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06 Oct 2019 18:13:56
Has to be a good sign? One point behind city and third! Considering that we haven’t looked great. Only can get better surely?!?

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06 Oct 2019 18:55:38
This time last season Liverpool weren't playing as well as they finished the previous season but we're winning after week somehow.
Obviously I'm not comparing us to Liverpool only that getting results even when you are not playing well is a good habit to get into.
Obviously at some point the performances have to improve if the days you get away with it are to worth anything after 38 games.
Work on your weaknesses twice as hard as your strengths and you will very quickly have fewer and fewer weaknesses to worry about but kid yourself your weaknesses aren't a big deal and they will take a huge chunk out of something you'd rather not see publicly bitten.

{Ed047's Note - I don’t know if Emery has what he thinks is his best 11 in this squad, I’d imagine he hasn’t yet been able to field it so it will be interesting to see how well we fair when that happens.

Agree with the OP too.

06 Oct 2019 19:00:54
I’m not sure Emery still knows his best 11 after all these months, he is the new tinker man.

{Ed047's Note - It was a thought more in hope mate.

06 Oct 2019 19:13:48

I have to say our squad is starting to look v good just need to put the right players in places.

06 Oct 2019 19:50:15
That's very true Banbury the squad does look the strongest it's looked for years and injury has presents players with opportunities they wouldn't otherwise have been given at top level in the premier league which most have taken very impressively.
The ingredients all seem to be there for the using the best of those ingredients to produce a Show Stopper rather than a Soggy Bottom :-)

06 Oct 2019 20:11:57
Can’t believe no Tierney to be fair. The lads head and shoulders better than what we have. Next home game for sure he has to start.

06 Oct 2019 19:12:25
Totally agree Ed047 mate
My guess is Emerys preferred 11 are

Belerin Papa Luis Tierney
Guendouzi Xhaka Cellabos
Pepe Lacca Auba

Obviously I've no idea if that's correct just my guess, but if so he never has had it available to him but equally he has to accept he may never have his preferred 11 available on a regular basis, injury suspensions will almost certainly happen which is when it becomes a squad game.
One of my favourite things about Klopp is he refuses to let injury be an excuse for a drop in standards, I remember Courtihio getting injured not long after Klopp joined them and Klopps reaction when asked about the impact the injury would have on his team he replied " none "
I like that attitude:-)

{Ed047's Note - I’m not far off that, I’d like to see Holding in at CB and maybe see Torreira in there too, but don’t think Xhaka missing out is an option.

06 Oct 2019 21:18:46
Agree Ed for me Holding surely has to regain his place and Torreira also .

But we look to have a very good bunch of lads.

{Ed047's Note - totally agree on the latter and I always endeavour to find something positive in Xhaka over and above what I’ve seen from Torriera and for the life of me don’t know what it is.

Torreira even has more of a goal threat to me even though that’s not what I look for in him.

06 Oct 2019 21:52:09
I'm not sure about Holding myself mate, he did well under Arsene in a back 5 at the end of 16/ 17 and did well under Emery in a back 5 in 18/ 19 but has struggled as much as anyone in flat back 4, he's only played 36 games in 3 years partly because of injury but partly because in a 4 he struggles,
A bit like Kol thrives in a five but is poor in a four and on this I will say no more :-)

06 Oct 2019 23:15:10
62 - would love to see:


Chambers Papa Holding ( Mavropanos as back up )

Bellerin Torriera Luiz Tierney ( Matteo and Kola as back up plus some youth team )

Özil ( Ceballos as back up if a Özil doesn’t show right attitude )

Lacca Auba ( Pepe, Saka, Martinelli etc as back up )

Think this plays to our strengths and addresses our weaknesses.

07 Oct 2019 08:47:03
I've always been a fan of 3 at the back especially if you have a someone who is a genuine sweeper SY mate and in Luis we have that player and if you also have to very good attacking fullbacks the system works extremely well giving you 5 at the back when defending and 5 in midfield when attacking.
The thing is with any system you've got to play it regularly so everyone in the squad knows and understands their role within that system. Of course having a plan B is essential but you can't have a plan B without a plan A and Emery likes to Tinker on a game to game basis so it's impossible for us to have a system at all, of course I understand why he likes to be unpredictable but in my opinion he's Overthinking things and trying to be to smart for our own good. This is something he did at PSG too.
Papa Luis Chambers
Belerin Guendouzi Cellabos Tierney
Auba Lacca
Then even picking the bench becomes difficult because we really do have an abundance of good talent in the squad but that's a very good thing.
We have the ingredients and in a 3 4 3 system we have not only the players to suit but also the players to come in as cover for injury suspensions loss of form to suit also.
But at the moment it does look like both tinkering and Xhaka or non negotiable for Emery.

07 Oct 2019 18:53:30
I’d sooner play Luiz instead of Xhaka, just a better all round player and at least his daft petty fouls will be further up the pitch and not penalties.

07 Oct 2019 20:24:31
62, I think we are not strong enough with that spine you’ve gone for. Ceballos and Ozil with no beast will get bossed too much.

If you had to keep a Luiz in back 3 which I would rather he was a mile away from the back 3 -

Papa Luis Holding
Belerin Guendouzi Chambers Tierney
Auba Lacca

I also think Papa and Luiz is a partnership with var-disaster and mistakes written all over it.



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