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POST MATCH: Liverpool 3-1 Manchester United (EPL), Sunday December 16th 2018, 16:00

MOTM

  • ALISSON Becker

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Nathaniel CLYNE

    Votes: 4 1.9%
  • Dejan LOVREN

    Votes: 3 1.4%
  • VIRGIL Van Dijk

    Votes: 2 1.0%
  • Andrew ROBERTSON

    Votes: 10 4.8%
  • Gini WIJNALDUM

    Votes: 4 1.9%
  • FABINHO

    Votes: 128 61.5%
  • Naby KEITA (Off 70)

    Votes: 1 0.5%
  • Sadio MANE - G (Off 84)

    Votes: 6 2.9%
  • Roberto FIRMINO

    Votes: 12 5.8%
  • Mo SALAH

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Xerdan SHAQIRI - 2G (On 70)

    Votes: 38 18.3%
  • Jordan HENDERSON (On 84)

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    208


Irishanfield

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Just checked into my hotel in London. I’m exhausted, sans voice, and yet so content. @Red_Jedi texted me a little while ago asking if the experience lived up to all the folklores about Anfield.

It did. Easily.

I sat in section 208 of the Kop surrounded by the most passionate fans I have met. I made it to my seat at about 320 pm and flags were making their way through the Kop. I had goosebumps seeing the same flags I always see on tv. The color and pomp of the spectacle is something to behold. And then the voice of the Kop rises in thunderous unison welcoming the team and convincing Manc fans they are full of ****. Suddenly, YNWA reverberates through the stadium. I was caught between closing my eyes and then opening them to not miss the scenes and then closing them and then opening them. I’ll never forget it. It’s seared in my heart now.

I thought we outclassed the Mancs from the beginning, which added to the spirit of The Fields of Anfield Road and Liverpool We Love You. I was particularly happy to hear the Kop sing The Fields of Anfield Road several times as I think it is our most unique song. I had two young Danes sitting next to me who were an absolute delight and knew every song as well. I will admit that I pride myself on knowing Poor Scouser Tommy, but shamefully, I couldn’t keep up with the pace of the Kop’s singing. I’ll work on it.

Between all the singing, there was complete confidence in the Kop. Or at least strong evidence that strength is unity, and I never felt we’d lose. That’s quite different from my normal terrifying lonely viewing from my couch! The Kop erupted after Mane’s goal. It’s briliiant watching the leaping and the hugging between friends, families, and strangers. While the Mancs’ fluky goal then came out of nowhere, the Kop only took a second to recover and roared in song right away. Right there, you know you are in a special place as a fan and player and there will always be this faith to lift you.

The second half was perfect. Of course, I personally enjoyed Bobby’s movement and touches today. Thought he was brilliant. The Kop sang repeatedly in appreciation of Robo, Bobby, and Shaqiri, with Xherdan rapidly ascending to cult hero status. I could not believe how quickly time flew in that second half. I could not see the scoreboard from where I sat, and I could have sworn there were 7 minutes remaining when time ran out.

I wish it hadn’t. I could have sat there forever and smiled and sang. My ears are still ringing. My eyes are still seeing the colors of Anfield dance. I loved my time at the stadium. I loved my time in the city. The people were so welcoming, with everyone willing to talk football and share stories and give advice. I’m so thankful to them. I’m also thankful to TIA for having created this community of Reds fans. @Maria and @Red_Jedi went out of their way to spend time with me and answer questions that I’m sure they found silly. @ILLOK, @Commando, @7th Earl and @theres always tommorrow: thank you for your advice as well. I’m sorry we couldn’t meet, but we will. There’s just no way I’m not returning. I’m hooked.

YNWA
So you are a lucky charm . absolutely delighted you had a great time and got a good game . have been to a few Liverpool v utd games and have never seen us win so you've already have a one up on me
 

Maria

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Just checked into my hotel in London. I’m exhausted, sans voice, and yet so content. @Red_Jedi texted me a little while ago asking if the experience lived up to all the folklores about Anfield.

It did. Easily.

I sat in section 208 of the Kop surrounded by the most passionate fans I have met. I made it to my seat at about 320 pm and flags were making their way through the Kop. I had goosebumps seeing the same flags I always see on tv. The color and pomp of the spectacle is something to behold. And then the voice of the Kop rises in thunderous unison welcoming the team and convincing Manc fans they are full of ****. Suddenly, YNWA reverberates through the stadium. I was caught between closing my eyes and then opening them to not miss the scenes and then closing them and then opening them. I’ll never forget it. It’s seared in my heart now.

I thought we outclassed the Mancs from the beginning, which added to the spirit of The Fields of Anfield Road and Liverpool We Love You. I was particularly happy to hear the Kop sing The Fields of Anfield Road several times as I think it is our most unique song. I had two young Danes sitting next to me who were an absolute delight and knew every song as well. I will admit that I pride myself on knowing Poor Scouser Tommy, but shamefully, I couldn’t keep up with the pace of the Kop’s singing. I’ll work on it.

Between all the singing, there was complete confidence in the Kop. Or at least strong evidence that strength is unity, and I never felt we’d lose. That’s quite different from my normal terrifying lonely viewing from my couch! The Kop erupted after Mane’s goal. It’s briliiant watching the leaping and the hugging between friends, families, and strangers. While the Mancs’ fluky goal then came out of nowhere, the Kop only took a second to recover and roared in song right away. Right there, you know you are in a special place as a fan and player and there will always be this faith to lift you.

The second half was perfect. Of course, I personally enjoyed Bobby’s movement and touches today. Thought he was brilliant. The Kop sang repeatedly in appreciation of Robo, Bobby, and Shaqiri, with Xherdan rapidly ascending to cult hero status. I could not believe how quickly time flew in that second half. I could not see the scoreboard from where I sat, and I could have sworn there were 7 minutes remaining when time ran out.

I wish it hadn’t. I could have sat there forever and smiled and sang. My ears are still ringing. My eyes are still seeing the colors of Anfield dance. I loved my time at the stadium. I loved my time in the city. The people were so welcoming, with everyone willing to talk football and share stories and give advice. I’m so thankful to them. I’m also thankful to TIA for having created this community of Reds fans. @Maria and @Red_Jedi went out of their way to spend time with me and answer questions that I’m sure they found silly. @ILLOK, @Commando, @7th Earl and @theres always tommorrow: thank you for your advice as well. I’m sorry we couldn’t meet, but we will. There’s just no way I’m not returning. I’m hooked.

YNWA
Aww, what a lovely post. Thank you for the lovely review of your expfriends at Anfield. It was great meeting you too. I wish I had more time on that day. I am so happy that you got to Anfield and you saw one of the best matches ever against our greatest rivals, with some wonder goals. What could top that. You will take some of the best memories ever back to the US. I hope you get to see a Champions League game at Anfield soon.
Have a safe trip back home.:):well done:
 



BostonMick

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Love how much better we are at breaking sides down this season. We're so much more dangerous in wide areas than last year that we don't have to rely on counter attacking so much. And not a Coutinho in sight.

Great win again for the reds and glad to see everyone contributing. Not his biggest fan but to see Clyne getting plaudits is a really fantastic sign, we keep rotating or having to pick genuine squad players and they're dropping in and playing to the standard required.

We've hit form at a really good time, these are some of our trickiest fixtures left so if we can get to the FA cup game and still be ahead/just behind City we will be in a very decent position.

Up the reds.
Thanks for reminding me - that is what i meant to put in my earlier post
I dont miss Phil C at all - losing him was the tiniest of speed bumps
 



Claymenza

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Glad I'm not the only one who was pleasantly happy to see clyne come back from the fringes and play solid. It's like he wasn't out.
Playing milner at right back was a sign Klopp needed clyne back.
I like his experience and composure. He'll be a good mentor to trent who might need a rest.

As for mourinho, he's blaming moyes! You can't make this up!
 

Icedagger

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This was the perfect birthday present.

Reading the resigned posts on red cafe just made it better.

Mourinho is laughable, thinking that anyone thinks our two deflected goals were lucky. When you have 36 shots against a team that puts damn near all their played in the box, well what did you think was going to happen?
 

StrongINTheAir

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Voted for Shaq with the impact he made, including his goals.
But outside of that I thought Fabinho was excellent. He was so good that Moaninho brought on Fellatio at the half for some physical presence in midfield, rather than the last ten to try to get a header. And Fabinho are his lunch.
Other than the flub from alisson, the whole team looks head and shoulders above the Mancs. So much so that NBC announcer Kyle Martino said it looked like a PL team vs a Championship team.
 

Red over the water

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Get in! Back to the top of the league. We were way better than them, as all the stats and a basic eyeball test demonstrated. I feared we would drop point today but we were just so good.

Fabinho my MOTM. Broke it up well, tackled and intercepted well, and generally had a great game.

Credit to Clyne after being out so long.
 



The Elusive 19th

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I was almost able to count the teeth of Owen. He was full on laughing / giggling during the post match interviews. Not sure whats that all about. And he also suggested he doesn't see how manu can improve if there is no change and he was indirectly telling that Mou should be fired multiple times.
 



Incognito

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A refreshing aspect of our game yesterday for me was us shooting from distance, and not trying to score the perfect goal. For teams that park the bus at Anfield looking to get away with a point, it seemed a good tactic to test the keeper.

Fabinho seems to have a good shot in him, I missed Ox in that aspect, as he was the one not afraid to shoot from distance. Hoping to see some screamers going ahead. As much beautiful it is to watch the intricate play in the box for the build up, always loved how Gerrard used to strike those worldies!
 

Libero

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A sign of a good team is how to respond when you go down or suffer from a mistake... the Liverpool of a few years ago would have crumbled yesterday and it was satisfying to see a team of mature grown men not panic and stick to a game plan and get the job done.

Having said that, I was an absolute nervous wreck and could barely watch at times, this is the only game in the season I struggle with and I turn a bit feral. Delighted to get the 3 points, long overdue against this mob.

Special mentions for Shaq who I am so happy for, you can really see how delighted he is to be here and you just know he is working his bollocks off. Fabinho was very impressive and hopefully continues to impress. Finally, Mane who I think we all knew would bounce back and score after the midweek misfire, such a beautifully taken goal.

Lets keep this going.
 

melbournered

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Keita was part of a very impressive midfield in the first half. As the second half wore on he faded from the game and Klopp made the right change at the right time. The lad is looking good and is going to be an important member of our matchday squad going forward.
For sure and there were a few times where he was in dangerous positions in an around their box and didn't receive the pass, despite being in a better scoring position.!!
 



Jimmyscase

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That December fixture list looks so much better than it did a week ago. Not much prospect of gaining ground, but two major challenges met.
Wouldn't 'gaining ground' imply we were behind? I agree though that pulling further ahead isn't likely.
 

Flobs

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A refreshing aspect of our game yesterday for me was us shooting from distance, and not trying to score the perfect goal. For teams that park the bus at Anfield looking to get away with a point, it seemed a good tactic to test the keeper.
I mentionned this, some practice is needed as they need to be on target to force the bus out but yes it was refreshing to see this. Some well struck shots bar the accuracy.
 

GermanRed

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No pictures or videos from last nights christmas party leaked, yet? Dissapointing!!!