December 4, 2018 at 1:08 pm #1704083
Seems that we will likely be the team to seriously threaten City for the title and I’m wondering if we should not give players like Sturridge and Matip more game time so as to have a fresher squad next year. I could well picture the pair in midfield.
Sturridge could bring some flair and creativity in that department and Matip has an eye for a good pass and does not fear to drive forward whenever he gets the opportunity.December 4, 2018 at 2:37 pm #1704138
This is a joke, right? It’s not April 1st is it? Sturridge is frightened of a tackle, so how long do you think he’d last in midfield before he gets another “injury”? Hmmm, bringing creativity to the midfield … he seems to have an aversion to passing the ball, so how could be possibly be creative? As for Matip, he’s a 6ft2 (or more) defender who never wins a header. Neither of these two is good enough in their proper roles, so what makes you think they would succeed in midfield? We’ve got plenty of midfielders to play there.December 4, 2018 at 3:06 pm #1704145
I agree that we should be rotating the odd player. the thing is, you wonder how much the change in our system is down to Klopp wanting to manage fatigue? I think it’s forgotten because of how we play and some other things but Klopp is very much focused around fitness. Doesnt he have a masters or something in the field? I read before that he did his thesis about walking.
My point is that although I think we should be rotating players a bit, maybe we won’t need as much as we did previously. Either way, I would hope to see the defence given a rest soon, before it gets crazy hectic.December 5, 2018 at 8:51 am #1704310
Mak : Think that if we wait for players to get tired before giving them a rest then it’s too late, have seen many freak results in February, March last year we almost gave Chelsea a lifeline for the fourth spot that’s why I think the league may be decided on either City or us or a third contender drawing or losing against a relegation threatened team in these months.
Derek Wirral: I’m not saying that we play those two players against Utd or Arsenal but against the likes of Burnley or Hudderfield at home would not be such a big risk. City have a bottomless pit of cash that’s why when Mangala was not up to standard Pep bought Otamendi only to demote the Argentine after he bought Stones and Laporte. We can’t emulate him so that’s why I think we should get all players involved in the campaign.
Not only to give others a rest but to keep them on their toes and avoid rustiness if we are forced to put them in the starting line up.
I could argue that Matip would do a better job in midfield than Keita right now as the latter seems completely out of sync with his team mates, whereas the former knows our system and has developed a good understanding with the other players.
As for Sturridge I consider to be one of the most intelligent players in the squad and he is wasted on the bench. He was trying to make things happen in the vicinity of the crowded penalty box against Everton and got them worried in the short time he was on. Doubt if we had bought Fekir that tackling would have been one of his forte.
Lastly I would add that Mourinho deployed Luiz in midfield and Conte deployed Moses as a wing back all to good effect.December 5, 2018 at 9:29 am #1704326
Matip & Sturridge in midfield?!?!?!
Eh….no!December 5, 2018 at 10:16 am #1704357
captkirk, that will never happen, as we have more than enough midfielders.
More realistic is to play Fabinho at RB, or Milner at LB, but only as a last resort like in the event of an injury crisis. Both these players have proved themselves in these positions, with Fabinho actually playing for Brazil mostly at RBDecember 5, 2018 at 10:31 am #1704370
I would like to see moreno given a chance on the left of the front threeDecember 5, 2018 at 10:58 am #1704393
That’s another good option re Moreno, Harry. We need to see it happen more often, at the right time and in the right game, of courseDecember 6, 2018 at 7:27 am #1704853
Did not watch the match but from highlights and Sean’s comment on the Burnley thread I guess that Sturridge did quite well in the second half in a less advanced position?
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