Liverpool News, Features and Match Reports

Liverpool: 8 Things Brendan Rodgers Must Do To Improve In 2015

20th December 2014, 10:41:02

Jon Super/AP
The David Brent-esque Northern Irishman has plenty to work on.......

In the summer, Brendan Rodgers’ managerial stock couldn’t really have been much higher if he had tried. The Northern Irishman had just guided Liverpool to within a few games of winning their maiden Premier League title, and he had got the Reds playing some of the most expansive, entertaining football in the club’s history. He was young, attacking and seemingly destined to be the heir to Bill Shankly at Anfield.

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Ranking Liverpool's 10 Worst Players Of The Season So Far

16th December 2014, 11:24:13

Jon Super/AP
Who's been the worst of a very bad bunch?

It’s fair to say that Liverpool’s 2014/15 season has been an utter disaster so far. Having so brilliantly finished second last season, nobody would have predicted such a poor showing this time around, regardless of the exit of the wondrous Luis Suarez. Brendan Rodgers’ side have produced consistently insipid performances, and because of it they currently lie in eleventh place in the Premier League and have been eliminated from the Champions League.

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10 Liverpool Players Who Started With A Bang

13th December 2014, 13:18:50

Phil Noble/PA Archive
It's always important to make a good first impression.

It’s imperative to make a good first impression at a football club. While other grounds can be harsher mistresses than the loyal and patient crowd that resides within Anfield, players know that they still need to get off on the right foot when given their opportunity in the first-team. Such is the high demand for first-team places, there can’t be much room for manoeuvre or too long of a bedding-in process – instant success is the name of the game in modern football.

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Liverpool's 10 Greatest Champions League Victories

8th December 2014, 12:10:37

THOMAS KIENZLE/AP
"What a hit son. What a hit".

On Tuesday evening, Liverpool face Basel in what has the potential to become another one of those famous Anfield Champions League nights. Brendan Rodgers’ team know that victory over the Swiss side will see them progress to the knockout stages of Europe’s greatest club competition, surely lining up a glamour tie against one of the biggest clubs on the continent in the process. There is a lot of work to be done, however, and Basel have proved to be a thorn in the Reds’ side a few times in the past.

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Liverpool Transfers: 8 Realistic January Signings To Revitalise Season

27th November 2014, 15:39:38

Nick Potts/PA Wire
They can't do much worse than the current bunch.

Liverpool’s season has been absolutely grotesque so far, let’s be honest. They have almost played 20 games, in all competitions, and it’s feasible to say that Brendan Rodgers’ side’s only good performance was in the 3-0 win over Tottenham at White Hart Lane back in August. Wednesday’s 2-2 draw away to Ludogorets in the Champions League was another insipid display from the Reds, and huge question marks remain about the quality throughout the side.

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10 Players You Forgot Were Nominated For Ballon d'Or

19th November 2014, 15:44:16

Barry Coombs/EMPICS Sport
Remember when half the Greek team were up for the award?

The Ballon d’Or hasn’t been won by a player has become so formulaic in recent years that it might as well be named the ‘Ronaldo or Messi’ Award. The last player to have won the prize was Brazilian superstar Kaka, and that was seven years ago. He is now 32 years old and back playing in Brazil, having been omitted from his country’s squad for the World Cup.

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10 Who Did Nothing At Liverpool But Excelled For Their Country

14th November 2014, 08:48:03

Dave Thompson/PA Archive
If only they could have replicated their international form at Anfield.

They pull on that international jersey and they are free. Free from the shackles and plague of domestic football, where they have failed time and time again to establish themselves at Anfield. It goes without saying that Liverpool supporters have seen a plethora of underwhelming players come and go, from star signings who under-performed to nobodies plucked from the unknown.

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10 Great Players Liverpool Missed Out On Signing

12th November 2014, 13:17:31

Adam Davy/PA Archive
If only...

When it comes to transfer business, Liverpool have had a mixed time of things throughout their history. There have been times when they’ve captured a top quality player at a fantastic price, but equally there have been occasions when they’ve spent horribly over the odds on a player simply nowhere near the level required.

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10 Players Liverpool Inexplicably Sold Too Soon

11th November 2014, 13:45:03

Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport
You don't know what you've got till it's gone.

Football clubs buy players, and more often than not they eventually go their separate ways months, years, and even in some extremely rare cases, decades later. Some players will move on as a logical next step in their career, some will be deemed surplus to requirements due to a horrible lack of quality and others may reach the age where they are no longer the force they once were.

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10 Players Relieved They Didn't Sign For Liverpool

6th November 2014, 08:53:14

Nick Potts/PA Archive
24 years without a league title...?

Despite their recent failings in front of the trophy cabinet, particular in terms of league title success, Liverpool are still one of the most prestigious and revered clubs on the continent. With five European Cups and countless domestic trophies in their locker – pre-Ferguson dynasty of course – the club will always have a certain lure and attraction. A European night at Anfield is renowned as a spine-tingling affair, where the Kop end will almost certainly be in full voice come the full whistle no matter the score.

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Ranking Liverpool's Starting XI From Real Madrid Defeat

5th November 2014, 13:45:30

Andres Kudacki/AP
How the Reds ranked in the Bernabeu defeat.

Although the hours leading up to Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Real Madrid on Tuesday evening were dominated by Brendan Rodgers’ decision to rest numerous key players – Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling and Mario Balotelli all started on the substitutes’ bench- the starting eleven he chose did themselves proud.

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Have Liverpool Ever Been Less Likely To Win?

4th November 2014, 13:18:45

Jon Super/AP
No, probably not.

Liverpool are in Spain preparing for tonight’s daunting Champions League showdown with Real Madrid, knowing that a victory would arguably be the most unlikely triumph in the club’s history. Brendan Rodgers’ side are in extremely poor form, both domestically and in Europe, while Carlo Ancelotti’s star-studded team are scoring goals for fun and are the current champions of Europe. They key question is: has there ever been a game the Reds were less likely to win since the competition’s inception in 1992?

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Liverpool: Is Rodgers Right To Rest Gerrard And Sterling Against Madrid?

4th November 2014, 10:19:03

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Is it ever right to drop talent?

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers looks set to rest both legendary captain Steven Gerrard and 19-year-old superstar Raheem Sterling for the trip to Real Madrid in tonight’s Champions League clash at Santiago Bernabeu. It is a decision that will likely divide opinion with Reds fanatics across the globe, and one that the Northern Irishman risks a potential backlash with. There are certainly advantages and disadvantages behind it.

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10 Shocking Liverpool Departures Nobody Expected

3rd November 2014, 18:53:45

Barry Coombs/EMPICS Sport
Those fantastic, colourful and catastrophic characters - where did they go?

Anfield is one of the smaller capacity stadiums in the Premier League at the moment – plans to expand are almost constantly being threatened – yet its managed to hold some of the biggest personalities in the history of English football. Over the decades the Liverpool squad has been host to a bunch of fantastic, colourful and catastrophic characters, with Super Mario Balotelli being the most recent addition.

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