Riera

Gerrard

On Stewart Downing

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Done deal subject to a medical, announced on the official site last night.

Downing has been consistently good in the league for more than five years, whether as the big fish, small pond focal point of UEFA Cup runners-up Boro or outshining the more-hyped Ashley Young as Villa's Player of the Season last campaign.

2010-11 Midseason Stats Comparison

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For the fifth year running. Not for those with weak stomachs.

Points total after 19 games:
10/11: 25
09/10: 30
08/09: 42
07/08: 37
06/07: 34

Results over 19 games:
10/11: 7 wins, 4 draws, 8 losses
09/10: 9 wins, 3 draws, 7 losses
08/09: 12 wins, 6 draws, 1 loss
07/08: 10 wins, 7 draws, 2 losses
06/07: 10 wins, 4 draws, 5 losses

League position after 19 games:
10/11: 9th
09/10: 7th
08/09: 1st
07/08: 4th
06/07: 3rd

# of points behind 1st place:
10/11: -16
09/10: -12
08/09: +1
07/08: -10, with a game in hand
06/07: -13

Goals scored after 19 games:
10/11: 23
09/10: 36
08/09: 30
07/08: 33
06/07: 28

Goals against after 19 games:
10/11: 24
09/10: 25
08/09: 12
07/08: 12
06/07: 15

Home Goals:
10/11: 17
09/10: 26
08/09: 16
07/08: 20
06/07: 20

Away Goals:
10/11: 6
09/10: 10
08/09: 14
07/08: 13
06/07: 8

Clean Sheets:
10/11: 6
09/10: 6
08/09: 11
07/08: 10
06/07: 10

Goal scorers:
10/11: Torres 6; Gerrard, Kuyt, Maxi 3; Kyrgiakos, Ngog 2; Babel, Cole, Johnson, Skrtel 1
09/10: Torres 11; Benayoun, Gerrard, Kuyt 5; Ngog 4; Babel, Johnson 2; Skrtel 1
08/09: Gerrard 6; Keane, Kuyt, Torres 5; Alonso, Riera 2; Arbeloa, Benayoun, Babel, Carragher 1
07/08: Torres 9; Gerrard 7; Babel, Kuyt, Voronin 3; Alonso, Benayoun 2; Hyypia, Sissoko 1
06/07: Kuyt 6; Bellamy 5; Alonso, Gerrard 3; Crouch, Garcia, Gonzalez 2; Agger, Carragher, Fowler, Riise 1

# of games Liverpool failed to score in:
10/11: 5 [Wolves (h), Stoke (a), Everton (a), Brum (a), City (a)]
09/10: 4 [Chelsea (a), Sunderland (a), Blackburn (a), Pompey (a)]
08/09: 4 [Villa (a), Stoke (h), Fulham (h), West Ham (h)]
07/08: 5 [Pompey (a), Birmingham (h), Blackburn (a), United (h), City (a)]
06/07: 7 [Everton (a), Chelsea (a), Bolton (a), United (a), Arsenal (a), Boro (a), Portsmouth (h)]

Home form:
10/11: 6 wins, 2 draws, 2 losses; 20 points out of 30
09/10: 6 wins, 2 draws, 2 losses; 20 points out of 30
08/09: 6 wins, 4 draws; 22 points out of 30
07/08: 4 wins, 4 draws, 1 loss; 16 points out of 27
06/07: 8 wins, 2 draws; 26 points out of 30

Away form:
10/11: 1 win, 2 draws, 6 losses; 5 points out of 27
09/10: 3 wins, 1 draw, 5 losses; 10 points out of 27
08/09: 6 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss; 20 points out of 27
07/08: 6 wins, 3 draws, 1 loss; 21 points out of 30
06/07: 2 wins, 2 draws, 5 losses; 8 points out of 27

I guess it's not all bad news.

Looking at the opposition - Liverpool.

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What a difference a year makes in football. This time last season, Chelsea were looking to kick on from the stability Guus Hiddink provided under new manager Carlo Ancelotti and we could only hope for an instant reaction to his appointment and to do well in the coming season.

Liverpool on the other hand were being tipped as potential title challengers after a strong second place finish in the 2008/2009 season.

Liverpool – Arsenal Preview

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Liverpool

Position (Last Season): 7th, 18-9-11 (63 points, +26 goal differential)

Home Form: 13-3-3

Last Meeting: Arsenal 1 Liverpool 0 (2/10/10)

Oh man, I've gotten pretty rusty at this, I'm not sure I really remember how to do a preview.

On Joe Cole

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"Wherever I go, it'll be a footballing decision. I want to play in a more central position and I want a manager who has faith in me. And I'm talking about club football here."
- Joe Cole, June 27, 2010
There are certainly signs for optimism in the signing of Joe Cole, which is still subject to a medical.

Liverpool v Atletico Madrid 04.22.10

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Atletico lead 1-0 on aggregate.

3:05pm ET, live in the US on GolTV.

Last 3 matches:
Liverpool: 4-0 Burnley (a); 0-1 Atletico (a); 3-0 West Ham (h)
Atletico: 3-1 Tenerife (h); 1-0 Liverpool (h); 1-2 Villareal (a)

Quarterfinals:
Liverpool: 4-1 Benfica (h); 1-2 Benfica (a)
Atletico: 0-0 Valencia (h); 2-2 Valencia (a)

Round of 16:
Liverpool: 3-0 Lille (h); 0-1 Lille (a)
Atletico: 2-2 Sporting (a); 0-0 Sporting (h)

Round of 32:
Liverpool: 3-1 Unirea (a); 1-0 Unirea (h)
Atletico: 2-1 Galatasaray (a); 1-1 Galatasaray (h)

Group Stage Results:
Liverpool: 1-2 Fiorentina (h); 1-0 Debrecen (a); 1-1 Lyon (a); 1-2 Lyon (h); 0-2 Fiorentina (a); 1-0 Debrecen (h)
Atletico: 0-3 Porto (h); 1-1 APOEL (a); 2-2 Chelsea (h); 0-4 Chelsea (a); 0-2 Porto (a); 0-0 APOEL (h)

Goalscorers (Europe):
Liverpool: Torres 4; Benayoun, Babel, Gerrard, Kuyt, Ngog 2; Agger, Lucas, Mascherano 1
Atletico: Aguero 6; Forlan 4; Simão 2; Lopez, Maxi, Reyes 1

Referee: Terje Hauge (NOR)

Hauge has been in charge of past Liverpool matches against Marseille (4-0), Monaco (2-0), Celtic (1-1), Valencia (0-1) and Haka (4-1).

Liverpool at Manchester United 03.21.10

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9:30am, live in the US on Fox Soccer Plus

Last 4 head-to-head:
2-0 Liverpool (h) 10.25.09
4-1 Liverpool (a) 03.14.09
2-1 Liverpool (h) 09.13.08
0-3 United (a) 03.23.08

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 3-0 Lille (h); 4-1 Pompey (h); 0-1 Lille (a)
United: 3-0 Fulham (h); 4-0 Milan (h); 1-0 Wolves (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Torres 15; Kuyt 9; Gerrard 6; Benayoun 5; Ngog 4; Babel 3; Johnson 2; Aquilani, Kyrgiakos, Skrtel 1
United: Rooney 25; Berbatov 10; Valencia 5; Fletcher, Owen 3; Carrick, Giggs, Scholes 2; Anderson, Diouf, Gibson, Nani, O'Shea, Park, Rafael, Vidic 1

Referee: Howard Webb

Webb's been a bad luck charm against the Arse of late, but he was in charge of the 2-1 victory in September ‘08 when Liverpool finally beat United in the league.

Lille VS Liverpool: Lineup

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Reina, Johnson, Agger, Carragher, Insua, Mascherano, Lucas, Kuyt, Gerrard, Babel, Torres. Subs: Cavalieri, Aquilani, Riera, Kyrgiakos, Ngog, El Zhar, Kelly.

BABEL AND JOHNSON START

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Glen Johnson makes his first start in ages for Liverpool while Ryan Babel is also in the first team for today's game in Lille.The team in full: Reina, Johnson, Agger, Carragher, Insua, Mascherano, Lucas, Kuyt, Gerrard, Babel, Torres. Subs: Cavalieri, Aquilani, Riera, Kyrgiakos, Ngog, El Zhar, Kelly.

RAFA TRIES TO RALLY HIS TROOPS

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Rafael Benitez today tried to rally his dejected troops after that deeply disapointing defeat at Wigan.

This season has seen one poor performance after another.
We are down in sixth and likely to remain there with an appalling nine defeats in the League already, this season.
Rafa under pressureThe future of the Manager is again under the spotlight as he tries to salvage something from the season by attempting to win the Europa League.

Liverpool at Lille 03.11.10

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1:00pm, live in the US on DirecTV channel 462 (or in HD on 462-1).

Last 3 matches:
Liverpool: 0-1 Wigan (a); 2-1 Blackburn (h); 3-1 Unirea (a)
Lille: 1-1 St Etienne (a); 1-2 Auxerre (h); 1-1 Fenerbahce (a)

Round of 32:
Liverpool: 3-1 Unirea (a); 1-0 Unirea (h)
Unirea: 1-1 Fenerbahce (a); 2-1 Fenerbahce (h)

Group Stage Results:
Liverpool: 1-2 Fiorentina (h); 1-0 Debrecen (a); 1-1 Lyon (a); 1-2 Lyon (h); 0-2 Fiorentina (a); 1-0 Debrecen (h)
Lille: 3-1 Slavia Prague (h); 1-3 Valencia (a); 2-3 Genoa (a); 3-0 Genoa (h); 5-1 Slavia (h); 1-1 Valencia (h) [Europa League]

Goalscorers (Europe):
Liverpool: Benayoun, Babel, Ngog 2; Gerrard, Kuyt, Mascherano 1
Lille: Gervinho 5; Frau, Hazard, Vittek 3; Cabaye, Dumont, de Melo, Obraniak 2; Balmont, Beria, Rami, Souquet 1

Referee: Claus Bo Larsen (DEN)

Guess at a squad:
Reina
Johnson Carragher Kyrgiakos Insua
Lucas Mascherano
Kuyt Gerrard Babel
Torres

As much as I'd like to play pundit and guess starts for Aquilani, Agger, Babel, and possibly Pacheco, I know better.

Man City VS Liverpool: Lineup

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Reina, Carragher, Skrtel, Agger, Insua, Kuyt, Lucas, Mascherano, Maxi, Gerrard, Babel. Subs: Cavalieri, Torres, Benayoun, Aquilani, Riera, Aurelio, Kelly.

Liverpool VS Unirea Urziceni: Lineup

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Reina, Carragher, Skrtel, Agger, Aurelio, Kuyt, Aquilani, Mascherano, Riera, Gerrard, Ngog. Subs: Cavalieri, Kyrgiakos, Babel, Lucas, Insua, Degen, Pacheco.

Fan Diary #26 – Not As Devastated By The Arsenal Loss As I Could Be

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I can't believe I'm saying this, but: Why take Lucas off??

We could see the goal coming. Rosicky tore down the right sight while our defense struggled to get back into position. His cross was going nowhere but to Diaby's head which had no one marking it. Diaby knocked the ball past Pepe and the Gunners were up.

Liverpool VS Everton: Lineup

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Reina, Carragher, Insua, Agger, Kyrgiakos, Mascherano, Lucas, Gerrard, Kuyt, Rodriguez, Ngog. Subs: Cavalieri, Aquilani, Riera, Aurelio, Babel, Degen, Skrtel.

Liverpool v Everton: Line up announced – N’Gog upfront

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Rafa Benitez has named his starting line up to face Everton at Anfield today; with N'Gog starting upfront in the absence of Torres. The team in full is: Reina, Carragher, Insua, Agger, Kyrgiakos, Mascherano, Lucas, Gerrard, Kuyt, Rodriguez, Ngog. Subs: Cavalieri, Aquilani, Riera, Aurelio, Babel, Degen, Skrtel.

Liverpool v Bolton: Aquilani starts

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Alberto Aquliani has returned to the starting line up against Bolton today at Anfield, with Lucas going onto the bench. N'Gog starts upfront; with Kuyt, Gerrard and Riera behind him. The team in full is: Reina, Insua, Carragher, Skrtel, Kyrgiakos, Mascherano, Aquilani, Gerrard, Riera, Kuyt, Ngog. Subs: Cavalieri, Agger, Rodriguez, Babel, Lucas, Darby, Pacheco.

Liverpool VS Bolton:Lineup

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Reina, Insua, Carragher, Skrtel, Kyrgiakos, Mascherano, Aquilani, Gerrard, Riera, Kuyt, Ngog. Subs: Cavalieri, Agger, Rodriguez, Babel, Lucas, Darby, Pacheco.

Liverpool 0-0 Wolves

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Reina
Carragher Skrtel Kyrgiakos Insua
Mascherano Lucas
Rodriguez Gerrard Riera
Kuyt

Another false dawn after beating Spurs or the due result from playing poorly against a resilient side, one that didn't concede at Anfield until going a man down when Liverpool had a far stronger line-up?

Wolves VS Liverpool: Lineup

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Liverpool: Reina, Carragher, Insua, Skrtel, Kyrgiakos, Mascherano, Lucas, Gerrard, Riera, Maxi, Kuyt. Subs: Cavalieri, Aquilani, Babel, Ngog, Degen, Darby, Pacheco.

The Teams: Wolves vs Liverpool

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Todays team! WOLVES: Hahnemann, Zubar, Berra, Craddock, Ward, Mancienne, Henry, Milijaš, Foley, Doyle, Jarvis. SUBS: Hennessey, Stearman, Jones, Vokes, Iwelumo, Mujangi, Guedioura. LIVERPOOL: Reina, Gerrard, Riera, Kyrgiakos, Rodriguez, Kuyt, Mascherano, Lucas, Insua, Carragher, Skrtel. SUBS: Cavalieri, Aquilani, Babel, Ngog, Degen, Darby, Pacheco.

Match Preview: Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur

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This is a big one and not just because both sides could do with a win, after achieving disappointing results on Saturday.

A win for Liverpool will firmly put us in our place and give them the psychological advantage in the race for a Champions League spot. A win for us would open up a gap of 7 points and possibly cost their manager his job.

Liverpool v Tottenham 01.20.10

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3pm. Delayed in the US at 4:45pm on Setanta.

If the Carling Cup semi goes long, the delayed showing won't start on time. If I can find a reasonable stream, I'll have a review up soon after the match like usual. And if not, it'll be up after the delayed showing.

Last 4 head-to-head:
1-2 Spurs (a) 08.

Liverpool 1-1 Stoke

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Reina
Carragher Skrtel Kryrgiakos Insua
Degen Mascherano Lucas Aurelio
Ngog Kuyt

Goals:
Kyrgiakos 57'
Huth 90'

Two typical Stoke goals, but one on each end. For 90 minutes, you could have switched the teams' kits and would have fooled me. And for 90 minutes, it worked.

Insua

Fourth Annual League Table Guessing Game

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You thought I'd stop doing this after infamously predicting Liverpool would finally win the title, only to see them slump to their lowest finish in more than a decade and have Benitez, who I've knelt at the altar of for years, sacked? You underestimate my shamelessness.

1) Chelsea
2) United
3) City
4) Arsenal
5) Liverpool
6) Spurs
7) Everton
8) Birmingham
9) Sunderland
10) Villa
11) Blackburn
12) Stoke
13) Wolves
14) West Ham
15) Fulham
16) Newcastle
17) Bolton
18) West Brom
19) Wigan
20) Blackpool

The only things I got right last season?

MAXI MAKES HIS FIRST START

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Maxi Rodriguez make his first start in a Liverpool jersey as Steven Gerrard returns to the side while unlucky Auilaini drops to the bench. Team:Reina, Carragher, Skrtel, Kyrgiakos, Insua, Rodriguez, Lucas, Mascherano, Riera, Gerrard, Kuyt.

Liverpool VS Tottenham: Lineup

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Reina, Carragher, Insua, Kyrgiakos, Skrtel, Degen, Mascherano, Lucas, Riera, Aquilani, Kuyt. Subs: Cavalieri, Maxi, Babel, Ngog, Spearing, Darby, Pacheco.

Liverpool v Spurs: line up announced

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The line up to face Spurs at Anfield tonight has been announced with Dirk Kuyt starting upfront. The line ups for both teams are: Liverpool: Reina, Carragher, Skrtel, Kyrgiakos, Insua, Degen, Mascherano, Lucas, Riera, Aquilani, Kuyt. Subs: Cavalieri, Maxi, Babel, Ngog, Spearing, Darby, Pacheco. Tottenham: Gomes, Corluka, Dawson, King, Bale, Modric, Jenas, Palacios, Kranjcar, Crouch, Defoe.

Liverpool

RIERA RAT TO DESERT SINKING SHIP

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It appears that all is going well with Hodgson's removal plans as Albert Riera is set to join Olympiakos in a £4.2 million deal.
The player who denigrated our club last season with remarks such as 'Liverpool are a sinking ship' etc, might have been somewhat correct at the time after our dour last season under Benitez, has also found himself surplus to requirements under new boss Roy Hodgson.

Matchday: Liverpool v. Grasshopper

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Okay, seriously this time Liverpool are playing their first friendly.

Streams:

MyP2P.eu
Atdhe.net
ChannelSurfing.net

Liverpool:

Cavalieri
Degen Ayala Kelly Darby
Lucas Spearing
Amoo Aquilani Eccleston
Ngog

Bench: Gulacsi, Irwin, Palsson, Robinson, Shelvey, Ince, Dalla Valle, Riera

Grasshopper:

Team sheet when it's released.

Rafa’s £40m Budget and The Seven Players Liverpool Must Cash In On

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COS contributor Reds Lewis has some helpful advice to give Rafa ahead of summer transfer window.

Win the Club Shirt Of Your Choice Simply by Speaking Your Mind!

With summer fast approaching, talk of transfers is ripe at Caught Offside, however with the lack of "free" (by free I mean not generated from player sales) money available in the Anfield coffers, there are some players at LFC who should maybe start to worry about their future.

RAFA TO GET £50 MILLION FOR NEW PLAYERS

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Great news today. With the effective takeover of the club's debt by Barclay's bank and the postponement of the July repayment of £100 by RBS to allow time for our club to be sold by the hated Hicks and Gillette there is also likely to be an announcement that funds will be made available in the summer - potentially up to £50million - as Barclay's Capital, one of the biggest and most respected investment banks in the world offer an interim refinancing package to stabilise the club in the period they need to find new owners.

Spartak Slam Riera Salary Demands

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Spartak Moscow coach Valery Karpin claims Alberto Riera's proposed £5 million switch from Liverpool fell through because the winger demanded too much money.

Riera found himself in the Anfield doghouse after describing Liverpool as a "sinking ship", comments the Spaniard has since backtracked on, and was eager to secure a move to the Russian league before their transfer window shut on April 8.

£20 MILLION AQUILANI HAS TO PLAY

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After last night's disappointing performance against Wolves, the question must be asked.
Why wasn't Aquilani playing?
The little Italian had begun to find his feet in a Liverpool shirt, using the ball well, making things happen in the middle of the pitch, showing lots of neat touches and he set up the goal by Kuyt after 5 minutes against Spurs.

Wolves v Liverpool: Gerrard and Maxi Rodriguez start

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Rafa Benitez has given Maxi Rodriguez his first start for Liverpool tonight as he lines up alongside Steven Gerrard to face Wolves. The team in full is Liverpool: Reina, Carragher, Insua, Skrtel, Kyrgiakos, Mascherano, Lucas, Gerrard, Riera, Maxi, Kuyt. Subs: Cavalieri, Aquilani, Babel, Ngog, Degen, Darby, Pacheco.

Liverpool 2-0 Spurs

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Reina
Carragher Skrtel Kyrgiakos Insua
Mascherano Lucas
Degen Aquilani Riera
Kuyt

Goals:
Kuyt 6' 90+3' (pen)

Even with this season's horrors, Liverpool hasn't done too badly in ‘statement games.' Admittedly, basically every game's a statement game with the shape the side's in, but 2-0 wins over United, Everton, and now Spurs (and a 1-0 win at Villa) are nothing to sneeze at.

Chile

El tiqui-taca y la otra España

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Del Bosque mostró al fin sus cartas. Se decantó por jugar con extremos. Navas en su sitio y Villa tirado a la izquierda. Buscó un fútbol más directo. Eso sí, mantuvo a su doble pivote Alonso-Busquets, para la mayoría más defensivo que el formado por Senna-Xavi en la Euro 2008.

El tiqui-taca y la otra España

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Del Bosque mostró al fin sus cartas. Se decantó por jugar con extremos. Navas en su sitio y Villa tirado a la izquierda. Buscó un fútbol más directo. Eso sí, mantuvo a su doble pivote Alonso-Busquets, para la mayoría más defensivo que el formado por Senna-Xavi en la Euro 2008.

The Rest

AEK 1-1 Panionios

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Well, obviously not a favorable result for us yesterday. Sure, we aren't exactly desperate for points right now (though they would help since Aris is only three behind us) but it's still painful to see us drop two points at home to this Panionios team.

To be honest, this wasn't our worst performance yet.

Confidence Will Help Liverpool FC Regain Attacking Edge

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Rafael Benitez has spent so much time on the defensive lately that perhaps it's no surprise his team seem intent on following suit.

Those unfortunate enough to be present at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday night will no doubt be nodding in agreement after a turgid encounter in which Liverpool's attacking shortcomings were at their most painfully evident.