West Bromwich Albion Preview: There’s More than Enough Talent to Expect a Performance

After their disappointing display at Wembley last weekend, if Liverpool still have any realistic hope of salvaging what has been a miserable season, they’re going to have to kick-start a revival against West Bromwich Albion tomorrow. This club might be all about winning trophies, but at this point in time, qualifying for the Champions League…

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West Bromwich Albion Buildup: Kemp Changes the Perspective, Pocognoli Doesn’t Understand and Fletcher Likes the Attitude

They might be mired in a bit of a relegation scrap at the moment, but after losing out to Aston Villa in the FA Cup semi-final last weekend, West Bromwich Albion is one of the last teams they would have wanted to try to bounce back against. You can double down on that statement now…

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Liverpool (1) Aston Villa (2): You’re Never Going to Luck into a Trophy

What’s really odd about this is that only a couple of years ago, we were the team for the big occasion. Maybe it’s the hang-over talking, to be fair I’m not too sure, but I’m really concerned about our penchant for stumbling at the worst time. Against the run of play Philippe Coutinho continued his uncanny knack for…

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Aston Villa FA Cup Preview: We’re Prepared to Do Things the Hard Way

If you think we’ve got one foot in the final, you’re just flat out wrong. I’ve banged on all season about there being no easy matches, and despite Aston Villa’s struggles in the Premier League, this falls firmly in line with what I’ve been saying. We’ve seen miraculous things at Wembley down the years and…

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Aston Villa FA Cup Build-up: Sherwood Will Enjoy Himself, Benteke Does What He Wants and Cleverley Believes in Magic

Aston Villa’s Premier League status isn’t completely safe quite yet, but the Villans won’t be worrying about that one bit for at least a little while with Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final meeting with Liverpool taking the focus directly off the relegation scrap. After bringing in former Tottenham Hotspur boss Tim Sherwood for the struggling Paul Lambert…

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April 25, 2015 · by News Desk · News

It’s not me, it’s you

After having his season ruined by injuries, Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is facing the prospect of being ousted from his starting role at Anfield with Reds boss Brendan Rodgers saying he needs a top level player that’s going to be available week in and week out.

“He’s not fit and once he can show that consistency and fitness, you can see in his performance level that it’s a high one. But obviously he has missed a lot of the season so we need to assess it. Either way, if he’s not available, we need to have that support,” said the Liverpool boss. “We have to hope with Daniel that this year was just an unlucky season and he can come back super-fit and super-strong because he has an immense talent. You can’t argue with that. He can be as good as any striker in the world with his talent,” he continued, before getting blunt on what he needs up top. “I need one that is going to be playing and at a top level every week.”

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

Video courtesy of @LFCTikiTaka

In the wake of Liverpool’s so far disappointing season, it’s easy to question the commitment and quality of the new signings the Reds brought in during the frenzied buying of last summer. While you could debate for hours who’s a flop and who’s not, one player that has undoubtedly stood out among the crowd is 21-year old Emre Can, who has earned himself a number of plaudits from players and pundits alike, as well as the top honour bestowed on any player — their very own song.

April 25, 2015 · by News Desk · News

Stick around

Captain in waiting Jordan Henderson became the latest high profile Liverpool star to put pen to paper on a new contract with a lucrative five year deal finalized on Thursday and the 24-year old has urged Raheem Sterling to follow suit and commit his long-term future to the Anfield outfit.

“I’ve known Raheem for a good few years now. He is a good friend of mine and my team-mate. He has just got to do whatever he thinks is best but, if I was giving him advice, of course I would say: ‘This is Liverpool’. I think this is the best place for him,” said the influential Reds midfielder when asked about the future of the 19-year old. “But at the end of the day that decision is up to him. He is a fantastic player for us.

April 25, 2015 · by News Desk · News

Still the boss

Although his position in charge of Liverpool remains precarious at best, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he’s retained the backing of ownership group Fenway Sports Group amid rumours that he’ll be replaced this summer.

“I spoke with the owners this week and they were very clear with where we’re at. Our relationship is fantastic. They’re as disappointed as we all are when we lose games but they understand the model that’s in place here. Both myself and the owners have always been in it for the long term and that remains the case,” he told the Liverpool ECHO with speculation surrounding his future at Anfield cranked up. “They also know I’m very ambitious and want to win but so do they. They have been very supportive to me since the day I walked in and nothing has changed on that. The owners have done remarkably well here. They saved the club initially, brought stability to it and they understand for it to progress and develop it’s about sticking with the plan and that’s something they are keen to do.”

April 24, 2015 · by Steven McMillan · Match Preview, Premier League

Getting ready for the Baggies

After their disappointing display at Wembley last weekend, if Liverpool still have any realistic hope of salvaging what has been a miserable season, they’re going to have to kick-start a revival against West Bromwich Albion tomorrow.

This club might be all about winning trophies, but at this point in time, qualifying for the Champions League for the second year on the bounce might just be good enough to keep the critics off their back and shoo the vultures circling around Reds boss Brendan Rodgers. As unlikely as that may seem, sitting seven points off of fourth placed Manchester City with a match in hand, it’s not impossible quite yet with the Citizens looking ripe to continue their spectacular implosion. That being said, the Baggies won’t be interested at all in giving us a leg-up — they have their own problems to worry about.

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