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Five Things We Learned From The West Ham Game

1) This is going to be a long old season

A 1-1 draw away at West Ham in seasons gone by would actually be considered a good result for most teams but this season is just different for Liverpool. I find myself fuming at the fact we're three points clear at the top, it makes no sense to the neutrals but as a Kopite, I know what Liverpool are like and I want so desperately for us to win the title, therefore I want as much padding and protection as possible.

While being three points clear is nothing to frown at, it's the knowing that it could have been five. However, positively for Liverpool we did not entirely crumble against the Hammers, it would have been a nightmare if we'd failed to pick up any points in that game.

City have Everton next followed quite swiftly by Chelsea while Klopp's side have Bournemouth. It's gonna be a long old season...

2) Lallana hasn't lost it?

Now those who read the blog or follow me on Twitter will know that I've never really been a ma…

MATCH PREVIEW: West Ham V Liverpool

Liverpool travel to London on Monday evening as they prepare to face West Ham. At the time of writing, Manchester City and Arsenal have not yet kicked off but the result of that fixture could have a massive impact on the Reds. No matter what happens at the Etihad though, Liverpool need to keep their momentum and after a draw with Leicester, Klopp will be looking for three points on this occasion.
Injuries for Liverpool have taken a bit of a set back as it was announced this week that Joe Gomez will be out longer than originally expected. Also unavailable is Dejan Lovren who has a hamstring injury. James Milner returns to the squad after serving a suspension and is likely to play at right-back covering Trent Alexander-Arnold who is also out.
For West Ham, Samir Nasri is unavailable due to a calf issue but Fabianksi and Cresswell may be available for selection. Arnautovic who went off against Wolves also looks to be an option for manager Pellegrini.
The last time the two sides met was in A…

Reds Open The Season With A Win

Liverpool collected their first victory of the Premier League season in some style on Sunday after putting four past West Ham with no return. Expectations were high for the Reds who had strengthened their side during the summer transfer window but there was no reason to fear as Klopp’s side made this game look relatively straightforward.

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The Liverpool XI featured new signings Keita and Alisson but Shaqiri and Fabinho started on the bench. Keita, in particular, made a real impression on the game leaving pundits drooling over his obvious ability. He’s the kind of player who is always looking for the next ball, the next pass, the next move forward and just going off Sunday’s performance I think we can expect to see a lot from him this season.

The first goal for the Reds came from a familiar face, Mr Mo Salah! In the right place, at the right time, the Egyptian king was never going to miss this opportunity as he converted Andy Robertson’s cross. I was never in any d…

Torino Friendly And Season Start

I very rarely get the chance to go to Anfield due to a variety of reasons, so when I saw that my favourite italian team Torino were coming to L4 for a friendly, I knew I had to try and get to the match.

It would be just two days after returning from a holiday in Montenegro and I'd need to convince the fella to drive us all the way up from Wolverhampton and back on a school night, but it could work? 

It did work, thanks to a very kind fella and a mad rush running across Stanley Park, I'd made it to my seat on the Kop just in time for You'll Never Walk Alone.

It was fantastic to get to see the likes of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane in the flesh and I was also lucky enough to get a glimpse of the new signings. Firmino, Wijnaldum and Sturridge all scored for the Reds. Sturridge's at the Kop end after a link up with Shaqiri was particularly special. 

I was also happy to see Belotti net one at the Kop End, which I know may seem like a strange thing to say but I have a…

Five Things We Learned At London Stadium

1) Playing two strikers can actually work

I've been saying for months now, Liverpool should not be afraid to field two strikers. For me, the whole season we have faced sides such as West Ham and failed to break them down with our Plan A. I love Jurgen Klopp but I think most of us would agree that he can be a bit stubborn at times. On far too may occasions this season Klopp has decided for whatever reason to field the same tactics and an extremely similar team against sides who are determined to make things difficult for us.

Teams like West Ham all season have been more than happy to sit back and allow Liverpool to keep possession, fail to score due to a lack of ideas and a lack of directness and then simply hit us on the break.

In my opinion, having a true striker like Daniel Sturridge on, even better in a front two gives us a much greater chance of breaking down this kind of opposition. Yes it took a significant proportion of the game to take effect on Sunday but it is not a coincid…

Reds Dealt Hammer Blow In Cup

Knocked out of the FA Cup in the final minute of extra time, it's a tough way to go out but the Reds only have themselves to blame after missing chance after chance after chance on Tuesday night. Luckily there was nothing too exciting on display as Jurgen Klopp had been instructed to remain calm following an operation to remove his appendix. Liverpool however did look positive initially but things began to crumble as West Ham grew into the game, despite playing for 120 minutes, the Reds just never really found a way back.

West Ham Volley The Irons found the back of the net at the perfect time as Michail Antonio struck a wonderful volley on the stroke of half time. There was little Simon Mignolet could do and it was a well deserved goal for West Ham who had been building pressure on the Liverpool defence.

As with several games this season, Klopp's side once again had failed to capitalise on some positive play, it wasn't as though we were lacking in chances, we just cannot s…

MATCH PREVIEW: West Ham V Liverpool

First of all folks, my apologies for the missing Sunderland match report I had to collate and make sure I had sorted all of my data/photographs I gathered towards dissertation after my visit to Liverpool on Saturday. In the end, a friend from Twitter was actually able to find me a spare for the game so I watched the match and also took part in the Walk Out On 77 protest. It is very rare I get to visit Anfield for a multitude of reasons and so it was fantastic to be there as always and I felt extremely proud to stand with the fans and take part in what appears to have been an effective protest.

"It is in everyone's best interest to find a solution" 
- Jurgen Klopp on Liverpool FC ticket prices.
With several people adamant that the protest would lead to nothing I feel vindicated in my decision to stand up for what I believe in and I can only hope that the new discussions the club have announced this week will lead to a change in the ticketing structure.

Anyway... On to the g…

Five Things We Learned From The West Ham Draw

One: The Reds are dire in front of goal. A snore draw in the FA Cup with West Ham on Saturday evening once again highlighted a now desperate need for a prolific goalscorer. In a match that Christian Benteke started, the Belgian failed to stamp a mark on the game and when faced with promising chances was incapable of finding the back of the net. He's clearly low on confidence and the Reds just can't afford to waste chances at the moment.

You have to feel that including Daniel Sturridge in Saturday's team would have solved some of the main problems because the possession levels and pressure on the ball were fine, even the defensive display was relatively strong, we just can't bloody score! Waiting for the Sturridge return though and then pinning all our hopes on his ability to remain fit? It's just not a long term option is it.
Two: James Tomkins isn't as hard as I thought he was. Tomkins is in his 8th year as a West Ham player (including a short loan spell to D…

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V West Ham

Liverpool welcome West Ham to Anfield on Saturday evening as Jürgen Klopp aims for another win in yet another cup game. The Reds of course come into this clash having secured their place in the league cup final beating Stoke on penalties, the Hammers pack a punch though and many feel this may be a step too far for the Reds.

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Injuries for Liverpool mean they are unable to call upon Philippe Coutinho, Martin Skrtel and Divock Origi. The game also comes too early for any hint of Daniel Sturridge though with no real clarification of a return, who knows, maybe we'll get lucky and he'll randomly appear on the bench? It could be another experimental side from Klopp though who may opt for youth over experience after many senior players completed 120 minutes in the week.
For West Ham, they are missing Andy Carroll and Lanzini, Mark Noble has also been out with illness but should be available for a return on Saturday.
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Hammers Complete Double Over Reds

Slaven Bilic's side got the better of Liverpool at Upton Park on Saturday afternoon via goals from ex Red Andy Carroll and Michail Antonio. Jurgen Klopp watched on as his side struggled to create any concrete chances in front of the West Ham goal and whilst some will argue a refereeing decision may have aided the home side, Liverpool certainly did not deserve to get anything from the game.

Christian Benteke led the line for Liverpool and he quickly came under fire from pundits and fans alike during the game. I said as soon as we were interested in Benteke that there was no point buying him because we didn't have the right players to work for him, to add insult to injury his price tag was £32.5 million, I knew it wouldn't take long before fans turned and blamed him for all our issues but the fact is, it's not all his fault.

Our team on Saturday just felt completely disjointed. The flashes from Coutinho and Firmino are predictable at times and sides like West Ham just a…

West Ham Record First Win At Anfield Since 1963

Liverpool fell to an embarrassing defeat at Anfield on Saturday as West Ham notched up an historic win at Anfield, their first victory here since 1963. The Hammers put three past a sloppy Liverpool side who failed miserably in their defensive duties and were unable to create any real attacking threat.

West Ham took just three minutes to get off the mark at the Kop End. A relatively poor defensive header from Skrtel allowed the ball to fall into the path of Cresswell who despite being closed down by Clyne was able to assist Lanzini who fired home the first goal of the game.

The goal left the Reds somewhat shell-shocked and we didn't react positively after going 1-0 down. Attacking wise we didn't appear to pose a significant threat and Christian Benteke for me once again looked completely lost. He's wasted in Brendan's preferred formation and it's seriously beginning to do my head in. The sooner Sturridge is back, the better.

The Reds' best hope of getting back …

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V West Ham

After picking up a well earned point at the Emirates on Monday evening Liverpool must now welcome fellow Londoners West Ham to Anfield on Saturday. It's fair to say that the Hammers have had a mixed start to life in the Premier League under Bilic, so can the Reds collect all three points?
Liverpool have a few injury woes to contend with going into the game. Long term absentees Sturridge and Flanagan are still out whilst Lallana, Henderson and Allen also join that list with no return dates.
For Bilic’s side, they also have several fitness issues. Zarate, Valencia and Carroll are out long term whilst the game may come too early for O’Brien and Sakho. Also doubtful is their young starlet Oxford who has impressed players and pundits alike recently.
The last time the two sides met was in January this year after the Reds picked up a 2-0 win at home. Sturridge and Sterling were on the scoresheet that day. West Ham have a terrible record at Anfield, they haven't won at L4 since 1963.

Sturridge Hits The Ground Running

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: Liverpool V West Ham

Liverpool must prepare themselves to face West Ham on Saturday as they pick up the pieces after their unfortunate loss to Chelsea in the League Cup semi final on Tuesday evening. The huge positive for Liverpool of course is the return of Daniel Sturridge who will surely be anxious but raring to go.

Injuries for the Reds mean they are unable to call upon long term absentee Jon Flanagan whilst Mamadou Sakho is a doubt after picking up a back issue in the Chelsea fixture. For West Ham up until recently they had a long injury list however with just a few minor doubts manager Sam Allardyce should have a relatively full squad to choose from on Saturday.

The last time the two sides met was in September last year. The game was one to forget for Liverpool as they conceded three goals with just Raheem Sterling on the score sheet.

The last meeting between the sides at Anfield was in December 2013. This was a better game for the Reds, despite an own goal from Martin Skrtel, Brendan's side we…

Liverpool Left Shell-Shocked By West Ham

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 …

Reds Ready To Face Hammers

Liverpool travel to London on Saturday evening as they aim to thrive off their Champions League win over Ludogorets earlier in the week. Brendan will face Sam Allardyce's West Ham side who currently find themselves 13th in the league.

The injury list for Liverpool is still a pretty long one. Missing from action are Sturridge, Allen, Johnson, Flanagan and Can. West Ham are also without some key players as Carroll, Nolan and Jarvis are all unavailable.

The last time the two sides met was in April this year. Two penalties from Steven Gerrard saved the day in a vital fixture for the Reds who were right in the midst of a title race. I was on a flight from Manchester to Budapest when this game was on, it was absolute agony not knowing the score, when I landed I had a text from my brother just saying 1-1, luckily just before I could start balling another one came through saying 2-1 FT!

The last time West Ham beat Liverpool on their home turf was in February 2011. Glen Johnson scored a c…

Reds Aim To Hammer Home Their Title Credentials

Liverpool make the trip down south on Sunday afternoon as they prepare to face Sam Allardyce's West Ham side. With the Reds sitting proudly on their perch, an away game against a side that can cause problems is a daunting task for Liverpool and as Brendan Rodgers has said many times we must take each game as it comes. The title is in our hands but we must win, continuously.

Injuries for Liverpool are pretty much none existent with just Jose Enrique still missing. For West Ham, they are without the likes of McCartney and Collins. They also have a problem with front man Nolan who has suffered a back injury recently.

Just in case you didn't know, Liverpool currently find themselves top of the soddin league! On a very nice 71 points and with a plethora of goals the Reds must feel confident going into this game. West Ham find themselves 11th in the league currently on 37 points. Big Sam may not be famed for sexy football, sexy anything for that matter but he seems to have pleased …

Reds Take 3 Points Whilst Teams Around Them Falter

It was another confident win for Liverpool as the Reds walked away with a 4-1 win over West Ham on Saturday. The visitors unwittingly aided Liverpool's victory with two own goals whilst Martin Skrtel scored for the Hammers at a point where the game could have ended very differently. Two late efforts from Suarez though (one given to him and one not) meant Liverpool had safely sealed the win and pushed themselves into 2nd place.

Liverpool started with a slightly different line up after Brendan Rodgers opted for Sakho in defence. West Ham on the other hand had a striker up front who hadn't scored in months on end.

It took nearly the full first half for a goal to enter the game and in fairness to West Ham they did have a few chances in the first half. Liverpool however were clearly the dominant party and it would surely only be a matter of time before the Reds took the lead at home.

The goal did arrive but it was gifted to Liverpool via a mishap between keeper and defender. Jaask…