1 May 2017

'Sensational!': Lineker, Owen, Aldo etc hail 'excellent' Liverpool win after shocking decision-making from Lovren and Matip

What a crucial result (!) Liverpool have moved a step further to securing a place in the Champions League with a well-earned away victory over Watford.

Here is a selection of post-match reaction:

* Jurgen Klopp: "It feels really good. A difficult game to play. We started really well. We stayed patient in the game. Played football, tried to create moments, and the goal we scored was spectacular".

* Roy Evans: "A win is a win. Wasn't easy but Liverpool held their nerve. That goal deserved to win any game. Our concentration moves to the next game".

* John Aldridge: "Not very convincing against a very poor team, but I'm happy as Larry".

Linda Pizzutti Henry: "Sensational goal by Emre Can. 3 points and a clean sheet!".

* Gary Lineker: "Can he? You bet he can. Sensational goal from Emre Can".

* Rob Jones: "In the end it wasn't a bad performance from Liverpool. Great to see Lallana back".

* Michael Owen: "Huge result. It's possible we could be launching a huge attack on The Champions League next year with 5 of our strongest clubs".

* Neil Mellor: "Great team effort and a big LFC win. Relief at end but feels a massive three points after results this weekend".

* Ray Clemence"Great three points. Not pretty. Simon Mignolet excellent with the aerial threat".

* Phil Thompson: "Three points, and Can's goal deserved to win any game".

* Luis Garcia: "Three more points. Should have finished before, but still a great result".

Liverpool fight to live another day, and the good news is that Man United have to go to Arsenal this weekend, which means more dropped points for at least one of the Reds' top four challengers. As a sidenote: Klopp seriously needs to have a word with Lovren and Matip, both of whom were in the opposition box trying to score with 5 minutes left in the game.

In my view, this is gross positional negligence, especially with so much at stake. When the team is defending a 1-0 lead, where is the pressing need for TWO central defenders to abandon their posts and bomb up the field into attacking positions?It's Sunday League stuff.

The Reds got away with it today, but Liverpool might've suffered against better opposition. Hopefully, Klopp doesn't encourage central defenders to get into the opposition penalty area when Liverpool are winning (with only minutes left on the clock).

Some apologists will inevitably find a way to defend such dereliction of duty, but that's par for the course. In situations like this, Lovren and Matip need to think about game management, calming things down, and keep the ball, not losing discipline and trying to get on the scoresheet.


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