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I hope Pep and the boys took a long look at the Liverpool game. When Liverpool pressed they pressed with 3 or 4 players sometimes, closing down one player with the ball, blocking off passing lanes and giving the player no time to analyze his surroundings to pick the correct pass which resulted in errors. Also while defending our press their midfielders came back to defend and did the same thing pressing from the back which when any error occurred they counter attacked swiftly.

To stand a chance at beating Liverpool our midfielders needed to play the same game by getting back as quick as Liverpool mids and press with 2 or 3 players and counter from there, but I'm afraid Pep didn't change his tactic.

When we press we press 1 vs 1, while man marking players, which forces our opponents to go with long balls over the top, we did this against Pool, however the difference is and has been for most of the season, our midfielders never goes back as deep as Liverpool did because the opposition was always mostly in their half or they weren't pressing with 3 or 4 players like Liverpool did, they were pressing 1 vs 1 which we can handle by simply passing out the back and starting an attack.

We can learn a lot from Liverpool, and I hope the boys did after that game.

Yeah, Liverpool transition so well as a unit in multiple numbers and can go from a deep defensive set up to an attacking unit that is pressing us until we push the ball back to Ederson. Very tough to stop as our team is not as flexible as Liverpool, Klopp's is willing to defend and attack but with Pep we are constantly on the attack, playing a high-line. Tough to see Pep changing his way but its something to keep in mind.

On thing that also bothers me is having a leaders at the back. We needed someone to get keep things calm on the field but instead we lost our sh*t and kept making mistakes. I like Otamendi as his a beast, and Stones is making his way up but neither are as vocal as Kompany was.
Looks like were out of the Sanchez race. Tbh, I'm kind of glad, his wage demands are crazy and we have other priorities to deal with such as a LB and CB. Not going to lie, he would have been a sick addition but for a guy after titles he sure is demanding a lot.
Lol, I like how the club go about business, people give us stick about spending but the club don't just throw around cash if they think it's not a good deal. Let him go where he wants to, I hope he get's the titles he's looking for.

Lb,Cb and maybe bring in Douglas Luiz for Fernandinho as he's not getting any younger either.

I'd take this defeat and defensive errors now instead of during cup or CL matches. At least we still have a comfortable buffer in between us and 2nd place. This better be a wake up call for pep and the whole team. Teams are figuring things out on how to deal with our tactic and pep needs to think hard on how to improve our defence. Ederson, stones, aguero, were having an off day, and anfield is such a difficult place to play at..we still got this boys.
^ Long time Blueheart:) Good to see you back!

A good learning lesson indeed. Our boys have been steam rolling teams in all competitions. Now we've been brought back down to earth. Where going to need to get use to playing in tougher atmospheres, this is a useless excuse for a team planning to go all the way.

Get some defensive reinforcements and I think we will be fine.
I think it wasn't just one player (Stones) to blame the defeat on, there were several players piss poor today for whatever reason. Did you guys see how rusty Aguero was?? every time he got the ball his 2nd touch was too hard and the ball would bounce away, he was also easily pushed off by the defenders and a lot of times found himself wondering around on the wings when he should be in the penalty box. Sterling was poor which is why he was prolly taken off. Delphi got injured and Danilo is just not good enough of a full backup why didn't David Silva start or play ? i don't think fatigue is the issue cos he had the most amount of games off lately ?

United fans are so happy and nasty as if it was them to stopped us from going the entire season unbeaten. And their fan ask me why i called their fans "typical united fans" just look through their page, i hope they finish outside of tope 4 and then look back and say "i wish City had won that game this way Liverpool wouldnt have finished in the top 4 instead of us"

Last but not least its been over 4 hours since the game and I'm still in shock!
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Yeah Aguero hasn't exactly been doing that well. Really needed him to step up today but the whole team looked off, Pep might be right, the Anfield crowd is tough and it might have got to the boys. Not to mention we have not been tested and pressed like this by anyone. Let this be a lesson for our boys that we need to be able to handle playing under pressure in that kind of atmosphere. Although we were starting to put things together towards the end but not good enough.

As for now, we need to step up on our transfers. LB and CB in asap! I hope we can land some experience at the back, I love Stones and Otamendi, they've done well but both are not vocal voices at the back like Kompany. We need someone to organize the back.
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Since we are out of the race for Sanchez we should go for the Real Sociedad defender i think he has a release clause of 30 mil with Kompany always injured we need a replacement.

Anybody know when Kompany's contract expires?
You want to buy a LB after just spending 56 mill on Mendy?! Why not look to your youth team
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not 56 mil but it was 50 mil thats what BBC reported, i don't know why rival fans keep on increasing the prices. And to answer your question, its because we lost 2 left backs in Kolarov and Clichy but only replaced one with Mendy, thats why we need one more. Before you say Walker and Danilo, those 2 replaced Zabaleta and Sagna.

As far as bringing in a player from the youth team, if we were a team fighting to be in the top half of the table then yes we could do that, but considering we are a team that wants to win the Champions League we have to buy the best there is.
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@Paddy, if we had a youth player good enough, he would have been in Pep's first team a long time ago but we don't. We have youth players from our academy coming up in other positions but not at LB, our best young talent at LB has been a makeshift left back for cup games in Alex Zinchenko but his a CAM. I would love to see him play LB in PL games but I don't think the kid wants to play at LB tbh.
it's hard not to admire Pep's tactic when Pool scored 3 goals in quick session and Pep calmed down the players and still playyed his own style, many of the managers ( Mou,Conte ) would bring on a defensive player and try to calm everything down and accept defeat, and on another day Aguero would've equalized at the end
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With fans and the media constantly bashing Mourinho I'm not surprised that people think Mou would bring in a defensive player if he's 3 goals down -_-
Pretty amazing we managed to lose by one. I mean defensive errors aside (the goals were some sloppy gifts) the passing was just so so poor. So many poorly placed short passes. It's a good sign that we can play like absolute shite and still make it close. Not sure why people are saying it's the best game of the season???? Only one team showed up today.
Look stones needs to be benched. Not the same after the injury, he's slow, indecisive and weak. 3 goals from defensive errors that could have easily been avoided.
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Well, thanks to Stones we gave them their usual game of the season there sigh!!
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Not really, yes he was at fault for the goal but in my opinion no one has ever pressed us so good before in any of our games and it just shows how good we are at defending such a good press, which is not very good. We kept giving away the ball, Delph and Sterling under pressure from the fans especially, the whole team passing was off from the press so I wouldn't only blame our Cb's.

Still alot of improvement that needs to be done as Pep keeps saying. If we can't handle defending high pressure we are a far way from winning the Champions League as all the top teams will press as well.
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^it was his mistake that started that 5-10mins of madness that lead to their 3 goals. He has now made 3 errors in the last 3 games and each of them lead to goal.
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Stones just got back from an injury, had we had another reliable CB, he would have sat this one out. We need another CB asap.

Some players did not step up today, we were pressed but we crumbled under the pressure.
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It's always easy to blame one player, I suggest you watch the game again. Yes he was at fault for that goal, he misjudged the players position behind him and he got pushed of the ball too easy, however don't blame him for what happened after. Otamendi missed passed the ball back to Salah which led to a goal Ederson came out and miss placed the clearance or pass which led to a goal.

In a 'big team' you need to have some composure after set backs, if we remained composed after the error from Stones we could have avoided those goals, and who knows maybe have drawn or won the game which brings me back to my point, we don't defend well as a team under very good pressure, as well as our passing suffers a bit.

No excuses but it would have been good to have Silva for a bit more composure and accuracy, but I understand that he's going through something difficult.
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We are getting torn to pieces.
The only 2 players that actually turned up for this game were Sane & KdB and the worst ones were Stones & Kun.:(
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I thought Gundogan was quite good but your defense definitely needs some work.
^^First half I didn't know if he was even playing but 2nd half he got better but still nowhere near as good of a replacement for Silva in that starting 11 as I hoped.
Equalizer! Sane! ^_^


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