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      Pre-Match: Liverpool V Manchester City (07/10/18 - 16:30)

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      Re: Pre-Match: Liverpool V Manchester City (07/10/18 - 16:30)
      Reply #120: Oct 07, 2018 10:17:50 am
      The only question is the midfield and right now I think we're at our best with Gini at holding mid, which means Milly and Keita ahead of him.

      Salah to start because his pace is critical to our plans and the defence picks itself.

      Any result wouldn't shock me but i think we can still be confident heading in to this one. The crowd will play it's part and the boys should surely be up for this one.

      2-0 win to the lads.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Liverpool V Manchester City (07/10/18 - 16:30)
      Reply #121: Oct 07, 2018 10:48:47 am
      I really didn't think about putting Shaqiri in as an attacking midfielder in this game but it does make sense. Last season we had the OX with his energy and willing runs forward so Shaqiri would go a long way in getting something similar today.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Liverpool V Manchester City (07/10/18 - 16:30)
      Reply #122: Oct 07, 2018 10:59:29 am
      I really didn't think about putting Shaqiri in as an attacking midfielder in this game but it does make sense. Last season we had the OX with his energy and willing runs forward so Shaqiri would go a long way in getting something similar today.

      Ox after months of settling in compared to Shaqiri who has one (?) start and was pulled at half-time?

      I’d be shocked and worried if he started as a CAM.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Liverpool V Manchester City (07/10/18 - 16:30)
      Reply #123: Oct 07, 2018 11:08:02 am
      I’m sorry but Shaqiri doesn’t have the discipline to play in midfield, and certainly not against City. If Keita isn’t fit then as much as it pains me to say it we’ve got to go with Gini, Milner and Henderson in there.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Liverpool V Manchester City (07/10/18 - 16:30)
      Reply #124: Oct 07, 2018 11:30:18 am
      Think we’ve just gotta hope the occasion brings s bit more energy, form and finishing to our game.
      As we all know, when we’re on it, nobody can live with us. Just unfortunate we are not in the best of form at the mo.
      I’ve predicted 2-1 but st the same time extremely worried we’ll be over fun.
      Think it has to be Gini, Millie snd Keita in midfield. Shawn is not positionally disciplined enough for this one, Hend could be great or sh*te, there doesn’t seem to be any consistency in his game so a bit worried there.
      If Bob is having a mare, perhaps put Shaqu on, and Stu for Mo if he’s also off form still, but let’s nit wait till
      80 + mins. Give them 25-30 mins to get into the game.
      Worried, but trust the lads and Jürgen to bring home the bacon 😊
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      Re: Pre-Match: Liverpool V Manchester City (07/10/18 - 16:30)
      Reply #125: Oct 07, 2018 11:32:31 am
      Win would top of a great weekend for me...

      I’m taking a 3-2 win for the Redmen..
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      Re: Pre-Match: Liverpool V Manchester City (07/10/18 - 16:30)
      Reply #126: Oct 07, 2018 11:33:26 am
      Strap yoursslves in boys and girls. Roller coaster ride for 90 minutes not far away now
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      Re: Pre-Match: Liverpool V Manchester City (07/10/18 - 16:30)
      Reply #127: Oct 07, 2018 11:45:12 am
      Think we've got this one in the bag, if they're not up for this after losing the perfect start to the season to the Chavs and slipping up against Napoli in the CL then we've got more on our plate than we thought, I'm going for 3-1 to the Reds and fingers crossed for Mo to start firing on all cylinders!
      Off to bed now as its 8-45pm and K.O in just under 5 hours at 1-30am.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Liverpool V Manchester City (07/10/18 - 16:30)
      Reply #128: Oct 07, 2018 12:26:12 pm
      The top 3/4 are now limbering up for the season. Spurs made an iffy start but now, thanks to the odd dive, are up to speed. Chelsea's new manager has hit the ground running, ditto Arsenal's new manager. City are probably the best in the League. Despite our great start a number of issues need resolving. Midfield, the front 3 need to take the chances. The expectations on Mo are massive and careful handling is needed.

      The midfield is a bit over maned. Fabinho might wonder when he's going to get a run in the side. Klopp is still working on his best midfield line up. How to get the best out of Shaqiri. His work rate seems to be in question. Did the squad need another top striker rather than 2 very pricey midfielders, one a holding player. Today will not resolve all the issues Klopp faces. A win today will go a long way but regardless, I think City will still be the best in this League.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Liverpool V Manchester City (07/10/18 - 16:30)
      Reply #129: Oct 07, 2018 12:47:19 pm
      Lovren starting with gomez at rb ????
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      Re: Pre-Match: Liverpool V Manchester City (07/10/18 - 16:30)
      Reply #130: Oct 07, 2018 12:49:37 pm
      Lovren starting with gomez at rb ????
      I'm not sure where you got the info, but I can join in until I find out. Salah as GK  ???
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      Re: Pre-Match: Liverpool V Manchester City (07/10/18 - 16:30)
      Reply #131: Oct 07, 2018 12:53:50 pm
      Lovren starting with gomez at rb ????

      That wouldn't be a great surprise. Might be a smart move. What if Trent gets roasted. It would put his development back a bit. I'd be happy to see Trent start but Klopp might feel taking him out just for this one isn't such a bad idea.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Liverpool V Manchester City (07/10/18 - 16:30)
      Reply #132: Oct 07, 2018 12:54:33 pm
      I'm not sure where you got the info, but I can join in until I find out. Salah as GK  ???

      Problem is with you rib you probably would do that wouldn't you ?
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      Re: Pre-Match: Liverpool V Manchester City (07/10/18 - 16:30)
      Reply #133: Oct 07, 2018 12:55:28 pm
      That wouldn't be a great surprise. Might be a smart move. What if Trent gets roasted. It would put his development back a bit. I'd be happy to see Trent start but Klopp might feel taking him out just for this one isn't such a bad idea.

      Ok regarding Trent but why split a central defensive partnership that has been outstanding? If Trent is out it has to be Clyne in
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      Re: Pre-Match: Liverpool V Manchester City (07/10/18 - 16:30)
      Reply #134: Oct 07, 2018 12:56:29 pm
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      We can't lose this game, if we win. It will be brilliant. But at least a draw because we will be all three teams with 20 points.

      Thats  how I'd go as well Clint.

      Not in work until later so am going to be able to see this one and looking forward to it.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Liverpool V Manchester City (07/10/18 - 16:30)
      Reply #135: Oct 07, 2018 12:58:27 pm
      Ok regarding Trent but why split a central defensive partnership that has been outstanding? If Trent is out it has to be Clyne in

      I know, putting Lovren back in goes against the grain a bit. Gomez has been outstanding and is developing a solid partnership with Van the man. Klopp must be seriously worried about Sterling.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Liverpool V Manchester City (07/10/18 - 16:30)
      Reply #136: Oct 07, 2018 01:00:49 pm
      Problem is with you rib you probably would do that wouldn't you ?
      If we didn't have Alisson I'd put a that Sunderland balloon in goal.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Liverpool V Manchester City (07/10/18 - 16:30)
      Reply #137: Oct 07, 2018 01:04:23 pm
      Gomez has the pace, probably the quickest defender in the league. Is Klopp putting him at right back to keep up with Sterling. Sterling as Gerrard said has great body strength for a winger. Solid as a rock - we undersold him.

      May be Klopp also think playing Shaq as an attacking right sided wing back might mean whoever plays right back might not get the backup from Shaq defensively. Could be a different line up than we expect.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Liverpool V Manchester City (07/10/18 - 16:30)
      Reply #138: Oct 07, 2018 01:09:21 pm
      How bold or brave is Klopp going to be today. Take a chance and put Shaq in there. Shaq,Keita and Henderson in midfield. Very offensive. Take a brave manager to set out to go very high against City.

      I'd go for it but obviously we don't have the pressure Klopp has. But I would go for it.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Liverpool V Manchester City (07/10/18 - 16:30)
      Reply #139: Oct 07, 2018 01:16:31 pm
      How bold or brave is Klopp going to be today. Take a chance and put Shaq in there. Shaq,Keita and Henderson in midfield. Very offensive. Take a brave manager to set out to go very high against City.

      I'd go for it but obviously we don't have the pressure Klopp has. But I would go for it.

      Absolutely. And I think its proven actually a fair bit by us, that city cant cope with teams that go at them. Shaq in the side can inly be beneficial in my view. With Keita? Not sure think Shaq Milner and Gini be the 3 id go with
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      Re: Pre-Match: Liverpool V Manchester City (07/10/18 - 16:30)
      Reply #140: Oct 07, 2018 01:19:56 pm
      Prediction league I went 4 2 not sure on that to be honest but I do think we beat them
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      Re: Pre-Match: Liverpool V Manchester City (07/10/18 - 16:30)
      Reply #141: Oct 07, 2018 01:22:08 pm
      Prediction league I went 4 2 not sure on that to be honest but I do think we beat them

      I just put down a 3-1 win for every game, knowing that sooner or later it'll be the right score  :laugh:
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      Re: Pre-Match: Liverpool V Manchester City (07/10/18 - 16:30)
      Reply #142: Oct 07, 2018 01:29:36 pm
      I just put down a 3-1 win for every game, knowing that sooner or later it'll be the right score  :laugh:

      On that basis I will win the Lottery in 2933 when I will be going on for 988...wot a piss up that's going to be..
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      Re: Pre-Match: Liverpool V Manchester City (07/10/18 - 16:30)
      Reply #143: Oct 07, 2018 01:31:37 pm
      On that basis I will win the Lottery in 2933 when I will be going on for 988...wot a piss up that's going to be..

      Yeah, but it'll be £4,972,468.32 a pint, and the jackpot will still be £5 million.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Liverpool V Manchester City (07/10/18 - 16:30)
      Reply #144: Oct 07, 2018 01:33:45 pm
      Man City look to be playing better football than us at the minute.  Our last game was probably a real shock to the system - don't think any of us were expecting such a poor showing from our players.

      I'm not confident of us getting the points today at all.  Hope I'm wrong.

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      Re: Pre-Match: Liverpool V Manchester City (07/10/18 - 16:30)
      Reply #145: Oct 07, 2018 01:34:34 pm
      Yeah, but it'll be £4,972,468.32 a pint, and the jackpot will still be £5 million.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Liverpool V Manchester City (07/10/18 - 16:30)
      Reply #146: Oct 07, 2018 01:34:51 pm
      After a long thought, I have decided to not do the Live thread because it's been three games without a win and we lost the last one.

      Good luck to those who will do it!

      Come on reds, we can't lose this game!!!!
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      Re: Pre-Match: Liverpool V Manchester City (07/10/18 - 16:30)
      Reply #147: Oct 07, 2018 01:38:10 pm
      Man City look to be playing better football than us at the minute.  Our last game was probably a real shock to the system - don't think any of us were expecting such a poor showing from our players.

      I'm not confident of us getting the points today at all.  Hope I'm wrong.

      Yeah..very hard game to call. I think Klopp is up for it and will put out the right team but literally anything could happen. We could stuff them 4 or 5 or we could get screwed big time. Can't realistically offer a prediction..
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      Re: Pre-Match: Liverpool V Manchester City (07/10/18 - 16:30)
      Reply #148: Oct 07, 2018 01:39:22 pm

      Problem with Studge, as well he has been playing, if you put him in you fundamentally lose the ability to press. Our wins against City have been built on forcing mistakes when they are in possession in their final third and then taking advantage. If Studge would genuinely press the ball he'd be in the side no brainier for me but I don't think he'll ever play that way because he's lost trust in his body. Bobby is the trigger for our entire pressing game so he has to play.

      Agree that without the ball we're better with Bob up front than Studge, no doubt.

      Problem is 'with' the ball, the three lads up front having been making good use of it recently. And we need to make good use of our chances against City. And although Studge also wastes possession, he's in scoring form.

      Tough one, I 'trust' Bob more than Studge, but Studge has done well when given his chance, he really put a marker down in the game vs PSG.

      In the middle, I thought Keita was injured - if he's not, I'd play him an leave out Shaq. But on form, think Shaq has done enough to challenge Mo for a start, though not sure Jürgen would leave out Mo.

      If neither Studge or Shaq start, can see us putting in huge effort, but maybe not making best use of our chances. Again, just going on form - but hope I'm wrong and Mo and Bob do great :)
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      Re: Pre-Match: Liverpool V Manchester City (07/10/18 - 16:30)
      Reply #149: Oct 07, 2018 01:47:12 pm
      Agree that without the ball we're better with Bob up front than Studge, no doubt.

      Problem is 'with' the ball, the three lads up front having been making good use of it recently. And we need to make good use of our chances against City. And although Studge also wastes possession, he's in scoring form.

      Tough one, I 'trust' Bob more than Studge, but Studge has done well when given his chance, he really put a marker down in the game vs PSG.

      In the middle, I thought Keita was injured - if he's not, I'd play him an leave out Shaq. But on form, think Shaq has done enough to challenge Mo for a start, though not sure Jürgen would leave out Mo.

      If neither Studge or Shaq start, can see us putting in huge effort, but maybe not making best use of our chances. Again, just going on form - but hope I'm wrong and Mo and Bob do great :)

      It's looking like Studge is going to be an impact sub and in for early FA cup games. Does that mean that may be Klopp should've bought a top striker, making better use of the Fabinho money. Fab could be a great signing but as it is he looks like one to many midfielders. Also wasn't it predictable that Mo would never hit the heights of last season.

      We look over reliant on Mo hitting somewhere near the form he hit last season.

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