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Westham, 12-08-18, PL (H)

Couldn't wait any longer so here we go, start of the new season and we kick off with a visit from the hammers. We've added some real quality during the summer (how good does Shaqiri look) and i think we're all very possitive about the coming campaigne. 

For me the team is obvious but for one midfield possition as in does Hendo, Millner, Wini or Shaqiri start? imo it's between Wini and Shaqiri with Kieta and Fabinho being the other two. My preference would be Shaqiri who i think has been outstanding in pre-season, Wini has been excellent as well with his couple of goals but Shaqiri just has that extra bit of quality i feel. My team for our opening game would be, 

                                                                      Allisson

                                                  Arnold     Gomez   VVD    Robertson

                                                      Shaqiri     Fabinho    Kieta

                                                      Salah       Firmino     Mane

I put Gomez in instead of Lovren as Lovren is not back long from the WC final  and hasn't trained too much so a good opportunity for Gomez to give Klopp something to think about for that position, you all know what i think of Lovren by now. It's a very attacking team but i want us to send out an early meesage with hopefully a really good comprehensive win here, best of luck RedMen.

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  • The back 5 pick themselves if Gomez is fit and so do the front three. That just leaves the mid-field. My preference for this one would be Milner, Wijnaldum and Keita. I think starting two debutantes in midfield in a PL match is a risk and anyway Fabinho has a slight injury. I would keep Shaqiri on the bench but bring him on some time in the second half. Same with Sturridge. West Ham have greatly strengthened their squad but whether their new players are fully integrated as yet remains to be seen. These opening games are alwys tricky and I always feel the league doesn't really settle down until late October, but with City likely to set the pace we cannot afford to drop many points in the early weeks. From what I've seen in pre-season we are well prepared and even stronger than last season especially in midfield and defence.
    • I would be quite happy with your midfield choice for sure but if Fabinho is fit i feel sure Klopp will start him. Shaqiri has had such a good pre-season and hence why i put him in, sturridge too has been excellent, to have those two on our bench is fantastic.
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Warrior18 commented on Warrior18's blog post City, 07-10-18, PL (H)
"No problem Sam, like you say, Hendo will always divide opinion. I think where a lot of fans go wrong is comparing him with Gerrard but as most of us know Gerrard was a one of a kind for us, chelsea had Lampard, united had Scholes and we had Gerrard,…"
Oct 8
Uncle commented on Warrior18's blog post City, 07-10-18, PL (H)
"Sorry, I was referring to the type of uninformed fans you get in pubs rather than any actual fans in particular, I should've been clearer. Henderson will always polarise opinion, he always has, and I accept not everyone will get on with his style of…"
Oct 8
Warrior18 commented on Warrior18's blog post City, 07-10-18, PL (H)
"I don't know any boys down the pub as i don't drink so therefor i don't frequent pubs.

I stand by my opinion of Hendo, we have better sitting on the bench when he's on the pitch imo. We'll just have to beg to differ on this one."
Oct 8
Uncle commented on Warrior18's blog post City, 07-10-18, PL (H)
"The point is not whether I'm a Henderson fan or not (I did, believe it or not, bring it up on here a few games back that I thought Henderson had played too negatively during one match) the issue is whether the way he plays is of his own volition or…"
Oct 8
Warrior18 commented on Warrior18's blog post City, 07-10-18, PL (H)
"Has Keita not settled in yet because he hasn't had a lot of game time? These players need to be playing to get the best from them, as i said to uncle, we spent 100million on a new midfield but their not getting much play time.
Really don't think we…"
Oct 8
Warrior18 commented on Warrior18's blog post City, 07-10-18, PL (H)
"Ok, i may have misread what you said about "creativity" but the way you worded it one could pick you up wrong there, apologies.
I know your a big fan of Hendo, i was at one stage but why has every LFC supporter i speak too and most online have the s…"
Oct 8
Uncle commented on Warrior18's blog post City, 07-10-18, PL (H)
"Read my post again, I said the trio of Milner, Henderson and Wijnaldum were NOT massively creative compared to other combinations but they are an incredibly secure midfield which is probably why Klopp uses them against the most difficult teams. As f…"
Oct 8
Huytonian commented on Warrior18's blog post City, 07-10-18, PL (H)
"We are really missing Oxlade-Chamberlain. Keita should be doing a similar job but he hasn't settled in yet. Aaron Ramsey may be available for a small fee in January. Anyone fancy him?

With regards to the City game it was a good point in the end con…"
Oct 8
Warrior18 commented on Warrior18's blog post City, 07-10-18, PL (H)
"I've just read what Carra said over on the Echo about getting an attacking/creative midfielder in in january and i totally agree with him."
Oct 8
Warrior18 commented on Warrior18's blog post City, 07-10-18, PL (H)
"You reckon there's massive creativity in Milner, Hendo and Wijnaldum?? Maybe Wini has some, Hendo, come on, he's the sideways and backwards king and Milner, gets stuck into a tackle and runs a lot, Hendo does this as well. Where's the creativity her…"
Oct 8
Uncle commented on Warrior18's blog post City, 07-10-18, PL (H)
"Although we're not quite clicking with regard to attack we've got a very good defensive record and that is partly due to the solid, if not massively creative, midfield of Milner, Henderson and Wijnaldum. From what he's said Klopp's aim was to still…"
Oct 8
Warrior18 commented on Warrior18's blog post City, 07-10-18, PL (H)
"If you'd offered me a point before the game i would have taken it. We're still unbeaten in the Lge and joint top so we can't really complain but i will.
I didn't see the game so i'm going on what i've read so far and it isin't pretty. We spent a lot…"
Oct 8
Uncle commented on Warrior18's blog post City, 07-10-18, PL (H)
"There seems to be a theme in games now. It would appear oppositions are trying to starve our front three of the ball, either by being on top of our midfielders as soon as they get the ball or by marking the front three in numbers so they can't recei…"
Oct 7
Warrior18 commented on Warrior18's blog post City, 07-10-18, PL (H)
"HaHaHa, must have a bad hangover so, whatever the reason, i'm stunned by Lovren's inclusion."
Oct 7
Uncle commented on Warrior18's blog post City, 07-10-18, PL (H)
"The defence has been rejigged because Trent Alexander-Arnold is on the bench. It's his birthday today so perhaps he couldn't sleep because he was getting a new bike or something."
Oct 7
Warrior18 commented on Warrior18's blog post City, 07-10-18, PL (H)
"Lovren starting, jesus H christ, now i'm worried."
Oct 7
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