Goalkeeper High Jinks

30 Sep

LibbyStoutLiverpoolLadies_3194265During a recent league game, Liverpool Ladies goalkeeper Libby Stout decided to rush off her line à la Manuel Neuer. The move didn’t work out so well for her as it often does for him, as she ended up giving the ball away. Birmingham took advantage and nailed an open goal equalizer from 40-yards out. Brutal.

But unlike the Liverpool men’s team at the moment, the Ladies quickly retook the lead by scoring an open net goal of their own on the next kick-off by catching Birmingham’s goalkeeper Rebecca Spencer off her line. Tit for tat. So awesome. The entertainment starts around the 1:13 minute mark.

Maybe Stout should have dribbled the ball to midfield rather than trying to clear it. Like Beijing Guoan goalkeeper Yang Zhi did.

It’s like he’s taking a stroll in the park. “La la la la, look at me go.” Guardiola’s head would skyrocket off his body if Neuer ever pulled something this. In fact, according to a photo and story circulating on Twitter today he specifically trains Neuer not to do it. Compare the red circles in the photo below:

BylIrBFIMAA1ylhI’m guessing the halfway line serves as some sort of invisible fence: “Pass this Manuel, and you’ll be zapped like you’ve never been zapped before!” Hehehe. Whereas with the German National Team, Löw would probably just faintly shrug, stare a bit, and wonder why he didn’t think of it first.

Then you have Buffon, who doesn’t need to leave his line because he can psych out his opponents at close range. Check out what he did during Sunday’s match vs Atalanta:

See how he pointed to the left during Denis’ run-up? That’s skill, to get players to shot the ball wherever he wants. Or dumb luck.

Moving from the entertaining and crazy to the heartwarming, here’s a story about another Liverpool goalkeeper. From the Liverpool Echo,


Liverpool FC star joins eight-year-old’s birthday celebrations
Sep 12
By Neil Docking

Liverpool FC star Simon Mignolet stunned an eight-year-old Reds fan by joining his birthday celebrations.

Jamie Martin went out for a special meal with his family while proudly wearing his new goalkeeper kit with the Belgian stopper’s name on the back.

Moments later his hero walked into Chung Ku Chinese restaurant in Liverpool and sat down at the table next to them – leaving the youngster absolutely speechless.

Jamie’s uncle, Kevin Wrigley, said: “His birthday present was the Simon Mignolet kit and he had it on as he was sat with his dad and aunties.

“Five minutes later Simon Mignolet walked into the restaurant and they sat him at the next table.

“Jamie was starstruck, he couldn’t open his mouth.

“He will be telling all his friends at school – they probably won’t believe him!”

After spotting the youngster from Norris Green sporting his colours, Mignolet signed Jamie’s birthday card and posed for a photograph.

Chung Ku’s manager told the Leamington Community Primary School pupil that a lot of Liverpool players visit the restaurant off Riverside Drive.

But for Jamie it couldn’t have been any better than meeting the 26-year-old Belgian international.

Mr Wrigley, 60, from West Derby, said: “He was just dumbstruck. After the meal he had a football birthday cake and they all sang happy birthday.

“All the family are Reds. His dad Kevin was over the moon. He said ‘we couldn’t have planned it’.

“Simon Mignolet was brilliant with him. He’s a top man. He made his birthday one to remember.”

Awww, cute, right? I’m lucky if anyone remembers my birthday, so I love, love hearing of others having awesome birthdays. And I say Jamie had a fabulous one.


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