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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Liverpool V Bayern Munich

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The Champions League returns to Anfield on Tuesday night as Liverpool prepare to face Bayern Munich in the last 16. The Reds have had a longer rest than most sides and took advantage of having no cup games this weekend to attend a warm weather training camp in Marbella. The team are in good spirits but injuries and suspensions could have an impact.

Liverpool are unable to call upon Virgil van Dijk who is suspended for this leg of the tie and with injuries to the likes of Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren, it is likely Fabinho will be deployed in defence. There is no denying the influence of Virgil on Liverpool's back four but I honestly feel like the Reds are prepared enough to deal with Bayern at home, Fabinho has looked convincing when he has had to step up and play in defence so we'll see what happens.

Form-wise, Bayern come into this game stronger having won five out of their last six in all competitions. Their only loss was a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Leverkusen. The Reds have wo…

Five Things We Learned From The West Ham Game

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1) This is going to be a long old season

A 1-1 draw away at West Ham in seasons gone by would actually be considered a good result for most teams but this season is just different for Liverpool. I find myself fuming at the fact we're three points clear at the top, it makes no sense to the neutrals but as a Kopite, I know what Liverpool are like and I want so desperately for us to win the title, therefore I want as much padding and protection as possible.

While being three points clear is nothing to frown at, it's the knowing that it could have been five. However, positively for Liverpool we did not entirely crumble against the Hammers, it would have been a nightmare if we'd failed to pick up any points in that game.

City have Everton next followed quite swiftly by Chelsea while Klopp's side have Bournemouth. It's gonna be a long old season...

2) Lallana hasn't lost it?

Now those who read the blog or follow me on Twitter will know that I've never really been a ma…

MATCH PREVIEW: West Ham V Liverpool

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Liverpool travel to London on Monday evening as they prepare to face West Ham. At the time of writing, Manchester City and Arsenal have not yet kicked off but the result of that fixture could have a massive impact on the Reds. No matter what happens at the Etihad though, Liverpool need to keep their momentum and after a draw with Leicester, Klopp will be looking for three points on this occasion.
Injuries for Liverpool have taken a bit of a set back as it was announced this week that Joe Gomez will be out longer than originally expected. Also unavailable is Dejan Lovren who has a hamstring injury. James Milner returns to the squad after serving a suspension and is likely to play at right-back covering Trent Alexander-Arnold who is also out.
For West Ham, Samir Nasri is unavailable due to a calf issue but Fabianksi and Cresswell may be available for selection. Arnautovic who went off against Wolves also looks to be an option for manager Pellegrini.
The last time the two sides met was in A…

Opportunity missed? : Liverpool 1 Leicester 1

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Liverpool extended their lead to five points at the top of the table on Wednesday night after a 1-1 draw with Leicester, but the match is tinged slightly with the knowledge the Reds could have been a massive seven points clear. 
Rafa Benitez had picked up a win over Manchester City the evening before, much to the delight of Kopites and so Wednesday's clash proved to be a huge opportunity for Klopp's side who, on paper, should have beaten Leicester. 
The Reds started brilliantly with a goal after two minutes thanks to Sadio Mane. The forward slipped his effort through the sleet and sent Anfield wild. 
It all started so well and it was Liverpool who retained control for the majority of the first half. That was until Harry Maguire netted right on the stroke of half time. The chance came from a free kick which Liverpool somewhat foolishly gave away, with many blue shirts offside Maguire timed his move perfectly and created a big problem for the Reds with his equaliser. 
In the second …

Wolves 2 Liverpool 1: My Nightmare In The North Bank

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Well, it's the morning after the night before as I type this and I'm still not quite sure why I voluntarily put myself through that match sat in the home end...
As you all know by now I'm surrounded by Wolves fans in my life so for a laugh and to ensure I took a chance to see us in the flesh (I don't get to go to matches very often) I figured I'd sit in the north bank with me fella and me brother. What an ordeal that was. 
When the team sheets came out it was clear that Nuno had decided to go for it with Wolves after he named a very strong XI with perhaps the keeper Ruddy being the main notable change. Liverpool, on the other hand, had started a very weakened team but even with the changes, I was looking at names like Shaqiri and Sturridge thinking yeah, we have enough to cause concern here against a strong Wolves side.
That isn't how it panned out though. The game started badly for the Reds as Lovren had to be subbed off after just six minutes with an injury, thi…

FA CUP: Wolverhampton Wanderers V Liverpool

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For those of you who are regulars on the blog or on my Twitter feed, you will know that this fixture is a special one. I'm a Liverpool fan from Wolverhampton and tomorrow I'll be sat in the North Bank with me fella and me brother trying desperately not to celebrate if we find the net haha.

I'd usually say "when" we find the net but to be honest, I have no idea what XI Klopp will choose and I don't really care I'm just excited to see us in the flesh as it's not something I get to do very often. I was supposed to go to the league match at Molineux but it clashed with our work's Christmas do that I was helping to organise. I was so pleased when we pulled Wolves out the hat!

Regulars will also remember that I worked at Molineux as a betting cashier for several years and I haven't really been back since I stopped taking bets in 2016.

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed in press conferences this week that two names definitely on the team sheet will be Simon Mig…

Reds Unbeaten Run Ends At Etihad

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Top of the league and still four points clear, despite losing to the champions... so why am I so frustrated? It's surely a sign of how well Liverpool are playing that I find myself annoyed at last night's result even after a night's sleep. 
Don't get me wrong, it was the correct result, City deserved to win, I just worry how that will affect our momentum and I just know what we're like. It's bizarre cause I'm usually the rose-tinted optimistic fan that gets on people's nerves on Twitter for being too positive but I think I've been scorned by that Brendan Rodgers title race and I just desperately want everything to go right, even though I know there will be blips along the way and that it will not be straightforward. 

There is no shame at all in losing to Guardiola's City at the Etihad, I am just hoping we can pick up where we left off. 
For me, Jurgen Klopp took a decision to select Milner, Henderson and Wijnaldum in his midfield and I can see the …

PREVIEW: Man City V Liverpool

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Liverpool make the short trip along the M62 on Thursday evening as they prepare to face title race rivals Manchester City. The Reds are currently sitting top of the table, six points ahead of Spurs and seven points ahead of City. The match at the Etihad could prove pivotal for Jurgen Klopp's side who are searching for their first ever Premier League title.

Injury wise Liverpool have received a boost as James Milner returns to fitness. For City, 
Gundogan becomes available while Delph and Mendy remain out injured. 

It's such a strange time being a Liverpool fan at the moment because the Reds are playing absolutely brilliantly, we're top of the table with an immense squad yet we can't quite bring ourselves to get excited.The chance to take the Premier League title is a prize too great for many a Liverpool fan who has been burnt recently by the agonisingly close campaign steered by Brendan Rodgers. The heartache is real and I for one am not quite ready to allow myself to get…

REPORT: Wolves 0 Liverpool 2

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Top at Christmas, best present ever. Thankfully I did not have to deal with a festive period stuffed with jokes from my Wolves supporting fella, family and friends, I seriously do not think I would have coped. To be fair to Wolves though, they didn't do too badly at all but they just couldn't quite cope with Jurgen Klopp's side.

Wolves have taken points off Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea so far this season making it feasible that they might cause issues for the Reds. I put on a confident front but I genuinely did have concerns about this match and if Wolves had made the most of their own chances the result could have been very different.

It was Liverpool though who opened the scoring with a lovely goal from Mo Salah. The Egyptian took the original free kick which found its way over to the right side of the pitch where Fabinho and Mane played a wonderful one-two. Fabinho then fizzed a ball into the box for the encroaching Salah who flicked the ball in…

PREVIEW: Wolves V Liverpool

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Liverpool travel to Wolverhampton on Friday evening, my hometown and a place I love dearly. As a kid growing up, my brother was mad on the Reds so my football allegiance was aligned early to the lads from L4 but with a fella, family and friends supporting the boys in gold I always want them to do well, apart from tomorrow that is. 
After all we've been through this season, still top of the league and still unbeaten, I don't think I could take it if them Wolves lot managed to beat us. The scary thing is, they are fully capable. Wolves have had a brilliant start to the season and while they've struggled against sides like Huddersfield, they have absolutely thrived against the likes of Man City and Chelsea. 
I think a lot of neutrals weren't sure what to expect from the Midlands side when they got promoted. I remember having a debate with several fans on Twitter first day of the season as some were calling Nuno's side a one-man team after a 2-2 draw with Everton. I was …

Big Shaq Brace Puts Reds Back On Their Perch

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Liverpool put themselves back on their perch on Sunday afternoon as three goals from the Reds brushed United aside at Anfield. Jose Mourinho's team was quite frankly horrendous, it was easily one of the worst United sides I've seen at Anfield in a very long time. 
Liverpool opened up the scoring with a beautiful goal from Mane, set up by an even more beautiful assist from the impressive Fabinho. 
It was the Reds piling on all the pressure and Anfield was bouncing but a somewhat lucky equaliser for United took the sting out of it for the Reds for the remainder of the second half. Lingard managed to convert from close range after a rare error from Alisson. 
The start of the second half saw immediate desperation from Mourinho as he brought on Fellaini straight away and soon began the hoof it and hope tactic. I mean, it's embarrassing, they're supposed to be the mighty Manchester United but they're set up like Stoke...
It was Klopp who would make the most inspired substitu…

PREVIEW: Liverpool v Manchester United

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This must be the least concerned I've been about Liverpool facing United in a very, very long time. I mean don't get me wrong, I'm always up for the United match and I always think the Reds will be able to get the win but equally, I also fear what the devils have to offer... not this time out though.
United, at the time of writing, are sitting 6th in the table on just 26 points. A full sixteen points behind Liverpool at present, and potentially nineteen points behind tomorrow. The United side used to be one filled with talent you would begrudgingly own up to saying you would like in your own team but as fans, including neutrals, up and down the country have been filling out their Liverpool/United combined XIs this week, it's the boys from L4 making up the majority of the lineup.
The last time the two sides met was in March this year, I'd moved our dream holiday to Australia back a week in order to make sure I could watch this fixture but we lost the game 2-1. A brace…

REPORT: Liverpool 1 Napoli 0

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Well, we needed a 1-0 win and that's exactly what we got. At times it looked as though the Reds would never find the net and even when we did the aim remained the same for Napoli which made for an extremely nervy final quarter of the game. 
Forced into starting Joel Matip after the injury to Joe Gomez, Jurgen Klopp must have been hoping for a now-famous solid defensive performance from Liverpool but that was nearly hindered when Virgil van Dijk was shown a yellow early on. 
His tackle was perfectly timed, he won the ball and the ref wasn't even interested in the situation initially but somehow we ended up with our star defender on a yellow and missing the next match. It was a ridiculous decision. 

For me, I was a bit concerned because any defender on a yellow is going to play more cautiously and we needed Virgil to be able to step in if required. I shouldn't have worried though, he remained cool, calm and collected at all times and helped see his team over the line. 
Liverpool…

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…