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      Liverpool 4-2 1899 Hoffenheim: In game and Post Match discussion

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      Danzel
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      Re: Liverpool 4-2 1899 Hoffenheim: In game and Post Match discussion
      Reply #540: Aug 24, 2017 03:06:00 pm
      So was there someone else in midfield who kept losing the ball then, must have been 4-5 times at least, perhaps I'm being harsh on gini, but I thought he had a poor game.

      Look back at the times when he lost the ball. It was his own team putting him in situations where he was under immediate pressure. Most of the time it was teammates (Lovren twice I think, Henderson too) blasting it into his feet, with him facing our own goal, wanting to get rid of it while Wijnaldum was surrounded by three Hoffenheim players who immediately started pressing him. I think he only lost it twice because of his own doing (could've been slightly more).

      I'm not saying he would've been my MOTM, but it was a much improved performance by him compared to the previous three and it was much more the Wijnaldum we were used to seeing in some of his best performance in the big games last season. He linked up play well and most importantly, he made his trademark runs into the box again. That's what I was missing from his last few games.
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      Re: Liverpool 4-2 1899 Hoffenheim: In game and Post Match discussion
      Reply #541: Aug 24, 2017 03:11:33 pm
      Look back at the times when he lost the ball. It was his own team putting him in situations where he was under immediate pressure. Most of the time it was teammates (Lovren twice I think, Hendersoon too) blasting it into his feet, with him facing our own goal, wanting to get rid of it while Wijnaldum was surrounded by three Hoffenheim players who immediately started pressing him. I think he only lost it twice because of his own doing (could've been slightly more).

      I'm not saying he would've been my MOTM, but it was a much improved performance by him compared by the previous three and it was much more the Wijnaldum we were used to seeing in some of his best performance in the big games last season. He linked up play well and most importantly, he made his trademark runs into the box again. That's what I was missing from his last few games.

      ok fair enough, anyway it was a fantastic team performance and a great game of football
      HScRed1
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      Re: Liverpool 4-2 1899 Hoffenheim: In game and Post Match discussion
      Reply #542: Aug 24, 2017 03:15:54 pm
      Look back at the times when he lost the ball. It was his own team putting him in situations where he was under immediate pressure. Most of the time it was teammates (Lovren twice I think, Hendersoon too) blasting it into his feet, with him facing our own goal, wanting to get rid of it while Wijnaldum was surrounded by three Hoffenheim players who immediately started pressing him. I think he only lost it twice because of his own doing (could've been slightly more).

      I'm not saying he would've been my MOTM, but it was a much improved performance by him compared by the previous three and it was much more the Wijnaldum we were used to seeing in some of his best performance in the big games last season. He linked up play well and most importantly, he made his trademark runs into the box again. That's what I was missing from his last few games.

      Definitely a much improved performance from Gini, this is the sort of game where he excels with space to run into.

      It's when we face the low block teams where he needs to back his ability.
      There again if he had Coutinho or Lallana next to him it would take the pressure of him to be the creative link in midfield.

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      Re: Liverpool 4-2 1899 Hoffenheim: In game and Post Match discussion
      Reply #543: Aug 24, 2017 04:18:23 pm
      Seeing quite a few negative posts regarding Gini on yesterdays performance, I find it baffling if I'm honest the lad took the fight to Hoffenheim and never let up. Whenever he lost the ball it was generally after the 3rd Hoffenheim player finally managed to crowd him out.

      I'd also like to point out the difference in attitude towards our 2 starting full backs on the night from the crowd within Anfield. Both were excellent going forward, both made errors TAA twice in the first half, and Moreno once in the 2nd barring this both did OK defensively. However TAA got a standing ovation from the crowd when he was subbed for Gomez, Moreno got slated for his mishap and was immediately jeered and sniggered at. Lets get behind the lads FFS, if your going to vilify a player for 1 mishap when he's played a cracking game of football the lad must be bricking it to even step on to the turf in a red shirt!

      TAA is a proper talent, he's naïve defensively and needs time and experience to become a regular first teamer imo but he's got a management team that believe in him and he'll only improve and could well go on to become one of the very best full backs we've had (plus he's already outscoring my personal fav rb Rob Jones!!! :f_tongueincheek:). Moreno lets get behind the lad, he's improved no end imo since last year when the manager pulled him out of the limelight, you can see the coaching staff have work with him and for me it's paying off. He's still young and I believe if he continues to improve he'll be a big asset especially against the bus parkers that come to Anfield.

      Mane btw is a beast of a player, loved it when he was arm gesturing to the crowd when the away fans were giving him a bit. My MOTM for what it's worth but all in all a truly excellent performance from the lads. Love it when we start games so bright and quick more of the same please. YNWA
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      Re: Liverpool 4-2 1899 Hoffenheim: In game and Post Match discussion
      Reply #544: Aug 24, 2017 04:54:41 pm
      Now that I've changed my boxers for the 19th time after the excitement of that game, I can comment calmly.

      F***ING EH!

      So good to have the glittering European nights back. Hoffenheim are no Real but they're not a bad team, that display was awesome. Proud to be a Red as always.

      Ps; tiny small print...please please please get VDV or someone equivalent, let's not undermine a whole campaign of PL and CL because of our inability to close a deal on a glaringly obvious shortfall.
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      Re: Liverpool 4-2 1899 Hoffenheim: In game and Post Match discussion
      Reply #545: Aug 24, 2017 05:06:54 pm
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      Re: Liverpool 4-2 1899 Hoffenheim: In game and Post Match discussion
      Reply #546: Aug 24, 2017 05:45:13 pm
      Bit late but sensational performance last night. Reminded me of that 13-14 season. Would have been easy to sit back and see what happens but we took the bull by the horns and stomped all over them - get in!
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      Re: Liverpool 4-2 1899 Hoffenheim: In game and Post Match discussion
      Reply #547: Aug 24, 2017 06:40:00 pm
      Brilliant result last night, so happy for the lads. Could have been 10, i didn't expect them to keep that pace up all night.

      Well, on we roll, we just need to strengthen the squad now for what is going to be a gruelling campaign.

      Come on the Redmen!  :kop5cf8koxp6:
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      Re: Liverpool 4-2 1899 Hoffenheim: In game and Post Match discussion
      Reply #548: Aug 24, 2017 08:44:12 pm
      I've been in Cornwall on a site with no signal whatsoever ever 😳
      Have to travel to get a connection. Managed to se highlights and thought we played terrific but the old defensive sh*te called in again I see.
      Emphatic win in the end so well done all round. Gave bob motm, thought he was excellent.
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      Re: Liverpool 4-2 1899 Hoffenheim: In game and Post Match discussion
      Reply #549: Aug 25, 2017 01:54:49 am
      A very good overall performance. Our attack is lethal.  Very fast movement of the ball forward. No dallying, that's what I like most. Mane twisting to the left left and right  made a big difference. Defenders do not know which direction he will move. Everyone played their part well. Firminho's crosses are world class.  If we had a pure DM, it'll be more more devastating. I thought Matip was poor. He tried to play the role of DM but never got those early tackles in.
      « Last Edit: Aug 25, 2017 12:13:31 pm by redkop63 »
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      Re: Liverpool 4-2 1899 Hoffenheim: In game and Post Match discussion
      Reply #550: Aug 25, 2017 04:23:26 am
      Honestly still watching the third goal on repeat.

      That combination from Bob and Gini is f**king orgasmic. The first touch from Bob in to the path of Gini for the first time pass.

      Then Mane engaging both defenders, Bob occupying the open space and the pin point chip to Can.

      Far out.
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      Re: Liverpool 4-2 1899 Hoffenheim: In game and Post Match discussion
      Reply #551: Aug 25, 2017 01:55:49 pm
      Gini man of the match, seriously?? he was about the only poor player we had last night, constantly got caught on the ball, misplaced passes. Compared to Mane he was fairly terrible, and you say you've watched the match twice, wow!!

      Seriously!  The second time you watch, when you know the outcome and the tension has gone you see all sorts you missed the first  time.  As I suggested, there were several I could have named as my man MOTM, but I went for Gini because nobody else had and I felt he was as deserving as anybody.  It's my opinion, but I base it on what I saw.  Of course, you are well within your rights to disagree! 



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