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Season 2014/15
« on: June 18, 2014, 10:01:03 AM »
Yes, it's that time again when the fixtures are released:

August

16 - Southampton (H)
23 - Manchester City (A)
30 - Tottenham Hotspur (A)

September

13 - Aston Villa (H)
20 - West Ham United (A)
24 - Capital One Cup third round
27 - Everton (H)

October

4 - West Bromwich Albion (H)
18 - Queens Park Rangers (A)
25 - Hull City (H)
29 - Capital One Cup fourth round

November

1 - Newcastle United (A)
8 - Chelsea (H)
22 - Crystal Palace (A)
29 - Stoke City (H)

December

2 - Leicester City (A)
6 - Sunderland (H)
13 - Manchester United (A)
17 - Capital One Cup fifth round
20 - Arsenal (H)
26 - Burnley (A)
28 - Swansea City (H)

January

1 - Leicester City (H)
3 - FA Cup third round
10 - Sunderland (A)
17 - Aston Villa (A)
21 - Capital One Cup semi-final, first leg
24 - FA Cup fourth round
28 - Capital One Cup semi-final, second leg
31 - West Ham United (H)

February

7 - Everton (A)
10 - Tottenham Hotspur (H)
14 - FA Cup fifth round
21 - Southampton (A)
28 - Manchester City (H)

March

1 - Capital One Cup final
3 - Burnley (H)
7 - FA Cup quarter-finals
14 - Swansea City (A)
21 - Manchester United (H)

April

4 - Arsenal (A)
11 - Newcastle United (H)
18 - Hull City (A)
18 - FA Cup semi-finals
25 - West Bromwich Albion (A)

May

2 - Queens Park Rangers (H)
9 - Chelsea (A)
16 - Crystal Palace (H)
24 - Stoke City (A)
30 - FA Cup final



Somebody wants to make sure we're playing catch up from the off. If we get through August undefeated then that will be a very solid start. Afterall, we only came out with 3 points from those same three games last season, so improving on that total and remaining undefeated surely has to be the realistic aim.

A win against Southampton, and avoid defeat at Spurs (where we don't have the greatest record, apart from last season) and City.

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Re: Season 2014/15
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2014, 11:15:25 AM »
An excellent piece by Roy Evans, and it describes exactly what embodied 'The Liverpool Way', and why successes were sustained. This needs to be pinned up on the dressing room walls at Melwood and Anfield, and should be incorporated into every player's contract of employment:

Liverpool’s success last season counts for nothing, warns Roy Evans

http://www.thesportreview.com/tsr/2014/06/liverpools-success-last-season-counts-for-nothing-warns-roy-evans/

"Just because you were a good team last year, it does not mean you’re a good team this year. You have to show the same effort and the same desire."

Very wise words from a graduate of the school of Shankly-Paisley.
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Re: Season 2014/15
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2014, 03:59:08 PM »
The squad for the American tour:

Agger, Allen, Borini, Can, Coady, Coates, Coutinho, Enrique, Flanagan, Gerrard, Henderson, Ibe, Ilori, Johnson, Jones, Kelly, Lallana, Lambert, Leiva, Markovic, Mignolet, Phillips, Reina, Robinson, Sakho, Skrtel, Sterling, Sturridge, Suso, Teixeira, Toure, Ward, Wisdom.


So let's see Reina given a proper chance, maybe then we won't have to spend money on another goalkeeper + 1.5x wages.
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Re: Season 2014/15
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2014, 02:38:19 PM »
Looking at this afternoon's starting line-up against Preston, Rodgers may already be planning on using Flanno again at left back if we miss out on Davies and/or Moreno. Unless he shifts Kelly there and plays Wisdom as centre half. Possibly the most likely is that Wisdom plays right back, Kelly centre half and Flanno left back.

Let's hope whoever plays right back during pre-season gives Rodgers the easy decision to replace Johnson with (one of) them, and at the same time gives Johnson the huge shake-up his head needs, as there's little sign, other than perma-crock Micah Richards, that we are thinking of replacing or providing strong back-up/competition for Johnson.

Of course Flanno would, but only if another left back is brought in.
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Re: Season 2014/15
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2014, 05:26:32 PM »
Gerrard's retired from International football. Good.
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Re: Season 2014/15
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2014, 06:20:35 PM »
Raheem Sterling: I have to prove myself after Lallana and Markovic arrivals

http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/491932/Raheem-Sterling-I-have-to-prove-myself-after-Lallana-and-Markovic-arrivals

LIVERPOOL winger Raheem Sterling claims he has to re-establish himself as a first-team regular with the intake of new players this summer.

Sterling said: "I've still got to prove myself; the manager has brought players in that are all in similar positions to me, so I've just got to keep working hard, show the manager what I can do and try not to take my foot off the gas, pressing for a place in this team.

"It's a top football club with top players, who come in to compete and do their best every day. That's been no different so far [in training].

"There is definitely much more to come from me. I just need to keep working hard and hopefully I can get into my full stride this season and try to do the best for the football club."


Great to see him growing up and he's just got to look at Flanno and Henderson to understand where hard work can get you. Likewise Jermaine Pennant to see how not to squander your talent.
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Re: Season 2014/15
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2014, 07:36:18 AM »
The season's off to a flying start: Liverpool's £25m man Adam Lallana out for six weeks with knee injury

http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/491975/Liverpool-s-25m-man-Adam-Lallana-out-for-six-weeks-with-knee-injury?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daily-express-sport-news+%28Daily+Express+%3A%3A+Sport+Feed%29

You can just see Karma, sitting there in her Southampton shirt, with a Ronald Koeman cut out cardboard mask.
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Re: Season 2014/15
« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2014, 12:19:42 PM »
Premier League: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says defence must improve

http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11095/9396357/premier-league-liverpool-boss-brendan-rodgers-says-defence-must-improve

"(Defence) is a place where we want to be better, there’s no doubt about that,” he told Sky Sports News.

“It wasn’t good enough to concede that many goals, considering the amount of possession we had and amount of goals we scored.
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Surely it should be "need", not "want". It's an imperative, not a "nice to have".

How does goals scored have anything to do with goals conceded apart from the way you go about the former can have a majorly negative affect on the latter, as we saw last season.
Yes, there were individual errors, and sometimes nothing can avoid that, but a well drilled defence and well practiced defensive side to our game would reduce individual errors through greater surety of role and reinforcement through practice.
You only have to look at how well drilled other teams looked last season. We look superbly drilled and practiced when attacking but lacking the same degree in the entire defensive side of the game and almost as though it was down to the defensive minded and defensively positioned players to sort it out for themselves individually and collectively and just "know what to do".
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Re: Season 2014/15
« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2014, 04:16:36 PM »
Remy fails medical. Pity because it seemed a very good deal.

http://www.football365.com/news/21554/9396762/Remy-Deal-Off...

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Re: Season 2014/15
« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2014, 04:43:11 PM »
Remy fails medical. Pity because it seemed a very good deal.

http://www.football365.com/news/21554/9396762/Remy-Deal-Off...

It's a shame and a huge blow. It also might mean Borini's transfer/loan is off, but we'll have to wait and see.

It will probably have a knock on effect for the rest of the window. I imagine Rodgers will now have to target another attacker, which will probably cost a lot more than the Remy fee, and that could impact the amount the defence has spent on it. Remy seemed like a great acquisition at a bargain price in the current crazy market.

It's not been a good few days with Lallana's injury too.
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Re: Season 2014/15
« Reply #10 on: July 27, 2014, 05:10:09 PM »
Looking a Remy's injury record - knee Dec 2008, groin Feb 2013, calf Aug 2013, unknown (though I thought it had been a knee or calf injury) Mar 2013.

There seems to be a recent glut of injuries in the last 18 months and if all the injuries were to the same limb, or even just the knee and groin injuries, it could suggest a skeletal problem, hip/pelvic being a good bet, as they show themselves in groins, knees and base of spine as often as the hip/pelvic area itself, or can be an indicator of problems.

Remy's pace/playing style would also increase the likelihood of those injuries should an underlying problem exist.
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Re: Season 2014/15
« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2014, 10:48:23 PM »
Liverpool open talks over new contract for youngster Suso

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/liverpool-fc-open-talks-over-7523230

If he gets his act together it could allow Rodgers more flexibility in how he uses both Coutinho and Lallana.
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Re: Season 2014/15
« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2014, 11:34:43 PM »
Reds yet to open Gerrard contract talks but skipper relaxed over future

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/liverpool-fc-yet-open-contract-7537158

Also:

Steven Gerrard hints at Liverpool exit after seeing Frank Lampard move to America

http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/steven-gerrard-hints-liverpool-exit-3936819

He'll turn 35 just after this season finishes. Maybe that would then be a good time to play a couple of years in the MLS, having left the PL whilst still held in high regard and able to perform to a decent level.

It would also allow us to move forward with a more long term view about how the midfield will pan out going forward. Emre Can will have had a season to acclimatise to everything, and if needs be we could add another midfield option next season without the problem of trying to bed in too many players in any one area, like we are looking like having to do again this season with the defence, if get a left back and/or another right back.
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Re: Season 2014/15
« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2014, 07:02:22 PM »
The solution to our defensive problems, which reared it's ugly head again last against City, isn't buying new defensive players, it's getting Gerrard some decent football boots, with proper studs, that allow him to keep his feet.

I've got a couple of old pairs of Puma SPA Kings he could have.  ;D
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