Growing up as a Liverpool Fan From London

When did it all began for me? 1984 to be precise, watching my mum get all excited about Liverpool and Kevin Keegan, and Liverpool. I was intrigued as to what it was all about. Knowing nothing much, as  I was just a kid I only knew how to play football at that time .

However it was a cup final that my mum watched so it was the end of the season so all I knew was we won at that time

So come 1985 I started to take heed of the football more seriously and, ironically my friend at school was also a Liverpool fan, so I was wanting a football kit like him and eveyrtime we got a newspaper  I’d look at the back or watch the teletext for scores (back in the day hahaha)

Sadly I was too young to go to Liverpool from London and with nobody to take me, all I could do was watch match of the day and hope Liverpool had won.

As time went on I was bought lots of memrobilia including the video of the history the book and a Kenny Dalglsh video.

I began to see just how amazing Kenny Dalglish was so before long he was my idol from a young age.

My mum was an Ian Rush fan by this time so I also payed attention to him and he was just an outstanding forward. 

Alan Hansen also stood out how he drove the ball from defense to counter attack amazed me.


I was not aware of how much Liverpool has won in previous years as it was not about that it was all about what players we had and how the football we played has me in ore.

By 1987 I was allowed to go with friends to London games as I was only teenager at the time my first game 2-1 against Arsenal at Highbury it was then I began to admire players like Steve Nicol  (scored the winner) who was just phenomenal and John Aldridge was my new found hero as Kenny became the manager.

So by 1990 I started going to Anfield but got a lot of stick as to why Liverpool, you’re not from there. 

I thought so what, my mum was a  Liverpool fan and I followed in her footsteps as it seems a lot of Irish people are Liverpool or Manchester City.) thank god not Manchester United)

Even today on some social media I get called a “wool” but I give back saying how long I have gone to Anfield for, it’s not about where your from, if you love a club and make the effort to go and travel to games you have a right to support who you want.

I have been to many finals seen the ups and downs from Kenny Dalglish to Graham Souness to Gerard Houllier and Rafa Benitez.

I will support Liverpool and go to the games as long as I can it’s my love and my life Liverpool FC to the day I die.

Written by @PunkyFish96

What’s Going On Emre Can

Note; this article was written before Can’s dominant display against Arsenal, but content of article should be considered in relation to games before Arsenal. 

Emre Can, the mere mention of his name causes a divide amongst the Liverpool fan base. Those who like him, will defend him staunchly, while those who don’t rate him will stick the knife in at any given opportunity.

Can over the last 6 months has regressed. Gone is the player who tore Villareal apart in last seasons Europa League and what’s replaced that Can, is a player who is more reminiscent of Alberto Moreno’s horror show against Sevilla. 

Where has it gone wrong for Can?

Has the added pressure of trying to retain his place ahead of Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum caused him to doubt himself or is there something the fans aren’t being told by the club. 

We know that Can this season has been plauged injuries and as yet, the club are yet to find a cause for these injuries. This is something Jürgen Klopp eluded to recently. 

As a young professional footballer, this thought must be nawing in Can’s head and could be another reason why his head has dropped so spectacularly this season.

 

For me though I think there’s a simpler reason. He’s been overplayed. While on a podcast a few weeks ago with @PodcastingCouch, I mentioned the amount of football Can has played since he signed with the club.

I’m not talking about football with Liverpool, I’m talking about football with Germany. 

Since Can signed for Liverpool in the summer of 2014, since then he has played in a summer competition in  both 2015 and 2016.

No other Liverpool player has played as much football as Can over the last 3 years and for me this is the reason why his performances are beginning to suffer this season.

His body is wrecked, and if your body isn’t functioning correctly then your mind won’t either. 

Can needs a long rest and hopefully this summer he gets the time off he needs to fully recouperate and be back for pre season 100% ready to reclaim his place in the Liverpool team. 

Written by @TheMoanyOne 

Liverpool Lose To Lowly Leicester.

As soon as Claudio Ranieri got the sack almost every Liverpool supporter instantly thought to themselves ” oh no”.

We all knew it was coming yet we spent the whole week trying to convince ourselves and anyone who would listen that we would be ready for the imminent battle.

The squad went to La Manga for warm weather training and bonding. We will be fine, we are fresh, rested and after coming off a good win against Spurs.

Well someone better explain just what the hell did go on out in sunny La Manga.

I remember seeing alot of pictures in the media of lads on bikes and posing and selfies.

This Liverpool team got kicked and battered off the ball and the pitch by a relegation threatened team tonight and lost 3-1 in the process.

Jamie Vardy scored 2 of his trademark goals and Danny Drinkwater smashed in the other goal from all of 25 yards almost ripping a hole in the net.

Vardy was at it from the start, as was the whole Leicester team. They wanted it. Vardy got himself on Lucas all night long and tortured him.

His first goal was an easy finish past Mignolet after being set through from a ball that split Lucas and Matip far too easily. His second a header from 4 yards out when he out jumped Emre Can inthe  second half.


Liverpool were awful. No control no fight no energy nothing. Simple long balls over our defence all night had us in tatters as Vardy was able to run at will too them.

Lucas will get all the blame for the first goal but in my opinion Joël Matip was awful and was marking no one, he should have been over to cover the danger. Matip was so poor tonight it was hard to believe. 

James Milner was awful also. A few weeks ago I wrote an article on him and his contribution to the team etc etc. I wish I could delete it now, so bad was he tonight.

Simon Mignolet was our only player that looked to be alive at all. He made a number of saves and was reduced to having to come off his line 30 to 40 yards to deny Vardy the clear chances time after time.

Up front in the first half Mané, Lallana, Couthino and Firmino were disgraceful.

Not much better in second half, even though Couthino managed to pull one back beating the goalkeeper with a low volley.

Lallana and Mané were both taken off and replaced by Alberto Moreno and Divock Origi on 65 minutes.

Ben Woodburn was introduced also. These were our changes to make. Such is our lack of squad depth.

Emre Can was awful most of the night apart from making the clever run and pass for Couthino to score his goal. 


He offered nothing in midfield as and defensive player and and all too often when he has to make a tackle he simply ends up giving away a free kick.

The second half seen a change to a back three also. Some say to give us more width and to push full backs on.

I believe Klopp changed it to a back three simply because the two that were there in the centre of defence in the first half were unable to defend against Vardy and the simple long balls and straight runs. 

The move of Emre Can back there in the second half was to help the other two out.

Lucas is playing out of position as is James Milner but Joël Matip was not. 

Why has he been so poor lately? He didn’t help cover his partner once tonight even when he was free to do so. Looks like he helped hang Lucas out to me.

And why is Jürgen Klopp still playing Lucas back there when he has Joe Gomez and Ragnar Klavan to come in?

I did say it before this squad are far too quick to talk to media after a good game and build themselves up.

We seen that in La Manga. Again.


The club should at least come out now and offer those who travelled to support that shite tonight a ticket refund or something. 

That type of performance can’t be accepted under any circumstances by anybody at the club including the he manager.

So in the next few weeks we have Arsenal, Everton and Man City to play. 

I have to say here and now this team won’t finish in the top four this season or maybe won’t even finish in Europa League positions either. 

We are slipping badly now and even atmdfter two weeks off we can’t stop it.

Bollocks to La Manga the graveyard of our season.

Written by @StephenKing75

Five Things I’d Like To See Between Now And May

Regardless of the time of year, whether just before or during a transfer window or just after one with the next still several months away, transfers are still often the first thing on everyone’s minds. 

Fans love to discuss what positions they believe are in need of strengthening, what sorts of players we ought to be targeting, both in terms of style and profile but also which specific names should be on our radar, and to hypothesise how our starting XI could shape up next season.  

I’m no different. For the record I think a summer of heavy investment and real ambition shown in the transfer market is needed, and hopefully lies ahead. 

But one thing which could significantly impact upon the quality of player that we can attract is whether or not we’re in the Champions League, though I think wages are even more crucial.

Qualification hangs in the balance, with our dreadful form since the turn of the year meaning we now find ourselves in 5th place, just 1 point ahead of 6th placed Manchester United.

Obviously the management and players currently at their disposal will be focusing solely on the challenges they face in the immediate future.

As fans we can afford to look further ahead, but here are 5 things I would like to see, and things which I think are doable, in the fixtures that remain this season.


1) Less crosses. A lot less.

Yes, I’m looking at you James Milner. When we’re struggling to break down low block defences, which has been a somewhat regular occurrence in recent weeks, we lack imagination and thus penetration. 

We currently revert to playing the ball from side to side, seemingly hoping for space to create itself, without really forcing the issue. 

Eventually, after 4 or 5 goes of the same passing sequence, the ball ends up at the feet of the aforementioned Milner, who loses patience and, 30 yards out from goal, swings an aimless cross into the box.

Such a basic tactic may bear fruit against our defence, or perhaps for a team that plays with a target man, but it does not and hasn’t for us. 

We’re one of the smallest sides in the league, and whilst at the start of the season we were great at getting a multitude of attacking players into the box, of late 5 ”11 Roberto Firmino has been left to challenge alone against two or more centre-half brutes standing at 6’2 or taller, which is a battle he’s almost never going to win. 

Neither Sturridge nor even Origi are particularly good in the air either.

I don’t know exactly how we get back to the performances we put in against Hull at home in September, or Watford in November.


 I want to see the players taking more risks; trying give and goes on the edge of the box and taking players on, even if it it doesn’t come off, is at least playing to our strengths and is more commendable than going for the easy option and hoping for the best. 

2) Moreno back in at LB.

Since our Europa League final defeat to Sevilla last May, the vast majority of Liverpool fans have taken a strong dislike to Moreno, to put it kindly, and never want to see him put on a Liverpool shirt again. 

Whilst I understand people’s concerns over the Spaniard’s lack of defensive capabilities and reliability (though I don’t think Milner has been as defensively solid as has been made out by many.

I believe some of the criticism of Moreno’s positioning is harsh), I think he would help out in an attacking sense, potentially contributing to a return to the attacking prowess we displayed in the Autumn. 

Moreno is hardly fantastic in possession, often being rash and making poor decisions, but he provides genuine width. 

Opposition players know that Milner has neither the pace nor the energy (he’s clearly knackered) to overlap and sprint down the touchline.

He’s always going to cut inside, and having both him and Coutinho looking to use their right foot from the left hand side closes off the space for the 2 of them to operate in and makes us an extremely predictable outfit.


When our intricate passing and the movement of our frontline is not clicking, which it hasn’t done for a while now, Milner offers very little in the attacking third.

Moreno’s mere presence is likely to be more beneficial than anything Milner’s bringing to the table, especially against lesser sides. 

Opposition players are pulled wide to mark Moreno, their defences are stretched and the one twos I previously called for in central areas become simpler. 

Plus, the quality of Milner’s crossing is horrendous. 

The fact we resort to crossing as a team is disappointing, but Milner’s poor delivery exaggerates the problem. Firmino’s headed goal against Swansea in January was the Englishman’s first headed goal assist from 143 crosses up until that point this season. 

That is ridiculously poor, and for that alone he deserves relegation to the bench for the time being.  

3) Sturridge/2 up front against the so called lesser sides.

It’s fairly clear that Sturridge will be moving on in the summer. I realise that he’s not an ideal fit for this team and what we’re supposed to be trying to do system and style wise, but as alluded to, said system/style isn’t currently being implemented to any great effect against teams that sit deep. 


Whilst I don’t want Klopp to deviate from his plans on how he wants his Liverpool team to play long term, in the short term a compromise may be necessary.

Sure, Sturridge doesn’t press in the same manner as Firmino, though I think the way he blocks passing lanes is more effective than it appears.

He may not be able to link the play in the same way either, but he’s one of the most clinical players around. 

When we’re not at our free-flowing best, which no team ever is, we need someone who can stick away one of the few chances we are able to create, which Firmino has failed to do on numerous occasions this campaign, costing us points against the likes of Southampton away and Chelsea at Anfield. 

In our games against Arsenal and City that are still to come, Firmino as a false 9 is probably the way to go, as we’ll be given the freedom to play as we wish.

Against teams whose aim is to kill the game and nick something on the break, teams who we cannot open up consistently, the sort we play most weeks, someone of Sturridge’s finishing prowess will come in real handy.

I’d also not be against us playing 2 up front. Whether this meant playing Sturridge and Firmino up top together or brining Origi in to the fold, we need more players in the penalty area asking questions of opposition centre backs. 


If my first and second wishes aren’t fulfilled and Milner continues to play and put in 40 crosses a game, then perhaps having more targets to aim at will help Milner in his efforts. 

I wouldn’t even mind going completely gung-ho and playing Henderson and Lallana as a 2 man midfield, with Coutinho, Firmino, Mane and Sturridge ahead of them. 

We get torn to pieces on the counter already and will concede stupid goals no matter what, so screw it. 

4) Like for like/direct changes.

This in a way links back to our previous 2 transfer windows, as at times I can understand Klopp not trusting certain direct understudies currently in the squad. 

Having said that, I don’t see how making 3 or 4 changes to our starting XI when there are a couple of absentees is beneficial in anyway. 

As an example, when Coutinho was out over the festive period, we had Firmino playing on the left wing doing a poor man’s impression of his Brazilian counterpart, and thus we had Origi leading the line doing a poor man’s impression of Firmino. 

Similarly, when Mané was at the AFCON, Lallana had to fill in on the right hand side, offering virtually none of the same attributes that make Mané such a useful and crucial asset, whilst Can was brought into the midfield 3 alongside Henderson and Gini, failing to replicate what Lallana offer in a central role. 


It’s no coincidence that our fluency and performance levels dropped to the extent that they did (even though we were still picking up some good results without Coutinho), more than you’d normally expect as a result of one injury sustained.

I’d like to see someone like Ojo given a chance if, god forbid, Mané were to be sidelined for any matches that remain. 

If he’s so poor that he can’t even be thrown in to benefit our other most important players, then serious questions need to be asked of the manager in failing to recruit someone he can trust. 

5) Earlier substitutions.

This is probably the one major criticism that I’ve had of Klopp since the day he arrived. 

The other points I’ve discussed relate to issues that have arisen recently or are to some extent not in his control with the players having to be braver. 

Failing to change games in our favour from the touchline, being decisive and switching things up early when it’s clear the set-up we’ve started with isn’t working is something we’ve seen too often though during the German’s tenure.  

Klopp is a loyal guy, and is obviously keen to show his players that he trusts them to eventually get the job done as he believes that’ll benefit them long term, but I think he may have slightly too much faith at times. 


Referring back to the Southampton game in the PL at St Mary’s yet again, in a game which we drew 0-0 and mustered just 2 shots on target, Klopp waited until the 80th minute to bring on Sturridge, who in that time created a guild edge opportunity for Clyne, and essentially took the piss by brining on Origi with seconds remaining in stoppage time, the Belgian not getting a sniff.

He also places slightly too much emphasis on the importance of the crowd.

I get that he sees us as an incredibly valuable tool that can help the team push on in games, but going back to the Europa League final at St Jakob Park in Basel last season. 

We were being overrun in midfield from the moment the second half kicked off, and instead of brining on our captain, albeit he was not in great form, after an hour to help us regain some composure and control, he waited until the 73rd minute to bring on Joe Allen, by which time Sevilla were 3-1 up and the game was dead and buried. 

When we were under the cosh he spent much of his time trying to gee up the fans in the stand behind the dugout and inspire a Dortmund-style turnaround, but that’s simply not something he can rely on doing, and is even less likely to help when the problem is a lack of cutting edge in the final third.

Written by @MikeyO_BrienLFC

Why Monday should not be underestimated

Liverpool have the chance to capitalise on any termoil or discontent when they visit the King Power Stadium on Monday. 

As it was announced on Thursday evening that Leicester relieved manager Claudio Ranieri of his duties just a year after sensationally winning the Premier League in what proved to be one of the cult stories in sport of all-time, disgust & outrage surrounded this dubious decision by the board of Leicester City.

Based on this, it seems perfectly sensible to back us here. However, that’s not to say the Reds shouldn’t be aware of a backlash. With Man United not in action this weekend though due to EFL Cup Final exploits, it’s Liverpool chance to seize the initiative and widen the gap.

But of course, with Liverpool, a perfect opportunity can easily escalate into more dropped points which will do our top 4 hopes another blow. For me, this game shouldn’t be underestimated – not only will it loosen Arsenal’s potential stranglehold on top 4, but it can also put neutrals and the pacesetters in the league on red alert, that we are possibly on the road to finally eradicating issues against ‘lesser’ sides.

I’ve heard some on Twitter labelling this an easy game, especially considering the doom and gloom surrounding the club. Some people may think this game is anti-climatic compared to our rivals. But they are wrong. Because, if you look at our fixture list, all that’s left are lesser teams bar Manchester City.

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Compare that with Arsenal’s? What I’m saying is that, with Manchester United and Arsenal out of action this weekend, we need to capitalise.

Many will completely go against the prophecy that the game on Monday is important. Leicester controversially sacked title-winning manager Claudio Ranieri on Thursday – so they’ll be devoid of confidence surely?

Think again. The problem we’ve had with ‘lesser’ teams this term is not being aware of a backlash. The backlash could be that Leicester may be buoyed by the media reports, and by Craig Shakespeare as well as the potentially imminent hostile reception from supporters. If we sit back, we’ll pay the price.

The good news, though, is our form after having rest:

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United have been in good form recently and are only a point behind us, and Arsenal suffered back to back defeats too – we too lie a point behind the Gunners. Win today, and we’re into 3rd until we face them next Saturday. A defeat, and we could be down to 6th if United and Arsenal win next weekend. So it’s important to get some winning run together.

A negative is the injury to Jordan Henderson. He’s really been an integral member of our midfield three – covering acres of ground as well as working hard for his team-mates. With the Reds lacking a regular number 6 to deputise for the Mackem midfielder, the 4-3-3 could see us line in a slightly different juggernaut. I think Emre Can deserves a chance to fill in the deeper role for Henderson – having been berated endlessly for his poor performances last month, this is his opportunity to show critics that he is soon to be the finished article yet. He has a tendency to be awful when Henderson’s in the side – but not today! Hopefully his midfield berth can give us the opportunity to boss the midfield.

Philippe Coutinho already warned us of complacency earlier this week – and rightly so. Our last performance at Leicester was probably our worst I remember from living memory. We had Roberto Firmino isolated up top that game – and in general, just lacked spine. Leicester may be a different proposition now, but this cannot be another of these games where we saunter in to it thinking the game’s won.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Klopp went for an unchanged side from Spurs bar Henderson’s injury. Altering the side from that game would be the wrong decision. As Paul Merson correctly said for once, Liverpool need to go out attacking and press Leicester hard in the midfield, and don’t give the likes of Huth on the ball. I’d love to see Matip-Gomez partner at CB to give us more balance, but I don’t blame the manager if he chose not to rotate the side.

I feel this is the type of game that suits Alberto Moreno though. He offers a lot more attacking threat than Milner. This is a game we need to be quick out of the blocks off. Liverpool just need to be ruthless on Monday. Simple.

 

Behind Enemy Lines: Leicester City vs Liverpool

Ahead of Liverpool’s clash at struggling Leicester on Monday night, we decided to get some perspective from Leicester City fan Connor McDonagh – who gives us some insight into the opposition.

In comparison to this time last year, Leicester City are in utter turmoil. The Foxes sit just one point above the bottom three and have yet to score a goal in the Premier League this calendar year.  

With the sacking of title-winning boss Claudio Ranieri shocking the football world, how will the players respond after finally getting what they wanted?
Leicester City host Liverpool at the King Power Stadium in a must-win game for both sides.
While the Foxes are hoping to remain in the top flight of English football, Liverpool look to secure Champions League football after a dismal January which saw them drop out of the title race.
Both games were tightly contested last season with Christian Benteke inflicting the Foxes a second defeat of the season on Boxing Day at Anfield while a Jamie Vardy double gave Leicester a 2-0 win in the reverse fixture.
The Foxes were annihilated at Anfield earlier in the season as the Reds celebrated the opening of their new stand, winning 4-1.
Leicester Danger Man

I would normally highlight several players who to watch out for, but considering the lack of form in a lot of the squad, it’s difficult to do so.
The one bright spark in 2017 is the form of 21-year-old Demarai Gray
The former Birmingham City player has been outstanding since the turn of the year, his pace and trickery has caused opposition defences serious problems and considering the issues Jürgen Klopp has had with his defence this season, Gray could potentially be the man to do the most damage on Monday night.

Predicted Line-Up
With Ranieri out of the way, I feel Craig Shakespeare, the Foxes’ caretaker manager, will revert to a system and team which will be similar to that of last season. Gray will come in for Ahmed Musa.
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£28 million summer signing Islam Slimani is expected to be fit for the game on Monday but due to a lack of game time in recent weeks, I suspect the Algerian will start from the bench.

The Verdict

Considering Leicester’s recent form and Liverpool having Sadio Mané back in their side, it is a no-brainer. With a new manager in place, the Foxes may finally turn their awful form around and deliver a positive performance.

Wes Morgan, Robert Huth and Christian Fuchs defended very poorly against Sevilla on Tuesday night and it has been a similar theme which has developed throughout all season.
With the likes of Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino capable of destroying any defence in the Premier League, it is hard to see anything but a Liverpool win on Monday.
Prediction: Leicester City 1-3 Liverpool

Written by @ConMcDonaghF1

Leicester City: The Last 5

Ahead of Liverpool’s visit to the King Power Stadium on Monday, Stephen Lindell takes a trip down memory lane to revisit our last 5 clashes against them in the Premier League.

So, hello ladies and gentlemen, pretending to be ladies online [not to misquote @Kolology]. Liverpool Twitter really has been quite the place to lament Leicester’s poor form as late.

Why? Well, our record against so called ‘lesser’ sides has been one key contribution to our downfall this season from top to battling for 4th.

Many sides would warmly welcome the idea of having a favourable fixture list.

But there’s only ONE exception in the whole league bar the relegation contenders. ONLY Liverpool.

Another Liverpool defeat would again expose our frailties mentally and defensively against these sides.

A win could finally mark a positive watershed in our season – something we can hopefully build on from here.

With that in mind, here are our last 5 clashes with Leicester City in the Premier League.

5: Liverpool 4-1 Leicester City [Premier League, Anfield, 10 September 2016]

This was our most recent clash with the Foxes, and it ended in a comfortable win for the hosts.

It was Liverpool’s first home game of the season at a new-look Anfield and spanking Main Stand.

The atmosphere levels were higher than ever, and the Reds responded to the rousing reception with a thrilling performance.

Roberto Firmino put Liverpool ahead when he latched onto James Milner’s pass – and new signing Sadio Mane put Jurgen Klopp’s side in full control when he clipped home from Daniel Sturridge’s sumptuous backheel.

However, we’re Liverpool. We always do it the hard way. But our dominance suddenly resurfaced, and it was Lucas Leiva of all people who gave Leicester the opportunity to get back into the game.

A seemingly easy pass turned into an assist for Jamie Vardy, who gleefully slotted into an empty net.

Any worries that we would be playing second fiddle for the rest of the game were put to bed when Adam Lallana’s fine volley restored the Reds’ two goal deficit.

And Roberto Firmino gave the score a more respectable scoreline, when he got on the end of a Mane pass and tucked it into an empty net – with goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel in no man’s land.

It proved to be the catalyst for a superb run which saw us top the table in November prior to the international break. How times have changed, though.

Match report here

4: Leicester City 2-0 Liverpool [Premier League, King Power Stadium, 2 February 2016]

This was our last visit to the King Power Stadium – and probably one of our worst showings against them for a long, long time.

The talking point going into this game was Leicester’s remarkable categorical success story under Claudio Ranieri – which saw them rise from relegation contenders to title contenders in the space of a year.

With visitors Liverpool having European & cup football on their agenda, they never looked like halting the Foxes’ title bandwagon in its tracks.

The first half was a pretty dull affair, with no sides really having any clear-cut opportunities – although Leicester striker Shinji Okazaki’s header was tipped onto the crossbar by Reds keeper Simon Mignolet.

The second half, though, exploded into action at the 60th minute mark. A long ball was punted forward –  star striker Jamie Vardy let it bounce, before unleashing an absolute rocket from 25 yards over the head of Mignolet.

It was probably one of the goals of the season, if not THE goal of the season.

Liverpool were left shellshocked from there, and never came close to mounting a recovery at a rapturous King Power Stadium.

It was Vardy again, who put the final nail in the Reds coffin instead. He killed any hopes of a comeback from the visitors – smashing home from Shinji Okazaki’s deflected pass.

That was pretty much all you need to know from the game. An absolutely spineless performance from Jurgen Klopp’s side. Something we’ve rarely been accustomed to.

3: Liverpool 1-0 Leicester City [Premier League, Anfield, 26 December 2015]

This Boxing Day clash at Anfield saw Liverpool come into this game on the back of a forgetful 3-0 thumping at Vicarage Road – as well as a 2-0 defeat at Newcastle coupled with the 2-2 home draw with West Brom which prompted Jürgen Klopp’s salute of the crowd at full time.

With Leicester flying high at the top, it wasn’t really difficult to see why the Foxes were the favourites in this one – even though they were away from home. 

Jamie Vardy was on a hot streak of form, and Riyad Mahrez too was really producing some Algerian art.

But Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool ended Leicester’s nine-match unbeaten run with a fine performance.

The first half was again, one devoid of opportunities – although we dominated possession. 

In the second half, we began to exert pressure on Kasper Schmeichel’s goal, and duly reaped rewards when £32.5m worth of belgian flop Christian Benteke slid home from a Roberto Firmino’s pull back.

It was a rare spot of positivity on what was otherwise a poor spell on Merseyside for the ex-Aston Villa striker.

He should’ve made it 2 late on, but failed in front of an open goal. We’d still take that kind of win next Monday!

Match report here

2: Liverpool 2-2 Leicester City [Premier League, Anfield, 1 January 2015]

On New Year’s Day, Nigel Pearson’s struggling Leicester made the journey up to the north west to face Liverpool.

A 4-1 victory lifted spirits in their final game of 2014 – but it had otherwise been an extremely unfulfilling season from Brendan Rodgers’ side; who failed to respond to the promise they all attributed before the season (particularly new signings).

But if Liverpool were unconvincing, the Foxes were in freefall. Despite a 1-0 away win at Hull to end their promotion-winning 2014, they found themselves marooned to the bottom of the table.

They had gone 12 games without a win, and a defeat would’ve further plunged them into trouble.

It looked like it’d be a routine Anfield win for the hosts, when Steven Gerrard’s quickfire brace of penalties put the Reds 2-0 ahead at half-time.

But in typical Liverpool fashion, we floundered in the second and gave the visitors a platform back into the game.

David Nugent commenced the fightback in the 58th minute – when he thumped home. Comically, 100 seconds later, they found the equaliser.

And it was Jeffrey Schlupp who drilled home to send the away fans wild. This game left us 7 points of the top 4 consequently – whilst for Leicester, soon their spirited comeback from the dead would begin. It was to prove a disappointing campaign for Liverpooll.

1: Leicester City 1-3 Liverpool [Premier League, King Power Stadium, 2 December 2014]

This clash at the King Power Stadium came in early December of 2014. Liverpool were 11th, and under pressure for acquiring players not deemed enough to upstage Luis Suarez’s departure in the summer. Leicester were rooted to the bottom, so this was definitely a must win game for both sides.

It looked like it’d be a long night for Brendan Rodgers’ side when Leonardo Ulloa’s effort cannoned off the crossbar and hit Simon Mignolet’s head. 

It was a slice of bad fortune – but the reality was that we were behind. Something had to change.

And it did – new summer signing Adam Lallana struck a half volley past Kasper Schmeichel in what lied as the few sole moments to remember for the ex Southampton man, who endured a forgetful first season on Merseyside.

This proved to be the catalyst for Liverpool in the rest of the match – Steven Gerrard struck to give the Reds the lead from a loose ball; it was disappointing his contract situation was dominating the headlines.

Wes Morgan was then given his marching orders for hauling down Rickie Lambert – and Jordan Henderson sealed the win late on.

This was only our 2nd back-to-back league win all season, but fortunately salvation was to follow.

Written by @SteLindellLFC