Liverpool kept the pressure on Manchester City in the race for the title by beating Southampton while Pep Guardiola's men were qualifying for their 11th FA Cup final with a slender victory over Brighton.

Meanwhile, Leicester thrashed relegated Huddersfield, Burnley registered a handsome win at Bournemouth and Crystal Palace triumphed at Newcastle.

In the other cup semi, Watford play Wolves.


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Brian Murray
1 Posted 06/04/2019 at 09:51:47
Pep and his winning mentality is our only hope. People day its only a game and we will get over it if the shite win but my whole quality of life will be affected. ie little jaunt into town at weekend for a bev. Couldn’t hear or look at them I’d probably end up doing a 5 stretch in Walton with a bad reaction to their smug goading lol. Cmon City, pleeeeease!
Rob Halligan
2 Posted 06/04/2019 at 18:14:38
Watching the FA cup semi-final between city and Brighton. Don't let anyone kid you for one moment that VAR will make things all fair and square.

Kyle walker throws his head into a Brighton player. It goes to VAR for a possible red card, and all he gets is a yellow card. VAR will still favour the so called big six if it can do so.

Jim Bennings
3 Posted 06/04/2019 at 18:16:47
Agreed Rob.

VAR or no VAR, you can’t give Premier League officials a backbone when it comes to saying NO to the Big Boys.

Rob Halligan
4 Posted 06/04/2019 at 18:19:43
The intent was there Jim. He thrust his head forward, and therefore should have walked.
Jim Bennings
5 Posted 06/04/2019 at 18:22:37
Exact same incident that Richarlison was sent off for at Bournemouth and banned for three matches Rob.
Joe McMahon
6 Posted 06/04/2019 at 18:25:46
My thoughts exactly Jim, certain teams are immune from the normal rules.
Rob Halligan
7 Posted 06/04/2019 at 18:26:45
Is right Jim, and Gary Lineker is almost trying to defend Walker by saying it was all handbags stuff. Pathetic.
Tony Abrahams
8 Posted 06/04/2019 at 18:29:42
Maybe the ref who sent off Richarlson, was the one who got his decision wrong?
Brian Williams
9 Posted 06/04/2019 at 18:32:33
If you watch the replays and slo-mos, he doesn't actually "throw" or "thrust" his head forward but more rubs it down the Brighton players face....

Still a red card? I would say so if you follow the rules to the letter of the law. I think he was saved by the lack of reaction from his opponent.

Peter Knight
10 Posted 06/04/2019 at 18:39:45
I thought the VAR two yellows was a good decision; two red cards might have been better.

The push and follow thru on Walker was much worse than what Walker did for retaliating.

Rob Halligan
11 Posted 06/04/2019 at 18:43:41
Throw, thrust or rub, it's all the same, in my opinion, Brian. The intent was there. Interesting that Walker has been taken off at half time.
Mike Jones
12 Posted 06/04/2019 at 18:59:51
Man City is the team Everton supporters deserve and vice versa. Pity the investment was in the wrong club.
Kieran Kinsella
13 Posted 06/04/2019 at 19:12:18
Mike

That’s a bit harsh. City had 30,000 crowds in the third tier. I think the issue is that all their fans always went so when they improved and got a bigger ground there weren’t any more real fans out there to add to the crowd

Mike Jones
14 Posted 06/04/2019 at 19:19:47
Kieran. We would sell out every game if this was our team. I have no doubt.
Brian Williams
15 Posted 06/04/2019 at 19:26:47
Rob #51.

I've experienced all of them, mate, and there's a world of difference – believe me!

Kieran Kinsella
16 Posted 06/04/2019 at 19:29:26
Mike Jones

We have an advantage. They share a city with United. On Merseyside there is only teams Everton and Everton reserves :)

Mike Jones
17 Posted 06/04/2019 at 19:32:39
Exactly Kieran 🙂.

We have a latent support that would appear if we could generate some momentum. Merseyside isn't red, it just feels that way occasionally.

Rob Halligan
18 Posted 06/04/2019 at 19:40:25
Brian, I understand what you mean, but at the end of the day, intent is intent. You could start by doing a full blown kirkby kiss and stop at the last second, but the intent is still there, and should therefore be a red card.
Jerome Shields
19 Posted 08/04/2019 at 08:08:36
Geri was inconsistent but the Managers we had after Martinez never suited his style of play. Though he is far better than Tosun, he might not fit into the dual role Silva would demand. Anyway, he was a sub with Watford, which tells its own story.
Tony Abrahams
20 Posted 08/04/2019 at 11:45:29
Dermot Gallagher saying that he thinks Liverpool’s first goal would have stood despite being offside on Friday night, because he doesn’t think that VAR, will go back three phases.

Feel sorry for refs, (never thought I would ever say that) because there is so much scrutiny nowadays, to much cheating, and so many ways, that so many of these tackles, can also be interpreted these days.

Terry White
21 Posted 08/04/2019 at 15:33:38
You can see Deulofeu's goals in the match highlights on YouTube.

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