Agreed, with the obvious “but.” The kid doesn’t look like he’ll be able to cope with the physical demands. Maybe he can compensate in another way.I think they need to consider giving Bajcetic a few starts In place of Fabinho. I have no idea whether he’s up to it but I honestly don’t know what other choice they have. If they don’t do it proactively, they’ll be doing it to cover injury soon enough.
Great link, thank you.This is a fair rundown, in my opinion: https://www.reddit.com/r/LiverpoolFC/comments/zqonxd/ynwsa_winter_window_2023/
I don't think they can do enough in the winter window to make a significant impact. I've come around on this not being the problem of one or two midfielders. The forwards aren't doing their part, either, and what used to be a team press has been reduced to a single player chasing the ball.Great link, thank you.
Heavily copying a post from that thread but it seems like; knowing the wage structures, how much FSG wants to spend and that they are all in on Bellingham; that the best option right now is Amarabat. Caicedo seems to be too expensive, Nunes seems to be a summer thing.
Hopefuly that’s enough
|Firmino||1.79 (99)||.67 (99)||1.21 (95)|
|Mané||.9 (80)||.12 (32)||1.08 (91)|
|Darwin||.54 (39)||.18 (47)||.54 (36)|
|Diaz||1.01 (32)||.24 (15)||.85 (49)|
|Jota||1.67 (81)||.43 (33)||.65 (20)|
|Gakpo||.76 (16)||.80 (85)||.8 (43)|
This graphic was in a Times article a week or so ago. That does seem like a broader problem that is only addressed by refreshing the side, getting everybody healthy, and going again next year and which isn't going to be really addressed with one player mid-season.I don't think they can do enough in the winter window to make a significant impact. I've come around on this not being the problem of one or two midfielders. The forwards aren't doing their part, either, and what used to be a team press has been reduced to a single player chasing the ball.
Left behind in the dressing room at last year’s WC qualifier against Senegal.Not conceding is a win by itself right now. Get the back stabilized and build from there.
Bajetic is an exciting prospect. CDMs seem harder and harder to come by and having a kid step into the role to be even moderately effective is massive for this side right now.
The problem with today’s jigsaw puzzle is they were random pieces from different pictures. While there seemed to be some definition at the back, the pieces fit together worse the further you get away from goal. Elliot might be a good to great player in a role that doesn’t require defensive buzzing from a midfielder, but I don’t see how he clicks in place in Klopp’s system. They have a bunch of guys like that: Jones, Carvahlo, etc. I’m glad Klopp is showing some flexibility in trying to make this stuff work. Don’t try to make a pizza when you only have stuff for pasta.
Liverpool consistently won games like this in past years because Salah or Mané regularly pulled rabbits out of hats. Mané has physically left the building and Salah is an apparition. Where’d you go, Mo?
It really is that everyone's exhausted IMO, in the full sense of that word, Klopp too. Klopp's system depended on a tough, physical midfield that was a nightmare to play through, and a back four that was athletic enough to get away with playing a high line and still being able to get back. Make everyone a half-step slower through age and overuse and this is what it looks like.This is the weirdest collapse I’ve seen.
I can't really. But I think that is partly because Klopp staying in the job under these circumstances is so unusual. Usually when great teams get old and a cycle ends the manager knows better than anyone and leaves rather than attempting a rebuild. So I think a lot of famous nosedives get attributed to a successful manager leaving when, in truth, the manager leaves in part because he sees the nosedive coming. Examples include Ferguson leaving United in 2013, Capello leaving Milan in 1995, Dalglish leaving Liverpool in 1992.Can anybody think of another team that took such a nosedive without looking like they’d given up on the manager? I don’t see any evidence that Klopp is lost anybody outside of game threads. It’s bizarre.
This is incredible! I’ve got a friend who everyone calls “Crouchy” because he looks just like him. I can’t wait for him to see this.
No words - I may never recover
I guess this means Henderson comes back into the team. A midfield of Bajetic, Keita and Henderson does not inspire much confidence. Or does Elliot come in for Keita?Thiago was definitely due for a break. That felt like his longest uninjured streak with LFC.
The jokes are right there for Everton's inability to have their way with anyone. I wouldn't have favored Everton under Lampard to exploit anyone.Elliot cannot play for Keita. He’s not a two way midfielder and will leave an already thin defense exposed.
Everton are going to have their way tomorrow.
Hard agree. Elliott is a RW that is being played in the midfield because he can’t displace Salah. I’d love for Elliott to develop more physically and develop more tactically become that pressing demon Klopp relies on in the mid, but he ain’t that yet.Elliot cannot play for Keita. He’s not a two way midfielder and will leave an already thin defense exposed.
Everton are going to have their way tomorrow.