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  1. We all like to have a bet on the Premier League at the weekend, the Champions League midweek and anything that may happen to crop up in between. Right? But, what are the best ways to make sure that your betting isn’t willy-nilly, and is, instead, profitable? Well, if you keep on reading, you may just find out that it’s not all about getting your money on James Milner providing an assist or Mo Salah bagging an important goal. Know The Sport Inside Out When having a flutter on Liverpool, or other Premier League games, you simply must know everything there is to know about the sides your backing with your money. The more you know, the more you’ll earn. Simple. Broaden your knowledge, whether that’s to the whole Premier League, rather than just Liverpool, or, even further down to the Championship. If you’re looking to place bets on individuals for occurrences such as goal-scorer, assists or card markets, make sure you know them inside out. There are plenty of places to keep an eye out for these sorts of nuances and information. Twitter is a gold-mine of accounts that can offer you a plethora of not only Liverpool based stats and information, but, also on other teams. Opta and WhoScored are two fantastic examples of social channels which regularly tweet out great statistical news and features as well as occasional stats-based tweets. Don’t Limit Your Markets Don’t use the ease of betting on the outright win market as a kop out. Sometimes the lesser known, lesser bet on markets offer the best value. Why? Because they’re often tucked away, as they’re odds the bookmakers have to offer, but, doesn’t want to promote. Instead of focusing all of your attention on the outright winner or HT/FT markets – why not look deeper? The under/over market often represents good value, or, maybe you like the look of going rogue and putting some money on the number of corners? Why would you do these outlandish bets though? Not on a whim, no, but because of your research and knowledge on the games you’re betting on. The more serious you are about being profitable with your betting, the more you’ll notice just how much of it relies on your knowledge of the sport as a whole, not just our side, or our fixtures. Timing Is Everything Much like looking for the better odds and markets available to you, which offer better value, timing can also be paramount. Especially, when betting on football. But, how can timing be your biggest ally? If you know a side often comes from behind to rescue points, you could get some great odds. Or, if you’re watching the game live and betting in-play you may be able to get a feel for where the next goal, corner, card or assist is coming from – and you better believe you’ll get better odds than if you’d had a flutter pre-match! As well as this, most bookmakers will offer you enhanced in-play prices, along with enhanced odds and special offers pre-match. So, it is most certainly worth waiting for the right opportunity to place your bet. Utilise Multiple Bookies Much in line with timing, is, where you place your bets. It is well worth noting that you CAN use the services of more than one bookmaker to place your bets. What this means is that you can take your pick of one, or more, bookies competitively placed sign-up bonuses. So, when you’re going through the process of looking at what bookies you want to place your bets with – make sure you take note of those bonuses and what the stipulations are to claim them. One other handy note while you’re in the process of choosing which bookmaker to bet with is that there is a wide range of reviews which you can skim through on the internet. Want to be with ‘a’ bookmaker? Then have a quick Google of their football markets, or take a look on one of the review sites available online. Some of them, just like online-betting-offers.co.uk, not only offer comprehensive betting site reviews but provide a selection of betting offers, both sign up and ongoing, from the top bookies. Again, the more you know, the better. Make The Most Of Current Promos Yes, you’ll want to get the best possible special promotions if you’re having a flutter on an upcoming Liverpool game, or other English League game. Again, it is a case of finding what works best you’re your betting. Do you tend to be biased and stick Liverpool in your acca regardless of the fixture? Then you should look at bookmakers that offers a great acca Insurance, or, why not make the most of William Hill’s ‘Bet Boost’ on accas with three or more legs? Paddy Power’s ‘2-Up’ promotion is a great example of an ongoing football promotion, where the Irish outfit pay out on the win as soon as your side go two-nil up. Or if you’re in it for the long run, why not make the most of Coral and Betway’s ongoing loyalty schemes. Okay, they won’t benefit you there and then with your punt on the footie that day, but, they could land you free bets and more. For doing what though? Betting with them! Don’t Let The Red Tinted Glasses Haunt You We all love Mo and the boys, and we all think we’ll run away with every game, especially this season. But, it is so important not to bet with those red-tinted Klopp-inspired glasses on. It is easy to think you know best when it comes to all things Liverpool, but, there is a reason the big-time bettors don’t include their team (regardless of sport!). It is a fine line between knowing the sport and betting with your emotions. Especially when it comes to big fixtures, you always want to lump on that Liverpool will win 5-0. Sure, there is definitely the firepower to do it – but is it going to happen every weekend? No…unfortunately! Even more so with football, you have to bet purely with your head and what you know – rather than your feelings and hopes of what might happen. Otherwise, we’d all just be lumping on us to win every fixture and cup competition…right? Bet clever, bet with your head, and you’ll be betting better! Conclusion; Betting on football would be much easier if you didn’t enjoy football and have feelings for and against teams. They cloud judgement, so it is so important to be able to put that to the side and bet with a level head. As well as this, the best way to then optimise your betting on the beautiful game is by picking and choosing your desired bookmakers with the help of the above advice; seek promos, odds and sign-up bonuses that suit you and the bets you place. If you stick to these guidelines as well as the boys are sticking to Klopp’s game plans…there could be plenty of glory and profit all round!
  2. Report by Dave Usher Terrible performance but a huge three points. If Huddersfield didn’t have a useless attack led by the worst centre forward in the history of football we probably wouldn’t have gotten anything from this game, but thankfully we managed to take one chance and that was enough for the win. The goal was one of only a handful of moments of quality we produced. Mo took it extremely well with his weaker foot, but it was lazy of BT Sport’s Chris Sutton to give him man of the match, as other than the goal I thought he was well off it once again. Thankfully we aren’t conceding any, because the goals have dried up big time. As pleasing as the three points are, this performance worries me more than anything else we’ve seen this season. The Napoli game was hideous and we never even had a shot, but they’re a decent side and it’s known as not being the easiest place to play. There were other factors that went into that too, things that I’m not sure Klopp went public with but privately he was pissed off about. The grass was too long on the pitch and we weren’t allowed to train on it beforehand. It doesn’t excuse how shite we were, but it makes it easier to dismiss it as nothing to be too concerned about. City wasn’t good either. I think we had one shot on target and barely threatened them at all. But it’s City, they’re the best team in the country and given how poor we were in attack (and that they missed a late pen) that was a great point and again, quite easy to dismiss. We’ve had a brutal run of games recently and come through it relatively unscathed. Huddersfield are terrible though, we should be looking good against them, surely? Ok, the international break muddies the water a little and it’s never easy playing an away fixture off the back of it, but I don’t think that fully explains how poor we were and I don’t think Klopp sees it that way either given how pissed off he clearly was during the game. This was the start of a pretty easy run that should see us again begin to resemble the runaway attacking juggernaut we were last season. Ok, two thirds of the front three were missing and we had Lallana making his his first start since I don’t even know when. I know he’s had at least three bad hairstyles in that period though. At least he’s ditched the gremlin look now. This is just a teaser, click here to view the full article Please note that Match Reports are only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  3. It certainly was not pretty, but Liverpool claimed another three points with a 1-0 win over Huddersfield to stay level with reigning champions Man City atop the Premier League table after nine games. While it was a game lacking in memorable moments, there were a couple of noteworthy factors to come out of the contest. In terms of the team as a whole, Liverpool registered a sixth clean sheet which sees the Reds set a club record for fewest goals conceded to start a league campaign (three in nine games). While in terms of individual performances, there was pleasing news for Mo Salah and Adam Lallana, albeit for differing reasons. The Egyptian maestro scored the winning goal in the 24th minute, which was only his second goal in six league games. For most players, that is a pretty handy ratio, but for someone who seemingly scored in every game in 2017/8 it felt like a "form slump." as he did not look his normal self in and around the attacking third. However the 25 year-old who registered 50th goal in English football with his strike against the Terriers' was not concerned in the slightest. "It's a good feeling but I wasn't worried, I don't worry, in the end we got the three points" the Liverpool Echo reported. The other player with plenty to smile about after the hard-fought contest was Adam Lallana. The English international has had a wretched time in the past 12 months due to thigh, hamstring and groin injuries. The midfielder only made 12 appearances in 2017/8 with his last start before yesterday coming on New Years Day against Burnley. Lallana started in place of the injured Sadio Mane against Huddersfield and admitted it had been a tough journey to full fitness. "It's been tough" the Echo reported. "The first injury I had was probably the easiest to get back from. It's just been the constant setbacks that I've had since." "At times you doubt yourself and you doubt your body, but I feel I'm in a really good place now and it was good to be out there. "As a footballer, it's what you want to do, you want to play games and feel like you're contributing.” Lallana played 69 minutes in an energetic display and his performance bodes well for more opportunities in the games ahead. "It's a long season, it was only a few weeks ago where I was thinking: 'Where's my next game going to come from when I'm back fit?' "You work hard over the international break and unfortunately, a few of the lads came back injured. That's when you need your squad. "Throughout the course of the season, everyone is going to contribute if you want to achieve something special.” Liverpool are looking to mount strong challenges domestically and in Europe this season. With that in mind, it is imperative that experienced players like the 30-year-old and Daniel Sturridge stay fit and motivated, as Jurgen Klopp will certainly call upon them to play an important role for the side.
  4. It certainly was not pretty, but Liverpool claimed another three points with a 1-0 win over Huddersfield to stay level with reigning champions Man City atop the Premier League table after nine games. While it was a game lacking in memorable moments, there were a couple of noteworthy factors to come out of the contest. In terms of the team as a whole, Liverpool registered a sixth clean sheet which sees the Reds set a club record for fewest goals conceded to start a league campaign (three in nine games). While in terms of individual performances, there was pleasing news for Mo Salah and Adam Lallana, albeit for differing reasons. The Egyptian maestro scored the winning goal in the 24th minute, which was only his second goal in six league games. For most players, that is a pretty handy ratio, but for someone who seemingly scored in every game in 2017/8 it felt like a "form slump." as he did not look his normal self in and around the attacking third. However the 25 year-old who registered 50th goal in English football with his strike against the Terriers' was not concerned in the slightest. "It's a good feeling but I wasn't worried, I don't worry, in the end we got the three points" the Liverpool Echo reported. The other player with plenty to smile about after the hard-fought contest was Adam Lallana. The English international has had a wretched time in the past 12 months due to thigh, hamstring and groin injuries. The midfielder only made 12 appearances in 2017/8 with his last start before yesterday coming on New Years Day against Burnley. Lallana started in place of the injured Sadio Mane against Huddersfield and admitted it had been a tough journey to full fitness. "It's been tough" the Echo reported. "The first injury I had was probably the easiest to get back from. It's just been the constant setbacks that I've had since." "At times you doubt yourself and you doubt your body, but I feel I'm in a really good place now and it was good to be out there. "As a footballer, it's what you want to do, you want to play games and feel like you're contributing.” Lallana played 69 minutes in an energetic display and his performance bodes well for more opportunities in the games ahead. "It's a long season, it was only a few weeks ago where I was thinking: 'Where's my next game going to come from when I'm back fit?' "You work hard over the international break and unfortunately, a few of the lads came back injured. That's when you need your squad. "Throughout the course of the season, everyone is going to contribute if you want to achieve something special.” Liverpool are looking to mount strong challenges domestically and in Europe this season. With that in mind, it is imperative that experienced players like the 30-year-old and Daniel Sturridge stay fit and motivated, as Jurgen Klopp will certainly call upon them to play an important role for the side. View full article
  5. Saturday Oct 13: What’s this shit? I’ve been out the loop for a week or so due to a house move, I check back online and find out that Mo got injured last night, in the last minute of a game that Egypt led 4-0. Why is he still on the field when they’re up by four? Even worse, they were playing Swaziland. I didn’t even know that was a real country. Seriously, I would have put good money on it being one of those countries that underwent a name change decades ago, like Rhodesia, or just some jarg made up name like Timbuktu. *edit - I had to google Timbuktu to make sure I spelled it correctly, and it turns out that's a real place too. Mind. Blown. Just browsing newsnow and see that Andy Robbo has to defend himself after some comments he made were misconstrued and taken as a dig at Scotland boss Alex McLeish. Hold up, Gordon Strachan is Scotland manager isn’t he? *checks google* Ok so McLeish took over in February. I’m so out of the loop on anything non-LFC related these days it’s ridiculous. Anyway, bottom line is Robbo didn’t have a pop at him but if he did it would be ok because Andy Robbo is the King of Scotland and Alex McLeish is a terrible manager. Staying with international footy for a second, I caught a couple of minutes of the England game last night as it was on when I was at my parents’ house. For a second I thought they were playing at the Etihad as there were more empty seats there than at Goodison for a dead rubber Europa League game. Not sure why, something about Croatia fans misbehaving and having to serve a stadium ban apparently. Bit shit for the opponent though isn’t it? The players having to perform in that weird empty stadium with no atmosphere (no problem for Stones, Sterling and Delph, obviously) and the fans not being allowed to travel. Ok, so that’s actually a good thing. I wish all of England’s opponents would get themselves stadium bans. Sunday Oct 14: VVD is coming home early too with a reported recurrence of his rib injury. He scored last night as Holland beat Germany 3-0. Gini scored as well. Lovely goal that, it was the kind of goal he never scores for us and the kind that I was expecting Naby to be scoring every week. Let’s face it though, we’ve been getting no goal threat from our midfield all season and it’s a big problem because the front three aren’t producing. I really like Wijnaldum as a six, but when he’s in the box to box role he frustrates the shit out of me. Sometimes he looks really good, but mostly he’s just very vanilla. He should be the one who gets double figures every season but he’s nowhere near. Seeing him do this for Holland just makes it all the more annoying. I saw something today listing the top ten slowest players in the league, and two of them were ours. No surprise that Sturridge was one, but I was massively shocked that Lallana was in there, not least because to have your speed measured surely you have to actually spend some time on the pitch? Besides, Lallana isn’t slow is he? It’s that long since I’ve seen him I can’t be sure. For the record, the slowest player in the league was Gary Cahill, but I’m calling bullshit on that as no-one is slower than that Depoitre behemoth at Huddersfield. Cahill has only played 21 minutes this season so maybe he just didn’t need to sprint in that time? The slowest player ever is still Per Mertesacker, who I'm pretty sure would have lost in a footrace with Gunnersaurus. This is just a teaser, click here to view the full article Please note that 'The Week that Was' is only available to TLW website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first, registration is FREE) and can be purchased here.
  6. For many football managers it is the final piece of the puzzle, but it can be an impossible riddle to solve. Just how do you get every single facet of the team ticking along simultaneously? To put it bluntly, it is the main difference between being a good team and a title winning side. It is a missing factor that has evaded every notable Liverpool manager since the early 90s. For Roy Evans and Brendan Rodgers attack seemed to be the best form of defence which was fantastic as far as entertainment is concerned, but it was not going to be a successful method for a sustained period. While Gerard Houllier and Rafa Benitez were highly adept in keeping the opposition under a tight rein, they just could not to find that final piece of attacking flair when they needed it the most. Current manager Jurgen Klopp is a man who is methodical in his planning of a side. While the fanbase would have wanted the German to dismantle a very poor back four unit on his arrival, he has shown incredible patience with individuals and taken his time to assess the failings and unveil his blueprint for defensive success. The results have been clear to see in the early stages of this season. The Reds have conceded just three goals in eight games with five clean sheets amongst them. That is level with reigning champions Man City for the least goals conceded, some sort of achievement when you compare it to the corresponding time 12 months ago when we had conceded 12 goals, or in 2016/7 (10 goals conceded). However, as the main fault of the squad is well on its way to being sorted, the attacking third, for so long consistent in delivering the goods has hit a bit of a bump in the road. The Guardian reports that the issue has certainly not gone unnoticed by Klopp but the manager says it is all part of the evolution of the side. "We want to be stronger defensively but that doesn’t mean we don’t have interest in offensive things. It is normal in a period of adaptation. "You put the focus a bit more on something – close this gap, close this space – and immediately you lose a bit of the fluency in something else. "But we have created enough chances; it’s just that we didn’t use them like we used them in the best period of last season. " We have had good results and scored goals but it’s obvious we can improve. We need to keep the stability, no doubt about that. "What we’ve done defensively so far is a credit to the whole team. We don’t concede a lot of shots in general. "It’s not that we don’t concede because Alisson makes one world-class save after another. We don’t let them shoot often and that’s the best thing.” The signing of the Brazilian goalkeeper in the summer has certainly made a huge difference as he has a real presence about him, something that Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius do not possess. The shift of Joe Gomez to his natural position of centre-back has been seamless with the young England star striking up an instant rapport with Virgil Van Dijk. While full-backs Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold have typically gone about their business in a no-nonsense fashion. While Klopp's famed pressing tactics have not being as noticeable in the early stages of this campaign, the manager says it is more to do with the change of approach from the opposition than of his own mindset. "It’s more the case that teams don’t usually play against us. "They overplay our pressing with long balls, which makes sense. In a lot of games, our counter-press has been really good, which is much more important in terms of losing the ball and winning it back. “In terms of the high press, it depends on the style of play of the other team. You can’t do it if they don’t play. It’s not that we don’t want to do it any more. If they play then we should be there." A sixth clean sheet of the season against Huddersfield today will set a club record for fewest goals conceded after nine games.
  7. For many football managers it is the final piece of the puzzle, but it can be an impossible riddle to solve. Just how do you get every single facet of the team ticking along simultaneously? To put it bluntly, it is the main difference between being a good team and a title winning side. It is a missing factor that has evaded every notable Liverpool manager since the early 90s. For Roy Evans and Brendan Rodgers attack seemed to be the best form of defence which was fantastic as far as entertainment is concerned, but it was not going to be a successful method for a sustained period. While Gerard Houllier and Rafa Benitez were highly adept in keeping the opposition under a tight rein, they just could not to find that final piece of attacking flair when they needed it the most. Current manager Jurgen Klopp is a man who is methodical in his planning of a side. While the fanbase would have wanted the German to dismantle a very poor back four unit on his arrival, he has shown incredible patience with individuals and taken his time to assess the failings and unveil his blueprint for defensive success. The results have been clear to see in the early stages of this season. The Reds have conceded just three goals in eight games with five clean sheets amongst them. That is level with reigning champions Man City for the least goals conceded, some sort of achievement when you compare it to the corresponding time 12 months ago when we had conceded 12 goals, or in 2016/7 (10 goals conceded). However, as the main fault of the squad is well on its way to being sorted, the attacking third, for so long consistent in delivering the goods has hit a bit of a bump in the road. The Guardian reports that the issue has certainly not gone unnoticed by Klopp but the manager says it is all part of the evolution of the side. "We want to be stronger defensively but that doesn’t mean we don’t have interest in offensive things. It is normal in a period of adaptation. "You put the focus a bit more on something – close this gap, close this space – and immediately you lose a bit of the fluency in something else. "But we have created enough chances; it’s just that we didn’t use them like we used them in the best period of last season. " We have had good results and scored goals but it’s obvious we can improve. We need to keep the stability, no doubt about that. "What we’ve done defensively so far is a credit to the whole team. We don’t concede a lot of shots in general. "It’s not that we don’t concede because Alisson makes one world-class save after another. We don’t let them shoot often and that’s the best thing.” The signing of the Brazilian goalkeeper in the summer has certainly made a huge difference as he has a real presence about him, something that Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius do not possess. The shift of Joe Gomez to his natural position of centre-back has been seamless with the young England star striking up an instant rapport with Virgil Van Dijk. While full-backs Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold have typically gone about their business in a no-nonsense fashion. While Klopp's famed pressing tactics have not being as noticeable in the early stages of this campaign, the manager says it is more to do with the change of approach from the opposition than of his own mindset. "It’s more the case that teams don’t usually play against us. "They overplay our pressing with long balls, which makes sense. In a lot of games, our counter-press has been really good, which is much more important in terms of losing the ball and winning it back. “In terms of the high press, it depends on the style of play of the other team. You can’t do it if they don’t play. It’s not that we don’t want to do it any more. If they play then we should be there." A sixth clean sheet of the season against Huddersfield today will set a club record for fewest goals conceded after nine games. View full article
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    Report: Reds set transfer fee for Origi

    If there is an example of a player currently in the footballing wilderness then Divock Origi would certainly fit that description. There was a time not too long ago when the powerfully built Belgian striker looked to have a very big future with the Reds. Known as a manager who puts a heavy priority on the work rate of his players, Jurgen Klopp took an instant shine to Origi and the youngster, who was in his first full season in English football, was given a great share of responsibility in leading the front line and he duly delivered. The striker played a key role in getting the team to the final of the Europa League and there was a stretch during the following season when he scored four league goals in as many games that it appeared we had another emerging star striker on our books. The second half of the 2016/7 season saw more opportunities come his way but it appeared he had lost some of his previous spark and complacency had become part of his mindset. The start of last season saw Mo Salah arrive at the club and the rest as they say is history. It soon became clear that Origi had slipped down the pecking order and needed first team football on a consistent basis. However, a season-long loan to Wolfsberg did not hold happy memories with the Bundesliga side struggling throughout the season and only securing their top-tier status courtesy of a relegation play-off. Origi returned to Melwood this season but tellingly has yet to make a matchday squad this season and is in a sort of no-mans-land, not knowing if or when an opportunity will come next. The Liverpool Echo is reporting that the Reds will demand a transfer fee of excess of £20 million for the striker with a couple of Premier League clubs in Wolves and Everton reportedly interested. While a move across Stanley Park would seem unlikely for obvious reasons, signing with the ambitious Midlands club could be just the move Origi needs to kickstart a stalling career. Wolves are expected to put a bid in for the striker in January and it would be the second time that they have done so in a matter of months as they were prepared to pay £22 million in the summer. Hovever Origi made it clear that he was not interested in moving to the newly promoted club at the time. It remains to be seen whether their impressive start to the season has changed the mindset of the 23 year-old. You only get a short shelf life to make a career for yourself and Origi will be smart to take them up on their offer this time around.
  9. If there is an example of a player currently in the footballing wilderness then Divock Origi would certainly fit that description. There was a time not too long ago when the powerfully built Belgian striker looked to have a very big future with the Reds. Known as a manager who puts a heavy priority on the work rate of his players, Jurgen Klopp took an instant shine to Origi and the youngster, who was in his first full season in English football, was given a great share of responsibility in leading the front line and he duly delivered. The striker played a key role in getting the team to the final of the Europa League and there was a stretch during the following season when he scored four league goals in as many games that it appeared we had another emerging star striker on our books. The second half of the 2016/7 season saw more opportunities come his way but it appeared he had lost some of his previous spark and complacency had become part of his mindset. The start of last season saw Mo Salah arrive at the club and the rest as they say is history. It soon became clear that Origi had slipped down the pecking order and needed first team football on a consistent basis. However, a season-long loan to Wolfsberg did not hold happy memories with the Bundesliga side struggling throughout the season and only securing their top-tier status courtesy of a relegation play-off. Origi returned to Melwood this season but tellingly has yet to make a matchday squad this season and is in a sort of no-mans-land, not knowing if or when an opportunity will come next. The Liverpool Echo is reporting that the Reds will demand a transfer fee of excess of £20 million for the striker with a couple of Premier League clubs in Wolves and Everton reportedly interested. While a move across Stanley Park would seem unlikely for obvious reasons, signing with the ambitious Midlands club could be just the move Origi needs to kickstart a stalling career. Wolves are expected to put a bid in for the striker in January and it would be the second time that they have done so in a matter of months as they were prepared to pay £22 million in the summer. Hovever Origi made it clear that he was not interested in moving to the newly promoted club at the time. It remains to be seen whether their impressive start to the season has changed the mindset of the 23 year-old. You only get a short shelf life to make a career for yourself and Origi will be smart to take them up on their offer this time around. View full article
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    Report: Barca keen on Lovren

    Last week a report claimed that Barcelona were keen on signing the much-discussed Reds full-back Alberto Moreno. This time it is another one of Liverpool's 'favourite sons' in Dejan Lovren who seems to have caught the eye of the Catalan giants. The Mirror (via Mundo Deportivo) is reporting that Barca are keeping a close eye on the Croatian. They have suffered injuries to Frenchman Samuel Umtiti and ex Arsenal central defender Thomas Vermaelen in recent weeks and are on the lookout for reinforcements when the January transfer window opens. Lovren who has been a regular face in the back four under Jurgen Klopp, suffered a stomach muscle injury prior to the commencement of the new season and his absence gave Joe Gomez the chance to prove his worth. To the great credit of the young English international, Gomez had formed a formidable partnership with Virgil Van Dijk as the Reds have made a unbeaten start to the new campaign. Lovren made his first league start against Man City in the 0-0 stalemate at Anfield while Gomez reverted to the right-back position he occupied for the first half of last season. It remains to be seen if that change in personnel becomes more permanent or whether it was just a chance to give young star Trent Alexander-Arnold a break after he was looking a bit leg weary in the previous few games. As we have become of aware over time, Lovren is a player that doesn't lack any self-confidence and wouldn't be pleased in currently being a bit-part player. However the 29 year-old will know that an opportunity could arise at any moment and so he needs to stay focused and not allow his head to drop. Having a full contingent of defenders to choose from is a headache of the pleasant variety for Klopp. With the games growing more in importance post Christmas, it remains doubtful he would want to let one of them depart in January. Just like the situation with Moreno, this is another storyline to follow with a deal of interest as the season progresses.
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    Report: Barca keen on Lovren

    Last week a report claimed that Barcelona were keen on signing the much-discussed Reds full-back Alberto Moreno. This time it is another one of Liverpool's 'favourite sons' in Dejan Lovren who seems to have caught the eye of the Catalan giants. The Mirror (via Mundo Deportivo) is reporting that Barca are keeping a close eye on the Croatian. They have suffered injuries to Frenchman Samuel Umtiti and ex Arsenal central defender Thomas Vermaelen in recent weeks and are on the lookout for reinforcements when the January transfer window opens. Lovren who has been a regular face in the back four under Jurgen Klopp, suffered a stomach muscle injury prior to the commencement of the new season and his absence gave Joe Gomez the chance to prove his worth. To the great credit of the young English international, Gomez had formed a formidable partnership with Virgil Van Dijk as the Reds have made a unbeaten start to the new campaign. Lovren made his first league start against Man City in the 0-0 stalemate at Anfield while Gomez reverted to the right-back position he occupied for the first half of last season. It remains to be seen if that change in personnel becomes more permanent or whether it was just a chance to give young star Trent Alexander-Arnold a break after he was looking a bit leg weary in the previous few games. As we have become of aware over time, Lovren is a player that doesn't lack any self-confidence and wouldn't be pleased in currently being a bit-part player. However the 29 year-old will know that an opportunity could arise at any moment and so he needs to stay focused and not allow his head to drop. Having a full contingent of defenders to choose from is a headache of the pleasant variety for Klopp. With the games growing more in importance post Christmas, it remains doubtful he would want to let one of them depart in January. Just like the situation with Moreno, this is another storyline to follow with a deal of interest as the season progresses. View full article
  12. Eight years is a long time in a person's life, but it feels like an absolute lifetime in terms of a Football Club. To put it bluntly, the start of the 2010/11 season felt like the pits of hell. The club had put a manager in place that the majority of fans did not want to be associated with, and if that wasn't bad enough, Roy Hodgson signed a group of players that wouldn't have looked out of place in League One. The performances on the park were abject to put it kindly, but away from the bright lights a much darker shadow was emerging - the future of Liverpool Football club was at stake. With the club second favourites to win the title this year - make sure to get your bet365 bonus code if you're backing the Reds - it's easy to forget how bad things were back in 2010. The dastardly duo of Tom Hicks and George Gillett had piled a massive debt on the club to such an extent that LFC was one day away from administration. A white knight or two desperately needed to emerge and they came in the shape of John W Henry and Tom Werner and in more broader terms, The Fenway Sports Group. The announcement of the takeover came as a massive relief for everyone involved with the club, but with the off-field issues finally in check, there was the desperate matter of improving the results. This week sees the eighth anniversary of the first game that FSG was in charge of the club, which in keeping with the early part of that campaign was a dismal 2-0 derby defeat to Everton that left the team stuck firmly in the relegation zone. The Liverpool Echo have taken a look back at that fateful game which ironically was the last time the Blues have beaten Liverpool in a league or cup fixture. Fast forward to the current day and even the most pessimistic Reds fan would acknowledge the progress the club has made in the eight years since. Admittedly we have had our share of dreadful performances on the pitch, poor player signings, frustrating non-signings as well as contentious departures over that period. However, on average the good has far outweighed the bad. With Jurgen Klopp at the helm we have a manager who truly understands the nature of the club and he has built an extremely talented and hard working squad of players who appear ready to take the club to the next level. So anytime you feel a bit downbeat about a defeat or a loss of form by the team, just remember the names of Paul Konchesky, Milan Jovanovic, David Ngog and Joe Cole and all will be good with your world again. View full article
  13. Eight years is a long time in a person's life, but it feels like an absolute lifetime in terms of a Football Club. To put it bluntly, the start of the 2010/11 season felt like the pits of hell. The club had put a manager in place that the majority of fans did not want to be associated with, and if that wasn't bad enough, Roy Hodgson signed a group of players that wouldn't have looked out of place in League One. The performances on the park were abject to put it kindly, but away from the bright lights a much darker shadow was emerging - the future of Liverpool Football club was at stake. With the club second favourites to win the title this year - make sure to get your bet365 bonus code if you're backing the Reds - it's easy to forget how bad things were back in 2010. The dastardly duo of Tom Hicks and George Gillett had piled a massive debt on the club to such an extent that LFC was one day away from administration. A white knight or two desperately needed to emerge and they came in the shape of John W Henry and Tom Werner and in more broader terms, The Fenway Sports Group. The announcement of the takeover came as a massive relief for everyone involved with the club, but with the off-field issues finally in check, there was the desperate matter of improving the results. This week sees the eighth anniversary of the first game that FSG was in charge of the club, which in keeping with the early part of that campaign was a dismal 2-0 derby defeat to Everton that left the team stuck firmly in the relegation zone. The Liverpool Echo have taken a look back at that fateful game which ironically was the last time the Blues have beaten Liverpool in a league or cup fixture. Fast forward to the current day and even the most pessimistic Reds fan would acknowledge the progress the club has made in the eight years since. Admittedly we have had our share of dreadful performances on the pitch, poor player signings, frustrating non-signings as well as contentious departures over that period. However, on average the good has far outweighed the bad. With Jurgen Klopp at the helm we have a manager who truly understands the nature of the club and he has built an extremely talented and hard working squad of players who appear ready to take the club to the next level. So anytime you feel a bit downbeat about a defeat or a loss of form by the team, just remember the names of Paul Konchesky, Milan Jovanovic, David Ngog and Joe Cole and all will be good with your world again.
  14. With Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey now confirmed to be a free agent in the summer, exactly how much could Liverpool do with his services? With the additions of Fabinho, Naby Keita in the summer just gone, alongside the tireless Gini Wijnaldum and captain Jordan Henderson, Ramsey may not find himself high in Jurgen Klopp’s league of extraordinary red men. Experts discuss Ramsey's next move. Liverpool are said to be rivalled by two fellow luminaries for the Welshman’s signature, namely Real Madrid and Manchester United. Only Ramsey himself knows if those rumours hold any gravity, but there are very few top flight clubs across the continent that he could consider ‘fair game’ Boy wonder gets torn asunder While Ramsey’s Arsenal career has seen him as an effective box-to-box midfielder when on form, problems with injuries have made him one of the biggest ‘what if’ stories of the past ten years. Indeed, it was in the 2007/08 season that he first rose to real prominence, having made a real impact for Cardiff City in the Championship. It didn’t take long for Ramsey to start getting the assists that would boost his name into the stratosphere. He set up Emmanuel Adebayor in a 4-0 win over Blackburn and continued to grow as a great all-rounder. His career was infamously stalled by Ryan Shawcross in February 2010, with a tackle from the Stoke defender breaking two bones in Ramsey’s leg. The numbers behind the news Many Arsenal fans will assert that this event ruined what could have been a much more trophy-laden career. In the immediacy, however, Ramsey will be remembered as a man who acted as the nucleus of an Arsenal side that cannot yet hope to command anywhere near the same outright title odds as Manchester City (or Liverpool). No leg sustaining such an injury can ever truly be the same again, but with the current Liverpool odds found at redbet showing a newly lengthened price of 3.25 for the Premier League after a late Champions League defeat at Napoli, Liverpool are still in need of cost-effective extra options. For those who want empirical justification in the possibility of Ramsey’s move to Anfield, the raw statistics make this far from the worst move in the world. According to Squawka, last season saw Aaron Ramsey acquire a pass completion rate of 85%, beating Liverpool positional rival Naby Keita by 4%, and doing so in what many perceive as a far more competitive league. Those who share that perception will also assert that Keita was afforded greater licence to roam and be dynamic, and this is evidenced by his greater ratio of key passes and chances created per game. Nonetheless, Ramsey still managed to outscore Keita 8-5 in the assists department. Keita & Ramsey - positional rivals or a match made in heaven? Keita injury creates opportunity The Anfield faithful know that Keita is the closest man to Ramsey in terms of being an attacker as much as a master distributor. The Guinean’s opening day performance against West Ham was a particularly prominent case in hand, and he was also seen making some particularly daring runs in the win at Leicester on 15 September. While Keita’s first significant injury as a Liverpool player has ultimately transpired to be less severe than initially feared, only time will tell as to whether or not it will have any repercussions on how Keita adapts to Klopp’s electrifying brand of football. A more optimistic way of seeing Ramsey’s for-now hypothetical transfer to Liverpool would be to consider him an ally, rather than a positional rival for Keita. With two pass-masters capable of playing box to box, Liverpool could have a good medium between the ageing James Milner’s visionary style, and the tireless, pragmatic game championed by Wijnaldum. Still at the peak of his career, Ramsey’s departure to a Premier League rival would almost certainly represent an opportunity missed for the Reds.
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    Report: Moreno on Barca's radar

    While the transfer window is closed at this present moment, the rumour mill keeps going at full speed and offers its fair share of what can only be described as interesting talking points. A report in the Mirror (via Mundo Deportivo in Spanish ) has emerged claiming that Barcelona have registered an interest in Alberto Moreno as they look for competition for their incumbent in Jordi Alba. For the large majority of Liverpool fans, Moreno has been an unloved figure since arriving on Merseyside at the start of the 2014/5 season. After being a regular member of the starting line-up for his first two seasons, Moreno suffered what can only be described as a humiliating blow to his career prospects at the club. The Spaniard was replaced in the role by midfielder James Milner after a number of subpar performances at the start of the 2016/7 campaign. It certainly like the writing was on the wall in terms of the 26 year- old’s Liverpool career. However to the surprise of many, Moreno reclaimed his starting spot for the beginning of the 2017/8 campaign. Perhaps it was presence of proper competition in the shape of fellow left-back Andy Robertson who had arrived from Hull in the summer, but the much-maligned Moreno raised his level even earning himself a recall to his national side. With things finally looking like it was heading on an upward trajectory, Moreno suffered an ankle injury against Spartak Moscow in the Champions League which gave Robertson a opportunity which he has taken with both hands and is certainly not giving it back. It has left Moreno in a familiar place on the outside looking in, only making one appearance in the Carabao Cup against Chelsea, and his Liverpool career is certainly at the crossroads yet again. Eyebrows are bound to be raised over this link, but as we have seen a fair bit over time, footballers who have failed in one league, can suddenly improve when they are in a new environment which they feel comfortable in. Having the likes of Liverpool and Barcelona on your football resume is a pretty impressive double to have. We will watch on with a deal of interest to see whether this rumour progresses any further.
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