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Rodgers' Reds: Class is Permanent

The journey of Brendan Rodgers as he aims to bring Liverpool back to where they belong.
Started on 14 January 2015 by Glenn T
Latest Reply on 28 October 2015 by Maximus
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Justice: He's been a very important player for us, hopefully we will :(
Some classy updates Glenn and impressive results, as well!
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Selling Rossiter and losing 6-0 to Spurs? If the Lord finds any forgiveness for your actions, you're a lucky man Glenn.
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Pompey: Thank you for the kind words :)

Aaron: Relax, I'm sure Brendan knows what he's doing :P

My computer broke down again and is the one to blame for the lack of updates lately, but I finally got myself a new laptop, with the save transferred in from a hard drive of course, so hopefully the breaking down will stop now.

November 2015

Liverpool had their ups and downs this month. Despite dominating in the Champions League with ease, the title holders have struggled in their domestic league, dropping points against Swansea and title rivals United. However, the Merseysiders remain at the top of the Premier League, and have also automatically qualified for the Knockout Rounds of the Champions League with 13 points from 5 games. What served as a positive highlight of November was the team's 6-0 trashing of Norwich.




Premier League

Swansea 2 - 2 Liverpool
Umtiti
Sturridge


Man United 3 - 2 Liverpool
Henderson
Garcia


Liverpool 6 - 0 Norwich
Bassong
Henderson
Zivkovic
Markovic
Zivkovic
Zivkovic




Champions League Group H

Liverpool 4 - 0 København
Zivkovic
Sturridge
Zivkovic
Balotelli


Liverpool 3 - 0 Napoli
Garcia
Zivkovic
Ward-Prowse



Liverpool November Player of the Month



Richairo Zivkovic takes the Player of the Month award for the second time in his Liverpool career after firing his club to the next stage of the Champions League with his brace against FC København, and also contributed a goal to kill off Napoli. He also gave a terrific Man of the Match performance while playing against Norwich, taking home the match ball thanks to his brilliant hat trick. All in all, the youngster's tally for November is 6 goals in 4 appearances.

Manager's Thoughts

A stark contrast to last month where we won every game, but I'm still quite happy with how we've played. Zivkovic has really stepped up and was simply fantastic all month, as well as Ruben Garcia who has been frequently deployed on the wing. Perhaps the most disappointing thing was our loss against United, but we will have our chance to get back against them soon enough.

Injury Report



Daniel Sturridge - 3 weeks (twisted ankle)
Raheem Sterling - 3 weeks (back strain)

Two of Liverpool's key players join the injury list but fortunately none of them are too serious. Sturridge and Sterling will both rejoin the fold in 3 weeks, and until then it is up to players like Ruben Garcia and Mario Balotelli to step in.
What a start to the season! Can Liverpool do the league and CL double? :P
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Justice: That's the plan! :)

December 2015

Injuries to Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge kept them out for most of the month and their presence was greatly missed within the Liverpool lineup. A 0-6 loss to Real Madrid at the Bernabeu meant that they finished 2nd place in Group H. However, Rodgers' men still managed to scrape through the month, going undefeated in the league and at the same time passing through to the Semi Final of the Capital One Cup.




Premier League

Liverpool 1 - 0 Arsenal
Sakho


QPR 0 - 1 Liverpool
Markovic


Sunderland 1 - 1 Liverpool
Zivkovic


Liverpool 1 - 1 Everton
Romero


Liverpool 6 - 0 West Bromwich
Gerrard
Markovic
Gerrard
Balotelli
Gerrard
Sturridge


West Ham 1 - 2 Liverpool
Zivkovic
Zivkovic


Southampton 2 - 3 Liverpool
Garcia
Henderson
Garcia




Capital One Cup Quarter Final

Liverpool 1 - 0 Man City
Markovic


Champions League Group H

Real Madrid 6 - 0 Liverpool



Liverpool December Player of the Month



Mamadou Sakho has played well in all the matches he's appeared in this month, save for the club's 6-0 loss against Real Madrid. His efforts saw his side keep four clean sheets in December and he turned in a Man of the Match performance against a strong Arsenal team, scoring the winning goal.

Manager's Thoughts

A pretty good month, maybe one too many draws but we're still top of the Premier League on goal difference so we'll take it, although it would have been nice to give ourselves some room at the top of the table as United are literally breathing down our necks at the moment. Losing 6-0 against Real was terrible and I'm extremely disappointed with the squad's performance in that game but what's done is done. On a more positive note, our qualification to the First Knockout Round has already been secured despite the poor game.

Injury Report



Raheem Sterling - 2 weeks (groin strain)
Lazar Markovic - 4 weeks (fractured ribs)
Martin Skrtel - 4 weeks (fractured arm)

It's been frustrating for Raheem Sterling, as the number 7 picked up a groin strain right after recovering from his previous injury, meaning he didn't make an appearance for the entirety of December. Lazar Markovic and Martin Skrtel are two other big misses for Liverpool as they have been ruled out until the end of the next month.
A great month, apart from that night in Madrid!

Anfield's Golden Boy




Raheem Sterling was today announced as the winner of the 2015 European Golden Boy award.

The 21-year-old has managed to clinch the prestigious title for the second year in a row, having been named European Golden Boy in 2014 as well, and will no doubt be pleased with what he has achieved. Sterling is only the second English recipient of the award, the first being Wayne Rooney, who won it in 2004 while playing for Everton.

Sterling has had a fantastic career so far with Liverpool and has made over 100 Premier League appearances in a Reds shirt. He signed for the club back in 2010, as a 15-year-old from Queens Park Rangers' youth academy, costing £600k. Today, he's worth about £50 million.

The winger was given the opportunity to impress by manager Brendan Rodgers, and easily forced his way into the starting eleven. Last season, he scored 10 goals and created 11 in 36 league appearances to pave the way to Liverpool's first ever title in the Premier League era. In total, he scored a total of 16 goals in all competitions, and was a joy to behold on the left wing.


Raheem Sterling scored 16 goals in all competitions last season

And Sterling has continued his heroics this season, after switching from his previous number 31 to the number 7, previously worn by players like Kenny Dalglish and Kevin Keegan.

With 6 goals and 12 assists to his name in 17 appearances, it is easy to see that Sterling is an integral part of the Liverpool team.

He was unable to play a single game in December because of injury, and his absence was wholly felt as Liverpool struggled to find attacking inspiration, scoring only 4 goals in their first 4 December fixtures.


Sterling is an integral part of the Liverpool team

Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com, Sterling spoke of his joy at winning the award for a second consecutive time.

"2015 has been an amazing year for me. I won a treble and more importantly my first ever Premier League title with Liverpool, I've been consistent all year and played well, or at least I'd like to think I have, and now this.

It feels brilliant to win the Golden Boy and to win it for a second year running makes it even better. I'm made up, I really am."



On his injury problems, he added, "I'm a football player so not being on the pitch is frustrating, especially for the whole month. But I'm feeling great and hopefully I'll be back playing for Liverpool after the new year.

"It was really unlucky to get one injury directly after the next but I want to put that behind me now."
Twice in a row for the magic man!
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A damn great achievement for Sterling, he's been fantastic for you. A great play by the team but the loss to Real Madrid but that's Real.
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Justice: :)

Oz96: I was actually quite disappointed about the Real result since we already beat them 3-1 at Anfield but we completely crumbled to them at the Bernabeu. Really hope we don't get slain the same way against similar opposition in the Knockout Rounds :( And yeah Sterling has been awesome!

Attack on Paris




Liverpool have been drawn with Paris Saint-Germain in the First Knockout Round of this season's Champions League.

The French powerhouse will travel to Anfield for the first leg of the game on the 17th of February, followed by the second leg at Parc des Princes on the 8th of March.

Last season, Liverpool passed through this exact stage at the expense of Galatasaray, but will have to face up against tougher opponents now in the form of PSG, who have assembled arguably one of the best squads in the world.



The Paris club breezed through the group stages, topping Group E with 5 wins and 1 draw, taking a total of 16 points. Like Liverpool, they dropped out at the Quarter Final of the Champions League the previous year, losing 3-1 on aggregate to Barcelona.

PSG, despite frequently being unable to get far in the Champions League, have been unbeatable in their native France, winning the Ligue 1 title three years in a row, and look certain to extend the run to four. They are currently top of the table, 8 points clear of 2nd-placed Toulouse.

And it is easy to see why, with the likes of Thiago Silva and Edinson Cavani within the team.

However, the real danger man that Liverpool will have to look out for is the club's current vice-captain, the mighty striker known as Zlatan Ibrahimovic.


Liverpool will have to look out for Zlatan Ibrahimovic

At 34, the Swede is still playing his heart out for PSG, and has scored 20 goals in all competitions this season.

He has been especially prolific in Europe, with 6 goals in 6 appearances, and Liverpool will definitely have to keep him quiet if they want to have any chance of going through to the Quarter Final.

The Reds impressed quite a bit themselves in the group stage, but ultimately conceded 6 goals to an energetic Real Madrid side in the last game of Group H, causing them to finish in 2nd place with 13 points.


Brendan Rodgers' men have it all to do against Paris Saint-Germain

Although Liverpool looks to have a poorer squad on paper compared to their First Round opponents, they should not be underestimated.

They won the Premier League title by a clear 10 points in 2014/15 and have continued their form, winning 17 and only losing 2 of their 24 league games so far.

Some Liverpool players also took to Twitter to give their reactions on the First Round draw.

"Just saw that we're against PSG for 1st Round.... excited!" Raheem Sterling tweeted on his account, @sterling7. "Cant wait to show what we can do vs PSG. Very good team, but we are just as good. We can do this!" He added in a second tweet later.

Mario Balotelli, on the other hand, was less expressive, tweeting under his handle @FinallyMario. "PSG!! Lets gooo!!!"

Regardless, this fixture between the champions of England and France promises to be an interesting match-up.
Will certainly be a testing fixture but whenever is anything ever impossible for the mighty Glenn T? ;)
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