Liverpool v West Ham Preview

anfield3A rare 3pm kickoff this weekend as Liverpool play West Ham at home on Wednesday with a very realistic expectation that the Reds continue their good start to the season with a home win against the Hammers.

Liverpool vs West Ham United Preview
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is likely to have the same squad to select from for the visit of West Ham.

Captain Jordan Henderson (foot) and midfielder Adam Lallana (thigh) missed Monday’s draw at Arsenal and are unlikely to recover in time.

Liverpool Europa League Details

liverpool-kop-newLiverpool will have a long away trip awaiting them in the Europa League this season when they take on Rubin Kazan in Russia.

The Reds were drawn against the Russian side in Group B along with French side Bordeaux and Swiss club Sion this season. The good news for Liverpool, though, is that five of their six Premier League games after a European tie are at Anfield with the exception being the Merseyside derby against Everton at Goodison Park on October 4.

The draw represents a good opportunity for Liverpool to progress with Bordeaux and Sion in Switzerland not exactly striking fear through Anfield.

Balotelli Blames Brendan Rodgers On Why It Didn’t Work At Liverpool

Mario Balotelli LiverpoolAC Milan’s latest loan signing, Mario Balotelli, has blamed his poor spell at Liverpool on Brendan Rodgers’ tactics as well as a number things, as per Gazzetta Dello Sport.

Balotelli signed for Liverpool ijust over a year ago but he’s slumped back to Italy without even a whimper after a terrible spell at Anfield

The Italian forward arrived for £16 million having scored 30 goals in 54 appearances for the Italian giants, but things never really got going at Liverpool. Balotelli hit just four goals in all competitions, with only one coming in the Premier League, while revelations about his lifestyle and lack of work ethic at the club have come out in force this summer.

Liverpool Get Carlisle At Home In League Cup Third Round

new-kop-pictureLiverpool will face Carlisle United at Anfield in the third round of the Capital One Cup after the draw was made on Tuesday evening.

Brendan Rodgers’ team begin their quest for success on home soil against the League Two outfit, who defeated Queens Park Rangers to reach this stage.

The tie will be played in the week commencing September 21.

It means a first meeting between the sides since January 1989, when the Reds claimed a 3-0 win on the road in the FA Cup.

Liverpool have lifted the League Cup on eight occasions, more than any other club, and most recently at Wembley in 2012.

Rodgers: Lucas Going Nowhere

lucas-lfcLucas Leiva has been linked with a loan move to Besiktas but Brendan Rodgers wants to keep the Brazilian at Liverpool.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers expects to have long-serving midfielder Lucas Leiva at his disposal after the transfer window closes on September 1.

Lucas appeared on the verge of a season-long loan move to Turkish club Besiktas, but an injury to captain Jordan Henderson has offered the 28-year-old a reprieve.

The Brazil international played 76 minutes as Liverpool drew 0-0 at Arsenal in Premier League action on Monday.
Rodgers was asked whether he expected to see Lucas at Anfield next Tuesday and the Liverpool boss said:

Rodgers Post Match Reaction: We Deserved To Beat Arsenal

rodgers-lfc-newLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was left to rue missed opportunities after his side drew 0-0 with title rivals Arsenal on Monday night.

The Reds, who entered the match on the back of two consecutive wins in the Premier League, struck the woodwork twice in the first half as midfielder Philippe Coutinho went closest to breaking the deadlock.

Christian Benteke also forced Petr Cech into an outstanding save from close range and Rodgers believes his team were the stronger of the two sides.

“We definitely could have had all three points,” the Northern Irishman told the press.

Reds Still Unbeaten After Draw At Arsenal

Arsenal and Liverpool had to settle for a point each after a richly entertaining game of two halves beneath the Emirates Stadium drizzle implausibly finished 0-0 on Monday. With Arsenal centre-backs Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny absent – the former ill, the latter laid low by a back problem – Liverpool dominated the first half, hitting the woodwork twice and seeing Petr Cech produce an astonishing save to deny Christian Benteke.

Reds Close To Dumping Balotelli

Mario Balotelli LiverpoolIt looks like Liverpool will be able to unload Mario Balotelli after all as the Anfield flop is expected to complete a return to AC Milan within the next 48 hours.

Liverpool are so desperate to unload the Italian striker that they are expected to pay around 50% of Balotelli’s £90,000 per week wages if Milan takes him on loan for the season with an option to buy the 25-year-old next summer.

Over the weekend Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani confirmed their interest over the weekend of taking the forward back to Milan saying:

Henderson’s Foot Injury Has To Worry Liverpool

jordan-hendersonJordan Henderson has said Liverpool must balance the importance of Monday’s visit to Arsenal against the risk of him missing several games with the foot injury that has placed his involvement at the Emirates Stadium in doubt.

The Liverpool captain was forced out of Monday’s win over Bournemouth with a problem in his heel and admits he is unsure over the extent of the injury and whether he will be fit to face Arsène Wenger’s side. The 25-year-old is being assessed on a daily basis and a decision on his fitness may not be taken until the day of the game.

Rodgers Says Tactics Will Help Liverpool Win At Arsenal

BR-ShanksAn unusual pre-match press conference from Brendan Rodgers as the Reds boss had an in-depth discussion on how dominating space, not the ball, is the key to winning at the Emirates Stadium.

“It is a game against a rival you are going to be competing with at the top end of the table and while Monday’s game won’t give a full picture of how it will finish up it is important for confidence and psychologically.