In honour of all the spooky business going on today and of course, the ghost of Luis Garcia’s goal, here is a look at the five teams that give Liverpool fans the wilies. Club’s who aren’t necessarily at the top of the football tree, but still capable of somehow inflicting pain and torture on our beloved club! In no particular order, strap yourselves in for The Red’s most feared bogey teams.
To Hull and back! An apt name for one of our weirder bogey clubs. Whether it was because of Steve Bruce’s frightening appearance on the touchline or the ice cold chill off the Humber, Liverpool just cannot to get the measure of Hull City.
Four wins in ten Premier League meetings is an atrocious record and we are without a win in East Yorkshire since April 2009. That record does coincide with some truly awful season for us in the Premier League, but it’s still a shocking run against such a lesser opponent. Liverpool fans will be glad to see The Tigers away from the Championship play off places for now.
From The Tigers to the Foxes! Another team that gets Liverpool fans in a cold sweat is Leicester City. Seven defeats and five draws from twenty-five encounters in the Premier League tells it’s own story of an opponent unwilling to give us an easy ride.
From Vardy’s screamer in 2016 to not-so fond memories of Muzzy Izzet and Akinibiyi tormenting us at the old Filbert Street, the Foxes are always a bogey side for the reds. Even Alisson’s Cruyff-turn went horribly wrong in the East Midlands!
Well it’s Halloween, so what better way to celebrate this most scary time of year, than with memories of when Brendan Rodgers tried to win the league on goal difference? That horrible, gut wrenching 3-3 draw at Selhurst Park in 2014 puts is enough to put Palace in this list on it’s own.
However they’ve done ever more! They ruined Gerrard’s last game at Anfield in 2015 and then had the audacity to hand Klopp his first defeat as Liverpool manager just a few months later. Scott Dann’s Paulo Maldini impression on the 82nd minute was enough to leave anyone’s stomach squirming. We have recently amended a horrible run, winning six of our last seven games against The Eagles, however, the remain an oppnenent the fan base is more than a little wary of. Furthermore, while Roy Hodgson dwells there, he is a reminder of all our worst nightmares as Liverpool supporters. Shudder.
A bit left of field this one, but the Swiss side have been Liverpool’s nemesis in the Champions League era. Played four, won zero, but worse still, dumped out at the group stages in 2002 and 2014 to the plucky opponents from the Swiss Super League.
A nightmare of a night in 2002 saw Hakin Yakin, terrorize Jerzy Dudek in a 3-3 draw in Switzerland. Twelve years later and it was Mr Sabotage at his mindless best, as Martin Skrtel leapt through the air and comically missed an in-swinging corner, allowing Marco Streller, whom he should have been marking, to convert from close range. A costly defeat and that led to Brendan Rodgers booking a ticket to the eerie graveyard that is the Europa League. coincidentally, two years later and Liverpool were back in Basel for the final of said Europa League only to lose 3-1 to Sevilla. There must be something in the air in that part of Switzerland.
Yes Newcastle United! Believe it or not Liverpool have lost four of their last ten meetings with The Magpies. In fact we average a defeat every four games against Newcastle, in a very hit and miss record against the Geordies.
However it’s only when you consider the recent plight of that once proud football establishment, that you begin to scratch your head. And we gave them £35 million for Carroll, you’d have thought that would have given us a bit of leeway with results. Whether it’s the Rafa effect, or some wobbly defending in the pre-Van Dijk years, that’s a record Liverpool will want to exercise and fast!