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FC Porto 1 Liverpool 5 (Sep 28 2021)

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We probably have a completely false view of Porto based on us always battering them. They’re actually a good side but we always make them look useless, especially at their place. We’re like kryptonite to them. Their goals against at home record over recent seasons is brilliant when they aren’t playing us; it’s either a clean sheet or they’ll let one in. Then we come to town and run riot against them.

 

It isn’t about their lack of quality as nobody else does it to them. It’s not about how good we are either as it’s not like we do this to everyone. It must be style of play. Whatever it is about them, it suits us perfectly because we can carve them open at will. There’s space everywhere and I know this is an easy thing to say and I feel as though I say it every week, but we really ought to have scored more than we did.

 

In one sense that seems a bit daft. I mean, I read today that after the first nine games this is the joint most goals we’ve ever scored in club history. So talking about how we should have scored more seems a bit churlish, but I don’t think it’s being unreasonable either. We aren’t going to score with every chance, that’s not really my point. In this game specifically it wasn’t missed chances, it was missed chances to make the chances.

 

In the first half I couldn’t believe just how on top we were. The game was wide open for us and it felt like every single time we got the ball within seconds we were right on top of their defence with a promising situation. We didn’t make enough of those opportunities. It was never going to matter because unlike at Brentford you knew that Porto weren’t going to pose much of a threat, while they were so bad at the back (and in goal!) that we were always going to score four or five.

 

We only managed two in the first half despite almost total dominance. And both goals were gifts by their keeper. Ok, maybe it’s going overboard to describe the first one as a gift as such, but it wasn’t good from him was it?

 

 

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Let’s fucking have these financial doping, human rights abusing, crying bald bastard manager employing, lawyering up to avoid punishment cunts”

 

Wonderful stuff. 

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1 minute ago, TheBitch said:

Let’s fucking have these financial doping, human rights abusing, crying bald bastard manager employing, lawyering up to avoid punishment cunts”

 

Wonderful stuff. 

Hey! That bit's supposed to be behind the paywall.  

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22 minutes ago, aws said:

Hey! That bit's supposed to be behind the paywall.  

If that doesn’t tempt people into a subscription then they don’t deserve this site. 

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Best refereeing performance in….. forever. Knew exactly what was going on, what those cheating fuckers were up to and read the game in a way the chumps in the PL could only dream of.

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4 hours ago, Anubis said:

That last sentence is Usher’s St Crispin’s Day speech.

 

They should let me give the team talk on Sunday.

 

Defo be better than @Ted anyway (one for the podcast listeners there)

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Let’s fucking have these financial doping, human rights abusing, crying bald bastard manager employing, lawyering up to avoid punishment cunts.

 

Top, top Citeh analysis there Dave.

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27 minutes ago, Gav said:

100% "my ball ,leave it" in Portugese from Jota for that Mane goal

Should get an assist. 

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Its hard to figure out what the keeper was thinking. The best I can do is he must have seen a lot of videos of good keepers like Alisson and the way they sometimes come way forward to snuff out direct play. Alisson often anticipates things and starts moving forward as soon as he sees the opposing keeper or defender lift their leg back so he can be in position to deal with it. 

 

He must have had a rush of blood the head that made him think: "I iz aLso An Sweepr KeepaH". By the time that rush receded he realises he's come way too far out and has to commit at that point. Wouldn't want to look stupid!

 

That's about the best I can do. 

 

 

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Regarding Mane's goal, I'm thinking the keeper left it because he was spooked by how they conceded the first. Probably thought there was a chance he would push it into the path of a Liverpool player.

 

The problem was he had too much faith in his defenders' mind reading abilities. Because they had absolutely no clue he was going to leave it. Milner deserves some credit too for putting in the very definition of a "corridor of uncertainty" cross.

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20 minutes ago, aws said:

I like the above  theory that it was a shithouse shout from Jota which caused him to leave it. 

Although I'd love for this to be true, I'd imagine the keeper would have gone mental towards the ref to get Jota booked.

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I think he came to claim it , then thought the defender was going to lunge in and deflect it goalwards and once he hesitated he was in no mans land. Great cross by BGJ.

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