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Liverpool V Arsenal

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Liverpool welcome Arsenal to Anfield on Sunday afternoon as they look to collect another win in the Premier League. The Reds started the season with a draw against Watford but managed to collect all three points against Palace in a 1-0 victory.

On paper, Arsenal should be a difficult side to beat for the Reds but as I mentioned in the Hoffenheim post, Liverpool just seem to perform far better against the bigger, supposedly more threatening sides. Arsenal play in a tactical style that Klopp's side can punish and I fully expect us to find the back of the net on multiple occasions tomorrow. 

Team news for the Reds means they will be without Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne. Trent double A will also be subject to a late fitness test along with Emre Can who has a slight knee issue.

Arsenal have had some good news injury wise as Alexis Sanchez returns while Koscielny also comes back into the side after serving a three match ban. 

The last time the two sides met was in March this year. The g…

Champions League Qualifier | Hoffenheim v Liverpool

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❓: Champions League first play-off round, first leg ๐Ÿ“…: Tuesday 15th August 19:45 GMT ๐Ÿ“: Rhein-Neckar Arena, Sinsheim Who are Hoffenheim?  The German side hail from the Sinsheim region and up until 2008 were a team struggling in the lower realms of the German football system. Last year they finished 4th in the Bundesliga and they have some solid centre forwards to call upon. 

Manager Julian Nagelsmann got his side through the whole of the 2016/2017 season with just four losses to their name in the league.
Fun fact: Hoffenheim open their home matches by playing Rammstein's "Engel".

Should Liverpool be concerned? On the one hand, Liverpool should be very concerned, other than perhaps Nice most would agree that Hoffenheim were the toughest draw for our Champions League qualifier. The German side may be relatively inexperienced when it comes to Europe but they will be hungrier than most to get through and they enter this fixture on the back of a cracking season.
On the other hand Li…

All We Have To Do Is Beat Boro

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Granted, being a Liverpool fan isn't the toughest of tasks, we've had our fair share of glory over the years but even when that glory has arrived, it's never been an easy process has it?!
If the Reds had beaten Southampton earlier this month or managed to beat Bournemouth in April or if they didn't lose to Hull at home in February! Things could have been so different. But they aren't, so here we are on the final day of the season feeling massively nervous about a game that on paper should be a victory for Liverpool.
There are just three points separating Manchester City in third from Arsenal in fifth meaning a multitude of outcomes could happen on Sunday. City just need to avoid defeat to stay in the Champions League places. Similarly, if Liverpool win their European dreams are alive, a draw could be enough but it's a dangerous line to be treading with Arsenal right behind. The Gunners are very much reliant on results around them to make it into the top four on t…

MATCH PREVIEW: Watford V Liverpool

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Liverpool travel to Watford on Bank Holiday Monday as they aim to pick up three points and continue their quest for Champions League football. The last time the Reds faced Watford they scored six, will it be another confident victory away from home?

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are unable to call upon Mane, Henderson and Klavan while doubts also hang over the fitness of Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana. The latter of the two is rumoured to be close to full health but it is not known at the time of writing whether he will make the cut.

For Watford, they are likely to be without Kaboul who has a hamstring injury. Zarate and Pereyra are also unavailable.

The Reds have to wait until Monday evening for this fixture meaning Manchester City could be on 68 points and Manchester United on 67 points (depending on their own results on Sunday) by the time they kick off. Liverpool currently sit in third on 66 points so a win would take them up to 69 points, once again giving them some air.

The le…

MATCH PREVIEW: West Brom V Liverpool

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Liverpool travel to the West Midlands on Easter Sunday as they prepare to face Tony Pulis' West Brom. The Baggies come in to this game on the back of two defeats compared to Liverpool's six match unbeaten run. Pulis' side however are certainly one to contend with and the Reds may struggle with West Brom's style.

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are unable to call upon Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson. Jurgen Klopp is hoping the latter two players will return to the squad before the end of April. 

For West Brom, manager Tony Pulis has a full strength squad to choose from aside from a mystery couple of players who are apparently nursing minor knocks.

The last time the two sides met was in October last year. Both Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino were on the scoresheet for a 2-1 Liverpool win that day. The Brazilian pairing have proved vital for the Reds so far this season and it is expected both with start on Sunday after only making the bench and being cal…

Cherry On The Cake?

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Liverpool welcome Bournemouth to Anfield on Wednesday evening but could this be the cherry on top of the cake after a very good week for the Reds?
The big sides around Jurgen Klopp's all dropped points at the weekend aside from Tottenham and last night Manchester United could only muster a draw in the dying moments against Everton. 
Taking note that some of the teams have games in hand that still leaves Liverpool in a very good position for the top four race. The Reds are currently in third on 59 points. A win against Bournemouth would put them on 62. 
The last time the two sides met was in December 2016. I remember the result well, not because I'd watched the match but because I'd been travelling for close to 24 hours the day before and had woken in a daze in a hotel in the mountains in Whistler thinking oh I best see how much we beat Bournemouth by... 4-3?! What the actual?! 
Unbelievable, I was pissed off but it wasn't even like I knew what had happened the only informa…

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Everton

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The Reds welcome their blue neighbours to Anfield on Saturday and if recent match stats are anything to go by it should be a game filled with chances for the Reds. 


Liverpool are currently in 4th, four points ahead of Manchester United and six points clear of Arsenal but both of these sides have two games in hand. Then follows Everton who are in 7th matching Arsenal's 50 points but having played more fixtures. 
Everton's last match was on the 18th March against Hull, the Toffees put four in the net thanks to Calvert-Lewin, Valencia and a brace from Lukaku. 
Liverpool's last game came against Manchester City. I was in Turin at the time (if you haven't seen it yet, check out my blog post on my trip to see Torino v Inter Milan) so watched the match in our hotel room with Italian commentary. I know a bit of Italian but it didn't take a top translator to figure out what was being said when Lallana missed that sitter. The Reds however came away with a draw and to be honest …

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Arsenal

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After a disastrous defeat at the hands of Leicester on Monday evening, Liverpool welcome Arsenal to Anfield on Saturday in the hope of finding a victory. The Reds have had some terrible performances against the so-called lesser teams this season but it's been a complete contrast when Klopp's side have faced teams in the top six.
Liverpool have picked up 16 points from a possible 24 in games against Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Spurs this season. Against Leicester, Swansea, Middlesborough, Palace and Hull the Reds have picked up just 19 points from a possible 30.
It's no secret that the Reds have been extremely poor against the smaller sides but their set up seems to have the opposite effect against the bigger teams. For example, against Spurs, the likes of Firmino, Coutinho and Mane caused havoc. 
Along with Adam Lallana and on occasions Gini Wijnaldum, these attacking midfielders seem to fluster a lot of sides. I personally feel they work well aga…

MATCH PREVIEW: Leicester V Liverpool

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Finally, Liverpool are back playing football. It feels like it's been an absolute age since the last match, bloody boring! The Reds travel to Leicester on Monday evening to face the managerless foxes. 
As soon as Claudio Ranieri came to Leicester I was immediately on his side. I have a huge soft spot for anything Italian and Ranieri almost instantly worked his charm, it was like he'd never left.
What Ranieri did with Leicester in 2015/2016 is nothing short of a miracle. An unbelievable feat that will never be matched. For him to then be unceremoniously sacked? Well it's a real shame. There's no hiding from the fact that Leicester have been poor this season but is that all Ranieri's fault? I don't believe so. Some of that blame lies squarely at the players door and I don't personally think any new manager will have the time or the magic touch to get enough out of the players now, but I suppose we will have to wait and see.
In bocca al lupo Ranieri! 
Despite the …

Yam Yam Reds Fan

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It's not often that your home town team, a team that is supported by your fella and the majority of your family and friends is picked out of the hat to face your own club at Anfield in the FA Cup, but that's exactly what happened earlier this month. 
Sat down watching the draw with the fella (knowing of course we still had to beat Plymouth to get through) we were both praying for a Liverpool V Wolves fixture. You don't ACTUALLY think it's gonna happen though, when ball number 22 came out Rich knew it was Wolves and I practically kicked him off the bed in sheer excitement. Unbelievable. "We've got to go!!!" , "We've got to go!!!" I shouted. 
Unfortunately, despite my brother and his mate's best efforts they couldn't get tickets. Wolves sold out their 8,000+ allocation before it even went to a members sale. So, Plan B it was. 
Plan B means me sitting in my favourite pub in Wolverhampton centre where I watch most of our matches. The downsi…

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Southampton

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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…

MATCH PREVIEW: Manchester United V Liverpool

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Liverpool make the short trip to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon as Jurgen Klopp aims to get a momentous victory over Jose Mourinho's Manchester United. The match needs no introduction on a standard basis but even less so when the two sides are so closely bunched together at the top of the Premier League table.

At the time of writing (Saturday during PL matches) Liverpool find themselves in third on 44 points with United sitting in sixth, five points behind. A win for the devils would close that gap to two points and with Jurgen's side due to face Chelsea at the end of the month, a loss on Sunday would be a huge dent in Liverpool's title hopes.

Intertwined with all the excitement for the Manchester United match, the Reds also have a League Cup semi-final second leg and FA Cup replay to contend with over the coming weeks. While only the manager knows where his priorities lie, I asked Twitter this week what victory they would prefer:
If you could only have one... #LFC — Ki…

LFC NYE

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I don't know about you but I am massively excited for tomorrow's match. Any clash with City is an important one these days but on Saturday evening Liverpool need all three points in order to keep the pressure on Chelsea and distance themselves from Pep Guardiola's side.

The Reds go into this game having won three out of their last five games in the league. Sitting in second on 40 points, Klopp's side are just one point ahead of City in third. Pep's team have also won three out of their last five games but they have also lost twice during that time.

Injuries for Liverpool mean unfortunately Philippe Coutinho will not be fit for the match. The Brazilian has been photographed in training this week sparking rumours he may feature but Klopp has firmly put those to bed. Matip also remains unavailable so me and my mate Reece are seriously hoping the big man Klavan keeps his place in defence because after his performance against Everton we decided we'd put a fiver on h…

Football Blogging Awards 2016 / Southampton Preview

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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…

The Italian Job

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Walter Mazzarri is going to have to "blow the bloody doors off" if he wants to force this Liverpool side out of drive and into park on Sunday.
The Italian has got Watford playing some great football but in the bubbling Anfield atmosphere, only increased by the Reds' recent confident performances will Mazzarri be able to make the best of a difficult situation?

Of course, he's got experience in difficult situations and is no stranger to taking a side to a famous or intense ground. Back in Serie A as manager of Inter and Napoli spanning five years he visited the cauldrons of the Stadio Olimpico, the Juventus Stadium and both the San Siro and the Stadio San Paolo as a home and opposition coach.
Walter was unlucky to be sacked by Inter, he did suffer from a string of poor results but was only five points off third when he left the club. He faired far better as Napoli boss securing a third place finish in one season, he also won the Coppa Italia in 2012 giving Juve their …

Liverpool V West Brom Preview

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After a frustrating 0-0 draw with Manchester United on Monday night, Liverpool travel to the Midlands on Saturday evening in search of a win. The Baggies are currently 12th in the league with the Reds sitting in 4th just two points off leaders Manchester City who face Southampton on Sunday after their Champions League game at the Nou Camp.

Positively for Liverpool, Gini Wijnaldum has returned to training quicker than initially expected and Joe Gomez is also back in action though he's not expected to feature for a while. James Milner will also need to be assessed according to some news outlets after he picked up a head injury against Manchester United.

The last time the Reds met West Brom was back in May of this year. The game ended 1-1 at the Hawthorns with a goal from Jordon Ibe for Liverpool. The meeting at Anfield in December 2015 also ended in a draw, this time a 2-2 result. Jordan Henderson was the first man to score in that game and it ended with a 90th minute equaliser from…

Seven Times Liverpool Got The Better Of United 2006-2016

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1. Liverpool 2 Manchester United 0 / 10th March 2016 Goalscorers: Daniel Sturridge (penalty), Roberto Firmino
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Whenever Liverpool face Manchester United, it is always set to be a massive game but throw in the added element of the first ever meeting between the sides in Europe? Well you have all the right ingredients for an historic fixture. Liverpool just had to win this one, if there's one thing the Reds still hold over their rivals it's European prowess.
Thankfully Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino ensured kopites could continue to boast about their glorious history as Manchester United put on an extremely poor performance at Anfield.
2. Manchester United 0 Liverpool 3 / 16th March 2014 Goalscorers: Steven Gerrard (penalties x2), Luis Suarez
What's a match against Manchester United without a Steven Gerrard penalty? The captain was notorious for winding up the opposition in this fixture and on several occasions Gerrard turned this in his favour.
The two…

Reds Off To Wales

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Liverpool travel to Swansea on Saturday afternoon and depending on which story you believe Jurgen Klopp could be lining up against one of three managers: Francesco Guidolin, Ryan Giggs or Bob Bradley.
Guidolin has got off to a terrible start with Swansea this season with the Swans collecting four losses in their last five matches. A good performance against Manchester City wasn't enough to stave off the mounting pressure on the Italian manager and I personally will not be surprised if the Liverpool result is the end of his tenure in Wales.
Guidolin will probably be pretty pleased though, according to the Italian press when he signed the deal with Swansea he actually thought he was going to manage Watford...
Jordi Amat of Swansea said this week that the players believe in their manager and are fully behind him but it's going to take a lot more than belief to get a win over Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool this weekend. The Reds have got off to a flying start and have lost just one…