The ref started poorly, refusing to book Atlético players when they surrounded him or dived/committed niggly fouls and Costa for general petulance/ cuntishness, but gradually found his feet and had a solid game overall. However, he should have blown for a foul on Gini in the build-up to Atlético’s second goal.
The electric early home atmosphere was in danger of petering out when an excellent Oxlade-Chamberlain cross was nodded home expertly by Gini two minutes before the halftime whistle and Anfield was rocking again. Plaudits for the cross and header but the movement by Mané to create the space for Gini was outstanding.
The second half was pretty much one-way traffic; we spurned several good chances and how Robbo’s header didn’t hit the back of the net I still don’t know.
Had it not been for the quality of Oblak in the visitors’ goal, we could have been out of sight; even so, we were simply wasteful and were ultimately punished for our profligacy.
Spot-on decision by the assistant referee to disallow Atlético’s late “winner”- it was clearly offside.
Adrián will get pilloried for his poor clearance but the simple fact is that the game should not have gone to extra time- we were ridiculously wasteful in the second half. And Virgil didn’t exactly cover himself in glory for their second goal.
Oh well; at least we can now focus on the league.
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Gutted on the result but elated on the performance. We were fucking brilliant until a mistake ( or two) made us lose.
Robbo alone could have had a hat trick. Mane was back , Salah causing all kinds of problems, Gini, Hendo, OX brilliant. Fantastic performance.
Back up keepers by definition will not be up to par, if they were they would be starters at dozens of other clubs.
Will still be champions of England.
My only concern is that the league might cancel with this virus.
Juventus season could be over if they quarantine themselves and it’s possible the champions league might just shut up shop anyway.
Let’s just get this title before the world ends.
What an embarrassing performance from our front three, sorry but they were utterly shit. Every decision wrong, weak shooting.. They need proper competition because their form has dropped off a cliff. The midfield and fullbacks won that game and our front 3 lost it.
I’m not to disheartened. If Alisson plays we win. Simple. We’ve lost the best keeper in world to injury and look at what Oblak brought to Madrid. A top class keeper makes all the difference.
We’ve absolutely dominated them.
Adrians not used to not concentrating when having fuck all to do.
But he has been at fault for a few goals now so it’s a concentration thing.
This feels like the CL final against Madrid all over again. Adrian shows why he is a no.2 keeper. I am not sure that he is even good enough for that spot. We should have won that game. We are out. But you know what - we are almost over the finish line in the league and if you had asked me if I would settle for that at the start of the season, I would have bitten your hand off.
I am going to comment tomorrow instead of now. Better to discuss the damned corona virus than the ending of this game right now.
I hope you all get a good nights sleep. At least we will win one grand title, winning the Champions League as well was always a long shot anyway.
Adrian made a mistake and it cost us the game. We know it. He knows it. Everyone knows it. We don’t need to put the boot it. That would only make you the bellend. He’s been excellent up to now.
The upside to this is that we looked right back on it, and the performance was really good. Everton wouldn’t have been able to live with that. Now let’s get the league won before everything gets scrapped.
That bloody goal changed the whole dynamic of the match.
The players were understandably demoralised.
Up till then we were magnificent.
It's a very cruel way to go out but I prefer to dwell on the positives, till 97min we played brilliantly.