- Apr 2, 2014
Didn’t see the game- had a friend’s 50th birthday party tonight and got home just in time to watch the NFL Draft. Still, I can say one thing:
Banana skin avoided.
Banana skin avoided.
In the North West of England they are known as "the Dingles".This! Could have been had a couple more but he was on form tonight and Mane smashing the post for the Hatrick, oooooooh so close! Happy times, now come on you Burns! (or whatever we call those niggly cunts)
Truly amazing write up. Thank you.Can’t sleep. Met with a couple of proper gentlemen today. @ptt and @Red_Jedi are right legends, couldn’t be happier to have met you both today.
Started off the day with an early wake-up in a little village in the foothills of Stockport, at the home of a family of Reds fans whom my wife worked with 20-odd years ago in Toronto. Had breakfast and packed up, off we went to the train to make our way to Liverpool. Forgot my pack at the house, had to backtrack and lost an hour of the day. Shit start. Wasn’t raining tho, still promising.
Got checked into our spot near the CBD, pint at the Lion Tavern (recommendation from board member) and another at Cavern Club. Got a taste of the culture, city had a nice feel to it and quite friendly folks. 4pm headed back to hotel and said goodbye to the family for the night. While on the curb deciding on transport, met a group of eight Germans from the Black Forest region who flew in via Frankfurt to see Klopp in action. So I split a cab with half of them to the Kop end, such a friendly lot! Cab driver was a season ticket holder, we were his last fare of the day.
Walked over to hotel TIA to connect with @ptt. Put a few more pints out of their misery. @Red_Jedi arrived shortly after, caught the tail end of some excellent Jamie Webster tunes, off to Kop Bar! Another pint in there just for quality [email protected]_Jedi recommended I get inside and watch the warmup (thanks, you were very right). Got to see the lads up close, including a preview of Grabara, looks a proper talent that young keeper!
Got into the ground and made my way to the seat. Blown away. Speechless. Couldn’t even post to the pre-match thread, was so enamoured by the atmosphere of it all. My seat was front row of seats in the Kop, from the TV camera angle I would have been just on the far side of the goal in my toxic orange Firmino jersey.
Soaked it all up, chatted with those around me in the stand a bit Took some pics and a few vids to remember it all then put the phone away and watched and absorbed the warmup. Kop was warming up as well, I was trying to keep up with the vocals but I am shit for lyrics of any kind. Then the Pacemakers came on, Kop went into full song and I was enraptured in the moment. Eyes closed, full voice and heart was full. Bucket list shit, right there. Had to fight back the tears of joy. Then the whistle blew.
GOAL!!!! what felt like 10 seconds into the match! Kop roared again, I was in heaven. Thank you Naby. You’re a rock star.
Songs are coming fast and furious now. Watching our back line in the first half, quickly saw the Van Dijk effect. The man is so smooth, his game intelligence is like nothing I’d seen before in person. He is just that good at reading the play, that he rarely has to move at full potential. Cruises around the pitch like a Bentley. Lovren no slouch, but Huddersfield wanted nothing to do with VvD so Degsy was in the trenches quite often. Quite solid performance other than his shot from 8 yds which nearly went out for a throw. Kop collective chuckle ensued.
Two more goals in the first half, still trying to keep up with the voices behind me. Enjoying the match immensely albeit from an angle pitchside which felt almost eye-level with center circle when sitting. Stood for entire second half, kept the jacket off as I had the warmth of the Kop keeping the shivers at bay.
Two more goals in the second half to seal it. Trying to take it all in, snap off a few photos without looking like a tourist. Grabbed another pint post-match in Kop Bar and opted to split a taxi back to Lime St with @ptt as we were aiming to keep the wives happy.
All told, it was a day I will never forget.
Will be back at Anfield in 9hrs to do the stadium tour.
Good night all and thank you all for contributing to this wonderful experience that was today. Cheers!
It's nothing new btw but he might actually be getting better at it. So it's like a weapons upgrade - a bunker buster kinda thing.Really pleased to see Mane scoring with his head. He's adding that to his game is adding an extra dimension to this team.
Smaller pacey forwards in football don't really want to head the ball but Mane is different. He's willing to be an all round forward.
Can’t help you with the missing write-up. Something about a horse and water.Truly amazing write up. Thank you.
Waiting for @Alright Now now to write his piece following the Man Utd game he attended in December. I’ve been begging him for months... maybe @Semmy could have a word.
To be part of this ride...wow. 91points.
Scary thing is, this team will kick on.
Jürgen Klopp, what a man!
Yes it’s been an excellent trip thanks. Today is the icing with the Anfield tourSemmy - this is the game you went to?!
What a goal fest!
Gawd I hope so.You’ll need to drink to watch Burnley play anyway. That’s got 0-0 written all over it
Gwladys St......my dad went to the chapel/ church there.
The two lads did, but the whole team played well. The only downside was poor old Studge looked ring rusty. He found it hard to keep up with play and was caught offside several times, once having scored a goal that was consequently disallowed. The game was vaguely a banana skin, but Huddersfield looked like the team they are ~~ RELEGATEDOnly got to see highlights
Seemed like Shaq and Ox were really good?
You won't get any stick from me because I'm with you on not believing in Lovren. He's flaky as hell and always seems to be in a panic. As you say, calm, it's not in his vocabulary. I know he says that he's one of the world's best centre backs, which he isn't by a long mile, but I would like us to sell him for the best price we could get, and then bring in another centre back to join Virg, Matip and Joe Gomez.Now I'm sure I'll get some stick for this but despite the fantastic result to me Lovren sticks out in this team like a sore thumb. Just doesn't seem calm ever, whilst TAA is a bit suspect defensively Lovren never really bails out his younger team mate and typically compounds gaps with rash tackles.
Much prefer Matip.
So true @Show me the Mane . Never mind, at least if we don't win silverware we were there or thereabouts.Nobody remembers 2nd place.
They do when it is Liverpool
I cried my eyes out when we lost it in 1989
we hear about Gerrard's slip every week from opposing fans
One thing this side can't be labelled at is 'bottlers or chokers' but if we do fail and it's odds on City win then I'm sure they (everyone bar our club) will find some kind of stick to beat us with, they will probably go along the lines of Klopp hasn't won anything.