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Why Klopp is the most important figure to arrive at Liverpool since Sir Kenny

  On 9th October 2015, Jurgen Klopp sat and faced the press for the first time as Liverpool manager. Within minutes he had the majority of people in the room chuckling, engaged and eventually eating out of the palm of his hand. While we may not have known it at the time, we were already on a collision course with destiny. This was the dawn of something truly special at our beloved ...

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From 7 at Chester to 6 in Madrid – A 2018-19 Season Review

Following a cruel Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid, Liverpool continued their progress under Jurgen Klopp and contested one of the closest Premier League title races in years as points totals tumbled by the waste side and the focus was also on avenging that defeat in Kiev as they booked another Champions League final place. Following the defeat in the final, Jurgen Klopp made little amendments to the playing ...

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Burnley Closeup: Fighting for a Premier League Place

It's safe to say that there was much left to be desired following Liverpool's goalless draw with Mersey rivals Everton at Goodison Park. Certainly, as anyone who was brave enough to venture into Twitter will attest, the reaction was rather 'knee-jerk,' with many fans (myself included), declaring Liverpool had handed the title to Manchester City in the race for glory. With calmer minds, we can appreciate that this is simply not ...

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European Opposition Closeup: Tactics, Stats, and Niko Kovač

Without Dutch International Virgil Van Dijk on their return to Champions League action, the Reds face a difficult task against Bundesliga challengers Bayern Munich at Anfield this coming Tuesday. With injuries to Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren, Klopp will be forced to field a makeshift centre-back partnership with Joel Matip and Fabinho, although, given the latter's stellar performance in the role against Brighton, albeit less prestigious opposition, perhaps one shouldn't ...

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Klopp’s Reds: Built to last

Why Liverpool should not be too despondent this season, if they get near, yet so far to the title once again. After Manchester City's demolition job over a spineless Chelsea side last weekend, former Liverpool captain Graeme Souness declared that the Reds would have to win each and every one of their remaining games, if they were to beat City to the title this season. The fiery Scot may not ...

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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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Wolverhampton Wanderers Closeup: Tactics, Stats and Nuno

Ahead of Liverpool's visit to the Molineux, we're going to take an in-depth look at Nuno Espírito Santo's in-form Wolves, who host the Reds off the back of three consecutive wins (including an impressive home victory against Chelsea). Where are Wolves now? Having propelled Wolves back to the top tier of English football last term, in his first season in at the helm, Nuno has delivered a similarly encouraging start to life in ...

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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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Funniest/Craziest goal celebrations

FESTIVE FUN?? Hidetoshi Wakui-Strikes it lucky https://youtu.be/aAgp6ttk2wY There’s something immensely satisfying about getting a strike in a bowling alley so why not do it on the football pitch. Wakui runs to the side-lines and has his teammates, arranged themselves as a vague ten-pin formation before bowling them all over. Nice try, but there are only 9 players in your line-up so that’s only going to count out a spare, you loser!!   Jacpoco Violin-Headbutts the ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Arsenal v Liverpool – FOAR Writers Predictions

Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'mEHhQksTQglRc3h5H1uCeg',sig:'hYeRofH673-yNnS4L8aI2EXd9aXPZCUpeCFFkge9vcY=',w:'594px',h:'453px',items:'532199192',caption: true ,tld:'co.uk',is360: false })}); Time to set the Record Straight Two years after a European final to forget against Sevilla, the stakes won't be quite as high when Liverpool visit Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Make no mistake however, for this could well be a match to savour for the neutrals, as two of the most offensively exciting sides come head-to-head for the first time this season. Unai ...

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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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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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Injury Roundup: Mane green-lighted to return

With Liverpool blighted once again with injuries following an international break, it will come as welcome news to all that Sadio Mane should be available for selection in the upcoming Champions League Group C clash with Red Star Belgrade. Following a successful operation on a broken thumb, incurred during Senegal's 3-0 victory over Sudan in AFCON qualifications, Mane is likely to play some role in the fixture, according to the Mirror. https://twitter.com/MaddockMirror/status/1054459919733268481 Although ...

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Salah Suffers Injury with Egypt

Following a spectacular effort during the first half from a corner, Mohamed Salah was forced to limp off late into Egypt's meeting with Swaziland after sustaining a 'muscular injury.' https://twitter.com/SkySportsNews/status/1050844395497492480 Attempts were made by physios to return the Egyptian to the pitch following a period of treatment. However, it would appear that the injury was serious enough to warrant the player's full withdrawal. Whether the injury is at all related to concerns about ...

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Injury Update (Huddersfield game)

INJURY UPDATE After Salah limped off with a muscle strain whilst playing for Egypt, he was sent home early and the news looked grim for tomorrow’s game, but he returned to training on Thursday and is now said to be fit to face Huddersfield according to Michael Benson from TalkSport. He also discussed the other injured players: Van Dijk has been suffering with bruised ribs and he too was sent home early from ...

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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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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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Can Liverpool beat Chelsea without Van Dijk?

A bamboozling run and a powerful drive by Belgium international, Eden Hazard, with five minutes to go, was enough to inspire a Chelsea comeback in the Carabao Cup at the expense of a hapless Liverpool. Virgil Van Dijk and the rest of Liverpool's back five were notable absentees, yet, until Hazard's introduction, the game was very much Liverpool's to lose, with the home side having had a number of opportunities to ...

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Liverpool FC: A ‘One-Man Team’ No Longer

Billed as a heavyweight Champions League fixture between two of Europe's most exciting sides, Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain's opening group stage match lived up to high expectations. Providing the perfect response in the dying moments of the game, Roberto Firmino fired away Liverpool's third to seal top spot of Group C in yet another brilliant Anfield European night. In my last article, following Gary Neville's comments, I talked about how Liverpool could ...

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Liverpool’s Five Best South American Imports

Liverpool's investment in South American talent has been a bit hit and miss to be honest. However, it is fair to say, that when we have got it right the effects have been memorable and spectacular. With a combination of grit, flare, passion and real quality, the best products of that football mad continent have been almost tailor made for the Kop. Here's a look at five of our best imports. 5. ...

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Neville: Kick the Champions League into Touch

Gary Neville warns Jürgen Klopp's reds against pursuing Champions League Glory On the 26th May, the sheer excitement that emanated around Liverpool's glorious Champions League run, which saw them brush aside the likes of Manchester City and Roma, was palpable. Mohamed Salah's Liverpool against Cristiano Ronaldo's Real Madrid; this would be a final to go down in history, or so it seemed. The resulting 3-1 defeat, which saw Salah limp off early ...

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Taking Care of Trent

Taking care of Trent:  Liverpool’s young gem is a talent that we cannot afford to squander We all enjoyed the video that emerged last week of Liverpool’s most talented youngster comfortably out classing his senior England colleagues in some training ground showboating.  The ease and confidence at which Trent was able to showcase his ability was yet another pleasant reminder of just how gifted and important he is to our future ...

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Thomas Grønnemark: Specialism gone mad?

It's fair to say that Liverpool's appointment of throw-in specialist, Thomas Grønnemark, a former coach for FC Midtjylland, raised a few eyebrows. Targeted as an object of ridicule, most notably by former Sky pundit, Andy Gray, question marks have been raised as to the necessity of such a specialty in football. Gray mocked Liverpool's latest addition to their backroom staff  Coming up with the novel idea of coaching throw-ins, in what - ...

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Liverpool and Barcelona to battle for Rabiot signature

Informed by sources close to Adrien Rabiot, ESPN is the latest - in a line of sports agencies - to claim that Liverpool have stepped up their approach for the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder. Despite the club's best efforts to extend the French international's stay in Ligue 1, it is looking increasingly likely that Rabiot will seek pastures new, amidst interest abroad from some of Europe's top clubs. Considering Adam Lallana's injury ...

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A Distribution Revolution

Inconvenient as international breaks are, it offers ample opportunity to take stock of Liverpool’s rugged performances of late. Rarely operating past second gear, Liverpool have relied largely on the efforts of their back four – a historically uncomfortable experience, as fans will attest – in grinding out a series of hard fought wins. It was a task made easier with the addition of £66.9 million goalkeeper Alisson – formerly of ...

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Out Muscled

On Saturday in the late summer warmth of the East Midlands, Liverpool did what all teams with title aspirations should do. Winning without playing at the top of your game is crucial, in previous years we've simply been incapable of doing it. However, encouragingly, Liverpool were able to grind out a win despite being in their opponents shadow for most of the match While the three points, Gomez and Alisson's antics ...

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Last chance already for Solanke?

If Sturridge came out guns blazing to impress Klopp and save his floundering Anfield career this summer, then the same cannot be said for his fellow forward Dominic Solanke. Sturridge showed that despite his ceaseless run of cruel injuries, he still has wonderful technical ability. His finishing remains sharp and he showed that there was actually something to salvage in his Reds career, just as it looked at it's natural end. By ...

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Pavard to Liverpool?

Liverpool's next foray into the Transfer Market A world cup winner, scorer of the best goal of the tournament, (yes, that stunning volley against Argentina), and lauded by Didier Deschamps. Yet, Benjamin Pavard was something of an unknown quantity on the international stage, as France prepared to embark on what would be a historic campaign. Indeed, you could forgive fans for scratching their heads at Deschamps decision to field, at right-back, ...

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Custodians

On Thursday this week news broke that FSG had rejected an Abu Dhabi based consortium’s interest in purchasing Liverpool Football club.  The men behind the bid had connections with City’s owners; one of them was actually a cousin of Manchester City sugar daddy Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan.  The £2 billion bid would have been the largest sum ever paid for a football club and would likely have seen Liverpool ...

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Jurgen Klopp and the Modern Footballer

“I have often heard the theory that Shanks would not have been able to cope in an era when players earn £100,000 a week. I don’t agree. He knew how to handle footballers because it was in his blood” Ian Callaghan's words on the legendary man who built our club up from the ruin it had become is an intriguing insight in to the imposing Scot.  They are also relevant to ...

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Ragnar Klavan and the Underappreciated Reds Defenders

In a deal which Liverpool may come to regret at times this season, Ragnar Klavan has been allowed to join Italian outfit Cagliari for £2 million.  The Estonian was a solid deputy, offering capable cover and experience on the pitch whenever he was called on over the past two seasons.  Many of us assumed that would carry on regardless for in this campaign, however Klavan was apparently hungry for first ...

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The FOARcast #9 – or The One Where Bigger Is Really Better

Enjoy our first FOARcast of the year with a truly multi-national group of FOARcasters! Eric (Onyx) - Netherlands Ves - Serbia Keith - South Africa Christian - Germany Will Howell - UK Hosted by Joe - Outer Space   What was discussed: What's gone wrong with Liverpool and can we recover in time? (Part 1) How do we manage and improve our form with currently available personnel? (Part 1) Is Klopp's idealism interfering ...

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The FOARcast #8 – or The Christmas Special With Three Tits Instead Of Four (Part 2)

Download link below: The FOARcast #8 – Or The Christmas Special With Three Tits Instead Of Four (Part 2)   Special Christmas edition two-parter FOARcast! Part 2: Klopp talks about Stoke: 00.20 Insert lame joke 3 Insert lame joke 4 Countering the opponent's high intensity press: 05.47 Overview of City & Sunderland games: 13.56 Overview of Stoke game: 17.53 Our Christmas Wish-list: 24.36   Music featured on this episode: Michael Bublé - Blue Christmas Natalie Cole ...

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The FOARcast #8 – or The Christmas Special With Three Tits Instead Of Four (Part 1)

Download link below: The FOARcast #8 - or the Christmas special with three tits instead of four (Part 1)   Special Christmas edition two-parter FOARcast! Part 1: Merseyside derby - quick review: 01.13 insert Lame joke 1 Rumours: 05.15 Partridge in a Pear Tree Rater: 08.40 Simon Mignolet's performance: 11.15 The Curse of signing Benteke: 18.26 Long ball surprise of Pep Guardiola: 22.06 Academy talents vs the January Transfer Window: 25.36 Return of Joe ...

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The FOARcast #7 – or The One Where Eric Entered His Landlord’s Hole

  To download: On PC - just click the download button On Mobile phone - click the FOLLOW link to the host site and then click download button.     Stuff we arsed on about: 2K (Klopp & Karius) vs 2N (Gary & Phil) - 03:30 How do we deal with Karius - 11:07 Defensive partnerships - 23:16 Squad depth - 36:35 January window signings - 48:09 Upcoming games - 58:52   Music we pricked in this episode: ...

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The FOARcast #3 – or The One With A Revolution

What we discussed during the show! 1. The importance of the game against United 2. Formations and personnel for this game 3. Predictions 4. Key match-ups 5. A tale of two strikers 6. Anfield expansion brouhaha Add your brickbats and kudos in the comments section below!

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LIVE! The FOARcast #1

https://youtu.be/IktfI-mjxnA LIVE TODAY AT 16:00 CET Some topics to be discussed: Thoughts on the now closed Transfer window Current issues with the Liverpool squad including the dreaded LB question Liverpool squad vs the rest of the top teams Interesting player watch (e.g. so far in the 3 PL games or on Int'l duty) Q1 posed by Barney - Fan ownership of football clubs: http://www.foarsite.com/first-foarcast-show-post-questions/#comment-2871193930 Q2 posed by herrdoktorprofessor - regarding strength of midfield: http://www.foarsite.com/first-foarcast-show-post-questions/#comment-2871438787 ...

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