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Lovren Misses Peno As Reds Are Knocked Out

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It was a long old game for Liverpool on Thursday evening as they traipsed through 120 minutes of football only to crash out of the Europa League with the final kick of the game as Dejan Lovren failed to convert the Reds' all important fifth penalty.

It was a frustrating game to say the least and so this match report may not follow a usually strategic structure.

The first thing to note about the game, apart from the deafening noise from the Besiktas fans was the extremely attacking line up deployed by Brendan Rodgers. I couldn't quite believe what I was seeing, as a big fan of Balotelli and somebody who would like to see him be given a real chance in a front two, I was very pleased to see him paired with Sturridge. Not only this but Jordan Ibe and Raheem Sterling were also starting.

The issue though was that there were key names missing from midfield that I would prefer to see in a line up with those previously mentioned attacking players. As the ma…

MATCH PREVIEW: Besiktas V Liverpool

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Liverpool travel to Turkey on Thursday evening as they prepare to face Besiktas in the second leg of their Europa League tie. The match at the Ataturk is sure to create a special atmosphere for the travelling fans who must be thankful that the Reds go into this match with a lead.

Injurys have taken a turn for the worse for Liverpool who will be unable to call upon Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho, Glen Johnson, Mamadou Sakho and Lucas Leiva. Things aren't much better for Besiktas either who have doubts over Demba Ba after he picked up a calf problem.

The last time the two sides met of course was last week and Liverpool came out on top after a late controversial penalty was converted by Mario Balotelli.

Besiktas lost at the weekend against Eskisehirspor and in the process lost their place at the top of the Turkish league to rivals Galatasaray. Liverpool on the other hand picked up a somewhat lucky win over Southampton with Philippe Co…

Mario Fantastico, Mario Magnifico, Mario, Don't Take The Penalty Though

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Just when I thought I could finally write about Mario Balotelli without having to somehow justify his ability, here we go again with penalty gate. If you weren't aware Liverpool actually won last night thanks to a Balotelli spot kick but you'd be forgiven for not realising that what with the uproar.

Rodgers fielded a strong team and stuck with his now cemented formation of three at the back and Daniel Sturridge up top.

The first half resembled almost every Liverpool game of late. Loads of movement, some real fluidity which, granted is brilliant to see however I personally find it very frustrating watching this style of play when you are forever waiting for an end product.

Liverpool have countless players with the talent to create space and make dangerous breaks but what's the point when you can't balance that with goals? I don't want to sound too harsh because we've been doing really well lately but I'd just much prefer to see u…

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Besiktas

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The Reds kick off their Europa League campaign on Thursday evening as they welcome Turkish side Besiktas to Anfield. Liverpool will surely still be feeling the disappointment of dropping out of the Champions League to gain their place in this competition however silverware is at stake and the winners are also automatically entered into next year's European Cup.

Add to this a return leg at the Ataturk Stadium and fond memories of the Champions League will certainly be bubbling up for the Reds who need to get off to a good start on home ground.

Injury news for Liverpool is relatively the same, a positive for Brendan Rodgers however was the return of Raheem Sterling to training this week. It will also be interesting to see whether the boss will start Mario Balotelli after his involvement in Liverpool's last two wins.

The main injury news for Besiktas leaves manager Slaven Bilic unable to call upon his goalkeeper Tolga Zengin who has been ruled out for…