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Norwich 15-2-20 PL (A)

The mid season break is over and we're back in business for this game. I'm aware that Norwich is in a relegation scrap fight but it doesn't mean they are a pushover and remember they gave us a real challenge at the beginning of the season even though we came out on top with a 4-1 victory. Anyway, it seems all our players are in training and plenty of options to choose from, but we have a Champions League coming up a few days later and this might be a bit of juggling with the starting line up against Norwich and the first 11 should be:

Alisson

TAA - Gomez - VVD - Robertson

Henderson - Fabinho - Wijnaldum

Salah - Firmino - Mane

If things are going really well for us and then Klopp should make his substitutions early such as 60, 65 and 70 minutes on the clock. This is a late Saturday game and the kickoff is at 5:30 PM (GMT).Best of luck Redmen.

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  • I was looking at the statistics and worked out that we have won by a single goal in 12 of the 26 PL games this season. I think this shows that teams have worked out a game plan to restrict Liverpool but also that they find it next to impossible to keep us out for 90 minutes. This is partly because we tire them out but also because, unlike in the past, we don't try to force the game but simply continue to play our game, expecting the break through to come eventually. I thought Norwich played very well but, as Uncle says, Mane coming on made a big difference. Credit also to Alisson for that huge save in the first half when Norwich beat our high line.
  • It was the typical kind of game for us just after a break, flashes of individual quality but the overall performance wasn't quite there. Having said that, Norwich played very well and the weather was certainly a factor so I wouldn't be too critical. If ever there was a game that highlights just how important Mane is to us it was this one, I think with so many excellent players in the squad it's easy to take for granted how much he has kept our title challenge on course.
  • Awful first half from us, lot of rustiness on show, to be expected i suppose. Let's hope Klopp does his usual halftime bollocking and they come out with a bit more urgency in their play.
  • Well there's a surprise, Mane and Fabinho on the bench with the Ox up front and Keita in midfield, fantastic to have all this quality to choose from.
  • I agree with uncle here, play our strongest 11, seems the team above but the midfield i'm confident about no matter who starts, the rest are automatic starters of course.
  • I think you all going to on the money with this team selection. They had a break and surely can play 2 games.

    Just a footnote on Uncle’s comments regarding Man City. Pep doesn’t like competition and now has an escape hatch.
  • I'd personally put out the side that is going to face Athletico because we have got to get up to speed very quickly after having two weeks off. Traditionally, our first game back after a break is a bit sluggish so I'd rather see us get some game time in ours legs before playing in the CL. The above team is the one I'd go with as well.

    On a different subject, how about Man City being banned from the CL for two years and fined £25m? The punishment is probably so severe in the expectation it'll be negotiated downwards in arbitration but even so it shows City are in a whole load of trouble. If they're banned for just one year I doubt Pep will stay around and it puts question marks over the futures of a number of their big players.
    • I think if city don't win the CL this season pep will be gone, whether sacked or leave on his own accord remains to be seen. No doubt some of their senior players will move on as well, could be the end of their short term dominance.
    • The speculation this morning is about whether the Premier League will also punish City with a points deduction next season or even demoting them (unlikely in the case of the latter I would think). Whatever the outcome they are in a lot of bother, with Pep's contract due to run out in 2021, several senior players over 30 and doubts as to whether their better players would stay if the the 2 year European ban is upheld.
      • It's all about winning the CL for pep at city so if they don't win it this season and are banned for at least next season i can see pep leaving without a doubt and some of their top players as well, the blue moon could be turning black, hahaha.
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