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Wow! What a start to the season! I am always incredibly optimistic that we will start the season well, but even I have been overwhelmed by our winning start. We are currently top of the league – granted, it is early days, so isn’t something to get too excited about - but we have also defeated the reigning Champions, whipped a couple of the teams that were held us to draws last season, and have played with style. When you factor in that our best player is still suspended, and that, even before we signed two more top-drawer defenders, we have looked solid at the back, then things are certainly looking rosy at Anfield. Of course, we don’t want to get carried away (Brendan Rodgers is working on a four year project, guys!), and it is possibly a little early to start believing that we can challenge for the title – but maybe there is a slight raise in our expectations for the season in that we should be coasting into the Champs League spots instead of battling to the death. The Reds have undoubtedly been one of the best performers in the transfer window this close-season [Insert own snide dig about United and their calamitous failed attempts to sign anyone and everyone who can play in central midfield]. In this issue, we round up who we’ve bought, as well as profiling a few of them. I already mentioned Suarez, and, his spat with BR makes it into this issue too – wherever you stand on the matter, I think we are all thankful that he stayed…? After the junk of the internationals last weekend, it’s great that we can focus back on the Reds, and here’s to our early-season form continuing for (at least) another month! Bring it on! YNWA

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Message from the Editor

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Excited for the new season!

Postbox

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Fan rants and opinion

Kop That!

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Liverpool beat Manchester United to go top of the table. Cue sour David Moyes face!

Who is in? Who is out?

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The transfer window has closed - this is who we are left with...

Bigger, Better, Faster, Stronger

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With our new players comes a new emphasis on tactical positioning. Li Ming investigates.

Still Got it

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We take another look at Stevie G’s role in the Liverpool team. Different but essential.

Suarez

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What now for our temperamental forward? Staying until January at least!

Best Buys Who are the ones we missed out on? Michael Reid has a look at the summer bargains.

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Does Anyone Care?

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Are England just a poor man’s Liverpool? Why don’t people care about internationals?

On the Pitch

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A look back on the last month’s games. We’re in it to win it!

Introducing… Simon Mignolet

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This boy is going to be playing between the sticks for Liverpool forever...

The Month Ahead

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We preview the big fixtures, and predict the results (and we’re only slightly biased!)

Coutinho

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It’s hard to believe he’s only been at the club for a matter of months!

Best of Youtube

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Our pick of the best Youtube footage of the Merseyside Derbies

As Clear as Day Gavin rues the Suarez judgement - not because its harsh, just that we’ll miss him.

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Dear Anfield Roar, I am pretty happy with who we have brought in and who we have got rid of. If Luis had gone then it might be a very different story. The key objectives for LFC has been to strengthen our backline and add more depth to the squad. Both of these objectives have been achieve but how the new players perform over this season will determine how well we challenge for a top 4 spot. As for the marquee signings, well 30-40 million on an untested player isn't what we need right now. So I am glad we didn't waste that kind of money. If we achieve CL next season then I think most fans will be expect the club to seriously strengthen with a marquee signing and I would expect Luis to be sold to an overseas club for more than 40 million and a pound. Christina, Liverpool _________________________________________________________________ Dear Anfield Roar Q: What if Suarez had handled this summer differently, informed the club privately that he would be leaving English football, and given Rodgers, Ayre and the scouting team two months to secure a cluster of players with the Suarez funds and the regular ÂŁ20m transfer pot that would build the team over the next few seasons? We don't want to be a selling club, but Suarez's only realistic 6


POSTBOX destinations would've been Real Madrid, PSG or Bayern, none of whom would be understood in the player market to be a diminishing of Liverpool's stature, particularly given the problems the player has caused us. What stopped us following Levy's moves, and doing a host of deals in anticipation of a late sale? It is a rhetorical question in many respects, because most Liverpool supporters know the reasons why: the owners probably wouldn't trust or sanction a ÂŁ70m+ 'super-spree' after the Kenny/Comolli episode, and they probably don't trust Ayre or Rodgers to get the deals done. The sad reality is we've been the on the wrong side of three successive 'flip of the coin' moments in English football this past few years: (1) (2)

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Ian Ayre can’t win!?

we had owner instability at our on-field peak in a generation; we were recovering from that ownership when Man City emerged and changed the transfer landscape for teams who had not already developed a group of core high value players; we've been overtaken by a prudent, measured Spurs who got lucky with a promising British development player and cashed on in his proceeds and planned for the long term.

That said, Liverpool's current team setup works well, and would be augmented with a few more players of Sturridge's and Coutinho's ilk. It's a shame the club didn't see this during the back-end of Suarez's suspension last season, and begin planning to create an even, balanced team along these lines. In the same way one doorway to the top four was shut for good when Man City arrived a few years, I worry the same is about to happen for a few seasons with Spurs and the fourth and final spot. Michael Adnan, Liverpool 7


POSTBOX Dear Anfield Roar, The same way people harped on about Lucas in his first couple seasons, they did with Hendo since he's arrived - very short sighted fans. Both came at a young age with "promise" but played in squads with little room for error. Happy to see people finally commenting on the improvements of Hendo rather than slating him for the parts of his game that still need improving. He's not going to walk into a Barcelona side; he's not going to be a world beater; but he might just be a very good and long term answer to Gerrard. Well done, son! Alan, Leicester _________________________________________________________________ Dear Anfield Roar, Few English examples exist, but I too would rather be the type of club seen in the Spanish and French leagues who don't compete for the league each year, but play great, attractive football, get spanked by a better side now and then, but broadly raise up cult heroes, some of whom stay and some go, appear in a Cup Final every few years, and have a happy, realistic supporter base. I'd take this, and the majority of our fan's humour and banter, and the character of the club, than a race to the top of a false market where everyone might collapse and go bankrupt. Some might call this reduced expectations, but let's remember the great privilege of birth and chance we've all experienced by supporting Liverpool instead of 90% of the teams in the Football League. Peter, Salisbury

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This is a new community section of our Fanzine, where we highlight issues or news on behalf of other LFC fans around the world to show that we are, indeed, not walking alone. Fan victory at Anfield Liverpool FC supporters’ union The Spirit Of Shankly spoke of their delight after the club’s world famous Anfield stadium was recognised as an ‘asset of community value’. The group, which made the application to Liverpool city council so that it would not be sold without supporters having an opportunity to purchase it, said the news was important to Reds fans and the local community. SOS chairman James McKenna said: “We are delighted with this decision. It means that if the club’s current owners ever wanted to sell the stadium within the next five years then we (Liverpool Supporters’ Union) will have a certain amount of time to bid for it. It means so much to the people of Liverpool, so its only right that we are given the chance to buy it." Stoke City fan given four-year football ban A football fan was banned from all stadiums in Britain for setting off a smoke bomb at a Liverpool FC Premier League match. Paul Mottram, who ignited a cannister during last month’s Liverpool v Stoke City fixture, won’t be allowed into football venues for four years. You have been warned! Fighting for Justice Everyone probably remembers the Liverpool Tees t-shirt campaign last year, which raised over £2,500 for HFSG – well, this year the team have come up with a great new design, and are again selling the charity t-shirts for just £12, with £4 going directly to HFSG. If there is one LFC-based t-shirt you buy this year, then let it be this one! Buy it exclusively from www.liverpooltees.com

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KOP THAT! Emma Rhodes looks back on the match that made the rest of England sit up and take note of Liverpool FC. Possibly the biggest game of the Premier League as Liverpool come face to face with rivals Manchester United at Anfield for the big Super Sunday clash. This was the first time David Moyes led United to Anfield, hungry for success after never winning any of the 12 previous meets with Everton. Liverpool prepared their tribute to club legend Bill Shankly whose 100th birthday fell around the infamous clash as the Kop created a fantastic mosaic as he stands in the notorious pose all fans love him for. Having faced Notts County midweek in the Cup, Kolo Toure was missing with a groin injury as Martin Skrtel made his long awaited return to the starting eleven. 11


KOP THAT! Coutinho and Aspas also started, eager to prove themselves in their first meet with United, who were also a man down as Wayne Rooney had occurred a head injury during training. Moyes’ claim that it was United’s most difficult start to a Premier League season in 20 years may well have been true, but as reigning champions they should be the side best equipped for the challenge. Both teams pushed hard from the offset but within only three minutes of play, Agger steered a powerful header goal wards to see it fly off Sturridge and past De Gea home fans into delirium. Birthday boy Sturridge ran to Brendan Rogers to celebrate the goal. Going ahead of Manchester United so early though never secures a win and this is usually when United push even harder, often catching out their opponents. Thankfully this was not to be the case this time around. The frustration of being a goal down showed through many of the Manchester United players, dirty tackles started to appear resulting in many warnings and cards for players such as Carrick, Giggs, Cleverley and Van Persie. The most memorable tantrum of the match was Van Persie pushing Skrtel to later claim that Skrtel had raised his elbow to him but referee Andre Marriner saw through it all.

The most memorable tantrum of the match was Van Persie pushing Skrtel. This did not sit well with Steven Gerrard who was quick to confront the Dutch man as the cameras picked up on some choice words from the reds skipper.

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KOP THAT! Welbeck also displayed his frustration, amusing the Liverpool fans with a more than obvious dive. This had fast become a typical North West derby with tensions running very high.

GET UP! United did secure 57% possession throughout the game however without a goal, they failed to make anything of it. Liverpool managed to maintain the lead, constantly pushing and slowing down United’s pace to suit Rodgers’ game plan. Countinho continued to impress fans, remaining switched on throughout and reading the game well. Henderson seems to be blossoming under the care of manager Rogers, having started every league game so far, enabling him to run well with the ball and escape out of awkward situations. New goalkeeper Simon Mignolet continues to prove a shrewd acquisition having made a great start to the season and staying cool under pressure. Despite being the first game, Skrtel seemed comfortable alongside the newly selected vice-captain in his first game of the season, securing Man of the Match. Brendan Rogers seems happy with the evident progress his team are making, “we're going in the right direction” but knows that there is still a lot of work still to be done in order to fulfil his vision. 13


KOP THAT! Unsuccessful Moyes remains ineffective at Anfield and Old Trafford with many Manchester United fans already looking back at Sir Alex Furguson with sorrow in their hearts. Moyes has further angered the Evertonians as he completed the transfer for Marouane Fellaini from his former club despite United fans seemingly unimpressed. At the end of the match Liverpool sat at top of the league, comfortably 5 points clear of United for at least 2 weeks whilst the International matches take precedent.

Clueless.

Moyes has only secured 4 points for United out of a possible 9 having not scored against Liverpool or Chelsea raising concern for United fans who may quickly realise their season may not hold its usual consistency. Meanwhile Liverpool players could not hold back their delight taking to Twitter to express their joy. Lucas shown his excitement “Great atmosphere, great win!!! Anfield was incredible!!! #LFCFamily” and Aspas was thrilled with the win, “Yes come on 3 more points!!thank you fans #YNWA 9/9”.

With this win, we should feel confident with our 100% successful start to the season. Long may it continue. Expertly written by: Emma Rhodes Feedback? Send your feedback to : editor@anfieldroar.com

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WhO IS IN? WHO IS OUT? Michael Powers tries to sum up how we did in the summer transfer window As the dust settles after the drama of the transfer window slamming shut, it’s time to look at the business we’ve done - and trying to work out if we are stronger or weaker than last year. Goalkeepers It was all changes between the sticks. Whilst we have a lot to be thankful for from Pepe Reina, he can hardly argue at being transferred, having asked BR whether he could leave if Barca came calling. They didn’t, but by then Liverpool had signed Mignolet. Mignolet was arguably the best goalie in the Premier League last season, and at just 25 years old he has his best years ahead of him. His stunning penalty save on his league debut has seen him become a cult hero already! Gulacsi also left the club (Salzburg) leaving us with just Brad Jones in reserve. Verdict: Given that Mignolet is younger and just as good, we are stronger. Defenders The headlines one the last day of the transfer window were all about LFC investing in two young defenders. Whilst Tiago Ilori is definitely one for the future, Sakho is ready to go straight into the first team. Sakho 15


IN & OUT He is a strong and solid centre-back, and will give some competition to the likes of Agger, Skrtel and Coates. He should be a great signing. Another defender who looks handy is Kolo Toure, who was brought in on a free transfer from Man City. Already his influence and enthusiasm on the training ground are being lauded, whilst his experience of being one of the ’Invincibles’ can only help steady our nerves when it starts to get twitchy. On the flanks we have the ever-reliable Glen Johnson and Jose Enrique, bolstered by loansigning Aly Cissokho (now injured), Martin Kelly and Andre Wisdom.

Cult hero?

Danny Wilson left the club, as did Jamie Carragher, whilst Jack Robinson has gone out on loan to Blackpool. Verdict: Much, much stronger. Midfielders It was perhaps the midfield that needed the most work, with BR keen to get rid of some dead wood, and get in more players who can play to his passing game-plan. Out went Jay Spearing, Jonjo Shelvey, Dani Pacheco and Stewart Downing, all deemed surplus to requirements. Rodgers is probably right about them, though Shelvey will be an England international for years to come, so could have been persevered with in my eyes.

Our central midfield will be dominated by Gerrard, Lucas, Henderson and Allen Rodgers has given his backing to others who were at the heart of the battle last season. Our central midfield will be dominated by Gerrard, Lucas, Henderson and Allen, whose diligent tracking back and man-to-man marking will allow our more attacking midfielders to venture further forwards.

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IN & OUT The attack will be obviously be led by Coutinho from the middle of the park, whilst the wingers will battle it out with the strikers for roles in what could be a 4-5-1 or more likely a 4-3-3 formation. Raheem Sterling will continue to light up the wings, but this year he’ll be fighting for a place with Luis Alberto (a tricky left winger signed from Sevilla), and Victor Moses, who was a deadline day loan signing from Chelsea. The power and pace offered by this trio should lead to exciting times ahead for Liverpool fans. Wrapping it up, Suso, Assaidi, Coady and Adorjan left on loan, with them all set to gain from playing more regular football. Verdict: We seem more balanced, and should be able to cope with injuries.

Powerful attacker

Attackers Everyone was waiting with baited breath to see what would happen to Luis Suarez, and thankfully he continues to play for us! With just one more game of his suspension to serve, we look forward to having him back. At the end of the day he is worth well over £40m, and he is one of those players who can make a difference. Whilst Suarez has been out, we’ve increasingly relied on Daniel Sturridge to get us the goals, and it will be interesting to see how they link up - given that they have only played a tiny number of games together since Studger’s January move. The other man who could have been a focal point for the attack has moved on to West Ham, with LFC getting around £15m in return for the services of Andy Carroll. BR used this money to bring in Iago Aspas, who looks like a handy player who starts the defending from upfront. His snarling game will be liked by the fans. It’s a shame that Michael Ngoo has gone out on loan (Yeovil) but I guess he’ll get more chances there than at Anfield. Verdict: Strong. We have genuine strength in depth in attack, and with Suarez returning it should soon be the end of the 1-0 wins! Expertly written by: Michael Power Feedback? Send your feedback to : editor@anfieldroar.com

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Bigger, Better, Faster, Stronger Brendan Rodgers has had a year in charge now, and his team is taking shape. Li Ming investigates our progression... Passing and pressing is the name of the game for Liverpool at the moment, and Rodgers has done well in imparting his knowledge about his philosophy to his players, as the Reds are already reaping the rewards in the form of points. But if anything has improved this season, it has to be the discipline and composure of the backline. Whilst Liverpool were previously susceptible to quick counter-attacks and crosses into the box, the defence has shown a much improved display in the season thus far, managing to secure three consecutive clean sheets (which have led to the three wins for Liverpool). Daniel Agger has been allowed to roam about slightly more with the presence of Kolo Toure/Martin Skrtel beside him to cover, as well as Lucas' new role of filling up the gap whenever the Danish defender moves forward. When the fullbacks attack, Lucas does a similar role, filling the void in defence by slotting in between Daniel Agger and partner - with the two central defenders moving to slightly wider positions in order to cover for the fullbacks. This has allowed more freedom to move forward for the fullbacks, knowing that there is defensive security despite moving so far up.

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TACTICS As of now, Rodgers' clear favourite midfield composition consists of Lucas, Jordan Henderson, Coutinho and Steven Gerrard. Coutinho has been predominantly playing a role through the left, although he has been more than happy to go inside going towards a central attacking midfielder role. Jordan Henderson's Brazilians Lucas & Coutinho role is similar, but less creative. He can move out to that right flank, but he plays a more central role, much like Countinho, with the fullbacks instead providing the width in Liverpool's play. Steven Gerrard has been fantastic in the season thus far, showing his incredible tactical awareness when it comes to breaking down opposition play and distributing the ball all over the pitch. His new role consists England’s Hendo & Gerrard more of being a hard tackler rather than roaming forward with the ball in his heyday, and he has been suitably proficient in his new role. In terms of what is happening up front, it seems as though Daniel Sturridge is the main man - although he has more flexibility to move about the pitch to areas of his liking more. Aspas' position seems more like a centre forward rather than a

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TACTICS striker - the reason being that although he has been successful in Spain for being a fox in the box, his role has seen more holding up the ball and linking up play with quick one-two passes. Interestingly enough, Aspas has only had two shots on goal in his 3 appearances in the Premier League thus far. However, given Luis Suarez's prolonged stay at Anfield, it remains to be seen whether he will remain in the team - as he seemingly is the one that is required to make way for the Uruguayan upon his return. Although Sturridge will remain the main man up top for Liverpool, Suarez's creativity will prove useful in breaking defences apart. What I find amazing about Suarez is that despite the trouble around him, he is still capable of putting on match winning performances - a bit like Fernando Torres in that period which Liverpool were over-reliant on the Spanish striker. The Reds can only grow stronger as a unit this season. Expertly written by: Li Ming @2liverpoolfans Li’s site is http://twoliverpoolfans.com

Kolo Toure is obviously one of the favourites of Liverpool fans. As usual, when fans identify themselves with a star, they get a tattoo of his name or image. THIS supporter of the Reds didn’t do it very well - instead of Kolo Toure, he got "Kolo Touro". Tattooed on his foot FOREVER! 21


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GOT IT! He might not score 20 goals a season anymore, but that doesn’t mean we don’t miss him! To the average football fan, Steven Gerrard has finally begun to lose his knack of saving Liverpool with consistently inspirational performances. It is true that the typical 30-yard Gerrard screamer is gradually becoming scarce and one rarely sees our skipper making lung-busting forward runs anymore. This picture isn’t helped by Frank Lampard’s revival – he has just earned his 100th England cap and despite being 35, two years older than Gerrard, still scored 17 goals last season. However, although the Liverpool captain may not be making such an apparent contribution as in the past, he is now as vital to our club as ever. Gerrard’s scoring record as a central midfielder speaks volumes about the kind of player he is. At the peak of his attacking prowess, during the four seasons from 2005-2009 this record stood at an average of 20 goals a season. That, surely, is the sort of statistic you might expect of a highclass forward. Inevitably, this rate has dropped off as Gerrard has aged and his average goal haul over the following four seasons fell by 50% to just 10 per season. However, this is not due to a gradual waning in Gerrard’s ability. 22


GERRARD The Liverpool skipper was originally forced to change his game to a more attacking style following the departure of Michael Owen as Benitez struggled with a series of under par striker: Baros, Cisse, Morientes, Crouch, Vorinin, Fowler (again), Bellamy etc. All of these (bar Vorinin of course) had their moments – Cisse and Baros even earned Champions League medals – but none managed to cement a place and score regular goals. Hence, this role fell to Gerrard, who kindly obliged and began smashing in screamers from outrageous distances and angles most weekends. Torres arrived in 2007 and the two formed a deadly partnership, increasing Gerrard’s goal rate at first, as he scored 21 and 24 goals in his first two seasons alongside the Spaniard. As Torres began to pick up injuries and played less over the next two seasons (32/26 games compared to 46/38), Gerrard began to fire less, scoring just 12 and then eight in each season. Gerrard himself played just 24 games in El Nino‘s last season and then just 28 the year after – it was becoming clear that with Gerrard hitting 30 years of age at this point, he could no longer fulfill his multitasking role of effectively playing as a second striker, whilst also steering the midfield.

“He’s an icon here at the football club for players and supporters. Also, importantly, his contribution at this moment in time is very much valued by myself and the A transformation occurred over the next few seasons, probably uncoincidentally coinciding with a transition period for Liverpool, and now at the beginning of the 2013-14 season it is clear that the transformation is complete. Steven Gerrard has become an anchoring midfielder who is now far more likely to spread a wide pass than drive forward with the ball towards goal. 23


GERRARD The creative, attacking play can now be left to Rogers’ three gems - Sturridge, Coutinho and Suarez – whilst Gerrard is left to do the anchoring role alongside Lucas, screening, playing simple passes and occasionally threading or spreading a more incisive ball. This is a far more suitable job for a 33-year old who has undoubtedly exerted more effort into the success of his football club than any other player in England over the past 10 years. Gerrard has never had a more talented and effective trio of players alongside him at Liverpool and this is a major factor allowing him to change his style. This change has also highlighted his ability to make the difference in a match solely through his seemingly evermore consistent set-piece delivery. We will now begin to see Gerrard collecting the ball from his centre-backs and spreading the ball from a much deeper position. Interestingly, this seems to be a return to his original style of play when he first broke through the Liverpool ranks and as an England player, where he was more of a conventional central midfield player. The captain won his man of the match award against Moldova recently not because of his early goal, but thanks to his wide range of passing and screening of the back four throughout the game. Chief football writer for the BBC Phil McNulty described him as having “controlled the tempo of the game”. Although some fans may disagree, this is exciting news for Liverpool. The signs are that Gerrard has set himself up to follow in the footsteps of veterans Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes in changing their game to extend their careers. These two demonstrate the perfect example for Gerrard to follow: Both were formerly energetic attacking forces that converted themselves to midfield controllers. The question is whether his transformation has come in time to allow his body to hold up. If not, a gaping hole may soon be left in Brendan Roger’s team, because at this moment in time, Steven Gerrard is still irreplaceable. Expertly written by: Thomas Jordan Tweet Thomas - @teejbusbys1 24


SUAREZ What now for Luis Suarez? Aizaz Sheikh looks at the future of everyone’s favourite Uruguayan. As tales of titanic transfers involving Gareth Bale and Mesut Özil rippled through the world of football on transfer deadline day, one world-class talent, who earlier in the summer looked like he was going to ignite a transfer frenzy all by himself, was sat in familiar surroundings. And just as his most loyal supporters were starting to turn and gearing up for life without him, The Reds got a massive boost by keeping Luis Suarez. To find out just how big the boost is, we will have to wait until May, but considering the start Liverpool have had without their talismanic striker, adding Suarez firing on all cylinders to the current mix makes a top-four finish a serious possibility. Before going any further, it’s worth saying that this transfer saga is probably not over. When January rolls by, Suarez, with no European involvement, will be the most eligible suitor to a team in the Champions League trying to bolster their squad. And that is a perfect segue in to perhaps the greatest part of not only keeping Luis Suarez, but in the manner that we did. Put simply, we didn’t want to sell, so we didn’t.

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SUAREZ John W. Henry and Brendan Rodgers handled this whole business impeccably, and the faith that Liverpool fans have, in both, as guardians for our club’s immediate future should be at an alltime high. Brendan, a football man keen to observe the traditions of our great club, refused to be bullied by modern-day player power. In his own words, he took “strong, decisive action” to ensure that Suarez was firmly put in his place.

“Initially there will be a recognition that [there needs to be] an apology to his team-mates and the club” BR on the Suarez situation And Henry, after ridiculing Arsenal’s £40,000,001m offer by tweeting ‘what do you think they’re smoking over there at Emirates?’ refused to budge. He refused to be taken for a ride, and unlike many other owners, he was not just making statements to get a better price. He was simply not willing to do business. Both men are doing positive things to restore our position as football heavyweights, and are doing it with ethics and passion. So, whether he wants to be here or not, Suarez remains a Liverpool player. He is, at the very least, pretending like he wants to be a Liverpool player (reportedly, while on Uruguay duty, he was asked: "You could've played alongside Özil", to which he replied: "I am happy with my decision to play alongside Gerrard."), and the weekend’s I nternational action showed us, as if we doubted it, that we have an absolute gem on or hands. Now, whether he stays long-term, or not, his mission has to be very clear: fire us back in to the Champions League. Sooner rather than later, and preferably without biting anyone or putting us through any more nonsense! 26


SUAREZ You see, what this summer taught us is that without Champions League football, or a showpiece manager (NB: I back Brendan Rodgers 100%, and have done so since day one. It’s just a fact that we don’t have a glamorous ex-player at the helm, or a manager with a history or reputation of success!), Liverpool’s ability to attract not just the very best talent, but even their own prime targets is not where it once was. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Diego Costa and Willian, none of who are in the bracket where Fernando Torres, or even Suarez himself were when we signed them, all proved elusive, and this presents a real problem if Liverpool sell Luis without Champions League football. If our transfer market pull is at an all-time low, the question would be how you replace him with the necessary quality for Liverpool to progress without him. It’s more first team players we need, and they need to be better than those we have. Given that Brendan Rodgers is the man to take us forward, Champions League football is paramount in Liverpool competing in the transfer market, and Luis Suarez, despite Daniel Sturridge’s emergence, still represents our most precious trump card. Fire us back to the Promised Land, and go to your greener pasture with The Kop’s blessing. We will replace you, and LFC will move on, like we always do. But that is where the ultimate irony could unravel. Once in the Champions League, could Luis have what he really craved, and as the darling of The Kop, be unwilling to play second fiddle to the likes of Ronaldo? Could firing us to the very reason he wanted to move be the factor that makes him want to commit his prime to us? Only time will tell. Expertly written by: Aiziz Sheik

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The Prem’s B£ST BUYS Michael Reid tries to pick out the best buys from the Premier League’s £600m summer splurge. It has been a record Summer of spending in the English Premier League. With well over £600m spent, the total spending by Premier League clubs reached over £5.2 billion over the least 10 years. But which clubs made the best purchases – who were the top signings this Summer? I am going to try and stick with the lesser media hyped deals (such as the Mesut Oezil’s and Roberto Soldado’s), whilst also avoiding discussion of every brilliant Liverpool signing to try and keep this article from becoming an essay! I would like to note just how pleased I am with almost every sale, loan and purchase Rodgers has made in the 2013 window! I’ll start with what is, in my opinion, the best Summer deal made by a Premier League club in 2013.

I am pleased with almost every sale, loan and purchase Rodgers has made in the 2013 window! Whilst this may not be the first on your lips when you think about the top deals, I genuinely believe that Chilean 26 year old Gary Medel’s £10.5m move from Sevilla to Cardiff was a stunning bit of business from Malky Mackay. Medel is a rough tackling, tough battling defensive midfielder who in my view would have suited the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool to a tee – for newly promoted Cardiff City to acquire his services is quite an exceptional coup. 28


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Added to the signing of one of England’s brightest and most talented young defenders in Steven Caulker - who I am in shock that Tottenham allowed to leave for just £9m - Cardiff have certainly made the best possible steps to avoid being relegated on their first try in the biggest league in England. Another club who has done exceptionally well with their purchases is Norwich City. Over the course of the 2013 U21 European Championship, one player that impressed me a lot for an albeit disappointing England side was Nathan Redmond.

Steal at £9m

Whilst I don’t like to judge players based on one International tournament, Redmond is a player that has played well every time I have watched him – he already has a Premier League winning goal to his name in his young Norwich career and at just £3.2m, Norwich have gained one of the bright young English talents. Ricky van Wolkfswinkel is a player that a lot of Canary fans are also excited about but I think that the signing of Leroy Fer from FC Twente in the Eredivisie is a more shrewd purchase. He will provide bite as well as passing range to the Norwich midfield that will help to see them further away from relegation than previous seasons.

Replica shirts just got more expensive…!

This wouldn’t be a proper transfer article without mentioning at least one deadline day deal, and for me the best was our Merseyside rivals £13m move for 22 year old James McCarthy. The Irishman has always been a player that I have wanted to see play for a top side, and whilst Everton may not be quite the European team I was hoping for the lad, they are a club that his talents may be showcased more than they were at consistent relegation strugglers Wigan. 29


BEST BUYS Sticking with Deadline Day, and in fact Everton (this time in the form of a sale), Victor Anichebe is another of my top signings over the Summer. Whilst his goal record for a striker is not the greatest in any respect, West Brom clearly were in dire need of a forward and £6m pound for the sturdy 25 year old is a signing that will help their squad to great effect. Whilst I said I would avoid Liverpool’s signings in this article, I think that two of our beloved clubs sales were two of the best purchases for Premier League clubs this season. Andy Carroll’s £15.5m (potentially rising to £19.5m with add-ons) move to West Ham United and Jonjo Shelvey’s rather cheap looking £6m move to Swansea were great moves for their respective buyers.

I think that two of our beloved clubs sales were two of the best purchases for Premier League clubs this season. Whilst these two weren’t part of Rodgers plans (Carroll not suiting the system and Shelvey being merely an understudy to the likes of Henderson, Gerrard, Lucas and Allen), they will provide top experience and will significantly aid their new clubs in fighting for even higher spots in the Premier League table. Swansea have also impressively added the big Ivorian forward Wilfried Bony, who scored 37 goals in 36 Eredevisie appearances last season, making him an excellent purchase at £12m from Vitesse Arnhem. Whilst you may not agree with some of these aforementioned “top” Summer acquisition, one this is for certain; the sheer number of signings will make it a highly exciting Premier League in 2013/14 for sure!

Expertly written by: Michael Reid Feedback? Send your feedback to : editor@anfieldroar.com

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DOES ANYONE CARE? Paul McFarland looks at why no-one seems to care as much at international football matches. Is it a big club thing?

The date is September 2013 and the World Cup qualifiers are well under way with most teams playing over half of their group games. The question I want to ask is: does anyone care? By all means most of the home nation grounds seem to be filled when the top group games come around, or even the mediocre ones. But look around the grounds when the smaller international teams come to visit and the stadiums seem to have a lot of empty seats. This seems to imply that the team visiting has a lot to do whether the fans go along to watch their international team or not. But surely it shouldn't matter who your international team Empty chairs at empty tables plays on a sunny August day or a cold damp December night - just the fact that they are playing and all the top players from your country will be on show should be enough of an incentive to make you want to be there, shouldn’t it? 31


WHO CARES? I know there is more TV coverage now than there has ever been, and all angles of every magical touch is covered and repeated throughout the game time and time again. And when you factor in the travel, the weather, and the cost, then sitting in front of a TV in your local pub, or in your own front room seems very appealing. BUT it's not the same as being there is it? When your team (Northern Ireland for me) win against the odds against teams like England, Spain, or more recently, the might of Russia, you will never experience the euphoria of actually being there.

If you support Man Utd or any of the other big clubs who have had a lot of success in recent years, the less passionate you will be about your international team. When the game comes to an end and you are leaving talking to fellow fans - some you have never even met before - about what you have just witnessed, and before you know it, you are at the pub, or getting into your car without having any memory of the journey because of the high your team have got you to! To me there seems to be a connection with what league team you support, and how successful they are, as to how patriotic you are towards your national team. For example, if you support Man Utd, Celtic, or any of the other big clubs who have had a lot of success in recent years, the less passionate you will be about your international team. This could be down to being used to success after success with your league team and being on a high, and then having to watch your country's team who don't quite get you to the same place. Yes I know the likes of England and the Republic of Ireland have gotten to the finals recently but that's not the same as winning it. It's like hooking up with a gorgeous girl at the end of the night, having a couple of drinks with her before the bar closes, and telling your mates you're in there, then walking her home only to get a peck on the cheek, and the front door closed in your face. Then there is the lack of atmosphere at the international matches as well: At the recent England v Scotland game. Just because it

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WHO CARES? was Scotland visiting the atmosphere was electric. What an England manager wouldn't do to have the home supporters that loud every match? But again this seems to be reflected on who the opposing team is on the day. I think most international supporters can also fall into a false sense of security at matches when one of the teams that you're supposed to beat comfortably turn up, because most times you're not that wound up, you relax and talk to your mates more and sing less, but then things don't go your teams way, so instead of getting behind the team, you "Nice to see your get hacked off – home fans boo you, and maybe that's loyal booing them off supporters." at half time, or refusing to clap them back on at the start of the second half, makes sense. But the opposite happens when a team far better comes along and after 15 minutes or so you see your team not only holding on, but pressing the game, and the more your team holds on, the more worked up into a frenzy the fans become. They kick and head every ball, berate every decision the referee gives against them, and sing and shout until their throats are raw! But for me, yes people still do care about international football and the reason most grounds are not full all the time is probably more to do with the state of the economy. I also think the FA's could do a lot more to keep prices down because the UK must be the costliest place in Europe, if not the world, to go and watch an international match. Given that pundits like to point out "it's a results based business" then I think that means we're all owed a few quid by our respective FA's! As I said qualifying isn't winning – it’s just delaying the disappointment. Expertly written by: Paul McFarland Feedback? Send your feedback to : editor@anfieldroar.com

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How did Liverpool do on the pitch over the last month? Paul Baker guides us through our pre-season victories... Wow, what a fantastic start! Top of the league with three wins out of three, three clean sheets and a new Kop hero in Simon Mignolet! We also have kept hold off Luis Suaraz and rumours are that he is due to sign a new contract! A great start from Daniel Sturridge too! Liverpool v Stoke City Saturday 17th August After what seemed like a age, with only pre-season to follow, the new 2013/14 season kicked off at Anfield with the visit of Stoke City. After a fractious game last season, which ended in a 0-0 result, it was important to make a positive start this time around and pick up three points.

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ON THE PITCH Liverpool dominated the game, hitting the woodwork three times during the match. The games only goal scored by Liverpool's number 15, Daniel Sturridge - a sweet 25 yard drive into the back of the net. The score could have been more if not for the heroic effects and Man of the match Stoke goalkeeper Begovic. The latest Kop hero was born when Mignolet saved a last minute penalty from Walters. For the first time since 2008, Liverpool picked up three points on the opening day of the season.

“He made three terrific saves. When you get the penalty against you at the end you get a sinking feeling. But he did his homework - he knows where all the penalty takers are going, he made a good first save and then obviously the second action to get up and make the double save was impressive.� Rodgers Aston Villa v Liverpool Saturday 24th August Next for Liverpool was a trip down the motorway to Villa Park. The Reds dominated the first 45, taking the majority of possession and territory. A 21st minute goal from Sturridge was well taken after good work from Jose Enrique and a clever dummy from Countinho. That goal makes it 13 from 18 for Daniel. England Manager Roy Hodgson will no doubt be watching Daniel closely this season with the World Cup qualifiers to come. Our two centre half''s Toure and Agger contained the threat from Benteke. The aerial ability from Kolo is much needed at the back.

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ON THE PITCH The Captain had a good game, protecting the back four and stopping a shot from Karim El Ahmads. Villa played better in the second half and put the team under more pressure than the first half, but Liverpool had enough quality and to pick up the win. Liverpool v Notts County Tuesday 27th August Next to Anfield was the visit of Notts County in the league cup 2nd round. I was enjoying attending my first home game of the season. With two early goals from Sterling and Sturridge the match looked won and I was thinking about the third round draw! Two second half goals from Yoann Arquin and sub Coombes ensured the game when into extra time. Not that we were all sure what was happening after 90 minutes. Some people left the ground and others were asking if it was extra time or a replay. Thankfully a second goal from Sturridge and a well taken goal from Henderson put us into the third round, even playing with ten men! Not a classic match, with Liverpool maybe guilty of taking their eye off the game, not that I can blame them with the United game next! A costly match in terms of injuries and having to finish the match with only 10 men. Fingers crossed the three injuries are not too serious. Liverpool v Manchester United Sunday 1st September Happy Birthday to Bill Shankly and Daniel Sturridge. The Kop paid a fitting tribute with a mosaic and a minutes round of applause.

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ON THE PITCH A brilliant start with a early goal, from yes that man again! Sturridge! A Steven Gerrard corner headed towards the goal from Agger and Sturridge was there just to make sure. 1-0 ! Coutinho was playing in his first Liverpool/United game. The away team dealt with him by handing out some rough treatment and a few kicks! Glen Johnson went off injured after a challenge with Patrice Evra. Hopefully with the break coming up, he will be fit and ready for our next game. Sterling could have scored in the closing moments, but was stopped by United keeper David De Gea.

“"I thought the result was outstanding, and defensively I thought we were very, very good. We'll be more fluent and as the season goes on we'll become better, but these are the big games we wanted to be winning this year.� Rodgers As we go into the international break, Liverpool sit top of the Premier League with a 100% record and a 3rd round trip to Old Trafford also to look forward too. A positive start to the season and well done to the Manager and the team. A big welcome to the new players signed at the end of the window, defenders Tiago llori and Mamadou Sakho and winger Victor Moses a season loan from Chelsea. With the transfer window now closed, lets hope the club are planning for January, as I think we still need a couple of more players to help the team step up to the next level and secure at least 4th place come May! Expertly written by: Paul Baker Feedback? Send your feedback to : editor@anfieldroar.com

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Introducing Simon

MIGNOLET Ronan McCourt profiles our new keeper - minute penalty saves seem to have helped him become a Kop hero already! When Simon Mignolet arrived at Liverpool from Sunderland in July, he knew he would have a fight on his hands. Competing with Pepe Reina from the no. 1 spot, establishing himself at a big club and furthering his case to be first choice between the sticks for his nation in a World Cup year. A few months in, and there can be no doubt he’s up for the fight. Signed in July by the club in a £9 million deal which made him the club’s most expensive goalkeeper, few could argue it wasn’t a move the player deserved after the season he had at Sunderland. Arguably the best keeper in the league last year, he had a number of standout performances, notably against Newcastle in the derby and Spurs on the final day, and kept an impressive 13 clean sheets for a team that only just avoided relegation in the league. To say he kept his team up would be an understatement.

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MIGNOLET The only question about the deal concerned the immediate future. Who would be number 1 this season? Everyone knew that Pepe Reina had his heart set on a move to boyhood club Barcelona as a replacement for the outgoing Victor Valdes. Mignolet’s early arrival in June was no doubt the clubs decision to get a replacement in before Reina was sold., although at the time this was not disclosed. But what the club didn’t know or count on, was Valdes deciding to see out the remaining year on his contract with Barca, meaning any move for Reina would be put on hold until next summer. Rodgers later admitted the move for Mignolet was under the assumption that Barca would come in for Reina, but when that didn’t happen, the club were left with two quality keepers on high wages, so Reina was hastily loaned out to Napoli for the year to balance the books.

“You want to play in the big games, you want to play for a big club and to play with pressure. I'm very confident in myself and I can't wait to get the first clean sheet under my belt.” Mignolet was aiming for No. 1 Mignolet was now all of a sudden the undisputed number 1 at the club, and the pressure was on to impress having replaced a club legend in Reina. Despite a nervy start in front of the Kop in his first game against Stoke, he pulled off a great save just before the break, and never looked back. The penalty double save at the death was the stuff of dreams for any debut keeper and ensured hero status for the Belgian. 40


MIGNOLET

He followed that up with a solid display at Villa and saved his most confident and faultless display yet for the visit of United. 3 clean sheets out of 3 in the league and some spectacular saves already, he could hardly have had a better start. Off the field, Mignolet's is not your average footballer. His girlfriend is a law graduate and Mignolet himself completed a degree in political science from the University of Leuven last summer. He is fluent in German, Dutch, English and French. And at 25, he remains a young goalkeeper, one who can certainly improve further as he gets older. He is one of a golden generation of Belgian talent, and is perhaps unlucky that the superb Thibaut Courtois is of the same era, and ahead of him in the pecking order for his nation. But Belgium’s loss there is our gain. Although we were all sad to see Reina depart, we can be confident that as long as Simon is at the club, the number 1 jersey at Liverpool is in safe hands. Expertly written by: Ronan McCourt You can tweet your responses to @anfieldroarmag

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George Way looks at the matches coming up - will we still be unbeaten at the top of the league after these…? The upcoming month will be a real challenge for Liverpool, following our successful start to the campaign (3 wins from 3 – I love hearing that!) The next four games include opposition such as Swansea and Southampton, both of which have caused us trouble in the past, as well as a game against the newly promoted Crystal Palace, and Sunderland. Sounds easy? The month begins with arguably the sternest test we will face, a visit to Swansea; this is a team that have developed into a quality Premier League side since Brendan Rogers guided them up from the championship via the 2011 play-offs. Now under the leadership of Michael Laudrup, and his effect is clear for all to see - having won the Capital One cup last year, they are currently enjoying their first spell in Europe since 1992. Last year also saw the Welsh club cement a 9th place finish in the Premier League.

Will Sakho keep Michu quiet?

Their 2013-14 season however appears to have got off to a rocky start; after their first two games, they find themselves bottom, following defeats to both Manchester United and Tottenham…

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FIXTURES We are strong favourites to win the tie, however, the Swans can take hope from their record against us at their own ground: we have won only two of the previous 13 encounters, so this will be a real challenge for both sides. Following our trip to Wales, on the 21st of September we host Southampton at Anfield, and it promises to be a rather unpredictable game. Last year Southampton (despite being newly promoted), pulled off some spectacular results, beating the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, and ourselves in the second half of the season. They will of course be hoping to carry some of that form into the new season, and they appear to have done just that, undefeated after their first two games. Our own track record against the Saints at Anfield however, bodes well for us, seeing as of the 41 games played, we have won 28, the last time Southampton beating us at home being September 2003. This game will not be the easiest, but if the past is anything to go by, we should go into it with confidence, and come out of it with another three points.

This game will not be the easiest, but if the past is anything to go by, we should go into it with confidence, and come out of it with another three points. The third encounter is against Sunderland, at the Stadium of Light; if there is a ground in England where we have learnt to expect the unexpected, it would be here, following the famous beach-ball incident of October 2009. The keeper that fell victim to the scandal was Pepe Reina, but on this occasion, we go to Sunderland with a new man between the sticks: their own former keeper, Simon Mignolet. Last season the Belgian was largely responsible for the Black Cats survival, as they finished 17th. After the struggle of last season, Paolo di Canio has been massively active in the transfer window, bringing in 11 players, more than any other side in the division. These additions vary from the Italian, Giaccherini (and our very own Dossena and Borini), to the 43


FIXTURES powerful USA international, Jozy Altidore. One of the most enthusiastic people at the club has to be manager Paolo di Canio, as can be seen from his antics on the touchline. Perhaps somebody with his experience will give them the boost they need to climb up the table. Despite taking only 1 point from the opening two games, Sunderland may view us as an opportunity to put some points of the board. On the 5th of October, we face another side that will be anxious to start picking up points, in the form of newly promoted Crystal Palace. The game is at Anfield, a place where the London based side have had limited success in the past; 17 times this fixture has been played out, and Liverpool have scored 45 goals in the fixture, conceding only ten. This combined with the recent poor form from the opposition suggests that this will be a game which the Reds expect to win, and anything less would be a major disappointment. In conclusion, the next 4 games are due to throw up a lot of goals for the Reds, but that is not to say we can expect 12 points from 12; each opposition provides a slightly different challenge, but I am confident that by the time the next issue is published, we will still be top of the league table. Comp Prem

Opposition Swansea (a)

Date Mon 16th Apr

Time 20:00

Predict WIN

Prem

Southampton (h)

Sat 21st Sept

15:00

WIN

Prem

Sunderland (a)

Sat 29th Aug

16:00

WIN

Prem

Crystal Palace (h)

Sat 5th Oct

15:00

WIN

Expertly written by: George Way - you can send your feedback to us and we’ll pass it on - editor@anfieldroar.com

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COUTINHO!

It looks as though he is going to be a Kop hero for many years to come. Ross Webber runs the rule over Coutinho.

Only nine months into his career at Anfield, Philippe Coutinho has already proven to be an absolute steal for Liverpool at the small price of just £8.5 million. The Brazilian has added an extra dimension to Brendan Rodgers’ side, with his trickery, flair and vision for a pass. Upon Coutinho’s arrival at #Liverpool, many were sceptical the 20-year old could adjust to the physicality and pace of the Premier League. However, the Brazilian exploded onto the scene grabbing a number of assists and a handful of goals, proving then he was more than capable of handling the pressures of English footy. 45


COUTINHO Coutinho had finished his debut seasons in the Premier League as one of the most exciting young talents on show with a number of Liverpool fans drooling at what the new number 10 could produce the following year. And so far he hasn’t disappointed. Coutinho has produced a telepathic partnership with fellow January signing Daniel Sturridge, illustrated in the England forward’s goal against Aston Villa. Coutinho cleverly allowed the ball to run through his legs into the path of Sturridge who did the rest. The goal scorer was first to congratulate the Brazilian, and not for the first time. LFC’s new best-seller With a certain Luis Suarez to return from his ban, Coutinho will provide the perfect ammunition for two of the most dangerous strikers in the Premier League. The introduction of Coutinho has also given Steven Gerrard a new lease of life. The captain has moved into a deeper role with the creativity and freedom of Coutinho ahead of him.

“He was still gaining his fitness, and those were high-tempo games. But I have no doubts about him on the big stage. I’ve seen him play in Champions League games for Inter Milan.” Rodgers on Coutinho The Brazilian has also shown his versatility by playing in wide areas. Although stronger through the middle, Coutinho is able to drift in from wide using his pace and trickery in the final third. At 21, Coutinho has a very promising future ahead of him. He has insisted that he has intentions to stay at Liverpool for a long time, and he could play a huge role in future success at Anfield. 46


COUTINHO After a disappointing time in Italy with Inter Milan, Coutinho has finally begun to prove himself and looks very comfortable in the current Liverpool set up. The Brazilian has so far only made one cap for his country. With the likes of Neymar and Oscar playing in a similar position, it’s understandable but Coutinho will be hoping his form this season can see him earn a place for the World Cup in his home nation. But less than a year into what many hope to be a long career at Anfield, Coutinho is already loved by the fans.

The future number 10 for Liverpool AND Brazil?

The Brazilian could easily grow to become one of the best players in the world and Rodgers will be hoping he, along with similar class signings, can lead Liverpool to glory in the future. Expertly written by: Ross Webber Ross’s site is liverpoolnewsandviews.tumblr.com

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It wasn’t exactly a masterclass, but it was good enough! Here are some other goals that have won us matches against United.

Ronnie Whelan - 1983 Milk Cup Final

Alan Kennedy’s late equaliser took the match to extra time, before Ronnie Whelan curled home a delightful winner to seal the Reds’ win. http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=ZV1LSKf85go 48


YOUTUBE Murphy Free Kick in 2000

Danny Murphy had a habit of scoring against the scum, and this little beauty won us all three points back in 2000/2001 - http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=q5h5IWTJKOA Best of the Bunch

Back in the days when Fernando Torres would eat Nemanja Vidic for breakfast, we managed to beat United 4-1 at their own ground! The pick of the bunch was this free kick from cult-hero Fabio Aurelio. Enjoy! http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=kB_9VtMHGrA

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I write this latest column from the surrounds of Orlando International Airport as I await a return flight to the UK following a fantastic three-week break in America. The trip was my wife and I's Honeymoon and we had a brilliant time taking in various locations and activities. However, and not for the first time, the ever-lingering shadow of Liverpool FC reared its head to cause an element of discontent between us. On a previous occasion, a few years earlier, I had spent a considerable period in the doghouse for cancelling plans at the last minute after being offered tickets to a game. Not necessarily an uncommon occurrence for a football fan on paper but a massive deal for when you consider the day in question happened to be Valentines Day! Back to the latest instalment of Liver Bird versus Real Bird and after landing in Florida on an overnight flight from Las Vegas, we checked into our hotel at around 7.30am local time on August 17th.

Which do you love more?

Or, to put it another way, 15 minutes before Liverpool versus Stoke City started!

We checked into our hotel at around 7.30am local time on August 17th. Or, to put it another way, 15 minutes before Liverpool versus Stoke City started!

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CLEAR AS DAY Instantly, and without even considering to unpack my suitcase or scout the room for free tea, coffee, soap and shower caps etc, I announced I was 'going for a look around' which in truth meant I was off to find a bar screening the game. After seven years together my partner can read me like a book (I'm hardly an instalment of 50 Shades of Grey either) and knew exactly what I was up to. To say the marriage was briefly put in jeopardy by my actions would be a slight exaggeration but the lure of the Reds was, as always, impossible to resist. Given the five-hour time difference and perceived lack of interest in 'soccer' Stateside, when compared to American football, baseball, basketball and ice hockey at least, I was pleasantly surprised to find somewhere within a couple of hundred yards. By 'pleasantly surprised' read absolutely delirious!

Can this man damage your marriage?

Despite risking the wrath of the new Mrs Day and dealing with the effects of a lengthy flight and 24 hours without sleep, I was almost as happy as I had been on our actual wedding day when I took my seat in front of the big screen.

I was almost as happy as I had been on our wedding day when I took my seat in front of the big screen. I am obviously assuming, and praying, she won’t read this otherwise that last statement is likely to cause me some serious problems and presumably pain! Anyway, before I dig myself into an even bigger hole, let’s get back to the matter of football…

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CLEAR AS DAY In truth we rode our luck towards the end of the Stoke match, as we would proceed to do in the following games against Aston Villa and Manchester United, and the victory could easily have been merely a draw. However, sitting top of the league with a 100% record (at the time of writing), even at such a formative stage of the campaign, is not something to be scoffed at. Indeed it is almost 20 years since the Reds last managed nine points from their opening three fixtures (1994-95). Couple that with a strong transfer window, which eventually included the retaining of mercurial front man Luis Suarez, and things are currently looking as rosy at Anfield as they have done for some time. The utopia, for the moment at least, extends into my personal life which begs the question; which one will decline first? If there is no Clear As Day next month then you can assume Sarah did read this column after all and I am therefore physically unable to produce one!

Expertly written by: Gavin Day - tweet him @superbag Visit Gavin’s site at http://www.liverpool.vitalfootball.co.uk

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