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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 …

REPORT: Arsenal 1 Liverpool 1

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Liverpool had the better chances at the Emirates on Saturday evening but could not find a way to collect all three points against Arsenal. 
The Reds started in a lively fashion and despite Arsenal's increasing possession stats, Klopp's side were still able to make the most of it on the break. 
A goal in the first half from Sadio Mane was incorrectly ruled offside, Mane being involved in the second phase of play after Firmino, who was onside, played the pass. It was a harsh decision and had it been given it could have provided Liverpool with a real boost early on in a difficult game. 
You don't necessarily expect a defender to have the best chances for your side but Virgil van Dijk went close on three occasions for Liverpool. It was extra frustrating for me watching on as I had a quid on van Dijk to score anytime arghhhhh haha. I particularly enjoyed his effort when he remained up from a corner and took it down like a world class striker if only he'd sent it to the left or…

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 …

REPORT: Palace 0 Liverpool 2

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Liverpool collected an important victory over Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace on Monday evening with James Milner and Sadio Mane on the scoresheet. The Reds needed to keep their momentum going after a solid win from Manchester City at the weekend and Jurgen Klopp’s side did just that.
In seasons gone by, this is exactly the sort of game that Liverpool would have failed to see out. Palace away from home was always going to be a tricky fixture but the Reds did very well to maintain their composure and continue a consistent run of attacks.
Palace’s main threat Zaha got a few chances to try and punish the Liverpool defence but on the whole, Liverpool’s back four dealt with any danger. A shot from Townsend also had Kopites panicking when his long-range shot thankfully smashed off the bar.
A particular highlight should be placed on the young Joe Gomez playing alongside the superb Virgil van Dijk, I don’t need to sing the latter's praises, we all know how lucky we are to have signed that man b…

Five Things We Learned: Man United 2 Liverpool 1

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1) Liverpool have nothing to be embarrassed aboutYes we lost and yes it was pretty darn terrible but as far as I am concerned, Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool have nothing to be embarrassed about. That match went perfectly with Mourinho's plan. A couple of long balls and some solid finishing thanks to errors in defence, once United were 2-0 up it was always going to be immensely difficult for the likes of Mane, Salah and Firmino to get through.

Mourinho plays a very negative game and it gets them results but if anybody tries to tell me United play better football than Liverpool, they can jog on. I would much rather watch the football we play with flair players leading the attack than turn up to watch a relatively bland United side slog out another last-minute win and have Fellaini as a key player. Mourinho is the first to complain when a side plays long ball against his team but when he does it? Genius. It drives me mad. Let them have their moment, I still think we'll finish above t…

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…

Van Dijk Knocks Everton Out The Cup

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Unbelievable. That man is worth every penny of that £75 million for the header alone. Absolutely brilliant, Everton at one stage actually thought they were on for a win at Anfield...

In a Merseyside derby filled with questionable refereeing decisions, controversial incidents and eventually goals, it was Liverpool who ended the game victorious and Klopp's side progress safely to the next stage of the FA Cup.

The manager started a strong side but notably missing were Mo Salah and Philippe Coutinho, the former had just returned from receiving his African Player of the Year award in Ghana while the latter as I write this has just agreed a £142 million deal with Barcelona... sad times.

Everton, predictably started the game in true Allardyce fashion, set up to protect and try to nick something on the break. Liverpool, on the other hand, retained a lot of possession in the first half but didn't actually create anything with it until a penalty was awarded on 35 minutes.

James Milner conve…

Reds Throw Away 2-0 Lead At The Emirates

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For fifty minutes on Friday night, Liverpool had fooled their fans into thinking it would be a walk in the park at the Emirates. Two-nil up after goals from Philippe Coutinho and Mo Salah, the Reds looked dominate against an Arsenal side lacking in ideas but after a spell of just five minutes, Klopp's side had lost their lead.

A headed goal from Alexis Sanchez opened up the period of utter madness, this was followed by a shot from Xhaka and two minutes later Ozil put the Gunners ahead. Thankfully for Liverpool, Firmino found an equaliser just after 70 minutes but the Reds should never have put themselves in that situation and they have no real excuse.

An early forced substitution saw James Milner replace Jordan Henderson, in reality, that should have affected the balance of the Liverpool side but Milner performed well and was involved in some of the chances.

Coutinho's goal was a rare effort using his head but it was Mo Salah's goal that really lit up the night. A timely pass…

Salah Scores Again In Chelsea Draw

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Liverpool couldn't quite hold on to their 1-0 lead at Anfield on Saturday with the Reds having to settle for a draw after a Willian equaliser in the 85th minute. It was a strange starting line up from manager Jurgen Klopp but overall a draw was probably the right result.

A starting XI consisting of the likes of Milner and Daniel Sturridge meant players such as Firmino and Mane were left on the bench. It was an interesting decision by Klopp, was he rotating with one eye on the busy fixture schedule ahead? Did he change the line up specifically because he felt it would work well against Conte's Chelsea? Who knows. All I know is, if Mane and Firmino were on from the start, this would have been a different result.

The first half, even with the weird starting XI, went quite well for the Reds. No major chances but Liverpool maintained a lot of possession and looked relatively at ease against Chelsea who looked lacking in ideas to begin with. After neither side found the back of the ne…

Manchester City V Liverpool [PREVIEW]

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Liverpool make the short trip to Manchester on Saturday afternoon as they look to get the better of Pep Guardiola's side. The Reds picked up a massive victory over Arsenal prior to the international break but will the time away from the league affect progress?

The big news for Liverpool this weekend is of course the return of Philippe Coutinho. The Brazilian has been back in training but earlier today (I completely missed this news as you'll see from Twitter haha) Klopp announced that Couts would not be in the team for tomorrow's clash. 

It remains to be seen how the whole saga will pan out but to be honest I think it's in everyone's interest to just put it behind us. Coutinho's too good to leave to rot on the bench or in reserves and if he goes next year then so be it, let's squeeze some goals out of him first.

Other team news for the Reds means Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could get his first minutes clocked up in a Liverpool shirt on Saturday. Nathaniel Clyne re…

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Spurs

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Can Liverpool beat Spurs? After a string of disastrous results (bar a pretty decent draw with Chelsea) that is the big question hanging over manager Jurgen Klopp this weekend. The fact is though, the Reds have had a funny old season and despite having lost to the likes of Hull and Wolverhampton Wanderers in recent weeks, they will probably go on to beat Tottenham.
So what do the stats say?Well, Liverpool have amassed a total of 52 goals so far this season, that's eight more than Spurs. On the flip side, the Reds have conceded 30 goals while Tottenham have only let in 16.
The stats show what we all know to be true, Liverpool have a massive defensive issue. A back four consisting of a makeshift leftback and an alternating centre back partnership of Lovren, Klavan, Matip and even on the odd occasion Lucas Leiva creates an unfavourable situation for the Reds. 
Frustratingly, Matip and Lovren who are probably the top partnership when everyone is fit have not had many opportunities to play…

Reds Have To Settle For Draw

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Frustration. Mega frustration. That's not something I thought I would be feeling come 90 minutes at Old Trafford this weekend. In all honesty, prior to kick off I was expecting us to lose. What I didn't expect was us to fight tooth and nail to create a lead and hold on to it only for United to score an offside goal.

They didn't deserve that equaliser. They'll have you believe they did but if that's what they want to believe then fair enough. If Jose Mourinho is so overcome with desperation to try and beat Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool that he has to resort to his apparently hated "19th century football" via route one to Fellaini and on top of that settle for a blatantly offside goal then fair enough. You can keep looking up at us from 6th eh?
Klopp set up the Reds perfectly on Sunday and even with Alexander-Arnold drafted in to the defence, United never seriously looked like they would break through until the second half. This was mainly down to Simon Mign…

Liverpool V West Brom Preview

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After a frustrating 0-0 draw with Manchester United on Monday night, Liverpool travel to the Midlands on Saturday evening in search of a win. The Baggies are currently 12th in the league with the Reds sitting in 4th just two points off leaders Manchester City who face Southampton on Sunday after their Champions League game at the Nou Camp.

Positively for Liverpool, Gini Wijnaldum has returned to training quicker than initially expected and Joe Gomez is also back in action though he's not expected to feature for a while. James Milner will also need to be assessed according to some news outlets after he picked up a head injury against Manchester United.

The last time the Reds met West Brom was back in May of this year. The game ended 1-1 at the Hawthorns with a goal from Jordon Ibe for Liverpool. The meeting at Anfield in December 2015 also ended in a draw, this time a 2-2 result. Jordan Henderson was the first man to score in that game and it ended with a 90th minute equaliser from…

Five Things We Learned From The Swansea Game

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1) The grey area between a penalty or simulation The decision to give Daniel Sturridge a yellow card for simulation was an absolute joke in my opinion. After logging on to Twitter at half time it appears some people felt he got what he deserved. For me, he was clearly impeded via the action of a push and while this action obviously didn't warrant a penalty it isn't to say the alternative was to book him for simulation.

It seems at the moment within the penalty box there is no option for the referee to just continue play when something like that happens, either he has to award a penalty or he has to punish the player, despite the fact they clearly didn't dive.
2) James Milner = vital His penalty kick that followed up Roberto Firmino's earlier goal was obviously pivotal but Milner's whole game in general is something to praise at the moment. I still feel as though he's being caught off guard defensively on the odd occasion but then it's not his natural posit…

Five Things We Learned From Spurs Away

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1) James Milner Despite a dodgy moment which some would argue helped create Spurs' equaliser I felt James Milner deserved a highlight for today's round up. James is one of those players that sort of just gets on with it, he doesn't really like the limelight, always puts his team before himself and it was fantastic to see him score the penalty yesterday.

His defensive performances of late have proven how adaptable he is, following up Moreno isn't exactly a difficult task but he has demonstrated that he is more than reliable at the back. Some players would raise concern with being moved out of position but Milner has just knuckled down and we all know how much Klopp loves a hard worker.
2) Premier League Badges Whilst watching the game on Saturday I had a bit of an OCD moment whilst looking at the new Premier League patches and it appears our kitman or whoever irons them on may well be in for a rollicking off the Premier League brand managers because they've been st…

Trip To Turf Moor

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Liverpool will not be facing Burnley at Anfield on Saturday afternoon as the original fixture list dictated, instead the Reds are off to Turf Moor after a deal was agreed to switch the home and away ties due to the stadium redevelopment.

If, like me you haven't been keeping completely up to speed with the redevelopment, here's a quick run down.

The expansion of the Main Stand began in May 2016 and the project has seen an extra 8,500 seats added taking Anfield's total capacity up to approximately 54,000. The movement or expansion of Anfield has been a long time in the making, partly thanks to our disingenuous previous owners Hicks and Gillett with their "spade in the ground" nonsense but also thanks to a tough process of brokering a deal with the local council and homeowners.

In the end, it was agreed the expansion would go ahead. I don't get up to Liverpool and/or Anfield anywhere near as much as I would like as many of you know but I was up there in February…

Last Minute Spot Kick Gives Reds Three Points

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Liverpool left it extremely late on Sunday to beat Alan Pardew's Crystal Palace but a last minute penalty decision allowed the Reds to score a winner via Christian Benteke and walk away with an important three points.

It was an interesting game in which Klopp's side appeared to dominate the first half yet conceded almost immediately in the second. The goal from Ledley caught the Reds off guard and gave Palace a huge boost after struggling underneath mounts of Liverpool pressure in the first half. Jurgen Klopp could only watch on as things went from bad to worse when James Milner left the field after picking up a second yellow card at 62 minutes for a silly challenge and was given his marching orders.

At 72 minutes Roberto Firmino brought cheer to the travelling Kop when he made the most of an error by goalkeeper Alex McCarthy. Firmino had actually been pretty quiet up until the goal but his presence in the starting line up had been justified. The real shock for Liverpool thoug…

Reds Do The Double Over City

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It was a brilliant result for Jürgen Klopp on Wednesday evening as he steered his side to a 3-0 victory over Manchester City. Pellegrini's side looked a shadow of the team that featured in the cup win at Wembley on the weekend but take nothing away from Liverpool, they ran rings around the sky blues. 

Despite missing Daniel Sturridge and being forced to drop Lucas from the side Liverpool were extremely effective from the word go. A high pressure game was fully supported via the likes of Origi, Milner, Can, Henderson, Firmino and Lallana who worked brilliantly together in attack.
I won't shy away from the fact that I probably get on the case of Lallana and Milner but I cannot fault their efforts on Wednesday night. Lallana's opening goal was a well taken strike from some distance and at first it didn't even look like it had found the back of the net, his celebration soon confirmed the goal though.
The Reds were undoubtably on top and the high pressing game that Klopp is so…