PRE MATCH: Brighton vs Liverpool (EPL), Saturday January 12th 2019, 15:00

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The reverse fixture for this fixture was back in August and I hope I am safe in saying that we are in a much better position now than back then. The centre back position needs to be resolved and Fabinho looks to be the obvious choice unless Klopp has a trick under his sleeve (which is presumably where Shaqiri disappeared to).

I think I'd go for a 4-2-3-1 with Hendo and Gini as the midfield pair which should offer both a disrupter and a creator for the forward players.

Whatever the result or performance is like, I'd be happy with the 3 points.

I'll be watching from Germany again so the big choice is whether I give DAZN a trial or do I go for a dubious illegal stream and risk an advert for a pornographic website appearing half way through the game?
 

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I have heard two fans now on Radio Merseyside advocating throwing the Bayern tie so desperate are they to win the league. A couple of posters on here have pretty much said the same thing.

I was stunned when I heard the first guy suggest it but I guess there are some who will not be too bothered if we roll over in this cup too...

So should we play the 2nd/3rd string in the Bayern tie and leave the first choice squad to concentrate on the likes of Brighton?
I've heard that and it's getting on my nerves. The FA cup exit was sort of understandable due to injuries, I'd still rather be in it given the choice - but this is in danger of putting all of our eggs into one basket.
 

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I have heard two fans now on Radio Merseyside advocating throwing the Bayern tie so desperate are they to win the league. A couple of posters on here have pretty much said the same thing.

I was stunned when I heard the first guy suggest it but I guess there are some who will not be too bothered if we roll over in this cup too...

So should we play the 2nd/3rd string in the Bayern tie and leave the first choice squad to concentrate on the likes of Brighton?
And what happens if we miss out on the league as well? The fanbase could use some calmness and perspective. The team is under enough pressure as it is, idiotic suggestions such as these will only make things worse.
 

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I've heard that and it's getting on my nerves. The FA cup exit was sort of understandable due to injuries, I'd still rather be in it given the choice - but this is in danger of putting all of our eggs into one basket.
Forgetting the 'eggs in one basket' argument, one of the main reasons we shouldn't be throwing the Bayern tie is that no top players will be impressed with us not trying in Europe and the ones that are already here would get incredibly pissed off.

Salah and co wouldn't hang around long if we kept dropping them for big European ties to rest them for the league. It's a self defeating idea, absolutely stupid. The same can't be said for the domestic cups, especially in the early rounds.
 

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Forgetting the 'eggs in one basket' argument, one of the main reasons we shouldn't be throwing the Bayern tie is that no top players will be impressed with us not trying in Europe and the ones that are already here would get incredibly pissed off.

Salah and co wouldn't hang around long if we kept dropping them for big European ties to rest them for the league. It's a self defeating idea, absolutely stupid. The same can't be said for the domestic cups, especially in the early rounds.
I don’t think anyone could seriously suggest throwing our European involvement. We’ve got a squad to cope with a deep run into Europe. We haven’t got one that that do four comps.

Anyway, as I keep saying the games get nicely spread out for us now, so there is no need to rest anyone.
 

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While I want us to beat Bayern and progress in Europe, if we did go out despite our best efforts I would certainly take some comfort from it in terms of assisting our league challenge.
 

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Two weeks ago we're being lined up for the treble...now apparently we need to throw the CL to concentrate on the league.

Wat.

Anyway, tough game this one, Brighton are a commendable side. Really need a big result to get some positivity flowing again. I'll back us to click into gear but not to have everything our own way.
 

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The CL suggestion isn’t remotely serious. Fan phone-in and you hear all sorts. We will now be doing all we possibly can to win both the Prem and the CL. We may win one, both, or none, but we will be giving it a square go until someone better knocks us off top spot or knocks us out.

The point is well made about the spacing of games too. There’s enough inbuilt recovery time to keep the level high with modest rotation. I would expect them to go on a warm weather/light training break when the opportunity presents itself too (think it was after the Palace game, but I don’t have the schedule to hand).

As for the Brighton game, we need to get back on the win bus, and I think we will. It will give us a 7 point gap and Man City will feel a bit of pressure in having to beat a decent Wolves team to close it to four again. I think they will, but that’s the best way to put the last game behind us.

Must win? Depends on the definition. We are not knocked out of anything if we don’t win, and we will remain in top spot. However, dropped points would be bad news on several levels. It will put doubt in our minds, and a certain malaise will spread on fan forums as we start to fear losing our grip on the prize we covet most. Dropped points will also give Man City a boost, and given we have much tougher games to come than Brighton, that four point cushion would be more useful for one or two of the tougher fixtures.

It’s a tough game, but very winnable if we are anything like at our level.

Alisson
TAA Fabinho VVD Robertson
Henderson Wijnaldum
Shaqiri Firmino Mane
Salah

4-2-3-1. I love Milner but he’s showing signs of slipping off the pace a bit. Could be coming back from injury, or could be old Father Time starting to dictate what he can do. I also don’t want to see Henderson, Milner and Wijnaldum again, if we don’t have to. Milner will come again, but he looks like he needs a rest to me, having played the last two.

Fabinho in defence, and then the only real choice is Shaqiri or Keita. I expected Naby to be up to speed and bossing it by now, but he’s not there yet, for various reasons that have been discussed, so Shaqiri gets the nod.

0-3 is my score line prediction. I’ll take three points and no injuries however it comes!
 
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I don’t think anyone could seriously suggest throwing our European involvement. We’ve got a squad to cope with a deep run into Europe. We haven’t got one that that do four comps.

Anyway, as I keep saying the games get nicely spread out for us now, so there is no need to rest anyone.
I'd say apart from some really unfortunate injuries (Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gomez and Matip), we could probably do a serious challenge for both the FA Cup + League Cup if we got some of the easy draws some of the other teams are getting...
 

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Brighton have the best home record outside of the top 6. They have improved this season and gave us a decent game at Anfield without ever really threatening. I don't think we'll be tonking them and any win will be hard fought.

Assuming there are no more injuries that we don't know about the only real choice, as ever, is in the midfield. Henderson and Gini will hold and I reckon Shaqiri will start on the right. We will need his creativity as they are good defensively. Milner looked goosed in the Wolves game and I'm not sure JK would trust Keita for this one.

With the cup out of the way the next 5 league games are spread over a period of 6 weeks. They are all winnable and for the first time in months we don't have to worry about fatigue or rotation. Plenty of time now to properly prepare and just carry on doing what we've been doing all season.
 

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It’s a bit weird but we’ve kind of lost the right games so far (apart from city). The 2 cup losses could be blessings. The losses in champions league didn’t matter in the end.

We need to go full throttle for the Brighton game - in fact every game now onwards - maybe the 2nd leg of Bayern we can relax a little after we’ve battered them 7-0 at home in the 1st leg.

Anyway, the double.... well it’s on and it’s happening.
 

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Brighton have the best home record outside of the top 6. They have improved this season and gave us a decent game at Anfield without ever really threatening. I don't think we'll be tonking them and any win will be hard fought.

Assuming there are no more injuries that we don't know about the only real choice, as ever, is in the midfield. Henderson and Gini will hold and I reckon Shaqiri will start on the right. We will need his creativity as they are good defensively. Milner looked goosed in the Wolves game and I'm not sure JK would trust Keita for this one.

With the cup out of the way the next 5 league games are spread over a period of 6 weeks. They are all winnable and for the first time in months we don't have to worry about fatigue or rotation. Plenty of time now to properly prepare and just carry on doing what we've been doing all season.
Spot on with midfield choices, the need to play in form players and creativy. Brighton tend to struggle against the movement and quickness of thought/action of the likes of Hazard, Willian, Coutinho, so playing the obvious front 3 plus Shaqiri is a must IMO.
 

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I hate using the phrase 'the team more or less picks itself' because it's always a bad sign in that there are no real options. But this week the team more or less picks itself.
Just hope Henderson is fit because if he's not we're down to the bones again in midfield. Hopefully Fabinho will be as assured as he was the other night, Brighton don't have an Aguero or a Aubamayang...if they did I'd be seriously worried right now.
We need to dominate possession and shield the back 4 properly, do both of those things and we should take the points. It'll be tense but we need to see a response to the City loss. Any slip up and the media will be all over it.
 

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Keith Waterhouse summed up Brighton perfectly - "Brighton is a town that always looks as if it is helping police with their inquiries " Its a weird mix of the seedy, the wealthy, the seaside and the criminal. Definitely worth a visit if you are ever that way.

The biggest problem with this game will be breaking down the Brighton defence.

I am guessing Jurgen will want to return to premier league action with a roar - so barring injuries...

Alisson
TAA Fabinho VVD Robertson
Henderson Gini
Shaq
Salah Firminio Mane

Subs Lallana Sturridge Milner Origi Hoever Mingolet Keita
 

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This game now takes on even more importance after the Wolves loss. It's easy to forget how important momentum is when you are challenging for the league, and after two losses on the bounce it's imperative we get back to winning ways straight away. If we were to drop points again, all the capital and feel-good factor we worked so hard to gain over the last month or so would have evaporated and City would be right back in it.
 

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A must win game, otherwise it'll be 3 on the trot with no win, we'll be doomed!!!
 

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Let’s get back on track and get 3pts on Saturday. Apart from getting back to winning games, it seems we are really annoying people and sections of the media, just by being top of the league. Would you believe the BBC are conducting an online poll asking fans of other clubs if they want us to win the league? And there’s a campaign on Twitter, asking all Premier League clubs to combine to prevent LFC winning the league!!
So let’s thrash Brighton tomorrow and send a message to the haters, we’re staying on top.
 



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Let’s get back on track and get 3pts on Saturday. Apart from getting back to winning games, it seems we are really annoying people and sections of the media, just by being top of the league. Would you believe the BBC are conducting an online poll asking fans of other clubs if they want us to win the league? And there’s a campaign on Twitter, asking all Premier League clubs to combine to prevent LFC winning the league!!
So let’s thrash Brighton tomorrow and send a message to the haters, we’re staying on top.
Yes but the comments are really interesting,

Dave Robertson: The reason most clubs' fans don't want Liverpool to win the league is that in doing so it will eradicate all of their "banter" material: simple.

This one is fairly typical, so I don’t think it’s anything other than rivalry. Let’s just do it and finally get over the hump. Brave new world beckons
 

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This game was a must win before that loss in the cup and before the loss at city. Reality is the cup doesnt matter one bit in terms of us winning the league. The players know it, the management know it, we know it and the media, however they want to spin it know it. We never got anything at city but it was by the finest margins, literally by 1.1cm. I doubt the first team will be affected by the loss of our 2nd string in the cup. The only thing that i could of seen demoralising the players is a heavy defeat at city and that didnt happen. I think some need to chill and trust this team, we are on for achieving something incredible.
 

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Two weeks ago we're being lined up for the treble...now apparently we need to throw the CL to concentrate on the league.

Wat.

Anyway, tough game this one, Brighton are a commendable side. Really need a big result to get some positivity flowing again. I'll back us to click into gear but not to have everything our own way.
Nobody is suggesting throwing the bayern game by playing a weakened side but I think it's more of a `it wouldn't be the end of the world if we went out' as we would have less games and would have a full week to prepair for games. Its more of looking at something in a positive light. For most of us I think of you were asked which competition we'd prefer to win then most would say the league without hesitation
 

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If he's out it'll mean either Keita or Milner partnering Gini. I wanted to see Shaqiri start as I think it's really important we dominate possession tomorrow but this might change things a lot, he might play all 3 at shaqiri's expense. Hendo would have been vital in protecting the defence but JK might go a bit more cautious now.
 

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Hendo and Matip trained, but seems likely that they be ready for a spot on the bench at most

Would play:

............Allison...........
Trent...Fabinho....Van Djik.....Roberston.....
...........Wijnaldum.....Keita.........
..Mane........Firmino.........Shaqiri........
................Salah..................

Subs: Mignolet Matip Moreno Henderson Milner Sturridge Origi
 
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