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      Pre-Season 18/19

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      Robby The Z
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      Re: Pre-Season 18/19
      Reply #1000: Aug 08, 2018 01:09:10 am
      Took my lad tonight and was impressed by Gini more than anyone to be honest.

      Did he get to meet any of the players afterward?
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      Re: Pre-Season 18/19
      Reply #1001: Aug 08, 2018 06:23:15 am
      Wijnaldum was great. He brings a lot when given permission to attack. Keita is awesome. Fabinho was not extraordinary but it feels great to have a good DM protecting the defense: I was impressed by Hendo... I don't like him as a DM but he surely has got a lot of confidence now and his passing has become more efficient.

      Our attack is superb, when Mane has such confidence, it can only be good. Firmino could play as no. 10, Klopp should try it. As for Salah, it seems that he's just a game or 2 away from regaining his world class standards.

      Shaqiri has been very good too. His passing and chose control is good, calm and composed. I like his attitude: always trying to start an attack. 

      Lallana has been average. I hope that he regains his form ASAP: he's definitely a good player but needs to find his confidence back.
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      Re: Pre-Season 18/19
      Reply #1002: Aug 08, 2018 06:43:14 am
      Did he get to meet any of the players afterward?


      Not from the pub he didn't 😉
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      Re: Pre-Season 18/19
      Reply #1003: Aug 08, 2018 08:04:25 am
      What a positive pre-season.

      We look sharp, fresh and dangerous.

      Bring on all comers, not a team on the planet we can’t beat on our day.
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      Re: Pre-Season 18/19
      Reply #1004: Aug 08, 2018 08:09:34 am
      I wonder if we will see Shaq and Stu starting on Sunday.
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      Re: Pre-Season 18/19
      Reply #1005: Aug 08, 2018 08:38:11 am
      Fabinho 5

      Started here but won't be starting against West Ham on this evidence. Clearly yet to come to terms to Liverpool's style of play, and even the chance to bolster confidence resulted in a bad penalty miss. Dropped into centre-back after the break.

      https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/liverpool-player-ratings-gini-wijnaldum-15002318

      Huh? Did anyone else think he had a bad game? I thought he was exceptional with Wijnaldum in the first half.

      I think he is going to be the signing of the summer for us.

      His passing alone makes such a difference, you can see that the easy pass half of the time is to the keeper. But he takes the ball and switches the play across the defence or turns and goes forward.

      I don't want to make this into a Fab vs Hendo post but the difference is night and day between the two.

      I have a feeling it might actually force Hendo to be a bit more adventurous in the long run too.

      As for Shaqiri, the lad is quite quick thinking on the ball isn't he. I'd like to see him play in a midfield three with Keita and Fabinho behind the front three.

      Really think his quick passing and eye for a ball could be devestating especially on the many occasions that we break fast.

      I think he'd get a fair few assists playing there.

      On a side note, as soon as they called Fabinho a pen supreme or whatever they said... I knew he'd miss haha.

      I seem to remember them saying something similar about the great Rickie Lambert.

      Can't wait for West Ham now, got a feeling we are going to destroy them.
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      Re: Pre-Season 18/19
      Reply #1006: Aug 08, 2018 09:42:04 am
      Too late now but we have such attacking options it might have been good to look at a 3 at the back formation over the friendlies.

                              Allison

              Gomez        Virgil        Lovren

                  Henderson        Fabhino

                      Keita            Shaqiri

          Salah            Firmino        Mane

      Especially for home games where the other lot are going to park the bus.
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      Re: Pre-Season 18/19
      Reply #1007: Aug 08, 2018 09:58:47 am
      Too late now but we have such attacking options it might have been good to look at a 3 at the back formation over the friendlies.

                              Allison

              Gomez        Virgil        Lovren

                  Henderson        Fabhino

                      Keita            Shaqiri

          Salah            Firmino        Mane

      Especially for home games where the other lot are going to park the bus.

      So everything through the middle then, not to sure about that tactic?
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      Re: Pre-Season 18/19
      Reply #1008: Aug 08, 2018 10:02:08 am
      So everything through the middle then, not to sure about that tactic?

      Yeah, but if we're spending 95% of the game in attack the front 5 will be fairly free to go wherever the space is.
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      Re: Pre-Season 18/19
      Reply #1009: Aug 08, 2018 11:38:59 am
      Too late now but we have such attacking options it might have been good to look at a 3 at the back formation over the friendlies.

                              Allison

              Gomez        Virgil        Lovren

                  Henderson        Fabhino

                      Keita            Shaqiri

          Salah            Firmino        Mane

      Especially for home games where the other lot are going to park the bus.

      Don't need to go 3 at the back.
      Push the fullbacks forward & have Fabinho anchoring in front of the back 2 is effectively the same thing.
      Only change needed is how the midfield 3 functions. 2 no 6s or 1 no 6 with Keita or Wijnaldum pushing up or Shaqiri in the midfield 3.
      Plenty of options for change from a 4-3-3 template. Think Klopp has stated as such before.
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      Re: Pre-Season 18/19
      Reply #1010: Aug 08, 2018 11:44:55 am
      Too late now but we have such attacking options it might have been good to look at a 3 at the back formation over the friendlies.

                              Allison

              Gomez        Virgil        Lovren

                  Henderson        Fabhino

                      Keita            Shaqiri

          Salah            Firmino        Mane

      Especially for home games where the other lot are going to park the bus.

      Absolutely bonkers formation. We would be destroyed on the flanks without full backs.

      Full backs are essential to Klopps style of football.
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      Re: Pre-Season 18/19
      Reply #1011: Aug 08, 2018 02:47:06 pm
      Too late now but we have such attacking options it might have been good to look at a 3 at the back formation over the friendlies.

                              Allison

              Gomez        Virgil        Lovren

                  Henderson        Fabhino

                      Keita            Shaqiri

          Salah            Firmino        Mane

      Especially for home games where the other lot are going to park the bus.

      Yeah why not, let’s get completely ripped open out wide.
      No balance to that set up at all.
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      Re: Pre-Season 18/19
      Reply #1012: Aug 08, 2018 03:56:26 pm
      Yeah why not, let’s get completely ripped open out wide.
      No balance to that set up at all.

      Agree. We want to be making the pitch bigger, not smaller and more compact.
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      Re: Pre-Season 18/19
      Reply #1013: Aug 08, 2018 09:49:56 pm
      Too late now but we have such attacking options it might have been good to look at a 3 at the back formation over the friendlies.

                              Allison

              Gomez        Virgil        Lovren

                  Henderson        Fabhino

                      Keita            Shaqiri

          Salah            Firmino        Mane

      Especially for home games where the other lot are going to park the bus.

      This would make Salah and Mane have to drop back more than they already do and leave Bobby completely isolated.

      You would make a good manager for Stoke or West Bromwich though.

      Or hell even ManU

      Forcing your most dangerous attacking options to have to drop back to cover.

      It’s madness.

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