Mohamed Salah – What can we make of his goal drought?

Goal Drought. Rival fans calling him a one season wonder. His problem? The truth is  he hasn’t got one, considering he’s provided 17 goals and 7 assists this season which leaves him sitting comfortably 1 goal behind Sergio Aguero. The worst thing Mo Salah ever done was have that amazing season last year because I think it left people expecting him to repeat it and it gives our rivals a lousy excuse to try ...

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Can we win the double? – A look at Liverpool’s final run-in

The Final Push As the season reaches its climax, it’s fair to say that most Liverpool fans are understandably nervous. Can we do it? Can we win the league? Can we win the Champions league? Yes, we can. Four out of our last seven games are at home. We are unbeaten in the premier league at home since April 2017 and considering the strength of the league this is an unbelievable stat. Our ...

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Bournemouth Closeup: Tactics, Stats, and Eddie Howe

With the latest against Pellegrini's West Ham, its been a couple performances to forget for Liverpool. Though one would imagine the club's fortunes will change in the upcoming Anfield clash with Bournemouth. WHERE ARE BOURNEMOUTH NOW? Coming off the back of two consecutive wins including a highly impressive, if unexpected, 4-0 thrashing of Chelsea at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth now face a tough run of fixtures with title challengers Liverpool and Manchester ...

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Leicester City Closeup: Tactics, Stats, and Claude Puel

Following a goal glutz of an affair between Palace and Liverpool, the Reds will be hoping for a more routine experience against their latest opposition from the East Midlands - Leicester City. WHERE ARE LEICESTER CITY NOW? Having been the victim of a last minute goal in the other 4-3 thriller last weekend at the Molineux, the pressure is mounting on Claude Puel to deliver the points. With only one win in ...

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Crystal Palace Closeup: Tactics, Stats, and Roy Hodgson

Following on from the hard-fought victory over Brighton, its rather fitting that our next opponents should be the South-Coast club's arch rivals, Crystal Palace, led by former Liverpool man, Roy Hodgson. WHERE ARE PALACE NOW? Brought in to steady the Palace ship following the sacking of Dutch manager Frank de Boer, after only 77 days in charge, former England manager Roy Hodgson endured a difficult return to his boyhood club, which saw ...

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Brighton and Hove Albion Closeup: Tactics, Stats, and Chris Hughton

It's my hometown club against the Reds this week - although I won't be wishing them well against Liverpool - so this is a special piece for me to deliver to you all! WHERE ARE BRIGHTON NOW? It's far to say that Brighton have come a long way since their brush with liquidation in 1997. Successive promotions four years later in 2001 and 2002 brought the club back to the second tier, ...

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Manchester City Closeup: Tactics, Stats, and the Boys in Blue

So here it comes - the most exciting game of the year. A game in which, some claim, the title itself will hinge upon. To prepare you for it, Shirley and I are delivering you another opposition closeup! Farrell WHERE ARE CITY NOW? Manchester City's fans have enjoyed quite the change of fortunes since the club's ownership switched hands to Sheikh Mansour in 2008, one of football's wealthiest owners. The appointment of Roberto Mancini ...

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Liverpool 5 – 1 Arsenal: Player Ratings and Talking Points

Reds Sign off the Year in Style What a year 2018 has been! This side have started building something special, and a 5-1 victory over Arsenal at Anfield was the perfect way to bring the curtain down on a spectacular calendar year. The dream day got off to a nightmare start when Ainsley Maitland-Niles tucked home a Liverpool-like goal that came against the run of play, but these Reds are different to ...

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Liverpool 4 – 0 Newcastle: Player Ratings and Talking Points

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Liverpool fans are in a collective state of euphoria and disbelief right now. Not only are the Reds still unbeaten and playing excellent football, but Manchester City, our closest rivals, have lost 3 out of their last 4 League games meaning Liverpool are now 7 points clear of them. While that's great, it's important to remain focused on ourselves. Klopp's men certainly were against ...

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Wolves 0 – 2 Liverpool: Player Ratings and Talking Points

Reds Top at Xmas Liverpool took their chance to seal the top spot on the Premier League table for Christmas after what was ultimately a professional, if at times difficult, night. Wolves are a good team and they deservedly find themselves just behind 'the big six' clubs in seventh place. Despite the Reds' excellent run of results and encouraging form, this game had 'potential banana peel' written all over it. This point ...

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Liverpool 3 – 1 Manchester United: Player Ratings and Talking Points

Merry Christmas Mourinho A visit from Manchester United is always a nervy affair, especially considering it's been quite a while since we've beaten them in the League. That stat would make some believe that United have been dominating us when in fact, it's been quite the opposite. They've just been stubborn and lucky with their deep defending and counter-attacks. The injuries we suffered before the game suggested that a similar result was ...

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Manchester United Closeup: Tactics, Stats, and Rashford

Welcome to another edition of our opposition closeup's where we have a real treat in store for you. Come Sunday, Liverpool will host historic rivals Manchester United on home turf at Anfield. Whilst United are but a shadow of the team and the ethos legendary manager, Sir Alex Ferguson left behind, this fixture still represents a must win for the club. Joining me in analysing the threats we have to keep ...

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Rival Roundup: Matchday 16

In this most recent matchday, all of Liverpool's rivals were in action in some really enticing encounters. Here's how they all got on in Matchday 16. Bournemouth v Liverpool First of all, Liverpool won what should've been a tricky game against Eddie Howe's Bournemouth. Instead of being difficult it was fairly easy for the Reds and they ran out 4-0 winners. For more information on the match, check out Vesko's match report ...

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Naby Keita, Qu’est-ce que c’est?

That’s three points for the manager right there. He can take them home and cuddle them to sleep tonight. He’s earned it. He targeted this game as the one where he could rest the big men and get some minutes in the legs for those who need it and he got it spot on. Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'-JC4pf-uTJRzi25LqNulRA',sig:'l675juHt2mhn1T3_m2sfyRx4YCiISeqrwbw37J6DpyM=',w:'594px',h:'353px',items:'1068822600',caption: true ,tld:'com',is360: false })}); One man in particular more than played his part. We ...

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Burnley Closeup: Tactics, Stats, and Sean Dyche

Off the back of a brilliant win against Everton in the Merseyside derby, courtesy of a late Divock Origi goal, the mood in the Anfield camp could not be better, as they prepare to embark on a packed Christmas schedule. This week, I'll be looking at Sean Dyche's Burnley, who find themselves right in the middle of the relegation scrapheap at 19th.   Where are Burnley Now? Given Burnley's success last season in earning ...

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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 Closeup: Tactics, Stats, and Pereyra

With the Watford game ahead, the team at FOAR have decided to launch a set of pieces every week looking at the tactics, stats, and key players of the opposition we'll be coming across in the league. To start it all off, we've got a joint piece on Javi Gracia's Watford by Shirley and myself. Enjoy!   (Farrell) Where are Watford now? It's been quite the journey for Watford, having secured their return to the ...

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Watford v Liverpool – FOAR Writers’ Predictions and Live Game Cafe

Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'Ty7gNnyMTSZCgD7Mq6gzlQ',sig:'rSiWeQGrY17JEUW-VkyerXZ1JTECToPnWLTmYPaOOGo=',w:'594px',h:'372px',items:'1060172294',caption: true ,tld:'co.uk',is360: false })}); Watford have had a tumultuous time of late with the recent high turnover of managers (four in three years), however, it appears that the appointment of Javi Gracia this January has gone some way in steadying the ship. Indeed, the North-West London side's newfound consistency has allowed them to benefit with an impressive points haul propelling them to 7th in the league, presenting Watford ...

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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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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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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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