Premier League Preview: Newcastle United vs. Liverpool

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Liverpool head to St. James’ Park for the lunchtime kick-off on Saturday and will be hoping to make it five league games without defeat. That statistic on its own may come as a shock to Reds fans as Brendan Rodgers’ side have struggled to find any real momentum in games so far this season. Recent results have felt like losses, despite wins against QPR and most recently Swansea in the Capital One Cup, where both times Liverpool left it late to secure the victory. Playing badly is never a comfortable feeling to have as a supporter, but winning is never a bad thing no matter how it comes about and it is something that Liverpool are beginning to master this season, as they did early last term. Goals Mario Balotelli broke his goal drought in midweek against the Swans and will hope that he can kick start his league tally … Continue reading

Is Jordan Henderson Ready to be Liverpool’s New Steven Gerrard?

Just two years ago, even the idea that Jordan Henderson had a future at Liverpool Football Club would have been laughable. A shock £20m signing in 2011, Henderson certainly possessed potential but unlocking it proved difficult. In 2012, he teetered on the brink at Liverpool—hanging so far over the edge that incoming manager Brendan Rodgers was happy to immediately offload the midfielder, with Fulham the likely destination. Fast forward to the present day: Henderson stayed and, in an incredible turnaround of fortunes, he is now not only one of the first names on the Liverpool team-sheet but he has also been awarded the vice-captaincy at the club and is set to win a new contract. And, (whisper it), he currently might just be as important to Liverpool as Steven Gerrard has been. The manager that was once prepared to let him go claimed recently that the Wearsider “has been a … Continue reading

Can Liverpool mount another title challenge in 2014/2015?

Being amongst the title challengers may have been an expectation that only existed behind closed doors at Anfield, but Liverpool’s resurgence in 2013/2014 has rejuvenated a club that has always threatened to return to the Premier League summit. Missing out on the title in the matter that they did was a painful blow for Brendan Rodgers and everyone connected to the club, but it will hopefully provide invaluable lessons that should make Liverpool stronger during the new season. More importantly, it has enhanced Liverpool’s profile in world football to enable Rodgers to target the best players across Europe to make another Premier League assault a real possibility. They will undoubtedly have to overcome the considerable challenge posed by Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal who have been busy improving their squads in the transfer market, while there is every possibility that Manchester United will pose a threat after a forgettable season … Continue reading

Building in the Future

The transfer window is shut and Marco Reus is still at Borussia Dortmund. It’s not much of a surprise really but during those middle months of the window most people would have been surprised if you told them the German midfielder would still be at Dortmund in September. Reus has been coveted by many this summer including Arsenal, Real Madrid and Liverpool but it looks likely that the later is where the 25-year-old sees his future after Dortmund. Staying in Germany is probably the right thing to do for Reus right now and the injury problem that kept him out of the World Cup has also likely contributed to Borussia Dortmund retaining their star player until January at least. The winger was even chased by Atletico Madrid once upon a time this summer but when they denied it they inadvertently revealed that also Manchester United had enquired about the World … Continue reading

Fear and Loathing of a New Liverpool Season

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The 2014/15 season is in it’s fledgling state and a ball has been kicked by Liverpool in the Premier League for 90 minutes—plus four added on for argument’s sake—yet the fear and loathing barometer is bizarrely at a mid-season level of intensity. The Fear 2013-14 was a season that the Reds made great strides forward on the pitch; in fact it wasn’t just a stride, it was a giant footprint, a stomp right smack bang in the middle of the top four and led by a manager who had now proven to the doubters that he was the one to bring it all back to Anfield: trophies, Champions League football, the league title. 2013-14 was meant to be where Liverpool FC were finally going forward as one. Fast forward the summer. Liverpool lost the third-best player in the world but have dabbled in the transfer market, making some key acquisitions … Continue reading

Rise, Red Heroes, and Smite United’s Hopes and Hearts

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There are times, before big games in football and important moments, that a sense of perspective, long-term appreciation and “heads over hearts” thoughts are important. But there are also occasions when everything is going so right, so well, that you simply need to believe that your team can achieve not only what it is capable of, but what it needs to do to give itself a chance of amazing, incredible success. Liverpool travelling to Old Trafford to play Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday is one of those latter fixtures. ————Follow TLW on Twitter and Like our Facebook Page!———— The Reds are absolutely flying, have an attack which can kill anybody they come against and confidence is sky-high after a season of exceeding expectations and taking wins from teams who they would normally slip up against. Big games such as Arsenal and Everton were not only won, but the opposition completely … Continue reading

View from the Opposition: Liverpool travel to face Manchester United

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Following Chelsea’s late defeat at Aston Villa on Saturday, Liverpool have the chance to take a big step forward in the Premier League title race today—if they can overcome huge rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford. The Liverpool Word spoke to United fan Dale O’Donnell, from, to gauge his thoughts ahead of the match. TLW: Few people expected United to be outside the top four this season, even if the title was going to be out of the question after an important change at the top. Has being in sixth and seventh been too much of a drop to bear, or are you accepting this as a one-off which needs to be powered through and written off? Dale: I certainly did not expect us to retain the title this season. Our expectations were lowered when David Moyes was appointed. Saying that, we never saw it getting this bad. The results, as … Continue reading

Liverpool’s Coutinho: The Sporadic South American

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“Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are the dead.” – Aldous Huxley We all strive for perfection. Although the concept can never be properly defined or attained, we still continue to search for pristine excellence in our lives. Perfection is the cornerstone of the ‘circle of life’ because that’s exactly what it is, a circle. We go around and around seeking eternal completeness even though we know in our hearts that it can never be accomplished. However, without the prospect of perfection, life becomes meaningless. We still want to explore the journey of potential prosperity. And with this journey comes inevitable inconsistency. How you handle this ever long rollercoaster will define your success. ————Follow TLW on Twitter and Like our Facebook Page!———— Philippe Coutinho is the epitome of extreme inconsistency in the Liverpool squad. Kopites seem to be seeing the transcendent best of the Brazilian one weekend … Continue reading

Domestic Success the Best Way to International Recognition

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Five Liverpool players started England’s last midweek, with international captain Steven Gerrard being joined by club team-mates Daniel Sturridge, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Glen Johnson in the game against Denmark. It’s been quite some time since the Reds had such a contingent in a meaningful game; the likes of Emile Heskey, Michael Owen and Nick Barmby, along with Gerrard, were involved in that 5-1 demolition of Germany many moons ago, but this quintet have a chance of being a huge part of England’s World Cup XI. ————Follow TLW on Twitter and Like our Facebook Page!———— For two, it should be clear-cut: Gerrard is the skipper and Sturridge is the best striker England have. It’s that simple. For the others, form and regularity in their club team has seen them come to the attentions of the wider footballing world; Kopites have known Henderson to be one of the most important central midfielders around the Premier … Continue reading

Analysis of Liverpool’s Defensive Errors in Conceding Goals

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Liverpool’s attack has been phenomenal this season, outscoring the rest of the Premier League—but the defence has been somewhat less impressive at times. A clean sheet against Southampton of late was more than welcome, but question marks still linger over why, and how, the Reds are conceding so many chances. The Liverpool Word are delighted to bring Hari Sethi (@Hari_Sethi) on board, as he takes an analytical view on where the Reds have been going wrong defensively. ————Follow TLW on Twitter and Like our Facebook Page!————   Given the fact that 2014 has seen Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool side take 20 from a possible 24, scoring 26 goals in the process (a rate of 3.25 gpg) it’s hard not to get excited by what is now officially the Reds’ strongest league campaign for two long decades. Yet whilst the inexorable duo of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have continued to delight, their defensive counterparts have … Continue reading

Twin Peaks: Two Incredible Liverpool FC Victories Over Time

Life. Death. The rise and fall of an empire. Just as the day has dawned, so shall the night come. t’s only a matter of time. All which has begun will at some point come to an end. Things can change in a heartbeat. In life sometimes those alterations can be irrevocable but in sport every moment that passes arrives a new opportunity. A shot at making it right. ————Follow TLW on Twitter and Like our Facebook Page!———— The first half an hour of Liverpool’s 5-1 demolition of Arsenal may have only been a few short weeks ago but the sounds and sights of it will burn long into the memory. A performance which be put upon the mental mantelpiece of those that were able to witness it (although Gunners may be hard pressed to ever dwell on it again). In recent history, there have been very few like it. But there was … Continue reading

Summer Tour Helps Strengthen Commercial Brand

Liverpool have announced that they will travel back to the United States during the summer of 2014 as part of their pre-season preparations. The move mirrors the summer spent across the water in Brendan Rodgers’ first campaign in charge when he led the Reds against the likes of Toronto and AS Roma, playing at Fenway Park amongst other stadia. ————Follow TLW on Twitter and Like our Facebook Page!———— Of course, many of Liverpool’s first-team players will be at the FIFA World Cup in summer so it is not yet entirely clear how many will take part in the trek to the States, with it likely depending on how far each nation goes. Uruguay and England will have both Liverpool’s strikers, for example, fitness permitting, while both nations are in the same group, along with Italy and Costa Rica. It is not hugely likely that both will qualify for the knock-outs. Aside from the … Continue reading