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Porto 9-4-19 CL (H)

It was a good win against the Saints last Friday night and now we return to the famous European Nights at Anfield. This is the Quarter-Final First Leg and our opponents are Porto. Last season’s Champions League we defeated them in the Round of 16 with an aggregated score line of 5-0. This time will be a different encounter with them and remember they had a 0-0 result from Anfield last time when they were here. We lose Robertson from the First Leg of the tie and I guess Milner will take the Left Back role instead and Matip will be rested. This may be the team that the Gaffer will put out on Tuesday Night.


        Trent      Lovern       VVD      Milner

        Henderson      Keita      Wijnaldum

               Mane     Firmino     Salah

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  • We could or should have won by more than 2-0 but I am not complaining and there’s still work to do with the Second Leg. I felt Mane’s goal should have stood and the handball incident with VAR against Trent... It was close but the decision was correct in my opinion because it seems like he was in the air and just outside the line on the right side. Both goals were taken very well from build up to the finishing.

    There was sloppiness in some parts of the game, misplaced passes, panicky moments with the defense when they almost scored with their chances and other things but it was a decent performance by the team tonight, three players stood out for me were Alisson, VVD and Keita and my MOTM will go to VVD. I’d take the result with a clean sheet and I am happy with this.
    • Allow me to add this on... Salah should have been sent off for his reckless challenge with the studs coming in so we were lucky not to lose a player for the remaining rounds of the CL.
      • The referee was letting a lot of hard challenges go, which is unusual in a European match. Had the referee seen Salah's challenge though I think he probably would've sent him off. I think Salah's reputation may have saved him there because it appeared the referee didn't have a clear view of the challenge and yet he didn't feel the need to pursue the issue. I've looked at it again a couple of times and if you give Salah the benefit of the doubt you could say he was going for a loose ball, missed it and ended hitting the defender. But, to be honest, it was at least a clumsy challenge and so deserved a card of some description. Salah was a lucky boy there.
  • We didn't concede an away goal and we scored a couple so, all in all, job done. We had couple of tense moments (some of Milner's passes and Keita back-heeling in his own box, for example) but that's all part of the ride with this Liverpool team. Playing Henderson at number eight is like signing a new player, another attacking option now that Fabinho has settled in. Keita's looking more confident with each goal he scores and I thought all of our attacking players seemed to knit together well. Another goal would've probably sealed the the win overall so there's still work to be done in the second leg but a 2-0 win at this stage of the competition is a good result whichever way you look at it.
    • With a revitalised Henderson and Keita at last beginning to look a Liverpool player it is like having two new players. The second half was a bit of a disappointment but the main thing after going 2-0 up was not to concede an away goal. Now if we can score in Porto they will need 4. A word of praise too for the much maligned Lovren who had a very steady game after his long absence, though I look forward to Joe Gomez returning to partner VVD before too long.
  • The First 11 - Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, van Dijk, Milner, Henderson, Fabinho, Keita, Salah, Roberto Firmino, Mané
  • No worries for tonight, Lovren starts!!!!!!!!!!!
  • I agree with those suggesting Wijnaldum needs a rest and also Milner not Moreno for left back. The Matip v Lovren choice is more difficult. Lovren was playing well before his injury and Matip has been a little shaky recently but do you change a settled team especially when you are forced to make one change in the back 4. I think on balance I would stick with Matip.
  • I agree with Warrior and Uncle and that’s also the team I’m hoping starts the game. Fabinho is a must and Gini needs a rest. Pity about Robertson that yellow he got was unnecessary. I’m not a Hendo fan but had to eat my words in the last game
  • Is Robertson suspended? I would keep Matip in the starting 11, wouldn't have Lovren near any game never mind first leg of the CL quarter finals. Fabinho has to start all our remaining games imo, Wijnaldum has been off form for a while now so i would drop him and play a midfield of Hendo, Fabinho and Keita.
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Simply Red commented on Uncle's blog post MADRID CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL PAGE
"I also would have preferred Ajax as both teams don’t know each other and am very wary of Spurs. It took a last gasp own goal last time to win 2-1 and am sure they still smarting from that. It’s also Klopp’s 4th final as he lost the last 3 so the pre…"
1 hour ago
Uncle commented on Uncle's blog post MADRID CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL PAGE

There's been some subtle, but potentially important, rule changes since the last Champions League final. Each team gets to name a 23 man squad and they can pick their substitutes from any of the 12 players not chosen in the first 11. 3 substitutes…"
Huytonian commented on Uncle's blog post MADRID CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL PAGE
"There's also pressure on Spurs to bring back silverware.  Like us they have developed a strong team but have yet to win anything.  Whre the pressure is greater on us is our just missing out on the PL.  That may reinforce our players' determination b…"
Uncle commented on Uncle's blog post MADRID CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL PAGE
"I think where we undoubtedly have an advantage is in the fact that most of our squad have now experienced an event on this scale. The Champions League final is probably only second to a World Cup final in terms of an occasion and this is a factor th…"
Huytonian commented on Uncle's blog post MADRID CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL PAGE
"I would have preferred Ajax as I see European competition as a chance to test ourselves aginst the best on the continent.  However Spurs deserve to be there after their comeback in Amsterdam.  Games against Spurs are usually tight affairs and this m…"
May 17
Uncle commented on Uncle's blog post MADRID CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL PAGE
"With Ajax having so many young players I had feeling that at some point is was possible, not definite but possible, that the closer they got to the final the more likely it would be that they'd crumble under intense pressure. It's no coincidence tha…"
May 15
Warrior18 commented on Uncle's blog post MADRID CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL PAGE
"Great idea Sam.
We know we are playing Spurs but i'm still 50-50 as to whom i would have prefered in the final. That Ajax team played some fantastic football in all the rounds leading up to the semi final and i think they would have given us a more…"
May 15
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May 14
Uncle commented on Warrior18's blog post Wolves, 12-05-19, PL (H)
"I think the players will need a week off just to adjust to not having the pressure that was ratcheting up week after week. I can remember when, as a youngster, I used to get more and more stressed during the period leading to exams and then after th…"
May 13
Huytonian commented on Warrior18's blog post Wolves, 12-05-19, PL (H)
"I'm sure they will get the preparation right Uncle. I read that the players will be given this week off to recuperate (though long-distance flights are banned). Then they will have 5 days warm weather training (and 1st June in Madrid will be certain…"
May 13
Uncle commented on Warrior18's blog post Wolves, 12-05-19, PL (H)
"I read a statistic that in 116 seasons out of 119 we would've had enough points to take the top division title in England. That puts into perspective the level Liverpool achieved this season and any team that gets a final total of 97 points has done…"
May 12
Huytonian commented on Warrior18's blog post Wolves, 12-05-19, PL (H)
"I don't feel the same sense of disappointment as I did in 2013/14 when we went close but came up short in the last few matches. No one can accuse the team of "bottling it" this time. They kept going right to the end against possibly the best ever PL…"
May 12
Uncle commented on Warrior18's blog post Wolves, 12-05-19, PL (H)
"That's the team I'd go for. I can't see Brighton keeping City out but then I couldn't see us putting four past Barcelona either. The one slight concern I have is that we've just played a game that was particularly emotionally draining, tears and adr…"
May 11
Huytonian commented on Warrior18's blog post Wolves, 12-05-19, PL (H)
"You wouldn't be the only happy man if both Moreno and Lovren left this summer but it may be too much to hope for. However the form of Matip and Gomez this season should mean that Lovren becomes fourth choice in future."
May 11
Warrior18 commented on Warrior18's blog post Wolves, 12-05-19, PL (H)
"We definitely need a quality back-up keeper and a quality left back as you say. Klopp has said there won't be any crazy spending being done this summer but also that we do need a couple of players in and i agree with him, no need for loads of player…"
May 10
Huytonian commented on Warrior18's blog post Wolves, 12-05-19, PL (H)
"I can't believe it was just a week today that we overcame Newcastle. That game seems like it took place in a different century so much has happened in the last few days. It looks like Salah, Robertson and Henderson will be fit for Sunday which is a…"
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