West Ham United vs. Liverpool: How Reds Will Line Up in Premier League Game

By , Featured Columnist Sep 19, 2014

West Ham United vs. Liverpool: How Reds Will Line Up in Premier League Game

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After a rough 0-1 loss against Aston Villa at Anfield last week, Liverpool will be hoping to get their Premier League campaign back on track as they visit Upton Park to take on West Ham United this Saturday.

Their loss to Villa means that pressure has started to intensify on the Reds after just four games in the season, as their two defeats already have them six points behind league leaders Chelsea, and four behind last week’s conquerors Villa.

West Ham, on the other hand, are two points behind Liverpool and would leapfrog their visitors if they secure a win on Saturday.

With Daniel Sturridge and Joe Allen still injured, here’s how Liverpool could line up on Saturday, in a 4-4-2 diamond formation that is arguably their most effective now.

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Why Fabio Borini Should Be Ahead of Rickie Lambert in Liverpool Pecking Order

By , Featured Columnist Sep 19, 2014

Why Fabio Borini Should Be Ahead of Rickie Lambert in Liverpool Pecking Order

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For their last two fixtures, Liverpool have turned to another Italian striker for further support up front in the second half. Not Mario Balotelli, but ex-Anfield outcast Fabio Borini.

It’s a considerable turnaround in fortunes for Borini, given that he found himself in limbo after rejecting a last-minute summer move to Queens Park Rangers, according to Chris Bascombe of the Telegraph. Liverpool’s earlier pursuit of Loic Remy and subsequent signing of Balotelli suggested that Brendan Rodgers had other options in mind ahead of Borini, who looked to be on his way out of Anfield.

Yet circumstances have fallen into place for Borini to perhaps salvage a career for himself at Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge’s injury, sustained while on international duty with Roy Hodgson’s England, has forced Rodgers to rely on his bench options.

Liverpool’s first signing of the summer may have been Rickie Lambert, but the current Reds setup almost demands that Borini should move ahead of the local Liverpudlian in the pecking order—and crucially, Rodgers seems to think so as well.

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Brendan Rodgers pre West Ham vs Liverpool – We will get better

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Architects reveal plans to build shared stadium for Liverpool FC and Everton FC by flattening St Johns Shopping Centre

Sep 19, 2014 10:58

NWD Architects’ bold vision would see new city centre ground for both football clubs

A proposed design for a new football stadium in Liverpool city centre, created by NWD Architects

An architects firm has drawn up far-fetched plans for a shared stadium for Liverpool and Everton – created by flattening St Johns Shopping Centre.

NWD Architects is behind the bold blueprints, which would see a new city centre ground within touching distance of Liverpool Lime Street station.

It says the left field proposals would help regenerate the precinct, which is also home to St Johns Market, and attract hotel and leisure developments.

Graham Lewis, senior architect at NWD Architects, said: “We feel that the site is ideal for such a use.

“Football has always been at the heart of this city and the inclusion of a state of the art stadium in the city centre will ensure that it remains so.

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West Ham United v Liverpool FC: three key questions

Sep 19, 2014 11:59

Is now the time to start Fabio Borini? The ECHO looks at the big talking points ahead of the Reds’ visit to Upton Park on Saturday

Fabio Borini is in the frame to start against West Ham

Is this the time for Borini to come in from the cold?

The Kop, both home and away, have spoken. Mario is fantastico; Mario is magnifico.

It didn’t take long for Mario Balotelli to have a song designated to him. Indeed, it was sung at Manchester City, before he even kicked a ball for Liverpool.

It wasn’t hard to dream up this ditty, however. It had previously been used for Fabio Borini.

The song wasn’t meant to be symbolic – the rhyming of Fabio and Mario meant it was simply inevitable – but in a sense, it was. Here is Balotelli, the Reds’ new striker; there was Borini, the Reds’ old news.

This is what Brendan Rodgers thought would happen on transfer deadline day. Balotelli had arrived and Borini would leave for Queens Park Rangers. One Italian for another; £16m out, £13m in. The change would be seamless – and better for Liverpool’s squad depth.

But the move fell through and Borini, seemingly, was without both a hope and a song. He would remain with the squad but be a firm fourth-choice up front, surplus to requirements except in extreme emergencies.

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Daniel Sturridge responding well to treatment and could make Merseyside derby return

Sep 19, 2014 00:25

Reds striker recovering well from thigh injury

Sturridge scored three times against the Blues last season

Daniel Sturridge is on course to be fit for next Saturday’s Merseyside derby at Anfield.

The Liverpool FC striker has missed the past two matches with the thigh strain he suffered on England duty but has responded well to treatment.

Sturridge won’t be considered for tomorrow’s trip to West Ham but is expected to return to full training next week.

“Daniel is doing well and is out on the field doing some work,” boss Brendan Rodgers told the ECHO.

“He should hopefully be back training at some point next week and will have a chance for the derby.”

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Every Tale Has Its Villains | Liverpool FC

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Like the Joker to Batman. Like Moriarty to Sherlock. Like Scar to Mufasa.

Every hero has the dark shroud overcome them at significant points of the story. Yet there doesn’t seem to be a cure in sight. Every tale has it’s villain, and Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool has certainly met theirs; and conveniently, as if it wasn’t painstakingly obvious already, the Villains are the Villains. That is to say, the apt nickname of Aston Villa football club is the thorn in the side of a surging Brendan Rodgers side still attempting to find its feet.

Villains

Did we fall? Yes. What did Christian Bale teach thousands of encapsulated people sitting in front of a movie screen? Even heroes have bad days. You just need to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and move onto the next fight. Ultimately, victory may well be claimed, but the path to greatness is littered with bumps and bruises, this is just another one of them.

That being said, there was an overriding, lingering pervasion around Anfield when the bell tolled and the spirits sank…

Not again….

As the dreaded ninety-minute mark edged ever-so-close, the previous eighty-eight emphatically disappointing. Similar treatment had been given at Chelsea, though surprisingly without as many dirty tactics (stemming from a lack of Roy Keane’s influence presumably)

It was another Brendan brain-lapse.

They occur every year, and the result wasn’t as surprising as the tactics employed, to be honest. The 4-2-3-1 formation was used to great effect against Southampton last season; we lost that 1-0. Then again, it was deployed to be of scintillating use against Southampton earlier this season, with the lively pairing of Lucas Leiva and Steven Gerrard providing excellent mobility and movement between them, not being caught out by a wandering James Ward-Prowse or Dusan Tadic whatsoever. And, of course, it was employed in the corresponding fixture to the one just past us – though most Liverpool fans are in agreement that there was indeed no football match on this past week – to fantastic effect, where we were made to look like the slowest side on the planet, failing to cope with an attack operating at the speed of sound. That went swell, didn’t it? Probably about as well as England’s World Cup campaign; where Jordan Henderson and Steven Gerrard opted in a double pivot – though the pivoting in itself was a fraudulent and rare affair, without moving forward to great effect. And Roy Hodgson’s side was a definite success.

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