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PREVIEW: Liverpool V Napoli

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Liverpool welcome Napoli to Anfield on Tuesday night in the Reds final game of the 2018 Champions League group stages. 
Sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League table after a 4-0 win over Bournemouth and a slip up by City, can Klopp's side also progress to the next stage in Europe? 
Assuming that PSG beat Red Star, which I likely but not a certainty, Liverpool must beat their Italian opposition at L4. A 1-0 win would be enough but if Napoli find the net, the Reds will have to win by two clear goals (where have we heard that before? ... GERRAAAAARRRRRD).
Liverpool enter this game on solid form, winning all four of their last four league games. Napoli come into this strong but have picked up a draw in their last four Serie A games, a 0-0 against Chievo, alongside three victories. 
For me, what worries me the most is that I can't shake that Napoli will find the net. Players like Insigne are more than capable of causing hassle and while Liverpool's defence has been solid th…

Lacklustre Liverpool Lose In Parisian Theatre

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Liverpool fell to a 2-1 defeat in Paris on Wednesday evening, handing themselves a big blow to their hopes of progressing out of their Champions League group. Football stadia are often referred to as theatres but you could have been watching Shakespeare's finest last night with the amount of amateur dramatics on show, it really was embarrassing.

Don't get me wrong, the Reds did not deserve to win that match for reasons I will attempt to go into but what do the PSG fans truly make of their star players rolling around like they've been shot every five minutes? It's frustrating as hell and it really ruins the magic of players like Neymar for me. I'd sooner back a world-class footballer that can stay on his pissin' feet.

At one point Thiago Silva fell over with no Liverpool players near him, hit his head on the pitch and proceeded to roll around in agony like he was concussed. It's a bit of grass mate, get up.


Away from the PSG theatrics, the French side did well …

PREVIEW: PSG V Liverpool

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Jurgen Klopp's side travel to the French capital on Wednesday evening as the Reds look to try and put destiny back in their own hands. Liverpool do not have to win this fixture to go through, they don't even have to draw but things would be a hell of a lot easier if the lads can pick up some sort of result in Paris.

The loss to Red Star out in Serbia was somewhat unexpected and has created a bit of an issue for Liverpool who would have been on nine points with two matches to go if they could have found victory. PSG is a hard place to go, the French fans know how to create an intimidating atmosphere and with players like Neymar and Mbappe they are always going to create a threat.
Injury news though indicates that the two aforementioned starlets will be subject to late fitness tests for this clash and to be honest I'll take any help we can get. Don't get me wrong, I still think the Reds are capable of getting three points in France but any weakened line up from PSG is sure…

REPORT: Red Star Belgrade 2 Liverpool 0

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Liverpool fell to an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday evening. The trip to Serbia was always going to create problems for the Reds and when the home side found the back of the net first a rapturous support pushed their team further and further into ascendancy. 
Liverpool could have taken the lead when Daniel Sturridge failed to convert from about five yards out. It was very unlike the forward to miss a golden opportunity like that. This would be a chance Klopp's side would rue as the home side settled in.  Pavkov found Red Star's first goal of the night after heading in from a corner just after the 20-minute mark. He easily lost his man and for once there were perhaps a few questions being asked of Liverpool's defence. 
A second goal for Pavkov just eight minutes later truly blew the wind out of Liverpool's sails. A good strike from range potentially could have been dealt with a bit better position wise by goalkeeper Alisson but nobody real…

REPORT: Reds Put 4 Past Red Star

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Despite injuries creating an issue for Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool won confidently on Wednesday night with a slightly altered XI captained by Virgil van Dijk. 
The Reds took a while to build into the game but got off the mark at 20 minutes thanks to a lovely strike from Bobby Firmino. The forward was set up by the brilliant Andy Robertson. 
Salah found Liverpool a second right on the stroke of half-time and it was great to see him find the net again after scoring against Huddersfield. Some consistency for Mo will do wonders for his confidence and continued goal scoring. 
A few minutes into the second half Sadio Mane won a penalty. Some would argue it was a soft one but he was impeded in continuing his run for the ball so for me, it was a fair decision. Mo Salah stepped up to convert the spot kick making it his 50th goal in 65 games for Liverpool, absolutely phenomenal. 
Red Star didn't trouble Alisson at all and while a side like Liverpool should always be beating this calibre of oppositi…

Liverpool Lose In Italy After Late Lorenzo Goal

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A frustrating result in Italy for Liverpool meant the Reds threw away a point in the 90th minute having somehow held on to a 0-0 draw for the majority of the match. The influential Insigne, who was always bound to have a say in this match, converted late on to send the tifosi wild leaving Liverpool fans utterly deflated. 
The game was an unproductive one for the Reds who failed really to call Napoli keeper Ospina into action. A front three consisting of Salah, Firmino and Mane would usually guarantee you a goal but not on Wednesday night. 
Added to the mix was an early injury to Naby Keita who went off clutching his back. At the time of writing, I believe he is getting checked over in hospital. It's hard to tell how much of an impact something like that has, especially so early on but it will have created an issue in Liverpool's momentum. 
Napoli were the ones with all the dangerous chances in this game and at one stage Mertens nearly converted only to see his deflection smash ou…

PREVIEW: Napoli v Liverpool

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Liverpool are in Italy on Wednesday night to face Carlo Ancelotti's Napoli. Carlo is a manager I truly admire and Italian football is something I love so I am very much looking forward to our Champions League tie this week and hope the Reds can come away with a win.


One of the top supported clubs in Italy, Napoli have started their season well and currently sit second in Serie A, six points behind leaders Juventus. Their record in the European Cup is relatively strong and Naples always proves to be a difficult venue for travelling teams.

Players like Insigne and Hamsik can pose a real threat in this match with the former being 2nd in the top scorers' list in Italy at the moment. 

There are no injury concerns for Napoli and Jurgen Klopp now has Dejan Lovren back and could potentially call upon the World Cup finalist for his back four selection.

Napoli and Liverpool have only ever crossed paths twice before this game, that was in the Europa League in the 2010/2011 season. The Reds d…

Five Things We Learned From PSG

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1) Daniel Sturridge is still a top class striker
Prior to the match having seen the starting line up, I was all over Sturridge to grab Liverpool a goal. So convinced was I that I popped a quid on a Daniel Sturridge 3-1 scorecast (close to winning bloody £35 quid!).
On Twitter though I was met with an interesting reaction, I was being too optimistic with the scoreline, Sturridge would never score etc. I think sometimes fans forget how prolific Sturridge has been in his career, give him an opportunity like a night under the floodlights against PSG and he will make you proud.
I was elated to see him dancing in front of the Kop after a cracking header.

2) PSG aren’t actually that good?
Supposedly one of the best teams in the world I think PSG put on display some of their weaknesses on Tuesday night. Yes, they have some superstars in the team but they left masses of space for Liverpool to attack and for me lacked in intensity when out of possession.
Their style may work week in, week out in the …

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW: Liverpool FC

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Liverpool have just learned their fate in this season's UEFA Champions League as the Reds were drawn from Pot 3 into Group C. The draw, as always, has produced some tasty ties and Jurgen Klopp's team have been left with a strong group of teams.

Headed up by PSG, Group C is completed by Napoli, Red Star Belgrade and of course Liverpool.


It's a tough group, there's no hiding from that but the majority of groups were filled with tricky opposition. I personally think we'll be ok. Those three sides are going to be bricking it as much as we may be. The prospect of Anfield is a frightening one for any visiting club whatever your calibre in Europe.

I am confident that the Reds can pick up maximum points at L4 but the trip to PSG and more so actually Napoli concern me slightly. Napoli have always been a very good side and to add to that they now have Carlo Ancelotti at the helm, a manager who I very much admire.

We all know what PSG have to offer but I have to admit I'm not…

2017/2018 Liverpool FC Season Review

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World Cup fever may have set in but in the breaks between matches, here's my review of Liverpool's 2017/2018 season if you fancy a quick read.
August 2017 - October 2017Liverpool opened the 2017 Premier League season by battering Arsenal 4-0 at Anfield. It was an extremely dire performance from the Londoners but the game allowed Jurgen Klopp to get off to a winning start.

Unfortunately for the Reds, Liverpool's August form would not run into September. This time, it was Klopp's side on the end of a battering when Manchester City put five goals past us at the Etihad.

A 2-2 draw with Sevilla opened up what would turn into a superb Champions League campaign but the Reds also crashed out of the League Cup, losing away to Leicester.

In October, the Reds had a bit of a case of the draws once again after a 1-1 with Newcastle and a boring 0-0 with United. The Reds did, however, put seven past Maribor in the Champions League but also lost 4-1 to Spurs in possibly the worst game of …

Real Madrid Await...

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Liverpool have made it to their first Champions League final in 11 years. A competition that resonates with the L4 postcode, the Reds should never have been missing for this long. Yes, losing 4-2 isn't exactly the best way to secure your place but Klopp's side had done most of the hard work in the first leg and still managed to put two past a Roma side who hadn't conceded a single goal at home in the Champions League until Wednesday night. 
Liverpool's first goal was a lovely composed finish by Sadio Mane. Scoring after just nine minutes it was a perfect start for the Reds but it didn't quite take the wind out of the Italian's sails as they were gifted a goal off of James Milner's face shortly afterwards.  A second goal for the Reds followed at 25 minutes, this time a header from Gini Wijnaldum. He doesn't score often but he deserved the header and it was great to see how much it meant to the midfielder. 
Roma had to wait until the second half for an equal…

When In Rome...

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Don't do as the Romans do.

The Italians know how to defend, but despite having a three-goal lead Liverpool should not take a leaf out of their book on Wednesday night. The Reds would have every right to play this cautiously but for me, the answer is all out attack.

Roma's two away goals late on at Anfield last week added a few nerves in many fans hearts, it's amazing the difference a couple of goals can make. Should we be fearful? Certainly, we shouldn't take Roma for granted but at the same time, we have Salah, Firmino and Mane at our disposal.
I say we net a few more and put this game to bed, don't even give the Italians a chance to settle or grow into the game. Roma have played brilliantly in the Champions League this season, phenomenally well when you think they pushed Barca aside but could they deal with a 6-2 or 7-3 aggregate? I don't think so. An early goal from the Reds could really take the wind out their sails.
Liverpool suffered a blow after Alex Oxlade-…

Five Things We Learned From The Etihad Win

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1) We can defendGranted, we conceded after just two minutes but on the whole, Liverpool put on a strong defensive performance. Yes there were a few errors and Karius shouldn't have punched on a couple of occasions but against Man City, at the Etihad, in a semi-final? I think we should be proud to concede just the one.

Over the two legs, the Reds have shown that they can, in fact, defend and the likes of Robertson and Trent double A have been absolutely brilliant.

2) We missed HendoHenderson is one of those players who you only really appreciate once he's gone. He brings a certain calmness to the side and during the first 45 minutes yesterday I felt like we really missed him.

It will be a positive to reintroduce him to the side for the semi-final. Gini did ok but I just feel as though Hendo adds a bit of balance, it's a weird one because I'm the first to admit I will often be slating Hendo in some fixtures but really he brings more to the side than you realise.

3) Mo Salah …

Stunning Liverpool Beat City 3-0

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A Champions League quarter-final tie at Anfield against the impressive Manchester City was never meant to be so straightforward. The Reds produced one of the best performances I've seen from a Liverpool side in a very long time, completely and utterly flummoxing City both in attack and in defence. 
It was a stunning effort from Klopp's side who got off the mark inside 15 minutes thanks to their Egyptian king. For me, it was never in doubt that Salah would find the back of the net and his goal would prove to be a catalyst for Liverpool in the first half.  The Anfield atmosphere was electric, an intimidating place at the best of times, on a European night I would not want to be walking out of the tunnel into that cauldron. 
A second goal for the Reds followed at 20 minutes after a stunning strike from Oxlade-Chamberlain. It was a cracking effort from the ex-Arsenal man and Vincent Kompany's reaction along with Pep Guardiola' said it all, this wasn't going to be City'…

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Anfield Awaits

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Liverpool face Manchester City under the Anfield floodlights on Wednesday evening for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final. A draw against an English side is seen by many as a curse but the game is sure to be an enthralling affair whatever happens.

City are flying high at the top of the Premier League with the Reds being the only team to beat Guardiola's side. Both managers lead two awesome sets of attacks and both would also admit to defensive issues but who will walk away victorious?

Realistically, Liverpool need a solid win at Anfield to get the job done in this tie, going to the Etihad with a draw or a loss would create an extremely difficult scenario. Not an insurmountable one though, we've all seen Liverpool perform miracles in Europe.

Injury news means Klopp is unable to call upon Joel Matip who is now out for the remainder of the season, the game also looks to have come too early for Emre Can. For Manchester City, the big news on Tuesday was the announcem…

Mané Spreads The Love In Portugal

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Liverpool won their first Champions League knockout match for nine years on Wednesday evening as Sadio Mané led the way on Valentine's Day.
Husbands, wives, partners and more were left with the difficult choice of ditching a nice meal to watch the footy on Wednesday but the lads certainly made sure the risk paid off supplying a 5-0 for the onlooking Kopites.  Mané grabbed the first goal of the night when a powerful effort was poorly dealt with by the Porto keeper. 
Salah followed four minutes later with an audaciously confident effort. The composure from the Egyptian in order to lift and head the ball away from the keeper before finishing was just phenomenal. He's an absolute god. 
Porto failed to look convincing on their home turf with just a few minor examples on show of their known capability. Sometimes teams just struggle to deal with the constant attack from the Reds and this was certainly the case on Wednesday evening. 
At 53 minutes, Mané had scored again, this time goalkeep…