Liverpool got the 1-0 win they needed to KO Napoli – who by the way I am now tipping to win the Europa League. Lump on!
Magic Mo Salah got the crucial goal but the Reds needed a world-class save from Alisson deep into stoppage time to save their skins.
The Brazilian, and in front of him Virgil van Dijk, are both so strong they make Samson look sensitive and give Liverpool a real fighting chance of winning trophies this season.
Another Samba star in Lucas Moura was the Spurs hero as they drew 1-1 in Barcelona – although they were indebted to Inter Milan who bottled it and could not beat PSV Eindhoven at home.
The Manchester clubs were already through with a game to spare – lucky really as United were dreadful again in their 2-1 defeat at Valencia, while City edged past a poor Hoffenheim side 2-1.
As is currently the case regarding Jose Mourinho the story was as much off the pitch as on it, with Paul Pogba recalled after being ignominiously dumped on the bench for the past two games.
But the £89million man –in midfield with £52m Fred the Forgotten Red and £28m battering ram Marouane Fellaini – was nowhere to be seen as Carlos Soler put the hosts ahead.
Pogba then missed an absolute sitter from two yards, although he cannot be blamed for Phil Jones coolly incompetent finish adding to his own personal reel of bloopers with a comedy own goal.
And before United fans get on my back, let me say I don’t hate Pogba. I don’t care enough about him to hate him.
AND then there was one – and we might just have a title race on our hands ladies and gentlemen!
Liverpool are the only unbeaten team in the Premier League after they battered Bournemouth 4-0, while Manchester City lost 2-0 at Chelsea with N’Golo Kante and David Luiz the toast of both Stamford Bridge and Anfield.
Mo Salah rammed the taunts of those calling him a ‘one-season wonder’ down their collective throats with a superb hat-trick that sees Jurgen Klopp’s side top the table and the Egyptian the scoring charts (10).
But next up for the Reds are Manchester United who would love nothing more than bursting their huge rivals’ bubble.
United have not lost in the league to the Kop side since March 2014 – eight games in which they have won five.
But with their best player currently more David De Pickford than David De Gea and star man Paul Pogba out of favour all is not rosy in the United garden.
Liverpool’s defence has been harder to work out than a Brexit deal but Joel Matip fractured his collarbone a week after Joe Gomez fractured his leg and Trent Alexander-Arnold has a foot problem.
The twin spectres of Dejan Lovren and Alberto Moreno must be haunting Reds supporter’s dreams. The pair of them are not totally useless but can be used as bad examples of footballers that can defend. Still United have Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones so it’s all swings and roundabouts.
AND finally it’s time to call out every racist we come across as the despicable low-lives they are.
The time for trying to reason with them and educate them is over. They need to be told time and time again until it gets through their thick skulls that it will no longer be tolerated.
Call them small-minded, nasty, cowards. Tell them they cannot consider themselves a ‘nice’ person if they think differently of others because of the colour of their skin. Even if they give to charity, are kind to their Mums, work hard and love puppies; tell them you think less of them because they are racist. Call them out on it. Repeatedly until it sinks in.
Educate yourself. Stop making excuses for them like ‘he probably said Manc c*** not black c***’. Think about stupid counter arguments like ‘what about calling someone a ginger c***’ – thankfully generations of red-heads were not enslaved and killed. Learn your history people. It. Is. Not. The. Same.
Neither is saying the Press are also horrible to white players like Wayne Rooney. The key difference is there were not black footballers who were better treated for doing exactly the same things.
If a racist’s brain were dynamite, there would not be enough to blow his hat off. It’s time that they were made aware of this. It’s time they were the ones that felt uncomfortable. It is time they were challenged outright and more stridently for their pathetic views.
It’s time to stand with Raheem Sterling, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Rhian Brewster, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Nathaniel Chalobah and the countless other black players at every level of the game. I’m sick of sharing this wonderful world with morons.