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Post Match: Liverpool v Wolves (EPL 29/12/19 4.30pm)

Man of the match

  • Alisson

    Votes: 14 11.6%
  • Alexander-Arnold

    Votes: 11 9.1%
  • Gomez

    Votes: 77 63.6%
  • Van Dijk

    Votes: 3 2.5%
  • Robertson

    Votes: 1 0.8%
  • Henderson

    Votes: 24 19.8%
  • Wijnaldum [off 86’]

    Votes: 22 18.2%
  • Lallana [off 67’]

    Votes: 33 27.3%
  • Mane [GOAL 42’]

    Votes: 38 31.4%
  • Firmino [off 86’]

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Salah

    Votes: 2 1.7%
  • Keita [on 67’]

    Votes: 1 0.8%
  • Milner [on 86’]

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Origi [on 86’]

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    121
  • Poll closed .

Neukolln

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So much for the complaints about Gomez.
In all fairness, he was hot and cold to start the season and fell down the depth chart a bit. But look at Big Joe now, WOW! Absolutely fantastic. Confident, assured, pace, physicality, grace under pressure - WOW.

As for the match, that is what it’s like to play Wolves and Nuno Allardyce. Ugly, ugly brand of football. (Sorry, Magnus!) Tight, compact, positionally sound, resolute, hit you on the counter. Understandably, we got impatient. We pressed and tried to force some things. That’s a frustrating style to play against. As Jürgen says when we play sides like that - “only one team is interested in playing football”. That said, They came at us heavier in the second half, but we again showed the resolve and beliefs of Champions. They will feel hard done by with the VAR offside call but I say, oh well, we didn’t make the rules. And I’ll say again, no one should ever, EVER, doubt our boys. Mentality Monsters.
 

Lynch04

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Apart from the first 15 mins we were very average and nervy. Lallana was my man of the match even if he didn't play the whole game. 3 points is all that matters!!
 

hugo the horrible

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Was never going to be easy and it wasn't.
Winning fugly is fine as long as we win.
Another 3 points,13 clear ,loving it.
Today was impressed with Gomez,again,MOTM for me,gets a run of games and is turning in some great performances,long may it continue!
 

Billy Biskix

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Wolves were the best team I've seen at Anfield this season, better than City because they defended better. Tactically they were really good. It was a compliment to them that JK went strong again although we are running out of options with Shaqiri now also injured, and fatigue was a big factor in our performance. Second half a lot of our lads looked fucked and Wolves got stronger as we tired. You could tell early on that this was going to be one of those attritional games where we just have to hang on and grind it out, and we did yet again. Not many stand out performers today but it's no coincidence that we're keeping clean sheets again with Gomez back in the groove. We look as good defensively now as we did at the start of last season when Joe and VVD were the best CB partnership in Europe.

I don't normally moan about referees but Anthony Taylor was appalling today. Determined to give us nothing from the start even to the point of disallowing a perfectly good goal. I hate VAR with a passion but thank god we had it today otherwise we'd have lost that game.
 

WooltonRed

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One question, how exactly did Shaqiri get injured? Did he fall off the bench? Did he do his back in bending down to tie his bootlaces? Or did he slip while getting off the team coach?
i like Shaqiri and think he should get more minutes on the pitch, but just how the fuck did he get injured??
 

Alright Now

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One question, how exactly did Shaqiri get injured? Did he fall off the bench? Did he do his back in bending down to tie his bootlaces? Or did he slip while getting off the team coach?
i like Shaqiri and think he should get more minutes on the pitch, but just how the fuck did he get injured??
Jurgen on Shaq:

“Shaqiri could have started but last night he felt a little bit the hamstring; he’s out not for long, but maybe a week or 10 days, whatever."

“That means in that period of time it’s 17 games, pretty much!"
 

jaffod

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Looking at the post match analysis, the first goal maybe shouldn't have stood as it looked like VVD had possibly used his arm to control the ball before passing towards box. 2nd goal was offside for them so decision was right (don't like the rule but we have been on the other side too - I remmeber Firmino had a goal goal disallowed for being centimeters offside).

Anyway, I don't quite get why some posters are reveling in opposition fans being triggered over our VAR fortune. Some say we have been screwed over by officials but over the season I don't think we have had more significantly bad decisions than good ones. Overall we were lucky today but what matters was that we had 3 points.
We weren't lucky at all. Without VAR Taylor the manc cunt fucks us and we lose 1-0. With VAR his shite refereeing is corrected and we win 1-0, which is the correct result.

Thought Lallana was excellent and he deserves to start the next game. Henderson was great again and Gomez is looking like the player he was before he got injured last season.

We looked to control the 2nd half just like we did against Everton and Watford, we conserved energy and did enough to win. It's a strategy that will cost us at some point but so far we've been good enough to make it work.

2nd season in a row we've won every game in December if you discount the Carabao Cup, get through the next game and we can look to rest a few against the bitters.

Wolves can fuck off, when a decision goes to VAR that's the end of the matter and an unbiased ref would have booked a couple of them for being twats. Fans are dickheads as well but we already knew that.

Up the fucking Reds!!!
 

mattyhurst

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I don't personally feel there was anything wrong with the decisions by VAR, I hate the ruling on the armpit but in this case it seemed to be his foot anyhow.

The decision on Lallana turned from a moan about Lallana's shoulder to oh it brushed VVD, we were here with Man City weren't we, same scenario. VAR would not have deemed that a penalty, so can't really rule out our goal.

Anyhow gave it to Gomez, he was excellent, I think we defended resolutely once they brought players on much better than Man City but to be fair they were down to 10 men.
 

trygve76

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Tired and awful. I'll take the win though, Wolves played very well. We keep finding ways to win, amazingly. Need fresh legs though, three youngsters on the bench tonight.
 

CanuckoLFC

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What’s this about the wolves player and the ball boy? Investigaton going on?
From reddit, whatthekidswant wrote:
Was at the game and think I saw the incident you are talking about, he just aggressively wrestled the ball off the ball boy. It was our throw in too so wasn’t like the kid was keeping the ball off them...
 

shachart

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This match showcased exactly the problem with VAR, even when he corrects 2 errors by the official, it still ruined the game.

Personally, I think there should be a time limit for VAR, if they can't over rule a mistake within 20 seconds, the decision stands. Lallana was clear as daylight, and it should have been over turned in 5 seconds max. Wolves goal, was a difficult one, so it should gave stood. Btw, same goes to handballs. In slow motion everything looks more than it is.
 

Kazemagicsg

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Excellent! Another 3 point and clean sheet. Vvd and gomez are getting back to the form which conceded 9 goals for last season. Wolves are strong, they will fight for the fifth place. We just have to keep on winning, another 15 wins will bring us title
 

Jimmyscase

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One question, how exactly did Shaqiri get injured? Did he fall off the bench? Did he do his back in bending down to tie his bootlaces? Or did he slip while getting off the team coach?
i like Shaqiri and think he should get more minutes on the pitch, but just how the fuck did he get injured??
The most intense games of football our lads play during the week are the ones they play against the best players in the premier league (on the training ground). So that they can catch the manager's eye and get themselves into the matchday squad, overdoing the intensity can get you injuries.
What kind of signal to Shaq was it as they signed Minamino? Increase your training intensity or you're not on the bench.