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      The Unofficial 2018-19 Liverpool Season Squad Discussion

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      PGlynn91
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      Re: The Unofficial 2018-19 Liverpool Season Squad Discussion
      Reply #150: Jul 24, 2018 04:32:54 pm
      If everyone currently in the squad stays, it will be very hard to pick an 18 man squad. I think our strongest may look like:

      Alisson
      Trent Lovren VanDijk Robertson
      Fabinho Hendo Keita
      Salah Firmino Mane

      SUBS: Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Wijnaldum, Milner, Lallana, Sturridge.

      That's leaving out a lot of players (Karius, Clyne, Matip, Klavan, Grujic, Origi, etc)
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      Reply #151: Jul 24, 2018 04:43:45 pm
      If everyone currently in the squad stays, it will be very hard to pick an 18 man squad. I think our strongest may look like:

      Alisson
      Trent Lovren VanDijk Robertson
      Fabinho Hendo Keita
      Salah Firmino Mane

      SUBS: Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Wijnaldum, Milner, Lallana, Sturridge.

      That's leaving out a lot of players (Karius, Clyne, Matip, Klavan, Grujic, Origi, etc)

      Where's Shaqiri?
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      Re: The Unofficial 2018-19 Liverpool Season Squad Discussion
      Reply #152: Jul 24, 2018 04:51:40 pm
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      Reply #153: Jul 24, 2018 04:58:24 pm

      Forgot him! There you go now. Some squad and thats without the Ox also!
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      Reply #154: Jul 24, 2018 05:16:58 pm
      Ox won't be registered in August, maybe not in January either.

      Picking the subs bench may prove the more difficult selection dilemma for the manager this season.
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      Re: The Unofficial 2018-19 Liverpool Season Squad Discussion
      Reply #155: Jul 24, 2018 06:12:59 pm
      So how do people think our rivals squads are panning out in conparison? Sorry if there is a thread in this already but I couldn't see it. The gooners seem to be doing some good work thus far and I could see them surprising a few next season if they can get off to a fast start but I can't say anyone else is making waves. If city had brought Jorginho home you'd have to say they would be looking very very strong. Spurs look vulnerable, many of their squad made it to the latter stages of the WC and they've added no one. The Mancs have made a couple of moves but I suspect the biggest challenge for them will be to get Sanchez playing somewhere near his potential.
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      Reply #156: Jul 24, 2018 10:01:22 pm
      So how do people think our rivals squads are panning out in conparison? Sorry if there is a thread in this already but I couldn't see it. The gooners seem to be doing some good work thus far and I could see them surprising a few next season if they can get off to a fast start but I can't say anyone else is making waves. If city had brought Jorginho home you'd have to say they would be looking very very strong. Spurs look vulnerable, many of their squad made it to the latter stages of the WC and they've added no one. The Mancs have made a couple of moves but I suspect the biggest challenge for them will be to get Sanchez playing somewhere near his potential.

      I think we have a very good chance to get an early jump on United, Spurs and Chelsea. I agree Arsenal have done some good business but I think they had fallen well off the pace. Also, Man City are still favorites, but with so many playing deep into the World Cup, we have a real chance to get an early advantage over them as well. It's just so vital for us to start in top form. We really have a chance to win this year, but of course nothing worthwhile is ever easy.

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      Reply #157: Jul 26, 2018 08:10:47 am
      We have bought well.

      World class GK in Allison, Powerhouse midfielder in Keita and solid acquisitions in Shaqiri and Fabinho.

      BUT I still think we lack creativity in the midfield. Our front three are phenomonal but they still need service. We are just missing that deadly playmaker that can play those killer through balls.

      I look at City they have two (De Bruyne, Silva), I think if we want to seriously challenge them next season, a #10 kind of player MUST be signed.

      Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Keita, - All 5 of these have their own seperate strengths but none of these are playmakers or scream creative.

      Might be asking for a bit too much given we have splashed a lot of £££ already this window but please Klopp get us a #10. If we do I can see us winning the title or going very close to it.
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      Reply #158: Jul 26, 2018 10:28:12 am
      We have bought well.

      World class GK in Allison, Powerhouse midfielder in Keita and solid acquisitions in Shaqiri and Fabinho.

      BUT I still think we lack creativity in the midfield. Our front three are phenomonal but they still need service. We are just missing that deadly playmaker that can play those killer through balls.

      I look at City they have two (De Bruyne, Silva), I think if we want to seriously challenge them next season, a #10 kind of player MUST be signed.

      Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Keita, - All 5 of these have their own seperate strengths but none of these are playmakers or scream creative.

      Might be asking for a bit too much given we have splashed a lot of £££ already this window but please Klopp get us a #10. If we do I can see us winning the title or going very close to it.


      I think when Firmino, Mané and Salah gel with Keita we will not have to worry too much about having a creative type No.10. Klopp also has the option of playing a No.10 with Shaqiri. Under Klopp I think we'll  see the real Shaqiri this season.
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      Reply #159: Jul 27, 2018 02:44:07 am
      I think when Firmino, Mané and Salah gel with Keita we will not have to worry too much about having a creative type No.10. Klopp also has the option of playing a No.10 with Shaqiri. Under Klopp I think we'll  see the real Shaqiri this season.

      This article in The Echo suggests the same following some comments from Klopp: https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/one-question-still-lingering-over-14957792

      Keita, Sturridge and even Curtis Jones could help fill this gap. Didn't mention Lallana but I suspect he would be in that mix as well.
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      Re: The Unofficial 2018-19 Liverpool Season Squad Discussion
      Reply #160: Jul 27, 2018 03:19:14 am
      We've had an excellent window. We've brought in some top additions but more importantly no key players have left.

      I think we're a centre half, a number 10 and a decent backup striker away from seriously challenging for the league.

      I've made my opinions clear on Lovren but i think he's a liability and that he shouldn't be first choice. I think at some point he's going to cost us points. Not just once or twice either. Let's hope I'm wrong.

      I agree with firminofanboy that we need more creativity and magic from the middle. At the moment I can see us being held to a few frustrating draws because we're missing that spark in the 10 area and it could prove vital come the end of the season. We need to turn them draws into wins.

      Then we need a back up striker. Shaqiri can come in and salah can play the 9 but it's not ideal and I still think we're an injury away to Bobby from being in big trouble. I hope sturridge can step up this season and play a big part for us but if not then we need a very decent back up option and they're extremely hard to find. I can't even think of a suggestion. Javier Hernandez was my shout a year ago but his ex Manc ties won't go down well plus he stunk the league out last season, he was garbage.

      We aren't far off at all but there's still a few missing pieces of the jig saw before we win the league.
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      Reply #161: Jul 27, 2018 09:22:27 am
      We've had an excellent window. We've brought in some top additions but more importantly no key players have left.

      I think we're a centre half, a number 10 and a decent backup striker away from seriously challenging for the league.

      I've made my opinions clear on Lovren but i think he's a liability and that he shouldn't be first choice. I think at some point he's going to cost us points. Not just once or twice either. Let's hope I'm wrong.

      I agree with firminofanboy that we need more creativity and magic from the middle. At the moment I can see us being held to a few frustrating draws because we're missing that spark in the 10 area and it could prove vital come the end of the season. We need to turn them draws into wins.

      Then we need a back up striker. Shaqiri can come in and salah can play the 9 but it's not ideal and I still think we're an injury away to Bobby from being in big trouble. I hope sturridge can step up this season and play a big part for us but if not then we need a very decent back up option and they're extremely hard to find. I can't even think of a suggestion. Javier Hernandez was my shout a year ago but his ex Manc ties won't go down well plus he stunk the league out last season, he was garbage.

      We aren't far off at all but there's still a few missing pieces of the jig saw before we win the league.


      We have three back up strikers this season Stu, Solanke and Brewster (who is going to be great).

      A number 10 is all we need, a new CB can wait until January if we need one badly.
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      Reply #162: Jul 27, 2018 10:00:55 am
      We bought well, however i think we are a LB short and another striker to offer a plan B option since we dont have a proper playmaker.
      This squad has good quality though and should improve on last years totals.

      Chelsea look stronger (especially if Hazard stays) and City are still the clear favourites. Still a few weeks to go before the transfer window shuts, but i expect the top 8 teams to all make improvements this season.
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      Reply #163: Jul 27, 2018 10:16:38 am
      Adam lallana get worse,l never fan of his he too slow he try do too many turns,l l like see Jones give chance in league or cup games more lallana
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      Reply #164: Jul 27, 2018 10:32:28 am
      Adam lallana get worse,l never fan of his he too slow he try do too many turns,l l like see Jones give chance in league or cup games more lallana

      Lallana has looked very good in pre season he will have a big part to play.

      Jones looks really promising but still a kid no need to rush him in to the first team.
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      Reply #165: Jul 29, 2018 12:03:45 pm
      Let's have a crack now we're done in US...

      GK Allisson
      GK Grabara
      GK Kellherner

      DF VVD
      DF Lovren
      DF Matip
      DF Klavan
      DF Gomez

      LB Robbo
      LB Moreno
      RB Clyne
      RB TAA

      MF Keira
      MF Fabinho
      MF Hendo
      MF Gini
      MF Milner

      ST mane
      St Salah
      ST Firmino
      ST Sturridge
      ST Shakari
      ST Solanke

      Sold/Loan
      Gruic
      Marokvich
      Mignolet
      Karius

      About right?
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      Re: The Unofficial 2018-19 Liverpool Season Squad Discussion
      Reply #166: Jul 29, 2018 01:59:46 pm
      Serious question, which 3 are the main starters?

      MF Keita
      MF Fabinho
      MF Hendo
      MF Gini
      MF Milner

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      Reply #167: Jul 29, 2018 02:15:15 pm
      Serious question, which 3 are the main starters?

      MF Keita
      MF Fabinho
      MF Hendo
      MF Gini
      MF Milner



      MF Keita
      MF Fabinho
      MF Shaqiri
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      Reply #168: Jul 29, 2018 02:20:11 pm
      Let's have a crack now we're done in US...

      GK Allisson
      GK Grabara
      GK Kellherner

      DF VVD
      DF Lovren
      DF Matip
      DF Klavan
      DF Gomez

      LB Robbo
      LB Moreno
      RB Clyne
      RB TAA

      MF Keira
      MF Fabinho
      MF Hendo
      MF Gini
      MF Milner

      ST mane
      St Salah
      ST Firmino
      ST Sturridge
      ST Shakari
      ST Solanke

      Sold/Loan
      Gruic
      Marokvich
      Mignolet
      Karius

      About right?

      You're missing Philips, Camacho, Jones, Ojo, and Woodburn who were all very good on the tour.
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      Re: The Unofficial 2018-19 Liverpool Season Squad Discussion
      Reply #169: Jul 29, 2018 02:22:58 pm

      I'm still curious to see how Hendo and Wijnaldum does with Fab and Keita.

      But for sure, right now, I want to see more of KFS midfield, but I think a double pivot would be better suited if Shaqiri is playing in the 10 role.
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      Reply #170: Jul 29, 2018 03:17:00 pm
      I think picking a starting 11 at this stage would not be fair. We still have players to come back from the World Cup so they will have extra time off I'm sure. For the first game against West Ham I think it will be this:
                          Karius
      Clyne   Gomez       VVD   Robinson
                         Fabinho
              Keita                 Milner
      Salah        Sturridge          Mané
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      Reply #171: Jul 29, 2018 05:02:08 pm
      I rate Wijnaldum, I think he’ll start plenty of games for us.
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      Re: The Unofficial 2018-19 Liverpool Season Squad Discussion
      Reply #172: Jul 29, 2018 05:20:00 pm
      I think picking a starting 11 at this stage would not be fair. We still have players to come back from the World Cup so they will have extra time off I'm sure. For the first game against West Ham I think it will be this:
                          Karius
      Clyne   Gomez       VVD   Robinson
                         Fabinho
              Keita                 Milner
      Salah        Sturridge          Mané

      When did we sign Robinson?
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      Re: The Unofficial 2018-19 Liverpool Season Squad Discussion
      Reply #173: Jul 29, 2018 06:43:33 pm
      Serious question, which 3 are the main starters?

      MF Keita
      MF Fabinho
      MF Hendo
      MF Gini
      MF Milner

      Horses for courses would be my guess - depending on whether we are playing bus parkers or a team that actually tries to play football.
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      Re: The Unofficial 2018-19 Liverpool Season Squad Discussion
      Reply #174: Jul 29, 2018 10:02:22 pm
      We have three back up strikers this season Stu, Solanke and Brewster (who is going to be great).

      A number 10 is all we need, a new CB can wait until January if we need one badly.

      Studge will likely be injured (and I would also question whether he is good enough to be our main striker for a sustained period) Solanke is a million miles from the required standard and I'm not sure if Brewster will even be fit until a month or two into the season. If Bobby gets a bad injury Salah would be the only lng term option for me. Look at our rivals, City can call on Aguero and Jesus to play as a 9. The Manx's have Lukaku, Sanchez and Rashford.

      I do worry that a bad injury to Firmino could derail us. The drop off in quality to the other players is HUGE and I'm not sure how we would go with Salah in the 9 shirt for a sustained period. It's nto that he couldn't do it, I'm sure he'd do well but obviously he has been incredible coming in off that right hand side.

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