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Liverpool v Burnley - A Liverpool Perspective

12 Mar 2019 10:28:00
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Review Of The Day 12th March 2019

12 Mar 2019 07:29:01
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12 Mar 2019 09:21:53
Cheers for the article Ed.

Do you know if Ghana have tried calling up Claud Adjapong, the RB at Sassuolo. I know he has played for the Italian jnr sides but feel he has a better chance making the snr. national team in Ghana.

Are you tempting the wrath of Ed025 with the Silva comments?

And finally . interesting times at real madrid.

{Ed001's Note - I don't know about Adjapong, but I am sure they will have asked if he is interested.

If nothing else it is a way to find out if he reads the news round up!

The fans will be glad to see the back of Perez, so this is his final roll of the dice.}

12 Mar 2019 11:05:33
I guess we'll find out if Zidane is actually a great coach or, as I suspect, was fortunate to have Ronaldo at his prime to bail the team out when things weren't going their way.

12 Mar 2019 13:02:40
I think we’ll find that Zidane is good at being liked by key personalities in the Real dressing room. Performances will improve, but the squad is in bad need of a massive overhaul and some consistent direction. Vinícius Jr Is going to be world class though.

11 Mar 2019 13:43:17
Ive seen a lot of posts attributing yesterdays game as just one of those days which is true as we have been on an amazing run under ole.

But yesterday did expose that our style of play is still quite limited. We have been excellent at defending in a low block and counter attacking with ruthlessness and incision.

Once arsenal got the first goal, unfortunate mistake by de gea then the onus was on us to take the game to arsenal and we struggled to break down arsenal when they went into their own low block.

Our build up from the back is poor, de gea has regressed with the ball at his feet, young gives the ball away too much and smalling is a liability with the ball at his feet. Matic also dawdles too much when in possession. Further forwards fred and lukaku are unsure of their first touch which means we can't sustain pressurised attacks.

Ole has done wonders with the belief and confidence of this squad but there are still underlying issues of quality which we are lacking. I just hope ole and the staff aren't too nice and are ruthless enough to shape this squad in the future.

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11 Mar 2019 14:45:55
DSG, Ole can only use the players we have available. Unfortunately we don't have the kind of forwards or creative midfielders to break down teams that sit deep.

Ole has also got our defence playing a higher line now than they did under Mourinho. That higher line has allowed us to turn over possession quicker and the players are encouraged to play the ball forward as quickly and as often as possible.

So although it is a counter attacking style, it isn't one in which we invite teams on to us but rather one where we go after the opposition.

The squad still needs work, beyond the first 11 the drop off in quality is too much. Also having had several managers over a short space of time there are players in the squad who don't suit the style Ole wants to play.

The summer will be pivotal, we need 3 or 4 top level signings who can go straight into the first 11 or at least seriously challenge it, while 6-8 players need to move on, with a couple of kids coming through.

11 Mar 2019 15:47:29
Still don't understand why we sold daley blind, him and lindelof could have done a good job together at centre back till the end of the season until we bought an upgrade.

11 Mar 2019 16:52:04
I agree, selling Blind was a mistake. I really rate him as a squad player. He would offer us a good ball playing CB, or a solid DM cover for Matic, plus cover for LB.

Very few players are that versatile.

He would have also allowed us to seemlessly play a three at the back system that could have been very good.

11 Mar 2019 18:28:56
Some players are limited not just style of play. The players have been doing great but will come unstuck from time to time because they are not as good as the run of results suggests.
We need a few new players to complete at the top table.

12 Mar 2019 00:22:02
DDG saves a speculative shot. Ref waves off an iffy pen. Lukaku buries a couple of his sitters and we're rolling home with a 2 Nil away win.

I know it's all Ifs and Buts. But my point is that we didn't lose the balance of play in the game. We lost a few key moments by fine margins. That's football. But don't over analyze it and make out that Ole's tactics are now floored.

We will not win every game. Get over the losses, learn from the moments we could have done better and move on. Biggest lesson for me is the lack of intensity from the start.

12 Mar 2019 07:19:18
Disagree with DSG. Arsenal struggled to contain us whenever we had a go at them.
We were just not clinical as we have been for the past 20 odd games.

11 Mar 2019 13:58:33
Sure we lost a game. We were bound to but I agree with a couple of posters that I'd rather we lose fighting with no luck scoring than we were before parking the bus. So I am disappointed but not overly sad. Would've been nice to win but I'm not going to blame anyone.
I did say in the chat that Fred should've been substituted but feel he played very well in 2nd half but not so much the 1st. For me on the whole the team played good but we did make some mistakes. It gives me confidence that we have the foundation for next season but with a few additions.
For now we just need to pick ourselves up after this fall. Gunners played well but I still feel we were a bit unlucky with the misses and twice hitting the posts. Look forward to the FA Cup now.

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11 Mar 2019 14:06:57
I agree. Simply wasn't our day. The best of teams with the best backroom staff still have off days. We hit the woodwork twice, Leno made great and brave saves, we conceded a freakish goal with a soft penalty. No blame on anyone, we look at next game and we make it ours!

11 Mar 2019 14:22:14
If we had played a lesser team who weren't as up for it as Arsenal were we would get a win 8 times out of 10 with that kind of performance.

However, we looked like we couldn't play more than at around 80% of our potential and we never got out of 3rd gear. Whereas, Arsenal played with a fighting spirit not seen since the days of Viera, Keown and Adams etc.

I thought Fred was decent, probably our best midfielder on the day. He still has a way to go yet, but I thought he showed promise.

A mistake from the one player who never makes mistakes, and who probably has the most credit in his account over the last five years.

Time to move on, we have a tough game against Wolves on Saturday to look forward to. More importantly for the squad 5 days to prepare for it. So we should be chomping at the bit and well prepared for Saturday.

Personally although I know we can lose to anyone at any time, which of course is the beauty of the EPL, I only seeing us struggle to get a result against Man City of our remaining EPL fixtures. So I am pretty confident we will still make top four.

11 Mar 2019 12:08:26
Sunday's game was in my opinion just one of those games. We tried hard, but the players looked slightly jaded. Matic was clearly a little rusty. I think the tactic's were quite right, and we might have got a little more from the game if we set up slightly differently. Maybe McTominay should have kept his place with Matic coming on in the second half maybe.

That said, if we are to lose I would rather lose like that than by parking the bus. We had 14 shots away to Arsenal when not playing particularly well. The problem was Leno only had to make 4 saves. We hit the post twice, and although the penalty was a penalty it was about as soft as you could get without it being incorrectly given.

There are positives to take from the game. Firstly and most importantly I think was the EPL debut of Mason Greenwood. He might not have had a huge amount of time to impress yet in that time he showed great maturity to not let the occasion get to him. He looked positive and not overawed at all. For me he is the mostly likely of the trio (Chong, Gomes and Greenwood) to make it at the club. Chong looks like he is a year or two away from really being able to push for a first team spot, I think he could do with a good loan next season. Gomes has the ability, he is just waiting for his body to mature enough to be physically able to push on. A bit like Scholes being clearly the most talented of the class of 92, yet he didn't get his chance until a little later than the others due to his small frame.

Also I thought Fred was quietly very good again. Covered lots of ground, made several important tackles, disrupted Arsenal's rhythm well. While also making a couple of good contributions going forward, hitting the post and creating a couple of goal scoring chances. I think his performances over the last couple of games gives confidence that he can really kick on next season.

The race for top four will as Ole has suggested really go down to the wire. Some people have tried to look at the fixture list and work out who has the easier run etc. Personally I don't think that matters as much as the confidence, mentality and the momentum each club has going in to the final stretch. That is why I am still confident that we can do it.

Spurs under Pochettino have yet to show the mental resilience to hack a real fight when the pressure builds. Both Emery and Sarri are new to the league and have shown naivety on occasion. Personally I think all three of them will lose or draw games they will be expected to win between now and the end of the season. Four teams for two places, yet even after yesterday's result we are still the in form team, with the momentum and the confidence. If Ole can bring the team back from losing 2-0 at home to PSG then I am confident he will get a response after losing 2-0 away to Arsenal.

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11 Mar 2019 13:08:03
Scholes was playing, relatively regularly, for the first team the same season as Neville and Butt, and a year before Beckham. He was top class, so it didn’t matter about his small frame.

11 Mar 2019 14:12:57
Butt made his debut two years before Scholes. Scholes was often taken off early or used as a sub in his first season or two, plus he was played out of position for the first 3-4 years while he adjusted to the pace and power of the EPL. Often deployed in the No.10 or as a false 9 on occasions as it was thought the battle of midfield was too tough for him at that time.

However, it is clear his talent along with his fighting spirit won out and he was able to force his way into midfield.

Gomes makes Scholes look like a giant. Scholes is 5'7, whereas Gomes is still only 5'3. For comparison Messi (after his growth hormones) is 5'7.

Gomes height shouldn't hold him back too much, however, he will need to fill out before he can be thrown in to being tackled by players such as Maguire and van Dijk.

11 Mar 2019 14:26:10
Butt made three appearances before the 94-95 season when Scholes, Neville and Butt all became first team regulars. Scholes was primarily played as an understudy to Cantona because we were overstocked in midfield.

11 Mar 2019 23:36:14
Do you know Scholes scored in the League in 19 consecutive seasons, a record only beaten by Giggs who did it in 23 consecutive seasons.

Review Of The Day 11th March 2019

11 Mar 2019 07:29:01
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10 Mar 2019 23:00:24
Hands up who thought we'd make top 4 before Ole came in. No, I didn't think so.

I'm just happy we're in with a fighting chance of it at this stage of the season.

One fairly unlucky defeat against a good team, doesn't change the fact that most of us would have given our right arm to be in this position in the last days of José's reign.

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11 Mar 2019 05:53:27
Yes we were unlucky to be honest.
We always looked dangerous when we had a go at them.
We hit the post twice and Arsenal never really carved us open.
The penalty changed the game.

Martial coming back for next game will hopefully make a big difference.

11 Mar 2019 06:05:01
A fairly unlucky defeat to a club that is a waste of a Champions league place.

10 Mar 2019 22:19:16
I too though we just failed to convert or make the final pass better, the peon was a shocking decision and really killed it. Thought Fred was very good today, amazing what a bit of confidence can do, think Fred, pogba and Herrera could be a very attacking more midfield option in the coming weeks. The emotions of mid week didn't help either, but we played well, created just weren't as lethal as recently. Still think we will make top four. Watching wolves today our FA cup game is going to be very tough too.

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10 Mar 2019 23:14:37
Fred definitely pushed the Chelsea player. No need to with Smalling covering.

11 Mar 2019 08:47:08
I thought Fred was average and that McTominay should never have been dropped.

11 Mar 2019 10:34:09
Fred was ok today. I thought Matic was the problem as he was too slow and off the pace. He didn’t close down Xhaka for the first goal and his distribution was poor.
Think if McTomminay had played then we would of closed Arsenal down better and probably had more possession.
We miss Herrera as well.

10 Mar 2019 18:48:42
Bad day at the office today. Had a bit of a bad feeling today and just felt like we wouldn’t be at the races. We looked sluggish and flat for the first 30. I don’t think the formation helped and when changed we looked better. Started the second half well and we created a lot of chances. I thought Lukaku should have buried a few of his chances today. His finishing was poor but his overall play was excellent. He is brimming with confidence but his finishing really let him down.

We were bound to have a loss and unfortunately it came in a massive game for top 4. Call me cynical but I think top is gone with arsenal’s Run in being so easy. I would put all our eggs in one basket for the champions league tbh. Shaw was brilliant once again and j thought Fred was really good at times today. Rashford looks like he’s carrying an injury. We should not get too down about today. We learn from this and go again.

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10 Mar 2019 19:01:46
Well spurs aren’t exactly secure in 3rd and games aren’t played on paper, arsenal will drop points same as us and Chelsea and spurs, a way to go yet, we wasn’t quite at it, we still was the better team in terms of chances created, one of them days.

10 Mar 2019 20:10:01
Still 8 games left if we can win the games coming up and are still within a sniff come the city Chelsea games I think we will be fine.

Spurs have had games left.

Could come down to the Chelsea game for a top 4 place.

10 Mar 2019 20:45:05
The togetherness and positivity around the club has been incredible recently. Not going to feel too down about a game that just didn't go our way.

Yes we have to be more clinical in front of goal. Yes Dave the Save made a bad error in reading the shot. Yes the penalty was a soft as the turf under Steven Gerrards boot. But I thought we were always in the game and some days you just pick yourself up and go again.

We can still finish ahead of Arsenal and Chelsea and maybe Tottenham. Lot of football to be played yet.

In Ole we trust :)

10 Mar 2019 20:51:00
Massive loss a win I think would have pushed Arsenal out of the race for top 4, we cannot afford to drop points to city and Chelsea now. With spurs and Chelsea dropping points we could have put ourself into strong position, maybe the wake up call some of our players need after celebrating Wednesday like they won the quadruple.

10 Mar 2019 22:02:20
Jaime,

Do you think they shouldn’t have celebrated like that on Wednesday after one of the best nights in our history?

10 Mar 2019 23:49:19
Beaten at our own game today maybe even guilty of believing in our own hype.

The first 30 minutes weren't good enough. There was a real lack of intensity and aggression. We were passive and allowed Arsenal to grow in confidence. Matic looked rusty and well off the pace. A De Gea howler and Matic had to close the shot down quicker, the way he just ambled out was criminal especially in such a big game. The work rate and desire was missing for 30 mins. I don't mind sitting deep but there must be pressure on the ball and a desire to close down when the opposition enter the final third.

The second half was better and we pressed higher but Arsenal always looked dangerous on the break. Fred was guilty of carelessly giving the ball away in a really good attacking position and they go straight down the other end and he gives a stupid penalty away. Ok it was soft but there is no need to make that challenge, show him down the line and block the cross. He made two bad mistakes in a matters of minutes and we got punished. On such fine margins games are won and lost. Stay in the game, considering other results a draw would have been more than acceptable in a difficult away fixture.

For me the desire and work rate was missing today. Yes we created chances but we were timid and that real desire and hunger to close down and put the opposition under pressure was lacking. Arsenal beat us at our own game. We never looked secure and they always looked likely to catch us on the break. From an attacking perspective we were guilty of not releasing the ball quickly enough and getting caught in possession.

It's hard to be too critical but after Wednesday I expected us to be flying. I thought we'd at least get a point and feel we've missed a huge opportunity. I just can't help feeling disappointed.

Maybe I'm being a touch harsh but I'm now judging us from a higher standard. Too many individual errors and a lack of intensity cost us the game today.

10 Mar 2019 23:24:16
Jaime Jaime Jaime. Get real🤔🤔.

11 Mar 2019 05:44:05
With Martial returning, our attack will improve even more.

imo, we had the best chances in the game. The strikers had an off game.

10 Mar 2019 15:47:44
Nice line up today, looks like 442, hope the lads are riding on the wave of energy from midweek and not exhausted by it.

Big opportunity for Dalot and Fred, and Lukaku who has played his way back into the first team in recent weeks.

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10 Mar 2019 17:13:37
I fear Arsenal. 2 or 3 nil defeat.

10 Mar 2019 18:24:29
With Arsenal having an easy run in I really do tho k we will struggle to get 3rd or 4th place now. We Will have two hard games against Wolves plus obviously against City it won't be easy. Today we had to win especially as both Spurs and Chelsea didn't win this weekend. If we don't make the Champions League places it will seriously impede our chances of getting the players we need to improve and also impede our chances of fighting for the league title. Bearing this in mind how do you think Ole handles the match today?

 


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