Sunday, 19 April 2015

Liverpool edged out at Wembley



Liverpool's dreams of FA Cup glory came crashing to a halt as they were beaten 2-1 by Aston Villa in their semi-final at Wembley on Sunday.

Philippe Coutinho's knack for notching in this competition continued when he pounced with 30 minutes on the clock, side-footing home to grab an advantage at the national stadium.

But Reds fans had barely concluded their gleeful celebrations when Christian Benteke - so often a scorer in meetings with Brendan Rodgers' team - clipped an equaliser past Simon Mignolet from 12 yards.

Fabian Delph was a relentless runner in Villa's midfield and his exertions brought a second for his side nine minutes after the break, dealing Liverpool's chances a serious blow.

Steven Gerrard had a header cleared off the line but they could not produce the necessary response and their hopes of lifting the trophy for an eighth time were extinguished.

Confirmation of the teams pre-match revealed that Gerrard and Martin Skrtel were back in the starting XI after serving three-game suspensions, while Lazar Markovic lined up due to Jordon Ibe's ineligibility.

Liverpool quickly took control of possession from kick-off, happy to retain the ball with short passes across the back and to either flank in the search for a gap.

In terms of early openings, Joe Allen swiped at a 20-yarder that was high and wide and Jordan Henderson dragged a low shot off target to the left from a similar distance.

At the other end, Charles N'Zogbia spun into space to shoot and wasted little time in blasting one towards Mignolet's goal. His dipping strike was perhaps travelling over, but the Belgian's fingertip intervention was important all the same.

Even more crucial was the outstretched leg of Dejan Lovren as Tim Sherwood's side threatened with a two-on-one scenario from the halfway line. The Reds defender was positioned well to prevent N'Zogbia from releasing Benteke clean through.

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Thursday, 12 March 2015

Joao Teixeira Is The Latest Youngster To Be Given A First Team Chance

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is ready to hand impressive youngster Joao Carlos Teixeira a first-team chance when he returns to the club this summer, according to reports from the Liverpool Echo.

The 22-year-old playmaker is currently on loan at Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion, where he has been in excellent form.

Six goals in 28 outings make the Portuguese pass-master one of the Seagulls’ key men, and could have a major impact come the end of the season with the club chasing promotion to the Premier league.

But with a crowded Liverpool squad, there have been doubts surrounding Teixeira’s future, yet it’s now understood that Rodgers is keen to give the youngster a go.

The Northern Irishman intends to hand the midfielder a chance to impress him during Liverpool’s pre-season tour of Australia, which may be make or break for the player, who will be in the last year of his contract by then.

Teixeira has confessed that if he does not manage to make the grade on Merseyside, a permanent move to Brighton could interest him:

“It’s really difficult because Liverpool are a big club with great players, but you dream of playing Premier League football with Liverpool,” he said.

“I really want that and I’m going to work for it but you never know what’s going to happen in the future.

“Of course I would see Brighton as an option, I like everything here. I like the city and it’s really nice living here.”

Teixeira can take inspiration from Jordon Ibe, who returned to Liverpool in January from a spell at Derby and has been a first-team star since.

Rodgers & Coutinho Nominated For Monthly Awards

Philippe Coutinho and Brendan Rodgers have been nominated for the Barclays Player and Manger of the Month awards for February.

Reds boss Rodgers is one of four nominees for the managers’ award, while Coutinho heads the six-man shortlist for the players’ version.

Rodgers, who guided the Reds to two wins and a draw from their three Premier League fixtures in February, will face competition from Swansea City’s Garry Monk, who he faces on Monday night, Steve Bruce of Hull City and new West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis.

Coutinho, meanwhile, will go up against Spurs striker Harry Kane, who won the award for January, Dame N’Doye of Hull, Arsenal star Mesut Ozil and West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster. Former Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, now of Swansea, is also shortlisted.

Coutinho’s games in February included appearances against Everton, Spurs and Southampton, in the latter scoring with a glorious long range shot. His winner against Man City though will not count towards the award as it was played a day late, on March 1.

The last Liverpool players to pick up Player of the Month were Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez, who shared the award back in March 2014. Rodgers picked up the managers’ award that month, his third in total and second with Liverpool.

The winners will be announced at 10am on Friday morning.

via Liverpool Echo

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Liverpool FC Champions League Full Stats

 Liverpool Football Club
 UEFA Champions League Stats
P
W
D
L
F
A
GD
GFA
GGA
PpG
Pts
104
52
28
24
163
89
74
1.567
0.855
1.769
184

 Liverpool Football Club
 UEFA Champions League Stats
Home
Away
 Season  Round Reached
P
W
D
L
F
A
W
D
L
F
A
 2001-02  Q-F
16
5
2
1
12
5
2
5
1
11
7
 2002-03  1st Grp
6
1
1
1
6
2
1
1
1
6
6
 2004-05  Winners
15
5
1
1
11
4
3
3
2
9
6
 2005-06  1st Rd
14
3
2
2
8
3
5
1
1
12
4
 2006-07  Runners Up
15
6
0
1
12
3
3
2
3
10
8
 2007-08  S-F
14
5
1
1
23
5
3
2
2
11
7
 2008-09  Q-F
12
4
1
1
11
5
3
3
0
11
7
 2009-10  1st Grp
6
1
0
2
3
4
1
1
1
2
3
 2014-15  1st Grp
6
1
1
1
3
5
0
1
2
2
4

 Liverpool Football Club
 UEFA Champions League Stats
 Teams Played in the Champions League
 Champions League Appearances
 Champions League Goalscorers
 Champions League Attendances
 Champions League Disipline
 Champions League Referee
 Champions League Most Benched
 Champions League Most Off Bench
 Champions League Most Substituted
 Champions League Milestone Games
 Champions League Milestone Goals
 Champions League All Time Table
 Champions League Winners 2004/2005