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Time For Revenge?

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Got over the League Cup final loss yet? I'm not certain I have to be honest but hey, at least we have a shot at revenge just three days after Wembley. With that in mind I didn't see much point in writing up an almost identical match preview for Wednesday night's game and so I thought we could take a look back at some positive results that the Reds have picked up against City in recent times.


Manchester City 1 Liverpool 4 (November 2015) By a country mile, this has been my favourite moment under Jurgen Klopp so far. The side that day just seemed to click and when Martin Skrtel found the back of the net at 81 minutes to win me £40 as last goalscorer, I was just ecstatic! It was a phenomenal team performance, to rip a team like City apart so easily gave hope for the Klopp era.

That Coutinho knee slide though...


Liverpool 3 Manchester City 2 (April 2014) Another very special game and another Coutinho goal. In a magical season that nearly ended so perfectly for the Reds this wa…

Reds Lose League Cup Final On Penos

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Liverpool fell to defeat in the penalty shootout of the 2016 Capital One Cup final after fighting hard to take City to extra time and eventually through to the spot kicks. The Reds were poor from 12 yards having missed three penalties in a row and it was City's second choice keeper Willy Caballero who took the role of the hero in the dying moments of the final.

The first half of the final was pretty level pegging even after Liverpool suffered a big blow, forced into a substitution when Sakho and Can clattered heads. The defender was eventually taken out of play replaced by veteran Kolo Toure.

At 49 minutes City dealt Klopp's side a blow when Fernandinho found the back of the net. Arguably the goal was against the run of play slightly but most frustrating was the manner in which it was conceded. Simon Mignolet should not have let that shot underneath his body, it's as simple as that. He knows it, you know it, I know it and Jurgen Klopp knows it. Would it have ultimately mad…

Reds At Wembley For Klopp's First Final

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I don't know about you lot but I am bloody excited for this game! The fact that we drew Manchester United in the Europa League too on Friday, everybody is just buzzing around the club at the moment. Sunday's final against Manchester City could be a sublime day for the Reds and manager Jurgen Klopp, it wouldn't exactly be a bad record, picking up some silverware without even having a full season as boss!

Injuries Liverpool are at an interesting point injury wise, Stewart is unavailable but some big names such as Adam Lallana, Martin Skrtel, Joe Allen and Dejan Lovren could all have a chance to be involved in Sunday's League Cup final. Klopp was reluctant to give away any tactical information in his recent press conference.

"I think even in Manchester they have televisions." - Jurgen KloppFor Manchester City they are unable to call upon Fabian Delph, De Bruyne or Nasri who all have long term issues. However, Navas and Bony may be available and face late fitness …

Milner Penalty Enough To Beat Augsburg

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The Reds sealed their place in the last sixteen of the Europa League on Thursday evening after a James Milner penalty, less than five minutes in gave them their only goal. Despite a lively performance from Jürgen Klopp's side and some key players in the starting XI, the Reds couldn't increase their goal tally.
                         Image via daily mail.co.uk: James Milner celebrates.
The Augsburg fans were raising the decibels even prior to kick off at Anfield and their plentiful support definitely appeared to bolster their side through some of the more difficult patches in the game. Luckily for the visitors though, as has been the case for a while now with Liverpool, Klopp's side just can't seem to find that clinical finish. Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho were all displaying some brilliant trickery in and around the box but when it came to that final product? Nothing.
The one chance Liverpool did convert of course was their spot kick after fiv…

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Augsburg

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It's another Europa League fixture for Liverpool on Thursday evening as the Reds aim to capitalise on a 0-0 draw collected in the first leg. With one eye on that all important League Cup final at Wembley on Sunday, Jurgen Klopp may opt to field a slightly altered XI in a match that Liverpool should on paper be able to win.

Injuries Liverpool's injury situation is much the same with the likes of Martin Skrtel, Joe Allen and Adam Lallana and Stewart still on the injury list. On a positive note some videos emerged of Danny Ings on the recovery path this week, however the forward isn't expected to be back for some time.

For Augsburg it looks as though both Ho-Hong and Feulner will be unavailable but the real blow is the doubt hanging over the fitness of Raul Bobadilla who is Augsburg's top goalscorer this season. The attacker has apparently suffered a muscle tear and will be subject to a late fitness test.
Last Match The match in Germany was a dire one to say the least, bo…

Reds Settle For A Draw In Germany

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Liverpool could only muster a 0-0 draw in their Europa League tie against Augsburg on Thirsday evening in what turned out to be a rather uneventful fixture. Jürgen Klopp fielded the same XI that took part in the 6-0 win over Aston Villa but despite having the likes of Coutinho, Firmino and Daniel Sturridge on the pitch, the Reds just couldn't find a goal.

Chances in the game were few and far between but it was Sturridge for Liverpool perhaps having the best opportunity. The likes of Moreno and Coutinho also had their moments but it was clear that this wasn't going to be another high scoring fixture. Augsburg set up well and I imagine will be pretty pleased with the 0-0 draw.
On the flip side, Augsburg actually hit the post with just four minutes to go so it could have been an even stronger result for the Germans and an embarrassing one for Klopp. The return leg is at Anfield on Thursday 25th February and with no game in between, Liverpool have the full week to prepare. 
The downs…

MATCH PREVIEW: Augsburg V Liverpool

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Liverpool travel to Jurgen Klopp's native Germany on Thursday evening as they look to reignite their Europa League efforts. With the winners of the competition gaining a place in the Champions League it may be silverware that some laugh off but Klopp is definitely not a manager to turn down an opportunity like that.

If, like many, you are wondering who Augsburg are, a few snippets about them:

Augsburg play in the Bundesliga and hail from Bavaria.In their history, they have only ever had non-German managers on two occasions.In 2011 they were runners up in Bundesliga 2.

Injuries The injury situation has improved recently for Liverpool however the Reds are still unable to call upon Martin Skrtel and Joe Allen. Lallana and Kevin Stewart have also been added to the injury list this week and it looks as though the game may come too early for Dejan Lovren.
For Augsburg, they are unable to call upon Framberger who has a cruciate ligament injury. Baier, Ho-Hong and Moravek will all be subje…

Six Nil, No Big Deal For Klopp

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Liverpool walked away from Villa Park on Sunday afternoon absolutely beaming after putting six past goalkeeper Bunn. The Reds converted with the help of six different goalscorers but it was the returning Daniel Sturridge who got off the mark first. Villa looked predictably deflated but what must be worrying for fans of the Midland side is that the players appeared to have given up. Obviously it's hard for any side to be on the end of a battering but for some of the Villa players there was just no fight in them at all.

"Interviewer: Have you ever won 6-0 away from home before? Jurgen Klopp: I think so... yeah... for sure. Sorry *laughs*"
The Magician feeds the forward There were several doubts hanging around about Daniel Sturridge before kick off but the majority of fans know better than to question the striker's ability. No matter how long he is out for or what the issue is, he always returns with a goal.
Even better for the Reds was the fact it was Philippe Coutinho w…

MATCH PREVIEW: Aston Villa V Liverpool

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The Reds travel to the Midlands on Valentine's Day in search of a more convincing performance after being knocked out of the FA Cup in the final minute of extra time against West Ham earlier in the week. There is a dash of romance in the air though, certainly for Liverpool fans, who will be hoping two of their most loved players may make the start on Sunday; Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho.


Injuries Liverpool are unable to call upon Joe Allen who has picked up a hamstring injury. Dejan Lovren and Martin Skrtel are both back in training but the game comes too soon for the defenders. Positively for the Reds along with Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho, Divock Origi is also available for manager Jurgen Klopp.

For Aston Villa, Jordan Ayew is serving a suspension whilst Jack Grealish has an ankle injury. Rudy Gestede and Carlos Sanchez may be able to feature but both players will be subject to late fitness tests.
Previous Meetings The last time the two sides met was in Sept…

Reds Dealt Hammer Blow In Cup

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Knocked out of the FA Cup in the final minute of extra time, it's a tough way to go out but the Reds only have themselves to blame after missing chance after chance after chance on Tuesday night. Luckily there was nothing too exciting on display as Jurgen Klopp had been instructed to remain calm following an operation to remove his appendix. Liverpool however did look positive initially but things began to crumble as West Ham grew into the game, despite playing for 120 minutes, the Reds just never really found a way back.

West Ham Volley The Irons found the back of the net at the perfect time as Michail Antonio struck a wonderful volley on the stroke of half time. There was little Simon Mignolet could do and it was a well deserved goal for West Ham who had been building pressure on the Liverpool defence.

As with several games this season, Klopp's side once again had failed to capitalise on some positive play, it wasn't as though we were lacking in chances, we just cannot s…

MATCH PREVIEW: West Ham V Liverpool

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First of all folks, my apologies for the missing Sunderland match report I had to collate and make sure I had sorted all of my data/photographs I gathered towards dissertation after my visit to Liverpool on Saturday. In the end, a friend from Twitter was actually able to find me a spare for the game so I watched the match and also took part in the Walk Out On 77 protest. It is very rare I get to visit Anfield for a multitude of reasons and so it was fantastic to be there as always and I felt extremely proud to stand with the fans and take part in what appears to have been an effective protest.


"It is in everyone's best interest to find a solution" 
- Jurgen Klopp on Liverpool FC ticket prices.
With several people adamant that the protest would lead to nothing I feel vindicated in my decision to stand up for what I believe in and I can only hope that the new discussions the club have announced this week will lead to a change in the ticketing structure.

Anyway... On to the g…

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Sunderland

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Liverpool welcome Sunderland to Anfield on Saturday afternoon in what could turn out to be a heated affair thanks to a saga off the pitch this week. Fan organisations such as Spirit of Shankly are unhappy with the proposed new ticket prices released this week and a "Walk out on 77" protest has been put forward. It is unclear how many fans will make their feelings known with their feet but it is clear that less emphasis will be placed on the football itself for this clash.

                                   Image via www.mirror.co.uk: Jürgen Klopp
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Daniel Sturridge has once again returned to training, fans hold their breath as they await a string of ten sessions minimum from the forward. There is also no Martin Skrtel or Divock Origi for manager Jürgen Klopp while Coutinho appears closer to fitness but may not be prepared for this weekend.
For Sunderland, they are without Larsson and Matthews who are both out long term. Doubts also hang over the fitness of Kaboul and Vila…

Vardy Nets A Worldy In Leicester Win

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Liverpool fell to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Leicester on Tuesday evening as the Foxes continue to live the dream at the top of the Premier League table. It was a typical performance from Ranieri's side who did have to deal with a few moments of danger from Liverpool but the Reds once again just couldn't find an end product.
"I was looking all game and he was quite far off his line..."Jamie Vardy's first goal was simply stunning, the long range pass and vision of Mahrez was enough to drool at but Vardy's strike, taken first time was an absolute peach. He'd caught Mignolet completely off guard and sent the home crowd wild. Words don't give it justice.

The forward later admitted in a post match interview that he'd been keeping an eye on Mignolet who he'd noticed had been straying off his line. Perhaps there's a pointer in there for our keeper? Despite Mignolet straying from goal, he did put in a decent performance overall, particularly whe…

MATCH PREVIEW: Leicester V Liverpool

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So... Deadline Day has been exciting hasn't it? Pfft. Liverpool go into the game with Leicester on Tuesday evening with almost certainly no new additions to the side. The owners did indicate that they wouldn't be backing Klopp financially until the summer but after drawing 0-0 with West Ham at the weekend and failing to score against Stoke in the League Cup semi-final, it is clear as day that the Reds need some fresh talent.

Despite being linked with the likes of Alex Teixeira and Denis Chryshev, Jurgen Klopp will have to face Ranieri's table topping Leicester with the original squad he inherited.
Injuries The injury situation for the Reds remains relatively standard as Origi, Coutinho, Skrtel and Daniel Sturridge all remain on the sidelines. Jordan Henderson has also picked up a knock but he should be available for Tuesday's fixtures.

For Leicester, just two of their players are out of action; Schlupp who has a hamstring injury and midfielder James who has been out lo…