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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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October 2014

Despite the absence of first-choice goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, Liverpool still managed to scrape through the entire month without dropping any points in the Premier League. A brilliant 3-5 win against fellow title contenders Chelsea was the highlight of the month.




Premier League

Liverpool 2 - 0 Aston Villa
Sterling
Markovic


Hull City 1 - 4 Liverpool
Sturridge
Sturridge
Markovic
Lallana


Chelsea 3 - 5 Liverpool
Coutinho
Sterling
Sakho
Coutinho
Coutinho


Champions League Group F

Basel 1 - 1 Liverpool
Lallana


Capital One Cup Fourth Round

Tottenham 0 - 2 Liverpool
Markovic
Balotelli

Liverpool October Player of the Month



Philippe Coutinho has been in the form of his life and his hat trick against Chelsea reflects this. The young Brazilian midfielder has been propelling Liverpool to greater heights all month, completely devastating Chelsea with his trickery and perfect positioning. Coutinho is an inspiring figure within the team at the moment, and hopefully for many more years to come.

Manager's Thoughts

A very good month and Brad Jones really showed his worth here, keeping clean sheets against Aston Villa and Tottenham. His performances this month have been satisfactory, but Simon Mignolet will be returning for the next game, something I'm very happy about. Besides Coutinho, Lazar Markovic also has to be mentioned, with his finishing and ability earning him 3 goals in 4 games this month. I'll definitely be looking forward to more of such performances from the team.
Very good month, keep it up!
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5-3 over Chelsea muahaha!
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Really good results, and I was thinking that with Jones you would leak more goals than Migs does irl!
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Every time Chelsea lose, my life becomes a little better - even when it's only in a computer game :)

Happy to see that you are taking so good care of Liverpool :D
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Jonte-23: Thank you! :)

Neal: xD

Jeremy: I thought that too, I'm glad it turned out otherwise though.

Clock: Lool yeah, same here. Thanks!

November 2014

November was a flawless month for Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool as they cruised to 6 victories in 6 games almost effortlessly. Additionally, the Reds' top form have seen them rise to first place in both the Premier League and their Champions League group.




Premier League

Liverpool 4 - 2 Southampton
Balanta
Lallana
Lallana
Sturridge


Palace 0 - 2 Liverpool
Henderson
Sturridge


Liverpool 5 - 0 Burnley
Sturridge
Lallana
Sturridge
Sterling
Sturridge


West Ham 0 - 2 Liverpool
Lambert
Sturridge


Champions League Group F

Liverpool 5 - 2 Basel
Lallana
Coutinho
Markovic
Markovic
Sturridge


Liverpool 3 - 1 Steaua
Lambert
Lambert
Lambert

Liverpool November Player of the Month



Daniel Sturridge has been on fire this month having scored in 5 out of the 6 games he's played, as well as a generous tally of 7 goals. The England international has kept Mario Balotelli's appearances reduced to only cup games and continued to show why, bagging a fantastic hat trick against Burnley.

Manager's Thoughts

A perfect month for us! It's very satisfying when you manage to win all your games. The boys have been great throughout November and we've now took hold of first place in the league. Manchester United aren't too far behind and are due to play against us in what could be a title-deciding match next month, but we won't be giving up our hold on this position without a proper fight.

December 2014

December was a busy month for Liverpool as they played 8 games over the festive period, including 2 derbies against Manchester United and Everton, which resulted in 2 draws and 2 points gained. More points were unfortunately dropped against West Bromwich after the Midlands club managed to fight their way to a 2-2 draw. However, Rodgers' men did manage to finish top of their Champions League group with 16 points from 6 games, carving an easy path into the Champions League First Knockout Round.




Premier League

Liverpool 2 - 2 Man Utd
Moreno
Sterling


Newcastle 0 - 2 Liverpool
Henderson
Skrtel


Liverpool 3 - 1 Tottenham
Balanta
Sterling
Flanagan


QPR 2 - 3 Liverpool
Sterling
Henderson
Henderson


Liverpool 1 - 1 Everton
Sturridge


West Brom 2 - 2 Liverpool
Balotelli
Coutinho




Champions League Group F

Porto 0 - 4 Liverpool
Sterling
Sturridge
Sturridge
Lambert


Capital One Cup Quarter Final

Liverpool 4 - 0 Sheff Wed
Lallana
Lallana
Lambert
Balotelli

Liverpool December Player of the Month



Jordan Henderson played exceptionally well this December and has been duly awarded the Player of the Month award. He did not have a good game against Manchester United, but followed this up with a Man of the Match performance against Newcastle. He displayed stellar performances against Porto in the Champions League as well as Queens Park Rangers, where he scored a brace to earn his side three points. Captaining Liverpool against Sheffield Wednesday in the absence of regular skipper Steven Gerrard, Henderson's leadership also inspired an easy 4-0 win and ensured a place in the Semi Finals of the Capital One Cup. Great stuff from the central midfielder this month.

Manager's Thoughts

Not the best of months with our 3 draws in the Premier League, especially against Everton and West Bromwich. However, I'm very happy that we finished top of our Champions League group without registering a single loss. The real challenge starts now for us in the Knockout Rounds, where we could play against the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona. The Capital One Cup is also a trophy I'm looking to win, and it's great to have reached the Semi Finals.
You've really stepped on the gas I think the Chelsea game has given you the momentum to push on and gain those wins I am surprised at how well you've done in the UCL so far and hopefully you will get a good Round of 16 draw and push on as far as you can. Your defence is also starting to get better but I'd watch out for a change in form after those two draws.
Iconic: Yeah, I personally expected more of a challenge from Porto, but well, I'm just glad to be able to finish the group stages without a loss. The two draws were pretty hurtful, but we'll bounce back! :)
Great progress! Did Barcelona and Real finish only at the second place in the group stage? :O

Would be great to see the Premier League Table!
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Just Caught back up, Going super strong so far keep it up
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TaroMisaki: I didn't actually check :P

2015-01-16 22:33#206232 Glenn T : On a side note, I'm already on the second season currently in the save so I'll be rushing through the first season's updates, also I won't be able to provide some stuff like the league table for every month since I didn't take screenshots of them at the time I was at those particular months, you'll get the general idea by the results I have though :)

Denzy: Thanks!
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Sportsmail Interview: Jordan Henderson



Liverpool versus Manchester United is always an anticipated fixture for any football fan, even for those who support neither side. As the two most successful teams in England, it's a footballing rivalry that could be compared to the famous Real Madrid versus Barcelona games in Spain.

Although Liverpool have struggled in recent times while Manchester United had a torrid year under David Moyes, the two sides have returned to their previous glory this season with Liverpool sitting at the top of the Premier League table having taken 51 points from 22 games, and United not far behind with 50 points of their own.

Recently, both clubs were drawn to play against each other in the Semi Finals of the Capital One Cup, a match that will probably be seen more as the Final than the Semi Finals, with the other remaining teams in the tournament being Arsenal and Leicester City.



Liverpool vice-captain Jordan Henderson today agreed to a special interview with the Daily Mail's Dominic King, where he'll talk about the rivalry, his season so far with Liverpool and the prospect of winning a cup.


Jordan Henderson has been a key figure in midfield for Liverpool so far this season

"Yes, yes, absolutely," said Henderson, when asked whether the Semi Finals might hold more significance than the Final, if they manage to get there. "In a way, it is a Final, because to me, every game against Manchester United should be treated as a cup final. They are a brilliant team and you have to be on your best throughout the entire 90 minutes if you want to have a chance of beating them, plus we have that rivalry going on.

"It's really important for both us, the players, and the fans to get one over United. To be able to do that and reach a cup final at the same time would be fantastic.

"To be honest, I would have preferred to play against them in the Final. I won't lie about that one. Still, there's the incentive to be able to reach the Final by winning that game, so that might be something for us to think about and push on with."

Despite being a Sunderland fan since young, it is easy to see that the 24-year-old's passion for Liverpool is very much there and he regards the rivalry between his side and United as something that is more on a personal level, a trait he admits himself.

"After being at a club for a period of time you'll definitely start feeling a connection to it and all that," said Henderson. "Especially if you've settled in well and you're feeling at home."

And there is no doubt the hardworking midfield dictator has settled. Since signing on from Sunderland for £16 million in 2011, Henderson has gone from strength to strength with each passing season and was even awarded the vice-captaincy by Brendan Rodgers in the summer following the departure of Daniel Agger.

His form this season has also been spectacular and he has started every game, playing an instrumental part in the club's rise to the top of the table.


"The fans have been incredibly supportive as well and are a great source of motivation."

"I've been playing well this season and that's something I want to keep doing," Henderson continued, when the topic shifted to the current season. "It's all down to the manager, really, the one who decides the teams. He's been playing me every game and giving me the opportunities. That's something I'm very grateful for, and I want to repay him in kind.

"The fans have been incredibly supportive as well and are a great source of motivation. I look at them cheering, singing all these Liverpool songs in the stands... it makes me want to play well."

This is the closest Liverpool have gotten to a cup since 2012, the last year they won the Capital One Cup - at the time known as the Carling Cup. They were knocked out of the competition by, coincidentally, Manchester United last season at only the Third Round.


Henderson was part of the team that won the Carling Cup in 2012

"It won't be the same story again," Henderson said with utmost confidence. "We went out last season to United but we want to be the ones taking the cup home this year. It's a great chance to win a trophy and we don't want to pass it up. Not against Manchester United."

Henderson was speaking ahead of the Capital One Cup Semi Finals, with the first leg of the round taking place in two days at Old Trafford, while the second leg will be at Anfield a week later. Meanwhile, the second cup finalist will be determined between Arsenal and Leicester, who are also due to play against each other for a place in the Final.
Let's hope that you'll add a trophy and the bragging rights with the two legs in place ;)

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