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Liverpool Batter Arsenal In 4-0 Anfield Win

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Liverpool walked away from Anfield on Sunday afternoon with all three points after an emphatic victory over an extremely dire Arsenal side. The Gunners offered absolutely nothing in front of goal leaving Loris Karius with very little to do.
The lack of goalkeeping requirement was perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Reds as Karius looked nervous on occasion stepping in to the role after months without a game. The bizarre decision to entirely drop Simon Mignolet from the side (not even allowing the Belgian to appear on the bench) left many Liverpool fans scratching their heads before kick off.
Jurgen Klopp explained that Migs was simply being "rested" but I wasn't born yesterday. A goalkeeper doesn't need to be "rested" and certainly not this early in the season. Something has happened, I'm not sure what, but you don't just drop a keeper with no real reason behind it. I have no qualms with Karius making an appearance in goal to give Mignolet some com…

Liverpool V Arsenal

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Liverpool welcome Arsenal to Anfield on Sunday afternoon as they look to collect another win in the Premier League. The Reds started the season with a draw against Watford but managed to collect all three points against Palace in a 1-0 victory.

On paper, Arsenal should be a difficult side to beat for the Reds but as I mentioned in the Hoffenheim post, Liverpool just seem to perform far better against the bigger, supposedly more threatening sides. Arsenal play in a tactical style that Klopp's side can punish and I fully expect us to find the back of the net on multiple occasions tomorrow. 

Team news for the Reds means they will be without Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne. Trent double A will also be subject to a late fitness test along with Emre Can who has a slight knee issue.

Arsenal have had some good news injury wise as Alexis Sanchez returns while Koscielny also comes back into the side after serving a three match ban. 

The last time the two sides met was in March this year. The g…

Five Things We Learned From The Arsenal Game

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Mane is classOn his day Mane is absolute quality. The confidence he shows when facing a side like Arsenal is just superb, never afraid to take a man on he caused the Gunners several problems on Saturday and also scored a great goal at 40 minutes.

Frustratingly he can sometimes go missing in some of the smaller fixtures but I still feel he is a player that will have clubs knocking down doors for him in the summer. Mane is a real asset and one we need to make sure we keep hold of.


Klopp needs a plan BA solid performance against Arsenal for Jurgen Klopp has once again highlighted his strengths and weaknesses as a manager. At the moment he has proved his side and set up can take on the cream of the crop but he can't seem to find a plan B.

When facing teams like Leicester, Hull, Burnley etc the Reds just have no clue. Against a defensive side favouring the counter attack, Liverpool look completely out of options and Klopp clearly needs to work on that. I partly feel some of it is down to …

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Arsenal

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After a disastrous defeat at the hands of Leicester on Monday evening, Liverpool welcome Arsenal to Anfield on Saturday in the hope of finding a victory. The Reds have had some terrible performances against the so-called lesser teams this season but it's been a complete contrast when Klopp's side have faced teams in the top six.
Liverpool have picked up 16 points from a possible 24 in games against Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Spurs this season. Against Leicester, Swansea, Middlesborough, Palace and Hull the Reds have picked up just 19 points from a possible 30.
It's no secret that the Reds have been extremely poor against the smaller sides but their set up seems to have the opposite effect against the bigger teams. For example, against Spurs, the likes of Firmino, Coutinho and Mane caused havoc. 
Along with Adam Lallana and on occasions Gini Wijnaldum, these attacking midfielders seem to fluster a lot of sides. I personally feel they work well aga…

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…

Allen Nets Equaliser In 90th Minute

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Liverpool versus Arsenal is rarely ever a dull game, even in clashes where no goals are scored both sides always manage to put on a show and it was no different on Wednesday night. The six goal thriller was end to end in the first half with the Reds perhaps faltering a bit in the second, Klopp's side didn't give up though and it was Joe Allen at 90 minutes who scored an equaliser to ensure both teams walked away with a point.

It was Roberto Firmino who was first to score in the game, the Brazilian has had performances called into question of late, looking somewhat lacklustre without his compatriot Philippe Coutinho. The number 11 though made sure he took his chance on this occasion as Petr Cech failed to completely deal with a shot from Emre Can, the ball splayed out to Firmino who converted to put Liverpool into the lead.

It was a brilliant start for Klopp's side and I think it's fair to say not many expected Liverpool to take the lead. However, predictably, the lead…

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Arsenal

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The Reds welcome Arsenal to Anfield on Wednesday evening and after some improvement in terms of injuries, along with the signing of Steven Caulker, boss Jurgen Klopp may be able to field a slightly stronger team than first predicted. The loaning of Caulker hasn't exactly excited many Liverpool fans but it's clear to see that it's a quick fix to a rather immediate issue in defence.

Injuries

There's some positive news for the Reds as both Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure are available. Jordon Ibe and Jordan Henderson could also feature but there will be no Daniel Sturridge. For Arsenal they are without key man Alexis Sanchez, Cazorla, Welbeck and Wilshere are also out but Ozil could return to the side on Wednesday evening.

Previous Meetings

The last time the two sides met was in August last year  in what was a strangely eventful 0-0. In April last year the Reds fell to a heavy defeat at the hands of Arsene Wenger's side when the Londoners scored four and Liverpool could o…

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 …

Reds Lose Ground On Champions League Spot

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Liverpool fell to a disastrous defeat on Saturday afternoon as Brendan Rodgers was forced to watch his side lose 4-1. In a game that could make or break the Reds' season, it was always going to be a difficult task but surely not one that would result in a hammering.

Rodgers started with a very protective midfield line up consisting of Allen, Henderson AND Lucas. Whilst it was clear the aim was to protect the recently changed back three due to the missing Martin Skrtel, the overly protective set up had a massive effect on Liverpool's attack.
Raheem Sterling was chosen to start up front whilst Daniel Sturridge made the bench. Mario Balotelli who is apparently "injured" did not even feature in the line up.
Things started poorly for Liverpool who struggled to deal with Arsenal's immediate pressure. The Gunners were determined to set the pace and certainly flustered the Reds from the off. As the Reds eventually settled into the game refusing to let Arsenal through, t…

MATCH PREVIEW: Arsenal V Liverpool

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I'm back! Don't pretend not to be well excited...

You may have missed my blog posts here on The Liver Bird over the past couple of weeks, you may have not been arsed but I can assure you it feels bloody good to be back blogging and off we go with an Arsenal match preview! (P.s. I'm so glad I didn't have to write a report for that United game, 6am I was up to watch that... unbelievable!)

The Reds currently find themselves 5th in the table on 54 points after losing their first league game in 14 against Manchester United on 22nd March. It was a big blow for Liverpool who could have leap frogged van Gaal's side if they had collected all three points. Arsenal are sitting in third on 60 points having won their last six fixtures in the league.

Injuries for Liverpool have improved somewhat over recent weeks however the game may come too soon for Daniel Sturridge whilst Adam Lallana is also unavailable. The real problem for the Reds is the fact that both Steven Gerrard and…

Skrtel Saves The Day With Heroic Header

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Battered and bloodied after an accidental boot to the head, Martin Skrtel at 90 minutes netted a simply glorious header to salvage a point for Liverpool on Sunday as the Reds pushed back into the top half of the table. In a game that saw the Reds dominate possession there were several positives to gain from this match as Brendan Rodgers looks for more of the same from his side over the Christmas period.

It was another typical Liverpool display for the majority of the first half as the Reds (again without a natural striker) managed to create several promising attacks but just couldn't find that end product. The likes of Markovic and Sterling in particular were causing issues for Arsenal who struggled to deal with the injection of pace.

Liverpool also had their own issues to deal with though as Brendan Rodgers bravely decided to field three at the back allowing Arsenal some freedom down the wings.

It was the Reds though who grabbed the first goal of the game and deservedly so. A ri…

Reds Kick Off Festive Period Against Arsenal

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Liverpool will face Arsenal at Anfield on Sunday after successfully getting the better of Bournemouth in their league cup clash earlier in the week. Manager Brendan Rodgers will be unable to call on Mario Balotelli though who has ridiculously been banned by the FA for a social media post.

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are still without long term absentees Daniel Sturridge and Jon Flanagan. There will also be a late fitness test for Dejan Lovren whilst Glen Johnson will remain out until January.

For Arsenal they have several injuries to contend with as Ramsey, Koscielny, Rosicky, Ozil and Arteta are all out injured. Late fitness tests will also be called for Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott.

The last time the two sides met was in the FA Cup in February this year. Arsenal got the better of Liverpool on that occasion winning the game 2-1 with Oxlade-Chamberlain and Podolski on the score sheet.

The last time the sides met in the league was a far better occasion for the Reds. Also back i…

Arsenal Knock Liverpool Out Of FA Cup

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Liverpool were knocked out of the FA Cup on Sunday at the hands of an Arsenal side who perhaps couldn't believe their luck at 90 minutes. Liverpool were arguably the better of the two sides but unfortunately for the Reds there wasn't an end product. Some strange penalty decisions also left Liverpool fans berating Howard Webb.

Liverpool began the game having made three changes to the side with Allen replacing Henderson, Agger replacing Toure and Brad Jones replacing Simon Mignolet between the sticks. In a busy week for Arsenal, Arsene Wenger also made some changes swapping a total of seven of his team members from their last fixture.

The first half for Liverpool consisted of some chances mainly via Daniel Sturridge. Very early on in the game a lovely pass from Steven Gerrard had Sturridge through on goal but his effort was perhaps too direct for a prepared Fabianski. Shortly afterwards another ball through to Sturridge saw him smash his effort off the side netting. The Reds we…

Cup Clash With Arsenal

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Liverpool travel to the Emirates on Sunday as they prepare to face an Arsenal side that they beat 5-1 just over a week ago. With Arsenal having one eye on their Champions League tie with Bayern Munich it may be a slightly weakened team from Wenger whilst Liverpool may prefer to go out strong.

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are still without Lucas, Sakho and Enrique. Glen Johnson however is nearly back to fitness and it is possible too that the newly returned Daniel Agger will feature in the starting line up. For Arsenal they are without Walcott, Ramsey and a few other key players whilst Cazorla who is suffering from an illness may also be left out on Sunday.

The last time the two sides met as we all know was on 8th February, Liverpool were brilliant in that fixture but it's not always been plain sailing against Arsenal, especially not at the Emirates. Liverpool's last trip ended in a 2-0 loss with goals via Ramsey and Cazorla.

The last time the Reds won at the Emirates was …

"We're Just A Foal"

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Brendan Rodgers distanced his side from being stallions after Jose Mourinho's crazy horse talk this week but the Reds must feel as though they pose a serious threat now in the race after demolishing Arsenal on Saturday at Anfield. Liverpool found the back of the net on five occasions via Martin Skrtel, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge. Arsenal could only find a consolation via a penalty in the second half.

Liverpool began the game in the best possible fashion when less than one minute into the game Mertesacker gave away a free kick after a challenge on Luis Suarez. Steven Gerrard stepped up to take the set piece and his ball found its way to Martin Skrtel who poked home the goal and proceeded to go absolutely mental. I too went absolutely mental, firstly because we'd netted against Arsenal within a minute but also because I'd popped a quid on Martin Skrtel anytime a few minutes before kick off haha! Bonus.

Despite the fact everybody was elated it was obviously too soo…

Table Toppers At Anfield

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After a somewhat unexpected draw at The Hawthorns last weekend Liverpool now have to face the might of Arsene Wenger's Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday. The Reds appear to have lost some of their consistency of late and it will be interesting to see which side turns up this weekend as Liverpool attempt to create a stumbling block for the Londoners.

Injuries for Liverpool are still pretty much the same with Johnson, Agger, Sakho, Enrique and Lucas all still out. Whilst Arsenal are missing Jack Wilshere and Mathieu Flamini who is half way through a four match ban.

Arsenal are currently top of the pile having lost only three matches all season. The Gunners have also won five out of their last six league fixtures, drawing the other match against Southampton. It's worth noting that two of Arsenal's three losses were away from home to Manchester United and Manchester City and they too also struggled to beat West Brom at The Hawthorns drawing 1-1. So does this mean all hope is not…

Ramsey Stunner Leaves Reds Reeling

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Liverpool fell to a 2-0 defeat at the Emirates on Saturday as they Reds failed to make a botched up 3-5-2 formation work after a late drop out from Glen Johnson forced Jon Flanagan to take his place. The youngster along with Aly Cissokho struggled to deal with the strength of Arsenal down the wings and the eventual result was a poor one for the Reds. A change in formation in the second half for Liverpool still didn't help matters as our prolific forwards failed to find the net this time out.

It's a strange game to comment on because we actually didn't play that bad but then neither did we play well. Arsenal were extremely good and proved they deserve to be top of the pile at the moment but when you look at the goals conceded Liverpool couldn't really have done much about them, especially the latter.

In the run up to the game both Liverpool and Arsenal fans found themselves getting even more excited after watching Chelsea lose earlier in the day to Newcastle. A win for…