Queens Park Rangers and Liverpool are two teams which thus far have failed to meet expectations for the 2014/2015 Premier League season. After a high profile transfer window with each team losing their main source of proven top-flight firepower, both QPR and Liverpool are struggling for form.
Last season's should have been champions, Liverpool, have by no means displayed poor footballing efforts in the grand scheme of things.
The age-old myth of a player's lifespan in football is a constant discussion point around the world and for Liverpool great Steven Gerrard, there is persistent conjecture about his supposed waining effect on the pitch.
The 34-year-old is currently in his 16th season at Anfield and his achievements are there for all to see Champions League winner, two FA Cups, three League Cups, UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup.
Steven Gerrard blasts Liverpool for being 'too soft' after 1-0 loss to Basel - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Liverpool's difficult start to the 2014-15 season continued as the Reds were outplayed by Swiss side FC Basel in Champions Legaue last night. Marco Streller's 52nd minute winner at the St Jakob Stadium was the difference between the two sides as the Reds were comprehensively outplayed.
The first edition of the Mersey Derby in this year's Premier League campaign saw two teams dealing with different problems. Liverpool, the match's hosts, is trying to figure out how to move without the transcendent talent of Luis Suarez. Meanwhile, Everton is dealing with the same problem they face every year: How does a midlevel team with limited resources compete with the larger teams, especially their in-town rival?
Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has jumped to the defense of club captain Steven Gerrard following another disappointing result for the Reds. Gerrard's influence on the pitch has been questioned this season following the departure of talisman Luis Suarez during the summer transfer window, but Henderson is convinced that the 34 year old remains one of the most influential players in the Premier League.
A show of unusually resolute defending from both Liverpool and Everton meant only two fantastic captains' goals made the scoring. Liverpool looked the more likely to notch in the first half creating 16 chances to Everton's three but it took a free kick not long after the hour mark to open the scoring, and who else but Steven Gerrard to answer his critics with a splendid strike.
It was yet another rather frustrating afternoon at Anfield as Liverpool had to settle for a draw in the Merseyside derby. In a game that the Reds probably had the lion's share of, Everton didn't know when to give up and a simply sublime strike from Jagielka late on left the home side gobsmacked.
It'sthe Merseyside Derby at Anfield, March 26 2006. Theinfancy ofthe match isbeing played at a typically ferocious pace and as is commonplace for this volatilefixture, Phil Dowd has already dished out some yellow cards to the men donned in red and blue.
In the 17th minute, Liverpool's inspirational skipper Steven Gerrard receives his second booking for areckless tackle on Kevin Kilbane, and the Reds are forced to play the remaining 73 minutes with ten men.
Why Liverpool's Fall From Grace Is Not Surprising - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
When Steven Gerrard's famous 'We go again' cry was belted out by Liverpool fans at the start of the season, 3 losses in the first 5 games was surely something they were not expecting. The Reds were inches away from winning the Premier League last year, their first top-division title since 1989.
Liverpool Football Club have played in five competitive games so far this season and there is still no definitive answer to how they will cope in a post-Luis Suarez world. Out of the five, only against Tottenham away have they resembled the Liverpool seen in the latter half of last season. Manager Brendan Rodgers has been careful to remind everyone that last season started off slowly as well.
It was a difficult night at Anfield for Liverpool as the Reds prepared to return to the magic of the Champions League in front of a rousing Kop. Brendan Rodgers said pre match that he would treat Ludogorets as if they were Real Madrid and it's a bloody good job he didn't expect this match to be a walk in the park!
Real Madrid opened the defence of their Champions League title with a 5-1 mauling of Basel in Group B at the Santiago Bernabeu. Nearly four months on from securing La Decima in Lisbon, the record winners showed glimpses of their brilliant best and, after an own-goal from Marek Suchy got the ball rolling, Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodrguez all found the target in seven first-half minutes.
Can Sterling & Co bring back the glory days for England? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The case of the English National Football Team over the last couple of decades has been a curious one. Every major tournament is preceded by a fantastic qualifying campaign, where everything comes together perfectly well.
Liverpool served up another hammering for Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday as the Reds found the back of the net on three occasions with no return from the home side. All eyes were on Mario Balotelli from the off but it was Sterling, Gerrard and Moreno who got themselves on the score sheet.
The Reds did not take long at all to get into the game and trouble Hugo Lloris.
Spurs 0-3 Liverpool Game in 10 Tweets is a post from: Just Football
This game was billed as an early gage of the credentials of both sides after summers of transition, but in the end there was only one winner. Liverpool eased past Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 at White Hart Lane, thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling, Steven Gerrard and a first goal in Liverpool red for £12million summer signing Alberto Moreno.
Mairo Balotelli, Liverpool's new signing was in the stands as he watched his new team lose to last year's Champion's Manchester City, his former club.
The colourful character had earlier completed his move to Liverpool in a £16 million deal and he then boarded the team bus up the road to the Eitihad Stadium for the Monday Night Football match against last year's Champions City.
Liverpool and Manchester City go again in Premier League play on Monday when the Reds travel to the Etihad to battle the Sky Blues. The two outfits played to a 2-2 draw at Yankee Stadium over the summer with the Reds winning on penalty kicks, but now spectators will see the two sides take each other on in a competitive match.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard doesn't beat around the bush about Liverpool's defeat to Basle tonight as he question's his team-mates hunger which was non evident in Basel tonight!
And having watched the game he was spot on, on his analysis of the game as he admitted the Swiss side were hungrier for the win which is alright to say at Anfield this season as Suarez has moved on to pastures new!
Phil Jagielka scored the goal of the game in injury time to snatch a 1-1 draw for Everton at Anfield today but lets not forget Steven Gerrard struck a wonderful free-kick for the opener on 65 minutes getting it up and over the wall given inspirational US keeper Tim Howard no chance of pulling off any more heroics.
Is Wayne Rooney the right man to lead Manchester United? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Wayne Rooney picked up his first red card for Manchester United in five and a half years and will miss the next month of action through suspension for kicking Stewart Downing in United's 2-1 win over West Ham on Saturday.
Why Jack Colback's call up isn't so surprising - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Roy Hodgson named his first England squad since the World Cup, including four uncapped players: Calum Chambers, Danny Rose, Fabian Delph and Jack Colback. When I first saw the squad, the biggest surprise to me was the inclusion of Newcastle's Colback.
By 'eck, the "Golden Generation™" are dropping like flies. First Steven Gerrard throws in the towel and now Frank Lampard goes and announces that he's retiring from international football with immediate effect at the grand old age of 36.
Remember, that Golden™ midfield pairing that famously couldn't operate on the same pitch as each other?