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Category: Premier League

  1. Liverpool Have Better Premier League Run In Than Opponents

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    Liverpool have a much more favorable end to this Premier League season than any of our rivals for the top four positions. We currently sit in fourth place with 56 points from 29 games while our rivals for the coveted fourth place, Manchester United and Arsenal, sit on 52 and 50 points respectively with only 27 games played.

    While the games in hand may seem like a lifeline to both Man Utd and Arsenal, they are not easy games by any stretch of the imagination. Both Man Utd and Arsenal have to play an away fixture at Southampton while Arsenal also have a visit to the Emirates from a resurgent Leicester City as their games in hand.

    Of the eleven games that Manchester United have left, they have a home tie against league leaders, Chelsea as well as three tough away fixtures against Arsenal, Man City and Tottenham.

    Add to that the congested fixture list which could see them playing a game on average every 3.3 days as they compete on three fronts in the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League and it looks like a big ask for them to make top four.

    Arsenal also face Manchester City at the Emirates in their next game as well as an away game at Tottenham and the aforementioned game against Man Utd at the Emirates all before the season ends. They are also still competing in the FA Cup with Manchester City as their next opponents on April 23rd.

    Tottenham will have to square up against both Arsenal and Manchester United at White Hart Lane and are also still involved in the FA Cup with an away tie against Chelsea scheduled for April 22nd.

    Chelsea look all but out of sight with a 10 point lead over Tottenham but they still have tough fixtures at home to Manchester City and an away tie at Old Trafford that Liverpool will be hoping they can take maximum points from.

    Liverpool have taken 20 points from a possible 30 available against or top six rivals this campaign but our final games of the season certainly wouldn’t be seen as difficult as our rivals as we do not face another top six team this season.

    We have home games against Everton, Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Southampton and Middlesborough and away ties against Stoke City, West Brom, Watford and West Ham as our final nine games.

    All of these games are certainly winnable games for Liverpool but for our tendency to perform poorly against the so called lower teams this season which has seen us lose to teams like Burnley, Bournemouth and Swansea during this campaign.

    Reds supporters will be hoping that this trend has now been ended with our scrappy 2 – 1 victory over Burnley at Anfield earlier this month showing that we can grind out a result against the so called lower teams.

    Hopefully this victory and the recent results against Arsenal and Manchester City can instill the confidence that has been lacking at times in Jurgen Klopp’s men this season that will see us through to the end of the season to maintain fourth place at the very minimum.

    It’s now more important than ever that we put the final nine teams that we face to the sword without mercy and that we show the same fight and hunger against this opposition as we did against top six teams this season.

    I, for one, feel that we can not only achieve a fourth place finish this May but that we can mount a genuine challenge for second place.

    All will unfold over the next 10 weeks

     


  2. Michael Oliver To Referee Liverpool v Stoke City

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    Michael Oliver will referee Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Stoke City next Tuesday.

    Tuesday evening’s match will also represent his second game at Anfield this season having already presided over our 6 – 1 demolition of Watford last month.

    In total he’s taken charge of 18 games this term, booking 60 players, with his last coming match at the Hawthorns for West Bromwich Albion’s 3-1 victory over Swansea.

    Oliver will be assisted this time around by Gary Beswick and Michael McDonough, with Anthony Taylor the fourth official.


  3. Liverpool Held To A Draw At St Mary’s

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    It was a frustrating afternoon at St Mary’s for Liverpool as Southampton held out for a 0 – 0 draw. Southampton were resolute in defense and did enough to hold off the onslaught from Jurgen Klopp men.

    Liverpool created plenty of chances during the match but failed to convert any of them.

    Despite Jurgen Klopp being able to name a practically full strength side with only Adam Lallana missing from the starting line up, Liverpool were limited in their attacking opportunities and spent the game playing the ball in front of the Southampton defense.

    Sadio Mane had one of the best opportunities of the first half as his perfectly placed shot looked destined to hit the top corner of the net only for Fraser Foster’s outstretched hand ensuring it flew agonizingly wide of the mark.

    Liverpool came out early from half time, knowing full well what was expected of them in the second half but the opportunities remained at a premium.

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    Both Emre Can and Roberto Firmino had clear cut chances which were squandered. Can was actually one-on-one with the goalkeeper and failed to capitalize on the chance.

    Daniel Sturridge replaced Can with 12 minutes left and he did have an impact as he brought an extra edge to Liverpool’s attack, but it came to no avail as Southampton saw out the 4 minutes of injury time to take a point from the league leaders.

    The stats paint a picture of the game in general as we enjoyed 65% of the possession with fifteen attempts on goal as well as eight corners.

    We have now taken 26 points from a possible 33 and managed a second clean sheet of the league campaign so far. We also remain top of the Premier League today on goals scored ahead of Manchester City but Chelsea have a chance to go top by a point should they win their match away to Middlesborough tomorrow.

    League Table 19 Nov 2016

    Current Premier League standings


  4. Impressive Liverpool Top Of The Table

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    After 11 games with 4 wins at home, 4 on the road, only dropping two points at home and 5 on the road, the Klopp factor has well and truly taken shape.

    We look an unstoppable force at the moment, playing amazing football. We know we are one of most inform teams in this seasons premier league. We have no fear with Man City, Arsenal and Spurs all dropping points over the weekend and we needed a massive performance against a Watford team that beat us 3 – 0 last season. Boy did we get one!

    To be honest I thought we would find it hard and it did take us a good 20 minutes to get into the game, but when Mane scored the opening goal with a perfectly placed header, the flood gates opened.

    Coutinho is on another level and reinforced the reason why we need to do everything we can to keep him on the 30th minute when he fired home from Firmino’s pass.

    We let Watford come at us for a bit after that but caught them with great attacking play, leading with Lallana’s cross to Emre Can on forty three minutes to end a nice first half for Klopp’s men.

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    The Second half was a similar story with lots of pressure from Liverpool with Watford soaking it up. Lallana yet again turned provider and set up Firmino on the 57th minute before Firmino himself became the provider for Mane on 60 minutes making it 5-0 to Liverpool.

    We became a bit sloppy at the back and allowed Janmaat score a consolation in the 75th minute, which did not go down well with Klopp as was evident on his face immediately afterwards.

    Sturridge came on and had some great chances to score but the Watford keeper made one of greatest saves from a opposing keeper at the Kop end by pushing Sturridge’s shot onto crossbar.

    It was not Daniel’s day as yet again Costel Pantilimon saved another effort from him and pushed it out for a corner.

    Liverpool took a quick and deadly corner and yet again opened up Watford’s defence. The goalkeeper parried another Sturridge shot away but it fell straight into the path of Wijnaldum who scored  his first goal for the club to make it Liverpool 6, Watford 1.

    Who needs Suarez? was sung by Liverpool fans and rightly so. We look like Liverpool of old resurgent in 2017 having not lost a home game and let’s hope it keeps going.

    We are up there fighting among the top teams and I feel I can say now, we have the look of title challengers.


  5. Henderson Is Best Passer In The Premier League

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    Data published by EA Sports shows that Liverpool captain, Jordan Henderson is the best passer in the Premier League by some margin.

    The statistics show that Henderson has completed at total of 830 passes in the league this season, 97 more than his closest challenger, Manchester City’s Fernandinho who completed 733.

    Jordan Henderson Passing

    Henderson also leads the way in passes per game with 84.5, with Fernadinho yet again in second place on 73.3.

    He is also listed as one of the most accurate passers in the league with 412, just ahead of Mesut Ozil who is on 396 and Fernandino who has 394.

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    Henderson has been one of Liverpool’s most consistent performers this season and is one of a host of players flourishing under Jurgen Klopp.