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Was waiting over a day for someone with a more creative mind than me to make a new thread :dunno:

Things get even worse for Lacazette as he’s out for 4-6 weeks after minor knee surgery. Poor guy. Now Arsenal are stuck with just Welbeck at striker for Europa

Hazard was brilliant yesterday. 

Thought this analysis by Henry on Firmino was excellent. Saying he wished he could have played with him is such high praise :D Didn’t realize Firmino lifted that back heel over the defenders leg. https://streamable.com/pzncn

Excited for Spurs/Juve 

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So, from what I can see pretty much every football pundit on the face of the planet is predicting Liverpool will progress to the next round of the Champions League. Which, of course, means we're definitely getting knocked out by Porto.

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This is a super entertaining game so far. Wasn’t expecting all the clear chances for both sides. 

Spurs responded well after going down 2-0. Kane could have had a couple more other than the one he got. 

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Spurs have come back very well. They have Juve hemmed in and look the most likely to get the next goal.

 

ETA. big let off for Spurs. Their defending has been really poor.

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Sweet Jesus, what a half. Hard to tell who's going to win this tie.

Spurs have played total football so far. Eriksen's been brilliant. Aurier isn't casting a good light on himself though.

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Great performance from Tottenham. To bounce back the way they did after going two goals down away to such a big team shows character I didn’t think this Spurs side had. This tie is wide open going into the second leg.

 

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Meanwhile in Switzerland, Man City has done so well that they are going to pay themselves the luxury of playing their B team on the 2nd leg lol. Not so much of a surprise anyway.

PS: if there has ever been a player I want in my club, that's Moussa Dembélé. Okay, Eriksen too.

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I'd say Spurs are slight favourites now. Dybala should be fit for the 2nd leg though. Allegri may need to switch to a midfield three because Juve's midfield was completely overrun.

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1 minute ago, Sandokan I Ironborn said:

PS: if there has ever been a player I want in my club, that's Moussa Dembélé. Okay, Eriksen too.

Mourinho will probably play Dembele as a second DM like he does at times with Pogba and Eriksen will be an auxiliary fullback.

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14 hours ago, Mark Antony said:

Thought this analysis by Henry on Firmino was excellent. Saying he wished he could have played with him is such high praise :D Didn’t realize Firmino lifted that back heel over the defenders leg. https://streamable.com/pzncn

Excited for Spurs/Juve 

Some gushing praise there by Henry for Firmino :D.Hmm...wonder what Soylent will say... :P

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Tough situation for Liverpool tonight.  We're heavily favored against a team that's hard to evaluate.  They're in great form in their weak domestic league, they have powerful forwards who are plundering tons of goals on counter-attacks, they've had far fewer games than Liverpool during the CL break, and their progression to the knock-out stages was due to beating Monaco twice (8-2 in aggregate) -- but Monaco were very weak at that point before finding their feet in their domestic league.

I hope our high press can unsettle them and carry the day, but we need to maintain some discipline to not get sucker-punched.

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11 hours ago, AncalagonTheBlack said:

Some gushing praise there by Henry for Firmino :D.Hmm...wonder what Soylent will say... :P

Ha! I don't hate Firmino - I just get annoyed when he has one of his extended bad patches and people ignore it because of his work rate. He's been more consistent this season than ever before for us though, so perhaps he's turned a corner.

It would be really lovely if we managed to play well tonight and give ourselves a good advantage, but in reality we'll probably mess it up and leave ourselves having to win 4-1 at Anfield.

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See, this is why I was a little critical of Firmino's general play at the weekend. He's been miles better so far - his first touch has been great and he's holding the ball brilliantly. 

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Away goal for Liverpool!

Bit of a gift from the keeper but Mane really should have squared it for a tap in for Wijnaldum seconds earlier.

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Heh, Salah just calmly takes 3 touches and goes round the goalie before scoring on the rebound. It's really not that difficult this football thing is it?

Mane's not anywhere near his best but that's his 10th goal to go with 6 assists in the league and Champions League which really isn't a bad contribution by any means.

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