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Liverpool FC 2016/2017 Season Review

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Yes I know, this post is ridiculously late on the blog but better late than never ay? Below I provide you with a quick rundown of each month of the 2016/2017 season. 

Was 4th place good enough? Why do I think Klopp can often be as stubborn as hell? Why did 2017 contain one of the worst matches I have ever watched as a Liverpool fan? Read on to find out.
AugustLiverpool kicked off Jurgen Klopp's full season as manager in a game away to Arsenal. The Reds have had some interesting fixtures with Arsene Wenger's side over recent years and this opening tie was no different.

Seven goals were scored in the game, four of which came from Liverpool. I was left with a strange sense of disappointment at the result though after I bet 50p on a 4-4 scoreline for a hundred quid haha.
The Reds also picked up a draw with Spurs this month but famously were beaten 2-0 by Burnley.  A 5-0 win over Burton Albion in the second round of the League Cup completed the month of August.
SeptemberLiverpool kicked…

Hungry Like The Wolves

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So, yesterday was perhaps one of the worst matches I have ever had the misfortune to watch as a Liverpool fan, a Liverpool fan who hails from Wolverhampton. For those of you not following my Twitter updates throughout the day, this post should give you an idea of how I was feeling from kick off to the final whistle.

I arrived in the pub about an hour and a half before kick off, sat square in front of the big screen with my Liverpool shirt on I was soon joined my my fella, my brother and my brother's best mate, all in Wolves shirts. Full English downed and smiley pre-match photograph taken, I was feeling relatively positive prior to kick off.

After seeing that Jurgen Klopp had chosen to start Firmino, Wijnaldum and Origi I was pleasantly surprised. I expected it to be an even weaker side than the XI he chose to start. What I didn't expect was us to be in dire need of the likes of Coutinho and Sturridge within 45 minutes.

Wolves scored before the first minute of the game had even p…

Yam Yam Reds Fan

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It's not often that your home town team, a team that is supported by your fella and the majority of your family and friends is picked out of the hat to face your own club at Anfield in the FA Cup, but that's exactly what happened earlier this month. 
Sat down watching the draw with the fella (knowing of course we still had to beat Plymouth to get through) we were both praying for a Liverpool V Wolves fixture. You don't ACTUALLY think it's gonna happen though, when ball number 22 came out Rich knew it was Wolves and I practically kicked him off the bed in sheer excitement. Unbelievable. "We've got to go!!!" , "We've got to go!!!" I shouted. 
Unfortunately, despite my brother and his mate's best efforts they couldn't get tickets. Wolves sold out their 8,000+ allocation before it even went to a members sale. So, Plan B it was. 
Plan B means me sitting in my favourite pub in Wolverhampton centre where I watch most of our matches. The downsi…

I Scored Last Week In Training...

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Get in. Thank god we got past Plymouth, as a Liverpool fan from Wolverhampton I would have never heard the last of it. I was so desperate for us to win last night it was ridiculous, who'd of thought you could get as nervous for Plymouth away in an FA Cup replay as you did for the Champions League final? Haha. 
Anyway, we did win... just about. 
Klopp fielded a strong side that included Coutinho, Sturridge AND Origi. I certainly wasn't expecting to see that much experience in the XI but none of them ended up being the catalyst. 
That responsibility fell to none other than Lucas Leiva. I've always loved Lucas, he's had his moments throughout the years but I've always stood by him and just when I needed him most he pops up with a cracking header. The look on his face after he scored Liverpool's only goal of the game was priceless. The passion he has for the club visible in his eyes. What put the icing on the cake though was his post match interview... when asked &q…

Plymouth And Beyond

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I haven't posted since the massively frustrating draw with Sunderland so I thought I'd take this opprtunity to do a sort of catch up post while looking forward to Liverpool's next three fixtures in the FA Cup, League Cup and Premier League.

I never saw the Sunderland match so it's not my place to offer an opinion really, what I will say is that I knew we'd slip up against them, it's just bloody typical Liverpool isn't it? Solid performance against Manchester City on New Year's Eve and then scraping a point against Sunderland. Ah well, at least Chelsea lost to Spurs eh?

Next up for the Reds is Plymouth Argyle. Plymouth are currently second in League Two chasing down Doncaster Rovers. The Pilgrims have lost four out of their last ten games in the league and have scored 37 goals.

While Plymouth are expected to field their strongest side, including starting Garita who hasn't quite recoved from a knee injury, Liverpool are expected to do the opposite. Jo…

Reds Dealt Hammer Blow In Cup

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Knocked out of the FA Cup in the final minute of extra time, it's a tough way to go out but the Reds only have themselves to blame after missing chance after chance after chance on Tuesday night. Luckily there was nothing too exciting on display as Jurgen Klopp had been instructed to remain calm following an operation to remove his appendix. Liverpool however did look positive initially but things began to crumble as West Ham grew into the game, despite playing for 120 minutes, the Reds just never really found a way back.

West Ham Volley The Irons found the back of the net at the perfect time as Michail Antonio struck a wonderful volley on the stroke of half time. There was little Simon Mignolet could do and it was a well deserved goal for West Ham who had been building pressure on the Liverpool defence.

As with several games this season, Klopp's side once again had failed to capitalise on some positive play, it wasn't as though we were lacking in chances, we just cannot s…

MATCH PREVIEW: West Ham V Liverpool

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First of all folks, my apologies for the missing Sunderland match report I had to collate and make sure I had sorted all of my data/photographs I gathered towards dissertation after my visit to Liverpool on Saturday. In the end, a friend from Twitter was actually able to find me a spare for the game so I watched the match and also took part in the Walk Out On 77 protest. It is very rare I get to visit Anfield for a multitude of reasons and so it was fantastic to be there as always and I felt extremely proud to stand with the fans and take part in what appears to have been an effective protest.


"It is in everyone's best interest to find a solution" 
- Jurgen Klopp on Liverpool FC ticket prices.
With several people adamant that the protest would lead to nothing I feel vindicated in my decision to stand up for what I believe in and I can only hope that the new discussions the club have announced this week will lead to a change in the ticketing structure.

Anyway... On to the g…

Five Things We Learned From The West Ham Draw

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One: The Reds are dire in front of goal. A snore draw in the FA Cup with West Ham on Saturday evening once again highlighted a now desperate need for a prolific goalscorer. In a match that Christian Benteke started, the Belgian failed to stamp a mark on the game and when faced with promising chances was incapable of finding the back of the net. He's clearly low on confidence and the Reds just can't afford to waste chances at the moment.

You have to feel that including Daniel Sturridge in Saturday's team would have solved some of the main problems because the possession levels and pressure on the ball were fine, even the defensive display was relatively strong, we just can't bloody score! Waiting for the Sturridge return though and then pinning all our hopes on his ability to remain fit? It's just not a long term option is it.
Two: James Tomkins isn't as hard as I thought he was. Tomkins is in his 8th year as a West Ham player (including a short loan spell to D…

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V West Ham

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Liverpool welcome West Ham to Anfield on Saturday evening as Jürgen Klopp aims for another win in yet another cup game. The Reds of course come into this clash having secured their place in the league cup final beating Stoke on penalties, the Hammers pack a punch though and many feel this may be a step too far for the Reds.

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Injuries
Injuries for Liverpool mean they are unable to call upon Philippe Coutinho, Martin Skrtel and Divock Origi. The game also comes too early for any hint of Daniel Sturridge though with no real clarification of a return, who knows, maybe we'll get lucky and he'll randomly appear on the bench? It could be another experimental side from Klopp though who may opt for youth over experience after many senior players completed 120 minutes in the week.
For West Ham, they are missing Andy Carroll and Lanzini, Mark Noble has also been out with illness but should be available for a return on Saturday.
Previous Meetings 
The last time the tw…

Reds Through To FA Cup Fourth Round

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Liverpool have secured their place in a fourth round fixture against West Ham after putting three past Exeter at Anfield on Wednesday night. It was another relatively inexperienced side fielded by Jürgen Klopp but the likes of Christian Benteke and Joe Allen also featured in the replay.
It was immediately noticeable that Exeter were not the same team we saw at St James' Park after Joe Allen found the back of the net in just ten minutes. What was really confusing many onlookers though was the decision by Exeter manager Paul Tisdale to leave their top goalscorer Tom Nichols on the bench. I'm not sure what the thinking was behind that but I honestly think it affected Exeter, Liverpool may have got off the mark early and we maintained the majority of possession but if Exeter had their star man on who knows what could have happened.
The sight of Jose Enrique was a surprising one for most Liverpool fans on Wednesday night, perhaps even more surprising though w…

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Exeter

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Liverpool welcome Exeter to Anfield on Wednesday evening as both sides prepare themselves for an important FA Cup replay. After playing the kids in the first clash between the two sides, Jurgen Klopp has hinted that he may well play the youngsters again.

Injuries

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are unable to call upon Philippe Coutinho, Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren. It would be unlikely however for that trio to feature in what could be another unfamiliar XI fielded by the Reds. For Exeter Paul Tisdale has little to worry about in terms of injuries after seeing several key players return in the fixture at St James' Park, it is expected that the manager will field another strong team.

Previous Meetings

The last time the two sides met was of course on 8th January, Jerome Sinclair and Brad Smith were on the scoresheet that day and Liverpool for a vast proportion of the game looked like they were going out of the competition.

Exeter have visited Anfield on three occasions in history …

Kids Earn Replay At Kop

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Fielding a team with a grand total of 34 appearances so far this season was perhaps a questionable decision made by Jurgen Klopp on Friday evening but despite their weakened line up, Liverpool still managed to collect a draw at St James' Park. A spirited Exeter side took the lead in the fixture which looked extremely tentative at times for the Reds but goals from Brad Smith and Jerome Sinclair ensured a stay in the FA Cup.

The home side found the back of the net after just nine minutes when Josh Read whipped in a lovely cross and Tom Nichols at full stretch managed to connect and convert. I can't say it was a shock really because the Reds had got off to a shaky start to say the least. This was a team that had never played together, apparently in the warm up Jurgen Klopp was running through technique and link up play with Benteke and Sinclair because they quite possibly didn't even know who each other were. It was crazy.

Despite the inexperienced team Liverpool quickly fou…

MATCH PREVIEW: Exeter V Liverpool

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Liverpool will make their best effort to show up at Exeter's St James' Park on Friday evening as manager Jurgen Klopp continues to try and find a functioning and fit starting XI. Since the league cup clash with Stoke on Tuesday the Reds have seen their players drop like flies with no fit centre backs resulting in Ilori called back from loan and most recently, news today filtered through that Jordon Ibe is the latest to succumb to the hamstring curse.

Injuries

To go into detail, for the first time ever I will resort to a bullet pointed list for our injuries. The Reds are unable to call upon;

Jordon IbeDejan LovrenKolo TourePhilippe CoutinhoMartin SkrtelMamadou SakhoJordan HendersonDivock OrigiJordan RossiterDaniel SturridgeDanny IngsJoe GomezJon Flanagan
Unbelievable. On the other hand Exeter are looking a lot healthier with David Wheeler being their main injury concern, the midfielder suffered an ankle injury recently. Doubts also hang over the fitness of Noble and Ribeiro.

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Liverpool Out Of FA Cup

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Liverpool fell to a heartbreaking FA Cup semi-final defeat at Wembley on Sunday afternoon as Aston Villa secured a fully deserved place in the final against Arsenal. The Reds were extremely poor in a game where Villa shone and showed real determination and desire.

The Reds looked lacklustre from the off and were struggling to make any promising moves as Villa zipped the ball around the pitch with ease. Liverpool who perhaps took their opposition for granted took ages on the ball and failed to penetrate the Villa defence with any real threat until scoring at the 30 minute mark.

It was a goal the Reds desperately needed as things began to look more and more difficult for Brendan Rodgers’ side in a game that really they should have had under control. The goal saw a link between Sterling and Coutinho, the latter  netting from inside the box after a deflection from the Villa defence. It was elation for Liverpool as they had finally sprung into action.

As predicted though, it wasn’t long b…