Well, it seems that the status quo remains after the heavyweight bout between Liverpool FC and Manchester City in this weekend’s Premier League action.
LFC Toronto hosted sold-out watch parties across our three pubs in the GTA (see gallery below), which proved once again that we have one of the largest Liverpool FC fan bases in the world. Lots of encouragement and lessons learned as we start planning for next season’s events here in Toronto.
MATCH WEEK #32
MAN CITY 2 - LIVERPOOL FC 2
Jota 13’, Sadio Mane 46'
SAM'S MATCH NOTES
For the first time, I'm struggling to jot down my thoughts on the matchplay.
As those at the pub can attest, my anxiety was through the roof leading up to the match. And, frankly, I’ve not processed the match fully. I don’t know if I’m really disappointed with the draw or grateful for it.
Let’s face it, Liverpool was not at their best - in the first half especially. I still need to work out my feelings on this but there are some obvious notes worth mentioning now - because I just can’t stop myself.
Must start with the Man of the Match - Birthday Boy, Sadio Mane.
There was no doubt that Sadio and Mo would start this game, despite the impending Champions League and FA Cup Semi to be played in the next 7 days. And while we’re still waiting for Mo to get his groove back, Sadio is stepping up.
And not just as a striker, getting the equalizing goal to save 1 point and keep us in the title race was great but his runbacks to protect the backline were inspiring.
Conversely, Mo has given me more reasons to continue to be jaded. He’s one of the best players on the planet - if not THE best - and continues to show he has all the required skills. Some brilliant passes, in particular, were on display this weekend but he’s not been able to take on the defensive line one-on-one as he’s done most of the season. I can’t help but feel that the tireless run of games with Egypt, the disappointment of losing in AFCON and World Cup Qualifiers, and the saga over his contract have distracted him. Whereas Sadio seems to have been inspired by that, even though his contract and future are still up in the air.
Such is the burden of wearing the crown - there’s no room for error and you’re held to higher standards than anyone else. But then so does the demand of 500,000/week, right?
If there was ever a game to step up and show why FSG need to break their proven business sustainability pay model, this match was it. And while his play was still world-class, it did not shine any brighter than that of Thiago, Sadio, Robbo, VVD, or Trent.
Yeah, still jaded.
But we move on to Champions League play mid-week and further glory!!
BACK IN THE PUB...
The big game needed big events for our fans here in the Greater Toronto Area and so OLSC Toronto and its affiliated pubs stepped up to host 1000+ screaming fans. There were certainly great and not-so-great moments in the experience - as is the case with any event that swells to these numbers - but overall the camaraderie of being with our Red Family was a great thing to behold and experience.
We were also once again blessed to have so many Liverpool FC fans from across the globe coming to visit us for the match: Norway, Ireland, England, Isreal, and India. Welcome to Toronto, all!
Too many photos to share but here’s a sampling of events for those of you who could not make it out, including shots of our raffle winners. Stay tuned to our social media feeds as we share more photos this week.
AND THE WINNER IS...
Yvi and Jake took on raffle-master duties for our Premier Leauge Halftime Member Draw.
Remember, all OLSC Toronto members get their names added to the "spinny wheel" during each PL match. Winners are drawn live on our Instagram Feed.
Check out the member draw below.
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