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  1. lebron

    Premier League Round Up (Mar 2-3 2019)

    I think the reason Bournemouth decided to play like they did was the fact they have been taken apart by anyone decent when having a go. Howe's taken a bit of flak for it too. I just think he thought it was worth a shot trying to pack the defence like the other mid-table plodders do. Bournemouth aren't really as well suited to that style though (or trained to play that way), and therefore looked even worse than they intended.
  2. lebron

    Other Football - 2018/19 Season

    The refereeing at OT was as bad as anything I've seen all season, Southampton were literally playing against 12 men all day. Southampton players coming within a whisker of Utd players the ref couldn't wait to get his whistle out. The other way, hustle, hold and tackle all you want without consequence. Ridiculous really. The penalty they got in the end was just about the only decision he got right. The FA/Ferguson has clearly had a word, wanting the fallen giant to raise again with Mourinho out of the picture. VAR can't come quickly enough, even if it's the same incompetent/crooked fools making the decisions.
  3. lebron

    Trent Alexander-Arnold

    Annoyed me even more than Sturridge coming on for Bobby that we didn't bring Trent on for Milner against the Mancs. Under no circumstance should any other of our players be on set piece duty unless Trent is out injured.
  4. Pats self on back... Funny how when there's a ref finally doing his job they show just how overrated they are. Most hollow win streak in years. Can't believe the number of people harping on about Kimpembe, Pogba was even luckier to escape the red in the 1st half, young fortunate to stay on too.
  5. No doubt there are some great names there, and playing at their peak they would represent an almighty task. The three bolded ones are the only ones producing something resembling their best atm though, and are also the only ones I'd consider putting into our team (in a 4-3-3 at least). Robben and Ribery are still capable of magic moments, but no way I'd swap Mane/Salah for them. We actually did just that (I know it was a friendly, but still) a couple of years ago, and they never knew what hit them. Several of the same players were shellshocked by our tempo, and judging by their results in the BL this year, they're still capable of falling apart against teams that press them. What they've got going for them is an enthusiastic home crowd (much like us) which when they smell blood really make their team turn it on. Hopefully we'll have settled the tie before we get there, as our side has looked some way off the mean away machines they were last year.
  6. Looking increasingly likely Lovren will miss this (not attending the training camp). In that case: -------------------Allison------------- Trent------Matip-----Fabinho----Robbo --------------------Wijnaldum--------------- -----------Milner/Hendo-----Keita----------- Salah------------Firmino-------------Mane--- I actually think we'll beat them handsomely. They won't be able to tackle our energy and pace, as their CB's are way past their best (even Alaba has regressed imo). Crucial that we don't let Thiago pull the strings in midfield, and that we swarm all over them for the first 20-25 mins. Guessing they'll line up something like: -------------------Neuer------------------ Kimmich--Boateng--Hummels--Alaba ---------Goretzka-----Thiago---------- --Coman------James------Ribery--- ---------------Lewandowski----------- That's about the slowest side remaining in the competition, which is a huge advantage for us. They are used to having most of the ball, and are normally pretty daring in how high their line is. If (big if of course, as they are pretty good on the ball) we can get a couple of breaks early on I think they will shit their pants. Neuer's sweeper-keeping not as good as it used to be either (if he plays at all). Can't wait for this one, even if I agree that the league is the main course this year, this is a nice dessert. I think we can afford to take it seriously as well, seeing that we've got no other commitments (unlike City).
  7. Seriously though, with Neymar playing PSG would trounce them at OT, as the space between their lines is ridiculous. Not as confident now, but looking forward to seeing Mbappe running at Lindelof/Jones (or Bailly). Too bad their other attackers are weak-minded pussies. Expect Thiago Silva/Kimpembe/Marquinhos to keep Rashford/Martial quiet, hopefully Verratti is a 100% and schools Pogba. Most important debut of the night is for VAR, the vermin less likely to get their customary penalty under the little goblin.
  8. A 2-1 win for Utd tonight, just to keep them busy ahead of our meeting with them, and then all their dreams come crashing down in the following weeks. Defeats to us, Chelsea and PSG to end their season would be sweet.
  9. lebron

    Jordan henderson: Captain

    Perhaps we can get away with playing those three in the latter stages in the CL or in away games we're not supposed to control (City, Chelsea, Utd?) In the rest of the games I think they become much too static, and none of them will take on a player in the opposition third. Gini might on a breakaway, but that's about it. Think I stated last time Milner and Henderson played together that I never wanted them to partner up again in MF. I still don't know why we've moved away from the 4-3-3 that has served us so well in the past, possibly Klopp thinks the two deep midfielders give us a more solid base. It mitigates some of Wijnaldum's strenghts, and I thought he had his best games this season as a 6. Both him and Fabinho are comfortable receiving the ball under pressure though, so they can both cover the role of the player next to the DM. My choice of lineup in a 4-2-3-1 would be: ---Trent--Gomez--VVD--Robertson ----------Fabinho------Wijnaldum--- ---------------Keita/Shaq------------ Salah---------Firmino-----Mane--- and playing 4-3-3 with one DM it'd be: same back 4 ------------Fabinho----------- Milner/Keita--------------Wijnaldum --Salah----Firmino----Mane-- Fabinho and Wijnaldum need to play if they are fit, and our back 4 and front 3 are untouchable when they are fit and firing. Whether you put Milner, Keita or Shaq in with them (or even Henderson) is much of a muchness imo, as they've all got huge flaws for a team trying to win the league. Against the dross I think I'd go with Keita, as his ceiling is higher than all the other CM's bar Gini (who imo is our best MF), and he's about the only one able to (and willing to) take on the opposition players. Does my head in when we aimlessly pass the ball around like we've done the last two games with the game on the line. Go straight at them, challenge YOUR opposing players, draw a tackle (or a foul/card even), anything to ruffle the opposition a bit. There practically no use in us switching play from side to side for our FBs swinging their crosses into a packed 17-yard box, when our attackers are about a head smaller than the opposition defence. Speaking of crosses, why can't we consistently try to swing our corners and FK's from the sides INWARDS instead of outwards. I know we're atop the league in goals from set pieces, but so SHOULD we be, creating the number of FK's and corners we do (as well as having decent height in our team atm). A FK/corner delivery towards the keeper with players running full pelt is imo much more dangerous than the outswingers we're now doing, which normally land 12-15 yards from the goal. We might create something from the 2nd ball inside the box, but very rarely will headers from that distance trouble the keeper. The added bonus if nothing/no-one hits the inswinger (from FK's) is that often the keeper will have trouble saving it anyway. Anyway, derailing the thread a bit with this. Back on topic, Henderson is about the last player I'd want in a game we're favourites in and trying to force a win... I'll take all of our other midfield options (minus the current version of Lallana) instead.
  10. lebron

    West Ham 1 Liverpool (Feb 4 2019)

    The problem isn't the fight imo. Our main concern is (still) dealing with packed defences. We desperately need more of our players to commit their opposing players, and a bit more creativity/ruthlessness in the final third. We're wasting tons of good half-chances, while struggling to get shots in from distance. We're really missing Coutinho or even Ox in that respect. It's not like the players are losing 50/50s all over the pitch, but they are fully aware that if they lose the ball in the opposition half, the other team is just dying to counter on us, as we are pretty open at the back when doing so. Would be funny if we started the next game by just staying inside our own 40-yards, to see if the opposition would have a go! Another small issue is that it seems opposing players have carte blanche in terms of stopping our fast-breaks without consequence (which is what I'm sure Klopp was alluding to last night)
  11. Excuse the Evertonian-like take on this, but I agree 100 pct with Klopp on this, and have been doing for some time. The narrative that we've been lucky with decisions this year is clearly bullshit too. The two biggest breaks we've got has got nothing to do with refereeing. Our rivals can thank Mahrez and Pickford for those. The reffing in our last few games have been absolutely shocking (even going back to the Burnley game Gomez got his foot nearly taken off). The "good breaks" we've had have been completely inconsequential (maybe Salah's against Newcastle could be argued, possibly the non-call in the dying moments against Spurs). The stonewaller last week, the missing red cards for both Kompany and Maguire and a pathetic performance again last night. The West Ham defenders kept clattering into our forwards all night, think we might have gotten 1 free kick. On the other side everything was given against Matip and co. Don't even get me started on the lack of yellows for stopping our counters. Our goal was of course offside, luckily for us Friend didn't spot it, he would have surely given the offside as well. List over referees most likely to fuck us over in the coming weeks 1. Taylor (now appointed for the Bournemouth game, I was pretty sure he'd get the OT game). How hard could it be to get a referee that's not from Manchester to do our games? Had a shocker against us at the Etihad, another good chance to impact the proceedings now. 2. Dean (see Leicester). Will 100 pct get another of our away gigs in the next month. 3. Atkinson (will most likely take centre stage at OT) 4. Friend (will no doubt get one or two more of our games now) There seems to be an opinion that these refs are less likely to let the crowd influence them. The manner in which all three wave away penalty claims, relish dishing out cards to our players are doing my head in. I doubt we'll see someone like Oliver any time soon, as he's mostly been having sound games when reffing us. No doubt we should be playing better and scoring more, sometimes though, you need a bit of help from the officiating crew to let the game take it's due course.
  12. lebron

    Bournemouth (H) 9/2/19 - The Match Thread

    Guess we don't have to wait for another Taylor classic. Atkinson or Dean at OT then.
  13. lebron

    Bournemouth (H) 9/2/19 - The Match Thread

    We'll have a decent ref for this one, and then Taylor, Atkinson or Dean at OT. Guaranteed
  14. Ha-ha, exactly! Ouch, Gostkowsku with a rare FG miss. Looked like he duffed it. Go Rams!
  15. And another bs call to add to this season's growing list. I thought the refs in the Pre**** Lea*** were bad...
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