WE’RE going to Wembley. Whether we like it or not. I’d rather play at Villa Park, even Old Trafford, but anyway. They don’t involve me in these decisions.
Reminder: a 5 is alright. The Reds Are Gnarling Up The Hill Boys.
SIMON MIGNOLET: 9
That save onto the post is magic. Him smiling after saving from their keeper charming. The sheer effort in kicking the ball as far as he fucking can, right, endearing. Have a 9. Like on Moviewatch when they gave a higher mark because they liked an actor.
GLEN JOHNSON: 7
Did alright. Flanno comes in and does that and the internet Meg Ryans its face off. Though Meg would actually climax repeatedly with Flanno so it is swings and roundabouts.
DEJAN LOVREN: 8
Found his level? You bad snide. Was legitimately good. Actually good. And he really wants it to work. Smoulderingly handsome as well. Gets him a bonus point when he plays well and gets him docked one when he doesn’t.
MAMADOU SAKHO: 7
Please get fit again. Please. Soon. Memo – Mignolet isn’t coming for anything like that. Just letting you know.
KOLO TOURE: 7
Loads of Koloing. For better for worse. For richer for poorer. Never knowingly under Koloed.
ALBERTO MORENO: 6
Six looks harsh given the above. Shouldn’t. Did fine. Had both nuts and bolts. Needs to add a corkscrew.
LUCAS LEIVA: 8
Some good direct passing, standing on toes, you know the drill. Love all that. Wish he was my mate.
JOE ALLEN: 8
Does well. All the business is done by him. Should have won a penalty. Like his jib.
JORDAN HENDERSON: 6
Brilliant for the goal. Worked hard but just never got himself going. Great to hear his song belted out.
RAHEEM STERLING 6
150 grand a week for that!?
Loads of good stuff and threat. Just not quite enough end product. Six looks harsh. It probably is harsh but it is what I have written here and I am sticking to it. He’s really growing into his face.
DANIEL STURRIDGE: 6
Keen as onions. Still not as sharp as we’d all hope and as The Reds could do with. Looks a teammate light up there but the NUMBERS don’t care about that shit and get on your back in ISOLATION.
PHILIPPE COUTINHO: 14
Sausage dinner gets you double points.
Bright and that. Lovely finish. Doesn’t look interested in not winning the FA Cup which is good.
Lambo: Ran round and that. 5.
Probably too high an average for a performance that lacked a sniff of quality and, obviously, goals. But what do you want from me? AS IF you can mark footballers objectively out of ten.
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Last two games it might as well have been Javi playing there. Marked improvement from him tonight. Extra points for the Alaves memory as well.
You know when the meal you ordered comes and you think, ‘I’m hungry but I should have ordered the fish’. The Mrs ordered the fish and you’re jealous.
Well I hate fish and I hate Blackburn the bunch of closet man utd fans!
And what’s with people walking in front of the stand? Just wondering past with the dog?
Well I know. In the days of only top two teams going in Champions league (we’d be fucked!) Jack Walker promised to build a new stand if Blackburn got into Europe……
Sakho… 7.,. Please… He makes at least one calamatous error every game – tonight no exception – take the red tinted glasses off.
Likewise! In my opinion Neil has got 1 player rating a bit wrong tonight. The crowd around me were livid with him all night from start to finish (not Neil, the player in question) yet you pick up on Sakho who did make an error but recovered well and from the corner and the ball getting pumped back in made 2 very strong headers. Look, this might be a bit harsh but I’ve not eaten today, went straight to the match from work, I’m tired and disappointed to come home and find my son’s broke his wrist, but the bottom line is – if you don’t rate Sakho then you clearly know nothing about football. Sorry but it’s true. And please don’t mention everyone’s got their own opinion. A lad once said to me that John Lennon wasn’t a good musician. I just booted the fucker down the stairs.
I like Sakho – have from the off – and he *can* play and *will* be good for us for years to come, but like Andy I think there’s a degree of group-think where he’s concerned and it pretty much doesn’t matter how he plays (including how many egregious errors he makes that nearly lead to goals) he’s going to bag a 7 or a 8 regardless.
Most fans of whatever team have a player like this. Ours is Sakho.
One again for the avoidance of doubt: Sakho = good player, but he seems to be judged by a different set of criteria to everyone else.
I kinda feel like that is true, but I also think it’s partly because the exact opposite was true for the first 14 months of his Liverpool career – no matter how he played, he got slated in some quarters. Commentators missing the 3 pinpoint 40 yard digs into the feet of our attackers, but picked up on the one clumsy looking moment. And us fans were the worst. How many wanted him bombed out after the derby debacle? Plenty.
So this overreaction by some is almost an apology for not rating him at all for so long. Sakho is the latest example, but it’s been the case to varying degrees for so many of our squad: Lucas, Hendo, Allen, Can. Hopefully we’ll be saying the same about Lovren next year when he strolls to the PFA player of the year.
Sakho will grow into a real force for this team, and will prove to be well worth the money over his time at the club. But while he’s still developing as a player and a part of the team, he’s gonna divide opinion. Brickbats & Bouquets.
I feel exactly that about Markovic. There’s a fine player waiting to be unleashed there. I thought his dragging on Saturday was s mistake (particularly as Allen and Moreno were having nightmares). I hope his spirit is as resilient as Lucas Leiva’s.
Completely agree Maurice.
I’m getting a bit sick of the attitude of some Liverpool fans. It’s relentless.
Good point, well made.
There’s a moment shortly after Kolo comes on. Plays a ball 30 yards to Sterling out of play. Not an easy ball but Sakho makes it all day, it’s not just his defense (which is immense mind) that hes got in his locker. Beast.
Simply the best defender at the club. Positionally brilliant, tries (& 99% succeeds) the most brilliant things and has the confidence to play a simple or hard ball – but a ball that is always on! Any errors made are quickly swept up by him – & very very hardly result in a goal against us!
Moviewatch. Lets have some scores for Se7en.
Joe Allen was quietly my man of the match.
Decent human being.
Can’t argue with any of those, thought Lovren and Kolo did their job of heading stuff and passing simple very well, especially after Gestede came on.
Bonus points for the sausage dinner, love it
I agree. Especially since Kolo came on for the injured Sakho. Given Sunday, he probably wasn’t expecting to play.
Ugh!! I mean Saturday.
Snide on a Sterling that – thought he was the 90min threat for Blackburn and deserves MOM, closely followed by Lovren & Mignolet. Couthino has flashes of brilliance throughout but took a half to find his rhythm. PS I’m a picky bastard
oh by the way whilst I’m blowing smoke up Raheem’s arse (so to speak) I really hope that LFC are keeping a very close eye on that Blackburn right back. He looks a player & unbelievably quick. Made Sterling fight for everything and was never outrun.