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    Not sure how we set up vs Chelsea tbh.

    I think the best idea is to maintain a high press because Chelsea will struggle to deal with that. As a result, it's whether we want to play Sturridge or Coutinho.

    The former hasn't done anything to warrant being dropped but the latter can produce something special. Let's not forget he scored a brace in this fixture last season.

    It's a good problem to have but I don't envy Klopp having to make this decision.
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    (Original post by The.Joker)
    We have a 30% sell on clause for him so it'll be nice if Balo does well this season and then someone pays big money for him.

    How is everyone feeling about Friday? As it's an away game at Stamford Bridge I'll be happy with a draw, but considering Terry may not be fit in time we have a real opportunity to steal the 3 points.
    I thought we released him on a free? Can you agree a sell on if you've released a player? Or does that count as selling him for £0?

    (Original post by mr tim)
    We have offered Lallana a new contract according to Paul Joyce.
    Good news but I hope it isn't a ridiculous offer.. he's 28 now so perhaps 3-4 years left? Doesn't rely on pace but does put in a lot of hard yards..

    Hard not to feel confident about facing Chelsea since we're scoring loads.
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    Can returned to training, could play a part v Chelsea.
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    Firmino gives Klopp the pressing and hard work Sturridge doesnt (at least on the surface, anyway) which means I doubt we'll see the latter at Stamford Bridge, even if he did impress and was selfless against Leicester. It's a nice problem to have, with Origi a battering ram style player for Klopp, but I imagine we'll see Sturridge mainly against the bottom 12 teams, and Firmino used as a false nine against the top six or so - especially away from home.

    My preference would be a front three of Firmino, Mane and Lallana personally, with Can coming in to provide some solidity alongside Wijnaldum and Henderson.

    Of course, you've got Coutinho to feature too, so it's all a nice problem for Klopp to have - and I imagine he'll have a bit of a headache trying to work out our XI.
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    Firmino gives Klopp the pressing and hard work Sturridge doesnt (at least on the surface, anyway) which means I doubt we'll see the latter at Stamford Bridge, even if he did impress and was selfless against Leicester. It's a nice problem to have, with Origi a battering ram style player for Klopp, but I imagine we'll see Sturridge mainly against the bottom 12 teams, and Firmino used as a false nine against the top six or so - especially away from home.

    My preference would be a front three of Firmino, Mane and Lallana personally, with Can coming in to provide some solidity alongside Wijnaldum and Henderson.

    Of course, you've got Coutinho to feature too, so it's all a nice problem for Klopp to have - and I imagine he'll have a bit of a headache trying to work out our XI.
    Flip side is that Sturridge probably has the best movement and more likely to help Firmino/Mane to exploit runs to break the lines?

    Thought Sturridge did everything right against Leicester other than score.
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    (Original post by Zerforax)
    Flip side is that Sturridge probably has the best movement and more likely to help Firmino/Mane to exploit runs to break the lines?

    Thought Sturridge did everything right against Leicester other than score.
    Honestly I'd take Sturridge over Coutinho right now. If we recreate anything similar to the Leicester match, Chelsea's defence will be in trouble.

    Mané's influence is huge - let's not forget he wasn't involved in the Burnley game (which we lost). As long as he's involved, we should be fine.
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    (Original post by Lúcio)
    Honestly I'd take Sturridge over Coutinho right now. If we recreate anything similar to the Leicester match, Chelsea's defence will be in trouble.

    Mané's influence is huge - let's not forget he wasn't involved in the Burnley game (which we lost). As long as he's involved, we should be fine.
    Mane has started great but I don't think he's the only one making us perform. Burley was bad but we conceded the first goal which made their tactic easier/more frustrating.

    You look at someone like Henderson who looked poor against Burnley but immense against Leicester - that's not just Mane.
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    (Original post by Zerforax)
    Mane has started great but I don't think he's the only one making us perform. Burley was bad but we conceded the first goal which made their tactic easier/more frustrating.

    You look at someone like Henderson who looked poor against Burnley but immense against Leicester - that's not just Mane.
    No of course not, it's a cohesive team and I feel like if you thrash the champions 4-1, why change anything?

    Obviously playing Chelsea is different and a significantly bigger test, but none of the players deserve to be dropped.
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    (Original post by Zerforax)
    Flip side is that Sturridge probably has the best movement and more likely to help Firmino/Mane to exploit runs to break the lines?

    Thought Sturridge did everything right against Leicester other than score.
    Yeah, I said after Leicester that Sturridge had done enough to start at Stamford Bridge. Thing is, I don't know how Coutinho has looked on the training pitch this week. If he has been inspired, Klopp may want to shoehorn him in at Chelsea (after all, he spearheaded our victory there last season and was man of the match), or he may want to use a 4-3-3 with with Can/Wijnaldum/Henderson as a bit of added security, with a front three of Firmino and Mane (who are both nailed on) and then Lallana or Coutinho (likely the former, given his work rate, distance he covers etc.)

    I'd personally be looking to deploy Coutinho as deep as possible this season. It would eradicate the potshots from range, hopefully, and it means we can get Firmino/Mane/Lallana on the pitch at the same time.
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    (Original post by Lúcio)
    No of course not, it's a cohesive team and I feel like if you thrash the champions 4-1, why change anything?

    Obviously playing Chelsea is different and a significantly bigger test, but none of the players deserve to be dropped.
    Looks like there will always be 2 players left out of the starting XI from the starting positions - it's a good position to be in. Tbh so long as you are winning, players complain less..

    (Original post by Mackay)
    Yeah, I said after Leicester that Sturridge had done enough to start at Stamford Bridge. Thing is, I don't know how Coutinho has looked on the training pitch this week. If he has been inspired, Klopp may want to shoehorn him in at Chelsea (after all, he spearheaded our victory there last season and was man of the match), or he may want to use a 4-3-3 with with Can/Wijnaldum/Henderson as a bit of added security, with a front three of Firmino and Mane (who are both nailed on) and then Lallana or Coutinho (likely the former, given his work rate, distance he covers etc.)

    I'd personally be looking to deploy Coutinho as deep as possible this season. It would eradicate the potshots from range, hopefully, and it means we can get Firmino/Mane/Lallana on the pitch at the same time.
    Klopp doesn't seem to believe in having the handbreak on. I think most likely we'll see Sturridge dropped for Coutinho just so we have the hardwork and press from the top.

    The run of games at the start of this season have been very tough.. I think we'll see a lot of more of Sturridge later on when we play fewer top sides..
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    (Original post by Zerforax)
    Klopp doesn't seem to believe in having the handbreak on. I think most likely we'll see Sturridge dropped for Coutinho just so we have the hardwork and press from the top.

    The run of games at the start of this season have been very tough.. I think we'll see a lot of more of Sturridge later on when we play fewer top sides..
    Fully agree. Just because Sturridge doesn't start at Tottenham or Arsenal, doesn't mean for one minute Klopp doesn't fancy him. Klopp knows he\'s the best striker/finisher he's got, so I think it's natural we see Sturridge start at every home match (maybe not against the top four), and probably 10/19 away games.
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    Fully agree. Just because Sturridge doesn't start at Tottenham or Arsenal, doesn't mean for one minute Klopp doesn't fancy him. Klopp knows he\'s the best striker/finisher he's got, so I think it's natural we see Sturridge start at every home match (maybe not against the top four), and probably 10/19 away games.
    At some point we'll get an injury or two in the attacking positions and then we'll be happy with the depth
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    (Original post by Zerforax)
    At some point we'll get an injury or two in the attacking positions and then we'll be happy with the depth
    Oh, I'm delighted with the depth. Hopefully we see Origi perform to the level he did last season at some stage, too.
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    Oh, I'm delighted with the depth. Hopefully we see Origi perform to the level he did last season at some stage, too.
    It's tough since we're likely to have less injuries and fatigue this season so less rotation? Leicester showed that consistency in selection can go a long way..

    How do people feel about a Friday night kick-off? Obviously better than a Monday night kick-off but also feels weird..
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    (Original post by Zerforax)
    It's tough since we're likely to have less injuries and fatigue this season so less rotation? Leicester showed that consistency in selection can go a long way..

    How do people feel about a Friday night kick-off? Obviously better than a Monday night kick-off but also feels weird..
    Good to get the game out of the way so I can relax better on the weekend.

    We need to keep our CB's fit though, they seem to be made out of weetabix...
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    Lovren fit v Chelsea. Can and Sakho need to train more, both won't feature v Chelsea
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    (Original post by mr tim)
    Lovren fit v Chelsea. Can and Sakho need to train more, both won't feature v Chelsea
    Can't see Lucas keeping his place after giving away the goal and Lovren has been in decent form - Costa won't be easy to deal with.

    Any news on Karius? He can't be too far away now..
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    (Original post by Zerforax)
    Can't see Lucas keeping his place after giving away the goal and Lovren has been in decent form - Costa won't be easy to deal with.

    Any news on Karius? He can't be too far away now..
    Karius was on the bench in the Leicester game but I can't imagine Klopp starting him in a big game like this especially coming back from injury and missing half of the preseason.
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    (Original post by samir12)
    Karius was on the bench in the Leicester game but I can't imagine Klopp starting him in a big game like this especially coming back from injury and missing half of the preseason.
    Yea I suppose that makes sense. I expect we'll see him in goal against Derby on Tuesday then and potentially again the following weekend against Hull?
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    Firmino has travelled to London, but unlikely to start with a minor injury.
 
 
 
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