Written by Ben Smith – @BenMightSay
I’ll be honest. I’ve never even seen the film Groundhog Day. I don’t even really know what it means. It’s just a term I see dished out when bad things happen to a football team or player and it becomes an issue that must absolutely be addressed.
I wasn’t at the game tonight. Despite it being a bit of a limp display in comparison to Saturday, I wish I was there. Would’ve loved to have absorbed the reaction of the Liverpool end in the wake of another dreadful mistake by Loris Karius.
Twitter and social media in general is pretty predictable. It’s only really when you go to a game and see people’s honest and unfiltered reactions that you can get a true taste of how the fanbase feels about matters like this.
The German goalkeeper was applauded as he jogged towards his goal at Chester. But footage of him lashing one into his own net during the warm-up there, and another horrible error at Prenton Park, means he will not get the same reception at Bury.
He had his best run of form in a Liverpool shirt between January and April this year. It mustn’t be forgotten that he did very little wrong and, if anything, was a real asset for Jurgen Klopp.
What happens in Kiev happens, though, and even though pre-season counts for little, tonight feels significant.
On a positive note, the Reds win the game and Sheyi Ojo, Rafael Camacho and Nathaniel Clyne stand out on the pitch. Early signs suggest that the latter still has a big role to play at the club and I hope that is the case. The former two both scored but it’s hard to envisage a scenario where they find themselves in Klopp’s plans.
Naby Keita and Fabinho played together in the first outing for the new away kit — both of them looked the absolute business in it. Adam Lallana, who bagged the third, is much easier on the eye with his improved haircut.
Tonight also saw France progress to the World Cup final. It may not have been the most exciting encounter of the tournament but it was intriguing nonetheless and I was impressed by how hard Didier Deschamps’ side were to beat. I’ve struggled to warm to them on a personal level, but their organisation and nous was admirable out there.
I actively want England to win this, now. I’ve only got so much love to give to football teams and the Reds of course use up pretty much all of that. But even though I think a lot of their die hard fans are unbearable, the Three Lions have captured the nation and I’m happy to admit they’re the most likeable of the remaining bunch and I want to see Harry Kane lift that beautiful prize.
And then there’s Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo. The catalyst for what will be a fascinating few weeks of transfer activity. Hopefully the Reds get involved in that.
I’ll be at Bury on Saturday. Who knows whether England will be playing at the same time like they were last week. Head and heart are both saying no.