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12 minutes ago, Vlad the Fox said:

Dycje put on a Stetson, jumped on klopps back and rode him around the pitch and down the tunnel. Honestly.

This has created unfortunate, unwanted images in my mind, weirdly you could picture this from these two...:o

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How interesting. Has Klopp failed to adapt to the unique aspects of the season, and blown Liverpool up? It is a very demanding way of playing footy.

 

I read an article recently, about how Pep had adjusted by going with less pressing, and that pressing was down across the league earlier in the season (although that bit was a while back).

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24 minutes ago, Vardinio'sCat said:

How interesting. Has Klopp failed to adapt to the unique aspects of the season, and blown Liverpool up? It is a very demanding way of playing footy.

 

I read an article recently, about how Pep had adjusted by going with less pressing, and that pressing was down across the league earlier in the season (although that bit was a while back).

He's definitely doing something wrong. These are interesting times.

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2 hours ago, Vardinio'sCat said:

How interesting. Has Klopp failed to adapt to the unique aspects of the season, and blown Liverpool up? It is a very demanding way of playing footy.

 

I read an article recently, about how Pep had adjusted by going with less pressing, and that pressing was down across the league earlier in the season (although that bit was a while back).

 

Trent Alexander Arnold looks a shell of the player he was.

 

Opponents are getting at Liverpool down his side.

 

I don't know whether it is exhaustion or burn out, or maybe a consequence of playing without Van Dijk in the back line.

 

 

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7 hours ago, StriderHiryu said:

I've said all along that the real test of the season will be as the fixtures pile up and squads get stretched. We are part way through this period, but most teams will be playing twice a week until March now, with Covid looming on the horizon at any possible time. For us we've got lucky in some way that our biggest spell of injuries so far was at the beginning and now have the unusual situation of almost having a full squad to choose from! This can change very quickly indeed but it's certainly a good place to be in at the moment.

 

For me this season has the feeling of being back in the Championship in the sense that in that division even if we drew a game that we really should have won such as our away game to Palace, I still look on it as points gained rather than lost. This season the winners won't necessarily be the best team, but the one that was decent enough the most consistently. And that's why even though they've been nothing special at all, the table says that is Man U as of writing. I an see both of the Manchester clubs opening up a bit of a gap over the next few weeks, but when the Champions League matches come back round that will really test the teams still involved in it. That's why Man U, Spurs and ourselves might have a slight advantage as we can probably rest a few more players because it's the Europa. That said I expect Man U to almost forfeit that competition and just play their youngsters, they will be thinking Premier League all the way and given their current position it would be the right decision to do so.

 

Despite Covid, it's a great league this year though! Very interesting and exciting!

I feel like because we had so many injuries at the start (and coped really well) that those players coming back now are yet to peak. Maddison is really hitting form now, Ricardo/Soyuncu are yet to get going.

 

So if someone like Justin/Evans/Fofana get tired/injured, we have a fresh replacement waiting.

 

Midfield we have cover and Ndidi is only just getting going again but Tielemans is my only concern. He is irreplaceable especially now Praet is also out.

 

Another problem is with Vardy, he needs to be managed so we need someone to step up for him.

 

If we can manage the above and we avoid a major crisis (or a crash in form like last season), then we are well placed to fight for a European place again. Top 4 will still be a major challenge. Probably looking at a 1.5 points per game average for the second half of the season.

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24 minutes ago, Dahnsouff said:

Was just thinking, obviously Man City have loads, but who in the Man Utd team have any experience of coping with the pressure of a title challenge in this league?

Suppose it depends when you last class them as being in a title race, but they have 3 title winners in the squad. De Gea, Jones and Matic. Juan Mata has probably been in a title race with Chelsea or Man Utd, but never won it.

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29 minutes ago, Facecloth said:

Suppose it depends when you last class them as being in a title race, but they have 3 title winners in the squad. De Gea, Jones and Matic. Juan Mata has probably been in a title race with Chelsea or Man Utd, but never won it.

Jones didn't make their 25 man squad!  When they signed him, he was the future of Manchester United.

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1 hour ago, Dahnsouff said:

Was just thinking, obviously Man City have loads, but who in the Man Utd team have any experience of coping with the pressure of a title challenge in this league?

This is a great point and it’s why Man City are favourites over Man United. But I’ll say one thing, it’s clearly visible how much more confident Man U are these days compared to any time in the last 4-5 years and the momentum is clearly with them right now. Doesn’t mean they will win it, but they look at time of writing like they think they can win it, and confidence is huge in a situation like this. 
 

That said in recent weeks it’s pleasing that Kasper, Evans and Albrighton, all players with experience of winning the league, have come to the fore. Vardy is off form but still linking play very well in the team. But we have to hope that the mental collapse of last season is used to stop it happening this time round! That’s the scary thing for me - our players have very recent history of not being able to handle the pressure. We look mentally much stronger so far this season though!

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24 minutes ago, majaco said:

Jones didn't make their 25 man squad!  When they signed him, he was the future of Manchester United.

Hes still there though, so can pass on his experiences.

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45 minutes ago, StriderHiryu said:

This is a great point and it’s why Man City are favourites over Man United. But I’ll say one thing, it’s clearly visible how much more confident Man U are these days compared to any time in the last 4-5 years and the momentum is clearly with them right now. Doesn’t mean they will win it, but they look at time of writing like they think they can win it, and confidence is huge in a situation like this. 
 

That said in recent weeks it’s pleasing that Kasper, Evans and Albrighton, all players with experience of winning the league, have come to the fore. Vardy is off form but still linking play very well in the team. But we have to hope that the mental collapse of last season is used to stop it happening this time round! That’s the scary thing for me - our players have very recent history of not being able to handle the pressure. We look mentally much stronger so far this season though!

The huge problem Man U have is that of Fernandes, when I've seen them play they rely on him so much they're nearly a one man team, when they've rested him they've look pretty orinary, so he's not play lots. They have been lucky that he's been free from injury.

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2 hours ago, KrefelderFox666 said:

I feel like because we had so many injuries at the start (and coped really well) that those players coming back now are yet to peak. Maddison is really hitting form now, Ricardo/Soyuncu are yet to get going.

 

So if someone like Justin/Evans/Fofana get tired/injured, we have a fresh replacement waiting.

 

Midfield we have cover and Ndidi is only just getting going again but Tielemans is my only concern. He is irreplaceable especially now Praet is also out.

 

Another problem is with Vardy, he needs to be managed so we need someone to step up for him.

 

If we can manage the above and we avoid a major crisis (or a crash in form like last season), then we are well placed to fight for a European place again. Top 4 will still be a major challenge. Probably looking at a 1.5 points per game average for the second half of the season.

Well, the good news is we're averaging 2 per game right now. 

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24 minutes ago, messerschmitt said:

The huge problem Man U have is that of Fernandes, when I've seen them play they rely on him so much they're nearly a one man team, when they've rested him they've look pretty orinary, so he's not play lots. They have been lucky that he's been free from injury.

Lucky to be free from suspension too.

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6 hours ago, Vardinio'sCat said:

How interesting. Has Klopp failed to adapt to the unique aspects of the season, and blown Liverpool up? It is a very demanding way of playing footy.

 

I read an article recently, about how Pep had adjusted by going with less pressing, and that pressing was down across the league earlier in the season (although that bit was a while back).

Like seem B.Rodgers  Leicesters...2-5.  At Man.city

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29 minutes ago, messerschmitt said:

The huge problem Man U have is that of Fernandes, when I've seen them play they rely on him so much they're nearly a one man team, when they've rested him they've look pretty orinary, so he's not play lots. They have been lucky that he's been free from injury.

Strange... Rashford,Pogba oh und Cavani,  aint Bad either...

 

 

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