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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.



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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Liverpool equal two more records after their impressive 2-0 win over Fulham



Mohamed Salah Liverpool

Liverpool don’t seem to be the same team from last season, despite boasting an unbeaten record in the Premier League.

The Reds beat Fulham 2-0 to make it 30 points from 12 games, and are just two behind Manchester City who lead the table.

Our attack hasn’t blitzed the opposition like last season, but the numbers suggest this has been an amazing start to the Premier League campaign.

Ian Doyle wrote for the Liverpool Echo about the latest game and claimed that we have matched our best points tally after 12 games.

Doyle further claimed that our goal difference of +18 was the best in terms of Premier League seasons.

Our attack might not be firing on all cylinders but our defence has been exceptional so far. Alisson kept yet another clean sheet on Sunday, and we also equalled the record for clean sheets from 1977-78 and 1978-79.

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In fact, our defence has been the reason why we have done so well this season. We barely seem to concede and Virgil van Dijk has been an exceptional purchase, alongside Alisson.

The pair combined well to start an attack against the Cottagers on Sunday. Van Dijk signalled Alisson to take a free-kick early, and that resulted in Mohamed Salah opening the scoring for the Reds.

The Reds haven’t been that great in the Champions League, and we need to ensure our qualification into the next round.

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Liverpool play Watford after the international break and take on Paris Saint-Germain away a few days later.

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“I can’t believe it”, “Shocked” – Some Liverpool fans unsure about Mohamed Salah’s choice of T-shirt



Mohamed Salah Liverpool

Mohamed Salah is one of the biggest stars in football. The Egyptian has grown in stature since his move to Liverpool from AS Roma last season, and helped Liverpool to a Champions League final too.

The former Roma star is also one of the most recognisable faces in the world, and there have been murals, statues and paintings celebrating the success of the Liverpool attacker.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the player wants a bit of privacy and Salah tweeted an image of him travelling “incognito”.

The player wearing a Balaclava would not have been much of a problem, but many fans didn’t like his choice of shirt.

The Egyptian wore a “Project-Playboy” shirt and while we cannot say what his intentions were by sporting the shirt, some of the fans questioned his taste, while others some supported him.

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“I want to help the team” – Liverpool star wants to continue helping team after impressive performance against Fulham



Xherdan Shaqiri of Liverpool

Xherdan Shaqiri isn’t concerned about how many goals he scores and wants to help Liverpool do well. The Swiss star started in our 2-0 win over Fulham and scored a wonderful volley after Mohamed Salah opened the scoring.

The 26-year-old was pleased with his finish and told Liverpool’s website:

“The [kind of] impact is not so important for me. I want to help the team.

“When it’s with a goal or assist, it’s always good for the team. I came in the summer to help this team go forward and make the process better.

“I’m very happy with my performances, I just have to keep going like this and train hard every day. I hope we keep going until the end like this.”

Although the former Stoke City star hasn’t started many games for Liverpool, the stats are pretty decent for the 26-year-old.

The attacker already has two goals and three assists from four starts, and his performances should put forward his case of starting more games.

The Swiss attacker was the cheapest transfer we made in the summer, but he looks a quality purchase now.

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Jurgen Klopp changed his formation to fit Shaqiri into the starting XI against Fulham. However, the Swiss star was the X Factor in our win over the Cottagers, and hopefully, he keeps getting the starts after the international break too.

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