Are Man City Liverpool’s main title rivals or could Leicester make a charge? Man Utd fans discuss their January transfer targets and is Naby Keita destined to fail at Anfield, all in our forum.
I saw a video on youtube yesterday where the hosts said that there were two teams dominating the PL, and someone made a comment that Liverpool had opened a six point gap and Leicester was breathing on the neck of City.
Pundits and fans who follow the PL have already made up their mind that it will be a two horse race between us and City, but I’m beginning to consider the possibility that it might be Leicester who have the staying power to hang on to the coat tail of the new favourites.
They have four or five players who won the PL, Rodgers has surely progressed since his miss with us, and I believe the misfortune that hit them with the helicopter crash and their desire to honour the memory of their former boss might prove a big incentive for them to give their best. Add to that that they don’t have any European commitments, I feel we should be wary of them.
City have an ageing squad and they look very suspect at the back. The left flank may be their achilles heel and I’m not sure that Sterling is a world class player yet and they will rely more on Aguero to get goals. I may be wrong on that count though.
Another struggle which if we had taken some of the chances it would have been easy.
After me slating OX & Keita v Arsenal, I thought OX did very well & Keita good in the 1st half & then disappeared in the 2nd.
What has happened to Salah? he seems to get the ball tangled in his feet & loses the ball, he did some lovely touches but the end result, nothing!! Hope he comes good v City.
Ox seems to be ticking along nicely now improving in every game.
Could be an instrumental sub for Sunday
I think Keita needs to do a heck of a lot more, particularly considering his price tag, although the concerning thing about him tonight for me was his commitment, particularly without the ball – whilst he generally still chased things it just looked half hearted.
If you look at the cross that led to the corner for the Genk goal, he just made a half hearted attempt to close the cross down. If you compare him to Origi tonight, there was a stark difference in their desire. Origi looked full of beans.
Tonight was the perfect game for Keita to seize an opportunity. If he couldn’t tonight, when will he? Unless he’s playing somewhat with the handbrake on to keep fit and injury free, but he can’t do that forever.
Concerned that Keita won’t make it with us now as well Mikus.
Playing him left in the middle 3 is not his position. If we play 4-2-3-1 I’d like to see him as part of the middle 2 or as number ten. Problem is we only seem to turn to that formation when chasing a game
He needs to do much more though. He’s not fully fit for one. Weres the aggression and passion he had in Germany?
Sean the sailor
All about winning last night and no one getting injured
Ox looking sharper by the game
Agree liverlad, found salah very frustrating last night.
We are in a great position now
Sean the sailor
A very stressful win, We had the chances to finish the gsme but we did not score. Salah must score anfd we must play much better against City!!!
I honestly don’t know why anyone is complaining, I thought we controlled the game from the start to finish, the only thing to bitch about is the cheap goal conceded.
A part from that we got plenty positives, another goal from Oxlade, who is starting to look the part again. Keita got some vital minutes under his belt and looks a bit more ready to make an impact.
We made six changes to the lineup and we kept control, we might have lacked a bit of a bite in the first half but thats all explained by chopping up the team… Fabinho is rested, all of our midfielders have in fact been rested, We even managed to give both our fullbacks some time off and we should be fresh for the City game.
When you look at how few players that have been brought in over the last several transfer window it’s obvious that we need at least four signings in January just to keep pace:
Those players would also transform the team into a top four side again. Furthermore, they wouldn’t be that expensive (relative to today’s crazy market). I reckon they could be brought in for a net spend of around 100 million if want-away Pogba and a few other players are sold.
D.v.d.Beek and K.Havertz should be our main targets in the summer,with Haaland,V.Osimhen and M.Dembele in January.As for Maddison,only if we could include a player oe 2 in the deal.
I’m not advocating that Ole should be sacked right now, but he sure as hell has to be come the end of the season, unless a completely unlikely and unexpected transformation takes place.
He had no managerial CV or credentials to get the job full time in the first place, and if Woodward and the gimps had just waited until the end of that season to make an appointment as they should have done, then he would never have even been considered for it.
They now know for sure that if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.
Sorry lads, he’s got to go as soon as possible before he advocates the signing of even more duds in January. And Mike, there’d be plenty of managers lining up for the job. We need a manager of stature and credibility if we want to have even the remotest chance of attracting the top players, which we don’t have now.
Everything at present is wrong in terms of playing style and squad quality. If he wants to succeed performance at present do not matter until after the winter transfer window. He needs to find a way of grinding out wins and stay in contention and then we will see how ambitious our club really is.
Scholesy-You are spot on fella,currently we dont have the players to perform but just about to get the results.
Bloody ell,watching the likes of Ajax,Chelsea,and Dortmund play their youngsters and with such fluidity,we too should follow that model of set up.
Fabulous team Ajax, best team we’ve played this season.
Great comeback keeps us in the hunt to qualify.
Brilliant game of football
Mount is potentially a big loss though looks like his ankle again.
I think Frank has to start playing Reece James now.
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Did not see the game last night but was following it on the BBC Sport App.
Could not believe the stats, when Ajax were 4-1 up they had only managed two shots on target!!!
Great spirit shown by the team and another massive experience for the young lads.
To date I am delighted with what I have seen from this team.
The biggest plus for me is it is so obvious that the team and backroom staff are working so hard to learn from and eradicate their mistakes.
I still am sticking with limited expectations for this season, but all the signs are pointing towards a club with the potential to be a dominant force for the years ahead!!
We are playing exciting football. The spirit is great. Who could imagine we finished 4-4 from 1-4 ? Very harsh for our 5th goal. I think it’s legit. We are tied now with Ajax and Valencia. What’s the criteria if tied? Head to head record first if I am not mistaken?
If so winning at Valencia will be very important as it will qualify us to the next round.
Ajax were lucky. But defensively we have to sort this mess. I don’t think we are solid enough defensively to win anything. Kanté will help, Rudiger will help, but would they slot back seamlessly in the system that’s already starting to form? Jorginho and Kovacic have great understanding between them. Add Kanté into the mix, we’ll see how seamless or not seamless it will be.
By replacing Alonso with Reece James and Azpi swung to the left, is Lampard not trusting enough our LBs (Emerson and Alonso)? If so probably Ben Chilwell would be a priority should the transfer ban be lifted in January