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    We all remember "the slip", which cost us the title. Chelsea went on to win 2-0 that day and that was it, title-wise. To recap, with 3 games to go, we were 5 points clear of Chelsea (same games played) and 9 clear of City who had played two games fewer. 80-75-71. So we lost to Chelsea, drew with Palace and beat Newcastle. In truth, though the Palace game (3-3) is often pointed to as the death-knell, given City's superior goal difference (as now), even a win at Palace and Newcastle would have seen us lose the title after the loss against Chelsea. Also, in truth, it wasn't a slip by Gerrard. He took his eye off the ball and allowed it to squirm under his foot. In trying to recover his position, he slipped. But the damage had been done by his taking his eye off the ball and it squirming away. That and the high line Rodgers was playing meaning that there was no one back when Ba got the ball. Ghostly echoes of times past.

    Which brings us to this Sunday, when Chelsea come north again with spoiling on their mind though this time only to try to cement a top 4 place rather than an outside shot of the title. Also, results notwithstanding, this is a Chelsea side in disarray and when pushed by a good side, they have generally wilted. They are not the side only pegged by by Sturridge's worldie at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season. Don't get me wrong, it will be a tough game, but we have the quality to see them off, if we play well.

    The back 4 picks itself with Lovern reclaiming his place from Matip. The front 3, as you were and midfield is now anyone's guess. 3 of Henderson, Wijnaldum, Milner, Keita and Fabinho. Wijnaldum has lookeed off the pace in the last two games, Henderson and Keita have really showed new leases of life, Fabinho is playing superbly and Milner will not let you down. At a guess and only that, Fabinho, Henderson and Keita?

    Chelsea played Sunday, Thursday away in Europe and now travel to us. They'll be tired, plus they're far from a happy side, a fluid side. They're still dangerous, but then again, we are Liverpool.

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    Alisson;

    Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson;

    Henderson, Fabinho, Keita;

    Salah, Firmino, Mane.



    Substitutes: Mignolet, Lovren, Wijnaldum, Milner, Sturridge, Shaqiri, Origi.

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    Tuesday morning: Klopp’s dog turns up all by himself, having been missing since early February.

    Tuesday afternoon: Shaqiri says he’s done with the dog walking business.

    Sunday vs. Chelsea: Shaqiri gets game time.


    There’s no connection between any of the above!

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    Default Re: Ghostly echoes of times past? Chelsea home

    it seems BD has abdicated his responsibilities, having a lesser sub start this thread, that warrants a red card mate.
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    Thank you for your contribution.

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    What an epic run-in this promises to be.
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    Already is.

    I thought I heard that the lead has changed hands something like 10 times in the past 67 days, though it does seem like more than that. If we're looking at ghostly echoes, last time out, City wore us down with a relentless push, winning their games in hand. I suppose you could say that's all they have to do this time - which is true - but it misses the larger picture and difference this time. This time Liverpool are made of sterner stuff and there's an air of invincibility about them certainly in the last 6-10 games. 5 years ago, there was always an underlying fragility about the side, best exemplified by the 3-3 Palace draw. The other spice in the equation is that 5 years ago, City had the type of run-in we now have - all very winnable games against sides from outside the top 4 or 6; and you have the added nuance of City still being involved in the CL which they weren't 5 years ago.

    I had hoped that Palace would prove too tough for a win for City yesterday, but that proved not to be the case. But they still have Spurs at home, the derby away and Uncle Brenny will be paying them a visit with a much improved Leicester side.

    If our last 4 fixtures included United away, Spurs home, Leicester home and Burnley away, there'd be a lot more doom and gloom. City might be a better side than us, and if so, only marginally. That run of games means to same to them as it would mean to us - very, very tough to garner maximum points. 5 years has its place as a mirror - we cannot do anything if City win all their games, but there the similarities end. Cardiff and Newcastle away, Wolves and Huddersfield at home is a significantly easier run in.

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    True all that. Definitely something cathartic about yesterdays result, we are a different side from the "slip" days. The only downside to this title race is, however it turns out a team who clearly deserves the title will be denied it.
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    .... and Zonal Marking speaks:

    "Chelsea played through Liverpool’s press impressively before half-time, but then a 10-minute burst of pressure won Liverpool the game."

    http://www.zonalmarking.net/2019/04/...-great-effect/
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    Nice angle of the Salah goal

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