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    Manchester City 1 Liverpool 2 (Apr 10 2018)

    Yeah City fans are just odd with the Champions League (just odd in general really actually). I've seen some of them comment that it's 4th on their list of priorities. Fair enough the league should always be most important for anyone but who on earth thinks the FA cup and the league cup are more important? Never seen so much bitching about refereeing decisions either. They lost 1-5 over two legs, the one goal they did score shouldn't have counted, yet them being knocked out is all on the officials - ok then. On bluemoon the first leg has now been rewritten and they were actually brilliant instead of utter shite, and last night they'd have been 20 goals up by halftime if not for a UEFA conspiracy to prevent them from winning the Champions League. On to the semis now. Not really fussed who we get. Roma might be the easiest but they can't be too bad if they can outplay Barcelona like that. Unlike with the other 2 teams (assuming there are no mental comebacks tonight) we'd be in the position of favourites against them too and the underdog role seems to suit us. It's mostly just nice to be relevant in Europe again. Feels like the days under Rafa when no one wanted to draw us. That season in the competition under Rodgers and the realisation that we were a complete irrelevance at this level was really depressing.
  2. Our record at Old Trafford for the last 20 odd years really must be appalling. We had a little run under Houllier where we seemed to do well there and the spectacular 4-1 and 3-0 wins under Benitez and Rodgers, but other than those games it always just seems like we completely forget how to play football when we go there. Time after time I've just found myself wondering what the hell has happened to some of our players when they step out onto their pitch.. Anyway it's out of the way now. Hopefully that will be it for this season. Agree that I'd rather have anyone other than them in the Champions League. Maybe Sevilla will take away the worry of drawing them by knocking them out tomorrow night. Can't really see it though. Every other result went against us this weekend so it seems to be shaping up to be one of those weeks where nothing good happens.
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    Liverpool 2 Tottenham 2 (Feb 4 2018)

    I think we'd have a lot more points this season but for officials. Seen some people saying on the boards we benefit from our fair share of dodgy calls too. Maybe I'm just too biased but I'm struggling to recall many this season. Mignolet was lucky not to be sent off at Stoke and a soft penalty against Everton in the cup and I can't think of many others. We've had the dodgy Everton penalty, the clearly offside last minute Watford equaliser (although who knows what is offside these days, maybe one of our players was guilty of looking at the ball in a certain way and that made it onside) and now this absolutely farcical ending which topped the other 2 and any other game I can recall for officials completely influencing a result. Six points right there. The Everton game you could say we still had 15-20 minutes to sort it out but the other 2 games had bad calls go against us so late that there was no chance whatsoever of winning the game. I no longer care if we win every remaining game this season with a dodgy call, or if Spurs drop points every week because of a dodgy call. I especially hope we get Spurs in the Champions League and beat them with a dodgy 94th minute penalty in the second leg. See what Pochettino has to say about diving then. The 2 games against Everton showed how hypocritical managers are when it comes to things like that. The officials should be demoted next week and yet there are people in the media actually praising them for their performance. No wonder officiating in this country seems to have reached an all time low in terms of competence. The club and Klopp should say they don't want Moss and that linesman anywhere near our games again. Dodgy as fuck the way they came to those decisions. The linesman doing a fist pump after the second penalty is given is pretty incredible.
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    Liverpool 1 Everton 1 (Dec 10 2017)

    Think I was more anoyed with Mane than the ref at the end of the game. I simply just don't get why he doesn't square it there. Had it gone to 2-0 I think we'd have finished up putting 4 or 5 past them. They were absolutely terrible - even worst than I was expecting them to be. The comparison with a lower league FA cup team is spot on and in fact most of those teams would try and play more football than Everton did. Ridiculous that they were saying on Sky afterwards that it was a penalty. I think it just fit into their narrative for this match. Plucky Everton getting battered against superior opposition but thanks to their genius new manager Big Sam (a close friend of most Sky Sports pundits) they come away with a point. They love to focus on our defending too so yeah let's say it was a stupid mistake by Lovren rather than a disgraceful decision by the referee then we can have another long segment about Klopp's inability to sort out his defence.
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    Liverpool 7 Spartak Moscow 0 (Dec 6 2017)

    Poor Spartak were like my primary school team in a game once where we were getting hammered by a much better team and the ref started giving us lots of generous decisions and eventually blew up early. Not sure that sort of thing should really be happening at Champions League level though. Shame we didn't meet Everton a couple of weeks ago as I think we'd have done something like this to them the way they were playing at the time. Allardyce will probably at least have them organised enough to avoid a complete humiliation.
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    Leicester City 2 Liverpool 3 (Sep 24 2017)

    I didn't have any problems with the penalty being given, okay he got a nick on the ball but if you make contact with a player in the follow through after that you're always asking for trouble, but it all came about because the officials missed a clear foul on Salah near the halfway line. As well as the big decisions on Saturday it seemed like pretty much every small decision went Leicester's way. I lost count of the times they got away with blatant shoves when challenging for aerial balls and yet every small bit of contact on one of their players was a freekick. Couldn't believe how after so many many decisions went against us MOTD's focus was on things we got away with. Mignolet lucky to not be sent off (wtf?) and then the Can handball which was apparently a blatant penalty. I don't think they even showed the Lovren penalty claim in the highlights. No wonder useless pricks like Taylor get away with performances like on Saturday. Some of our problems at the start of this season have obviously been self inflicted but I do think we've had a pretty bad time of it in general with refereeing decisions. The last minute offside equaliser from Watford, Mane being sent off for a challenge where there have been at least 2 examples since where players were only shown yellow cards for similar challenges, and a very strong penalty appeal turned down near the end of the Burnley game. And now officials who did everything they could on Saturday to get Leicester back into the game. It's a pretty long list for so early in the season. I certainly won't care if we get some iffy decisions in the coming weeks to even it out (because it always evens itself out over the course of the season according to a lot of people which is another reason why refs get away with performances like that).
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    West Ham 0 Liverpool 4 (May 14 2017)

    There wasn't really any reason for Southampton to be so negative at Anfield last week either as they also didn't really have anything much left to play for. This Middlesbrough side is one of the most negative teams I can remember being in the premier league too. I'm not sure they even know how to play any other way. Hopefully they do have a go as it would certainly be better for us but if they did but it would be a pleasant surprise if they did.
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    Other football 2016/17.

    Bit annoyed with Sevilla as I had them in an accumulator to qualify and it was looking in great shape after Barcelona somehow qualified last week. They should have been out of sight after the first leg though and paid the price. We must be looking at some of their attacking players for the summer as they would fit right in here considering how spineless they all were tonight. They get a penalty to keep them in the competition and not one of them will step up and take it and it's left to a midfielder who I can't remember ever having much of a scoring record. Vardy certainly milked it to get Nasri sent off but it was just moronic from Nasri. He'd been lucky to get away with a few other challenges before that in truth. He seems to be a particularly dislikeable footballer even by modern standards and the fact he was getting caught up in something like that when play was still going on and his team desperately needed a goal showed what an immature and selfish player he is. They should fine him whatever the maximum amount is they can get away with and sell him if he has a problem with it. But this is modern football so they'll probably just blame Vardy and the referee. Fair play to Leicester although I must admit that while I was happy for them last year that team and their fans just irritate me now. I think and kind of hope they will get absolutely hammered in the next round. It kind of just puts shame on most of the supposed big teams that they've already gone further this year than most of our other teams in recent seasons.
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    Leicester City 3 Liverpool 1 (Feb 27 2017)

    This was probably the most alarming performance of the season so far for me. Other games you could say goals went against us at the worst possible times during the match, quite often against the run of play, but here we were fortunate to get through the opening stages without going behind and yet still couldn't settle down or wake up. Really just fed up with us right now. Was hopeful we could still salvage something from the season (albeit not what we all wanted a few months back) after the Spurs game but this just killed that hope completely. Yet again with months of the season still to go I'll be happy to just see it end and we can spend the last few months of the season watching other teams play important games while ours mean nothing.
  10. Really don't think I can be bothered with this team any more. It's like they're on a mission to drop points against every single one of the shittest teams in the league. How do you go from playing like they did against Spurs to whatever the fuck this has supposed to be? They play with this little energy and effort after a 2 week break? Right from the very start it was obvious they just weren't up for it tonight.
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    Hull City 2 Liverpool 0 (Feb 4 2017)

    Good report. Summed everything up perfectly. Can't believe how dramatically things have fallen apart since that win over City on New Year's Eve. It's been like being made to watch the second half of that Europa League final for an entire month. Have a lot of sympathy for Atlanta Falcons fans after the way their team completely choked in the Superbowl. They apparently have a lot of previous form for getting their fans hopes up and then spectacularly blowing it just like modern day Liverpool.
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    Liverpool 2 Swansea 3 (Jan 21 2017)

    Yep feeling very down myself still even 2 days later. Some defeats you can shake off and just look forward to the next game to make up for it but not this time and I'm really struggling to care if we beat Southampton or not (certainly not optimistic on that front the way we're playing anyway). Football does seem a bit empty and pointless right now. Yeah we can maybe still make top 4 but so what? Great we're back in the champions league but it's not like we'd have any chance of winning it now. Back in the days of Rafa it always seemed a realistic possibility but now it just seems a closed shop with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern in a different class to everyone else. It would generate more money to improve the squad? Hmm I remember thinking that last time we qualified but instead we sold our best player and bought a load of mediocre shite - not one single one of whom couldn't have been signed anyway without champions league football to offer. It does just seem like we're in an eternal loop of despair where occasional flashes of hope always seem to just be snuffed out in the most ridiculous ways possible.
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    Bournemouth 4 Liverpool 3 (Dec 4 2016)

    Could have done with that league cup game being this midweek really just to have something virtually straight away to try and get that horrible second half out of the system instead of having a week to dwell over it. In theory West Ham should be a good team to take it out on at Anfield (they looked absolutely shambolic defensively against Arsenal) but football rarely seems to be that straightforward and I'm no longer sure if we're anywhere near as good as I thought we were. Time will tell if this was just a one off return to bad old habits or this sort of mental weakness is ingrained into the squad.
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    That refereeing performance

    It seems to be pure luck whether or not you get penalties these days most of the time. Most of the ones that get given you'll see a virtually identical incident in another game that isn't given. Seems to almost depend what sort of mood the ref is in. It might not be in the rules exactly but if one team has 3 decent appeals then you would expect one of them to be given. Sadly not in this case. He was terrible in general as well. Hard for our pressing game to work when the ref blows his whistle for virtually every single challenge. Some of them were great challenges. He's probably a ref Villarreal would have loved to have had at Anfield as he'd have been stopping the game constantly and giving them freekicks. I doubt we'd have won that game so comfortably had he been in charge. We were awful in that second half and there was no response at all after going behind but one of the reasons we couldn't get anything going was that prick was blowing his whistle every 5 seconds for fuck all. Every time the ball went out of play and he didn't know who to give it to he just seemed to decide it was Sevilla's ball too. It always annoys me when I hear commentators say the ref will just add time on at the end of a game when one team is constantly timewasting as though it doesn't matter. Apart from the fact they often don't actually add on anywhere near as much time as they should it also makes it so much harder for a team chasing a game to get any momentum going when the play is constantly being stopped. I guess we'll never know what would have happened had we got one of those penalties and gone 2 goals up. With Liverpool teams in the past I'd have been in no doubt it would have been game over. But this lot have blown 2 goal leads 3 times recently so it hardly would have been safe if Sevilla had got one back and changed the momentum of the game. And that second half was so bad that it's hard to imagine any sort of lead would be safe. I still don't know how you can make that dozy a start to a second half in a cup final and basically completely undo everything you did right in the first half. Shit ref didn't help but just like when we lost that second final to Milan with the help of a really shit ref we also aided considerably in our own downfall. Just seems like a big opportunity missed against a not particularly good side. Ultimately we didn't kill them off when we were on top but killed us off when they were on top.
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    Southampton 3 Liverpool 2 (Mar 20 2016)

    They were saying on MOTD last night that we'd dropped more points from winning positions this season than any other team - 15. Eleven of those since Klopp took over. Just a few more points and we'd be right in the mix for 4th place against West Ham, a Manchester City team who look absolutely terrible a the moment and United who have looked terrible pretty much all season. So frustrating. You can hardly expect a team to go a whole season without losing a lead a few times and to be fair we have also gained a fair few points from late goals too but 15 is way too many. This game and the Sunderland ones are the real stand out ones though as they really were in the bag and we just threw them away. It certainly feels like the league season is over now. Just the Europa League left to play for. Then hopefully a summer where we finally get our transfers right and sort ourselves out. I'm not entirely sure who will be leaving but it does certainly look like this game might have pretty much made up Klopp's mind to ship Skrtel out.
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