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Hoffenheim Result, Champions League Draw And The League Cup

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So firstly, at 4:15am this morning, or some ungodly hour close to that, Liverpool drew Leicester away in the League Cup. Whilst we should care, none of us really do at the moment because we're all still hyped about the Hoffenheim win. 
The Reds' 4-2 (Agg 6-3) victory over the German side means they have secured their place in Pot 3 of the Champions League draw which will take place by the time I have uploaded this post to blogger (don't worry I'll add commentary at the end). 


As for last night though? What a game! Liverpool looked at their fluid attacking best with solid performances from the likes of Can, Firmino and Mane. 
The only problem for me, without trying to go on a negative here, is that it's no surprise we played so well at home in the second leg where Hoffenheim simply had to play openly. 
The Reds play perfectly in these sorts of situations, when teams aren't afraid to attack and leave space or when they simply have to go all guns blazing to have any c…

Five Things We Learned From The 0-0 With United

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1. Mourinho loves his bus
Mourinho instructed his team to strangle the life out of a football match on Monday night, it's a simple as that. Frustratingly, his plan once again worked perfectly. As a fan of Italian football I am happy to stand back and appreciate a good defensive performance, however I can't accept it when it's from a Jose Mourinho side.
If Tony Pulis set up like that against his United boys he'd be in the post match interview complaining of 19th century tactics and "anti-football". If United are happy playing like that then that's their prerogative but I certainly wouldn't be happy with it. I suppose in a way we must take a positive from this tactical set up, the fact that Mourinho has to resort to this now to try and get the better of Liverpool shows how much of a threat we are.
He can keep his bus for all I care, I can't see it getting him far this season.
2. Karius not that convincing
I discussed in a recent match round up post here …

Seven Times Liverpool Got The Better Of United 2006-2016

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1. Liverpool 2 Manchester United 0 / 10th March 2016 Goalscorers: Daniel Sturridge (penalty), Roberto Firmino
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Whenever Liverpool face Manchester United, it is always set to be a massive game but throw in the added element of the first ever meeting between the sides in Europe? Well you have all the right ingredients for an historic fixture. Liverpool just had to win this one, if there's one thing the Reds still hold over their rivals it's European prowess.
Thankfully Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino ensured kopites could continue to boast about their glorious history as Manchester United put on an extremely poor performance at Anfield.
2. Manchester United 0 Liverpool 3 / 16th March 2014 Goalscorers: Steven Gerrard (penalties x2), Luis Suarez
What's a match against Manchester United without a Steven Gerrard penalty? The captain was notorious for winding up the opposition in this fixture and on several occasions Gerrard turned this in his favour.
The two…

Five Things We Learned From Liverpool's Opening League Game

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1) Moreno had a mare When it comes to sticking with a footballer and trying to cling on to the fact that they may have something left to offer it always feels like I'm one of the last fans hanging on. It's no different with Alberto Moreno, there was a time very recently where I was singing his praises as he went through a more settled stage but after Sunday's performance it's very clear that he just isn't cut out to be a top level left back.

He has zero positional awareness and while he occasionally offers something going forward this doesn't come anywhere close to making up for his continuous lapses at the back. It's a real shame because when he first came to the club he looked like he might be moulded into a quality player but that boat has sailed I'm afraid, absolute mare he had.
2) Migs not lost it? After rumours that Loris Karius would in fact replace Simon Mignolet it looked as though the Belgian wouldn't get another chance to really impress …

Five Things We Learned From Battering Everton

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1) Everton really are shocking aren't they?
No offence to Everton... Actually yes, offence to Everton, they were bloody terrible last night. I know they've been having a dodgy season but I never expected the Merseyside derby to be so heavily one sided! 33 attempts to their 3 or something was it?! Unbelievable! 
Obviously the sending off didn't help Martinez's side but they can't claim they were offering much before Funes Mori saw red. The Everton back line was practically non existant and apart from a few flashes from the likes of Ross Barkley I am seriously struggling to find any real positive for them.
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2) Divock Origi's injury made me panic 
If you'd have told me at the start of the season that a crunching tackle on Divock Origi would cause me to have a mini episode I would of laughed in your face. The Belgian just didn't look like he was going to find his feet in the Premier League but as we have all seen this season he has ear…

Reds Settle For A Draw In Germany

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Liverpool could only muster a 0-0 draw in their Europa League tie against Augsburg on Thirsday evening in what turned out to be a rather uneventful fixture. Jürgen Klopp fielded the same XI that took part in the 6-0 win over Aston Villa but despite having the likes of Coutinho, Firmino and Daniel Sturridge on the pitch, the Reds just couldn't find a goal.

Chances in the game were few and far between but it was Sturridge for Liverpool perhaps having the best opportunity. The likes of Moreno and Coutinho also had their moments but it was clear that this wasn't going to be another high scoring fixture. Augsburg set up well and I imagine will be pretty pleased with the 0-0 draw.
On the flip side, Augsburg actually hit the post with just four minutes to go so it could have been an even stronger result for the Germans and an embarrassing one for Klopp. The return leg is at Anfield on Thursday 25th February and with no game in between, Liverpool have the full week to prepare. 
The downs…

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Leicester

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Merry Christmas! I hope you all have a cracking day tomorrow whether you are celebrating or not, more importantly, let's hope Liverpool can do the business on Boxing Day. There's one slight issue though, the Reds welcome league toppers Leicester to Anfield and after the results we've been picking up of late it could be a rather embarrassing fixture.

Claudio Ranieri was quoted this week saying "Leicester are Forrest Gump" and while it's quite clear the Reds can't put a run together, it's safe to say that life is very much like a box of chocolates, you never know which Liverpool you are going to get.

When travelling to Stamford Bridge and the Etihad the Reds have been simply brilliant. The likes of Coutinho and Firmino blinding the opposition and assisting Jurgen Klopp's side who showed complete control. Mixed in with the glory though has been plenty of despair as the Reds fell to defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Watford most re…

MATCH PREVIEW: FC Sion V Liverpool

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After failing to beat Newcastle on Sunday afternoon the Reds will be hoping to get back on track with a win against FC Sion in the Europa League this Thursday. Liverpool have already guaranteed progression to the round of 32 but could also top the group providing they avoid defeat.

Injury news has been the top story for the Reds this week as over the past 24 hours Kopites were made aware that Daniel Sturridge has in fact picked up a hamstring injury. The severity of the injury isn't clear but it's a worrying time for Liverpool fans who find their patience levels wavering. Also unavailable for the Reds is Mamadou Sakho and Philippe Coutinho, however the latter did return to training on Wednesday.

For FC Sion they are unable to call upon Birama Ndoye who is suspended for this fixture. Moussa Konate has a fractured hand and so will not feature in this clash. There is also a doubt hanging over Martin Zeman who suffered an ankle injury recently.

The Reds first meeting with FC Sion…

Reds Falter At Newcastle

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Liverpool failed to get the better of Newcastle United at St James' Park on Sunday in what should have been a straightforward match for the Reds. Despite not being awarded a clearly onside goal, Klopp's side can't really complain after a persuasive performance from the Magpies.
Liverpool began the game with Christian Benteke up front. There was no room for hat trick scoring Divock Origi or the recently returned Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson. While it is understandable the boss perhaps didn't want to risk the latter two so early after coming back from injury, I don't think the set up favoured Benteke who looked lost for the majority of his game.
I've said it over and over both before and since we signed Benteke, there is zero point in starting him if you aren't going to support him. I don't have stats for crosses yesterday but I can guarantee you it was a measly figure. Some argue that it is partly the striker's fault an…

MATCH PREVIEW: Newcastle V Liverpool

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Liverpool travel to St James' Park on Sunday, after putting six past Southampton in the week. The Reds look like a formidable force under Jürgen Klopp and are performing even better away from home.
Injuries for Liverpool mean they are without Philippe Coutinho and Emre Can who is suspended for this game. Daniel Sturridge on the other hand could make his first start in the Premier League for two months. For Newcastle, they are without Mike Williamson who they have only recently recalled from Wolves where he was on loan. Tiote also looks to be a doubt for this fixture.
The last time the two sides met was in April this year when the Reds put two past a ten man Newcastle at Anfield. Our last trip to St James' Park ended in a loss when Perez scored at 72 minutes to seal all three points for the Magpies. In fact trips to Newcastle have not always ended kindly for the Reds but a 6-0 victory in April 2013 certainl…

Milner Penalty Secures Three Points For Reds

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Liverpool just about managed to get the better of Swansea at Anfield on Sunday as Jürgen Klopp had to settle for a penalty to give his side all three points. It proved to be a fruitful weekend for the Reds though who capitalised as some of the big boys dropped points.
There was no Coutinho or Lucas for Liverpool but positively both Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson appeared on the bench. The game began with a minutes applause for Gerry Byrne who sadly passed this week.
The first half although not exactly brilliant did fall into the Reds' hands. An initial break into the box from Jordan Ibe almost ended in a goal after Bartley nearly turned the ball into the back of his own net.
Benteke was also causing hassle for Ashley Williams, the Swansea player also became frustrated at one stage when it appeared Benteke had dived in order to try and gain an advantage on the edge of the box. Watching it back it was a bit…

Brazilian Masterclass At The Etihad

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Liverpool picked up a massive result against Manchester City on Saturday evening as Klopp’s side scored four goals at the Etihad. It was a superb result for the Reds who made mince meat of City’s weakened defence.
Jürgen Klopp made a bold decision to select an XI without a recognised striker and I can't deny that the set up worried me initially. I guess I'm just a traditionalist at heart and I get frustrated when there's no striker on the field however, this line up worked well against Chelsea and it proved to be a stroke of genius against City too.
Liverpool’s first goal of the game came just seven minutes into the first half. A last ditch attempt from Sagna to hack Coutinho off the ball resulted in failure as the magic number 10 maintained possession and set off towards goal on the left wing. A timely pass to Firmino allowed his compatriot to whip in a cross only for Mangala to bumble home an…

Palace Get The Better Of Reds

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Liverpool fell to defeat at the hands of Alan Pardew’s Palace side on Sunday as the Londoners further instilled their “bogey team” status for the Reds. It was a tough game for Liverpool who showed good effort but weren't quite effective enough in front of goal.
Crystal Palace got off the mark at 20 minutes when danger man Bolasie struck a left footed effort from inside the box. It was perhaps evident from the way Palace started that they would find the back of the net, what wasn't clear was how the Reds would respond.
Half chances that followed  from the likes of Coutinho and Ibe made it look as though Klopp’s side were going to spend the afternoon trying to score from questionable angles and distances. Despite having Benteke prowling around the box, he didn't appear to be getting much in the way of a supply line in my opinion and when that isn't happening, you instantly have a problem.
Thankfully though, as often happens, my moaning at questionable …

MATCH PREVIEW: Chelsea V Liverpool

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It's The Normal One’s chance to get the better of the faltering Special One on Saturday as Jürgen Klopp prepares his side to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The Londoners currently find themselves 15th in the table with the Reds sitting in 9th.
Injuries for Liverpool mean there is a doubt hanging over Christian Benteke, I seriously hope he's fit to start because we're going to really struggle without him. James Milner will also be available after serving a ban. 
For Chelsea, it is not clear whether striker Diego Costa will be fit enough to start but Nemanja Matic returns to the side. Courtois and Ivanovic are both unavailable. 
The last time the  two sides met was in May this year. Steven Gerrard was on the scoresheet but the game ended 1-1. The last win at Stamford Bridge for Liverpool  in the league was in November 2011. Daniel Sturridge netted for Chelsea that day but it was Glen Johnson who sealed the deal for the Reds.
Whilst it's fair to say ou…

Benteke Scores In Yet Another Draw For The Reds

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It was another draw for Jürgen Klopp on Sunday as Liverpool let a late lead slip in a 1-1 draw. It was a relatively drab performance from the Reds and it's clear as day that Klopp will be unable to really stamp his mark on this team until he reaches the January transfer window.
The manager opted not to start Christian Benteke or Roberto Firmino and it's understandable that he didn't wish to risk two of his key players but Liverpool struggled to create a presence from the off due to a lack of quality. A few half chances in the first 45 from the likes of Milner and Coutinho were little to grasp hold of, it was just lucky that Southampton hadn't really found a strong footing either.
Milner to be fair to him was one of few players showing any real intent but captaining a team with Origi as your main striker is never going to prove fruitful in my opinion. The forward had less touches than both goal keepers in the first half and whilst some of this may boil down to a lack of s…

Reds Draw With Ten Man Kazan

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Liverpool managed just a draw at home against Rubin Kazan on Thursday evening, despite the fact the visiting side played the majority of the game with ten men. Whilst this kind of result may have been questioned under Brendan Rodgers, for Jürgen Klopp it is simply a matter of finding his team in a pool of frankly average players. 
With injuries to contend with and the realisation that some of his team members just aren't up to scratch it is clear Liverpool struggled to really put the pressure on Kazan, however there are players who appear to have instantly benefited from Klopp’s influence such as Adam Lallana and Emre Can. 
Rubin Kazan were always going to pose an unknown factor on their visit to Anfield but I'm not sure anyone expected them to get off the mark so quickly. After a sustained period from the visitors it was Devic who finished neatly to put his side ahead. Perhaps aided by some poor defending from Clyne in particular, Devic still did very well to bring the ball …

Klopp Opens With A Draw At Spurs

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After all the anticipation,  Klopp’s first game as boss of Liverpool Football Club ended in a 0-0 draw. With the late announcement of Daniel Sturridge being unavailable along with a multitude of other injuries to contend with, Klopp’s hand was forced and I doubt you'll find any fan displeased with a 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane.
With no other options available it was Origi who led the line for the Reds and I hate to say it but his inexperience showed for me. He definitely wasn't helped by having to play up front with no support but I don't think he made any real impact, even when he did receive the ball he followed up by losing possession or a tame shot. 
The only saving grace really was a header in the first half after a corner from Milner, Origi was perhaps unlucky to watch it crash off the bar but there are many saying he should of done better. I'm not saying I've given up on him, that would be completely unfair at this early stage but he definitely needs suppor…

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V West Ham

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After picking up a well earned point at the Emirates on Monday evening Liverpool must now welcome fellow Londoners West Ham to Anfield on Saturday. It's fair to say that the Hammers have had a mixed start to life in the Premier League under Bilic, so can the Reds collect all three points?
Liverpool have a few injury woes to contend with going into the game. Long term absentees Sturridge and Flanagan are still out whilst Lallana, Henderson and Allen also join that list with no return dates.
For Bilic’s side, they also have several fitness issues. Zarate, Valencia and Carroll are out long term whilst the game may come too early for O’Brien and Sakho. Also doubtful is their young starlet Oxford who has impressed players and pundits alike recently.
The last time the two sides met was in January this year after the Reds picked up a 2-0 win at home. Sturridge and Sterling were on the scoresheet that day. West Ham have a terrible record at Anfield, they haven't won at L4 since 1963.

MATCH PREVIEW: Arsenal V Liverpool

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Liverpool travel to London on Monday evening as they prepare to face Arsenal in their third fixture of the season. The Reds have picked up two wins out of two whilst the Gunners have won just one game having lost their opening tie against West Ham. Will a stumbling start from Wenger's side assist the Reds or is it going to be the same old story at the Emirates?

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are likely to be without captain Jordan Henderson who picked up a problem against Bournemouth. They are also unable to call upon Joe Allen, Jon Flanagan and Daniel Sturridge. For Arsenal they are without Flamini who has an ankle problem and Jack Wilshere is also still unavailable. Out too are Welbeck and Rosicky.

The last time the two sides met was in April this year. The Reds took a beating at the Emirates as Arsenal put four in the back of the Liverpool net. A penalty from Jordan Henderson was the only consolation for Brendan Rodgers' side as they also had to deal with a red card for …

Not Quite The Perfect Ending

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It wasn't quite the fairy-tale ending that Steven Gerrard would have dreamt of at Anfield on Saturday evening but the Liverpool captain was given an overwhelming reception from his supporters, his team mates, opposition fans and admirers all over the world. It was an emotional day for the captain but unfortunately the Reds couldn't pick up a win to complete the number eight's last performance in front of the Kop.

It was a poor performance from Liverpool who began the game under building pressure from Crystal Palace. For the first 15 minutes or so the Reds had some decent bouts of possession but they were failing to create anything meaningful with it.

Crystal Palace on the other hand were looking more and more dangerous with Bolasie at the head of their attacks. At 25 minutes though against the run of play, Liverpool had found the back of the net thanks to Adam Lallana. Lallana remained strong in the build up and for me it looked like he'd taken the ball too far howeve…