As Graeme Souness said after the match, we’re hoping at least one game can kick-start Liverpool’s season and with the confident performance tonight, giving us a 3-1 win over Bournemouth, then maybe that’s exactly what was needed to set us up for the Arsenal game on Sunday. Win that one and maybe we can finally say our season is up and running. Some might say it was only Bournemouth, but I don’t think any one of us was feeling 100% confident going into the game, far from it, and from all accounts Bournemouth have been playing very good football this season.

I’m actually pleased we’ve drawn Chelsea in the semi-finals. Chelsea will be favorites go through but should Liverpool manage to progress over the 2 legs then that will really change the complexion of a disappointing season.

In the Independent today, 17 December 2014, it was reported that the search engine Google has revealed the top things people have been using Google to find out about.

Here’s the how the searches for Premier League Teams ranked:
1. Liverpool
2. Manchester United
3. Arsenal
4. Hull
5. Chelsea
6. Sunderland
7. Burnley
8. Southampton
9. Manchester City
10. Everton

So Liverpool are at least top of the league when it comes to searches, now only if we can do the same in the league that counts the most.

Here’s link the full article:

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/googles-year-in-search-this-is-everything-we-were-talking-about-in-2014-9927240.html

Like all of us I’m gutted at the way Liverpool are performing this season. We’re our own worst enemies – poor defending gifting goals and failure to put the ball in the net. A pretty easy formula for losing game after game. However, the reality is Liverpool played well on Sunday and with an in-form striker we’d have got a result at Old Trafford.

I like Balotelli, he’s a quality striker that will come good if he gets the same kind of service he did on Sunday. Yes he should have scored but so should Sterling, but that’s not one of his strong points either.

As to Rodger’s, he’s a good manager. We all loved him last season but he’s still learning and his mistake was not buying at least two proven, quality, players with the Suarez money. Frankly, the new signings has let him down and Mignolet should have been dropped a long time ago but Brad Jones is unlikely the answer,

So give Rodger’s and the team a break, they’ll come good.

Oh and I would bring Torres back given a chance, he cant score less goals than we are now.

Like every supporter I was left totally deflated by Liverpool’s poor performance at West Brom last Saturday. I had high hopes and, perhaps naively, was convinced the pre-season performances were real evidence of the good things to come and that the tiki-taka style of football would flow naturally and demonstrate to the rest of the Premier League that Liverpool were on their way back to the top with a slick passing style of football that would surely secure a first and impressive win of the season. 90 minutes later, plus injury time, I was in a state of depression and deja vu. We’d lost a game in a fashion so reminiscent of last season. It’s a game I expected we’d win but Liverpool looked out of sorts, uncomfortable and once again failed to turn possession into goals, a trait they have to overcome if they have any chance of making a serious attempt at a top four place. Read the rest of this entry »

  1. Rodger’s himself – calm, assertive, tactically and strategically savvy
  2. We’ll win a higher percentage of the games against the none top-four teams
  3. Suarez & Borini partnership will result in a higher number of goals
  4. The defence unit will get stronger & Pepe’s form will improve
  5. Man United, Arsenal & Spurs will have it tougher this season

Ok so there it is. That’s my top five reasons why Liverpool will qualify for the Champions League this season. Blinkered, wearing rose-tinted glasses, unrealistically biased I hear you say. Well I’m probably guilty of all of the above but, as you would expect let’s do a brief assessment of each one and then you have your say.

1. Rodger’s has done nothing but impress since his appointment at Liverpool. He has a clear vision the direction he wants to take the team and the style of play he want to implement . He seems to have a real sense of who in the current squad is able to fulfill this vision and who is not. He’s bringing in quality players such as Allen and Borini and will give them very specific roles plus he’s already worked with them both and knows their strengths and weaknesses. Rodgers has gone about his business in calm yet assertive way and already has the team behind him. We’ve had the best pre-season in years and he understands what an important club Liverpool is and has sworn to do his utmost to get us back to the top. I believe him. Read the rest of this entry »

Liverpool have now dispatched Gomel in the Europa League qualifying matches and it heralds the true beginning of the Rodgers era at Anfield. In less than ten days sterner tests await with the start of the Premier League and an away game at West Bromwich Albion on 18 August. The Premiership is where it really counts and where we’ll get to see Rodgers Liverpool playing tougher opposition but with a full-strength team executing their new brand of football, the tiki-taka style of zonal play which is so often associated with the likes of Barcelona. Read the rest of this entry »

 

It goes without saying that in order to win games you have to score goals, more than the opposition at least, and it’s in this key area Liverpool have so clearly failed over the past few seasons. Even with Suarez and Carroll on board last season the “goals for” statistics was borderline awful and none of us want to hear the word “woodwork” too many times again next season.

I’ve had a look at the goals-scored and goals-against statistics over the last five seasons to see what the trend looks like and what it show is clearly disturbing. Read the rest of this entry »