Today was the day for Jurgen Klopp to rip it up and start again. Calls for anyone centre half, and I mean anyone, other than Degsy Lovren and anyone with gloves (any gloves) in goal aside from The Mig were being lashed about all over the show. Kloppo, kept his cool, applied the tippex to last week instead and kept faith in his lads.
The reds must surely win mustn’t we? 2-1 is the big ratings prediction. Speaking of which, I sent Atko some ratings last night and told him to put them up today instead, save me a job. Here is the text I sent him below:
Ok lad. I’ll send them now. Mig 3, shite, Trent 7 did well, Matip 6, imagine playing next to and in front of the lion off The Wizard Of Oz, Degsy – fucking hell, Robertson – 10 better than Barnes, Hendo 8, Gini 8 – good goal to get us back in it, Can 6, Mo Salah 10 – thank fuck for him, Firmino 6 Doesn’t work on the left, Sturridge – made out of flumps. Subs- shite.
What a mad game. The referee, somehow managed to fuck up the minute’s silence which was, frankly, the best thing he did all day and certainly the best thing to happen until the second half. It set the tone though for a strange game first half, with The Reds determined to not concede. That’s about it. Second half was much better and the reds somewhat romped to victory. I’ll take that all day.
Had absolutely nothing to do, which was the best possible outcome for all concerned. That said, he did a mouth signal to his defenders with about 15 gone, you know the one, with his hand, the one which means talk. I can only assume someone asked him to mime the definition of irony. Google Irony now lad, The Mig’s hand will jump out of your screen like a magic eye picture opening and closing like there’s no tomorrow.
Tried to play it as quickly as he could first half. Did his defending well enough first half, and was great second. Our best defender, by a mile.
Dejan Lovren (subbed 0 minutes)
Talking of the best possible outcome, what happened to the Lov? Working theory that The Kop ate him like a tree out of the Lord Of The Rings. Currently getting marched off by a boss squad of Orcs.
Nearly fell over but managed to stand up and kick the ball out at the same time instead. Did alright. Tight to that grock up front for them who looks like Ricky Lambert pre hibernation.
Did alright and then played the greatest back pass the world has ever seen from the edge of their box, which pretty much bamboozled everyone to such an extent that it has been classed as an assist for the second goal. A stunning turn of events. Would have got a ten for the assist alone but should score at least two free headers, and I’m sick of him not scoring free headers.
Did a boss overhead kick that a) didn’t go over his head and b) went out for a corner to them. Back to his erratic self. Like a dog on bommy night.
A cog in an uninspiring midfield first half. The better the team is playing, the better he plays. Found space second half and was pivotal in getting Sturridge, Salah & Firmino on the ball.
A bit of admin first up, I won’t ever give him below an 8. Worked and worked and worked and worked. Tried to get the reds playing first half in a game of sideways passing.
See Milner above, not in it first half, at all. Second half, one of our best players. Great goal, great movement. The fairest of Fairweather fellas, probably the fairest of them all.
Bright spark first half. Exceedingly nice of him to give them the ball back after the non-pen that the ref gave. Brilliant second half. A threat on the half turn, a threat with his back to goal, a threat on the break. A massive threat. Shite pen mind, no more thanks.
Another who plays well when the team plays well. Good finish for the goal, found space second half and was unlucky with the one he squared for Sturridge.
See yesterday’s ratings and the earlier flump statement. It is probably dead hard running with marshmallow as connective tissue. Scored a great goal which probably won us the game all told. Wish he could swap bodies or brains with Moreno.
Good again. Will get a game at Easter.
I like him a lot.
2/10 Played Mick Head, which was good then appeared to malfunction, fall on his desk and play about four songs at the same time. Got the subs wrong, blasted feedback all over the show and confirmed that the reds should let him go on a bosman to LA Galaxy and get the Basle disco fella instead.
Great review Ben,always look forward to read what you write
Got the Lov rating sport on, Klopp shouod get a -3 for even naming him in the squad though. I guessing Degsy is feelimg like Maverick after flying through Ice Man’s jetwash and killing Goose.
Surprised to see Ben Johnson give Migs a good review. He was doing my head in the whole game. Stop on everything else.
Gonna need to know more about this Basel disco fella
Moreno like a dog on bommy night! That made me laugh so hard that i now have to explain November the 5th to my American family! Worth it though! Keep up the great work lads!
“Like a dog on bommy night” made me spit my tea.
This is brilliant
Yeah “like a dog on bommy night”, made me laugh out loud, great stuff!
Love the review, enjoyed the game but not the penno. 3 points, no goals conceeded, Studge, Gini and Bobby all needed goals, we got the breaks. Keep feeling I am gonna wake up to find it is Saturday morning and wehave not yet played. Ah well…
Generally, enjoy reading the ratings on this site, but wouldn’t have minded if Ben stuck a little more to the game itself. Also that Lovren rating was a bit too much, I found.