TAW contributors with talking points straight from the ground after Liverpool’s crucial 4-0 win away at West Ham.
Grounds for Concern
Paul Senior: This ground then – I don’t think I have ever been further away from the pitch. I am back row, reckon Tuebrook is closer. It’s fucking miles away from everything, you think you’re by it, and it manages to become another 10-mile walk away. My pedometer is knackered.
Gareth Roberts: It looks shite, like.
Craig Hannan: I’m row six…
Craig Hannan: It’s the worst atmosphere I’ve ever been at…
Craig Hannan: Honestly terrible…
Craig Hannan: It’s so weird…
Craig Hannan: Waiting on a fucking long jump.
Paul Senior: Row six, like Milton Keynes, that.
Phil Blundell: Row 19 is fine, lads.
Dan the Man
Gareth Roberts: Agree on Sturridge – you can just see the difference an out-and-out striker makes; the runs, the movement, the anticipation. He bollocks Milner for not releasing him early enough when he’s caught offside, he’s getting shots off, he’s so close to anticipating Milner’s cross-shot and then there’s the goal. If we’re letting him go in the summer we’ve got to buy someone with similar quality. And that’s not going to be cheap.
Josh Sexton: All those good qualities to have in a striker, Origi gives little of any of them at the moment — could be a confidence thing.
Josh Sexton: Hopefully that works.
Gareth Roberts: Sturridge again.
Josh Sexton: Great if we can keep scoring to make up the goal difference.
Paul Senior: Some of them are getting off.
Phil Blundell: There’s about 33 people left…
Phil Blundell: They’re gonna do a lap of honour in front of 20 people, here.
Gareth Roberts: Liverpool are winning 3-0 and have absolutely had West Ham’s kecks off yet the penalty decision that wasn’t given is discussed forever. You play to the whistle, it wasn’t given — fuck off moaning about it. Up the Reds.
Josh Sexton: One of the first big decisions that goes our way all season, too.
Phil the Magician
John Gibbons: Remember when Ben Jonno said Coutinho wasn’t that good?
Gareth Roberts: This you, Hannan?
Josh Sexton: It’s defo Hannan.
Craig Hannah: It is, Josh.
Ben Johnson: Boss, that…
Ben Johnson: Son just said this is a good time for Liverpool. Is fucking right, lad.
Phil Blundell: Nice of a team do an on the beach thing against us, wasn’t it? They were dreadful.
Gareth Roberts: Made up with that, no better way to take us into the last game. I think another scrappy away win like we’ve been watching in recent weeks and we endure another nervy week with loads of negativity kicking about. Now? Well if you’re not bouncing for next week and confident the Reds can batter Boro and sort top four then there’s no hope for you — you’re officially Victor fucking Meldrew.
John Gibbons: Soz abar all the lads who had their hot takes ready about how the Reds are shit. All our boss players had other ideas.