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    Default West Brom v Liverpool: Sunday lunch with Tony Pulis and his band of cro-mags

    Nothing like a trip to Tony Pulis-led West Brom to test our abilities to break down teams with a more pragmatic approach to football (and pointy elbows to boot). Team looking a bit thin, but with a full week's rest, our Brazilian contingent should be OK to play.

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    Mignolet

    Clyne Matip Lovren Milner

    Can Winjaldum

    Firmino Origi Coutinho

    Sturridge
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    Default Re: West Brom v Liverpool: Sunday lunch with Tony Pulis and his band of cro-mags

    That core 11, and with Lucas available, really need to stay fit and we should be okay to pick up 15 points from the last available 18, which would see us home in 3rd I think.

    It's what happens if we get an injury, or things just don't go to plan, we struggle for a plan B. (Unless we stick to playing kids 1st half then Firmino and Coutinho being plan B)

    I'm hoping for one last flash of Sturridge magic before we move him on.

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    Default Re: West Brom v Liverpool: Sunday lunch with Tony Pulis and his band of cro-mags

    Mignolet;

    Clyne, Lovren, Matip, Milner;

    Can, Lucas, Wijnaldum;

    Coutinho, Firmino, Origi.



    Subs: Karius, Moreno, Grujic, Sturridge, Alexander-Arnold, Woodburn, Gomez.

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    Default Re: West Brom v Liverpool: Sunday lunch with Tony Pulis and his band of cro-mags

    Kinda tense last 10-15 minutes there, but I would think that should just about seal CL football for next season. I know not mathematically, but it leaves United with a very large hill to climb and Klopp won't allow the squad to take their eyes off the prize.




    And Moreno should have scored.

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    Default Re: West Brom v Liverpool: Sunday lunch with Tony Pulis and his band of cro-mags

    A few things from both this game and the Stoke game.

    * If Mignolet were this good all the time, Karius would be looking for another team. He saved 3 points against Stoke and 2 yesterday. If we were 5 points worse off, we would now be 1 point ahead of United who'd have 2 games in hand.

    * Lucas has been immense in these last 2 games. Controlling the defensive end of midfield, getting forward on attacks with telling passes and even an assist yesterday. Maybe these games won't influence any decisions on his staying, but he has proved to be a very valuable full in, more than capable.

    * Wijnaldum and Can in both games have not dazzled with goals or tricks, but are absolutely the fulcrum of the team when we go forward, especially through the middle. Can seems to have regained his form of 18 months ago.

    * Matip and Lovren. Unless we sign someone else. Matip and Lovren. End of, don't change it.

    * Is Firmino the most annoying bastard bar Harry Arter of Bournemouth? The type of player you hate playing against. Always stuck in, dogged, plays nearly as well in his own box as the opponent's. And has a very useful eye for goal and the pass. Not saying he's the complete player, but he is a huge cog in Klopp's heavy metal football.

    * Coutinho is due a star MOTM game. Very good against Stoke and WBA, we know he can be more influential. He's got a big game coming.

    * United won't win all their remaining games, neither will City and neither will we. But yesterday's 3 points just might have been the ones to get us over the line. I think we could yet finish 3rd.

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    Default Re: West Brom v Liverpool: Sunday lunch with Tony Pulis and his band of cro-mags

    A massive 3 points. 2 away wins against top half teams. You think "West Brom and Stoke" but they've both played above their mark, typically they are bottom half teams but Hughes and Pulis have been effective in getting results. Honestly, a lot of us would have been very happy with 4 points from those games.

    4 teams with an average of 2 points a game or more, only Leicester finished with an average over 2 PPG last season, just shows how competitive it is this year.

    And with United finding Chelsea on an off day, even more important that we stayed ahead. Those suggesting Jose outclassed Conte are talking b*llocks. Courtois misses his first game of the season and they lose their wing back in the warm up. You could just tell it was an off day for them.

    Moreno missing was infuriating, but the panic that seemed to set in once Foster went up was ridiculous. Watch the 4 minutes again, only Gini has his head about him, there was a point about 2 minutes into the injury time he holds the ball for about 20 seconds just turning inside and out, calming the play down. Gini is fast becoming my favourite player, my modern day Luis Garcia if you will.

    Fixtures are very weird now, a raft have been postponed for FA Cup fixtures, but due to the semi-finalists being 4 from the top 6, only us and United play in the PL this weekend. We'll have played 3 more than Arsenal and 2 more than United, City and Spurs. Points in the bag is always better than potential points, the aim now has to be 3rd to avoid a play-off in the CL, obviously 4th is still great but no reason we can't win all our last games. A win against Fat Head and we're sitting back watching teams around us drop points starting with the Manchester derby. A draw would be ideal in that game.

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