Former Red with FIFA Club World Cup experience hopes Klopp's side go one better

Former Red with FIFA Club World Cup experience hopes Klopp's side go one better

Former Liverpool striker Florent Sinama-Pongolle believes the FIFA Club World Cup will still "mean a lot" to this Reds squad despite its timing and location. Sinama-Pongolle will always be remembered for playing his part in Liverpool's comeback victory over Olympiakos at Anfield in December 2004. That win took Rafa Benitez's side out of the group stages and on their way to glory in Istanbul. A year after that night at Anfield, Sinama-Pongolle travelled with the squad to Japan for the …
Dirk Kuyt says Liverpool's current team is better than that of 2008/09

Dirk Kuyt says Liverpool's current team is better than that of 2008/09

Former Liverpool and Netherlands star, Dirk Kuyt, believes that The Reds' current team is of a higher standard than the squad he was a part of at Anfield in 2008/09. Kuyt, under Rafa Benitez's guidance, played alongside talents such as Xabi Alonso, Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres and Javier Mascherano that year. Liverpool lost just two league games all season, finishing with 86 points, but it wasn't enough to beat Manchester United to the title. Now, though, Kuyt feels that Jurgen …
Newcastle 2 Liverpool 3 - Rafa's Red Carpet Left Much To Be Desired

Newcastle 2 Liverpool 3 - Rafa's Red Carpet Left Much To Be Desired

When the time comes, you'll be down in the crypts. They're the safest place to be. We'll put you in the crypt, where it's safest. Rafa will roll out the red carpet for Liverpool. Newcastle will be on the beach. Geordies want Liverpool to win. Yeah, I think we’ve learned this week not to trust long-running, repetitive narratives. Just a casual stroll up to Tyneside without Bobby Firmino, Naby Keita or Joel Matip with the Premier League title still in …
Newcastle 2-3 Liverpool - Player Ratings as Reds stay alive... just!

Newcastle 2-3 Liverpool - Player Ratings as Reds stay alive... just!

Before we start this piece, I'm going to have to tender an apology in advance. If any of the writing is incoherent, blame it on Liverpool Football Club and this priceless ability it has, to ensure that fans are never able to enjoy games in peace. Well, that was massive! It had to be done somehow, and it was done, as Jurgen Klopp picked up his first win at St. James' Park in a gripping 3-2 victory for the Reds …
Newcastle United v Liverpool Preview - Tough game for Reds to bounce back

Newcastle United v Liverpool Preview - Tough game for Reds to bounce back

The Details Venue - St James' Park, Newcastle Referee - Andre Marriner Date & Time - Saturday, May 4th @ 19:45 Current Odds - Newcastle United 17/2, Draw 17/4, Liverpool 4/11 Form Newcastle United Form After a dreadful start to the season, waiting until November for their first win, Newcastle and Rafa Benitez have worked another miracle to climb to safety and protect their Premier League status for another season. Rafa loves the club and the Geordie fans love Rafa. …
Anfield, Europe, Liverpool - Here We Go Again

Anfield, Europe, Liverpool - Here We Go Again

Liverpool, Anfield, Europe. It’s a combination that has a real history of magic. How many great teams have come to Anfield, expecting to get a result, and been summarily turned over, the sheer force of the stadium, the crowd and the team pulling through. To be fair, in my lifetime, at least, that has certainly been helped by managers that have thrived in European competition. Rafa Benitez was an absolute master of the two-legged knockout, and Jurgen Klopp has a …
Liverpool 4-0 Newcastle: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool 4-0 Newcastle: A Tactical Breakdown

Liverpool FC vs. Newcastle United FC; it's one of the most historic games in the Premier League, supposedly always meant to be a toe-to-toe, all-action, enigmatic thriller. Add in the magic of Boxing Day - a day which Liverpool have not lost a league match on for over twenty years - and the return of Rafael Benitez, and there was a recipe for something fantastic. Newcastle are not the force they once were though, and despite their manager, on a …
Key Stats as Liverpool Pulverise Magpies To Go Six Clear

Key Stats as Liverpool Pulverise Magpies To Go Six Clear

Liverpool swept Newcastle aside with an emphatic 4-0 victory at Anfield to move six points clear at the top of the Premier League table. But what were the key stats from a glorious afternoon on Boxing Day? Set Pieces Fuelling Reds’ Season I’ve highlighted before the role that set-pieces play in making the Reds one of the most dangerous and multi-faceted attack in the Premier League. Of Liverpool’s 43 PL goals, 15 of them have come from either free-kicks, corners …
Rafa feeling generous for Boxing Day 4-0 at Anfield

Rafa feeling generous for Boxing Day 4-0 at Anfield

Boxing Day. And with family in town in the form of Rafa Benitez. What would the old manager have in store for us? In days gone by, Boxing Day was reserved for tradesmen to collect "Christmas boxes" of money or presents as a reward for good service throughout the year. With Liverpool through the Champions League group stages, undefeated in the Premier League, leading the best English side assembled since The Invincibles by 4 points… there were plenty of Reds …
Player Ratings as Liverpool continue Christmas celebrations with 4-0 rout

Player Ratings as Liverpool continue Christmas celebrations with 4-0 rout

The Christmas festivities continued at Anfield as Liverpool sealed another routine win, their eighth straight league victory - to remain top of the table. It took some time for Klopp's side to get up to speed, probably carrying a hangover or two from the night before, but the players once again got the deed done, soaring to a 4-0 win against Newcastle. A sluggish start was met with numerous opportunities for Joselu to give the visitors an unlikely lead before …
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