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Liverpool 4 Crystal Palace 0 (Jun 24 2020)

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Well that’s how you bounce back from a disappointing performance. Bloody hell, that was something wasn’t it? Complete dominance from first minute to last. We were so good that OPTA reported that Palace didn’t touch the ball in our box (turns out they managed one touch about a foot inside the box) and I can’t even remember seeing Alisson touch the ball with his hands all night.

 

Absolutely incredible. This is what you’d expect from a team urged on by a full house, not one in an empty stadium. You don’t see intensity and desire like that in behind closed doors games. Certainly not when a team is 4-0 up. I thought Klopp summed up the performance perfectly when he referenced “in the 86th minute four of our boys were chasing one poor Crystal Palace player like he had the last ball on earth”. 

 

That’s it. That’s exactly it. It was relentless pressure on Palace from the start of the game to the end of it. They weren’t helped by losing Zaha through injury early on as he was their main route of escaping their own half, but honestly I don’t think it would have made any difference if he’d stayed on, and in fairness Hodgson said pretty much the same thing after.

 

We were very good with the ball but we were fucking unbelievable without it. I reckon if you talk to those Palace players privately they’ll say it’s the hardest game they’ve ever played in. They didn’t get a second on the ball and Jordan Ayew never had a Palace player within thirty yards of him all night. He was so isolated up there, partly because he himself couldn’t hold onto the ball to allow anyone to get close to him. Van Dijk and Gomez just smothered him every time the ball went near him.

 

This was everything that Sunday wasn’t. When you see this you wonder how it could have been so lacklustre at Everton, but maybe it’s just as Salah said afterwards, that sometimes you just have games where you don’t play well.

 

Or maybe it was that he was back. And Robbo too. Both played a big part in this, but especially Mo. We just looked a completely different animal in this game and he was a big reason for that. Without harping on too much about Sunday, the main problem was we were just too stagnant and didn’t carry a threat in behind. 

 

This couldn’t have been more different. With Robbo bursting forward out wide we then had Sadio able to move around and get involved more, while Mo was always looking to play quick give and goes around the box and making runs in behind. Palace defended just as deeply as Everton and with even more numbers behind the ball. They couldn’t deal with us though.

 

Mind you, the derby could have been hugely different if Trent had done what he did in this game from the first free-kick he had. There’s one big difference right there. Goals change games. You can credit me with the assist for our opening goal as I reverse jinxed the shit out of that with what I wrote in the Everton report. In case you missed it….

 

"I think that might have been the last time we even remotely threatened until Fabinho saw a decent free-kick tipped over by Pickford. We don’t usually see him on set-pieces but that was a decent effort. Maybe he’ll get another chance, as I do feel we all vastly over-rate how good Trent is at free-kicks. He’s alright like, but he’s not the lethal dead ball specialist he’s portrayed as (here’s hoping I’ve reverse jinxed him there and he pings one into the top corner against Palace or City)."

 

Absolutely nailed that one. On a similar note, what the hell was going on with Gini’s finishing in this game? He had two great chances when the game was still close and he scuffed both of them. Gini’s ball striking isn’t as great as we think it is (here’s hoping I’ve reverse jinxed him there and he pings one into the top corner against City).

 

 

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Great report; like you, I felt this was the return of footy.

 

TAA's goal was fantastic but, having seen the camera shot from the Kop, I would have been disappointed if he missed. Hennessey was too far over relying on his wall.

 

And Fab is back too. he seemed to struggle a bit after his injury but he was my MOTM yesterday.

 

I think we'll win it tonight.

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3 minutes ago, Barnesey said:

 

TAA's goal was fantastic but, having seen the camera shot from the Kop, I would have been disappointed if he missed. Hennessey was too far over relying on his wall.

 

 

Never really noticed Hennessey's positioning , but was a bit odd that Palace seemed to deliberately put their taller guys on the inside part of the wall and their smallest where Trent was always likely to put it.

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I hadn't appreciated how close Wolves and Utd are to Chelsea. They can't afford not to give it a good go tonight.

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Brilliant report. Didn't even think of the Citeh players singing about us & Sean Cox when they won the title, so yeah come on Chelsea (ugh I feel dirty) and then lets twat Citeh all over the place next week at their place.

 

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We were terrific, we should have won 12-0. Robbo was so Robbo, running and sprinting all the time, we missed him badly vs Everton.

 

Mané isn’t the same player when Robbo us playing along. 

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Neco Williams is the real deal. Funny tho as when I first seen him in the league cup against arsenal I thought for the first 45 mins he was the worst player on the pitch. By the end of the game he was the best player. I’ve got a feeling he might end up being a more attacking player in a Gareth bale type role.

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1 hour ago, Madrid Diecinueve said:

Mr. Usher, what is the likelihood of another summer special fanzine?  
 

Last years was boss, and this team deserve you and the lads eulogising over them for what they have achieved. 
 

This 

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4 hours ago, Redder Lurtz said:

Got pissed in the back garden yesterday afternoon. Came inside to watch the match. Fell asleep before kickoff and missed the lot. Ffs. 

Sorry but funny as fuck

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4 hours ago, Redder Lurtz said:

Got pissed in the back garden yesterday afternoon. Came inside to watch the match. Fell asleep before kickoff and missed the lot. Ffs. 

Outstanding.  Please get leathered before each game if it ensures we play the same again.

 

 

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I just didn't want the game to end. If we'd had another 10 mins I feel like Harvey and Neco would both have gotten on the scoresheet, and I would have loved that. I also noticed that Harvey has really bulked up over the last three months.

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10 minutes ago, piphomer said:

I just didn't want the game to end. If we'd had another 10 mins I feel like Harvey and Neco would both have gotten on the scoresheet, and I would have loved that. I also noticed that Harvey has really bulked up over the last three months.

To be fair, even if the game had still gone on I doubt Gini would have scored...

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It's quite fitting and appropriate that this performance was the one that sealed the points that finally got us over the line.

We got a stranglehold on Palace the same as we did with the rest of the Premiership and just never took the pressure off.

For me, this is up there with the Forest 5-0 back in the day, a performance where we completely overwhelmed opposition that had been a thorn in our side, albeit for slightly different reasons.

Watching Palace trying to get the ball out of their own half was like watching someone trying to stop a flood of red dyed water with their hands.

A performance and season befitting of champions.  What a time to be a red !

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21 hours ago, Madrid Diecinueve said:

Mr. Usher, what is the likelihood of another summer special fanzine?  
 

Last years was boss, and this team deserve you and the lads eulogising over them for what they have achieved. 
 

I’m sure the fanzine is almost done and Dave is selling it within a few days ....

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To be fair I did actually create the document and do a little bit of the editorial back in December because I had something in my head and I wanted to get it written down before I forgot.

 

I've done nothing since like, but it is there on my desktop ready to be worked on.

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