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  1. Wicket

    Other football - 2020/21

    Even more so taking into account we’ve beaten West Ham twice
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    Naby Keita

    Pretty much this is where I stand on him, given the hype and expectations he’s been a massive disappointment and I wouldn’t lose a wink of sleep to see him sold, but I don’t think hes a bad player and it’s been one of those that simply hasn’t worked. This era’s Kewell in a lot of ways.
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    Ben Davies

    When i see suggestions that he hasn’t adapted then it pisses me off even more that we didn’t have anyone in on 1st January when we all could see that it would be a likely issue for any signing. Instead we’ve got a 20 year old kid learning the ropes in the midst of our worst form in decades and a 25 year old Championship player possibly out of his depth but also having to adapt to an intense premier league training regime.
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    Jurgen Norbert Klopp

    In a nutshell, this is the biggest issue. 6 games without a win at home and with the exception of City each team we’ve played have employed similar low block tactics and have kept us out easily. We’re all watching exactly the same thing every week yet we turn up the week after and still do the same things that have been failing.
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    Counter Press vs Control Possession

    I don’t know enough or watch enough footy other than us to suggest what tactical tweaks we need, but my very basic view is that about 12 months back we started encountering a hell of a lot of teams that are willing to let us have the ball 65% of the time and stay back and defend deep, and by and large it’s worked. Until recently it hadn’t resulted in many losses, but they are now starting to creep in we still look pretty clueless at breaking teams down. i can’t underplay the effect of the injuries as they would have crippled anyone else in this league, but that applies to this season. The warning signs against this style of play were there before this season and we seem to have less answers to it than ever.
  6. The rot set in about 12 months ago
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    Villa (A) - FA Cup - 8/1/2021 - 19:45

    I’m inclined to agree, except not Hendo in the back 4, get him in midfield. Williams or Phillips aren’t particularly good options but we dont really have any choice unless we try moving Gini back there like we did at Brighton a couple of seasons ago id also hope that the first team might be even more up for it given our last visit...
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    Other football - 2020/21

    We’ve let some seriously average teams off the hook this last few weeks
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    Other football - 2020/21

    Looks like we’re going to have to slap them down to size in a couple of weeks.
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    Too nice?

    This is a huge gripe of mine at the moment. We’re not struggling because of refs but we’re constantly on the wrong end of shitty little ‘fouls’ when we regularly see Mane being manhandled and getting nothing. I know it drives Jurgen mad as he’s always hopping up and down on the touchline when it happens, he got booked for it in the West Brom game.
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    Mohamed Salah

    I’m inclined to agree with you but I’ve just had a quick scoot at our chance conversion rate and it appears that we’re second only to Leicester this year, and finished second last year on the same metric. I genuinely dont know what this means as like i said, I agree with you that we seem to miss a lot of chances (id say Mané and to a lesser extent Bobby are guilty of this) or fluff them due to poor decision making (Salah is a definite candidate due to his desire to predominantly use his left foot) the one thing I’d love to see us do sometimes is swap Mo and Mané and see if that has an effect, simply just to see if being on their natural side can bring the odd dividend, and unlock games likes last night where we had a ridiculous amount of the ball but weren’t doing anything except swinging in hopeful crosses to players that generally weren’t there. Mo shooting across a keeper from the left would have maybe been more effective than him cutting inside and having 3 players in front of him blocking.
  12. Yeah, there’s a lot to be said about this. We won loads of games by just doing enough last year and wearing down the opposition til they cracked. The main difference today I felt was that our intent in the second half in particular was just putting crosses into a packed area. The first half was similar in that we had a lot of the ball out wide but kept overhitting crosses to players that weren’t there - it looks dangerous to a certain extent but is fucking useless when you haven’t got anybody meeting them. It just felt like we were rolling a dice rather than having a specific idea of what to do.
  13. I think the problem is that the player we brought in to unlock against these bus parking fucking teams hasn’t been available since the derby. He shouldn’t be the only option we have, but it is a factor.
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    Away form

    This is my take too, we’ve been done out of 3 points twice in virtually the last seconds of both games. Given the injuries and the knock on effects they’ve had then all things considered we’re in decent shape but I can’t help thinking we really cant afford anyone else to drop for any amount of time now.
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    Thiago Alcantara

    That fucking Everton game is turning out to be the shitty gift that keeps giving. Unbelievable the number of knock on effects those 2 injuries have had on us