Wandering to Titles – Liverpool Triple Header (April) Episode 23

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Season 2, Episode 23

An historic month for us as we enter the Quarter Finals of the Champions League for the first time.

We’re playing Liverpool, arguably the best team in the world right now, three times in a week.

I’m apprehensive, but we are capable of doing the unthinkable.

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Wolves (5th) vs Fulham (20th)
3/4/2021 Premier League

Fulham are having a torrid time of it at the moment. Sitting on 14 points from 31 games, they are for sure going to be relegated.

With 3 Liverpool games to follow this match, I intend to play a rotated side.

I thought it was going to be one of those days. We were knocking on the door all day long, with a couple goals ruled out for offside, but we eventually got the break through.

Fernandes was brought on to make a difference, and that he did. Neto capped the game off with a nice finish – I’m pleased to see him get on the score sheet, baring in mind how little time he actually gets on the pitch.

Liverpool vs Wolves
7/4/2021 Champions League Quarter Final First Leg

An historic day for Wolves. We take on Liverpool in the Champions League Quarter Final. The first of 3 games against Liverpool this month.

The boys are fired up. Trent Alexander-Arnold is out with an injury, but other than that, the squads are fit and ready.

I was right to be apprehensive about these Liverpool matches. 10 seconds into the match, Mepham set the tone for the entire 90 minutes – he grabbed himself a booking. From then on, an onslaught of Liverpool attacks left me feeling powerless as a manager.

No matter what I did. No matter who I changed on the field, nothing really came of it. This defeat felt like a punch to the stomach as my players trudged off the field with their heads down.

We attempted to grab an away goal to give us a glimmer of hope, but Robertson hit a sweet volley from 25 yards to seal their win.

Somehow I must rally the players to face Liverpool again, and another time after that. For the first time, I’m actually unsure what to do.

Liverpool (1st) vs Wolves (5th)
10/4/2021 Premier League

This league match almost seems more important than our 2nd leg match, given how impossible it seems to turn that around.

Regardless, we play to win every match. Ex-Wolves loanee, Trippier, makes his debut for Liverpool against us.

Well, what can I say? An inspired victory. I’m so proud of the boys. I changed one of our AMC’s to a DM role to give us more defensive options at the back while hitting it long on the counter.

To my amazement, we were 2 nil up at half time. Pablo Maffeo grabbed his first for the club.

Liverpool continued their efforts to score and brought it back to 2-2. I was a little disheartened, but still proud of the way we played. It had to be Trippier that equalized, hadn’t it? He celebrated, but I can’t blame him.

But with not long to go, it was Maffeo’s turn to supply the cross a Vinagre popped up at the back post to grab us the win. Our away supporters erupted. We had done it. A win at Anfield.

This win puts us 7 points ahead of Spurs who are in 6th, while Man City are now only 3 points behind Liverpool in the race for the title. Things are hotting up!

Wolves (0) vs Liverpool (3)
13/4/2021 Champions League Quarter Final 2nd Leg

We have a mountain to climb. An away goal for Liverpool would surely seal our fate. But we must believe.

The same shape will be deployed again in an effort to thwart their attacks while providing a basis for us to counter.

The wing-backs Maffeo and Vinagre are rewarded by keeping their places thanks to their performances last game. Likewise for Conor Coady.

It just wasn’t meant to be. We put up a good fight, but Liverpool were too strong. As soon as they got their away goal, the tie was essentially over.

Despite this, I’m proud that we got to the quarter-finals of the Champions League in our first ever outing in the competition.

It’s great progress for this club, and I aim to keep that going.

Keeping the Board Happy

We’re looking rosier when it comes to our profit and loss situation. We sit 3rd in this table with £41.04m in the black.

The two Manchester clubs have made incredible profits this year.

The Title Race Hots Up

I’m not sure why we’ve been included in this email, but it gives a nice overview of the end of the season.

For me personally, it’s Liverpool’s to lose. They have a game in hand and also have more favourable fixtures remaining.

The Man Utd vs Liverpool tie will be an exciting one, that’s for sure.

Aston Villa (14th) vs Wolves (5th)
20/4/2021 Premier League

We finally had a week between games after a gruelling fixture list against Liverpool. Aston Villa await as we start to see the campaign out.

No silverware is on the cards this year, but we aim to finish strong in the league.

A bore draw. Not much to say here. I think our Champions League hangover got the better of us.

It was a game of two teams not really fighting for much.

Everton (8th) vs Wolves (5th)
24/4/2021 Premier League

We go into this game without having a striker score in 4 games. Our Strikers (Cutrone, Jimenez, Jota & Neto) have been in and out of the side with injuries and inconsistent performances.

Our top goal scorer in the league is Jota with 9. That says a lot.

A good comeback from us, all things considered. It was a hard fought match. Cutrone and substitute Neto still continuing to have trouble in front of goal and it’s becoming a real issue.

They need a good break this summer and I hope they all come back rejuvenated.

Fernandes proving his worth as he grabbed a brace.

The Home Stretch

It’s been a tough month. I feel like the Liverpool matches have mentally drained us.

We of course were not favourites for the Champions League tie, so I’m pleased with how we played in the League fixtures versus Liverpool.

As mentioned, it’s a worry my strikers are not putting ball to net. They all have the ability, but something is not clicking right now.

At least this is happening now instead of earlier when it mattered.

We’re in the home stretch now. Not much to play for, but very game is a chance to prove to me you have what it takes to play for this club.

It’s become a tight race for the title between Liverpool and Man City. Liverpool’s goal difference is far superior and could play a major part in who lifts the trophy come the end of the season.

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