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Mane and the midfield.

What a player!! I had my doubts about him when we first signed him. I thought he would be El Hadj Diouf the second. How wrong I was!!
The lad is not only quick, he's clever too and you usually don't get both in the same package. I should imagine he's a midfielders dream, he constantly knows where the space is going to be and tells his team mates where to put the ball.
We also look a better team with a midfield of Wijnaldum, Henderson and Lallana. All three have different characteristics that work together well as a three.
Made up with today, just got to make sure we don't mess it up against teams that play deep with two banks of four.

posted 1 week, 5 days ago

That first goal was brilliant. We could have been watching Gerrard and Torres!

posted 1 week, 5 days ago

You get the feeling we have a lot of similar players in the mf/attack Lallana Cout Firm Wijnaldum. Only Mane offers us that pace, Sturridge we need to cash in on in the summer seriously looks like hes lost his pace, scared to stretch his legs due to fear of injury.

Origi, could do with a loan to a PL team maybe next season, think hes done well in parts this season had a nice goal scoring run but not getting enough game time and not showing enough at times. Still young though, one for the future and with Ings back and Origi not doing much out wide should be the option and if we need get some cheap experience to come off the bench and play a squad role.

posted 1 week, 5 days ago

No T 1, I've got to disagree.

There's only one other player that Sadio comes near to, in thought, reaction, speed.

Luis. No one else comes near.


JimmyTheRed

posted 1 week, 5 days ago

comment by JimmyTheRed (U1682)
posted 3 minutes ago
No T 1, I've got to disagree.

There's only one other player that Sadio comes near to, in thought, reaction, speed.

Luis. No one else comes near.


JimmyTheRed
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I purely meant that first goal. It was a carbon copy of Gerrard and Torres at their best.

posted 1 week, 5 days ago

Mane is an incredible outlet.
Would get into the other big teams in the league I reckon. I'd certainly take him at Arsenal

posted 1 week, 5 days ago

comment by JimmyTheRed (U1682)
posted 40 minutes ago
For me, you've hit the nail right on the thumb, Sir Knotty. Who have we got to replace him, especially at short notice?

No one.

JimmyTheRed

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Markovic?.....

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Got a bit carried away after tonight's result!!

Good point Knotts



comment by RKW (U13169)

posted 1 week, 5 days ago

Great opening 30 mins. Back to what we were like before Christmas.

posted 1 week, 5 days ago

We need to keep up the same intensity for the remainder of the season if we have any hope of finishing in the top four.

posted 1 week, 5 days ago

mane has surprised me how good he is. he also is one of those players that just gets up and get on with it despite getting constantly hacked.

a super player.

posted 1 week, 4 days ago

comment by KnottyAshTaxDodger. (U8934)
posted 20 hours, 41 minutes ago
We need to keep up the same intensity for the remainder of the season if we have any hope of finishing in the top four.
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Well that should be easier given that we have rest time between matches..

People really underestimate how much of a toll 12 games in 36 days is.. A days rest either side of a game and you have 1 day per game to check and work on players fitness as well as doing drills and working on tactical gameplans for the following match.

Not to mention that I doubt you ever really get to switch off from "match mentality" given the lack of rest.

We played more games than any other team in that period, think saints played two less and some teams played as much as 4 games less.

We also had matip, coutinho and mane out, probably our 3 best players, take the equivalent players from any other top 6 team and they struggle.

Then we had various small illnesses amongst the remaining staff (can played through his) and the need to play players out of position (while cout was out Lallana was moved forward and registered just 1 goal, having got something like 6 goals and 7 assist prior to that run of games)

It was a perfect storm, I feel confident we will now kick on to the end of the season when we can address this lack of depth!

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