- May 24, 2007
To open at full time.
Thank you, sir.Well, that was shite.
Had the title race still been on, I’d have been livid with that display. Then again, we almost certainly wouldn’t have been so poor had there been anything to play for. Even so, we were well below par and, given Jürgen’s pre-match comments that we would give our very best, this has to go down as our worst performance in a long time... well, since Watford, at least.
I must admit that before the game I thought that Guardiola might field a weakened team- they can’t catch us now and aren’t being threatened for second place, so it’s the sort of game where they could give their fringe players a run-out and save their first-teamers from the ignominy of having to give us the guard of honour. It’s the sort of thing Petulant Pep might do, but I don’t think the knuckle-draggers like Karen7 on Bluemoon would ever let him live it down.
Anyway, after the halfhearted guard of honour offered by the deposed champions, we were by far the better team until the opening goal, despite Gary Neville’s KDB wankfest. Bobby should have done a lot better when Ederson saved Salah’s shot in the fourth minute, while Mané wasted a good headed opportunity soon afterwards- he was possibly unsighted at the time. Lovely work from Salah when he was unlucky to hit the post a few minutes later, too.
Sadio also spurned a good chance soon after the restart- had he not been a devout Muslim, I would have sworn that he was playing with a hangover. I’m sure that City would have been awarded the penalty had the foul on Divock in the 73rd minute been the other way around, but what do you expect with a Manc in charge?
In a way, this reminded me of our Champions League defeat at home by Atletico- we created loads but our opponents took their chances. Quite simply, we could easily have scored two or three goals but didn’t. Solution? Mbappé.
A bit of a harsh penalty decision- Sterling clearly grabbed Joe’s shirt first- but Gomez shouldn’t have given the referee a decision to make- just stand up against your man; there’s no reason to put an arm around him. You just know that any Premier League referee will give a decision against Liverpool whenever possible- don’t make it easy for them.
Gomez didn’t cover himself in glory for the second goal, either, while it’s not often that I agree with Ratboy but he was right in saying that Robbo looked like he’d been out on the lash all week for City’s third. Robbo went AWOL again for City’s fourth, where Ox was unlucky. Even Alisson was poor today.
We’re going to have to endure the “City are back!” rubbish now; easy solution- switch off the TV. On the bright side, the hype surrounding City will push our odds out for next season’s title, so it’s time to fill yer boots.
MOTM: Me- for helping my other half in the kitchen and ensuring that dinner was ready in time for the match. At least I had some lovely roast halibut tonight.