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World Club Cup. Semi final. Monterrey vs Liverpool. Doha. 1730 hrs. 18.Dec.2019

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Monterrey seem to cultivate the 'art' of playing a dirty, aggressive game. Here's wishing for our lads to come through unscathed. Hopefully the pitch will also be in a sufficiently good state to avoid injuries, fingers crossed.

Leicester the next game, in eight days. The rest until then doesn't matter in the least, apart from the health of our players.
 

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I have my Deutsch als Fremdsprache class on when this is playing so I'll have to watch this on catch-up.

I've really no thoughts on this pre-match but if anyone knows how to watch catch up on the DAZN app without finding out the result first I would be grateful for the advice.
 

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Agree we'll rest a few players. Think Williams plays ahead of Trent. Origi to come in. Midfield probably two or three who won't start on Saturday.
 

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It's distinctly third in the list of priorities, though I think we will try to win it. For tonight, a team similar to the Derby, possibly Adrian in goal, Milner at left back. CBs will be interseting; makeshift and we'll be in trouble.

The fact that we're playing 2 games, either way, is a problem wrt avoiding injuries: I don't get the impression that either of these teams (assuming we;ll go on to play Flamengo) will be in the mood to tread carefully.
 

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Monterrey seem to cultivate the 'art' of playing a dirty, aggressive game. Here's wishing for our lads to come through unscathed. Hopefully the pitch will also be in a sufficiently good state to avoid injuries, fingers crossed.

Leicester the next game, in eight days. The rest until then doesn't matter in the least, apart from the health of our players.
My understanding is that Monterrey are actually comparatively clean for a Mexican team, generally trying to play a more open game than most. But yeah, as I noted in one of the other threads, almost every game I have ever seen with a Mexican team has had some ugliness.
 

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Shit game.

Shit tournament.

Shit location.

Shit timing.

Lovely trophy name that has always eluded LFC.

All in all, yes I want to win both matches (with sensible rotation) and say we are World Champions for the next 12 months.
 

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My mate has just landed in Qatar - after being at Villa Park last night for the 1st half. Proper hard core.

I'll be watching this from my couch. Just deciding what surround sound to have. Saturday evening 5.30pm will be nice - we get crowned World Champions, whilst City and Leicester have a battle for 2nd.

Cmon Redmen.
 

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We need to be smart about this. For our central defence, it's a shame but we have to stick with VVD and Gomez. It's a shame that Lovren, Matip and Gomez are so injury prone, especially Lovren whom cannot get fit for a run of matches. For our RB, we can rest TAA as I don't think Williams are gonna get skinned too badly by either Dorlan Pabon or Jesus Gallardo. For LB, it will be tricky though as Pabon and Gallardo are speedy wingers. I think we should let Robbo play until we got a comfortable lead and then let Milner to close out the game.

For our midfield selection, we should be able to try a Hendo-Lallana-Keita combo as the opposition wouldn't offer too much an offensive threat down the middle.

For our forwards, we should go with Shaq on RW, Mane on LW ( with Jones coming on for him after we secure the win) and Divock as CF.

As for our third sub once the win is secured, maybe Hendo for AOC with Lallana given a 2nd audition for the DM spot?
 

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I'd go with

Adrian
Williams Gomez vDijk Milner
Lallana Henderson Ox
Shaqiri Origi Jones

Then on Saturday

Alisson
TAA Gomez vDijk Robertson
Ox Henderson Keita
Salah Firmino Mane

No point playing Winaldum unless he is 100% fit.

Should be enough rotation there that we can be in good knick to play Leicester.
 

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I'd go with

Adrian
Williams Gomez vDijk Milner
Lallana Henderson Ox
Shaqiri Origi Jones

Then on Saturday

Alisson
TAA Gomez vDijk Robertson
Ox Henderson Keita
Salah Firmino Mane
Why rotate Alisson?
 

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I'll be watching this from my couch. Just deciding what surround sound to have. Saturday evening 5.30pm will be nice - we get crowned World Champions, whilst City and Leicester have a battle for 2nd.
Wouldn't it be just great if while we are conquering the World that City and Leicester play out a draw, both dropping 2 more points in their futile title chase?
 

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On the one hand we say we hope we're starting a new trophy-laden era and on the other, at the next opportunity to win one some are saying 'not arsed'.

I'd like us to win it and i'm sure the players all would like to win it. It's not an opportunity that comes around all too often.

I love watching us play whatever competition it is, so looking forward to this evening.
 

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Wouldn't it be just great if while we are conquering the World that City and Leicester play out a draw, both dropping 2 more points in their futile title chase?
If it were a futile chase, then it wouldn't matter what they did. It does matter that we don't throw it away because we get complacent.
 

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According to FIFA, "It’s been a long old wait for one of English football’s most decorated sides to get back within reach of earning the title of world champions. It’s 14 years since they stepped out at the tournament and fell at the hands of Sao Paulo in Japan, so making the same mistake twice and going home empty-handed isn't remotely on the radar."

Meanwhile, Monterrey have had three tilts at the title since Steven Gerrard and Co. missed out, but a solitary bronze is their most memorable souvenir. While the odds are against them, the underdogs will be hoping to reach their debut finale in spectacular style.

And there are more match officials for this game than you could wave a stick at. Not only is there a Video Assistant Referee, but there's also an Offside Video Assistant Referee! You live and learn. As far as I can tell none of the officials have ever been in charge for game involving Liverpool so no guide to form; and we've never played Monterrey before so nothing to go on there either.

In the limited time available between games, and in the absence of anything better to say:

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

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