THE ANFIELD NOISE

Pre Match | Southampton vs. Liverpool | PL Matchday 17 | Monday January 4th 20:00h | St. Mary’s Stadium

Need the new year to start better than the last one ended. We need better results and better performances.

Goalless draws against West Ham and Fulham. Lost 1-0 against City and a 1-1 draw against Arsenal. Very good defensive record for a team that is trying to play attacking football.

Less than 100% in this one and this might end in another frustrating night for us.

Alisson
TAA Phillips Fabinho Robertson
Henderson Thiago Wijnaldum
Salah Firmino Mané

Y.N.W.A.

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I would bring Rhys back for this one, Phillips is better for the physical teams.
Becker, Trent, Rhys, Fabinho, Robertson, Gini, Henderson, Ox, Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Might be a bit soon to start Thiago but if he’s up to it he replaces the Ox.
Southampton are far better than Newcastle so we need to put our chances away.

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Well, I was unduly optimistic in the last pre-match thread so feel I should temper it a tad. The commitment in the past couple of games just hasn’t been there. Movement off the ball has been poor, build-up play has been slow and unimaginative, and don’t get me started on the team knocking it about slowly in defence in the 90th minute.

That all said, Thiago starting would make a huge difference. He brings others into the game and just has such vision. I also expect the front three won’t be as wasteful as they were in the past couple of games. I’ll go for a 2-0 win…

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All well and good to panic about the form of the reigning champs. But it takes two to play and lest we go into panic mode as usual, their last 5: WDLDD. Ings and Romeu apparently back in training.

Should be fun.

Who scheduled this on a busy back to work Monday anyway? Smart move because I won’t be able to watch. Up the Reds!

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I wouldn’t knock the commitment of the players, the runs were being made all through the game. I think the loss of Van Dijk is really being seen now, especially his passing from deep. Our mid 3 were too slow or unwilling to give that ball, maybe it was covered by the time they looked up? Thiago is the key for me, he can do it all. If he stays fit we win the league.

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Not a great attacking record in those fixtures then for a team trying to play attacking football :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

They have missed Ingsy for sure.

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Whilst I’ve been banging on the Phillips drum, coming up against Danny Ings I think Williams would be the better option to partner Fab aas he offers greater mobility. Phillips has done well when given his chances, but his lack of pace is something teams will soon start to exploit if we play him against quick and mobile strikers.

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Must win game to start the winning run. Its time we start our winning streak of atleast 5-6 games in a row which could well seal the title.

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Urgh it’s monday game? I probably knew this but feel as though i didn’t, fucking holiday schedule!Spawn a goal off Fab’s arse,or a 30 yard screamer just don’t piss around with this game.

Alisson
Trent Fabinho Hendo Robbo
Gini Thiago Jones
Salah Firmino Mane

Go on Jurgen. Do it. You know it makes sense.

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I like this line up a lot .
Hendo and / or fab can play the ball out .
Gives us a strong midfield .

We really need to make a statement Monday we can not keep loosing points on a weekly basis and expect to win the league.

In January we play:

Southampton (A)
Man United (H)
Burnley (H)
Spurs (A)
West Ham (A)

We need at least 13 points from those 5 matches

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Here is the way I look at it.

We’re top. We’re not cos we’ve been lucky. We’ve been desperately unlucky. The injuries have been savage. The decisions ridiculous. We’re down about 4-6 points just on the poor refereeing. We’re not in great form and playing some way below our standard.

There are two teams going above 2 point a game right now. One of them is us. The other is United.

United have been lucky. Literally everything is going for them. They’d had no injuries of note, and they are been gifted a penalty in every game, seemingly on tonight’s evidence, even if a united player trips themselves up in the box. This is the very best they can play and the luckiest they can be.

Utd can’t really do any better than this. We can’t do much worse.

It’s a bizarre season. Liverpool fans have been focussing on our stuttering form, without really noticing everyone has been shite.

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We’ve just dropped points against some of the worst teams in the league. Maybe, hopefully, the lads will wake up in these tricky fixtures.

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United were having there worst year in decades. They are now level on top. Fans have the right to be concerned.

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The previous matches where we dropped points were all just a ploy. We allow the manures to catch up and then pull away so fast that they will never recover.

Trust me.

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You lost me with your gif

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How about this?

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The prospect of Ings against Williams is a frightening one. As composed as the lad can look on the ball and in the air, he has the acceleration and top speed of an oil tanker. He will have extreme difficulty with the movement of Ings. As will Philips too, of course.

Best course of action is to just batter them into submission so as to make the efforts of Southampton’s front line inconsequential to the result.

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Must win full stop

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