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Liverpool FC - A Fond Farewell

Started on 5 January 2015 by InvertedWingbacks
Latest Reply on 20 January 2015 by MisterLister
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Another Coutinho, interesting. Wonder if they'll challenge for a position?
Probably not - Douglas is a striker, Phillipe plays on the wing
Really nice signings. Kevin Grosskreutz is a big personal favorite of mine, I hope he really does well for you! He's a solid right back, but I absolutely love that he can play anywhere on either wing, it's really invaluable :D

New-Look Liverpool Complete Pre-Season In Style
Influence: New Boy Moreno Quickly Made An Impact At Left-Back

After the departure of Luis Suarez this summer, Liverpool fans may be mistaken for fearing that their club's performance last season was a flash in the pan, but the league runners-up have gone into pre-season with a new-look side, and they've been nothing short of exceptional in the games they have played.

With new faces including Adam Lallana, Alberto Moreno, Emre Can, Mario Balotelli and Asmir Begovic, Liverpool now have real depth of quality right through the squad, and that showed in the 6 games they have played, with 20 goals scored, and only 3 conceded.


Yiteng 0-3 Liverpool
Phillipe Coutinho (24)
Daniel Sturridge (39)
Douglas Coutinho (61)
Daniel Sturridge (8.2)

A'Erbin 1-3 Liverpool
Raheem Sterling (17)
Phillipe Coutinho (44)
Fabio Borini (86)
Raheem Sterling (7.6)

Liverpool 4-1 Tours FC
Mario Balotelli (14, 33)
Daniel Sturridge (38)
Lucas (89)
Mario Balotelli (9.2)

Liverpool 3-1 Spezia
Mamadou Sakho (2)
Douglas Coutinho (65, 88)
Douglas Coutinho (8.5)

Liverpool 4-0 Benfica
Mario Balotelli (15)
Dejan Lovren (22, 31)
Jordan Henderson (56)
Dejan Lovren (9.5)

Renhe 0-3 Liverpool
Daniel Sturridge (20)
Mario Balotelli (21)
Phillipe Coutinho (53)
Mario Balotelli (8.2)


Liverpool's Pre-season was about as emphatic as any fan could have hoped for. Beating Benfica in particular will have been a massive boost to the side's confidence. Overall, every single player did their bit, but when the club asked fans who they thought their player of pre-season was, the vote was tighter than they could have imagined. Below, we discuss the fan's decision

1. Mario Balotelli (65%)

Liverpool's 'replacement' for Suarez arrived in style, scoring 4 goals and providing 5 assists in a pre-season performance which lit up Anfield and got fans talking. The Italian still comes with a badboy reputation, but if he continues to perform the way he has been, Liverpool fans may well forgive almost anything.

Liverpool now prepare for their opening game of the season, as they travel to Crystal Palace on Saturday, while Arsenal and Man City face off in the early kickoff, and Manchester United start their campaign at home to West Ham. Last season's 3rd placed side Chelsea aren't in action until the Sunday, when they welcome new boys Leicester City.
Excellent preseason of wins. Very good to see Mario Balotelli do well, and nice to see Douglas Coutinho pitch in a few goals, too! :)
Nice pre-season wins, and let's hope Balo replicates that form into life and the rest of the season!

Liverpool Open Season With 4 Wins from 6
Captain Fantastic: Gerrard Has shown he's not done at Anfield yet

Liverpool have opened their season in (mostly) emphatic style, picking up 4 wins from their opening six matches, including an assured 3-0 win over Malmo in the opening Champions League fixture. Speaking ahead of his side's short trip to Everton in the Capital One Cup, manager Brendan Rodgers was quick to jump to his side's praises, and encouraged fans to get behind the side.

"So far, I think we've been excellent - there's been a few tough games, and we've come through the first 6 matches unbeaten: that's an important milestone. From here on out, we need to keep pushing ourselves, and making sure that each match is paid to the best of our abilities.

Steven [Gerrard] has been incredible at the heart of our midfield, especially stepping up with Lucas out injured. Obviously he's an important player for us, and a lot of the fans have been suggesting that maybe he shouldn't play as regularly - he's silenced that small minority this month/"

Results: 16/8/14 - 21/9/2014

Premier League Matchday 1:
Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool

Phillipe Coutinho (14)
Steven Gerrard (32)

Premier League Matchday 2:
Liverpool 4-1 Southampton

Steven Gerrard (53)
Phillipe Coutinho (73)
Jordan Henderson (83)
Daniel Sturridge (87)

Premier League Matchday 3:
Hull 0-0 Liverpool

Premier League Matchday 4:
Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United

Champions League Matchday One:
Liverpool 3-0 Malmo FF

Steven Gerrard (11)
Mario Balotelli (43, 70)

Premier Leagye Matchday 5:
Tottenham 2-4 Liverpool

Nathan (2, 25)
Daniel Sturridge (5)
Jordan Henderson (49)

Overall, a solid start for the Reds, who currently sit 3rd in the Premier League, and 2nd in their Champions League group. Below, we see who the fans voted as their player of the month, and why...

Fan's Player Of The Month: Daniel Sturridge

2 Goals and 3 Assists in 5 starts - Sturridge's numbers speak for themselves, but he's been so much more than that this month. A constant thorn in the sides of opposition defences, the 25 year old is working hard to fill the gap left by Luis Suarez, and his side are reaping the benefits.

As Liverpool travel to Everton and host QPR to close the month, Rodgers and Co will have half an eye on October, when Barcelona come to town in the Champions League; can the Reds suppress their ex-star man?

Liverpool End Month With Emphatic Win
Despondent: Gerrard Apologised to Fans after Loss to Everton Last Week

Last week, Liverpool suffered an anonymous loss to Everton last weekend, when 40,000 fans packed into Goodison Park for a Capital One Cup tie which the Reds entered on the back of a 10-match unbeaten run. However, even though Brazillian starlet Nathan got the Reds off to a blistering start with a long-range shot after just 4 minutes, the Liverpool defence just couldn't handle the Attacking force that Everton brought to the game, and two goals from Romelu Lukaku and one from Phil Jagielka sealed a 3-1 victory for the Blue half of Merseyside.

Speaking after the match, captain Steven Gerrard was apologetic: "I just want to take this chance to apologise to the fans for our performance out there - we weren't good enough, and to be out of the Cup at this stage just isn't acceptable for a club like this. We will come back stronger than before, and put this defeat behind is.

Against QPR, that's exactly what Liverpool did. Playing host, the Anfield side welcomed a raucous crowd of almost 45,000, and Striker Daniel Sturridge had them ahead after just 9 minutes, after a mazy run ended with a shot lifted over QPR 'keeper Alex McCarthy.

5 minutes later, Leroy Fer had QPR level, Asmir Begovic was caught in no-mans-land after a corner, and Fer hung for what seemed like hours in the air, heading home to the delight of the QPR fans behind the goal. Parity didn't last, however, with Brazilian starlet Nathan striking from close-range to put Liverpool 2-1 up.
Celebrating: Liverpool fans are quickly getting used to Nathan's goalscoring exploits

Two further Liverpool goals, one from Daniel Sturridge, and one from Steven Gerrard, saw Liverpool race into a 4-1 lead just before half time. Even Jordon Mutch's 41st minute goal didn't seem to stem the flow of Red shirts pushing forward.

At half-time, the Liverpool fans were jubilant - the side they saw today was a million miles from the 11 that had rolled over so easily just 3 days ago at Everton. Going forward, Liverpool seemed unstoppable. Whatever Brendan Rodgers had told his side in the intervening days had obviously had an effect. Daniel Sturridge in particular was irrepressible, and with 2 goals to his name, had also had a hand in Nathan's goal, slipping a sublime ball between 3 QPR defenders for the Brazillian to score his tap-in.

After the break, Sturridge's impressive display continued, as he set up both Fabio Borini and Lazar Markovic to score in the game's final 20 minutes to seal a 6-2 victory, and send the Reds to second place in the Premiership, just one point behind Manchester City.

Attentions at Anfield will now be focused on October, with two Champions League matches and a tricky visit to West Brom all in the mix. Can Gerrard and Co. continue their impressive run?
Very good, but Everton, 3-1 :(?
2015-01-20 16:59#206506 Pauker : Very good, but Everton, 3-1 :(?

I know :( It was gutting to watch

Liverpool Seal Deal For 3 Scotland Starlets
A Brave Move: Rodgers Announced The Trio of Signings at this morning's press conference

This morning, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers held a press conference, ahead of his side's visit to Donetsk to face Shakhtar. As journalists waded through the series of questions that their editors wanted answers to, Rodgers looked bored. Slowly but surely, the stream of questions trailed off, leaving in it's wake a silence which was fraught with expectation.

"Over the last few days, our backroom team has been working hard to seal a trio of deals which I believe will stand the squad in good stead for the future. We are bringing in three players who have shown at various levels that they have the potential to be superstars. These three players are: John Souttar, Lewis MacLeod and Greg Kiltie, who will arrive in January from Dundee United, Rangers and Kilmarnock respectively."

Throughout the room, Journalists were frantic, scribbling down notes, calling their editors and generally seeming taken aback by the news of the signings. Below, we analyse the three new boys, and their chances at Liverpool.

John Souttar - Dundee United - £1.1m

At just 18 years old, Souttar is far from being able to claim he is the finished product, but with 34 league appearances under his belt already, Souttar has impressed team-mates and fans alike. Often commended for his technical ability, and timing in the tackle, Souttar has the potential to be a big name at Liverpool, especially learning from the likes of Skrtel and Sahko.

Lewis MacLeod - Rangers - £250k

At 20, MacLeod is already older than some Liverpool first-teamers, but his versatility in midfield could prove to be invaluable as he enters the tussle for a first-team place. Fast, and hard-working, MacLeod has the makings of an excellent midfielder. MacLeod has been at Rangers since 2004, making his first-team debut in 2012, and has since made 47 appearances, scoring 10 goals for the club. Liverpool fans will be keen to see what he can bring to the club.

Greg Kiltie - Kilmarnock - £950k

The youngest of the new recruits, Kiltie is primarliy a right midfielder, however he has played several games on the right wing this season, scoring twice in 4 appearances. The youngster's technique and natural fitness have attracted the attention of Scotland national boss Gordon Strachan, who has included the youngster in various squads, although Kiltie has yet to make a first-team appearance for the national side.

Overall, the trio of new signings has the potential to really develop the Liverpool squad over the next few years, and fans will be eager to see the new players settle down and impress in January.
You are writing some really nice stuff mate. Keep it up and you'll reach your goals.
You'll never walk alone!!!

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