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Stones is useful to City if for no other reason than the fact he's home grown. They're pretty much at the cap at the moment so it makes more sense for them to keep him as a squad player.

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It was a fun game yesterday, the only sad part being that we lost (oh, and Sidibe isn't really a very good defensive player. But we all knew that).

Very good to see Gomes back. It was a nice contrast to the set of central midfielders already cluttering up the field. 

We should probably clear out that departement come summer.

ETA: so a quick look says that Stekelenburg, Baines, Martina and Niasse (plus Sidibé, who's on loan) are out of contract in the summer. Baines is probably worth another contract if he wants it, Sidibé perhaps (but Kenny may be a better option long term). The rest will leave. 

Hope we can also offload Schneiderlin (one year left) and Walcott (same). Delph and Sigurdsson have two years left, and I can't see them in much demand.

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51 minutes ago, Rorshach said:

 Sidibe isn't really a very good defensive player. But we all knew that

 

He was so bad. I know Saka is a handful to deal with but Sidibe's positionng throughout the game was all wrong. It looked like he made plenty of last ditch tackles though, but I think his starting positions being terrible makes his job so much harder.

I feel like Tom Davis would have been more suitable last night than Schneiderlin. Andre Gomes is class though.

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1 hour ago, Raja said:

He was so bad. I know Saka is a handful to deal with but Sidibe's positionng throughout the game was all wrong. It looked like he made plenty of last ditch tackles though, but I think his starting positions being terrible makes his job so much harder.

I feel like Tom Davis would have been more suitable last night than Schneiderlin. Andre Gomes is class though.

Having seen him a bit this season, I feel he's picked for his attacking contributions. He is a lot better at passing and crossing than what Coleman is. However, that means we'll have to deal with his at times horrible positioning. He does last-ditch tackling rather well, but I reckon that's simply years of practice. 

As for Davies and Schneiderlin, I think it comes down to simliar players. Schneiderlin is our only out-and-out DM (with Gbamin out), whereas Davies is more similar to Delph, and neither can be trusted to run the DM role. 

For that matter, neither can Gomes, but he is simply miles better at QBing the team and running the tempo.

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1 minute ago, Rorshach said:

Having seen him a bit this season, I feel he's picked for his attacking contributions. He is a lot better at passing and crossing than what Coleman is. However, that means we'll have to deal with his at times horrible positioning. He does last-ditch tackling rather well, but I reckon that's simply years of practice. 

As for Davies and Schneiderlin, I think it comes down to simliar players. Schneiderlin is our only out-and-out DM (with Gbamin out), whereas Davies is more similar to Delph, and neither can be trusted to run the DM role. 

For that matter, neither can Gomes, but he is simply miles better at QBing the team and running the tempo.

It's actually interesting that we played without a 'dm' yesterday and just had Ceballos/ Ozil/ Xhaka in the middle as opposed to a recognized DM. It just seemed like so much of a transition game that I think Davies would have done well given the space out there yesterday.

I guess Sidibe has room to improve, he's 27 so not super young but he easily has at least 3 years in him.

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2 minutes ago, Raja said:

It's actually interesting that we played without a 'dm' yesterday and just had Ceballos/ Ozil/ Xhaka in the middle as opposed to a recognized DM. It just seemed like so much of a transition game that I think Davies would have done well given the space out there yesterday.

I guess Sidibe has room to improve, he's 27 so not super young but he easily has at least 3 years in him.

Quite possible. I would have started Gomes if so, but it could have worked. I am also of the opinion that Iwobi will be a better 10 than a winger, all told (I'm probably wrong there, I often am), and would have gone with a midfield with Bernard starting. Not sure I could make it a 4-4-2, though.

As for Sidibé, I think he'd need a different manager. Coleman was just about as suspect defensively when he arrived, but with a very defensive minded manager in Moyes he evolved and became very reliable. I can't see Ancelotti changing Sidibé now. 

Which means that RB is a conundrum for next season. 

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1 minute ago, Rorshach said:

Quite possible. I would have started Gomes if so, but it could have worked. I am also of the opinion that Iwobi will be a better 10 than a winger, all told (I'm probably wrong there, I often am), and would have gone with a midfield with Bernard starting. Not sure I could make it a 4-4-2, though.

As for Sidibé, I think he'd need a different manager. Coleman was just about as suspect defensively when he arrived, but with a very defensive minded manager in Moyes he evolved and became very reliable. I can't see Ancelotti changing Sidibé now. 

Which means that RB is a conundrum for next season. 

I find Everton's shape with and without the ball really interesting. It was described as a 442 but on the pitch it didn't look it - the wide players were tucking in to make 4 in the middle, with the two strikers pulling wide. I thought we would dominate the central areas but we were outnumbered as on the ball, Everton don't really play a 4-4-2. Plus, you also had Delph dropping deep into a LB position to get on the ball.

Hah - you could put a cheeky bid in for Maitland Niles

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9 minutes ago, Raja said:

I find Everton's shape with and without the ball really interesting. It was described as a 442 but on the pitch it didn't look it - the wide players were tucking in to make 4 in the middle, with the two strikers pulling wide. I thought we would dominate the central areas but we were outnumbered as on the ball, Everton don't really play a 4-4-2. Plus, you also had Delph dropping deep into a LB position to get on the ball.

Hah - you could put a cheeky bid in for Maitland Niles

I think it's sort of a 4-4-2, at least attacking-wise (Richarlison is generally centrally placed), but both strikers tend to draw to the sidelines when the ball comes upfield, and in defending it seems sort of disorganized at times. 

That's another reason to play Iwobi centrally, btw - all of Richarlison, Bernard and Walcott are more diciplined at tracking back. Iwobi in front of Sidibé is .. troublesome. 

Maitland-Niles? Better than Sidibé at any rate :)

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Seems correct to me. 

I'd quibble that Richarlison and DCL cover about half the field each, so the one pressing highest will be the one on the side the ball is on, but otherwise it's recognizable. 

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Chelsea really sold hazard at the right time. Don’t know if he will ever reach his previous levels with all these injuries

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Team for our game tonight, Keita in for Henderson. Milner out due to a slight muscle strain.

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Keita, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

Subs: Adrian, Lovren, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino, Lallana, Origi, Matip.

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Michail Antonio's playing tonight, so we'll need to score at least 2 if we're to win.

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Whatever they're paying TAA, it's not enough. That's a peach.

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4 minutes ago, Soylent Brown said:

Poor in general again from Liverpool. Lots of possession but we create very little outside of set pieces.

Salah with poor first touches as well.Don't know why.

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I think West Ham have defended well, very little space between the two banks of 4.

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11 minutes ago, Raja said:

I think West Ham have defended well, very little space between the two banks of 4.


Some decent threats on the counter too and Liverpool don't look comfortable defending corners at all.

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