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Pre-Match | Liverpool vs Leicester | PL Matchday 8 | Saturday October 5th | 15:00h | Anfield

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XMarlin

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I think the keys to this match will be the way the team is set up and whether or not they can stay both composed and focused for the full 90 minutes.

If Trent moves upfield as deeply and as often as he did against Salzburg we must find a way to effectively defend the space he vacates or I fear a replay of that shambles we saw on Tuesday.

Leicester are in third place for a reason...they're good at what they do.

Like others have said, I'd like to see AOC and a couple of our others get some more time on the pitch.

Not sure how this one will go but thinking of buying a lump of coal for this one...

YNWA
 

GermanRed

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Meeting @GermanRed for this one.
Should be a good game. The Salzburg performance (defensively) should be a wake up call.

Time for this Liver Bird to really start playing and we can show how good we actually are. Nothing but 3 points.

Lets go.
Enjoy your day!

Selection wise I'm not massively bothered. It's a bizarre feeling being pretty comfortable with every player in the squad. I haven't had that in a long long time.

Tactics and discipline (tactical) would be my only concern with Vardy, that very high line we're playing now and the utterly stupid offside system we have at the moment.
Wonder if @GermanRed is done patting himself on the back and ready to preview the next one?
I‘m nervous but not so much because of my trip.

Our winning streak in the league will end at some point but hopefully not tomorrow when I’m there.

Our defensive problems in the last few weeks and now Matip possibly missing out. If we defend like we did against Sheffield or Salzburg Vardy will score a few goals against us.

Leicesters form and Rodgers coming back. Leaders vs third.

Plus first time this season where our opponent could have a real fitness advantage over our players. VvD, the fullbacks, Fabinho and the Front3 could all feel a bit fatigue.

So much coming together tomorrow.

Could be a game with a few goals by both teams or a nervous 1-0. Just can’t see an easy win at the moment.

I have two more predictions:

1. James Maddison will have his worst game of the season tomorrow.

2. 7 points out of the next 3 league games (Leicester, ManU and Spurs) and I’ll be confident enough to say we'll win the league.
 

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I think the keys to this match will be the way the team is set up and whether or not they can stay both composed and focused for the full 90 minutes.

If Trent moves upfield as deeply and as often as he did against Salzburg we must find a way to effectively defend the space he vacates or I fear a replay of that shambles we saw on Tuesday.

Leicester are in third place for a reason...they're good at what they do.

Like others have said, I'd like to see AOC and a couple of our others get some more time on the pitch.

Not sure how this one will go but thinking of buying a lump of coal for this one...

YNWA
“Lump of coal”?
 

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You are wrong mate. Jurgen and his staff secretly view this forum and decide who’s playing based on that. Your opinion counts.
There has probably been many a new signing made upon advice received from a minicab driver as well!

Years ago, I remember seeing this quote on the back of a matchbox: "Football: a game played between 22 players with 50,000 referees."

Maybe Liverpool should be referred to as "A Northern city hosting two professional football clubs with a combined total of 500,000 managers."
 

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7 points out of the next 3 league games (Leicester, ManU and Spurs) and I’ll be confident enough to say we'll win the league.
Good post, and I hope you enjoy the trip and see us win.

Just wanted to comment on this little part... I see what you mean, but personally I want to see where it’s at another couple of games further in. After we play Man City on Nov 10 we will know more. We could get 7 points from the next three, then beat Villa and then lose to Man City. So five points could be dropped over the next five games in that scenario. Meanwhile, if Man City win their games, they could leapfrog us in the league if they beat us, again in this scenario.

We are doing well, but I want to see where things are at after that Man City game. If we still have a five point lead over them, or even better, then that would be excellent... but even then the season would only be about a third of the way through.

Enjoy the match, and hopefully you see the mighty reds march on with another win!
 

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Do you mean as in the New Year's Eve tradition of giving coal as a symbol of good luck (may your home be warm throughout the year)?
No it's a piss take of Leicester. How many times have you seen foxes strike it rich from digging burrows? Never hit a seam of coal do they? Keep trying mind. Clever? Sly? My arse.
 

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I‘m nervous but not so much because of my trip.

Our winning streak in the league will end at some point but hopefully not tomorrow when I’m there.

Our defensive problems in the last few weeks and now Matip possibly missing out. If we defend like we did against Sheffield or Salzburg Vardy will score a few goals against us.

Leicesters form and Rodgers coming back. Leaders vs third.

Plus first time this season where our opponent could have a real fitness advantage over our players. VvD, the fullbacks, Fabinho and the Front3 could all feel a bit fatigue.

So much coming together tomorrow.

Could be a game with a few goals by both teams or a nervous 1-0. Just can’t see an easy win at the moment.

I have two more predictions:

1. James Maddison will have his worst game of the season tomorrow.

2. 7 points out of the next 3 league games (Leicester, ManU and Spurs) and I’ll be confident enough to say we'll win the league.
I think Leicester is the hardest of the three to get full points...United And Spurs slightly less so...
 

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Klopp presser just finished. Matip and Shaqiri out. Allison available although he didn't say he would definitely play. Reading between the lines I think he might be tempted. He's been in full training now for 10 days. Apparently Salzburg put out a video of the manager's half time team talk this week and JK was asked if he would ever do that. He said he would rather leave the club. I don't know if JK remembers the BR 'Being Liverpool' documentary. Think it's safe to say he won't be doing anything similar.

Leicester are built to cause us problems. Decent defence. Pace in wide areas. Good mix of creativity and a bit of steel in midfield plus a striker who loves playing on the shoulder of the last defender. We aren't playing consistently well. Not for whole games anyway and confidence must have taken a knock after our mini-meltdown in midweek. Definitely the toughest home game we've had so far.

Midfield needs freshening up. Milner certainly. Keita possibly. I am hoping Fabinho can go again. On paper it looks like one where we might drop points but sometimes it's the games you think are going to be the hardest that turn out to be the most straightforward. Hopefully there has been an inquest after Salzburg and some of the defensive issues that have been festering this season are now being tackled.
 

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I think Leicester is the hardest of the three to get full points...United And Spurs slightly less so...
Yes but especially for Spurs things could look different after the international break.
 

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Too bad Matip is out and I get that they are dangerous and have the players to do the damage. But so do we, let us not forget that their fullbacks also like to support the attack a little bit and we have mo and mane against them.
The scum managed to win their game against them and keep a clean sheet in the process and so should we.
My opinion is that this fixture last year hurt us the most and not the loss at emptyhad and maybe we will have that extra motivation to do them this time. I hope that our players are ready for this one.
 

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Klopp presser just finished. Matip and Shaqiri out. Allison available although he didn't say he would definitely play. Reading between the lines I think he might be tempted. He's been in full training now for 10 days.
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Well i think first thing is , i don't think shaqiri will ever play another game for this team again. I just don't see what injury could be keeping him out this long when other players are getting game time everywhere. i don't buy this he is injured thing, cause he has made many bench appearances where he hasn't played either . If thats the case, we need to move on for him and get the next person in. Anyway, for this game it will be interesting cause defensively since selling Maguire , Leicester have actually been decent. Decent defence, two attacking fullbacks, strong midfield that scores goals and a hard working forward........ wait that sounds familiar.........

Well I'm hoping we get to see Keita start. Front 3 picks themselves . Gomez set to start, redemption game for him. Adrian game before Alisson comes back. Lets see how this all goes down.
 

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VERY confident that we will boss this. 8 out of 8. Zero points dropped.

Think we will smash them. 2-0. Would give Hendo and Gini's legs a rest. Mane to do the business as he is currently on another level and cannot be stopped.

These are the lads to do the job:

........................Adrian...............
Trent......Matip.....Van Dijk..... Robertson
.......................Fabinho..................
........Milner.....................Keita.......
Salah...............Firmino..............Mane
 

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Yes but especially for Spurs things could look different after the international break.
Football's funny that way. Sometimes it's pretty clear what should happen. Nobody expected Spurs to be eliminated in the League Cup or give up 7 at home but it happened.

A wounded animal can be dangerous and Spurs have more going for them than their record shows.

As for Leicester...only one loss this year...
 

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Football's funny that way. Sometimes it's pretty clear what should happen. Nobody expected Spurs to be eliminated in the League Cup or give up 7 at home but it happened.

A wounded animal can be dangerous and Spurs have more going for them than their record shows.

As for Leicester...only one loss this year...
They lost to United, so they can't be that good!
 

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Every game we Play is a finale in ist own. It is ours to loose the premier league. Man shity aren t going to caugh us up. simple.
So win every fucking ball and every fucking game you REDMEN. i give no feck how just do it ( i ll take a 10-9 for us as Long we get the 3 Points against everyone).
Up the Reds, 3 Points Job awaits. Give them hell please. YNWA
p.s. we ll struggle 3- 4 games but after that i m Pretty shure it ll be a one way traffic for LFC against the rest.
 

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this will be an intriguing match, hope to see Matip back if fit. maybe keita in for Hendo? I'm sure Klopp knows best.

3pts and a clean sheet please!
 

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Honestly, I am not a bit afraid of Leicester.
BR got them playing his possession based football philosophy, which is working great for them. The problem is, they won't have the possession.
They have the player that can hurt us if they were playing a fast counter attack system, but they are not. They will have to defend a lot, chase the ball, and if there is one thing BR can't do is teach a team how to defend.

My only concern is how we play. If we play with energy, move the ball fast and with intent as we did against Salzburg, they won't know what hit them.
 
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