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    Daniel Sturbridge played really well


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    (Original post by Lúcio)
    I think it's important for Martinez because this may well be his last derby. Everton really are terrible and without a period of excellent Lukaku form, they wouldn't be too far out of the relegation zone. They've been able to use the excuse of cup runs for the last few years but the problem is they aren't winning anything. If they don't win the FA Cup, it wouldn't surprise me for Martinez to be shown the door.

    I agree - that's a really good sign for Ward too because that's a weakness of Mignolet. The latter struggles tremendously with his distribution, so if Ward can improve the other areas of his game, who says he can't provide serious competition? That's assuming we don't buy a new keeper in the summer of course.

    Ward did look suspect once or twice aerially though. His shot stopping is fine and it took a wonderful King volley to finally beat him, but he needs to command his area. Mignolet has definitely improved as of late in that area so it clearly can be done.
    If Lovren and Sakho is to be our central defensive partnership long-term, Mignolet just cannot be our goalkeeper.

    The latter likes to step up, while the other drops deeper, as shown against Dortmund, giving us a propensity to play offensive attackers on the opposition on-side.

    In that sense, we need a goalkeeper who can organise them from behind.
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    https://www.reddit.com/r/LiverpoolFC...tmund_special/

    Enjoy an utterly baffling 2 mins or so
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    From numerous press agencies...

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    Mario Balotelli does not want to return to Liverpool at the end of the season, expressing his desire to stay at Milan beyond his loan spell amid unconfirmed reports linking him with a move to Monaco.

    Balotelli said: “When it comes to my future I want to stay with Milan because I wasn’t happy at Liverpool and I don’t want to return there. And plus, Milan has the money. I’ve been doing well in my last two games, there are another six for me to prove myself. I feel in good shape physically at last and am relaxed.”

    According to InsportPlus, Balotelli met with Monaco’s president, Dmitry Rybolovlev, and is considering a transfer to Ligue 1, should a permanent move to Milan not materialise.
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    From numerous press agencies...

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    Mario Balotelli does not want to return to Liverpool at the end of the season, expressing his desire to stay at Milan beyond his loan spell amid unconfirmed reports linking him with a move to Monaco.

    Balotelli said: “When it comes to my future I want to stay with Milan because I wasn’t happy at Liverpool and I don’t want to return there. And plus, Milan has the money. I’ve been doing well in my last two games, there are another six for me to prove myself. I feel in good shape physically at last and am relaxed.”

    According to InsportPlus, Balotelli met with Monaco’s president, Dmitry Rybolovlev, and is considering a transfer to Ligue 1, should a permanent move to Milan not materialise.
    Well Milan have already said they don't want to keep him (may be typical Italian teams negotiating tactics though).

    No chance we're taking him back. We'll take any money we can for him frankly..
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    (Original post by Zerforax)
    Well Milan have already said they don't want to keep him (may be typical Italian teams negotiating tactics though).

    No chance we're taking him back. We'll take any money we can for him frankly..
    They won't keep him, so I expect the final line will prove true.

    It's a real shame Serie A has petered out without incident after such an intriguing few weeks earlier this year. The title race is over now, after that Napoli defeat to Inter. Nine off the pace now, but at least Higuain will be back to face Roma after his appeal of that red card against Udinese was upheld.
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    (Original post by One Dance)
    We're not. The Dortmund goal was the first time we've conceded from set pieces since January.
    Fair enough we have improved but we still look nervous defending them, Stoke and Bournemouth showed examples of this. A better commanding keeper will make it so much better though but Mignolet has been more consistent as of late so maybe Klopp will just look for a GK to challenge his spot for competition rather than sign a replacement.
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    Wasteful, always one touch too many, unerringly selfish, and laughably lazy when we don't have the ball.

    This is the Sturridge we know and love, or at least Liverpool fans used to know and love. In his time out and the rustiness after his Klopp preseason, maybe it was forgotten who Sturridge really is. This is Sturridge in his best form. When he's in his best form, few strikers create chances for their team mates like he does with his movement. And even fewer create chances for themselves like he does. His dribbling looked classical Sturridge, waiting till the last second to throw the defender off balance. Twisting one way and the other, two footed. Ball glued to his foot inside the box, half yard to shoot created with ease. Technically better than any Englishman playing the game still, only Alli and Wilshere even in his league. Always alert and moving in the box. Terrific leap and outstanding placement with his headers. Movement and anticipation that only Aguero in this country compares to. Dragging defenders out of position constantly, creating pockets of space for his team mates. Cute passes in tight areas to those who are clever enough to be on his wavelength. Once he can sprint again, you're looking at the real deal, the whole ****ing package.

    Liverpool score every 23 minutes when he's been on the pitch in our last 3 games. His stat for the season is under a goal every 40 minutes whilst he's on the pitch. Combined goals and assists per minute, he leads the league when penalties are removed, and just goals too.

    And that's in a season where he's been half fit, and unable to even sprint properly. He's in the higher echelons of strikers in the world and if he stays fit we'll undoubtedly challenge for the title next year. Making him take time off and prove his fitness, sacrificing the short term for the long term, is probably the best single decision of Klopp's time here so far.
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    (Original post by One Dance)
    Wasteful, always one touch too many, unerringly selfish, and laughably lazy when we don't have the ball.

    This is the Sturridge we know and love, or at least Liverpool fans used to know and love. In his time out and the rustiness after his Klopp preseason, maybe it was forgotten who Sturridge really is. This is Sturridge in his best form. When he's in his best form, few strikers create chances for their team mates like he does with his movement. And even fewer create chances for themselves like he does. His dribbling looked classical Sturridge, waiting till the last second to throw the defender off balance. Twisting one way and the other, two footed. Ball glued to his foot inside the box, half yard to shoot created with ease. Technically better than any Englishman playing the game still, only Alli and Wilshere even in his league. Always alert and moving in the box. Terrific leap and outstanding placement with his headers. Movement and anticipation that only Aguero in this country compares to. Dragging defenders out of position constantly, creating pockets of space for his team mates. Cute passes in tight areas to those who are clever enough to be on his wavelength. Once he can sprint again, you're looking at the real deal, the whole ****ing package.

    Liverpool score every 23 minutes when he's been on the pitch in our last 3 games. His stat for the season is under a goal every 40 minutes whilst he's on the pitch. Combined goals and assists per minute, he leads the league when penalties are removed, and just goals too.

    And that's in a season where he's been half fit, and unable to even sprint properly. He's in the higher echelons of strikers in the world and if he stays fit we'll undoubtedly challenge for the title next year. Making him take time off and prove his fitness, sacrificing the short term for the long term, is probably the best single decision of Klopp's time here so far.
    Yeah, if Sturridge is fit next year you are looking for a very good season.

    Personally I think that Rodgers probably would have been kept in a job if he wasn't being resorted to using Sterling at ST and had Sturridge available the entire season.

    Klopp scares me personally, however I think your team still is weak in certain areas which need to be rectified in the summer(central midfield in particular). Also you lack a pacey winger unless Jordan Ibe was to improve his output(although admittedly I haven't watched him closely).

    You have a ****ing good manager in your ranks though.
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    I've just seen the highlights and wow, Sturridge could have easily had a hattrick! Hopefully the club can manage his fitness and make sure he stays injury free. He is ridiculously clinical and so important to the team. I hope he and Origi start vs Everton.
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    (Original post by The.Joker)
    I've just seen the highlights and wow, Sturridge could have easily had a hattrick! Hopefully the club can manage his fitness and make sure he stays injury free. He is ridiculously clinical and so important to the team. I hope he and Origi start vs Everton.
    Link? I saw the goals but not seen the other two chances that Sturridge had
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    He's no Kane though is he
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    (Original post by bammy jastard 27)
    Klopp scares me personally, however I think your team still is weak in certain areas which need to be rectified in the summer(central midfield in particular). Also you lack a pacey winger unless Jordan Ibe was to improve his output(although admittedly I haven't watched him closely).

    You have a ****ing good manager in your ranks though.
    Ibe's future looks like it lies away from Anfield, but he impressed me a lot yesterday. He and Ojo seemed to have a real impact, but the former impressed me more. They were fluid in the 4-2-3-1 - which seemed pretty traditional - and constantly caused problems for Bournemouth out wide.
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    (Original post by Zerforax)
    Link? I saw the goals but not seen the other two chances that Sturridge had
    it was on motd 2. Starts at 33/34th min I think https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGKzV94xR9g
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    Urgh, can't believe we missed out on Alli last summer...
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    (Original post by The.Joker)
    Urgh, can't believe we missed out on Alli last summer...
    Clubs miss out on players all the time. It's nothing to feel aggrieved about. In my lifetime, we've been linked to all manner of great players. It's just one of those things.
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    Clubs miss out on players all the time. It's nothing to feel aggrieved about. In my lifetime, we've been linked to all manner of great players. It's just one of those things.
    Many teams can say the same for some of our greats - Gerrard, Suarez, etc...

    Nobody ever knows whether they would've been as good at their club anyway.
    Maybe Alli would've struggled to break in to our midfield or struggled to gel with our players?
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    (Original post by Lúcio)
    Many teams can say the same for some of our greats - Gerrard, Suarez, etc...

    Nobody ever knows whether they would've been as good at their club anyway.
    Maybe Alli would've struggled to break in to our midfield or struggled to gel with our players?
    He seems to do pretty well with Kane.

    Can Martinez afford to rest Everton players for the derby in the hope of helping his FA cup run or does he have to try and win both games?
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    (Original post by Zerforax)
    Can Martinez afford to rest Everton players for the derby in the hope of helping his FA cup run or does he have to try and win both games?
    He's already said he won't be resting players, which is obviously the right call because he can't afford to alienate fans any more.

    They've got players back from injury now, too, so he has more at his disposal than a few weeks ago.
 
 
 
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