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Five Things We Learned From Spurs Away

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1) James Milner Despite a dodgy moment which some would argue helped create Spurs' equaliser I felt James Milner deserved a highlight for today's round up. James is one of those players that sort of just gets on with it, he doesn't really like the limelight, always puts his team before himself and it was fantastic to see him score the penalty yesterday.

His defensive performances of late have proven how adaptable he is, following up Moreno isn't exactly a difficult task but he has demonstrated that he is more than reliable at the back. Some players would raise concern with being moved out of position but Milner has just knuckled down and we all know how much Klopp loves a hard worker.
2) Premier League Badges Whilst watching the game on Saturday I had a bit of an OCD moment whilst looking at the new Premier League patches and it appears our kitman or whoever irons them on may well be in for a rollicking off the Premier League brand managers because they've been st…

Five Things We Learned From Burton

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1) Sturridge can still find the netAfter a lacklustre performance against Burnley, it was nice to see Daniel Sturridge on the scoresheet twice in Burton on Tuesday evening. In the same way that the game acted as a boost for the Reds as a team going into the Spurs game at the weekend, I feel it was also very important for Sturridge to use the game as a platform, he's a confidence striker.


2) Sadio Mane is a workhorse I can quickly see Sadio becoming a cult hero amongst the Anfield faithful. He collected the man of the match award for his role in the game after providing an assist and generally just being a strong attacking threat. What really gets me though is the desire of Mane to be on the ball. You could name on one hand the number of Liverpool players in the last decade that would be chasing down balls like a man possessed with one minute to go in a League Cup game at Burton Albion that we were winning 5-0... 3) Scoreboard Etiquette  Bit of a dig here, sorry Brewers! I just happene…

The Brewers

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Liverpool travel to Burton-upon-Trent on Tuesday evening for their first League Cup match of the season. Burton Albion or The Brewers as they are known are a bit of a rags to riches fairytale, the club won the Conference in the 2008/2009 season and have reached the Championship in just six years.

Jurgen Klopp hinted in his latest press conference that it is not likely seven or eight players will be switched for the tie on Tuesday night. In terms of injuries Liverpool are looking relatively strong and it is rumoured Joel Matip and Marko Grujic could feature.

For Burton they are unable to call upon John Mousinho who has a hamstring injury. A doubt hangs over the fitness of Tom Flanagan who has a thigh issue and John Brayford is unfortunately cup tied.

This game is the first time the two sides have ever met but Liverpool have a hit and miss record when it comes to lower ranked sides in the League Cup. After a poor performance against Burnley at the weekend the Reds will be looking for a …

Trip To Turf Moor

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Liverpool will not be facing Burnley at Anfield on Saturday afternoon as the original fixture list dictated, instead the Reds are off to Turf Moor after a deal was agreed to switch the home and away ties due to the stadium redevelopment.

If, like me you haven't been keeping completely up to speed with the redevelopment, here's a quick run down.

The expansion of the Main Stand began in May 2016 and the project has seen an extra 8,500 seats added taking Anfield's total capacity up to approximately 54,000. The movement or expansion of Anfield has been a long time in the making, partly thanks to our disingenuous previous owners Hicks and Gillett with their "spade in the ground" nonsense but also thanks to a tough process of brokering a deal with the local council and homeowners.

In the end, it was agreed the expansion would go ahead. I don't get up to Liverpool and/or Anfield anywhere near as much as I would like as many of you know but I was up there in February…

Five Things We Learned From Liverpool's Opening League Game

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1) Moreno had a mare When it comes to sticking with a footballer and trying to cling on to the fact that they may have something left to offer it always feels like I'm one of the last fans hanging on. It's no different with Alberto Moreno, there was a time very recently where I was singing his praises as he went through a more settled stage but after Sunday's performance it's very clear that he just isn't cut out to be a top level left back.

He has zero positional awareness and while he occasionally offers something going forward this doesn't come anywhere close to making up for his continuous lapses at the back. It's a real shame because when he first came to the club he looked like he might be moulded into a quality player but that boat has sailed I'm afraid, absolute mare he had.
2) Migs not lost it? After rumours that Loris Karius would in fact replace Simon Mignolet it looked as though the Belgian wouldn't get another chance to really impress …

Liverpool Versus Wenger

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Arsene Wenger has been at Arsenal for 20 years... That's a bloody long time in football and during that time it's fair to say we've had several scrapes with the Gunners so in the run up to our opening league fixture on Sunday I thought it would be good to take a look back through the Wenger years.

In the time that Arsene has been in London, Liverpool have had a total of seven managers; Roy Evans, Gerard Houllier, Rafael Benitez, Roy Hodgson, Kenny Dalglish, Brendan Rodgers and of course Jurgen Klopp. As far as I am aware, Kenny Dalglish is the only one to have voiceiferously told the Frenchman to "piss off" on the touchline. Good old Kenny.

In the early days under Roy Evans (including his stint with Houllier) Liverpool picked up some strong results against Arsenal namely in the League Cup when they beat Wenger's side 4-2 in the round of 16 thanks to goals from McManaman, Fowler and Berger.

Four seems to be a number that sticks when it comes to games with Arse…

Season Predictions...

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So I started back at work last week in my new graduate adult life. Surviving somehow at the moment with the early starts! As part of my first week one of the lads at work sent round a Predictions League and a Season Predictions sheet. We also have a fantasy football league going so of course I signed up to all three!

I figured it might be fun to share with you my predictions for the season:

Tweet me your own predictions.

Premier League - Manchester City
First of all may I state that I have not predicted Manchester United to win anything as I refuse to do so which as you can see from my next prediction massively let me down at the weekend... Great bitter tactic haha! 

I do actually think Manchester City will have a chance though, they still have a strong team and a top manager coming in. Interested to see how it all pans out.

Community Shield - Leicester
Fail.


FA Cup - Liverpool
League Cup - Liverpool
Yes, I have gone a bit mental and said we'll win both the FA Cup and the League Cup but wh…