POST MATCH: Liverpool v Arsenal (EPL 29/12/18 5.30pm)

Man of the Match

  • Alisson

    Votes: 2 1.0%
  • Alexander-Arnold

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Lovren

    Votes: 1 0.5%
  • Van Dijk

    Votes: 2 1.0%
  • Robertson [off 82’]

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Fabinho

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Wijnaldum [off 76’]

    Votes: 40 20.5%
  • Shaqiri

    Votes: 1 0.5%
  • Salah [GOAL 45+2’]

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Firmino [GOAL 14’, GOAL 16’, GOAL 65’]

    Votes: 146 74.9%
  • Mane [off 61’, GOAL 32’]

    Votes: 2 1.0%
  • Henderson [on 61’]

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Lallana [on 76’]

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Clyne [on 82’]

    Votes: 1 0.5%

  • Total voters
    195
  • Poll closed .

pass_and_move

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I've bucked the trend for my MOTM. I know why people have voted for Bobby and Gini, but I've gone for Shaq. I thought that he was immense today. Had a fine game in the middle there and for me his best shift in a Red shirt so far. Taking nothing away from the two I've mentioned though. I also thought that Trent was marvellous today as well. He made a lot more headed clearances than I 'be ever seen from him before. That ball that Robbo caught down near the corner flag late in the game that eve tone else had given up for an Arsenal throw. I said when the ball was passed "oh, unlucky. That was a good ball". Only for Robbo to keep running and catch it. Amazing. He was playing like it was 1-1 and we needed a winner. Some great little interplays between Mo, Bobby, Shaq and Sadio.
I'm hoarse. We drowned out the Arse fans apart from right after they scored and sang the 1-0 song. I nearly p1553d myself on 30 minutes when one of there players was down and receiving treatment. They started singing "where's your famous atmosphere"? Proper blerts.
Shaq is awesome. He is IMO the signing of the year. A pocket dynamo with fantastic skills. Come next May he will have had a big part to play in our season.
 

Maria

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Well done Redmen, it is an astonishing scoreline. Bobby is back to his 'no look' best. I was worried about this game, but Aubameyang did not cause us many problems.
I think we can go into the new year with some confidence, we have this strong rhythm of movement and the mentality is getting stronger. We don't deflate when we go down a goal, we tend to be more alert kind of like 'meerkats' and we are not letting this happen.

Well done In Match posters. There were still some moany LFC fans on the radio, saying our first 20 minutes passing was atrocious.
I am quietly optimistic. We still have a long way to go, one game at a time. I am not saying anything, the pain of season 2013/14 is in my mind.

How many games left, is it 18 now?
 

El Dorado

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To be fair, Iwobi's cross was world class and Maitland-Niles' run onto it was quick and sure, even if the usually diligent Robbo was a bit off speed. It sure stirred up the hornet's nest, however. Arsenal's tactics seemed to be just to go toe to toe with us and see who could score more goals. Now they know.
 

Jimmyscase

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I think we will see City in a different light come the next match: as not so much of a rival more sparring partner for Bayern. A draw will be a really poor result for them. If we can win then Gladioli's boys can start concentrating on the cup competitions. I'm quietly confident as you can see!!
 

mattyhurst

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We were a bit ropey for the first 15 but it was very open, once we took the lead we seemed to gain that calm, Arsenal showed some guile but Manes goal seemed to kill them. After that all they did was moan at the ref.

Gino was brilliant and I have been critical when others have praised them. Firmino was brilliant though and his run and finish on the second was brilliant.

I was a bit worried but I knew we could take that defence apart, we were two bad touches away from 6-1 early second half.

Not our most impressive but we have since the Derby shown more of what we made of, still don’t think we have shown our true potential but it’s there for 50-60 minutes.
 
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Red Eyes

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Until today’s game I dared not believe.

Demons from 2014 and final hurdle falls against Seville, City and Real Madrid tormented, tortured and strangled all hope within me.

I dared not say it out loud.

Tonight those demons are no more, they lay slaughtered by Redmen honest, strong and true.

I now dare to say it out loud.

“fucking hell we have half a chance here lads” !!!!!!!!!!
 

Limiescouse

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To be fair, Iwobi's cross was world class and Maitland-Niles' run onto it was quick and sure, even if the usually diligent Robbo was a bit off speed. It sure stirred up the hornet's nest, however. Arsenal's tactics seemed to be just to go toe to toe with us and see who could score more goals. Now they know.
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Their goal is a perfect example of why the Geggenpress works so well. The problem was Robbo committed so much to getting forward once we won the ball, that giving it away again so quickly meant he had no time to get back into position. There were other things we could have done better (thought Alisson sold himself a little and could have at least made NM try to beat him had he taken a less aggressive angle and missed the ball), but sometimes you hold your hands up and acknowledge that there are other teams out there who are good enough with the ball to occasionally hurt you. We gave them the ball with a tiny hint of an opportunity, and they worked it quickly into a dangerous position and then, as you said, put in a beaut of a cross. Ce La Vie.

As for their tactics, it's a counterfactual so who really knows, but I dont think they'd have fared much better any other way. This is not a side that can sit in and take pressure head on. They are where they are in the table ONLY because they have scored so many...and the fear they put into other sides is the only defensive thing they have going for them. Trying to be positive and put us on the back foot was probably their only realistic option.
 
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Limiescouse

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The look.........the love lol
That is so funny, I thought I saw that live but couldn't be quite sure. That freeze frame captures exactly what I thought I saw.

The interview then started and the BT guy asked Virgil something about us being tested by going behind early and all of a sudden the atmosphere got a little frosty, almost as if Virgil bristled at the thought of anyone thinking we were ever in trouble. there were a couple of moments in the game, long after the game was well won when he reacted as if it was still 0-0 on the last day of the season and we were fighting for the point we needed to stay up. That, as much as talent, is what allows you take a lead in the title race and not give it back.

There is a lot of obvious things going right at the club at the moment, but there are a host of little things that are far less visible, but over time we are seeing enough glimpses of them that make me even more confident of our prospects than any single result will. You hear stories about the attitude and behavior of winning sides, and it can be easy to under appreciate the importance of these things. But you see things like Salah giving up the pen today despite an incessant narrative that he's not scoring enough this year. The day Virgil arrived, there was behind the scenes footage leaked of Lovren greeting him in the tunnel like he was a fan, not the guy whose position in the side was now hugely under threat. You see Shaq playing a smaller role than maybe some thought he would and still responding to the manager after each game like he was a kid pulled out of the Kop and asked to play the last 5 minutes. Everything these guys are doing to just go about their business is so on point right now. These lads know what the right thing to do is. They are clearly doing it every day and holding each other accountable to it.
 
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