TAW contributors with talking points straight from the ground as Liverpool drew 1-1 with Manchester City.
Heart And Fight
Thought the Reds were fantastic there, to be honest — loads of heart and fight, but quality too. City know they’ve been in a game there. @robbohuyton
We’ll point to certain situations where we could have done better but they will too. We were in a tough game and held our own. They battled tough and nearly did the business. A point at City never a bad result. @johngibbonsblog
Mixing It With The Best
Nice to be able to go and mix it at these places though, isn’t it? He could lose every top six away for the next three years and still have outdone Rafa Benitez on these types of games and he’s only had one full season of them. @PhilBlundell
Klopp’s record against the top seven in all comps now reads played 24, won 12, drawn 11, lost one. It’s not a bad base for good days to come, is it? @robbohuyton
Emre Can was an absolute beast in midfield. Well impressed with him today. Getting his foot in, getting his body in, but putting us on the front foot as well. The midfield in general was superb — Lallana working his balls off, loads of quality from Wijnaldum, who apparently can’t play away from home… We just need to add a few more quality wise for options off the bench. @robbohuyton
Can and Wijnaldum were brilliant, Firmino too wasteful and everything we do this summer should be directed at beefing this squad up and finding solutions as to how we stop conceding two-three goals in these away games against shite teams. @PhilBlundell
Just found myself thinking about Gini loads. What the fuck was he doing fucking about at Newcastle? @johngibbonsblog
He’s amazing. @C_Hannan7
Mad innit. He won the league as PSV captain and then ended up at those dickheads. @PhilBlundell
Pep Guardiola is describing it as one of the happiest days of his life as a manager! @robbohuyton
Fucking exhausting, that. @PaulSenior1
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Agree with all of the above. Bobby F gives a lot, but we need a centre forward on the counter: a runner ahead of the midfielders. Too often they had no-one to hit today.
Young Origi will be that centre forward next season. (Just as he was last season for European matches).
To paraphrase an old Scottish tune, Gini is my darling. The player that most warms the cockles of my heart.
That said, I freely admit spending the entire 90 of every game (mentally) shouting, “Just get it up to Mane!” The man is superhuman in my estimation. Imagine what we’d be seeing if we had another brilliant, rapid bastard in the side. And I just love the expression on his face, all the time.
And even when Matip has a relatively uninspiring game, I just love the calm he brings with him. Every attack, every set piece against us, left me feeling a sense of imminent doom. Now I just feel the oneness of the universe. Can’t get him a proper partner soon enough!
I second, third and fourth this.
What he did to Otamendi was surely some sort of crime. It’s been a long while since we had someone with that level of pace. As you say, get him someone on the other side and watch us swallow teams whole.