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The little moments

Rodg’s Words

This article is going to be nice and simple. I am going to pick out 3 of my favourite things or moments from this season about the Liverpool players whose happiness and success brings me extra joy. (1 player per position)

ADRIAN

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Adrian. (Image:liverpoolfc.com)
  1. Uefa Super cup. Saving the penalty that wins your new team a trophy in your second game? Not a bad start.
  2. Clean sheet away to Sheffield United. One of the moments early on in the season where it looked likely at stages that Liverpool would drop points or perhaps even lose. While he wasn’t tested particularly often, it isn’t rare that in testing conditions (weather wise and opponent) that even the best teams when playing with their backup keeper struggle, it is testament to Adrian that he held firm as Liverpool escaped with 3 valuable points.
  3. Anfield Derby. Allisson’s red card against Brighton could have ended up costing Liverpool dearly with the merseyside derby on the horizon. No clean sheet this time, but another experience I’m sure he’ll never forget and more proof of how it doesn’t matter who plays for Liverpool, they won’t lose to Everton at Anfield. Thank you Adrian.

JOEL MATIP

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Joel Matip celebrating. (Image:Goal.com)
  1. Scoring Liverpool’s first goal of the season. Rewind ourselves to the community shield and bear witness to Joel Matip scoring from a Van Dijk cross. That’s what I call total football.
  2. Opening the scoring against Arsenal. Yes I will admit it I take great joy in Joel Matip goals. The celebration and the joy on his face when he scores. Need I say any more?
  3. Considering injuries interrupted his season, playing a part in the Uefa Super Cup and watching him beautifully celebrate was a precious precious moment. I want more Matip next season!

GINI WIJNALDUM

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Mr Consistent aka Gini Wijnaldum (Pic, liverpoolfc.com)
  1. Winning goal against Sheffield United. While his goals for Holland seem regular his Liverpool strike rate is too low for my liking. His fortunate goal against Sheffield United certainly went a long way to securing a strong early points gap that ultimately allowed Liverpool to saunter to the title.
  2. Nutmeg on Harry Maguire. Watch it. Soak it in. Classy, flawless and perfect.
  3. Consistency. Above all watching the consistent levels he performs at week in week out is a pleasure.

ROBERTO FIRMINO

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Bobby Firmino (Pic, Liverpool.com)
  1. Failed Volley against Arsenal. While his lack of Anfield goals has been an anomaly his performances and touches at Anfield have still been world class. His flick up and mishit volley was something straight from Fifa Street.
  2. Performance against Newcastle. Another no goal game at Anfield but a ridiculous performance with an array of passes like no other. His assist for Salah was absurd and he could have provided one or two more assists if his teammates were more clinical that day.
  3. Second goal away at Leicester. In what was arguably the most dominanting and certainly my favourite performance of the season Liverpool cruised to a 4 nil away win against Leicester. Bobby got two, the second a nonchalant finish into the top corner after an exquisite first touch inside the box.

All the little moments added up to the big moment and these have been some of my favourite little moments. (I enjoyed the big moment too)

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Will Thiago go go?

Rodg’s Words

Thiago Alcântara. Born in Italy to Brazillian parents and a Spanish international. A midfielder with a certain flair whose legacy has perhaps being hampered by poor timing and injuries. Breaking through at a time when Barcelona had one of if not the greatest club midfield of all time with Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets unshakeable and Fabregas thrown into the mix for extra measure. Now of course as we have seen in the last 8 years or so that Barcelona midfield certainly could have used a player like Thiago and perhaps building a team around him and Messi would have them in a better place than they are today and saved them money along the way!

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Thiago in his Barcelona days. (Image: bleacherreport.com)

Barcelona however chose to let Thiago leave and he ended up back with Pep Guardiola but this time at Bayern Munich. Of course he has added a big medal haul to his cabinet during his time at Bayern but perhaps failed to live up to the potential. He did however score a quite beautiful scissor kick in the last minute to take all 3 points against Stuggart in early 2014.

However where once it seemed like his career would take him to substantial individual heights and perhaps reinvent the modern midfielder it has quietened down in recent years. He just missed out on Spains dominance, and wasn’t in town for either Bayerns 2013/14 treble or Barcelonas 2014/15. He still of course could go on to lift a treble this season with Bayern having secured the double and looking like they could potentially win the Champions league when it resumes.

The question however seems to be what next? At 29 years of old theres certainly the potential for more to come, especially from a player that doesn’t rely on any particularly impressive physical trait to play at the highest level. Rumours in recent days have speculated that he has agreed personal terms with Liverpool and now it’s just up to both clubs to agree a fee, likely to be somewhere around the £35m mark.  Do I believe these rumours to be true? Not particularly. Do I want him to sign for Liverpool? Absolutely. I think if Thiago had of come through the ranks of Barcelona at any other time in their history he’d be a Barcelona legend by now. I think if he was able to stay injury free for his whole career we’d be talking about him in a similar vein to a De Bruyne currently. I think if he does sign for Liverpool he strengthens them immensely providing a touch of class that is sometimes missing. For me Thiago is the lost Talent of a generation. One whose had incredible success and whose talent is undeniable but I felt in the early parts of his career he was something different, something special. However for that he still has time. Whether Thiago definitely leaves Bayern for a new challenge we will have to wait and see. Whether he comes to Liverpool or not who knows. What I do believe is that there’s more moments of beauty to come from Thiago, and that if he finds the perfect situation we will certainly be speaking more about him.

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