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Not only were Liverpool on the receiving end of a hugely efficient Manchester City performance leaving The Etihad pointless but the away side also left with a number of injury concerns following their disappointing defeat on Monday.

Brendan Rodgers defensive problems deepened after his side conceded three sloppy goals against their fellow title contenders and finished the game with ten men although conceivably things could’ve easily have been worse. Glenn Johnson picked up a thigh problem late into the game as the Reds foraged for some score-line respectability; the England full-back was unable to continue and having already made three substitutions Liverpool finished a man down. Debutant Alberto Moreno (ankle) and Martin Skrtel (knock) also suffered injuries and all three players will be assessed ahead of Sunday’s crucial game at Tottenham.
Aug 26 - 10:51 AM

City exploited gaps in City's newly assembled defense in cruising to a 3-1 win.

Alberto Moreno, Dejan Lovern and Steven Gerrard have some work to do to tighten up Liverpool's new look defense if they are going to challenge for the Premier League title again this season. Brendan Rodgers spent significant money upgrading last season's group but new signings Alberto Moreno and Dejan Lovern looked mediocre on City's first and third goals. Fortunately there's a lot of season left to pull it together against big opponents.
Aug 25 - 6:45 PM

Mario Balotelli signaled his move to Liverpool becoming official by Tweeting YNWA! COME ON LIVERPOOL. The Mario Balotelli era at Anfield has begun.

First he didn't like much of anything about England. Then he went to Milan and decided England wasn't so bad. All summer Mario Balotelli has been linked with one high profile English club (Arsenal) or another (Liverpool). Today, the move has been finalized with the Italian forward and the club both announcing the deal on Twitter. There are seemingly as many opinions of how the move will work out as there are fans of the Premier League but we should find out starting with Week 3 as today's match with Manchester City comes too soon for Balotelli to figure.
Source: @LFC
Aug 25 - 2:44 PM

Brendan Rodgers is set to have another weapon from his summer shopping spree available to him this weekend as Lazar Markovic has been deemed fit and will be in the squad Monday night when the Reds battle Manchester City.

Much like the departure of Gareth Bale from Tottenham last summer, the apparent strategy is to scoop up as many players as possible in the hopes to somehow fill the void left behind by Luis Suarez. Truth be told, all the quantity in the world cannot compensate for the level of quality special players like Bale and Suarez deliver. Markovic will have to earn his way into regular playing time and with the apparent arrival of Mario Balotelli imminent, it only complicates matter for fantasy managers in attempting to determine which players will be dependable regular starters. Jon Flanagan, incidentally, has been ruled out of this weekend's clash.
Aug 22 - 5:48 PM

There appear to be only the details standing between Mario Balotelli and a move to Liverpool.

Reports have the transfer costing Liverpool £16million in addition to £120,000 a week in wages which isn't a huge price if you consider Balotelli a premium forward. The question is whether Balotelli is a premium forward. The physical talent appears to be there but it's hard to see him fitting into a Liverpool attack that is based on rapid-strike counterattacks. "Quick on the counterattack" is not a phrase typically used to describe the mercurial Italian leaving us to wonder how he'll fit in and, if he isn't a regular starter, how that will go down in the locker room. Here's a question for you to ponder...who makes way for Balotelli? Sturridge? Sterling? Coutinho? Henderson? Gerrard? A holding midfielder?
Source: bbc.com
Aug 22 - 1:05 PM

While investors who played Daniel Sturridge in their Week 1 fantasy teams can feel satisfied with his 16 point output, it masked and otherwise lackluster performance from the expensive forward.

12 of the 16 points Sturridge gained came on the slight touch from Raheem Sterling's header that some would argue may have been on its way into goal without the assistance from Sturridge. Otherwise, he displayed little threat throughout the entirety of the match, failing to register any other shots on goal. To be fair, points are points, and Sturridge is sure to poach his share of goals this season, but the lack of Luis Suarez should have managers viewing Sturridge a tier below the elite strikers in the game.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 18 - 2:38 PM

Liverpool earn three points over a tenacious Southampton side with a 2-1 win as Raheem Sterling notched his first goal and assist of the season.

Sterling was the first man on the score sheet when, in the 23rd minute, he was fed an exquisite through ball from Jordan Henderson and beat Fraser Forster with a well-composed strike. After the Saints leveled things in the 2nd half, Sterling flicked a header on that found Daniel Sturridge at the back post who squirted one in with the slightest of touches. Sterling was a force today, getting forward at will, and though he may have some quiet performances here and there during the season, he generally has to be considered among fantasy midfield options, week in and week out.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 17 - 10:41 AM

Jon Flanagan has been ruled out of Liverpool's opener against Southampton, joining a list of names that include Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic and Daniel Agger.

With so many new toys at fullback for Liverpool, the absence of Flanagan should only help make Brendan Rodgers selection easier. Agger is trying to get back to fitness before the window closes as it appears his days of starting at Anfield are over. We have to wait another month to get a glimpse of Lallana but Markovic hopes to be in contention as early as Week 2.

Nik Argiropoulos reckons Daniel Sturridge is almost guaranteed to get on the scoresheet in Week 1.

With Luis Suarez gone the pressure is on Sturridge as Liverpool's lead striker, and he has the talent and self-confidence required to have a really big season. It starts against Southampton and I'd be surprised if he doesn't get himself on the scoresheet.
Aug 15 - 3:27 AM

Word from Sevilla is that Alberto Moreno has been left out of the UEFA Super Cup squad because a deal has been completed moving him to Liverpool for £12million.

At that price, Moreno would be quite a bargain as reports had his acquisition coming in for upwards of £20million at various points over the summer. With Javier Manquillo also having arrived, the starting situation at the fullback spots for Liverpool is a bit murky. Moreno will almost certainly start regularly once Brendan Rodgers feels he has integrated sufficiently with the squad. Glen Johnson has been playing as a makeshift left back and he will now be competing with newly acquired Javier Manquillo and Jon Flanagan. That's a lot of right backs for one spot. Unless Rodgers makes an official pronouncement for Week 1, it might be worth staying away from Liverpool's fullbacks until we get a clearer picture.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Aug 12 - 4:27 PM

Daniel Agger wants to play some football. Brendan Rodgers doesn't appear interested in him doing that for Liverpool after bringing in Dejan Lovern. Arsenal have been linked with a move for the Danish center back.

Trading out Thomas Vermaelen for Daniel Agger seems like treading water. Both players have had stretches of strong play in the Premier League but most of those stretches happened multiple years ago. While neither is old per se, both seem to have lost something as well as being injured more frequently than you'd like from a deputy whose purpose it is to play when others are tired or injured. And if, like Vermaelen, Agger wants to play a lot of minutes he doesn't figure to be happier at Arsenal than he was at Liverpool. Definitely an odd move to be rumored but if he just wants a change of scenery then it could work out for all parties.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Aug 12 - 12:01 PM

Brendan Rodgers revealed that Daniel Agger is receiving treatment on a knee injury sustained during Liverpool's US preseason tour, offering no timetable on his return.

With Dejan Lovren looking to be a nailed-on starter this season for the Reds, Agger has become surplus to Rodgers' needs and rumors indicate Liverpool are ready to unload the center back, but that may be difficult to do if Agger is still ailing by the end of the transfer window.
Aug 10 - 6:39 PM

Philippe Coutinho was at the center of an excellent Liverpool 4-0 win over Borussia Dortmund at Anfield with a goal and an assist.

Liverpool got goals from Daniel Sturridge, Dejan Lovern, Jordan Henderson and Coutinho as they looked to make a statement heading into the season without last season's talisman Luis Suarez. Coutinho, while he won't fill a similar role, looked very much the man to step up to make up the numbers with his exceptional display against the 2012-13 Champions League runners up. The only caveat on an otherwise great day is that Dortmund were missing a number of World Cup winners from their starting line-up while Liverpool were pretty much full strength.
Source: The Mirror
Aug 10 - 2:16 PM

New Liverpool signing Lazar Markovic is battling to make next weekend's opener at Anfield because of a hamstring injury suffered during the Reds' preseason tour.

Lazar Markovic has been ruled out of Liverpool's final preseason match against Borussia Dortmund casting a doubt on whether one of Europe's brightest young talents can recover in time to face Southampton a week from today. Arriving for a fee in excess of $30 million the attacking midfielder is blessed with rapid acceleration and pace and can pay down either flank or through his more traditional central role. Markovic adds to a list of growing concerns for manager Brendan Rodgers who is already without Adam Lallana because of a knee ligament strain while Daniel Sturridge, Jon Flanagan and Fabio Borini have all suffered injuries during the build-up to the start of the British Premier League season.
Aug 10 - 7:00 AM

Pepe Reina appears to be trading one reserve goalkeeper job at Liverpool for a higher profile one at Bayern Munich.

Bayern Munich's English language Twitter feed has officially welcomed the goalkeeper to the club and has indicated that he has passed his medical with an eye toward a contract signing tomorrow. It is a curious move for the player since he could presumably find a job somewhere as a starter. In terms of impact on Liverpool, there isn't likely to be a great deal since the Spaniard spent all of last season on loan at Napoli.
Source: Twitter.com
Aug 7 - 4:35 PM


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