Still hurting from the swansea result but thankfully another game comes round quickly and gives us a chance to not only put that result behind us but also to reach a cup final at wembley.

For me the team picks itself but klopp has to drop lallana back into the CMF role where we know he’s best. A front 3 of coutinho, studge and firmino please with lallana in behind them and hendo and wini either side, matip starts alongside lovren at the back, very tempted to go with arnold as clyne looks really tired, mind you, so does a few of the others, my team for this game would be, 

                                                                                                            migs

                                                                             arnold/clyne    lovren   matip   milner

                                                                                        hendo    lallana    wini

                                                                                      firmino   studge   coutinho

We’re 1-0 down going into this game and with a final at stake we must play our strongest available team and for me this is it. We can rest some of these players for the wolves game in prep for the chelsea game so lets try and get the job done here and get us smiling again.

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RedUncle
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I’ve read a couple of things posted by Karius and it sounds very much like he’s been told he’s starting. I agree with the team here but I would switch Sturridge and Firmino. I know Sturridge doesn’t prefer playing out wide but Firmino is much more effective in the centre and it’s up to Sturridge to earn back that centre position, in my opinion. I wouldn’t be overly surprised if Klopp started Arnold either. I honestly don’t know which Liverpool is going to turn up to this game – the one that beat Chelsea or the one that lost to Swansea. Klopp had a long talk with the squad, we’ve been told, so I’m hoping to see a team with greater focus and drive.

RedUncle
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I’ve got no argument with Southampton going through, they outplayed us in both legs. They were organised, calm and defensively solid. As for Liverpool, it’s hard to know what to say. We just can’t finish at the moment and we seem to take more touches and passes than we need. We have moments where it looks like we’re getting going but they don’t last. If they can’t lift themselves in an atmosphere like that we’ve got problems. On a positive note, Arnold handled the situation well and Karius was outstanding again. I’m increasingly dreading the match against Chelsea though…

ickyuk
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as much as it pains me to say it Sturridge doesnt fit in to the style we play , firmino is lost when not playing the false nine and hi.s impact isnt as great. Sturridge doesnt work hard enough to make space for himself and others to warrant firminos reposition. We seem slow when sturridge plays and space seems to close quickly because of his lack of movement. credit to southampton they deserved the final place.

Kugan
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From the time of our Draw with United at anfield, i could see it was over for us..Moan-rinhio parked the bus and ever since everybody else followed suite, the made us play hight to try and break them down and hit us on the counter,,successful or not ever since but it showed that we got no plan B, Playing carpet football trying to make intricate passes around the 18 yard box with 8 men defending is very difficult…Fault sturridge all we want but he was not given the type of space he needs to be effective…look even Coutinho; every one now keeps him from shooting with his right foot, he cannot score any more goals like he used to he is just being a more effective Link and pass player,,,,but i hope when mane gets back and adds up the pace maybe we will turn that corner but then again its a hope since mane himself will be battered playing in AFCON..
KLOP needs to be able to change the approach mid-game if its not working….just my 2 cents worth..

RedUncle
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I know this will sound hollow at this point but perhaps this is all part of the process Klopp has needed to go through. This is the first proper season he’s implemented his full-throttle football in the PL and there’s always been a question mark over how long a squad can endure it. Since the turn of the year the squad have struggled to play at the intensity they did at the beginning of the season, of course injuries haven’t helped, but maybe this has all proven, especially to FSG, in such a physical league as the PL Klopp will need a larger squad of a certain standard as well as figuring out different tactical variations that allow the players to recover more.

Huytonian
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The squad certainly needs strengthening. In particular we have lacked an alternative wide forward for when Mane is not available and to give him an occasional rest. I thought Ojo could have performed that role and he looked good in pre-season but his back injury has halted his development. We are a bit like the pre-Giroud Arsenal in that we have no plan B if our attempts to pass the ball through the opposition defence isn’t working. I was hoping Origi would develop into the complete striker, who could cause a threat in the air as well as on the ground but apart from a brief spell he is having a poor season. Despite the recent performances I still think we can get back into form and claim a top 4 finish but it will require all Klopp’s skills to get this lot firing again.

RedUncle
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I watched the post-match press conference and it’s interesting how Klopp views the current situation. He makes a valid point, that if we had taken the clear scoring chances we had in the game the result could’ve been different, but he also thinks the performance was okay. This is where I see things slightly different – yes, we did create chances but the play leading up to those chances has become more laboured and with too many touches, at least when compared to earlier in the season. One of our biggest assets before was that we were literally ‘blitzing’ opposition, everything was frenetic so teams didn’t have time to get into position, the ball was constantly moving and it was hard to tell which of the front line would be the one to actually put the ball in the net. I believe that you don’t have to slow that tactic down much before it becomes ineffective and teams can simply stonewall us. If that happens, and the current squad can’t lift themselves, you need either fresh legs or a variation on the tactic. I’d be interested to know what Klopp really thinks of the current situation, when he’s not in… Read more »
Huytonian
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Klopp has been reluctant to change a winning team and to be fair when we were playing one match per week there was no need to. However I think the Christmas and New Year period really played havoc with our fitness levels, physical and mental. It should have been the time when rotation was used but it coincided with a spate of injuries and his options were limited. If we can avoid FA Cup replays we should get back to a more manageable fixture list and if we can also avoid too many injuries I see no reason why we should not finish the season strongly. At least the current difficulties have highlighted where we are lacking in cover and I would expect Klopp to put this right in the summer

RedUncle
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I think you’re right, it’s been the combination of injuries and congested fixtures that’s really impacted on Klopp’s way of playing.

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