Seems fitting that Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane each scored a goal in this Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea, as if to leave us with a reminder of their quality before taking off to Africa for the AFCON tournament. Not that we needed reminding of Salah's quality but it was certainly nice to see Mane end a nine-game goalless streak.
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MATCHDAY – WEEK 21
CHELSEA 2 - LIVERPOOL FC 2
The fact that Chelsea dropped down to third place did not make this game any less attractive. The result could have set up a two-way run for the League Championship. Alas, we're right back where we started.
LET'S BREAK IT DOWN...
I always like to start with the positive:
Caoimhim Kelleher! Thrown in last minute when Alisson tested positive for COVID, the Irishman shook off the Guinness from the night before and put on a display worthy of a top keeper in the league. The man seems unfazed by the challenge, the importance of the game, or the lack of proper prep going in.
Although two did get past him, he made a number of incredible saves that allowed us to keep pace with Chelsea and stay in the race. Let's not forget that he just stepped up from the Academy with no prior League (or senior level) experience!
And that near post goal by Salah?! That ball had no business getting into the net at that angle but that's why Mo Salah is the King, the best striker in the world right now.
The Greek Scouser held up well, as he's been doing all year. With 5 out of 7 duels won and a number of counters stopped, he's continuing his impressive form.
Oddly, or maybe not, veteran Swiss army knife, James Milner, made the midfield starting line up ahead of OX and Keita. While his energy was not that of a 36 year old man, it seemed like a good call on Klopp's part. Had Henderson and Fabs lived up to their potential, he may not have tired as quickly, having to do much of the work to cover.
Hendo is one of my favourite players - and this team owes him a lot - but his run of late has been a shambles. And that's coming from the most LFC optimistic fan in the world. His ball-work was poor once again and his usual leadership of the game just wasn't present. This could have been the deciding factor in the score line.
Anyone else REALLY missing the youth and energy of Elliot right about now?!
Here's the game video recap.
BACK IN THE PUB...
After a few matches away from the pub due to restaurant closings, thanks to the resurgence of COVID in the city, we were back in the pub to celebrate the new year and our team! Woohoo!
As always, fans gathered at our HOME pub - The Madison Avenue Pub - for the match with all the usual singing, pints, and frivolity.
This was also the first game that OLSC Toronto has experimented with an AWAY pub experience that saw a number of travelling fans gather at the Elephant & Castle - a pub in the downtown core - for a special new year's day breakfast event.
Liverpool FC's fan base in the Greater Toronto area ranks in the tens of thousands and so the Official Liverpool Supporters Club of Toronto is starting to test potential secondary, tertiary, etc. pubs across the GTA to support all fans. Especially when we get to the Champion's League Finals!
TRAVELLING FANS @ The Elephant & Castle (sponsored by Carlsberg Canada)
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Thanks to Carlsberg Canada, travelling fans who visited our AWAY pub for this match were all winners! Each got a Carlsberg Football t-shirt and a chance to win an LFC jacket! And the winner is....
The Ontario government has shut down restaurant and pubs till at least the 27th of January so, for the time being, there will be no official viewings of any matches in Toronto. We'll keep you up to date as we learn more.
In the meantime, stay safe!
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You'll gain access to many benefits, 15% discount on your TOTAL BILL at The Madison, sweepstakes entries, and connect with fellow fans across the Greater Toronto Area and the World.
What's your favourite memory of this week's match?
What are your thoughts on the match? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
UP THE REDS!!
You’ll Never Walk Alone.
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