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Transfer Round Up

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The transfer window certainly hasn't slammed shut just yet but Liverpool have already secured a bit of business with the main transaction being the extension of Jurgen Klopp's stay at Anfield. No complaints here.
The Reds first real signing I suppose was Joel Matip who had already agreed pre-conditions with the Reds and had to wait until the summer in order for all the i's to be dotted and t's to be crossed. I must confess I don't know a hell of a lot about Matip but from what I have seen/read he seems like a great fit for the back line. At 24 he's certainly one for the future and I'm always a sucker for a goalscoring defender!
"I am certain that this is the right moment for me to take the next step in my career." - Joel Matip
Next up is Loris Karius the German goalkeeper, according to several fans and pundits Loris could even feature ahead of Simon Mignolet come season start. Purchased as competition, he may be favoured by Jurgen Klopp who has adm…

Reds Round Off Pre Season With Dortmund Win

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Liverpool completed their last pre-season fixture at Anfield on Sunday as the Reds faced the German side Borussia Dortmund. Jurgen Klopp's team have been a formidable force in the Bundesliga making this a glittering tie in front of the Anfield faithful who are preparing for another season hopefully packed full of surprises.

Goals from Daniel Sturridge, Jordan Henderson, Dejan Lovren and Philippe Coutinho sealed an emphatic 4-0 win for the Reds who controlled the game from the off. New signings Manquillo, Can and Lambert also featured in the game with Brendan praising their performances particularly from his defenders.

After losing the final of the ICC in the States to Manchester United it was a positive for the Reds to end their pre-season on a high and as Brendan Rodgers continues to scour the transfer market, Reds can only hope that there is still more business to be done.

Manquillo is the latest addition to the Liverpool side and despite being a loan deal many would agree that…

Pre-Season And Transfers Update

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So, as I'm sure you will have heard, Liverpool have missed out on the signing of Loic Remy after the Frenchman failed a medical in Boston with Reds staff. With speculation travelling around about the whole ordeal no matter how the final decision was made and who made it, Liverpool fans can't help but feel disheartened after missing out on the striker.

In other transfer news, Dejan Lovren has finally sealed his dream move to the Reds and seems very excited at the prospect of playing in front of an Anfield crowd. I like Lovren but as many will have seen from my Twitter updates, I just don't feel currently he's much better than the players we already have in our defence, however I do feel as though Brendan will be able to get the best out of him and Lovren is afterall only 25, his potential can flourish and I sincerely hope it does after paying £20 million for the privilege.

It's hard to feel massively excited with Liverpool's transfer dealings so far in this win…

Reds Start Pre-Season At Brøndby

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Blink and you'd of missed it. That's right, after all the madness of the World Cup, pre-season friendlies are here! Liverpool face their first opposition this evening in a match against Daniel Agger's old Brøndby side in Denmark.

Brøndby are a successful team in Denmark having won the title ten times, last season they finished fourth and they will surely be excited at the prospect of facing Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool outfit.

With new signing Lazar Markovic sealed yesterday. Rodger's has the Serbian as an option along with the other new boys - Lallana, Can and Lambert.

Liverpool's Pre-Season schedule can be seen below (info taken from www.liverpoolfc.com)

July
19 - Preston (A) 24 - Roma (H) 27 - Olympiakos (H) 30 - Man City (H)
August
2 - Milan (H) 10 - Dortmund (H)
The Roma game sees the start of the Reds' American tour with some cracking opposition I think you will agree! Afterwards the lads will return to face Dortmund at Anfield before the season begins o…

Fixtures Released 2014/2015

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So in the midst of World Cup fever we finally get a glimmer of our beloved Liverpool FC again as the fixtures for next season were announced today. A tricky start some may say with Southampton at home first followed by Manchester City and Tottenham away respectively to complete the month of August.

The first Merseyside derby is on 27th September and our first clash with Chelsea is on the 8th November. Our first meeting with Manchester United isn't until December 13th at Old Trafford. Arsenal then come to Anfield during that month on the 20th.

As for the end of the season Liverpool have a trip to Stoke to contend with, not the easiest of final days if it came down to a close finish again like this season! To see the fixture list in full please see below. (All information provided by liverpoolfc.com)

AUGUST

16 Southampton (H)
23 Manchester City (A)
30 Tottenham Hotspur (A)

SEPTEMBER

13 Aston Villa (H)
20 West Ham (A)
27 Everton (H)

OCTOBER

4 West Brom (H)
18 QPR (A)
25 Hull (H)

NOVEMBE…

Reds Put 4 Past Valerenga But Lose To Celtic

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By the reaction on Twitter after Saturday's loss to Celtic you would think the world was about to end! And yes, whilst the performance was poor I can't be the only one requesting the drama queens to calm their passions. I love Twitter I really do but sometimes it just does your nut in! Unsurprisingly the reaction to the 4-1 win over Valerenga was a lot brighter on social media.

Suarez was left out of the Valerenga group that travelled to Norway, apparently due to injury but we all know better than that and John Henry certainly made the club's stance on Luis Suarez a lot clearer after the Norway trip.

It was a young side fielded by Rodgers in Norway but he also made 10 changes at half time. It was an easy win for the Reds who had goals from new signings Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas whilst Raheem Sterling and Martin Kelly also joined the score sheet. The first goal conceded in their pre-season also appeared in this game for Liverpool as Gonzalez found the back of the net for…

Captain Fantastic In Olympiakos Testimonial Win

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Today saw our Captain Fantastic finally step out at Anfield through his guard of honour to play his long awaited and much anticipated testimonial game. The opposition carefully selected after that monumental night "ohhhhhh you beauty", the stage was set for a wonderful day at Anfield to mark the career of one of the most loyal, genuine and talented men in football; Steven Gerrard.

With training photos leaking the day before showing Jamie Carragher and Robbie Fowler, there was sure to be a nice little treat for the sell out crowd. It was always in Gerrard's interest to keep this clash as a proper pre-season game but with the addition of the recently retired Carra and God... Well, that was more than enough cherries on top of the cake.

I was lucky enough to be able to be present at Gerrard's testimonial and had a fantastic seat on The Kop in Block 304. I've never had chance to watch a game from The Kop so far and so you can imagine my excitement for this one. It ma…

Preston & LFC Tour

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Liverpool kicked off their 2013/2014 pre-season with a match in memory of the great Bill Shankly at Deepdale. With some new signings under his belt Brendan Rodgers was able to put on show some of his purchases and it was Coutinho that got the scoring underway from the penalty spot for the Reds in a sunny Preston.

The next goal came from youngster Jordan Ibe (have you sussed the pronunciation yet?). Jordan showed real confidence in his first goal for the Reds and looked elated afterwards. Just after the hour mark Raheem Sterling added his name to the growing list of scorers with a quick break and a lovely finish. Finally Iago Aspas found the back of the net for Liverpool. Aspas's shot from just outside the area was superb and completed a confident 4-0 win for Liverpool.

Next Liverpool travelled to Asia for the first leg of their much awaited tour. First up were the Indonesia XI, some simply phenomenal support was on show in Indonesia, as seen throughout the tour but the poignant i…

Pre-Season Starts Saturday!

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Have you ever been so excited to play Preston?! ...

In all seriousness though it's a very nice pre-season fixture for the Reds to be starting with as the match will commemorate a year that marks 100 years since the great man Bill Shankly's birth. Shankly spent over a decade as a player at Preston and was loved in Lancashire and of course he is a Liverpool managerial legend. On Saturday Preston and Liverpool will kick off their pre-season with a match in honour of the very special man.

The match on Saturday will kick off at 15:00 and it's available to watch on LFC TV. I'm off to the seaside on Saturday and so I won't be able to watch but I will be catching up when I return home as I love to get an idea of what the youngsters and new signings have to offer in pre-season. If you see anything special feel free to drop us a tweet!

After Preston, Liverpool are taking quite a big leap and they head off to Indonesia then Australia followed by Thailand. The Reds will then …

LFC's North American Tour

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So, Rodgers and Co are currently in North America, last spotted doing some training at the famous Harvard University. The Reds this year have three matches in their pre-season tour against Toronto, AS Roma and Tottenham Hotspur.

Rodgers has taken a fair few youngsters across the pond and Fabio Borini also cut short a holiday to join the Reds on tour. There's no Pepe Reina who has been granted extra time off after Spain were victorious in the Euros. The lads who played for England this summer have also travelled but are expected to be rested until the Roma game.

More good news to come out of the tour is that Lucas Leiva is expected to make an early return and feature in at least one of the fixtures. Lucas suffered a cruciate ligament injury to his knee last year in November and is seemingly ready to play 2 months earlier than the original prediction.

This is a fabulous opportunity to face some interesting and also familiar opposition in the likes of Spurs and so Rodgers can really…

Three A Piece In Oslo

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Firstly I'd like to pay my respects to all of the affected in Oslo and Norway after the terrible attacks last month. I know i have a few readers from Norway and that they have a huge Liverpool fan base and my thoughts are with you all.

Reina made his comeback for Liverpool after recovering from a hernia operation, the Spaniard has been missed and thankfully he's back before the season has properly started. Glen Johnson also featured too who hasn't been around for a while.

It was Valerenga who got the first goal of the night, a simple enough effort from Strand put the ball into the back of the net. It looked far too easy and Liverpool looked frustrated at the way they had conceded.

Whilst Liverpool searched for an equalizer it was Stewart Downing impressing again with plenty of speculative crosses and balls through to the attacking force of the Reds. Glen Johnson was also trying his best to get into advanced positions but it wasn't long before Valerenga got themselves a…

Reds Lacklustre In Turkey Friendly

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Daglish's side fell to a 3-0 defeat in the humid Turkish capital tonight. The 90 minutes were certainly no delight for Liverpool and despite substitutions, the Reds struggled from the onset to threaten Galatasaray.

Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson were left out of the trip to Istanbul but keeper Doni got another chance to show what he can do between the sticks. A mixed line up saw the likes of Joe Cole and Philip Degen in midfield, Flanagan and Kyrgiakos in defence and Andy Carroll chosen to start up front.

Galatasaray didn't take long at all to make clear their intentions, to the soundtrack of a raucous new home stadium the boys from Turkey were nearly off the mark in less than a minute courtesy of Milan Baros.

And it eventually fell to the ex Liverpool man to deliver the first blow. Some poor Liverpool defending after Kelly and Kyrgiakos were dragged out of position meant the Czech could put a neat little chance past Doni.

Liverpool appeared unable to compl…

Reds Lose 3-0 In Hull Friendly

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Aquilani sporting the new third strip...
After goals galore in Asia it was a wake up call for the Liverpool lads this afternoon at the KC Stadium. On display for Liverpool were all three new signings, goalkeeper Doni and midfielders Downing and Henderson.

Dalglish once again made the most he could out of his bolstered squad and 22 players featured within the 90 minutes. Unfortunately for Liverpool, no amount of reshuffling could stop Hull's momentum.

Goals from Koren, Simpson and Brady meant it would take a gallant effort from the Reds to get back into the game.

Happy of the game time more than anything though i think players such as Coady and Ayala relished their opportunity in front of the boss and once again proved how our youths are beginning to shine.

Many highlighted Aquilani's first half performance in their post match thoughts. He impressed against Guangdong and it was pleasing to see him follow through on that performance against a strong Championship side.

Rumours thi…

Borussia Moenchen(not-so-glad-to-be)bach

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Cole makes his debut...
Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carraghers return to football for the Reds ended with a loss yesterday after just the one goal split the two teams. Joe Cole was also allowed his debut and Glen Johnson was back too.
Cole had an impressive hour or so for Liverpool, particularly good in his ability to link up with captain Steven Gerrard. Other familiar faces for Liverpool such as Insua were also putting in respectable performances and the start from the Argentine raises new questions over his imminent future.
It took only 8minutes for the Germans to score after an unfortunate defensive error by Liverpool, Matmour was able to score what would be the winner for Borussia. They looked a stable side throughout, perhaps encouraged by some sloppy play by Liverpool after passes weren't always finding their way through but again as with all the pre season matches played, the Reds have nothing to be ashamed about.
With Reina, Kuyt, Torres and the like back in training today, my a…

Grasshopper Result & Danny Wilson Signing

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Is it not risky to parade your new signings at such heights?...
Liverpool's first friendly of the season after the game against Al Hilal was cancelled ended in a 0-0 draw. Hodgson's first game against old employers - Grasshopper was an average display, typical of a pre season friendly filled with youngsters and untested players.
By no means though was this a reason to raise fault at the unfamiliar looking Liverpool side, with academy starlets such as Eccleston and Amoo shining and also causing problems for Grasshopper, the fielded XI have nothing to be ashamed of.
The team was captained by Lucas and it was fellow regular Alberto Aquilani who had one of the most promising chances for the Red's who were showing off the latest third strip for the shop window. (Might i add the best option of a black strip for Liverpool FC this year is the alternative one, don't line their pockets! www.ourclubourshirt.com).
So a hard fought and promising 0-0 if ever there was one, shall look fo…