Liverpool vs Middlesbrough Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool vs Middlesbrough Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool’s final game of the 2016/17 season is in front of their own fans at Anfield, knowing a win against already relegated Middlesbrough will be enough to see them into the top four and with it securing qualification to next year’s Champions League. But it won’t be an easy game, so here are the key battles that the Reds need to win to see off their opposition. Dejan Lovren vs Alvaro Negredo If Middlesbrough are going to any pose any …
Observations as Liverpool move one step closer to the Champions League

Observations as Liverpool move one step closer to the Champions League

It's been a long time since Liverpool comfortably demolished their opponents to coast towards three points. Such was the case at the London stadium, with the Reds delivering when it mattered most to secure a 4-0 victory over West Ham. Making a rare start for the club after another injury-plagued season, it was Daniel Sturridge who opened the scoring. Coutinho produced an inch perfect ball to carve open the defence and unleash the striker through on goal, with Sturridge then …
West Ham vs Liverpool Preview: Reds can't choke as gap tightens

West Ham vs Liverpool Preview: Reds can't choke as gap tightens

Liverpool could move to within an inch of the Champions League or throw a season's work of worth away as they make their first visit to the London Stadium, visiting West Ham United on Sunday. THE DETAILS Match: West Ham United vs Liverpool Venue: London 'Olympic' Stadium Referee: Neil Swarbrick Date: Sunday 14th May Time: 14:15 BST FORM Liverpool are left with the narrowest of leads in terms of the Champions League places after they failed to win at home for the …
West Ham vs Liverpool Preview - Key Battles

West Ham vs Liverpool Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool travel to the London Stadium, knowing that top four is very much within their grasp, and a win against West Ham could be enough to see them over the line. But West Ham will be a tough team to beat, as they have three clean sheets in their last three home games, and are five league games unbeaten. So here are the key battles for Sunday’s game. Aaron Cresswell vs Nathaniel Clyne Cresswell has been one of the shining …
Observations as Liverpool Come Unstuck Against Saints again

Observations as Liverpool Come Unstuck Against Saints again

Forget Crystal Palace, Liverpool came unstuck against another one of their bogey teams on Sunday afternoon as they failed to break down a resolute Southampton defence. That's now 360 minutes played against The Saints in this season in which Liverpool have failed to score. After grinding out a 1-0 win against Watford with Manchester City and United both dropping points and Arsenal losing to rivals Spurs, Liverpool's top-four chances took a massive boost. However, Southampton certainly rained on that parade, …
Liverpool vs Southampton Preview: Will Reds be Saints or Sinners?

Liverpool vs Southampton Preview: Will Reds be Saints or Sinners?

Liverpool have an excellent chance to put themselves within touching distance of that much craved Champions League place by beating Southampton at Anfield on Sunday, minutes before their two biggest rivals for fourth face off against one another. THE DETAILS Match: Liverpool vs Southampton Venue: Anfield Referee: Bobby Madley Date: Sunday 7th May Time: 13:30 BST FORM Liverpool were given a huge let off last weekend as dropped points from the two Manchester clubs and Arsenal losing to Spurs meant that …
Liverpool v Southampton Preview - Key Battles

Liverpool v Southampton Preview - Key Battles

Three games to go and every one of them is critical. Liverpool need to keep their momentum going for just a little bit longer and their next test is Southampton at Anfield. Here are the key battles: James Milner vs Dusan Tadic Whilst Tadic has been playing across Southampton’s front three, he’s most likely to start on the right hand side, especially as Liverpool’s left-back is the makeshift midfielder Milner. Tadic is a serious threat, an exceptional crosser of the …
Can's Acrobatics Edge Liverpool Closer to Champions League Football

Can's Acrobatics Edge Liverpool Closer to Champions League Football

Liverpool edged closer to a crucial top four finish after a tight 1-0 against Watford at Vicarage Road. The Reds are now three points above Manchester City in fourth and more importantly four points ahead of Manchester United in fifth after both teams dropped points at the weekend. A game that lacked real quality throughout will be remembered for a moment of sheer brilliance from Emre Can. The German scored what has to be one of the goal of the …
Observations as Liverpool dig deep to beat Watford

Observations as Liverpool dig deep to beat Watford

With Manchester United and Manchester City both dropping precious points against relegation-threatened Swansea and Middlesbrough along with Arsenal tasting defeat in the North London derby, tonight was a chance for Liverpool to take a huge step in their bid for Champions League football. An early injury to Philippe Coutinho would have rattled even the most cool-headed of fans. In his absence, the team struggled to find their rhythm, with Watford battling well to close down space and deprive Liverpool of …
Watford vs Liverpool Preview: May Day of destiny awaits

Watford vs Liverpool Preview: May Day of destiny awaits

Liverpool could find themselves looking up from fifth place by the time they travel down to Watford on Monday, with the temperature only getting higher in this unique battle for a top four spot. THE DETAILS Match: Watford vs Liverpool Venue: Vicarage Road Referee: Craig Pawson Date: Monday 1st May Time: 20:00 BST FORM It turned out to be simply too good to be true for Liverpool, with the momentum gained by crucial away wins over Stoke City and West Brom …
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