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15 Apr 2021 00:52:33
I actually thought we played fairly well on the whole tonight. The intensity was good at times and lacking at other times.

The main concern is our finishing, it’s been so poor over the past few months and it really highlights the need for an out and out goal scorer. I also get frustrated with the pointless crosses into the box (ones that are just sent in with no purpose, usually in the last 10 mins) we don’t have a focal point to aim for so we just waste possession, we’d be better off just passing the ball around for another 30 seconds to try and draw the opponents out to crate some sort of pockets of space.

Alisson - had very little to do tonight, had one very good moment stopping Vinicius (who should have done better with his attempted chip) and then gathering before benzema could get there.
Trent - thought he played very well, was almost back to his best offensively but I thought he defended very well and certainly learnt from the first leg.
Kabak + Phillips - both looked fairly comfortable throughout the game, were never really put under pressure. Phillips looks to be improving his passing which is good to see.
Robertson - didn’t really put a foot wrong, but he is in desperate need of a rest. While he’s still performing quite well it’s not his best. I’d largely put this down to lack of rest, would have been nice if he was rested Vs Villa in preparation for tonight.
Fabinho - played well. Defended astutely and controlled the game for large parts.
Milner - didn’t do anything particularly good or particularly bad, it was a steady game from him. Would be nice for him to try and drive forward a little more.
Gini - thought it was his best game for a while. There were still moments that frustrated me but all in all he had a good game. Could have grabbed himself a goal.
Salah - should have scored in the opening few minutes (looked fairly complacent with the shot almost like he’d already scored before shooting) he had a few good moments but Madrid defended very well and managed to prevent him having a larger impact on the game than he would’ve liked.
Firmino - needed to lead the press more often, something which has been lacking for a while (not just him but the whole team) . He had a few nice touches. But again just looks short of confidence in the final third.
Mane - he’s severely lacking confidence, had some bright moments against Valverde which gave me some confidence. But his touch was loose at times and made some bad decision making throughout the game.

Subs:
None of the subs really got into their groove. Thiago made a couple of decent passes but he too looks short on confidence, would have liked to see him take players on to try and create something. Jota didn’t really do an awful lot when he came on, I was baffled he was out in the left thought he should have gone through the middle. Ox and shaq didn’t have enough time to really influence the game.

Overall there’s some positives to take from this game but there’s also plenty of work to be done. On to Leeds at the weekend.

Also, whilst writing this post. I send my thoughts to family and friends who were affected by the tragic events at Hillsborough 32 years ago. Gone but never forgotten.
JFT 96.

YNWA.



15 Apr 2021 00:49:07
I actually think we were much like the liverpool of last season tonight without the finishing of course! Lots of energy, pressing and passion in our play, klopps decision to drop thiago was vindicated as once milner came off and fab dropped back to defence we gave up the midfield battle- trent had a vedy mature performance and gave a much better defensive performance ( something he apparently can't do ) . A few things did stand out throughout the performance, Mane has lost his pace and confidence and was a million miles of salahs level- without his pace he is very innefective! ( needs to be sold to reinvest in summer) Bobby is not good when dropped back behind the 3 strikers- seemed lost and gave up posession to easily and finally Fab is a monster in midfield, i knew he was good but tonight was a masterclass in the number 6 role! Can you imagine a midfield with fab, hendo and thiago more advanced all playing ahead of VVD and Gomes ( or potentially Konate) next season! From my perspective we have not turned into a bad team overnight, with a bit of luck we sneak top 4 and make 2 or 3 decent signings in summer and we are 100% title contenders again. Dream summer, Konate, a decent midfielder ( maybe bissouma) and patson daka or a sancho for attack! Obviously Id love a haaland or mbappe but even in a dream that's just unrealistic.

{Ed0666's Note - I’ve been saying it for a while Mane has to be sold.



Liverpool Article 11 Apr 2021
Liverpool v Aston Villa A Liverpool Perspective





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An interesting and intriguing game, despite VAR's very best efforts to ruin yet another game, and, despite Liverpool's domination of possession, finely balanced all the way through. Watkins was always a threat to a Liverpool defence that is just beginning to come together after far too many changes through the season. Liverpool were much closer to the form of last season than this, but that lack of a clinical edge is still a problem.



The key to it all seems to be the press, it was much more in evidence than it has been throughout the season, which allowed Liverpool to constantly regain possession high up the pitch and maintain pressure. Then their goal came from a lack of pressure, Wijnaldum caught on the wrong side of McGinn, making no real effort to put pressure on him on the ball and allowing him to play a through ball to Watkins. Then a mistake by Alisson allowed the ball to end up in the back of the net to put Liverpool behind once again.



With the struggles Liverpool have been having in front of goal in recent months, particularly at Anfield, it could easily have been game over, especially as VAR disallowed a perfectly good goal for a non-existent offside, right on half-time. The way the season has been going, it would have been easy for Liverpool players to fold and it all go wrong once again, but they kept going. And going. And going. Right to the end when they got the winner. It showed the spirit and desire is still there from last season, just waiting to emerge once more.







Aston Villa





Villa were always a threat, though at times it was to themselves with a large number of unforced errors which nearly cost them. They were second best throughout, but they never made it easy and continued to look to win the game right to the end. At times they were forced back, but they never let themselves get stuck into just holding on. There were definite signs of a team growing together there as a team.







Liverpool





Klopp - while I was not convinced by the decision to start Wijnaldum once again, it worked out alright in the end. Hard to argue with his choices after the win, though I do worry that Robertson is being run into the ground and is desperately in need of a rest.





Alisson - he had a mostly good game, but sadly he did let the goal in, when he should have saved it and that will be what his game is remembered for. Thus is the life of a goalkeeper.





Alexander-Arnold - apart from a couple of moments, Alexander-Arnold's defending was much better in this match than it is said to be, his covering play helped out when needed. Most importantly of all, he contributed so much going forward, the ball in for Fimino's goal which was ruled out and in particular that beautiful goal right at the end.





Phillips - does a good solid, uncomplicated job at the back and there are signs that he is finally earning Klopp's trust, with the choice always being to take off Kabak when a goal is needed rather than him. He is never going to be van Dijk, but he is certainly good enough to cover when called upon.





Kabak - still looks a little slow to react and his pace is worryingly non-existent. There was also a few loose passes from him in this match, in fact his play overall was quite sloppy, from the start when he and Robertson failed to react to a ball over the top and then, when he did get to it, allowing McGinn to muscle him aside. Like Phillips he is good enough to do a job but he has yet to show enough to make himself look worthy of money being spent on signing him. He has a gfew more games yet to earn his move though.





Robertson - looks tired and jaded. He still offers so much it is easy to see why Klopp is loath to rest him, but it is clear that he needs a break desperately to get that little extra back he had in the early weeks of the season.





Fabinho - as usual his presence in midfield is a highly reassuring presence and he is often key to breaking up attacks before they can even begin.





Wijnaldum - better than he has been in recent weeks, but still there was a lazy, weak non-attempt to put pressure on McGinn which ended in their goal. Going forward he is a quality midfielder but whenever he is asked to defend he becomes a very weak link, offering little help to the press and no positional sense to help protect the defence.





Milner - provided energy and aggression, which was badly needed, but was careful not to over-extend himself in this match.





Firmino - he must be gutted that his perfectly good goal, which was well-taken, was ruled out. Overall he looked on his way back to his best, with some very nice link up play and good balls played.





Salah - was heavily involved right from the start of play and scored yet again, though should have scored more. He is the big threat for opponents though and he is always keeping at least two players occupied.





Jota - after initially being at fault for losing possession far too easily after Alexander-Arnold won back possession, his game improved massively. He showed much better link-up play and even played an excellent pass, when passing is normally one of the weakest points of his game. This game just highlighted that he can bring more to the team than just goals and that Jota has the potential to be a key contributor even in games he fails to score in.





Thiago - replaced Wijnaldum in the 70th minute. Controlled possession and gets much more involved in the game than Wijnaldum was doing. While he is not the best defensively, he is very good at getting himself into a position to help out, even if it does often lead to him giving away silly free kicks, this game he managed to avoid the fouls and was able to just help keep pressure on.





Mane - came on in place of Firmino in the 75th minute. He was very poor, his touch was shocking and should have played the ball across for a tap-in when Shaqiri played a lovely through ball to him. Instead he shot straight at the keeper and wasted the opportunity. His decision-making has been appalling over the last few weeks.





Shaqiri took Kabak's place in the 89th minute. Hardly had time to do much but he did play a lovely ball to Mane, who should have done better.



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07 Apr 2021 17:35:44
Adrian says he’s in talks over a new deal with the club? Surely we don’t even consider it. He’s right up there with the worst players i’ve seen play for us from his first game he was doing everything he could to gift the other team goals. I was assuming we could just forget about him from July 1st. Nowhere near premier league standard let alone Liverpool i really hope we aren’t foolish enough to pull this kind of stunt with him.



Liverpool Article 04 Apr 2021
Arsenal v Liverpool A Liverpool Perspective





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Liverpool are really starting to look more like their old selves under Klopp once more. It was very like a large number of last season's games, dominating possession but failing to make the most of the chances that arrive, yet still finding a way to win. The big difference is the main reason behind the failing was not missed shots, but missed chances to take shots as there is a lack of confidence in the front three that started. There has become a real tendency to pass when in a good position, due to that lack of confidence. Hopefully a win like this will go a long way to repairing that confidence.



The overall play is looking much better and more confident up until that final moment, the defence and midfield look so much happier as a unit with square pegs in square holes. Fabinho sat in front of the defence makes a huge difference, it must be said. He cuts out so many passes, sometimes it is like opposition clearances are drawn towards him, and the build up can start all over again then.







Arsenal





Arteta has once again been shown to be out of his depth at the higher levels. It is understandable that his team struggled to get possession early on and were dominated for the first half. The issue is that what he did at half-time was, well, nothing, and that allowed Liverpool to just crank up the dominance. The mindless passing around at the back continued, no matter how many times it played defenders into trouble, with no idea of how to get out. When you have three forwards with great pace up against a fledgling centre-back partnership that is not blessed with pace, surely it does not take a tactical genius to see an out ball there?



The front three should have been running in behind the moment Arsenal gained possession, but they barely did that, instead they were dropping off to link up play. Considering that Aubameyang's career has been built on running in behind defences, the fact that he is no longer doing it (and consequently struggling for goals) can only be due to tactical instructions given to him. It is not natural for him and it is costing the team, as he is not a good link player. Even with the couple of players missing through injury, Arsenal have a good enough team to do more, but they are playing to instructions that stifled them badly.







Liverpool





Klopp - he made an interesting tactical tweak for this game. Clearly they have spotted something with Gabriel as he was the trigger for the press. Firmino was dropping onto Partey to keep him from being an option, leaving the centre-backs free to get the ball, but as soon as it went to Gabriel, Salah was quick to close him down. It worked as well as he was flustered and gave the ball away repeatedly. Without the simple option of rolling it into Partey, Gabriel was under pressure and made a number of mistakes. It really showed how much the pressure had got to him on the second goal, when Gabriel made a complete hash of things to allow Salah to win the ball from him and score.



Other than when it went to Gabriel, the press waited until the ball went into midfield, when it smothered Arsenal completely. Admittedly they were helped by Arsenal's tactics, with the front three looking to drop off and get involved in link up play, the play was condensed, enabling the press to swarm them until the ball was won back. It made for a very one-sided game.





Alisson - he managed to get through a complete moustache-care routine in the first half, then spent the second half catching up with family on social media. I think that's what he did anyway, as he was certainly not busy on the pitch except when someone took pity on him looking bored and passed the ball to him. Does anyone know when his audition for Magnum is by the way?





Alexander-Arnold - he was absolutely brilliant yesterday. I find it difficult to understand why there is even a discussion over who should be starting for England at right-back, but yesterday's performance should have ended it. The cross he put over for the opening goal was world-class, Beckham at his best level of cross. There was only one man in the box and he was giving away a good few inches to the Arsenal defenders around him, but Alexander-Arnold put in such a good ball that Jota had to get to it.



His vision is exceptional, he was linking up the play, laying off the ball, playing through balls and quality crosses. Alexander-Arnold's performance showed him to be, in my opinion, the best right-back in the world and the lunacy of discussing whether or not the likes of Trippier deserve a place in the England team ahead of him needs to stop. You build the team around a player this good and hope he stays fit and on form.





Phillips - he is growing as the season goes on, looking more and more confident. One thing that can be said of him, he does not look at all out of place in a Premier League match. You can only think Klopp must be regretting not trusting in him much sooner, rather than putting midfielders in defence.





Kabak - as his confidence has grown, his performances have improved markedly. Admittedly he was not pushed in this game, I doubt if he has had an easier one in his short career so far, but he is looking a totally different player from the one who first played after arriving from the Bundesliga. What was particularly pleasing were the signs of understanding and communication between him and Phillips.





Robertson - linked up well and drove forward like he always does, but his delivery was poor. To me he looked shattered and it was no surprise he was taken off early to have a bit of a rest. The amount of football he has played this season must be affecting him, he is massively in need of a break.





Fabinho - back to his excellent best, sweeping up everything in front of the defence as well as providing some lovely passes too. His presence in midfield makes a huge difference to this team. The ball over the top to Salah for the second was a peach as well, though Gabriel did make a mess of dealing with it.





Thiago - this was why he was bought, to provide that metronome in midfield that everything goes through, and everything was going through him. Arsenal were being completely overrun in the midfield as they could not get near him.





Milner - his performance was very good but he really should have done better with his chances. You need to hit the target at least when you are set up that beautifully.





Firmino - his link up play and pressing was back to something like its best, especially when he dropped deeper after Jota came on. Still needs to work on his finishing though! However those moments when he has the ball at his feet and is turning Arsenal players inside out without breaking sweat make up in large part for his struggles in front of goal. It was interesting that he looked even better when playing a little deeper. Could be the long term answer to getting Jota in?





Salah - he was working incredibly hard, but right up until he scored, things were not really going his way. Really he should have had at least one more goal and a couple of assists too, but the profligacy in front of goal he and Mane displayed.





Mane - Holding will be having nightmares about him for weeks, as he bullied him constantly, winning almost every ball played in his direction, just using his strength to maneuvre Holding out of the way. Mane does look absolutely bereft of confidence in front of goal, choosing to pass up a really good opportunity to shoot early on and completely fluffing every other chance that came to him. He was worryingly bad in front of goal.





Jota - replaced Robertson in the 60th minute. Once again he showed why he was bought. He may not be the best at linking up with the others but he is a clinical finisher and fully deserved his two goals. Jota is the kind of player you find a way to get in the team, when he is fully fit and fresh. It was understandable Klopp did not want to risk him from the start in this game, after just returning from injury then playing three games in quick succession for Portugal. You have to expect him to start against Madrid though.





Wijnaldum - came on in place of Firmino in the 77th minute. Looked much more like the Wijnaldum of the early part of the season in his little cameo. He obviously did just need a rest and to not have to play a role he simply does not understand.





R. Williams took Kabak's place in the 82nd minute. It says a lot about Arsenal's abject performance that he was under no presure in the time he was on the pitch.



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08 Mar 2021 08:52:47
Just when we thought things couldn't get worse we could end up in the UEFA conference league.



22 Feb 2021 07:14:17
Should LFC bring the 'brain' back to help Klopp and convince him to play defenders and not midfielders at the back. I am disappointed that Linders, who is touted as a possible Klopp replacement, has not managed to convince Klopp to do so. Maybe he agrees with Klopp or is just a 'yes' man. Anyway, something needs to change.



21 Mar 2021 11:47:05
Have you watched our last 2 games?

21 Mar 2021 11:47:37
Added to that since “the brain” left we’ve won the champs league and premier league?

 


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