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Talking Points | Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Rose) - 1 (Milner) Liverpool FC 

| The Press |

It was in full effect for just 15 minutes at Arsenal and missing almost entirely at Burnley but at White Hart Lane it was back with a vengeance in the early stages. The Reds almost opened the scoring in vintage Klopp style after Lallana robbed Dier of the ball high up the field, found Mane who fed Firmino. THe Brazilian cut it back for Coutinho but our little talisman could only hit his shot into the foot of Michel Vorm who was lucky to keep it out. The Reds fell off in the last 15 minutes but with another 2 weeks of training under the belt of a lot of them over the international break hopefully it’ll be closer to a full 90 in our next match against Leicester. 

| Matip Impresses |

A league debut for Joel Matip and he was actually very, very good. The big Cameroonian used his muscle, surprising pace and towering height to his advantage, marshalling Harry Kane and Janssen impressively. He almost marked his debut with a goal when he hit the bar with a bulleted header off a Milner corner that would’ve made it the perfect start to his EPL career but it was not to be. A very powerful and imposing centre back. 

| Firmino > Origi > Sturridge? |

Firmino started up top - which in a game that we need the press I have no qualms with - but interestingly Klopp chose not to send Sturridge on until just 3 minutes from the end. Sturridge was also relegated to the bench against Burton midweek before scoring twice in a twenty minute cameo. Klopp obviously rates him as a footballer but it’s interesting to see that our best goalscorer can’t get game time currently despite finally finding a streak of fitness. 

| Klopp’s Substitution Methods |

This brings me to my next point. 3 minutes for Sturridge when we looked to be chasing a winner? Are you joking Kloppo? Origi is a good footballer but his goalscoring prowess is nowhere near as high as Sturridge just yet and in all honesty the Belgian looked well short of full fitness. Perhaps Danny Ings would also have been a good option but he was nowhere to be seen. Klopp’s substitutions have been a talking point previously and whoever’s advising him on them should probably be had a word with. 

| Anfield Finally Awaits the English Premier League |

Finally, after 5 long weeks and 3 away trips, Anfield will host a Premier League game again. In truth 4 points from our first 3 isn’t terrible but the draw today should’ve ended in a Liverpool victory and we should never have allowed Burnley 3 points which makes it sting a lot more than it should do. There’ve been good signs from the Reds but there is still a lot to do for Klopp if we’re going to make something from our next two fixtures - hosting reigning champions Leicester and visiting a resurgent Chelsea - and if we drop further points over the coming weeks we risk being out of the top 4 race before it’s even started. However, with Origi, Can, Sakho and Lucas all set to have 2 weeks now to work on fitness and form in training over the international break there are positive signs to come. 

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Football Physics: The Science Behind the Banana Kick

In 1997 in a game between France and Brazil, a young Brazilian player named Roberto Carlos set up for a 35 meter free kick. With no direct line to the goal, Carlos decided to attempt the seemingly impossible. His kick sent the ball flying wide of the players, but just before going out of bounds it hooked to the left and soared into the goal.

According to Newton’s first law of motion, an object will move in the same direction and velocity until a force is applied on it. When Carlos kicked the ball he gave it direction and velocity, but what force made the ball swerve and score one of the most magnificent goals in the history of the sport?

The trick was in the spin. Carlos placed his kick at the lower right corner of the ball, sending it high and to the right, but also rotating around its axis. 

The ball started its flight in an apparently direct route, with air flowing on both sides and slowing it down. On one side, the air moved in the opposite direction to the ball’s spin, causing increased pressure, while on the other side—the air moved in the same direction as the spin, creating an area of lower pressure. 

That difference made the ball curve towards the lower pressure zone. This phenomenon is called the Magnus effect.

This type of kick, often referred to as a banana kick, is attempted regularly, and it is one of the elements that makes “The beautiful game” beautiful. 

But curving the ball with the precision needed to both bend around the wall, and back into the goal is difficult. Too high and it soars over the goal. Too low and it hits the ground before curving. Too wide and it never reaches the goal. 

Not wide enough and the defenders intercept it. Too slow and it hooks too early or not at all. Too fast and it hooks too late.

The same physics make it possible to score another apparently impossible goal—an unassisted corner kick.

The Magnus effect was first documented by Sir Isaac Newton after he noticed it while playing a game of Tennis back in 1670. It also applies to golf balls, Frisbees and baseballs. In every case the same thing happens: the ball’s spin creates a pressure differential in the surrounding airflow that curves it in the direction of the spin.  

And here’s a question: could you theoretically kick a ball hard enough to make it boomerang all the way around back to you?  Sadly, no. Even if the ball didn’t disintegrate on impact or hit any obstacles, as the air slowed it, the angle of its deflection would increase, causing it to spiral into smaller and smaller circles until finally stopping. And just to get that spiral you’d have to make the ball spin over 15 times faster than Carlos’s immortal kick. So good luck with that.

From the TED-Ed Lesson Football physics: The “impossible” free kick - Erez Garty

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