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Liverpool - The Reds Project

Started on 28 January 2015 by Starlord
Latest Reply on 3 March 2015 by Starlord
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Got a nice fee for a player whose stats go down really quickly if not played :P
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2015-02-04 22:56#207481 Pauker : Got a nice fee for a player whose stats go down really quickly if not played :P
Pauker -Yeah, it was a decent price! I was shocked when I got it actually, because not many people want to buy Enrique due to his injury-prone tendencies.

Liverpool vs. Burnley: Pre-Match Analysis

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The Premier League kicks off with a bang this weekend with potential title challengers Liverpool facing off against newly-promoted side Burnley at Turf Moor.

Liverpool's new manager, Robbie Fowler, is set for his first competitive match with Liverpool this weekend, having had the pre-season to prepare for the coming season. On the other hand, Burnley's current manager, Sean Dyche, has been with the club since 2012, and has a great familiarity with the players and has had the time to adapt the side to his mentalities and managerial style.

Liverpool's ventures in the transfer market have been rather cheap, compared to the signings that former manager Brendan Rodgers made during his short time at the club during the 2014/15 as he brought in the likes of Mario Balotelli and Adam Lallana. Liverpool's transfers include:

Martin Odegaard - £2m from Stromsgodset*
Asmir Begovic - £11.5m from Stoke
Marcel Schmelzer - £7m from Borussia Dortmund
* = The transfer for Martin Odegaard will be completed in January, due to Odegaard's age.

Burnley have been virtually non-existant during the summer transfer window, only bringing in Drey Wright from Colchester United for a fee of £300k.

Marcel Schmelzer will be absent from the game after suffering a twisted ankle, while Mario Balotelli and Joe Allen both miss the game through injuries. It is confirmed that Adam Lallana will not be featuring in the game, despite reports that he might be fit for action after suffering an injury during pre-season. Burnley's only miss will be Steven Reid, who is receiving specialist treatment for a broken leg.

The match will be played on Saturday 16th August 2014 at 15:00 with £40 admission at Turf Moor. Live coverage of the game will be shown on BT Sport and Sky Sports.

Reds win against Burnley



Burnley featured a number of exceptionally quick players but were unable to use them to full effect on a warm summer's afternoon at Turf Moor.

Experienced striker Rickie Lambert got Liverpool off to a flyer by scoring a fine header from point-blank range in the tenth minute, after Raheem Sterling intercepted a pass between Tom Heaton and Jason Shackell, before crossing it in for Lambert to head home.

Liverpool maintained a high pass completion rate which allowed them to keep possession and create a number of greater chances at goal.

Starting XI

Asmir Begovic
Glen Johnson
Martin Skrtel (sub 59)
Mamadou Sakho (inj 39)
Alberto Moreno
Raheem Sterling
Jordan Henderson
Lucas Leiva
Philippe Coutinho (sub 59)
Daniel Sturridge
Rickie Lambert

Substitutes

Simon Mignolet
Dejan Lovren (on 39)
Javi Manquillo (on 59)
Fabio Borini
Jon Flanagan
Steven Gerrard
Lazar Markovic (on 59)

MOTM - Ben Mee -The left-back's timing of challenges was very much evident in his impressive display this afternoon, stopping many runs and crosses from the Liverpool team.

Post-match Manager comments

Robbie Fowler -It's always good to see your team start off with a good win at the start of the season. It was good play for the goal and an exceptional header from Rickie to put us in front. Lucas looked a little shaky here and there, and I was contemplating bringing Stevie on, but I decided not too in the risk of aggravating his little knock that he picked up.

Sean Dyche -Well, it's a little disappointing to see us lose, but I can take the positives out of the negatives and overall, I think we put in a good performance and tested the opposition goalkeeper many times. Hopefully we can iron out our mistakes and put in a good performance against West Brom next.

Manchester United vs. Liverpool: Pre-Match Analysis

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In the second weekend of the Barclays Premier League season, the North West Derby between Liverpool and Manchester United will be played at Anfield.

Manchester United Manager Louis Van Gaal has had a disappointing start to his first season in charge of Manchester United, after losing 1-0 to Leicester City at Old Trafford last weekend, whilst new Liverpool manager Robbie Fowler had been gifted with a 1-0 away win over Burnley at Turf Moor.

Louis Van Gaal has only been at his Manchester United post for seven weeks, having being appointed as the replacement for David Moyes, who was relieved of his duties of being United's head coach after a disappointing season that left Manchester United out of European competition. Liverpool, on the other hand, has also had their manager Robbie Fowler for seven weeks, but with Fowler having prior knowledge of the Liverpool squad and backroom staff, it was surely easier for Fowler to slide into the managerial position than Van Gaal.

When interviewed about the upcoming match-up, Fowler was asked:

"Preparation is everything in Football these days and you may feel you know what to expect from Manchester United. Can you see them employing any tactical surprises?"

With which Fowler replied:

"Every manager has a trick up their sleeve in case something goes wrong with a game plan, and Louis will be no different to me with that. He may try to bend the game in his favour if it doesn't go to plan, but I believe we will be suitably prepared if he does.

Mamadou Sakho misses the game through an injury he received during the game with Burnley, whilst Adam Lallana, Mario Balotelli, Joe Allen and Marcel Schmelzer are still looking unlikely to play this afternoon. Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney, Adnan Januzaj, Tyler Blackett, David De Gea, Darren Fletcher and Anderson all miss the game through injury, whilst Jonny Evans, Michael Carrick and Luke Shaw all look doubtful to play.

The match will take place on Saturday 23rd August, 2014 at 12: 45 at Anfield, where admission is £44.
as Pauker said, you should have Flanagan in your team no question. He's a starter in my Liverpool side and is probably one of my best performers! Loving the story so far mate, and the amount of detail you put into your updates is great! Keep it up.
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2015-02-06 21:16#207566 AaronHJFT96 : as Pauker said, you should have Flanagan in your team no question. He's a starter in my Liverpool side and is probably one of my best performers! Loving the story so far mate, and the amount of detail you put into your updates is great! Keep it up.
AaronHJFT96 -Don't you worry, Flanagan will be featuring in my team, definitely. Since I've sold Enrique, Schmelzer actually hasn't played a game due to two small injuries he's had during pre-season, so I've had to push Moreno up to left midfield and play Flanagan, and he's been doing spectacularly. I'm glad that you're enjoying my story, and I hope you continue to enjoy it! :D
I'm sure I will! It would be interesting to see if you could make him an accomplished centre back too! I've always thought of him as a Jamie Carragher type player. Start on the right, move to the centre.

Liverpool rescue late draw

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Liverpool had their midfield to thank on a fine summer's afternoon at Anfield as they showed their strikers how to finish.

Tireless midfielder Jordan Henderson got Liverpool off to a flying start by scoring a close-range header after 3 minutes. Colombia captain Radamel Falcao then equalized for Manchester United in the 26th minute with a deftly-executed finish that somehow snuck past Asmir Begovic.

Falcao then added his second goal of the game with a cheeky lob from 18 metres in the 33rd minute. Thankfully for Liverpool, wonderkid Raheem Sterling equalized for Liverpool after 75 minutes with a deftly-executed finish that beat keep Sam Johnstone.

Starting XI

Asmir Begovic
Glen Johnson
Martin Skrtel
Dejan Lovren
Jon Flanagan
Lazar Markovic (sub 75)
Jordan Henderson
Steven Gerrard (inj 62)
Raheem Sterling
Daniel Sturridge
Rickie Lambert (sub 45)

Substitutes

Simon Mignolet
Javi Manquillo
Philippe Coutinho (on 45)
Alberto Moreno
Marcel Schmelzer
Lucas Leiva (on 62)
Fabio Borini (on 75)

MOTM - Juan Mata - The threat that the attacking midfielder posed with his passing ability constantly unsettled Liverpool's defence.

Post-match Manager comments

Robbie Fowler:We weren't as deadly and threatening as we would have liked to have been, and that will be brought up to the people it needs to be. We were confident that we could handle Falcao, but it turned that we had to throw our game plan out of the window as he ripped it to shreds when he scored. It wasn't disappointing but it wasn't amazing, and things will improve for the next match.

Louis Van Gaal: Things could have been different on another day, but I am satisfied with a 2-2 draw. I believe that we played well against a quality side like Liverpool, and although I believe that they were lucky to score their equalizer, they thoroughly deserved and we just have to shrug it off and keep going.

Gerrard joins Liverpool Injury Shortlist

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During the match against Manchester United, Steven Gerrard had to be helped off by Liverpool medical staff after a rough challenge with Ander Herrera.

Although the injury does not look as bad as it first seemed, with Gerrard only spraining his ankle, it does cause quite a concern for Robbie Fowler and the rest of the Liverpool staff, as many injuries have plagued the squad so far this year, with the likes of Mario Balotelli, Mamadou Sakho and newcomers Adam Lallana and Marcel Schmelzer already on the sidelines.

It is reckoned that Gerrard will be fully fit for Liverpool's next match against Leicester City, but the risk of injury within Liverpool's players has given the fans something to think about: Is Liverpool's physio really up to the task? Head Physio Matt Konopinski is not a newcomer to the physio role, however, holding a role at Barnsley from 2005-2009, before moving on to Liverpool.

Adam Lallana, Mario Balotelli and Marcel Schmelzer are rumoured to also be fit for the Leicester game, although Mamadou Sakho will still be out for a while due to a twisted knee.

Liverpool vs. Leicester City: Pre-Match Analysis

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As the third week of Barclays Premier League action begins, Leicester City travel to Anfield to play home side Liverpool, who are coming off of a 2-2 draw with Manchester United.

Leicester City dominated the Championship last year, winning the League comfortably under manager Nigel Pearson. With the likes of Argentinian veteran midfielder Esteban Cambiasso, Yannick Bolasie and Anthony Knockaert in the squad, Leicester have become favourites for a comfortable finish high above the relegation zone this season.

Liverpool on the other hand, performed above expectations last year, finishing barely 2nd behind winners Manchester City. With the likes of veteran captain Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge and Mario Balotelli in the squad, Liverpool look to mount a serious title challenge with new manager, Robbie Fowler.

Liverpool look set to complete a £6 million deal for West Brom's left midfielder Chris Brunt, as the position has not much depth there and Robbie Fowler has been having to play some of his squad out of their comfort zones to try and fill the position, which has been rather successful so far.

Leicester have signed the likes of West Ham's Joey O'Brien and Crystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie for a combined fee of £4.1 million pounds, and have seriously bolstered their midfield and defence with the addition of these two.

Mario Balotelli makes the starting line-up following his injury during pre-season, with Rickie Lambert taking a seat on the bench because of this, but Adam Lallana, Marcel Schmelzer and Mamadou Sakho still sit in the reserves, regaining match fitness. Leicester have not been riddled with injuries much so far this season, with the likes of Leonardo Ulloa, Liam Moore and newcomer Yannick Bolasie being on the injury shortlist.

The match will take place on Saturday 30th August, 2014 at 15:00, with Liverpool being a home at Anfield with the admission fee of £44.

Confident Performance from The Reds

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A potentially serious injury suffered by Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge overshadowed events on what was a hard and bouncy surface at Anfield.

Poacher Daniel Sturridge gave Liverpool the lead with an accurate finish from inside the penalty area in the 20th minute. Sturridge added his 2nd goal of the game with a well-timed close finish on 28 minutes. In the 31st minute, Daniel Sturridge collided with Danny Drinkwater and landed funny on his ankle, before having to be helped off the pitch by Liverpool staff and being replaced by Rickie Lambert.

Liverpool's Martin Skrtel was back in the dressing room after earning himself an early bath and a second yellow card in the 69th minute. An error from Liverpool's Jon Flanagan allowed defensive forward David Nugent to score a powerful effort in the 73rd minute. Mario Balotelli then scored with a free kick from 29 metres which deflected past the goalkeeper in the 84th minute to extend the lead further.

Balotelli then finished off the rout on 88 minutes with a finish executed with aplomb. With this win, Liverpool are second in the Premier League with 7 points, whilst leaders Manchester City are ahead on goal difference.

Starting XI

Asmir Begovic
Glen Johnson
Martin Skrtel (sent off 69)
Dejan Lovren
Alberto Moreno (sub 58)
Raheem Sterling
Jordan Henderson (sub 69)
Steven Gerrard
Philippe Coutinho
Daniel Sturridge (inj 31)
Mario Balotelli

Substitutes

Simon Mignolet
Javi Manquillo (on 69)
Lucas Leiva
Rickie Lambert (on 31)
Jon Flanagan (on 58)
Lazar Markovic
Fabio Borini

MOTM - Mario Balotelli - The striker unsettled the opposition's defence many times due to his aerial prowess and that was a major factor towards this accomplished performance.

Post-match Manager Comments

Robbie Fowler: It was a brilliant performance from us, especially since a good team like this could easily cause an upset. Mario Balotelli put in a brilliant performance and definitely deserved the Man of the Match. Daniel Sturridge is doing alright, he's in the bakc being treated by the medical staff, but we already know that the injury is not serious and he shouldn't be out for long. The lads definitely took my words from the United game into their hearts and gave it their all out here.

Nigel Pearson: We knew that coming into this game that it would be quite an upset to beat Liverpool here, at Anfield, their fortress. I thought that we performed well, and it was an excellent strike from David Nugent to put it past Begovic, and I'm pleased about that. We'll hopefully make improvements on our performance and come back stronger for our next performance.

Liverpool handed tough Champions League Group

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Following the announcement of the Groups for the Champions League, Liverpool will have to buckle down and be seriously motivated if they are to have any hope of qualifying for the next stages.

Liverpool have a decent history with the Champions League, winning the European Cup five times in the club's history, including a historic final in 2005 when Liverpool came back from 3-0 against AC Milan to win the game on penalties.

Liverpool have been drawn in a group against Barcelona, Zenit St. Petersburg and Sparta Prague in the Champions League, with their first game being against Zenit St. Petersburg at Anfield on 16th September 2014. Barcelona have won the Champions League on four occasions during the club's history, and are touted to have one of the best teams in the world currently.

Zenit have never won the Champions League before, but have a lot of brilliant players in the likes of Axel Witsel, Javi Garcia, Danny and Hulk. The final club in the group is Sparta Prague, who have the greatest of challenges on their hands to even try and get a Europa League place.

Liverpool sign Chris Brunt

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Liverpool have opened their cheque book to sign twenty-nine year-old Northern Irish left midfielder Chris Brunt for £6.75m from West Brom.

Brunt was born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he attended Newtownbreda Primary School. His father Colin was a talented rugby union player. He then went on to study at Wellington College, a grammar school in Belfast. As a youth player he appeared for Saint Andrews Boys Club.

He moved to Sheffield Wednesday in March 2004 on an initial short-term deal. A permanent free transfer followed soon after as Brunt signed a two-year contract at Wednesday. In 2004–05, his first full season at the club, Brunt helped Wednesday achieve promotion to the Championship by scoring five goals. In July 2005 he agreed a one-year extension to his existing contract.

He went on to hit seven goals the following season, finishing the campaign as the club's top goalscorer. During the 2006–07 campaign Brunt passed the 100 appearance mark for Wednesday, making him the club's most experienced player at the time. His impressive displays during the 2006–07 season Brunt linked with a move away from Hillsborough. With only one year remaining on his contract, negotiations between Brunt and Wednesday broke down in July 2007, due to what the club described as 'excessive wage demands'.

West Bromwich Albion had a bid accepted for Brunt on 14 August 2007. They completed the signing the next day, in a £3 million four-year deal, which included £500,000 of performance-related add-ons. Brunt made his Albion debut as a second-half substitute in a 2–0 home win over Barnsley on 1 September 2007. He scored his first goal for the club in a 3–2 victory away at Scunthorpe United on 22 September 2007. Brunt's performance in the 3–0 home win against Plymouth Argyle on 1 March 2008 saw him named in the Championship Team of the Week.

Brunt continued his role as West Bromwich Albion captain in the 2012/2013 and helped the team secure an 8th place finish, the highest the club has finished in the Premier League era, while also helping to secure the record amount of points for the club (48). He scored twice in the season, his first a strike from 30 yards away at QPR which Albion won 2–1 and the second a finish from the edge of the box at home to Aston Villa which got Albion back into the game at 1–2, the final score being 2–2.

Brunt is a current international for the Northern Ireland national team. He scored his first goal for his country in February 2009, when his free-kick helped Northern Ireland to a 3–0 victory over San Marino. In April 2012 it was revealed that Brunt was in manager Stuart Pearce's provisional squad for the 2012 Olympic Great Britain Football Team. He was in the end not selected in the final 18 man squad for the Games.
Good to see you've got Balo firing! Your CL group is tough, but I reckon you'll sneak through - Barca aren't as scary as they seem if you cut Messi and Neymar off

Brunt's a good signing too! well done!

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