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Benteke Strikes Again

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Liverpool picked up all three points at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday evening after Christian Benteke found the back of the net less than a minute into the second half. It wasn't a straight forward performance from the Reds but Klopp's side did enough to get the better of the Black Cats who managed three shots on target.

It was a very mixed game for Liverpool who began in a lively fashion and almost got themselves on the scoresheet when Roberto Firmino had to watch a cracking effort hit the post early on. It was a stunning save from Vito Mannone and proved Sunderland were up for a fight.

Benteke was rather quiet in the first half, suffering in my opinion from a lack of supply. For me, the only person really searching to come to the forward's assistance is Jordan Henderson and he had to leave the pitch during the second half. I don't have an injury update on the captain but I hope it's not too serious!

It was Jermain Defoe and ex Red Fabio Borini who went close…

MATCH PREVIEW: Sunderland V Liverpool

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Liverpool travel to the Stadium of Light on Wednesday evening as they aim to collect another win following victory over Leicester on Boxing Day. Jurgen Klopp has apparently had a "man conversation" with Christian Benteke so we can only assume that this will result in the big Belgian featuring up front for this one.

Other team news for the Reds sees Jordon Ibe available after recovering from a short illness. Still out are James Milner and Martin Skrtel while Divock Origi remains a doubt. Daniel Sturridge feels ready to feature but the manager has clearly stated he will not be rushing the striker back to the starting XI.

For Sunderland, Younes Kaboul is unavailable due to a hamstring injury and there is a doubt hanging over John O'Shea. Overall Sam Allardyce has a relatively strong squad to choose from.

Sunderland are currently sitting 19th in the league having lost their last four fixtures. They have won just three games this season, victory over Newcastle, Crystal Palac…

Benteke Goal Seals Win Against Leicester

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The Reds became the first side to prevent Leicester from finding the back of the net on Boxing Day as Jurgen Klopp's team walked away with all three points thanks to a Christian Benteke strike in the second half. In a game that most Liverpool fans were concerned about, the Reds actually looked confident against Ranieri's league topping side and ultimately deserved the win.

Klopp had opted to start a striker this time out which was refreshing to see because I personally think playing without a natural forward has been troublesome of late. I would have preferred to see Benteke chosen but it was Divock Origi who was given the chance to lead the line with Lallana, Firmino and Coutinho all in support.

Early in the first half it was Lallana and Emre Can who both ruffled Leicester's feathers after the former hit the side netting and the latter saw a stinging effort saved. Shortly afterwards, Origi made a decent break controlling the ball well in the box with pressure from the Le…

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Leicester

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Merry Christmas! I hope you all have a cracking day tomorrow whether you are celebrating or not, more importantly, let's hope Liverpool can do the business on Boxing Day. There's one slight issue though, the Reds welcome league toppers Leicester to Anfield and after the results we've been picking up of late it could be a rather embarrassing fixture.

Claudio Ranieri was quoted this week saying "Leicester are Forrest Gump" and while it's quite clear the Reds can't put a run together, it's safe to say that life is very much like a box of chocolates, you never know which Liverpool you are going to get.

When travelling to Stamford Bridge and the Etihad the Reds have been simply brilliant. The likes of Coutinho and Firmino blinding the opposition and assisting Jurgen Klopp's side who showed complete control. Mixed in with the glory though has been plenty of despair as the Reds fell to defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Watford most re…

Hornets Put Three Past Reds

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Liverpool had to walk away from Vicarage Road on Sunday afternoon with their heads firmly in their hands, which is more than can be said for the ball in Adam Bogdan's! The Reds got off to a shocking start after Mignolet's understudy began his first league fixture in disastrous fashion and things quickly went from bad to worse for Jurgen Klopp's side.

In a line up that lacked a recognised striker, it soon became evident that Liverpool were going to struggle to trouble the Watford goal whilst the likes of Deeney and Ighalo were immediately creating problems. After just two minutes, the home side got off the mark thanks in part to Nathan Ake but massively due to Adam Bogdan.

The corner flew into the box, Bogdan rose and I actually said out loud "well done Bogdan" or something to that effect because I thought he'd bloody caught it! But no, no he hadn't caught it, he'd dropped a simple catch and failed to retain possession on a second count as Ake made th…

MATCH PREVIEW: Watford V Liverpool

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Liverpool prepare to face Watford at Vicarage Road on Sunday in the last fixture for the Reds before Christmas Day. Jurgen Klopp's side just about managed to collect a point against West Bromwich Albion last weekend and will be looking for a more convincing result this time out.

Injuries for Liverpool mean Dejan Lovren will be unavailable. Also out is James Milner who has picked up a calf problem and of course Klopp is still unable to call upon Daniel Sturridge. For Watford, both Hoban and Gilmartin are injured long term and there are doubts hanging over Behrami and Prodl who will be subject to late fitness tests.

At present, Watford are 7th in the table on a total of 25 points, Liverpool are sitting just behind in 9th but a win would take them above the Hornets. Form wise, the Reds have won three out of their last six fixtures in the league whilst Watford have picked up four wins over the same period and have not lost in their last three.

The last time the two sides met was in J…

Dramatic Draw At Anfield

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Liverpool collected a point at Anfield on Sunday afternoon in dramatic style as it was left to Divock Origi to find an equaliser in the 95th minute. An injury to Dejan Lovren meant close to ten minutes of extra time were played and the Reds ensured they made the most of it.

The first half for Liverpool began in a relatively positive fashion and it was clear as day that Philippe Coutinho was making a difference to the side. Some typical trickery from the Brazilian was on show and he perhaps should have done better when shooting over the bar early on. His efforts however were paid off at 20 minutes when his cross into the box found the head of Adam Lallana. A flick on to a poised Jordan Henderson allowed the captain to net the opening goal of the game.

The Reds may have celebrated but the elation didn't last long when just nine minutes later West Bromwich Albion had found an equaliser. I predicted in the preview that the Baggies would punish on the set pieces and that's exactly…

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V West Bromwich Albion

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Tony Pulis brings the Baggies to Anfield on Sunday as Liverpool look to get back on track. The Reds were beaten by Newcastle last weekend and managed just a draw in Sion for their midweek Europa League clash.

Injuries for Liverpool mean they should finally be able to call upon Philippe Coutinho who featured as a substitute in Switzerland. Captain Jordan Henderson has also returned to the team however Daniel Sturridge will miss the game. For West Brom, they are unable to utilise Stephane Sessegnon who picked up an injury against Spurs.

The last time the two sides met was in April this year in a drab 0-0 draw. Prior to this a match at Anfield in October 2014 ended in a 2-1 win for the Reds with Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson on the score sheet. We only have to travel back to February 2013 to find a Baggies win at Anfield, the Midlanders won that fixture 2-0 scoring twice in the last nine minutes of the game.

Liverpool have won four out of the last ten clashes between the two sides i…

Reds Top The Group After Snore Draw

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Well, that was a drab affair to say the least. The Reds may have gone through to the round of 32, topping their group in the process but they couldn't get the better of FC Sion on Thursday night after failing to find the back of the net.

It was a stereotypical group game from the Europa League and perhaps highlights why some fans get so frustrated with the competition but the positive is, the Reds are through and were also unbeaten in the group. The 0-0 draw doesn't boost confidence levels for the Reds who did utilise some key players such as Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho.

FC Sion were relatively ineffective during the game but obviously remained cautious as they sought to progress with Liverpool to the next stage of the competition. Some wild shots at goal from the home side perhaps highlighted by an effort from Mujangi Bia late in the second half meant Simon Mignolet had very little to deal with.

Liverpool perhaps put in a slightly better performance attack wise bu…

MATCH PREVIEW: FC Sion V Liverpool

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After failing to beat Newcastle on Sunday afternoon the Reds will be hoping to get back on track with a win against FC Sion in the Europa League this Thursday. Liverpool have already guaranteed progression to the round of 32 but could also top the group providing they avoid defeat.

Injury news has been the top story for the Reds this week as over the past 24 hours Kopites were made aware that Daniel Sturridge has in fact picked up a hamstring injury. The severity of the injury isn't clear but it's a worrying time for Liverpool fans who find their patience levels wavering. Also unavailable for the Reds is Mamadou Sakho and Philippe Coutinho, however the latter did return to training on Wednesday.

For FC Sion they are unable to call upon Birama Ndoye who is suspended for this fixture. Moussa Konate has a fractured hand and so will not feature in this clash. There is also a doubt hanging over Martin Zeman who suffered an ankle injury recently.

The Reds first meeting with FC Sion…

Reds Falter At Newcastle

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Liverpool failed to get the better of Newcastle United at St James' Park on Sunday in what should have been a straightforward match for the Reds. Despite not being awarded a clearly onside goal, Klopp's side can't really complain after a persuasive performance from the Magpies.
Liverpool began the game with Christian Benteke up front. There was no room for hat trick scoring Divock Origi or the recently returned Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson. While it is understandable the boss perhaps didn't want to risk the latter two so early after coming back from injury, I don't think the set up favoured Benteke who looked lost for the majority of his game.
I've said it over and over both before and since we signed Benteke, there is zero point in starting him if you aren't going to support him. I don't have stats for crosses yesterday but I can guarantee you it was a measly figure. Some argue that it is partly the striker's fault an…

MATCH PREVIEW: Newcastle V Liverpool

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Liverpool travel to St James' Park on Sunday, after putting six past Southampton in the week. The Reds look like a formidable force under Jürgen Klopp and are performing even better away from home.
Injuries for Liverpool mean they are without Philippe Coutinho and Emre Can who is suspended for this game. Daniel Sturridge on the other hand could make his first start in the Premier League for two months. For Newcastle, they are without Mike Williamson who they have only recently recalled from Wolves where he was on loan. Tiote also looks to be a doubt for this fixture.
The last time the two sides met was in April this year when the Reds put two past a ten man Newcastle at Anfield. Our last trip to St James' Park ended in a loss when Perez scored at 72 minutes to seal all three points for the Magpies. In fact trips to Newcastle have not always ended kindly for the Reds but a 6-0 victory in April 2013 certainl…

Reds Stun Southampton At St Mary's

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In a game that started with a goal for Southampton after just seconds, it's hard to believe that Jurgen Klopp's side went on to put six past the Saints on Wednesday evening, but that's exactly what happened. Add to this the fact Divock Origi scored a hat trick, Sturridge scored a brace and Dejan Lovren actually played well... It does make you wonder if Klopp has some sort of magical hold over his team.

It was a phenomenal result for Liverpool who will surely fancy their chances of making it to the final at Wembley now after drawing Stoke in the semis. I personally was hoping for an Everton double header followed by City in the final but you certainly won't find me complaining about the draw.

The game couldn't have got off to a worse start for Liverpool as just 39 seconds in Saido Mane found the back of the net with a header. Assisted from a Bertrand cross, it was remarkable how easily the Saints found the back of the net. Southampton are a very good side and whils…

MATCH PREVIEW: Southampton V Liverpool

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It's the quarter final of the League Cup for Liverpool on Wednesday evening as they travel to Southampton to face Koeman's side. The Reds struggled against Swansea at the weekend but walked away victorious thanks to a penalty scored by James Milner.

With Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson back in contention it will be interesting to see whether Jurgen Klopp includes the players in this important fixture. Injuries however mean the Reds will still be unable to call upon Mamadou Sakho and it is unclear as to whether Philippe Coutinho will return.

For Southampton, they are without Jose Fonte after he picked up a knee injury against Man City. Despite this blow, Koeman has no other injury woes to contend with in the run up to this game.

The last time the two sides met was in October this year. The league game ended 1-1 thanks to goals from Christian Benteke and Saido Mane, the latter of whom got sent off just four minutes after his 86th minute equaliser. The Reds last visit to S…