Alles wird gut
- Feb 11, 2016
They will be but we will score over there.Barcelona will be different beast, but we have shown ourselves to be lethal and practical depending on the situation. This team is finally controlling games like Benitez's sides, and the current team has more firepower.
I think it's without any doubts that Klopp has pulled us in the right direction from day one. the transition going from BR's lfc to klopp's is the biggest transition I've witness as a liverpool supporter. it's like comparing a mountain to a hill. The future looking great for usWho cares about performance when you win 4-1. Happy days Klopp has been our manager for three and a half seasons and got us to a Euro league final champions league final and again this season we are in to the semi's of the same completion and challenging for the league anyone ever doubts Klopp is put us in the right direction should give up watching football as it just isn't for them.
Oh and we are going to snot Barca
Excellent post but one caveat: in order to return to the top of the UEFA rankings we will have to wait at least until the 2016-17 season, when we had no European football, no longer counts for ranking purposes. That big fat zero in our coefficients doesn’t look good.What an outcome! It reminds me of the time when we were dominant in Europe for a few years under Benitez, ever since we lifted it in 05 - reaching semis and finals in a row, and I remember ranking 1st in Europe based on results over 5 years. Now we burst into the top 5 based on past 3 years, and if we keep this going in the next couple of seasons, hell if we even lift it once, we could be Europe's prime force for a while again.
But for now, I'm enjoying the current stuff! We're winning away again, convincingly - twice we had to qualify in an away game in tough fields, and we first kept it clean at home and used it so effectively to muster convincing wins away, scoring 7 and conceding 1 (away). Gone are the talks of us not being able to win away, just because we didn't beat Roma last season, and the 3 group games this season.
Hope we will be able to carry the two-leg strength we seem to have vs Barca. It's first away this time, which is actually considered an advantage, but we'll need a good result there, preferably to not lose and to score a goal (if we even win I'll consider it a bonus). If we lose without scoring it becomes more and more difficult. Will Robertson handle Messi? Can Van Dijk handle Suarez? And will Fabinho stop Coutinho from shooting those screamers from outside the box? Will our pressing be evaded by the storm of passes that they're used to? Will we expose them on the counter?
I really can't wait for the games. For me, CL is all about playing the best teams in the world, so I'm glad we're not facing an English team instead, no matter how good (I enjoyed our QFs vs City last season, but would have still preferred a European Giant instead).
As for the actual game, perfect game management by Klopp. Very risky, but we came through and kept players as fresh as possible, especially Henderson and Firmino who will need to run run run so much vs Cardiff. And what a difference by both when they came on. Together with Van Dijk, our 3 most important players right now in my opinion, even as it is Salah and Mane who score most goals. It's so much easier when these 3 play.
Crazy game in the other tie! So if City had gotten through, the positives would have been that they'd be kept busy and would have had their concentration split over 3 tournaments/trophies, while the negatives would have been that we could meet them in the final if we go through Barca.
Having been thrown out, especially this way, has the negative of them now being focused on the League alone (I don't think they're even thinking of the FA Cup right now, which will come to affect only the game after the FA Cup Final, probably), but could potentially have the positive of breaking their spirit - it's the message that they can't do it in Europe, even with a manager like Pep, who has conquered Europe with his Barca team and who has built the team to supposedly be the best in the world by many accounts.
Also meaning that Spurs can unsettle them - I actually think it's good City won the game by a small margin, as it may have been very hard to beat this City team 3 times in a row. Spurs beat them once, lost once (but kicked them out of CL in the process), and now a draw or another Spurs win would do. Spurs showed they can do it. We'll know in a few days whether this result will break City or whether it will make them more determined.
So anyway, so happy with the mature and dominant way we handled the two last rounds of the CL!!!!! Looking so much forward to the semis.