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West Ham Record First Win At Anfield Since 1963

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Liverpool fell to an embarrassing defeat at Anfield on Saturday as West Ham notched up an historic win at Anfield, their first victory here since 1963. The Hammers put three past a sloppy Liverpool side who failed miserably in their defensive duties and were unable to create any real attacking threat.

West Ham took just three minutes to get off the mark at the Kop End. A relatively poor defensive header from Skrtel allowed the ball to fall into the path of Cresswell who despite being closed down by Clyne was able to assist Lanzini who fired home the first goal of the game.

The goal left the Reds somewhat shell-shocked and we didn't react positively after going 1-0 down. Attacking wise we didn't appear to pose a significant threat and Christian Benteke for me once again looked completely lost. He's wasted in Brendan's preferred formation and it's seriously beginning to do my head in. The sooner Sturridge is back, the better.

The Reds' best hope of getting back …

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V West Ham

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After picking up a well earned point at the Emirates on Monday evening Liverpool must now welcome fellow Londoners West Ham to Anfield on Saturday. It's fair to say that the Hammers have had a mixed start to life in the Premier League under Bilic, so can the Reds collect all three points?
Liverpool have a few injury woes to contend with going into the game. Long term absentees Sturridge and Flanagan are still out whilst Lallana, Henderson and Allen also join that list with no return dates.
For Bilic’s side, they also have several fitness issues. Zarate, Valencia and Carroll are out long term whilst the game may come too early for O’Brien and Sakho. Also doubtful is their young starlet Oxford who has impressed players and pundits alike recently.
The last time the two sides met was in January this year after the Reds picked up a 2-0 win at home. Sturridge and Sterling were on the scoresheet that day. West Ham have a terrible record at Anfield, they haven't won at L4 since 1963.

Potentially The Most Exciting 0-0 Draw You've Ever Seen

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Ok, maybe "the most exciting 0-0 draw ever" is a bit of an exaggeration but Monday night's clash with Arsenal turned into a far better game than I was expecting for Liverpool. We have a diabolical record at the Emirates and to find myself frustrated slightly after picking up a draw says a lot about our performance in the game. If only we could have found the back of the net!

The game started very brightly for the Reds who were off the mark with a shot from Benteke in just two minutes, shortly followed by a strike that smashed off the woodwork from Coutinho it looked like Liverpool were going to punish Arsenal in the very early stages.

Just before the eight minute mark the only blip in the first half for the Reds occurred when Arsenal had put the ball in the back of the net. Aaron Ramsey was ruled offside by the linesman but on closer inspection there appeared to be little wrong with the goal.

Brendan Rodgers' side continued to build the pressure in the first half as…

MATCH PREVIEW: Arsenal V Liverpool

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Liverpool travel to London on Monday evening as they prepare to face Arsenal in their third fixture of the season. The Reds have picked up two wins out of two whilst the Gunners have won just one game having lost their opening tie against West Ham. Will a stumbling start from Wenger's side assist the Reds or is it going to be the same old story at the Emirates?

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are likely to be without captain Jordan Henderson who picked up a problem against Bournemouth. They are also unable to call upon Joe Allen, Jon Flanagan and Daniel Sturridge. For Arsenal they are without Flamini who has an ankle problem and Jack Wilshere is also still unavailable. Out too are Welbeck and Rosicky.

The last time the two sides met was in April this year. The Reds took a beating at the Emirates as Arsenal put four in the back of the Liverpool net. A penalty from Jordan Henderson was the only consolation for Brendan Rodgers' side as they also had to deal with a red card for …

Benteke Scores In Controversial Liverpool Win

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It's two wins out of two for Liverpool after a decent performance and a dash of luck allowed the Reds to collect all three points against Bournemouth on Monday night. Christian Benteke got himself off the mark after scoring a controversial goal whilst The Cherries were left questioning why an early effort was disallowed.

Rodgers started with the same team that he rolled out against Stoke and whilst I was pretty happy with the XI there was a hell of a lot of moaning on social media, mainly down to the missing Sakho and Can. I like Can and I believe we performed better against Stoke once he entered play but some of the vitriol coming from fans last night just because he hadn't started was crazy, we're only two games in and it's widely accepted that Can is still looking for match fitness so it wasn't so much of a surprise for me to see him brought on as a sub.

As for Sakho, I definitely think he's a better defender than Dejan Lovren however I must give credit to …

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Bournemouth

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Liverpool face Bournemouth on Monday evening for their first fixture at Anfield in the new 2015/2016 season. After picking up a late win at the Britannia thanks to a glorious Coutinho strike, the Reds will be buoyant going in to this game, hoping to collect all three points and put a dent in any gaps created by teams over the weekend.

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are still without Flanagan and Sturridge who are working back to fitness after longstanding injuries. Also unavailable for manager Brendan Rodgers is Joe Allen who picked up what looked like a knock against Swindon but has since turned into a more serious issue.

For Bournemouth they are without Arter who has a hip injury, doubts are also hanging over Atsu and MacDonald leaving Howe with some possible changes to make.

The last time the two sides met was in December 2014 when the Reds faced Bournemouth in a League Cup tie. The game ended in a 3-1 victory for Liverpool with Raheem Sterling and Lazar Markovic on the score sh…

Coutinho Stunner Sinks Stoke

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Liverpool eventually managed to get the better of Stoke on Sunday evening after a stunning strike from Philippe Coutinho in the 86th minute. It was a lacklustre affair prior to this with Stoke getting the better of the chances, the Reds however remained resilient and secured all three points.

Christian Benteke was given his first start under manager Brendan Rodgers but he had little to no support up top and collected just five touches of the ball in the penalty area. It's certainly no coincidence to me that a lone striker at Liverpool hasn't successfully worked since the disappearance of Luis Suarez and even he played regularly in a front two.

Our wingers are far too selfish (not always a bad thing) and even players like Milner and Henderson who I would expect to provide the odd cross just didn't seem to be keeping their eyes peeled for Benteke on Sunday. This concerns me moving forward but thankfully we still have time to correct that and I seriously hope that when Sturr…

MATCH PREVIEW: Stoke V Liverpool

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And we are back!

I can't believe that we've reached season start already, it may have dragged for a few of you but because I've been working all this summer instead of sitting around the house whilst off Uni, it's gone well quick for me! In fact, I haven't even felt the usual withdrawal symptoms that occur when not being able to obsess over my beloved Liverpool each weekend.

But there we have it, it's here and it's time for the Reds to get stuck in!

After finishing last season with what looked like a potential P45 for Brendan Rodgers, the boss is still at the helm and he's made some signings in the process:

Christian Benteke - £32.5millionRoberto Firmino - £28.7millionNathaniel Clyne - £12.3millionJoe Gomez - £3.4millionJames Milner - Free TransferDanny Ings - Free TransferAdam Bogdan - Free Transfer
I've voiced my opinions on the transfers on Twitter so I won't go into it all again but one thing's for sure, Rodgers has nowhere to hide if th…