Final Home Game Ends In A Draw

Liverpool's last game at Anfield this season ended in a 1-1 draw thanks to a last minute equaliser from substitute Christian Benteke. A cross from fellow sub Sheyi Ojo created enough danger for keeper Begovic to palm the effort unsuccessfully clear of goal leaving an awaiting Benteke to head home for the Reds.

Image via theguardian.com

Weakened Team?

As often happens, I completely missed Klopp's presser this week and so I was unaware of his plans to field a full strength team until I saw the team sheet earlier this evening. I can see the theory of wanting to play the same side and giving them a run of games to prepare them for the final next Wednesday but I honestly expected to see a weakened team for the last match at Anfield.

I guess I'm just one of those fans that can't get the thought of an horrific injury out of my head, the last thing I wanted was to see was somebody like Daniel Sturridge collapse in a meaningless game against Chelsea. Some may disagree but I seriously did not give a crap about this game, I understand we can still push for 6th but does it really matter? Really??

Time will tell if the decision to field the full team will pay off knowing they face a final on Wednesday but for me, as shown by the Benteke goal, we may as well have played a slightly altered XI with him up top.

Eden Hazard

You cannot deny his goal was superb. He weaved through our defense with absolute ease and the finish wasn't bad either. The thing is, he's a bit of an arsehole isn't he? I can't like a player that earlier on in the season decided himself that he'd had enough of playing and took himself down the tunnel after an "injury". Is he a toddler or what? Winning a battle of stubbornness against Jose Mourinho is some feat in my book.

It's a shame because on his day Eden Hazard is amazing to watch, it will be interesting to see how Conte deals with the Belgian because from what I know about the Italian manager, he doesn't take any messing about. I wouldn't be surprised if Hazard was moved on despite his indubitable talent.

The Benteke Factor

Christian Benteke, he's a weird one isn't he? Through no fault of his own he's had to hover around on the bench a lot this season and once again I find myself feeling very sorry for him. I still stand by the fact that we shouldn't have bought him because he doesn't fit the system and as proved tonight before Ojo came on, even when he does enter play we don't increase our efforts to cross the ball, he's just sort of left wandering about. Yet, somehow, he always finds something, a last minute header from a poorly dealt with cross, he's there, Christian Benteke, right place, right time.

I always find myself grinning massively when he scores because I just feel like he deserves it, it's not his fault that he's in this situation and you have to give him credit, he makes the most of it. Whatever happens at the end of the season, if he does leave I hope he goes somewhere like West Ham so we can fully enjoy watchingthe real benefits of a player like him.

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