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      The Next Crazy Stretch of Matches

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      Robby The Z
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      The Next Crazy Stretch of Matches
      Nov 12, 2019 04:45:48 pm
      After the International Break it will be :

      Saturday Nov. 23 - At Crystal Palace (PL)
      Wednesday Nov. 27 - vs. Napoli (CL)
      Saturday Nov. 30 - vs. Brighton (PL)
      Wednesday Dec. 4 - vs. Everton (PL)
      Saturday Dec. 7 - at Bournemouth (PL)
      Tuesday Dec. 10 - at Salzburg (CL)
      Saturday Dec. 14 - vs. Watford (PL)
      Tuesday Dec. 17 - vs. Aston Villa (League Cup - alternative squad)
      Wednesday Dec. 18 - Club World Cup semifinal
      Saturday Dec. 21 - Club World Cup final or 3/4 game.
      Thursday Dec. 26 - at Leicester (PL)
      Sunday Dec. 29 - vs. Wolves (PL)
      Thursday Jan. 2 - vs. Sheffield United (PL)
      Jan 4/5 - TBA (FA Cup 3rd Round)

      13 Games in 44 days boys and girls (not counting the League Cup game).

      I see already we are talking about players missing the opening game of that stretch, with both Robbo and Mo ruled questionable for Palace, and I think both missing their international matches even though they traveled to join the respective squads.

      I look at this and while it's crazy busy for sure, I think with our squad we could actually win all 13 of the games. Rotation will be needed, and it's hard to imagine there won't be some fitness issues during this stretch, but as there's not a team in the world we need to fear, it's fair to think we could win every one of these.

      Napoli is probably the toughest of the lot, but our first choice players will want to show their best performance after what is now the only blemish on our record this season. Everton is huge of course, and Leicester away will be a stern test, but I really do think we could win the whole lot.

      By the way, I'm not prepared to concede that League Cup tie with so many of our U23s playing. That group should have a fair bit of confidence by now as well. It will be a tall order without the steadying hand of a Milner, Gomez or Origi on board, but I wouldn't rule out our young lads winning.

      But back to the other 13 matches, what a feat winning all of them would be, yeah? Wonder what the odds would be for that.
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      Re: The Next Crazy Stretch of Matches
      Reply #1: Nov 12, 2019 06:31:26 pm
      To much to think about,just gotta worry about Palace.They"re not in great form and would love to f**k us over no?
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      Reply #2: Nov 12, 2019 06:51:00 pm
      To much to think about,just gotta worry about Palace.They"re not in great form and would love to f**k us over no?

      Sure they would.

      I understand the playing staff's focus will be on one match - the next one - but I'd be willing to bet the management team, including the sports science people, have some plans about managing the workload for the various players. It wouldn't be entirely scripted through January 5th or whatever, but the fixture list in and of itself is a challenge that has to be approached with care.

      Counting the Charity Shield, we've played 20 competitive matches so far this season, winning 15, drawing four and losing just once. Two of those draws we won (League Cup and Super Cup) and one we dropped (Charity Shield).

      If we do the same over the next 20 matches (that takes us through Norwich City away on Feb. 8, into the 5th round of the FA cup and right up to the knockout rounds of the Champions League), we would be on the brink of a most historic season. I couldn't be more confident in Jürgen and the team to deliver.
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      Reply #3: Nov 12, 2019 09:24:03 pm
      Just have to take it one game at a time, not that there is any time to think ahead anyway.

      Last season we had a busy schedule over December and I think we won every game. Here’s hoping we can do it again and add a second piece of silverware to our season so far in the process.
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      Re: The Next Crazy Stretch of Matches
      Reply #4: Nov 12, 2019 09:56:19 pm
      More games the more focused we are..

      Bring it!.
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      Reply #5: Nov 13, 2019 12:54:28 am
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      Reply #6: Nov 13, 2019 01:17:38 am
      More games the more focused we are..

      Bring it!.

      After these internationals we won't have to wait more than four days for the next game for almost the next two months. Enjoy every minute of it everyone.
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      Re: The Next Crazy Stretch of Matches
      Reply #7: Nov 13, 2019 05:12:03 am
      Salah and Robertson out of internationals. Give the pair a good 2 week rest before this mad run starts.
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      Reply #8: Nov 13, 2019 05:41:57 am
      I think the fixtures are laid out well where some games Klopp would be more comfortable playing squad players then his strongest XI. If we can the 3 points vs Napoli to allow us to pretty much rest all out first team players vs Red Bull will make things less difficult. I look at the period of RB Salzburg, Watford, CWC Semi-finals as a good period rest if key players need to be rested before we go into CWC final and Leicester City (Basing this on the hope we get 3 points vs Napoli)

      I just looking forward to having so many games to watch over the next couple of months.
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      Re: The Next Crazy Stretch of Matches
      Reply #9: Nov 13, 2019 08:23:45 am
      With our squad we should be OK, will be tough for teams like Chelsea and Leicester though, if they are still in touch in January I'll start to get a bit nervous.
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      Reply #10: Nov 13, 2019 08:55:32 am
      After these internationals we won't have to wait more than four days for the next game for almost the next two months. Enjoy every minute of it everyone.


      & thankfully no warm weather training camps 😎


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      Re: The Next Crazy Stretch of Matches
      Reply #11: Nov 13, 2019 09:14:51 am
      Nice 3 games period at home after palace - lovely
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      Reply #12: Nov 13, 2019 09:32:01 am
      At some point klopp will have to bring the fringe players in before it gets forced upon him. I'm talking about players such as keita,  lallana, gomez, shaqiri(I know he's injured).
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      Reply #13: Nov 13, 2019 10:58:14 am
      At some point klopp will have to bring the fringe players in before it gets forced upon him. I'm talking about players such as keita,  lallana, gomez, shaqiri(I know he's injured).

      You mean all players who have had minutes this season, besides Shaq?
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      Reply #14: Nov 13, 2019 11:34:45 am
      You mean all players who have had minutes this season, besides Shaq?

      Yeah, he's already doing this.
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      Re: The Next Crazy Stretch of Matches
      Reply #15: Nov 13, 2019 12:01:20 pm
      Leicester away on boxing day will be tough...full of turkey and christmas pudding...bellyache all round..
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      Reply #16: Nov 13, 2019 12:19:07 pm

      More so. Origi too
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      Reply #17: Nov 13, 2019 12:34:42 pm
      Leicester away on boxing day will be tough...full of turkey and christmas pudding...bellyache all round..

      Yes that could be a tough game, but hopefully after the Xmas period of games they might be getting a bit knackered by then.
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      Reply #18: Nov 13, 2019 12:44:12 pm
      13 Games in 44 days boys and girls (not counting the League Cup game).

      I'm thinking 10 fullish strength games in those 44 days.  I don't picture anyone playing more than 11 games maximum, and that would probably only be van Dijk and Allisson.

      Salzburg one is a bit up in the air - there is substantial prize money at stake even if we manage to beat Napoli.

      In reality however I look at that fixture list and I can see only 8 games the Liverpool players should be 100% focussed on and that's the Premier League games.

      I do not expect us to be flawless, and we have bought ourselves a bit of space.  50 points before the end of 2019 would be hugely impressive and is a realistic target.  If we were to reach that after the Leicester game then I don't see how anyone is catching us.

      This is the calm before the storm.  Might even get my Christmas tree up now.
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      Reply #19: Nov 13, 2019 01:27:31 pm
      Yeah we've got 8 PL games in those 44 days. Leicester away arguably the hardest. Boxing day does throw up some strange results.

      Looking at Mancheater City and their PL fixture list:

      23rd Nov. Chelsea H
      30th Nov. Newcastle A
      03 Dec. Burnley A
      07. Mancheater U. H
      15Dec. Arsenal A
      21st Dec. Leicester H
      27Dec. Wolves. A
      29th Dec.Everton H

      Our next 8 look, on paper, easier for sure. Few tough games in there, if we hold our form we could increase our lead over them.
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      Reply #20: Nov 13, 2019 01:29:02 pm
      Leicester away on boxing day will be tough...full of turkey and christmas pudding...bellyache all round..

      Let alone dealing with the lens flare from the floodlights off Brendan, Klopp and Bobby's teeth.
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      Reply #21: Nov 13, 2019 01:46:05 pm
      If we beat Napoli we are guaranteed top spot so we could rest a lot for the final group game. Winning that Napoli game is key.
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      Reply #22: Nov 13, 2019 02:25:32 pm
      I'm thinking 10 fullish strength games in those 44 days.  I don't picture anyone playing more than 11 games maximum, and that would probably only be van Dijk and Allisson.

      Salzburg one is a bit up in the air - there is substantial prize money at stake even if we manage to beat Napoli.

      In reality however I look at that fixture list and I can see only 8 games the Liverpool players should be 100% focussed on and that's the Premier League games.

      I do not expect us to be flawless, and we have bought ourselves a bit of space.  50 points before the end of 2019 would be hugely impressive and is a realistic target.  If we were to reach that after the Leicester game then I don't see how anyone is catching us.

      This is the calm before the storm.  Might even get my Christmas tree up now.

      Was about to say the teams we play have the same fixture load, but I guess most of them don't have the European games or the 8800 round trip to Qatar, so no they don't.  :)

      Anyone fancy an 8800-mile road trip to and from Qatar. You can drive there you know!
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      Reply #23: Nov 13, 2019 04:49:30 pm
      If we beat Napoli we are guaranteed top spot so we could rest a lot for the final group game. Winning that Napoli game is key.

      Also if we draw and Salzburs wins at Genk, we could potentially even go out on the final day. I really really hope we beat Napoli for so many reasons.
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      Re: The Next Crazy Stretch of Matches
      Reply #24: Nov 13, 2019 10:12:05 pm
      Leicester away on boxing day will be tough...full of turkey and christmas pudding...bellyache all round..

      Plus it’s a late kick off 8 o’clock which is load of bollocks as there are no public transport on Boxing Day for the fans

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