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Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Five Things We Learned From The Porto Win

1) Naby is finding his way?

He was a player that every team was after but eventually, Liverpool managed to get his signature, despite having to wait a while before he turned up at Anfield. 

For me, I had high expectations and that was without really seeing him play a lot of football. Most would agree that since arriving Keita has struggled to make an impact but also has been the victim of a strong side and difficult selection choices for manager Jurgen Klopp. 

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After scoring against Southampton though he seems to have found the confidence he required. Ok his shot on Tuesday evening was deflected but still to be getting into those dangerous positions and having a pop at goal is an improvement on recent outings for Naby. I really hope he can kick on from here. 

2) Fab was fab 

Fabinho had a cracking game I thought, his timing of tackles is almost always perfect. He's risky at times but succeeds in breaking up play and frustrating the opposition. 

Porto had some good chances last night to break quickly on the attack but Fabinho was there.

3) Two goals isn't enough?

You know Liverpool are doing well when you're sat there as a fan wishing for a third or fourth goal. Let's face it, 2-0 in Europe is a great score, especially thanks to the clean sheet but a lot of fans like myself wanted even more, just a bit of a safety blanket. 

We could have made it more too particularly when Sadio Mane saw his goal ruled out as being a fraction offside. 

4) Dejan Lovren back as an option?

Lovren I find a very strange one. I actually rate him as a defender I just think he's prone to losing his head a bit. Alongside Virgil though that decreases because the Dutchman is constantly screaming his orders keeping his back line in check. 

I thought Lovren did pretty well last night when called into question. It will be interesting to see if he's selected again over the remaining matches. 

5) Focus switches back to the title 

It may have been a European night last night but Klopp and the lads will have definitely had one eye on Chelsea at the weekend. Arguably Liverpool's toughest match left in the race. 

With City running directly into a fixture pile up and having lost to Spurs last night, this next phase of games could be crucial. 

I am off to Italy for two weeks so you won't see me on the blog for a while (probably on Twitter though haha) up the Reds!!! 

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Monday, 1 April 2019

Anfield Goes Wild As Reds Beat Spurs In Dying Moments

Anybody else deafen their mom for Mother's Day yesterday?! Cause I certainly did. Own goal or not, it didn't matter, all that mattered was that Liverpool had somehow managed to collect another three points. 

It was a massive win for the Reds who needed to keep the pressure on Manchester City knowing the sky blues would be playing mid week. 

The first half for Liverpool started well, the lads kept a lot of possession and it was a great goal from Firmino to open up the scoring. The one thing missing? Fabinho. Many fans seemed confused as to why the Brazilian didn't start and I was one of them. When he did enter the game later on in the match he instantly showed why he should have started. 

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In the second half Spurs very much came into their own Pochettino being allowed to speak to his team in the dressing room after having to try and instruct from the stands obviously took his chance to motivate his team. Spurs proved a real threat and managed to equalise on 70 minutes thanks to Lucas Moura. 

I was a nervous wreck at this point, that wasn't helped when Sissoko and Son made a break for Alisson's net. I shouldn't have panicked though because Virgil van Dijk had it covered. 

A phenomenal piece of defending from the Dutchman saw him expertly blockout Sissoko's pass option to Son and simultaneously force Son into a shot on his weaker foot. Just superb. 

With the minutes ticking down Liverpool we're now desperate to find a winner. It was clear at this stage the Reds wanted it more than Spurs and thankfully it paid off. 

A header back across goal from Mo Salah caused enough of a melee in the box. Lloris should have done better but fumbled his save and to make things worse Alderweireld turned the ball into his own net. 

Anfield went wild. Mo looked elated, van Dijk booted a ball out the stand, I was jumping round me Mom's living room screaming my head off. Absolutely mental. The relief after I'd calmed down?! Just crazy. 

Liverpool never do things the easy way and I've said it before, if we're gonna win this title there's gonna be moments like that. You need a bit of luck and thankfully things went our way on Sunday. 

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