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How Twitter reacted to Liverpool’s Europa League exit in Turkey

| 27.02.2015

Liverpool returned to the Ataturk Stadium on Thursday, the scene of an often overlooked European Cup final involving the Reds and AC Milan and ahead of kick-off everyone was keen to remind people what happened there.

Including us.

Once the teams got announced there was pandemonium with Brendan Rodgers throwing on all the big guns – Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge and…Mario Balotelli? – right from the off. Fans were, quite understandably, excited at the prospect.

However, 10 minutes in and it was the latter of the newly-christened Three Amigos who appeared to be letting the side down, which was a shock to precisely no one.

Still it was nice to see the Italian finally displaying at little emotion in a Reds shirt, even if said emotion was anger.

The game itself was played out in the ever-traditional hostile atmosphere we’ve all come to know and love from many a televised European tie involving a Turkish side.

Alongside the kind of noise not heard since the vuvuzela was … what’s the opposite of popularised? … at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa there were also some rather friendly banners for us all to enjoy.

It’s like Manchester United and the whole ‘Welcome to Hell’ debacle all over again. The game itself must have been painful for Liverpool fans to watch, with Rodgers adopting a unique approach of sitting back and waiting for Besiktas to score – which worked a treat. Soon enough the goal came, courtesy of a player with name not too dissimilar to a rather iconic C.S. Lewis character. Except, obviously he wasn’t a lion.

Extra time came and went, with many confident the Reds would save the day in the resulting shootout.

And while Dejan Lovren’s penalty miss may have ended Liverpool’s interest in the Europa League, it did at least help in toppling one giant of the pop game.

The summer signing’s season may have gone from bad to worse after he blasted over, but he did at least have one friend – John Arne Riise.

Leaping to the Scandinavian stopper’s defence, the Norwegian was keen to defend him for his penalty miss and he should know – he was the only Reds player to miss the last time they had a shootout in Istanbul!

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.