30 Sep 2018 20:47:29
Let me start by saying that I am thrilled with the start we have had. The transfer window was the best in a very long time.
Having watched the last two games against Chelsea, the gap in quality in midfield is vast. We all know what Kante is about, but Harry’s favourite player is immense also. For me they have the best midfield in the league. That said, we still have £60m worth of new midfielders that are yet to find form. I still think we will finish above Chelsea in the league, but if/ when they add a world class striker to the team, they are going to take some stopping.
More of a admiration post than knocking our players, but credit were credit is due.

1.) 30 Sep 2018
30 Sep 2018 20:59:03
Chelsea have a great team and will be tough to beat this season. But I think Europa league will hinder them a bit and we will comfortably finish above them. It's us and city fighting for title imo.

2.) 30 Sep 2018
30 Sep 2018 21:06:31
Kovacic is on loan for a season though isn’t he?
Then there’s whether Hazard moves on next Summer.
The striker situation is a real problem that they haven’t resolved as yet.
They seem overly-reliant on Hazard too, so their future activity in the next two transfer windows is absolutely crucial.

3.) 30 Sep 2018
30 Sep 2018 21:07:15
After the game yesterday city are challengers for me

If they keep close enough and buy a striker in Jan that is.

4.) 30 Sep 2018
30 Sep 2018 21:28:09
I’m not worried for this season, or future tbh, just like the way that they move the ball around. They looked very comfortable when we was pressing, more so than any other team I have seen us play against. The final ball was a level higher than us also, and I think that’s an area we could work on.
Things are definitely on the up for us and I can only see us improving as the season goes on.

5.) 30 Sep 2018
30 Sep 2018 22:09:50
OP, you have to take the game in context. Chelsea were playing at home so Klopp picked a midfield to more or less contain them in midfield, press them then launch attacks of the press when we win the ball. Of course, any midfield would be a bit disjointed when you have Wiji ho was so poor that it was irritating. In the Cup game, the midfield was makeshift with Fab getting his debut hence, the press was not in full view. That changed in the second half when adjustments were made and Fabregas had no time on the ball anymore as Keita was on top of him. As for last night and Had Klopp wanted to go after Chelsea, Keita would have started, for sure. We needed to chase the game so Keita came on and took the fight to them in midfield cos well, things changed due to us being behind. As a result, I don't think the gulf in class is that vast. It is only a case of horses for courses based on what Klopp wanted to achieve in the game. Context is needed, my friend.

6.) 30 Sep 2018
30 Sep 2018 22:25:17
I thought we matched them quite well in midfield tbh. Jorginho set a new passing record didn’t he against West Ham? He wasn’t even in the top 5 passers in this game. Tells you a telling story.
Their best passer on the day was Luiz. Plus, other than the goal their best chances came when they played back to front over the top, missing out the midfield.
They have talented footballers in midfield don’t get me wrong but I’m certainly not envious.
As for them being challengers, of course they are. They won the league in 2017 with pretty much the same players and they’ve added to it. They get a worldy striker in and they’ll nearly be as good as us ;-)

7.) 30 Sep 2018
30 Sep 2018 22:35:59
Kovacic is an improvement on most of our midfielders, the guy is just class, the more I watch him the more like him. Kante is an improvement on any midfielder, world class! Fab and Naby haven’t hit the ground running but they was brought in to improve our midfield, the only improvement they have made to our midfield at the moment (other than one great debut) is they have made the other guys raise there game. I think they will both be first team players very soon and we will see why Klopp fetched them in, the signs are good already.
God, you have me sounding negative towards our team and that really wasn’t my intention, just was giving praise to others.

8.) 30 Sep 2018
30 Sep 2018 22:46:53
Chelsea have a dodgy defence and are over reliant on Hazzard. They could struggle to get enough goals

They will be top four but could easily slip away as the season goes on as they don’t have big squad depth.

We have had the more difficult fixtures so far when you look at what Chelsea and Citeh have had.

You can see what Koop is doing. If we can keep clear of bad injuries we will be right in the mix.

9.) 30 Sep 2018
30 Sep 2018 22:49:48
Chelsea have the best midfield in the league and I said it the moment they signed both Jorginho and Kovacic🙌. Closely followed by City who are sitting at the top just like last year without KDB. We are 3rd or 4th depends up on how we could play kieta ( the only CM worthy imo ) .
We should have gotten Fekir. Big miss imo. We don’t have that creative spark in the middle which is why we rely heavily on Firmino to drop into the middle despite of playing 3 CM in addition!

10.) 30 Sep 2018
30 Sep 2018 23:26:18
It all depends on how you play Harry. Most teams need more creative players in midfield as they don’t have the front 3 we have.
The three we played in midfield yesterday are excellent at unsettling the opposition allowing us to turn over possession and get it up to the front 3 quickly so they can do their damage.
I think Keita will come into his own against the lower teams as he can break the lines with his direct running. Don’t forget we also have Ox to come back in too (whenever that might be) .
We’re in good shape.

11.) 01 Oct 2018
01 Oct 2018 00:31:34
For all of Chelsea’s supposed midfield quality they are still overly reliant on one player, Hazard, stop him and you stop Chelsea, they have no one else that worries me.

12.) 01 Oct 2018
01 Oct 2018 09:28:48
Ed1 is there any chance you could add Chelsea's Willian to the player profiles list please mate?

{Ed001's Note - added.}

13.) 01 Oct 2018
01 Oct 2018 09:38:54
Thank you very much Ed mate.

{Ed001's Note - very welcome.}