01 Dec 2016 09:21:42
It's a shame we went out last night, but playing a weakened side makes sense with the heavy schedule of football a CL club such as ours has. Quite frankly the trophies we want to win are the PL and the CL, with the FA Cup being a decent trophy too. Interestingly none of the CL clubs are still in the competition which speaks for itself. Now we need a solid performance on Saturday at West Ham.

1.) 01 Dec 2016
01 Dec 2016 10:16:19
The fa cup is a very decent trophy if accompanied by a champions league last 4 and premier league challange that last well into May but on its own its strictly Wigan like IMO, it wasn't enough for Mancini at Man city or LVG at Man Utd to keep their jobs and niether should it be enough for Arsenal football club or Arsene Wenger to be given a new contract on the strength of winning it.
If we want to achieve more than we have in the last decade we have to set our sights higher that we have during that time.
I'm more than happy to play last night's starting 11 in the 3rd round of the fa cup wether it's v Spurs Liverpool utd or Scunthorpe but the premier league and champions league games we should always play our strongest available side.

2.) 01 Dec 2016
01 Dec 2016 11:16:10
Gunner62 - In general I agree with you that we should play our strongest available side in the PL and CL. However, if you have a heavy schedule where you play PL at the weekend, mid-week CL, PL at the weekend, so effectively play 3 matches in a week, you must rotate where possible. This is clearly shown by the fact that all four of this season's English CL contingent only won 2 of the five matches they have played to date following a mid-week CL match. We have some places in the first team that can be rotated without a drop in quality, eg; Gibbs and Monreal, Walcott and Ox, two from Elneny, Xhaka and Coquelin. When Cazorla and Welbeck return they can easily be brought into the team and others rested. Last season Leicester won the PL, but they were not in Europe and were knocked out of the domestic cups fairly early. This season the top two are Chelsea and Liverpool, who are both not in the CL.

3.) 01 Dec 2016
01 Dec 2016 11:47:03
3 games a week isn't a problem if managed right RG mate, lots of players have said in the past they would rather be playing than training any day and apart from 1 day off they are doing one or the other other, play Saturday then Sunday off, train Monday then play Tuesday and have Wednesday off, then train Thursday and Friday and play again Saturday.
Its a Ballance between over working and under working and about being mentally fit as well as physically fit, days off are every bit as important as days on duty in my opinion as long as the players earn those days off with 100% effort when working.
Its not always about how often you work but more about getting the right rest and how much you enjoy doing what you do.

4.) 01 Dec 2016
01 Dec 2016 13:11:10
gunner62, I have to disagree and the statistics I quoted clearly show that teams playing 3 matches a week including a mid-week CL match has a effect on the clubs in the following matches. Indeed, my neighbour is a footballer who played in the PL for Reading and when I asked him whether playing 3 matches a week catches up with players he said it did big time and they didn't play top CL teams and endure the long journeys to away matches. We played Swansea, then Ludogorets and then drew at home to Middlesboro. I am certain there was fatigue involved as we would expect to beat Boro at home. If by 'managing right' you mean having a strong enough squad to rotate, then I agree. Much as I like your contributions, I suggest we will have to beg to differ on this one!

5.) 01 Dec 2016
01 Dec 2016 15:53:16
Fair comment RG mate your neighbour obviously has much more experience than me mate and if he says it makes a difference then that's more convincing than my own personal opinion.
By managing people well I mean more in the way of getting the best out of them as a group and as individuals, I think Klopp is brilliant at managing not just the players but also the fans and the whole club from. top to bottom, before Saturdays game he voiced his concerns about people attention being distracted by Stevie Gerrard attending the game after announcing his retirement then during the game he demanded more from the Liverpool fans who responded and in turn the players responded to the fans by upping thier game and going on to win, then after the game when it was obvious Coutinho would be out for a while Klopp was straight on it very publicly stating that the injury changed nothing and his expectations of everyone at the club were every bit as high as before the injury.
Obviously 2 games a week are easier to manage than 3 games a week but it's only as big a problem as you make it sometimes and by changing your way of going about things you can minimise the effect of the extra game, one of the things I like most about Klopp is where others reach for the excuse book ( Mourinho most famously ) he reaches for the solution book and isn't afraid to ask more from people if and when needed.
I personally buy into Klopps style of making adjustments before and during game's opposed to making excuses after them.

6.) 02 Dec 2016
02 Dec 2016 12:55:05
Personally RG69, I think the League cup is much better to go for than the FA cup despite the FA cup being more respected. A) The league cup rounds coincide with the early stages of the CL while the FA cup rounds coincide with the middle/ latter stages of the CL. B) The league Cup final is the first week of Feb and if you win, it provides a good boost for the CL and final months of the PL.