TAW contributors with talking points straight from the ground as Liverpool drew 1-1 with Chelsea.
Thought Henderson was unreal for us tonight, proper captain’s performance. In the ref’s ear when he needed to be and was making important tackles and interceptions all game. @jsexton24
Henderson great. Those big booming passes such an asset. Keeps them guessing. @johngibbonsblog
Matip Off The Pace
Thought Matip wasn’t great but first league game back and that. @jsexton24
Matip strangely out of sorts. Looks rusty. Maybe an FA Cup fourth round might have helped… @johngibbonsblog
Thought Can and Wijnaldum great, Firmino and Matip a bit out of sorts. @PaulSenior1
Can is mad. Won some headers tonight, like. But wish he’d kick it to them less. @johngibbonsblog
Let’s all have a chat about what happens on 90. Cahill points to his boot being off. Clattsy tells him to go off the pitch and sort it. Courtouis throws it out. AND LIVERPOOL GAVE THE BALL BACK. @johngibbonsblog
Honestly though, lads. We gave them the ball back. For a shoe. @johngibbonsblog
No Room For Subs
People will ask why Klopp didn’t make more subs or earlier subs but I sort of understand. The second half was played at a mad pace. Even Mane struggled to get to grips with it. @johngibbonsblog
Klopp hates subs. @michaeltnevin
Buy A Bastard
Funny that I’ve literally just put the wildcards show on about buying a bastard / being more like bastards having watched them tonight. They would never have given us that ball back in a million years. Fucking league-winning gang of bastards. @paul7cope
Another Year Gone?
If we finished second we’ve had a decent season. If you finish above sides who sign £35million players as squad players you’ve done well. Especially when £35m is our marquee signing. @PaulSenior1
I’m gutted we haven’t won it, it’s another year now, which is frankly heartbreaking. But I feel like we’ve got a decent base to build on. There was fight there in the main — they didn’t lay down and die. Klopp has squeezed loads out of what he’s got but we need more quality. @robbohuyton
If we keep all our best players (which it looks like we will) we’ll stroll the league next year with four new Champions League signings — I’m not counting Sturridge. He’s clearly finished with us. @paul7cope
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After Hull, only once more this season do we play on less than 5-6 days rest. Good times? Up the rested Reds!
6 games in 2 months… I’ll have that!! Signs of life again tonight and once key players get rest and more training ground time with staff again reds will go on a charge Mark my words… maybe a little short this time but we’ll be there or abouts. Massive summer ( again ) with owners ( do they really aspire to compete at highest level ) quality signings required to fill out squad to compete on all fronts next season…
He doesn’t like subs does he? I get what your saying about Mane not getting into the game but bring him on just after we had scored when the adrenalin is flowing, and we might have had more chance to get the ball to him. Instead, we wait till its flattened back down a bit and Chelsea are bombing at us again with the very lively Pedro (who looked dangerous when he come on). But, not to be. Maybe I am wrong and even bringing him, or Origi or even Sturridge on at that point wouldn’t have made the difference because of the frantic pace, but something, deep down, tells me that we missed a bit of a trick tonight not using our subs more effectively. The two that Chelsea brought on changed the game in their favour far more than ours, although you are talking about two 30 mill plus ex-Barca players I suppose, so not great shock there. I just…well…I just wonder if that team had of been a bit fresher after the goal what could have been. We fully deserved that point, and we stopped the rot. I hope Hull knacker themselves with the performance of their lives tomorrow, and then we do what we did to Boro to the on Sat. Which also happens to be my birthday. So they’d really best not fuck it up. Just for me.