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…


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

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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…


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…


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…

February 25, 2015 · by News Desk · News

Bad to worse

Things are just going from bad to worse for Besiktas ahead of the second leg of their Europa League Round of 32 tie with Liverpool on Thursday.

Going into the first leg, goalkeeper Tolga Zengin was ruled out for a month after damaging knee ligaments early in their dramatic 3-2 victory over Bursaspor. Understudy Cenk Gonen did a great job during the meeting at Anfield and almost made it out of the match with a clean-sheet only for Mario Balotelli’s late penalty to hand the hosts the win. The Turkish side were always going to be under the kosh in the second leg, but the pressure is being turned up that much more with news that not only is Demba Ba struggling with a knock, but attacking midfielder Gokhan Tore is as well.

February 25, 2015 · by News Desk · News

A summer target?

The winter transfer window may be behind us, but the rumour mill never closes completely with the agent of Lyon playmaker Yoann Gourcuff suggesting that Liverpool could re-ignite the apparent interest they showed in the 28-year old last month.

While it seems plausible that the Reds would be interested in signing the Ligue One sides prolific hit-man Alexandre Lacazette rather than an ageing central midfielder, Gourcuff’s agent Didier Poulmaire has suggested otherwise. In his younger days, while plying his trade with fellow French side Bordeaux, the tricky attacker was a hot property on the European market, but a series of injuries and his exile from the national team have made him look less like Zinedine Zidane — who he drew comparisons too — and more like Bruno Cheyrou.

February 23, 2015 · by News Desk · News, Video

Video courtesy of Official Brighton & Hove Albion FC

Liverpool loanee Joao Teixeira bagged himself a brace as relegation threatened Brighton & Hove Albion secured a thrilling 4-3 win over fellow Championship strugglers Birmingham City. The 22-year old has been enjoying his time with the East Sussex club and is just behind defender Lewis Dunk as their top scorer with his double on Saturday inching him closer to the summit with six goals to his name.

February 23, 2015 · by News Desk · News

Injury concern

After sitting out the loss to Eskisehirspor at the weekend, Besiktas team doctor Ertugrul Karanlik told the Black Eagles official website that striker Demba Ba should be fit enough to face Liverpool in the second leg of the Europa League Round of 32 match on Thursday.

The Reds are carrying a slim lead into the trip to Turkey with Mario Balotelli bagging the decisive penalty late in the match at Anfield. The stakes in Europe’s second club competition have been raised significantly this year with UEFA handing out automatic qualification for next season’s Champions League to the victor. With 22-goals in all competitions for Besiktas this season, the absence of Ba in the second leg would be a huge drawback for the Turkish side, but Karanlik is hopeful the Senegalese striker will be back in training later this week.

February 23, 2015 · by News Desk · News

One lucky boy

Yesterday’s win over Southampton may have propelled Liverpool up the table and saw them keep up their sustained pressure on the other sides chasing Champions League qualification, but the 2-0 win was marred by controversy with referee Kevin Friend ignoring a number of penalty shouts from the home side.

Incidents involving Emre Can, Simon Mignolet and Dejan Lovren could have easily been argued either way, but when Joe Allen tripped up Saint’s attacker Filip Djuricic not long after Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring, the Welshman looked certain to have handed the hosts a shot from the spot only to have the ref wave away the resulting appeals — much to the relief of the Welshman.

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