Match Blog

The match blog has a dedicated blog for each match. All members are welcome to start a match blog. For general blogs use the blog page

Spartak, 06-12-17, (H) CL.

Biggest game of our season so far imo. A draw could see us in the knockout stage but we're at home so it's all out for the win for me. Not much news on the injury front except for matip who's out until the new year. It'll be our strongest 11 for this one so Mane comes back in after a rest against brighton, team pretty much pick it's self i feel but then again this is Klopp we're talking about so who knows. Anyway, the team i think Klopp will pick might be, 

                                                                                                      Karius

                                                                                 Gomez   Klavan   Lovren   Moreno

                                                                                    Can       Hendo     Coutinho

                                                                                      Salah       Firmino    Mane

I would personally drop Hendo and put Can as our CDM and bring Wijnaldum in but will Klopp be so bold as to drop the captain for such a big game???? We know Karius plays the CL games and although Arnold played well against brighton i feel Klopp will put Gomez in at RB. Something along these lines should see us into the knockout stages, best of luck RedMen.

Email me when people comment –

You need to be a member of kopfans to add comments!

Join kopfans

Comments

  • Klopp has said Gomez and Klavan are well enough for selection which probably means the back line being as stated above. The front line should also be as stated above, I would expect, given the importance of this match. The midfield is likely to be as above but I wonder whether the Brighton game has given Klopp food for thought. If you watch the game back you can see Lovren almost played as a sweeper behind Can and Wijnaldum who were basically deep defensive midfielders or advanced centre backs (depending on your point of view), it wasn't a straight back three with all in one line but rather a one slightly behind a more advanced two. Henderson was then in front of those two and although he looked a bit rusty in the first half he was he was connecting better with the forwards in the second half. My point is this - Can is the most natural defensive midfielder we have whereas Henderson's best skill, in my opinion, is connecting the ball to the front line, usually by long measured balls that the forwards run onto. If Klopp is to play the players in the formation above why doesn't he simply switch Can and Henderson, with Can being in the centre slightly behind Henderson and Coutinho, thus playing the players in their most natural roles? You'd have a genuine defensive midfielder covering the back line and Henderson would do better building play when not having to look over his shoulder all the time. Just a thought.
    • I've been wondering the same myself with regards to Can and Henderson. For me Can is the more natural DMF and Henderson's energy could better be deployed further forward. Henderson has come in for a lot of criticism but he's been asked to do a job that doesn't come naturally to him.
  • I think the back 4 will depend on how far Klavan and Gomez have recovered from their respective illnesses. Klopp may be tempted to give Trent A-A a game as a more attacking option than Gomez especially if the latter is anything less than 100% recovered. I agree with Wijnaldum ahead of Henderson but I doubt it will happen. I didn't see the away game in Moscow but I gather Spartak are a decent counter-attacking team though a bit frail in defence. Therefore we need to keep our concentration but over 90 minutes we should have too much for them.
This reply was deleted.

Activity

ickyuk commented on Warrior18's blog post Westbrom, 13-12-17 (H) PL
"karius is used in europe , and as we dont have a european fixture until february i imagine klopp will give him the odd game to keep him involved,"
2 hours ago
Uncle commented on Warrior18's blog post Westbrom, 13-12-17 (H) PL
"It was one of those games that on another night we would have snatched a 1-0 win but things didn't fall for us. Mane and Salah both had an off night, which is rare, although Firmino worked his socks off. The back line, I thought, did really well, Kl…"
5 hours ago
Warrior18 commented on Warrior18's blog post Westbrom, 13-12-17 (H) PL
"So much for a comfortable win."
6 hours ago
DBZ commented on Warrior18's blog post Westbrom, 13-12-17 (H) PL
"Missing the game today but saw that we're drawing. Hopefully we break our duck in scoring late goals otherwise this is going to be another disappointing result. these freaking draws are so frustrating. We threw away points against Everton, Newcastle…"
8 hours ago
Simply Red commented on Warrior18's blog post Westbrom, 13-12-17 (H) PL
"Migs out for Karius is a real surprise. Can't figure that one out"
10 hours ago
Warrior18 commented on Warrior18's blog post Westbrom, 13-12-17 (H) PL
"Arnold gets a start tonight, delighted for him, Migs dropped in favour of karius, that's a pleasant surprise, hopefully no clangers from karius, expect a comfortable win tonight."
11 hours ago
Warrior18 commented on Warrior18's blog post Westbrom, 13-12-17 (H) PL
"It looks depressing alright but fairplay to them, their having a great season so far but chances are they'll fall back of course."
20 hours ago
Warrior18 commented on Warrior18's blog post Westbrom, 13-12-17 (H) PL
"For sure, we need to jump straight back above Burnley, no messing about here. We don't play bournemouth til sunday so maybe give the players a day off tomorrow, either way, our best available 11 tonight should start."
20 hours ago
Huytonian commented on Warrior18's blog post Westbrom, 13-12-17 (H) PL
"Again the line-up is difficult to call. West Brom like the long ball and are good on set pieces so maybe Gomez should start ahead of Trent A-A. Wijnaldum and Can were rested on Sunday so will almost certainly start as will Coutinho and Firmino. Sala…"
20 hours ago
Uncle commented on Warrior18's blog post Westbrom, 13-12-17 (H) PL
"I don't care who plays or how we play as long as we win, seeing Burnley ahead of us in the Champions League places is making me feel decidedly unwell."
23 hours ago
Uncle commented on Warrior18's blog post Everton, 10-12-17 (H) PL.
"If you're walking through a busy place, a shopping centre or stadium maybe, and someone falls into you the instinctive thing to do is put you hands up to stop yourself being pushed over and you apply a small degree of pressure on the person to cushi…"
yesterday
Simply Red commented on Warrior18's blog post Westbrom, 13-12-17 (H) PL
"Lovren is not my favourite player, will be interesting to see TAA at RB and Gomez at CB"
yesterday
Warrior18 posted a blog post
Disappointing result against everton but a chance here to get back to winning ways. Think we'll see a more familiar lineup here albeit with the exception of Robertson keeping his place due to moreno's absence. Firmino and Coutinho to start along wit…
yesterday
Huytonian commented on Warrior18's blog post Everton, 10-12-17 (H) PL.
"Having watched it again several times from different angles You have a good point but there does seem to be a slight push in my opinion, not enough to cause Calvert-Lewin to fall, but enough to give the ref a decision to make. I think it's one where…"
yesterday
Uncle commented on Warrior18's blog post Everton, 10-12-17 (H) PL.
"Just a point about the penalty: Everyone's acting as if Lovren was in the wrong but take a look at the rules of the game and I think you'll find technically Calvert-Lewin should have been booked for diving. Did Lovren obstruct Calvert-Lewin? No. Did…"
Monday
DBZ commented on Warrior18's blog post Everton, 10-12-17 (H) PL.
"It was a disappointing result. In my opinion, there wasn't just one thing that caused us losing 2 points.
I think the most significant was Mane failing to pass or finish his chance before half time. Given the timing of that chance, being right befor…"
Monday
More…