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Huddersfield, 26-04-19, PL (H)

This game should be a formality but i still want to see our best 11 start, lets not take any chances at this stage of the run-in. Although Huddersfield are relegated they would love to bow out with us as a scalp so our best 11 to start with, hopefully get the game won in the first half and then rest some players for the Barca game.


                                                          Arnold    Matip  VVD   Robbo

                                                            Hendo   Fabinho   Keita

                                                            Salah    Firminho   Mane

Klopp may feel he can rest one or two but no more, we simply can't take any chances of dropping points now. I hope the team dosen't fall into the trap of having one eye on the Barca game and take this one for granted as that can always bite you on the ass, i don't think they will. Best of luck RedMen.

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  • If MCFC goes on to win all 3 remaining EPL games, it'd be a tragedy for LFC to miss out on the league title even if we manage to end with 97pts. This is when we'd count the costs of drawing against the likes of Leicester, WHU and Crystal Palace eroding our 7pt lead... Klopp still doesn't think we need more clinical and incisive play and attacking midfielders?
    • If we don't win the PL I will look back at the game at City when Mane hit the inside of the post and the ball stayed out and Sane did the same to the same post and the ball went in. Fine margins. I am happy with our midfield and central defenders. We need quality back-up at full back, goalkeeper and across the front line if we are to raise the very high standard required to overtake City.
    • You have to keep a certain sense of perspective, I think - if we don't win the league it's because we'll have been beaten by a truly outstanding side, a side we would've pushed right to the wire. So far we have a record of 28 wins, 7 draws and 1 loss - that's a fanastic record and in the vast majority of seasons you'd expect to go on and be champions with a record like that, and we still might be. Yes, we've drawn matches but we haven't lost the amount of matches our competitors have - City have lost 4 and Spurs have lost 12! So it's a bit of a red herring looking back and saying we should've won this or that game, all teams will drop points throughout a season and we've been a tad unlucky in that we've come up against an ultra-consistent side in City who have dropped just one less point than us. Whatever the final outcome will be I reckon if you compare the stats of this Liverpool side with those of previous Liverpool sides they'll be right up there with the title winners of the past. You can't ask much more of a team than that, even if they fall just short of the title.
  • Despite the early goal we were poor early on but had settled before the second went in. We can't afford to have these sloppy spells against Barca or indeed Newcastle or Wolves. Otherwise it was almost a perfect night - it would have been perfect if Oxlade-Chamberlain had put his chance away. I was a bit surprised we didn't try to conserve energy a bit more in the second half. Even when 5-0 up we were still looking for a sixth. Whatever happens over the next few weeks I think our fitness coaches should get a big bonus.
  • When I heard Firmino wouldn't be playing I started to wonder whether this would be the game when everything finally falls apart and Liverpool put in a disjointed performance. Not a bit of it, all the changes that were made in the line-up, both before and during the game, worked well and Liverpool did exactly what they had to. I actually felt sorry for Huddersfield at one point as scoring against them began to feel like kicking an old dog. The good thing is that our scorers and providers should be feeling really confident for the Barcelona game, not to mention the fact we're still really solid defensively. All I want to hear now is that Firmino's slight thigh strain is nothing more than that.
  • Down to Rafa and Rodgers to help us win this title so, really happy united are in a bad way but was praying they'd help us last night, wishful thinking.
  • The line-up looks possible but I would drop Fabinho and allow him to recover with more rest after the clash of heads during the Cardiff game and keep him for the Barcelona tie for which I think makes perfect sense. I have no idea who to put in instead of him and Huddersfield has nothing to lose since they are relegated but I do expect us to win the three points.
  • With perhaps the exception of the front three the squad rotation these days tends to work pretty well so I think Klopp could probably get away with changing two or three starters. I would make sure there was a Henderson or Milner on the pitch though, they really do make a difference to the intensity with which we play. The players know we'll probably need to win all of our remaining matches so I'll be surprised if they take it too easy, afterall a win against Huddersfield is worth the same points as a win against City.
  • With 3 games in 7 days coming up starting with Barca away I think there will be some changes though not to the front 3. I can see Joe Gomez getting a start to give Trent a rest and Fabinho should return if he recovers from his head injury. If we can get the game won early for a change then Klopp can give others a rest by using the subs.
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Simply Red commented on Uncle's blog post MADRID CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL PAGE
"I also would have preferred Ajax as both teams don’t know each other and am very wary of Spurs. It took a last gasp own goal last time to win 2-1 and am sure they still smarting from that. It’s also Klopp’s 4th final as he lost the last 3 so the pre…"
1 hour ago
Uncle commented on Uncle's blog post MADRID CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL PAGE

There's been some subtle, but potentially important, rule changes since the last Champions League final. Each team gets to name a 23 man squad and they can pick their substitutes from any of the 12 players not chosen in the first 11. 3 substitutes…"
Huytonian commented on Uncle's blog post MADRID CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL PAGE
"There's also pressure on Spurs to bring back silverware.  Like us they have developed a strong team but have yet to win anything.  Whre the pressure is greater on us is our just missing out on the PL.  That may reinforce our players' determination b…"
Uncle commented on Uncle's blog post MADRID CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL PAGE
"I think where we undoubtedly have an advantage is in the fact that most of our squad have now experienced an event on this scale. The Champions League final is probably only second to a World Cup final in terms of an occasion and this is a factor th…"
Huytonian commented on Uncle's blog post MADRID CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL PAGE
"I would have preferred Ajax as I see European competition as a chance to test ourselves aginst the best on the continent.  However Spurs deserve to be there after their comeback in Amsterdam.  Games against Spurs are usually tight affairs and this m…"
May 17
Uncle commented on Uncle's blog post MADRID CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL PAGE
"With Ajax having so many young players I had feeling that at some point is was possible, not definite but possible, that the closer they got to the final the more likely it would be that they'd crumble under intense pressure. It's no coincidence tha…"
May 15
Warrior18 commented on Uncle's blog post MADRID CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL PAGE
"Great idea Sam.
We know we are playing Spurs but i'm still 50-50 as to whom i would have prefered in the final. That Ajax team played some fantastic football in all the rounds leading up to the semi final and i think they would have given us a more…"
May 15
Uncle posted a blog post
As we won't have a match between now and the Champions League final, and so no match blog through which to share our views, I thought it may be useful to have a page which people can use to post and discuss anything in connection to the Madrid final…
May 14
Uncle commented on Warrior18's blog post Wolves, 12-05-19, PL (H)
"I think the players will need a week off just to adjust to not having the pressure that was ratcheting up week after week. I can remember when, as a youngster, I used to get more and more stressed during the period leading to exams and then after th…"
May 13
Huytonian commented on Warrior18's blog post Wolves, 12-05-19, PL (H)
"I'm sure they will get the preparation right Uncle. I read that the players will be given this week off to recuperate (though long-distance flights are banned). Then they will have 5 days warm weather training (and 1st June in Madrid will be certain…"
May 13
Uncle commented on Warrior18's blog post Wolves, 12-05-19, PL (H)
"I read a statistic that in 116 seasons out of 119 we would've had enough points to take the top division title in England. That puts into perspective the level Liverpool achieved this season and any team that gets a final total of 97 points has done…"
May 12
Huytonian commented on Warrior18's blog post Wolves, 12-05-19, PL (H)
"I don't feel the same sense of disappointment as I did in 2013/14 when we went close but came up short in the last few matches. No one can accuse the team of "bottling it" this time. They kept going right to the end against possibly the best ever PL…"
May 12
Uncle commented on Warrior18's blog post Wolves, 12-05-19, PL (H)
"That's the team I'd go for. I can't see Brighton keeping City out but then I couldn't see us putting four past Barcelona either. The one slight concern I have is that we've just played a game that was particularly emotionally draining, tears and adr…"
May 11
Huytonian commented on Warrior18's blog post Wolves, 12-05-19, PL (H)
"You wouldn't be the only happy man if both Moreno and Lovren left this summer but it may be too much to hope for. However the form of Matip and Gomez this season should mean that Lovren becomes fourth choice in future."
May 11
Warrior18 commented on Warrior18's blog post Wolves, 12-05-19, PL (H)
"We definitely need a quality back-up keeper and a quality left back as you say. Klopp has said there won't be any crazy spending being done this summer but also that we do need a couple of players in and i agree with him, no need for loads of player…"
May 10
Huytonian commented on Warrior18's blog post Wolves, 12-05-19, PL (H)
"I can't believe it was just a week today that we overcame Newcastle. That game seems like it took place in a different century so much has happened in the last few days. It looks like Salah, Robertson and Henderson will be fit for Sunday which is a…"
May 10