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MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Spurs

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Can Liverpool beat Spurs? After a string of disastrous results (bar a pretty decent draw with Chelsea) that is the big question hanging over manager Jurgen Klopp this weekend. The fact is though, the Reds have had a funny old season and despite having lost to the likes of Hull and Wolverhampton Wanderers in recent weeks, they will probably go on to beat Tottenham.
So what do the stats say?Well, Liverpool have amassed a total of 52 goals so far this season, that's eight more than Spurs. On the flip side, the Reds have conceded 30 goals while Tottenham have only let in 16.
The stats show what we all know to be true, Liverpool have a massive defensive issue. A back four consisting of a makeshift leftback and an alternating centre back partnership of Lovren, Klavan, Matip and even on the odd occasion Lucas Leiva creates an unfavourable situation for the Reds. 
Frustratingly, Matip and Lovren who are probably the top partnership when everyone is fit have not had many opportunities to play…

Five Things We Learned From The Spurs League Cup Win

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1. The youngsters have got talent

When the starting XI was first revealed on Tuesday night I can't have been the only fan questioning why Klopp didn't go with a slightly stronger team? I'm all for supporting the youth and giving them a chance but perhaps wrongly my faith in them was nowhere to be seen at kick off against Tottenham.

As the match progressed however my doubts were completely stemmed. The likes of Trent A-A, Ejaria and Stewart put in a great performance, particularly Stewart and Ejaria. The latter of whom appeared to be getting flattened left, right and centre meaning he must have been causing grief for the opposition.

2. Migs proved his worth?

It's a controversial one but for me, based on the last few games I am close to wanting to see Migs back in goal. My only issue is I worry how big an impact dropping Karius would have on the goalkeeper himself.

Mignolet proved last night for me that he's got conviction. His decisions to come for the ball and deal …

Five Things We Learned From Spurs Away

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1) James Milner Despite a dodgy moment which some would argue helped create Spurs' equaliser I felt James Milner deserved a highlight for today's round up. James is one of those players that sort of just gets on with it, he doesn't really like the limelight, always puts his team before himself and it was fantastic to see him score the penalty yesterday.

His defensive performances of late have proven how adaptable he is, following up Moreno isn't exactly a difficult task but he has demonstrated that he is more than reliable at the back. Some players would raise concern with being moved out of position but Milner has just knuckled down and we all know how much Klopp loves a hard worker.
2) Premier League Badges Whilst watching the game on Saturday I had a bit of an OCD moment whilst looking at the new Premier League patches and it appears our kitman or whoever irons them on may well be in for a rollicking off the Premier League brand managers because they've been st…

Five Things We Learned From The Spurs Draw

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1) Coutinho is Magic
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It's no secret that Coutinho is one of, if not our most talented player at the moment and today was one of those days where he took the game by the scruff of the neck and made all the difference. The first real moment saw the Brazilian feed through a lovely ball to Daniel Sturridge who unfortunately couldn't convert but he would later link up with Daniel again for the goal.
The attempt at 51 minutes was a sublime finish assisted by a lovely one-two with Sturridge. Coutinho seems to be a big game player and you can always rely on him to come up with a stunning effort to put us into the lead. 
Two further moments in the game stick out, particulary when the number 10 made the byline with one of his silky smooth runs and whipped an effort from an impossible angle agonisingly close to goal. He  followed this up with another shot late on that trickled just wide. A brilliant game from Couti…

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Tottenham Hotspur

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It always feels like ages since my last post after an international break, not helped by the fact I missed providing a Southampton match report because my dissertation is crushing me... Anyway, enough of my life, it's Liverpool V Spurs!

Saturday's big match could prove very fruitful for the Reds who could do with the three points after that disastrous Saints result. Liverpool would also play a big role in the title race if they managed to get a win over Pochettino's side, pushing the title ever closer to the hands of Leicester.

Injuries Injuries for Liverpool mean they are still unable to call upon Lucas at the moment and at the time of writing, doubts remain over the fitness of Alberto Moreno, Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke.

For Spurs, Pochettino's side are looking pretty strong with just Vertonghen and Bentaleb definitely sitting out of Saturday's fixture.
Previous Meetings The last time the two sides met was in October last year with neither side managing…

Klopp Opens With A Draw At Spurs

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After all the anticipation,  Klopp’s first game as boss of Liverpool Football Club ended in a 0-0 draw. With the late announcement of Daniel Sturridge being unavailable along with a multitude of other injuries to contend with, Klopp’s hand was forced and I doubt you'll find any fan displeased with a 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane.
With no other options available it was Origi who led the line for the Reds and I hate to say it but his inexperience showed for me. He definitely wasn't helped by having to play up front with no support but I don't think he made any real impact, even when he did receive the ball he followed up by losing possession or a tame shot. 
The only saving grace really was a header in the first half after a corner from Milner, Origi was perhaps unlucky to watch it crash off the bar but there are many saying he should of done better. I'm not saying I've given up on him, that would be completely unfair at this early stage but he definitely needs suppor…

MATCH PREVIEW: Tottenham Hotspur V Liverpool

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Finally! After what seems like an absolute age, Jürgen Klopp steps out for his first match as Liverpool manager on Saturday against Spurs. I have no idea who he's going to pick in his starting XI and I'm not sure after assessing training and injuries what sort of set up he's going to go for so this match preview may not be the most useful this week!
Injuries for Liverpool have taken a turn for the worse as we lost both Gomez and Ings long term this week. It's really frustrating because both players could have had a big presence under Klopp, here's to speedy recoveries. Also confirmed as unavailable by the boss are Firmino and Benteke.
For Spurs, They have a few names on their injury list with the likes of Mason, Heung-min, Bentaleb and Pritchard all out. Pochettino however has gained some good news with the return of Danny Rose.
The last time the two sides met was in February this year, I specifically remember this game because Balotelli netted the winner and I ch…

Super Mario 3

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Mario Balotelli scored the winning goal on Tuesday evening as the Italian secured all three points for the Reds in the 84th minute. In an end to end game Brendan Rodgers' side took the lead twice only to watch Spurs level the scoreline before eventually sealing the win.

The game started with electrifying pace as both sides created dangerous attacks. With possession being foolishly lost in midfield it became easy for both sides to break and it wasn't long before Liverpool took advantage and scored their first goal of the game.

After Simon Mignolet made a save at the other end of the pitch his resulting kick found its way to Daniel Sturridge, with Markovic to his left he laid the ball to him and continued his run. As Lazar squared up to take his shot I found myself wondering why he wasn't passing it however his somewhat tame shot found its way past Hugo Lloris who perhaps should have done better.

As mentioned in my preview I wasn't feeling very positive at all about thi…

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 …

Moreno Stunner Seals Win

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Liverpool served up another hammering for Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday as the Reds found the back of the net on three occasions with no return from the home side. All eyes were on Mario Balotelli from the off but it was Sterling, Gerrard and Moreno who got themselves on the score sheet.

The Reds did not take long at all to get into the game and trouble Hugo Lloris. An early move from Liverpool saw a cross from Daniel Sturridge travel all the way to Mario Balotelli, his header was saved much to the dismay of the travelling Kop. I really, really wanted that goal to go in as it would have been brilliant for Mario to score in his first game but it just wasn't his day goal wise.

Liverpool didn't have to wait much longer for their opening goal of the game though when just before the eight minute mark the Reds made a move. Initiated by Henderson who passed the ball to Sturridge, the number 14 then continued his run into the box and flicked the ball around to Raheem Sterling who finis…

Brendan's 100th Match At Spurs

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Liverpool travel to White Hart Lane on Sunday as they prepare to face Pochettino's Spurs side. The Reds fell to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester City last Monday and will be looking to improve on mistakes made within that game.

Brendan Rodgers looks as though he is going to introduce Mario Balotelli straight into the starting XI after the Italian has impressed in training. I am so excited to see Balotelli play for us I just hope he can get off to a good start. Another positive for Liverpool is that Lallana should be available to play. The Reds though do have some injury issues in defence with Johnson, Skrtel, Moreno and Enrique all needing to be assessed.

For Spurs they are in a pretty strong position injury wise with just a doubt hanging over Roberto Saldado.

Rodgers has the extra incentive tomorrow of matching records set by Rafael Bentiez and the great Bill Shankly. If Brendan can get all three points he will have won 56 matches out of his first 100 at the club, a feat …

Reds Keep The Dream Alive

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We are top of the league, say we are top of the league! ...

Oh yeah, I'm supposed to be rounding up the match aren't I? The beauty of running an informal blog means you can sometimes start a post in full on fan mode though! What a fantastic performance from Liverpool on Sunday as they put four goals past an extremely lacklustre Tottenham side. With Liverpool knowing they could take the top spot at the end of this fixture, Anfield was absolutely electric.

Brendan Rodgers made just the one change to his side deciding to field Raheem Sterling instead of Joe Allen creating an even larger attacking presence for the Reds.

As seems to be a trend for Liverpool, the game quickly got off to a great start as the Reds created problems in the box for Spurs. A lovely pass from Coutinho to Sterling allowed the youngster to run down the right wing, Glen Johnson then with a perfectly timed overlapping run received the ball from Sterling and whipped a cross into the danger zone. A then bumblin…

Can Liverpool End March On A High?

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Liverpool welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Anfield on Sunday as they aim to collect a more convincing win after a somewhat nervy 90 minutes with Sunderland midweek. After confidently beating Spurs on their own turf, Brendan Rodgers will surely have faith in his side to seal the deal in the reverse fixture this weekend.

Liverpool are still in a strong position injury wise with just long term absentee Jose Enrique missing. Spurs on the other hand have a few injury worries with Adebayor and Dembele both being subject to late decisions and Capoue and Lamela out.

Tottenham are currently placed 6th in the league on 56 points. The London side have had a tough run in of games recently losing to both Chelsea and Arsenal on the trot but picking up a win against Southampton at White Hart Lane.

Liverpool are still sitting nicely in 2nd and as I write this there is a potential for us to go top tomorrow as Chelsea are having a bit of a mare (this surely can't last?!). No matter what happens in tha…

Five For Reds As Boas Is Sacked

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Nobody predicted it and certainly nobody expected it but on Sunday evening Liverpool successfully thrashed Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 at White Hart Lane. The Reds had failed to win there since 2008 and had managed to hand Spurs their worst defeat at home in 16 years. 
It was a Liverpool side without captain Steven Gerrard and the influential Daniel Sturridge but it didn't matter one iota as the Reds took to their stride immediately and embarrassed a Tottenham side well before they fell down to ten men. 
There were rumours pre match that Brendan Rodgers may opt to go back to a 3-5-2 set up that he has previously experimented with but in the end it was a back four consisting of Flanagan, Sakho, Skrtel and Johnson that made up the defence. In midfield the missing Steven Gerrard was replaced with Lucas whilst captain Luis Suarez led the line.
It didn't take long at all for it to become evident that Spurs were looking weak at the back. Liverpool started very lively as I feel you have t…

Tough Task For Reds At Tottenham

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Liverpool get the festive period under way on Sunday as they prepare for a gruelling set of fixtures away from home broken up only by a visit to Anfield from Cardiff on the 21st. This weekend though the Reds travel to White Hart Lane to face Andre Villas Boas' Tottenham side.

Injuries for Liverpool for this one mean they are without the prominent pairing of Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge. The positive for Liverpool though is that Jordan Henderson has recovered from an ankle injury and Daniel Agger is also available after missing the game against West Ham.

For Spurs they are without Kaboul, Chiriches and Vertonghen. Danny Rose and Christian Eriksen will also be subject to late fitness tests after missing the game against Anzhi in the Europa League.

Spurs currently find themselves 6th in the league with 27 points. After a recent dry spell the Londoners appear to have got back into the swing of things with two wins on the bounce against Sunderland and Fulham. Tottenham have def…

Suarez Wins Battle Over Bale In Spurs Win

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Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool side showed real heart on Sunday afternoon as they fought their way past Spurs to win 3-2 at Anfield. Despite the Reds taking the lead via Luis Suarez the away side managed to find an equaliser just before half time. Thankfully for Liverpool though Spurs appeared to become a bit too complacent when they found their second goal and some concentration lapses eventually allowed Stewart Downing to equalise and Luis Suarez to win a penalty for Steven Gerrard to convert.

Liverpool had a rather familiar starting line up aside from the missing Pepe Reina who had a calf problem, Brad Jones took his place. Sturridge was also back up front for the Reds.

It was a lively atmosphere right from kick off at Anfield and there's certainly an air of positivity around the place at the moment. Slowly but surely Liverpool are moving in the right direction and the fans knew that if they could pull out a performance like they did against Wigan and Swansea then a win could …

Spurs Face Reds On Mother's Day

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Liverpool welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Anfield on Sunday as the Reds look to provide a special gift for all the Mother's present. Most people would argue that Spurs and Liverpool hold the two best players in the league this season and it will be very, very interesting to see how Suarez and Bale fair in Sunday's fixture.

There are no new injury worries for Liverpool who will probably field a similar team to the one displayed against Wigan with perhaps the addition of Sturridge. I would personally really like Coutinho to start again. Tottenham may be without Aaron Lennon who picked up an injury against Inter Milan. Kaboul and Sandro are also out whilst Huddlestone and Dempsey have doubts hanging over them.

The last time the two sides met was in November last year Gareth Bale featured heavily in the game gifting Liverpool their consolation goal but also finding the net for his side, the game ended 2-1. The last match at Anfield was in February of last year where Liverpool held o…

Reds Baled Out But Still No Win

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It was a lively game at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night with both sides having several chances at goal, whilst Liverpool had to rely on the opposition scoring for them though Tottenham converted two chances very early on and were able to maintain their lead throughout the 90 minutes.

Brendan opted to start once again with Henderson and Stewart Downing, pushing Enrique up front in the hope he would add to our attack. Sterling and Suarez were regarded as the main threat for Liverpool though going into this one.

It didn't take Spurs long at all to take their lead leaving Liverpool pretty much shell shocked. Aaron Lennon was able to turn in a Gareth Bale cross after Bale broke with ease past an adjusting Stewart Downing.

Liverpool were able to respond to this but unsuccessfully, Suarez went very close but an even better chance fell to Jordan Henderson who I feel the more I watch, the more I learn he is a confidence player. Faced with an open goal he managed to miss the target, he …

Reds Seek Win At Spurs

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With barely a second to rest after their tie with Swansea this weekend the Reds make the trip to London on Wednesday evening to face Andre Villas Boas' Tottenham side. Liverpool have a strong unbeaten run at the moment in the league but find themselves requiring goals.

Tottenham are unable to call upon striker Adebayor who is still out through suspension. Spurs also have a growing injury list with Ekotto, Kaboul, Parker and Benoit all out. Sandro is available though after picking up a stomach injury during their recent West Ham fixture.

For Liverpool things are still pretty much the same. Encouragingly Lucas Leiva featured with the reserves this week but is still not ready for the first team and Andre Wisdom has recovered from a knee injury he picked up in the Europa League.

Tottenham are currently 7th in the league whilst Liverpool find themselves in 11th. Only 4 points separate the two teams though and Liverpool will certainly be looking to close the gap during this difficult a…

Reds Return From North America

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For this season's preparations Liverpool made the trip across the pond to take part in a North American tour, facing the likes of Roma, Spurs and Toronto it was a great chance for Brendan Rodgers to get to know his squad properly and also play around with some of his many ideas.

The first match against Toronto saw the Reds grab a 1-1 draw. The Major League Soccer side were perhaps the most unfamiliar of opposition for Liverpool but that didn't stop youngster Adam Morgan getting on the score sheet.

Amarikwa scored for Toronto as a substitute in the second half but Morgan quickly cancelled out their lead with his goal just before the 70 minute mark. Raheem Sterling deserves a mention here also because it was his efforts that set up Morgan and Raheem had a brilliant game.

It was a great show all round for Liverpool's youth with Dani Pacheco impressing the crowds also.

Next up for the Reds was AS Roma. With Aquilani and Borini in the squad we'd be facing familiar oppositi…