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Benfica 1 Liverpool 3 (Apr 5 2022)

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I suppose it’s a measure of how great this team is and how much they’ve spoiled us that my over-riding feeling after a 3-1 away win in the first leg of a Champions League quarter final was mild annoyance. That’s ridiculous I know, and probably comes across as a bit “Sky Generation whopper”, but in my defence it wasn’t a case of me just demanding perfection and expecting us to win by five or six.

 

It wasn’t that, it was just that it was so obvious from early on that this was a game where we could easily fill our boots so I just wanted the tie over, which would allow us to rest most of the big hitters in the second leg. I didn’t go into the game thinking that and I’d have happily taken 3-1 before kick off. It’s just that it was clear from early on that we could create chances at will and the second leg would be a formality if we hadn’t been so wasteful. 

 

In fairness it is actually close to being over anyway thanks to the late goal from Diaz, but the gulf between these two teams was so big for most of this game that this really ought to have been at least a five goal margin of victory. It wasn’t because we weren’t clinical, with Salah’s profligacy a particular concern ahead of this weekend’s trip to the Etihad. On the flip side of that, I’d probably be more worried about the weekend if we’d scored six or seven in this one, so I suppose I should be happy that we’ve held some back.

 

That isn’t to say Benfica didn’t have their moments. They had a flurry in the second half after they scored and they made it uncomfortable for us for a 10-15 minute spell, but by the time that happened we really ought to have been completely out of sight. We completely dominated the first half without ever really hitting top gear and it had the feel of those games across the city when we spanked Porto. The only difference was we didn’t convert enough chances.

 

Any time we went forward we looked like we’d fashion a chance but the finishing wasn’t up to scratch. Salah was lively but wasteful, Keita had a couple of efforts he didn’t make enough of and eventually it was left to the big fella to show them how it’s done when he planted a header into the bottom corner from a Robertson corner. That’s his first goal for us but this should be just the start. He’s going to be a threat on set-pieces, especially when the main focus for opponents is stopping Virgil.

 

He ran off to celebrate near the corner flag, signalled for everyone to give him room and then he nailed a knee slide. Fabinho tried to copy it and ended up on the floor folded up like an accordion. He’s lucky he didn’t injure himself. Knee slides are so much more difficult than they look. I tried it once and ended up leaving two massive knee divots in the turf before I face planted. You’ve got to get your weight leaning backwards otherwise you end up like Fabinho. And me.

 

 

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I think it will be the old 3 up front. Jota has scored a couple of important goals lately but his touch has been really off since his injury and I think Jurgen will feel the game has come too early tactically for Diaz.

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1 hour ago, Remmie said:

Lobs are such an aesthetically pleasing goal as well.

 

Sturridge in the derby back in the day is probably my favourite. Man, he could make the game look easy. 

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If my memory serves me right Sturridge was a chip, Stevie's first of his derby hattrick was a lob.

 

There is that sense of time standing as a well placed lob gently sails over the goalie's head with every eye straining upwards to follow its flight.

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It’s great to have your reports back. Your guys did well, but you’re the master. Unlike the knee slide …

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“ A lot of players could play the pass, but most of them wouldn’t even see it, or by the time they did it wouldn’t be on”

 

 Love the TAA analysis, although without being pedantic I’m not sure a lot of players could, even on a training ground without the pressure, vision, awareness. His passing is unbelievable, he’s out there on his own in quality 

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Wouldn’t like to be dragged by the bollocks to Porto from Lisbon Dave.

 

 

(sporting are the other side of the city) 

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