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  1. If there is one Liverpool player who would love to get one over Barcelona more than most it is James Milner.Part of the Man City squad who were eliminated by Barcelona from the Champions League in back to back seasons (2013/4/2014/5), Milner does not want to make it a hat-trick of defeats.While the Spanish giants are many people's favourites to win the competition, the versatile veteran believes the Reds can pose them plenty of searching questions of their own.The Liverpool Echo reported Milner as saying:"I've played against Barcelona a couple of times before in the knockout stages and not had the greatest success."They are a strong team and it is a tough place to go, but I don’t think they will have played too many teams like us.“It will be difficult. They are a team full of great individual talent and a great side too.“The Nou Camp is a fantastic stadium and a fantastic place to play with a great atmosphere. "It will be very tough and we will have to be at our best."But over the last couple of seasons, with the teams that we have beaten in the Champions League, we should go there with confidence, no matter how tough it is going to be.” The win over Porto on Wednesday evening saw the Reds progress to the final four of Europe's elite club competition for the second consecutive season.It is the first time they have achieved such a feat since Rafa Benitez's tenure (2006/7-07-08).Milner believes it is a sign of all-around improvement by Jurgen Klopp's men."It’s great. Doing it back-to-back shows that we are improving as a team and getting to where we want to be.“It’s not easy. The teams in the semi-finals are completely different to last year but it’s a great a place to be and mission accomplished.”Milner said he expected a real challenge from Porto in the second leg, but the pleasing thing is that it showed a resilience that has been a real trademark of this squad this season."The pressure they put us under from the start, we knew it would be tough but we just ground it out. We defended, we got the chance and once we took it, that helped in terms of the tie."We showed different sides to ourselves, defending and showing what we can do depending how the game is. "You are not going to play well in every single game. It says a lot about the character within the team."In the second half we got some great goals – a great ball from Trent Alexander-Arnold for the second. We are scoring different types of goals as well, from set-plays."Virgil (van Dijk) is getting a few now. He was getting a fair bit of stick earlier in the season for not getting enough, now he can’t stop scoring.Milner is a perfect man to have on board at this time of the season as he has lived through the pressure of a title race.He knows that his former club will quickly put the disappointment of their heartbreaking Champions League exit behind them and focus on the league which includes getting revenge over Tottenham in the early kick-off on Saturday.While for Liverpool it is about keeping their mind on the job at hand."City are Premier League champions for a reason and I am sure they will react like champions.“They will go again, but Spurs will have their backs up and will want to go again after getting such a great result to get through. "They are two top teams and it will be an exciting game for the neutral."We will keep one eye on it but all we can do is influence our games. There are big games coming all over the place, the first thing we have to do is recover for Cardiff."There are a lot of tough games coming up and it won’t be easy. We are used to a game every three days and when the pressure is on towards the end of the season, it maybe takes a bit more out of you."But the team has been fantastic in terms of how we have dealt with it all. We have got a big game of our own at the weekend that we have to get a result in.” View full article
  2. Speculation is high that we may finally be in the last few days of the Lazar Markovic era at Liverpool.The Liverpool Echo reports that a number of clubs are interested in the services of the Serbian Winger who arrived at the club in the summer of 2014 from Benfica for a fee of £20 million.While reports in Turkey say a permanent move to Besiktas is on the cards, it is believed that Liverpool are not involved in official talks with the club at his stage.Another interested party is believed to be Club America in Mexico, but any deal would have to be concluded by Thursday when the transfer window closes in that country.The stint of Markovic at Liverpool has been remarkable in the fact that his last official game for the club came in May of 2015.He played 34 games in the 2014/5 season scoring three goals, but since then he has had loan spells át Fenerbache, Sporting Lisbon, Hull and most recently Anderlecht. A permanent deal for Markovic to sign for the Belgian giants was close to fruition in August, but the Serbian international could not agree to personal terms.It is clearly evident that Markovic is not in the plans of Jurgen Klopp and he has spent the first half of the season with the U/23s to keep up his fitness.With these types of players like Markovic who basically have no future at the club and yet still pick up their weekly wages, it can be nothing short of a nightmare getting them off the books once and for all.With the contract of the Serbian running out at the end of the season, it will be a victory of sorts if we can get any sort of fee for a player who wont be remembered fondly by most, if not all of Liverpool fans. View full article
  3. Saturday Apr 13: After all their chest thumping last week when they beat Arsenal (who are shite away from home and had one win in their last nine on their travels), Everton lost at Fulham today. Ryan Babel made the first and scored the second, and they couldn’t get near him all day. I might shit a lung here. Imagine the fume in the away end as his bright red head was bearing down on their goal. Great stuff. Klopp says it might be a while before we see Ox back in the team and regrets that he got a bit carried away and said he’d be back soon when Ox first returned to training. He saw Ox in training, looking boss, and completely went against all the advice the medical staff had given him and went and got everyone’s hopes up! He’s like a big kid sometimes isn’t he? Just so excitable. In other news, there are reports that Rafa Camacho has turned down a new contract and will be sold for £10m. Wolves are among several clubs showing an interest. He probably should turn down a new deal as he won’t make it here. Demba Ba says he didn’t feel sorry for Gerrard after the slip. So fucking what? You think Stevie would want your sympathy? As if he’d even fucking care what you think. Gerrard is a legend of the game, Demba Ba was a journeyman famous for one lucky goal. Fuck Demba Ba, the prick. Finally today, Paul Merson says Hudson-Odoi is the big threat to us tomorrow, and not Eden Hazard. “They will know all about Hazard and if he plays they will make sure he doesn’t get the ball. But they haven’t faced Hudson-Odoi before. They won’t know him as well and they will try and play him one v one. Good luck with that”. I know he’s thick but even he can’t believe that? He has to be saying it just to be 'edgy' or to get attention. It’s like me saying that the best analysis of tomorrow’s game will come from Merson or Danny Murphy and not Carra or Neville. Hazard terrifies me. He could beat us single handedly if he's on it, as sometimes he's quite literally unstoppable. If Hudson-Odoi plays he won’t even get a kick as he’ll be up against Robbo. Sunday Apr 14: L 2 Chelsea 0. Massive win, especially as we had to play directly after City had won at Palace. The lads just aren’t letting any of that shit effect them so far. They just go out and do their thing irrespective of what City have done. Chelsea weren’t great and we were fairly comfortable winners, but we had to wait until after half time to take the lead. It’d be nice if we could score in the first ten minutes of every game like City do. Ok, today they had to wait until 15 minutes, which must have seemed like an eternity to them. We were great in that second half though. As soon as the whistle blew to kick things off, we were all over them and wouldn’t let them get out of their own half. No-one can live with us when we play like that. The boys were like a swarm of angry wasps. Look at the first goal. We scored that through intensity. The second goal was different, that was just sheer quality from Mo. What a fucking strike. The noise after that went in was spine tingling. We deserve this title and we’d have been crowned Champions already if there wasn’t one team ignoring all the fucking rules that the rest of us are playing by. Sarri did us a favour by starting Hazard as a number nine, but when he switched to the left all hell broke loose and he could easily have dragged Chelsea back into it. As for Hudson-Odoi, yeah he didn’t get a kick. The u23s also had a big win today. 6-0 at Leicester. Could easily have been double that as they were sensational. Camacho scored three (should have had six), Brewster got one (should have had three), Jones got one (should have had two) and Woodburn slotted a pen. Brewster is looking sharp since he came back, he might even make the bench before the season is out. Ox had another run out and Gomez played an hour or so at right back. Camacho’s future looks even more uncertain tonight though as he took to Instagram afterwards to have a moan. "I do not know whose idea it is, but I will prove that they are mistaken about my football. I'm not a right defender, I'm an attacker who scores goals. This is my DNA. Happy to score three goals and help the team in today’s win vs Leicester." Bye then. This is just a teaser, click to view the full article Please note that 'the Week that Was' is only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  4. The weekend's action kicked off on Friday night with that Ayoze Perez los… wait, I prmosied I wouldn’t call him a loser any more after he scored against City. I’ll start again. The weekend's action kicked off on Friday night with Ayoze Perez scoring the only goal of the game as Newcastle secured their safety with an unexpected win at Leicester. Although Leicester should have had a penalty they didn’t really do enough to deserve anything as Brendan got well and truly Rafa’d. Newcastle have looked half decent at times since the turn of the year and I’m already having visions of them camping in their own box against us and taking points off us with a corner that goes in off Paul Dummett’s left arse cheek. *shudders* Rondon has been in good form since the turn of the year and has suddenly become some kind of dead ball wizard. He’s had some belting free-kicks in recent weeks, so we’ll need to be wary of that. I’d also be happier if the 'worm with eyebrows' broke his duck before we play them too. He still hasn’t scored since his big money move in January and Mike Ashley will be buzzing as it means he can tell Rafa there's no more cash to spend because he wasted it on that turd. Speaking of turds, it’s not been a great week for the Mancs. They were (by Ole’s own admission) outplayed at home by West Ham and needed two penalties from Pogba to fluke the win. Of course Pogba posed and preened after both pens as though he’d actually done something befitting of a player who gets the hype he does. He’s never, ever, done anything befitting of the hype he gets. And yes, I’m aware he won a World Cup. The point stands. In typical fashion, Pobga went missing a few days later when United completely made a show of themselves in Camp Nou. They’re just shite, and it baffles me how some Reds are thinking there’s a chance they’ll take points off City. They won’t. Not because they won’t try, but because they’re shite. They’ll be lucky to hold City to three goals, although I do reckon they’ve got it in them to possibly score a couple (Rashford, Martial and Lukaku are all dangerous and Pogba is... well Pogba is quite good at pens) so they might at least make it interesting. I’ve got more faith in Burnley taking points from City than these losers though. They rode their luck during that winning run they had and some people were taken in by it, including the United board who gave the Goblin the job permanently. Since that happened they’ve lost virtually every game. Great isn't it? Last week I was taking the piss about that “Ole’s at the wheel” chant, but it’s even more ridiculous than I realised. I didn’t know the lyrics last week, only that they had a song with that line in and I was sick of hearing it. Turns out another line from it goes “We’ve got Sanchez, Paul Pogba and Fred” and - get this - it’s not a complaint, it’s a boast. I can’t even… I mean… fucking hell. Can they not hear themselves? They’re basically singing “we’ve got bunions, bad breath and piles”. Nothing to brag about lads. Still, I expect they’ll be replacing that song soon enough, just like they took down the “chosen one” Moyes banner when the truth hit them like a massive sledge hammer. Any week now they’ll be breaking out the ‘green and gold’ scarfs again and targeting the Glazers. “Green and gold, until we’re sold… or until we're good again”. Dicks. This is just a teaser, click to view the full article Please note that PL Round Ups are only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  5. Jamie Carragher has lavished Sadio Mane with high praise, comparing him with a Reds legend of the past and saying he is more irreplaceable in terms of Liverpool's title prospects than Mo Salah.Carragher was speaking on Sky Sports' Monday night Football and left no one under any illusion to how highly he rates the Senegal international. The Liverpool Echo reported Carragher as saying;"I think sometimes he goes under the radar. "You talk about Salah and the goalkeeper (Allison) and the impact these players have had, he's (Mane) the best wide player Liverpool have had in 30 years. You have to go back to John Barnes since Liverpool have had a player like Mane. "That is big because John Barnes is in my top five or six players to have ever played for Liverpool."His fellow pundit Gary Neville then asked the legendary Liverpool defender that if he had to choose one of Salah or Mane to miss the key games of the title run-in, which one would it be.Once again Carra did not hesitate."Salah. They have the same amount of goals. I'm a massive fan of Mane."Mane is the one that got Liverpool back. "He was Jurgen Klopp's first big signing. He's been there from the very start." Carragher knows first hand about the pressure of a title run-in, having lived through it in 2008/9.In that season, just like this current campaign, the Reds proved a very tough team to beat losing just two games.However, it was the inability to break down well organised defences which led to costly draws that was the main issue, and they eventually finished four points behind Man United.Carragher said that Mane was just the type of player which would have proved the difference during that season."We didn't have a wide player in 2009. "If you look at the teams that win the title, the wide players stand out massively. If we'd had Mane in 2009, I think we would have won the league."Carragher is also a big believer of setting the tone in matches. It's all very well getting a double when your team is already 3-0 up, but which player is going to do the hard yards in putting your team on the path of victory.Carragher said Mane has been the main man in that regard."Going through Liverpool's last eleven games and in the first four, Mane got the first goal." "There are only two other Liverpool players who have scored the first goal in those eleven matches (Roberto Firmino vs Burnley and Tottenham and Naby Keita against Southhampton)."That's how vital Mane is."While the overall impact of Salah over the past two seasons is indisputable, without Mane's goals over the past two months, City would be home and hosed in the title race.Once an unsung hero, Sadio is now getting the recognition he truly deserves. View full article
  6. For many Liverpool fans, a special place in their heart is reserved for Rafa Benitez. The Spaniard brought with him a tremendous managerial pedigree when he arrived on English soil from Valencia in 2004. While Liverpool had made important headway under Gerard Houllier, Benitez elevated the squad to a new level, famously winning the Champions League in his first season.It was not only his tactical nous along with the quality of player he was able to sign which won him plaudits, it was his ability to connect with the supporters which is so important in modern football.So it is for that reason that when the current Newcastle manager gives his nod of approval to the current man in the Anfield hot seat, you have to give a whole lot of value to his comments.The Liverpool Echo (via Marca) reported Benitez as saying:" Klopp is doing a great job at Anfield. "They are in that position because they deserve it."Last weekend I watched the game against Chelsea and they play with an intensity and an impressive level.“They are a clear contender to win both titles and have the potential to do it." Benitez was a master of getting the right result in Europe over two legs, be it against the almighty Barcelona and Real Madrid or Juventus and Inter Milan.Since his acrimonious departure at the end of the 2009/10 season, the Reds fell off the radar in terms of top flight European football for quite a few seasons.It has been a methodical build with the German in charge, culminating in back to back Champion League semi final appearances.While last year's path to the final was captivating and thrilling, the ability to get to the final four while also having a title challenge on their plate adds that extra bit of merit to the achievement.Rafa's priorities are quite rightly with his Newcastle side at this time, however you get a real sense that his trademark grin will appear if the Reds manage to lift some silverware at the end of this season. View full article
  7. For many Liverpool fans, a special place in their heart is reserved for Rafa Benitez. The Spaniard brought with him a tremendous managerial pedigree when he arrived on English soil from Valencia in 2004. While Liverpool had made important headway under Gerard Houllier, Benitez elevated the squad to a new level, famously winning the Champions League in his first season.It was not only his tactical nous along with the quality of player he was able to sign which won him plaudits, it was his ability to connect with the supporters which is so important in modern football.So it is for that reason that when the current Newcastle manager gives his nod of approval to the current man in the Anfield hot seat, you have to give a whole lot of value to his comments.The Liverpool Echo (via Marca) reported Benitez as saying:" Klopp is doing a great job at Anfield. "They are in that position because they deserve it."Last weekend I watched the game against Chelsea and they play with an intensity and an impressive level.“They are a clear contender to win both titles and have the potential to do it." Benitez was a master of getting the right result in Europe over two legs, be it against the almighty Barcelona and Real Madrid or Juventus and Inter Milan.Since his acrimonious departure at the end of the 2009/10 season, the Reds fell off the radar in terms of top flight European football for quite a few seasons.It has been a methodical build with the German in charge, culminating in back to back Champion League semi final appearances.While last year's path to the final was captivating and thrilling, the ability to get to the final four while also having a title challenge on their plate adds that extra bit of merit to the achievement.Rafa's priorities are quite rightly with his Newcastle side at this time, however you get a real sense that his trademark grin will appear if the Reds manage to lift some silverware at the end of this season.
  8. If there is one Liverpool player who would love to get one over Barcelona more than most it is James Milner.Part of the Man City squad who were eliminated by Barcelona from the Champions League in back to back seasons (2013/4/2014/5), Milner does not want to make it a hat-trick of defeats.While the Spanish giants are many people's favourites to win the competition, the versatile veteran believes the Reds can pose them plenty of searching questions of their own.The Liverpool Echo reported Milner as saying:"I've played against Barcelona a couple of times before in the knockout stages and not had the greatest success."They are a strong team and it is a tough place to go, but I don’t think they will have played too many teams like us.“It will be difficult. They are a team full of great individual talent and a great side too.“The Nou Camp is a fantastic stadium and a fantastic place to play with a great atmosphere. "It will be very tough and we will have to be at our best."But over the last couple of seasons, with the teams that we have beaten in the Champions League, we should go there with confidence, no matter how tough it is going to be.” The win over Porto on Wednesday evening saw the Reds progress to the final four of Europe's elite club competition for the second consecutive season.It is the first time they have achieved such a feat since Rafa Benitez's tenure (2006/7-07-08).Milner believes it is a sign of all-around improvement by Jurgen Klopp's men."It’s great. Doing it back-to-back shows that we are improving as a team and getting to where we want to be.“It’s not easy. The teams in the semi-finals are completely different to last year but it’s a great a place to be and mission accomplished.”Milner said he expected a real challenge from Porto in the second leg, but the pleasing thing is that it showed a resilience that has been a real trademark of this squad this season."The pressure they put us under from the start, we knew it would be tough but we just ground it out. We defended, we got the chance and once we took it, that helped in terms of the tie."We showed different sides to ourselves, defending and showing what we can do depending how the game is. "You are not going to play well in every single game. It says a lot about the character within the team."In the second half we got some great goals – a great ball from Trent Alexander-Arnold for the second. We are scoring different types of goals as well, from set-plays."Virgil (van Dijk) is getting a few now. He was getting a fair bit of stick earlier in the season for not getting enough, now he can’t stop scoring.Milner is a perfect man to have on board at this time of the season as he has lived through the pressure of a title race.He knows that his former club will quickly put the disappointment of their heartbreaking Champions League exit behind them and focus on the league which includes getting revenge over Tottenham in the early kick-off on Saturday.While for Liverpool it is about keeping their mind on the job at hand."City are Premier League champions for a reason and I am sure they will react like champions.“They will go again, but Spurs will have their backs up and will want to go again after getting such a great result to get through. "They are two top teams and it will be an exciting game for the neutral."We will keep one eye on it but all we can do is influence our games. There are big games coming all over the place, the first thing we have to do is recover for Cardiff."There are a lot of tough games coming up and it won’t be easy. We are used to a game every three days and when the pressure is on towards the end of the season, it maybe takes a bit more out of you."But the team has been fantastic in terms of how we have dealt with it all. We have got a big game of our own at the weekend that we have to get a result in.”
  9. Report by Dave Usher It’s not supposed to look this easy.... 6-1 on aggregate in a CL quarter final after scoring four in the away leg. The mad thing is we didn’t even play anywhere near our best. "We know we didn't play well" said Milner, while Klopp also made some remark about how we can play better. When you're this good you don't always need to play at full throttle and clearly we had plenty left in the tank here. That bodes well for the weekend as unlike City we didn’t have to expend too much physical or emotional energy. It doesn't mean we'll definitely beat Cardiff, but it increases our chances and all in all this night couldn't have gone any better for us. We scored three in Munich and four in Porto. The away day struggles that plagued us in the group stages are well and truly a thing of the past now and those wide open spaces of Camp Nou should have our front three licking their collective chops. They’re looking sharp again now. Sadio has been fucking incredible since the turn of the year but Mo and Bobby are in the groove now as well. Porto must hate us mustn't they? They’ve actually given a decent account of themselves each time, yet over the course of four games they’ve lost 11-1. I reckon they’ve probably had as many chances as us during those games too. We’ve been clinical, they haven’t. It wasn’t like they were missing sitters in this game but they had some decent openings that they did nothing with. The opening twenty minutes was all Porto. They were bang up for it and played at a frantic pace. They were averaging a goal attempt every 90 seconds or so in that opening period. Shots were raining in from everywhere. Only one of them forced Alisson to extend himself though, and if I remember rightly it was offside anyway. We couldn’t keep the ball so it kept coming back at us. Corona was really lively and we struggled to deal with him in the opening stages. Robbo and Trent probably had difficulty concentrating as they may have been too busy laughing at the absolute state of the fucking lipstick mark neck tattoo he had. What a twat. Good player though. Marega was making a nuisance of himself too but he wasn’t as much of a danger as he had been in the first leg. I thought Virgil started the game quite shakily and it was Matip that was holding down the fort in the early exchanges, but as soon as Virgil settled down Porto’s threat receded. It helped that we scored too, which took the air out of the stadium. This is just a teaser, click 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.
  10. Liverpool can look forward to a mouth-watering semi final Champions League tie against Barcelona after overcoming Porto 4-1 on Wednesday night and 6-1 on aggregate.The home team came out with all guns blazing with a clear plan to put the Reds on the back foot, looking to shoot at Alisson's goal wherever possible, and with their vocal crowd in full voice it seemed we could be in for quite a second leg.But while the Liverpool team of old may well have crumbled under the pressure, this team is made of strong stuff, and were able to weather the early storm.When Sadio Mane put the ball in the net after 26 minutes after some VAR intervention, there was always going to be one winner.The second half was certainly a less frenetic affair with the visitors well and truly in control.Jurgen Klopp even saw a opportunity to give Joe Gomez a run-out, the first time he has seen minutes since he sustained his untimely injury against Burnley in early December.The other members of the front three added their names to the scoresheet in the second half, with Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino now sitting alongside Ian Rush with 14 Champions League goals for the Reds.The fourth goal was a header by the leader of the defence in Virgil Van Dijk.The Dutchman was naturally asked after the game about the fixture on the horizon against the Catalan giants, and specifically how are they going to combat arguably the best player in World Football in Lionel Messi.Metro (via Viasport Futbol) reported Van Dijk as saying:‘I don’t know, we’ll see. It’s going to be a great match-up for all of us. ‘ "Obviously we’re very happy to be in the semi-final again and that’s the only thing I can say. Van Dijk said how the Reds defence combat a key attacking threat is through a complete team effort.‘It’s about doing it all together, it’s never 1 vs 1, it’s never just me against a particular striker. "It’s always us against everyone and I think that’s the only way we can defend well."And it’s going to be very hard and I think he’s the best player in the world but we’ll see."Jurgen Klopp is also looking forward to facing one of Europe's elite teams at such an important time of the competition, especially as it will the first time he has come face to face with Barcelona in a competitive fixture.But first things first Sky Sports reported the manager as saying his thoughts are firmly focused on Cardiff this Sunday."We are in the semi-finals and on Sunday we play Cardiff, that is in my mind and will be in my mind 100 per cent when I wake up tomorrow, not how we play against Barcelona."We have time for that. I am looking forward to it and it's brilliant, but not tonight."We have to get ourselves ready for another intense football game. "Cardiff are back in the race after the result yesterday (a 2-0 win over Brighton) so they will fight for it and I don't think it will be less intense than tonight. That's the next job to do."The fact there is a proper game between Liverpool and Barcelona is really good news. I am really proud of the boys, it is brilliant what they did. I am really happy."There is sure to be endless questions asked of both Klopp and the members of the squad in the next week or so.However as they have done all season, you will back them to keep a intense focus at the job at hand.And for the next two fixtures, that remains the title race in the Premier League. View full article
  11. Jamie Carragher has lavished Sadio Mane with high praise, comparing him with a Reds legend of the past and saying he is more irreplaceable in terms of Liverpool's title prospects than Mo Salah.Carragher was speaking on Sky Sports' Monday night Football and left no one under any illusion to how highly he rates the Senegal international. The Liverpool Echo reported Carragher as saying;"I think sometimes he goes under the radar. "You talk about Salah and the goalkeeper (Allison) and the impact these players have had, he's (Mane) the best wide player Liverpool have had in 30 years. You have to go back to John Barnes since Liverpool have had a player like Mane. "That is big because John Barnes is in my top five or six players to have ever played for Liverpool."His fellow pundit Gary Neville then asked the legendary Liverpool defender that if he had to choose one of Salah or Mane to miss the key games of the title run-in, which one would it be.Once again Carra did not hesitate."Salah. They have the same amount of goals. I'm a massive fan of Mane."Mane is the one that got Liverpool back. "He was Jurgen Klopp's first big signing. He's been there from the very start." Carragher knows first hand about the pressure of a title run-in, having lived through it in 2008/9.In that season, just like this current campaign, the Reds proved a very tough team to beat losing just two games. The current side have lost just once and have some pretty good football betting odds to win the title this season.However, in 2009 it was the inability to break down well organised defences which led to costly draws that was the main issue, and they eventually finished four points behind Man United.Carragher said that Mane was just the type of player which would have proved the difference during that season."We didn't have a wide player in 2009. "If you look at the teams that win the title, the wide players stand out massively. If we'd had Mane in 2009, I think we would have won the league."Carragher is also a big believer of setting the tone in matches. It's all very well getting a double when your team is already 3-0 up, but which player is going to do the hard yards in putting your team on the path of victory.Carragher said Mane has been the main man in that regard."Going through Liverpool's last eleven games and in the first four, Mane got the first goal." "There are only two other Liverpool players who have scored the first goal in those eleven matches (Roberto Firmino vs Burnley and Tottenham and Naby Keita against Southhampton)."That's how vital Mane is."While the overall impact of Salah over the past two seasons is indisputable, without Mane's goals over the past two months, City would be home and hosed in the title race.Once an unsung hero, Sadio is now getting the recognition he truly deserves.
  12. Looking for some betting strategy tips for the upcoming English Premier game between Cardiff City and Liverpool? We bet you are, and if you are a first time online punter you may want to read our ultimate sports betting guide for the Liverpool fan. Here are some helpful sports betting strategy tips you may find helpful before getting those bets in. The Difference Between In Play Betting and In Game Betting Before you go head first into the water you need to learn to swim. The basics of live online sports betting lies within knowing the difference between the wagers. In play is far more active as bets are continuously changing throughout gameplay. This is because punters can adjust their bets as the game reaches half time or there is an ad break. Live in play betting has been said to be the most exciting as players only have a few seconds to make bets and adjust them. In game betting is when you bet on the outcome of the game. It is betting on teams and players and predicting the odds. This method of wagering is tailored more to novice punters than seasoned sports bettors. It is much easier to make less irrational wagers as you have time to consider all possible outcomes and even discuss them amongst likeminded bettors. Betting on Odds Betting on the odds of a game is another form of the most popular live sports betting strategies. You can get the latest football odds at Novibet and look at past wagers to get an idea as to how you want to place your bet, how past bets were wagered and what the odds outcome was on predicted odds of top matches. Currently, with the English Premier underway, most punters are already getting their bets in and this is on the odds of the game. Sports Betting Tips, Forecasts and Predictions A very important piece of advice is to look forward to professional sites for forecasts and likelihoods. These calculations are based on previous stats, game plays and player’s strengths and weaknesses. Keep in mind there are professional punters who make these predictions and then there are amateurs. It is best to follow up on these punting tips before placing real cash wagers on them as they could very well be set up to trick wagers. Luckily there are forums dedicated to discussing these odds and predictions, where you can rely on your source of information. Understanding Sports Betting Terms Finally, and this we should maybe have begun with, but live sports betting speaks a language of its own. To know what you are betting on you should understand the terms used. The internet does provide a glossary, so make use of it. Get your sports bets in before one of the biggest matches of the year begins. Learn both teams strengths and weaknesses, how to bet on the teams and discuss it amongst other players for the best possible winning outcome.
  13. Liverpool can look forward to a mouth-watering semi final Champions League tie against Barcelona after overcoming Porto 4-1 on Wednesday night and 6-1 on aggregate.The home team came out with all guns blazing with a clear plan to put the Reds on the back foot, looking to shoot at Alisson's goal wherever possible, and with their vocal crowd in full voice it seemed we could be in for quite a second leg.But while the Liverpool team of old may well have crumbled under the pressure, this team is made of strong stuff, and were able to weather the early storm.When Sadio Mane put the ball in the net after 26 minutes after some VAR intervention, there was always going to be one winner.The second half was certainly a less frenetic affair with the visitors well and truly in control.Jurgen Klopp even saw a opportunity to give Joe Gomez a run-out, the first time he has seen minutes since he sustained his untimely injury against Burnley in early December.The other members of the front three added their names to the scoresheet in the second half, with Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino now sitting alongside Ian Rush with 14 Champions League goals for the Reds.The fourth goal was a header by the leader of the defence in Virgil Van Dijk.The Dutchman was naturally asked after the game about the fixture on the horizon against the Catalan giants, and specifically how are they going to combat arguably the best player in World Football in Lionel Messi.Metro (via Viasport Futbol) reported Van Dijk as saying:‘I don’t know, we’ll see. It’s going to be a great match-up for all of us. ‘ "Obviously we’re very happy to be in the semi-final again and that’s the only thing I can say. Van Dijk said how the Reds defence combat a key attacking threat is through a complete team effort.‘It’s about doing it all together, it’s never 1 vs 1, it’s never just me against a particular striker. "It’s always us against everyone and I think that’s the only way we can defend well."And it’s going to be very hard and I think he’s the best player in the world but we’ll see."Jurgen Klopp is also looking forward to facing one of Europe's elite teams at such an important time of the competition, especially as it will the first time he has come face to face with Barcelona in a competitive fixture.But first things first Sky Sports reported the manager as saying his thoughts are firmly focused on Cardiff this Sunday."We are in the semi-finals and on Sunday we play Cardiff, that is in my mind and will be in my mind 100 per cent when I wake up tomorrow, not how we play against Barcelona."We have time for that. I am looking forward to it and it's brilliant, but not tonight."We have to get ourselves ready for another intense football game. "Cardiff are back in the race after the result yesterday (a 2-0 win over Brighton) so they will fight for it and I don't think it will be less intense than tonight. That's the next job to do."The fact there is a proper game between Liverpool and Barcelona is really good news. I am really proud of the boys, it is brilliant what they did. I am really happy."There is sure to be endless questions asked of both Klopp and the members of the squad in the next week or so.However as they have done all season, you will back them to keep a intense focus at the job at hand.And for the next two fixtures, that remains the title race in the Premier League.
  14. Report by Dave Usher Well that went well. Makes you wonder what we were worried about really, doesn't it? Pressure? What pressure? These players are incredible. The composure and mental strength we're seeing from them is something to behold. Whether they go on to win it or not, this is a truly great Liverpool side we're watching right now. If they carry on like this and win their four remaining games, it may or may not be enough to win the title but it will definitely be the highest points tally the club has ever amassed. There are no open top bus parades for that but it would still be a phenomenal achievement. Winning this game was a significant step as you know everyone (especially City) was looking on expecting this to be the game when it all went wrong for us. It was uncanny really, us playing Chelsea on the same weekend City were at Palace. Just like in 2014. Except it wasn't just like in 2014 because we won. If we win the title then this will be a significant victory, but even if we don't it still goes some way towards setting the record straight. It doesn't make up the heartbreak of the Gerrard slip, but it's a significant barrier that has been overcome. Next time we play Chelsea this late in the season with a title on the line, hopefully Sky Sports news will have the Salah thunderbolt on a loop instead of Demba fucking Ba. Ok, probably not, but it at least changes the narrative somewhat and banishes a few ghosts. The win was well deserved. The clean sheet was somewhat fortunate as we could easily have conceded, but ultimately this was a test that the lads - and the fans - came through with flying colours. There was no edginess or nervous tension in the stands, although scoring early in the second half obviously helps with that. The first half atmosphere was good too though. We weren’t creating too much and given the high stakes some tension would have been understandable, but there was no sense of panic and I thought the crowd were great from start to finish. What happened in 2014 will have been in the back (and in some cases the front) of all of our minds, but Klopp had done his best to dismiss that in the build up and it was clear that to him and the players it was a complete non-factor. When you think about it, why would it be? The one player who might have been thinking of it was Hendo, who was sat in the stands that day unable to do anything about it as he was suspended (thanks to Victor fucking Moses and his hospital pass. Twat). Given the way the skipper has been playing of late and the desire and determination he has, I was convinced he’d put in a big performance. He did. They all did. Trent was in the stadium that day too. He was a ball boy. He knew what that result did to the psyche of the fans as he’s one himself. Now, as a player, he was in a position to help slay that demon. He’s still only a kid himself, but what a performance he put in. I genuinely don’t think most people realise just how good he is you know. He’s incredible. He’ll be one of the best players in the world one day, regardless of what position he ends up in. So gifted. For the rest of the lads though 2014 had no relevance. It’s the fans who were scarred by it, not these players or this manager, and it showed by the calmness and maturity in their performance. This is just a teaser, click here to view the full report 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.
  15. Saturday Apr 6: Another week another City goal inside the opening ten minutes. At least this time it wasn’t in the league. Brighton did alright and kept the score at 1-0. They might have done even better if the ref (and VAR) had sent that tit Kyle Walker off for a headbutt. Not only is he shite, he’s fucking thick. I’m glad he didn’t get sent off because he’s our best chance of them dropping points, so I don’t want him suspended. I guarantee he’ll do something shit and braindead between now and the end of the season. The only question is whether they score enough goals for it to not matter. Hopefully not. Maybe Wilf will tear him a new one next weekend? Two goals for Harry Wilson today. He hasn’t done much of late and Derby have been struggling, so it’s nice to see him back among the goals. His mate Ben Woodburn scored today too, a penalty in the u23s 3-2 win over Chelsea. Curtis Jones got a late winner as the lads came from 2-0 down to win it late. Chelsea had a young lad playing right back who looked fucking dynamite. Tariq Lamptey, he plays for England at youth level and he looks brilliant. Defo worth keeping an eye on him and maybe snapping him up when he gets fed up of never getting a chance. Staying at youth level, our u18s still have an outside shot at the title after they won 2-1 at home to Wolves. Bobby Duncan scored again, goal number 29 of the season (he has 21 assists too), and the other was a belter by Jake Cain. Like Molby’s goal against Norwich back in the day, only a bit closer in and from the opposite side of the bench. Lovely hit though. Sunday Apr 7: My Boy Troy is in the FA Cup Final. Good for him, he deserves it as he’s done it the hard way. Everything he’s got he’s had to scrap for, and this will mean the world to him because he’s an 80s throwback and the FA Cup actually meant something back then. The interview he gave afterwards was great, it genuinely brought a lump to my throat. He doesn’t take himself too seriously and there’s a self deprecating charm about Deeney. I’d love to see him lifting the FA Cup, and not just because it would mean he’s beaten City. Ok, it’s mostly because it would mean he’d beaten City, but I’d be genuinely happy for him too. The downside to Watford winning is that Wolves are not in the final. Not that I care about Wolves or have any preference for them over Watford, but if Wolves had gotten there they’d have rested everyone when they come to Anfield on the last day. Now they’ll be full strength and we know they’re dangerous against the better sides. Not ideal. This is just a teaser, click here to view full article Please note that 'the Week that Was' is only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  16. In a week where Mo Salah made the headlines entirely not of his own making, the Egyptian superstar gave the perfect response to the 'fans' of his former club in the best way he knows how, by letting his football do the talking as Liverpool defeated Chelsea 2-0 on Sunday evening.In a clash that had a whole lot of meaning for both clubs albeit for different reasons, it was always going to come down to which of the many stars on the pitch could rise to the occasion.After a first half stalemate where not a lot was given away by either side, it came down to three minutes early in the second half which could prove incredibly pivotal come May.Firstly, Sadio Mane was on the end of some good work by Jordan Henderson as he headed home from close range.But what was to come will be regarded as a special Anfield memory for a long, long time.After receiving the ball from Virgil Van Dijk, Salah unleashed a stunning, angled 25-yard strike which left Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa as an onlooker, and led to complete bedlam in the crowd.For the man himself, Salah said his instinct completely took over. The Official site reported Salah as saying:"I don't think, I just feel!""Normally I shoot [with the] inside of the foot but this one - because it's far [out] - I just hit it with power."I was a bit lucky that the ball hit the net like that."While many will view it as a certain candidate for goal of the season, the humble superstar says he rates it behind another one of his strikes for the Reds, that being his goal in the Merseyside Derby last season which won the Puskas award in 2018."I will always choose [the Everton] one," he added. "This is my favourite because it's my first derby."I think I used everything good - the strength, the technique and the skills."If we manage to win the title, Mo will look back on this strike as a very significant moment in his career. View full article
  17. It has been a moment that has played on the mind of many individuals associated with the club for the best part of five years, but Jurgen Klopp has said the victory over Chelsea on Sunday has put 'the slip' to bed once and for all.The manager was asked a series of questions at his pre-match press conference on Friday about the moment in 2014 against the same opposition which was so pivotal in deciding the title that season.But Klopp maintained it had never crossed his mind until the questions were to put to him.Add to the fact that the German was not even at the club at the time and this is a whole new group of players. So in reality, the issue was not really relatable to this present situation.However, when a none too dissimilar moment occurred in the last ten minutes of the game, unpleasant memories would have come flooding back.On this occasion, it was Andy Robertson who lost his footing in the middle part of the pitch, but thankfully unlike Steven Gerrard's misfortune in 2014, there was sufficient defensive cover, plus the fact that the Reds had a two goal buffer.The moment was not lost on Jurgen Klopp after the match with ESPN reporting the manager as saying:"At this point, we can finally close the slipping book -- Robbo slipped and nothing happened, so it's not a Liverpool thing," . "Done. All good"The match against the West London outfit was always going to be a stern test of their title credentials as the Blues were fighting for a top four position.The first 45 minutes was a tense affair and while the Reds controlled the tempo, they could not find a way to open the door to the Chelsea defence.It needed a piece of guile and some brilliance to make the difference.Cometh the moment, cometh the duo as Sadio Mane and Mo Salah struck within the space of three minutes to send a already heaving Anfield into absolute raptures.The playmaking renaissance of Jordan Henderson continued as he produced a pin-point cross onto the head of Mane who finished from close range, and then Salah displayed a piece of brilliance that only a very few players can produce with a screamer from 25 yards that left Kepa grasping at thin air in the Chelsea goal. Klopp said he was lost for words after the stunning strike."It blew me away."I was really happy. I saw it really well; maybe I saw it first the ball would go in. It was a really, really outstanding finish. And I don't want to minimise that but I loved the first goal exactly the same."It immediately reminded me of the 4-3 against Borussia Dortmund, only Hendo [Jordan Henderson] instead of Millie [James Milner] and Sadio instead of Dejan [Lovren], but a similar situation with this wonderful cross in that area and really good team play."The performance was really good, but to really make it happen you need the goals and we got them, all good."Klopp was also in awe of another tremendous Anfield atmosphere which was mixed with a touch of poignancy after the death of club legend Tommy Smith on Friday and the 30th Anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy on Monday.It was a win against a team who had no fears of coming to Anfield, having not tasted defeat on the ground for seven years."I am so proud of what the boys did, and I loved, loved, loved the atmosphere -- it was outstanding what the people did. You could feel it, they are all on their toes, so let's try to do that seven more times and then we see what we get for it."Klopp said the focus of his team is not on title rival Man City and they will only focus on what they can control."The biggest challenge for us is always facing the world outside -- you [journalists] and other people -- because we don't think like that.“They [City] win [against Crystal Palace] and [did it] ask a question for us? If we think about them, yes, and if we don't think about them, no. We play our game.”What we want to do is collect as many points as possible, really -- 85 points, four games to play, that means [we can get] 97.“Good, let's try. Let's try that. If that's enough, perfect, and if not, we cannot change it." View full article
  18. In a week where Mo Salah made the headlines entirely not of his own making, the Egyptian superstar gave the perfect response to the 'fans' of his former club in the best way he knows how, by letting his football do the talking as Liverpool defeated Chelsea 2-0 on Sunday evening.In a clash that had a whole lot of meaning for both clubs albeit for different reasons, it was always going to come down to which of the many stars on the pitch could rise to the occasion.After a first half stalemate where not a lot was given away by either side, it came down to three minutes early in the second half which could prove incredibly pivotal come May.Firstly, Sadio Mane was on the end of some good work by Jordan Henderson as he headed home from close range.But what was to come will be regarded as a special Anfield memory for a long, long time.After receiving the ball from Virgil Van Dijk, Salah unleashed a stunning, angled 25-yard strike which left Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa as an onlooker, and led to complete bedlam in the crowd.For the man himself, Salah said his instinct completely took over. The Official site reported Salah as saying:"I don't think, I just feel!""Normally I shoot [with the] inside of the foot but this one - because it's far [out] - I just hit it with power."I was a bit lucky that the ball hit the net like that."While many will view it as a certain candidate for goal of the season, the humble superstar says he rates it behind another one of his strikes for the Reds, that being his goal in the Merseyside Derby last season which won the Puskas award in 2018."I will always choose [the Everton] one," he added. "This is my favourite because it's my first derby."I think I used everything good - the strength, the technique and the skills."If we manage to win the title, Mo will look back on this strike as a very significant moment in his career.
  19. It has been a moment that has played on the mind of many individuals associated with the club for the best part of five years, but Jurgen Klopp has said the victory over Chelsea on Sunday has put 'the slip' to bed once and for all.The manager was asked a series of questions at his pre-match press conference on Friday about the moment in 2014 against the same opposition which was so pivotal in deciding the title that season.But Klopp maintained it had never crossed his mind until the questions were to put to him.Add to the fact that the German was not even at the club at the time and this is a whole new group of players. So in reality, the issue was not really relatable to this present situation.However, when a none too dissimilar moment occurred in the last ten minutes of the game, unpleasant memories would have come flooding back.On this occasion, it was Andy Robertson who lost his footing in the middle part of the pitch, but thankfully unlike Steven Gerrard's misfortune in 2014, there was sufficient defensive cover, plus the fact that the Reds had a two goal buffer.The moment was not lost on Jurgen Klopp after the match with ESPN reporting the manager as saying:"At this point, we can finally close the slipping book -- Robbo slipped and nothing happened, so it's not a Liverpool thing," . "Done. All good"The match against the West London outfit was always going to be a stern test of their title credentials as the Blues were fighting for a top four position.The first 45 minutes was a tense affair and while the Reds controlled the tempo, they could not find a way to open the door to the Chelsea defence.It needed a piece of guile and some brilliance to make the difference.Cometh the moment, cometh the duo as Sadio Mane and Mo Salah struck within the space of three minutes to send a already heaving Anfield into absolute raptures.The playmaking renaissance of Jordan Henderson continued as he produced a pin-point cross onto the head of Mane who finished from close range, and then Salah displayed a piece of brilliance that only a very few players can produce with a screamer from 25 yards that left Kepa grasping at thin air in the Chelsea goal. Klopp said he was lost for words after the stunning strike."It blew me away."I was really happy. I saw it really well; maybe I saw it first the ball would go in. It was a really, really outstanding finish. And I don't want to minimise that but I loved the first goal exactly the same."It immediately reminded me of the 4-3 against Borussia Dortmund, only Hendo [Jordan Henderson] instead of Millie [James Milner] and Sadio instead of Dejan [Lovren], but a similar situation with this wonderful cross in that area and really good team play."The performance was really good, but to really make it happen you need the goals and we got them, all good."Klopp was also in awe of another tremendous Anfield atmosphere which was mixed with a touch of poignancy after the death of club legend Tommy Smith on Friday and the 30th Anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy on Monday.It was a win against a team who had no fears of coming to Anfield, having not tasted defeat on the ground for seven years."I am so proud of what the boys did, and I loved, loved, loved the atmosphere -- it was outstanding what the people did. You could feel it, they are all on their toes, so let's try to do that seven more times and then we see what we get for it."Klopp said the focus of his team is not on title rival Man City and they will only focus on what they can control."The biggest challenge for us is always facing the world outside -- you [journalists] and other people -- because we don't think like that.“They [City] win [against Crystal Palace] and [did it] ask a question for us? If we think about them, yes, and if we don't think about them, no. We play our game.”What we want to do is collect as many points as possible, really -- 85 points, four games to play, that means [we can get] 97.“Good, let's try. Let's try that. If that's enough, perfect, and if not, we cannot change it."
  20. Emre Can has spoken about about his difficulties adjusting to a Jurgen Klopp training regime and why he decided to leave the club to join Juventus.The talented but inconsistent German made 167 appearances for the Reds in four seasons at the club after been signed by Brendan Rodgers in the summer of 2014.Blessed with a imposing physique, he seemed to have plenty of attributes needed to be a success in the Premier League.However, one of his major failings seemed to be his work ethic. The inability to truly push himself to the next level, something which the top players do no questions asked.Can admits he struggled to come to grips with the tough training regime employed his fellow German.However if he thought that was tough, he was in for a rude awakening after joining Italian giants Juventus on a free transfer last summer. The Liverpool Echo (via Goal) reported Can as saying:"I already complained to Jurgen Klopp about the hard training in Liverpool. "But the training here at Juventus is a bit tougher."We have to run even more, do more strength training. "It was a big challenge for me at the beginning. But now my body has got used to it.”Can was offered a new deal by the Reds, but he felt he needed a new challenge, and the opportunity to play for the club of his football idol in Zinedine Zidane.The midfielder said while his manager was disappointed in his decision, he accepted it and the pair remain in close contact."He was disappointed. He wanted me to stay in Liverpool, but accepted my decision."He also knew that it was not a decision against him or against Liverpool, but for a new challenge at Juventus."I had a wonderful and memorable time in Liverpool and will always be grateful to all the people who have supported me there."Just like his time with the Reds, there have been glimpses of his best, sprinkled with some average performances in his first season with the Turin based club.The 25 year-old has only made 17 starts from his 31 appearances in 2018/9.However with the comments that he has made, perhaps the penny has finally dropped for the midfielder. Can knows there is no time like the present to do the hard yards which will then see him get the most out of his potential.Time will tell.
  21. It was another limited week of Premier League fixtures due to some clubs farting around in some Mickey Mouse cup competition. Such was the lack of action that we were first on MOTD even though we played Friday night. Indeed, such was the lack of action that BBC gave Gary Lineker and all their regular pundits the night off and drafted in Gabby Logan, Alex Scott and Paul Ince. Genuinely don’t know how Ince still gets any work you know. I mean, it’s ok to not be the brightest bulb in the box if you’re funny or a bit of a character (Paul Merson, Robbie Savage and Ian Wright immediately spring to mind), but Ince brings nothing to the table. And when he talks always seems like he’s terrified. Like a naughty kid in front of the headmaster. Still, at least he’s not Alan Shearer or Phil Neville, so that’s something. Anyway, after the main course of us beating Southampton, it was pretty slim pickings and next up was Bournemouth losing at home to Burnley. They took the lead when Ashley Barnes deflected the ball into his own net, but it was all downhill from there for Eddie Howe’s men. Chris Wood equalised soon after when he took advantage of a howler from Begovic to head home. Westwood then side footed Burnley ahead and Barnes wrapped it up when he benefitted from another clanger by the hapless Begovic. Begovic was dropped a few weeks back and apparently Boruc was told he’d be number one for the rest of the reason. That was until Begovic went in to see Eddie Howe and kicked off, and was promptly reinstated. He’s been shite since he came back in though. Boruc should probably go knocking on Nice Guy Eddie’s door this week. Although he’s more likely to just kick the fucking thing in, the mad bastard. Putting Begovic back in was either a stroke of genius by Howe (proving he was right to drop him in the first place) or he's a bit of a jellyfish. This is just a teaser, click to view the full article Please note that PL Round Ups are only available to website subscribers. Subscriptions cost just £2 a month (you need to register first) and can be purchased here.
  22. Report by Dave Usher A two goal lead and a clean sheet is a good night’s work. We’re not through yet but it would take an uncharacteristic defensive collapse for us to miss out on the semis now. Personally I thought Porto looked useful though so I’m taking nothing for granted yet. It’s a mark of how far we’ve come that a win like this is just seen as fairly routine now. Nothing to get overly excited about. In fact, there may even be an element of disappointment from some. We played alright, but it was generally third gear stuff. As I said, we’ve come a long way. The first half was good, the second half not so much. I wonder whether the way we played in the second half had anything to do with the Roma game last season though. 5-0 up and yet by the end of the second leg were hanging on and going through by a single goal margin because we conceded two away goals late on in the first leg. The first half in this one was end to end, thrilling stuff. Maybe Klopp didn't like that and thought we were too open? The second was certainly much more low key, as we played at a lower tempo and didn’t try to force it too much. Porto seemed to retreat into their shell a bit more too. In the first half they had a right go and seemed determined to not go home without an away goal or two. It made for an open, exciting opening 45 minutes. We went ahead very early courtesy of a deflected Keita strike. Lovely move, but the finish was somewhat lucky as Casillas looked like he probably had it covered until he was wrong footed by the deflection. That’s two goals in two games for Naby, both of them massively deflected (maybe he's becoming the new Lampard). They all count though and it seems to have helped his confidence no end. I loved Milner’s role in that goal too. He wasn’t content to just go in and win the ball, he made sure he knew exactly where it was going and he put it perfectly into space to set Mané away. Proper veteran know how that. Clever play from Bobby too to come short and collect the ball before rolling it to Naby. Just good football all round. This is just a teaser, click 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.
  23. As it turns out, Tommy Smith's bullet header in the 1977 European Cup Final wasn't to mark the end of his career, as Barry Davies famously declared in commentary. Smith played on at Anfield for another year, but at the time most felt that this would be his Liverpool swansong and it looked like a Roy of the Rovers style ending. Terry McDermott had given the Reds the lead against Borrussia Moenchengladbach, but a stunning strike from the Dane Alan Simonsen had levelled things up in the second half. Liverpool were wobbling and needed Ray Clemence to keep the Germans at bay. Then came Smith's moment. The following extract is taken from Tommy's first autobiography, entitled Tommy Smith: I Did it the Hard Way. Even Tommy himself thought it might have been his last game for the club, but he was still here the following season and had a big part to play. He appeared in 34 games in all competitions, but was cruelly robbed of an appearance in another European Cup final when a DIY accident at home cost him a place in the team that beat Bruges at Wembley to retain the trophy. As disappointing as that must have been, at least he had the memory of that header to ease the pain.
  24. As it turns out, Tommy Smith's bullet header in the 1977 European Cup Final wasn't to mark the end of his career, as Barry Davies famously declared in commentary. Smith played on at Anfield for another year, but at the time most felt that this would be his Liverpool swansong and it looked like a Roy of the Rovers style ending. Terry McDermott had given the Reds the lead against Borrussia Moenchengladbach, but a stunning strike from the Dane Alan Simonsen had levelled things up in the second half. Liverpool were wobbling and needed Ray Clemence to keep the Germans at bay. Then came Smith's moment. The following extract is taken from Tommy's first autobiography, entitled Tommy Smith: I Did it the Hard Way. Even Tommy himself thought it might have been his last game for the club, but he was still here the following season and had a big part to play. He appeared in 34 games in all competitions, but was cruelly robbed of an appearance in another European Cup final when a DIY accident at home cost him a place in the team that beat Bruges at Wembley to retain the trophy. As disappointing as that must have been, at least he had the memory of that header to ease the pain. View full article
  25. Sadio Mane has full faith that Liverpool will start to see the best of Naby Keita after his best week in a Reds shirt since his arrival in the summer from RB Leipzig.In a season of so many positives in a team and individual sense, the performances of Keita have been somewhat underwhelming.After starting the first couple of games of the season, Keita was not helped by a few niggling injuries which set back his progress.Manager Jurgen Klopp then took the 'slowly, slowly' approach with Keita like he has done with other new signings in the past.It was also the case that other midfielders came in and did their role in an accomplished fashion.Keita was seen as someone who would give the team a bit of a 'edge' in a physical and dynamic sense as he had done at Leipzig.Despite his inconsistency, Klopp has been adamant all along that Keita will come good this season.Mane who struck up a close friendship with the midfielder in their season together at RB Salzburg in 2014/5 also was a believer, especially as he knew the struggles that Keita had early on in Austria.Sky Sports reported Mane as saying:I knew him from a long time ago, from the first time he came to Salzburg and he was the same."At the beginning at Salzburg it was very tough for him but he never stopped working hard. "He was not playing for a while and he was really positive and after he was the star of the team.“I am 100 per cent sure he will do incredibly well."Keita's last two performances have seen the 24 year-old produce his first goals for the club.It has been a moment that Naby, his teammates, the management team and all the fans have been waiting for and Mane believes it is just the beginning." The real Naby is coming still. To be honest I think we have more to see from him. "At the moment it is going well for him and everyone is very happy for him." I think goals always give him more confidence. "He scored two goals and I think it boosts his confidence." Keita certainly appreciates having someone like Mane to help him settle in, but the Senegal international is adamant that he is seeing the rewards for the hard work."I just talked to him to do what I can but Naby is a big boy so he knows how football can work and sometimes not."He knows that so he is very positive and he knows he can do more. "I am sure he can do more. I'm trying to help him and everyone in the team and the coach as well. Speaking from experience, Mane says adjusting to a new league does take time."It is not easy to move from Germany to change club, especially as the league is not the same. "It is part of the things you have to deal with and he is working hard every single day."Off the pitch I am very happy for him, he's very relaxed."Let's hope that the past seven days is just a taste of what Naby can produce on a regular basis. View full article
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