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Fulham, 17-03-19, PL (A)

This is almost a guarenteed 3points, can never be sure but very confident of a win here. Think we'll see Fabinho back from the start alongside Wijaldum and Milner, rest of the team picks itself.

                                                           Alisson

                                             Arnold   Matip  VVD  Robbo

                                            Wijnaldum   Fabinho  Lallana

                                               Salah   Firmino   Mane

Would love to see Salah get a goal before the inter break, i'd like to see Shaqiri get some game time, not sure what he has to do to be honest, some rumours of a rift between him and Klopp but who knows. Best of luck RedMen.

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  • This was one of those games when we were comfortably in control and cruising but failed to get the second goal and then got sloppy and conceded a goal that involved three mistakes. Thankfully Milner's penalty rescued the points and had Salah been on his game we would have ended the match more comfortably. I think the lethargic performance was partly the result of the mid-week exertions in Munich. The other teams that played in Europe last week were also below par. City only won at Championship Swansea with goals that VAR would have ruled out while Chelsea went down 2-0 at Everton who hadn't beaten a top 6 team since Biblical times. Great credit to Mane for keeping the goals going while Salah is on his goalless streak. Maybe his rest during the international break will get Salah firing again.
    • Yeah, the game certainly had that 'after playing in Europe' feel to it.
  • I was doing some work at home so I planned on listening to the game on the radio. I then got a call from my technically illiterate Liverpool supporting mother - 'I've managed to get the game on the telly, will you watch it with me?' Considering my mother has neither Sky or BT I went over to make sure she hadn't accidentally hacked into something she shouldn't have (turns out if you follow the instructions on a NOW TV box you can get a day pass for Sky). To cut a long story short, I managed to see the game in the end when I was planning to listen to it.

    From the start the tempo was lethargic, the commentator said it was like a training match and he was pretty much right. What was frustrating was that whenever Liverpool injected a bit of pace, like with the Mane goal, Fulham looked fragile. Liverpool had so much possession but, to be honest, they didn't trouble the Fulham keeper much at all, they certainly should've troubled him more. I wasn't that surprised when the mistake came for the Fulham goal, it was one of those games where attention levels and communication wasn't quite where it should be. I don't think you can single out one of Milner, Van Dijk or Alisson to blame, it was rather a collective mess. As has been the case so often this season it was the industry of Mane that saved us because I was questioning whether we'd be able to get a goal back in the time left, considering how poor we'd been, and then, thankfully, he won that penalty. Milner showed he has nerves of steel given how important that penalty could be.

    We won and got the three points so no damage done but it could've easily been different. It just goes to show you if you're not on your game by just one or two percent in the Premier League you risk even the poorer teams taking points off you. I must say, though, if Mane doesn't get multiple awards at the end of season players awards bash he should move to another club because this squad owe him an awful lot for keeping them in the chase for the title. Van Dijk and Salah may get the plaudits but it's Mane, by and large, who is consistently getting the points.
    • It's rare i get to see a game these day's but i caught this one and i thought we put in a bang average performance with some good moments. Thank god for the pen otherwise we could easily have dropped two points here and maybe kissed goodbye to our hopes. Mane is on fire thankfully, i think Salah is playing well he's just not scoring which i suppose is what he should be doing but he's actually playing well so hopefully he finds those goals that go on to win us this title.
      • I agree with you on Salah. Of course, when he was at Roma his job was far more about supplying the front players so it's pretty natural for him to switch role to being the provider when he's not in the goals.
  • Just going to make a slight adjustment to the team which i think makes sense, i'll take Milner out and put Lallana in, it seems Mane could be a doubt as well but i'll leave him in. Lallana looked very sharp recently and with Milners aging legs this switch makes sense to me.
  • We can forget our big result against Bayern because it’s not important anymore. This game against Fulham is number 31 and Man City will have a game in hand due to their FA Cup tie today which turned out to be a shambles with the officiating errors. The bottom line is we have to win and if we screw this up and then its one point behind and they have a game in hand. So we better win this one on Sunday.
  • There is a very real possibility City could win all of their remaining games, their ability to score is much greater than the likelihood of them conceding at the moment, which means if we're going to at least stand a chance of winning the league we have to be doing similar. Liverpool have to go at Fulham like they're playing against City because if they think 'it's just bottom of the table Fulham' they could end up coming unstuck. We should easily have the quality to beat them - but then we said that about Leicester, West Ham and Everton - so this will be more about attitude than ability.
    • Totally agree and i by no means underestimate Fulham, like you said, it's all about attitude, we most certainly are the far superior team but have they got the right mentality for these games? they've dropped points already against these kind of team so that has to change quick smart if we're to stand any chance.
      P.S, City will drop points i'm sure, question is can we capitalise on it, big ? over that i'm afraid to say.
      • I hope City do drop points, something which may happen as they get to the sharp end of the competitions they're still in, but if you go through their remaining league games one by one and ask yourself the likely winner of each it's not that hard to say that, based on current form, City could quite reasonably win them all. Of course, I'm praying that doesn't happen but I can't see Liverpool getting more than one more chance to pass them, if that, so these remaining games against the 'easy' teams may be as important as the games against the 'big' teams.
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Huytonian commented on Warrior18's blog post Southampton, 17-08-19, PL (A)
"Considering the circumstances that was a huge 3 points. We were poor in the first half but completely dominated the second until Adrian's mistake. I don't blame him too much as he was carrying an injury. Mane has started the season on fire and Ox…"
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Uncle commented on Warrior18's blog post Southampton, 17-08-19, PL (A)
"Considering how badly that game could've gone, given the circumstances, I'm pretty chuffed with the result. I'm not too bothered about Adrian's mistake, when you're tired and have an injury it's easy to have a lapse of concentration, the main thing…"
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Warrior18 commented on Warrior18's blog post Southampton, 17-08-19, PL (A)
"Not a great performance by all accounts but i think that was expected considering they only got back from Istanbul late on thursday, at the end of the day we got all 3 points and that's what matters most.
We should be rested and ready for the visit…"
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Simply Red commented on Warrior18's blog post Southampton, 17-08-19, PL (A)
"Oh well 3 points in the bag. Only saw the 2nd half but believe Saints did well in the first. The howler from Adrian was a howler for sure , it’s gave Saints belief after Liverpool dominating for much of the 2nd. Mo and Bobby missed a couple that cou…"
yesterday
Huytonian commented on Warrior18's blog post Southampton, 17-08-19, PL (A)
"He went on a permanent transfer to a Belgian club. Lonergan did ok against Sevilla in pre-season but hopefully Adrian will be fit so he won't be needed."
yesterday
Huytonian commented on Warrior18's blog post Southampton, 17-08-19, PL (A)
"I'm wondering if Klopp will want to rest those outfield players who played 120 minutes on Wednesday? He can't rest them all and I would expect Matip and VVD to continue - central defenders don't have to cover as much ground as their team mates. Ot…"
yesterday
Choon Fong commented on Warrior18's blog post Southampton, 17-08-19, PL (A)
"3rd string keeper Lonergan to start for LFC against S'oton? Has Mignolet left LFC on loan or permanently?"
yesterday
Simply Red commented on Warrior18's blog post Southampton, 17-08-19, PL (A)
"Only the 2nd league match of the season and we have potential problems with the goal keeping position. It’s a crazy scenario and to think a fan is responsible which could cost points today if we have to play an old man or a kid."
yesterday
Warrior18 commented on Warrior18's blog post Southampton, 17-08-19, PL (A)
"Totally ridiculous the keeper situation for a club that just won the champions lge and made 100 mil from it. I think it's ridiculous we didn't strenghten in a number of areas but thats for another day. I think we'll see the saints have a right go he…"
yesterday
Uncle commented on Warrior18's blog post Southampton, 17-08-19, PL (A)
"I reckon the usual front three will start with either Henderson or Milner in midfield accompanied by Fabinho and Ox (he only did half a game and it looks like Klopp's trying to get games into him). I wouldn't be surprised to see a TAA, Gomez, VvD an…"
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Uncle commented on Huytonian's blog post CHELSEA, 14-08-19, EUROPEAN SUPER CUP, ISTANBUL
"I was a bit surprised with how quick and cohesive Chelsea were, they played through us and got in behind us a number of times. Had it not been for some good goalkeeping and last ditch defending the outcome could've been different. The one good thing…"
Thursday
Huytonian commented on Huytonian's blog post CHELSEA, 14-08-19, EUROPEAN SUPER CUP, ISTANBUL
"Liverpool rarely do things the easy way. The defensive problems last night were more down to a lack of protection from the midfield than to failings by the back 4, though Matip was guilty of some poor passes out of defence. The balance was all wro…"
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Warrior18 commented on Huytonian's blog post CHELSEA, 14-08-19, EUROPEAN SUPER CUP, ISTANBUL
"Not a great way to win it but we'll take it all day long. Firmino coming on changed the game for us, we were bang average up til then and could have been a couple of goals behind. Our defence is a slight worry now although VVD was his usual beast se…"
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Warrior18 commented on Huytonian's blog post CHELSEA, 14-08-19, EUROPEAN SUPER CUP, ISTANBUL
"Ok, Firmino on the bench, Ox up front with Mane and Salah, Milner, Hendo and Fabinho in midfield with Gomez, Matip, VVD and Robbo making up the team, interesting."
Wednesday
Warrior18 commented on Huytonian's blog post CHELSEA, 14-08-19, EUROPEAN SUPER CUP, ISTANBUL
"No problem Huytonian, i'm always happy to share the match blogs with you guy's.
Surely if Kieta is out then the Ox gets a start here, we also have Wijnaldum in the wings, really good options for midfield and of course lets not forget Millie."
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