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The Fields Of Anfield Road

The Fields Of Anfield Road
Started on 24 April 2018 by Aaron
Latest Reply on 24 June 2018 by TurboCarrilero
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What a brilliant tie! Liverpool fans would love to see you progress at the hands of United.
Scott: They would indeed, I certainly would too. Though I'd have much prefer a different challenge.

Champions League Quarter Finals


Game: Manchester United vs Liverpool
Venue: Old Trafford
Date: 3rd April 2018
Man United Lineup: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Criscito, Blind, Herrera, Matic, Mata, Sanchez, Lukaku.
Liverpool Lineup: Karius, Gomez, Magurie, Van Dijk, Moreno, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Salah, Firmino, Mane, Cutrone


United vs Liverpool is always a tough matchup for both sides but in recent years Liverpool have found it harder between the two to find results home or way, that had changed somewhat this season.

For the first leg we went in without Alexander Arnold who was injured for a week or so and had to settle for sufficient back up in Joe Gomez.

The ref blew the whistle and from the word go we were on the back foot starting from the word go. Mata being left with acres of space in the box for probably the 100th time against Liverpool made no mistake in the 3rd minute to net home.

Matic then came up with his own blockbuster of an effort from 30 yards out - Truly unstoppable. 5 mins had past and the tie was already slipping from our hands.

Both sides were very even, same possession, same shots, same everything but when it mattered most United could finish. Lukaku ended our hopes of becoming semi finalists ensuring our 3-0 loss.

Or did he?

Game: Liverpool vs Man United
Venue: Anfield
Date: 11th April 2018
Man United Lineup: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Lindelof, Criscito, Pogba, Herrera, Matic, Mata, Sanchez, Lukaku.
Liverpool Lineup: Karius, Gomez, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Salah, Firmino, Mane, Solanke


The second half of the tie was pressure free for us. We were 3-0 down and ultimately had nothing to lose, so I sent the boys out there with clear heads, and told them to attack.

I decided to go with Solanke, believing that a young inexperienced mind might be the difference, and I think I may have been right.

15 minutes went by and we had a corner. Henderson whipped a bad boy of a cross into a dangerous area then low and behold our man Solanke rose up and headed one in off Antonio Valencia. The goal initially went down as an own goal.

Again the game was extremely even despite a large number of shots going against De Gea's goal. Unlike the first leg though it was us who could finish and Wijnaldum fired home a rocket at the near post which followed an exquisite killer ball from Firmino.

We came out at half time 2-0 up, and we only needed one more. That all changed 10 minutes in when Sanchez snuck a 25 yard curler from out of no where. Our whole outlook on the game was changed once more and we would now need three goals.

We got one of those in the 65th minute coming from Salah who latched onto a low free header in the box.

That was it though, 3-1. We needed another 2 goals given that only one would send United through on away goals.

Gutted. Truly gutted. We came so close, and put in a fantastic performance. Just like the last 16, the jammy bastards had done it again.

See you next time United, hopefully in the FA Cup.

Beginning Of The End


LIVERPOOL 3-1 NEWCASTLE UNITED | SALAH, FIRMINO, SOLANKE
LEICESTER 2-4 LIVERPOOL | MANE, SOLANKE, GOMEZ, MAHREZ OG
LIVERPOOL 1-0 WEST HAM | SALAH
LIVERPOOL p0-0 WATFORD | N/A
BURNLEY 1-2 LIVERPOOL | SALAH X2

As you can see April has been a sublime month. Forgetting the UCL quarter finals in either side of the Newcastle game we had a 100% record in the premier league/cup competitions.

Of course we started with Newcastle where we would go up against former Liverpool manager and friend to the club Rafa Benitez who seems to have somewhat of a length record when it comes to helping Liverpool out. (Thanks for spanking Chelsea Raf x)

Heading into this month we knew the run in was all but upon us and nothing other than a win in every game would do for us, and for me. We wanted to blow this league out of the water and we start off well by smashing the Toon 3-1 at Anfield.


All of a sudden, a message pops up in my inbox. The run in. The only 'top' side in ours being Chelsea. A game we all saw as a must win, more for the bragging rights really, but that would come at a later date. First we had Leicester away from home while Arsenal would take on Newcastle. United, Swansea. And Manchester City, Brighton.

We came out with a rather convincing win having seen a flurry of goals go in from Solanke and the like. United won rather convincingly, City did too. Arsenal though...Arsenal had lost to Newcastle. At a time where we really needed it most.

Then came West ham who we would play on the very same date of the Manchester Derby. If we won, this would be a win/win situation. Someone was going to drop points here, maybe even both.

The good news was that the team we wanted to drop points more so than the other did just that. News had flurried in at Anfield of City's terrible defeat. Terrible defeat for them anyway. For the first time in probably forever Anfield had become a supporter of United and they did just what we needed.

The who else but that Egyptian king to break the hearts of City and Arsenal fans all around, scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win. So so close to the title now. We've got one hand on it!

Before we could get our hands on that trophy though, Wembley awaited us for a second time this year.


Watford would be our opponents and all that stood in our way of getting to the FA Cup final. The day before, United beat Chelsea in the opposite semi meaning we would have to play them a 6th time if we got there.

The only exciting thing in this one was our defense. Watford couldnt break through, neither could we. In attack were abysmal. Unfortunately for the travelling Liverpool fans we couldnt treat them to an exciting game, but I think we all know they've had their fair share in recent years anyway. They were probably glad for this.

Extra time spun on and without a goal in site, it was penalties. Trust Milner stepped up for the first, slots it home. Deeney the second, cool as you like. The next two were Cutrone and Carillo who both scored tying it up 2-2. Arnold took our 3rd and half of Wembley cheered the young boy as it nestled into the top bag.

Chalobah stepped up and missed the first of the shootout, and who else would you want on the next one other than Salah? Who made no mistake in making it 4-2.

That was it, Watford had to score. Kabasele steps up...MISSES! The Liverpool fans erupt as the realization that an FA Cup final beckons hit home. What a result!

Now the one we were all waiting for. Here we go then.


Everyone knew that we could win the league here if results went our way, meaning with a few games left to do it the title was now all but ours. Arsenal had won the day before, City had drawn, United had drawn.

Salah kicked off proceedings with a lovely one two and finish with Firmino in the 40th minute. The away fans were going mental.

As the game drew on, hope was starting to dissipate for the Burnley fans who needed a result here to achieve survival but at the expense of the clarets Liverpool would go on to FINALLY WIN THE LEAGUE as SALAH the main man, the man who brought us here today finished our opponents off in the 75th minute, an 89th minute goal for Burnley just wasn't enough!

LIVERPOOL ARE PREMIER LEAGUE CHAMPIONS!

Player Of The Month
Dominic Solanke gets my vote once again for even more outstanding performances in front of goal bagging two against Newcastle and Leicester. He's been on fire of late and has kept Cutrone out of the team quite a bit really.

The English lad has gelled really well this season and I'm glad to finally say that all my doubts have now disappeared. He will be in this team over the returning Origi next season.



Thoughts On The Report
Simply wow. Wow. We've won the league. Something I didn't expect to be saying at the start of the season. I can't quite believe it myself but finally we are here, and it's good to read "19 times" after all these years.

Thanks to Firmino, Mane, Henderson, Arnold...The whole team and most importantly Salah, we are the top team in England for the first time in 28 years oh does it feel good.

Whatever comes next, this team will go down as legends. Bring on Man United in May. We want our revenge.
Finally that elusive Premier League title has found it's way to Liverpool. Well in!
#WengerIn

May Day, The Unimportant


LIVERPOOL 1-1 CHELSEA | SALAH
LIVERPOL 4-2 BRIGHTON | SOLANKE X2, MANE, SUTTNER (OG)

As you all now know Liverpool are Premier League Champions for 2017/18. It's been a tough old year for us boys in Red but we've made so much progress in such a short space of time and we've really written ourselves well and truly into the history books with such a remarkable unlikely title victory.

At the beginning of the season my goal was to bring home at least one domestic cup, we've gotten to both finals available. One lost, one still to play. That goal could still be complete but if not then we can still look back and say we accomplished something even bigger.

From 2010 to 2017, it really has been stormy skies for Liverpool. Some would argue even before that and to some extent they'd be correct.

Though this year we are top boys in England and we want to remain that way. At the end of the storm is a golden sky and I fully believe we can see it shining bright right now.

At the end of the year, we've really continued as we had all season. Smashing Brighton, and picking up a point against Chelsea who I am still yet to beat a long with Tottenham.

It's no issue though as in the end we came out on top and had the last laugh. So to round off the year, here is the final standings for the Premier League.
What a season. Two sides in Liverpool in Arsenal doing what no one expected and finishing above the rest. Spurs surprising everyone by finishing outside the top 4 in quite some time. And Chelsea staying true to life putting in one of the worst title defenses in Premier League history.

It really has been fantastic. Onto the FA Cup, tick tock Man United.

Player Of The Month
Dominic Solanke has once again been fantastic. 2 goals against Brighton sent Liverpool fans home a very happy bunch on the last day of the season. In front of the kop too.

This boy has been remarkable and he fully deserves it.


Thoughts On The Report
ALLEZ ALLEZ ALLEZ

FA Cup - 2017/18


We've been grinding all the way through the league this season. All the way to top spot, some big results along the way for sure but make no mistake...It's not been easy.

One thing that has been easy though - The FA Cup. Some might call that arrogance, me? I call it fact. We really have steam rolled through every round bar the semi final. Even at that point I felt like we'd win 100% even on penalties. Why? We deserved too.

It's about to get a whole lot different though. A whole lot harder, and a whole lot more intense. Man United will be our final opponents of the season and the tournament meaning possibly for the first time ever the world will have seen 6 north west derbies in just 1 season.

I prepared the squad as usual. We worked on our teamwork the day before and on the day as we often have done this year. I picked the best squad available to me and we were set. The only absentee being Maguire who is cup tied. I can't wait till next year when I can play him at anytime I like.

The two sides walked out to a stream of chants, songs, it was an electric crowd and you could sense that both sides were incredibly pumped up by this. Firmino and Henderson kicked off the game at roughly 5PM, and the game was underway. Liverpool looking for revenge after that harsh Carabao Cup loss.

The first chance of the game went to United. Sanchez latched onto a free ball on the outskirts of the box and whipped it in, only for Gomez to thwart Lukaku's efforts and send it out for a corner, which was also defended well by Scouser Alexander-Arnold.

Roughly ten minutes later we came close. Mane broke free on the left wing and proved already how dangerous he can be. Completely free on the wing he sent in a high cross to the head of Firmino who could only put it just wide of the post.

With chances under the belt of both sides, each of the 22 players were brimming with confidence but only Liverpool could take somewhat of an advantage. Intercepting a through ball, Lovren lumped it up the field to Firmino who had so far been ever present. He saw the run of Salah and with an incredible flick of the foot laid it off perfectly for a one on one, but the Egyptian could only put it nicely into the hands of De Gea.

with the second half now upon us all I could do was give the lads words of encouragement. We had most of the ball, and all the chances but we can't take that for granted.

We came very near again when Salah hoofed a diagonal pass up to Mane on the left. Sadio brought it back in the middle and had our main pass outlet Firmino send Salah on a goose chase into the box. He managed to grab the ball, crossed back to Mane ANNND...Over the bar.

Still 0-0.

There were more opportunities for United too. A well and truly fast paced cross from Valencia in deep territories had the whole ground on it's feet as Lukaku put his head through it. The ball went just over the bar, very unlucky for the Belgian.

A few minutes later it was end to end. Arnold laid off Salah on the wing who broke free of Criscito. He sped on past him and crossed the ball in low for Firmino who caught the ball with his right foot. He tried to creep it in at the near post but unfortunately it actually came to close to the post.

United Uncharacteristically took advantage and countered us. Thumping it to Lingard who passed to Mata. The Spaniard played a lovely killer ball to Lukaku and with just the keeper to beat he went for the cheeky lob...But once again over the bar.

Full time drew nearer and nearer with the teams still at 0-0. A ball came up high for Herrera who got it headed it to the floor but only to Can who misplaced a pass. The ball came cannoning off the United player and falling to the feet of Moreno.

Moreno played a quick one to Can and the German smashed it long for Firmino to run onto on the left. With a cheeky feign of the shoulder he was completely free of Valencia. For what felt like the millionth time of the evening he put it in low for SAAAAALAH!!!!

One half of the all Red Wembley had erupted and yes of course it was the Liverpool fans cheering once more. The Egyptian king does it for I don't know how many times this season. What. A. Player.

With 10 minutes left on the clock we were taking no risks, I instructed the boys to play deep and to look to defend and contain United. It worked an absolute treat and when the ref blew the whistle for the last time this season, the Liverpool fans embroiled in the ecstasy of it all as the mighty Reds lifted the trophy for the first time in 12 years.

What a season.


I feel like your readers may appreciate this.


Oh, and congratulations on lifting the cup.
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Justice: I doubt they're readers anymore ;)
Love it x

Liverpool - A 2017/18 Seasonal Review


We have soaked up so many plaudits and praises throughout the season and at the very end. Really, the lads couldn't be more deserving of them. 2017/18 sees probably one of Liverpool's biggest ever seasons. Throwing the monkey from their back that is winning the league title.

But there have been some outstanding performances all across the board from certain players. The team have all pulled together and achieved something they can all remember but who were the stand out players this year? We already know how we did in each competition, so I won't get into that. Here's a conclusion to some of our best players' season.

Mohammed Salah
You all probably guessed it and yes the first name we begin with is our own Egyptian King Mo Salah. He's been the figure head of us reds many many times this season, some would say pharaoh, most would agree.

Salah has notched 25 goals in the league this season, not quite as comparable as in real life but still fantastic nonetheless, and he still runs away top goalscorer. He also gets quite a hefty sum of 16 assists.

In total his numbers add up to 39 goals, 23 assists, 13 MOTM's, 50 apps.

Honours:-
Liverpool Player Of The Year
Liverpool Top goalscorer
PFA Player Of The Year
Premier League Top Goalscorer
Premier League
FA Cup

Trent Alexander-Arnold

A lot of people look at the attackers (especially) in a title winning team however whilst it's always amazing to see your front three doing absolute bits, you must take notice of those making it possible.

Here we have big Trent, Liverpool born and raised. One of our most important players this year and why? Not only has he put in effort of the highest of qualities but he's had an insane amount of weight not put on his shoulders but pressed too.

With Clyne out at the beginning of the season for 8 months, Trent was in it for the long haul and it would be only him filling that full back spot as I limited myself to just one signing in the first window.

The first few months were difficult for him and after the first 3 you could clearly see the strain on him as his conditioning started to suffer. I didn't want his development to suffer also due to an injury so we dropped him for Gomez for a few games.

Arnold returned, and put in a young player of the years performance. He stayed fit all season, and his development soured as a result.

Honours:-
Liverpool Young Player Of The Year
PFA Player Of The Year
Premier League
FA Cup

Dominic Solanke

Solanke was completely up against it in August. I was never certain of his goal scoring ability, certainly not for a top side like Liverpool anyway, and we decided to use this season as a tester for the young boy.

Dominic didn't play incredible amounts and that's understandable given Firmino and also now Cutrone were ahead of him in the pecking order. In total for the league he ran out 17 times for us 12 of those being starts. In those 17, 10 goals were scored equaling a goal record just better of 1 every other game.

In all comps it was 19 apps and 13 goals. I've looked back on other performances and taken his goal tally into account. I've made the decision to keep Solanke and move the returning Origi out of the club. No hard feelings to the Belgian, but in Solanke we now do have a proven Premier League goalscorer.

Honours:-
Premier League
FA Cup

Robero Firmino

Last but not least. Good ol' Bobby Firmino. Personally for me, Firmino is my favorite player at Liverpool. Irl that is. Yes yes Salah is emphatic but this man just bleeds for the mighty Reds. I love him, he's fantastic.

To add to this, he too has had a brilliant season plying his trade mostly as our False 9. 21 goals and 15 assists in 46 apps just isn't bad going at all. He'd been chopping and changing with our other two strikers as well but mostly it has been the Firmino show. Himself, Salah, and Mane have formed an incredible psychic level of understanding.

All the lads have been fantastic. I really wish I could name them all. Mane, Van Dijk, Karius, Can, Woodburn, Captain Fantastic and many many more all deserve the highest level of praise.

Not forgetting myself of course.

I am the best.
You are the best.
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