Almost forgot the last game i’m so nervous/excited about it. Not a lot to be said really, this is it, it’s all or nothing, 3points are what’s required, simple as that. I’ll get straight to the team, 

                                                                                                    migs

                                                                           clyne      matip     lovren    milner

                                                                             lallana      Can       wijnaldum

                                                                          firmino      sturridge     coutinho

As far as i’ve read firmino is available so for me he must start. I would give coutinho a free role, go out and do your thing, he’s on fire right now so let him roam where he want’s. Best of luck RedMen.

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sandiphulse
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I am sure we will win, that early goal matters a lot…., the team doesn’t need any more motivation, they have worked so hard for every point on the table, I don’t think the reds will let it go that easily, also they need to get use to these kind of games, if they want to win trophies, common reds one last kick and we are home…..

RedUncle
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I wouldn’t be surprised if Klopp went with a diamond again but with Sturridge and Firmino at the top (midfield of Lallana, Coutinho, Wijnaldum and Can, then the usual defence). That would probably be the strongest team we could put out and the team has the comfort of knowing they’ve won well recently with this formation. If we score first I think a lot of the tension will lift on and off the pitch and the game should be ours, if they score first it’ll be a nightmare of nerves in Anfield (although I’d still back us to win).

Simply Red
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Nerves should be settled now. That 1st half wasn’t good at all Is the ball round or oblong ffs

sandiphulse
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That was a good season overall :smile:, YNWA

RedUncle
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I bet that result has narked Gooners right off. Had Lovren got sent off in the first half things might have been different. Should he have gone off? At first I thought it was a clear penalty but when you break it down in slow motion it’s not quite so clear. The first contact, outside the box, is very slight and I think it’s fifty-fifty whether Lovren is purposely trying to bring the attacker down or whether it’s just an accidental collision. Inside the box Lovren does have his hands on the attacker but it’s clear the attacker’s already going down looking for the penalty and Lovren hasn’t actively pushed him. Add to that the fact that the ref was unsighted by another player at the vital moment and I think there’s enough doubt in his mind to not give the penalty and send Lovren off. Don’t get me wrong, had Lovren walked I wouldn’t have objected, it was a bloody clumsy challenge, but I think from the ref’s point of view it wasn’t as easy a decision as it appeared to spectators. It was always likely that once our first goal was scored the tension would dissipate and more… Read more »
Huytonian
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If it was a foul the initial contact was outside the box so it should have been a free kick. Lovren might still have seen red though. I thought Bamford went down too easily and it was very much a 50:50 call. Lovren was a bag of nerves in the first half and though he has had some good games and has improved generally this season I hope we will start next season with a more dependable partner for Matip.

RedUncle
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You could see Lovren get more jittery the longer the half went on without a goal and I was praying for us to score just to settle the team down (thank you, Gini). Our attackers weren’t exactly a picture of composure either, I think the first half goal was the first shot we had inside their box. It was all long range efforts up until then. The release of tension was almost tangible on and off the pitch once we got a goal and we finally started playing.

When you consider who we could be up against, if we get through the CL play-off, I fear for our defence in its current state. As we are, we might cope with the majority of domestic games but if we find ourselves drawn against the likes of Real, Barce, Bayern and Juventus I think our shortcomings will be exposed. I’d be surprised if Klopp isn’t looking to add another high level centreback to the squad.

OldSage
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I was so excited I got an upset stomach and couldn’t watch the game. Peeked at the half time score (cheered a lot), then waited until the end half to verify WE ARE IN THE CL! I intend to sleep for a week then begin my annual state of the club rant. YNWA.

Huytonian
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We are all different. I find it less nerve racking watching the game than waiting to find out the result. My mate, an Evertonian, is the opposite. He cannot watch Merseyside derby matches. Mind you, given recent and no so recent results in those games I don’t blame him! I’m looking forward to your state of the club rant Sage. I guess we all need a few days to clear our heads and put things in perspective.

lanoisseforp
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It was great to have won this game but was a stressful one. It was nice to have finally gotten over the line towards to the end of the season. 😀

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