Champions League Final Penalty Shoot-Out

Billy Biskix

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If we win the Champions League it will probably be on penalties. Those are the rules. We've won our last three trophies on shoot-outs. So who are the men you'll be pinning your hopes and dreams on against Real when the inevitable drama plays out? Here are mine:

1. James Milner - The elder statesman. Quick swig of Ribena to steady the nerves and he's putting it low to the keeper's left.

2. Mo Salah - Had the weight of a whole nation's expectations on his shoulders when he took the penalty that could send Egypt to the World Cup finals and scored! Then missed against Huddersfield. Then scored against Huddersfield! He's going low to the keeper's right.

3. Roberto Firmino - Is the world about to witness the first 'no look' penalty? Nah, he's smashing it down the middle.

4. Jordan Henderson - Safe in the knowledge that Mario Balotelli isn't going to snatch the ball off him and demand to take it himself, the captain is putting it high to the keeper's left.

5. VVD - The coolest man in football is taking a two step run-up and putting it low to the keeper's right.

The others:

TAA - Dead ball specialist. The footballing romantic in JK might persuade him that TAA deserves a place in the first five. I hope not.
Sadio Mane - Too predictable. Will copy whatever Firmino does, only do it slightly worse.
Gini - Has never scored away from Anfield apart from with his head. And you can't take penalties with your head.
Andy Robertson - Balls the size of grapefruits. He's just scored his first goal for the club so he'll be right up for being in the first five. I'm hoping JK will have a quiet word.
Dejan Lovren - Remember Besiktas?

Who do you back to have the balls to stick the ball in the net from 12 yards out?
 

ILLOK

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Gini
Milner
Firmino
Salah
Van Dijk

Honestly, I'd be shitting myself if this went to penalties. We don't have the best record in the last 10 years or so (at least it feels that way, compared to the previous 10 before that).

Henderson has taken 2 penalties for us, both were shite. One just about crept in and one missed. Wouldn't be so confident.
 

AussieLad

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No Kennedy?

Klopp's ballsy.
No McAllister or Molby was a shock to me. What about Phil Neal and Terry McDermott? Those four between them have slotted home 101 penalties for us.

Anyway, if it does go to a penalty shootout we won't be allowed to take any. Jaffod will tell ya.
All fair shouts to be included to be fair. Just remember how cool and calm my original 5 always looked when taking stepping up to take penalties.
 

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If they are all still on the pitch:

1. Milner
2. Firmino
3. Wijnaldum
4. Salah
5. VVD

Next two options:

6. Henderson
7. TAA

Beyond that we’re praying. Robertson. Mane (who is way better playing at speed or on instinct - he scuffs the ball a lot when he has time in my opinion. Great player though). Karius. Lovren. Someone from the stands.
 

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All I hope if it comes to that is Ronaldo being the one missing the last deciding penalty for us to win.. calma calmaa.. please! ;-)
 

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My takers would be:
1) Firmino
2) Wijnaldum
3) Milner
4) Salah
5) VVD

Reason i consider Salah is because he has been there and done that for egypt.
Firmino with his current confidence level is likely to score.
As for VVD, that guy just calms the entire team down. Talk about handling nerves at the biggest stage.
 

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Depends who's on the pitch, in which state are the players left and how Klopp approaches it. Rafa did a mix in Istanbul, asking some of them if they are ready and letting someone like Didi who wanted it (didn't say to Rafa that he had a broken toe).

Naturally, I'd put the most trust in Milner. He's likely to be on the pitch, stamina is good, nerves are cool, shooting technique is pretty good, usually keeps them low, accurate and hard, experienced. I liked Firmino's technique in pre-season, he'd be up there. Salah would also be up there more for his bravery and ambition, I believe he'd actually want to take one and isn't bad at doing it. To be a regular penalty taker though he'd maybe have to put more practice in, potential to do it of course. Those would be my main 3 ones, though I'd perhaps leave Salah or vDijk for the 5th.

Not a fan of how our other two midfielders strike the ball. Henderson is like he can't decide between the inside and top of the foot, does something in between that almost gets his legs tangled (standing leg perhaps isn't where it should be) and it doesn't look good. Gini as well, whenever he shoots I'm left wondering how the hell did this guy get 100 career goals until now (or they were 90% headers at home in a poorer league?!). Some of his shots go terribly off target or they're too weak as result of a lack of technique.

I'd prefer someone vDijk, but as he's massive you just hope he keeps his body over the ball as his technique is absolutely fine and he's also cool mentally. Lovren can f*ck off and let Karius take one before him, he'd blaze it over the stands like Ramos. Did it already in Besiktas. Robbo could possibly do it too, shooting technique very natural although he's a full back so that alone usually comes from a much more different angle than midfielders. Mane you never know, he might take the best penalty but would forget how he did it the next time! Not confident in him, or less than a number of others.

When Riise took his in Istanbul he opted for accuracy but didn't manage to 'hide' where he was going as it's usually not his way (what he did against West Ham in Cardiff was better, just be yourself). Smicer's was the most nervous moment for me as it was after Riise missed his and Milan pulled one back. Smicer was knackered during the game but his penalty was an assured one in the end. So it's difficult to predict. We do have a bit of quality in Karius and also Mignolet helping him to prepare. But Real have fantastic kickers of a ball indeed, very experienced and calm individuals.
 

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Don't see many mentioning Robbo, but I think the lad has a good shot and accuracy to hit one in. Maybe even more than Gini and Hendo? Think Firms, Salah, VVD and Milner are definitely in. The 5th one could be tricky but Hendo would be my choice as well. Robbo and Trent after that.

Any thoughts on Madrid penalty takers? Ronaldo, Bale/ Benzema, Modric, Marcelo, Ramos perhaps. Kroos as well? All again depending on who's playing then. They did win on shootouts itself against Atletico. Damn they are even experienced in that aspect!!!
 

Billy Biskix

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This thread should be given a bump:cheers:

Milner
Salah
Fabinho
VVD
Hendo

But I think we're going to win it without penalties anyway. 2-0 to the Reds Salah and Hendo scoring
I agree!

I'm sticking with my OP order from last year although if Bobby is out I would slot in Mane (he is going high to the keeper's right). If it does go to pens I just hope Milner is on the pitch at the end of the game.
 



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First question is will it go to penalties?
If it does should Mignolet be subbed on. I would definitely do this.
Then to get off to a good start
James Milner
Mané
Fabinho
Henderson
TAA
That's what I would like to see. Hopefully TAA slotting in the winning penalty. :-)
 

MinniMo

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I wonder if Alisson would be good at taking penalties? Sometimes a goalkeeper can read where another goalkeeper will dive to?

Whatever, they are all going to have to train hard for the possibility, I would think Spurs are pretty used to taking them! :tongue:
 

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First question is will it go to penalties?
If it does should Mignolet be subbed on. I would definitely do this.
Then to get off to a good start
James Milner
Mané
Fabinho
Henderson
TAA
That's what I would like to see. Hopefully TAA slotting in the winning penalty. :-)
Alisson has a better penalty save % over his career though so not sure that would make sense.

Mignolet penalties faced 44, penalties saved 12 - 27%.

Alisson penalties faced 15, penalties saved 5 - 33.3%
 

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Milner, Firmino, Trent, Wijnaldum, Van Dijk

No Salah because for some reason left footers always look awkward taking penalties. No Mane because as great as he is, he's at his best when working off pure instinct, on a few occasions where he's had time to ponder decisions he can easily make the wrong one. Also seems the type of player who'd do one of those horrific, stuttered run-ups. Wouldn't have much of a problem in Henderson taking one but he missed one at the World Cup so would be worried about that being in the back of his mind