We take him for granted these days but Gary Lineker is a real class act.
There have been some excellent Match of The Day presenters in the past but Lineker is a class apart.
Just a shame Newcastle United are so poor that I rarely can bring myself to watch MOTD!
Saturday night Gary Lineker was at his best, with the A-Team (Alan Shearer and Ian Wright) alongside him.
Obviously they will talk a lot about the different matches ahead of the show and who is going to discuss various issues BUT clearly Gary Lineker throws in unscripted lines that the pundits aren’t expecting.
So when introducing the highlights from Anfield, Gary Lineker declares (watch below) “Time for the Michael Owen derby…”, Ian Wright absolutely loving it and Alan Shearer chuckling, after these past two weeks of Michael Owen trying to sell a few books by slagging him off.
Ian Wright's enjoying the show, tonight!
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) September 14, 2019
As for the post-highlights discussion, it was all about the class of Liverpool’s attacking players and a penalty that should have been given, as well of course as deserved mention for that willems thunderbolt.
“It was really when Firmino came on that they looked more impressive…”
“They (Liverpool) started the game with Origi on the left-hand side and you can see the different styles that they (Firmino and Origi) have as players.
“Origi likes to go up against the defender, he pulls off and there’s no harm in doing that at all, but the difference is that when this guy (Firmino) comes on and goes down the middle. He gets straight involved into the game, Newcastle lose the ball, weight of pass is decent (from Firmino) but the goalkeeper should come and collect that. It hits his knee, he should have collected that with his arms and it leaves Mane with an absolute tap-in (for the second goal).
“Firmino gets in between the defence and the midfield, which means defenders have then got a problem. Do they push forward, which allows Salah and Mane to run in? He is in the position that defenders hate. Schar doesn’t know whether to get tight.
“We have saved the best til last, this (Liverpool’s third goal) is computer game stuff. (Firmino) Take a touch with the right, flick with the left, wonderful finish frm Salah.
“They know each other’s game inside out…the front three are just absolutely magnificent.”
“If you want to nit-pick, Liverpool look marginally less secure defensively.”
“Yes I would go along with that. You have to give Newcastle credit for the way they started. To be fair this (Willems) is a magnificent goal (but) I think this could have easily been avoided (by Liverpool). in the end though the quality of Liverpool was just too much.”
“Quiet day for VAR but you thought it should have intervened at some point.”
“I do absolutely. Liverpool should have had a penalty for Lascelles (challenge ata a corner) on Matip. VAR I think should give a penalty for that, his arms are all over him (Matip), he pulls him back.”
“Why would they look at that and not say that’s a penalty? Why didn’t he go across to the thing (monitor)? It’s annoying, I’m annoyed with that.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Liverpool 3 Newcastle 1 – Saturday 14 September 12.30pm
Mane 28, 40, Salah 72
Possession was Liverpool 76% Newcastle 24%
Total shots were Liverpool 21 Newcastle 8
Shots on target were Liverpool 9 Newcastle 1
Corners were Liverpool 10 Newcastle 1
Referee: Andre Marriner
Newcastle team v Liverpool:
Dubravka, Krafth (Manquillo 67), Schar (Fernandez 80), Lascelles, Dummett, Willems, Hayden, Shelvey, Atsu, Almiron (Muto 67), Joelinton
Darlow, Clark, Ki, Matty Longstaff
Crowd: 51,430 (3,000 Newcastle)
(Jurgen Klopp react to the comeback win HERE)
(Steve Bruce talks after the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool HERE)
(Match ratings and comments on all NUFC players HERE)
(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to defeat at Anfield HERE)
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