29th November 2018 at 9:33 am #28628
I have a horrible feeling that our season is on the verge of being over.29th November 2018 at 10:12 am #28630
Still top 4 to fight for mate. There will be no titles but hopefully we will have enough to give the C/L another crack next season.29th November 2018 at 10:39 am #28633
I think that’s a bit of an over reaction Mak I think there’s every chance of Liverpool beating Napoli at Anfield and progressing then it’s a matter of who you draw as probably runners up.
I do think it will be a difficult task to finish above City with the midfield options you have and unfortunately you’ve spent £100m on two players who can’t get in the team and neither offer the kind of creativity Liverpool need.
If Liverpool could spend big again in January on a creative midfield player that may change things around but I think Liverpool may have to sell to buy now. I fancied Liverpool for a domestic Cup and there’s still the FA Cup.29th November 2018 at 10:56 am #28635
Yeah 9 looks like Keita & Fabinho are 2 that haven’t worked out for Klopp, to be fair he’s been pretty good besides them 2. That said it might still be a bit early to write them off but it doesn’t look good.
I don’t even think we will beat Napoli let alone by 2 goals, they are a well coached & well balanced side. I’ve said for a while it’s only a matter of time until results started matching performances & it’s happening now. I just hope we finish top 4 again, Spurs & co are right on our tail. I just wish Koop would go back to high pressing high energy style, not only was it great to watch we were unpredictable & it was bloody effective. It’s like we are sacrificing that to play all compact & be hard to beat. Stuff that, go down swinging I say & have a bloody crack, it worked pretty well last season.29th November 2018 at 11:37 am #28637
It seems Klopp is increasingly becoming idealistic in thinking that the team in its current format is capable of winning games. As soon as I saw the familiar line up in midfield of Milner, Henderson and Wijnaldum & the usual front 3, I thought – what is going to be different here?? Three almost identical (albeit hard working) midfielders and a front 3 out of form but always guaranteed a start. It never once filled me with any considerable hope. Why didn’t Klopp, for this one off big game, at least go with the press?? What’s the old quote about repeating the same formula and expecting different results?? We’re hugely constrained by our limited options in midfield (without Keita/Fabinho up to scratch) and we’re severely limited up top with 3 players that Klopp just can’t or won’t drop because he doesn’t trust anyone else.
I think this is the key problem for Klopp this season – he doesn’t trust the rest of his squad enough yet to change things. So the line ups don’t change and neither do the performances. You can see the dilemma he’s in. He must surely have a big eye on the January window now.30th November 2018 at 3:29 am #28638
Yeah Mikus I know a lot don’t agree but I do, we need to change something. I sort of get why we have sacrificed the attacking game we had last season & are trying to be more compact but against the top teams we aren’t getting away with it, I think we need to take the game to them like last season.
As for Jan, unless we sell some fringe players I don’t think we will buy.30th November 2018 at 7:42 am #28639
sean the sailorParticipant107 pts
This time last year ox and Robertson only broke into the team. They were wrote off at this stage last year aswell but proved to be very good players
Hardly any of klopps signings have failed so I certainly won’t write these two yet
Both very good players who need a bit of time30th November 2018 at 7:43 am #28640
sean the sailorParticipant107 pts
Anfield will be rocking. It be tough but no way impossible30th November 2018 at 10:53 am #28644
Nine, it might sound like an over-reaction but I don’t think so man. We’ve got one foot out of Europe and playing like this, we’ve absolutely no chance of keeping pace with City. Sure there is still the FA cup but if that is our only goal in December then things aren’t great.
Like Aussie, I’ve been saying for absolutely ages now that we were not going to be able to sustain these results. I mean, the league is going great but we were dead lucky against Chelsea and City, with others in there that could have gone different ways also. Not to fuel an argument either.. ya Sturridge scored a brilliant goal that wasn’t luck.. but the timing of it, after looking so out of ideas. That suggests that we were having problems until that amazing shot.
Liverpool now have a defence worth talking about over breakfast but jesus christ what’s happened to our attacking football!? it’s not like we’ve sold the lads who were playing brilliant stuff last season. Coutinho went in January, we played brilliant football after that. Where’s it gone? Drives me nuts to think that we’ve got the defence going and the attack has left the building. Ya, the stats arent bad when you look at things, Im not talking about raw stats though.. in case anyone was thinking of bringing it up. Our attacking flow and the purpose we had is whats gone. We’ve totally lost that fear factor.
The 2 lads then, ya, I hate to admit it but they might be flops. I’m still hopeful for them but I’m also a little worried. there’s a part of me that thinks Keita will either thrive or get sent off against Everton. Maybe both! We saw Fabinho play out of this world good at Anfield against Red Star. I was really hyped about that performance but then he was totally flat afterwards.
neither have really been brilliant though. I think they’ll have to come good soon or Klopp may pull the plug.30th November 2018 at 1:28 pm #28649
Sean, I wasn’t writing either player off mate just saying that Liverpool are short of creativity in midfield and that they’ve spent circa £100m on two midfield players and both are struggling to get starts but neither fulfil the creative need.
They can both certainly come again though.30th November 2018 at 1:35 pm #28650
Mak, I think there’s every chance of Liverpool beating Napoli at Anfield and going through.
As for the PL challenge Liverpool are still on City’s coat tails but I can’t see who is going to beat City going forwards and to regularly compete with City for the title I think the Liverpool squad will have to be deeper, a dedicated quality striker might be needed as well as a creative midfield player but Liverpool are still the closest of all the potential challengers.2nd December 2018 at 11:19 am #28717
Nine, I didnt agree before but I do now. We need another attacker, a top quality one. As for midfield, WTF are we going to do there? The price we paid for the 2 lads indicates a level of expectation. You don’t pay that much for people to sit on your bench, well Liverpool don’t. We can’t afford to blow £100m and for it to not work out. I don’t think we’ve got much left to wrangle up another top bracket signing. I have suggested before that the Fekir money was an either or situation, with the other side of the coin toss being Alisson. I could be wrong but if I’m right, we’ve spent the money that we didn’t use on Fekir and won’t be able to get someone in this January.
We lack creativity in midfield but the issue with the new signings is that they aren’t doing the fundamentals well. Both the new lads are struggling to keep and distribute the ball. I have seen some good moments from both that give me hope but when you see Keita misplacing simple passes, or Fabinho struggling with not being given more time on the ball, it’s worrying as hell.
Liverpool fans have been waiting for the attack to click but we’re also hoping for the same from these 2 lads. Now, I can’t tell if the derby has come at the best time, or worst time possible. I guess we’ll know after the match but one thing is for sure, if either of those lads play, they’ve got an opportunity to make a statement. They’ve been at the club long enough now, so they’ll have to take this chance with both hands.
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