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Old 27th April 2019, 08:02   #1831
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What more can Liverpool do? They are at 91 points with just 2 more games to play, yet the title is out of their hands.

I can only hope City will draw someone soon and Klopp's incredible team can win the title this season. But the Reds are up against a machine from Etihad!

Really nice to see it going down to the wire.
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Old 27th April 2019, 08:16   #1832
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Being in ardent Barca fan, what I expect to see is them going home with a treble this season. But, with the league title swaying away from hands game after game, Liverpool is not going to make the semi's easy for them.

I do have a soft corner for Liverpool. Too bad that they were busy harnessing draws during mid-season. Should've sealed the deal when City was losing games back to back.
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Old 27th April 2019, 10:35   #1833
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It would be galling in the end for either City or Liverpool. Both teams are miles ahead of rest of the pack and to lose the PL by a mere point or two will be extremely deflating.

I really hope the conclusion will have a fitting end like this. It would be cruel to the other team but as a neutral watcher of the title race, I will bite it.

Just below them, looks like Spurs have sealed 3rd spot. Seems Arsenal and Chelsea are playing 'drop the catch' competition for the final CL place. Haven't ruled Utd out yet but difficult for them.
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If that's the goal that settles the league title for City, I say well-deserved. The best strikers in the world would be proud to score that one!
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What a night at Anfield, and another famous European turnaround for the record books! One could feel the pulsating crowd from the TV screen, and they roared an under-strength home side across the line.

Favorites for the title now, surely?
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Absolute turnaround of events at Anfield! Liverpool was so menacingly aggressive and Barca's treble dreams ends there. Sad that they couldn't even manage a single away goal, even after having a 3 goal cushion from first leg. May the Reds go ahead and win the title.
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Looks like Barca have learnt nothing from last years defeat to Roma. Blowing away a 3-0 lead and to lose 4-0 is seriously crazy.

All credit to Klopp's side as they were a completely different side compared to last week without their star strikers.

Assuming Ajax to progress tonight, this years finals promises to be a killer.
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I didn't even stay up last night, thought that it was a foregone conclusion. No Salah, no Firmino, and they had to score 4. Boy, was I wrong! Being a Real Madrid fan, it's a sweet, sweet result for me.
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Looks like Barca have learnt nothing from last years defeat to Roma....
Learnt nothing from the first leg either. Messi commented after the first leg that they were exhausted in the second half due to the pace at which Liverpool played, and they fell for it two weeks in a row. With a three goal cushion, they should've kept possession and slowed the game down. Easier said than done when up against Klopp's gegenpressing style.

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...they were a completely different side compared to last week without their star strikers....
Klopp said after the first leg that they couldn't have played any better. The difference was the finishing, but the high-tempo approach completely rattled Barca, who couldn't keep up physically (Barca are a much older team with an average age ~29) or mentally (they aren't used to teams hurrying them off the ball and denying second passes).

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Klopp said after the first leg that they couldn't have played any better. The difference was the finishing, but the high-tempo approach completely rattled Barca, who couldn't keep up physically (Barca are a much older team with an average age ~29) or mentally (they aren't used to teams hurrying them off the ball and denying second passes).
But its really surprising to see a team like Barca blowing away a 3-0 lead. No one in their wildest dream thought of such a comeback by Liverpool. Probably even the Barca players thought the same.

Personal opinion: Messi has been carrying Barca for the past 15 years. Would be interesting to see how they cope up once the Argentine's time comes to an end.
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What a night at Anfield, and another famous European turnaround for the record books! One could feel the pulsating crowd from the TV screen, and they roared an under-strength home side across the line.

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Indeed! This one win will be up there in the list of memorable Anfield nights. I am yet to watch the match in full, but caught up the goals and the last 5 mins + celebration before leaving for office – just unbelievable!

And for the last goal – I agree with Suarez; Trent and co made the opponents mere spectators there

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...No one in their wildest dream thought of such a comeback by Liverpool. Probably even the Barca players thought the same.
Barca, of all teams, should've known better!

They did it to PSG, and had it done to them by Roma, and that's just two recent instances.

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Messi's goalscoring pedigree is unquestionable, but the difference is the absence of their midfield maestros, Xavi and Iniesta. Personal opinion only.

The defence is shaky too, and it doesn't help that none of their front three track back when off the ball, so Rakitic, Busquets and Alba have to work extra hard in defensive positions. Liverpool are the most recent example of how a good defence is the bedrock of a championship challenge, their attacking threat hasn't changed much from last season, but van Dijk and Alisson have transformed the back line. The front three also do a lot of defensive work in the middle third of the pitch owing to the pressing style Klopp demands.

If they can somehow get their hands on de Ligt and a playmaker (Keita is too inconsistent), Liverpool could be a force for years.

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Messi's goalscoring pedigree is unquestionable, but the difference is the absence of their midfield maestros, Xavi and Iniesta. Personal opinion only.

The defence is shaky too, and it doesn't help that none of their front three track back when off the ball, so Rakitic, Busquets and Alba have to work extra hard in defensive positions. Liverpool are the most recent example of how a good defence is the bedrock of a championship challenge, their attacking threat hasn't changed much from last season, but van Dijk and Alisson have transformed the back line. The front three also do a lot of defensive work in the middle third of the pitch owing to the pressing style Klopp demands.

If they can somehow get their hands on de Ligt and a playmaker (Keita is too inconsistent), Liverpool could be a force for years.
Totally agree. Xavi and Iniesta used to control the whole game, be it for Barca or Spain. Barca badly needs an overhaul and looks like de Ligt will be heading to Camp Nou since he has already rejected bids from ManU. Rakitic and Pique need to be replaced in my opinion.

Hope to see the reds win the champions league this time as they had nothing going their way against RM in the finals last year.
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What a match between Barca Lpool yesterday! But todays - wow. Man, some spunk behind these teams that won. Coming from behind.

I wish Ajax could have won though. They just got outsmarted by Spuds in the second half. Man, what a last few games!
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Fantastic football, two nights in a row.

Moura is in red-hot form, and Spurs somehow seem to play much better with Kane out.
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