Wow, what a performance, especially in the first half. That's what European nights are all about. Playing at a fast pace, blowing teams away with the atmosphere buzzing around the ground.
The football at times was breathtakingly good and that third goal is one of the best I've ever seen at Anfield in my whole life. I do have a couple of small negatives (nothing that we all haven't spoken about before) and I'm certain our defensive issues and squad depth will bite us on the arse a few times this season but that was a great performance last night and the boys and Jürgen deserve huge credit. Hoffenheim are a very good side and we made them look like Everton.
Coutinho must have been watching that last night just itching to get involved again. That's what you're missing out on sunshine so stop sulking and get a kit on.
Mignolet. Overall, he was pretty good. I do think he could have done a bit better for their first goal and kept that shot out, I also think for their second goal he could have collected the cross (must have been 8 yards out by the time it reached the guys head?) but maybe I'm being too harsh.
Moreno. He played a lot better than usual and he did well supporting the attack last night but he made the same old type of mistakes. He was caught out of position a couple of times (I'll have to check the replays but I remember thinking he was all over the place for their first goal?) and he dived into a couple of tackles as usual and let the attacking player skip past him. I do think he has improved somewhat but he isn't the answer to our LB problems.
Lovren. Wasn't happy seeing him on the team sheet but he did well for most parts. Again, some mistakes though and it was him who lost possession for their first goal if I remember rightly.
Matip. Was very impressed with Joel against Palace and same again last night. Just imagine VVD alongside him. They'd be the best pairing in the league by far.
TAA. This boy is special. Full of energy, full of life, really does have that scouse spirit. Very impressive going forward and he has probably made that right back position his own now which is very impressive for a boy of 18yrs old and taking it from an established England international. Due to age and inexperience he will make mistakes and he did get caught out once or twice last night and lost track of his man but he is only going to improve the more he plays.
Henderson. God this lad frustrates the life out of me. I don't want to be too negative and put a dark cloud over what was a great team performance but I'm sorry I wasn't impressed with our skipper yet again. I thought his performance while we were in possession was poor but as usual he did well when they had the ball and covered ground for us. But even our fourth goal annoyed me and its bizarre saying that! Firstly, he sh*t out of the tackle and he was very lucky their centre half sh*t out even more than what he did. Secondly, name me a proper leader who passes in a one on one situation with the goalie, in a European cup qualifier, when you have the golden chance to take responsibility and send your team through infront of the kop? It was proper shithouse behaviour in my opinion. Yes it came off, and passing to firmino proved to be the right decision, but imagine if it went horribly wrong? No sorry, if that was gerrard, suarez or even carra then they are putting their boot through that and sending us through. Proper men, proper leaders.
Wijanldum. Much, much better than what we've seen of him so far this season. Much more involved and that pass to Mane for our third goal was inch perfect. He was unlucky not to score when he hit the post but luckily salah was there to tap it in. Got into the box a lot more, put himself about, won 50-50s, battled throughout. Much better Gini and you have to perform like this every single week and not go missing. We've all seen you can do it.
Can. Great to see him getting forward more too and scoring 2 goals. In general he played well too. A very good performance from Emre.
Mane. My motm. Hoffenheim couldn't cope with him (who can?). Mane has over taken coutinho now in being our best player, he is world class. He is involved in literally every one of our attacks. He looks like hes going to score in every game he plays for me and that is a sign of a top, top player. its probably been mentioned already, but I absolutely loved it when the hoffenheim fans were giving him stick and he reacted by clapping to the Liverpool fans then raising his arms up and down for us to make more noise. The ground responded and there was a real buzz followed by oooo MANE MANE der der der der der der. It was class.
Firmino. He was amazing. A big part of our play going forward, showing his intelligence and quality on the ball but what impresses me is how hard he works for the team too and how much he battles. Firmino is a winner. He gave a top performance and he was another player Hoffenheim couldn't handle.
Salah. Still a little rusty with his final ball or shot but this lad will be a great signing/player for us. He brings much more balance to our attack and is a constant threat with his pace. He really does have that knack of being in the right place at the right time. Another decent performance from Mo and he certainly plays his part in the best attack in the world.
Very good performance from the mighty reds and its exciting to think Coutinho and Lallana are yet to come in and be a part of this. Looking forward for the draw later today now...its f**king great being back where we belong isn't it?
You have a week John Henry, go and sign a couple of players and give us that much needed push and lets win number 6.
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