LFC Advent Calendar: 3 – Paul Konchesky

I'd just like to start this piece by thanking Andy Robertson for finally solving a problem the club has had since John Arne Riise's departure in 2008. After almost ten years of struggles, the left-back position at Anfield finally seems to be sorted. But in those ten years we as fans have certainly seen our fair share of average left-footed defenders enter (and exit) the club. Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'-YPgHSQLR5ZFIuc2IsnBQw',sig:'l6gn6G1YyNypDInnnD4ZSJXCsMQifaYncxv_7JZFXGw=',w:'594px',h:'537px',items:'106614279',caption: true ...

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Liverpool 1 – 0 Everton: Player Ratings and Talking Points

Merry Christmas Everton Divock Origi's comical late goal sent Anfield into raptures and meant that for the third time in the space of 12 months, Liverpool have beaten Everton with a late winner. The game itself was intense, and to Everton's credit, they put up a far greater fight than in previous years, turning the match into an end-to-end thriller. Ultimately though, the result was a fair one, even if the goal ...

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Beck in Business

“I won’t blunder like Alisson.” What a win. And what a way to do it. Literally, the best way. Give me that over a 6-0 thumping any day. That was Everton’s best performance in a derby at Anfield I have ever seen and yet the result was the same as it ever was. I was convinced we would win the game up until about the 70th minute when I began to get ...

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Liverpool 1-0 Everton: Match Report

After 13 rounds of Premier League football without a single defeat, the day at the start of December finally came when Liverpool welcomed Everton to Anfield in what was to be the first Merseyside Derby of the season. It's fair to say the Blues have had a good season too. They came into this game sitting in 6th place - ahead of Manchester United on goal-difference. Since taking over, manager Marco ...

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The Changing Face of Football

It seems that modern day football is all about buying players with great marketing and merchandising potential. No longer is a player bought simply for his footballing abilities. Modern clubs nowadays are run in a more businesslike fashion and owners look to run them at a profit especially to appease shareholders. The game born in working class environments has changed dramatically for better or for worst. The common fan is ...

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LFC Advent Calendar 2 – Andrea Dossena

In the summer transfer window of 2008, Rafa Benitez was in the market for a left-back. In the end, he found his man in Andrea Dossena who joined the Reds from Udinese. Rafa splashed out £8 million to secure the his services at Anfield. He was given the No. 2 shirt when he arrived, and he also played as a left winger in his time at the club. Embed from Getty ...

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Everton Closeup: Tactics, Stats, Richarlison and Sigurdsson

MERSEYSIDE DERBY – Blue’s Stats, Tactics and Richargudsson It's the second edition of our “Opposition Corner”, and there couldn't be a better game at this stage than the Merseyside Derby. Particularly on the back of the not so humbling as annoying defeat to PSG, the Oscar-deserving theatrics of a certain player, unbelievable officiating, and an under-par showing from our beloved Reds. It's a perfect opportunity for a reaction, and Farrell and I ...

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LFC Advent Calendar: 1 – Brad Jones

This is the first in a series of fun articles as we'll be counting down to Christmas this year with an LFC Advent Calendar. Each day will correspond with a single player who wore that number for Liverpool. There's plenty of opportunities to write about the usual contingient of former legends and current stars, so instead, we'll be focusing on some memorable Reds that don't often get featured; the good, ...

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Liverpool v Everton – FOAR Writers’ Predictions

MERSEYSIDE DERBY Liverpool face one our biggest rivals Everton ahead of the infamous Merseyside Derby tomorrow. A clash of the Merseyside titans is set to offer a passionate contest for both teams who'll be going gung-ho for the win, always providing a hum-dinger type affair. Back at Anfield is always an advantage for us and Everton will have their work cut out to get the away win. This is the fixture both ...

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Preview: Liverpool vs Everton

The Merseyside derby: one of, if not, the biggest fixtures of the season. And it's finally happening this weekend. For Kopites, it's a chance to inflict misery on their bitter neighbours. Klopp will certainly hope that's the case, as his team look to bounce back from their disappointing defeat to PSG in the Champions League. The Toffees, led by Marco Silva, will be looking to build on their league victory ...

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Brazilian Derby Debuts

Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'Lu0pTeKOTnRD_lnj5qrTQA',sig:'zxZUgrW5G1fHeGHJb94kNKlXziDX9hlFNDVj-PkvXyg=',w:'594px',h:'435px',items:'502692306',caption: false ,tld:'com',is360: false })}); Sunday's clash against Everton marks the first Merseyside derby of the season. Barring any injury between now and then, Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson is odds on to make his derby debut. Also, with captain Jordan Henderson suspended following his sending off against Watford last weekend, Alisson's fellow Brazilian Fabinho may also play against the Toffees. But how have former Brazilian's performed when making their derby ...

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Transfer Rumours – Free Agents

I'll be reviewing players who'll become free-agents in June 2019 that Liverpool should look at. I'll give some insight into each player and rate them out of 10. The ratings will be based on the probability of them signing for Liverpool and the potential of each player. Aaron Ramsey I'm starting with this player because out of all the free-agents, the Welshman is the most likely to sign for us. Many won’t ...

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PSG 2-1 Liverpool: Another Look

Liverpool took on Paris Saint-Germain in the formidable Parc des Princes. With Joe Gomez returning to the side as well as James Milner. This 4-3-3 formation meant that the fans favourite, Shaqiri was back on the substitutes bench alongside Alex Alexander-Arnold who scored a wonder goal free kick against Watford last Saturday. Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'uLNFcxkQS7hGfuOt72pnHg',sig:'QIlCB9Z5iFgvrVNQsfv-PB9U0ZX35zPS8mxGYmu4S90=',w:'594px',h:'396px',items:'1066098534',caption: false ,tld:'com',is360: false })}); Liverpool were going into this game knowing a win would possibly suffice ...

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FA Cup focus on the horizon

On Monday 3rd December, the opponent on what will hopefully become a road to silverware and another couple of trips to Wembley will be learnt when the FA Cup 3rd round draw is made. Since the turn of the century, Liverpool have made the final 3 times, all against London opposition, triumphing in 2001 & 2006 against Arsenal and West Ham United but losing to Chelsea in 2012 although it ...

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Ian Rush: The Greatest Striker in LFC History

Simply the Greatest Goal Scorer Ever to Set Foot on Anfield's Turf Ian James Rush, MBE, was born on the 20th of May, 1961. He was raised with four sisters and five brothers in the town of Flint, St Asaph in North-East Wales. At just thirteen years of age, he began to show his incredible ability, and Ian’s only agenda in life was to become a professional footballer. He began playing schoolboy football ...

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PSG 2 – 1 Liverpool: Player Ratings and Talking Points

Another Loss Away in Europe Liverpool were beaten 2-1 by PSG in Paris to put the Reds' Champions League progression under serious threat. Liverpool started slowly and PSG took advantage by emulating the Reds of last year in blowing us off the park early. Similarly, the home fans channelled an Anfield-like spirit and roared their team to victory. Their first goal was slightly fortunate but certainly deserved, as Juan Bernat arrived first ...

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PSG 2-1 Liverpool: Match Report

Having successfully maintained their unbeaten Premier League season for 13 rounds, it was time for Liverpool to try and get their European campaign back on track too. Sitting second in the Champions League Group C, it would seem like it never left the track, but the defeat to Red Star in Belgrade left Klopp's men facing a tough fight against Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli in the last two rounds to ...

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Mane’s Magic at Liverpool

After Liverpool FC confirmed Mane's new 5 year deal on Thursday evening, the Reds can now celebrate having all of our prolific front three tied down until 2023. This is after Mo Salah and Bobby Firmino both signed new deals within the last twelve months to keep them at the club for the next 5 years. Due to this excellent news, now would be a great time to review the influence ...

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Preview: PSG vs Liverpool

Chalking up his 300th league victory at the weekend, Klopp will be looking for another win in midweek. History favours the Reds, having beaten the Parisians in the Champions League group stage opener. Klopp's opposite number Thomas Tuchel will be doing his utmost best to make sure that doesn't happen, with his side looking to inflict defeat on the Merseysiders. With that, let's take a look at the key pointers ...

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Reds keen to maintain record over blue neighbours

On Sunday afternoon, Liverpool will welcome Everton to Anfield aiming to maintain a fantastic record against their neighbours from across Stanley Park. Since a 1-0 defeat on 27th September 1999, courtesy of a Kevin Campbell strike inside the opening 5 minutes, Liverpool have remained undefeated in all competitions against Everton at Anfield. That game is probably more remembered for the 3 red cards which saw a good old-fashioned tussle between ...

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What Motivates Mo Salah?

What motivates a player of Mo Salah’s stature? Mo,  has the world at his feet, loved and adored and I’d even go as far to say worshipped by millions of Egyptians. They follow his every move and rightly so, he was instrumental in taken Egypt to the World Cup for the first time in over 28 years. If it wasn’t for a certain Real Madrid defender he could've lifted a European ...

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Watford 0 – 3 Liverpool: Player Ratings and Talking Points

Records Fall as Liverpool Rise Liverpool's current tally of 33 points is their highest ever total at this stage of a Premier League season, and likewise, only five goals conceded is the Reds' best defensive record in the EPL. However, Watford didn't make life easy on the day, particularly in the first half. Gerard Deulofeu had a goal ruled out for offside after only a few minutes. Troy Deeney set up the ...

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Watford 0-3 Liverpool: Match Report

After another long international break, Liverpool traveled to Watford to play their 13th Premier League game of the season at Vicarage Road. Both teams have had an excellent start to their respective campaigns, and all the signs suggested we were in for an interesting battle. Team News Having left international duty due to a slight hamstring problem, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson was back and available. The only absentees, apart from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, ...

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Preview: Watford vs Liverpool

  With the final international break out of the way, Liverpool can focus on the league for the remainder of the year. They'll travel to Vicarage Road, aiming to further extend their unbeaten start in the league. 7th placed Watford will be hoping that the home support will count for something, and halt the Merseysiders storming start to the season. Ahead of Saturday's game, here's the preview of both sides. Preserving The ...

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Stanley Park Story & the Merseyside Derby.

My memories of Liverpool playing Everton are happy ones. Particularly the two FA cup final victories of 1986 and 1989. The iconic image of Rush putting the ball past big Nev Southall is engraved in my brain. Ironically Neville Southall was a footballing hero of mine growing up. He simply was the greatest of his generation back then. So it was a dream come true to meet him in Dublin ...

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Things for Liverpool to be Thankful for in 2018

In the USA, the holiday season begins this week, as Thanksgiving is upon us. While the holiday has some less than pleasant origins, Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the year with friends and family while surrounded by loved ones. It's a tradition in most households to go around the table during dinner, talking about things that they're thankful for this year. Given that 2018 was quite a successful ...

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Gini Wijnaldum’s Versatility and Importance

Since Gini Wijnaldum signed for Liverpool from Newcastle United for a fee of £25 million in 2016, he's shown his importance for both club and country. Indeed, the versatile Dutchman has had this effect throughout his career so far and has had a major impact at all his previous clubs. Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'QXYAp-9YTTJtc5VGoLjfuA',sig:'-IU4UHSTKew-SuJFeM06MnmLguISxHHbjvGrEYplSkg=',w:'594px',h:'424px',items:'1033593454',caption: false ,tld:'co.uk',is360: false })}); BRIEF HISTORY He started at his hometown club Sparta Rotterdam, but then he left them ...

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The Boot Room Boys Book Review

With Liverpool FC doing well under Jurgen Klopp, the interest in the club is growing again. This is reflected in the number of books on Liverpool being published. The latest book to hit the market is the excellent, The Boot Room Boys by Peter Hooton. A fine read of a book if there ever was one. A definitive guide on the history of Bill Shankly’s fabled backroom staff. The boot ...

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The Calm Before the Storm

Breathe. The Reds are on a break. In theory anyway. In actual fact our boys are off scoring goals and heading ceiling-high footballs (love it Virge) but we are where we are. On November 24, we travel to Watford which begins a long and arduous run that could make or break our season and I for one cannot wait. Let’s get stuck in. Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'Ti5vq-pzTFJbpfPposAVSw',sig:'6FS0iJrokRYpOaoJh0HApcXzo0QrrkUcrJ02qtTX3aY=',w:'594px',h:'395px',items:'944395376',caption: true ,tld:'com',is360: false })}); Watford are a ...

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Liverpool, Serbia and the Autumn of 2018

From the moment Red Star Belgrade had been drawn in the Champions League group C together with Liverpool, to those of us following the Reds from Serbia it was immediately clear that the autumn of 2018 would be a special time. Dogma Long before the draw was made, the Official Liverpool Supporters Club in Serbia was granted the honour of hosting this year’s regional meeting of Liverpool fans. The usual suspects, namely ...

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Top Five Spanish Reds

The Rafalution in 2004 opened the doors to an influx of Spanish talent joining Liverpool’s ranks.  The boys from the Iberian Peninsula added to a memorable era between 2005 and 2009 when Rafa worked his magic to make us one of the continents finest clubs. Here’s a look at, and some appreciation for, the best Spanish players to wear El Rojo Famoso. Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'PTgRdpOjTzFBH7iKKCj_lQ',sig:'E4Qqwn5SbNwSnuNZafQvFXVxCBtusinAyi-qGUDJV2U=',w:'594px',h:'400px',items:'77056649',caption: true ,tld:'com',is360: false })}); Alvaro Arbeloa ...

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Bobby Duncan: Continuing Gerrard’s Legacy

In the most recent summer transfer window, Liverpool signed local striker Bobby Duncan from title rivals Manchester City for a fee of £230,000. The 17-year-old joined Liverpool as an academy prospect for the U18 squad, signing a 3-year professional deal with the Reds. Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'ypPQh2wqSIt1mRqJzMzI8g',sig:'J0N1r_fkM9Vk9gXfE_awmWvkSP1rJlSUaBF19j_aqCM=',w:'594px',h:'391px',items:'1023101032',caption: false ,tld:'co.uk',is360: false })}); WHO IS BOBBY DUNCAN? Bobby Duncan is a lad from Whiston on Merseyside. He has previously played for Wigan's youth set up and Manchester City's ...

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Academy Feature: Nathaniel Phillips

After his release from Bolton Wanderers at the end of 2015/16, Nathaniel Phillips' footballing career seemed to be in a state of flux. The son of Jimmy Phillips, who played some 300 times for the Wanderers in two stints, reaching the 1995 League Cup final against his son's future side and winning the first division title in 1997, Nat came up through the youth ranks at his hometown team. However, a big ...

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Shaqiri’s spark is igniting at LFC

  XHERDAN SHAQIRI SIGNS FOR LIVERPOOL FC FROM STOKE FOR £13.5 MILLION ON JULY 13th 2018 The Swiss International, now 27 years of age, signed a five-year contract after triggering his release clause. The former Stoke player signed in the summer of '18 after the ‘Potters’ got relegated, and the former Stoke player hoped that this wouldn't tarnish his reputation and leave any bad feeling behind him after leaving the club at ...

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Fear and groaning: Life at the Top for Liverpool

On 1st December, 2008, boos and jeers greeted Liverpool following a 0-0 draw with West Ham at Anfield. A chilly and frustrating night saw Liverpool held by yet another determined, average team to come to Merseyside and defend like A.C Milan circa 1990. Despite the draw, we still topped the league in December and were in good shape under Rafa Benitez, despite the corrosive influence of Gillet and Hicks. It wasn't ...

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FOAR Readers Have Their Say on Liverpool 2-0 Fulham

Voice of the Fans The team at Fields of Anfield Road are always keen to engage in discussion and debate with our readers and fellow Liverpool fans. That's why we've been sending the call out on Twitter for supporters to DM us, or leave a comment in our regular match reports, and share their thoughts on each game. The responses come from far and wide, and we've included this week's best ...

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FSG at Liverpool: Why we should want them to stay

Reports last week, coming from The New York Post, suggested that John W. Henry and Tom Werner would entertain offers for the club in the region of £2 billion. On the same day these reports came out, a spokesperson at the club rubbished these reports and stood firmly on the side that the club wasn't for sale. With reports like these popping up in the media on a few occasions ...

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Gerrard’s Farewell: No Fairytale End to a Dream Playing Career

End of an Era It was hoped, in the years and months prior to his Liverpool career finishing, that Steven Gerrard would end his time at the club on a dizzying high. Dreams of him lifting one last trophy evaporated at Wembley though, and his final appearances both at home and away, ended in heartbreak. In January 2015, the news that all Liverpool supporters had been dreading was finally announced. Gerrard confirmed ...

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Houssem Aouar: Coutinho’s replacement?

Houssem Aouar is a French central midfielder who plays for Ligue 1 side Olympique Lyonnais. He was linked frequently with the Reds last summer but in the end, signed a new 5 year deal with Lyon. However, as Liverpool fans, we all know a new deal means nothing as Coutinho and Suarez both signed new deals before leaving to go join Barcelona. Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'eL-b95hiSOJkl4KLCP9qYA',sig:'pm0F3F2OFLGbjlhA_T-0H5ZSfHc7z-nbDu1VYacVlvo=',w:'594px',h:'396px',items:'1056879648',caption: true ,tld:'co.uk',is360: false })}); WHO IS ...

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Liverpool 2-0 Fulham: Match Report

A home game against the team lying bottom of the league is, in theory, the easiest game of the season, and any team aspiring to achieve something at the end of the season has to bury that one away. In the 12th round of the 2018/19 Premier League season, Liverpool welcomed Fulham. Team News For once it was good news on the ole injury front for Liverpool and manager Jurgen Klopp. Captain ...

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Liverpool v Fulham: FOAR Writers Predictions & Live Game Cafe!

Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'VDGHbWnuTvNnOOOzRr6zSA',sig:'DGRCxm3gIg9LqjtUI4WpXqWkD5pnCnuVP-EcN8t-O2c=',w:'594px',h:'466px',items:'1059171746',caption: false ,tld:'co.uk',is360: false })}); Bad Tidings at Belgrade We've got away with some pretty terrible performances throughout this season but Liverpool's latest turnout was truly a drudgery to behold. Nonetheless, I find myself somewhat bemused with the reactionary nature of the modern Liverpool fanbase. Consider this: we remain, despite the unexpected result, top of our Champions League group and still only two points away from the reigning Premier League ...

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Preview: Liverpool vs Fulham

After suffering defeat at the hands of Red Star Belgrade, Liverpool will be looking to return to winning ways at the weekend in the Premier League. The Reds welcome the League's new boys, Fulham, who're bottom of the table. While on paper, they're easy opponents, Liverpool will likely approach this one with caution, hopefully having learnt from their mistakes in midweek. In anticipation of the League clash, let's take a look ...

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Potential January Signings for Liverpool

With the January transfer window looming upon us and Liverpool's misfiring strike force, I'm a taking look at potential signings and how they've performed for their clubs. I'm going to rate each player out of ten. The ratings are for probability of signing and the potential of the player. I’m looking at attacking midfielders. Last season we signed Big Virgil, only to lose Phil Coutinho to Barcelona in the same window. ...

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Red Star 2 – 0 Liverpool : Player Ratings and Talking Points

Horror Result Liverpool were beaten 2-0 away to Red Star after conceding two quick goals midway through the first-half. It's a bitter pill to swallow, but one we must accept. Regardless of team selection, Liverpool deserved to lose on the night in one of the worst results of the Klopp era. The manager and players shared the fans' frustration, and will be looking to make amends on the weekend. The best thing to ...

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Adam Lewis – The Next Local Hero

It's been widely reported that Alberto Moreno will leave on a free transfer at the end of the season amidst interest from Barcelona and Arsenal. This could mean that Klopp looks to sign someone to be Robertson's deputy at left-back. However, the solution could be right under his nose in the form of a local lad, Adam Lewis. Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'i3k6T-o3T093k_osOptXKw',sig:'pR7f6ryP50bLcB-G9xLWnYxAUhcPGbpJhISMD1fqML8=',w:'594px',h:'457px',items:'1052960892',caption: true ,tld:'co.uk',is360: false })}); Who Is Adam Lewis? The England U20 ...

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Red Star Belgrade vs Liverpool

Liverpool were forced to share the spoils with Arsenal at the weekend but will be determined not to let the same happen in the Champions League. Liverpool take on Red Star Belgrade in Serbia for their 4th Champions League group game. The Reds beat their opponents 4-0 last month, so Klopp and his team will be looking for more of the same. In the buildup to the game, let's take a look ...

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The Rejuvenation of James Milner

  WITH THE NEW SEASON UNDER WAY, FEW PLAYERS DESERVE MORE CREDIT THAN JAMES MILNER Millie's form has been inspiring to say the least, with his fingerprints mapped all over the strong start that our team has made in the Premier league this season. The Liverpool vice-captain is one that Klopp can rely on week-in week-out to produce solid performances and set new standards for his fellow teammates. At the ripe old ...

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Return of the Ox

Fans Buoyed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Fitness Speculation Rumours suggest he's an "outside chance" of an early return, but Jürgen Klopp may exercise caution in not rushing him back too soon. The injury Alex suffered against Roma in last season's Champions League semi-final was a triple blow for the midfielder. He missed not only the final, but also England's World Cup campaign, and was supposed to be out for the entirety of ...

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FOAR Readers Have Their Say on Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool

Voice of the Fans The team at Fields of Anfield Road are always keen to engage in discussion and debate with our readers and fellow Liverpool fans. That's why we sent the call out on Twitter for supporters to DM us and share their thoughts on the game. The responses came from far and wide, and we've included the best ones below. Thanks to everyone who got involved, we're looking forward ...

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Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool : Player Ratings and Talking Points

Disappointing Draw Liverpool drew 1-1 with an impressive Arsenal side in a game that's difficult to analyse. On one hand, Liverpool were unlucky not to have won 3-0 after Mane's goal was incorrectly ruled out for offside, and VVD missed two big chances. On the other, Arsenal were dominant for long stretches of the match, and it's arguable that Liverpool barely deserved a draw. Klopp voiced his disappointment after the game regarding ...

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How can the ‘Big 6’ help Liverpool’s title challenge?

Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'R684KUUpRIZfqZLI6zFyuA',sig:'YTuxRRroHMhP__PbxL0wKe4CG2chz88-EDk1vwCaZtY=',w:'594px',h:'391px',items:'1033567362',caption: true ,tld:'com',is360: false })}); Liverpool is without a doubt having the best opening to a season in ten years and fans dream of ending the 28-year old title drought, albeit with some caution or reality checks. We've a squad to match the 2008/09 one, remain unbeaten in the league after 10 games and top our Champions League group. However, Liverpool major challengers both wear blue. Manchester City remain ...

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George Sephton: My Favourite Games – Chelsea 2005

When discussing the history and tradition of Liverpool Football Club over the past 47 years, the names of managers, players and coaches are normally mentioned. Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan, Ian Callaghan, Roy Evans, Ian Rush, Graham Souness, Phil Thompson, Kenny Dalglish, Rafa Benitez, Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez; the list goes on and on. All of the above have helped make the Anfield experience something quite special for fans ...

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Liverpool’s Transfer Policy

From Committee to Simple Communication Jurgen Klopp arrived on Merseyside in October 2015 with a reputation for doing a lot with little at his disposal. In the storm cloud of Brendan Rodgers' failed transfer committee, most thought that this meant the committee would stay intact, with Klopp even facing questions about it in his introductory presser. He simply said that he had the first and last word on the goings on in ...

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The Impact of Virgil Van Dijk

When we signed Virgil Van Dijk back in January, there were some who questioned the £75 million paid by Liverpool to Southampton for his services. The most ever paid for a centre back. https://www.instagram.com/p/BdNxYbwHLXX/ But it's money well spent for what he brings to the squad.  You can't argue with the facts,  he's improved the defence so much since signing. Liverpool have the best defence in the Premier League this season, only conceded 7 goals, ...

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Liverpool at the Emirates

The Reds visit the Emirates this Saturday, hoping to extend their lead at the top and yield a potential fourth win out of five against the Gunners. Arsene Wenger is no longer in the hotseat, but the Reds' fans will be familiar with current coach, Spaniard Unai Emery, who led Sevilla to glory in the 2016 Europa League Final at the expense of Liverpool. Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'h-V8zlgoQYt0bINmfn6mAA',sig:'QYUheCzQtbA90BQhA1yz-zZ8G5MnvvmwO8hCfjNSPmk=',w:'594px',h:'424px',items:'532199096',caption: false ,tld:'com',is360: false })}); Clashes ...

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Where next for Away ticket prices?

Where next for Away ticket prices? It may be something that is firmly stored at the back of some supporters minds or it may come as a surprise, but 2018/19 is the final season of an initial three-year agreement to implement a £30 away ticket price cap across the Premier League. After campaigning from many supporters groups, including Spirit of Shankly and a widespread campaign – “Twenty’s Plenty” by the Football ...

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In Klopp We Trust

EARLY DAYS Jürgen Klopp was born on the 16th of June, 1967, in Stuttgart, Germany, and grew up in the Black Forest countryside. He spent 15 years as a player at Mainz, before becoming their manager in 2001. Klopp led the club to their first ever Bundesliga appearance and UEFA Cup qualification before joining Borussia Dortmund in 2008. Unimaginable success was the theme of his time at Dortumund, and Klopp guided BVB ...

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HALLOWEEN SPECIAL – 5 Liverpool Horror Shows

It's that time of the year again The time when the streets are full of monsters, zombies and flamingos (???), when you argue with your spouse over whether you should buy sweets or mixed nuts for the kids (sorry darling, but I did at least go for cashews this year), and when you turn off all the lights, draw all the curtains and ensure a total black-out of the house at ...

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The Curious Case of Dejan Lovren

Assessing where the likable Croatian stands this season.  There are fewer divisive defenders to represent the club than Dejan Lovren. Restored to the starting XI against Cardiff at the weekend, Lovren put in a wobbly display. A couple of times he put his colleagues under pressure with sloppy passes and he lost his man for Cardiff's goal. They may appear like minor issues in an otherwise comfortable romp at Anfield, but the bigger ...

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Different Feels

The last time Liverpool faced Cardiff at Anfield was in December 2013: a 3-1 win, supervised by Luis Suarez's mastery, sent Liverpool to the top of the table just in time for Christmas. Historically, The team that sits top on Christmas goes on to win the league come May, but we all know what happened... The ride that was experienced during that mesmerizing campaign was incredible, and the unwanted result that occurred ...

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Should Woodburn Be a Cause for Concern?

Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'xt_GVwvoSclWJKf6bP-hVA',sig:'5TO2bq8eEvMK2UxPB_3aYVeV0y9JUde2-zeq60lqHYs=',w:'594px',h:'352px',items:'626494178',caption: false ,tld:'com',is360: false })}); Nearly 2 years ago, Liverpool's history books were rewritten by a certain young man. On as a substitute with the score at 0-0, Ben Woodburn was sent on by Jurgen Klopp to make an impact. That opportunity came when Origi and Wijnaldum combined in the 76th minute to set the teenager up. Presented with a free shot, Woodburn was never going to miss it ...

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Liverpool 4-1 Cardiff: Match Report

Coming into this match, Liverpool had a nice opportunity to round up a 10-game start to the 2018/19 Premier League season, and they they did so in style by steamrolling over Cardiff City. They were sitting second to title holders Manchester City only on goal-difference. As for the visitors from Wales, goal-difference seemed important to them too as it was the only thing keeping them above the relegation zone led ...

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Fabinho – Our Brazilian Maestro

Liverpool signed Fábio Henrique Taveres ‘Fabinho’ on the 28th of May 2018 for a fee of £39 million, an amazing coup by the Reds. The then 24-year-old had been scouted by many top clubs across Europe, but Jürgen worked his magic again and we got him across the line. He arrived by private jet with his wife Rebecca Tavares to complete his deal. Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'HlnQOgZkTyJRuOpCSgVbow',sig:'aHjpxn4SRNBvmI8jYyp1VOfbBvaICuGHIk2V0KVDw3c=',w:'594px',h:'446px',items:'963368202',caption: false ,tld:'ie',is360: false })}); Klopp ...

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Joe Gomez – A New Breed of Defender

The £3.5m Liverpool paid for 18 year old Joe Gomez back in 2015 might have seemed abit steep at the time, especially when you take into account the fact that we splashed-out a mere £500k more for the best defender to ever grace British shores a year later. Joe's now worth £25.2m so put that in your prudish, tight-arse pipes and smoke it. I am big fan of Joe, and his ilk ...

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LFC finally has a formidable squad

So finally it looks like we've found that second gear; against Red Star- it just clicked together. We might not be the same free-flowing, entertaining and dynamic team from last season yet, but with a little fine tuning by Jürgen, we could get back to our best. Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'bKWd5MOFSVBGCn-x0rL1OA',sig:'bpjUiF3W0Iahhljh2sEba0oBXK6atkTdpy1GRPbvfUY=',w:'594px',h:'396px',items:'1052963714',caption: true ,tld:'ie',is360: false })}); There were some stand out performances last night. Fabinho was one who springs to mind, he stood up ...

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Liverpool 4-0 Red Star : Player Ratings

Reds Star Against Belgrade Liverpool returned to their rightful place atop of Champions League Group C after dispatching Red Star Belgrade in style under the Anfield floodlights. The victory was nice, but what had the fans talking was the all round outstanding performances from every player. It was a display reminiscent of last year's brilliance. Bobby Firmino's deflected shot broke the deadlock, before Mo Salah confidently finished an excellent team move to make ...

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Liverpool 4-0 Red Star: Match Report

Having beaten Paris Saint-Germain at Anfield in the Champions League opener and lost away to Napoli, Liverpool welcomed Red Star Belgrade in the third game of this season's edition of UEFA's elite competition. The Reds came into the match on the back of a 0-1 win away at Huddersfield. The contest was settled by a Mo Salah strike in the 24th minute, and the team approached the Red Star showdown with ...

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Must Liverpool Deliver the Goals to Prove Title Credentials?

Winning Ugly Time and time again this season we've found ourselves buried under a mire of concerns with the lack of goals of late, be it on Twitter, the tabloids, or even in casual conversation. On several occasions however, Liverpool have managed to silence – all too briefly – the boo boys, in producing a number of solid, if not flashy, displays. Liverpool legend, John Aldridge, was particularly worried over this development and what it ...

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Preview: Liverpool vs Red Star Belgrade

Having recorded victory against Huddersfield at the weekend, Klopp will be hoping for more of the same against Red Star Belgrade. The Serbians though, who are unbeaten in their own league, will be looking to make life difficult for the Reds. With European nights returning to Anfield, let us preview the 3rd group game of Liverpool's Champions League campaign. A Low Scoring Affair Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'-i_vuJ_qTDVe_e1aBhXGVA',sig:'N1ZZ9EYHtEqqP53EJEsYtyTVcevr82hiNR_fEn1YPUA=',w:'594px',h:'396px',items:'1052709486',caption: true ,tld:'com',is360: false })}); Even from an ...

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A Break could be just what Mo needs

We all know the story. Mo Salah made the world his oyster with a barnstorming season in 17/18, before Sergio Ramos became the most hated man in world football when he dislocated Mo's shoulder after a challenge in the Champions League final in June, casting a storm cloud over a World Cup which would've been Mo's shining moment as he led the line for his country on Football's biggest stage. Embed ...

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Harry Wilson: Why Klopp has to ignore the noise

It's been a whirlwind month for Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson. The highly rated Welsh International has been making spectacular headlines on some of the biggest stages. His top class free kick for Derby against Man United at Old Trafford stunned our fierce rivals in their League Cup exit. He subsequently followed that up with another pearler against Republic of Ireland in Dublin last week. Return These wonderful goals coupled with a few frustrating ...

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Steven Gerrard – The Ultimate Hero

EARLY DAYS Steven Gerrard was born on May 30th, 1980, in Whiston, Merseyside, Liverpool. His passion for football from an early age was evident and he started playing for the local youth team Whiston Juniors. At just nine years of age his destiny was already mapped out as he was spotted by Liverpool scouts and went on to join the Liverpool Academy the same year. There was no other path for ...

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Where has our Attacking Mojo gone?

In our last three matches we've only had four shots on target Our attack seems to have lost its fluidity, last season we had the second most goals scored in the league and the best attack in the Champions League. We ripped teams apart with our fast moving attacks, and we were the best counter attacking team in Europe, teams feared our front three. Fast forward one season It’s been a bit lethargic ...

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Matchday 9 Analysis

Well that was ugly, no two ways about it. The Reds took the pitch for the first time in 13 days in Yorkshire at bottom three side Huddersfield Town. The match pitted two old time friends as managers against each other as Jurgen Klopp took on the best man at his wedding (and USA international) David Wagner. The Reds lineup saw a few changes with Adam Lallana taking the place ...

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Huddersfield vs Liverpool – What do the FOAR writers think?

Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'1WLJwV8uS5FJVFLO-uGonA',sig:'sRNCOiVhzZ4BLcKqUM9-q_ic7LphEUSvpcvCGHKukJY=',w:'594px',h:'413px',items:'912361606',caption: true ,tld:'com',is360: false })}); The time has come. After what seemed like an endless, inexhaustible, excruciating, interminable - and every other synonym for 'too bloody long' - international break; finally real football returns. It's David vs Jürgen, old mates at either end of the footballing pyramid. One fighting relegation, the other fighting off enamored advances from besotted Reds all over the world. One bottom-3 and cannot find a win, the other top-3 and ...

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From Belief to Great Expectations

This time last year Liverpool awaited a certain Brazilian’s return from back injury and were unsure if he’d stay or not. Just as many gushed over Moreno’s form and why Andy Robertson would be a good backup for him. Many also wondered why Klopp bought Oxlade-Chamberlain if he wasn’t going to use him. Similar to current clamour for more playing time for Shaqiri, demands to play Fabinho, start Sturridge more ...

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Preview: Huddersfield vs Liverpool

After a week of international football, league action will be back in full swing. On a 4 game winless streak prior to the break, the Reds will be seeking a winning return at the John Smith's Stadium. Friendship will have to be put aside as Klopp and Wagner go head to head against each other. With both sides desperate for a win, here's a rundown of the key pointers that may ...

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Why Jordan Henderson Must Adapt

Jordan Henderson arrived in 2011 as one of English football's bright young things, and was part of Kenny Dalglish's master plan to once again rebuild the midfield around Steven Gerrard. While growing pains were to be expected, coming from being a young Captain of a struggling Sunderland side to the always ambitious, somewhat rejuvenated Liverpool under a manager who had seen and done it all in the game, he clearly ...

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Liverpool’s Loanees – The Story So Far

Plenty of Liverpool players have been loaned out this season to gain game-time, much needed experience and some to recover their form. Loan moves are always beneficial as they can often determine the future of a player and if he’s good enough to stay with the club. We’re going to look at the 14 players Liverpool loaned out this season and try to figure what the future has in store for ...

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Liverpool’s Five Greatest African Players

Over the past two decades, players from the African continent have become increasingly important in the Premier League. Liverpool have their own, growing history of Africans at the club. They have made a telling contribution to the club's success on the pitch. It's now unlikely to see a Liverpool starting XI without an African import on the team sheet.  In recent years, we have been recruiting some of the continent's top ...

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Assessing Our First Choice Midfield

Last Sunday's point marked the end of a brutal run of fixtures for the Reds. During that period, Liverpool faced the likes of Tottenham, PSG, Southampton, Chelsea, Napoli, and Manchester City. Having picked up eight points in the league to be joint leaders, it's safe to say the team fared relatively well during this testing period. However, there are some who will always find things to moan about. Whether unfairly or not, ...

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Midfield Rotation After the Nations League

A goalless share of the points between two of the Premier League's most dangerous sides was perhaps not the result most fans expected, but nonetheless, it's one that both managers were more than happy to accept. "It is a very intense, an unbelievable challenge to face Manchester City always - I've said that before - and as the last game of an intense period, it makes the challenge even bigger, so ...

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Undue Pressure on Mo Salah

RECAP OF LAST SEASON Salah signed for LFC in June '17 for £36.9 million. He is the signing of the decade, making an immediate impact and scoring on his debut. Being a natural winger he showed his versatility by playing either as a forward or an attacking midfielder. Salah’s speed, agility & dribbling skills were backed up by his superb technique. He has an instinctive hunger to score. Klopp said, "He ...

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In Praise of the Fan From Afar

Who is more passionate?  The local fan, born and bred into their club, immersed in its history and mythology, or the fan from afar, the nomadic devotee, the much reviled glory hunter? Sitting in a pub some years ago I had the dubious pleasure of listening to the “proper” Liverpool fans, the ones who lived in the city, slagging off folk like me who come from far and wide to follow ...

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Cliches set to rise as optimism increases

The clichés are already starting to rear their head and you will probably hear them muttered numerous times over the course of the season, especially if Liverpool back the bold media predictions that they will be the main challengers to Manchester City. The so-called testing period, the outcome of a game demonstrating whether they can challenge for the title and the evident comparison to the other contenders with the word ...

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Three Years with Klopp: Some Perspective

In football you are only ever a few negative results away from a crisis. According to some, Liverpool’s winless run of four games is a warning sign that things are not quite right. Panic buttons have been well and truly pressed as Liverpool failed to be at their creative, menacing best against Manchester City on Sunday afternoon. While some of the comments are not inaccurate, the disregard for the progress seen ...

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Klopp’s role for Sturridge could give him a new lease of life

Few Liverpool fans could have predicted that Daniel Sturridge would have such an important impact on the side this season. After departing Anfield to join struggling West Bromwich Albion in January, Sturridge has returned to Merseyside with a fresh perspective on his role in the Reds’ squad. Much of that is arguably due to Jurgen Klopp’s decision to use him sparingly given his unfortunate run with injuries.   https://youtu.be/I9vXpswxMRk   Sturridge climbed off the ...

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Liverpool 0-0 Manchester City: Match Report

With seven 2018/19 Premier League rounds done and dusted, the eighth one brought what was likely the most anticipated match of the season. Prior to the term's start, many people saw Liverpool and Manchester City as the main favorites for the title. Not much has changed on that front, except perhaps that Chelsea and Arsenal seem to be putting their names forward as well at the moment. But let's not get ...

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Bob Paisley and the LFC Revolution

Early Life Bob Paisley was born in 1919 in the mining village of Hetton-Le-Hole in Co.Durham. It was described as a close-knit community where “coal was king & football was religion”. Schooled in the local area along with his 3 siblings, Bob knew that football was for him from the off. During the mining strike in 1926 things weren't easy, and even though Bob admitted there was never any money left ...

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Liverpool vs Manchester City: Key Battles

Liverpool versus Manchester City. Red versus Blue. Champions versus the contenders. This is a match that has been highly anticipated since the fixture lists were announced. After all, Liverpool were touted as the team to challenge the Citizens for the title. And having lost in midweek, the Reds will be looking to make amends with a win over their rivals. With all eyes on Anfield come Sunday, let us examine the key ...

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Sir Kenny Dalglish – A Liverpool Legend

Sir Kenneth Mathieson Dalglish was born on March 4, 1951, in Glasgow, Scotland. He grew up in Dalmarnock in the East End of Glasgow. His family eventually moved to Govan, which, coincidentally, is the same area that Sir Alex Ferguson was from. Dalglish attended Miltonbank Primary School. It may sound surprising these days, but Kenny started out as a goalkeeper and he would only later find his feet as an attacker. He ...

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Citizens Enter Red Territory

Liverpool vs Man City : A game that pits two of the country's exciting teams against each other- teams that thrive on exhilarating football. Having lost two of their last three games, with the defeats coming in different competitions, the Reds will look to bounce back and hit their strides. Their next game sees table-toppers Man City visit Anfield, who have won their last four league games. Although Liverpool have yet to reach ...

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Final Curtains for Alberto Moreno?

You can argue the case that not to much should be read into Liverpool's 2-1 defeat to Chelsea on Wednesday night in the Carabao Cup. Both side's fielded weakened teams confirming that the Cup was fourth priority for both managers, the cup was little more then a good opportunity for squad players in need of minutes to get some game time. However, you can also argue quite rightly that this is ...

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Napoli 1 – 0 Liverpool : Player Ratings

Liverpool Beaten After Flat Display Out of context, a 1-0 loss away to Napoli in the Champions League isn't a big deal. However, it was the manner of this defeat that has Reds fans upset. In all honesty, the scoreline flattered us. Liverpool's midfield looked hapless, our fullbacks were run ragged, and worst of all, the attack failed to click yet again. Lorenzo Insigne won it for the hosts in the 90th minute ...

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Preview: Liverpool vs Manchester City

These high flying fixtures seem to be coming thick and fast. Having visited Tottenham and Chelsea already, it‘s now time to welcome the current Premier League champions Manchester City to Anfield. A tall order, you might assume. But is the task that awaits us as formidable as it seems? We all remember only too well how the corresponding fixture finished last season. 90 minutes filled with high-octane football; intensity like you’ve ...

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Napoli 1-0 Liverpool: Match Report

Having beaten Paris Saint-Germain in the opening round of this season's Champions League, Liverpool traveled to Italy for matchday 2 where they faced Napoli at their San Paolo stadium. PSG had annihilated Red Star Belgrade earlier in the evening in Paris by 6-1. Napoli failed to beat Red Star in Belgrade in the first round with the game ending goalless, and they had not only a point to prove, but they ...

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xG: The Exciting Stats Placing Liverpool and City Ahead of the Competition

Although we have yet to re-witness the dizzying heights of Liverpool's free-scoring exploits of the previous season, fans have been treated to a number of positive performances. This culminated most recently in a hard fought draw at Stamford Bridge, courtesy of a brilliant 25-yard effort from Daniel Sturridge, which looped beyond the reach of Chelsea No.1 Kepa Arrizabalaga. A share of the points - Maurizio Sarri graciously admitted - was a ...

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Preview: Napoli vs Liverpool

Liverpool travel to Italy sitting pretty atop their Champions League group. Having already beaten Paris Saint-Germain last month, the Reds will be confident that they can clinch another result against Napoli. And on the back of a comeback draw against Chelsea, the feel good factor in the Reds camp is as strong as ever. Even though the Italian side drew their opening game with Red Star Belgrade, they will be battling ...

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Sturridge Reaches Half-Century of Premier League Goals for Liverpool

A Daniel Sturridge late equalizer against Chelsea on Saturday sent the travelling Kop into raptures and saw him finally reach the tally of 50 Premier League goals for Liverpool. With the instant impact and fantastic record of scoring for the club following his arrival from Chelsea in January 2013, you would have expected him to have hit this achievement a lot sooner than just shy of 6 years at the ...

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