Preview: Crystal Palace vs Liverpool

Following victory against West Ham, Liverpool will be hoping to build upon their successful start to the season. Their foe will yet be another London club, with Crystal Palace being the opposition this time round. Standing in the opposition dugout will be a familiar face, with ex-manager Roy Hodgson managing the Eagles. With Selhurst Park proving to be a challenging ground for Reds in recent years, here are the things to ...

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Player Ratings: LIV 4 – 0 WHU

For the fourth consecutive appearance against West Ham United, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool put for past the Hammers, as the Reds are off to a  flying start to the 2018-19 Premier League campaign. Brimming with the additions of Naby Keita and Alisson Becker to the starting XI, Liverpool opened the scoring with Mohamed Salah just before the 20 minute mark, as he scored from just a couple of yards out, at ...

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Liverpool 4-0 West Ham: Match Report

Liverpool started the 2018/19 Premier League season with a home encounter against West Ham. Klopp's men would have anticipated a stern test from a Premier League-winning manager in Manuel Pellegrini and his new-look squad. Liverpool scored 4 against West Ham home and away last season, however, and came into this fixture on the back of a tremendous pre-season. Team News Liverpool Jurgen Klopp handed PL debuts to Alisson Becker and Naby Keita. Both ...

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Live Game Cafe!!! Start of the 2018/19 Season & hopefully a United banana skin

Steady FOARites! The Premier League is Baaaaack!!! We don't play until Sunday, but that shouldn't stop us from enjoying a Jamie Vardy hat-trick against United in the season opener. Typing this on the run, so I can't say too much - that I haven't already covered in our super comprehensive PL Top Six Predictor Listen to FOARcast - S03E04 - 2018 2019 PL Top Six Predictions byThe FOARcast on hearthis.at    Enjoy the comments section ...

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Preview: Liverpool vs West Ham

Finally, our season begins proper. The Reds kick-off their competitive season at Anfield. Their opponents are West Ham, led by the newly appointed Manuel Pelligrini. With a strong start necessary to mount any sort of title challenge, let us preview our very first game. A Competitive Debut For Alisson Brought in for a cool £65 million, the one time world-record goalkeeper is in line for his 1st competitive start for the Reds. He is ...

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Dublin Delight for Jurgen’s Purple Reds!

The final pre-season friendly for Liverpool away from Anfield saw the fabled front 3 all on the pitch together for the 1st time in the preparations for the new campaign following Roberto Firmino's return to the side and Jurgen Klopp responded by immediately restoring him to the starting line up alongside Sadio Mane and Mo Salah. At the opposite end of the field, Alisson Becker made his long awaited debut ...

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Anfield calling… for a friendly

In 7 days time, we will be just 90 minutes away from kick off at Anfield for the first friendly to be hosted at the club's home stadium in 4 years. The building of the new main stand and extensive work on relaying the pitch meant there had been no home friendly since 2014. Before the enforced break from hosting these matches, the last time Liverpool had not held a ...

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Champions League Final Live Game Cafe!

Welcome, boys and girls, to the biggest game in the world of club football. The venue: The National Stadium of Wales (Cardiff) The KO time: 19:45 BST (20:45 CET) Real Madrid CF vs Juventus FC Hopefully, it won't be too long before were able to see our beloved Liverpool play in it, but tonight we'll have to settle for watching the two probably best teams in Europe go against each other, and be assured we're going ...

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Liverpool 1 – 2 Crystal Palace: Match Report

Crystal Palace visited Anfield as part of round 34 of the 2016/17 Premier League season on Sunday, 23rd April. The season has reached that crucial stage where every point on the board is of vital importance, and with the Eagles known to cause trouble for the Reds, there was no room for mistakes in this game. There were several worries about the fitness of players for Jurgen Klopp ahead of the clash, ...

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Special Sunday Live Game Cafe!

Hello and welcome to FOAR's Live Game Cafe, on this nice, relaxing day, known as Sunday. Like yesterday, there’s a mixture of the Premier League and the FA Cup today as well, with one small difference. Well , Liverpool play today, don’t they? https://twitter.com/empireofthekop/status/856055232501084160   Here we go. 14:15 BST (15:15 CET) Burnley vs Manchester United As you’ve probably heard, Manchester United have been left without Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo for the rest of the season as ...

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Saturday Live Game Cafe!

Welcome, friends, to another one of FOAR's Live Game Cafes! It's Saturday again (well there's something you didn't know), and I don't know about the weather conditions where you all live, but in my town it's cold and windy outside - a perfect day for some shouting at the TV while watching football. But first I'd like to share a piece of wisdom I've come across while browsing this morning, one that ...

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WBA 0 – 1 Liverpool: Match Reports & Player Ratings

 Round 33 of the 2016/17 Premier League season saw Liverpool play West Brom at the Hawthorns. Match Report For this game, Jurgen Klopp abandoned his three-at-the-back experiment from the previous match and went back to his usual 4-3-3. Simon Mignolet was in goal, Nathaniel Clyne (right) and James Milner (left) flanked Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren at the back. Lucas Leiva anchored the midfield completed by Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum. Philippe Coutinho ...

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Sunday Live Game Cafe!

Welcome again, friends. Today is the day Liverpool could take their chances of a top four finish to the level of extremely high probability, almost certainty should they win at the Hawthorns. A convincing win over Bournemouth yesterday by Spurs has kept up the pressure on league leaders Chelsea, and now Antonio Conte's side need to win today at Old Trafford. Otherwise they could become anxious over the title which so ...

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Saturday Live Game Cafe!

Hello friends, and welcome again to FOAR's Live Game Cafe.  On this day, marking the 28th anniversary of the most terrible event the world of football has ever seen, the thoughts of everybody at FOAR are with the families of the 96 victims of the infamous disaster. May the people who went to see a football game and never came back rest in peace, now that the truth has been brought ...

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Sunday Live Game Cafe!

Hello, and welcome once again. Yesterday was a great day for sure, with the way the Reds rose to the occasion and snatched the three points from Stoke. If you missed it, you can read the report here and the player ratings here. Will Howell has done a great post-match reaction & analysis video, and you can also check out some other post-match reactions and pressers. Today there's a total of two ...

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Stoke City 1 – 2 Liverpool: Match Report

Just three days after the midweek disappointment, the Reds were in action again, away to Stoke City, playing their 32nd league game of the season. Without Sadio Mane, Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana, with Roberto Firmino judged to be fatigued and Philippe Coutinho just coming back from illness, Klopp picked a rather unusual lineup, arranged in a 3-5-2:   Matip was in the centre of defence flanked by Lovren and Klavan, the trio of ...

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Saturday Live Game Cafe!

Hello and welcome, friends. Sit down and grab a drink. No need to take the shoes off. Today a total of seven games are being played in the Premier League, and it's going to be an interesting day for sure. But before we get into them and the teams facing each other this round, let's take a look at the current standings: Most of the seven games today are important, with at ...

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Liverpool 2 – 2 Bournemouth: Match Report & Player Ratings

Round 31 of this season’s Premier League handed Liverpool the chance of paying Bournemouth back for what the Reds had suffered at the hands of Eddie Howe’s team at the beginning of December. It was also an opportunity for the Reds to improve their chances of Champions League qualification for the next season, considering the other fixtures of this round. With Sadio Mane, Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana all unavailable, Jurgen Klopp ...

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Wednesday Live Game Cafe!

Hello and welcome to another Live Game Cafe! We thoroughly appreciate you dropping by to enjoy the game(s) with us dab-smack in the middle of the week. First of all, let's take a look at what happened yesterday: And now the table looks like this:   There's plenty of action left for today, including Liverpool's mission to avenge themselves for that surprising defeat at the Vitality earlier this season. Here we go.   19:45 BST (20:45 CET) Arsenal vs ...

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Sunday Live Game Cafe!

[ap_divider color="#CCCCCC" style="solid" thickness="1px" width="100%" mar_top="20px" mar_bot="20px"] Swansea vs Boro - 13:30BST - Venue: Liberty Stadium, Wales https://twitter.com/SwansOfficial/status/848497677759283200 https://twitter.com/Boro/status/848497760949161984 [ap_divider color="#CCCCCC" style="solid" thickness="1px" width="100%" mar_top="20px" mar_bot="20px"] Arsenal vs Manchester City - 16:00 BST - Venue: Emirates Stadium https://twitter.com/Arsenal/status/848535586751340544 https://twitter.com/ManCity/status/848535491339268096

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Liverpool 3 – 1 Everton: Match Report

The day – Saturday, April 1st 2017. Early kick-off game. The venue – Anfield. The opponent – Everton. Round 30 of the 2016/17 Premier League season featured the 228th  Merseyside Derby, with Liverpool hosting their bitter rivals from the other side of Stanley Park. Both teams were hit hard by injuries for this game, and neither Jurgen Klopp nor Ronald Koeman were able to name their preferred line-ups. Klopp opted to retain his ...

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Derby Saturday Live Game Cafe!

[ap_divider color="#CCCCCC" style="solid" thickness="1px" width="100%" mar_top="20px" mar_bot="20px"] [ap_divider color="#CCCCCC" style="solid" thickness="1px" width="100%" mar_top="20px" mar_bot="20px"] Hello and welcome to another Live Game Cafe by FOAR! It was a long and hard international break, with some very bad news for Liverpool, but this weekend real football returns, kicking off in style, with no less than the Merseyside Derby. ********************************************************************************** 12:30 BST (13:30 CET) Liverpool vs Everton Neither team enters the Derby as they would like. Both Jurgen Klopp and Ronald ...

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Manchester City 1 – 1 Liverpool: Match Report

Round 29 of the Premier League saw the Reds visit the Manchester Blues at their Etihad stadium. Ever since Manchester City became one of the richest clubs in England, Liverpool’s clashes with them have been bearing much importance for both teams. This time the game was simply huge in terms of top-four placement at the end of the season, for which both teams are strong candidates. Not being able to count on ...

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Sunday Live Game Café!

Sunday. Just how bloody remains to be seen. Hello and welcome once again to FOAR's Live Game Café. An extremely interesting day, to put it mildly, is before us. Three Premier League games are being played today. Well, two games and one Game. First of all, here's a reminder of the results of the games played yesterday: And after those games, the table looks like this: As we see, Arsenal losing to Watford puts ...

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Saturday Live Game Café!

Hello, and welcome to FOAR's Live Game Café and round 29 of the 2016/17 Premier League season. The table currently stands like this: Seven games are being played today, and some of them might be interesting for Liverpool to observe, whether simply the result being significant, or the play. Let's see what's in store. 12:30 BST (13:30 CET) West Bromwich Albion vs Arsenal The first game of the day is probably the most interesting one ...

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Liverpool 2 – 1 Burnley: Match Report & Player Ratings

The round 28 of the 2016/17 Premier League season saw Liverpool welcome Burnley. Jurgen Klopp sent out the following line-up: The formation of the team seemed to be floating between the standard 4-3-3 with Emre Can in the holding role instead of Jordan Henderson and Divock Origi up front for Roberto Firmino, and a 4-2-3-1 when Lallana would advance into the No.10 role right behind Origi. Sean Dyche on the other hand opted ...

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Sunday Live Game Café!

Hello people, and welcome to another Live Game Cafe.  Like yesterday, we again have a mixture of the FA Cup and the Premier League today, but with only one game in each competition. Even so, things should be far more interesting for us today. Let's see why.   14:00 BST (15:00 CET) - The FA Cup Tottenham Hotspur vs Millwall  As is the case with Manchester City, the FA Cup may present Spurs with a ...

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Saturday Live Game Cafe!

Hello friends, and welcome. This weekend it's a mixture of competitions again, as both the round 28 of the Premier League and the quarterfinals of the FA Cup are being played. The day, or at least the football part of it, starts and ends with an FA Cup fixture, with three Premier League matches squeezed in between. Here we go.   12:15 BST (13:15 CET) - The FA Cup Middlesbrough vs Manchester City In a match that ...

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Europa League – Live Game Cafe

No previews of any games here...but this is something worth reading. Liverpool being continually out of Europe will only hurt the club financially, no matter how spin they can do on Commercial deals. We must be in Europe. [ap_divider color="#CCCCCC" style="solid" thickness="1px" width="100%" mar_top="20px" mar_bot="20px"] BT Sport has extended its TV rights for the Champions League and Europa League until 2021 in a deal worth £1.2bn. The company has been broadcasting Europe's elite club ...

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Sunday Live Game Cafe!

So...how good do you feel right now? Good? Really good?? Really really good??? What a panacea an LFC victory is...the sweetest balm of all. Especially with the manner of the victory. Here's a 90 second FOARtv review! Results yesterday really favoured us. Scum remain in 6th, like a fish loves tepid water, hands fit a glove, dick loves a pu***. ArsenalFanTV is on full-on HULK rage mode. And today, if the blue noses do us a ...

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Liverpool 3 – 1 Arsenal: Match Report

The 27th game of Liverpool’s 2016/17 Premier League campaign was played at Anfield, against Arsenal, in a moment when both teams find themselves where they never meant to come – under fire from fans and under criticism from the media. For that exact reason, the moment is extremely important for both teams’ chances of securing a top-four spot at the end of the season. Unable to count on Dejan Lovren and ...

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Saturday Live Game Cafe!

Hello everybody, and welcome to another Live Game Café. Another Saturday has come, and another Premier League weekend begins. This time it’s round 27, but first, let’s take a quick look at the table as it stands beforehand: And now, let’s see what’s on the agenda for today.   12:30 BST (13:30 CET) Manchester United vs AFC Bournemouth I never thought I’d say this, let alone put it in writing, but today we’ll be hoping Manchester ...

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Saturday Live Game Cafe!

Hello all, and welcome! Grab some coffee. It's finally Premier League Saturday, and since the last weekend was all about the FA Cup, it has been long in coming. The table currently stands like this: Without further ado, let's take a look at what's on today.   15:00 BST (16:00 CET)   Chelsea vs Swansea City It's probably too much to hope that the new-found form of the Swans under Paul Clement will be able to cause an ...

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Tuesday Champions League Cafe!

The third pair of the Champions League round of 16 first-leg games are being played tonight. Let's hope Manchester City continue their run and get distracted at a crucial moment in the Premier League season.   Manchester City vs Monaco https://twitter.com/ChampionsLeague/status/834112107926867968   Bayer Leverkusen vs Atletico Madrid https://twitter.com/ChampionsLeague/status/834111780653768705 Enjoy the games and banter on in the comment section. Cheers!

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Wednesday Champions League Cafe!

Evening, folks, and welcome to FOAR's special edition of Live Game Cafe, dedicated to the UEFA Champions League. Tonight, there are two more games of Europe's elite competition to be played. At the Allianz Arena in Munich, Bayern welcome Arsenal. The two sides meet at a moment that can be described as different for one and the other, with the German team striding towards another league title after a bit of ...

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Tuesday Champions League Cafe!

After a long break the UEFA Champions League is set to continue tonight with the round of 16, when Paris Saint-Germain welcome five-time winners of the competition, FC Barcelona, while Benfica host Borussia Dortmund. It will be a chance for former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez to say hello to his partner in Uruguay NT attack Edinson Cavani. Unai Emery, who lead Sevilla to that heart-breaking victory over Liverpool in the Europa ...

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Monday Night Live Game Cafe!

Two days after the Reds smashed Spurs, round 25 comes to an end with a game between AFC Bournemouth and Manchester City. Eddie Howe and his lads will look to upset the odds at their home turf of the Vitality Stadium, just like they did when Liverpool came to visit. Ahead of tonight's game they sit in 14th place and have accumulated 26 points, six more than Hull City who currently ...

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Liverpool 2 – 0 Tottenham: Match Report

After a horrible period that seemed like century long but actually lasted about a month and a half, Liverpool hosted Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield for a round-25 Premier League game. Klopp stuck with the 4-3-3 formation that he has used all season, as well as with Simon Mignolet in goal after a few shaky performances by the Belgian ‘keeper. Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner covered the flanks either side of Joel ...

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Saturday Live Game Cafe!

Welcome, people, to FOAR's Live Game Cafe. Joe's unavailable at the moment due to some *ahem* unavoidable commitments - don't do anything I wouldn't Joe - so it's your lot to suffer my pathetic attempt at entertaining you a bit before today's games. Please keep your shoes on, we haven't fixed the ventilation system yet. Speaking of today's games - here they are.   12:30 BST (13:30 CET) Arsenal vs Hull City We'll of course be ...

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Liverpool vs Spurs: Pre-Match Presser

Klopp on Lallana's new deal “Adam is a very important player for us. He already has a pretty long contract. “How close is a new one? We don’t talk about this. It says nothing about his importance if we are negotiating or not. “We have to talk to the player, the agents and then, when something is decided, we will inform you.” On facing top six opposition Liverpool have taken 13 points from a possible ...

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Sunday Live Game Cafe! Sacred Cows…

My wife has a Toastmasters International speech scheduled tomorrow where she will be speaking on the topic: Humility Is The New Smart   So, I had her present the six minute speech, the content of which really triggered my thinking... Only those who are proud will resist the urge to examine all possible perspectives - too easily dismissing certain things because it may interfere or go against what they want to think or believe. The ...

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Hull City 2 – 0 Liverpool: Match Report

Liverpool travelled to Hull for the round 24 of the 2016/17 Premier League season. As a very gruesome January gives way to a new, hopefully better month, and after we had started looking forward to having all of our players at the manager’s disposal, an hour before the match the club have released the information that both Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan are unavailable for selection. The formation was the familiar 4-3-3, ...

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Live Game Cafe: Hull vs Liverpool

So I got what I wanted in the game against Chelsea, i.e. for our lads to go toe-to-toe and swing punches with the best. And they did that. Despite the lack of a win, I'm satisfied by that. The boys trying their very best is the very least we should expect. And now against Hull, we should expect the most, i.e. three points against the team placed second from the bottom. I ...

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Presser: Hull vs Liverpool

  https://youtu.be/GjaJKuzPzVo Klopp on Mourinho's comments Jose Mourinho kicked up an almighty fuss with his post-match comments about Jurgen Klopp last night, yelling all manner of conspiracy theories. And Klopp has kicked off his press conference by responding to that: “It’s emotional game. We all know what we can do. Maybe I was lucky that fourth official said something like that.”   Klopp on Jose: "I was worse when I was younger" More on Jose’s comments next. “I was ...

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Liverpool 1 – 1 Chelsea: Match Report

The last day of the horrible month of January 2017 saw Liverpool welcome Premier League leaders Chelsea to Anfield, playing the 23rd league game of the season.   After a disappointing string of results, the Reds entered this gameweek in 4th place, 10 points behind their opponents in this match, opponents they had previously beaten this season at Stamford Bridge. A win for Liverpool would have meant reducing the over-large gap to Chelsea to ...

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Post-game presser: FA Cup 4th Round – Liverpool 3rd straight loss at Anfield

https://youtu.be/Y54rV1detwU https://youtu.be/cLgo1tfGSko https://youtu.be/MRFcsD29Ri8   Jürgen Klopp promised Liverpool will learn from the shock of their FA Cup defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday afternoon. First-half goals from Richard Stearman and Andreas Weimann rendered Divock Origi’s late strike meaningless and sent the Reds out of the competition at the fourth-round stage. Here is what Klopp had to say after the final whistle at Anfield… On how disappointing the result is… Very, again. Cup games like this are always difficult ...

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Liverpool 1 – 2 Wolves: Match Report

After the third round of the FA Cup turned out more difficult than expected, the next obstacle popping up at Anfield were Wolverhampton Wanderers. Jurgen Klopp, whose team had hit a string of disappointing results, had a lot to think about considering the Premier League game against Chelsea coming up on Tuesday. He chose a rotated line-up, with a first-team player here and there. The team was arranged in a ...

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Player Ratings: FA Cup (4th Round) – Liverpool vs Wolves

Onyx is having some family commitments, so you're stuck with me for Player Ratings. As usual, I'll be succinct...   Loris Karius   Connor Randall   Joe Gomez   Ragnar Klavan   Alberto Moreno   Ovie Ejaria   Lucas Leiva   Gini Wijnaldum   Ben Woodburn   Divock Origi   Roberto Firmino   Philippe Coutinho   Daniel Sturridge   Emre Can   Klopp?   Thank you to MentalAndBookmarked for the inspiration behind these Player Ratings which was more fun to do than watch the game.  

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Live Game Cafe! FA Cup (4th Round) – Liverpool vs Wolves

Ordinarily, I wouldn't give a rats arse about the FA Cup, but today, I'll make an exception. We need a win. Desperately. Our wheels are spinning and struggling for grip, but we need to find traction and move on. The video below kind of captures some aspects of our season so far... [ap_spacing spacing_height="20px"] https://youtu.be/nYbJsWXI_lg   The tune at the end of the video then reminded me of this old nugget from the terraces. The Best Behaved Supporters Tune ...

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Post-game: EFL Cup Semi-Final (2nd leg) – Liverpool vs Southampton

https://youtu.be/BBRx9JbKuds   Jurgen Klopp admitted that Southampton “deserved” to beat Liverpool over two legs to reach the EFL Cup final on Wednesday, but bemoaned his side’s luck on the night.   Claude Puel’s men arrived at Anfield with a 1-0 advantage from the first leg earlier this month, courtesy of a Nathan Redmond strike, but Liverpool came into the tie desperate to halt an alarming slump in form. The Merseysiders had won just one ...

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Liverpool 0 – 1 Southampton: Match Report

The second leg of the EFL Cup semi-final, with a one-goal deficit against the Saints, was a decent chance to make the next step and reach the final of the competition. This time, Klopp opted for a two-striker system ahead of a diamond midfield in a 4-4-2 formation. Loris Karius was in goal, Trent Alexander-Arnold got the nod since Nathaniel Clyne remains unfit to play, James Milner on the left side, with ...

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Live Game Cafe! Liverpool vs Southampton

First things first. If you're seeing Ads on the Disqus comments section and wondering why, you need to read this: http://www.foarsite.com/2017/01/ads-on-disqus/   We've already previewed the EFL Semi-Final return tie quite extensively here on Will's Corner: http://www.foarsite.com/2017/01/wills-corner-liverpool-vs-southampton-pre-match-build-up/   And here on Part 3 of our FOARcast #9:     The rest of our great show can be heard here: http://www.foarsite.com/2017/01/the-foarcast-9-or-the-one-where-bigger-is-really-better/ Let's hope Phil's contract extension, Anfield under the lights and a real determination from the boss and the players to make up ...

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Liverpool 2 – 3 Swansea: Match Report

Placed between two cup clashes (FA Cup win against Plymouth earlier in the week and EFL Cup semi-final second leg against Southampton), Liverpool played Swansea at Anfield within round 22 of the Premier League. Jurgen Klopp arranged his men in a 4-3-3 like this: Simon Mignolet in goal, Nathaniel Clyne, James Milner, Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan as the back four, Jordan Henderson (C), Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum in midfield, and ...

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Live Game Cafe! Liverpool vs Swansea

Welcome to the Live Game Cafe for the Home game against Swansea.   Preceding this game is the great news that Stevie G has been formally confirmed as an LFC Academy Coach. There was a fantastic LFCTV interview done with him and Academy Director Alex Inglethorpe. 20 mins long, but well worth a watch!   https://vimeo.com/200439816   Speaking of videos, have you watched Will's Pre-match buildup of the game?  http://www.foarsite.com/2017/01/wills-corner-liverpool-vs-swansea-pre-match-build-up/   There's also this great article below which you ...

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Presser: Liverpool vs Swansea

https://youtu.be/4_dxWM5GP7g Latest on Matip Will Joel Matip play against Swansea? Here is what the Liverpool boss has had to say - in his new ‘flamed red’ tracksuit. There is no update. FIFA mentioned to us today that it will be D-day. It is difficult because we are in a moment with a lot of fixtures and not as much training. I have to concentrate on other things - but I am informed and there is no news. http://www.foarsite.com/2017/01/matip-green-light-from-fifa-today/ On ...

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Plymouth Argyle 0 – 1 Liverpool: Match Report

In the rematch of the FA Cup third round fixture, Plymouth Argyle hosted Liverpool after they managed to stay undefeated at Anfield.   It’s probably fair to say that before the game at Anfield nobody really expected to see Liverpool travel to Plymouth at all, but as Jurgen Klopp would say, it is what it is. Stranger things have happened in football. Be that as it may, it was about time Liverpool ...

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Live Game Cafe! FA Cup 3rd Round Replay – Plymouth vs Liverpool

Plymouth Argyle vs Liverpool - 19:45 BST -- Venue: Home Park Plymouth striker David Goodwillie will not feature for the club after being involved in a civil case in Scotland. They have been charged and ruled as rapists in a first civil rape case of its kind in Scotland - http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-38651041 The Pilgrims are also without Connor Smith after he was injured in Saturday's 4-2 win against Stevenage. Liverpool keeper Loris Karius is set to start, ...

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Manchester United 1 – 1 Liverpool: Match Report

And so it came. The big game we’ve been waiting for. The setting – round 21 of the 2016/17 Premier League season. The venue – Old Trafford, Manchester. As has been said many, many times before, this clash needs no special introduction whatsoever. But let’s take a look at how the two teams were entering this weekend, and what their hopes were. Apart from the obvious desire to inflict a ...

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Sunday Live Game Cafe! Never Go Full Neon

Why all this toxicity you ask? Well, the PL official Twitter account confirmed that we will be wearing our Toxic Thunder kit at the old toilet later today!   https://twitter.com/premierleague/status/819884966469369856   Cue the meltdown... https://twitter.com/_ChrisBascombe/status/819445757795323904 https://twitter.com/LongShotCou/status/820394804630749186 https://twitter.com/FussballKevMaxi/status/820270604112855040   Theory of High Visibility People tend to associate high visibility clothing with the ANSI 107 regulations regarding standard safety garments. What is ANSI 107? A voluntary standard with guidelines that provide practical instruction regarding both reflective material and garment design to enhance worker visibility in ...

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Saturday Live Game Cafe! The Final Countdown…

Who's feeling nervous? C'mon...don't lie. :) I'm guessing a sizable majority of believers in Liverpool Country have an uneasy feeling in the pit of their tummy at the moment. Don't worry! We'll be fine. Just avoid dairy products and drink plenty of water. These are the key games to keep an eye on in this Saturday LGC! Have you watched Will's Pre-match buildup to our game tomorrow? http://www.foarsite.com/2017/01/wills-corner-manchester-united-vs-liverpool-pre-match-buildup/ [ap_divider color="#CCCCCC" style="solid" thickness="1px" width="100%" mar_top="20px" mar_bot="20px"] Spurs vs ...

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Live Game Cafe! EFL Cup Semi-Final – Southampton vs Liverpool

Southampton vs Liverpool - 19:45 BST -- Venue: St. Mary's Stadium   Southampton will be without captain Jose Fonte for the visit of Liverpool in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final on Wednesday. Fonte put in a transfer request last week and Saints boss Claude Puel does not intend to include the defender until after the transfer window closes. Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho is set to return after nearly seven weeks out with ...

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Liverpool 0 – 0 Plymouth Argyle: Match Report

Liverpool kicked off their FA Cup campaign this season by  welcoming Plymouth Argyle to Anfield, in what must have been a huge game for the visitors and their fans. As was to be expected after the very congested festive period, Jurgen Klopp completely rotated his team and sent out the club’s youngest ever starting XI in a competitive match, but he still stuck to his usual 4-3-3 formation. Loris Karius returned to ...

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Live Game Cafe! Liverpool vs Plymouth Argyle

TEAM NEWS Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will rest the majority of his senior players for Sunday's FA Cup tie against Plymouth. Loris Karius, dropped as first-choice goalkeeper last month, will return and defender Joe Gomez will play his first match for Klopp having been sidelined with injury for 16 months. League Two side Plymouth are expected to hand a start to striker Paul-Arnold Garita despite issues with his knee. Defender Nauris Bulvitis could also ...

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Live Game Cafe! We need a Spurry miracle…

So, here we are. Relying on a totally unreliable Spurs to pull through with a victory or at least a draw to keep Chelsea honest and keep us in the race. If Chelsea win, I'm afraid it will be too much. I know we have a lot of optimists etc. but eight points differential with no end to a relentless Chelsea winning streak...well. You do the math.   [ap_divider color="#CCCCCC" style="solid" thickness="1px" width="100%" ...

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Sunderland 2 – 2 Liverpool: Match Report

Liverpool started their 2017 exploits at Sunderland's Stadium of Light, kicking off the second half of the season at the same time. The usual 4-3-3 formation was formed in the following line-up: Mignolet in goal, Clyne, Milner, Lovren and Klavan as the back four,  Can (in place of Henderson), Wijnaldum and Lallana in the middle, Firmino and Mane supporting Sturridge in attack. As it is often the case when Liverpool play against ...

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Live Game Cafe! Sunderland vs Liverpool

No one cares for excuses. You've got to rise above it. ~Bloggsy [ap_spacing spacing_height="10px"] https://youtu.be/Mk00GADuB4Y   Over the holiday period, the missus and I decided to watch some movies based on a theme. This time, the theme was: 'Films starring the late great John Candy'. So we kicked things off with the hilarious (and my personal favourite) 'Planes, Trains & Automobiles' with Steve Martin and John Candy. Next up, the absolutely ludicrous but laugh-out-loud 'Brewster's Millions'. I know how ...

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Liverpool 1 – 0 Manchester City: Match Report

In the final game of 2016, Liverpool welcomed Manchester City, the expensive star-studded team lead by the biggest star of them all, Pep Guardiola.  Jurgen Klopp was limited in his team selection with Joel Matip and Philippe Coutinho both still unavailable through injury, and he made a decision perhaps bold, but definitely surprising. The shape was the same, the 4-3-3 we've become accustomed to seeing this season, but the choice of players ...

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Liverpool 4 – 1 Stoke: Match Report

In their 18th league game of the season, Liverpool hosted Stoke City, the main goal being the three points and keeping up with the impressive run of Chelsea. There were no surprises in the line-up or the formation for this game. Simon Mignolet was in goal, Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan, Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner made up the back four, Jordan Henderson was stationed in his usual place between (and a ...

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Live Game Cafe! Liverpool vs Stoke

Another game...another week of pressure! Why does it seem like we've recently been playing all our games AFTER our top four rivals have played? So, given the results yesterday...three points against Stoke is a must. [ap_divider color="#CCCCCC" style="solid" thickness="1px" width="100%" mar_top="20px" mar_bot="20px"] Highs & Lows for Liverpool in 2016! [ap_divider color="#CCCCCC" style="solid" thickness="1px" width="100%" mar_top="20px" mar_bot="20px"] Liverpool vs Stoke - 17:15 BST -- Venue: Anfield   TEAM NEWS Stoke's Ibrahim Afellay could feature for the first time since suffering knee ...

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Live Game Cafe! Getting boxed…

Welcome to our Boxing Day LGC footy fans!!! It's gonna be a busy few days of football in the PL...and we wouldn't want it any other way would we??? So, get comfy in your Jurgen Claus jumper and warm Peppermint Mocha coz some of our rivals are playing today!                     [ap_divider color="#CCCCCC" style="solid" thickness="1px" width="100%" mar_top="20px" mar_bot="20px"] Arsenal vs West Brom - 15:00 BST -- Venue: Emirates Stadium TEAM NEWS Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is back in training ...

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Everton 0-1 Liverpool: Match Report

Liverpool visited (we can hardly say traveled to) Everton at Goodison as the 227th Merseyside Derby rounded the 17th matchday of the Premier League. With Arsenal losing to Manchester City on Sunday, it was a good opportunity for the Reds to break away from them. Liverpool started in their usual shape with Simon Mignolet in goal, Ragnar Klavan and Dejan Lovren right in front of him, Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner defending ...

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Live Game Cafe! Derby Day…

Hello fellow believers! Welcome to Derby Day! Some reminders below of the emotions which usually follow... What's been some of your fondest memories of the Merseyside derby? For me, the 1986 and 1989 FA Cup Finals left an indelible mark full of drama, emotion and broken television sets. Let's review some of the classic encounters we've had against Everton:   Everton 3 Liverpool 3, 2013 The best recent encounter and one of the most entertaining and open ...

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Sunday Live Game Cafe! Under Pressure…

Pressure pushing down on me Pressing down on you, no man ask for ~Queen https://youtu.be/YoDh_gHDvkk   Chelsea won - widening their lead at the top by 9 points. scum won - now within 4 points below us. Pressure at the top. Pressure at the bottom. THE SQUEEZE IS ON!  And not just for us! [ap_divider color="#CCCCCC" style="solid" thickness="1px" width="100%" mar_top="20px" mar_bot="20px"]   City vs Arsenal - 16:00 BST -- Venue: Etihad Stadium   TEAM NEWS Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is likely to be ...

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Saturday Live Game Cafe!

Phew! Fixtures flying high and coming in hot!!! TORA! TORA! TORA!   Only one game involving a top five candidate today - and it could be a banana skin. Again, we need to do our own jobs, but we also need Chelsea to slip up at some point. Let's hope! [ap_divider color="#CCCCCC" style="solid" thickness="1px" width="100%" mar_top="20px" mar_bot="20px"]   Crystal Palace vs Chelsea - 12:30 BST -- Venue: Selhurst Park TEAM NEWS Jason Puncheon returns for Crystal Palace after a ban but ...

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Match Report & Gallery: Middlesbrough 0-3 Liverpool

In the 16th round of the 2016/17 Premier League season, Liverpool played away to Middlesbrough. The Reds needed to win this game in order to catch up with Arsenal in the second place. Needless to say, Jurgen Klopp arranged his troops in a 4-3-3, but with a few slight surprises in the line-up. The underfire ’keeper Loris Karius gave way to Simon Mignolet between the posts, while Ragnar Klavan partnered Dejan Lovren ...

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Wednesday Live Game Cafe! Boro vs Liverpool

Boro vs Liverpool - 19:45 BST -- Venue: Riverside Stadium TEAM NEWS Middlesbrough forward Alvaro Negredo is in contention to return from a hamstring strain but Gaston Ramirez remains out with a foot problem. George Friend is back in full training but may not be risked for this game. Liverpool midfielder Emre Can could again miss out with the minor knee injury that prevented his involvement in Sunday's draw against West Ham. Dejan Lovren will be ...

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Live Game Cafe! Premier League Tuesday

This week Premier League games are being played smack in the middle of it, starting tonight with two clashes, both kicking off at 19:45 BST. Here they are. Everton vs Arsenal It's strange for us to hope for an Everton win, but tonight we could do with one, right? Arsenal are on form at the moment and any team that stops them will be doing us a favour. Team News It should be a ...

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Liverpool 2-2 West Ham: Match Report

 Liverpool failed to cash in on their dominance against West Ham at Anfield. Klopp sent his men again in his usual 4-3-3 formation, with the much criticized Karius in goal, while Matip, Lovren, Clyne and Milner made the line of back four. Henderson anchored the midfield, joined by Wijnaldum and Lallana. Firmino, Mane and Origi were tasked with attacking. The game started very well, and it took the Reds only five minutes ...

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Sunday Live Game Cafe! Always Angry…

‘We will be angry [on Sunday]’ Jurgen Klopp [ap_divider color="#CCCCCC" style="double" thickness="1px" width="100%" mar_top="20px" mar_bot="20px"] Chelsea vs West Brom - 12:00 BST -- Venue: Stamford Bridge TEAM NEWS Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic is set to return after missing last weekend's win over Manchester City with a calf problem. Diego Costa and Pedro are fit after being forced off during that match, but Oscar and John Terry miss out. James Morrison and Gareth McAuley are fitness doubts for West ...

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Saturday Live Game Cafe! Gary Neville Appreciation Day…

twat A great word to shout out. A woman's vagina. A blow to the face or genitalia. An offensive term for a person. Usage in a Sentence... "You're getting right on my tits you TWAAAAAAAAT!" "Nice twat there Gary." "You twatted Karius, I'll twat you right back." "Gary Neville's a twat." Picture reference... [ap_divider color="#CCCCCC" style="solid" thickness="1px" width="100%" mar_top="20px" mar_bot="20px"] Right. Now that I've got that out of my system, here are the two games ...

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Live Game Cafe! Champions League Wednesday

Since our lads will be in Barca watching the Barca vs Borussia Mönchengladbach prior to their trip back home after their post-Bournemouth defeat training session, I'd though it would be nice to have a Live Game Cafe for everyone to have a banter through the game. Most of the groups have already been decided, but there are couple of interesting matches still to look out for.   Champions League preview: 5 stories to watch ...

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Bournemouth 4-3 Liverpool: Match Report

On the 14th matchweek of the season, Liverpool played away to Bournemouth. The Reds (or green on this occasion) needed the three points from this game to keep up with leaders Chelsea, after the Londoners pulled an away victory at the Etihad on Saturday. As it turns out, what you need doesn't always match with what you get. Liverpool started in their usual shape, with Lucas playing instead of the injured Matip, alongside ...

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Live Game Cafe! Do you feel lucky punk?

Did he fire six shots or only five? Well to tell you the truth in all this excitement I kinda lost track myself... you've gotta ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya, punk? Dirty Harry (1971)   [ap_divider color="#CCCCCC" style="solid" thickness="1px" width="100%" mar_top="20px" mar_bot="20px"]   Quite simply, we need to take three points against Bournemouth. Chelsea are flying at the moment. Defeating City at the Etihad by 3 goals is a statement of intent. ...

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Live Game Cafe! Showdown Saturday…

[Having said "get three coffins ready" earlier] Joe: My mistake. Four coffins... A Fistful of Dollars, 1964 A coffin each for Chelsea, City, Arsenal and Spurs. [ap_divider color="#CCCCCC" style="solid" thickness="1px" width="100%" mar_top="20px" mar_bot="20px"] Today starts a critical five weeks of intense, no mercy, last-man-standing football. Here's your preview of the contenders victims: [ap_spacing spacing_height="10px"] City vs Chelsea; 12:30 BST -- Venue: Etihad Stadium TEAM NEWS Manchester City remain without the injured Vincent Kompany but otherwise have a fully fit squad, ...

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Sunday Live Game Cafe! Burn Baby, Burn…

Something is burning, baby, something’s in flames There’s a man going ’round calling names Ring down when you’re ready, baby, I’m waiting for you I believe in the impossible, you know that I do ~Something's Burning, Baby; Bob Dylan (1985)   Do you believe? Do you believe, I say? [ap_divider color="#CCCCCC" style="solid" thickness="1px" width="100%" mar_top="20px" mar_bot="20px"] Only the single game this Sunday involving a top four contender... Arsenal vs Bournemouth, 14:15 BST -- Venue: Emirates Stadium [ap_spacing spacing_height="10px"] TEAM ...

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Match report: Liverpool 2-0 Sunderland

Liverpool hosted Sunderland at Anfield as part of the round 13 of the Premier League. After an international break and a goalless stalemate at St. Mary's last week, Liverpool needed to return to winning ways as soon as possible, and Sunderland, though on the back of two consecutive wins, were perceived as the perfect opportunity to do so. The former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes, now in charge of ...

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Live Game Cafe! Let’s get ready to rumble…

blitzkrieg noun blitz·krieg \-ˌkrēg\ : a sudden and overwhelming attack : a fast and powerful effort A German term for “lightning war,” blitzkrieg is a military tactic designed to create disorganization among enemy forces through the use of mobile forces and locally concentrated firepower. [ap_divider color="#CCCCCC" style="solid" thickness="1px" width="100%" mar_top="20px" mar_bot="20px"] Here are today's match-ups for the current top four:   Burnley vs City:  12:30 BST -- Venue: Turf Moor TEAM NEWS Burnley have no new injury concerns ...

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Live Game Cafe Sunday!

Damp squib Meaning Something that fails ignominiously to satisfy expectations; an anti-climax, a disappointment. A situation or event which is much less impressive than expected.   Usage in a sentence: Liverpool's much anticipated return to Premier League action after an interminably excruciating International break turned out to be a damp squib. I said "squib" not "squid". Can't you get anything right?   I wanted to write more things about the draw at St. Mary's, but I'm still shaking off ...

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Saints 0-0 Liverpool: Point gained/points dropped?

Liverpool had to settle for a point after they were held to a goalless draw by Southampton at St Mary’s on Saturday afternoon. The Reds dominated the contest throughout, but were unable to breach a stubborn Saints rear-guard on a rain-swept south coast. The best opportunity of the first half fell the way of Sadio Mane against his former club, though he was denied by a fingertip save from Fraser Forster. Meanwhile, in ...

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