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Footy: Yaya Ascendant

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Arsenal were so poor in that 2nd half. City stepped up the attacking side of their game but were hardly stellar and still look to be quite vulnerable defensively. For Arsenal it was just a string of sloppiness. A bad week for them and this performance was especially disappointing given the number of players City were missing. 

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11 hours ago, polishgenius said:

 

 

You can be title contender because everybody will lose points and you're on the good streak.

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3 hours ago, Lord Friendzone said:

You can be title contender because everybody will lose points and you're on the good streak.

3 wins in a row is certainly a good streak. 11 wins in a row is a bit better, though.

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Great performance by Zlatan again. He's been on a very good run of late, rewarding Mourinho's patience when he slowed down for just a moment and some fans were already clamouring to replace him. 

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Quite a few of our players have improved. Mkhitaryan has been very good and our attacking play looks so much more incisive when he is playing. Zlatan's all round game has improved - he isn't dropping as deep anymore, the creative side of his game and hold up play is better now and his conversion rate has improved as well. The determination and work ethic he's shown has proven that he did not come to United just for one final big payday. My only concern is burnout. While Zlatan is incredibly fit, he is no spring chicken anymore. Had we not dropped so many points, I think Mourinho would have rotated him and Rashford a bit more.

The player who has improved massively and is now consistently having a major impact on games is Pogba. Mourinho has finally gotten the balance of the midfield right in order to get the best out of Pogba. Carrick and Herrera have been superb as well. The biggest surprise of all has been Jones and Rojo. Two players who started the season with huge question marks hanging over their heads but have now established themselves as 1st choice CBs. Our need to bring in a CB in January is nowhere near as great as it was a month ago. We are no longer bent over a barrel when the transfer window opens as we've gone from 'desperately needing to sign a CB' to 'lets wait and see'. The only weak link is Darmian at LB.

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Liverpool have started the 2nd half much better. Lukaku's hold up play has been quite poor so far in the 2nd half and Everton in general have been sloppy in possession.

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Wouldn't mind seeing Sturridge at this point. Probably will be like ten minutes of added time. 

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That should be a straight red. That's about as nasty as you get.

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Sturridge :wub:. Ragnar solid as a rock, no reason Lucas should ever get in over him again at CB.

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Well that was scrappy as fuck but I'll take the win.Good intervention from Sturridge and with Firmino's form having fallen off a cliff without Coutinho playing he might get himself back into the side.

It should have been an absolutely nailed on straight red for Barkley then he still should have gotten a second yellow for kicking the ball away, dirty fucker. In fairness Lovren could easily have been sent off as well, he definitely knew what he was doing when he planted his forearm in the back of Barkley's head in the aerial challenge after the foul on Henderson.

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Just now, ljkeane said:

Well that was scrappy as fuck but I'll take the win.Good intervention from Sturridge and with Firmino's form having fallen off a cliff without Coutinho playing he might get himself back into the side.

It will probably be Origi if anyone. Klopp has rarely used two natural strikers. 

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Not the best of games but Liverpool did enough to deserve the win. Apart from the opening 20 minutes or so, Everton brought nothing to the game. Very poor second half performance riddled with wayward passing and poor hold up play.

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Fucking dogshit Everton.  I wonder if Barkley practiced that with Funes Mori. 

Liverpool did well to eke out a win. The balance of the front three still looks really off but Coutinho should be back soon, although then Mane leaves.  Even so Firmino had a couple of good chances, one fluffed and one very well saved.  It's a pity we've hit this injury disruption just as the PL games are coming thick and fast but that's the kind of luck you need to win a title.  Klavan did well again.  Matip's ankle problem is a bit of a mystery but hopefully clears up soon. 

If neither Firmino nor Origi (nor Sturridge) can be effective in Coutinho's left side position then we may need to change formation a bit and move Lallana there.  It's an option. 

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9 hours ago, ljkeane said:

Well that was scrappy as fuck but I'll take the win.

I missed the match,just watched the highlights.Much needed 3 points are in the bag so i'm happy even if it was scrappy win.This is what Chelsea have been doing recently,scrapping by with those 1-0 wins.

Anyone wanna give me a brief summary of our players? :)

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Damn, today's result really suck. Not a single result to my liking.

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47 minutes ago, Notone said:

Damn, today's result really suck. Not a single result to my liking.

Augsburg getting a point off Dortmund was good. Shame Schalke's bad luck has hit again when things were looking up.

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Doesn't compensate for those useless tossers from Schalke being unable to get anything from that freak show of a club. 

Add to that Volkswagen grabbed 3 points against Gladbach. Oh, and the self-proclaimed hooligan champs getting 3 points. Not a great day, football wise. Well, 2016 nuff said.

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23 hours ago, AncalagonTheBlack said:

Anyone wanna give me a brief summary of our players? :)


Lessee... (from my possibly imperfect recollection)

Mignolet - had practically nothing to do. One weak header from Williams is all I can think of. Did nothing to shame himself.

Milner - hardworking as ever. Not his best game, but managed Valencia pretty well (maybe apart from the first 20 min, when Everton as a whole tore us apart)

Klavan - Mostly great. Looked like he was going to be taken for a ride by Lukaku, but got in a critical block early on, and after that pretty much had Luke in his back pocket. Read the game well, kept his head cool and his passing tidy.

Lovren - Really good (/Klopp). No horror mistakes. Everton gave him a lot of space on the ball, which meant that we saw him venture into the opposition half from time to time. Didn't split Everton open like Sakho (</3) would have, but neither did he give the ball away in dangerous areas. 

Clyne - Rock solid defensively, constantly contributes offensively. His crossing and final ball can be erratic, and his shooting boots (if he indeed owns a pair) were missing again, but he's still a constant creative outlet on the left flank. Feels like he's underrated by a lot of fans.

Gini - Another faultless performance that will fly under the radar. His close control and strength on the ball is possibly only second to Dembele's (the Belgian Hotspur), and while you could argue that his passing could be more incisive at times, the value of someone who never fluffs a pass and never concedes possession is hard to measure. Never panics, plays his way out of trouble and keeps the team in possession. I think more goals and assists are only a matter of time.

Hendo - Quiet, but strong. Was overrun with the rest of the team in the first half of the first half, but after that, he controlled the midfield. Barkley couldn't deal with him, and started lashing out.

Lallana - Keeps doing the right thing, and you only really appreciate the full extent of his contribution to the team when he's out.

Mané - Runs and runs and runs. Gets the all-important game-winner deep in injury time, after having run non-stop for 94 minutes. Will be sorely missed in January - let's hope Klopp has a plan (Pulisic?).

Origi - Not really his day. Couldn't get the better of the Everton defenders, and was correctly taken off. 

Firmino - He's clearly not on top form, and is clearly missing Coutinho. Despite that, he had three out of our four shots on goal, and drew a couple of great saves from Robles/Stekelenburg. Another player that gets a completely undeserved amount of flak.

Can - on in the 83rd (?) minute. Made a huge tackle on Lukaku when it looked like he was through on goal. Has a ridiculous amount of confidence, always tries to make things happen. Is the anti-Gini in some ways; will look to create more, whether through incisive through balls or running past players, but will also make more mistakes and suffer ball losses. Fascinating player.

Sturridge - didn't do much, but what he did was crucial. Skipped past a couple of defenders and got away the shot that rebounded off the upright and into the path of a waiting Mané.

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9 minutes ago, Mmerek Hamšzulíe said:


Lessee... (from my possibly imperfect recollection)

Hendo - Quiet, but strong. Was overrun with the rest of the team in the first half of the first half, but after that, he controlled the midfield. Barkley couldn't deal with him, and started lashing out

 

Thanks for the round-up :)

yeah,i did see a clip of that horrendous tackle,how the ref didn't give a straight red is mind-boggling.The linesman was right there and he clearly saw it too. :rolleyes: That could very well have been the end of Hendo's season but thank god he's okay.

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