Liverpool’s Transfer Trapdoor: Assessing the Squad Part 2

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In the second part of our squad review, we look at the transfer destinies of Liverpool’s midfield and attack. Who can we expect to play a big part as Brendan Rodgers continues to sculpt Anfield’s future? Whose party in the story could be coming to an end? Without further ado…. Midfielders 6. Luis Alberto – Trapdoor rating 1/5 Another young and recently acquired player who could do with featuring more in the squad but nevertheless will expect to stay for the time being. Has looked very assured at times and with his calm and simple passing style certainly seems to be a “Rodgers player”. Although he does need more opportunities to show this in the next 18 months. 8. Steven Gerrard – Trapdoor rating 0/5 It is only recently that we have been able to say with certainty that Liverpool’s main man will now never be sold or released by … Continue reading

New Year’s Present: Watch all 20 Luis Suarez Goals Here!

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We just can’t get enough… Liverpool have been fortunate to have a huge number of quality forwards in their sides down the years, but current No. 7 Luis Suarez is putting every single one of them from almost the last 20 years in the shade, and arguably from before then too. ————Follow TLW on Twitter and Like our Facebook Page!———— The Uruguayan forward scored another fantastic free kick in the 2-0 win over Hull City on Wednesday to take his tally for the season to a remarkable 20 Premier League goals in just 15 matches—that’s a goal every 67 minutes of play so far. To celebrate the unstoppable forward’s feat, The Liverpool Word has teamed up with our favourite video-maker extraordinaire once more, MrBoywunder, to bring you a fantastic collection of every one of his strikes this season. Enjoy! Full list of Suarez’s 20 goals: Sunderland, away Sunderland, away Crystal Palace, home West … Continue reading

Sunderland 1-3 Liverpool: See Goals and Player Ratings as Reds Go Second

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After a poor set of results post the first international break, Liverpool overcame a shaky start to the match to beat Sunderland 3-1 at the Stadium of Light. There sure would have been a handful of raised eyebrows when the Reds started the match with the exact same XI, in a 3-5-2 formation, that lost 1-0 at Old Trafford in the League Cup. The home side started the better of the two but it was Steven Gerrard’s free kick that was the first real chance of the game. Westwood parried it away but Martin Skrtel pounced to put it in the back of the net only to see the linesman wave offside. Apart from that the home side looked pretty comfortable until Daniel Sturridge’s fortunate goal in the 28th minute. Steven Gerrard turned provider from a corner as Sturridge found himself in acres of space to shoulder the ball in to … Continue reading

Liverpool need more Rodgers maturity to fulfil his lofty ambitions

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After the brightest of starts and the somewhat respectable draw at Swansea, the past 7 days have been a jarring reality check for Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool side. The first loss of the season dropped them from 1st place to 5th, and suddenly what began as a dream start to the Reds’ second campaign under their manager has hit something of a stumbling block. The defeat to Southampton might have been slightly more palatable had it not been so familiar. Liverpool sides under many of Rodgers’ predecessors have followed up famous and cherished wins with “unexpected” poor results against opposition whom were expected to offer little resistance. This is not a Brendan Rodgers issue, this is an issue that has blighted Liverpool for 20 years. But the theme of unwelcome familiarity continues in the Northern Irishman’s insistence to prematurely suggest Liverpool are capable of a leap in achievement beyond what he … Continue reading

Luis Suarez – The Return

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The long anticipated return of Luis Suarez is finally here. The summer transfer turmoil has ended so the fans can rest easy (until January rolls around anyway). Kopites everywhere are now itching to see the Uruguayan back fit and firing in a red shirt again. One question that has obsessed Liverpool fans across social media is where and how Suarez is going to fit back into the team, and how Brendan Rodgers will adjust his style to make it suit arguably the best player in the Premiership. His return can only be a bonus. He will add further potency to Liverpool’s attack which has been evidently necessary in their opening five games of the season, with the Reds scoring only five goals which is hardly ground-breaking considering where they want to end up by the end of May. Also with Suarez you have guaranteed goals, players like that are few … Continue reading

World class Liverpool players? Time for a reality check

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The last time Liverpool competed in the Champions League was the 2009-10 season. In fact, elimination at the group stage meant Rafa Benitez’s side weren’t even involved in the ’10’ part of that campaign. The Reds ended the season 7th in the league, parted company with Benitez and subsequent finishes of 6th, 8th and 7th show a return to Europe’s elite club competition has rarely looked a realistic possibility since. However, a strong finish to last season and a strong start this means that there is renewed optimism at Liverpool that, for the first time in four years, they can mount a genuine challenge for a top four place. The one thing that appears clear, however, is that additions still need to be made before the Reds can reach that next level. It is for this reason that I was surprised to be called up on a remark I made … Continue reading

Liverpool’s Needs in Last Week of Transfer Window

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The big clock is counting down, it’s late August, and the mad scramble will be here before you know it, with all the pushing and shoving and a few arguments thrown in for good measure—but who’ll get what they want? The transfer window closes on the 2nd September and with all the speculation being thrown around, you have to wonder; have Liverpool fans forgotten what the club actually needs? Most of the players that have been chased by Liverpool have been forwards: Diego Costa, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Willian to name just three. Whilst discussions between supporters have had the likes of Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Etienne Capoue linked for central defence and defensive midfield respectively, there has been little movement on the part of the club to fill these roles. Few would argue that the latter is required on an urgent basis. The arrival of Kolo Toure has been an assured … Continue reading

Luis Suarez: The End of the Storm Nears?

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The name Luis Suarez once filled only opposition defenders with dread, as they contemplated the thought of stopping the Uruguayan, whilst at the same time remaining on the pitch. Times have since changed though, and the same fans who once chanted his name now cringe in disgust when hearing of his latest interview, or any of the many rumours flying around. The question all Liverpool fans ponder is this: Can they in fact move on and thrive without Suarez? There is no reason why not. Many, many articles have undoubtedly been produced detailing everything about Suarez and his personal habits, including his questionable sanity on the pitch. However, fans wanting to see Liverpool back up near the top of the Premier League don’t particularly care about his personal life. Last season he was as controversial as ever, and this is not necessarily a factor to look at when selling him. … Continue reading

Luis Suarez: The Enigma that is Liverpool’s Forward

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It’s the 96th minute and Liverpool are losing 2-1 to Chelsea at home. Suddenly, Sturridge teas up Suarez who heads home from close range to which the Kop goes into frenzy. Celebrations begin as yet again, Liverpool foil Chelsea in the league, extending their unbeaten run to 6 games in the Premier League against the Londoners. However as the dramatic events unfold, this last gasp winner did not have the euphoria you would expect which is normally epitomised by an embarrassing celebratory dance or manly/girly scream. This felt different. Relief for the point, delight at upsetting Chelsea but apprehension at the imminent storm on the horizon… Of course, you wouldn’t have needed to watch the game to know that Luis Suarez was at the heart of the controversy yet again. No one can deny his brilliance and his importance to Liverpool. This season he has been without doubt, the best … Continue reading

Liverpool, Summer Transfers, Improvements and Fears

Ahhh Summer…History suggests it once contained sunshine, and that temperatures soared past 12 degrees almost every day. Summer was also the time you reminisced about the season gone by and smiled, thinking of the season ahead. In recent times you’ve swapped the sun lounger and shades for a cagoule and kayak, and for Liverpool supporters, summer has become a time of respite more often than not. Summer also brings the first transfer window. Now, that “Whoosh!” you hear isn’t the crashing of waves on a crowded beach anymore…No, no. Listen carefully…You can hear the Twitter ITK’s frantically bashing away…Sending tweets about who their club may or may not sign, ears pricked up like an over-excited puppy and producing twice as much…Sh…You get it. This summer for two Big Premier League clubs at least, there will be a phase of transition. Liverpool and Arsenal will both be planning to right the wrongs of previous seasons, only Arsenal won’t … Continue reading

Luis Suarez: Enjoy all 28 of his Liverpool Goals this Season

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Liverpool forward Luis Suarez is in the running for the Premier League Golden Boot, the Player of the Year award and probably even the prestigious North-West Premier League Player of the Year award, courtesy of his marvellous season for the Reds. He has so far his 28 goals in all competitions, with 21 of them coming in the league, good enough to lead the top scorers list with 10 games remaining. While before a big game against a top four rival we might usually look at a tactical element of the game, look at the key players for each team or wonder which members of the opposition we wouldn’t mind stealing for Liverpool, this time around we’re taking an altogether more simplistic, positive and enjoyable approach. So sit back and enjoy every goal the Reds’ No. 7 has hit this season! Premier League goals: 1. home vs. Manchester City 2. … Continue reading

A Parting Gift: Into Europe but out of Liverpool for some players

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Silverware has passed Liverpool by this season but finishing as high as possible in the league still remains an important goal. The disappointing, yet encouraging, Europa League defeat against Zenit ensured Liverpool’s best-case scenario is a top six finish. If anything, the Zenit tie summed up Liverpool’s season; so impressive one instant but dogged by mistakes the next. Getting back into the Europa League will now be a significant achievement for this group of players. A sixth-place finish should guarantee Europa League qualification depending on which team wins the FA Cup. (Liverpool also occupy second place in the Fair Play League Table behind Arsenal, who will more than likely qualify for a European competition, so entrance via this route is possible). Regular European football is a must for any side hoping to attract quality players, keep their best players and build for the future. Ideally, this would be in the … Continue reading