You might’ve heard that Liverpool won the league!
Sometimes the stars align in wonderful ways.
Liverpool demolished Crystal Palace 4-0 last week, leaving them one victory or one Manchester City loss from their first Premier League crown.
Now, wonderfully, the very next match after the Reds dethroned the Sky Blues, the two teams square off. And FFP violating City have to present the Guard of Honour to their hated rivals.
Expect fireworks in this one. Strong XI from both sides.
Well. The Guard of Honour couldn’t possibly been less satisfying. Seriously, wtf is this.
However, the start of the game has not. Both teams going full throttle early.
The match ends up being a giant turd. Started great. Then City gets awarded a ridic penalty and it goes downhill fast. Embarrassing. I hate everything.
On the brightside, loudest I’ve ever heard the Etihad.
Liverpool Starting XI vs Manchester City
Here’s the full squad and bench. Klopp isn’t messing around.
Liverpool Player Ratings
Jurgen Klopp (4) –
👏👏👏 – while I could make an argument that the best XI has Ox in for Gini, against City, this is the right selection.
It started well. Then it went poorly after the Sterling foul. The boss didn’t really rally the troops at half. Poor showing.
Alisson (5) –
Whatever. Loss not on him.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (4) –
Virgil van Dijk (4) –
Joe Gomez (3) –
Please torment Raheem Sterling like you did in November. And he does! But earns an utterly bullshit penalty for it that gives City an early 1-0 lead. After that, whatever. Comes off early for Ox.
Andy Robertson (5) –
Strong and feisty defending on Jesus thwarts a dangerous opportunity in the 30th. Then, whatever.
Jordan Henderson (4) –
Gini Wijnaldum (5) –
Whatever. At least shoved Kyle Walker out of bounds. Off for The Looks Great in Training Naby KeitaTM.
Fabinho (4) –
Mo Salah (5) –
Man on a mission early. Really in attack mode. Hitting the woodwork. Strong early showing. Then nothing.
Sadio Mane (3) –
Literally tripped over the ball when released in second half for a prime goal scoring opportunity. Whatever.
Roberto Firmino (4) –
Whatever. Off for Big Div.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (whatever) – Gave up an OG but at least he tried.
Naby Keita (whatever)
Divock Origi (whatever)
Takumi Minamino (whatever)
Neco Williams (Whatever)
MAN OF THE MATCH
No one. No one deserves it. Not a champion-level performance at all.