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04 Dec 2023 14:15:27
My brief observations of the season so far:

1. So far, so good. We are near the top without whilst still in 3rd gear. I feel like once we start playing at our full potential, we will blow teams away.

2. Goals conceded stat. People have been saying we have a good defence because we had one of the lowest goals conceded but we conceded so many chances that I do not think we defend particularly well as a team, we just have the best GK in the world who comes to our rescue. We should not conflate a low goals conceded record with a good defence. I think this is where the XG conceded stat is helpful as it shows whether it is the GK or the defending doing the work.

3. We need a recognised DM. Endo or Bajetic need to play to provide balance in the midfield. I like Endo and the fact his passing is progressive. I also heard a rumour that in Germany he conceded the most fouls without being booked so he is quite cute in that regard (if true) .

4. I hate the inverted full back tactic. I think it only works when Gomez plays as he can sit at right back quite comfortably when TAA comes in. People say that its working because we are winning but if we kept a normal formation (no inversion) we could have won games more comfortably, who knows. What I know is we are being attacked down our right all the time and lots of space is being vacated. I have read people say that its pros outweigh its cons (i. e. TAA being more creative and creating more chances) but the same would be true if TAA played in midfield as normal (i. e. a fixed position) and we had a right back who stayed at right back like Gomez or Bradley. The only difference being it would not be an over-load in the centre of the park. I am not sure how much that over-load actually helps, it may do.

5. Nunez is good and once he improves his finishing he will be very good. At the moment, it feels like he has golf clubs in his boots because most of his shots go sky-high!

6. Salah has lost a yard of pace but evolved into a great passer. The weight of his passes and his passing has really improved as he is assisting more. We are no longer reliant on him but play as more of a team now.

We have a good squad. I particularly like Harvey Elliott coming on to affect games as a sub and the fact we have Jones, Endo, Bajetic, Gakpo, Jota who can all come in and do a very good job.

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04 Dec 2023 16:21:13
Enjoyed reading that redhead.

My only counter discussion is we’re 2nd in the league ahead of City and that’s without starting a recognised Dm.

Endo could have started more games but would that have affected the Spurs result or made a difference against Luton where we had about 75% possession. Or made a difference v Chelsea and Brighton. Who knows

As bad as Jota, Matip and Mac seem to be amongst the LFC fans online we’re doing pretty well this season with all 3 of them contributing significantly.

04 Dec 2023 17:38:38
Can Nunez improve his finishing that I'd the question? Gakpo for me is the better player out the two.

04 Dec 2023 18:37:45
OP, the whole DM thingy is a bit overblown at this point, IMO and even I who wanted quality DM even tho Endo is very good and knows the position inside out, am starting to move on from it.

Klopp before the the City game, explained exactly what the plan is with Macca and he said exactly that Macca is great at the DM position IF we remain compact out of possession and press well for the most part. Correct me if Im wrong but were we not doing the above with Fab at DM in our pump under Klopp 1.0? Think about it. This is what we are now and we need to move on from this cos I have.

And I see people saying like "we need a DM" everytime we concede which is bonkers. So would a DM have helped defend the setpiece that led to to their second goal? Rodri, the best DM in the world has been woeful in the past few games, not cos he has been playing poorly but cos he has been exposed and left on his own with oppising team's mid's running at him. Do you see anyone accusing or blaming him for the ship load of goals they are conceding? I don't.

So for me, Klopp has decided to go with this regardless and like it or not, we have the 2nd best defence in the PL and we are still in a rebuild so I take the positives and not dwell on the other stuff. Just my opinion.

04 Dec 2023 18:49:00
Nice one, redhead100.

Legs and firepower has got us here. Let's see where we are after the New Years Day fixture vs Newcastle.

Tactics are still questionable and DM needs solving.

04 Dec 2023 18:20:46
I'd agree with most of that especially Salah and his assists. There's a few on here including myself who question klopps teamsheet.
The biggest question I feel has this team already peaked for this season? Hopefully not.

04 Dec 2023 22:29:55
Great post that mate.

05 Dec 2023 01:49:28
Salah has lost a yard or two of pace. Very obvious to see and is not suited to a traditional winger sort of role. But a new dimension of his game has opened which even he might not be aware - key pass/ assit

We all seem to enjoy and like this new aspect.

Macallister scored a beautiful goal but he is being passed by opposition as a thin paper sheet and he is very slow. (slower than milner)

Endo is better of the too for the role.

Graven - he looks appealing with few things he does but final pass is astray / ponders and loses.

Szoboszlai is top drawer and will get better. Need to carefully handle or we might run him to ground like Andy.

Gapko has a terrific shot from little or no run. ala Sturridge.

05 Dec 2023 12:28:06
Sorry meant to say - great post @Salah, made me laugh mate, thank you.



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