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      Pre-Match: Chelsea v Liverpool (2nd Jan 4:30pm)

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      Pre-Match: Chelsea v Liverpool (2nd Jan 4:30pm)
      Dec 31, 2021 03:17:50 pm
      Well, as of now it's going ahead, but.

      Klopp said: “We have three new COVID cases in the team and a few more in the staff, so it’s not so cool in the moment.

      “I’m not [able to reveal the names] because we still have to make the whole processes, getting a proper PCR and all these kind of things, but you will see the day after tomorrow on the teamsheet. It will be pretty clear then who is affected or infected.”

      Asked whether the situation could force Liverpool to seek a postponement of the fixture at Chelsea, Klopp replied: “Not yet, but we don’t know.

      “We never had this kind of proper outbreak where 10, 15, 20 players had it, for us it’s more every day another one. Staff happens now more and more often, so as I said before it feels like a lottery in the morning when you stand there and you wait for the result. It was now pretty much day by day always one case – today another one.

      “We have to wait, the boys are not even in yet, so we have to wait. In this moment, probably not but we don’t know how it will look in a few hours.”
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      Re: Pre-Match: Chelsea v Liverpool (2nd Jan 4:30pm)
      Reply #1: Dec 31, 2021 03:21:18 pm
      Think Chelsea want this off . Not sure who the 3 are rumours Bobby, Ali and Naby or Jota . Still should be able to field a competitive Xi and maybe a good time to play them
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      Re: Pre-Match: Chelsea v Liverpool (2nd Jan 4:30pm)
      Reply #2: Dec 31, 2021 03:29:46 pm
      We need this win, but were hurting long term.

      Looks like Minamino and Bobby definitely out of the Cup tie, FFS. Arsenal will go full strength and try and separate from us before the Anfield visit. Thiago is out again. Origi is nowhere to be seen. Mo and Mane are gone. Starting to get a little bummed
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      Re: Pre-Match: Chelsea v Liverpool (2nd Jan 4:30pm)
      Reply #3: Dec 31, 2021 03:34:00 pm
      Football is a farce at the minute.
      Pot luck each week as to who gets to postpone. And who gets forced to play with a weakened team.

      It’s probably about as enjoyable now as when it was behind closed doors. At least then it was full strength teams playing.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Chelsea v Liverpool (2nd Jan 4:30pm)
      Reply #4: Dec 31, 2021 03:35:15 pm
      We need this win, but were hurting long term.

      Looks like Minamino and Bobby definitely out of the Cup tie, FFS. Arsenal will go full strength and try and separate from us before the Anfield visit. Thiago is out again. Origi is nowhere to be seen. Mo and Mane are gone. Starting to get a little bummed

      Minimino should be fine for Arsenal Klopp said he was out running
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      Re: Pre-Match: Chelsea v Liverpool (2nd Jan 4:30pm)
      Reply #5: Dec 31, 2021 03:41:54 pm
      Anyone else think we are probably being too honest by saying who has covid. All of these teams getting games called off through covid and injury
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      Re: Pre-Match: Chelsea v Liverpool (2nd Jan 4:30pm)
      Reply #6: Dec 31, 2021 03:45:25 pm
      Is it wrong to be annoyed af with Thiago?

      He's so good, and always leaves you wanting more, but its ALWAYS something with that guy. Knee, Covid, calf, knee, covid, now his hip. He's only played about 40% of matches since he got here, and I bet he hasn't played much more than that for his career. The writing was on the wall when we were looking at him, and he's lived up to the mold he set. Amazing player with major durability issues. Maybe it wouldn't be as bad if Naby wasn't the same way.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Chelsea v Liverpool (2nd Jan 4:30pm)
      Reply #7: Dec 31, 2021 03:46:37 pm
      Anyone else think we are probably being too honest by saying who has covid. All of these teams getting games called off through covid and injury

      He didn't say today, just that it would be obvious on Sunday
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      Re: Pre-Match: Chelsea v Liverpool (2nd Jan 4:30pm)
      Reply #8: Dec 31, 2021 03:56:04 pm
      Is it wrong to be annoyed af with Thiago?

      He's so good, and always leaves you wanting more, but its ALWAYS something with that guy. Knee, Covid, calf, knee, covid, now his hip. He's only played about 40% of matches since he got here, and I bet he hasn't played much more than that for his career. The writing was on the wall when we were looking at him, and he's lived up to the mold he set. Amazing player with major durability issues. Maybe it wouldn't be as bad if Naby wasn't the same way.

      Thinking the same thing, and I’ve personally given up on Naby. Hot and cold with his form, and that’s when he is not injured.

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      Re: Pre-Match: Chelsea v Liverpool (2nd Jan 4:30pm)
      Reply #9: Dec 31, 2021 04:03:01 pm
      I'd probably not have started Bob anyway.
      Ally would be a loss, but Kelleher hasn't let us down.
      Don't know who the 3rd covid head is, if it's Jota, that'd be a loss.

              Kelleher
      TAA Matip VVD Kostas
        Hendo Fab Keita
         Salah Jota Mane

      On paper, strong side. Though didn't play great against Leicester - hopefully Jürgen has lit a fire under them since them.

      No room for dropping more points. Big ask, but that's where we're at with Citeh 9 points ahead of us.

      Go out and win lads :)  COYRs!!!!!!!!!
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      Re: Pre-Match: Chelsea v Liverpool (2nd Jan 4:30pm)
      Reply #10: Dec 31, 2021 04:06:23 pm
      Jota was training so I don’t think it’s him


      Potentially Alisson and Bobby

      So will go with the team above apart from maybe Konate or Gomez coming in

      Kelleher

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      Kostas

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      Hendo
      Keita

      Mane
      Jota
      Mo
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      Re: Pre-Match: Chelsea v Liverpool (2nd Jan 4:30pm)
      Reply #11: Dec 31, 2021 04:06:27 pm
      I’m current circumstances this has a 1-1 draw written all over it.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Chelsea v Liverpool (2nd Jan 4:30pm)
      Reply #12: Dec 31, 2021 04:09:49 pm
      Is it wrong to be annoyed af with Thiago?

      He's so good, and always leaves you wanting more, but its ALWAYS something with that guy. Knee, Covid, calf, knee, covid, now his hip. He's only played about 40% of matches since he got here, and I bet he hasn't played much more than that for his career. The writing was on the wall when we were looking at him, and he's lived up to the mold he set. Amazing player with major durability issues. Maybe it wouldn't be as bad if Naby wasn't the same way.

      He’s a luxury player, when you have him available it’s wonderful, but you can’t depend on him or build a team around him and I don’t think we are the type of team that’s really ever gone for luxury usually.

      He’s had and will have a few more delightful games for us, but that’s about it. He was worth a shot at the price we paid, but yeah, outside a few dazzling spread out performances a season that’s all you can expect from him.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Chelsea v Liverpool (2nd Jan 4:30pm)
      Reply #13: Dec 31, 2021 04:11:10 pm
      He didn't say today, just that it would be obvious on Sunday

      Yes, but Ali and Bobby missed training so speculation focuses on them.

      I see the Southampton vs. Newcastle game is already off. Of course ours will be played before a worldwide TV audience, so I suspect it will be hard to call it off. The other side of the "call it off" argument from our perspective is what will be happening when they try to replay it. There's no good answer really.

      Over here (you know) they have updated the protocol on how long someone has to isolate, I believe because this variant is more contagious but not as severe in the illness caused - so the NFL and others have updated their response a bit, mainly in shortening the amount of time a player has to be out after a positive test (10 days to 5 days) if he's asymptomatic.

      But as has been stated by UncleBob, there's a whole lot of random in which teams get a postponement and which have to play with a weaker team. Obviously it can end up impacting the table massively.

      Just went to the funeral of my favorite uncle yesterday, who died of it (he was 88). Have I mentioned that I'm tired of the whole thing?

      Would be nice to see our team play on Sunday, if possible.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Chelsea v Liverpool (2nd Jan 4:30pm)
      Reply #14: Dec 31, 2021 04:12:45 pm
      Jota was training so I don’t think it’s him


      Potentially Alisson and Bobby

      So will go with the team above apart from maybe Konate or Gomez coming in

      Kelleher

      TAA
      VVD
      Konate
      Kostas

      Fab
      Hendo
      Keita

      Mane
      Jota
      Mo

      Jota trained today did he?
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      Re: Pre-Match: Chelsea v Liverpool (2nd Jan 4:30pm)
      Reply #15: Dec 31, 2021 04:39:56 pm
      Saw the team that Chelsea put out the other night. Looked really strong to me but I suppose tuchel is frustrated at being down to the last 50 or so players in the squad
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      Re: Pre-Match: Chelsea v Liverpool (2nd Jan 4:30pm)
      Reply #16: Dec 31, 2021 05:21:33 pm
      It seems our injuries or covid cases always seem to be where we are weakest.
      I don’t mean in numbers, but in like for like replacements.
      That’s the benefit of having a squad of top class players who are happy to sit on the bench for 60 % of the season collecting their £350 + grand a week.
      Only oil money and a corrupt FFP system can create a squad like that.
      We, and the 16 other clubs will no doubt battle on, possibly 15 in future with bar codes now included.
      Afraid challenging for titles will never be the same again, as the dirty money will prevail.
      Still thinking if we’re not hit too hard with covid etc, and a realistic improvement from Leicester game we’ll still win 0-2
      Mainly due to this being an honest game of footy, and no 11 man defence to break down.

      Come on you red men !
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      Re: Pre-Match: Chelsea v Liverpool (2nd Jan 4:30pm)
      Reply #17: Dec 31, 2021 05:29:55 pm
      It seems our injuries or covid cases always seem to be where we are weakest.
      I don’t mean in numbers, but in like for like replacements.
      That’s the benefit of having a squad of top class players who are happy to sit on the bench for 60 % of the season collecting their £350 + grand a week.
      Only oil money and a corrupt FFP system can create a squad like that.
      We, and the 16 other clubs will no doubt battle on, possibly 15 in future with bar codes now included.
      Afraid challenging for titles will never be the same again, as the dirty money will prevail.
      Still thinking if we’re not hit too hard with covid etc, and a realistic improvement from Leicester game we’ll still win 0-2
      Mainly due to this being an honest game of footy, and no 11 man defence to break down.

      Come on you red men !

      This sounds horrible, but hear me out. If we continue to spend smart we will always be contenders in the league. But, like two years ago when we won it, we will need great luck on our side. City had some injuries and we showed how good we can be when our group stays fit. But that's doesn't happen often. So, when the league appears out of sight, we have to be able to deviate from that to cups. There's no shame in winning cups when the league isn't attainable. Even if it's FA and Milk cups. Carragher had a rant on this the other night, and I think he's right.

      Still want league titles, but your fooling yourself if you don't think the margin of error is so minute, that they will be NEARLY impossible to win. If we can snag one every 5 years or so, while winning the UCL or a domestic cup per season we should be happy
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      Re: Pre-Match: Chelsea v Liverpool (2nd Jan 4:30pm)
      Reply #18: Dec 31, 2021 06:02:42 pm
      This sounds horrible, but hear me out. If we continue to spend smart we will always be contenders in the league. But, like two years ago when we won it, we will need great luck on our side. City had some injuries and we showed how good we can be when our group stays fit. But that's doesn't happen often. So, when the league appears out of sight, we have to be able to deviate from that to cups. There's no shame in winning cups when the league isn't attainable. Even if it's FA and Milk cups. Carragher had a rant on this the other night, and I think he's right.

      Still want league titles, but your fooling yourself if you don't think the margin of error is so minute, that they will be NEARLY impossible to win. If we can snag one every 5 years or so, while winning the UCL or a domestic cup per season we should be happy

      Agree with Carra nearly 7 yrs we have had the pleasure of Klopp and I think that warrants more cups to show for it.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Chelsea v Liverpool (2nd Jan 4:30pm)
      Reply #19: Dec 31, 2021 06:24:57 pm
      Imagine if you played or didn’t play based on how well you felt.

      Michael Jordan had a legendary performance in the playoffs against the Utah Jazz when he had the flu. If it was Covid he’d have never been “allowed” to play.

      If people think there aren’t going to be Liverpool (and Chelsea) players playing in the game that are Covid positive they are kidding themselves. If we are going to play the games to begin with, then you should be allowed to play if you feel like you can. This isn’t Ebola.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Chelsea v Liverpool (2nd Jan 4:30pm)
      Reply #20: Dec 31, 2021 06:38:42 pm
      Imagine if you played or didn’t play based on how well you felt.

      Michael Jordan had a legendary performance in the playoffs against the Utah Jazz when he had the flu. If it was Covid he’d have never been “allowed” to play.

      If people think there aren’t going to be Liverpool (and Chelsea) players playing in the game that are Covid positive they are kidding themselves. If we are going to play the games to begin with, then you should be allowed to play if you feel like you can. This isn’t Ebola.

      I agree with this. So what if you have cold symptoms and a positive test? Just get on with it or football will never get back to normal.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Chelsea v Liverpool (2nd Jan 4:30pm)
      Reply #21: Dec 31, 2021 06:49:59 pm
      Imagine if you played or didn’t play based on how well you felt.

      Michael Jordan had a legendary performance in the playoffs against the Utah Jazz when he had the flu. If it was Covid he’d have never been “allowed” to play.

      If people think there aren’t going to be Liverpool (and Chelsea) players playing in the game that are Covid positive they are kidding themselves. If we are going to play the games to begin with, then you should be allowed to play if you feel like you can. This isn’t Ebola.

      🤦‍♂️

      There is so much wrong with this attitude but it’s no surprise
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      Re: Pre-Match: Chelsea v Liverpool (2nd Jan 4:30pm)
      Reply #22: Dec 31, 2021 06:53:29 pm
      I agree with this. So what if you have cold symptoms and a positive test? Just get on with it or football will never get back to normal.

      Me and my 8 YO got it right now. It's annoying, for sure. But I just did 15 minutes on the heavy bag and a series of push up and sit ups. I'm just a regular 35 YO guy, not a super athlete like Prem players. Obviously it's a case by case bases. However, this version doesn't seem to be nearly as lethal as other strands, especially if your vaccinated. If my wife wasn't pregnant I wouldnt be worried at all..
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      Re: Pre-Match: Chelsea v Liverpool (2nd Jan 4:30pm)
      Reply #23: Dec 31, 2021 07:16:46 pm
      Lukaku threw a bomb in the camp today saying he doesnt like it and Chelsea and would never have moved if he had been offered a new Contract and hope to return one day.
      I trust the honesty of our lads they know they let us d own and will be focused on performing on Sunday and a good win as a result.
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      Re: Pre-Match: Chelsea v Liverpool (2nd Jan 4:30pm)
      Reply #24: Dec 31, 2021 07:21:18 pm
      Lukaku threw a bomb in the camp today saying he doesnt like it and Chelsea and would never have moved if he had been offered a new Contract and hope to return one day.
      I trust the honesty of our lads they know they let us d own and will be focused on performing on Sunday and a good win as a result.

      Yea, Lukaku had a lot to say alright, not sure if it'll unsettle anyone on their side w.r.t. the game, but can't hurt

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