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Mourinho Bags A Draw At Anfield

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Jose Mourinho put on his now standard display of 19th-century football at Anfield on Saturday to shut up shop and take a draw from Liverpool. 
It's infuriating because he's played his tactics perfectly and if he was your manager you'd be praising the way he had decided to manage the game, even if that does mean parking the bus. He's not our manager though and he's also not the manager of soddin Crystal Palace or Bournemouth so, in my book, the fact he brings his United side to Anfield and plays for a 0-0 draw is embarrassing.

The Reds were all over United on Saturday and bar a shot from Lukaku (who touched the ball about three times), Mourinho's side literally did sack all. It was a pathetic performance from an apparent might of the league but we all know that it's these kinds of frustrating performances that make Mourinho a league winner.
Klopp was extremely unlucky not to see his side find the back of the net, especially when David De Gea somehow managed to …

Match Preview: Liverpool V Manchester United

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It's the big one on Saturday (well, the big one if you're a wool like me from the Midlands). Liverpool welcome Manchester United to Anfield this weekend and since at least Monday this week I've felt the venom bubbling.

Since I was a kid this has always been the match I most look forward to in a Premier League season, there is no team I enjoy beating more than Manchester United. In recent years my confidence in this fixture has been high but despite the social media front, I'm not feeling as positive this time out.


Shared snaps of Torres leaving Vidic for dead or Gerrard netting a peno may give the impression that I think the Reds can nail this one but I have to admit, I'm not so sure. Liverpool have struggled all season with a shoddy defence and facing a Jose Mourinho side who aren't afraid to simply fling the ball to Lukaku could spell disaster for Jurgen Klopp.

Add to this the fact that Liverpool are now without the influential Sadio Mane and you have a bit of a…

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…

MATCH PREVIEW: Manchester United V Liverpool

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Liverpool make the short trip to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon as Jurgen Klopp aims to get a momentous victory over Jose Mourinho's Manchester United. The match needs no introduction on a standard basis but even less so when the two sides are so closely bunched together at the top of the Premier League table.

At the time of writing (Saturday during PL matches) Liverpool find themselves in third on 44 points with United sitting in sixth, five points behind. A win for the devils would close that gap to two points and with Jurgen's side due to face Chelsea at the end of the month, a loss on Sunday would be a huge dent in Liverpool's title hopes.

Intertwined with all the excitement for the Manchester United match, the Reds also have a League Cup semi-final second leg and FA Cup replay to contend with over the coming weeks. While only the manager knows where his priorities lie, I asked Twitter this week what victory they would prefer:
If you could only have one... #LFC — Ki…

Plymouth And Beyond

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I haven't posted since the massively frustrating draw with Sunderland so I thought I'd take this opprtunity to do a sort of catch up post while looking forward to Liverpool's next three fixtures in the FA Cup, League Cup and Premier League.

I never saw the Sunderland match so it's not my place to offer an opinion really, what I will say is that I knew we'd slip up against them, it's just bloody typical Liverpool isn't it? Solid performance against Manchester City on New Year's Eve and then scraping a point against Sunderland. Ah well, at least Chelsea lost to Spurs eh?

Next up for the Reds is Plymouth Argyle. Plymouth are currently second in League Two chasing down Doncaster Rovers. The Pilgrims have lost four out of their last ten games in the league and have scored 37 goals.

While Plymouth are expected to field their strongest side, including starting Garita who hasn't quite recoved from a knee injury, Liverpool are expected to do the opposite. Jo…

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…

MATCH PREVIEW: Manchester United V Liverpool

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Jurgen Klopp makes the short trip to Old Trafford with his Liverpool side on Thursday as the Reds look to put the final nail in the coffin. Liverpool are 2-0 up in this Europa League tie thanks to goals from Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino and it looks like a long way back for Louis van Gaal who was forced to watch a very ineffective Manchester United at Anfield last week.

Injuries Liverpool are unable to call upon Lucas for this fixture as he is still struggling with a thigh injury. Also out are long term absentees; Stewart, Ings and Gomez. Manchester United are worse off injury wise with Rooney, Jones and Valencia amongst others all unavailable for manager Louis van Gaal.
Previous Meetings The last meeting of course was on Thursday last week, a penalty on 20 minutes opened up scoring for Liverpool with Roberto Firmino sealing the win with fifteen minutes left of the first tie. The Reds last trip to Old Trafford wasn't very pleasant after losing the game 3-1, the only saving…

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Manchester United

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It's a massive game for Liverpool on Thursday evening as Jurgen Klopp prepares his side for the first of two big clashes against rivals Manchester United in the Europa League. Liverpool enter this game on the back of a last minute win over Crystal Palace while United lost their most recent league game at the hands of West Brom.

The two clubs are steeped in history but have never met in European competition. The intense rivalry has always been present but as Manchester United have chipped away at Liverpool's title winning success there is one thing the Reds still hold over every club in England; European prowess. I don't mean to pile the pressure on but I'm pretty certain many Liverpool fans like myself will simply be unable to take a knockout.

Injuries Injuries for Liverpool mean they are unable to call upon regular starter Lucas Leiva but the squad is otherwise strong with just long term injuries making the rest of the list. Louis van Gaal's side are somewhat wors…

One Shot On Target Was All They Needed

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Manchester United walked away from Anfield on Sunday afternoon with a vital three points after somehow beating a Liverpool side who had bossed the majority of the game. It was the Reds who were creating the majority of the chances but United needed just one on target to convert via Wayne Rooney and send a strong message to Jurgen Klopp.

In a game that saw goalkeeper David De Gea win man of the match it is no wonder that so many Liverpool fans are utterly frustrated with the result. You can call me bias all you want but I'm sorry, United did not deserve to win that game, I'm not sure they even deserved a draw yet they walked away victorious, which leaves you asking questions about your own side.

Jurgen Klopp obviously hasn't had time to put a stamp on this side yet so this is by no means a dig at the manager but surely the owners must start looking at this team and start supporting the manager financially because this squad just isn't good enough.

There were flickers i…

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Manchester United

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Liverpool welcome Louis van Gaal's so called army to Anfield on Sunday afternoon in what is sure to be a heated clash between the two sides. United have somehow managed to remain in the top sector of the table for the majority of the season despite some questionable performances, at the time of writing the devils remain above Klopp's side. After a hard fought draw with Arsenal though, can Liverpool get the better of Manchester United on Sunday?

Injuries

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are still unable to call upon forward Daniel Sturridge. Martin Skrtel also remains on the sidelines and although Dejan Lovren appears to be returning to fitness, the game will come too early for him.

For United, they are without Schweinsteiger who has a knee injury, Michael Carrick is also unavailable while Phil Jones will be subject to a late fitness test.

Previous Meetings

The last time the two sides met was in September last year, the game at Old Trafford wasn't exactly one to remember for…

Benteke Scores Overhead Kick But Reds Packed No Punch

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Liverpool conceded three goals at Old Trafford on Saturday evening and despite a wondrous effort from Christian Benteke the Reds never once looked capable of taking the game to Manchester United. I don't think I'd be going over the top to say that this game was one of the worst Liverpool V United ties I've ever watched, especially the first half which was just dull as hell.

I found myself quite pleased at kick off after Brendan Rodgers had finally appeared to opt to play two up top. However, I should have known better and it quickly became evident that Danny Ings who would have provided good support for an isolated Christian Benteke was deployed as a sort of wingback.
It just seriously does my head in, why is he so opposed to 4-4-2? I know it's not popular and I know it's not his favoured system but you've bought a £30million plus player who needs to be fielded with support or at the very least he needs a constant supply line which at present is non-existent a…

MATCH PREVIEW: Manchester United V Liverpool

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Liverpool face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday evening in their first game since the international break. After suffering defeat at the hands of West Ham a fortnight ago the Reds will need to get back on track as quickly as possible but faced with one of their fiercest rivals, it is going to be a difficult night for manager Brendan Rodgers.

The headline in terms of injury/player news has to be circled around the story that De Gea who at one point this summer was about to have dinner with Rafael Benitez is now apparently signing his life away to Manchester United. I just don't get it. What I do get though is that De Gea is a good keeper and you can guarantee that he will have a massive say in Saturday's result (if van Gaal decides to start him).

Injury wise for Liverpool, we have received a bit of a boost as Daniel Sturridge has finally returned to training, he will however be unavailable for the fixture. Doubts are also hanging over both Lallana and Henderson wh…

United Put 3 Past Rodgers' Reds

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Liverpool fell to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester United on Sunday as the Reds had 19 shots but failed to convert a single chance. The first half saw the Reds play without a striker leaving a lot of fans questioning this selection. In the second half Mario Balotelli entered the fray only to see his efforts brilliantly stamped out by the goalkeeping of David De Gea.

For me, I didn't like the line up from the off. One thing I will credit Brendan for though is deciding to drop Mignolet and start Brad Jones. That was a brave decision from the manager and despite ultimately conceding three goals, I think Brad actually had a good game. I felt a lot more comfortable and less nervy with him between the sticks.

I just don't think you can risk playing without a striker. Yes, the likes of Lallana, Coutinho and Sterling are all skillful and attacking players but Brendan Rodgers is hiding behind the premise that this is a technically sound formation. Even some of the best teams in…

Reds Prepare For Old Trafford

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Liverpool make the short trip to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon as the two titans of English football prepare to meet for the 163rd time in the league. The two sides are far from titanic at the moment though as both Brendan Rodgers and Louis van Gaal have struggled to get their seasons underway.

Whilst Manchester United have come into a bit of form, Liverpool are still struggling after being knocked out of the Champions League by Basel on Tuesday night.

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are still without long term absentees Daniel Sturridge and Jon Flanagan. Positively for the Reds though Kolo Toure, Adam Lallana and Mario Balotelli are all believed to be available for tomorrow's game.

For Manchester United they are without Chris Smalling, Angel di Maria and Luke Shaw. Already struggling with injury problems, the missing Angel di Maria is a big problem for manager Louis van Gaal.

The last time the two sides met was in March this year. Liverpool won the game 3-0 at Old Trafford a…

Penos-A-Plenty In Old Trafford Win

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Liverpool walked away from Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon having collected all three points scoring two penalties and one goal via Luis Suarez from open play. The Reds were awarded three spot kicks but it could have been five or six in a game that saw some controversial decisions mixed with a truly poor performance from the once exuberant Manchester United.

Brendan Rodgers had clearly put some thought into his starting line up for this one, opting once again to include Joe Allen in the midfield in order to help protect the back four. The added bonus for Liverpool too was that both Lucas and Sakho were back on the bench. A forward three consisted of Sterling, Sturridge and Suarez (complete with knitted boots!)

The game got off to a good start for Liverpool who immediately sprung into action when a Henderson pass reached Daniel Sturridge, unfortunately his resulting shot went wide. Neither side to begin with was maintaining possession long enough but this perhaps worked in Liverpool&…

Confident Liverpool Aim To Take Advantage At Old Trafford

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Liverpool travel to Old Trafford on Sunday as they prepare to face old rivals Manchester United in an important Premier League tie. A trip away to United would usually pose some concern for Liverpool fans but with the way this season has panned out so far the majority of the fear has been dismissed and Brendan Rodgers must feel his side can get the better of David Moyes' boys this weekend.

Injuries for Liverpool have improved somewhat with Sakho and Lucas back in training, it's unknown whether they will feature on Sunday though. Manchester United are also in a relatively strong position with Nani, Evans and Hernandez all newly fit and available.

The Reds currently find themselves 2nd in the league, 7 points behind Chelsea but with a game in hand. Manchester City also have 3 games in hand however Liverpool have the advantage of facing both Chelsea and City at Anfield later in the season, thus adding great importance to this clash with Manchester United.

Moyes' side are cur…

The Return Of Suarez Ends With Defeat

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For once, I'm not being bias here and I think neutrals and even United fans will agree that David Moyes' side did not deserve to win that game last night. Liverpool after the first ten minutes of the game had complete control, pressure was constant and by half time they looked most likely to walk away with the win. Some poor defending immediately in the second half though allowed Hernandez to score for the home side. Liverpool continued to show promise and applied pressure throughout the second half but that final pass or final ball was still missing and Liverpool were knocked out of the league cup.

Brendan Rodgers had set up his Liverpool side in a 3-5-2 formation, a commendable move I feel as it's not often you see that formation for an away side at Old Trafford. Of course his hand was forced slightly by injuries but I feel it worked well. Moyes on the other hand had made eight changes from the side that fell to a 4-1 defeat against Manchester City.

For the first ten mi…

Can Liverpool Get The Better Of United Again?

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The Reds make the short trip to Manchester on Wednesday evening to face David Moyes' side in the third round of the league cup. Liverpool may have received a knock in the league after losing to Southampton at the weekend but Brendan Rodgers doesn't need to remind his side of their performance and win against United earlier in the month at Anfield.


Long term injuries for Liverpool mean once again they are without Glen Johnson, Sebastian Coates, Aly Cissokho and Philippe Coutinho. Daniel Agger also has a doubt hanging over him after a rib cage injury. The real positive news for Liverpool though is the return of Luis Suarez. Rodgers has been quoted this week on Suarez, saying "He'll travel and we'll reflect over the next 24 hours whether he starts". To be honest I think you'd have to be mental not to start him, I understand that the boss doesn't want to make it seem like Suarez can just walk back in whenever he likes but let's face it, with or withou…