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Liverpool FC 2014/2015 Season Review

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Month by month, if you seriously want to relive it, here is the season review.

*All images in this post are taken from www.guardian.com*

August


After finishing second in the league at the end of the 2013/2014 season but also losing their star striker Luis Suarez, it was always going to be an interesting season for Liverpool. The Reds appeared to get off to a good start in August as they managed to collect wins over both Southampton and Spurs.

A late goal from Daniel Sturridge sealed all three points against Ronald Koeman's side whilst goals from Sterling, Gerrard and Moreno secured the win against Spurs.

A 3-2 loss to Man City was difficult to take however Liverpool have often struggled at the Etihad. Brendan Rodgers took his side into September with optimism.

In the news...
- British actor Richard Attenbrough dies at the age of 90.
- Cristiano Ronaldo wins the UEFA Best Player In Europe award.
- Barack Obama orders an independent inquiry into the shooting of Michael Brown.

September


MATCH PREVIEW: Stoke V Liverpool

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In a week that Raheem Sterling's agent decided to call Jamie Carragher "a knob" I fear this match preview may be pretty pointless. As we spiral into an ever expanding transfer saga with one of our most talented yet egotistical players I seriously wish I could just skip the endless weeks of rumours ahead.

As we stand, Aidy Ward is saying Sterling will not sign, even for a billion quid a week or some bollocks. In the meantime, Brendan Rodgers is adamant that Sterling will see out his contract, either way it's going to be a crap situation for the club to be in. He leaves? We're all pissed off about the manner in which he has left and the real possibility of him playing for a rival team. He stays? We're pissed off because he's been a bit of an arsehole and he seems incapable of mending the wounds he has created.

I'm sick of it all to be honest, he's not even that good a player. He's clearly brimming with potential but he only flourishes when he h…

Sterling And Allen Score In Newcastle Win

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Liverpool picked up all three points at Anfield on Monday evening as goals from Raheem Sterling and Joe Allen gave the Reds their win. As the tabloids concern themselves with the extremely dangerous consequences of youngsters and helium balloons, Brendan Rodgers will surely be pleased with his side’s result as he aims to chase down Manchester City.

The game began with a poignant minutes silence to mark 26 years since the Hillsborough disaster. The minute was impeccably observed by both fans and the fight continues for justice for the 96.

The game got off to a very good start for Liverpool who quickly opened the scoring at Anfield in just eight minutes. A sublime finish from Raheem Sterling left Krul with no chance after he weaved his way into the box brushing defenders aside with ease. A goal was just what Sterling needed I think as no matter what is happening with his contract at the end of the day he’s just been a bit daft, he’s a young talented footballer and doesn’t need his own …

Reds Fight Off Saints To Close In On 4th

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Liverpool somehow managed to collect a 2-0 victory at St Marys on Sunday afternoon despite having to soak up immense pressure from the home side. An early piece of magic from Philippe Coutinho put the Reds into the lead and Raheem Sterling was allowed to find a second goal at 73 minutes.

It was a rather strange line up chosen by Brendan Rodgers as Daniel Sturridge, Alberto Moreno and Mario Balotelli were all sat on the bench. Replacing the injured Mamadou Sakho in defence was Dejan Lovren and it was safe to say most (not all) fans were questioning that line up, including myself.

It's no secret I hate playing without a striker but I was also disappointed with the missing Moreno and the fact that Lovren had gained a start. However, whilst our performance wasn't necessarily tip top, the team pulled off another big win and I have to give credit for that.

It took the Reds just three minutes to get off the mark when Philippe Coutinho created some space a…

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Tottenham Hotspur

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Liverpool welcome Spurs to Anfield on Tuesday evening and will be hoping they can produce a better performance after a rather dire Merseyside derby at the weekend. The game will surely have its focus placed on the English strikers of both sides with Harry Kane banging in the goals for Spurs and Daniel Sturridge having recently returned for Liverpool.

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are unable to call upon Lucas who injured his thigh in the Everton game. There is also a doubt hanging over Philippe Coutinho who picked up a knock in the same game. Positively for the Reds Adam Lallana could return to the side.

For Tottenham they are relatively strong squad wise and it is presumed that Pochettino will name the same side fielded in Spurs' Arsenal win at the weekend.

Liverpool are currently 7th in the league but have not lost a league game in their last eight. Spurs sit in 5th, four points ahead of the Reds and have won their last three league fixtures.

The last time the two sides met …

Late Coutinho Stunner Sends Reds Through

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A late burst of magic dust from our trickster Philippe Coutinho was enough to see Liverpool progress to the 5th round of the FA Cup on Wednesday night. The Reds eventually managed to beat Bolton after the home side netted a penalty in the 58th minute. A dismissal followed soon after for Bolton and Sterling found an equaliser pushing the Reds on to find their last gasp winner.

The first half was pretty poor for Liverpool with the same predictable outcome being put on display. Get the ball to Coutinho or Sterling and hope they can weave through and bag a goal. Problem was though that Bolton were not prepared to let us through and were more than content in creating attacks of their own.

By the end of the first half though, there was no real excitement and both goalkeepers had remained relatively quiet. The only moment of note really was a yellow card picked up by Danns that would prove to be vital in the second half for Liverpool.

At 53 minutes Liverpool replaced Adam Lallana with Jorda…

Sturridge Hits The Ground Running

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Liverpool notched up a 2-0 win over West Ham on Saturday as youngster Raheem Sterling found the back of the net followed by a returning Daniel Sturridge. The long awaited return of the number 15 could not have been more perfect, a standing ovation as he prepared to enter play on the touchline was quickly followed by rapturous celebration as he found Liverpool's second goal of the game in style.

The first half for Liverpool was not brilliant in all honesty. The Reds were creating a lot of movement and West Ham offered little threat however we couldn't seem to find that final killer ball. Breaks from the likes of Coutinho and Sterling almost had the Hammers in knots particularly after a link up early on between these two.

A lovely back heel from Sterling fell for Philippe Coutinho, squaring up for the shot it looked like the perfect chance to take the lead however the Brazilian was denied by Adrian.

Another incident in the first half involving Sterling occurred when he appeared…

MATCH PREVIEW: Chelsea V Liverpool

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The Reds make the trip down south tomorrow as they prepare to face Jose Mourinho's Chelsea side and aim to make it to the League Cup final. The match at Anfield ended very fortunately for Chelsea who did little but convert a penalty early in the game. An inspired performance from Liverpool eventually saw them score via Raheem Sterling but they will need to be on top form tomorrow to have any hope of going through.

Liverpool are in a similar position injury wise as they were at the weekend. A positive for the Reds though is that Daniel Sturridge could make the bench giving Brendan Rodgers a valuable option. Steven Gerrard should also be recalled to the line up. Mario Balotelli? Who knows, it's guess work.

For Chelsea, they are predicted to recall players such as John Terry and Diego Costa who did not feature in the Blues' embarrassing loss in the FA Cup at the hands of Bradford. Manager Jose Mourinho may also have an eye on his side's clash with Manchester City at the …

Bogdan Keeps Bolton In FA Cup As Reds Fail To Score

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Liverpool were in action against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday night as Brendan Rodgers aimed to get his side through to the next round of the FA Cup. With some huge upsets earlier in the day as Chelsea and Manchester City crashed out, it was a real opportunity for the Reds who unfortunately were unable to seal their place.

However, we are still in the competition and with an away tie against Bolton you have to feel we still have a good chance, if we can solve our finishing issues!

Brendan Rodgers fielded a slightly changed XI as the likes of Steven Gerrard and Martin Skrtel were dropped. Raheem Sterling however was placed up front again despite the very important Chelsea game on Tuesday evening.

With Emile Heskey and Eidur Gudjohnsen up front for Bolton it seemed like destiny would write their names on the walls of history in the FA Cup but in reality Bolton offered little in front of goal.

Liverpool as they have done so often of late were creating pacey attacks with Raheem Sterling …

Reds Pile On Pressure But Game Ends In Draw

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Liverpool put on an inspired performance against a monotonous Chelsea on Tuesday night as the Reds looked to get the best start possible in their League Cup semi final. With Jose Mourinho clearly setting up his side with buses in mind, the away side did nothing the whole game aside from net a peno. Liverpool deserved a win but they just couldn't quite find another goal and being clinical in front of goal was once again a problem, this time, the only problem.

As the game kicked off with the last line of our anthem still ringing around Anfield, it was clear this was going to be an electric atmosphere. Brendan's side burst out the blocks and immediately caused issues for a Chelsea side containing stars such as Hazard and Costa. Admired for their attacking abilities it was evident that they wouldn't necessarily be on display tonight as Jose Mourinho opted once again to play the dreary negative football he is always so quick to criticise.

Don't get me wrong, I'm quite …

Sterling Strike Seals Reds Win

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Liverpool eventually managed to get the better of Burnley on Boxing Day after a second half Raheem Sterling strike gave the Reds all three points. A very dire first half left fans feeling a little more than disgruntled but our star man saved us as we struggled to make an impact in front of goal.

An applause was arranged on the five minute mark for the ex Burnley player and football pundit Clarke Carlisle who was recently involved in a car crash. Both sets of fans showed their support, here's hoping Clarke makes a quick recovery!

The first half for Liverpool consisted of a forced substitution and basically trying to soak up the Burnley pressure. Players like Ings and Arfield were causing issues for the Reds as chances smashed off the post and trickled wide.

At 16 minutes the newly appointed Brad Jones had to leave the field and was replaced with Simon Mignolet. It wasn't long before his comical errors reappeared either after a clearance attempt rebounded off Ings and could hav…

Reds Through To Semi Final

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Liverpool finally got themselves back to winning ways on Wednesday evening as they put three past Championship toppers Bournemouth. A much improved performance from the Reds' attack allowed Liverpool to punish the Cherries early on after they missed some chances of their own. A second half consolation goal wasn't enough for the home side to spring a comeback and Brendan Rodgers' side are now through to face Chelsea over two legs in the semi finals.

A decent first fifteen minutes for Liverpool was almost scuppered by Bournemouth when a couple of real chances nearly enabled them to take the lead. The Reds though remained in control and at 19 minutes Liverpool had got themselves off the mark.

A lovely headed pass back across goal from Jordan Henderson fell perfectly to Raheem Sterling who made sure he finished well. Sterling is easily our star player but he hasn't been converting his chances of late and so it was brilliant to see him score, it's just what he needed e…

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 Lose For First Time In Switzerland

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Liverpool fell to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Basel on Wednesday evening as Brendan Rodgers had to watch his team continue their rather horrid form. The Reds had played in Switzerland on five occasions prior to this fixture and had never failed to score. Unfortunately despite offside goals from Raheem Sterling and Mario Balotelli, nobody found the back of the net for Liverpool.

Annoyingly I missed the first half of the game due to being at work and so this is a very brief match report because I can't really offer a solid opinion! From what I have read online and from what the good Twitter folk have told me, the first half was pretty much a mirror image of the second and if so, that must have been extremely frustrating to watch.

In terms of the second half it started off pretty sour with Basel finding the back of the net due to a defensive error after just five minutes. From what I saw of the game Streller was definitely the most effective Basel player and it was no shock when he…

Liverpool Left Shell-Shocked By West Ham

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Liverpool fell to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Sam Allardyce's West Ham team on Saturday after a ruthless start from the home side. The Reds barely had chance to compose themselves before the Hammers found the back of the net and things quickly went from bad to worse for Brendan Rodgers' side.

It took just over a minute for West Ham to get the game underway. A free kick from ex Red Stewart Downing was whipped into the box. Tomkins at the far post headed it back across goal and Winston Reid with another header from close range put the home side in front.

The Liverpool defence were all over the place. It's not a recent problem either but with the reintroduction of Martin Skrtel it was hoped he would add some stability however it was clear this new back four were still learning how to work together.

Five minutes later and West Ham were at it again. After Liverpool lost possession in midfield the Hammers broke quickly. An assist from Mark Noble allowed Diafra Sakho to have a …

Dismal Display In Villa Loss

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Liverpool fell to a 1-0 defeat at Anfield on Saturday after Paul Lambert's Villa side found an early goal and protected their lead. With Sturridge missing and Sterling rested, Brendan Rodgers opted for a very different team and a very different set up for this fixture and unfortunately it just didn't work out.

The Reds began the game in a slow fashion. There was no real sense of urgency from the lads and for me the set up lacked balance. With the likes of Markovic, Coutinho, Lallana and co all jostling to collect the ball and push forward, it just felt like nobody was on the same page and this was immediately noticeable.

Balotelli leading the line for me was always going to be an issue because he's just not that sort of player, he needs support which is why the missing Daniel Sturridge is a bigger problem than just us lacking his goal tally.

A half chance for Liverpool to start with saw Markovic turn a header wide. It became evident though that Liverpool would struggle to…