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  1. I take it all back. Rabada in for next match
  2. Rabada decision is rubbish. Everyone should be allowed to shoulder-barge the Aussie captain (and Warner, cause he is a prick). Just due to decades to karma if nothing else lol edit: Can we just get rid of this bullshit care bear "Spirit of cricket" and change it to match modern day aggression/drama? It's way more fun. Also, fuck that idiot umpire for ruining the series.
  3. I don't think they played like Liverpool at all* (defensively). In defensive situations it's pretty rare that a Liverpool fullback has to deal with someone 1v1 (i.e. TAA v Rashford) on either wings. One of the midfielders or wingers usually help. TAA didn't get much help as Ox wasn't there to help out (and Salah rarely comes back these days for obvious reasons). City game is completely different, with lots of space for both sides and usually with Liverpool playing on the counter a bit more. So not really sure how they are comparable. While I would've been fine with Ox and TAA starting against most other defensively set up opponents, United wouldn't be one of them purely due to the individual quality. There aren't that many team who has the quality in that left wing to make me feel this way. Rashford/Martial/Sanchez are all top quality players in that position. I wouldn't want TAA against them 1v1. Gomez and Clyne can generally handle the situation as they are much better defensively. I just think it would've been better balanced if it was a combination of Ox/Gomez or TAA/Gini (or Hendo centre, Can/TAA on right ). I don't think either setup would've hindered Liverpool's attacking play. edit: *except for Lovren. That was classic Liverpool
  4. Ox and Trent should not have started together. That right wing was too imbalanced. Too attacking against a team like United. Pool should have stuck with the same idea as in the first game, play with 3 controlling mid to stop counters and cover the fullbacks if a counter goes through. TAA got exposed because Ox was pretty awful with his positioning and wasn't there to help him (as Salah usually doesn't track too far back). This is why Gini is important in that midfield. He usually doesn't go too far up and slows the counter pretty effectively and provides cover for the fullback. Which is largely his role. Not a creative midfielder. Lallana did well when he came on and probably should've started. Gomez as well. I think Pool was a bit too naive today with their overall setup. Forward three didn't click at all today either. Too many link-up attempts that didn't work because they weren't on the same wavelength. Pretty poor with the final ball as well. It was pretty frustrating to watch. But some of that should be credited to Matic and McTominay. They did well to help out their fullbacks when Mane/Salah tried to cut in and play a pass. Spurs win will mean we'll get knocked down to 4th. What a shit weekend this turned out to be
  5. I haven't seen such bad pressing from Liverpool in quite a while. The shape was so poor through out the game, no wonder they didn't win many second and third balls, not to mention allowed West Brom to play out of the press fairly easily.
  6. Also shows how shit this Australian team is. I don't remember many Australia ODI team being this hopeless. Dropped catches, can't hit boundaries consistently, can't take 2s consistently. All muscles and zero brains. The amount of time the Aussie batters tried to hit the ball out of the park instead of trying to place the ball is infuriating. Smith's field placement was absolutely rubbish in the last 10 overs. So many easy 2s. But credit to England, they bowled well, batted well and fielded well. The deserved winner. Australia has a lot of soul searching to do before the next world cup.
  7. England doing what Australia used to be able to do. Find a shit ton of 2s and 1s during the middle period to keep 6+ runrate going through the middle period. This current aussie lineup are hopeless at doing this, specially without Smith. So many damn dot balls because they either block or look for boundary. It was so damn frustrating to watch. Specially when you see England come in, and Morgan and Root pile on the 2s and get 7-8 runs an over with almost zero risk and no boundaries. Aussies got too many of this T20 big hitters who are expected to get boundaries and are kind of shit at turning over strike. Previous squads had Clarke, Smith, Hussey etc who took this role and played the middle overs really well. Hard to see anyone in this team, other than Smith, who actually looks to work the ball for 2s constantly. Got to give it to England, they have batted really well. While they also bowled well, I think it was more awful batting plan of Australia than any amazing England bowling that restricted Aus to such pathetic totals. But they bowled well and fielded well and stuck to their plans. And the batters really took on the aussie bowlers, specially Starc. On a more positive note, Bangladesh beat SL in the tri-nation series, so I am pretty happy!
  8. Wouldn't be the worst move considering the money involved and the quality of player. Much better than the 120m Lemar rumours! There were a few rumours about Strootman and Ceballos as well which i thought was interesting
  9. Wow South Africa....just wow. edit: Wow South Africa! Just Wow! (India 39-3, this is getting good!)
  10. Waiting on memes about the short-leg helmet outscoring quite a few English batsmen
  11. Steyn injury is a bit of a blow for South Africa. It will be a big boost for India for the next innings. I wonder what the Proteas will do, get another bowler or go for a specialist batsman? Considering how good India's batting can be (if they ever fire overseas.....) Saffers might be in need of another batsmen to solidify their lineup. Or stick to the aggresive option of going for another express fast bowler (if they have one in the bag).
  12. I think the only time we won't need a top quality holding mid is if Pool plays as you've mentioned, i.e. 4 up front with two holding mids (4-4-2 or 4-2-3-1) as there will be two midfielders protecting the CBs and the front four will be a handful. Lately this has been Hendo/Can + Milner/Gini. With Can gone next year, it will likely be Keita + Hendo with rotating Milner/Gini. The major issue being height if Hendo is injured. But if they still play 4-3-3, where they usually attack with front five (the two 8s) and has a solo holding mid, then we definitely need an upgrade/backup for Hendo. Unless Keita can play that role. I haven't seen much of Keita so I don't know how good of a defensive mid he is. Every clip i've seen so far suggests he will be more suited to the box-to-box role.
  13. At some point, England will have to stick with some players through their low and let them learn. Hopefully they will get better over time (assuming young enough). Same with Australia really. While the bowling stock is fine, the batting not so much. Aussies still need a settled opener to partner Warner. Khawaja needs to get better overseas and Australia needs to stick with him and let him learn. Shaun is relatively old and will need a replacement at some point (but he has done enough to seal the spot). Mitch needs to be consistent and so far this series he looked decent, but he needs to perform under pressure and there wans't a lot of it this series when he joined. Paine is okay so far, but has been lucky that other batters have put on some big ones so there wasn't a lot of pressure on him either. Still a lot of unanswered question for this new batting lineup for Australia.
  14. Depends what you consider to be his role as it changes a little bit based on his position (i.e. left winger, number 10 or 8!). Coutinho's role on the leftwing was always a bit awkward for Klopp's style because he lacked the pace of a proper winger (compared to Mane/Salah/Ox for example). So most of the time when he received the ball, he would cut in to the number 10 position and pool would almost play a skewed 4-3-1-2 with firmino and salah making runs into either posts. If the transfer rumours are any indication, Klopp obviously wants a more traditional winger (i.e. pace, trickery, shooting) as he has been after Pulisic, Lemar, Draxler or Mahrez (?). I vaguely remember an interview by Klopp where he said he moved Coutinho out of the 10 position (where he played under Rodgers) because he was a lot easier to mark/cut off in that position and he didn't have the physicality to hold the ball when marked tightly by the opposing holding mids. By moving him to the left, he had more space and could be more effective at what he does (cut-in, shoot, create etc) as he naturally tends to move into the 10 role when he gets the ball. Mahrez will unlikely to play the 8 role. But he can easily play on either wing or a 10 and Liverpool has been playing 4-2-3-1 quite a bit lately. I think he will primarily play wing and Salah may move centre in a second striker role or behind the striker. Hopefully leading to more goal scoring opportunities. I think Mahrez is decent with both feet (IIRC?) and is a good passer in counterattacking situations (i..e pass behind defense) due to the Leicester's system of play and Vardy linkup, which will suit Liverpool's style quite well. Should've got carded before the resumption of play, which is what usually happens in this sort of scenario. Firmino could have been carded for his reaction too (potentially). But I think the ref held back because of Holgate's accusation, and it might not have looked too good if he carded the alleged victim of racial abuse. I agree. He isn't worth 142 mill. I could understand if they paid that for Silva or KdB. But for whatever reason, they really wanted Coutinho. He is quality, but can still be inconsistent at times. Disagree about Liverpool buying three quality players with that money. They'd be lucky to get two. Anyone they are after, their price is gonna triple. Coutinho and Dembele's price when Barca showed interest is clear example of it. Everyone knows Pool has money now and the selling team will want a piece of that for sure.
  15. 40C+ over in sydney today. The Poms must be struggling. Hell, even the Aussie quickies will be struggling. Cook just got done by a ripper offie from Lyon. Cook wouldn't be too disappointed considering the Hell-ish conditions!