I think we know what to expect in this game, stoke will try and bully us, it’ll be a bruiser and it’s been said we have a team of good guys, nice players, well, there gonna be kicked around the pitch on saturday so they’ll need to man up. 

I think Klopp will pretty much go with the same team as against bournemouth but there’s one change in particular i’d like to see and that’s to rest firmino and start sturridge, can’t see it happening but i thought firmino looked tired on wednesday so why not put some fresh legs in there. Origi starts all day long so a front 3 of studge, Origi and coutinho, not bad. I’d also like to see arnold start and in midfield but again, can’t see it happening, my team for this game would be,

                                                                                                       migs

                                                                                  clyne    matip    lovren   milner

                                                                                     arnold    Can    wijnaldum

                                                                                    sturridge   Origi    coutinho

A couple of changes in there but like i said, why not bring in some fresh legs, arnold has done well in his cameo roles and we know what studge can do when he’s in the mood.

We badly need to go on a winning run now, 3rd/4th spot is in our hands really so CL football for next season is ours to lose, best of luck RedMen.

                                                                                   

                                                                             

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Huytonian
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It doesn’t sound as if Coutinho will recover from illness in time so there is no chance of Firmino getting a well earned rest. Indeed it will be difficult to play three experienced attacking players as Sturridge, though available, will not be match fit. I don’t think this is a game for Woodburn but Alexander-Arnold must have a chance or Moreno could come in with Milner moved forward. It’s all very disappointing that injuries are threatening to disrupt what was a promising recovery from the miseries of January.

RedUncle
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After listening to his press conference I’ve got a feeling Klopp may try and minimalise the changes by keeping the previous midfield – Lucas as the number six and Can and Wijnaldum further forward, either side. That’s a pretty physical, experienced midfield to face Stoke. Klopp knows, given the injuries, he may have to change the attack but I think he’s trying to keep the team as stable as possible. If Lovren is fit he’ll return to the defence to give us our best back line, which should help. Whether Coutinho plays will make all the difference – if he does the attack could be Firmino-Origi-Coutinho. I doubt Sturridge is fit enough to start which gives Klopp a problem if Coutinho’s absent. I recall in another game Alexander-Arnold was moved into wide attack at one point so Klopp may choose to start with him, Origi and Firmino up front, keeping Sturridge for later in the game. In all honesty, this is one of the more difficult lineups to predict as much depends on how Klopp chooses to approach this game.

sandiphulse
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Woodburn origi & trent is our front three, three center backs, 343, interesting, let’s see, fingers crossed

ickyuk
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didnt work first half but good experience for the youngsters, Mignolet had a great game and we bossed the 2nd half with the regulars coming in. Sturridge is a ghost of his former self sadly

sandiphulse
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The first goal started with a brilliant sturridge pass

ickyuk
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his hunger and pace have sadly diminished , injuries have taken their toll physically and mentally

cfleejb
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The growing injury & not match-fit list is a major worry in our run up to the end of the season: Lallana, Mane, Hendo, Gomez, Ings and now Firminho and Coutinho. Even if LFC qualifies for Champs League next season, injuries may cut short our involvement in the tournament unless we learn to manage our players’ fitness and have a decent squad. Klopp should also recall Sakho from Crystal Palace. Palace leaked goals under Pardew, but have discovered defensive resilience under Allardyce – leading to four clean sheets in their past six league games, while LFC continues to leak goals.
Palace’s run has coincided with the arrival of centre-back Mamadou Sakho, the loan signing from Liverpool who again led their backline with a determined and disciplined performance.

Huytonian
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Sakho’s performances for Palace certainly warrant another chance at Liverpool but once Klopp makes up his mind about a player it takes a lot to make him change it. I’d like to see Sakho given a chance pre-season and if he shows a professional attitude then we should keep him.

RedUncle
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After thinking Klopp would try and minimize any changes he went and changed the line-up and formation. I think having to rest Firmino forced his hand to a degree. Was it the right thing to do? Starting with two kids and a new formation was always going to be risky but by keeping Firmino on the bench he had little choice but to go to a front two and he chose to do it by reverting to a 3-5-2 – Origi/Woodburn up front, Can/Milner/Wijnaldum in midfield, Clyne/TAA wingbacks and Lovren/Matip/Klavan in central defence. To be honest, the first half was a disjointed affair, not surprising given the line-up change and unfamiliar formation. The main thing, and much praise goes to Mignolet for this, was that at least we kept ourselves in the game for the second half when we brought the big hitters off the bench and the rest is history. In my eyes this was a victory for perseverance in the face of enforced changes and making the most out of a difficult set of circumstances.

Huytonian
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Yes Mignolet has been much criticised (by me amongst others) but he was a hero yesterday. I think his performances since his return to the team have been much more consistent. We may look back and see that result as a key to obtaining CL qualification. A defeat would not only have put the race in the hands of others but could easily have lost us the momentum that has been developing since the horrors of January. Am I right in thinking that was the first PL game we have won this season without Mane in the team?

RedUncle
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That’s right. And it was one of the rare occasions Klopp used all of his subs.

OldSage
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Nothing to say to that but amen and YNWA.

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