THE ANFIELD NOISE

Post match: Newcastle v Liverpool (EPL 30/12/20 8pm)

Man of the Match
  • Alisson BECKER
  • Trent ALEXANDER-ARNOLD
  • Nathaniel PHILLIPS
  • FABINHO
  • Andrew ROBERTSON
  • Jordan HENDERSON
  • James MILNER
  • Curtis JONES
  • Sadio MANE
  • Roberto FIRMINO
  • Mohamed SALAH
  • Gini WIJNALDUM
  • Thiago ALCANTARA
  • Xherdan SHAQIRI

0 voters

Unused Subs: Kelleher, Wijnaldum, Thiago, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino, Shaqiri, Origi, R Williams, N Williams.

:arrows_counterclockwise: 68’ Wijnaldum on, Jones off.
:arrows_counterclockwise: 73’ Thiago on, Milner off
:arrows_counterclockwise: 90+2 Shaqiri on, Salah off

Meh… again.

Two changes for the Tricky Reds after the mystifying and, quite frankly, embarrassing draw with the Baggies on Sunday. Nat Phillips was brought in to replace the oft-injured Matip, while James Milner got a rare start at the expense of Gini, who either a) deserved a rest anyway after his recent run of games or b) is obviously packing his suitcases for his imminent departure to Barcelona.

A tedious first half saw Alisson have to tip a mishit cross from Wilson behind for an early corner, before our custodian of the rigging scrambled across his line to watch a header from the same player narrowly arrow wide. The Newcastle forward then outwitted Phillips to race through on goal, only to be denied by the stretching Fabinho.

The Reds started slowly and only roused from their slumber after a quarter of the game had been played. Milner’s shot was easy for Darlow and Trent’s cross-shot didn’t cause the home goalie any problems either. Firmino miscontrolled Robertson’s cross; the onrushing Darlow then made a fine fingertip save to deny Mo, who had been put clean through by Henderson.

Robbo couldn’t bring Bobby’s pass under control when he might have done better, before Murphy forced Alisson into a comfortable low save. As the players trudged off for their halftime oranges, we were hoping that things would improve after the break; they certainly couldn’t get much worse.

The second stanza started similarly slowly, with Fabinho’s yellow card for a challenge on Yedlin the early “highlight”. Joelinton then produced a comedy moment, making a complete mess of his attempted scissor kick from Longstaff’s hopeful cross. Mané glanced Trent’s corner into the side netting shortly afterwards.

Mo then cut inside Clark with ease and curled a shot towards the far corner… but it went harmlessly wide before Bobby took his turn to spurn a good opportunity, heading wide from six yards after Darlow failed to collect Robbo’s corner.

The ineffective Jones was replaced by Gini on 68 minutes and, five minutes later, the moment we’d all been waiting for (well, those of us who were still awake) finally arrived as the lesser spotted Thiago entered the fray at Milner’s expense. The Spanish international had a 25-yarder blocked and soon set about imposing himself on the game; at the other end, Alisson had to be alert to deny Clark, saving the defender’s header from Ritchie’s inswinging delivery.

And that was about that. Mané had a coming together with Darlow in the box- certain teams would have been awarded a penalty but we should be used to getting nothing from the officials by now. Shaq cane on for Mo in stoppage time- quite why, only Klopp knows. And then the ref blew for full time and everyone fell asleep.

Our wasteful finishing has become a recurring theme this calendar year, going all the way back to our Champions League elimination by Atletico Madrid in March. Sure, there are days when our forwards click and score a hatful but these are heavily outnumbered by those days where nothing seems to work; Jota helped to rest the front three but they look to be running on fumes at the moment. They need to snap out of their lethargy soon, though, or we’re at real risk of throwing our title away; we have already dropped as many points this season as we did throughout the last one.

Next up is a tricky trip to the south coast to face Southampton on Monday night. The wheels have come off for the Saints recently, with three draws and a defeat in their last four league fixtures, but they are a decent team and we underestimate them at our peril. Still, it’s the type of game we need to win if we are to retain our title.

WOTM: my other half’s sister. We are in a support bubble with her, so we spent a few days over Christmas at her place and she was the perfect host. Her food was brilliant and she even managed to get her kids out of the way by buying them a PS5 for Christmas and sending them upstairs. Good food, good wine and good company. Bliss.

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I’m off to sulk again…

Mainly coz @cynicaloldgit still beat me to the punch…

:confused:

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Very unlucky tonight. Had chances in the second half but it would not go in.

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Toothless and late subs.
Sort it out please Mr Klopp.

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I’m not allowed to swear on this am I? I’ll stay quiet then.

Just can’t put the ball in the net, not quick enough on the counter. Must do better.

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Ummm…yeah…no swearing…

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Fuck off, sick of being the team where a bang average keeper is made to look like Yavin.

Our front 3 need a rocket up their ass pathetic today (and pretty much for some weeks). Need to take our chances.

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Jesus S. Christ- this is getting very hard to stomach. Yes they didn’t lose, but they should have won this one for sure! Something is off here! I can’t figure it out!

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I voted for Trent. In irony.

Whatever we had last season we dont this season.
If we don’t buy a centre back then seasons over.
We can’t keep playing either Williams and fabinho.
Salah shite again.
only bright spark Thiago back.

Simply not good enough. Draws against Fulham, wba, Newcastle and Brighton have probably cost us the title already. We didnt drop points like this last season.

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You

Fucking

WHAT.

When mo plays shit it really looks shit. Unlike bobby when he plays shit

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Feel sorry for Southampton…

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Well, golly gosh, that sucked.

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Pile of pish.

Klopp needs to stop the slide quickly or we could find ourselves behind the 8-ball before long.

It’s a weird season with a lot of football left to play, but overall form isn’t exactly inspiring of late. Have to bring in at least one proven CB in the January window, and I’d like to see us send the kids out for the FA cup, too.

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Well we can’t put the last two crappy performances on the lack of fit first team CBs can we? Discuss…

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