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Anfield Family by Stuart Drewery - 1y ago

Liverpool made a dramatic comeback to winning ways after the defeat to Manchester United. A five goal victory meant a heavy defeat at Anfield for Watford.

Jurgen Klopp made a few changes from the squad that had faced United and lost. The defence was worked on and we would have Matip and  Gomez in the back line, supporting Virgil Van Dijk. Having beaten Watford already this season, the home side could be confident that a losing streak would not continue.

Oh yeah – concerning the weather… it was snowing in Anfield! Yes, as cold as it gets and Liverpool still managed to run out onto their pitch and perform for the home fans, scoring multiple times.

the “it’s FREEZING” face, performed by Loris Karius in the snow at Anfield.

Liverpool were clearly determined to get back to winning from the start of the game and started off with a goal in only the 4th minute.  Salah may have been attempting to break Fernando Torres record of 33 goals in one season (set in 2007- 2008 and never broken since) and managed to do so within this one game. Salah’s first goal would equal the 33 goals. Salah’s second goal in the 43rd minute would break it as he made the new record 34 goals in all competitions by the end of the first half.

The second half would provide more goals than the first half, though it seemed as if Watford were beaten already from shortly after the break onwards. Our defence and goalkeeper had very little to do but defended well when they were called into action. Much of the time was spent seeing our attackers flood forwards to towards Watfords back line and goalkeeper for shots.

In the 49th minute, Roberto Firmino decided to get in on the goalscoring action. Salah wasn’t selfish, he would provide the assist instead of trying to get his hat trick at that point. The Brazilian would gather the clever pass and shoot past Watford’s number 1 for making it Liverpool 3-0 Watford.

It felt all over and the win confirmed for Liverpool even at this point, with still almost a full 2nd half to go (including the extra time to be added). More was to come though.

In the 77th minute, Salah had collected the ball and made his way inside of the penalty area. He had a defender in front of him but he made a clever run around the opposition which saw him cause the defender to fall to the ground without any physical contact being made. Having shaken the last man off, he’d shoot calmly past the goalkeeper. Making it look so easy, the hat trick was now confirmed. Salah would get to keep the ball by the end of the game.

The 85th minute came about and Watford were probably just really looking forward to the final whistle and their chance to get out of the snow and into the warm changing rooms of Anfield but Salah was still determined to improve his already impressive goalscoring record. He’d made it Liverpool 5-0 Watford, claiming his 36th goal of the season. Not bad for his debut season and it’s not even over yet. He’s now done better than both Suarez and Torres, previously our best goalscorers of the last 10 years.

Man of the Match

Well, did anyone get a hat trick? or maybe even 4 goals? YES, of course it’s Mohamed Salah. As if scoring four times wasn’t enough, he’d even assist the only other goal scored which didn’t get scored by him. Firmino seemed happy and grateful for the assist from his teammate who could have tried to score his 3rd goal but let Bobby have a goal too instead. Great teamwork from the Egyptian. Salah’s making a name for himself already at Liverpool and all we have to do as fans is sit back and enjoy each and every game he plays in.

What’s next?

Liverpool will wait a while for their next fixture as other cup competitions we’re already out of take place. We’re NOT out of the Champions League though and shortly after our fixture with Crystal Palace, we’ll be facing Manchester City in the Champions League Quarter Finals from early April.

[written by] Stuart Drewery.

I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.

I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (more than 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.

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Liverpool would have to repeat the amazing performance that they displayed at Anfield on January against Manchester City to book their place at the semi-finals of the Champions League. It’s now clear that there will be just one English team in the semi-finals of Europe’s elite tournament, after today’s draw announced by the UEFA.

Manchester City have been in top form this season with a 16-point lead in the Premier League against their second placed derby rivals Manchester United with just 8 more matches to go. They also won the league cup this season and their fans will expect them to complete the treble with the trophy that they have never won before.

Boasting some of the best talents in Europe at the moment, both the teams have proven to be really strong against their oppositions. Liverpool have been the only team to have defeated City in the PL this season, proving that they aren’t exactly ‘invincible’. But in the corresponding away fixture at the Etihad, the Citizens incited a heavy defeat against a 10-men Reds, exposing the frailty of the Liverpool defense. But of course, that was before Van Dijk was signed by Liverpool.

The first leg of the fixture will be played at Anfield on the 4th of April, while the second leg will be played at the Etihad on the 10th. Meanwhile, FC Barcelona will face AS Roma, Sevilla FC will face FC Bayern Munich and Juventus FC will face defending champions Real Madrid in the other quarter-final fixtures.

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Anfield Family by Stuart Drewery - 1y ago

Liverpool remain in 3rd place after their Premier League fixture with major rivals Man United.

Jurgen Klopp’s lineup could not be faulted, he put out a very strong squad to face United and it’s unlikely that any changes to the chosen starting 11 would have made a real difference to the final result.

As for United, they had former Everton player Romelu Lukaku as one of their major attackers and Pogba was injured so unavailable for this game.

This was the 200th meeting between England’s two most-decorated clubs. It would become clear from the start of the game that United were prepared to play defensively and would not be allowing Liverpool much space around the penalty area, tightly defending against any of our players who tried attacking. When Jose Mourinho says defend, his team defends. He’s used these deep defensive tactics for years with various clubs. Not that goals wouldn’t be scored eventually.

Marcus Rashford, making his first league start since about Christmas of 2017, would start the goalscoring in the 14th minute, Liverpool wouldn’t last even quarter of an hour without conceding unfortunately.

Romelu Lukaku pushed his way past Dejan Lovren to flick the ball that David de Gea has boosted up the pitch to him and would then assist Rashford, who cut inside Trent Alexander-Arnold before smashing his powerful shot into the far corner, past the diving Loris Karius. There was no stopping that shot. Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool

Virgil van Dijk should have helped Liverpool equalise around 23 minutes but he headed James Milner’s corner wide from five yards and soon after Rashford made him regret his miss even more a minute later.

After Lukaku got the better of Lovren in the air again, Juan Mata’s attempted shot was blocked into Rashford’s path and his low effort took a deflection off Alexander-Arnold to help it make it’s way past Karius and into the net. Manchester United 2-0 Liverpool.

United so nearly had a third goal nearing the end of the first half but Mata’s overhead kick did not reach the target, moments before Ashley Young denied Liverpool a chance for a goal, preventing Andrew Robertson’s cross from setting up Mohamed Salah for a tap-in. That should have been more for Liverpool. A bit more determination to get past your man and Robertson could have had an assist and Salah a goal. Such was the way of the game mostly. Liverpool were “ALMOST” doing what they needed to claim any points. Almost! So close! Not quite. Could have had that. Nearly scored. The “almost scored” gameplay is not good enough against big teams like United. You have to make every chance you get convert into a real goal or you’re likely to lose.

There was improvement from Liverpool after the break. We came out determined to not give up and maybe take something from the game. Chances were there, we just couldn’t convert them into actual goals that would have made the disappointing result different by the final whistle.

Virgil Van Dijk powered a header onto the roof of the United goal by the 49th minute before a combination of Chris Smalling and Young denied Salah from converting Roberto Firmino’s cross which should have been an “assist” if only Salah had increased his goal tally. Hardly Salah’s fault, he was so very tightly marked by the United defence and under Mourinho’s close eye for sure. Every attack an opportunity for Jose to put up a wall (or parked bus) of defence, as he does.

The referee and match officials in general were not helping of course. Liverpool had strong penalty appeals denied to them. Robertson’s cross appeared to strike Antonio Valencia’s arm, surely not possible to miss, or did the ref think it was “unintentional”? United could have intentions to try and stop the ball with their hand or arms, you know. Liverpool do not cheat, we only want what’s deservedly ours in all fairness. With a bit of luck and the match officials doing an unbiased job, maybe we’d have taken and scored a couple of penalties in this game. But, this was Old Trafford and the referee’s were clearly with the home side advantage in this fixture.

Liverpool would claim one goal in this game, though probably not from where you expected.  Bailly would turn Sadio Mane’s cross into his own net. Wherever it was going, it still ended up in the goal. That may have been the luckiest moment of the whole game for Liverpool.

As the game came to the closing stages, substitute Gini Wijnaldum’s 18-yard drive deflected inches wide. There was a chance from Mané as he ran into the area and with Bailly around perhaps there was a chance we’d break past the United defence and get one more goal but it wasn’t to be. Then later into the sixth-minute of stoppage time, Salah powered a volley over the crossbar and Liverpool’s hopes of a comeback just could not be converted into goals.

Man of the Match

If Sadio Mané hadn’t made a cross into the United penalty area for Bailly to turn into his own net, then Liverpool wouldn’t have had a goal at all. It was a frustrating game where our attackers got shut down a lot but Mané did his part to ensure that Liverpool didn’t turn up without claiming at least a single goal.

What’s next?

Watford at home.

Liverpool continue their Premier League season for a while. The Champions League Quarter Finals draw will happen within the next week, so we can only keep playing and wait to find out who we’ll have in that tournament eventually. Just staying focused on the Premier League for a bit should see us settle after the United defeat. It’s been rare for Liverpool to lose this season though so don’t worry, Reds.

Walk on with hope in your hearts, Anfield Family. You’ll Never Walk Alone.

[written by] Stuart Drewery.

I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.

I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (more than 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.

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Anfield Family by Stuart Drewery - 1y ago

Liverpool held onto their 5 goal advantage from the first leg to gain victory over their Portuguese opponents despite not scoring at Anfield. A place in the Champions League Quarter Finals is now secured.

Jurgen Klopp had picked a winning side in the recent Premier League victory over Newcastle and a few changes were made to that squad. Some players were being “rested” with Salah and Van Dijk on the substitute bench in order to be fully fit and ready for facing Manchester United soon but it was hardly a “weakened” lineup, Liverpool have more than 11 strong players to pick from in their squad.

The first half started slow. Liverpool set a tempo to the game that saw them gaining and keeping possession regularly with not much attacking play being shown at first. The home side who already had a 5 goal lead were content to keep the ball and though I wouldn’t call it “time-wasting”, they didn’t seem to be their usual selves, the attacking play was rare and most of the play going on was in the midfield. Nothing to worry about at the back but certainly not much activity that was bothering Porto goalkeeper Casillas.

As the game progressed, Porto seemed to pressure Liverpool into making more and more offensive tactics, like they were daring the home side to try and score 5 goals again, a “see if you can do it again” challenge that was ultimately, failed. Nobody needs to win 10-0 though, Liverpool were seemingly content with the lead that was going to give them qualification for the next round of the Champions League without even needing to score any more goals.

Karius was needed occasionally and did not disappoint at the times when Anfield was calling for him to stop Porto from scoring. Credit to Karius who kept a clean sheet and the tight defence in front of him, they all did their defensive jobs well when needed.

Liverpool were not entirely without chances to score and Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino and Danny Ings all saw opportunities which were almost goals.

Ings really impressed with his dangerous movement inside of the Porto penalty area and shot/almost scored with a couple of headers that Casillas had real trouble dealing with. He hasn’t had a whole lot of appearances this season but he certainly showed that if you give him a chance to prove himself, he’ll not let you down for doing so.

So close but the former Real Madrid first choice goalkeeper made things much more tough in this leg, showing form that looked like he had something to prove. He seemed determined to not let anybody score at Anfield, though the damage had already been done in Portugal in this two-leg Champions League tie. His clean sheet still wouldn’t stop Liverpool from qualifying to the Champions League Quarter Finals.

Man of the Match

I mentioned that Liverpool had plenty of midfield battles throughout the fixture and James Milner was a big part of that. He was winning balls, keeping the flow of football going and inspiring other teammates to make runs into dangerous positions. If there was a goal scored, you can be sure that Milner would have had the assist. He was trying to get the ball to almost anyone who had a remote chance of scoring and did so well consistently, taking on the Porto defence like a natural attacker. He’s also a trusted set piece taker and that’s one less thing to worry about for Liverpool. We can count on Milner.

What’s Next?

Liverpool will now focus on important Premier League football for now as the battle for 2nd place continues and Liverpool are about to play Manchester United.

Walk on with hope in your hearts, Anfield Family. You’ll Never Walk Alone.

[written by] Stuart Drewery.

I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.

I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (more than 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s

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Anfield Family by Stuart Drewery - 1y ago

Liverpool left Anfield with 3 points as Newcastle paid a visit to our stadium and could not claim anything for themselves.

Jurgen Klopp showed no mercy in his tactics as he chose the best of the best available in the Liverpool squad, for Rafael Benitez’s return trip to Anfield. A warm welcome was given to Rafa by everybody else as we showed the Spaniard once more that he has not been forgotten as one of the all time Liverpool legendary managers from our history.

Benitez had his team ready and as strong as the Newcastle squad gets but they would never score at Anfield. Previously this season we’d gotten a 1-1 draw with Newcastle, both teams scoring once and both teams earning a single point. It seemed to be an attempt for recreating that scoreline by the visitors, Newcastle looked to get one goal throughout the fixture but they would not be able to achieve it this time around. We brought in Van Dijk since our last meeting, Rafa. Our defence has gotten tighter and more productive now.

Liverpool showed their skills from end to end with regular possession and constant attempts to break through the Newcastle defences. Loris Karius did make rare saves when needed but the defenders in front of him kept the ball away from our goalkeeper’s net with great efficiency for most of the game.

It took almost the entire first half for a goal to be scored and the assist was just as special as the shot and goal itself. Oxlade Chamberlain had been rushing down the wing with the ball, beating defenders and taking the ball with him. Salah had run into a dangerous position not far from the penalty spot and his teammate happily provided him with the ball so that he could make it Liverpool 1-0 Newcastle.

Closing up the half with a single goal lead, Liverpool would take this scoreline to the 2nd half with them.

Newcastle started the 2nd half by trying to up the pressure on Liverpool but maybe it was a little too much pressure? Salah would take a shot from around 20 yards and it would cannon off Lascelles’ arm, with most of Anfield screaming for a penalty. The referee would not give in to the fan’s appeals and play would continue.

Liverpool would not be disheartened by their unfortunate lack of decisions going their way in their own stadium. The home crowd still had plenty to cheer for.

The 57th minute saw Firmino making a beautiful run through the middle of the Newcastle defence and finds the right pass into his teammate, Sadio Mané. He’s still got plenty to do from 15 yards but Mané curls a special shot that powered straight into the corner of the net. Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle

Liverpool still had a half hour left after this but it didn’t feel very long to wait before Liverpool had taken their two goal lead to the full time whistle and we’d won.

Man of the Match

Ox was the most hardworking player who didn’t actually score, though that doesn’t mean he wasn’t part of the build up to the goals. Dedication to his job and team has seen this player becoming very inspired and creative and helpful for all teammates around him.

What’s Next?

Liverpool are back in action on Tuesday night in the Champions League for their second-leg clash against FC Porto, holding a 5-0 advantage. We’d seriously have to make multiple terrible mistakes to throw away 5 (away) goals lead so it’s highly likely we’ll be on our way to the Champions League Quarter Finals after this fixture is complete.

Walk on with hope in your heart, Anfield Family. You’ll Never Walk Alone.

[written by] Stuart Drewery.

I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.

I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (more than 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.

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Anfield Family by Stuart Drewery - 1y ago

Liverpool continued their Premier League season with a win at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp made one change from the side that had gone out to face Southampton this year. James Milner replaced Gini Wijnaldum. Hindsight is a wonderful thing that can only happen after the match has finished but Klopp declared himself “delighted” with the squad he’d picked. I’ve got to say I was happy enough with seeing the lineup before the game had even kicked off though. Good work, Jurgen.

Liverpool had previously travelled to London to face West Ham earlier this season and claimed all three points in that fixture. The Liverpool fans had confidence from knowing we had what it takes to win against these opponents already.

As for goals, Liverpool fans would have to wait around 30 minutes for the first goal to be scored. The first half hour had been eventful, with both sides looking to show their skills and determine who could be the leader in the game first. That would be interesting and either side had their chances but at the half hour mark, Emre Can made Liverpool the game’s leaders. A particularly bad debut for new West Ham defender Patrice Evra saw Evra attempt but fail to clear a Liverpool corner which Salah had taken. Can did not waste the opportunity given to him as the ball came to him past Evra and he finished well from close range. Now, the score became Liverpool 1-0 West Ham.

More would still come for the next quarter of an hour, but the away side could not reply with a goal of their own and Liverpool finished the 1st half with a single goal lead at the break.

The players came out of the dressing rooms refreshed and ready for more. Liverpool had only to defend a lead or perhaps go for another goal that would secure the 1st goal and perhaps the win, even if West Ham scored once.

The home side didn’t play overly defensively, with more attacking plays being seen by Liverpool. Virgil Van Dijk, Andy Robertson and Loris Karius did good jobs when they were needed to, our defence looked solid. Still, the forwards that were assigned with more aggressive play didn’t just let the defenders do all the hard work.

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain was used to playing in London derbies as an Arsenal player and West Ham had more reason to fear him once again as he pushed his way around the pitch. Wherever he wanted to take the ball, that’s where he was going to end up. He looked unstoppable and though at times he could have shot and most likely scored himself, he unselfishly helped Salah score by creating a goal for him early into the 2nd half. Liverpool 2-0 West Ham.

Salah loves the fans and the fans love Salah… Anfield erupts after the Egyptian’s goal and he celebrates with them. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Liverpool had a two goal lead and it wasn’t looking like changing. West Ham had their moments but the home side were dominating. Who we’d see attacking next was a constant lottery of Salah/Mane/Firmino/ assisted by much of the rest of the team, just behind them.

Who wants 3?

7 lucky minutes after Salah had scored his goal, Firmino was about to claim his too. Can played in the Brazilian with an amazing pass that was terribly hard to defend against, with Can not even looking towards Firmino as he played in his teammate for an assist that helped Bobby make it Liverpool 3-0 West Ham.

Where was the game going to go from here? Had Liverpool won already? Well actually West Ham didn’t give up and would get a goal even.

David Moyes used some clever strategy as he brought on a substitution that would score within moments of coming into the game. What an impact for Antonio. The score was  now Liverpool 3-1 West Ham just a couple of minutes after Bobby had gotten his goal. Wow! The away fans could sing for a while at least. Not really any point in discussing how Liverpool conceded, nothing was done terrible defensively. Moyes just used what is normally a key player in a way that surprised Liverpool. I think Antonio had wanted to start the game but Evra’s debut had seen the West Ham squad switched around a little and the substitute bench saw a regular player pushed out for until the 2nd half. At least he was fresh and ready to score for them when he’d make his appearance.

Liverpool didn’t change any tactics up, we just kept on going as we had done already and seemed to want a 4th goal.

20 minutes after Antonio had scored, Liverpool had been pushing forward. A contested ball between Mane and the West Ham goalkeeper saw Mane lift the ball over Adrian and into the net. High pressure there but Mane seemed cool as ice as his attack helped make the score Liverpool 4-1 West Ham. There was still 13 minutes and then a bit of extra time to go but Liverpool had secured all three points for this fixture.

Man of the Match

Salah is continuing to score and has gotten at least 31 goals in the season now. He’s equal with the season when Suarez scored 31 (and Sturridge had scored 21, that SAS were getting plenty of goals together). Fernando Torres once claimed 33 goals in a season so Salah has a couple more to go until he’s level with the Spaniard’s record. It’s all incredibly close and record-breaking seems to be easy for Salah. I believe in him. Many people think he can not just equal but also break these records.

What’s next? 

Liverpool have another chance to see Rafa Benitez in Liverpool again as his Newcastle squad comes to Anfield next Saturday. I hope you all look forward to that as much as I do. Walk on with hope in your hearts, Anfield Family. You’ll Never Walk Alone.

[written by Stuart Drewery]

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Anfield Family by Stuart Drewery - 1y ago

Liverpool came away from their visit to Portugal with five goals, that included a Sadio Mané hat trick and a clean sheet to show for it.

Jurgen Klopp had been preparing for this lineup throughout February. He’d given some experience to Karius and rested Henderson in our Premier League win over Southampton. Nothing was going to stop Klopp from having the strongest possible squad he could for our latest Champions League fixture. We were strong.

The weather in Portugal was absolutely terrible for the travelling fans and team. Imagine booking a holiday to “sunny Portugal” (like the tourist guides describe it) and then arriving to the downpour of rain that Liverpool had to play their football in. Everyone would deserve their money back. That’s not how the weather is supposed to be! Well, both teams still did their best to play through the waterlogged pitch and it was a surprise that any goals could be scored with the wet ball, let alone five.

Jurgen Klopp braves the rain before the kickoff in Portugal. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

It took 25 minutes for the goalscoring to start. Mane had received the ball inside of the penalty area and took a shot to the bottom right hand side of the goal. Normally, a shot from that angle would be saved and it did even hit the underside of the diving Porto goalkeeper before powering off his body and going under him, into the net. Maybe it was the rain that helped the ball deflect off the wet goalkeeper and keep going into the goal but Liverpool were winning and that’s all that mattered in that moment. Porto 0-1 Liverpool

Mané scores the first goal of the night in Portugal (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The next goal came only 4 minutes later. Milner had gotten into a dangerous position on the left hand side of the penalty area and attempted a shot himself but it hits the post and bounces out right to Salah. He has the goalkeeper closing down on him but Salah keeps his cool under the pressure, flicking the ball to the left of the keeper and then heading it down to himself before he could strike a right footed shot from within the 6 yard box into the net. It sounds easy from that range but he had to position himself perfectly while moving around in a tight space to beat the goalkeeper and a defender who wanted to block his shots. Porto 0-2 Liverpool

Salah moves away from the Porto goalkeeper and defender and heads the ball down to his feet, he’d then be able to shoot and score (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Only half an hour had passed but Liverpool had a two goal lead and took it to half time after another quarter of an hour of dominance by the away side. This was not unlike our visit to Southampton, which we’d been winning by 2 goals at half time also but hadn’t managed to score in the 2nd half of that.

Liverpool would improve upon that Premier League result and score in the 2nd half of our Champions League fixture, three times.

The 3rd goal of the game would arrive within 8 minutes of the 2nd half starting. Liverpool started an attack from inside their own half, with a backheel from Firmino giving Salah the opportunity to further press into a very dangerous position . Salah looks to get an assist rather than a goal this time so passes back into Firmino, whose shot is saved and by Sa but only pushed into the path of Mané who shoots the ball through the wet pitch and into the net from close range. No matter how close he is, he still has to strike the ball powerfully or it’d just get slowed down by the water. Porto 0-3 Liverpool

the wet pitch sprays water up as Mané shoots and scores his second goal against Porto

Liverpool fans would have to wait until the 69th minute for their next goal. Milner is pushing up the pitch and puts the ball across the pitch for Firmino who is around the penalty spot. There’s defenders and a goalkeeper to try and stop him but he can and does score from that range. Cue acrobatic Capoeira moves from Bobby in celebration.

The 5th and final goal would come much closer to full time.

Porto were probably already tired and just wishing it would all end so they could get out of the rain and into the warm, dry dressing rooms but the 85th minute saw Liverpool score once more.

Mané moved into the penalty area with the ball, then just let fly a very powerful shot that flew past Sa and into the net for completing Mané’s hat trick. Well done! that seals the victory and gives Liverpool 5 “away goals” to take back to Anfield. It’s doubtful Porto can beat that back in Liverpool. Even a defeat of Liverpool up to 0-4 for Porto should see an aggregate scoreline that can’t be ignored. We won’t let them even get near that result at Anfield though, surely.

Man of the match

Well, did anyone score a hat trick? Yeah, Mané did and fully deserves almost all the credit (or at least 3/5) for helping Liverpool to the 5 goal victory. That’s plenty of away goals to hold against Porto in this two leg tie that continues at Anfield eventually. It’s a lot to overcome for them and Liverpool likely will be progressing to the Champions League Quarter Finals once that fixture is complete. We’re clearly not a “one-man team”. Salah scores a lot but Mané outscored Salah in this fixture. Liverpool have threats all around our strong squad. Jurgen Klopp knows what he’s doing with all these players. When they’re playing at peak performances, Liverpool are unstoppable.

What’s next?

Liverpool play West Ham again on February 24th, 3PM kickoff. We beat them already in London, but we’ll see how it goes at Anfield this time.

Walk on with hope in your hearts, Anfield Family. You’ll Never Walk Alone.

[written by] Stuart Drewery.

I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.

I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (more than 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.

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Anfield Family by Stuart Drewery - 1y ago

Liverpool paid a visit to Southampton and came away with three points as our Premier League season continues with a victory.

Jurgen Klopp pulled no punches as he put a full strength side. We were as strong as it gets, though many Reds fans argue over who’s the strongest goalkeeper and Mignolet was only chosen as substitute for this game. Karius gained more Premier League experience and showed yet again just why he’s gotten so much support from his manager with his fine form and a clean sheet.

Virgil Van Dijk would return for the first time to the club who sold him for £75M and the fans didn’t give him a warm welcome back. He’d disappointed them with his departure, all the Southampton fans had wanted him to stay but he’d join Liverpool to become the world’s most expensive defender. So they’d boo him at Saint Mary’s stadium. He still seemed cool and collected despite the harsh reception.

Jurgen Klopp, and Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool celebrate victory together. Van Dijk faced a cold reception from his former club’s fans but it seemed to motivate him to play well for Liverpool (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The game didn’t take long to see a goal and it was Liverpool who got to set the tone as the dominant side who’d take an early lead in only the 6th minute.

Hoedt misjudging a Liverpool ball forward from midfield was a critical mistake and one person you don’t want to make a mistake around is Salah. The Egyptian would work brilliantly to move the ball from where’d he’d collected Hoedt’s “clearance” to further up the pitch, where he could supply his teammate with a wonderful ball that would become an assist because Firmino manages to hit it sweetly past McCarthy in a one-on-one that Bobby just wasn’t going to miss. Southampton 0-1 Liverpool.

Firmino celebrates with Salah and Robertson. Salah and Firmino would assist each other’s goals in the two goal victory for Liverpool (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Liverpool continued to press and attack and though Southampton had chances of their own, the home side just couldn’t get past the back line of defence or Loris Karius. Virgil Van Dijk seemed like he had something to prove to the Southampton fans booing him and didn’t let anything past him.

While Salah and Firmino continually worked well together, Mané and Wijnaldum also paired up to give Southampton a further threat to respond to. Credit to Southampton, they really held tight to make sure that they were not overwhelmed with goals conceded. It could have been so much for them but the defence did their job well.

Both of Liverpool’s goals would come in the first half. The second goal was quite near half time and Firmino would play a beautiful one-two pass which saw the Brazilian back-heel the ball right behind the Southampton defence who didn’t know it was coming and towards Salah who almost telepathically knew where he’d have to run to for making sure he could convert his opportunity and make it Southampton 0-2 Liverpool.

Liverpool continued to press and attack in the second half but no more goals were scored after the break, surprisingly. Liverpool’s fans surely had expected more of the same but to Southampton’s credit, they just didn’t let any more in. The defence was certainly not going to allow the visitors to embarrass them with a huge scoreline in front of their own fans. Defeated eventually, but doing so gracefully. Liverpool were stopped from repeating results like the 7-0 victories we’d gotten earlier in the season.

Plenty more chances were seen at each end of the pitch and both goalkeepers had more to do until the final whistle. Southampton were denied a goal just as Liverpool couldn’t increase their lead either.

As Jurgen Klopp kept the side fresh with tactical changes to the lineup, James Milner would get half an hour of playing time and Adam Lallana would later get ten minutes on the pitch, too. A well fought fixture had seen the away side claim all three points.

Man of the match

Mohamed Salah worked incredibly well with Roberto Firmino and the pair both scored goals and assisted each other’s goals. Salah was very active and ensured that Liverpool would have a player consistently attacking and making Southampton’s defence work hard at every given opportunity. The Egyptian was a part of almost every push the Reds had and we couldn’t have asked more from him. A threat from the start of the game to the end. Even when Southampton were actively trying to mark him, he’d shake his defenders and run into a dangerous position for causing some trouble to the home side. Nothing they could do was going to prevent Salah from getting the goal he wanted. Absolutely unstoppable.

What’s next? 

Liverpool will continue their Champions League campaign on Valentines Day. Love and football. We’ll all look forward to that.

Walk on with hope in your hearts, Anfield Family. You’ll Never Walk Alone.

[written by] Stuart Drewery.

I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.

I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (more than 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.

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Liverpool claim a draw and 1 point this time around going up against Spurs, as the Premier League action continues and teams keep fighting for points and perhaps a place in the top 4 or 5 by the end of the season.

Liverpool’s manager had to deal with Adam Lallana being recently injured (a thigh problem but he’s already recovering and should be back in February). He’s gone and chosen Karius for a Premier League fixture which has only just recently started happening. Mignolet’s been pushed out from this duty by Klopp, partly because of the rotation system he uses and partly because Champions League football won’t start up again for a while and Karius needs to stay fresh before he inevitably is chosen for the European fixtures against Porto.

Nobody would have predicted how this game started. Even those of you who like to bet and already know that Salah’s our best goalscorer may not have picked the 3rd minute for him to get Liverpool’s first goal in. The game had barely started but The Egyptian King didn’t waste the chance he was given when the ball ended up at his feet on the edge of the penalty area and calmly slotted his shot past Hugo Lloris in front of the Kop. Having said that, Tottenham are no stranger to early leads either. In their last fixture against Manchester United, Christian Eriksen took only 11 seconds to score a goal past David De Gea. He could not recreate that event against Liverpool though. Spurs had 45 minutes of the first half to score in and were still 1-0 down by half time.

The second half

Where to start? This wasn’t your typical half where the team that’s behind needs to play catch up. SO many things happened and all were quite unexpected.

Loris Karius was very involved in the game. He had 4 defenders in front of him and still he had to make saves against some of the best Premier League players and was frequently stopping them from getting what they needed (goals) for a long time.

Liverpool were struggling for possession (which generally saw a 30% to 70% ratio between the home and away side) and a double substitution just after the hour mark saw Gini Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replace Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mané. For once, at least Klopp wasn’t waiting until the 80th minute and then giving some subs 10 minutes of play. He’s actually giving a couple of players a good half hour to start making a difference for Liverpool, with time enough to do it. Still, Liverpool’s changes didn’t seem to have the impact that Tottenham’s changes did.

Spurs’ sub Victor Wanyama was only just introduced to the game before he had gotten a goal. A quick attack from Tottenham had seen Liverpool forced to make yet another save but the quick and accurate response from Tottenham was just too much to stop. Their substitution who had only just come on was able to change the game, giving the away side their equaliser.

Karius had been punching the ball a lot during the game and to be honest, it had made me quite nervous. I’d rather he caught the ball and had it held in hands, ready to throw or kick out to the Liverpool side rather than just giving the opposition a second chance to shoot again once the ball is back out of the penalty area once more. A punch from Karius went directly to Wanyama who blasted back towards goal a powerful shot that couldn’t be stopped. Karius had already committed his whole body in the first punch and wasn’t in a position to be getting back up for instantly saving the rebounded shot. Liverpool 1-1 Tottenham

Liverpool also introduced Joel Matip into the game and had 5 defenders at the back now trying to make sure that we didn’t lose 2 points. Liverpool had the drive and determination to win this game, but there was more going on than just players heading end to end with their attacks and counter attacks. Eventually, the referee and linesman would both change the game dramatically.

The 84th minute saw Tottenham make an attack, deep into the penalty area. Harry Kane had been provided with a ball that saw him clearly run into an offside position. He was brought down by Karius however and after some discussion with the linesman, the referee decided to award a penalty. By the way, the discussion that referee and linesman had was caught on camera with clear audio that allows me to tell you exactly what they debated, word for word. Here it was:

Linesman: “All i need to know is, did Harry Kane touch the ball before Karius brought him down to the ground. Because if he did touch that ball in his offside position, it’s NOT a penalty. If he didn’t touch the ball, then Karius has committed a foul and it IS a penalty”

Referee: “Oh, he didn’t touch the ball” *BLOWS WHISTLE AND POINTS TO PENALTY SPOT*.

By the way, in the instant replay (which referees or linesman don’t have the option of seeing like fans watching at home) showed that Kane had gotten to touch the ball before Karius brought him down in the penalty area. Basically, that means Kane had received the ball in an offside position and Karius’ foul shouldn’t have counted. You’re supposed to raise the offside flag and just continue with the game. That didn’t happen.

Kane would step up to take the penalty in the 87th minute (yes, it was at least 3 minutes debating this one event between players and referees and linesman – there was eventually 4 minutes of extra time added to the end of the half). Karius did amazing to stop the ball as Kane shot directly down the middle of the goal, right to where Karius had stayed (he hadn’t dived left or right which Kane had seemingly expected him to do).

NO GOAL!!!! Despite an unfair penalty being awarded, the scoreline hadn’t changed!!! Liverpool still were drawing 1-1 with Tottenham. This was a huge relief because honestly, it seemed fair that Liverpool hadn’t conceded to a debatable decision from match officials who made the wrong call. Tottenham didn’t deserve to go ahead from that, Kane was so offside in the initial attack which led to the penalty.

What could happen next? 

Liverpool and Tottenham keep on attacking and counter attacking each other.

The 91st minute sees Liverpool get a throw in on the right hand side. Alexander-Arnold does well on the right wing to get a throw to Salah, and he has SO much to do from when he collects the ball.

He’s in a tight space, but Salah is running in multiple direction around Tottenham players, managing to get past Davies and then Vertonghen before finding a place he can shoot the ball past Lloris. IT’S IN!!! Liverpool are winning 2-1 in the 91st minute. Hell, it’s the 92nd minute by the time Liverpool are done celebrating and back to the center circle for a kick off to start the game again. 4 minutes of extra time were supposed to be played but surely we can stick this out for 2 more minutes and claim a win? We’ve got 5 defenders including Matip now, remember. We’re pretty tight at the back.

The 93rd minute saw Tottenham making another attack. Fine, we should be able to deal with it, especially as our new signing Virgil Van Dijk is the defender who’s having to deal with the attack by Lamela inside of the penalty area. What happens though?

Van Dijk is about to try to clear the ball. He’s not raising a knee, he’s raising a FOOT because he wants to kick the ball away! Although Lamela seems to back into Van Dijk, then goes down. At the time, the referee waves “play on” but the linesman is waving his flag like a crazy patriot waving their national flag and eventually, the referee goes over to debate his decision. The linesman convinces the referee that a penalty should be awarded as if he’s a Harry Kane fan who wants Kane to score his 100th Premier League goal. The referee points to the penalty spot.

This time, Harry Kane shoots right. I think Karius dived left, with no chance of saving it at all. I thought it might be the same as the first, but Kane didn’t shoot down the middle this time and Karius DID choose to dive in a direction instead of waiting the ball to come to him at the center of the goal. Totally different penalty with a totally different outcome. Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham

Well, thanks to horrible decisions by both the referee and linesman, Liverpool draw with Tottenham and can only claim 1 point instead of winning this game 2-1 as it should have been.

Man of the match

Mo Salah scored both of Liverpool’s goals and honestly, he pretty much got a “match-winner” in the 91st minute. Though Liverpool didn’t actually win the match eventually, if it wasn’t for the horrible calls by the linesman and referee awarding a penalty that never should have been given, Liverpool would have won 2-1 thanks to Salah’s late goal. He just continues to impress and increase his already very impressive goalscoring record. If he continues this way for many seasons, he’ll start breaking the records of more and more Legendary Liverpool goalscorers from our long history that goes back to 1892.

What’s next?

We already beat Southampton in Anfield at the end of November but now we need to travel down South and see if we can claim a 2nd victory, in more Premier League action. Here’s hoping (we can).

Walk on with hope in your hearts, Anfield Family. You’ll Never Walk Alone.

[written by] Stuart Drewery.

I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.

I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (more than 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.

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Liverpool are back to winning ways as Huddersfield were defeated at their own stadium and a clean sheet was kept as we did it. All round improvement from Liverpool saw us claim three points and goes a long way to proving that not all results are going to turn out as disappointing this season as the Swansea or West Brom fixtures we were defeated in recently. We’re bouncing back again.

Jurgen Klopp made only 4 changes from the last lineup that met Huddersfield (when we won 3-0 at Anfield). So, this time around Liverpool were still rather similar and you could say the few changes that were made only served to create a stronger starting 11.

Daniel Sturridge had been in the starting 11 back when we played Huddersfield at Anfield but is now currently loaned out to West Brom (yes, the team that defeated us in the FA Cup).

Sturridge is loaned out to West Brom for the rest of the 17/18 season

Liverpool were still in a good position, even as they put their team on the pitch from the first minute. Having said that, “upsets” can happen to any team and beating someone before doesn’t 100% guarantee that you’ll definitely do it again the next time you meet them. West Brom hadn’t beaten us all season until they met us in the FA Cup fixture we’d lose to them in.

It took Liverpool 26 minutes to take a lead against Huddersfield as Emre Can opened the scoring with a deflected volley. Huddersfield 0-1 Liverpool

In just under half an hour, Liverpool had taken command of the game and were playing like this was a home game. They weren’t at Anfield for this fixture though. Just looking at their confidence you could sense the belief in our players that they could turn their run of disappointing results around and make this one a WIN.

20 more minutes would go by and Huddersfield may have just been thinking about going in to the dressing rooms for the break but Liverpool were thinking about scoring before half time.

how did he do that? Firmino finds less than 2 yards space to shoot and score in. You can literally see the players inside of the 6 yard box

Firmino received the ball from Mané in a dangerous position that you’d think Firmino might try to assist a teammate from. Close, but the goalkeeper’s right there in short-range to save the shot (probably). Firmino saw an opening as Lossi comes off his goal line though and in less than 2 yards of space Bobby squeezes the ball past the goalkeeper, into the net and the score is Huddersfield 0-1 Liverpool just before the referee blows for half time.

The 2nd half started like a continuation of the first half. Liverpool continued to dominate and the more Huddersfield tried to score themselves, the more chances Liverpool had opening to counter attack them and worry their defenders and goalkeeper.

Can was a major part of almost every attack and in the 76th minute, Billing would push Can to the ground within the penalty area. The referee saw it all go down and did not hesitate to award Liverpool a penalty kick. Salah would have his chance to score his 26th goal of the season and did just that from 12 yards. Huddersfield 0-3 Liverpool

Liverpool now had a 3 goal lead and it was fairly obvious that Huddersfield just weren’t go to be claiming any points as kept on playing for the next quarter of an hour that led to the referee’s final whistle of the game.

Loris Karius managed to keep a clean sheet and this also does a lot for the confidence in our key defensive players that we need to have a strong belief in as we attempt to go through the season without any more losses.

Man of the Match

Emre Can was recently picked by Jurgen Klopp to be the Liverpool captain and he’s finally proven himself to be worthy of this honour. A major part of all the attacks that were going on, helping Liverpool claim the penalty for the 3rd goal and also scoring himself in the first half, Can put on a display that was deserving of keeping that Captain’s armband on his arm for further fixtures. He’s earned what’s given to him and we’re all happy to see both Can and Liverpool being victorious again after a short run (2 defeats) of unwanted results we’d all rather forget about. Well, now we get to be more hopeful about the near future of this season with good reason.

What’s next? 

January’s fixtures are now complete and the first fixture of February will be at Anfield as Liverpool host Spurs for more Premier League action.

Walk on with hope in your hearts, Anfield Family. You’ll Never Walk Alone.

[written by] Stuart Drewery.

I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.

I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (more than 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.

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