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  1. Another subtle touch I liked was that Alisson would get the ball after every Chelsea penalty and hand it to the next Liverpool taker and give a word of encouragement. Most keepers walk off and it's the opposition keeper handing the ball to the next taker being a gobshite and trying to intimidate them. These little things add up.
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    Other Football 2021/22

    And why are they allowed to have that World Champions badge on their shirts when we were only allowed to have it for one PL game or some bollocks like that?
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    Mohamed Salah

    Probably because they know it's a waste of time when he just tries to recreate his goals against Watford and City every time he receives the ball.
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    Other Football 2021/22

    Ronaldo and Cavani both out injured so they might have to resort to lumping it up to the wingers which usually suits them better.
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    Three at the back

    I've been thinking about this for a couple of weeks in anticipation of all our midfielders getting injured this season, and now they have I thought I'd put it out there. Given that we now have four decent, fit CBs for a moment is there any sense in considering a back three for some games? We've scored 6 goals from corners this season and Van Dijk and Matip have had 18 shots between them. Add Konate into the mix and that could be quite a potent weapon. They're all decent carriers of the ball from the back, also. I think it'd suit Robertson/Tsimikas and Trent just fine and Fabinho plus one (Henderson or Thiago, ideally) would be resolute. My worry would be the link from that midfield to a 'flat' front three. I think it works well for Chelsea as they have Mount and Havertz to play in that area ahead of the midfield but behind Lukaku. Maybe if Firmino was dropping deep it'd work. Probably all moot because I can't see Klopp going for it, though didn't we play a back three in one or two games a few seasons ago? I'm happy for the many cleverer than me to explain why it'd ruin our press or nullify Trent or whatever I haven't considered, but it seems like something that might be quite useful for the odd European away tie or something.
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    Summer 2021 transfer thread.

    I doubt Leicester would sell him for anything reasonable and, being left-sided, probably not exactly what we need but I think Harvey Barnes is good. Plus we have a storied tradition of left-sided attackers called Barnes...
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    Nike deal

    At least it's not just us they hate...
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    September Spiders

    I'd been thinking of this thread in the past week, they seem to have got their dates wrong. Loads of them about. I'd definitely rather not know how many there are in the house though.
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    Vaccine - Hands In The Bucket...

    Had my OxAZ jab a couple of weeks ago and felt a bit of a fraud. In my 30s and fine health but I'm invigilating exams for medical students this week and next, and so was offered it if I wanted it and thought I might as well. I was a bit achy the day after but that was it.