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      Pre-Match: Liverpool vs. Sheffield United (Sat. 24th Oct 8pm)

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      Robby The Z
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      Pre-Match: Liverpool vs. Sheffield United (Sat. 24th Oct 8pm)
      Oct 22, 2020 05:10:42 pm
      Back to the Premier League wars Saturday night at Anfield. Liverpool will attempt to gather 11 players of varying mobility to face the Blades. Players out for us include Virgil Van Dijk, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin, Thiago, Kristian Tsimikas and Alisson Becker. Those with doubts as to their availability include Joel Matip, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita and Sadio Mane.

      This is the third of 7 matches being played in 21 days, so at some point rotation would have come in anyway. Quite a bit of uncertainty as to Jürgen's team selection, but what IS certain is that getting three points Saturday would be very helpful to our efforts to repeat as league champions.

      Sheffield United have one point from 5 matches, and sit in the relegation zone. We might expect to see Rhian Brewster in the starting lineup for them after his big money move a couple of weeks ago. he came on as a sub last weekend vs. Fulham and barely touched the ball.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Walking Wounded vs. Sheffield United (Sat. 24th Oct 8pm)
      Reply #1: Oct 22, 2020 05:26:55 pm
      Not even sure who is out? Assuming that tge same lads out yesterday are out again then Id go

      Adrian

      Trent Fab Joe Robbo

          Hendo Shaq Gini

      Mo   Bobby   Jota

      Im expecting to hear that Manevand Milner are out before kick off
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      Re: Pre-Match: Walking Wounded vs. Sheffield United (Sat. 24th Oct 8pm)
      Reply #2: Oct 22, 2020 05:37:18 pm
      Not even sure who is out? Assuming that tge same lads out yesterday are out again then Id go

      Adrian

      Trent Fab Joe Robbo

          Hendo Shaq Gini

      Mo   Bobby   Jota

      Im expecting to hear that Manevand Milner are out before kick off

      More than enough quality there to put an also depleted Sheffield Utd team away.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Walking Wounded vs. Sheffield United (Sat. 24th Oct 8pm)
      Reply #3: Oct 22, 2020 05:40:56 pm
      More than enough quality there to put an also depleted Sheffield Utd team away.

      I'd start the second string attack and rotate the midfield where possible.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Walking Wounded vs. Sheffield United (Sat. 24th Oct 8pm)
      Reply #4: Oct 22, 2020 06:02:23 pm
      I'd start the second string attack and rotate the midfield where possible.


      Not a bad call.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Walking Wounded vs. Sheffield United (Sat. 24th Oct 8pm)
      Reply #5: Oct 22, 2020 06:03:18 pm
      Give Mane a rest and bench Firmino.

                    Adrian
      Trent Gomez Fabinho Robbo
                Hendo  Gini
        Shaqiri  Minamino  Jota
                     Salah
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      Re: Pre-Match: Walking Wounded vs. Sheffield United (Sat. 24th Oct 8pm)
      Reply #6: Oct 22, 2020 06:15:43 pm
                  Adrian
      TAA Gomez Matip Robbo
       Hendo  Fabinho Gini
        Salah Minamino  Jota

      Gini in assuming Thiago injured.
      Thought Matip didn't travel to Ajax just as precaution. If so, Fab could push into the middle.
      If Mane has a knock, maybe give Jota a run from the start, who did well when he took people on.
      Bob hasn't been quite himself and thought Jota and Minamino linked reasonably well at Ajax.
      Shaq was quiet so would go Salah.

      But who knows.
      Thank feck we still have the footy to look forward to cause there's shag all else.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Walking Wounded vs. Sheffield United (Sat. 24th Oct 8pm)
      Reply #7: Oct 22, 2020 06:24:21 pm
      I think if for the foreseeable future Fab will be covering defence, and with the other two being injury prone... as much as I think it’s a loss to midfield, I’d keep him playing CB every week, and only have one of Matip and Gomez starting any given game... we need to wrap those two in cotton wool, plus it gives Fab time to get fully settled into the back. 
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      Re: Pre-Match: Walking Wounded vs. Sheffield United (Sat. 24th Oct 8pm)
      Reply #8: Oct 22, 2020 06:26:56 pm
      I think if for the foreseeable future Fab will be covering defence, and with the other two being injury prone... as much as I think it’s a loss to midfield, I’d keep him playing CB every week, and only have one of Matip and Gomez starting any given game... we need to wrap those two in cotton wool, plus it gives Fab time to get fully settled into the back. 

      I agree
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      Re: Pre-Match: Walking Wounded vs. Sheffield United (Sat. 24th Oct 8pm)
      Reply #9: Oct 22, 2020 07:28:41 pm
      Rotation or not we should have too much for Sheffield, who are struggling as well with injuries, i believe.

      With the next game coming fast and furious on Tuesday i would rest Mane and Hendo, who did not get clearance to go past 45mins last game.

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      Re: Pre-Match: Walking Wounded vs. Sheffield United (Sat. 24th Oct 8pm)
      Reply #10: Oct 22, 2020 07:29:30 pm
      Back to the Premier League wars Saturday night at Anfield. Liverpool will attempt to gather 11 players of varying mobility to face the Blades. Players out for us include Virgil Van Dijk, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin, Thiago, Kristian Tsimikas and Alisson Becker. Those with doubts as to their availability include Joel Matip, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita and Sadio Mane.

      This is the third of 7 matches being played in 21 days, so at some point rotation would have come in anyway. Quite a bit of uncertainty as to Jürgen's team selection, but what IS certain is that getting three points Saturday would be very helpful to our efforts to repeat as league champions.

      Sheffield United have one point from 5 matches, and sit in the relegation zone. We might expect to see Rhian Brewster in the starting lineup for them after his big money move a couple of weeks ago. he came on as a sub last weekend vs. Fulham and barely touched the ball.

      Has Thiago been ruled out ?
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      Re: Pre-Match: Walking Wounded vs. Sheffield United (Sat. 24th Oct 8pm)
      Reply #11: Oct 22, 2020 10:01:46 pm
      Sheffield is a good team they are struggling to score goals of late so I wouldn't take them lightly just yet.  strongest possible line up we need a win and 3 points.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Walking Wounded vs. Sheffield United (Sat. 24th Oct 8pm)
      Reply #12: Oct 22, 2020 10:48:31 pm
      I’d start with the team that finished in Ajax..
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      Re: Pre-Match: Walking Wounded vs. Sheffield United (Sat. 24th Oct 8pm)
      Reply #13: Oct 23, 2020 06:28:21 am
      Strongest possible team should play v Sheffield utd, we can rotate in the European game. Id like to see Jota start on Saturday night, he loooks like a man fighting for a place.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Walking Wounded vs. Sheffield United (Sat. 24th Oct 8pm)
      Reply #14: Oct 23, 2020 09:31:29 am

      Yea he's out for at least another week according to Jürgen.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Walking Wounded vs. Sheffield United (Sat. 24th Oct 8pm)
      Reply #15: Oct 23, 2020 10:06:20 am
      Strongest possible team should play v Sheffield utd, we can rotate in the European game. Id like to see Jota start on Saturday night, he loooks like a man fighting for a place.

      Why does it have to be about rotation? Does form ever come into it?
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      Re: Pre-Match: Walking Wounded vs. Sheffield United (Sat. 24th Oct 8pm)
      Reply #16: Oct 23, 2020 10:14:36 am
      Why on Earth would I start the 2nd team next game ??? Rotate in the Champions League not at the domestic!

      NB: Team no longer available

      I will drop Firmino not rotate. He needs some time on the bench.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Walking Wounded vs. Sheffield United (Sat. 24th Oct 8pm)
      Reply #17: Oct 23, 2020 10:35:52 am
      Yea he's out for at least another week according to Jürgen.

      Oh right thought he was close to returning for weekend shame that
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      Re: Pre-Match: Walking Wounded vs. Sheffield United (Sat. 24th Oct 8pm)
      Reply #18: Oct 23, 2020 11:09:02 am
      Why on Earth would I start the 2nd team next game ??? Rotate in the Champions League not at the domestic!

      NB: Team no longer available

      I will drop Firmino not rotate. He needs some time on the bench.

      Might be a big ask for Milly to start again after playing 90 mins against Ajax.

      Maybe Hendo for Milly.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Walking Wounded vs. Sheffield United (Sat. 24th Oct 8pm)
      Reply #19: Oct 23, 2020 11:12:33 am
      If Joel is okay would push fab back into midfield with gini and hendo or Milner. Jota for bobby
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      Re: Pre-Match: Walking Wounded vs. Sheffield United (Sat. 24th Oct 8pm)
      Reply #20: Oct 23, 2020 11:36:40 am
      Hope Joel is back so he can form some sort of partnership with Gomez to get some confidence up back there. Fabs too good to keep being put in there for me even though he does a cracking job.

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      Re: Pre-Match: Walking Wounded vs. Sheffield United (Sat. 24th Oct 8pm)
      Reply #21: Oct 23, 2020 12:25:35 pm
      If Thiago is fit I'd keep Fabinho as CB, Hendo can be DM with Gini alongside Thiago, usual suspects up top but i am tempted to use Taki rather than Bobby,

      Alternatively if Thiago is out, I'd have J&J as a cb pairing and a midfield trio of Fabinho Hendo & Gini,
      Jota is pushing for a start but I'd rather  see Minamino in for his creactivity, Bobby needs a rest imo,  I'd bench him for a couple see if he can regain his mojo,  he hasn't been the same since before lock down, he's looked jaded for me, and we need him back to his best asap given the amount of games on the horizon.

      Can't see Blades being as sharp as last season, a first Reds win without the big fella.


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      Re: Pre-Match: Walking Wounded vs. Sheffield United (Sat. 24th Oct 8pm)
      Reply #22: Oct 23, 2020 01:41:01 pm
      Thiago or Ali not ruled out
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      Re: Pre-Match: Walking Wounded vs. Sheffield United (Sat. 24th Oct 8pm)
      Reply #23: Oct 23, 2020 02:23:49 pm
      Personally would keep Fabinho as a centre back until another top Centre half is signed.  In my opinion I would wrap Matip in cotton and wool and only use him in rotation.   Looking back the last couple of season it is dangerous playing him too much at the moment.  A back up is better than none.   He plays a little bit too much we could be very easily be left with Fab and Joe.   I honestly wouldn't give him a run in the team till early December myself.  And only then if we are very serious about buying a top defender.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Walking Wounded vs. Sheffield United (Sat. 24th Oct 8pm)
      Reply #24: Oct 23, 2020 02:43:15 pm
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      Yeah I see that from today's presser. I thought Jürgen had said earlier that Thiago would miss this one. He said Thiago would have to train and then we'll see. Would be a massive plus if he can go, but of course only if it's safe. Much better to wait another match if it provides much more stability going forward.

      Shocked at the Ali one. There too, I hope it's not case of taking a risk because of Adrian's performances (and the lack of confidence the defenders seem to have in him - i.e. the look on Gomez's face in the early going vs. Ajax). Jürgen strikes me as sincerely caring about player well-being so I can only trust that he wouldn't put a player, no matter how important, at any health risk.

      Also wondering about Jordan Henderson for this one. He made such a difference when he came on vs. Ajax.

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