Gameweek 26

PedroSpecialK

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Need a goal down 1-0 - so Salah and Jones come off for Jota and Oxlade-Chamberlain.

How Firmino isn't the one to come off I'll never understand
 

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Firmino's first touch has let Liverpool down a few more times this second half since the sub. If Klopp's trying to send a message to the guy leading the league in goals on a team bereft of them at the moment, I don't think this was the time for it
 

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Pain. 7th in the table, Everton and West Ham both above with a game in hand, Spurs one back with a game in hand...
 

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This Liverpool squad is in a deep, deep funk. That was pretty miserable stuff.
 

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This Liverpool squad is in a deep, deep funk. That was pretty miserable stuff.
defending a title is really hard. Even harder this year id expect.

The only part i don’t understand which might worry me as a Liverpool fan (aside from what happens with FSG and no CL) is the drop off in form for both Robertson and TAA. Those two were just pumping the box creating so much the last two years and it just hasn’t been there. I’m sure some of it is related to VVD and freedom of course but if they can’t find that form again next year your attack is more conventional (but still good)
 

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They look a team completely devoid any sense of attack with no intent to finish at all. Sad fall, but not inexpected when you midfield is forced to center defense only to get injured there.....
 

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The only part i don’t understand which might worry me as a Liverpool fan (aside from what happens with FSG and no CL) is the drop off in form for both Robertson and TAA. Those two were just pumping the box creating so much the last two years and it just hasn’t been there. I’m sure some of it is related to VVD and freedom of course but if they can’t find that form again next year your attack is more conventional (but still good)
It's painful to watch them essentially handcuffed - they can't get forward nearly as early as they could with actual centerbacks and Fabinho/Henderson in midfield as defensive cover. They take up the ball in much less advanced positions, advance until they're confronted by their opposite number, and usually play a sideways/backwards ball to the nearest midfielder on their side - over, and over, and over when Liverpool are in possession. If they do cross the ball in, it's almost never from near the byline - so it has to be aerial and often is against a low block. Not the right type of ball for these attackers in general, especially with Firmino woefully off form.

The times they are caught out in advanced positions, like today on Chelsea's goal with Mount advancing behind Alexander-Arnold, they are badly exposed. Mount made a great cut inside to find space and get his shot, but that doesn't happen with Van Dijk on that side of the defense and Henderson tracking back instead of an always-gassed Thiago.

Add in that they've been run into the ground, and the signed fullback cover in Tsimikas has been battling fitness issues himself / there really is no RB cover outside of Milner, and it's a recipe for mediocrity.
 

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It's painful to watch them essentially handcuffed - they can't get forward nearly as early as they could with actual centerbacks and Fabinho/Henderson in midfield as defensive cover. They take up the ball in much less advanced positions, advance until they're confronted by their opposite number, and usually play a sideways/backwards ball to the nearest midfielder on their side - over, and over, and over when Liverpool are in possession. If they do cross the ball in, it's almost never from near the byline - so it has to be aerial and often is against a low block. Not the right type of ball for these attackers in general, especially with Firmino woefully off form.

The times they are caught out in advanced positions, like today on Chelsea's goal with Mount advancing behind Alexander-Arnold, they are badly exposed. Mount made a great cut inside to find space and get his shot, but that doesn't happen with Van Dijk on that side of the defense and Henderson tracking back instead of an always-gassed Thiago.

Add in that they've been run into the ground, and the signed fullback cover in Tsimikas has been battling fitness issues himself / there really is no RB cover outside of Milner, and it's a recipe for mediocrity.
You guys have watched more than me obviously, but hasn't this been a much larger issue with TAA than with Robbo?