8-Feb: I was wrong, I have something to do this weekend

lostjumper

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The front 3 for Liverpool get manhandled all the time. If they want to call that a push, I'm ok with it. But then they have to call all those same touches on the defense. Liverpool would get 5 penalty kicks a game.
 

DLew On Roids

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I thought that was a foul in real time based on how Mané and Zimmerman went in different directions, but the replay looks to me like the contact was incidental.
 

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When Liverpool drew with Man United, it stopped their 17 match winning streak (going back to last season). Since then? 17 straight wins.
 

SocrManiac

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Alisson really makes catching hard shots look easy.
A couple of things... First, thank you for pointing that out. I don’t think most folks have any idea how difficult it is to catch a hard shot, especially with the modern ball. It’s a simple physics equation, but the human body isn’t really built for it. The amount of energy that has to be dissipated through the elbows, wrists, and fingers is almost beyond what is physically possible. Think of how far a hard shot would rebound off a brick wall. All of that must be dissipated in less than 18”. It’s incredible. Alisson’s catching this season has been nothing short of remarkable. That leads into my next comment...

This is what blows my mind about his time at Liverpool. The biggest knocks against him at Roma were his rather regular boners with the ball at his feet (which we’ve seen at Liverpool, though he’s curtailed it significantly) and his utter inability to hold the ball. Watch his highlight reels. Everything is a rebound. Granted, he had decent rebound control, but he never held anything.

Okay, so he’s improved. That’s what’s supposed to happen, right?

This has happened with a goalkeeper coach I’ve railed against as long as anybody here can remember. John Atcherberg had made fucking up promising goalkeepers an art form. Now Liverpool have one of the best 1-2’s in the business. Even Adrian has been dependable and consistent when called upon (something he’d never been accused of before). I have no idea what’s happened, but it’s totally new, totally unexpected, and totally appreciated.
 

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Well, Toby is now net even in the day. Nice strike, too.

Jose shaved his head? What kind of motivational technique is this?
 

Kliq

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I didn’t see Steven Gerrard sub in for Aston Villa. You think the announcers would have mentioned that when he came on to the pitch.
 

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Maguire just heads home from a lovely corner from Fernandes. Up by two now. But they got away with one earlier. VAR chalked off a Chelsea goal for a push in the box but i think the officials got it wrong.
 

Philip Jeff Frye

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This match seems like a poster child for how VAR is turning what should have been exciting matches into slogfests of slow motion replay where people argue about fractions of an inch, camera angles and so on. Chelsea with two very questionable goal reversals and yet somehow an fairly obvious cleat in the groin by Maguire is completely overlooked. What might have been an exciting fight for a tie breaking goal at the end instead petered out as Chelsea, perhaps not unreasonably, said "why bother?"
 

SocrManiac

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Maguire should have a long spell off the pitch.

I’ve said before that I thought he makes bad decisions. Now he’s just a dumb player without a modicum of self control.
 

SocrManiac

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Not Kepa’s (poor Willy) starting position for Martial’s header was weird-guy
-backup Sunday League. The only reason you’re that far near post is if you have a death bet with somebody that no commentator will ever accuse you of giving up the short side.