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Official Liverpool FC Thread @ The Phins

Discussion in 'Other Sports Forum' started by Paul 13, Apr 19, 2015.

  1. Paul 13

    Paul 13 Chaotic Neutral Staff Member

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    Supposedly we're back in on Alisson. I wouldn't mind it, not my money :lol: If we can lock him up and get Fekir in, that's a nice transfer window. Would still like a pure striker to backup Firmino. Adding another CB at this stage doesn't look likely. With Lovren impressing at the WC and growing in confidence (he never really lacked it), we've got a bunch of players behind them that are capable but not ideal. Is a bit risky given VVD's slight injury history (?). Will also be interesting what happens with Origi and Sturridge. At this stage, I'd like to keep one of them for depth purposes.
     
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    Well pretty much official for Allison!! Hefty fee for him, but in Klopp we trust. If he wanted him for that price, it says alot. Official introduction for Allison will either be later today after the match or tomorrow. This has been an amazing transfer window for us.

    Who knows what's going on with Fekir. Apparently Lyon schedule a ceremony for him.
     
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    Well what a transfer season it has been so far; and man the boys look like they did last season, Allison appears to be an upgrade already in just the little service I have seen, that bodes well and if Lovren can keep his confidence up and VVD keep running that line we should be far better, not only that Sturridge looks fit and ready for a season, fingers crossed he can stay healthy. Trying to get over to England, son is going to Uni there starting next September (2019) so we need to go visit a few, and want to time it with a game.
     
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    Oh man what a start to the season!! Naby is as advertised and then some, Mane straight balling. Mo doing what Mo does, last touch wasn't there today but he made himself a nuisance with the penalty created and causing the red card. Man if that was a match last year we could have easily let in an easy goal, huge the difference one year makes.

    Allison seems like he is going to be well worth it. I counted 3 long balls he purposely pulled in the CP high press to drop a ball in front of Mane, or Bobby. Some good saves when called into action, and great getting the ball going back the other way. I could write a whole paragraph on each guy lol, TAA rust looks like its gone. Robo was doing Robo stuff and loved his play. Gomez looking more comfortable as well. Few mistakes but we recovered and didn't panic when we made them.
     
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    Yep, definitely a game last season that we would have struggled to get all 3 points. Allison is proving to be the final piece that was missing. I'd like to see Fabinho and Henderson in the next game as it's a "short week." Definitely want to see Milner get a rest. Gini has been very workmanlike.

    Klopp has a "problem" on his hands in that he needs to cycle these guys thru and keep a high level of form in the team. It's a good problem to have, but it is something he needs to manage. Last season, we were so thin, he didn't need to do it. This is a different year though. Especially if we want a trophy or two.... I'm not sure about doing it with the front three because they are so great, but we need to keep Sturridge (looks like he is staying) and Shaqiri in form.

    On a negative, I'm not sure what to do with Lallana. He needs a run, he is way out of sync with the team. He had a good spell at one point last season (or was it before) with Klopp. Fitting in and playing good team ball. But he's far from that at the moment. Or so it would seem.
     
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    Yep it's for sure a good problem to have. Hopefully we can have that problem throughout the season lol. I think once the cup ties and champion leagues group stages start we'll start to see the rotation to the team. Listening to Klopp, it sounds like the club is going to slowly ease Fabinho in, which I'm totally fine with. It worked wonders with Ox (still so gutted for him :cry::cry:), so I'm inclined to wait.

    As for Lallana, I feel the same with him too. His good spell was definitely was two seasons ago, he was injured nearly the entire season last year (just checked he only had 11 appearances). I think the best scenario is making the most of his playing time in cup tie and league matches after CL group stage matches. He just needs to get that real game experience in and I think he'll be back to his old self.
     
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    So I it's been a whirlwind past couple weeks. Just a week after the match I headed to Japan for a little over a week with the kiddo. Forgot to post my pics from the Liverpool v Manchester United match at the big house.

    Was surreal finally getting to sing YNWA and with so many other supporters. We had so much fun suiting in the supporters section, can't wait to do it at Anfield now even more. Kiddo and I where grinning ear to ear the entire match. And the cherry on top was witnessing Shaqiri bicycle kick, absolutely stunning to witness that in person!! Here's a pic of us and an album link to a few others, [​IMG]
     
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    great pic, thanks for posting that. I didn't know you are Paul from Big Brother (CBS). :shifty:
     
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    Well we got a decent champions league group. Nothing near as hard as group A or B. I think PSG will be a good barometer for early in the season, Napoli will be tricky but we should take care of business against them. Overall happy with the draw, I was hoping for group D before Schalke got it before us lol.
     
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    Well that was a good morning's football! Apart from the scrappy goal again after we had subs I thought our defense with Allisson held up bloody well and neutralized Kane and the rest at home. Five out of Five now to start the season, and bloody close to having 5 clean sheets too really. Bring on PSG Tuesday, they are looking tough but not sure if that is because their league is weak or they are that good. Likely a cmpbo!
     
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    Great start to the season. Scoreline flattered Tottenham. Probably should have been a pen at the end, but that's karma for Lamela diving last season at Anfield. LFC should have scored at least two or three more. Dominant for most of the match. My #1 goal right now is to win the league. The other three trophies (League Cup, FA Cup, CL) are lesser wants at the moment. Looks like Firmino will be okay. Will be interesting to see the lineup we put out vs PSG. Is it mostly the same or are there wholesale changes? I suspect Hendo will start. Milner from the bench. I'd think the rest will be mostly the same. Maybe see Shaqiri in? Maybe Fabinho?
     
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    The League is definitely our target but I am hoping for it to be a fairly strong squad against PSG as I think we will need to win all of our home games as I would like us to do well in CL. Would love to Fabinho and Shaqri and even Sturridge have a greater part of the game. Really looking forward to seeing Fabinho actually. Going to England early next year, my son is looking at University of Liverpool as one of the Unis he would like to attend so will be doing my best to get in a game at Anfield, just depends on when we are able to travel.
     
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    Absolutely magical. And Firminos goal probably doesnt happen iif he starts. Think of that.

    So many great performances But not to dwell on the obvious but Salah has not been himself since the injury. Can we afford to rest him in the hopes of getting him going? Shaqiri should start on Saturday regardless.
     
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    Sad... but revenge on Saturday is needed.
     
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    ugh, just got done watching the Napoli match... I guess you give them credit for fighting us all the way. Really sluggish performance though. Just didn't get anything going offensively. Wonder how much the Keita injury took out of their passion to get forward. MF looked really disconnected from the front three. Man C at home is a must win. Will be interesting to see if they make changes. Fabinho might be needed to start. Salah continues to be off.
     
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    Man looks like we both took a bit of a break. City match was deserved draw, great game too (besides the penalty). We've little by little started to coming alive, Fabinho finally getting some match time and it shows why we paid for him. Glad Klopp has taken this approach with new signings and not rush them in, seems to help them. Things are slowing down, so I should be on and posting more.
     
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    Yeah the international break doesn't help here hah. It's hold your breath and hope nobody gets hurt time. But Salah has seemingly come on the last two matches. He's still not back to where he was last season. But at least he is scoring and seemingly happy after he does. There was a game a couple of weeks ago when he scored and he wasn't happy. Hopefully that's just him expecting more of himself rather than being pissed off at the team for whatever reason. And to be fair that hasn't been reported at all (that I've seen).

    This is certainly a different team this season in that we aren't as prolific offensively. We're not necessarily crushing our opponent. But defensively, we're clearly better. And you assume that one helps the other in that regard. Winning 1-0 or 2-0, vs 3-1 or 4-2. Hey whatever gets it done in the end. Are we not pressing as much in the other team's half? And does that help keep our guys fresher throughout the season? Although, since we have a deeper bench, is that having an effect on our offense? Shaqiri clearly a star in that regard. Lallana not so much.

    Big game tomorrow @ Arsenal. A win and we keep on rolling. A loss, depending on how, would be tough. A tie might be in the offing. The long game is definitely us vs Man City for the title. We are chasing them, no doubt about it.
     
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    Arsenal was okay... but Tue's UEFA game very much not okay. Klopp went with some replacement players and they literally screwed the pooch. Sturridge missed an absolute sitter. Game could have gone much differently had we taken the lead there.
     

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