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    (Original post by Stirlo)
    Can had a very good game Imo showed a lot of why we bought him and why he so highly rated. He definitely should replace allen as once again he was poor. Too many attacks broke down with him and he needlessly gave away possession.

    Markovic impressed me tonight too, made some good forward runs and tried to take on his man which he hasn't done too often so far
    He's been injured too much so far.

    Markovic (and the team) played without fear/pressure today which is why they looked good imo.
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    With Toure at the back, I have more confidence going into the Europa League if we fail to get through to the knock out stages of the CL.
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    Tour wid dem skills tho:cool:
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    (Original post by samir12)
    There is something in Markovic imo, he just needs that confidence to bring it out, showed some glimpses of it today.
    Yeah he did well tonight and worked hard. I understand when Rodgers said he's one for the future, I think we'll see the better of him during the second half of the season once he plays a few more games for the team.

    I think Toure should partner Skrtel on Saturday, to be fair to Toure he had a pretty good game and kept Ronaldo and co quiet for the most part. I also think Can should come in for Allen, Allen was sloppy when it came to the final ball and in general he ended up breaking our attacks up. Whereas Can did well defending as well as trying to attack and link up with boys ahead of him.
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    I also loved how Mignolet took on Ronaldo, although he should really stop doing that.
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    Dunno whether to join u guys, man utd, or City. Might consider Chelsea too. Still thinking...
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    (Original post by Lúcio)
    couldn't agree more.
    sounds weird but i'd rather us go out 4th than have the extra europa league games.
    we wouldn't win it so i'd rather not have the extra games.
    No way! We bought more squad players for the sole purpose of having more games. It's also crucial game time for the large number of developing players we have and we can definitely win it provided Rodgers' fixes his ****. Spots 4-7 will be very, very tight in my opinion and getting the CL spot might prove crucial for us. Not qualifying for CL is probably the worst thing that could happen to LFC.
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    (Original post by Lyrical Prodigy)
    Dunno whether to join u guys, man utd, or City. Might consider Chelsea too. Still thinking...
    I feel sorry for you Arsenal fans! 3-0 at 60 mins and 3-3 at FT, how come you guys couldn't defend a 3-0 lead?
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    My biggest positive to take from this game was set piece defending, we looked so much more solid defending them today then we have this season.
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    Ludogorets on the 26th November, Crystal Palace and Stoke either side.
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    (Original post by The.Joker)
    I feel sorry for you Arsenal fans! 3-0 at 60 mins and 3-3 at FT, how come you guys couldn't defend a 3-0 lead?
    Clearly our players have been watching too many clips of your game at Crystal palace last season.

    Think I might move to West Ham or something. I'm bloody tired of Arsenal's crap.
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    (Original post by Lyrical Prodigy)
    Clearly our players have been watching too many clips of your game at Crystal palace last season.

    Think I might move to West Ham or something. I'm bloody tired of Arsenal's crap.
    Weren't you winning 3-0?
    How did you manage to **** it up that badly?
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    (Original post by Rk2k14)
    Weren't you winning 3-0?
    How did you manage to **** it up that badly?
    Nah seriously, you can't be taking the micky about being 3-0 then bottling it now can you?

    We're so dire at times it's unreal. Yes the ref is to blame to a small teeny tiny extent but regardless of that how did we muck that up? I'm not even surprised tbh. Against Anderflippingleght you know.
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    (Original post by Lyrical Prodigy)
    Nah seriously, you can't be taking the micky about being 3-0 then bottling it now can you?

    We're so dire at times it's unreal. Yes the ref is to blame to a small teeny tiny extent but regardless of that how did we muck that up? I'm not even surprised tbh. Against Anderflippingleght you know.
    Seems like something United would do, *cough Leicester
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    Their defence wasn't ridiculous and it gets got at by any decent forward opposition.

    They just have a fast defence and if you lot can't string a few passes together and force them out of position via dynamic and fluid interplay you're never going to score.
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    (Original post by jam277)
    Their defence wasn't ridiculous and it gets got at by any decent forward opposition.

    They just have a fast defence and if you lot can't string a few passes together and force them out of position via dynamic and fluid interplay you're never going to score.
    Are you talking about Madrid?
    Because it didn't get 'got at' by Barca.
    But I agree, a top attack, someone like Bayern could expose RM's defence (if we're talking about them).
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    I've said it many times before: Toure has been unfairly criticised by our fans simply because of those 2 bad mistakes around January time last season. Apart from the obvious lack of pace, he is a very decent defender and is less prone to making silly mistakes than Skrtel. It's no coincidence imo that we always look a lot more solid at the back when he's in the team.

    I think we should consider a Toure/Lovren partnership for the game at Chelsea. Toure/Sakho could also work very well once he's back from injury. Skrtel, Sakho and Lovren could all really do with someone beside them that is a bit of a leader and I think Toure provides that.

    I definitely want to see Borini starting against Chelsea (unless Sturridge is fit to start obviously). Whilst he doesn't really provide a lot on the ball, his movement moves defenders around and creates space for our other players to do their thing. A Balotelli/Borini partnership could work, although I doubt BR would play a diamond against a top team when we're in the form we are currently in, so I would have Lallana and Sterling flanking Borini.

    Dunno what I'd do in midfield tbh, I'm undecided. I like how Can brings the ball forward and drives into space, but his passing has a tendency to be a bit wayward. I think I'd just go back to what worked best last season: Gerrard behind Hendo and Coutinho. That said, I think Lucas deserves a chance of Gerrard one day, but it obviously isn't going to come against Chelsea.
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    (Original post by Rk2k14)
    Are you talking about Madrid?
    Because it didn't get 'got at' by Barca.
    But I agree, a top attack, someone like Bayern could expose RM's defence (if we're talking about them).
    Yes it did in the first half, Pique then managed to **** the game up for them and they did one of the most pathetic crumbles I've seen(besides that CL game today)

    It was 'got at' by Atlético Madrid as well.
    It was 'got at' by Real Sociedad and they shipped 4 goals to them.

    Give them a team that can defend properly and string together a few passes at pace and Real will struggle. Also they're terrible at defending set pieces.
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    (Original post by jam277)
    Yes it did in the first half, Pique then managed to **** the game up for them and they struggled since.

    It was 'got at' by Atlético Madrid as well.
    It was 'got at' by Real Sociedad and they shipped 4 goals to them.

    Give them a team that can defend properly and string together a few passes at pace and Real will struggle. Also they're terrible at defending set pieces.
    True, but their attack more than makes up for it. It makes it harder to defend when you're going up against the best attack in the world, and trying to get the ball off Modric and Kroos is pretty hard. But like you said, if a team can string passes together they will struggle, as they have no recognised CDM since Alonso left.
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    Btw saw the way you lot played, Real could have played another 90mins and still kept it at 1-0. They weren't even good today, just toyed around with you lot. Ronaldo was quite poor and was more focused on getting onto a highlight reel than being the clinical Ronaldo you see.

    You should have just parked the bus at Anfield from the word go. Wasn't worth it wasting energy trying to press them off the ball when your attack is nowhere near clinical enough to make use of the possession you win.
 
 
 
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