Three games in six days
We were so unlucky to ship three goals against Barcelona in that first leg, without reply, so it looked like a miracle was required to put 4 past them in the return, Fortune certainly favoured the opposition that night in Spain, and the game at St James Park 3 days later, played at another odd TV time on a Saturday night wasn’t an easy one to win either. But cometh the hour, or 86th minute, and cometh Mr. Pickford’s nightmare , in the shape of Divock Origi, to get us another three points and in good nick for Barca at Anfield….
We all know that European nights at Anfield are special , but what was to come was truly magnificient, and kick started a week when every English team did so well.
From the seventh (always a special number at Liverpool) minute, as Divock continued with his scoring spree, it was set for a stunner. The opposition did threaten and it took the big fella in pink to look smart on a couple of occasions, and the loss of Robbo was a worry, but GIni’s two in two were spectacular. The atmosphere and noise just cranked up more and more, Messi wasn’t to be seen, and what the crowd sang to Suarez was unrepeatable here..
…cue the ball boy’s neat pass to Trent, his cute corner kick, and there was Divock again watching the ball as the Barca team looked in another direction.. and that was it.
Cue much joy and hugging of total strangers and your pals once again. Just time for a bit more tension in front of us behind the goal in the Anny Road as Messi lined up a free kick and a smart save from Allison, and that was it. The scene at the end of the game with Jurgen and the whole squad and staff was unforgettable , and capped off the whole night, ..pity Stevie G missed it!.
As suspected, the race for the title came down to the last day’s fixtures, and there were many who thought that they’d have taken losing to Barca if that meant Brighton would beat City , whilst we got past Wolves. Sadly it wasn’t to be, even if Sadio started the ball rolling in our favour. The cheeky efforts of the Wolves’ fans to confuse us about possible Brighton goals weren’t unexpected and the game wasn’t the best display the team had put on all season, probably through tiredness never mind the true score down on the south coast. Bill Shankly once said:
“ If you are first, you are first, if you are second, you are nothing”. Well if he’s been watching from upstairs in the sky this season he might want to rethink that.
“The greatest team not to win the title?” We lost out but we did it with a hell of a lot of style and the season isn’t finished yet…..