Great coaching outshines talent as Klopp destroys Barca

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The folk bizarrely pushing the idea that coaching isn’t an effective tool for progress had to cancel all future opinions going live in public.

Liverpool crushed the MIGHTY Barcelona in a 4-0 drubbing for the ages.

Yes, Shaqiri, Wijnaldum, Origi, and Henderson all featured and starred in an absolute masterclass at Anfield, showing that a strong vision, a defined footballing philosophy, and good old fashioned coaching can trump individual talent… even when that talent is Lionel Messi.

As Tr7 said perfectly the comments, ‘It was heavy metal football that rattled Barca, not the quality of players Liverpool has.’ They still delivered without their best players. An incredible achievement, even if it does make me pig sick… our biggest mistake of the last ten years was passing on Klopp and Pep.

MORE MONEY

MORE PLAYERS

MORE MONEY

MORE PLAYERS

… really doesn’t rub when you see Jordan Henderson as a regular in their side. Origi proving pivotal at the highest level. Low budget signings like Robertson game changing all season. Trent Arnold breaking through from the youth team and playing like a superstar. They lost Salah and still manage to compete. Arsenal lose Ramsey and the whole thing falls apart. Unai picked up a squad in better shape than Klopp, spent more money in his first transfer window than the German did in 2 years and managed to make things worse.

There’s no real way to compare the two managers. As I pointed out yesterday, Klopp finished a lowly 8th in his first season, but he also picked up a dreck squad that was deflated and 10th. He had no preseason to work with, and in his final 13 games, his team scored 31 goals. His coaching had him finish stronger than he started, you could see what he was doing on the pitch, not in hopeful translated text on Marca.

Their stadium was absolutely rocking. You know why? Because the football courses through the veins. It’s electric. The energy on the pitch translates to the stands. If you think that has been standard at Liverpool over the last ten years, you have never met a season ticket holder there.

I am jealous of what they have, Klopp has been a sensation. He was my original managerial crush way back when, I had my doubts about his rebirth at Liverpool, oh how wrong I was. Elite of the elite. Can you believe we let him sit without a job while Wenger paraded deal after new deal?

Just read these words Klopp had after the game.

“It was overwhelming … I actually … I said to the boys before the game that it’s impossible, but because it’s you we have a chance. I have watched in my life so many football games, but to play the best team in the world … look, winning is already difficult, but to win with a clean sheet … It’s 10.10pm and the children are probably in bed so I’m sorry about the language but can I say these boys are fucking talented giants. It’s all about the players.”

Employing an inspiring coach that knows how to develop players is so important. If you don’t have that, why persist? Charisma, passion, energy… that’s what makes a club rock. But again, I can’t hammer home how utterly bat shit it is to excuse this season because our players aren’t coachable. Think about that statement and how weak it is.

Pep Guardiola, the chequebook manager everyone slates, took a journeyman central midfielder called Fabian Delph and turned him into a regular left-back in a team that will go down as one of the all times greats in Premier League history. World class managers make average players great. They make collections of them work as a unit. They organise, inspire and equip them with the tools they need to succeed.

How about we talk about a really shite team, like, say, Southampton? They were in a mess before they played us at Christmas. Ralph Hassenhutl, an interest of Le Grove a few years ago came in and reshaped them. Ryan Bertrand had this to say on what he’s done.

“The manager has came in and has given us an identity,”

“He has given us a clear style of play and leaves no stone unturned.

“It is a real pleasure to go on the field like that and not have people questioning each other.”

“If you asked 100 people what Southampton’s style of play was, you would get similar answers,” he added.

“It would be that we are a high pressing team, very competitive and play good football.

“That may have been adrift before.”

If you asked 100 people about Arsenal’s identity, what would you get?

“Catch Kola on the overlap’

We are still there a year on.

Better players give you better results, no doubt, but whether it’s the highest level or the lowest, the clearer the vision, the better the outcome. Look at Mourinho over the years, his Champions League win with Inter Milan was genius. That squad was a ragtag bunch of pros that he turned into a formidable unit. Look at how Jardim toppled the mighty PSG. Look at what Ajax are doing, win or lose tonight.

Arsenal has conceded 52 goals so far this season. Some flag that Holding and Bellerin would have made things better… reality is, we were on for conceding 50+ goals with them in the side. Poor organisation is always going to leave you exposed regardless of who is playing. The game is far too competitive now to be able to get away with good players simply bailing you out. Everyone is of a high technical standard now, you will be destroyed if you aren’t organised and that’s exactly what’s been going on.

Sam Allardyce has always known this. He goes into clubs on fire, organises them and makes them competitive. He takes shite defences, with shite defenders and he makes them better. That’s good coaching even if the football causes an eye infection.

Anyway, time to move on. I think we all know where I stand on our bland on toast manager.

Tonight, we are ALL Ajax fans. Finally, something we can agree on.

However, I do fear that Spurs power will be a big problem for them and we’ll have to suffer a Champions League final where we want neither side to win.

I’m just going to be thinking about Vermaelen, Bergkamp, Kanu and Overmars all day today… then I’m going to pray to the footballing gods.

Spurs making a final would be too much.

If they lose this evening… that’ll be the 20th game of the season. They’ll have limped into top 4. They won’t have won a trophy, AGAIN.

How funny would that be?

Very.

See you in the comments. x

 

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  1. Denisk Birdkampf

    Best days of football in 13 years, What?! best champions league year?! huh.. Fuck off, its a Liverpool Spurs final, doesn’t get more shit than that…the fuck is going on on here lately.

  2. Radio Raheem

    Paulinho

    Don’t be a thicko all your life. You expect an Arsenal fan to say otherwise? I know most of you are afflicted on here but come on.

  3. Receding Hairline

    I actually hate the champions league now, went to great lengths to avoid discussing the Liverpool come back at the office today.

    Valencia do not need a team talk, they just need to watch the last two ties and have a go at us.

  4. Chris

    You know who is winning if the final goes to penalties.

    The thought of that lot chanting “champions of Europe” at us is sickening.

    Maybe if we win the Europa too we can sing it back!

  5. Paulinho

    Radio – All your bollocks about Ajax outclassing Spurs turned out to be exactly that – bollocks.

    Jesting or not, you were tempting fate and a half being so dismissive of Spurs.

  6. London gunner

    Paulinho

    I agree you get moments like this where momentum builds behind one team and they can’t be stopped.

    I get Liverpool turned over barca, but I just have this instinct spurs will win it on the day in a high scoring game.

    Some shit like salah gets injured or liverpool gets resld or spurs get a pen in there.

    Its like when chelsea won and they were constantly being outclassed and outplayed but all the jammy luck was on their side.

  7. London gunner

    I need to get literally drunk im so furious.

    Not many things in football annoy me, not city, not liverpool, not man united, not england crashing out of world cups but I hate spurs had many run ins with their fans and they are filthy bunch of cunnts

  8. Marc

    Arsenal season ticket renewal is usually the a day in the first week of June. CL final is 1st June – what odds the club bring forward the renewal date!

  9. HighburyLegend

    Stay tuned tomorrow for Pedro’post : “Great coaching outshines talent as Poch destroys Ajax”…

  10. Paulinho

    Samesong – The combination of luck they have and their ability to be completely unfazed by anything is a horrible mix. They also have a the perfect set of players before emergency scenarios. Big man, small quick man.

    Had them to knock out City because of their poker face and never being rattled by anything.

  11. Radio Raheem

    Paulinho

    Don’t be daft they were outclassing spuds and I revelled in it as an arsenal fan. Are you stupid? Tempted fate? What the fuck. What other shit do t believe in? Actually no keep it for your demented mind. And yes I know you’re stupid it was a rhetorical question by the way.

  12. Champagne Charlie

    English sides making a twat of two European ones and we’ll no doubt balance matters tomorrow by being pathetic

  13. Gazzap

    It’ll be arsenal that lets the English clubs down. Chelsea will be in the final. Spurs and Pool already there. We’ll fuck it up. It’ll be just typical.

  14. ddkingz

    I THINK THIS IS THE COMEBACK WEEK…

    VALENCIA BEATING ARSENAL 4-1, AND EVERONE ON HERE GOES FCCKING MENTAL…

    WOULD BE SO FUCKING GREAT, ARSENAL WATCHING EITHER OF SPURDS OR POOL WINNING THE UCL…

    I JUST DON’T WANT TO SEE ARSENAL ANYWHERE THE UCL NEXT SEASON… THEY ARE A FUCKING DISGRACE…

    WHEN YOU REALIZED SPURDS CAME OUT OF THE GROUP STAGE WITH BARCA…

  15. Marko

    I’m not ever sure arsenal have featured in the quarter final of the CL

    This is what I’m dealing with

  16. Graham62

    I said it was written in the stars.

    Got to give Spuds credit for that second half performance.

    Two incredible nights of football.

    Now it’s up to Arsenal and Chelsea to complete the puzzle.

    Come on Arsenal.

  17. Catalyst

    This is certainly looking more and more like my last season as a football fan. Can’t stomach seeing rottenham hotshit lifting the holy Grail of club football.

  18. WengerEagle

    Wonder what Bamford made of that tonight another one that tempted fate by telling us all how shit Spurs were and that there was no worry of them winning the CL.

  19. Un na naai

    Menstrual teenage girls??
    Plenty on here over the last two nights it seems

    Fucking hilarious to watch so many grown men synchronising their blobs.

    Interesting to hear Rio use those words though
    Passion
    Desire
    Fight

    We haven’t seen it at arsenal since 06

  20. Receding Hairline

    I think Liverpool win the final easily, but that’s just me.

    Although Spurs reaching the final is annoying enough, now Pochettino will be even more insufferable.

    I am now very very worried about tomorrow, all this comebacks will definitely have given Valencia ideas

  21. Elmo

    Chris

    It’s the stuff of nightmares.

    Just imagine the NL derby next season and them booming out, “We know what we are. We know what we are. Champions of Europe, we know what we are.” Sickening.

  22. Leftsidesanch

    Hopefully Kane tweaked his injury running on the pitch full pelt like that.

    For what its worth, I just think Liverpool will have enough but the danger of Spurs winning the CL is VERY real.

  23. LeMassiveCoq

    Speechless. Honorary scouser on 1st June. Credit to the scummera though, the passion was there. Off to the moon for a bit c’ya

  24. salpardisenyc

    Eagle

    Bamford was so over the top with that rant, clearly not seeing how it was possible. I warned that dipshit.

    And here we are.

  25. Guernsey gun

    Beyond fucking sickening that. The media is going to be a nightmare over the next couple of days.

  26. Champagne Charlie

    If Spurs are ever going to feel comfortable in a final it’s against an English side. God forbid, now im a scouse cunt. Great

  27. Chris

    Elmo

    Or even worse “You’ll never song that”

    If it happens it’s cricket for the rest of my life!

  28. loyika

    Hmmm….This is the worst year for the UCL.

    Pool vs Spurs!? How shyte can that be.

    Hopefully we and Chelscum can complete the British teams in Europe dominating this year.

    But words fail me if Spurs get their hands on “Big Ears” Barely recovered from Chelsea and John “I shagged your Chic” Terry lifting it before us.

    In the spirit of fairness I should say nice one to both teams but honestly I can’t bring myself to say anything good about Spurs let alone wish them well for the final…What a clusterfcuk!

    Oh well. I pray they both end up with 5 red cards each during the final.

  29. Un na naai

    Rh

    If we go at them and nick an away goal first I can’t see them beating us

    Liverpool and spurs are quality. Valencia are not. Be sensible
    We are going through tomo. Don’t know if we will choke vs chavs in final but I can’t see Valencia having nearly enough for us

    Look at poch crying
    The emotion
    That’s we we need. Proper coach. If ever there was a kick in the balls for us this is it.

  30. Paulinho

    Radio – Spurs were far physically stronger. Ajax the better team technically but in both games they got worn down and easily trampled over. Outclassed for half an hour in the 1st leg but for the rest Spurs were the stronger.

    You’re thick for thinking football is purely a technical game without considering the physical aspect.

  31. Marc

    Hopefully both clubs fans in the final will go a rampage and get banned from European football for life.

    It’s par the course for Scousers and the Spud’s are much brighter.

  32. WengerEagle

    Sal

    I was told they didn’t have the chops of Chelsea 12′ either cause they were a team of champions, ignoring the fact that they were a carcass of the side that won two years earlier under Ancelotti and were below Pardew’s Newcastle in the PL.

    Fluked their way to the CL, Spurs can easily do the same as they have a better side.

    Scary times, sickening. Hard to give a fuck about the EL if they manage to win the one prize that even our Invincibles fell short in.

  33. Un na naai

    Spurs and Liverpool deserve to be there. Simple as that. They’ve earned it. We haven’t.

    I’m not cheering against arsenal. Never have, never will. But I think it’s Great for our game that two of our under dog sides have beaten all in front of them to get to the final with so much home grown talent.

  34. Radio Raheem

    Paulinho

    Your thick full stop. You are the worst kind of thick – the one that sees itself smart and full of it.

    Save your thicko “analysis” for your mong mates you only show yourself up. We all heard what the commentators said spare me the echo.

  35. Danny S

    Tottenham will lose the final, Arsenal will win the euro cup and spurs will finish 4th, and not get in the CL next season.

  36. Radio Raheem

    Le Mong it is then.

    Arsenal fans revelling in a spud victory, what has the world come to.

  37. vickingz

    How many years has it taken poch to do what wenger managed to do once in his entire coaching career???

  38. Un na naai

    RH

    Can’t say the guy isn’t invested in his project though can you? He’s passionate about this side he’s created. That passion then translates to the players. Who show the sort of mettle on the pitch against the best in Europe and we can’t beat Brighton and palace?

  39. Batistuta

    Yup I’m drinking myself to sleep after that one and heavens forbid they win the CL, I’ll actually just stop watching football altogether

  40. Guns of SF

    Seriously if this is not motivation enough for our team, then fuck em

    I cannnot believe what just happened.

    Perhaps the Ajax premium prices will drop a little now

  41. Dissenter

    Can we still keep referring to Spuds as a small club?
    They are f*cking rewriting their history as we speak.

    C’mon Liverpool.

  42. Receding Hairline

    Tomorrow will be awful on here, if we dare get knocked out then I don’t think a word has been invented to describe how it will be on here.

    I will be staying away till after the game.

  43. Samesong

    Moura £25M

    Mustafi £35M

    Granted different positions but Moura is a workhorse always looking dangerous. Lead his team to CL final

    Mustafi cost us how many games?

  44. Un na naai

    RH

    Well they’re focusing on champions league aren’t they? Anyway. You defend emery, Wenger, kroenke whoever.

    Poch comes out to celebrate with his fans on the pitch
    This fella…. proper bloke.

  45. Champagne Charlie

    Receding
    Put the Emery pom poms away you fucking scab, were being embarrassed from every angle.

    Too bad Oracle Banford is banned, his hot take on Spurs yet again displays his stunning football acumen.

  46. Paulinho

    Radio – Any analysis that goes beyond partisan is pretentious or ‘thick’ in your mind.

    Learn the game you cock.

  47. MidwestGun

    Football is dead… This is the equivalent of the whitewalkers winning GoT’s.

    Arsenal memory is dead. You actually have people blatantly cheering on Spuds.. coupled with Pool yesterday.. This will set us back another decade if we don’t take care of business.

  48. ddkingz

    Your Comment Herejust been to another arsenal blog, everyone was just ranting and paranoid like they lost a child, and it’s not even June 1st when Liverpool or maybe almighty spurds win the CL…

    that feeling I’m having think man citeh fvvking up on the final day and pool winning the EPL, then spurds going all guns blazing and winning the UCL.

    first trophy @ white hart line= UCL
    THE BIGGEST TROPHY AT THE BIGGEST LIBRARY IN THE WORLD = HE OLDEST AND 2ND MOST IRRELEVANT TROPHY IN THE WORLD X 3

  49. Leftsidesanch

    ‘You actually have people blatantly cheering on Spuds..‘

    I’ve never seen anything like it.

  50. Dissenter

    You just know that Liverpool are fully capable of bottling that final
    You just fucking know they will do something really dumb.

  51. luke

    The only way this ends well is if Spurs lose and Pochettino decides to leave…we can hope right?

  52. bennydevito

    Watching Spurs now anyone would think they just the fucking final.

    Poch crying like an idiot, all together on the pitch with Daniel Levvy taking group photos and selfies serenading the fans.

    What a fucking embarrassment.

  53. Leftsidesanch

    Dissenter,

    Spurs are as surprised they’re in the final as we are, they’re crying and on the pitch as if they’ve won the thing. I think that answers the question.

    That being said, they really can win it.

  54. HighburyLegend

    Pedro banned Bamford, but CG, vicuntious, and ddkingzofmorons are still there ??
    I’m impressed…

  55. vickingz

    @ Guns of sf, arsenal and motivation are not even a distance relatives let alone a closed one. Top 4 couldn’t motivate them, you think comebacks will?

  56. Champagne Charlie

    Yea good one Benny, Spurs make the CL final and a few tears has them an embarrassment..

    Meanwhile at Emirates…….plonker

  57. Un na naai

    Midwest

    A spurs Liverpool final won’t change a thing for us as long as spurs don’t win it. It will only make our work lives hell having to deal with some spuds. We should be focusing on our own club and how we get back to our former glory or, better still how we produce performances like these last two. No point being bitter and hoping Kane’s leg snaps. We need to be willing arsenal onto
    Bigger and better things. From top to bottom we need to change it all. Arsenal are too concerned with PR bullshit and corporate bullshit and finaancial bull shit. Fucking rainbow boot laces and banning flags

    There’s no passion at arsenal any more. We’ve taken the Highbury library and turned it into a morgue.

  58. Leftsidesanch

    They’re going to need counselling if they lose, bringing out beer and cheering in this fashion.

    Weasals.

  59. bennydevito

    Was interesting listening to Poch and Moura in their post match interview.

    I like listening to English lads, weird English accents they had though.

    Only 3 English starters tonight.

    Well done the English lads.

    Pathetic.

  60. Un na naai

    No point getting angry at spurs and pool
    Get angry at kroenke and the board for selling us out

    You think kroenke walks into the pitch to celebrate like that for us? You’ve got more chance of being bitten by lettuce.

  61. MidwestGun

    Sal-
    I think the trolls have taken over.. to be honest. When Kwikfit and N5 left.. this place lost it’s sense of humor and it’s sheriff, respectively.

    Oh well… what can you do.. I’m probably one of the more optimistic at times and not feeling very optimistic. Who knew Moura was Pele? 🙁

  62. Receding Hairline

    Put the spurs pom poms away Charlie

    They did lose 13 league games, you can check the table you pretentious hypocrite.

    By the way are we still copying the Ajaz model or is it spurs now as it was Liverpool yesterday, who we are supposed to copy changes with every result doesn’t it

  63. HighburyLegend

    Did Pedro will have enough guts to tell us – once again – how much he admire Poch ?? lol

  64. GoonerGaz

    This is a fking nightmare for me. Life long Arsenal fan, but living just outside Liverpool, I was devastated when they overturned the deficit against Barca last night, I knew it could get worse this evening with Spuds beating Ajax and my worst fears came true.

    I’m forced to cheer on Liverpool, even though I’m surrounded by these fkin scousers. One thing I can’t have is Spuds winning the Champions league, never in my life have I cheered on Liverpool, this is going to hurt either way!

  65. ddkingz

    how much did sissoko cost spurds…. coins

    a workhorse and powerhouse with engine like sissoko was overlooked by Wenger when the whole world knew sissoko was an arsenal fan and would leave his best for arsenal on the pitch..

    if sissoko could run endlessly for spurds with enough stamina, what would he have done for team he always supported in England? ¿

    Wenger ditched sissoko after showing interest in him and went on to buy a one dimensional and immobile bastard like xhaka.

    Wenger is a disgrace to humanity.

  66. Leedsgunner

    We must win the Europa league now, especially with Spurs in the final of the Champions League. If we get knocked tomorrow we will be mocked mercilessly.

  67. Un na naai

    Benny

    Don’t be facetious. You know full well spurs are built around an English core.
    Aim your anger at those who deserve it. Most of you curbs cheered when we lost under wenger and now you cunt me off for being happy for pool and spurs after legendary performances??
    Fuck yourself. I’ve never cheered against any arsenal manager. Wether I like him or not.

    You angry? Blame the club. Tonight I’m a neutral cheering for the English clubs. We’ve got no dog in this fight.

  68. Samesong

    Mid

    Kwikfit loved posting some x rated photos 😃 funny AF though.

    Harry Kane probably be fit for final?

    Will Klopp bottle another final ?

    We will see.

  69. Champagne Charlie

    Receding

    Spurs pom poms? You really are a void. Maybe we ought to just have a model first, or is Emery’s model so peng it’s invisible to the naked eye? Mug

  70. ddkingz

    I’m so happy and loving myself right now…

    spurds and pool in the final.. lovely

    the thought if Rinaldo and messi not winning the UCL this season is making me have an orgasm..

    all eyes on FIFA on who wins the FIFA world best and balon d’or

  71. bennydevito

    Champagne Charlie,

    Why don’t you go back to that empty room you were arguing with, or did that give you a whooping too?

    They’ve not won it yet but are acting like they have. I can say it’s embarrassing if that’s how I see it but you just can’t resist having a dig because you like picking arguments for the sake of it.

  72. Just Another Customer

    even if (G-d forbid) they win the trophy I don’t think it will be a wake up call for those in charge of Arsenal anyway

    just more agony for the fans

  73. Un na naai

    Must be killing Bamford
    Bet he’s reading all of this.

    Bamford. You’re a mug. You always call it wrong. Always. You wanna hope Kane don’t score a winner in the final after your bold claims Bamford

  74. MidwestGun

    Eagle –
    Re Bam. Yeah I think so… Pedro warned him.. though.. It s like getting a yellow card and pushing the envelope arguing with the referee regardless of what you think of the foul you have to know when to pull it back.

  75. Un na naai

    The thing is. Spurs and pool getting there exposes so many of you mugs and your chequebook philosophy. It proves that coaching is the way forward
    That team spirit, man management and passion are more important than a fucking blank cheque

  76. ddkingz

    I don’t really have much love for the English national teams because I see them as bottlers… but j fccking admire TOTTENHAM and pool and I would love TOTTENHAM in particular to win this year UCL while LIVERPOOL win the league because that’s what they really want to win…

    kudos to gareth south gate for his influence on SPURS..

    TOTTENHAM winning the UCL would make live hard and depressing for those trolls on here… and I love that as a revenge..

  77. vickingz

    Let’s reason something out,,, Liverpool didn’t play with sallah and firminho yet they won. Spurs didn’t play with kane, yet they won. How about arsenal not playing with lacazette so we can win tomorrow???

  78. Receding Hairline

    Binned for being a knob yet you are still here Charlie.. Go figure

    Charlie the hypocrite pretended to attack Un na nai when he was rooting for spurs now he is celebrating their passage to the final louder than him

    Meanwhile at the Emirates he says, mocking Arsenal fans,the same arsenal all he asks for is linear progression and a defined style of play, guess the type of progression we had under Wenger right and the style of play that led to the accumulation of players with no trace of physicality in them.

    You sicken me Charlie you really do

  79. Champagne Charlie

    “now he is celebrating their passage to the final louder than him“

    What blog is this cunt reading?

  80. Majesticgooner

    Indeed ddkings , Wenger did more damage to this club than anyone could imagine, sissoko an Wijnaldum, both in the Newcastle team that got relegated and he could have signed yet he went for Xhaka and Elneny add to them mane, van dyke, eriksen, the two Belgian defenders , all getable players that he passed on, yet signing dross.

  81. Paulinho

    The wider football ‘community’ have finally realised what a nightmare this is becoming for Arsenal fans.

    It’s only going to get worse as well as the next weeks roll on.

    They win the Champs League and how the fuck do we ever it live it down?

    They’re always going to be the first team out two North London clubs to win it.

    Just cannot happen.

  82. salpardisenyc

    Somebody needs to tell ddkingz a major portion of Spurs spine are products of the Ajax academy.

    Sad to see them come back home and shit house there way into a final.

  83. Receding Hairline

    I don’t even get how anything achieved by Pochettino (fifth year on the job) and Klopp (fourth year on the job) can be used as a stick to beat Emery (first year on the job).

    Its silly and completely lacking in logic

    Meanwhile at the Emirates… This from one of the biggest Wenger apologist’s you will ever meet

  84. Chris

    Paulinho

    I think the only way to beta it would be to do a Real Madrid and win 3 in a row with no more for them.

    Their fans must have had the same sense of dread we have now, the weeks leading up to May 17th 2006. Let’s hope we can breathe the biggest sigh of relief as they must have done when the game finishes in Madrid

  85. Paulinho

    What’s worrying is that Spurs had them on the rack a bit at Anfield.

    Sissoka has turned out to be a brute of a signing running from midfield.