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Dog of a game that but Atletico did enough to hold on. Be different at Anfield but gonna be a tough game nonetheless. Will always back us when our backs against the wall in Europe though. 

Have not missed Champions League refs though. Thought the officiating in our league was bad at times 

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6 minutes ago, Liam Mk2 said:

He’s fucking ridiculous. 

Didn't have you pegged as such a big Pat Nevin fan.

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I can't believe we live in a world where Alf-Inge Haaland's offspring is the leader in the future of football.

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Atleti getting a fluke goal off a set piece was the worst start ever because it meant Atletico could just play like the wet dream of Big Sam and Tony Pulis. Which they did to perfection.

We were terrible today too, which didn't help. The delivery of the full backs was really bad, Salah was incredibly poor, Bobby couldn't get in the game. Definitely surprised to all hell by Klopp's changes in the match. This game was crying out for Naby in the midfield to try and create, or Ox to drive at the Atleti lines to try and make something happen. Instead, we got Ox on the wing for Salah.

Origi will forever be a cult hero and I will love him forever, but he's not a winger and was utterly useless tonight

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I understand why Klopp took Mane off, he was on a yellow and seemed ready to go all to get a goal or get another yellow. We probably need him more for the second leg. I love Divock too, but the right guy to have brought on then was Oxlade-Chamberlain, he's more suited to play on the left and he loves to cut in and use his right foot. Origi was frustrating me because there was a couple of times that he had a really decent opportunity to cross the ball in, but opted to pass it down every time. That 2 minute span where VVD just stayed up in Atletico's box waiting for someone to cross the ball in, and nobody really did (and when Trent finally did, I'm pretty sure it was a low cross), that nearly did my head in.

Now AOC and Hendo might be injured, eurgh, sucks that I woke up at 4 in the morning for that. 

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Oh yeah I absolutely agree with Mane. Atletico were going to try ever dirty bitch trick in the book to get him sent off. The rest were certainly puzzling.

Return leg will still be a real struggle, but as David said, always going to back us at Anfield.

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Yeah, and as David said too, that reffing was eurgh. That yellow for Gomez especially was kind of bollocks. 

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Haaland apparently has more CL goals this season than Hazard in his entire career. 

Not the same position but considering the years Hazard has been at the top, and Haaland's age, still impressive. 

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Liverpool fans calling this "anti-football" on Twitter because Atleti defended their lead last night and won the game.

I watch Atleti play every single week and they're not a particularly entertaining watch, but you can't complain just because a side won't roll over for you.

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There is something delightful about Atletico being a shithouse team though, you don't get enough teams that win games by draining the life out of their opponents. Like, I love that Diego Costa is no longer a goal scoring machine so they bring him on as a sub just to draw fouls and wind up the opposition, it's straight out of hockey.

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Wasn't aware that RBL had signed Dani Olmo.

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Atleti absolutely are anti football at times, but they always have been when they're in a dog fight. That's their style, it's worked for them, and we all knew that going in. They played their game loads better than us at times, and Liverpool did not make any appropriate tactical adjustments in the match to change that. Fair play to Atletico, simple as that. On the balance of it all, I think they deserved their result. 

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Turgid game this. Still, if we can take a 0-0 to Germany then that's fine.

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3 hours ago, Baddar said:

Liverpool fans calling this "anti-football" on Twitter because Atleti defended their lead last night and won the game.

I watch Atleti play every single week and they're not a particularly entertaining watch, but you can't complain just because a side won't roll over for you.

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You could say that about any set of fans about anything on Twitter. Who's arsed what certain fans like MoSalah1892 have said. You'll find of examples about others who would have said the opposite and been logical. Plus let's be honest, sports related posts on Twitter isn't exactly the place you'll find rational thoughts. 

As a centre back I love playing that style of football and winding people up, little shit house nudges and niggles. There is no right or wrong way to play football. I prefer to watch our style of football but I'm spoilt over that and I can appreciate it. I couldn't watch that week in week out but tactics are tactics end of the day. 

They won, we didn't create anything, if they wanna defend and be really organised at it then so be it. We had chances to break them down but fucked it up with crap final balls and touches. They got a scruffy goal and won. We played decent but had no end product. We can play better and honestly I think we will beat them at Anfield and go through. 

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Utterly predictable, time to move on and concentrate on... whatever's left. 6th place maybe?

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14 minutes ago, Chris2K said:

Utterly predictable, time to move on and concentrate on... whatever's left. 6th place maybe?

You looked better in the final 30 minutes which is a positive sign and a 1-0 scoreline always gives you a chance especially considering Leipzig had plenty of opportunities and didn't take them. 

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Considering their form and the fact we have no forwards or defensive midfield, a 1-0 loss could have easily been far worse.

 

Second half was better indeed. 

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8 hours ago, Liam Mk2 said:

They should be criticising van Dijk for being a bit shit last night to be honest.

He was, as a Liverpool fan it was so frustrating to watch. The whole team was a little bit shit, to be honest. To have 70% of the possession and not have a single shot on target, and we had like, what 6 corners or something? 

I'm just trying to decide if it's a worse performance than the one we had at Napoli. 

Still am 60% confident we go through, we did better in the second match at Napoli, but still didn't beat them. Here's to hoping we don't just go 1-0 up, because I don't think my heart can take extra time or penalties against Atleti. 

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Yeah, it was a similar patten to City & Liverpool really. We clearly can't play in a certain way for 90 minutes - so the first half is about containment, the second is about playing more progressively. Sadly, both times, we've conceded so the plan doesn't work. 

We were always going to struggle when we're missing Kane and Son. I thought we had good moments - Ndombele was incredible when he came on - I just hope he can get fit. Lo Celso is also a baller.

It's a shame the squad is so thin that Lucas has to play 90 mins. He's been awful for ages sadly. 

Shoutout to Sanchez as well tonight, coped so well. 

We lost the first leg to Ajax 1-0. Still got a chance and all that.

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Although there is no logic to this, I feel sure that the more posts/tweets/etc. I see talking about "REMEMBER MUNICH IN 2012", the more miserable tonight's result is going to be. :crying:

 

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"Six years since Chelsea last won a knockout game in the Champions League"

Didn't realise it'd been that long! :lol: 

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Been a close game. Bayern haven't really created an awful lot for all their possession. Muller's header was nice though.

Mertens scored a great goal to put Napoli 1-0 up against Barca.

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