What can you say about this fucker? I’m fairly sure he is the best keeper I have seen play for Liverpool. Seriously. Pepe Reina was good and that — first few seasons, till his hands disappeared like a Back To The Future photo — but this fella is unreal. His passing, his starting position, his movement, his footwork, the save at the end, everything about him. Untouchable. The best there ever was.
Fucking hell. Forgot him. The editor has just had to text me there and ask me for some kind of explanation for me literally ignoring him. Er, was sound weren’t he? You try thinking of something new to say every week. He is one of our best players and is probably going to be up there with Gerrard by the time he finishes. Will that do?
Was indignantly slaughtering the referee for the absolute tackle there first half, looking at it back mind you, it was possibly a foul, and possibly a great tackle that somehow bent their lad’s leg in half. If he was a normal human centre half you would worry about him getting sent off, but then, he is Virg, and he danced his way through the rest of the game.
Thought he was excellent again, in fairness. I didn’t think he had it in him. And maybe he doesn’t, but he’s absolutely doing a belter impression of a good centre half at the minute.
Andy Robbo: 8
Imagine him chasing you through the woods. You flicked him the Vs and he clocked you, lashed the handbrake on, opened the door and was on you like a wolf. Reckon, with a minute headstart, you would last four minutes before he caught you. Gutted, you’re literally left you spluttering on your own blood, before he lashes mud on your head, and empties your pockets, walks back to his car muttering something about cheeky English cunts, and then lashes on ABBA’s greatest hits.
Thought he was shite there first 20 minutes but the crowd were fucking worse. Slaughtering him for not playing the ball forward, even when it wasn’t on. That said, he looked like a man whose hips had been locked together when he was trying to turn. Much better second half. On the front foot, not as exposed, linking and starting attacks.
Kept the ball for about eight minutes of the five added on at the end of the game. Could have carried him around for a month on me shoulders when he just kept rolling them. Another performance to add to the catalogue of evidence that suggests that he plays better against better teams.
Always available for the ball, always willing to take it, keep his shape, legged them all over the gaff. A James Milner-type performance, really.
Mo Salah: 9
Didn’t see his goal there, so mark it yourself. Was discussing Henderson’s ability, or lack thereof, to pass the ball forward with the fella behind me. Amazing what happens when you keep the ball, isn’t it? Looks well stronger than last season, doesn’t he? Looking forward to him getting Sergio Ramos in a million dollar dream and lashing a 20p price in his grid when he lays him out.
Probably could have scored six, didn’t fancy it as it wouldn’t have been decisive. Saving himself for Sunday, you know.
Back upfront, part of a pack who were relentless on the break. Not quite hitting his stride but there or thereabouts.
Brought a load of lads on. Degsi went right back and everyone’s undies disappeared down their throats. All worked out though didn’t it, lad?
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Alisson only a 9? Ben, come on! That save at the end alone surely deserves top marks? In previous incarnations the goalie would be getting a 5 plus at best- credit where it’s due…
How come you are not pissed we are all pissed THIS IS MY WIFE TYPING
I was saying to my mates that Sadio was just desperately trying to get the ball to some lad in the Kop so he could shove it under his jumper and waste some time.
Giving Bobby a 7 is unfair. He worked his socks of all night, and was vital in our counterpressing and counter attacking football. His flicks are just so good, and he was really helping us transitioning defending into attacking today.
I must have watched something different, as he was doing my head in by the end, as each time I was screaming at him to effing hold it, like some target centre forward. In truth I think I was sending telepathic thoughts to Klopp asking him to sub him.
Yes Bobby was great, if we would have took all our chances he would have had 3 or 4 assists. he was creating a lot.
Unfair on Robbo, he’d catch up in 3.
He would most of the fat knackers on here… I’d out run him though. ;)
I thought the Reds were fucking excellent, and well worth getting up at half three in the morning to watch the game.. It can’t be overstated just how immense Virgil & Alisson have been for us since signed.. Notable mentions also for Matip, Gini, Robbo. The whole fucking team were great.
I am calling for the term “there or thereabouts” to be retired from the English language.
Up the reds.
Virg’s tackle was a proper, proper football tackle. It was a Big Virg, crunching, meat on the bone center half tackle. A tackle that can get most players sent off, but then this is Big Virg, and the player, the ref, the fan, the heavens they knew it was his stamp, which says nothing more and nothing less than: don’t come here and think you’re going to play, this is my fucking patch. God I love Big Virg.
Yes, it was a big nasty fuck you. Just the kind of challenge klopp was bemoaning last week:) Perhaps kept mertens quite for the rest of the game, which is great.
Thought Gini was great, for what it’s worth. Can’t really be arsed to slate any players having avoided the dreaded Europa league and Thursday football but if anyones fucked up its Mane, he should score at least 2. Up the champions league reds!
After stating I want players who can leave a little something extra in the tackle a few weeks back when discussing Fabinho, Big Virg does Mertens, who then is cack the rest of the game. However it pains me to say it, it was possibly a red, but we’ve seen worse go unpunished against the red men, so feck it. Little shit got what he deserved and the ref fluffed that one.
The class won the game. Salah, Virg and Becker imperious. Trent back into form. Robbo his usual self. Disagree about Gini. Don’t see it myself. Scuffed shots, poor headers and passes into the stand is what I remember. He’s the one to make way.
Gini also had his moments, more so than Hendo. However I give you the fact he could have made the scoreline more handsome part. But Ben’s right, he did the sensible job of walking around with the ball at the end for what seemed an eternity and Napoli just couldn’t get it off him.
So if anyone is likely to make way in my eyes of late, it is Jordan, who I feel is not delivering (and I am someone who believes Henderson is a great player).
Robertson is a 9 and worth a two players so should get 18. He should have had 2 assists – Salah’s miss at 0-0 was the worst of the lot given how much time and space he had. Not convinced there is a left back out there who tops him in both attack and defence.
Interesting to see the differing views on Gini – they raved about him on the Pink but I think Hywel has a point too – should have played Mane in for a sitter at one stage but I guess he figured it wasn’t the night for that.
Robbo’s review though. Tittering away here at my desk. Quality
To think that one member of this parish wrote ‘Alisson is not much of an upgrade on Karius’ a couple of weeks back. Looks-wise, maybe. Handsome fellas both. But at the business of winning games and not throwing them into the net, as wide of the mark as you can get in nine words. He’s worth a +1 goal difference for the sheer authority he exudes, and you know he’s switched on, ready to pull off a Schmeichel style save when it is absolutely needed. With him and Virg in the team…takes the piss, gloriously so.
We’d of won the CL Final last season with Becker between the sticks and he’d also have laid out Ramos as well.
Don’t get it why Gini gets a higher rate than Hendo after yesterday’s game, in all fairness… Apart from the 5 added minutes, I didn’t see that much from Wijnaldum. As I too often do. We seemed to lose the midfield a bit on the hour mark and I was glad to see Keita come on.
But brilliant win. We deserved it 100%!