I, as most football fans do, spoke loads of shite at the match last year. One of the most profound things I said was making the point that, last year, our team was a bit like the Main Stand (at that time). It looks decent, but it’s far away from the finished article and needs work on it in the off season. It was a lot more profound than ‘Mignolet is shite’ anyway.
The wait for the Leicester game and a look at the new stand seemed a lifetime away, and it didn’t disappoint. It’s an absolute monster and from the Kop it never seems to end. The You’ll Never Walk Alone before-hand was immense, and so was the following performance.
Truth be told, I didn’t fancy us at all Saturday. I thought the occasion might get the better of a few of our players and I fancied us to draw. How wrong was I, bar a freak error by a fantastic Lucas Levia, the Reds comfortably beat the Champions of England. All over the park we looked very good. Simon Mignolet flapped at a few crosses but made a great save on Jamie Vardy, Lucas and Joël Matip were solid, James Milner and Natianel Clyne were both very good. In midfield Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum had their best games of the season, with the quartet of Adam Lallana, Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Sadio Mané up top on fire.
Those at the game will tell you, shortly after Mané made it 2-0, we heard a brilliant rendition of ‘We Are Liverpool’ from all four stands in the ground. It was the loudest non-big-game-atmosphere (is that a thing?) I’d heard in a while at Anfield. The new stand was finished and looking great and finally Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool looked not far off the finished article either.
The key now is same again. Same again at Chelsea on Friday & same again every home game. A loud, more ‘powerful’ to quote the boss Anfield clearly isn’t a nice place to go for the opposition, long may it continue.
Written by @JackMitchell_5