As another international break comes to a close, Liverpool face into a group of fixtures that many see as an opportunity to really send out a warning to those around us about our title ambitions.
Huddersfield, Cardiff, Arsenal and Fulham along with two games against Red Star Belgrade will see us through to the next international break – I hate those things, I really do.
60% of people who took the poll we ran on the next four league games have us down for twelve points. I like this confidence.
When I looked at our run of fixtures from Spurs away to City at home, I was strangely confident and it worked out well for us. Top of the league. 20 from 24. Two and a half points per game average. Sound.
This next block should be handy, except maybe for Arsenal away, right? I pray to all the gods they are. Navigating these with 10 points, providing the draw is Arsenal away, is fine. Twelve is brilliant. I actually think these next six games make more of a statement than the previous eight.
So Huddersfield away, 5.30pm Saturday evening. They have three points and are many people’s favourites to go down. The one thing I will say for them is that it’s still early days. They were good early last season, dipped massively and then dogged their way to safety.
Are they doing this season in reverse? They might just be. This is a game not to be taken lightly.
When you look at this Liverpool squad now, you see depth and quality. Yes, the attacking hasn’t been up to last year’s heights but as I said, it’s early. Those international breaks that annoy me so much don’t help. We will click. Absolutely no doubt about it.
The manager, in my opinion, wanted to do the first eight league games a certain way and rotation was at a minimum. I think this may change now. Partly planned, partly enforced.
The keeper is the keeper. Don’t try talk to be about the Belgian aeroplane mode.
Trent, Gomez, Big Virgil and Andy Robbo to play at the back. Virgil doesn’t need all his ribs and the rest for Trent was a good move against City.
Midfield is always a weird one for me. If we had just signed Fekir, this would be a lot easier. I think it’s too early for Milner and Keita has taken a knock. I would go for Hendo and Gini and I’d start Shaqiri. Why not? He will do great.
Up front and it’s more issues. Bobby is bulletproof, so he’s in. Mane hurt a thumb, but so what? He’s in. Salah is fine, he’s in.
Kedppy Sturridge in reserve last for the last 20 minutes will do me. This is a game to try find that click I mentioned earlier.
The Reds to win 3-1.
Bobby, Shaqiri and Salah score.
Andy Robbo to be Man of the Match.
Have a great weekend,
Yours in sport, Gav