Liverpool (0) Besiktas (1): It’s a Long Hard Road Out of Europe

A return to Turkey and the scene of arguably Liverpool’s most famous European win wouldn’t prove to be two times lucky as the Reds crashed out of the Europa League at the hands of Besiktas. Failing to capitalize on a dominant first half that saw Raheem Sterling’s powerful shot parried away by home ‘keeper Cenk…

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Review: Spending the Evening with “One Night in Istanbul”

You always read that you don’t have to be a football fan to enjoy whatever football related movie just came out, but in the case of One Night in Istanbul, that claim isn’t just a marketing ploy. Our friends over at Cash Generator sent us over a copy to have a look at, and though…

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Besiktas Europa League Preview: The Job is Barely Half Done

Liverpool return to the scenes of arguably their greatest ever European triumph when the visit the Ataturk Stadium for the second leg of their Europa League Round of 32 match with Turkish side Besiktas tomorrow, but they’ll find the atmosphere quite a bit different from that famous night back in 2005. If there was ever…

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Liverpool (2) Southampton (0): Reds Bag Contentious Win on South Coast

We’ve gone from being nine points off the Champions League places during the festive period to being a mere two at the end of February. There’s no games in hand to pad those numbers and no creative number crunching either — that’s cold, hard mathematics. It was contentious at the worst of times and nerve…

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Southampton Preview: Tired Legs or Determined Minds

Despite being in an excellent run of form, Liverpool are still playing catch-up in the race for Champions League football — now, at the risk of sounding like one of the dozen broken records out there, this makes the match against Southampton on Sunday crucial to our chances of finishing in the top four. While…

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February 27, 2015 · by Steven McMillan · Europa League, Match Reaction

The lowlights

A return to Turkey and the scene of arguably Liverpool’s most famous European win wouldn’t prove to be two times lucky as the Reds crashed out of the Europa League at the hands of Besiktas.

Failing to capitalize on a dominant first half that saw Raheem Sterling’s powerful shot parried away by home ‘keeper Cenk Gonen, the Anfield outfit couldn’t keep up the pressure following the interval as Ataturk Stadium roared on Slaven Bilic’s men. As time ticked down, it looked like the visitors would be relying solely on Mario Balotelli’s penalty in the first leg to see them through to the next round only to have Tolgay Arslan punish them with a spectacular effort from the edge of the box to send this one into extra time.

February 26, 2015 · by Steven McMillan · Feature, Review, Video

Hitler’s cuff links?

You always read that you don’t have to be a football fan to enjoy whatever football related movie just came out, but in the case of One Night in Istanbul, that claim isn’t just a marketing ploy.

Our friends over at Cash Generator sent us over a copy to have a look at, and though we have to admit to a fairly obvious bias on this one, there’s absolutely nothing to not like about the movie — it’s just good fun. A comedy that doesn’t resort to being overly crass for laughs, a buddy film that isn’t packed with well worn clichés from bottom to top and a crime caper that involves a pair of cuff links all set to the backdrop of arguably Liverpool’s greatest European triumph? Like I said, what’s not to like?

February 25, 2015 · by Steven McMillan · Europa League, Match Preview

Welcome to hell

Liverpool return to the scenes of arguably their greatest ever European triumph when the visit the Ataturk Stadium for the second leg of their Europa League Round of 32 match with Turkish side Besiktas tomorrow, but they’ll find the atmosphere quite a bit different from that famous night back in 2005.

If there was ever an imposing set of supporters to come up against, those of the Black Eagles certainly rank near the top with the deafening atmosphere and the impressive display of flares and pyro making it a bit more than uncomfortable for any team squaring off with them. The Reds carry a slender lead from the first leg when Mario Balotelli’s penalty broke the deadlock late in the game, but any suggestion that this tie is done and dusted is pre-mature at best.

February 25, 2015 · by News Desk · News

Facing a fitness test

After sitting out the win over Southampton at the weekend with a hip problem, Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho is facing a late fitness test ahead of the second leg of the Reds Europa League tie with Turkish side Besiktas on Thursday.

The French defender missed out on quite a bit of the first half of the season with injuries and poor judgement seeing him sidelined for long stretches of time. His return to the side in the 2-2 draw with Arsenal at the end of December signalled a significant turn around in Liverpool’s fortunes and they remain unbeaten in the league since then with the 2-0 win over the Saints their tenth match on the hop without a loss.

February 25, 2015 · by News Desk · News, Video

Video courtesy of True Kop LFC

Former Liverpool defender and current Sky Sports talking head Jamie Carragher has never made a secret of his bias towards the Reds, and with the Anfield outfit keeping up sustained pressure on the top four, he’s backed his old side to snag a spot in next seasons Champions League at the expense of bitter rivals Manchester United.

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