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Reds Miss Out On Wembley

A performance lacking any real dynamic or end product left Liverpool with no route to Wembley on Wednesday night as Southampton once again proved they deserved their place in the final.
A late winner from substitute Shane Long didn't tell the complete story of the match but Southampton undoubtably should get full credit for pushing Jurgen Klopp's team to one side. 
The Saints did not defend for the whole 90 minutes, that would be unfair to say but when they did need to defend they did it well and they did it in numbers. Liverpool just have no clue how to break sides down and it's getting pretty bloody annoying. 
Pit us against a free flowing Manchester City and I'll show you a confident three points, pit us against a supposedly lower calibre of opposition and I'll show you a side that has no idea. 
For me, Emre Can created some of the issues as with both himself and Henderson in the midfield it throws things out of balance. His second half shot almost helped him redeem…

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Southampton

The Reds welcome Southampton to Anfield on Wednesday evening as they look to break a poor run of form and turn their 1-0 deficit around. Liverpool's recent loss to Swansea created major damage to their already dwindling title hopes. With the Saints semi-final followed by an FA Cup tie with Wolves then Chelsea in the league... Jurgen Klopp certainly has his work cut out. 
A Nathan Redmond goal is all that separates the two sides in this semi-final and whilst Southampton put on an impressive performance at home, whatever form the Reds are in, you'd be a fool to bet against them at Anfield in such an important match. 
The last time the two sides met prior to this league cup draw was in November 2016. A game lacking in action at St Mary's ended 0-0. The Saints last trip to Anfield was in October 2015, another draw, this time 1-1 with Benteke bagging the Liverpool goal and Sadio Mane finding a late equaliser then being sent off shortly afterwards. 
In the last ten matches betwe…

First Leg Loss

It was a dire performance from the Reds at St Mary's on Wednesday evening as they failed to find the back of the net against an inspired Southampton side.

A strong team put out by Klopp was unable to produce any real efforts leaving the Saints keeper with nothing to do all game. In contrast, Liverpool's man between the sticks Loris Karius was arguably the only player worthy of praise on the night. He pulled off two or three superb saves to prevent the Southampton damage increasing.

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Daniel Sturridge, a player you can usually rely on for a pop at goal was extremely quiet yesterday. His highlight perhaps running around the field with a handwritten note from Klopp trying to show it's hidden message to Adam Lallana. In fairness to Studge I don't think it was entirely his fault, he was extremely poorly served last night. For me, we should have brought Origi on sooner. I've said it a million times but in games such as that of Wednesday night I hones…

Plymouth And Beyond

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…

Football Blogging Awards 2016 / Southampton Preview

So, I went along to Old Trafford for the 2016 Football Blogging Awards last night and, as always it was a brilliant night. For those new to the blog, I've been attending (sometimes winning the odd award too haha) The FBAs since they started back in 2012. The event has come a very long way since its humble beginnings in Stockport so Anthony the organiser must be praised for that.

I was sat on a table with some of the guys from the superb @AnfieldHQ and also a young up-and-coming Man City blogger/youtuber named Omar who runs @CitizensTelly so please do give them a follow!

One of the highlights of the night was the hilarity that ensued when Stevi Ritchie (bloke who was once on X Factor) began to sing You'll Never Walk Alone. I'd already had enough of seeing Fergie's face round every corner so blasting out a rendition of #YNWA inside Old Trafford was more than enough to cheer me up, absolute quality haha.

For anybody I got chatting to on the night, as always it was great to…

MATCH PREVIEW: Southampton V Liverpool

After knocking Manchester United out of the Europa League and drawing Dortmund just a day later, Liverpool have got some important fixtures coming up as the season begins to draw to a close. The Reds however are still quietly in with a chance of a say on how the top four is laid out and with Southampton above Jurgen Klopp's side in the table, a win here and a bonus of holding two games in hand could be vital.

Injuries James Milner is suspended for Liverpool while Alberto Moreno is awaiting results from a second scan to test his fitness. The Reds are also without Lucas Leiva. For Southampton, Saido Mane is available after a red card decision being revoked and Fonte is also back in the squad after serving a ban.
Previous Meetings The last time the two sides met was in December last year in the League Cup, a superb victory for the Reds saw Divock Origi score a hat trick, Daniel Sturridge pick up a brace and Jordon Ibe also found the back of the net. The game ended 6-1.

In their last …

Reds Stun Southampton At St Mary's

In a game that started with a goal for Southampton after just seconds, it's hard to believe that Jurgen Klopp's side went on to put six past the Saints on Wednesday evening, but that's exactly what happened. Add to this the fact Divock Origi scored a hat trick, Sturridge scored a brace and Dejan Lovren actually played well... It does make you wonder if Klopp has some sort of magical hold over his team.

It was a phenomenal result for Liverpool who will surely fancy their chances of making it to the final at Wembley now after drawing Stoke in the semis. I personally was hoping for an Everton double header followed by City in the final but you certainly won't find me complaining about the draw.

The game couldn't have got off to a worse start for Liverpool as just 39 seconds in Saido Mane found the back of the net with a header. Assisted from a Bertrand cross, it was remarkable how easily the Saints found the back of the net. Southampton are a very good side and whils…

MATCH PREVIEW: Southampton V Liverpool

It's the quarter final of the League Cup for Liverpool on Wednesday evening as they travel to Southampton to face Koeman's side. The Reds struggled against Swansea at the weekend but walked away victorious thanks to a penalty scored by James Milner.

With Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson back in contention it will be interesting to see whether Jurgen Klopp includes the players in this important fixture. Injuries however mean the Reds will still be unable to call upon Mamadou Sakho and it is unclear as to whether Philippe Coutinho will return.

For Southampton, they are without Jose Fonte after he picked up a knee injury against Man City. Despite this blow, Koeman has no other injury woes to contend with in the run up to this game.

The last time the two sides met was in October this year. The league game ended 1-1 thanks to goals from Christian Benteke and Saido Mane, the latter of whom got sent off just four minutes after his 86th minute equaliser. The Reds last visit to S…

Benteke Scores In Yet Another Draw For The Reds

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…

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Southampton

It's Southampton at home for Jurgen Klopp's team on Sunday but will the boss be able to get the better of Ronald Koeman's side? The Reds still have injury worries to contend with and a lack of confidence in front of goal whilst Southampton can recall some top performances of late including a recent win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Injuries for Liverpool are still creating a bit of a problem as it looks as though Daniel Sturridge may be unavailable. The forward had to undergo another scan on his knee and it's not clear whether he will make the bench. Positively, Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino are back however Danny Ings and Jordan Henderson are both out long term.

For Southampton, they may have to assess the fitness of Jay Rodriguez late on after he suffered a knock. It looks as though Stekelenburg has recovered from a back problem though so Koeman will have his usual keeper in place.

Southampton at the time of writing (Saturday games not finished) find them…

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: Southampton V Liverpool

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Liverpool travel down south on Sunday as they aim to pick up another win in the Premier League away at Southampton. The Reds are currently on a brilliant run of form and have also picked up wins in the Europa League and the FA Cup recently. Can Brendan Rodgers get the better of Ronald Koeman though?

Injury news for Liverpool mean they are still unable to call upon captain Steven Gerrard who will be out for a while longer. Raheem Sterling though is expected to start after getting some game time against Besiktas.

For Southampton they are looking relatively strong as Ronald Koeman expects to see the return of Shane Long, Morgan Schneiderlin and Matt Targett.

Form wise Southampton are also in pretty good shape. They have only lost one in their last nine and that came against Swansea. Their last fixture in the league saw them draw 0-0 with West Ham. They have scored four goals in their last five league games.

For Liverpool they are unbeaten in their last nine. …

Sterling Start To The Season

Brendan Rodgers got his team off to a winning start on Sunday afternoon as Liverpool eventually got the better of an effective Southampton side. An opening goal from Raheem Sterling was soon cancelled out by a creative Southampton goal. Daniel Sturridge though was present for Liverpool late on to seal all three points.

Rodgers selected new signings Manquillo and Lovren to feature in defence for Liverpool with a front three of Sturridge, Sterling and Coutinho.

The game started steadily for the Reds who built up play to some half chances. The first real effort came from Daniel Sturridge who from a long way out saw his strike fly just high and wide to the left of goal.

Capitalising on this positive play though Liverpool soon found their opening goal. Some hard work from Jordan Henderson to regain possession allowed him to find space. Spotting Raheem Sterling, Henderson then made a sublime long range pass which the youngster was able to latch on to. One on one with the keeper, Sterling s…

Reds Kick Off Season Against Southampton

Brushing aside the fact that Liverpool have purchased half of the Southampton squad, Sunday's fixture should be an exciting start to the season for the Reds who will be looking to continue from where they left off. With the majority of pundits already giving Liverpool no hope, for me, this is perfect. We don't want any unneeded pressure and if you think we've got no chance then so be it.

My prediction for this season is actually a third place finish. However this is also dependent on us hopefully signing another striker before the window is out. Let me know your prediction for where Liverpool will end the league in the comments below!

So firstly, injury news for both teams.

Southampton are looking pretty strong with just Jay Rodriguez unavailable for this clash. For Liverpool there are a few players out. Agger is unavailable through a knee injury and it's a similar story for Flanagan. New signing Lazar Markovic picked up a hamstring injury in pre-season but could poss…

Dare To Dream?

Liverpool sent out a very clear message to the teams around them on Saturday as they confidently beat Southampton 3-0 dealing with regular pressure from the away side's attack yet maintaining a clean sheet. Reds fans may wish to distance themselves from the thoughts of an elusive title but the fact is we are four points off the top with ten games to go.

Brendan Rodgers decided to drop Raheem Sterling for this fixture, instead opting for Joe Allen in the hope that the extra protection would aid a somewhat shaky defence. It was evident Raheem would still feature at some point in the game though.

The game started well for Liverpool who were quickly causing problems via the partnership of Sturridge and Suarez. A break saw Daniel Sturridge through on goal and whilst he would usually attempt the shot himself, this time he decided to pass to Suarez, an interception from the Southampton defender though denied the Reds a very early goal.

Shortly afterwards, at the other end of the pitch S…

Tough Away Tie At Southampton For Reds

Liverpool travel to St Mary's Stadium on Saturday as they prepare to face Southampton. The Reds have just come off the back of a dramatic Swansea win and will no doubt be aiming to fix their evident defensive issues in this fixture however Southampton beat the Reds at home earlier in the season and so they will certainly be applying pressure on the Liverpool goal.

Injury wise Liverpool have seen the return of Lucas Leiva and Mamadou Sakho to training, a late decision will be made by Rodgers and co to determine whether they will feature. For Southampton they are in a relatively strong position but will also have two players subject to late fitness tests with doubts hanging over both Wanyama and Hooiveld.

Southampton are currently 9th in the league and have been pretty consistent in recent months losing only one of their last six matches. Southampton notched up the loss at West Ham conceding three goals in the process.

Liverpool have also been consistent in their recent fixtures an…

Rodgers' "Subdued" Liverpool Lose To Impressive Saints

It was a match Liverpool fans will want to forget on Saturday afternoon as the Reds fell to a Southampton side that very much deserved their 1-0 win. Brendan Rodgers bizarrely made the decision to start four centre backs but despite this Liverpool still managed to concede from a set piece. It was a poor performance all round from Liverpool and many disagreed with the starting line up.

Interestingly the last team to beat Liverpool before they went on their run was the Saints and Pochettino certainly set his side up to apply real pressure on the Reds. Southampton worked very well as a unit and on too many occasions were allowed through in to dangerous positions by Liverpool.

Liverpool looked very uninspired from the off and had a very disappointing first half performance. Without the likes of Glen Johnson and Jose Enrique it was clear the Reds had drastically decreased their supply line. There's often many a fan on line who will criticise the likes of Johnson and Enrique to the hilt…

No Coutinho For Southampton Clash

Liverpool welcome Southampton to Anfield on Saturday as the Reds look to continue their almost perfect start to the Premier League season. The 2-2 draw with Swansea on Monday night has been judged as a failure by some Liverpool fans but with Brendan's side still perched nicely at the top of the league, Liverpool still have destiny in their own hands at this early stage of the season.
Injuries for Liverpool have been troublesome this week after Philippe Coutinho had to undergo shoulder surgery, he won't be back in the squad until late October. Also still out long term are Glen Johnson, Sebastian Coates and Aly Cissokho. Daniel Agger on the other hand is expected to be available after that "freak gym accident" and of course Luis Suarez is anxiously awaiting his return which will come against Manchester United in the League Cup midweek.

Southampton on the other hand are in relatively good shape with just two players having doubts hanging over them; Luke Shaw and Danny F…

Dire Defending In Southampton Loss

Liverpool fell to a 3-1 defeat at St Mary's on Saturday afternoon and there's no hiding from the fact that sloppy defending and an all round poor performance led the Reds to their fate. Southampton were perhaps underestimated in the run up to this fixture but with Liverpool on such good form it wasn't hard to expect another 3 points, Southampton though were dominant and took full advantage of their ease in breaking through the Liverpool defence.
The Saints first goal came very early into the game, just after the 5 minute mark Liverpool found themselves trailing after a Schneiderlin goal from close range. It was an unexpected start for Brendan's side but with so long left to go nobody was panicking yet.
The first goal though highlighted a similar story for the rest of the game. The newly returned Martin Skrtel would play a part in a rather sloppy defence, don't get me wrong, I'm a Skrtel fan but it annoys me when people are quick to slate his counterpart Jamie …