This afternoon Liverpool face Hull City at Anfield, in what i believe is probably the most significant game so far this season. Let me tell you why. I appreciate the games against Arsenal and Chelsea are very important as is getting 3 points from each of our rivals. However, typically after a good victory or great run of form we always come unstuck against an ‘unfashionable’ side such as Hull or Stoke.
This afternoon is our opportunity to put those demons to bed. After the Arsenal victory everyone was on cloud nine, only to come crashing back down to earth against Burnley. Victory will show the rest of the Premier League our level of intent. How much we want it and how capable we are.
My recent look at what the media thinks of our last 5 games brings back similar trends. Failure to defend, convert and beat weaker opposition.
Karius to start
The news out last night was that Loris Karius will keep his place for today’s game. This will now give him the opportunity to become the permanent No 1. Klopp displaying his ruthlessness shows that he really needs to grab the opportunity with both hands.
He was given his full debut in the midweek Cup game against Derby County, some people did question if he had enough of an opportunity to prove that he can and should be no.1.
It must have been hard for the Belgian to take – he’s been in good form in the league this season and arguably deserved to keep his place, and least until he made a serious error.
This has had a mixed reception across twitter. Some people accepting it was always going to happen, just a matter of time. Whilst others thought it was tough on Mignolet who hasn’t really put a foot wrong this season so far.
However, Karius has the gloves and it’s hard to see when Mignolet will next be given a chance in the league.
Clearly Klopp wants a closer look at him against some tougher opposition.
Clyne speaking out about title challenge
According to Sky Sports News this morning Nathaniel Clyne insists Liverpool are capable of challenging for the title after their promising start to the season. He was recently asked if he thought Liverpool could win the title. His reply; “I don’t see why not. We’ve got the squad of players to fight for the title. If we keep playing how we are then hopefully we can be in amongst it at the end of the season.”
Whilst this is just 1 player, it’s great to hear positive comments coming from the camp.
Robbie Savage confession..
In Robbie Savage’s column in the Daily Mirror he discusses his belief that Liverpool will mount a serious title challenge this season. Stating that Klopp has had a galvanising effect at Anfield since being hired as Liverpool boss and they look like contenders. Initially the thoughts were that this season we would challenge for the top 4 and the Champions League.
He goes on to say; “Although Manchester City have made a flawless start under Pep Guardiola, don’t forget they won their first five Premier League games 12 months ago – and they couldn’t sustain it.
And although I tipped Manchester United to win the title before a ball was kicked, Klopp has galvanised Liverpool in exactly the way I thought Mourinho’s arrival would give everyone more rocket fuel at Old Trafford.
Players, fans, directors and sponsors all buy into it, and when Liverpool produce a performance like the one at Chelsea last week, it makes that Liver bird on the badge seem 10ft tall.
There will be a lot of ex-Liverpool players looking at the club’s start and thinking: “I wish I played for him.”
You can take what you want from the article. However, it is really nice as a Liverpool fan to finally see the media on our side. Anything positive about us and negative about Man Utd is always good in my books.
Predicting our line up
I’m sure that we will be on it from the start with our ‘Full throttle, heavy metal, chaos inducing brand of football’ against Hull. So Klopp is sure to return to his strongest lineup. For the 1st time is many years we are now showing quality and depth within the squad.
We have heard about Karius. But how would Coutinho fit in? Would he start? He was once he was our no.1 player. It looks like Roberto Firmino is taking over that title at the moment.
With Sturidge potentially not playing, having only trained for a few days this week, will we see Origi start again? After a good game against against Derby where he took his goal really nicely he’d certainly expect to start.
If that’s the case, then would Coutinho start in replacement of Wijnaldum or Lallana? Both who have also not put a foot wrong recently. Difficult decisions to make. That’s why Klopp gets paid the big bucks!
If he were to play a front 3 of Coutinho, Firmino and Mane then 2 things are for sure; Hull are in for a tough afternoon and Klopp has an amazing bench to keep him company.
It certainly won’t be an easy selection for the Liverpool boss.
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