Observations: Groundhog Day

Observations: Groundhog Day

I've seen this one before. Liverpool vs Chelsea in a domestic cup final. Both teams create lots of chances, though the Reds are slightly the better side. None of these are scored, with two excellent goalkeeping displays. Thomas Tuchel makes a sub deep in extra time, gambling on a penalty specialist. But eventually, Liverpool triumphed, holding their nerve to seal it in the shootout. Really someone should be asking what the scriptwriters have been doing these last few months, because …
Player Ratings for Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea (LFC win 6-5 on penalties)

Player Ratings for Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea (LFC win 6-5 on penalties)

For the third time under Jurgen Klopp, the Reds outlasted the detestable Chelsea FC in a penalty shootout to lift a trophy into the night sky. While Liverpool once again could not get a win in either regulation or extra time against the Blues, new heroes stepped up to complete the set for Herr Klopp. Alisson – 8 Shook off a knock in the first half after a clash with Marcos Alonso to put in a composed and vital display. …
Molby On The Spot: Kepa's Karma & Kelleher's Winner

Molby On The Spot: Kepa's Karma & Kelleher's Winner

Liverpool, after such an eventful campaign during the tournament - especially when they were two goals down to Leicester at Anfield - didn't expect all of that drama to be eclipsed in the final against Chelsea. Remarkably, despite the scoreline, you will struggle to see a match with more twists and turns! At one point, this all got a bit too much for Molby on the Spot host Trev Downey. Regardless of the events during the match, including disallowed goals …
Player Ratings as Reds are crowned League Cup Champions

Player Ratings as Reds are crowned League Cup Champions

We all need to catch our breaths after that Carabao Cup final. After an absolutely amazing 120 minutes ended 0-0, Kepa Arrizabalaga blazed the 22nd penalty of an incredible shootout over the bar, to give Jurgen Klopp his first domestic cup as manager of Liverpool. It was an even game throughout with both goalkeepers excelling in regulation time, and in extra time. It was scarcely believable that 120 minutes couldn't produce a goal. What followed was also scarcely believable penalty …
Liverpool 0 - 0 Chelsea - The League Cup Final Match Report

Liverpool 0 - 0 Chelsea - The League Cup Final Match Report

The initial stages and final Pre-match build-up was consumed with bad news, as the Spanish magician Thiago, caught an injury in the warm up. What started as a bad practical joke on Twitter, soon became reality, with Naby Keita stepping up to the first team. The tears of Thiago (on the sidelines) resonated with the Liverpool fanbase, and his failure to make the squad saw Harvey Elliott take a place on the reds bench. The reds look irregular in the …
Why James Milner started against Chelsea

Why James Milner started against Chelsea

There is a misconception that if a player starts ahead of someone else, they are the better one. In reality, they are usually just viewed as the better fit for that game by the manager. Football these days is not a one size fits all sort of thing. It really is a squad game and that is why so many teams spend ridiculous amounts of money adding depth.  This has been a topic of debate on Liverpool Twitter following the …
Chelsea 2 - 2 Liverpool - The Player Ratings

Chelsea 2 - 2 Liverpool - The Player Ratings

Caoimhin Kelleher - 8.0 Could do little for the goals, and was assured throughout. A very good backup to Becker, and given the circumstances, should be proud of his showing. Great stop from Pulisic early on. Trent Alexander Arnold - 7.0 Another assist for this sensational player, and further showing of his overall game. Solid in defence and elegant in possession. Kostas Tsimikas - 7.0 A constant outlet and willing runner. This game only lacked some more danger in delivery, …
A Must Win Midfield

A Must Win Midfield

Manchester City will inevitably win this season's Premier League title, but Liverpool and Chelsea will certainly look to push as long and hard as they can, in the hope of an Etihad slip. This weekend represents the biggest game of Liverpool’s season, and one after such a disappointing midweek showing. The away loss to Leicester was just about the most frustrating game imaginable, with an opportunity to gain momentum into the new year, simply lost. The reds appeared overconfident, and …
If You Don’t Know Me By Now…

If You Don’t Know Me By Now…

I wanted to distract a little from the joys of the transfer window, so would like to share some thoughts on one of the reds' greatest ever central defenders. Hint: it’s not Dejan Lovren. In 2008 Chelsea and Liverpool met on four separate occasions throughout the calendar year. The first, on February 10th (towards the back end of the 2007/08 season), saw Chelsea and the reds draw 0-0 at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League. The season's start saw the …
Don’t Look Back In Anger

Don’t Look Back In Anger

The nervous nature and anticipation of a big major game rarely sees the emotional ride end when the final whistle blows. There’s sometimes jubilation, now and then dismay, and here and there it’s bitter annoyance. Football can offer the best of times, yet deliver periods of distress that can be absolute weekend destroyers. As match week three drew to a close, there’s a few conclusions that can be garnered from this early period. It’s a short duration in the early …
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