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Mané, Sané... Absolutely Barmé

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What the hell just happened? I genuinely felt confident going into this match and while a loss wouldn't have been such a surprise, a 5-0 loss definitely is. Liverpool's chances against Manchester City capitulated after the sending off of Sadio Mané at 37 minutes.

There's no denying that Ederson came off very badly in that challenge but it was a 50/50, both players were going for the ball, the goalkeeper bravely so, and unfortunately Mané happened to clatter into his face. Mané is not a malicious player and it's clear his eyes were on the ball but he was always running a risk with his studs that high. It's a difficult decision for me, I can totally see why he was sent off but I honestly think if that was between two outfield players he'd of escaped with a yellow.

Prior to the sending off, the Reds were playing really well. City were leaving several gaps at the back, mainly thanks to Otamendi, and Liverpool looked like they were on course for an equaliser after Ser…

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…

LFC NYE

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I don't know about you but I am massively excited for tomorrow's match. Any clash with City is an important one these days but on Saturday evening Liverpool need all three points in order to keep the pressure on Chelsea and distance themselves from Pep Guardiola's side.

The Reds go into this game having won three out of their last five games in the league. Sitting in second on 40 points, Klopp's side are just one point ahead of City in third. Pep's team have also won three out of their last five games but they have also lost twice during that time.

Injuries for Liverpool mean unfortunately Philippe Coutinho will not be fit for the match. The Brazilian has been photographed in training this week sparking rumours he may feature but Klopp has firmly put those to bed. Matip also remains unavailable so me and my mate Reece are seriously hoping the big man Klavan keeps his place in defence because after his performance against Everton we decided we'd put a fiver on h…

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…

Time For Revenge?

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Got over the League Cup final loss yet? I'm not certain I have to be honest but hey, at least we have a shot at revenge just three days after Wembley. With that in mind I didn't see much point in writing up an almost identical match preview for Wednesday night's game and so I thought we could take a look back at some positive results that the Reds have picked up against City in recent times.


Manchester City 1 Liverpool 4 (November 2015) By a country mile, this has been my favourite moment under Jurgen Klopp so far. The side that day just seemed to click and when Martin Skrtel found the back of the net at 81 minutes to win me £40 as last goalscorer, I was just ecstatic! It was a phenomenal team performance, to rip a team like City apart so easily gave hope for the Klopp era.

That Coutinho knee slide though...


Liverpool 3 Manchester City 2 (April 2014) Another very special game and another Coutinho goal. In a magical season that nearly ended so perfectly for the Reds this wa…

Reds Lose League Cup Final On Penos

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Liverpool fell to defeat in the penalty shootout of the 2016 Capital One Cup final after fighting hard to take City to extra time and eventually through to the spot kicks. The Reds were poor from 12 yards having missed three penalties in a row and it was City's second choice keeper Willy Caballero who took the role of the hero in the dying moments of the final.

The first half of the final was pretty level pegging even after Liverpool suffered a big blow, forced into a substitution when Sakho and Can clattered heads. The defender was eventually taken out of play replaced by veteran Kolo Toure.

At 49 minutes City dealt Klopp's side a blow when Fernandinho found the back of the net. Arguably the goal was against the run of play slightly but most frustrating was the manner in which it was conceded. Simon Mignolet should not have let that shot underneath his body, it's as simple as that. He knows it, you know it, I know it and Jurgen Klopp knows it. Would it have ultimately mad…

Reds At Wembley For Klopp's First Final

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I don't know about you lot but I am bloody excited for this game! The fact that we drew Manchester United in the Europa League too on Friday, everybody is just buzzing around the club at the moment. Sunday's final against Manchester City could be a sublime day for the Reds and manager Jurgen Klopp, it wouldn't exactly be a bad record, picking up some silverware without even having a full season as boss!

Injuries Liverpool are at an interesting point injury wise, Stewart is unavailable but some big names such as Adam Lallana, Martin Skrtel, Joe Allen and Dejan Lovren could all have a chance to be involved in Sunday's League Cup final. Klopp was reluctant to give away any tactical information in his recent press conference.

"I think even in Manchester they have televisions." - Jurgen KloppFor Manchester City they are unable to call upon Fabian Delph, De Bruyne or Nasri who all have long term issues. However, Navas and Bony may be available and face late fitness …

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…

MATCH PREVIEW: Manchester City V Liverpool (Plus Football Blogging Awards Round Up)

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Firstly can I just say a huge thank you to everyone who voted for The Liver Bird and got me onto the shortlist for "Best Established Blog" at this year's Football Blogging Awards. Unfortunately there was no win this year but congratulations to deserved winners; The Football Pink and Goalden Times.

Despite walking away without a trophy this year I still feel like one of life's winners after meeting an absolute legend; John Barnes. He was invited to the event by Ladbrokes and I went over to get a photo with him earlier in the night, he praised my phone case which has a Liverpool emblem on it too haha. Things got even better though when we found ourselves queueing behind Digger himself for a pie at the buffet.

I saw my chance and I took it, "So John, what do you think of Jurgen Klopp?" I asked. In a nutshell, he really likes our new manager but he stressed that he's not going to turn things around quickly with the team he has, he needs time. He made a val…

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Manchester City

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Liverpool face Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday afternoon as they look to put their loss in the Europa League behind them. The Reds have been on fantastic form in the league lately but will face a tough challenge in Pellegrini's side.

Injuries for Liverpool have taken a bit of a boost with the return of Philippe Coutinho. The game however may be too early for Jordan Henderson and it looks like Steven Gerrard will also remain on the sidelines.

Mancehster City are very strong and Pellegrini is able to call upon a full sqaud with the return of Yaya Toure after he served a suspension and missed the Champions League tie with Barcelona.

The last time the two sides met was in August 2014. Liverpool fell to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of City and only found the back of the net thanks to an own goal. The last time the two sides met at Anfield was COUTINHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO... sorry... was in April 2014. The game ended in an utterly brilliant fashion with a rather…

Costly Mistakes In 3-1 City Loss

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Liverpool fell to a 3-1 defeat at the Etihad on Sunday as Brendan Rodgers' side suffered from defensive mistakes in a game that became extremely frustrating. The Reds started brightly and retained the majority of possession, creating problems for City but perhaps not finding that clinical final ball. An early mistake from Moreno eventually opened the doors for the home side who went from strength to strength once Jovetic converted in the 40th minute.

Rodgers had several new signings to choose from for this game but it was only Alberto Moreno who was given his debut in defence. Sturridge led the attack with Coutinho and Sterling offering support. Mario Balotelli having sealed his £16 million move to Anfield was watching on from the stands.

The first 30 minutes or so were definitely owned by Liverpool. Weaving runs from Coutinho and Sterling forced City's defense to be alert and with some half chances present it looked as though the Reds would be able to capitalise on their ear…

Reds Aim For Elusive Etihad Win

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Liverpool are ready to face Manchester City on Bank Holiday Monday as Brendan Rodgers looks to continue a winning start with his side. Manchester City pipped Liverpool to the post last season and rivalries have since grown more intense.

With Liverpool almost securing the signing of Mario Balotelli, he unfortunately will not be sealed in time to feature against his old club. Injuries for Liverpool mean they are without Agger, Flanagan, Lallana and Assaidi. New signing Markovic though may be able to feature after recovering from an injury picked up in pre-season.

For Manchester City they are looking pretty strong, only unable to call upon Negredo who is out for some time with a metatarsal injury.

Manchester City's last game saw them pick up a relatively easy win over Newcastle United with Silva and Aguero on the score sheet. Liverpool's last game saw them eventually collect a win over Southampton but it was hard work for the Reds with goals via Sterling and Sturridge.

I'm q…

Immense Win For Liverpool Over Title Rivals City

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In a day that began with a sombre and poignant silence for the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives at Hillsborough 25 years ago almost to the day, it was sure to be an emotional atmosphere at Anfield on Sunday as the Reds attempted to truly cement their place in the title race.

Fans gathered around Anfield hours before kick off, waiting to bring in the team coach and "unleash" their famous support. With Brendan Rodgers aiming all week to try and take the pressure off the lads, dealing with the media like a pro, it may have helped calm the players somewhat but kopites alike for want of a better phrase were absolutely bricking it.

Despite the nerves Liverpool fans truly believed they could overturn the might of Manchester City. The blue club from Manchester have been fantastic this season and just like Liverpool pose a massive threat in attack, however the Reds enjoy games where the opposition are open and City simply had to come at us.

The game couldn't have got off t…

Is This Liverpool's Biggest Game In 24 Years?

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I'm back from Budapest and bringing you what hopefully will turn out to be an iconic match preview in the build up to a game that is easily the most important one in my lifetime as a Liverpool fan when concerning the league. The Reds prepare to face the might of Manchester City on Sunday whilst also assembling a fitting memorial to the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives at Hillsborough as we near the 25th anniversary of that fateful day.

Every game in England will kick of 7 minutes late this weekend with Liverpool's tie starting at 13:37. There will also be a special display using scarves donated from a variety of clubs and fans to remember the 96 and a mosaic will also be presented by the fans before kick off.

Injuries for Liverpool leave them without Jose Enrique, the positive news though is that Daniel Agger is available again, Rodgers will have to decide whether to bring him back into the starting line up. Annoyingly for Liverpool, Man City's injury worries appear…

Reds Unlucky To Walk Away With Nothing From City

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Liverpool could have, should have and nearly did come away from the Etihad on Thursday night with a result after an emphatic performance against title favourites Manchester City. The Reds did not shy away and caused plenty of problems for the home side but missed chances and mistakes let Brendan's side down and they were extremely unfortunate to walk away as losers.

With Flanagan injured Brendan Rodgers decided to field Aly Cissokho in his place. Suarez once again was up front as captain with the likes of Coutinho and Sterling in support.

The first major moment of the game was a terrible, terrible decision from the lines man. A lovely ball through to Raheem Sterling from Luis Suarez sent the youngster on his way, one on one with Joe Hart. A late flag from the linesman though indicated that he'd been called offside, it was only until we all saw the replay that the mistake and the gravity of it became evident. Raheem was at least two yards on side, it was just a shocking decisi…

Boxing Day Belter At City

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Well, it's Christmas Eve and Liverpool are top of the table. I don't know about you but I don't need any other presents after that! On Boxing Day though the Reds have a massive game against Manchester City at the Etihad and if Liverpool could pull off a result here and then again at Chelsea, 2014 could be a fantastic year for the Reds!

The injury situation for Liverpool is still very much the same with the likes of Steven Gerrard, Jose Enrique, Sebastian Coates and Daniel Sturridge all out long term. Update: There is a doubt hanging over Jon Flanagan. For Manchester City they also have some problems with Sergio Aguero unavailable along with Zabaleta, Richards and Nastasic.

I'd just like to apologise for forgetting to ask you to tweet in your score predictions for this match, I completely lost track what with it being Christmas and all but from what I can make out on Twitter a lot of you appear to be predicting score draws. I personally have been saying 1-1 for a long …

Past Players: Volume 7 - Steve McManaman

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Steve McManaman is one of the Liverpool players that were around in the era that I began learning everything about Liverpool Football Club. Most people will know now that the reason I ended up supporting Liverpool was down to a brother who was obsessed with them at the time. Despite being only 10 when McManaman left I remember watching several games with my brother praising his every move but it appears that many younger fans these days and neutrals alike have no idea how good McManaman actually was, he separates opinion when it comes to his personality but he truly had a gift on the field.

The Basics

Full Name: Steven McManaman
Date Of Birth: 11th February 1972
Born in: Kirkdale, Liverpool
Height: 6ft
Position: Attacking Midfielder

Personal Life

Before signing his first contract with Liverpool McManaman was a much praised cross country runner, he even beat a former Olympian at one stage on the circuit. 

Many people often forget that Steve lost his mother during his last season at Liverpool, s…