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    Default Liverpool v Chelsea: A visit from the Champions

    Chelsea head up to Liverpool for the late Saturday game, three points ahead of Liverpool and having gritted through their own wobbles at the start of the season. Win and Liverpool will be level on points with Chelsea (though probably still behind on GD). Chelsea have to travel to Azerbaijan in Europe, so hoping they will be a little tired and road-weary.

    What to do with Liverpool's defense? Is Matip back? Should Robertson start?

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    Gomez Lovren Klavan Robertson

    Winjaldum Milner

    Salah Coutinho Mane

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    I wonder if Klopp will be tempted to put Moreno right back out there again to bolster his confidence. Hopefully the terrifying prospect of a Moreno v Hazard match-up dissuades him.
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    I suppose the biggest thing we're going to discover is whether the 3-3 setback is the beginning of another sky-is-falling slump or if the team can genuinely use it as kicking off point. After the Man City drubbing we went 8 games with only one win. Let's see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RyeRed View Post
    I wonder if Klopp will be tempted to put Moreno right back out there again to bolster his confidence. Hopefully the terrifying prospect of a Moreno v Hazard match-up dissuades him.
    Any opinion on the Jonathan Wilson article in the Guardian?

    It may be consoling to believe that one more acquisition will make everything all right but this is not just about Moreno, just as the defeat at Tottenham was not just about Dejan Lovren.

    Liverpool’s system requires their full-backs to attack. The effectiveness of Mohamed Saleh and Sadio Mané is increased by having players overlap them as they cut inside. That is not especially unusual; it is how most elite sides play. But if both full-backs get forward, it means there needs to be some compensatory action to cover.
    https://www.theguardian.com/football...ing-midfielder
    ‘How many mistakes are you allowed?’ Klopp asked the fourth official. ‘Because if it’s 15, you’ve got one left.’

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobR View Post
    Any opinion on the Jonathan Wilson article in the Guardian?



    https://www.theguardian.com/football...ing-midfielder
    I agree with the points he makes. I've been potting on far too long about out midfield issues being a critical component of our frailties in defense. Is Moreno ever going to be a standout fullback? No. Is he to solely to blame for the Seville collapse? Of course not.
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    I remain convinced that many of our problems stem from the lack of a Keane/Mascherano/Makelele defensive midfielder.

    Lucas was the only specialist we had in that role. Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum at best are converted defensive midfielders, not the real article.

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    Default Re: Liverpool v Chelsea: A visit from the Champions

    Mignolet,

    Gomez, Matip, Klavan, Moreno,

    Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Milner,

    Salah, Sturridge, Coutinho.


    Subs: Karius, Wijnaldum, Firmino, Mane, Lallana, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold.

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    A good result that could have been better had we not been so conservative at the end. And, of course, if we had a midfield that could keep possession better and control the game...
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