Monday 24 June 2019

Watch: 'Find the dope' - Graeme Souness recalls Liverpool legend Ronnie Moran's advice in analysis of winning goal

Liverpool manager Graeme Souness (c) with backroom staff Phil Boersma (l) and Ronnie Moran (r) in the Anfield dug out during a match circa 1991 (Photo by Dan Smith/Allsport/Getty Images)
Liverpool manager Graeme Souness (c) with backroom staff Phil Boersma (l) and Ronnie Moran (r) in the Anfield dug out during a match circa 1991 (Photo by Dan Smith/Allsport/Getty Images)

Tony Considine

Barcelona's defending left a lot to be desired last night as Liverpool hit them for four to complete a stunning comeback and qualify for the Champions League final.

And the fourth goal in particular was something you'd struggle to see in a Sunday league game with the entire Barca defence swiitching off before Ternt Alexander-Arnold whipped the ball in for Divock Origi to score the winner.

In the pundit's chair on Virgin Media Sport, Graeme Souness didn't hold back as he recalled advice given by legendary coach Ronnie Moran to the European Cup winning Liverpool team he was part of.  

Describing the action, Souness said; "Watch this, it goes out for a corner and they're following the ball. All the defenders are focussed on the ball that Trent Alexander-Arnold has bounced off the defender.

"Watch the ballboy, he's already on the spot. He puts it down and Alexander-Arnold goes to walk away. But he realises there's a few dopes going asleep. They all turn their back on it. That's criminal for a professional footballer.

"The great Ronnie Moran was the biggest single influence on my career as a player. He used to say to us 'find the dope'. 

"What he meant by that was on a corner kick or a throw in, someone would go asleep. He would say 'find the dope' and there is a team of dopes at a vital time.

"Ronnie Moran would say that on a regular basis and there it is. Find the dope."

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