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Liverpool FC 2015/2016 Season Review

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The 2015/2016 season saw the Reds swap Brendan Rodgers for Jurgen Klopp and reach two finals in the process. A great start from Klopp in such a short space of time very nearly paid off with some silverware but the team couldn't quite find fifth gear in both the League Cup and Europa League finals. Finishing 8th in the league however on a total of 60 points was below par for the Reds, we can only hope a summer of signings will improve things for next season!
August Liverpool kicked off the season against Stoke, looking to improve on their embarrassing loss at the hands of the Potters at the end of the previous season. A 1-0 win thanks to a wonderful late strike from Philippe Coutinho was a perfect start for the Reds under Brendan Rodgers. A week later another 1-0 win for Liverpool followed against Bournemouth.

Towards the end of August the Reds lined up against Arsenal and collected a 0-0 draw, it was the final game in August though that really riled a lot of Liverpool fans. A 3-0 …

Rodgers Sacked After Draw In Merseyside Derby

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Liverpool managed to collect a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon, but the real headline fell to Brendan Rodgers when just an hour after the game had finished FSG decided to sack their manager. The news filtered through later in the evening sending Twitter into a storm. Some fans were elated other were saddened, some, like myself weren't really sure what they were feeling but I think most would agree it was time for a change.
I don't want to go too much into the fate of Brendan Rodgers as I will cover this in my Shoot post on Wednesday (follow my Twitter to see it first - @LFCKirstyLFC).

Prior to kick off it looked as though Liverpool might have been given a lifeline when it became clear neither Stones or Coleman would be available in defence. A recently returned  Daniel Sturridge would surely be able to take advantage of the weakened back four?

Sturridge though would not be the man in focus, in fact it would be his fellow forward Danny Ings.

The first half for the…

MATCH PREVIEW: Everton V Liverpool

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After failing to get the better of FC Sion at Anfield on Thursday evening, there's no escaping the pressure cooker for Brendan Rodgers. With a string of poor results and rumours rife that his replacement is being lined up, the manager can accept nothing more than a win in this all important Merseyside derby.

Rodgers has pointed to the fact that he is yet to lose a derby as manager but relying on such statistics is a dangerous ploy, especially when the Reds are failing to perform and Everton are actually playing pretty well.
Injuries for Liverpool mean they are without Firmino, Henderson and Lovren whilst Christian Benteke will be subject to a late fitness test after suffering hamstring issues. For Everton, the game could make perfect timing for John Stones and Seamus Coleman who are rumoured to be returning. Kevin Mirallas is serving a suspension.
The last time the two sides met was in February 2015 in one of the worst Merseyside derbies in recent history. It really was dull and …

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V FC Sion

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It's Thursday tomorrow and you know what that means... Another Europa League tie for the Reds. Whilst it's particularly difficult to get excited about a visit from FC Sion it's important for Liverpool to collect a win because anything other than victory would quite frankly be embarrassing.

With one eye on a massive Merseyside derby though, Brendan Rodgers has already hinted that he will be fielding a weaker side having stated Daniel Sturridge will not feature. Whilst I think this is a sensible idea especially considering Sturridge has only just returned, I fear that reducing the strength of the squad drastically could backfire for Brendan.

If you want to know more about FC Sion, you can read my Europa League round up post over on Shoot. A fact I've learnt since then however is that Gennaro Gattuso used to play for them and even had a spell as player manager!

Form wise, both clubs are arguably having unsteady spells. In their last six in all competitions FC Sion have w…

Sturridge Back On Form As Reds Beat Villa

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Liverpool collected all three points at Anfield on Saturday afternoon as Brendan Rodgers let out a sigh of relief having watched his side secure a much needed win. The victory though wasn't as sweet as it could have been with the Reds conceding two goals in the process.

Things got off to a brilliant start for Liverpool as James Milner bagged a goal just after a minute into the game. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho, the ex Villa man picked up the ball just outside the box and sent his effort low to the right. To be fair, an early goal was exactly what the Reds needed, mainly to calm the fans down and to steady the nerves of the team and  the manager.
The remainder of the first half was uneventful really as Liverpool created some half chances namely via the likes of Ings and some long range efforts. Villa also had some opportunities particularly after a poor clearance from Emre Can allowed the ball to fall to Gestede however his shot flew wide.
In the second half the game began to fe…

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Aston Villa

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As the plot continues to thicken around the managerial future of Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool simply have to collect all three points in order to take some pressure off the boss and in order to get themselves moving in the right direction in the league.

The Reds have picked up some additions to their injury list recently after Roberto Firmino and Dejan Lovren both came off during the League Cup clash with Carlisle. Also unavailable is Christian Benteke who is nursing a hamstring problem.

For Aston Villa, they have suffered a blow after Agbonlahor picked up an injury against Birmingham. Also potentially unavailable is Adama Traore who may not make the start and a doubt hangs over the fitness of Idrissa Gana.

The last time the two sides met was in the FA Cup semi-final last year. I was so annoyed at the end of this game and I still can't ever support a decision to bring on Glen Johnson when you're 2-1 down in a semi-final?! Villa of course won the game and Christian Benteke was o…

Bogdan Puts Reds Through To Next Round

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Today's match report will be very short and factual I'm afraid as like many I didn't see the match last night only the penos live and then the highlights so I'll just be stating what actually happened as of course I can't really offer any of my usual opinions which is a shame because I like a good rant! Haha.

Liverpool had a massive 47 shots at goal on Wednesday evening with 16 on target. To convert just one of those efforts to me is diabolical but as I say, I didn't see the full game so I don't think it's fair to comment. From what I saw coming through on social media it appeared as though whilst efforts were aplenty they were all sort of snapshot chances and from range.

In the first half it fell to Danny Ings to put Liverpool in front. The forward who also scored in the league against Norwich got on the end of a cross from Adam Lallana and headed home Liverpool's first and only goal of the game before penalties.

Despite going ahead in the game th…

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Carlisle

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Sorry about the missing Norwich posts folks, as you probably know I popped to Barcelona for a few days before I return to University for my final year and so unfortunately I was unable to do those posts. However, I'm back and ready to provide you with some sort of preview for our League Cup clash with Carlisle.

After picking up a draw against Norwich at the weekend, Liverpool are in desperate need of a change in fortune after failing to win in their last four matches in all competitions. Carlisle come in to this game on relatively good form having drew their last fixture and won four out of their last five prior to that in all competitions.

For Brendan Rodgers, he must realise the growing pressure on his shoulders and therefore surely he's aiming to take this competition seriously? His choice of line up for the Europa League game against Bordeaux however suggests that he is prepared to give fringe players a chance in games away from the league.

Injuries for Liverpool mean the…

MATCH PREVIEW: Bordeaux V Liverpool

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Liverpool are off to the south of France on Thursday evening as they kick off their Europa League campaign against Bordeaux. After suffering a 3-1 loss at the hands of Manchester United at the weekend the Reds will be searching for a win in order to get back on track.

Injuries for Liverpool mean they remain without their captain as Jordan Henderson has travelled to the US for treatment. Also a doubt is Adam Lallana whilst Daniel Sturridge could possibly make a return. The Liverpool Echo has also reported that James Milner and Christian Benteke will not be travelling.

This slightly annoys me because I happen to care about doing well in the Europa League, I don't feel as though a club like Liverpool should just bat it to one side, especially considering we will probably finish outside the top four anyway and this competition offers a route into the Champions League via the back door. I guess I've always been one who supports a quest for any silverware but I can see why some wou…

Benteke Scores Overhead Kick But Reds Packed No Punch

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Liverpool conceded three goals at Old Trafford on Saturday evening and despite a wondrous effort from Christian Benteke the Reds never once looked capable of taking the game to Manchester United. I don't think I'd be going over the top to say that this game was one of the worst Liverpool V United ties I've ever watched, especially the first half which was just dull as hell.

I found myself quite pleased at kick off after Brendan Rodgers had finally appeared to opt to play two up top. However, I should have known better and it quickly became evident that Danny Ings who would have provided good support for an isolated Christian Benteke was deployed as a sort of wingback.
It just seriously does my head in, why is he so opposed to 4-4-2? I know it's not popular and I know it's not his favoured system but you've bought a £30million plus player who needs to be fielded with support or at the very least he needs a constant supply line which at present is non-existent a…

MATCH PREVIEW: Manchester United V Liverpool

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Liverpool face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday evening in their first game since the international break. After suffering defeat at the hands of West Ham a fortnight ago the Reds will need to get back on track as quickly as possible but faced with one of their fiercest rivals, it is going to be a difficult night for manager Brendan Rodgers.

The headline in terms of injury/player news has to be circled around the story that De Gea who at one point this summer was about to have dinner with Rafael Benitez is now apparently signing his life away to Manchester United. I just don't get it. What I do get though is that De Gea is a good keeper and you can guarantee that he will have a massive say in Saturday's result (if van Gaal decides to start him).

Injury wise for Liverpool, we have received a bit of a boost as Daniel Sturridge has finally returned to training, he will however be unavailable for the fixture. Doubts are also hanging over both Lallana and Henderson wh…

West Ham Record First Win At Anfield Since 1963

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Liverpool fell to an embarrassing defeat at Anfield on Saturday as West Ham notched up an historic win at Anfield, their first victory here since 1963. The Hammers put three past a sloppy Liverpool side who failed miserably in their defensive duties and were unable to create any real attacking threat.

West Ham took just three minutes to get off the mark at the Kop End. A relatively poor defensive header from Skrtel allowed the ball to fall into the path of Cresswell who despite being closed down by Clyne was able to assist Lanzini who fired home the first goal of the game.

The goal left the Reds somewhat shell-shocked and we didn't react positively after going 1-0 down. Attacking wise we didn't appear to pose a significant threat and Christian Benteke for me once again looked completely lost. He's wasted in Brendan's preferred formation and it's seriously beginning to do my head in. The sooner Sturridge is back, the better.

The Reds' best hope of getting back …

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V West Ham

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After picking up a well earned point at the Emirates on Monday evening Liverpool must now welcome fellow Londoners West Ham to Anfield on Saturday. It's fair to say that the Hammers have had a mixed start to life in the Premier League under Bilic, so can the Reds collect all three points?
Liverpool have a few injury woes to contend with going into the game. Long term absentees Sturridge and Flanagan are still out whilst Lallana, Henderson and Allen also join that list with no return dates.
For Bilic’s side, they also have several fitness issues. Zarate, Valencia and Carroll are out long term whilst the game may come too early for O’Brien and Sakho. Also doubtful is their young starlet Oxford who has impressed players and pundits alike recently.
The last time the two sides met was in January this year after the Reds picked up a 2-0 win at home. Sturridge and Sterling were on the scoresheet that day. West Ham have a terrible record at Anfield, they haven't won at L4 since 1963.

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 …