While we’ve talked about the impact and global ‘wow’ factor of Kemar Roofe’s absolute wordie, one thing we’ve not talked about is the goal itself, technically and emotionally.
Make no mistake, this goal is probably one of the top five goals ever scored. It was… impossible. Messi would never have tried it, Ronaldo wouldn’t, and there is so much to get through.
Which brings us to the first part of the analysis.
Like everyone else out there, Roofe had to do this in a swimming pool. As Ibrox Noise’s Derek joked, we mentioned a swimming pool in the build up to the match, but perhaps not in this context. No, it was a storm, a torrential downpour, so to pull off ANYTHING in that weather, trudging through borderline knee high dirty water was astounding.
Secondly, it’s not just the goal itself, it’s the build up. Roofe had to win the ball on the 30 yard line, then fight to win it back again, before dribbling forward beating another two men, including one twice. His actual solo play in his own half was… utterly ludicrous and the world’s best players would barely try that.
Thirdly, the finish. To have the incredible vision, awareness and sheer audacity to look up five yards inside your own half and see the keeper off his line and lob him that accurately is just … it defies words to do it justice.
Steven Gerrard is right, we have to focus on Sunday’s clash with Livi now, but can he blame us all for still being in Thursday night after maybe the finest goal anyone has ever scored?