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PRE MATCH: Wolves vs Liverpool (EPL), Friday December 21st 2018, 20:00

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Billy Biskix

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Tough game. Wolves are very good and can play without pressure because expectations on them are low for a first season in the PL. No one should be too distressed if we drop points here. They are well suited to playing top teams because they are so strong on the counter. Only Spurs out of the top 6 have beaten them and they almost blew a 3 goal lead.

Despite Rafa's best efforts Newcastle are dire and that game stands out as the one where JK can take a few chances on team selection. For this one though we need to go as strong as possible. We're in the rotation phase of the season so I expect one or two changes regardless. Gini has put in some mega shifts lately so Henderson has to be a starting possibility. Milner may come in either for Clyne or maybe even in midfield if JK decides he wants a more workmanlike set up for this game. If so then Keita may drop out. Hopefully not as he needs games now but I do think it is a possibility.

As good as the Utd win was, it was ultimately hard to judge as they were so terrible. A win here would be immense, not only because it's one of the hardest games on paper we have for the remainder of the season but it will also put us 4 points ahead of City who have just started to look slightly less invincible in recent games.
 


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Tough game. Wolves are very good and can play without pressure because expectations on them are low for a first season in the PL. No one should be too distressed if we drop points here. They are well suited to playing top teams because they are so strong on the counter. Only Spurs out of the top 6 have beaten them and they almost blew a 3 goal lead.

Despite Rafa's best efforts Newcastle are dire and that game stands out as the one where JK can take a few chances on team selection. For this one though we need to go as strong as possible. We're in the rotation phase of the season so I expect one or two changes regardless. Gini has put in some mega shifts lately so Henderson has to be a starting possibility. Milner may come in either for Clyne or maybe even in midfield if JK decides he wants a more workmanlike set up for this game. If so then Keita may drop out. Hopefully not as he needs games now but I do think it is a possibility.

As good as the Utd win was, it was ultimately hard to judge as they were so terrible. A win here would be immense, not only because it's one of the hardest games on paper we have for the remainder of the season but it will also put us 4 points ahead of City who have just started to look slightly less invincible in recent games.
Agreed. I'm actually more concerned about this one than I am the Arsenal game. Hopefully we can win, but we're going to be made to work for it and no guarantees.
 

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' No one should be too distressed if we drop points here.'

Wise words that are likely to fall on deaf ears. It's a pity that we feel we can't afford a single dropped point over the festive period.
That said, no goodwill should be extended to the Brummie bastards and we should whisk them to within an inch of their lives at Molinex.
 



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I was more confident before Lovren started discussing emulating the invincibles ! More than happy to have stayed under the radar till we picked up the PL trophy
He was being interviewed - there was clearly going to be a question from a journo that prompted this. If he was asked "can you go unbeaten"? and he's said "yeah we can, why not" - he is entirely right.

As Klopp regularly says to journalists - "you just want to make the headlines" - i.e. use the words said, ignore the context of what was asked, who asked it, or the wider discussion that led to the single sentence - that is now pushed in the media as "OMGz sensational claims from Lovren - he said they could be invincible".
 

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2-0 to us, provided we are focused. I think i may have predicted Jurgens line up exactly, only a couple of times this year so i won't even bother trying, however i would like to see Naby start the game and consolidate on his performance against Man U. Same goes for Fabinho. Don't know if Clyne will get a start (Milner will probably get the gig)but his was a promising performance against Man U so i wouldn't be surprised if he does. I recognize it's a horses for courses set up formation wise, but Sadio does look better coming in from the right. Tough game for sure, but if we don't take the foot off the pedal we will win.
 

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Don’t know what to think about this one. Wolves are a good team and ironically they seem to do better against the better sides. I think all their Portuguese players are up for it against the big teams, and they want to show what they can do, whereas against smaller teams they perhaps switch off a bit, assuming they will collect points, but underestimate the competitiveness of the Prem in that 10 team mid section.

The bottom line is if we play anything like at our own level, we will win. However, I don’t know if it’s just me, but the longer this great run goes on, the more I’m starting to think a bad result is just around the corner. I really hope not...

I want to see one or both of Fabinho and Keita in that midfield as it is starting to evolve a level with those two. Fabinho is starting to look like a boss, and Keita is finding his feet here now too, and looks good on the dribble and going past people to open it up.
 

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Wolves are a good side with good quality, this is a potential stumbling block for us.
 






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Tough game. Wolves are very good and can play without pressure because expectations on them are low for a first season in the PL. No one should be too distressed if we drop points here. They are well suited to playing top teams because they are so strong on the counter. Only Spurs out of the top 6 have beaten them and they almost blew a 3 goal lead.

Despite Rafa's best efforts Newcastle are dire and that game stands out as the one where JK can take a few chances on team selection. For this one though we need to go as strong as possible. We're in the rotation phase of the season so I expect one or two changes regardless. Gini has put in some mega shifts lately so Henderson has to be a starting possibility. Milner may come in either for Clyne or maybe even in midfield if JK decides he wants a more workmanlike set up for this game. If so then Keita may drop out. Hopefully not as he needs games now but I do think it is a possibility.
There was an article on the main site about how we already have 5 outfield players with more than 2,000 minutes played. Gini was one of them. I remember last year how knackered he was at the end of the season. I would take this opportunity to rest him and have a Fabinho-Hendo double pivot. Think Big Shaq is nailed on to start this one as well.
 

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Has anyone used the words 'banana skin', yet?
Yep, I got it in.

That banana skin has served us extremely well so far this year.

Some might think im overly superstitious but we need to make sure this virtual banana skin is mentioned in every pre match thread. It deserves some of the credit for our form.

Long live the banana skin and may it bring us good fortune.
 
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We're on one hell of a run this month, with victories against the blueshite, Burnley, Bournemouth, Napoli, and manure. Top of the league and with a chance to go four points ahead of shity with a win against the Wolves.

But Wolves at home have taken points against shity and the blueshite, and last time out they beat cheatski. Also it's another scousophobe Craig Pawson in charge, so here it is, Merry Christmas, come on feel the noise:

This game has all the makings of a potential banana skin! :rolleyes: (well someone had to say it)

I'll take a scrappy 1-0 win to us. :shocked:
 



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I think I need a tipple cos I can’t sleep.

Kind of excited and cautious about tomorrow.
Is this when our wheels come off? But they could have done with that late pen vs city, or incredible saves against Everton, Burnley, Napoli.

And weren’t united meant to nick a undeserved late winner on Sunday?

But no, it’s all falling into place and we are kicking big style... so let’s keep that going.

Hendo, Milner didn’t play on Sunday and even Shaq just had a run around for 20 mins... surely they all start.
 

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Wolves are a good team who can upset anyone. They play good football.
This is one more final for us. Every game henceforth should be treated as a final.
My team would be:
............AB..........
NC..DL..VVD..AR
...JM ..FAB..NK...
...SM...RF....MS..

wijnaldum, shaqs, Hendo from the bench to provide fresh legs.
Lets put the pressure on city!
 



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Win and we go 4 points clear.
That’s massive. Also adds pressure to Man City.
Plus, the negative voice in my head has also said if we can be top going into the etihad game then it’ll take pressure of us.
If we are two points behind city and then lose it’s 5points and that’s huge.
But a win and ooh...

But let’s just not do what I’m doing and concentrate on wolves.
Win. Win. Win.
 

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Agreed. I'm actually more concerned about this one than I am the Arsenal game. Hopefully we can win, but we're going to be made to work for it and no guarantees.
I'm not looking any further that this game. Am a little nervous this game then then I'm always a little edgy about the next game lol . a win tonight buts pressure on city who I think have lost a bit of their arrogance of thinking they were going to walk the league and just had to turn up to win games. They have started to concede at least a goal a game now
 

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Lovren has completely split my head in half. The one half is liking his confidence, and wanting the team to believe that they CAN go unbeaten. The other half is going : "Damn, now you've gone and jinxed it".
My view is that JK will be encouraging the former view, but will stamp out any complacency. That's what I'm clinging to anyway.
 



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