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Pre-match: Liverpool vs Everton; FA Cup 3rd Round; Sunday 5th Jan 2020; 4 pm

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Quicksand

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I suspect a fairly sizable rotation without compromising the push gor another trophy too much.
Adrian might start. Hoever RB with Gomez and Phillips CB and Milner left.
Lallana, Jones and hopefully Keita midfield. Elliot, Origi and Minamino up top.
Bench loaded with quality.
2-0 win. Minamino to pose selection headache after a masterful debut.
 

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Jurgen and his staff will know the personnel, tactics and formation we’ll need to see us through this game.


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Frankly, it looks a little trickier than it did, Ancelotti has frequently had a knack of frustrating Klopp. However, he doesn't have as much to work with at Everton (not yet, at least) as he did at Napoli - and Napoli is arguably the least talented team he has managed it at least a decade.
 

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I'm all for as few risks with members of the starting XI as possible for this one. Virgil, Gomez and one of Hendo/Gini at most. I'd even be ok if he wanted to rest one of the CBs and give Hoever a gig.

I know it's a derby and a cup comp, but I think we do have to keep our next couple of weeks in mind. Our upcoming PL fixtures are Spurs (11th), United (19th) and Wolves (23rd). We'll hopefully have Shaqiri back pretty soon, but the bigger outs like Fab, Matip and Ox will likely miss at least those first two games. With Keita on an unknown timeframe now as well, I'd say we really want to be minimising the chance of another critical injury while our depth is so low at a key point in the season.

Really don't envy the balancing act Klopp's going to have to do with this game although I'm sure the big guy will be all over it with the match committee.

Still, Port Vale would've been nice.
 

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Our main men could do with a rest, Firmino and Hendo in particular.

This lot should have more than enough about them to smash the bluenoses. Not bothered about the result, just don't want a replay or any new injuries.

........................Adrian..........
Williams..Gomez....Philips... Milner
................Wijnaldum.......Lallana............
..........................Jones............ .
Minamino.........Divock.............Elliott

2-1 Redmen. Minamino with a brace and becoming an instant cult hero.
 
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Expect this to be a pretty weak team and my feeling is we'll draw, then just about lose out in a replay with another weak lineup.

As crap as it would be going out to Everton, I 100% would back the decision to rotate. It's all about winning the league this season. We have enough injuries at present anyway.

That said, can guarantee a mass of fume from Twitter brigade fans if we don't win. No doubt we'll also hear from 'experts' like Danny Mills in the media about how Klopp got it wrong.
 

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Rest all senior players except Milner, Lallana, Origi, Shaqiri (if fit) and The Samurai. Klopp can field cynicaloldgit if he likes. We got some tricky ties and the squad can do with a breather.
The trouble is that I would need a breather after five minutes, seeing that I haven’t played in years.

Oh wait- it’s Everton. Nah, I’ll be fine.
 

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I'm wondering whether Everton will play their strongest XI or not. I suspect that Ancelotti will want to experiment with his squad.

Personally, I would like us to have a crack at the Cup as we have bailed out early for the last few seasons and haven't won it in years but the injury situation at the moment doesn't leave much room for manoeuvre. A few of our guys need a rest and I'd like to see a start for Elliott, Jones and Williams with a few experienced guys around them.

Anyway, we will see on Sunday.
 

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Need to play a weakened team. My interest in the FA cup will prick up if we find ourselves in a semi final. Until then it’s a distraction. Rest everyone and make sure most of the lads get ten days rest for the Spurs game.

Adrian
Hoever - Phillips - den Berg - Williams
Lallana
Minamino - Jones
Elliot - Brewster - Origi​
 

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No reason for any pessimism Reds. 3-0. Clean sheet was missing in the last derby game. Gomez and van Dijk see it home. (Or Phillips and Gomez)
 

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Need to play a weakened team. My interest in the FA cup will prick up if we find ourselves in a semi final. Until then it’s a distraction. Rest everyone and make sure most of the lads get ten days rest for the Spurs game.

Adrian
Hoever - Phillips - den Berg - Williams
Lallana
Minamino - Jones
Elliot - Brewster - Origi​
That's a great team (of strangers). But lets hope in three years they will have played a lot of games together.
 

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Adrian
Trent - Phillips - Virgil - Milner
Lallana - Hendo - Jones
Elliott - Origi - Minamino
The front 6 picks itself imo, and Van Dijk hardly breaks a sweat so I see no reason why he won't start. Adrian to start too.

Overall it's pretty much simply a choice between these three:
  • Gomez and Phillips
  • Trent and Neco
  • Robertson and Milner
One thing to bear in mind is how Pep Lijnders spoke about giving young players opportunities with good support around them. It's about creating triangles where youngsters can have the right support next to them. With that in mind I doubt we'll see Elliott AND Neco on the right side for example, but rather something like the lineup @TheBigFinn posted above, where Elliott is shielded by Trent and Lallana, and Jones is shielded by Henderson and Milner.
 

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Are we:

  1. Are we “protecting” the no Anfield defeat in forever record?
  2. Are we protecting the squad for the two main competitions?
  3. Are we protecting Merseyside pride?
I think it’s a percentage on each point, if we know the mindset of the squad and management, I think it will be something like 50% for 2, 30% for 3, and 20% for 1.

So using reverse importance analysis ratios, the starting lineup will consist 5-6 senior squad players, 3-4 youth squad players, 2 youth players.

Senior players (5-6) : Milner, Origi, Taki, Adrián, Lallana
Youth Squad players (3-4): Elliott, Jones, Phillips
Youth players (2-3): Williams, VDB, Hoever.

Subs: Ridiculously stacked.

So nailed on starting lineup:

Code:
            Adrián  
Willians  VDB     Phillips   Hoever 
        Lallana Milner Jones
        Elliott  Origi  Taki
2-0, everything intact.
 

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The critical injury situation imposes itself on the game. I wouldn't state this usually as I like the FA cup, but given the current situation, a majority of youngsters have to start the game. Let them take in the experience, and help them with a few experienced squad players (Adrian, Lallana, Origi). It's also a good chance to hand Minamino his first start; throw him in the water and let's see how he swims.

Most importantly: keep all our regular first team starters out of this game. First and foremost, I don't want to see neither Robbo nor Trent, neither Gomez nor Van Dijk anywhere near the starting line-up. Nor Hendo, nor Gini, nor our three forwards. Not even Millie. Keep them fresh for the next league game please, don't risk any further injuries. There are already far too many of them as it stands.

As for the possible outcome, it doesn't matter much. If we can go through, great. If not, we focus on the two main trophies and especially, on the big one who weighs like a millstone around our collective necks since decades, and which we have a great chance of finally winning again. So, don't risk our key players with this sideshow.
 

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Pearce thinks we might see a formation change to 4-2-3-1. Origi up top, Minamino centrally behind him, Jones off the left, Elliott off the right. Lallana and one of Milner/Wijnaldum in the double pivot midfield. Williams at RB, Phillips as one CB and then another decision either one of Hoever/vdBerg or put one of the two senior CB's alongside Nat. Milner or Larouci at LB. Plus, a relatively strong bench. But he was typing that after Klopp's presser and before Klopp got further news of the medical department. I think it might be a good idea to have a nice block and let Takumi cause havoc in behind Everton's central midfield, which is lacking in numbers anyway.
 

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Pearce thinks we might see a formation change to 4-2-3-1. Origi up top, Minamino centrally behind him, Jones off the left, Elliott off the right. Lallana and one of Milner/Wijnaldum in the double pivot midfield. Williams at RB, Phillips as one CB and then another decision either one of Hoever/vdBerg or put one of the two senior CB's alongside Nat. Milner or Larouci at LB. Plus, a relatively strong bench. But he was typing that after Klopp's presser and before Klopp got further news of the medical department. I think it might be a good idea to have a nice block and let Takumi cause havoc in behind Everton's central midfield, which is lacking in numbers anyway.
That's exactly what I was hoping for, but would rather have Mane in from the left as well as he always terrorises these.

I know we've had a lot of fixtures but I hope it isn't 11 changes. I'd want some solidity at the back meaning a senior CB next to Phillips (Matip, Fabinho and Lovren can't be too far away).

6 days rest until Tottenham so I'd rather see us take a chance with a few senior players.

I think this'll be a really open game given Everton's squad and Ancelotti's mentality. Really looking forward to it.
 

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My opinion will probably not be popular by many on here..
I love this club, more than most.
However, already with a very tight squad with injuries I don’t want to see key players play.
The FA cup, is exactly that, The F*** all cup!
I’d rather see us win the next 13 premier league games, even if it means being knocked out by the bitters. I’d rather be in instabul than Wembley.. for a final!! Any day!
 

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...................Adrian..................
Hoever...Gomez..Hendo...Milner
....Lallana...Wijnaldum....jones...
....Elliot.......Origi......Minamino

Keep the big players in the bench, if needed we can use them.

Need to be smart and rotate the squad, would have loved to give hendo a break too If lovren or matip were fit.
This is a competition we need to take seriously.
Predict a 2-0 win for us, with Origi and Minamino on the scoresheet.
 

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As we have a 5/6 day break until the Spurs game i would be inclined to rest the majority of the first team ( Sadio, Bobby, Hendo, Salah, VVD, Gomez, Trent and Robbo ) springs to mind.

Bit thin on the ground with Shaq, Fab, Ox, Matip and Naby injured so Williams, Phillips, Milner, Lallana, Elliot, Origi, Jones, Minamino to come in and we still have a decent lineup.

Knowing Klopp though he will probably play us full strength :)
 

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...................Adrian..................
Hoever...Gomez..Hendo...Milner
....Lallana...Wijnaldum....jones...
....Elliot.......Origi......Minamino

Keep the big players in the bench, if needed we can use them.

Need to be smart and rotate the squad, would have loved to give hendo a break too If lovren or matip were fit.
This is a competition we need to take seriously.
Predict a 2-0 win for us, with Origi and Minamino on the scoresheet.
Think it's more important to rest Wijnaldum than Van Dijk personally. Wijnaldum plays as an 8 with lots of running. Van Dijk hardly breaks a sweat.

...................Adrian..................
Hoever...Gomez..Van Dijk...Milner
....Lallana...Henderson....jones...
....Elliot.......Origi......Minamino

Bench: Kelleher, Phillips, Williams, Wijnaldum, Salah, Mané, Brewster (if fit, if not then Firmino)

That lineup gives us a very strong spine, protects Hoever and Elliott with experience around them at RCB and RCM, and protects Jones with experience at DM and LB.

The bench has a balance of first teamers who can come on if needed (Wijnaldum, Salah, Mane), and youngsters who can be given some game time if things are going well (Phillips, Williams, Brewster).
 

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If it wasn't Everton and in particular and Everton managed by Ancelotti I'd be more than happy to let this one slide but there is part of me that would not be happy if that actually did happen. I understand we need to rest certain players and take a more pragmatic view on this one but handing over some bragging rights to Everton doesn't sit comfortably with me.
 

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If it wasn't Everton and in particular and Everton managed by Ancelotti I'd be more than happy to let this one slide but there is part of me that would not be happy if that actually did happen. I understand we need to rest certain players and take a more pragmatic view on this one but handing over some bragging rights to Everton doesn't sit comfortably with me.
A couple of days of toffee bragging rights
Or break 30 years of hurt? We Can brag for years...

I know which sits with me just fine
 
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