From Michael Budgen:
Not enough time last week to reply to some interesting mails, but Rhys’s mail about player use got me thinking who plays the most, so I completely arbitrarily settled on 1500 mins, but that’s about 16 ½ games out of 21
Number of players at top 5 clubs who have over 1500 mins so far:
Will this mean Chelsea / Liverpool hit a ‘wall’ post -Xmas ? Who knows?
But interesting that Mane was removed last Thursday instead of Wijnaldum.
That wasn’t one of Mane’s best games.
It’s not just minutes on the pitch, it’s how far each player has run, maybe how far he has sprinted.
On the night I was annoyed and disappointed.
But most people thought it was an exciting game.
I thought the teams were scared of each other. Guardiola was afraid that if Liverpool scored first they might crank up the tempo and kill them. He wanted it to be 0-0 at half-time.
Equally, Klopp was afraid of being opened up by City’s quick triangles and one-twos, so he chose a workmanlike midfield of Milner-Henderson-Wijnaldum. I thought he should have brought Fabinho and Shakiri on sooner.
It’s history now: Man City beat Liverpool 2-1.
So it was Champions 2 League leaders 1.
Klopp’s lead was cut from seven points to four.
Tonight’s Wolves-Liverpool game is an interesting FA Cup Third Round match on BBC1.
Wolves like to sit deep and counter-attack and love to score late goals.