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Milan de Koningh - I Nerazzurri

Started on 24 March 2019 by Nerazzurri
Latest Reply on 14 August 2019 by Jack

January 2022

Milan decided to keep faith with the team that had gotten Liverpool this far, even though it was an important Semi-Final match against arch rivals, Manchester United. That included starts for Samuel Okoro, Joe Gomez, Harper, Elmas, Brewster, Curtis Jones and Phil Simmons.

And Man Utd duly licked their lips in anticipation and rightly so, as Utd got off to the best possible start on 4 minutes as Marco Asensio opened up the scoring. And they kept up the pressure and Asensio again, doubled the lead in the 23rd minute as Liverpool were all at sea. And a brilliant first half was made more memorable as Lukaku scored with 3 minutes left, as United went in 3-0 at the break.

Milan duly read the lads the riot act and it did inspire a better performance, but still Paul Pogba put paid to that in the 54th minute with a neatly timed finish, as United fans were in full voice, mocking their rivals as Liverpool tried desperately to get a goal, but left empty handed.

“It was a pathetic and abject performance. I gave the lads a vote of confidence, by selecting them for such an important game and they let me down. Next time i’ll think twice about doing so and will probably pick the best team that’s available to me.”

“We’re in a poor position after the first leg. I think i put too much faith, too early in some of you and we failed. And now we’ve got a huge mountain to climb. We need to win 5-0, and as Virgil can attest to, it’s doable. We did it with Holland in our game against Portugal and you’ve all got the ability to do the same here tonight. We’re better than them, league table proves that. And we can blow away any team on our day, so let’s go out there and embarrass, Manchester United and get to the Carabao Cup Final.”

Liverpool started on the front foot, but the majority of their shots were off target as the crowd began to grow frustrated hoping for an early goal, but it never came. Then in the 30th minute Tierney crossed in from the left and Mo Salah volleyed it into the bottom right corner with his weaker right foot, giving Liverpool the lead. Less than two minutes later, United are on the attack and Virgil intercepts a cross and Liverpool hit on the counter as Firmino slides a ball into Almada, who backheels to Tierney, who side passes it to Arthur, who see’s Keita free on the edge of the penalty area and slams the ball first time into the top corner past De Gea and gives Liverpool a 2-0 lead.

Straight from kickoff, Liverpool were once again on the front foot and with 33 minutes gone, TAA had a throw in from the right, Pogba headed it back, and TAA managed to get his head on the ball as it falls to Keita who passes to Almada and he weaves his way into the area, before sliding to the ball into Mane on the left who slams the ball into the back of the next with a first time shot that De Gea had no chance of stopping. Three goals in THREE minutes and Liverpool lead 3-0 and the comeback could really be on.

HT Liverpool 3-0 Manchester United.

Second half gets underway and United try to get themselves back into it, but with 54 minutes gone, Virgil gets the ball at the back and drives forward passing to Mane on the left. Who runs at the defence and finds Firmino with an accurate pass into the penalty area, who turns and shoots, but Dias blocks the shot as De Gea dives for the ball and it runs to Naby Keita who doesn’t hesitate and guides the ball into an empty net to send the Liverpool fans into raptures as Liverpool make it 4-0 on the night and 4-4 on aggregate much to everyone's surprise.

With the match on a knife edge and both teams attacking, Tierney had a throw in, in the 87th minute as it flies into the penalty area, it hits Bruno Fernandes jumps and handles the ball, as Andy Madley wants a closer look at VAR.

And it’s a PENALTY. VAR has confirmed it and he also sends Fernandes off for a second yellow card. Keita steps up in the 90th minute, as De Gea stares him down. Taking a deep breath, Milan’s holding his on the sidelines, as Keita runs up and smashes the ball to the left, De Gea dives the same way, but can’t get to it!! GOAL!!! LIVERPOOL ARE LEADING 5-0 TO MANCHESTER UNITED AND WITH A COUPLE OF MINUTES LEFT!! WHAT A COMEBACK!!

Milan sprints down the touchline and jumps into the players with Keita somewhere at the bottom as the players, staff and fans alike go completely bonkers, as United players and fans look on in disbelief. Four minutes of added on time and Andy Madley blows the final whistle and LIVERPOOL ARE IN THE FINAL!!!

Apart from Arthur, Elmas and Lloris, Liverpool made no other signings. But they cleared the decks with a few outgoings. Most notably Umtiti, Zaha & Samassekou with Ivan Gomez heading out on loan.

Justice: Here's hoping i don't have to come from 3-0 down this time lol.

Scott: And they will be indeed, but i'm confident in the squad. Yeah some teams have fallen away. Normally Bayern do for a few years, so awaiting that one.
Excellent set of results and to turn the tie around like you did against Manchester United is excellent, in fact, incredible. I forgot to mention the World Cup draw in the last update, so I'll pass my luck to Milan for that, too! Every group is difficult at a World Cup, but I think you'll have enough to get through, despite the banana-skin Colombia could prove to be.
What a turn around against United! A job well done for sure! The table looks comfy at the moment so hopefully you can go even further clearer next month. A lot of players leaving bringing in some big cash as well. Overall a very good month!
Forget coming back from 3-0, coming back from 4-0 to win against Man Utd will have made you an instant club legend! WOW!

February & March 2022


It’s been a great couple of months, despite going out to Barcelona on away goals in spite of dominating both games. So was fairly disappointed exiting so early in the Champions League. But domestically i’m hoping to clear up and take home the treble. One down in the Carabao Cup, two left and it’s only a matter of time for the Premier League.
Such a disappointing way to crash out of the Champions League against Barcelona. Utterly heart-breaking when you look at the time of the goal, too. I guess they had to extract revenge given what Liverpool did to them in the Champions League irl. Other than that, an excellent set of results (again), summarised with a convincing victory against United (again) and a Carabao Cup triumph. Well done.

Things are going smoothly with Netherlands, too. All looking very rosy for Milan on the pitch.
Always nice to see a proper thrashing or two!
A shame to go out of the champions league as early as you have, especially against Barca. How very unrealistic! That win against United makes up for it though! Good work mate!

Curtains Come Down

With the Semi-Final of the F.A Cup against Manchester City on the horizon, Milan de Koningh had a goalkeeping problem with Alisson still out for another four weeks with a dislocated shoulder and Lloris cup-tied, it falls on Ron-Robert Zieler to deputise in an otherwise strongest team possible.

Salah got Liverpool off to a flying start by opening the scoring in the 6th minute, but besides from that Liverpool struggled to get into the game and had very few note-worthy chances. And somehow still went into the break ONE goal to the good. But Manchester City were determined and piled on the pressure and in the 61st minute, Liverpool cracked and former player, Raheem Sterling came back to haunt them. With nine minutes left on the clock, Kluivert was brought down in the box by his fellow countryman, Van Dijk.

John Stones stepped up, and Zieler got his hands to the ball, but palmed it into the goal, giving City a 2-1 lead and that’s the way it stayed. As Liverpool failed to replicate their current form as they walked off disappointed.

“It was disappointing all round. I wanted to get my hands on the F.A Cup, it’s a great competition, but City ultimately deserved it. Just need to pick ourselves up and bring home the Premier League trophy now.”

Milan, It’s been a fantastic season. A high record amount of goals, unbeaten at home in all competitions. Winning the Premier League and Carabao Cup, but obviously you must be disappointed with how you fared in the Champions League and F.A Cup. Do you intend on doing much business in the summer transfer window to comeback stronger next season?

“It has been a fantastic season, like you mentioned. Two trophies, but yet also two major opportunities missed. And i’m sure Liverpool will come back stronger next season and make a serious assault on all competitions, but i’m contemplating my future. We’ve ripped apart teams with ease this season and as satisfying as it is, there comes a time when you also want it to be a challenge.”

Well that’s a surprise to say the least. I know the Liverpool fans adore you and want you to carry on and make this club dominant again. But can i get your thoughts on Didier Deschamps once again reiterating how easy you have it here? What with all the money you’ve spent, so no wonder you’ve won trophies throughout your young managerial career.

“Well Didier is an idiot. He was one as a player and he’s most definitely one as a manager as well. Yes we spent £319 million this past year, but we’ve also recouped £445 million and yet we’ve achieved this season has been amazing. And take my time at Ajax for example as well. I spent £167 million and recouped £2451 million. But if Didier and anyone else wants to focus on what i’ve spent and not what i’ve gotten back as well, then more fool them. He’s struggled with a very good Juventus team, so maybe he should focus more on them, than me.”
Despite losing to City in the FA Cup, you managed to extract your revenge to celebrate lifting the Premier League title with ease. Vincent Janssen looks set to become the golden boot winner, too. So the season has been a major success as a team, but also individually, it seems. With Milan openly admitting he may look to find a new challenge, I wonder if a resignation might not be too far away. As for Deschamps... I think Milan has warned him off for the future. :P
An incredibly convincing title win and something I am sure we ;)c will see this upcoming season irl. ;) Very well done though mate, and I wonder what comes next for Milan.
2019-08-02 10:44#259696 TheLFCFan : irl. ;)

Lets hope!

Close to twice the goals scored as number two, that's impressive!

Around the World in 2022

As you can see, it’s ‘As you were’ in regards to the usual League winners. That didn’t surprise me, the next results did.

After Barcelona has knocked me out (Not beaten) on away goals in the last 16, they went on to meet Benfica in the Quarter Finals, but Benfica upset the odds and beat them, then PSG in the Semi-Final and faced Inter in the final and won, yet again.

In the Europa League Final, Manchester City ended up losing a successive European Final, as FC Porto completed a Portuguese double in Europe. With Porto winning the League on the last day from their rivals, who are now Champions Of Europe, it’s argued they’ve had the better season.


We’re heading the right direction with the World Cup just a mere few months away. Hopefully this is Netherlands time to shine on the biggest stage of them all.

Scott: To be honest, it was too easy. Once i got in the lead, i knew i wouldn’t get caught. But yet again, Big Vinny had a blinder. 37 goals in 33 games, can’t fault that. My system suits him :) And yeah, Deschamps has been taking shots at me a couple of times now. Started to piss me off.

Eyreplenh: I didn’t notice that until you mentioned it, wow. That’s some going :)

Seb: We’ll see ;)

Some surprises in the European Finals! But you look set to mount a challenge in the World Cup with your current form! Looks good to be Dutch right now!
Barcelona slumping to a fourth place finish was a bit of a surprise. As was Sampdoria's relegation to Serie B. But definitely, the European winners of each competition comes as a huge surprise. Glad to see Holland build towards the upcoming World Cup with an excellent Nations League campaign!

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