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Liverpool FC - Walk On, With Hope in Your Heart.

Started on 17 August 2014 by Raheeminho
Latest Reply on 20 August 2014 by Raheeminho
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Breaking News From Anfield as Rodgers Leaves

Brendan Rodgers, after a successful 2 years at Anfield has been dismissed by the clubs chairman in the past hour over allegations of the former manager having had an affair with John Henry’s wife.

The news has quickly broken around the footballing world with many Liverpool fans taking to twitter to voice their discontent at the shocking news. Rodgers, 41, was quickly becoming a fan favourite in Liverpool for his fast exciting brand of football and bringing the Champions League back to the club for the first time in 4 seasons. After Suarez’s departure to Barcelona last month Rodgers was moving quickly in the transfer window and had signed 7 new players with several players leaving the club such as talismanic goalkeeper Pepe Reina to Bayern and the imminent departure of Assaidi and Borini to Stoke and Sunderland respectively. But with the Northern Irishman leaving the club who knows what awaits the new signings who may not be favoured by whoever takes the helm at the club.

Favourites to take the job included former Liverpool man Sami Hyypia and former manager Rafa Benitez.

A sky reporter had a few brief words with Henry asking what he was looking to do about naming a new manager. Here’s what he had to say.

“None of this was on the cards up until this morning when I found out what Brendan was doing. I cannot tolerate that shocking level of loyalty and I cannot have it tarnish the reputation of this football club. We’ll be looking to bring someone in quickly to replace Mr. Rodgers, someone who knows the league and preferably the club. That’s all for now.”

The hints at bringing in a former Liverpool man who knows the squad has brought to light some interesting candidates for the job such as the aforementioned Hyypia and Benitez but also recently retired Jamie Carragher. Steve Clarke has also been mentioned after his previous spell as a coach at the club.

Stay with us here at Sky Sports to hear the latest up to date news on the story.
Just to clarify guys, I'll be trying to run this in tandem with the Schalke story. I have too much free time and I know I'll get bored spending all of my time on one story. So expect much fewer posts but I promise they'll be much better with more graphics and the like.
Good luck
good start and cant wait to see who takes charge :)

Liverpool spend big on Lavezzi

Lavezzi, 28, impressed many in his limited minutes at the World Cup in Brazil

After Jamie Carragher’s arrival earlier this week, the new boss has moved quickly in the transfer window snapping up PSG striker Ezequiel Lavezzi. The former Napoli man has made a £23m pound switch to the club and has signed a £90k a week contract tying him to the club until 2019.

After Luis Suarez’s departure to Barcelona earlier in the window Liverpool fans were calling for a replacement for the Uruguayan striker. The world cup finalist seems to a like for like replacement for the £70m departure but isn’t expected to bring in goals like the Premier League Golden Boot winner did last year but could act as more of a creator for the players around him.

The 38 year old boss was quoted saying this in his press conference earlier today.
“Replacing Luis is impossible, he’s the third best player in the world and no one could fill his boots. But what Brendan did, prior to his departure, was bring in more squad depth and a solid defence. We may not replace Luis’s 31 goals but if we replace 15 and concede 15/20 less then we will do much better than we did last season. I’m confident with the squad we have here we can push for the title. Our depth is much better as a result of our summer spending, something we have lacked a lot in recent years. We are going to need it too with Champions League nights coming back to Anfield.”

Carragher has done well to get rid of some ‘deadwood’ at the club with Assaidi, Borini and Coates all gone. Although it has been suggested that a few of them have left for fees which were not representative of their value, Assaidi £4.6m and Coates £2.2m to Stuttgart and Borini a measly £3m to Inter. Some big name youngsters have left the club on loan deals with the aim of getting them more first team football, Suso has joined Lazio, Jack Robinson has gone to Burnley and Jordan Ibe has joined former Liverpool man Sami Hyypia at Brighton, all on season long loans as they hope to be able to break into the first team at Liverpool when they return.

Lucas Leiva is also on the verge of going to PSG in a £17m deal. Staff at Melwood believed with the new arrival of Emre Can and Gerrard’s new found position in front of the backline the 26 year old Brazilian’s minutes would be limited and thought it best he moved on to further his career but also to reduce the wage bill for the club.

Follow us here at BBC Sport to get all the latest transfer news in promises to be an action packed final 2 weeks.
Dropped the bombshell, without dropping the bombshell. Edgey right? amirite? Guys?

2 More in but Injuries Pile up for Liverpool

Hughes, above, is highly rated and tipped to be a star of the future.

Will Hughes, who has been linked with Liverpool a lot over the past year has finally made his dream switch to the club. The club is a big fan of developing young english talent with the likes of Raheem Sterling and Jon Flannagan being impressive last season earning them England call ups to the World Cup. Hughes, 19, has been loaned back to the Championship side for the remainder of the season and will join up with the Liverpool squad at the start of the 2015/16 season. Liverpool had a first option to buy clause which Carragher took advantage of and has picked up the young midfielder for £7.5m.

Young Spaniard Reuben Blanco has joined for £1.3m from La Liga outfit Celta Vigo. The 18 year old goalkeeper is highly rated amongst pundits in Spain and will look to challenge Australian keeper Brad Jones for the second choice spot. With no notable young goalkeepers at the club Carragher was keen on bringing in a player for the future. Liverpool now have a wealth of young talent which they are sure to put to good use over the coming few seasons.

“It’s true we do have a brilliant youth system here at the club. There are no fewer that 10 players who currently aren’t in the first team squad who so easily could be in 3 to 5 years. It makes life a lot easier for us here at the club. We won’t need to sign many players in the next few years and I don’t plan on doing so. I want to develop youngsters and build our team around homegrown talent. So this one’s for the fans; Don’t expect many ‘marquee’ signings over the next 3 windows. Lavezzi was a player we needed but now we have a good squad. I want youngsters to be brought into the team from now on.”

In other news Liverpools injury worries continue with Mignolet, Lovren, Johnson, Jose Enrique, Sturridge and Coutinho all set to miss the opener of the season at home to Chelsea. Coutinho suffered a broken ankle in training last month and is set to miss another 4-6 weeks.
A great signing and very well updates!
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Always enjoy a Liverpool story! Will follow and good luck

Liverpool faced a tough test at the start of the season with a tricky match at Anfield against last year 3rd place Chelsea followed by a traditionally hard fixture at the Britannia to face a Stoke side which lost very few points at home last season.

Riddled with injuries, without crafty midfielder Coutinho and new signing Lovren, the team rose to the challenge in the face of adversity. With no fewer that 6 new faces in the starting XI it really was a question as to whether Kop Idol Jamie Carragher could bring the team together to overcome a strengthened Chelsea side with new face’s such as Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa.

The game kicked off with Liverpool playing a 41221 formation with 2 attacking midfielders behind Lavezzi, the 3 move fluidly interchanging positions, taking it in turns to run the channels and so keeping a solid Chelsea defence on it’s toes. Neither team took the initiative within the opening 20 minutes as chances were few and far between, both teams defending well to thwart any threats on their goal. On the half an hour mark new boy Lazar Markovic was pulled down wide on the left wing by fellow Serbian Branislav Ivanovic and was rewarded a free kick. Another new face at Anfield Adam Lallana, signing for £20m from Southampton in July, stepped up and took a quick free kick as he delicately clipped the ball to the edge of the 6 yard box. Kop favourite Jordan Henderson reacted fasted breaking free of his marker to stab the ball home past a helpless Petr Cech in the Anfield Road goal, and duly celebrated by passionately punching the air in front of the scornful Chelsea fans.

Liverpool’s lead didn’t last long as on the stroke of half time a good peice of movement from Didier Drogba on his Chelsea return pulled Martin Skrtel out of position giving Cesc Fabregas room to drive into. Ramires found his Spanish colleague and the ex-Barcelona and Arsenal man made no mistakes finishing one on one with a superb finish.

After the break neither team had a clear cut chance to win the game and both teams settled for a point, which both sides would have probably taken before the game.

1-1 Chelsea
Henderson (30)

An away match against Stoke is feared around England. The Britannia is known as a harsh barren waste land as club after club stumble against what is traditionally a compact, well organised Stoke team. With Daniel Sturridge back from injury, the new boss opted to go with a 433 formation with Sturridge up top with Sterling and Lavezzi on either wing. His tactical nouse paid off as Raheem Sterling burst past his marker on the edge of the box to rifle home a left footed finish across goal to put Liverpool 1-0 up within 10 minutes.

The game wore on with neither team looking to further the scoring until on the 73rd minute Lazar Markovic broke into the box, a good tackle from Geoff Cameron on put the ball into Lavezzi’s feet at the far post who only had to tap the ball in from 4 yards to make it 2-0. The £23m man wasn’t going to missed and duly side footed the ball home to double Liverpool's advantage. The game looked done and dusted, but the Stoke fans weren’t looking to go down without a fight. 3 minutes after Lavezzi tapped home a freak goal from Marco Arnautovic made the score 2-1. Skrtel went to clear the ball but it deflected off the Austrian’s knee and nestled into the bottom corner past an unknowing Mignolet. Stoke now were piling on the pressure, they could smell blood. A fantastic save from the Belgian international denied Walters late into normal time. Liverpool were defending deeper and deeper inviting Stoke pressure. Liverpool broke in the 90th minute but the ball was overturned, a long ball over the Liverpool defence had Brek Shea see himself one on one and fired home to send the Britannia into hysterics. Liverpool hearts were broken, the players looked down and they knew they had deserved a win. An unlucky deflection and a long ball was all that was enough to rob the merseyside club of 3 points.

Stoke 2-2 Liverpool
Sterling (7), Lavezzi (73)

The Champions League draw hasn’t been unkind to Liverpool as they are back in the competition after a 4 year absence. Bayern Munchen will pose a tough test for Carragher and his men but Shakhtar and Sparta Prague shouldn’t be too difficult to overcome for the reds.

Liverpool have pulled out West Ham at Anfield in the 3rd round of the Capital One Cup. This could be a potential banana skin as it’s likely that this will be used to rest important players.
nice update man, really liked the detail and amount of work youve clearly put in! really well done, keep it up
Not the greatest start if I'm honest, still...Very early in the season, just need to learn how to scrape that last gasp goal as the games dying out.
Good result against Chelsea though, they have a really tough team to face.
I think you should beat Shakthar and Prague with ease in the group too, they're not as good as they look, especially Shakthar!
@Aaron I had these two, then Arsenal away as my opening 3 matches which is ridiculously hard. I can't believe I lost the 2 goal lead, I was absoluely furious haha

@todayattomorrow thanks man
Raheeminho: Tough start mate, but it will only get easier!
You could've done better against Stoke but it is OK. I liked the writing though!

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