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      Liverpool 1:0 SSC Napoli: In game and post match discussion.

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      Re: Liverpool 1:0 SSC Napoli: In game and post match discussion.
      Reply #840: Dec 12, 2018 06:21:58 am
      What is happening to Mane and Bobby of late? We pinned so much hope on them and both failed miserably. One simply doesn't wanna hit the target even with an invisible keeper in front while the other is jogging aimlessly throughout the match with his new hairstyle.

      I don't understand what's happening. Truth is I don't think they have enough pressure to perform. Seriously, Shaqiri and Sturridge can score and assist, but they will still be benched for Mane and Firmino, it's not fair.

      Thankfully, they can only get better but Klopp should do something about it. If you're playing every week you should be performing. Unfortunately, Mane and Firmino are not.
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      Reply #841: Dec 12, 2018 06:55:10 am
      I don't understand what's happening. Truth is I don't think they have enough pressure to perform. Seriously, Shaqiri and Sturridge can score and assist, but they will still be benched for Mane and Firmino, it's not fair.

      Thankfully, they can only get better but Klopp should do something about it. If you're playing every week you should be performing. Unfortunately, Mane and Firmino are not.

      It’s because you can play yourself into form and that’s what Klopp is trying to do - minutes usually mean form and last season surely gives Klopp an indication of their potential - plus we keep winning
      « Last Edit: Dec 12, 2018 07:10:56 am by LondonRed83 »
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      Re: Liverpool 1:0 SSC Napoli: In game and post match discussion.
      Reply #842: Dec 12, 2018 07:05:06 am
      So why did we go through with a 1-0 as goal difference the same and they beat us 2-0 didn't they at their place ?
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      Reply #843: Dec 12, 2018 07:11:27 am
      So why did we go through with a 1-0 as goal difference the same and they beat us 2-0 didn't they at their place ?

      No - they scored a last minute winner for a 1-0
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      Reply #844: Dec 12, 2018 07:20:36 am
      What is happening to Mane and Bobby of late? We pinned so much hope on them and both failed miserably. One simply doesn't wanna hit the target even with an invisible keeper in front while the other is jogging aimlessly throughout the match with his new hairstyle.

      Suggesting Bobby played poorly is more of a indictment on you than him.

      Watch again and closely. Extremely intelligent and vital to that performance.

      And Mané has everything but the final touch (except when he was offside, the b***ard!).

      They’re doing their jobs to a very high level. The rewards will come soon.
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      Reply #845: Dec 12, 2018 07:25:45 am
      Would have thought he had more than 1 interception tbh, a lot of his ground work, 2nd half particularly was very good tonight imo, my only irk during the match was wanting a stronger aerial presence and a tough tackler with some bite in the middle,  especially first half.

      Will be interesting to watch back and see what I missed!

      He picked up a lot of second balls.

      He had a ok game better than he has been and as Diego said st least tried in the second half to get the ball forward rather than instantly pass it back.

      But for me his partners stood out more.
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      Reply #846: Dec 12, 2018 07:58:21 am
      Quote from 5timesacharm
      Tell me how after getting the ball cleanly, he's meant to get his leg out of the way? Or alternatively how he's meant to get the ball cleanly from his starting position without having his leg extended? It's an impossibility. The ref tonight was a disgrace. Worst performance I've seen in a long time.

      We were supposed to have one of the best refs in the game, he correctly sent off half of all the players dismissed in the World Cup. But given he is from Slovenia, why was he chosen to ref an Italian team game in Europe? It's literally next door to them, and he gave them pretty much everything he could.

      Despite that, we survived. There was only one away win in the group and it went right to the wire. As is often the case in a group like this, having the last game at home helps the home side sneak over the line. And we got there on goals scored, that's how tight it was.

      Great winner from Salah, his 13th goal of the season and 4th in 2 games, although I didn't think it would be the winner at the time, so had a good laugh at the Napoli fan bawling his eyes out before ht. Then Dejan came on. Surely he couldn't do much wrong in 5 minutes. Unfortunately he couldn't do much right. First, he hashed a weak clearance out of play, then dozed off as he does, and left his man unmarked to put the ball in the net, until Alisson showed us again why the money we paid for him was well spent. Amazing how a 6 game group can come down to a split second like that. Hopefully we'll get a nice comfy draw in the next round, and hopefully we're not down to the bare bones at the back after the game. Because we can't exactly rest players at home against the mancs you know.

      So ends the years of refs making educated guesses about decisions in the European Cup, and also the end of the refs behind the goal. From now on, it's VAR all the way, home and away. Every penalty call and goal scored is now subject to VAR approval, and the ref can now have more than one look at an incident if required, even refs from Slovenia.
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      Reply #847: Dec 12, 2018 08:42:12 am
      It would not be Liverpool in Europe without that bit of drama at the end.  Well deserved win against a very good team (I think the best we have played this season).  I think that is borne out by my feeling that VVD actually had to work.

      I think that was as well as we have played this season (some finishing aside) and it is no coincidence that it was with that midfield three, allowing us to go back to the proper front three from last year.

      I don't know why the media is making such a thing of Salah's celebration (well I suppose I do really) - it is just a "yeah, I'm good, and we all know it" kind of thing.

      Thought Matip was very good and fully justified his selection - I am sure he was playing well before injury last year, and I suppose we have been spoiled by the brilliance of VVD (who is going to come close).

      I thought Hendo was excellent and put in a real captains performance (even giving VVD a bit of advice in the first half when there was an injury).

      As for Alisson - what more can be said.  Not the greatest save he has ever made, but probably the most important.

      Roll on Sunday.
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      Reply #848: Dec 12, 2018 09:03:58 am
      No - they scored a last minute winner for a 1-0

      So we went through on goals scored...thanks.
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      Reply #849: Dec 12, 2018 09:04:23 am
      Suggesting Bobby played poorly is more of a indictment on you than him.

      Watch again and closely. Extremely intelligent and vital to that performance.

      And Mané has everything but the final touch (except when he was offside, the b***ard!).

      They’re doing their jobs to a very high level. The rewards will come soon.

      This is spot on.

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      Reply #850: Dec 12, 2018 09:15:06 am
      Get in there . Unbelievable save from Alisson
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      Reply #851: Dec 12, 2018 09:18:41 am
      We were supposed to have one of the best refs in the game, he correctly sent off half of all the players dismissed in the World Cup. But given he is from Slovenia, why was he chosen to ref an Italian team game in Europe? It's literally next door to them, and he gave them pretty much everything he could.

      Despite that, we survived. There was only one away win in the group and it went right to the wire. As is often the case in a group like this, having the last game at home helps the home side sneak over the line. And we got there on goals scored, that's how tight it was.

      Great winner from Salah, his 13th goal of the season and 4th in 2 games, although I didn't think it would be the winner at the time, so had a good laugh at the Napoli fan bawling his eyes out before ht. Then Dejan came on. Surely he couldn't do much wrong in 5 minutes. Unfortunately he couldn't do much right. First, he hashed a weak clearance out of play, then dozed off as he does, and left his man unmarked to put the ball in the net, until Alisson showed us again why the money we paid for him was well spent. Amazing how a 6 game group can come down to a split second like that. Hopefully we'll get a nice comfy draw in the next round, and hopefully we're not down to the bare bones at the back after the game. Because we can't exactly rest players at home against the mancs you know.

      So ends the years of refs making educated guesses about decisions in the European Cup, and also the end of the refs behind the goal. From now on, it's VAR all the way, home and away. Every penalty call and goal scored is now subject to VAR approval, and the ref can now have more than one look at an incident if required, even refs from Slovenia.

      All well and good singing the praises of VAR but what the f**k happened with VVD getting carded for a tackle where he clearly contacted the ball first and the opposing player goes down like he's been f**king shot?
      Virgil now misses the next game with no help from VAR.
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      Reply #852: Dec 12, 2018 09:19:10 am
      That Insigne did f**k all - I was expecting so much more from him and Hamsik.

      That’s down to Liverpool suffocating the life out of them - played them off the park an nobody would think 5-0 would have flattered us.
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      Reply #853: Dec 12, 2018 09:46:54 am
      So why did we go through with a 1-0 as goal difference the same and they beat us 2-0 didn't they at their place ?

      Nah we matched the result at their ground which meant none of us had a better result against eachother so it came down to goals scored over all I think. Otherwise it would have been like away goals which is why if they scored we had to win by two.

      Not sure though because I don't know when it moves from goals and cards etc. to all the other stuff like dick size and underware colour.

      In short I mean uefa make things so f**king hard to understand we could have gone through on anything haha
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      Reply #854: Dec 12, 2018 09:48:59 am
      Great match,should have been a lot more than 1-0,but were through and that's all that matters,hopefully saving all the goals for sunday :)
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      Reply #855: Dec 12, 2018 09:49:40 am
      I went for Alisson as well Skip.Also top marks for Mo Salah the way  he scored the winning goal.Top of the league through to the knockout stages,thank you Jürgen Klopp.

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      Reply #856: Dec 12, 2018 09:57:45 am
      Great match,should have been a lot more than 1-0,but were through and that's all that matters,hopefully saving all the goals for sunday :)

      We look like we are getting back to the levels of last season to me.

      The amount and types of chances we are creating the last few games are the same as we were last season.

      Just need the front 3 to get their shooting boots on and we'll be testing people off the park again.

      Honestly last night should have been about 6,7 or 8 - 1.

      Only mane forgot his shooting boots and we have a cool as f**k keeper between the sticks.
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      Reply #857: Dec 12, 2018 10:07:13 am
      The main thing is we are through, to the last 16 of the competition. The job has been well and truly done !
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      Reply #858: Dec 12, 2018 10:07:18 am
      Nervy game as expected, but we should've been out of sight before Allison made that save. Another great European night at Anfield.
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      Reply #859: Dec 12, 2018 10:17:31 am
      Mertens: “I hardly noticed the this is anfield sign and didn’t think it was much” Bet you think a lot more of it now knobhead!! 🤓
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      Reply #860: Dec 12, 2018 10:28:58 am
      There is every argument. You're picking a selective picture. He got the ball cleanly. He's not off the ground and he has no way of pulling his leg back before contact. We have the worst refs in the world and not even ours would give a yellow for that. It goes to the heart of what is wrong with the game today. The rules are being made by people without top flight football experience. We need more ex-footballers going into governing bodies as we as management and punditry.

      Totally correct mate.
      The replay showed clear contact with the ball initially followed by bollocks going down like he'd been f**king shot, Virgil had committed himself and his outstretched leg was in that context.
      The card should be rescinded and the joke of a referee barred from officiating high profile games until he gets his arse round to Spec Savers.
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      Reply #861: Dec 12, 2018 10:52:09 am
      That's what football is all about. Great match, loads of drama. Great performance from us I thought, especially considering the pressure. The defeat in Napoli hit our confidence and our performances for a good few games ( didn't affect the results too much in the PL, but did in the CL). Getting knocked out last night would have not just been bad for us in Europe, but would have been a big blow to our league chances as well in my opinion. We dealt with it really well and should have won by more than one goal against a very good side that we made look just ok last night.

      8s and 9s all over the park, thought everybody played well, even if we didn't have our shooting boots on. Get them on for Sunday and we will slaughter ManU.

      Hard to pick a MOTM, but gave it to Hendo just to annoy his detractors - thought he was excellent last night. Could have been Mo, VVD, Robbo, Alisson for that save. Big shout to Matip - been out a long time out and could have been rusty last night, but he was excellent - delighted to see it, he doesn't make me nervous the way Lovren does, good to see him stepping into Gomez' role so smoothly.

      Great result, great performance under pressure. Bring on the Mancs.
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      Reply #862: Dec 12, 2018 11:45:17 am
      Suggesting Bobby played poorly is more of a indictment on you than him.

      Watch again and closely. Extremely intelligent and vital to that performance.

      And Mané has everything but the final touch (except when he was offside, the b***ard!).

      They’re doing their jobs to a very high level. The rewards will come soon.

      Exactly right. Both played well. We had more fluid attacks in this game, involving combination play from our front three, outside backs and Milner or Gini, then we've had in a while. Yes there were misses, but Sadio and Bobby were important for us last night.
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      Reply #863: Dec 12, 2018 11:55:21 am
      Absolutely agree, finishing aside all of the front three were involved in some good build up play and did well. In particular I thought Salah looked really on it last night and Firmino was doing better linking the play up. Obviously all three should have scored a couple of goals each - Mane especially was very wasteful. Fortunately we have a top class defence and brilliant keeper who is always going to give us a chance of keeping a clean sheet. We should have been 3 or 4 up by the time Alisson made that save, but we weren't and the big Brazilian has kept us in it.

      It's a very strange and novel feeling to have complete confidence in your keeper to make those kinds of saves but we better get used to it!

      Overall an exceptional performance against a strong team in such a pressurised game  - if only our finishing in front of goal matched every other aspect of our play we'd have an exceptional result to go with our performance.

      All five across the back line were immense, particularly VVD, Matip and Robertson, and when called upon Alisson did not disappoint.

      Feel like we are clicking into gear now - now onto the game on Sunday.

      *gave MOTM to van Dijk - think any of Matip, Robbo, Alisson or Henderson could have had it though. VVD was just a rock throughout though, so many clearances, tackles and headers.
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      Reply #864: Dec 12, 2018 12:04:52 pm
      Great result.
      Gave MOTM to VVD although it could have gone to a number of players.

      That midfield performance is why Klopp sticks with that 3 in the big games (for now at least).
      He knows they have that in them, and he just has to bring it out.

      The defense played well, the midfield played well, what a save from Alisson at the end, and the forward 3 did everything except finish.

      Signs are good that we're starting to peak at exactly the right time.
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      Reply #865: Dec 12, 2018 12:25:36 pm
      Top of the League and unbeaten.
      Last 16 of the Champions League
      Mancs at Anfield this Sunday
      Doesn't get much better than that as we all put our Christmas deccies up does it !!

      I wonder If Allison has met Jersey Dudek yet?  ;D
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      Reply #866: Dec 12, 2018 12:27:15 pm
      Saw this on one of the sites. Compared to that C**t Mertens, this is by the Gaffer when he was coach of Dortmund.

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      Reply #867: Dec 12, 2018 12:47:06 pm
      Got to be honest can't fault anyone of those Reds last night, 'We played as a team' and that was pivotal, even my favourite 😉Henderson had a good game,

      Only our final pass and finishing needs working on, but that will come, the good thing is we are getting into position to score, the same was said last season if my dementia hasn't worsened and look how many onion bags did we hit thereafter,
      Some of you guys are still unhappy about how we set about our game play this season,  but i think we are a much better outfit, last season was phenomenal, the rock N roll football was mesmerising and a absolute joy to behold, and probably the most entertaining side to watch if you were a neutral,

      This season were are much more rounded, we can control & conquer when we feel like it, ok, it seems we're not as prolific as last season, well not yet anyways, but oppositions are finding us more difficult to understand,  whereas last season a few found us out and set up accordingly, with the help of a few buses,

      Let me remind you that we remain the only side  unbeaten in the whole f***in league,  we are presently sat on top of the EPL, and we are in the last 16 of the Champions league, if we were called Citeh, everybody would be waxing and wanking lyrically over us, and pro-reclaiming that we are untouchable and will conquer all,
      But we're only Liverpool a one season wonder who are incapable of winning anything cos Klopp has been to 5 finals and won f**k all, so it stands to reason he won't win f**k all with those horrible hub cap nicking bin dippers that hate Manc-chester.

      KUNTS !!


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      Reply #868: Dec 12, 2018 12:56:30 pm
      What a night, what a game and one in the eye for the ref, that's the first time in all the games he's been in charge that we have won.
      Our team and fans we're bang on and so we venture forward into the next stages. The final score did not reflect what could have been a lot more but hey' onward we go. Cheers to Gow who was patient sat next to me and for putting up with my kebab.
      Good night with Gow & JD @Anfield.#ArklesCrew.
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      Reply #869: Dec 12, 2018 01:13:35 pm
      Good night at Anfield.  Atmosphere was excellent.

      As much as I'd like to hand it to Salah's cool finish, van Dijk's excellent defending and Alisson's great goalkeeping - I don't think the superstition of el batez starting on his kebab on the 22nd minute can be overlooked!


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