Senior Players

Alonso

Dream partnership of Mascherano and Alonso

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It's no secret that Mascherano and Alonso are both awesome world class players. However, over the last couple of seasons, it was very rare to find them both on form at the same time.

During 07/08, it was Mascherano who lorded over our midfield, while Alonso wasn't on top form. During 08/09, it was Alonso who was masterful in midfield, with Mascherano being uncharacteristically inconsistent.

Alonso or Gerrard for player of the season

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I'm sure everyone has their own ideas as to which player deserves to be named player of the season, and the official site has started a poll to see who the fans prefer. Despite some excellent performances from many of our players, it looks like being down to either Alonso or Gerrard.

Gerrard is probably the best player in the world at the moment, simply because there's just so much to his game.

Good news for Agger, Alonso & Mascherano

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The weekend started off well enough with news that Agger had finally put pen to paper and extended his contract by 4 years. Wow, that was one hell of a protracted contract saga with months of rumours and inuendo. Whether there was a temporary falling out between Rafa & Agger doesn't matter anymore because we've secured his future at LFC.

Agger could do with an Alonso style pledge

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Looks like we won't be having a repeat of last summers transfer fiasco, thanks to Rafa saying that there's no way he'll consider letting Alonso leave. After going through an extended run of poor form, Alonso has really turned it around with his undoubted quality shining through this season, to the extent that we wouldn't be in the title race without him.

Heartbreaking scoreline against Chelski

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Prior to the game, I thought the odds of another Istanbul style comeback were far too slim to risk losing any of our big players. Winning number 19 was my preference above all else. With this in mind, I was uncharacteristically content with the prospect of us not winning a match.

But that all changed during the game, with Liverpool completely dominating the first half.

English Premier League

The legendary Sami Hyypia is leaving Liverpool

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It's a shame that Hyypia will be leaving LFC this summer after being with us for the past decade. He has been a true legend for us over the years, not to mention one of our most consistent and reliable performers.

He still has bags of ability and deserves to be playing regularly, but that would be a tough thing at LFC considering the quality of competition for places.

Chelski deserved to destroy Liverpool

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The first half was exciting stuff with high octane action from both sides. The football on display was truly beautiful and Torres early goal couldn't have been scripted any better. It really had the makings of becoming another classic game, which it was, but it was for Chelsea, and not LFC.

Set piece zonal defending was badly exposed as Liverpools players failed to track their players, which resulted in them scoring 2 of their 3 goals.

ManUre

F**king gutted, but then f**king relieved

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Despite the result, this had to be one of the most exciting games of the season. It was a game in which we completely dominated Arsenal for almost the entire match, with some beautiful attacking football.

We gifted Arsenal all of their goals, which makes the end result of 4-4 all the harder to take, but at least we didn't lose.

Agger & Torres score stunners against Rovers

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Even if Blackburn Rovers didn't present us with much of a challenge, winning 4-0 was the perfect response after losing to Chelsea. The match almost looked like a training session but it was blessed with 2 stunning goals.

Torres opened the scoring with a breathtaking goal which must surely be a strong candidate for goal of the season.

Woodwork awarded man of the match

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Our propensity to beat the top teams and screw up against the smaller teams this season looked like repeating itself against Fulham. The first half was exciting stuff with plenty of attacking football and we were unlucky hitting the wordwork 4 times. But the second half was pretty boring stuff with Fulham predictably going all out to defend.

Youth Players

The case for Insua and Riera on the left flank

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While Aurelio is a more than useful full back, and poor Dossena is less than useful (in the Premier League anyway), Insua definitely has to be the future and possibly the present. The kid has got it all pace, skill, awareness, plus he can shoot and pass very well. When Insua is on the pitch, we tend to score more and concede less goals.

Lucas or Aurelio for the midfield position

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It's great that the international break is coming to an end, but I wonder who will get to partner Mascherano in midfield. With Alonso suspended and Gerrard still injured, Rafa doesn't have too many other credible options for the match against Manchester City this weekend.

The fact remains that Rafa rates Lucas very highly and there's a strong possibility that Rafa will start him.

Lucas or Aurelio for the midfield position

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It's great that the international break is coming to an end, but I wonder who will get to partner Mascherano in midfield. With Alonso suspended and Gerrard still injured, Rafa doesn't have too many other credible options for the match against Manchester City this weekend.

The fact remains that Rafa rates Lucas very highly and there's a strong possibility that Rafa will start him.

The Rest

5 Barca Youngsters who will Move Away from Camp Nou this Summer | Barca Transfer Analysis

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With Barca capturing Philippe Coutinho at a record £142 Million Pounds, the future of many promising Barca youngsters and fringe players are at stake. There could be an exodus of players come this summer inorder to balance the book at FC Barcelona.



With the conclusion of Coutinho deal there is expected to be a substantial number of clear-out at Barca come this summer.

Benitez Lays Down The Law With Players – Things Will Change

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It's not surprising it has come to this and Rafa Benitez will demand a lot more commitment, passion and character from his players and especially his senior players who were nowhere to be seen on Saturday at St. Mary's. We were wondering how the very experienced manager would respond to players simply unwilling [.

2016 Salary Cap Estimation

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I just did a rough look at our salary cap situation. The 2016 cap is $3.66 million. I took a guess at who our top 18 senior players would be, including Howard. I charged the full max amount for Howard, Gashi, Jones, and Doyle of $457.5K. I also charged $215K for Sarvas as that's what we're rumored to be picking up for him.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Two English heavyweights meet at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Chelsea hosts Manchester City in the fifth round of the FA Cup, while an in-form Tottenham side faces off against Crystal Palace.

John Terry is out of action for the Blues, but Man City head coach Manuel Pellegrini is expected to rest some of his senior players because the club plays Dynamo Kyiv in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.

Kagawa: Fergie would go red he shouted so much at Rooney and Giggs

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Shinji Kagawa has reflected on the Sir Alex Ferguson "hairdryer", although admits he never really got much of a telling off, as the manager's anger was usually directed at the senior players.

Although I had heard about the [hairdryer] rumour before going to Manchester, I hadn't seen any managers shouting that hard.

Reina would like to look like Torres !!

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The tongue-in-cheek title of this post refers to Reinas comments about Torres in an interview on the official LFC site. It's a pretty cool interview where he talks about most of his teammates, click here to check it out.

For all the players mentioned, you might notice one or two who didn't make the list.

Dream partnership of Agger & Skrtel

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The much anticipated partnership of Agger & Skrtel failed to materialise last season for a variety of reasons. Injuries, contract wranglings, politcal problems, all these things conspired to prevent us from witnessing what could very well become our greatest ever central defensive partnership.

Both Agger and Skrtel are blessed with pace, power, tactical awareness, and an awesome defensive prowess.

Fernando Torres wedding a low key affair

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Looking through my Google Analytics data, it's clear that thousands of people have been searching for details on when (and to who) Torres was going to get married. Unfortunately they always ended up at this older post.

So for the curious amongst you, it's now official that he has married his childhood sweetheart (Olalla - who is 7 months pregnant).

Testimonial for Sami Hyypia

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Well the last game of what has been an exciting season is coming up this Sunday. After that the withdrawal symptoms will kick in. But enough of that and onto far more important concerns.

You see, this is also the last competitive game for Sami Hyypia, and considering the lack of an announcement regarding an official testimonial for him.

Great progress has been made this season

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Ok, so we didn't win any trophies this season. But it's not the end of the world, and looking back over this season, there's plenty to be thrilled about. In the recent past, we've had difficulties scoring goals, winning away from home, and beating the other members of the big four. That has all changed this season.

Much kudos goes to Gerrard

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It's weird to think that it's been so long since a Liverpool player last won the Footballer of the Year Award from the Football Writers' Association. Me thinks it was Barnes all the way back in 1990.

Although my own preference would have been for Xabi Alonso to win due to his consistently brilliant performances this season.

Comical Carragher dishes up a bit of a laugh

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The poor guy had a bit of a lapse in concentration and completely missed kicking the ball when trying to pass it. At first it wasn't humourous because West Ham stole the ball and looked like scoring.

That is until the plonker (Di Michele) made it all the way into the penalty area, only to literally fall over his own shadow.

Priorities for Benayoun

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span style="font-family:verdana;"Benayoun picked up a hamstring injury a couple of weeks ago and acknowledges that it still hurts him, yet he intends to play for Israel this Saturday. The odds are that he'll probably tear his hamstring again.br /br /So what's at stake here, Israel qualifying for the World Cup next year or Liverpool's title run-in.