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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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Liverpool - Pre-Season Review

Swansea 0-2 Liverpool
Daniel Sturridge
Steven Gerrard

Espanyol 1-2 Liverpool
Radja Nainggolan
Raheem Sterling

Gelsenkirchen 3-6 Liverpool (Euro Super Cup)
Mario Balotelli x3
Mamadou Sakho
Daniel Sturridge x2

Champions League Group Stage Draw

Champions League Group A:
1. Real Madrid
2. Shakhtar
3. Olympiakos
4. Grasshoppers

Champions League Group B:
1. SLB
2. Tottenham
3. Steaua
4. AS Monaco

Champions League Group C:
1. Leverkusen
2. Inter
3. Liverpool
4. Celtic

Champions League Group D:
1. FC Bayern
2. Atletico Madrid
3. Ajax
4. FC Red Bull Salzburg

Champions League Group E:
1. Chelsea
2. Juventus
3. Basel

Champions League Group F:
1. FC Porto
2. Valencia
3. Borussia Dortmund
4. Fenerbahce

Champions League Group G:
1. Schalke
2. Paris Saint-Germain
3. Sporting Lisbon
4. Videoton

Champions League Group H:
1. Barcelona
2. Manchester United
3. CSKA Moscow
4. Club Brugge

Liverpool - August 2015 Review

Hull 2-2 Liverpool (Premier League)
Wilfried Bony

Liverpool 7-0 Norwich
Jordan Henderson
Daniel Sturridge
Mario Balotelli x3
Dirk Kuyt x2

Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool
Mario Balotelli

John Barnes accepts Coaching Role

After making his departure from Liverpool in 1997, and retiring from competitive football in 2000, Liverpool veteran John Barnes has decided to join Robbie Fowler's coaching staff at Melwood, after a contract was offered to him last night.

Barnes left Watford. his first club, on 9 June 1987 in a £900,000 deal to join Kenny Dalglish's Liverpool, after appearing 233 times for the Hornets and scoring 65 goals. He joined at the same time as England team-mate Peter Beardsley and linked up with new signings John Aldridge andRay Houghton to form one of the most formidable attacking lines of Liverpool's history, which was completed a year later when Ian Rush re-signed for Liverpool. Barnes made his debut for the Reds, along with Beardsley, on 15 August 1987 in the 2–1 league win over Arsenal at Highbury. In 9 minutes Barnes and Beardsley combined to set up Aldridge for a goal. Barnes' first strike for the club came a month later on 12 September as the Reds beat Oxford United 2–0 at Anfield.

In his first season at Anfield, Liverpool coasted to the League title, remaining undefeated for the first 29 games of the season and ending up with just two defeats. However, the double was surprisingly thwarted by Wimbledon who beat the champions 1–0 in the FA Cup final. Barnes was a key contributor and indeed performer on the Anfield Rap; a rap on the club's traditional Cup final song. It reached Number 3 in the UK charts. During that season, Barnes was racially abused by a section of Everton supporters in the Merseyside derby at Anfield, which led to Everton chairman Philip Carter disowning the offending supporters, branding them "scum". This was not the first time that Barnes had suffered racial abuse from fans of rival clubs, as he had been regularly barracked by fans of other teams when still playing for Watford.

Barnes scored 15 league goals in his first season at Anfield, second only to John Aldridge at the club. He was voted overwhelmingly PFA Player of the Year. He also collected a league title medal, as Liverpool finished champions with just two league defeats all season. In particular Barnes, Beardsley, Houghton and Aldridge were instrumental in Liverpool's 5–0 win over Nottingham Forest on 13 April 1988, a game which Tom Finney described as "the finest exhibition I’ve seen the whole time I’ve played and watched the game. You couldn’t see it bettered anywhere, not even in Brazil." Team mate Aldridge said in his autobiography that Bobby Robson had at the time claimed Barnes was as good as George Best at his peak with Manchester United 20 years earlier.

The following two seasons brought further success. Liverpool won the FA Cup with a 3–2 victory over Merseyside rivals Everton, with Barnes creating goals from the left wing for Ian Rush, and was instrumental during the extra time period. They lost the title to Arsenal with seconds remaining. Barnes played the whole of the title decider at Anfield, with the move resulting in Michael Thomas' goal occurring immediately after Barnes had lost possession of the ball attempting to dribble past Kevin Richardson in the last moments of the game.In April 1989, after the Hillsborough disaster claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool fans, Barnes attended several funerals and visited the injured in hospital. He pulled out of an England international friendly in order to fulfil these public duties.

Barnes, in his early years at Liverpool, had to deal with racist abuse from opposing supporters and far-right groups – a photograph was once taken of Barnes, in full Liverpool kit and mid-match, casually backheeling away a banana which had been hurled at him during a derby match with Everton at Goodison Park. He also claimed Liverpool supporters had written to him not to join the club, as well as being abused by opposition players. On occasion he overheard a team mate make a racist remark towards other black players in opposition teams. On one of his first times at Anfield, Barnes claimed that the tea lady had, intentionally or unintentionally served all the players in the lounge tea except from him and he made a joke about it by asking light heartedly "Is it because I'm black?" At the time, he was only the second black player to play for Liverpool, and the first to have been a regular player. The only other black player to have appeared for Liverpool at the time was Howard Gayle, who played a mere five games for the Reds at the beginning of the 1980s.

In 1992, Liverpool won the FA Cup again but Barnes missed the final with an Achilles tendon injury, which he later cited in his autobiography as dulling his acceleration, affecting his ability to push off from a still position, while not affecting his pace at full. He played just 12 league games in the 1991–92, scoring once, as Liverpool finished sixth in the league – their lowest finish in two decades and the first time since 1981 that they had failed to finish champions or runners-up. Barnes and several other senior players had frosty relationships with Souness during this period as the manager tried to impose new methods quickly, and many senior pros resented his hard discipline approach as well as the increased pressure in training. Barnes also once had to make a public apology to Souness after he gave an interview criticising the tactics employed by the manager before an important match.

Young team mate Robbie Fowler also said in his autobiography that Souness felt at the time Barnes was past his best, but in Fowler's (and others') opinion he still had a lot to offer and was still one of the most talented players at the club. Liverpool had qualified for the 1991-92 UEFA Cup, being readmitted to European competitions a year after the ban on all other English clubs in European competitions since the Heysel disaster in 1985 had been lifted. This was the first time Barnes had played in European competitions since Watford's 1983-84 UEFA Cup campaign.

Souness later stated in his autobiography that Barnes due to his injuries was now taking a "less demanding" central midfield playmaker's role as opposed to a winger with a goalscoring touch. Despite the effects of the injuries, Barnes was still regarded as one of club and country's best players and Souness noted that Barnes "Retained his quality on the ball, using it well and rarely losing possession". Mark Walters who had been highly effective for Souness at Glasgow Rangers had been purchased as cover/competition for Barnes but failed to displace him.

By the mid-1990s, Barnes knew he was reaching the veteran stage of his playing career and looked to make up for the underachievement at international level with his club side, who had begun to bear the fruits of Souness's youth policy. He publicly stated that he would stay at Liverpool and help bring through young talent that needed his leadership instead of leaving the club as it went through turbulent years under Graeme Souness, before Roy Evans took over at the helm in January 1994. His improved form in the 1994–95 season saw him earn a recall to the England team and he scored 7 league goals (9 in all competitions) despite being now principally a central midfielder.

Under Evans, Barnes and young players like Steve McManaman, Jamie Redknapp and Robbie Fowler (who had been given their debuts by either Dalglish or Souness) began playing attractive, attacking football, and were starting to look like title contenders again after several years of dominance in the title race by Manchester United as well as the likes of Leeds United, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United. They won the League Cup in 1995, began challenging for the FA Premier League title, and lost the 1996 FA Cup Final to Manchester United. Barnes had now been converted into a holding midfielder where he, Redknapp and McManaman would pass their way through teams and set up goals. He often captained the side in 1995–96 when regular captain Ian Rush lost his place to new signing Stan Collymore, and when Rush departed to Leeds United at the end of the season he became full-time captain.

Liverpool - September 2015 Review

Liverpool 4-3 Aston Villa (Premier League)
Wilfried Bony x2
Steven Gerrard
Mario Balotelli

Liverpool 8-0 Celtic (Champions League Group C)
Wilfried Bony x5
Steven Gerrard
Mario Balotelli
Dirk Kuyt

Liverpool 3-0 Southampton (Premier League)
Mario Balotelli
Dirk Kuyt
Wilfried Bony

Liverpool 2-0 Stevenage (Capital One Cup 3rd Round)
Daniel Sturridge
Wilfried Bony

Arsenal 0-2 Liverpool (Premier League)
Daniel Sturridge
Asier Illarramendi

Leverkusen 1-4 Liverpool (Champions League Group C)
Daniel Sturridge
Wilfried Bony
Steven Gerrard
Dirk Kuyt
an unbeaten month is always good man, well in!
2015-02-18 18:45#208395 TodayAtTomorrow : an unbeaten month is always good man, well in!
TodayAtTomorrow - Yep! Unbeaten months are the best, especially when I live up to the tradition of thrashing Norwich in the League :D
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Liverpool - October Review

Liverpool 3-2 Chelsea (Premier League)
Wilfried Bony
Steven Gerrard
Daniel Sturridge

Newcastle 2-3 Liverpool (Premier League)
Steven Gerrard x2
Mario Balotelli

Liverpool 5-1 Inter (Champions League Group C)
Daniel Sturridge x3
Wilfried Bony
Jordan Henderson

Stoke 1-3 Liverpool (Premier League)
Dirk Kuyt x3

Liverpool e1-0 West Ham (Capital One Cup 4th Round)
Mario Balotelli

Liverpool 2-0 Cardiff City (Premier League)
Steven Gerrard
Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool - November Review

Inter 3-5 Liverpool (Champions League Group C)
Martin Skrtel/b]
Philippe Coutinho x2
Mario Balotelli x2

Liverpool 1-0 West Ham (Premier League)
Mario Balotelli

Liverpool 4-0 West Brom (Premier League)
Wilfried Bony x2
Daniel Sturridge
Mario Balotelli

Celtic 1-1 Liverpool (Champions League Group C)
Mario Balotelli
Some really nice wins over there mate just keep up like this and you'll achieve everything you want! :)
2015-02-21 12:07#208654 MisterLister : Some really nice wins over there mate just keep up like this and you'll achieve everything you want! :)
MisterLister - Thanks! I hope that I can achieve everything the board wants me to do, and I'm actually quite surprised about how better my team is than last season, because I barely made about 5 signings in the window.

Liverpool - December Review

Everton 2-2 Liverpool (Premier League)
Daniel Sturridge x2

Liverpool 5-0 Tottenham (Premier League)
Jordan Henderson
Wilfried Bony
Daniel Sturridge x2
[Dirk Kuyt

Liverpool 3-1 Leverkusen (Champions League Group C)
Mario Balotelli
[Daniel Sturridge x2

QPR 3-3 Liverpool (Premier League)
Nicolas Otamendi
Wilfried Bony x2

MA Tetouan 0-8 Liverpool (Club World Championship Semi Final)
Mario Balotelli
Daniel Sturridge x3
Raheem Sterling x2
[Philippe Coutinho x2

Liverpool 6-1 Cruz Azul (Club World Championship Final)
Mamadou Sakho x2
[Mario Balotelli
Wilfried Bony x2
Dirk Kuyt

Tottenham 3-1 Liverpool (Capital One Cup Qtr Final)
Mario Balotelli

Liverpool 5-1 Leicester (Premier League)
Dejan Lovren
Mario Balotelli x2
Raheem Sterling
Adam Lallana

Liverpool 1-0 Hull City
Raheem Sterling

McManaman Makes His Way to Merseyside

With his contract expiring at the end of the season, Wigan Athletic have allowed winger Callum McManaman to join 2015 Champions League winners Liverpool for a fee of 750k. Callum joins the team where his distant relative, Liverpool legend Steve McManaman, made his name in the footballing world.

McManaman was born on 25 April 1991 in Huyton. He grew up as an Everton supporter, and joined the club's youth system when he was seven years old. After being released by the club at the age of sixteen, he signed for Wigan Athletic on a free transfer in 2007. He made his debut for the reserves toward the end of the 2007–08 season. He became a regular in the reserve team during the second half of the following season, appearing ten times and scoring four goals. He then made his first team debut on 24 May 2009 in a Premier League match against Portsmouth, becoming Wigan's youngest-ever player to play in the Premier League. In July 2009, he signed his first professional contract with the club. McManaman remained in the reserve team during the 2009–10 season, scoring twice in a 5–0 win against Burnley. Although he did not appear in the first team, he earned a contract extension.

McManaman was an unused substitute in the first team at the start of the 2010–11 season, but Wigan manager Roberto Martínez felt the player was not yet ready for Premier League football. On 30 November 2010, he made his first appearance in over 18 months when he came on as a substitute in a League Cup match against Arsenal. Martínez suggested the player would feature more regularly later in the season. He scored his first goal for Wigan in his first start for the club against Hull City in the FA Cup on 8 January 2011. In April 2011, he extended his contract for a further two years, keeping him at the club until 2013.

On 17 October 2011 McManaman joined Blackpool in a three-month loan deal. He made his debut a day later, appearing as a substitute against Doncaster Rovers, and made his first start for the club in the following game against Nottingham Forest. On 3 December 2011, he scored his first league goal in a 1–0 win against Reading.

After he returned from his loan spell at Blackpool, McManaman scored against Swindon Town in the FA Cup on 7 January 2012. He returned to Premier League football at the DW Stadium on 16 January 2012 as an 81st-minute substitute in a single-goal defeat to Manchester City.

McManaman scored as a substitute in the 89th minute in Wigan's first League Cup game of the 2012–13 season, capping off a 1–4 win over Nottingham Forest. In January 2013, he signed a new contract with Wigan until 2016. On 17 February 2013, in the fifth round of the FA Cup, McManaman scored one goal and was named man-of-the-match in a 4–1 win against Huddersfield Town, helping Wigan reach the quarter-finals for the first time in 26 years. In that quarter-final match, he scored against his former club Everton, at Goodison Park, in a 3–0 win that sent Wigan to the semi-finals at Wembley.

After the Everton game, McManaman made his first Premier League start against Newcastle United on 17 March 2013. His challenge on Massadio Haïdara in that game was the subject of a two-day review by The Football Association; the Association concluded it lacked the authority to penalise McManaman retrospectively. On 23 March 2013, The Daily Telegraph reported that the McManaman situation had prompted the FA "... to raise the issue with the other 'stakeholders' involved in setting disciplinary guidelines ... at the end of the season."

On 27 April, he scored his first Premier League goal for Wigan in a 2–2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur. A week later, he scored the winning goal in a 3–2 win against West Bromwich Albion. On 11 May, he was named man-of-the-match in the FA Cup Final, leading Wigan to a 1–0 victory over Manchester City.
What a great story this is! really man great job, also some great results. You signed some good players. Going to follow it for sure!
good signing there mate

congratulations on your SotM nomination too, it's well deserved! Keep it up

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