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December 8, 2014 · by Steven McMillan · Match Preview, Premier League

The boys get ready for Basel

As much as this is being billed as a do or die showdown, that’s only true for one team. Going into Tuesday’s meeting with FC Basel at Anfield, in what could very well be Liverpool’s last Champions League match this season, the fact that the Swiss side don’t have to come out on top to progress to the knock-out stages hangs like a ghastly spectre in the air.

When you take into account the Reds scoreless draw with Sunderland at the weekend, it only exacerbates this point. The visitors, who have been tight at the back and quick on the counter-attack, don’t have to come out of their shell away from home and look for a goal; they don’t have to win, they just can’t lose, and that’s a major problem for us.

December 5, 2014 · by Steven McMillan · Match Preview, Premier League

The boys get ready for the Black Cats

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers goes into tomorrow’s meeting with Sunderland with a number of questions hanging over his head — and for the first time in over a month, none of them will have to do with whether or not his side have a chance of taking full points against or if this is the match that ends up getting him the sack.

Coming off back to back wins against Stoke City and Leicester City, the Reds go into their third match in the span of a week looking to continue their ascent up the table, but with the spectre of a do or die meeting with FC Basel in the Champions League midweek just over the horizon. Anything but a win against the Swiss club will see the Anfield outfit drop out of the competition they missed so dearly during their five year absence, so the question now becomes what matters more: domestic pride or European progression?

November 22, 2014 · by Steven McMillan · Match Preview, Premier League

Skretel and Sterling get ready for the Eagles

I think I’d be justified in saying that, after the events of last season anyway, I hate Selhurst Park. There’s no way to talk about Liverpool visiting Crystal Palace without talking about the last time we took a trip there, so let’s just get that out of the way, shall we?

With the title seemingly in our grasp, we chucked away a three goal lead to all but hand Manchester City their second title in only three years. Steven Gerrard’s slip against Chelsea the week before may have been tagged for all eternity as the seminal moment that our title chances squirmed through our fingers, but if you ask me, that Monday night in London was really where the dream truly died. Did I mention how much I hate Selhurst Park?

October 31, 2014 · by Steven McMillan · Match Preview, Premier League

The boys get ready for Newcastle

With a trip to the Santiago Bernabéu just over the horizon and Chelsea coming to town next weekend, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers assurances that his team are only focused on this weekends meeting with Newcastle United sounds a bit hollow.

Maybe that isn’t fair at all; with table as tight as it is, the Reds will need to pick up points at St. James Park if they want to keep pace with the pack in the race for a Champions League spot, but I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve started to look ahead to what’s just around the corner. You can say that’s a bit disrespectful to the Magpies, but if the roles were reversed, I think they’d be whispering — and worrying — about Real Madrid as well.

October 24, 2014 · by Steven McMillan · Match Preview, Premier League

Emre and the boys get ready

After holding Arsenal to a 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium last weekend, there’s no question that Hull City travel to Anfield this weekend believing that they can get something against a faltering Liverpool side.

The Reds have had an eventful week; after barely scraping past last placed Queens Park Rangers in the capital, a midweek humbling against reigning European champions Real Madrid gave not only their fitness levels, but their fragile confidence yet another blow. While it doesn’t take a stretch of the imagination to picture these two sides coming into tomorrows match on opposite ends of the spectrum, reconciling which one is on the up-tick and who is on a serious down-turn may take some time to wrap your head around.

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