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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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My bad and that's an awesome result to take! While the new layout is better I'd prefer a more detailed report when it's an important match
2015-02-11 00:17#207835 Pauker : My bad and that's an awesome result to take! While the new layout is better I'd prefer a more detailed report when it's an important match
Pauker -Don't worry, I'll be doing proper match reports for the important the Merseyside Derby, which is soon...

Fabio Borini confirms Liverpool Departure

After weeks of rumours, Italian striker Fabio Borini has confirmed via his social media account that he would be leaving Anfield in the January transfer window.

After his rumoured departure from Anfield during the summer was deemed a hoax after the end of transfer deadline day, Fabio Borini has failed to gain a single start for Liverpool during the 2014/15 season underneath new manager Robbie Fowler, who has preferred to play Mario Balotelli, Daniel Sturridge and new signing Rickie Lambert, with Borini only making two simple appearances from the bench during the season.

Over his time at Anfield, Borini has made fifteen appearances for the Merseyside club and scored one simple goal for the club. His time at Anfield has also been riddled with niggling injuries that Borini had struggled to overcome, having suffered a sprained ankle and a sports hernia.
Borini has only made fifteen appearances for Liverpool during his three seasons at the club.

But now Borini has confessed his frustrations and disappointment for not playing regular first-team football for Liverpool F.C. on social media, but his posts caught the attention of Liverpool manager and legend Robbie Fowler, who quickly called to meet with Borini and ask him about his frustrations.

After this discussion, it has been revealed by Borini himself that both him and Fowler agreed that he had held his frustrations in for too long, and that it would be best for the club and for Borini himself if they parted ways during the Winter transfer window and Borini would be allowed to try his luck at another club, having spent last season on loan for Liverpool's Premier League rivals Sunderland, where he made 32 appearances and scored 7 goals.

With Borini's time at Liverpool hanging by a thread, he has been placed onto the transfer list with a rumoured price of 10 million pounds being his designated price. Also, he has confessed that if a deal is not reached within the January transfer window, Borini would be more than happy to allow the club to mutually terminate his contract and allow him to freely join a club without restrictions in the future.
Don't let him go on a free, please :P
2015-02-13 20:48#207952 Pauker : Don't let him go on a free, please :P
Pauker - I'll definitely try not to, but if I can't sell him, I don't wanna a player disrupting things at Liverpool, so I'll have to drop him down to the under 21a or release him, I hope for the former though.
Borini just isn't getting playing time in the real world of football and I do think it's a shame. He has shown he can score in the Premier League, yet hasn't started ahead of Balotelli during Sturridge's absense. Either way, it will be a shame to see him leave your Liverpool side but I agree with Pauker, try and get some cash for him at least.
2015-02-13 22:02#207958 Jamesg237 : Borini just isn't getting playing time in the real world of football and I do think it's a shame. He has shown he can score in the Premier League, yet hasn't started ahead of Balotelli during Sturridge's absense. Either way, it will be a shame to see him leave your Liverpool side but I agree with Pauker, try and get some cash for him at least.
Jamesg237 - I agree with you that Borini has Premier League potential and can definitely score in the League, as he showed playing for Sunderland last season, but like I said in the post, I've played him in the League twice and he just hasn't performed as well as Sturridge, Balotelli or Lambert and I'd rather have them than keep him, so I'm sad to see him go and I wish that he didn't have to, but he is unsettled at the club and it will affect the morale. And yes, I will get some money for him.

Merseyside Derby: Live Match Report

Everton would welcome their fierce rivals Liverpool to Goodison Park for the 222nd annual Merseyside Derby between the two teams, where passion is running wild amongst the supporters and the players, who are listening as their fans chant loudly into the afternoon.

Liverpool are currently lying in 3rd place in the Barclays Premier League. Liverpool can move up to 2nd in the table and will hope to leapfrog Manchester City in the process, should they win here this afternoon at Goodison Park.

Everton have been disappointing in the Barclays Premier League so far this season and find themselves in 12th place. Everton have drawn four out of their last five home league fixtures. Also, Everton find themselves as Capital One Cup quarter-finalists, playing Chelsea on the 17th December to hopefully slingshot themselves into the semi-finals.

0'- And now the game starts off with Liverpool, who kick it between Mario Balotelli and Raheem Sterling for the kickoff, before it's passed back to Jordan Henderson, who passes to Joe Allen. Steven Gerrard then has the ball passed to his feet by Joe Allen, and then passes to Sakho, who then passes the ball down to the left wing to Alberto Moreno, who directly passes first-time to Joe Allen. Balotelli is given the ball by Allen, but is quickly closed down by Gareth Barry, who slides in for the tackle, and Everton gain possession of the ball.

7'- Henderson looks to whip in a corner towards the box, which he does, and finds the head of Sterling, who heads it down to Balotelli, who feeds it through past two defenders to Joe Allen, before the ball is played into the area by Allen to the feet of Sterling, who tries his luck at goal but his shot is parried by Howard, who cleanly collects the ball.

19'-Steven Pienaar makes the pass to Jose Antonio Reyes, who hits it first-time 25 yards forward. The ball lands in front of Romelu Lukaku, who gets behind the defenders and is free in the penalty area, before shooting for the goal and having his shot be turned behind by a brilliant save from Asmir Begovic.

33' - Steven Pienaar moves the ball forwards towards Lukaku, who is then upended by a rash tackle from Emre Can. The referee runs over and issues a free kick for Everton, before giving a stern warning to Emre Can and allowing Everton to take the kick and continue.

36'-GOAL! Pienaar laid it forwards for Seamus Coleman, who centered the ball to Reyes, who made a good play in making himself some space. Reyes then lets the ball drop before firing the volley at Asmir Begovic, who is powerless to stop it as it flies into the top left hand corner to put Everton in the lead 1-0.

44'-The Everton physio runs onto the pitch, heading towards a downed Steven Pienaar. After a while of diagnosis, Pienaar is taken off-field for treatment by the Everton medical staff. Pienaar was injured after a harsh tackle from Steven Gerrard, that left him with a yellow card and a stern warning.

HT -Everton 1-0 Liverpool: It's not looking good here for Liverpool as they haven't managed to turn their possession into goals, something that Everton cleanly managed due to a magnificent strike from Jose Antonio Reyes.

45'- As the second half gets underway, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas kick off for Everton.

50'Philippe Coutinho rushes past Phil Jagielka as the Everton defender gets a poor touch on the ball, before sprinting down the centre and looking to shoot, but he instead chips the ball over to Raheem Sterling, who volleys it first-time, but the ball is caught swiftly by Tim Howard, who knocks it back down into the midfield.

73'-GOAL! As Jose Antonio Reyes passes the ball to Steven Naismith, Kevin Mirallas sneaks past Alberto Moreno as the ball is crossed over to him, with Javi Manquillo keeping him onside. Mirallas then sneaks the ball past Begovic at the far post, before dashing over to the home fans to celebrate.

88'- Henderson floats the corner over the heads of Sylvain Distin, Phil Jagielka and Philippe Coutinho, before the ball lands at the feet of Rickie Lambert, who shoots for goal, but the shot is parried away by Tim Howard. Coutinho quickly collects the rebound and passes to Adam Lallana, who cracks the ball with a thunderous boot, but the ball is barely hit over by Tim Howard for another corner.

FT: FT Everton 2-0 Liverpool: After a very quiet second half with barely any highlights, Evertont triumph over Liverpool in this Merseyside fixture. The Liverpool fans and players both look extremely devastated, as manager Robbie Fowler himself walks onto the pitch to console his players. Fowler has a quick word with Captain Steven Gerrard, before heading over to the rest of his players near the touchline.

Man Of The Match

Jose Antonio Reyes - The attacking midfielder's quality of passing was a constant threat to the opposition's defence and his magnificent strike to put Everton in front allowed him to contribute a lot to Everton's impressive display this afternoon.
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Liverpool: November Review

Liverpool 0-1 Stoke (Premier League)

Sparta Prague 0-4 Liverpool (Champions League)
Joe Allen
Jordan Henderson
Daniel Sturridge x2

Liverpool 1-1 Manchester City (Premier League)
Lucas Leiva

Everton 2-0 Liverpool (Premier League)

Zenit 3-2 Liverpool (Premier League)
Philippe Coutinho
Jordan Henderson

Liverpool 1-0 Aston Villa (Premier League)
Jordan Henderson

Borini Completes Move to Hull

After his official transfer-listing and confirmed move away from Liverpool, Italian striker Fabio Borini has completed a move to Premier League side Hull City for a fee in the region of £7 million pounds.

Borini first started playing football at the age of nine, he and his father were avid Bologna supporters. He joined Bologna in 2001, as a youth player. Borini joined Chelsea in the summer of 2007 from Bologna. During the 2008–09 season, he was made first choice striker for reserves. He was the top scorer for the reserves with 10 goals from 11 appearances. Borini scored against Manchester United in the FA Youth Cup. On 1 September 2009, he was added to Carlo Ancelotti's Champions League squad and he made the bench against FC Porto.

He made the substitutes bench again a few days later on 20 September, replacing Nicolas Anelka in the 89th minute to make his first team debut for Chelsea against Tottenham Hotspur. His full debut came against Queens Park Rangers in the League Cup third round. On 8 December 2009, Borini made his Champions League debut in the 2–2 draw against APOEL. He played his first FA Cup game against Cardiff City in the fifth round, coming on in the 88th minute for Didier Drogba as the Blues won 4–1. Borini underwent a hernia operation which put him out of action for quite some time. Captain Borini scored five times to bring Chelsea Reserves back from 0–3 against West Bromwich Albion Reserves on 20 October 2010. Chelsea Reserves won the match 5–4.

On 17 March 2011, Borini joined Championship side Swansea City on loan until the end of the 2010–11 season. He linked up with his former Chelsea youth team boss Brendan Rodgers. Borini began his loan spell with the Swans by scoring a brace against Nottingham Forest. On 9 April 2011, he opened the scoring against Norwich City, with a free kick in a match which the Swans went on to win 3–0. He scored again during the Swans 2–1 loss to Burnley at Turf Moor and bagged another brace during the 4–1 defeat of Ipswich Town at the Liberty Stadium.

On 18 May 2011, Borini confirmed that he would not be coming back to Chelsea at the end of his loan spell with Swansea. He insisted he would not make a decision on his future until after the Championship play-off final. In the Championship play-off final, Borini won the penalty which secured a 4–2 lead and a return to English football's top flight for the Swans.

On 31 August 2011, Borini signed for Italian club Roma on loan for €1.25 million, with an option to buy for €7 million. Borini signed a 1+4 year contract, which he would earn €1 million in gross in first season but increased to €2.3 million in 2012–13 and ultimately €3.4 million in 2015–16. He made his first official appearance for Roma in the 2–1 loss at home to Cagliari, replacing Pablo Osvaldo in the 80th minute. The following week, he made his first start against Internazionale in the 0–0 draw at the San Siro.

He scored his first goal with his new team in the 2–1 away loss against Genoa. He then scored his first goal in the Coppa Italia against Fiorentina in Roma's 3–0 victory. Borini scored his second goal as a Roma player against Cesena in Roma's 5–1 victory. Borini was bought from Parma on a co-ownership deal for €2.3 million on 23 January 2012. Moreover, Roma also paid agent Andrea Rosso €150,000 who broke the deal, as well as sent Stefano Okaka to Parma in a temporary deal with the option to sign half of the "card" for €300,000. On 5 February, he scored two goals against Inter in a 4–0 victory. He scored an equaliser in a derby against Lazio, and he scored a winner against Palermo on 12 March. On 23 June, Roma paid Parma €5.3 million on blind auction, and signed the other 50% of Borini's rights.

On 9 July 2012, it was reported that Borini would become Brendan Rodgers' first signing as Liverpool manager, with the player expected to join before a pre-season tour of North America. On 12 July, it was reported that a deal had been reached between the two clubs, and on 13 July Borini officially completed his transfer to Liverpool, and requested to wear the number 29 shirt. On 13 July, Roma announced the fee was €13.3 million including bonuses (equivalent to about £10.5 million). After his move, Borini revealed that Italy team-mate Mario Balotelli was responsible for urging him to join Liverpool because Balotelli claimed the club (Liverpool) has the most exciting fans.

Borini signed on a season-long loan with Sunderland on 2 September 2013. He made his Sunderland debut in a 1–3 home defeat to Arsenal, coming on as a 71st-minute substitute for Charis Mavrias. He made his full debut in a 3–0 away defeat at West Bromwich Albion, but was subbed off in the 59th-minute for Jozy Altidore in a match that proved to be then manager Paolo Di Canio's last game in charge after he was sacked a day later. Kevin Ball was put in caretaker charge of Sunderland's League Cup tie at home to Peterborough United, Borini was again put on the substitutes bench, but was subbed on 13 minutes from full-time for Emanuele Giaccherini; Sunderland won the match 2–0.
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Radja Nainggolan Travels to Merseyside

Liverpool have strengthened their midfield today with the signing of Roma/Cagliari midfielder Radja Nainggolan, with the Merseyside club paying both teams a combined fee of £11.75 million for the Belgian midfielder.

Nainggolan was born in Antwerp, the son of Lizy Bogaerts, a Belgian of Flemish ethnicity who raised him with his three half brothers and his twin sister, and Marianus Nainggolan, an Indonesian of Batak background member of the Batak Christian Protestant Church who left them with nothing when he was just a child. Nainggolan's mother died in 2010, and after her death he tattooed two large wings on his back with her dates of birth and death. He was raised Roman Catholic and speaks Dutch, English and Italian fluently, as well as understanding French.

Nainggolan arrived at Piacenza Calcio in late 2005 at the age of 17, from local K.F.C. Germinal Beerschot. Still a junior he managed to appear in two Serie B games for the club, over the course of two separate seasons. Nainggolan played 38 matches in the 2008–09 campaign for the Emilia-Romagna side, scoring three goals for an eventual 10th-place finish. On 27 January 2010 he was loaned to Cagliari Calcio in Serie A, with the Sardinians having an option to buy the player permanently at the end of the season. He made his league debut on 7 February, playing seven minutes in a 0–3 away loss against Inter Milan.

On 21 June 2010, Cagliari acquired Nainggolan on a permanent basis. In early October 2013, after three seasons as an undisputed first-choice, he renewed his contract until 2016. However, on 7 January of the following year, Nainggolan was loaned to fellow league team A.S. Roma until the end of the campaign for a fee of €3 million, with an option to make the deal permanent in the ensuing summer for €6 million.

Nainggolan made his debut for his new club on 9 January 2014, starting in a 1–0 home win over U.C. Sampdoria for the season's Coppa Italia which qualified to the quarter-finals. In the same competition, he also helped dispose of Juventus F.C. in said stage by playing the full 90 minutes 12 days later.On 22 February 2014 Nainggolan scored his first goal for the capital side, grabbing the 1–0 winner against Bologna FC 1909. His second, which arrived on 19 April against ACF Fiorentina (same result) ensured his team automatic qualification to the UEFA Champions League.
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Liverpool - December Review

Chelsea 3-3 Liverpool (Premier League)
Daniel Sturridge x2
Jordan Henderson

Liverpool 2-0 Sunderland (Premier League)
Raheem Sterling x2

Liverpool 5-1 Barcelona (Champions League)
Steven Gerrard
Lazar Markovic
Mario Balotelli x2
Jordan Henderson

Tottenham 3-2 Liverpool
Daniel Sturridge
Mario Balotelli

Liverpool 2-1 Hull
Rickie Lambert x2

Swansea 4-5 Liverpool
Daniel Sturridge
Mario Balotelli x3
Adam Lallana

Liverpool 2-1 Southampton
Lazar Markovic
Daniel Sturridge
For me Borini has always torn the Premier League apart. Strangely, more so than Sturridge, Balotelli and Suarez! But if he's not performing then I guess the best thing you could have done was cash in on him. A solid signing Nainggolan too, a talented player.

Brilliant month, big improvement on the one before, I think all that's needed now is for the defense to step up. Crackin' result against Barcelona too!
What a fantastic result against Barcelona and it looks like the game against Swansea was a nervy affair. Keep it up!
2015-02-14 17:16#207992 Jamesg237 : What a fantastic result against Barcelona and it looks like the game against Swansea was a nervy affair. Keep it up!
Jamesg237 -Thanks! I couldn't believe that I could beat a team like Barcelona like that, and they just didn't seem to ever get into the game, which I was surprised about. And the Swansea game was really weird, because I scored and they automatically just sprinted past my defenders and scored, it was actually quite strange.

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