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.
In the latest 20-minute episode of Premier League Download, NBC's Rebecca Lowe sits down with Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard for a heartfelt interview with the Premier League footballer.
Whether you're a Liverpool fan or not, the interview is a must-see. Lowe, in a reserved but purposeful manner, manages to allow Gerrard to open up and give an honest account of the last few weeks of the 2013/14 Premier League season that you're unlikely to see or hear in other interviews.
Liverpool is in New York City, in preparation for its sold-out game at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday against Premier League rival Manchester City.
My son and I attended the Liverpool practice yesterday in Princeton. It was a quietly whispered open practice with just a few hundred fans there, and the team including Brendan Rodgers, made sure that everyone got their autographs or a word or two.
Can €100m signings help Liverpool mount serious title challenge? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
At the beginning of last season, few gave Liverpool a chance of breaking into the top 4. Regardless to say, practically no one gave them any chance of being genuine title contenders. Even individuals from within the club publicly stated that finishing in the Champions League places is top priority.
Would James Milner to Liverpool transfer be pointless for both parties? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
James Milner has been rumored to be on Liverpool's list of transfer targets, but what could Brendan Rodgers give the England midfielder that Manchester City don't already offer? IE a place on the bench.
Steven Gerrard retires from international football who do England turn to next? is a post from: Just Football
After a dazzling 14 years and 114 caps at international level, England captain Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement. As we pointed out in England's World Cup Post-Mortem an ongoing series on Just Football looking at World Cup flops given his age Gerrard's international career was always likely to die out after a disappointing tournament in Brazil.
Steven Gerrard: England's loss is Liverpool's gain - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
England captain and Liverpool player Steven Gerrard has retired from international football after representing his country for 14 years. The 34-year-old Gerrard won 114 caps and scored 21 goals during his time at the national team.
Liverpool have named their 33-man squad for the pre-season tour to Boston, Chicago, New York, Charlotte and potentially Miami.
The Reds will depart for the United States from John Lennon airport in Liverpool on Sunday afternoon (July 20). The squad, led by captain Steven Gerrard, will include new signings Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Emre Can and Lazar Markovic.
Liverpool has announced their squad for its US summer preseason tour.
The club has named a 33-man squad, which will play in games in Boston, Chicago, New York, Charlotte and possibly Miami.
The Reds will depart from John Lennon Airport in Liverpool on Sunday afternoon (July 20). The squad, led by captain Steven Gerrard, will include new signings Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Emre Can and Lazar Markovic.
A New England: After a woefully inadequate World Cup, how can England be resurrected? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
ForRoy Hodgson, the Costa Rica game was the very beginning of themammoth task ofrebuilding his demoralized England team, and begin plans for a brighter future. It's almost unheard of to be using a World Cup game for such a purpose, but the disappointment of this campaign has been felt at every level, so sticking with the tried-and-failed plan made even less sense.
PHOTO: Emotional Steven Gerrard bids farewell to Luis Suarez - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has written a heartfelt Instagram message to the departing Luis Suarez, thanking the Uruguayan for his contribution to the club, insisting that it had been a pleasure playing with him,and wishing him all the best in the future.
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.
Ah, the 2014 World Cup. It was a good'n, wasn't it? Remember when Robin van Persie decapitated Louis van Gaal? Or when Arturo Vidal planted a hunting knife in Charles Aranguiz's cranium? Remember how we all laughed when Steven Gerrard had to move that baby out of the way so he could take a corner?
The Premier League is lauded by its proponents as the best league in the world. While many do not believe the World Cup is the best competition this sport has to offer (the UEFA Champions League is arguably a higher quality), it is a high-level indicator as to a league's strength. What we have seen from the World Cup is that the Premier League simply isn't measuring up to the hype.
The two main talisman's for our rivals Chelsea and Liverpool over the last ten years has been Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, and they are certainly admirable players to look up to for their prowess and consistentcy over the last decade. So if Aaron Ramsey aims to emulate the success of those two players for [.
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?