- Aug 1, 2001
At this point you have to be concerned about not only Gini leaving, but Salah and Mane'. If there is no champions League next year, both might bolt.
Well .. I mentioned this in the game thread .. Allison was very much into sweeper keeper mode today, and was playing very well. Given that Kabak (who looks kind of slow on first observations) was on his debut and up against the likes of Vardy and Barnes that was understandable. On the play in question Kabak looked to be beaten by the pass so I don’t think it was an Allison gaffe to come for it. The error was in not communicating to Kabak that he had the ball. Kabak gets to it and it ricocheted off Allison straight to Vardy.Alisson is officially in his own head. If he doesn’t get out of it quickly he may never be a useful piece again.
Perfect storm of injuries, some key players starting to age out of their primes, and massive minutes of high intensity football over the last three seasons catching up to some players.What‘s wrong with this team?
They're also underperforming their xG this season after way overperforming xG the last two years. That's making the decline seem bigger than it actually is. Liverpool were due for some natural regression anyway.Perfect storm of injuries, some key players starting to age out of their primes, and massive minutes of high intensity football over the last three seasons catching up to some players.
There are definitely some similarities to Klopps's 14-15 BvB team.
There is no chance he will be allowed to travel to Brazil and return. Arsenal/Benfica are playing matches in neutral sites due to the appearance of the Brazilian strain of COVID in Portugal.Utterly tragic. And he likely won't be able to travel home for the funeral, which is even more painful. YNWA.
I'm glad I don't have to answer it. I'd prefer he do both.Should Fabinho return to Liverpool’s midfield or stay at centre-back?
With the Brazilian potentially making his return from injury against Chelsea this Thursday, it’s a question Jurgen Klopp and his coaching staff will be addressing — especially after centre-back pair Nat Phillips and Ozan Kabak’s clean sheet against Sheffield United last time out.
It was in the game at Stamford Bridge earlier this season when Fabinho was first deployed at centre-back. He was Liverpool’s man of the match in a comfortable 2-0 win.
Fabinho’s return ..Quite frankly, if he’s going in as a CB I’d prefer pairing him with Phillips. Haven’t been particularly impressed with Kabak. Kind of depends on the opposition I guess. Up against Werner then Phillips might be too slow .. but he’d be ideal against Giroud. But it’s practically impossible to predict who Tuchel will start. I’d go with Fabinho / Kabak to be safe.Great question in The Athletic this morning...
I'm glad I don't have to answer it. I'd prefer he do both.
Rumors are also swirling that Salah is going to represent Egypt in the Olympics. My immediate thought is "no," but there's a reasonable argument that if he gets to bear his country's flag that the personal honor outweighs the club's preferences. I could be swayed.
Absolutely. It also made Thiago look not as bad? The calculation for Klopp is whether Fabinho shielding Phillips & Kabak is better than Thiago shielding Fabinho & Kabak. I'd pick the former, but we shall see...Fabinho in the midfield sure made everybody look good, if only for one game.
Yeah, Scotland seems okay with running their star left-backs into the ground. Tierney also got 259 minutes, this after the last international break when he got 300 minutes in 3 games (one went to penalties). Perhaps Tierney and Robertson can consolidate with a single shared injury break at the Arsenal-Liverpool match Saturday after they pull their hammies in the name of Scotland.