Saints vs Liverpool.
We are two years removed from the EFL Cup run that saw us deny Klopp’s LFC even one goal during the 2016/2017 season. I remember the tense night, under the lights, when, after missing several half chances, and after Forster clawed the ball off the line to keep the score at 1-0 to Saints, Sims broke from an LFC corner and Shane Long made himself available for a pass to finish off Liverpool and send Saints through to Wembley. There was, at that moment, no better feeling. In a season of dour football, that was the light, the spark of joy in an otherwise miserable year.
Unfortunately, this week didn’t pan out that way. Although the match was played at high intensity, and it was a respectable and entertaining watch for the neutral, ultimately Saints failed to take anything away from the match other than, perhaps, the belief that they can indeed play their game against almost anyone. Sure, the switch to a back five was defensive in a way, but there’s believing in your system and then there’s being naive. Saints chose a formation that was defensively solid and yet gave themselves width to attack Liverpool. Overall, I enjoyed the heck out of it.
What I enjoyed more than that, though, was my conversation with Lucy Highnett (@lucyhighnett). Lucy brings the perfect blend of fan of the team and student of the game. I always learn something when I speak with her for an episode and even this time, off record, she clarified some of the differences in the US and UK higher education system. But, for the show, over Skype, we cover the LFC match, go on some tangents, and finish by answering some of your questions- only some because there were a lot and I was booked to be a guest on the In That Number Podcast and I was already keeping them waiting… but, don’t worry, I’ll answer a few more in this week’s newsletter, which you can sign up for here. I hope you enjoy the show and be sure to follow Lucy, as she drops knowledge, hot takes, and words of wisdom from time to time.
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