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      Pre-Match: Brighton V Liverpool (12/01/19 - 15:00)

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      Re: Pre-Match: Brighton V Liverpool (12/01/19 - 15:00)
      Reply #100: Jan 11, 2019 08:39:07 am
      Does he have that much power and strength?

      I’ve not seen it

      Nor I......yet.

      He does strike me - at the moment - as one of those players for whom the weight of the jersey itself is taking a bit of getting used to.

      Injuries clearly not helping.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Brighton V Liverpool (12/01/19 - 15:00)
      Reply #101: Jan 11, 2019 08:40:15 am
      Does he have that much power and strength?

      I’ve not seen it

      I think Keita does, he is a superb player, strong and quick but just seems that tiny fraction to slow on the ball at the moment. I really think that all he needs is an extended run of games to find his feet and rhythm, I am not concerned about him at all. I would be playing him in the next 3-4 games, if he is still struggling at the end of that then we may well have an issue but I'm almost certain he would click into gear.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Brighton V Liverpool (12/01/19 - 15:00)
      Reply #102: Jan 11, 2019 09:02:21 am
      I think Keita does, he is a superb player, strong and quick but just seems that tiny fraction to slow on the ball at the moment. I really think that all he needs is an extended run of games to find his feet and rhythm, I am not concerned about him at all. I would be playing him in the next 3-4 games, if he is still struggling at the end of that then we may well have an issue but I'm almost certain he would click into gear.

      Agree with this - he needs to be in the team for a stretch.

      Short term pain long term gain
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      Re: Pre-Match: Brighton V Liverpool (12/01/19 - 15:00)
      Reply #103: Jan 11, 2019 09:55:33 am
      I think Keita does, he is a superb player, strong and quick but just seems that tiny fraction to slow on the ball at the moment. I really think that all he needs is an extended run of games to find his feet and rhythm, I am not concerned about him at all. I would be playing him in the next 3-4 games, if he is still struggling at the end of that then we may well have an issue but I'm almost certain he would click into gear.

      Your right, some players just take time to adjust to the pace of the prem, when you see a player like Keita who clearly has ability then you give him time.

      I remember Petit and Viera years ago and look how they turned out, took them a season to adjust.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Brighton V Liverpool (12/01/19 - 15:00)
      Reply #104: Jan 11, 2019 10:20:14 am
      Agree with this - he needs to be in the team for a stretch.

      Short term pain long term gain

      I don't think you will find many who are not excited by what Naby could bring to our team. What we are probably agreed upon is the question why he hasn't shown us a lot more. Maybe it is game time needed and I guess his injury early on wouldn't have helped.
      Tomorrow would be the perfect game for him to really go at Brighton and build his confidence up
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      Re: Pre-Match: Brighton V Liverpool (12/01/19 - 15:00)
      Reply #105: Jan 11, 2019 10:34:51 am
      Does he have that much power and strength?

      I’ve not seen it
      Was just thinking the same thing; he's small and lean, so power & strength aren't words that spring immediately to mind when describing Keita!
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      Re: Pre-Match: Brighton V Liverpool (12/01/19 - 15:00)
      Reply #106: Jan 11, 2019 10:35:27 am
      I don't think you will find many who are not excited by what Naby could bring to our team. What we are probably agreed upon is the question why he hasn't shown us a lot more. Maybe it is game time needed and I guess his injury early on wouldn't have helped.
      Tomorrow would be the perfect game for him to really go at Brighton and build his confidence up

      We can use him more in the CL, he's comfortable there having played before, in the Epl i think he's still adjusting to the physicality and constant pace, he's also in a different role/position of that at Leipzig,  so of course that will have affected his confidence,  we have to take into account his living conditions,  new home, new city, new environment et al,
      He'll get there, he's just taking longer than others.
      Its cool, we'll see the best of him soon enough.


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      Re: Pre-Match: Brighton V Liverpool (12/01/19 - 15:00)
      Reply #107: Jan 11, 2019 10:52:50 am
      We lose to city, a game, in my opinion, we should have won. Lady luck just didn’t shine on us.
      The wolves game, think Klopp threw that to concentrate on the Prem. No other explanation for me when you make 9 changes against a side we recently beat, but also had a taste of what they are capable of.
      Before these two games, did anyone really have any fear of us not beating Brighton ?
      Stranger things have happened in football I know, but for all intent and purposes, really !
      I don’t think our players will be unduly worried, due to the above.
      Full strength, full of confidence, by far the better side, full of anger and determination.

      Back to business.

      Confidence and momentum in football is massive though, it is in any sport.

      Brighton away is a tough game no matter what form you're in but especially after two back to back losses. Despite the several changes in the last game I think our usual starting line up will still feel the pressure knowing all focus/hope has been put into the league now. Make no mistake, this game is huge for us. Three points here will be massive.



      Tricky game.

      Confidence and momentum ...agreed ...... very important.

      Got to treat this as the start of a winning run through to May.

      Lets do this !

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      Re: Pre-Match: Brighton V Liverpool (12/01/19 - 15:00)
      Reply #108: Jan 11, 2019 12:02:04 pm
      Well this is a bit of a pain;

      Jordan Henderson a doubt for Brighton match as Liverpool injuries mount up

      Liverpool are concerned about the fitness of skipper Jordan Henderson for Saturday’s fixture at Brighton.

      Henderson has a calf issue and will need a fitness test on Friday to establish if he can make the trip south, having suffered the injury on the eve of Liverpool’s FA Cup defeat to Wolves.

      With several injury issues emerging over the last few weeks, Klopp’s squad is being stretched more than at any time during this season.

      The Liverpool manager will be without Dejan Lovren for the game due to the hamstring problem he picked up in the early stages of the 2-1 loss, while Joel Matip is not likely to have recovered from a broken collarbone in time.

      Matip is making progress in his recovery and, like Lovren, could be back to face Crystal Palace next weekend. Joe Gomez is missing until February due to a leg fracture sustained at Burnley last month.

      That means another midfielder, Fabinho, is likely to continue as a makeshift centre-back as Liverpool seek to preserve their four point lead at the top of the Premier League. Fabinho played the role at Wolves alongside 16-year-old Ki-Jana Hoever.

      If Fabinho plays in defence, Liverpool can ill afford Henderson to be absent as it will limit midfield options. Intriguingly, Henderson was pencilled in to to play centre-back alongside Fabinho in the FA Cup tie prior to his injury. His late withdrawal meant Lovren – who was due to be rested with Virgil Van Dijk – had to play. Liverpool paid the price after just five minutes of the tie.

      James Milner, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri are available, but Adam Lallana will also need to come through Friday’s training session unscathed to be involved. Lallana was also meant to start at Wolves prior to his late withdrawal.

      Henderson and Lallana will try to complete a full training session on Friday. Liverpool travel to Brighton on Friday night.

      Despite the injury issues, Klopp has made no plans to move into the transfer market as he anticipates having a full squad by the end of the month.

      Liverpool’s only activity so far has involved outgoing loan deals and the £19 million sale of Dominic Solanke to Bournemouth.

      Teenager Ben Woodburn, who has returned to Anfield after a disappointing loan spell at Sheffield United, will be allowed to move on again for the remainder of the season. Several championship clubs are showing interest in the young forward

      https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2019/01/10/jordan-henderson-doubt-brighton-match-liverpool-injuries-mount/

      Personally I would have Shaqiri starting already further up the pitch, Lallana wasn’t fit enough for Monday, we’re getting hit with a few injuries now, I wouldn’t risk him or Henderson unless they absolutely need to, so it’s between Keita and Milner and personally I would lean toward Keita.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Brighton V Liverpool (12/01/19 - 15:00)
      Reply #109: Jan 11, 2019 12:20:16 pm
      Even with the injuries the first XI we can put out is very strong comparatively

      The bench may be weak, but we can't buy backup bench players for when we have injuries... that's for the u23's/U21's
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      Re: Pre-Match: Brighton V Liverpool (12/01/19 - 15:00)
      Reply #110: Jan 11, 2019 12:43:28 pm
      At least Matip back for Palace game think tomorrow to soon. Henderson only just training today so may also struggle which leaves us a little short.  Would go Gini , Milner and Keita
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      Re: Pre-Match: Brighton V Liverpool (12/01/19 - 15:00)
      Reply #111: Jan 11, 2019 12:49:26 pm
      I'm not to bothered about Henderson's injury, I'd actually quite like to see a midfield three of Gini, Keita and Shaq, it'll certainly cause Brighton problems going forwards although we might be a bit more exposed in defence.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Brighton V Liverpool (12/01/19 - 15:00)
      Reply #112: Jan 11, 2019 01:21:20 pm
      3-1 Salah, Mane & Big Shaq

      BOOM!!!
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      Re: Pre-Match: Brighton V Liverpool (12/01/19 - 15:00)
      Reply #113: Jan 11, 2019 05:54:49 pm
      If Hendo is injured and Fab is at CB, that's not ideal - bit short in the middle.
      But would hope to still have enough for Brighton.

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      Re: Pre-Match: Brighton V Liverpool (12/01/19 - 15:00)
      Reply #114: Jan 11, 2019 07:21:51 pm
      Quite nervous about this game, chance to move seven clear again from City but Brighton are no mugs, add the fact that we've lost two in a row and the tension is running high!
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      Re: Pre-Match: Brighton V Liverpool (12/01/19 - 15:00)
      Reply #115: Jan 11, 2019 07:33:29 pm
      I don't think the tension is running high in the team at all. I think the players are rested and ready to get right back to where they left off, playing great football and vanquishing all (almost) before them.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Brighton V Liverpool (12/01/19 - 15:00)
      Reply #116: Jan 11, 2019 08:32:07 pm
      Biggest game of the season.

      Need a response and need to say to city fook you we have the bottle for this
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      Re: Pre-Match: Brighton V Liverpool (12/01/19 - 15:00)
      Reply #117: Jan 11, 2019 08:43:42 pm
      lets try not make every game a last ditch effort to win the league. We have a nice 4 point lead we are playing Brighton its going to be great if people carry on like this we will be missing half the forum by the end of May with heart failure.
      Not a chance the Boys will mess up tomorrow we have a great team even without a few players we have more than enough for most teams 3-1 win and make the rest of them feel the pressure
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      Re: Pre-Match: Brighton V Liverpool (12/01/19 - 15:00)
      Reply #118: Jan 11, 2019 08:49:04 pm
      lets try not make every game a last ditch effort to win the league. We have a nice 4 point lead we are playing Brighton its going to be great if people carry on like this we will be missing half the forum by the end of May with heart failure.
      Not a chance the Boys will mess up tomorrow we have a great team even without a few players we have more than enough for most teams 3-1 win and make the rest of them feel the pressure

      No dvery game isnt or wont be but first game after our first defeat is massive. If we dont beat Brighton not only do city close the gap further but the question of our bottle will be deafening
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      Re: Pre-Match: Brighton V Liverpool (12/01/19 - 15:00)
      Reply #119: Jan 11, 2019 08:54:57 pm
      No dvery game isnt or wont be but first game after our first defeat is massive. If we dont beat Brighton not only do city close the gap further but the question of our bottle will be deafening

      If City win 10-0 and we get beat 1-0 we will still be TOP OF THE LEAGUE I refuse to believe playing Brighton is a pivotal game for us we need to remember who we are and where we are TOP OF THE LEAGUE
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      Re: Pre-Match: Brighton V Liverpool (12/01/19 - 15:00)
      Reply #120: Jan 11, 2019 09:07:22 pm
      If City win 10-0 and we get beat 1-0 we will still be TOP OF THE LEAGUE I refuse to believe playing Brighton is a pivotal game for us we need to remember who we are and where we are TOP OF THE LEAGUE

      Ill have to disagree on this one
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      Re: Pre-Match: Brighton V Liverpool (12/01/19 - 15:00)
      Reply #121: Jan 11, 2019 09:32:23 pm
      With Hendo out, I wouldn’t be surprised if Matip does play with Fab moving back into midfield. Milner has been pants for the last 2 games and Keita just isn’t doing it so I can see why both would find themselves on the bench, with Gini, Fab and Shaq all starting.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Brighton V Liverpool (12/01/19 - 15:00)
      Reply #122: Jan 11, 2019 10:17:21 pm
      This won't be an easy game... they beat Utd 3-2, we beat them 0-1 Spurs beat them 2-1 and City 2-0 they beat West Ham, Wolves and Newcastle 1-0 and recently drew with Leicester beat Palace 3-1, Chelsea squeezed pass them 2-1 Arsenal drew 1-1 with them Everton lost 0-1 West ham drew 2-2 and Bournemouth lost 3-1, a game in which Clyne played
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      Re: Pre-Match: Brighton V Liverpool (12/01/19 - 15:00)
      Reply #123: Jan 11, 2019 10:26:43 pm
      This won't be an easy game... they beat Utd 3-2, we beat them 0-1 Spurs beat them 2-1 and City 2-0 they beat West Ham, Wolves and Newcastle 1-0 and recently drew with Leicester beat Palace 3-1, Chelsea squeezed pass them 2-1 Arsenal drew 1-1 with them Everton lost 0-1 West ham drew 2-2 and Bournemouth lost 3-1, a game in which Clyne played


      When you put it like that Don, it’s clearly a tougher game than I imagined. Wish you hadn’t posed that, I’ll be bricking it now until 5:00 tomorrow 😳
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      Re: Pre-Match: Brighton V Liverpool (12/01/19 - 15:00)
      Reply #124: Jan 11, 2019 10:27:39 pm
      They are decent..think they have the best home record outside the top 6

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