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Liverpool - The Reds Project

Started on 28 January 2015 by Starlord
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Premier League Title Slipping from Liverpool's Grasp?

After a series of unfortunate but preventable losses, it seems that Liverpool's chances of winning the Barclays Premier League trophy this season is becoming a distant dream with each passing moment and day.

Liverpool currently lie in 4th position in the Barclays Premier League, behind Manchester United in first place, Manchester City in second and Chelsea in third, all of whom hold three points more than Liverpool. Manchester City have been unbeaten this season, but have drawn more games than they have won, whilst Manchester United's strikeforce of Radamel Falcao, Robin Van Persie and captain Wayne Rooney are keeping the Reds in top position.

Robin Van Persie is top goalscorer currently in the Premier League, with 21 goals in 18 appearances for the Reds, while Liverpool's Mario Balotelli is fourth in the goalscoring table, with 14 goals in 21 appearances for Liverpool.

Liverpool failed to capture the Premier League title last season after a tremendous run of form in the later stages of the year, but an unfortunate loss to Chelsea and draw with Crystal Palace instead saw them lose out to Manchester City, and this process looks to repeat itself but this time with Louis Van Gaal's Manchester United side and with Liverpool lying in fourth.

Can Robbie Fowler's Liverpool side turn their fortunes around and rush up the table like last season under Brendan Rodgers, or will the might of Manchester keep them down? Only time will tell for the Reds, who play Newcastle next Saturday.

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An alright month, got the points off the teams you needed points off, but that United result...

Liverpool Agree to Bring Legend Home

For a fee of 500k, Liverpool Football Club have announced that Liverpool veteran and legend Dirk Kuyt will be returning to the club at the start 2015/16 season from Fenerbahçe, the same club that Liverpool sold him to in 2012.

His football career began when he joined the local amateur team Quick Boys at age 5. He broke into the first team in March 1998, playing the last six games of the season in the Hoofdklasse, and catching the eye of Eredivisie team FC Utrecht. Kuyt still regularly visits Katwijk and his old club Quick Boys, who benefited from a £300,000 windfall as a result of the player's move to Liverpool. He achieved his 50th league goal against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the 2011–12 season.Kuyt signed professionally for FC Utrecht that summer, aged 18, and immediately established himself in the first team. Sometimes he played as striker. However he was more often than not played as a winger, as they preferred to play Serbian Igor Gluš?evi? up front.

This continued until the 2002–03 season when Foeke Booy was installed as the club's new manager. Booy played Kuyt as a striker / attacking midfielder (behind the striker) for the entire season, and Kuyt repaid him with 20 league goals. FC Utrecht also reached the Dutch Cup final, where they met Feyenoord. Although they were the underdogs Utrecht comfortably won the cup 4–1, with Kuyt scoring one and being given the man-of-the-match award. At the end of the season Kuyt completed a €1 million move to Feyenoord, where he replaced the out-going Pierre van Hooijdonk.

At Feyenoord, Kuyt immediately became a fans' favourite with his continued goal scoring success. His first season saw him net another 20 league goals. The opening game of the 2004–05 season marked Kuyt's first ever hat-trick against De Graafschap. He later went on to score three in the 6–3 victory against Den Haag and ended the season as the Eredivisie's top scorer with 29 goals—a career high. In 2005 Kuyt was handed the Feyenoord club captaincy and went on to have a third successful season with the club, scoring 25 goals in all competitions. He formed a golden duo with Salomon Kalou, nicknamed K2. Over the summer of 2006 Kuyt was again linked with moves to many top English clubs, most notably Liverpool and Newcastle United.

Rumours started in May with Dirk Kuyt stating "I am happy at Feyenoord but I would like to play in the Premier League." Kuyt completed a move to Liverpool on 18 August for an undisclosed fee.Kuyt missed only five games over seven seasons from 1999 until 2006, making 233 appearances. Between March 2001 and April 2006 he played 179 consecutive matches.

Upon joining Liverpool, Kuyt stated "I only wanted to leave Feyenoord for a really big club, and that is what Liverpool are. They are a fantastic big club and it will be a real pleasure to play here."

Kuyt made his Liverpool debut as a substitute against West Ham United on 26 August 2006. His first start came against PSV in the UEFA Champions League and he has been first choice in most games since. He immediately got praises for the new defensive approach by a striker. In his third start for the club, Kuyt scored his first Liverpool goal in a Premier League fixture against Newcastle United at Anfield, and followed up with another against Tottenham Hotspur in the next game. He scored his third goal for Liverpool with his father watching the game at Anfield, contributing to Liverpool's 3–1 win over Aston Villa. Two weeks later he bagged a brace, as the only scorer in the Reds' 2–0 victory against Reading

Kuyt won much praise for his early performances, with the Daily Mirror stating: "The Dutch striker has the look of a cult hero in the making" and The People reporting that he is "propelling himself towards iconic status." One of the reasons for his early popularity was his post match courtesy to the fans. After each match he would walk to every corner of the ground, and applaud the Liverpool supporters.

On 20 January 2007, Dirk Kuyt opened the scoring against Chelsea after only 4 minutes as Liverpool went on to defeat the champions 2–0. It was the first time Rafael Benítez had defeated José Mourinho in the Premier League. It was also the first goal scored by Liverpool against a top four club in the league in the 2006–07 season. Kuyt moved his league-goal tally into double figures by scoring the first goal in the game against West Ham United on 30 January 2007, opening the scoring in a 2–1 away win at Upton Park.

Kuyt played a key part in Liverpool's penalty shoot-out win over Chelsea in the semi-finals of the 2006–07 Champions League. In extra-time he had a goal disallowed for offside from Xabi Alonso's strike. Kuyt also scored the winning kick in the shoot-out, and scored a consolation goal in their 2–1 defeat to Milan in the final.

On 3 June 2012, Fenerbahçe declared on their official website that Kuyt had signed for them on a three-year contract. The price was €1 million, the release clause price in his contract. Kuyt will earn €2.85 million per season in addition to a match bonus of €17,500. He scored his first goals in a Champions League qualifier against Romanian side Vaslui in a 4–1 win, netting the second and third goals. Kuyt also scored on his league debut at league newcomers Elazigspor on 18 August 2012, as the game ended in a 1–1 draw. In the match against Gaziantepspor, Dirk Kuyt scored his 250th goal in his career, including international goals
Kuyt <3
2015-02-16 11:52#208142 Tallery : An alright month, got the points off the teams you needed points off, but that United result...
Tallery - We don't talk about the United result...
2015-02-16 12:44#208149 TodayAtTomorrow : Kuyt <3
TodayAtTomorrow - Yep, the legend himself....:D

Liverpool Could Lose Fowler

Liverpool Chiefs are worried that they may lose Liverpool Manager Robbie Fowler at the end of the season when his contract expires.

It is believed that they are preparing to open discussions with Fowler as soon as the season finishes but are making contingency plans in case he does decide to leave. Fowler joined Liverpool as their new manager at the start of the 2014/15 season, replacing the outgoing Brendan Rodgers as the Reds' manager.

Speculation is hotting up as to who might be Fowler's potential replacement at Anfield, with Sevilla manager Unai Emery seeming like the most likely candidate for the board to hire as Fowler's replacement. It's possible that Andre Villas-Boas, Jurgen Klopp and Frank Rijkaard could also be in contention should Emery decide to stay with Sevilla F.C SAD.

Fowler is best remembered for his time as a player for Liverpool and is the sixth-highest goalscorer in the history of the Premier League. He scored 183 goals in total for Liverpool, 128 of which were scored in the Premier League (162 Premier League goals in total). He earned the nickname "God" from the Anfield crowd, becoming a club legend due to his ruthlessness in front of goal and his cheeky personality. He subsequently played for Leeds United and Manchester City, before returning to Liverpool in January 2006.
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Liverpool Draw Juventus in Champions League Semi-Final

After a tense second-leg between Zenit St. Petersburg and Liverpool, which left supporters of both Zenit and Liverpool on the edge of their seats, it has been announced that Liverpool will play Serie A giants Juventus in the Semi-Finals of the Champions League, after narrowly defeating Zenit 4-3 on aggregate after a 1-1 draw in the second leg.

Liverpool have won the Champions League five times, whilst Juventus have only won the Champions League twice, making Liverpool the more capable veterans of the competition. Liverpool's new manager Robbie Fowler has led his team on a rampage in the 2015 part of the season, finding his team in third position in the Barclays Premier League with leaders Chelsea only a few points above them and 2nd place position, where Manchester United lie.

On the other hand, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri, who joined Juventus on 16th July 2014 after Antonio Conte handed in his resignation at the club and Allegri was relieved of his duties as AC Milan head coach in January of 2014. His Juventus team is currently at the top of the Serie A, above of Inter and Genoa in Second and Third respectively. Juventus have beaten Manchester City in the Quarter Finals of the Champions League to reach this game against Liverpool.

Liverpool vs. Juventus, Second Leg: Match Report

After a disappointing loss to Juventus in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals, with the Italian side winning 3-1, to the shock of Robbie Fowler and absolute delight of Massimiliano Allegri, Liverpool were given a mountain to climb in the space of 90 minutes.

Liverpool Starting XI
Begovic, Manquillo, Skrtel, Lovren, Moreno, Henderson, Allen, Lucas Leiva, Balotelli, Lambert, Sturridge

Juventus Starting XI
Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Ogbonna, Lichtsteiner, Asamoah, Pogba, Vidal, Marchisio, Llorente, Tevez

0' - Liverpool kick off first, wanting to somehow get through this match against Juventus, who hold a considerate lead against them.

3' - GOAL! Javi Manquillo finds the head of Mario Balotelli with a lovely cross into the box, before Balotelli hits the ball down for Sturridge to hit into the back of the net like a rocket taking off into space! 0-1 to Liverpool, but still trail 3-2 on aggregate.

22' - GOAL! After conceding a penalty against them, Juventus has to rely on Gianluigi Buffon to save the penalty against the strike of Mario Balotelli, which he fails to do as Liverpool lead with a two goal advantage, and now drawing with Juventus 3-3 on the aggregate scoreline.

25' - GOAL! Juventus finally get a penalty of their own, after Alberto Moreno takes down Stephen Lichtsteiner with a nasty tackle in the box. Asmir Begovic tries to save it, but the thunderous shot from Carlos Tevez gets a goal back for Juventus, and puts them back in front on the aggregate scoreline 5-5.

HT: Half-Time score: Liverpool 2-1 Juventus. Liverpool have done exceptionally well to draw with Juventus on the aggregate, but that goal from Carlos Tevez may have already done the damage that Liverpool can't repair, we shall have to wait and see.

60' - GOAL! The third penalty of the night and a second for Liverpool, as Mario Balotelli once again steps up to take on Gianluigi Buffon, and beats the Juventus captain for the second time and allows Liverpool to have a further lead and once again draw with Juventus on the aggregate scoreline.

81' - GOAL! It what was already a dirty and penalty-filled night in Italy, Liverpool take their third penalty of the match, after Angelo Ogbonna committed a terrible foul on Lazar Markovic. Rickie Lambert steps up to take the penalty and calmly slots it past Gianluigi Buffon to let Liverpool take the lead in the aggregate scoreline and further their lead in the game.

86' - GOAL! After a bad touch for Dejan Lovren that followed with a tackle from Carlos Tevez, Real Madrid loanee Alvaro Morata sprinted past Alberto Moreno and ran straight at Asmir Begovic, before turning himself around the keeper and planting the ball into the net, despite Glen Johnson and Martin Skrtel's attempts to intercept the ball. Morata's goal puts Juventus drawing with Liverpool in aggregate, but the damage is already done as Liverpool are winning on away goals, this one is over.

FT - Full-Time Liverpool 4-2 Juventus. Although they were drawing on aggregate by the ned of the night, Liverpool's magnificent display allows them to win on away goals and head to the final, where they play either Real Madrid or Paris Saint-Germain.

Man Of The Match

Jordan Henderson collects the Man of The Match award for his showing for Liverpool against Juventus tonight. The midfielder's silky running and passing kept the Juventus defence on its toes and Henderson was unlucky to get on the scoresheet. Henderson has made forty-six appearances for the Reds this season, and has scored nine goals.

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Liverpool vs. PSG - Match Report

This year's Champions League final is between Barclays Premier League third-place runners-up Liverpool and Ligue 1 winners Paris Saint-Germain.

Liverpool Starting XI
Begovic, Manquillo, Skrtel, Sakho, Moreno, Henderson, Gerrard, Allen, Balotelli, Sterling, Sturridge

Paris Saint-Germain Starting XI
Sirigu, Rafinha, Silva, David Luiz, Digne, Chantome, Pastore, Verratti, Matuidi, Lavezzi, Ibrahivmovic

0' - And now this year's Champions League final has begun, live from the Olympastadion in Germany on this cold, wet evening!

3' - Sturridge bursts down the left wing, but is tackled by Rafinha, who knocks the ball out into touch. Moreno quickly then throws the ball to Sturridge, who passes back to Moreno, who then crosses to Henderson, who stalls against Marco Verratti for a few seconds, before crosisng it back to Daniel Sturridge, who shoots but barely hits the side netting.

5' - GOAL! Javi Manquillo throws the ball in towards Jordan Henderson, who passes it to Steven Gerrard, who uses his great vision to pick out Mario Balotelli in some space in the box. Balotelli collects the ball and passes it along the goalface, whilst distracting Salvatore Sirigu, before Sturridge taps it into the net as Sirigu barely has time to react.

10' - Joe Allen dribbles the ball past the halfway line, before crossing over to Javi Manquillo on the right wing, who immediately crosses it down to Mario Balotelli barely outside the box, who then knocks to Raheem Sterling, before it's played back to Balotelli, who smashes the ball straight towards the net, but his shot is parried by Salvatore Sirigu.

25' - Zlatan Ibrahimovic takes the ball into touch and dodges a tackle from Martin Skrtel, before crossing to Ezequiel Lavezzi, who passes it backwards to Lucas Digne, who crosses the ball into the box, looking for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but instead the ball meets the fist of Asmir Begovic.

45' - Half-time score: Liverpool 1-0 Paris Saint-Germain. In a clearly dominated half by Liverpool, PSG have been given some minor chances at the net, all of which have been stopped dramatically by either Asmir Begovic or the Liverpool defenders, I believe we are seeing our champions in Liverpool return to their throne.

45' - As the second half kicks off, PSG are looking more determined and aggresive, and it looks like Liverpool are as well. This is going to be a cracking second-half to the Champions League final, live from Germany in the Olympiastadion.

50' - Marco Verratti smashes the ball in from the corner post straight to the feet of Lucas Digne, who shoots for the net and instead hits the post, before the ball ricochets off the woodwork and hits the forehead of Clement Chatome, who makes the ball hit the crossbar, before the ball is cleared by Jordan Henderson, straight to the feet of Daniel Sturridge, who runs down the centre and dodges past the tackle of David Luiz and easily outpaces Thiago Silva, before he shoots for the goal and is blocked by Salvatore Sirigu.

77' - GOAL! Jean-Christophe Bahebeck, who came on as a substitute for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, sprints past Mamadou Sakho and then passes it through to Ezequiel Lavezzi, whose shot is blocked by Asmir Begovic. Bahebeck then runs to the left wing and collects the rebound, before passing it to Javier Pastore. Pastore chips it Edinson Cavani, who clealy taps it to Ezequiel Lavezzi, who slots it past Begovic and into the net to make it 1-1.

FT - At the end of 90 minutes, the score is 1-1. The Champions League final is heading into extra-time at the Olympiastadion in Germany.

91' - GOAL! After Jordan Henderson is clattered to the floor by Thiago Silva in the box, the referee awards Liverpool the penalty. Rickie Lambert steps up and calmly beats Salvatore Sirigu, letting Liverpool take the lead in the Champions League final once again.

98' - GOAL! Jordan Henderson steps up to the free kick position, awarded to him after Blaise Matuidi took down Steven Gerrard. He looks over the wall and attacks the ball, lifting it over the wall and straight past Salvatore Sirigu. Half of the Liverpool squad sprint at him and maul him with thanks and celebrations as the crowd screams in delight.

102' - GOAL! As Asmir Begovic takes the free kick conceded by Jean-Christophe Bahebeck, which is considerably a far distance from his net, he kicks it straight to the feet of Marco Verratti, who sees the open net and shoots for the screamer, landing it in the bottom left hand corner from 50 yards out.

105' - GOAL! Steven Gerrard links up with Jordan Henderson, who passes to Mario Balotelli. Balotelli thinks for a second before crossing it out onto the left wing to Alberto Moreno, who then sees Daniel Sturridge. Sturridge stops with the ball and dribbles past Rafinha, before beating Salvatore Sirigu at his near post to put Liverpool ahead by 4-2.

EFT: That's it! It's over! Liverpool have done it! Robbie Fowler has led his side to Champions League victory! Liverpool have reclaimed their throne and are Champions of Europe once more!

Man Of The Match

Jordan Henderson takes the Man of the Match award in the Champions League final, after his tremendous free-kick from outside the box, nearly 20 yards out, hit the back of the net, which was coupled with his good-looking ability in the air and ability to control the ball with his feet. Henderson, Liverpool's vice-captain, has been in superb form this season, contributing 12 goals and ten assists in forty-nine appearances.

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