First time in ages we're going into a game where I'm not confident of getting anything. If I'm honest, I'm expecting us to get slapped.
Usually our front three give us a chance against anyone but they're not firing or even looking like team mates at the moment. They look like three strangers who are badly out of form.
The midfield have gone from being very impressive early on in the season to being a complete shambles. We simply cannot start that midfield three of gini, Henderson and Milner against city. If we do, we're just inviting them to push up and press us. The front three will be starved of service yet again. It'll be suicidal against these it really will be.
The only realistic option we have right now is putting shaqiri in there as the point. Something that doesn't fill me with much confidence to be honest and I get the feeling klopp won't put his trust in him to play in there against these either. See why some of us were desperate for fekir now?
Shaqiri would really have to work his bollocks off the way ox did. Press them, get stuck in, track back and get behind the ball when needed too. It will have to be a very disciplined performance and I'm not sure he has it in him. Maybe he will grasp the opportunity but it's a big gamble.
I really can't see shaqiri getting the nod from klopp but the only other option really is to continue playing Hendo gini and Milner who are just f**king awful together. I'd rather gamble and go with shaqiri.
If klopp doesn't go with shaqiri then I hope he gives Fabinho a start over Henderson. The midfield will still lack creativity but at least we will have a player on the pitch who can control a game properly and dictate the play. That could free up Milner and Wijnaldum who may find the form they had before Henderson started getting minutes.
I honestly don't think I can take another game like this where Henderson goes missing and it affects our other midfielders. Then coming on here and reading about the two 'world class recoveries' he did which were just the most basic straight forward bits of play that any Sunday league footballer is capable of. It's just embarrassing now and I'm convinced they're on the wind up.
He adds nothing to our game and he never has. I've said it for a long time that our attack constantly bail him out. When the front three are firing and we're winning games then everybody's happy and nobody talks about Henderson's and his poor performances. I notice it though. A few others do. But some fans are blinded and don't notice it at all. They only notice the goals go in and thats it.
When the front three aren't firing though and we aren't winning games then you see just how basic he is and how little he offers this team. A lot more people are noticing it at present and he's rightfully coming in for a lot of criticism. Long over due.
When you want your captain to get a grip of your team and pull you through games when your not playing your best, where is he? He is supposed to be our leader.
His supporters will say 'it's not his job' or 'he's just this years scapegoat', but that's just a load of tosh to be quite honest. This is the perfect time for a 'number 6' to carry us through these types of games when we aren't playing well and maybe he would do if he was any good but as I say, he's just exposed when the front three aren't scoring and we aren't winning games. He offers absolutely nothing.
I didn't want to go in on Henderson but the thought of him starting really annoys me. I've been saying it for a couple of weeks now but I really fear klopps loyalty in him will backfire on us and we will get punished for it.
If Henderson plays on Sunday I have no hope in us winning. The midfield will just be unbalanced again, henderson will play poorly and gini and Milner won't be involved.
This is exactly the f**king game he needs to roll his sleeves up and lead by example, get f**king stuck in and get us over that line one way or another. He needs to be the best player on the pitch to the point he's coming off to a standing ovation and we're singing his name.
Three games without a win now and were playing like sh*te. A potential title decider at home so we need our captain more than ever. So if he does presumably start then let's see what he's f**king made of once and for all. I have no hope whatsoever and I'm guessing he will go missing yet again but I hope to god he turns up and shuts me up for a week at least.