Am I a fan of Dominik Livaković? Absolutely not.
How is he still the #1 Croatian option between the pipes? I have zero idea. His confidence and positioning lacks in the box. He makes countless errors. Every time a cross comes his way, my blood pressure rises. He’s just not a good goalkeeper. Simple as that. And because of that, Zlatko Dalić will need to come up with a better plan who plays goalkeeper at the World Cup in Qatar this winter…and he has three months to do it. Anyone else is a better option. Anyone.
Livaković is 27 years old and there’s a reason he still plays in the HNL. No one else wants him.
He makes fatal errors ALL THE TIME but this one takes the cake. Tuesday night in Bulgaria, he let in one of the worst “near post” goals I have ever seen. Dinamo had all the momentum in the 1st half – already up 2-0 on Ludogorets in Champions League qualifying – and he lets this howler in. Rule #1 in goalkeeping, never get beat on the near side. NEVER.
I was watching this game live and was shocked when I saw the ball in the back of the net from this tight of an angle.
I will keep lobbying for Livaković to be relieved of his international duties. Grbić and Ivušić on bad days are a better fit. Shoot, take Simon Sluga if you have to. Pletikosa out of retirement. Lovre Kalinić. Subašić. Anyone else.
Livaković should not get on the plane to Qatar in November. The Croatian government should revoke his passport for the rest of the year. Whatever it takes. I’m serious.
Because I guarantee it right now, if he does go to Qatar (which he realistically will), he’s going to give up another goal like he did against the Bulgarian club. But this time it’s going to be at the World Cup.
Tell us more about why Livaković shouldn’t have been within 1000 miles of Quatar ಠ⌣ಠ
This aged nicely xd
I guess you can eat your own words now ¯_(ツ)_/¯
Subasic was our best goalie. I was so sad when he retired. Pletikosa was great too. They had so much heart in the game. They played fearlessly. This new generation needs balls. They should practice saving with their faces.
Anyone that’s read any of my posts knows how poorly I rate Livakovic. I actually just finally watched this goal. So sad. Then he sticks his hands out looking to blame someone else. There’s one replay that shows Dino Peric’s reaction. He looks completely perplexed.
Hey man – I am NOT a Liva fan and 100% agree he should not be anything more than a 3rd or 4th option for us. I don’t want to split hairs here but I think that near-post goal was a deflection. He was fooled by it because it started out as a shot to the far post. Having said that, he’s given us numerous reasons for not being able to rely on him in the past. Dalic would be even more stupid than I thought if he plays him in the WC.
You’re right. It was slightly deflected…but he did a ridiculously poor job saving it still.
He literally just stuck his knee out to stop it. Why not use the entire body and get behind it?
Vida je sto posto u quatar
Livakovic is below the standard.
Any critique is to exhaustive to waste your time.
He also has that “mush” energy and should not even be third choice and should not be on that plane.
He had every chance to show his level.
Ivusic is #1 for his size and presence.
Pick any other two and keep it moving.
Now that we have stud CB’s we deserve a quality keeper.
We lost on set pieces in 2018.
Never again to we get bullied in the box.
Iz naša svi .. Hrvatska !!
Been saying it forever- nice kid , loves his country and is respectful but can’t play . Maybe it should be on the HNS to get him some proper training but he plays so small for a big guy and Ante has rightfully noted some key issues with confidence- can’t play any sport without it. Great kid but we need to figure out who is in net in the next few months. Dominik , mi smo za te samo ne u Qatar.
If it’s any consolation, his Instagram influencer girlfriend will get plenty of airtime
(would be great to see her reactions to his blunders)
Yes, I will check it out. Nice boy and I’m sure a good person just can’t give Croatia the big wins in Qatar.
I don’t feel like Ivusic has gotten the respect he deserves as far as being our starting keeper.
He hasn’t let in any shockers and that 3 nil debacle against Austria, was an outlier where none of those 3 goals were easily saved.
Just his presence attacking balls in the box with aggression alone puts him ahead of mr deer in headlights!
I agree 100%
The 0-3 should have been a routine save, but the defense was letting Ivica get bombarded the whole game. It didn’t seem like his usual self. He has been excellent in all of the other matches. Ivusić is now attracting bids from top leagues, so he is getting more cred. I still think Lovre Kalinić is the best option overall, but Ivusić is also a good option. Grbić should be the third keeper, since he will continue as Oblak’s understudy. Sluga has good reflexes in the air and is good with his hands, but as we saw, he’s shaky with the ball at his feet. Consider him the fourth in line.
Post your thoughts on Livakovic in a firm and respectful manner on the HNS social media sites starting with Twitter in my opinion could be effective. Please consider he is a good kid and one of us so let’s not be disrespectful.
CroatianSports is monitored quite regularly by some popular Croatian media outlets.
I read Sportske, Index, and all those sites for football, and they have all referenced this site (or brought up things and ideas that first surfaced on this site).
Questioning Livaković as our starting keeper has regularly been brought up on here for a while now…And it’s now regularly occurring in Cro media.
Obviously this is mostly as a result of his regular gaffes becoming more and more…but this site definitely helps when it’s putting out articles calling this out.
If Livaković gaffes one during next month’s UNL games, I fully expect at least a couple of more articles from the Cro media bringing up the Livaković issue. He’s got a lot more critical eyes on him now.
He shouldn’t even be called for the UNL games. It should be Kalinić, Ivusić, and Grbić
True. But we know that he’ll play.
I wouldn’t call up Grbić if he’s not playing.
I rather we continue to call up Rijeka’s Labrović.
That is great to hear this confirmation that the interest from the Croatian media is there in following CroatianSports.com. Perhaps then it is best to voice the various concerns just on here. In a sense; keep is in the “familija” and not for all to see. I do think from looking at Livakovic not only as a player but person that he is a late bloomer. He actually may turn out to very good as he fills in his body and matures as a person.
Noone is trying to be. Goalkeeping is one of those things…either you have it in you or you don’t. I just don’t see it with Livakovic, I am sorry but it’s plain to see with goals like that. Can you honestly picture him in net against a team like Belgium??? They would bombard the guy consistently, we need a confident keeper who can bounce back. From what I have seen of him, once he gets down he stays down. You need to be lion to be in net. Even the best of them let goals in now and then, but he does this consistently.
Livakovic is a bust for sure 💩
What we need is someone on the inside that can voice the concerns for us.. the people/fans. So is there a number we can
Call? An address to send a letter? A quick email ? We need a solution because even if we have a strong team and a weak keeper we end up having a weak team.
Ante use your influence/ journalistic credentials/ connections and get somebody who has some pull to get in Dalic’s ear or whoever makes the call and get livashit out and anybody else in.
Indeed. And this is why Vida should be there because that ball wouldn’t have been there.
Z…can I say ….HUH???
Kalinic has been playing well recently so hopefully he can challenge for our top goalie.
I feel like we have beaten the hell out of this Livakovic topic. It’s really simple if you ask me…either Kalinic or Ivusic win over the top spot or we really have a problem!
Vida is the wrong guy to call upon. Any of these younger defenders would be the choices in my eyes from Stanisic, Sutalo, Erlic, Sosa, and not at the least Gvardiol they are our future… Vida, Lovren, and Vrsaljko are all done for me.
No offense to either of them I think they done some great things in the past but that game against Austria showed the weakness that Vida and Vrsaljko pose to the back line. Neither of the two stood strong. That game personally was all Brozovic who deserved a medal for that game in my eyes, he was the only reason that there wasn’t a worse result.
Of course i agree he shouldnt be playing. I’d rather pick a rando from a Sunday park game but i spose the question is if the others will perform better, no one bashing down the doors sadly : (.