FA Cup 4th Round. Shrewsbury Town vs Liverpool. Sun 26th Jan 2020. 1700 hrs.

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Origi Minamino Elliot
Lallana Jones
Fabinho
Larouci Matip Phillips Williams
Adrian
Bench: Kelleher, Lovren, Hoever, Chirivella, Ox, Firmino, Salah

That starting team should have enough experience to see us through. Not sure if Lovren is back for this one. If not, Hendo takes his place on the bench. Most probably, Millie and Shaq won't be involved as it comes too soon for them, so that's Chirivella and Ox on the bench.

There is an argument to be made about Chirivella starting instead of Fabinho however. His performance against Everton certainly would deserve another start.
Phillips has gone back to Stuttgart on loan. We basically took advantage of the international loan loophole to recall him for just one game during the German winter break before sending him back.
 

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Wonder what team we will pick for the taming of the Shrew?

Adrian
Williams Matip Lovren Larouci
Chirivella Lallana Jones
Elliot Origi Minamino

Matip and Lovren are fit, let them see some action.
Arguably we can accommodate another inexperienced lad for one of them, say Hoever or possibly VDB (he looks a bit behind at the moment) but with inexperience in the fullbacks, I like a solid central defence.

Chirivella did very well last time out. I had almost forgotten about him. Lallana adds experience to the midfield and Jones is becoming quite the player, so he needs to build on his showing so far.

Elliot looks like a star in the making so he starts. Origi to be the anchor for the front line, and Minamino to play again while he gets up to speed with the team.

It would have been a good game for Brewster, so hopefully he continues to do well on loan. I also don’t know where Keita is at with his fitness, but I could see him getting minutes.
If both Minamino and Origi start it's more likely to be Minamino at CF and Origi from the left, just like against Everton.
 

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Yep, agreed. Minamino can drop deeper from the middle to link the play up, like Firmino does, and Origi - with his tail up, coming in from the left is a good place for him to start.

Can't believe I had them the other way around! Must try harder...
 

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Being a contrarian here. Somehow, I can't see Klopp risking Fabinho for longer than 20 minutes, if at all, on what will be a nightmare pitch for someone just returning from an ankle injury. Chirivella deserves to play again in any case. The rest are obvious. If he plays Fabinho it might be Lallana who's not been well who loses out.
 

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A summary of what Klopp said in the press conference relating to player availability for the Shrewsbury game:
  • Milner and Shaqiri definitely out.
  • Keita is probably not going to be ready in time as he'll only have 2 days training before the game.
  • Lovren has had a week of training and should be fine to play.
  • Matip already made a return to the bench in the league games so he should play.
  • Fabinho needs minutes to get match sharp again.
  • Minamino played more minutes than expected so needs to be assessed.
  • No mention on Lallana so that probably hopefully?) means that he's available again.
  • Adrian definitely starting in goal if he's available.
It's a bit tricky to predict the lineup with so many question marks due to fitness, but whatever the case I think Klopp will be picking his lineup against Shrewsbury with half an eye on the two games after as well, in order to optimise fitness levels and rotation. In essence, the selection is likely going to be made as a block of 3 rather than for just one game in isolation.

For example, under normal circumstances Origi would be an easy selection for the Shrewsbury game, but given that Mané is out for all 3 games I think Origi could be rested so that he's fresh for both league games instead. Minamino's fitness might be an issue, so perhaps he'll be an early sub against Shrewsbury, probably for Origi.

@Shrewsbury - Sun 26/1 @5pm

------------------- Adrian -----------------
Williams -- Matip ---- Lovren --- Larouci
--------- Chirivella -- Fabinho -----------
Elliott ---------- Lallana ------------ Jones
--------------- Minamino -----------------

Bench: Kelleher, Gomez, Hoever, Ox, Keita, Origi, Salah/Firmino

That is a youthful side with a strong spine, which I think is probably the best way to go. If Keita is nearing fitness, or if Klopp prefers a 433 against Shrewsbury, then I could see Ox starting against Shrewsbury (in place of Chirivella) and Keita starting against West Ham.

@West Ham - Wednesday 29/1 @7:45pm

---------------- Allison ------------------
Trent --- Gomez --- VVD --- Robertson
-------------- Henderson ---------------
----------- Ox ------- Wijnaldum -------
---- Salah ----- Firmino -------- Origi --

Southampton - Saturday 1/2 @3pm

---------------- Allison ------------------
Trent --- Gomez --- VVD --- Robertson
-------------- Fabinho ------------------
------ Henderson --- Wijnaldum -------
-- Salah ----- Firmino ---------- Origi --
 

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I'd like us to win this just to piss City off to be honest. I don't really care about the FA Cup any more. But I do love the idea of us fielding Beryl and the ball boys (didn't they have a hit with 'Echo Beach'?) until the semis. As I say, purely to fuck city off :) (y)
 

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Looks like the Shrewsbury fans are looking forward to this one and are worried about some of our players, particularly "Shaqiri".

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Jan 22, 2020 at 10:42pm aghabullogueshrew said:
I just had a quick look at the Liverpool squad and oh my they will definitely have some regulars playing us on Sunday! They could have Adrian in goal, Lovren and Matip back from injury, and the likes of Fabinho, Llananananana, Jones, Elliott, Shakira, Minamino and Origi playing in front of that lot! The only weak spots I can see are at fullback, but they will probably play Robboand TAA! I would say that if we get a result against a team with these players they it would be one hell of a result."
Jan 22, 2020 at 10:56pm via mobile SeanBroseley and LetchworthShrew like this:
"I hope Shakira’s not playing. That would be a right distraction for whoever’s marking her. "
 

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Minamino's calf oddly sounded more like a fatigue thing than an injury. Klopp referenced it as him getting a rub down at half time and he still managed to see out the match. Maybe a symptom of adjusting to such a high-octane, aggressive game. In saying that, obviously if he's still sore it'd be better to see him coming on as a sub rather than starting.

Definitely feels like this time around we can strike more of a balance between first team players getting minutes and the likes of Jones and Elliot being rewarded for their form.

Reckon we see a Lovren-Matip pairing, Fab/Lallana in the middle, Origi up front, rounded out with the kids and of course Aaaaaadriaaaaan. Looking forward to this one!
 

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Need to have a decent blend of youth and experience here.
Adrian
Williams Matip Lovren Larouci
Lallana. Fabinho Chirivella
Elliott Origi Jones.
Depending on Minamino’s injury if possible he needs a decent run out too...if fit!
 

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I put a team in the Wolves thread, but this is what I’d go with

Adrian
Williams Matip Lovren Larouci
Fabinho
Lallana Jones
Elliot Minamino Origi
Heard Lallana had a virus, so hopefully can play on Saturday. Also would like to Keita - who has resumed full training - get 20mins off the bench. Minamino just sounded like he struggled with the intensity of the game, and should be fine.
 

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Adrian
Williams Lovren Matip Larouci
Chirivella Lallana
Elliott Minamino Jones
Origi

I would like to see this lineup. However, there's certain doubts over Lallana and Taku; and if that persists I would like to see Fabinho and AOC. I don't want to start Fabinho because,

#1. Pedro deserves another start
#2. I want him to ease into the squad, 30 mins as sub
 

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Adrian
Williams Lovren Matip Larouci
Chirivella Lallana
Elliott Minamino Jones
Origi

I would like to see this lineup. However, there's certain doubts over Lallana and Taku; and if that persists I would like to see Fabinho and AOC. I don't want to start Fabinho because,

#1. Pedro deserves another start
#2. I want him to ease into the squad, 30 mins as sub
Spot on lne-up. Can't quite understand the clamour from fans for a start for Fabinho. I think he gets 20 here and 25 at West Ham, because Klopp would be a fool not to ease him back gently given the quality of our play in midfield and the comfort of our situation in the league.
 

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Spot on lne-up. Can't quite understand the clamour from fans for a start for Fabinho. I think he gets 20 here and 25 at West Ham, because Klopp would be a fool not to ease him back gently given the quality of our play in midfield and the comfort of our situation in the league.
Yes, exactly. Give him minutes to warm his limb but don't take any risks. There's lots of games to come, specially the CL.
 

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Adrian
Williams hoever lovren/matip larouci
Chriviella fabinho lallana
Minamino
Elliot Jones

Subs : kelleher , Gomez , robbo , Henderson , gini , origi.

Probably tough on origi to be on the bench but we've got bigger fish to fry in the west ham game where origi will be needed more
 

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I think Klopp will want to take a good look at their pitch before he decides who to play - I doubt they will be smoothing out any of the lumps and bumps in it to welcome us. Last thing we need is injury to any one of our First Team Selection - the kids would probably handle it better if it is poor.
 

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Listening to Klopp, Matip and Lovren / Joel is 10 days in full training, while Dejan is in full trining for the whole week/ will definitely start and they desperately need to play competitive matches. Williams is now a first choice option to deputize when Trent is rested. Larouci is my only problem, he has all the physical attributes to play at this level, but his positioning is his big problem at the moment. The boy leaves too many holes behind him and any decent professional team will use his weakness. But I guess that Yasser will start and hopefully he will be much improved /he was injured for a long time and now working every day with Klopp, Pep and his staff will only be postitve for the young Frenchman/.

In midfield - Fabinho will start 100% and he needs matches to regain playing rhythm. Chirivella deserves a start /he was really good in every single cup game he played for us this season/. Jones is in the same boat as Pedro.

The attacking options are - Lallana /if ready after that virus which ruled him out for Wolves/, Minamino /Klopp mentioned he had a slight calf problem and maybe Juergen sees him as a starter for West Ham, so the Japanese could be rested/, Elliott /must start, in my humble opinion he is the youngster in our Academy with highest ceiling/ and Origi /100% will start if fit/. We will also have Millar on the bench and he is a very good option, he played a lot of matches in Scotlands' top flight for a decent team.

Bonus is that Klopp hinted that we could see Keita in this match, after all he will be in training for only two days, but obviously Juergen has information that we don't have, so Naby could also be a solid option /probably from the bench/ for this FA Cup match

My guess will be:

Adrian; Williams - Matip - Lovren - Larouci; Fabinho - Chirivella - Lallana; Elliott - Origi - Jones;

I have two doubts for these 11 - if Minamino is deemed fit to play /and not rested for West Ham/, Curtis Jones will be back in midfield /and Chirivella will sit on the bench which is a shame for the young Spaniard/ and Takumi will start as one of the front three with Origi and Elliottt.

And the other option for Klopp is to choose someone else instead of Larouci, filling the left back spot. Not many options there - Hoever /still think it won't happen, he did not start several matches for U23 and I heard rumours that his coaches gave him a lesson, because he needs to improve several areas of his game and as a youngster he did not listen carefully to what the coach told him. Nothing specail, just a young boy who must be grounded by his bosses/, Gallacher / improved massively this season for U23, but in my opinion still Yasser is the better option defensively/, Lewis /will need time after a long time out of the game becuase of injuries/.
 

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Being a contrarian here. Somehow, I can't see Klopp risking Fabinho for longer than 20 minutes, if at all, on what will be a nightmare pitch for someone just returning from an ankle injury. Chirivella deserves to play again in any case. The rest are obvious. If he plays Fabinho it might be Lallana who's not been well who loses out.
It’s better when building fitness to start so you get the full warm up, rather than mid-match.

He needs more than 20mins here or there. When Klopp has brought Oxlade back he’s got 60mins.
 

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I trust in klopp.
I assume he will rest all the first team players who need resting- that could be most of the due t the u coming games in the prem. C an the youngsters do what they did to Everton again? I think they will give a good account of themselves.
 

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Big question I suppose is are Shrewsbury better than Everton? Actually, I think I know the answer, we'd better have a couple of extra senior players starting....
They're not individually better players but better at following a simple set of tactical instructions? Probably, to be honest.
And that will hopefully become clear by us winning by a bigger margin than against Ev but Shrew Town keeping their chins up and battling within a consistent defensive shape.
 

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I think JK will be largely loyal to the team that beat Everton so Chirivella, Larouci, Jones, Williams and Elliott to start. Obviously Matip and Lovren need some game time. I doubt Fabinho or Minamino will start this one with West Ham only 3 days later.

I am looking forward to this one. No VAR to spoil things. Lower league team who will be well up for it. Dodgy pitch. Just as it should be in the FA Cup.
 

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I can see klopp resting all 11 players that played the last game here. He did it against the bitters and
will do it against Shrewsbury. Still will have too much for them. Looking forward to watch the young reds
Sunday.
 
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