I reckon it’ll be Jordan Henderson again with Thiago in midfield.Fabinho has been great as a CB this season. Whoever will play next to him on Sunday will be below average though - it's either Williams who's slower than my grandma or Matip who won't be 100% fit. Could be Nat Phillips too maybe, not sure, but he's not anything special either.
It's also that without them, Fabinho in particular, in midfield they are so much more open. The knock on is huge as AWB/Robertson have less freedom and actually have to cover defensively a lot more and that really cripples them, it's not hyperbole to think we could actually win comfortably. never easy and no doubt it will be a 100mph game but this is where our squad depth/quality is so key.Those two are of course excellent players, but hopefully bad central defenders. And Henderson in particular is not tall enough for this role
I could see something like this happening (or a 4-4-2 diamond) because Ole will want to take advantage of the space behind Robertson and TAA. Either way, I see us playing a low block and counter attacking. Which unfortunately may mean Lindelof partners Maguire...——————-DDG—————
—— <—Pogba—> ——
Bruno playing as a false 9
Pogba in 3 man midfield with license to get forward or drop in when needed
But it’s not like people here are saying that your team is shit. Of course not, it’s just being disliked , and quite rightly so
RAWK will be over the moon to see the record go so they can finally get those t-shirts printed and the DVD released.Could be yeah. Would suck to see it stop specifically by United's doing.
Gonna hide in the NFL thread for at least a week if it happens.
Counterattacking is the most viable strategy in combatting Klopps' high back line and high press, especially with our pacy strikers and their less-than-pacy, injury-depleted defence.I think we will try to play our boring defensive game, with Pool trying to punt the ball long every few minutes. And of course trying to get into set-piece situations.
Do you think Klopp will really play high press given their injury situation? Their midfield is not fresh enough for that...Counterattacking is the most viable strategy in combatting Klopps' high back line and high press, especially with our pacy strikers and their less-than-pacy, injury-depleted defence.
I watch Liverpool a lot (I'm sad, I know) and they very rarely deviate from Klopp's gegenpress strategy, if ever. Klopp may tell his players to reign it in somewhat, be more cautious than normal, but I wouldn't expect anything other than the patterned gegenpress.Do you think Klopp will really play high press given their injury situation? Their midfield is not fresh enough for that...
Why not play Bailly instead of Lindelöf? He has been one of our best players the last couple of games. Otherwise I agree with this line-up.For once it will be us that is more up for this than them.
Either team is perfectly capable of thrashing the other but the lack of fans will temper the atmosphere somewhat.
Pogba - Fred - McTominay
Shaw - Maguire - Lindelof - AWB
We can't afford passengers in this game, sorry Greenwood, and we will need to keep them from dominating us in midfield.
Pogba and Fred/McT will be kept busy supporting our fullbacks defensively, and if he is fit, we will need Lindelof's composure.
All right. But then it means that once gegenpress is passed by, we only need to deal with Henderson and Fabinho as CBs to score. Doesn’t sound as an impossible task, especially considering their full backs are very attacking and will hardly help the defendersI watch Liverpool a lot (I'm sad, I know) and they very rarely deviate from Klopp's gegenpress strategy, if ever. Klopp may tell his players to reign it in somewhat, be more cautious than normal, but I wouldn't expect anything other than the patterned gegenpress.
This was when i thought Van Gaal found our best 11. Fellaini on the left looked weird but it was very effective, they had no answer to us putting long balls to him to control with his chest. No players could get near him, he couldnt be bullied when he did that. He's a limited player but an annoyance to deal with.So the last time we beat Liverpool at Anfield in the league, this was our team :
Darmian Smalling Blind Young
Herrera Schneiderlin Fellaini
Liverpool will try to press us high up the pitch and Lindelof is probably our most composed defender on the ball. Off it, he reads the game well against multiple attackers of Liverpool's calibre. Bailly is good but he takes risks and he doesn't position himself as well.Why not play Bailly instead of Lindelöf? He has been one of our best players the last couple of games. Otherwise I agree with this line-up.
this is it I’d say. maybe Cavani for martial. I have this a low scoring game. Hoping we can knick a 1-0. I genuinely think they are there for the taking but if we start slow to the second ball it will set the tone they will keep coming and beat us.Think we'll go with the midfield diamond, split strikers formation that we've went to in quite a few big games. Almost ends up as a 4-2-2-2 more than a pure diamond.
AWB Bailly Maguire Shaw
Unlucky for Cavani to miss out. Might be tempted to play him instead of Martial...although he's not as well suited to a split striker formation.