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      Pre-Match: LFC v Arsenal Sat 23rd Dec 17:30 Kick Off

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      Pre-Match: LFC v Arsenal Sat 23rd Dec 17:30 Kick Off
      Dec 21, 2023 08:29:41 am
      Massive game at the top of the table, a win puts us 2 points ahead over Christmas.

      Think Grav and Jota will be back in the squad for this one.

      Alisson

      Alexander-Arnold
      Konate
      Van Dijk (c)
      Tsimikas

      Szoboszlai
      Endo
      Jones

      Salah
      Gakpo
      Nunez

      Subs:

      Kelleher (GK)
      Bradley
      Gomez
      Quansah
      Gravenberch
      Elliott
      McConnell
      Diaz
      Jota

      Injured:

      Matip
      Robertson
      Thiago
      Bajcetic
      « Last Edit: Dec 21, 2023 11:59:23 am by RedPuppy »
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      Re: Pre-Match: LFC v Arsenal Sat 23rd Dec 17:30 Kick Off
      Reply #1: Dec 21, 2023 10:38:49 am
      The fact Nunez played 90 last night suggests we'll go Salah-Gakpo-Diaz up top for this. Jones has also played himself into the XI.
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      Re: Pre-Match: LFC v Arsenal Sat 23rd Dec 17:30 Kick Off
      Reply #2: Dec 21, 2023 10:46:27 am
      Massive game at the top of the table, a win puts us 2 points ahead over Christmas.

      Think Grav and Jota will be back in the squad for this one.

      Alisson

      Alexander-Arnold
      Konate
      Van Dijk (c)
      Tsimikas

      Szoboszlai
      Endo
      Jones

      Salah
      Gakpo
      Nunez

      Subs:

      Kelleher (GK)
      Bradley
      Gomez
      Quansah
      Gravenberch
      Elliott
      McConnell
      Diaz
      Jota

      Injured:

      Matip
      Robertson
      Thiago
      Bajcetic

      Don't think Jota is fit. If he is he comes straight in. He's got a good record against Arsenal and Diaz just isn't producing the goods. If he's not fit Diaz starts.

                                     Alisson

      Trent           konate             Virg            Tsimikas

                                       Endo

                        Dom                      Jones

            Salah                 Gakpo                   Jota
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      Re: Pre-Match: LFC v Arsenal Sat 23rd Dec 17:30 Kick Off
      Reply #3: Dec 21, 2023 11:50:56 am
      Don't think Jota is fit. If he is he comes straight in. He's got a good record against Arsenal and Diaz just isn't producing the goods. If he's not fit Diaz starts.

                                     Alisson

      Trent           konate             Virg            Tsimikas

                                       Endo

                        Dom                      Jones

            Salah                 Gakpo                   Jota




      Jota won’t be fit to start, if he was close he’d have got minutes last night, bench at best for me, another dilemma is Elliot or Jones, both have stated a claim, it’s a real head scratcher this one, think Endo is a shoe in as is Szlobo, Macca again would have been given minutes last night if he was being considered as starting,

      Apart from Jota I think Jürgen will go with this, with Diaz rather than Jota, it’ll be tough on Harvey but coming off the bench as I expect Nunez will both will be chomping at the bit, ……


                       Alisson
        Trent  Konate  Virgil  Kostas
                        Endo
            Szlobo            Jones
           Salah    Gakpo    Diaz

      Bench: Kelleher, Adrian, Gomez, Quansah, Macca, Harvey, Nunez, Jota, Bradley, Case


      Biggest match this for me, this is fuckn massive, hence Jürgen’s rallying cry, Re- pivotal moments within seasons, eg; our away victory at Leicester, Trent’s thunderbolt into the bottom left corner, to me that win went a along way in winning the title, a stand out moment if you like….if we can get the win Saturday, we’ll all remember this win come May ??


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      Re: Pre-Match: LFC v Arsenal Sat 23rd Dec 17:30 Kick Off
      Reply #4: Dec 21, 2023 06:45:32 pm
      Cody might replace Diaz or Nunez. First impressions of Cody was that he looked a bit tame. Probably due to Dutch footie not as physical as the Prem but he has adapted and now shows his strength. Very hard to knock off the ball. Clever player as well.

      He can come deep as well. Been behind Diaz and Nunez but now pushing both. Arteta will have noticed Cody sometimes holds it a bit to long and will try and rob it off him for the quick break.
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      Re: Pre-Match: LFC v Arsenal Sat 23rd Dec 17:30 Kick Off
      Reply #5: Dec 21, 2023 07:04:07 pm
                      Alisson
      Trent - Konate - Virgil - Kostas
                        Endo
                   Dom - Jones
             Salah - Gakpo - Nunez

      Think Nunez can offer more down the left than Diaz has been showing of late. Jota on for either Nunez or Gakpo second half.
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      Re: Pre-Match: LFC v Arsenal Sat 23rd Dec 17:30 Kick Off
      Reply #6: Dec 22, 2023 01:13:01 am
                      Alisson
      Trent - Konate - Virgil - Kostas
                        Endo
                   Dom - Jones
             Salah - Gakpo - Nunez

      Think Nunez can offer more down the left than Diaz has been showing of late. Jota on for either Nunez or Gakpo second half.

      Nunez is a beast of a player. He's not scored in 10 but he still causes panic in defences. His pace and strength causes problems, and he opens up spaces for others. If he just watched the last defenders stepping up so he stayed on side more often, he'd be even better. He's gonna notch a few before very long and hopefully that will be on Saturday.  It's gotta come soon. Watch this space !
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      Re: Pre-Match: LFC v Arsenal Sat 23rd Dec 17:30 Kick Off
      Reply #7: Dec 22, 2023 01:57:42 pm
      So no Jota and Mac as expected.  Wonder if Gomez will start ? Jones or Elliott Mf and Gakpo or Nunez . Can't see Diaz not starting after only getting a few mins midweek
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      Re: Pre-Match: LFC v Arsenal Sat 23rd Dec 17:30 Kick Off
      Reply #8: Dec 22, 2023 04:09:28 pm
      Bit of a test. Good front 6. Talent in every position. Will have to be at our best to get anything. Very tight game. 2-1.
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      Re: Pre-Match: LFC v Arsenal Sat 23rd Dec 17:30 Kick Off
      Reply #9: Dec 22, 2023 07:10:07 pm
      Have to or try to get a bit of cover if Trent plays the inverted role. Martinelli is no slouch plus Saka will keep Kostas busy. Could be vital match up Saka V Kostas. Odegaard as well. Boss knows they are a top team and is rightly calling for a fever pitch atmosphere.

      Some trying to claim Saliba is better than or is a match for VVD. Nah...good, 22 so still learning. Give this one to Nunez.

      Wouldn't obviously rule out the draw but gone for us to nick it best of three.
      « Last Edit: Dec 22, 2023 07:22:53 pm by Harrisimo »
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      Re: Pre-Match: LFC v Arsenal Sat 23rd Dec 17:30 Kick Off
      Reply #10: Dec 22, 2023 11:21:50 pm
      Top of the tree for Christmas then eh lads  ;)
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      Re: Pre-Match: LFC v Arsenal Sat 23rd Dec 17:30 Kick Off
      Reply #11: Dec 23, 2023 10:46:37 am
      Backing the Reds to win later today with a few goals, in a tight game.  3   2, against the Gunners.
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      Re: Pre-Match: LFC v Arsenal Sat 23rd Dec 17:30 Kick Off
      Reply #12: Dec 23, 2023 11:00:46 am
      We will concede, but we can outscore. I don’t mind acquiring three points via lackluster, dead, boring, and error driven play. Just win.
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      Re: Pre-Match: LFC v Arsenal Sat 23rd Dec 17:30 Kick Off
      Reply #13: Dec 23, 2023 11:02:05 am
      COYR  :scarf:
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      Re: Pre-Match: LFC v Arsenal Sat 23rd Dec 17:30 Kick Off
      Reply #14: Dec 23, 2023 11:09:55 am
      We have to secure a clean sheet sometime. I'm guessing it's today, so going for 2 - 0 to the RED MEN.

      Bit of conflict as to who starts where, but I'm sure Jürgen will sort it out.

      Will they sit back like the pathetic Utd tactic ?   I think they have more pride, even if Arteta thought it might get them a point, he be ashamed to play that way. This is gonna be an open, top quality game, which I believe we will come out on top of

       :aaliverpool2xt1: :aaliverpool2xt1: :aaliverpoolwz0: :kop5cf8koxp6: :aaliverpoolwz0: :kop5cf8koxp6:
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      Re: Pre-Match: LFC v Arsenal Sat 23rd Dec 17:30 Kick Off
      Reply #15: Dec 23, 2023 12:34:24 pm
      Pretty easy team selection to call this one. Only real question is Harvey or Jones. I'd go Harvey just cos he gives us a bit more width and allows Salah n Trent to come inside more, but it's a close call.

      Ali, Trent, Konate, Virg, Kostas, Harvey, Endo, Dom, Mo, Gakpo, Diaz

      Think Jürgen will get the atmosphere he wants for this one. Arsenal will actually try and play football for one thing. Plus it's an evening kick off under the lights. Should be a cracking game. Think we'll edge it.

      COYR!!!
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      Re: Pre-Match: LFC v Arsenal Sat 23rd Dec 17:30 Kick Off
      Reply #16: Dec 23, 2023 02:35:06 pm
      Hoping that we turn up in a big game and win. Can’t remember the last time we won a big game.
      This isn’t Klopp 2.0 just yet but somehow we are in a great position
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      Re: Pre-Match: LFC v Arsenal Sat 23rd Dec 17:30 Kick Off
      Reply #17: Dec 23, 2023 02:37:55 pm
      Let's F**k these Cockney cu*ts and go top for Chrimbo.
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      Re: Pre-Match: LFC v Arsenal Sat 23rd Dec 17:30 Kick Off
      Reply #18: Dec 23, 2023 02:47:32 pm
      Absolute must win match.

      Hope the players (and crowd  :f_whistle:) are fired up for this. Give them hell.
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      Re: Pre-Match: LFC v Arsenal Sat 23rd Dec 17:30 Kick Off
      Reply #19: Dec 23, 2023 03:49:08 pm
      Diaz,Gakpo,Mo up top
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      Re: Pre-Match: LFC v Arsenal Sat 23rd Dec 17:30 Kick Off
      Reply #20: Dec 23, 2023 04:06:20 pm
               Alisson
      TAA Konate VVD Kostas
           Szobo  Endo Jones
        Salah Gakpo Diaz

      Don't reckon Nunez has done enough to start, but will see I guess.
      Szobo has been quiet too, but with injuries in the middle, will likely start.
      Hopefully Endo and Jones continue the good form into this one.
      Need a LOT more from the front three than in recent games if we're gonna win this one.
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      Re: Pre-Match: LFC v Arsenal Sat 23rd Dec 17:30 Kick Off
      Reply #21: Dec 23, 2023 04:16:19 pm
      Really really nervous for this game, I think Arsenal are better than us right now. Can’t see how we can win the midfield battle

      Hopefully Salah has an amazing game like he used to have against city to win us the game
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      Re: Pre-Match: LFC v Arsenal Sat 23rd Dec 17:30 Kick Off
      Reply #22: Dec 23, 2023 04:25:12 pm
      Nervous as F**k.

      Gakpo starting apparently which is the right move!

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