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Lady Luck or a Touch of Magic?

Date: 19th August 2013 at 6:01 pm
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penalty saveME: Doctor Doctor, Since 3 o’clock on Saturday I have felt quite buoyant and positive!

Dr: That’s the and 3 points for you!

Me: I like this, repeat prescription please!

Dr: I can’t promise anything, but recommend you stay away from the transfer window!

It’s amazing how 90 minutes (plus injury time) can have such an impact on your mood, and I was a Mignolet away from spending my Saturday locked in the toilet crying into my Andrex Quilts (only the best for my behind you know).

I am fully aware that this is incredibly sad behaviour, but comforted somewhat that I am not alone in these actions.

It is with this in mind that has got me thinking about this phenomenon that seems to plague . From the man that brought you ‘Kopitis’ and ‘Goldfish Syndrome’ I proudly present ‘Butforitis’!

‘Butforitis’

I’m hearing one or two asking whether I have lost my mind, and the answer is quite probably! Yet how often in recent years has the club suffered from this awful affliction? Let’s look at some potential symptoms as well as stated cases:

Symptoms include: a keeper pulling a worldie, a parked bus, 50p head and feet for our attackers, questionable officiating and a rival doing something completely out of character.

Recent examples of this include the performance of Alex McCarthey for Reading last season, anti-finishing masterclasses shown at Stoke and West Brom in recent years, most matches against Wigan, the Steven Gerrard disallowed goal against Stoke the year we came second, against at Goodison last season, and that infamous Macheda moment.

Ask yourselves, how many times have you read a match report, watched a game or chatted with mates and said ‘Liverpool were looking good and would have won BUT FOR…’

Personally speaking, too many times to mention, and following a bizarrely timed audition for the Nut Cracker (which I’m sure Rodgers would have been happy to provide for him) we were almost saying it again.

I often talk about my team with red-tinted glasses on, but I think it is fair to say we played pretty well against tough and stubborn opposition and deserved the victory.

We pressed, we passed, we attacked, we created but time after time we were thwarted. Like McCarthey, Guzan, Sorenson and more before him, Begovic was quite outstanding at , limiting and frustrating and keeping it close.

Regardless of how well or how dominant you can be as a side, a 1-0 scoreline keeps things twitchy and as the match draws to a conclusion nerves flow through the support to the bench to the pitch and mistakes occur, poor decisions are made and, like a Mogwai fed after midnight, bad things happen.

Only Agger will know why he chose that moment to try and touch his toes, and in a flash, the preceding good work, effort, and rifled goal, positivity was clearing house quicker than a Spice Girls song at a Motorhead gig (although that could be quite amusing).

As I watched on in utter silence and disbelief, it was as if I had fallen into a Delorean and been whisked back to any number of games last season, I could feel deflation, it was almost like my very own Kryptonite. Yet despite early nerves our Belgian star pulled off a double save to rival anything his Bosnian rival did.

I do not think there is any actual cure to rid ourselves of this syndrome permanently but do not underestimate what happened at Anfield on Saturday as what we saw as Walters and then Jones fluffed their lines is more than simply 3 points.

Confidence is a fragile beast at the best of times and something that can take weeks to build yet seconds to destroy. After the very positive display we put in, with the sheer joyous fluidity shown by Sturridge, Coutinho and Aspas, the 11 foot leap by Toure to beat Crouch and more, to get sucker punched to just a point following a moment of madness would have been unreservedly demoralising.

Instead, Mignolet scored us much more than 2 points with his touch of magic. You could see the importance of the saves in the reaction of his team-mates.

There are many aspects of Liverpool that are to be held accountable for and many others that himself is to be held accountable for but individual moments of brilliance or stupidity fall outside of this, but what is key in all this is Rodgers must take this moment of magic and use it to drive us forward.

Use this to show the tide has turned, lady luck is shining on us, whatever the first critical moment of the season so far, even though it is in its infancy, fell Liverpool side up.

I hope you enjoyed your trip to the doctor’s office!

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13 thoughts on “Lady Luck or a Touch of Magic?

  • Terry
    1 year ago

    Brilliant tim, love your style, the air was blue in my house on 88 mins, hear we go again thought I, but no thank you god! He must feel we’ve suffered enough, he is on our side! So top 4is on YES!!!

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  • Erin
    1 year ago

    Deserved win, but we have to put away chances…. Can’t afford last min penalty saves to get 3 points.
    Laughing at arsenal :)

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  • Higgs Boson
    1 year ago

    Super article again Tim and with a little less rambling than earlier articles which was nice.;) Saturday’s result was brilliant, but we can’t be living like that for the rest of the season. I think when the Rat comes back he’ll make that finishing difference. I’m still hoping for another attacking player on the transfer front, but I’m not holding my breath. Keep up the good work!

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  • Alonso
    1 year ago

    Gud write up.when d ref gave the p.k what flashed through my mind was ‘this season again’ bt thanks 2 God and credit to mignolet

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    • Higgs Boson
      1 year ago

      What the hell had God got to do with it?

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      • FSG Out
        1 year ago

        These religious freaks do my head in as if they think God sits around deciding who wins football matches!

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  • Ozred
    1 year ago

    After marking a goal down whenever reina stepped up over the last few seasons it was great to see the new and improved lfc goalie get the job done. Shakey start but was sensational for the remainder. They would have scored at least 1 with pep in goal. Already 2 points better off for mignolet. Ynwa!

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  • Liam
    1 year ago

    Lucky win .thanks to awful penalty by walters Should have wrapped it up before then

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  • Raam
    1 year ago

    Wont say either Lady Luck or Magic but its pure team work and never say die attitude. It will be needed throughout the season. Show no mersey and take no prisoners. EPL is similar to war, kill or be killed. For me, i was watching our back four. Except for D.Aggers mistake, with Mignolet and all the defenders especially K.Toure, Fortress Anfield is rising again.

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  • allaboutanfield
    1 year ago

    A true champion don’t need luck.

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  • Raam
    1 year ago

    Agreed allaboutanfield, true champion creates their own luck. I think we should remember what the great Shankly said, when you come first,youre the champion but come second youre nothing.LFC must finish strongly this season. Finishing fourth is dangerous..look at Arsenal..players have second thoughts going over there. A lesson to look into.

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    • allaboutanfield
      1 year ago

      For Liverpool we need to target at 4th place. If not Suarez will definitely leave us. We need to remain tight at the back. Be more deadly at our finishing we should do allright Consistency , attack and Plan B is an ingredient that we need to improve on. Win as much points as we can .

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  • CHUKWUEMEKA
    1 year ago

    impressed with everybody esp MIG-NO-LET (just cos of the save on a debut) nd henderson except lucas. NB: this is a stoke side trying to play a different brand of football (one they are not used to, e.g chelsea vs. athletico madrid) aston villa wld be our “litmus test” and wld expose that midfield if they come out all guns blazing like they did against wenger. hope we dont turn blue “always red”

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