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Liverpool v Blackburn Rovers – Match preview

Liverpool welcome Blackburn Rovers to Anfield this afternoon as they seek to add another three points to this season’s tally. With the visitors rock bottom of the Premiership having secured just 10 points from 17 games and showing a goal difference of -14, this is a game most Reds supporters will be expecting the team to win comfortably.

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Liverpool welcome Blackburn Rovers to Anfield this afternoon as they seek to add another three points to this season’s tally. With the visitors rock bottom of the Premiership having secured just 10 points from 17 games and showing a goal difference of -14, this is a game most Reds supporters will be expecting the team to win comfortably. Perhaps even this will be the first of the many “whoopings” that Kenny Dalglish’s side have threatened across this term. It has to be said that Liverpool now have another dimension to their play and have been creating chance aplenty. The only downside being the end product.

Jay Spearing returns from suspension and I’d like to see him command a place in the starting line up which should have plenty of attacking flavour. Luis Suarez is almost nailed-on to start, with either Dirk Kuyt or Craig Bellamy partnering him up front. Having said that, I think Dalglish may continue his knack of surprising everybody and give a start to Andy Carroll. What better game for him to really get his season back on track? Charlie Adam will again anchor the midfield and I’d imagine Jordan Henderson will partner him should Spearing not get the nod. There may even be a start for Jamie Carragher in defence although I doubt this. I believe the strongest team available will be on the park today.

As for Rovers, well gone are the days of Alan Shearer, David Batty, Chris Sutton et al in that superb attacking team managed of course, by the Reds very own Dalglish. The current incumbent Steve Kean is seemingly impervious to any criticism from the Blackburn support and one has to wonder how long he can continue. Credit to the club’s owners for sticking by him. Personally I’m going to miss Scott Dan who is unavailable through injury because he is a player Liverpool were heavily linked with in the Summer. It would have been a good chance to see how he would perform had he been selected which I’m sure he would be. Gael Givet and Martin Olsson are another two big losses for Rovers.

As I said following the draw with Wigan in midweek, the time for excuses is now over. All the new players should, by now have settled in and know exactly what expected of them and at the same time developed a good understanding of how their teammates operate on the pitch. A defeat today would be disasterous for Liverpool. Absolutely not an option. For this reason, I expect a win. Dalglish may well – privately – be thinking about strengthening in January and now is the time for the current crop of players to get their acts together.

I’m quick to point out that my “suggestion” from last week of a 2-0 win proved to be correct. You should know by now that I don’t do predictions. However, I’d suggest a win for Liverpool, and 4-0 should not be beyond this team.

By Ben Green

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(Video) Liverpool sends fans down memory lane with memory of fantastic goal

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Fabio Aurelio Liverpool

Liverpool pulled a rabbit out of the hat by signing Andy Robertson from Hull City. The Scot wasn’t a big name then and didn’t cost us much but he has been incredible since breaking into the first-team.

The newly appointed Scotland captain is easily one of the best left-backs in the world and is only getting better with game time.

Although Liverpool have finally signed a dependable left-back, that wasn’t the case for many years as Alberto Moreno and Jose Enrique never seemed to fulfil their potential.

The Reds were a little unlucky with one player and that was Fabio Aurelio, the Brazilian. The former Valencia player was a Red for six seasons but made just 87 appearances in the Premier League.

The left-back was known for his incredible delivery and had a fantastic moment or two. His goal against Manchester United at Old Trafford is one of our greatest moments post the Champions League win in 2005 and FA Cup in 2006 and the Reds wished the 38-year-old on his birthday.

The Brazilian was great at set-pieces but his injuries prevented him from reaching his potential. Rafa Benitez got the best out of the now 38-year-old but the defender had to retire a few years ago as injuries caught up to him.

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Former Liverpool star claims he wants to play under this manager

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Kevin Keegan Liverpool

Kevin Keegan’s managerial career can be remembered for his rant against Manchester United and slumping behind the advertising hoardings after Liverpool beat Newcastle 4-3.

The former England star was one of the best during his time as he picked up a couple of Ballon d’Ors and won numerous titles as a player for the Reds.

Keegan certainly knows a thing or two about winning trophies and in a recent interview with the Guardian, the former England captain added that out of the current managers, he would love to play under Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds play attacking football but Keegan claimed he saw a bit of himself in Klopp and hence, would have played under our manager.

“I’d have to go for [Jürgen] Klopp because he’s like me.”

“He is going to tackle someone one day.

“I was very close to it [too]. When someone was breaking away and it was near the touchline, and I was stood there, I was very close one day to bringing him down. I really was.”

The 67-year-old is right about Klopp’s passion for the game and that is one reason why we are doing so well. The German has turned us into one of the best sides in the country and it is time for him to break his trophy duck at Anfield.

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The Reds last won a trophy in 2012 but with Klopp at the helm and the players producing incredible performances, we may have something to cheer about at the end of the campaign.

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“Wasn’t his best goal”, “He scored better” – Some Liverpool fans are certain Puskas had better goals last season

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Mohamed Salah Liverpool

Mohamed Salah came third in the best men’s player category at the recent FIFA awards but the Liverpool star did pick up the Puskas Award for the best goal of the season.

The winning moment came against Everton on 10th December 2017 as Salah jinked past a couple of players before curling the ball into the net.

The effort was adjudged to be better than Gareth Bale’s strike against us in the Champions League final and Cristiano Ronaldo’s effort against Juventus in the same competition.

Salah was on a tear last season as he broke the Premier League scoring record with 32 goals in the competition. The forward had a number of magical moments and a few fans were convinced this wasn’t the Egyptian’s best goal of the season.

There were brilliant efforts against Watford and Tottenham that come to mind. The 25-year-old hasn’t been on fire this season but the award should come as a handy boost for the remainder of the campaign.

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