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Watch: Balotelli has mastered the bib...but what about Borini? - 1 час 57 минут назад
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Liverpool FC: Brendan Rodgers urges players to 'grab their chance' at entering Anfield folklore - 2 часа 5 минут назад
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Steven Gerrard: No room for passengers if Liverpool FC are to stun Real Madrid - 2 часа 29 минут назад
Reds skipper believes Rodgers' men will rise to the occasion
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Coutinho Cameo Against QPR Demands Real Madrid Start - 2 часа 59 минут назад

A decisive cameo by Philippe Coutinho against QPR shows why the Brazilian No. 10 should start against Real Madrid on Wednesday, writes Jack Lusby.

 Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Correia celebrates scoring the second goal against Queens Park Rangers with team-mate captain Steven Gerrard during the Premier League match at Loftus Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Having struggled to find form so far this season, Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho made an emphatic return to form for the Reds in their 3-2 victory over Queens Park Rangers in Sunday’s Premier League clash.

The 22-year-old was brought into the fold, after an impressive international break with Dunga’s Brazil, on 66 minutes.

66 mins: A double change for #LFC as Coutinho and Allen come on for Lallana and Can

— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 19, 2014

The introduction of Coutinho and Joe Allen provided Brendan Rodgers’ side with the impetus required to force their way to three points against the R’s; Liverpool’s defence remained abysmal, but forward play improved immeasurably.

Coutinho is the catalyst to our attacking play, everything good went through him when he came on. Huge win that in context of season. #LFC.

— Simon Steers (@sisteers) October 19, 2014

With the Reds welcoming European giants Real Madrid to Anfield on Wednesday night, Coutinho provided Rodgers with a timely reminder of his supreme talents, and this should demand a starting role against Carlo Ancelotti’s Galacticos.

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Coutinho vs. QPR

Against QPR, from his first move, taking the ball on the left flank before charging into the centre before laying the ball off to right-sider Raheem Sterling, every time Coutinho touched the ball Liverpool looked more threatening.

Always happy to receive the ball and, most importantly, make something in the attacking third, Coutinho lifted his teammates in timely fashion.

What’s more, the midfielder provided a rare glimpse of his talents in front of goal, with the goal to put the Reds 2-1 up, on 90 minutes.

Coutinho. 2-1 Liverpool. Superb breakaway led by the untouchable Sterling, who has had an excellent second half

— Oliver Holt (@OllieHolt22) October 19, 2014

Coutinho's goal vs QPR was his first shot on target in the Premier League this season.

— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 19, 2014

A determined, bursting run typified Coutinho’s short display, and Liverpool looked somewhat like the immense attacking prospect of last season on the counter attack.

The 22-year-old turned provider with a sleek through-ball pass to the onrushing Raheem Sterling, whose cross was helped into the net by Steven Caulker, sealing the three points for Rodgers’ side.

Coutinho finished the game, having played around 25 minutes, with, according to WhoScored, a passing accuracy of 81.8 per cent, with two successful dribbles and a goal, making a fair claim for Man of the Match.

Another Madrid record: No side in history had scored 17 goals in the first four away games!

— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) October 19, 2014

Real Madrid

Clearly, an impressive showing at Loftus Road is a different matter entirely to the visit of Madrid to Anfield; Los Meringues are one of Europe’s leading forces, with a phenomenal array of stars.

Gloss over the attacking talents of Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez and Karim Benzema, Ancelotti’s side could arguably nullify Liverpool from elsewhere on the pitch.

This is where Coutinho will find his challenge.

Toni Kroos and Luka Modric have completed 100% of their passes for Real Madrid vs Levante – 99 passes in total.

— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 18, 2014

Finding space and time on the ball in between the possessive talents of Isco, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos will test the playmaker’s ingenuity, and if Ancelotti is to field a specialist defensive midfielder such as Sami Khedira or Asier Illarramendi would limit this possibility further.

However, Coutinho is a player of European and international experience, and no stranger to this type of competition, or in fact, Spanish opposition, having spent a season on loan in La Liga with Espanyol.

Having played for European giants Inter Milan, as well as Liverpool, the 22-year-old is well-steeped in the history of the Champions League, and is looking to emulate “Ronaldinho, who is one of my heroes,” this season.

Philippe Coutinho's assist for Neymar's second Brazil goal is class:

— Metro Sport (@Metro_Sport) October 14, 2014

An exquisite assist for Brazil captain Neymar in the recent 4-0 victory over Japan saw Coutinho make another step towards the former Barcelona and PSQ phenom.

On the form that Coutinho is in, and based on his determined, incisive display against QPR, the Brazilian could be the player that shatters the Madrid stability.

 Liverpool's Mario Balotelli in action against Queens Park Rangers' Yun Suk-Young during the Premier League match at Loftus Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Support for Balotelli

The main talking point, dreadful defence aside, post-QPR is the continued struggles of Italian forward Mario Balotelli, who extended his barren Premier League run to six games; 431 minutes, 30 attempted shots.

It is clear that Balotelli, who shone against Spurs on his debut, is finding it difficult to function as a lone striker—the prolonged injury to Daniel Sturridge has dictated this.

This is becoming a drain on Rodgers’ system, with the longer Balotelli fails to find the net, the more desperate his profligacy becomes—see his miss-of-the-season contender at Loftus Road for the perfect example.

The striker himself recently declared that “I have never been a real, out-and-out striker…If it was my choice, I would always go with two strikers,” highlighting the need to provide support for Balotelli.

Continuing to force Balotelli into the lone striker role is a detriment to his talents, and should end against Madrid.

MNF – Jamie Carragher's Team vs Real Madrid: via @YouTube

— MrBoywunder (@MrBoywunder) October 20, 2014

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher suggested dropping the Italian completely for Wednesday night’s tie, with 19-year-old forward Raheem Sterling operating as a false nine in his stead.

This is a potent option for the Reds, but perhaps not a worthy experiment at such a high level.

Instead, Sterling should partner Balotelli up front, with the Englishman’s intelligent, off-the-shoulder runs complementing the £16 million man’s deep-lying creativity and work rate.

Bringing Coutinho into the side would allow Rodgers to experiment with this idea.

Carra's line-up v Real Madrid, no Balotelli

— LFCTS (@LFCTS) October 20, 2014

In Carragher’s line-up the playmaker is featured on the right flank, but Coutinho’s best role for this tie would be behind the strikers in the No. 10 role.

His creativity would flourish behind Sterling, and the exceptional through ball for Sterling to set up Liverpool’s third on Sunday underlines this.

That pass from Coutinho for the third was ridiculous. Welcome signs of the little Brazilian getting back to his best.

— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) October 19, 2014

The form of Philippe Coutinho seems to work in cycles, with a particular peak impending—Brendan Rodgers should capitalise on this and unleash the Brazilian against Real Madrid on Wednesday night.

Should Philippe Coutinho start against Real Madrid? Let us know in the comments below.

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Watch: Real Madrid press conference and training ahead of Liverpool FC clash at Anfield - 3 часа 6 минут назад
Arbeloa says he has told his teammates of the tremendous Anfield atmosphere
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Gerrard hopes for Real repeat

Sky Sports - Втр, 21/10/2014 - 23:42
Steven Gerrard has urged Liverpool to take inspiration from their 2009 triumph over Real Madrid when the two teams meet again on Wednesday night.
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Watch: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo NOT singing in the rain! - Втр, 21/10/2014 - 23:36
Real Madrid players don't quite know how to react to torrential downpour
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Чемпионат Англии. "Ливерпуль" - "Халл Сити". 26 октября 12:05 на НТВ-ПЛЮС Футбол 1

26 октября 12:05 на НТВ-ПЛЮС Футбол 1
Чемпионат Англии. "Ливерпуль" - "Халл Сити".
Профессиональная футбольная лига для английских футбольных клубов (также в ней могут играть некоторые клубы из Уэльса). Является высшим дивизионом в системе футбольных лиг Англии. В ней выступают 20 клубов.
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Чемпионат Англии. "Ливерпуль" - "Халл Сити". 26 октября 12:05 на НТВ-ПЛЮС Футбол 1

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26 октября 12:05 на НТВ-ПЛЮС Футбол 1
Чемпионат Англии. "Ливерпуль" - "Халл Сити".
Профессиональная футбольная лига для английских футбольных клубов (также в ней могут играть некоторые клубы из Уэльса). Является высшим дивизионом в системе футбольных лиг Англии. В ней выступают 20 клубов.
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Steven Gerrard: Liverpool FC can "shock and surprise" Real Madrid - Втр, 21/10/2014 - 23:29
Reds skipper hoping for a similar performance level seen in the 4-0 Anfield win back in 2009
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Re-read: Liverpool FC news and views, October 21, 2014 - Втр, 21/10/2014 - 23:20
The latest news and views on the Reds
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Перед Реалом. Фоторепортаж

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How Liverpool Are Expected To Line Up Against Real Madrid - Втр, 21/10/2014 - 23:00

Two giants of European Football meet on Wednesday night at Anfield for their third game in Group B of the Champions League. Ben Twelves discusses how Brendan Rodgers should shape his team for the clash.

European Football - UEFA Champions League - Group B - Liverpool FC v PFC Ludogorets Razgrad

Liverpool return to Champions League action on Wednesday night when they host the current European champions in as big a clash as they come at Anfield, in a game that the Reds will be looking to get their European adventure back on track.

Brendan Rodgers’ side slumped to a disappointing 1-0 defeat against Swiss champions Basel almost three weeks ago, tightening the group and denting the their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stage in the process.

Two wins from two league games so far this month for Rodgers’ men has improved Liverpool’s Premier League position and the Reds will be looking to carry the positive results, but not performances, onto the European stage starting against Carlo Ancelotti’s fantasy football-like team on Wednesday.

Rodgers: "The good thing about this group is that we really lift ourselves for the big games."

— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) October 21, 2014

The glamorous encounter will be the second match in just four days for Rodgers and his team, and the Liverpool boss is going to have to use the full depth of his squad over what will be a testing period for Liverpool who play six games in just 18 days in a hectic schedule of games – finishing with Chelsea arriving at Anfield.

Gerrard: "We're new back in the CL so I'm not sure Real will be coming here with any fear but for us it's a fantastic challenge."

— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) October 21, 2014

The Team

Liverpool welcomed back Joe Allen and Emre Can to the match day fold in Sunday’s abysmal display against QPR, but Rodgers is still without top striker Daniel Sturridge, who it was revealed late on Friday night is frustratingly out for a further month after picking up a calf muscle injury in training.

 Liverpool's Mario Balotelli scores the first goal against PFC Ludogorets Razgrad during the UEFA Champions League Group B match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The England striker’s presence is sorely missed in the starting XI, with Mario Balotelli desperately struggling to replicate anything like his promising performance when played alongside Sturridge in a two man partnership.

Mamadou Sakho is still unavailable for selection and with Kolo Toure being a last resort, Dejan Lovren and Martin Skrtel should continue their ‘work in progress’ partnership against one of the most frightening strike forces in world football on Wednesday.

 Liverpool's Alberto Moreno celebrates scoring the third goal against Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match at White Hart Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Alberto Moreno is set to be welcomed back into the squad and he along with fellow Spaniard, Javier Manquillo, should both come straight back into the starting XI for the clash in place of Glen Johnson and Jose Enrique who filled their shirts at Loftus Road.

Allen and Philippe Coutinho – who both helped rescue the Reds as second half substitutes on Sunday – will be hopeful of playing from the beginning this time and they should both be involved from the start, in place of Adam Lallana and Emre Can, who looked off the pace against QPR on Sunday in his first game back from injury.

 Liverpool's Mario Balotelli during a training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group B match against Real Madrid at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Mario Balotelli’s continued poor has led to frustration within the fan base with calls for the Italian to be dropped to the bench in place of a pacey, hungry and direct approach against Madrid, but it seems more likely that he may receive the partner in attack that he claims he needs to be able to perform.

The Line Up

Rodgers must move away from the rigid 4-2-3-1 formation for the match to avoid a complete demolition job from the away side and that leaves the Liverpool boss with two genuine options the first of which is a return to the diamond shaped midfield set up.

The back four will see Moreno returning on the left, Rodgers will have to decide whether to bring Manquillo back in or stick with Glen Johnson for his experience.

In the midfield, Steven Gerrard in the deeper position should be partnered by Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen with Philippe Coutinho at the tip, allowing Raheem Sterling to partner Mario Balotelli up front, giving the Italian the strike partner he says he needs.

Those changes to system and personnel would see Liverpool line up like this against the European champions:

madrid diamond

The other alternative for Rodgers is to play a highly energetic and aggressive 4-3-3 system as pointed out by Jamie Carragher on Monday Night Football.

This would allow Liverpool to play with a mobile pressing midfield and attack and thus dropping the underperforming Balotelli to the bench – utilising Sterling as a ‘false 9’ and central attacking figure.

If Rodgers chooses to shape his side up in a 4-3-3 formation, this is how the starting XI should look:

madrid 4-3-3

With the reverse fixture to come before crunch clashes against Basel and Ludogorets, a result on Wednesday night would be a massive boost to Liverpool’s qualification hopes.

Rodgers says "character and spirit" needed as well as quality, tomorrow night. "That's what's enabled us to win games during this season"

— Neil Jones (@neiljonesecho) October 21, 2014

Gerrard: "When the calibre of Real Madrid come to town everyone knows you have to perform to the max to get an kind of result.

— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) October 21, 2014

It proposes to be a monumental challenge for Brendan Rodgers’ struggling Liverpool and the Reds will have to improve immeasurably if they want to pick up anything other than a crushing defeat against arguably the best team in world football currently.

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Watch: Steven Gerrard tells why he never joined Real Madrid - Втр, 21/10/2014 - 23:00
I may regret not joining them - but I'd have regretted leaving more, says Liverpool FC skipper
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60 photos: Pre-Real Anfield preparations

LiverpoolFC TV - Втр, 21/10/2014 - 22:57
Liverpool's players trained in windy conditions at Anfield ahead of their Champions League clash with Real Madrid tomorrow night - and our photographers were on hand to get these superb pictures.
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Videos: Boss and Stevie preview Madrid

LiverpoolFC TV - Втр, 21/10/2014 - 22:52
Brendan Rodgers and Steven Gerrard met the press at Anfield on Tuesday to preview Wednesday's Champions League clash with Real Madrid - and LFCTV GO subscribers can now watch both clips on demand.
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“Anfield crowd will make us suffer” says Arbeloa, as Ronaldo says it’s the toughest ground in Premier League - Втр, 21/10/2014 - 22:45

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti insists it is impossible for Cristiano Ronaldo to play better than he currently is.

 Heavy rain, the remnants of Hurricane Gonzola, pours down as Liverpool players train ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group B match against Real Madrid at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Portugal international broke a 71-year-old La Liga record at the weekend by taking his tally to 15 goals in eight league matches and he has now scored a staggering 271 goals in 258 club appearances. He is just two goals away from equalling club icon Raul’s Champions League record of 71 and Ancelotti believes the forward cannot do much more at present.

“Ronaldo is in a fantastic moment and is doing really well, it is impossible to do better,” said the Italian, who said he was honoured to have matched “fantastic” former Liverpool manager Bob Paisley’s record of winning three European Cups.

“He is really focused and wants to try to do the best so this moment will continue.”

Team-mate Alvaro Arbeloa, a former Liverpool defender, said playing alongside Ronaldo for the last six years he has noticed a significant upturn in the last couple of seasons.

“It is a question which keeps recurring and we can only use superlatives all the time,” Arbeloa said. “Even if you compared to what he was like two years ago, you wouldn’t believe the numbers he is now achieving. “Confidence-wise he is at the most confident he has been in his career.”

Ronaldo may be high on confidence but he will run out against Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday for their Champions League Group B encounter knowing he has not scored at the ground in five previous attempts as a Manchester United player.

Arbeloa knows exactly what to expect on Wednesday night but he has told his team-mates to enjoy it.

 Liverpool fans on the Spion Kop create another magical European night atmosphere before the UEFA Champions League First Knockout Round 2nd Leg match against Real Madrid at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)The Kop the last time the two sides met at Anfield. Photo: David Rawcliffe/Propaganda

“It is not a case of warning them but I have told them about the tremendous atmosphere which will await them,” he added. “It is a very special game for Liverpool, not because they are receiving a team like Real Madrid.

“Even Ronaldo has mentioned in the past this is the most difficult away ground he knew in his time playing in the Premier League.

“We know they will put us under pressure with this crowd, they will make us suffer. It is tough to put into words, it is something you have to experience for yourself.

“These big nights in the Champions League, even league games during the day, are special occasions – you only have to listen to that special sound of the fans singing You’ll Never Walk Alone.

“I would almost say it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, something you have to experience once in your career.

“But you have to put that to one side. It is a very important game and once the whistle goes we are out there to get three points.”

Real arrived on Merseyside without Wales international Gareth Bale, whose abdominal injury has ruled him out of this match and the weekend’s game against Barcelona.

“We are working hard to get him fit but he is not available for tomorrow and Saturday but we are trying to get him recuperated as quickly as possible,” added Ancelotti, who was not happy to field a number of questions about this weekend’s El Clasico. “It would be strange to come here thinking about Saturday and our thoughts are not with the next league game.

“I find it incredible that you are asking me about injuries and who is going to play on Saturday. It is very important we have some key players who can play in different positions.

“At the weekend in the absence of Bale we had James (Rodriguez) playing in that position – we have the quality to interchange players in different positions.”

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Джеррард о Реале и Роналду

ЛиверпульФС ру - Втр, 21/10/2014 - 22:42

Капитан признался, что в прошлом неоднократно отказывался от возможности перейти в мадридский Реал.

В рамках предматчевой пресс-конференции тридцатичетырёхлетний лидер Ливерпуля Стивен Джеррард рассказал, что на пике карьеры несколько раз получал предложения стать футболистом испанского гранда.

"Мне было приятно слышать об интересе со стороны Реала, – сказал Джеррард. – У меня действительно были предложения из Мадрида, но я не поддался искушению и остался в клубе своего родного города".

"Быть может, я жалею, что когда-то не воспользовался возможностью попробовать свои силы в мадридском Реале, но я уверен, что жалел бы ещё больше, если бы покинул любимый Ливерпуль. Реал – большой и великий клуб, но Ливерпуль для меня всегда был на первом месте".

В 2009 году Стивен Джеррард стал автором двух забитых мячей в ворота Реала, когда команды встречались в ответном поединке 1/8 финала Лиги чемпионов на "Энфилде". Тот матч закончился со счётом 4:0, благодаря чему "Красные" вышли в следующий этап соревнования.

Джеррард вспоминает: "В тот вечер Ливерпуль был на порядок сильнее Реала. Мы агрессивно действовали на каждом участке поля, великолепно играли без мяча, высоко прессинговали и сумели воспользоваться их ошибками. Кроме того, у нас выступал великолепный нападающий Фернандо Торрес".

"При всём уважении к Реалу образца пятилетней давности, я считаю, что с тех пор эта команда заметно выросла и стала намного сильнее. Они доказали это в прошлом сезоне, когда выиграли Лигу чемпионов. Мы с огромным уважением относимся к Реалу, который будет противостоять нам в среду".

"Это был потрясающий матч [в 2009 году], мы продемонстрировали великолепный футбол и постараемся сделать то же самое в среду. Когда великие команды приезжают в твой город, и ты побеждаешь их на домашнем стадионе, – это невероятное чувство. Такие игры навсегда остаются в памяти".

"Мы в некотором роде новички в Лиге чемпионов, поэтому я не думаю, что Реал будет испытывать страх во время предстоящей встречи. Я не уверен, что в европейском футболе есть много команд, которых они опасаются".

"Что касается нас, то мы прогрессируем, постепенно движемся вперёд и пытаемся стать лучше. У меня достаточно опыта в Лиге чемпионов – я знаю, что получить настоящее наслаждение от матча такого уровня можно только в том случае, если вы показываете свой лучший футбол и действуете как единое целое. Надеюсь, что в среду нам удастся удивить и даже шокировать многих людей".

"Мы с большим уважением относимся к Реалу, но в среду всё наше внимание будет сосредоточено на собственной игре. Мы знаем, что способны сыграть намного лучше, чем в матче против Куинз Парк Рейнджерс, и я уверен, что наша команда приложит для этого максимум усилий".

По мнению Стивена Джеррарда, переход из Манчестер Юнайтед в Реал положительно отразился на футбольных качествах Криштиану Роналду.

Он добавил: "Когда Криштиану выступал за Манчестер Юнайтед, он год за годом прогрессировал, добивался хороших показателей и в итоге вырос в футболиста мирового уровня. Но после переезда в Реал он начал демонстрировать по-настоящему феноменальную игру. Прямо сейчас он, вероятно, лучший нападающий в мире".

"Он потрясающий игрок, который бьёт рекорд за рекордом и не боится ставить перед собой новые цели. Но мы не можем беспокоиться о нём одном. Лично я сосредоточен на нашей команде и наших игроках. Мне важно, чтобы мы все вместе провели хороший и результативный матч".

"Ливерпуль неровно начал сезон. Мы потеряли Луиса Суареса и на долгое время лишились Дэниела Старриджа, но я убеждён, что в ближайшее время команда выйдет на пик своей формы и начнёт демонстрировать прошлогодний футбол. Уверен, ждать нашей лучшей игры осталось недолго".

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Капитан признался, что в прошлом неоднократно отказывался от возможности перейти в мадридский Реал.


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