Looking to a vital week ahead

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Another vital three points against Watford but the performance pretty much summed up our season so far - job done... but are we all as confident as Bobby?

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Anyway, the Champions League is back this week and we have a mouth watering trip to the Parc des Princes midweek to take on the petro-dollar fueled PSG. It had looked like we may have been in luck when both Neymar and Mbappe went off injured while playing for their respective national teams. Alas, the news coming out of Paris is that they are due to return to training on Monday and should be available to face us.

To be perfectly honest, I really don’t fear PSG. I think we’re a far more balanced team than they are. I have a theory why PSG always fall short in the Champions League and for me, it is because they have literally no competition domestically. They beat everyone else in Ligue 1 playing at 60% intensity and therefore when they come up against a Bayern, a Barca, (hopefully ourselves), finding that next level of intensity is difficult as they’re not used to having to play at 100% for an entire two legs.

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I reckon PSG are there for the taking if we simply outrun them. We saw in the reverse fixture at Anfield that tracking back is a swear word to Neymar. Trent was open down that side all night and I fancy that  he along with either Salah or Shaq, can cause riots down that side if we choose to exploit it. PSG totally rely on individual brilliance to win games but with the players we’ve got, a good game plan tactically should beat them in my opinion

That brings us nicely on to next Sunday’s Merseyside Derby...

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Everton have got a dreadful record at Anfield but make no mistake, this is a decent Everton team and they’ll be highly motivated coming to Anfield and will be desperate to end their winless run there. This is once again where we need our new found squad depth. Hendo is suspended for the derby but he was absolutely rotten yesterday so he shouldn’t play on Wednesday either in my opinion. I suspect we'll see a midfield of Gini, Milner and one of Fabinho or Keita. Personally, I would play Fabinho against PSG as he really is an expert tackler in one on one situations and that skill may well be vitally important against the tricky attacking players at PSG’s disposal and I would play Keita against Everton, where a bit of midfield dynamism in a highly charged atmosphere, might just be what the game needs.

Frustratingly, I wouldn’t be surprised if Klopp started Hendo, Gini and Milner on Wednesday but I really feel it’s time our new midfield duo start to make an impact. If they can have half the impact on the second half of this season, that Robbo and Ox had on the second half of last season, then we're in with a chance.

Anyway, thank god the tedium of yet another international break is over, the real footie is back and this coming week’s fixtures are what it’s all about. Can’t wait. YNWA
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