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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…

REPORT: Liverpool 1 Everton 0

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I've seen some Merseyside derbies in my time but that could quite possibly be my favourite ending ever, you just couldn't make it up! After a battle between the two sides over 90 minutes it was the forgotten Divock Origi who found himself in the right place at the right time to take all three points for Liverpool. 
I have to hand it to the Toffees they look a far stronger side under Marco Silva and they held their own at Anfield for the majority of the match. Liverpool have improved vastly in defence compared to last season and that showed when Alisson was forced into a close-range reaction save, stopping Andre Gomes' header. The danger wasn't quite clear but Joe Gomez's quick thinking ensured the Reds cleared it off the line. 
Annoyingly for Liverpool, while their defence is ten times better their attack seems to have gone a bit quiet over recent weeks and for me, this isn't necessarily to do with the forward players. I'm not sure what other people's opi…

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…

PREVIEW: Arsenal V Liverpool

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Liverpool travel to Arsenal on Saturday evening in what is set to be an exciting game for the neutral but a nervous time for any Kopites or Gunners. 
The Reds come into this fixture on the back of a 4-1 win over Cardiff. Arsenal, on the other hand, drew 2-2 with Crystal Palace in their most recent fixture which was a surprise for many.  The Londoners started the season with some tough fixtures but had quietly (we'll not so quietly actually, their performances have caught everyone's eye) gone about their business until that hiccup against Palace. 
Liverpool remain unbeaten in the league at the moment alongside City and Chelsea but Arsenal have lost twice so far this season. 
Injuries for the Reds mean doubts are banging over Naby Keita and Jordan Henderson. 
Arsenal have taken a bit of a hit and also have a league cup game to contend with prior to our clash. Koscielny remains out, Bellerin is a doubt while both Kolasinac and Monreal will undergo late fitness tests. 
The last time the…

PREVIEW: Huddersfield V Liverpool

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Liverpool make the short trip to Huddersfield this weekend as the Reds look to pick up where they left off prior to the international break. A draw with City for many at the time felt like quite a frustrating result for the Reds but having had time to ponder, in the grand scheme of things, if Klopp's side can get back in the saddle this weekend, things are looking rather rosy.

Huddersfield are struggling to say the least and so far this season they have yet to find the back of the net at home. The Terriers currently sit 18th in the table on just three points. By contrast, the Reds are in third only due to goal difference, joint on points with both Chelsea and Manchester City.

Injuries for Liverpool took a bad turn during the international break as news of knocks and even broken bones began to filter through. A suspected broken thumb for Sadio Mane has seen him undergo hand surgery, Naby Keita left the field with an injury in the Guinea v Rwanda match and Mo Salah also went off injur…

Reds Pick Up Draw Against City

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After all the build-up to this match and judging by the recent meetings between the two sides, not many would have had this one down as a 0-0 draw. In a game where Liverpool looked lacking up front but solid at the back, it was perhaps the right result come 90 minutes, aided by Mahrez's inability to convert from the spot.


Both managers will have wanted nothing more than victory in this game at Anfield but as the match unfolded it became clear that both had learnt lessons in how to subdue the attack of the opposition. It's fair to say that Liverpool's front three haven't been as prolific as they were last season but I did feel they would get the space they required against City, it didn't pan out that way though with Mane, Salah and Firmino on the whole being crowded out.

Similarly, the Manchester City attack was coming up against a brick wall in the likes of Lovren and Virgil van Dijk. Lovren in particular apart from a couple of mishaps had a brilliant game in my opi…

Man City At Anfield

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In just a few hours Liverpool will walk out at Anfield against Pep Guardiola's Manchester City. The Sky Blues are currently sitting top of the Premier League table thanks to a better goal difference than Jurgen Klopp's side. Liverpool will be desperate to make the most of this chance against City and to put distance between themselves and every other team in the league for the time being.

Onlookers Chelsea will be begging that this game ends in a draw and to be honest it's definitely a possibility. If it is a draw, it'll be a 2-2 or a 3-3 because I'm convinced this game will have goals. For me, the way in which City play will massively assist Liverpool and players such as Mane, Salah and Firmino should be able to capitalise on the gaps left by the visitors.

Injuries for Liverpool are pretty much the same, thankfully though, for the Reds, Naby Keita who went off against Napoli with a back problem may still be able to feature having been checked over thoroughly by medi…

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…

Chelsea In The League Cup At Anfield

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"Chelsea In The League Cup At Anfield" - a headline that would usually envoke excitement from not only kopites but neutral football fans too. Not this time though, I genuinely couldn't really care less about this game and I realise how bad that sounds but the fact is, Klopp and his main team need to focus on Chelsea in the league at the weekend and the Napoli fixture next week.

Don't get me wrong, if we find a way past Chelsea in the cup with a weakened team, I'm all for it but it just shouldn't be taking any real focus from Liverpool at the moment, other than to act as a brilliant opportunity for some of our youngsters to gain valuable experience.

Depending on which blog or newspaper article you read, our predicted starting XI varies quite a bit. I personally would certainly expect to see Mignolet in goal and I am expecting Sturridge and Henderson who aren't really starting matches at the moment but offer that base of experience and stability.

As for the re…

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 …

Five Things We Learned From The Win Over Spurs

1) First time since 1990Saturday's victory over Spurs at Wembley made it five wins on the bounce for Liverpool. It's the first time the Reds have won five games in a row at the start of the season since 1990.

Jurgen Klopp's side were in complete command for the majority of the game and it could have been 4 or 5-0 at one stage but the Reds lacked a little when it came to the final ball. Despite this, goals from Gini WIjnaldum (confirmed by goal-line technology) and Roberto Firmino were enough for Liverpool to take all three points.

A late surge from Spurs wasn't enough for the home side to take away any points but it was a great goal from a tight angle by Lamela with two minutes of extra time to go.

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2) Selfish strikers, good or bad?One of the many positives of this Liverpool side is the fact that the goals can come from anywhere. We have an immense front three and if one or even two of them are having a bad day, you are almost guaranteed that the oth…

PREVIEW: Spurs V Liverpool

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The international break is over, hooray! My god that week seemed to drag but we're back and Liverpool make the trip to London to face Spurs at Wembley on Saturday afternoon.

The Reds are sitting pretty at the top of the table with four wins out of four. Victories against teams such as Crystal Palace and Brighton are precious to the Reds who would have struggled to secure all three points in games like this last season. When it came to sides like City, Arsenal etc the Reds could usually guarantee that their performance would be much, much better. Here's hoping that's the case on Saturday.

Spurs shocked several football fans recently in the league when they beat Manchester United 3-0 but then followed this up with a loss to Watford who came from behind to get the better of Pochettino's side.

There is no doubt that Spurs, despite not buying anybody in the transfer window, have a very strong side with some game changers in their starting XI but do they have enough in terms of…

Five Things We Learned From The King Power

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1) Alisson needs to tone down the anticsI like seeing a bit of skill as much as the next person but not from my bloody goalkeeper. I mentioned in a previous post that Alisson only performs these tricks because he's confident and there's nothing wrong with having a confident keeper but he needs to stop his antics.

The Brazilian gifted Leicester their goal just after the hour mark and for a time it felt as though the home side might be able to get back into the game. Thankfully for Alisson that never happened and hopefully he's now learnt his lesson. Away from that daft mistake, he looked strong once again when called into action against the Foxes.
2) Sadio Mane could be the star of this seasonMane now has four goals in four matches for the Reds and when our Egyptian king couldn't quite find the net early on, it fell to Sadio to put Liverpool 1-0 up. A strong finish from an Andy Robertson cross was just what Klopp's side needed and I feel Mane could be a very important…

3 Games, 3 Clean Sheets, 3 Wins: Five Things We Learned

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1) We can win ugly

For me, the main thing we should take away from today's victory over Brighton is the fact that Liverpool are now a team that can "win ugly". It's a phrase that's been thrown around regularly for teams such as Manchester United or Chelsea, teams who are always in the mix at the top of the table and seem to have that annoying ability to see out a result despite playing terribly.

I wouldn't go as far to say Liverpool were terrible on Saturday, far from it, but the Reds were definitely below par. For me though, instead of being a negative, this is actually extremely encouraging. Similar to the Palace result, the Reds were able to hold on to a slim lead and convert it into an all-important three points. 

Brighton were always going to be a difficult side to play against because the Reds have always struggled under Klopp against organised teams. This season however, Klopp seems to have found the key to unlock the points in these tight situations and …