s anyone in this division who can outplay us when we’re playing at our best. I think we can at least match the efforts of United, Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea and a decent top four position this season seems a genuine possibility rather than a hope.

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