Another tough game for the Reds and a dreaded tony pulis team, a typical team that we’ve dropped some points against this season but after the stoke result, another one of those teams, have we finally got over that mental block, we’ll find out tomorrow.

Onto the team, not sure on the fitness of firmino as he didn’t train yesterday which tells me he’s touch and go for this game but i’ll put him in anyway, i think the team picks itself really so i’ll go with this,

                                                                                                                   Migs

                                                                                                 Clyne    Matip    Lovren    Milner

                                                                                                    Wijnaldum   lucas     Can

                                                                                                    Firmino    Origi     Coutinho

The baggies are a tough team to play, any pulis team is but we’ve got far better quality players than them and i’m confident of a win here. We obviously need the points a lot more than them as their safe now  and i think this will show, best of luck RedMen.

Rest In Peace (96) Gone But Never Forgotten,   YNWA.

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RedUncle
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It’ll be interesting to see if Klopp sticks with his three at the back or not. He didn’t change it at half time against Stoke after a dodgy first half which may suggest it’s a formation he intends to persist with. JFT96

ickyuk
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after the stoke and west brom results maybe we are learning to win ugly. Mignolet again made a save to keep the 3 points for us. Not great football but great result.

RedUncle
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I genuinely think it’s time we, the supporters, should collectively reappraise Mignolet because the keeper we see now is a different creature to the one we’ve seen in previous seasons. If we hold on to our previous opinions of him we’re doing him a disservice because he’s improved drastically in certain areas of his game – and not just over one or two games, he’s shown since he replaced Karius that he’s better than he was.

His distribution, his punching, his kicking, his decision-making – it’s all improved, and he’s obviously worked hard to make that happen. In the same way Lucas and Henderson worked their backsides off to overcome their weaknesses Mignolet seems to have done the same and I really respect that. If he continues in this form until the end of the season there’s absolutely no need for Klopp to waste funds on another keeper, I’d be perfectly happy to see Mignolet in the squad next season.

Huytonian
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Mignolet seems a much more confident keeper since his return to the team though to be fair he did little wrong earlier in the season before being dropped. He’s now in his late 20’s and should be coming into his prime which is usually a bit later for keepers than outfield players. Up to now I have been one of the fans who thought we needed a new keeper but if he maintains this form I would rather we spent our transfer money on other priorities.

RedUncle
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I agree, I thought it was a tad harsh on him when he got dropped for Karius as he’d started showing improvement back then. The irony is, in my opinion, that since his return a lot of the self-doubt seems to have evaporated, even though he had been dropped. His correspondence on social media is always ultra positive and I think his improvement has come from sorting his head out as much as his technique. That’s why I think it’s time that those of us who’d completely written him off should now give him the benefit of the doubt.

sandiphulse
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What a win, giving pulis his own medicine was a delight to watch….

DB-99
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Nobody doubted Mignolet’s shot stopping capabilities but in other aspects of the game he’s been great. A settled back 4 with Clyne, Matip, Lovren and Milner in front of him has helped. I think Lucas sitting in DM helping the defense provided a bit more stability. Lucas had some really good forward passes too which surprised me. Given the injuries we have, these players are playing for their future so hopefully we can keep going and win every game till end of the season. Any points dropped will be too costly!

RedUncle
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With the likes of Lucas, Can and Origi I think a lot of their improvement is down to actually having the chance to play a full match. So far they’ve been bit part players but now they’re being given the opportunity, and responsibility, to show what they’re capable of from the start of games. On top of that I believe they genuinely feel they can’t let the team down, what with us being so close to Champions League football. We’re at the business end of the season now, when things really matter, and thankfully our players seem to be digging deep rather than crumbling, something which is a relief given the injuries to key players.

Huytonian
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While I’m a fan of Lallana I think his injury may have given us a better chance against West Brom in that we were able to match up to their physicality. The midfield three of Can, Lucas and Wijnaldum certainly won the physical battle against the Baggies. In some games you need a more creative midfield but against those sort of teams away from home physicality is important. The Baggies were never able to bully us the way they bullied Arsenal.

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