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Brendan's 100th Match At Spurs

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Liverpool travel to White Hart Lane on Sunday as they prepare to face Pochettino's Spurs side. The Reds fell to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester City last Monday and will be looking to improve on mistakes made within that game.

Brendan Rodgers looks as though he is going to introduce Mario Balotelli straight into the starting XI after the Italian has impressed in training. I am so excited to see Balotelli play for us I just hope he can get off to a good start. Another positive for Liverpool is that Lallana should be available to play. The Reds though do have some injury issues in defence with Johnson, Skrtel, Moreno and Enrique all needing to be assessed.

For Spurs they are in a pretty strong position injury wise with just a doubt hanging over Roberto Saldado.

Rodgers has the extra incentive tomorrow of matching records set by Rafael Bentiez and the great Bill Shankly. If Brendan can get all three points he will have won 56 matches out of his first 100 at the club, a feat …

Costly Mistakes In 3-1 City Loss

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Liverpool fell to a 3-1 defeat at the Etihad on Sunday as Brendan Rodgers' side suffered from defensive mistakes in a game that became extremely frustrating. The Reds started brightly and retained the majority of possession, creating problems for City but perhaps not finding that clinical final ball. An early mistake from Moreno eventually opened the doors for the home side who went from strength to strength once Jovetic converted in the 40th minute.

Rodgers had several new signings to choose from for this game but it was only Alberto Moreno who was given his debut in defence. Sturridge led the attack with Coutinho and Sterling offering support. Mario Balotelli having sealed his £16 million move to Anfield was watching on from the stands.

The first 30 minutes or so were definitely owned by Liverpool. Weaving runs from Coutinho and Sterling forced City's defense to be alert and with some half chances present it looked as though the Reds would be able to capitalise on their ear…

Reds Aim For Elusive Etihad Win

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Liverpool are ready to face Manchester City on Bank Holiday Monday as Brendan Rodgers looks to continue a winning start with his side. Manchester City pipped Liverpool to the post last season and rivalries have since grown more intense.

With Liverpool almost securing the signing of Mario Balotelli, he unfortunately will not be sealed in time to feature against his old club. Injuries for Liverpool mean they are without Agger, Flanagan, Lallana and Assaidi. New signing Markovic though may be able to feature after recovering from an injury picked up in pre-season.

For Manchester City they are looking pretty strong, only unable to call upon Negredo who is out for some time with a metatarsal injury.

Manchester City's last game saw them pick up a relatively easy win over Newcastle United with Silva and Aguero on the score sheet. Liverpool's last game saw them eventually collect a win over Southampton but it was hard work for the Reds with goals via Sterling and Sturridge.

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Sterling Start To The Season

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Brendan Rodgers got his team off to a winning start on Sunday afternoon as Liverpool eventually got the better of an effective Southampton side. An opening goal from Raheem Sterling was soon cancelled out by a creative Southampton goal. Daniel Sturridge though was present for Liverpool late on to seal all three points.

Rodgers selected new signings Manquillo and Lovren to feature in defence for Liverpool with a front three of Sturridge, Sterling and Coutinho.

The game started steadily for the Reds who built up play to some half chances. The first real effort came from Daniel Sturridge who from a long way out saw his strike fly just high and wide to the left of goal.

Capitalising on this positive play though Liverpool soon found their opening goal. Some hard work from Jordan Henderson to regain possession allowed him to find space. Spotting Raheem Sterling, Henderson then made a sublime long range pass which the youngster was able to latch on to. One on one with the keeper, Sterling s…

Reds Kick Off Season Against Southampton

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Brushing aside the fact that Liverpool have purchased half of the Southampton squad, Sunday's fixture should be an exciting start to the season for the Reds who will be looking to continue from where they left off. With the majority of pundits already giving Liverpool no hope, for me, this is perfect. We don't want any unneeded pressure and if you think we've got no chance then so be it.

My prediction for this season is actually a third place finish. However this is also dependent on us hopefully signing another striker before the window is out. Let me know your prediction for where Liverpool will end the league in the comments below!

So firstly, injury news for both teams.

Southampton are looking pretty strong with just Jay Rodriguez unavailable for this clash. For Liverpool there are a few players out. Agger is unavailable through a knee injury and it's a similar story for Flanagan. New signing Lazar Markovic picked up a hamstring injury in pre-season but could poss…

Reds Round Off Pre Season With Dortmund Win

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Liverpool completed their last pre-season fixture at Anfield on Sunday as the Reds faced the German side Borussia Dortmund. Jurgen Klopp's team have been a formidable force in the Bundesliga making this a glittering tie in front of the Anfield faithful who are preparing for another season hopefully packed full of surprises.

Goals from Daniel Sturridge, Jordan Henderson, Dejan Lovren and Philippe Coutinho sealed an emphatic 4-0 win for the Reds who controlled the game from the off. New signings Manquillo, Can and Lambert also featured in the game with Brendan praising their performances particularly from his defenders.

After losing the final of the ICC in the States to Manchester United it was a positive for the Reds to end their pre-season on a high and as Brendan Rodgers continues to scour the transfer market, Reds can only hope that there is still more business to be done.

Manquillo is the latest addition to the Liverpool side and despite being a loan deal many would agree that…