WHO can believe it. Those Reds. Those Tricky Reds. Liverpool were outplayed and outclassed. Someone needed to show them the way to go home.
I said to competition winner Tom that we didn’t want to score before half time. Once we were losing by two our best chance was to blitz them. Score goals ask questions later. But 3-1 down wasn’t in my plan…
We can debate starting elevens all day but it’s boring. Who wants to chat about Dietmar Hamann starting in Istanbul when you can talk about Jerzy Dudek’s saves?
I’d have gone different but Jürgen Klopp’s got more cups. One day I’ll ask him what’s wrong with Joe Allen. In the meantime, some scores.
Simon Mignolet: 7
Feel really sorry for him on the first, where makes a great save. Feel less sorry for him when he passes to Lucas with two men on him.
Nathaniel Clyne: 7
Put a belter cross in. Something happens for their third but haven’t seen it back. Plus Reus is boss.
Alberto Moreno: 7
Actually shows his class the higher the level goes. Couldn’t be faulted.
Mamadou Sakho: 7
I want a slide for their second, but I’m aware sometimes a little touch can actually set them up. But then he scores and starts on their ma so we’re all mates.
Dejan Lovren: 8
Gets himself in a mess for a potential 0-3 that Sakho bails him out of. But then he fucking scores the fucking winner.
James Milner: 6
Mad how he pretends to be shit at crossing until they’re not watching. Them corners though.
Emre Can: 8
LAD. Everyone else found it hard but he just walked through them. Maybe he knows the German footie cheat. Up, down, left, right, leg it.
Adam Lallana: 7
Thought he played great. Took up some terrific positions and controlled balls that were fizzed at him. Looked to supply Origi at every opportunity.
Philippe Coutinho: 7
Struggled to get into it, but it’s a lovely goal. Finds space where there’s none.
Roberto Firmino: 5
Seemed a bad shout and looked undercooked. But who wants to moan, really?
Divock Origi: 9
Thought he was great first half when we managed to break and then he scored. Crazy how clever he is and mad how quick he learns. He’s basically going to be Roy Race when he’s 24.
Joe Allen: 8
Where do you come from, where do you go, how do you rate him Anfield Joe?
Daniel Sturridge: 7
Don’t underrate his role in the winner. Smarter than the average bear.
Lucas Leiva: 6
Giz a neck.