Poetry in Motion: The dark arts, a sting in the tail and why this is a time to believe


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A bit deflated by how it ended in Barcelona? Worried that Manchester City are not going to drop points in their final two games? Well, if you do need perking up then skip to the 40-minute mark of the latest Poetry in Motion podcast and let host Neil Fitzmaurice and his guests Connor Dunn and Caoimhe O'Neill remind you that this is a season to remember for Liverpool - no matter what happens on Tuesday and even if City do win out. But there's plenty to get stuck into before then as Fitzy, who is fresh back from Barca, wonders just how Liverpool find themselves 3-0 down going into the second leg of their Champions League semi-final. Connor reckons a series of little things contributed to the Reds' downfall, with Caoimhe arguing that Jurgen Klopp's side could well have been too nice in the face of the dark arts mastered by Barcelona, and similarly used by Real Madrid in last year's final. Luis Suarez's goal celebration and Lionel Messi's brilliance are also discussed as is Klopp's decision to start Joe Gomez at right-back - and what it would have left Trent Alexander-Arnold thinking. So can Liverpool stage one of the great European comebacks? Our panel reckon history suggests they can and call on the supporters to make it intimidating for Barca in most the respectful way possible. Talk then turns to Saturday's Premier League clash at Rafa Benitez's Newcastle. In the wake of Naby Keita's season-ending injury, and Roberto Firmino's knock, Fitzy questions what line-up Klopp will go with. Could it be time to throw Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain into the fray? Could the fit-again midfielder be the sting in the tail for Barca and City that Fitzy believes will come? We'll find out soon enough - but for now enjoy this brilliant pod.

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