PRE MATCH: Wolves v Liverpool (FA Cup 7/1/19 1945 KO)

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Give VVD,Robo a day off. Salah and Mane on the bench. Start Mig,Lallana,Keita,Fabinho,Sturridge.
TAA,Milner,Hendo also can start and maybe 1-2 youngsters.
Klopp will put a team to win,whatever the competition is.
 

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A lot of conflicting opinions. On one hand it's a good chance to win something, on the other we could do without the extra games and fatigue and chance of injuries that come with that. In my OP I was thinking we should play a strong side and try and win this, however, thinking about it a bit more, I agree with you guys who say we should be resting our big boys. Can see Camacho playing and Hoever making his debut.

What about this side to give our main men a rest?

.........................Migs.....................
.........Hoever....Lovren........Milner
Camacho.............Keita............Shaqiri.......Moreno
.............................Lallana.........................
...............Origi...........Sturridge..............
 

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My take is that this is the first opportunity to bounce back after that disappointing defeat at the Emptyhad. Win this, and we are mentally back on the rails before the game at Brighton. I understand that changes must be made, and Klopp, as he has said himself, will ring the changes indeed.

However, I'm not sure that he'll want to change formation (for instance three at the back), change the whole starting line-up, or make any other wild experiments. It's Wolves we are talking about here, so one of the top eight teams in the PL this season. At home, they are dangerous as we could see a few weeks ago.

So, there is a batch of players who will play for sure if they are fit: Mignolet, Moreno, Keita, Shaqiri, Lallana, Sturridge. I'd have added Clyne and Solanke to that if the club hadn't already got rid of them (strange moves, especially the Clyne loan). Not sure if we can throw in a young boy like Hoever already.

Of the usual first-teamers, a few will start, and it's almost impossible to say who it will be, as it will depend on their respective fitness-levels. Even if he's ready to give fringe players playing time, Klopp will want to win this game, make no mistake about that. So, he'll try to have a strong spine, and my (bold) guess is:

Mignolet

Milner Lovren VVD Moreno

Fabinho
Lallana Keita

Shaqiri Sturridge Camacho​


Subs: Allisson, Hoever, TAA, Gini, Hendo, Firmino, Salah, Origi

I'd like to see Camacho on the left of our attacking line. He has been very impressive at U23 level there (7 goals and 8 assists in 15 games), and I'd be interested to see if he can transfer his good form at a higher level. That allows us also to keep our usual 443. On the basis of their recent performances, Shaq and Studge deserve a start.

In midfield, Lallana and Keita can do the pressing and pull the strings when we have the ball. That's maybe a bit of a lightweight midfield, especially when considering the opposition, but with Fabinho in there for the physical part, it could maybe just work out.

At the back, VVD and Lovren have to start if we want to have a chance to win the game. Sorry, but no rest for them if they are fit enough. Until Matip and Gomez are back, they'll have to play every game. At right back, as Clyne is now no more with us, Millie will have to deputise for TAA, who clearly needs a rest. He played only sixty minutes against the oil-magnates, so he surely can spring in. On the other end, Moreno can play for Robbo, who needs a rest too (it's a weak spot, but can't be helped).

This formation, with a bit of luck, should be just about good enough to play at level terms with Wolves (who certainly will be at full strength). If the game needs to be won later on, bring on Bobby and Mo, and one of Gini, Hendo or... Origi! If the game is won, give some playing time to Hoever and Origi.

Let's cross fingers that Klopp will find a way to give enough rest to his key players, and at the same time find a competitive enough starting side to bring this win home!
 
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Klopp on Hoever .....


Klopp has hinted the teenage Dutchman – who can play both at centre-back and right-back – is in his thoughts for Molineux.

“He is one for the future of course, but what we will do with him now I don't know,” said Klopp.

“He is 16, turns 17 in a few days. If Joel and Joe would have been fit all of the time, then probably Ki-Jana wouldn't have been in training with the first team, but he was in and is still in.

“It is just a joy to watch him. He is an incredible, confident young fella and is really a good player on top of that. It's nice we can see him day in, day out. It's really cool.

“He is for sure for the future, but when the future starts I don't know. But he is in and he learns a lot and improves a lot, it will happen automatically.”

“It's a nice prospect for the next months and years. Wolves? I don't know, we will see.”

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/jurgen-klopp-reveals-thoughts-incredible-15634359
 

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It's been said in earlier Posts that two successive defeats could be mentally a bad thing for our players, so I am hoping Jurgen puts out a fairly strong squad against a Wolves side who have proven their premiership credentials with some good results against top teams. I'm wanting a straight win because we don't need extra cup games getting in the way of our league fixtures. A one-nil win will do me fine if my fingernails can take the punishment that I will give them.
 

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I think Jurgen should rest himself along with a few players that really need it. Virgil most likely has to take a rest at some stage? It would be a huge hit on confidence if we lose with a realy strong lineup, and not so much if it’s fringe players. Yet if we win with fringe players, away to Wolves, then that would be a major boost in confidence.
 

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I think Jurgen should rest himself along with a few players that really need it. Virgil most likely has to take a rest at some stage? It would be a huge hit on confidence if we lose with a realy strong lineup, and not so much if it’s fringe players. Yet if we win with fringe players, away to Wolves, then that would be a major boost in confidence.
I thought central defenders need the least rest out of all the outfield players? It's not as though he sprints all game.

I'm pretty sure players like Ferdinand, Vidic, Carragher, Terry etc. All played nearly every game when not injured.
 

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Klopp on Hoever .....


Klopp has hinted the teenage Dutchman – who can play both at centre-back and right-back – is in his thoughts for Molineux.

“He is one for the future of course, but what we will do with him now I don't know,” said Klopp.

“He is 16, turns 17 in a few days. If Joel and Joe would have been fit all of the time, then probably Ki-Jana wouldn't have been in training with the first team, but he was in and is still in.

“It is just a joy to watch him. He is an incredible, confident young fella and is really a good player on top of that. It's nice we can see him day in, day out. It's really cool.

“He is for sure for the future, but when the future starts I don't know. But he is in and he learns a lot and improves a lot, it will happen automatically.”

“It's a nice prospect for the next months and years. Wolves? I don't know, we will see.”

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/jurgen-klopp-reveals-thoughts-incredible-15634359
I watched JK's press conference and it sounds like young Hoever is getting serious consideration from the boss for this match. He also said Migs will 100% start and talked of "incredible" saves he's been making in training and warming up before the City match. I could understand if Virg gets a rest but I believe he will play. There will be some tweaks, but there's enough squad depth: Lallana, Keita, Shaq, Origi, to field a proper and strong starting XI.

One other bit from the PC is he said Clyne came to him to ask to be loaned away and he had to think about it but finally agreed because of the options available to our squad but also wants Clyne to get playing time. Klopp is such a great leader for this club.
 

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I thought central defenders need the least rest out of all the outfield players? It's not as though he sprints all game.

I'm pretty sure players like Ferdinand, Vidic, Carragher, Terry etc. All played nearly every game when not injured.
Normally I'd agree with you, however at the moment we only have two fit specialist central defenders. Do we want to risk both of them in a game of so little consequence?
 

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This formation, with a bit of luck, should be just about good enough to play at level terms with Wolves (who certainly will be at full strength).
I wonder, will Wolves field a full strength side against us? I'm not so sure, seeing as their next PL game is against citeh. I would have thought that Premier League survival is of far greater significance (and value) to Wolves, than a good cup run.
 

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I wonder, will Wolves field a full strength side against us? I'm not so sure, seeing as their next PL game is against citeh. I would have thought that Premier League survival is of far greater significance (and value) to Wolves, than a good cup run.
Yeah, we can hope for them thinking that they can do better than us, and take something from the Emptihad. We'll see.
 

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We have a good bench, let's get them some game time and rest players. Midfield is already on a regular rotation, so keeper, defense and attack can be changed.
 

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No, right back who can also play centre back.

Unless of course there’s a joke in there somewhere! ;-)
I wonder if he is part of the reason why Clyne and Camacho have been allowed to go. It’s a lot to put on the shoulders of a sixteen year old.
 

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Am I the only one not that worried about Migs? He is a decent shot stopper, quite good actually. His field work is pretty sub par and his footwork is also sub par (especially compared to Allison), but I trust him for a cup game as long as it is not Champions League. Moreno is a liability but sometimes he has good games. I bet he is up for it and wants to show the squad how good he can be. Sometimes he even has a good shot, so not even the unlikeliest guy to score a goal. We might lose, but it probably won't be because of those two guys alone. I think we have a good shot at winning even with the B team though!
In any case, I am positive until proven wrong. I think we have a pretty strong squad and even our second and third best are capable players. And ho knows, Wolves might be saving a player or two for City. We'll see.
 

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I think Jurgen will be guided by the backroom staff who would be testing the players' fatigue levels ( or whatever tests they do) as much as anything else.
 
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