Shots fired from the misfiring Benteke

Shots fired from the misfiring Benteke

Liverpool striker Christian Benteke has struggled to live up to his mammoth £32.5m price tag since his summer move to Anfield. The Belgium international has just 8 goals in his 35 appearances for The Reds and has not looked a comfortable fit with Liverpool’s more technically creative players. His almost statuesque approach and lack of intelligent movement or pressing has particularly made him stand out for all the wrong reasons since Jürgen Klopp took charge. His poor form and confidence …
Benteke & Collymore - Similarities at Liverpool

Benteke & Collymore - Similarities at Liverpool

Paul Tompkins on his Tompkins Times, Liverpool devoted website does a very interesting analytical thing. He re-bases transfer cost to factor in inflation, so you can hypothetically ask "how much is the £8.5m LFC paid for Stan Collymore in 1995, equivalent to in today's prices?" The answer the database churns out is the £8.5m is equivalent to £38m in today's money. Collymore and Benteke at £32.5m effectively cost very similar fees. They are also suffering the same problem, in his …
Aston Villa vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Key Men & Stats

Aston Villa vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Key Men & Stats

Aston Villa take on Liverpool in the Premier League this weekend. One would think that the word "struggling" would only be used to describe bottom placed Villa, but Liverpool are also struggling at the moment and might find themselves in a tricky position against a side that is playing every match with a must-win mentality as it hopes to somehow ensure it's safety in top flight. Villa have actually enjoyed a slight upturn in form recently, despite being rooted to the bottom of …
Why Liverpool should pay whatever it takes to buy Teixeira

Why Liverpool should pay whatever it takes to buy Teixeira

Liverpool have been confirmed to have made a move for Brazilian international Alex Teixeira. The Shakhtar star has been linked with a move to Chelsea in the past few months and had admitted that he was keen to join the Blues, especially because of José Mourinho. However, it seems as though Liverpool are taking the lead in his race and want to get the deal wrapped up quickly. The reported offer Liverpool have made is €32m, which is about £24.5m. …
Romelu Lukaku - Why He'd Make Any Premier League Team

Romelu Lukaku - Why He'd Make Any Premier League Team

It's almost hard to believe that Romelu Lukaku was once an unwanted outcast with Chelsea back in 2012 when he was shipped away on loan to West Brom after making just 15 appearances in all competitions for the Blues. An impressive record of 17 goals in 38 games during his season with West Brom prompted interest from Everton and after another successful loan spell, he signed for the Merseyside club permanently in the summer of 2014. Since his days with …
Liverpool vs Southampton Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Liverpool vs Southampton Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Liverpool host Southampton on Sunday in what will be Jurgen Klopp's first Premier League game in charge of the Merseyside club with both teams level on points and Everton the team sandwiched in between them on goal difference. Kloppomania will be in full swing following last week's performance at White Hart Lane showed the signs of things to come even though the match fizzled out in a goalless draw. And even though the new manager got a warm reception on …
Liverpool vs Norwich Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Liverpool vs Norwich Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

On the back of two successive defeats in the Premier League, Brendan Rodgers faces a must win game when Norwich visit Anfield on Sunday. His future at the club is what will dominate headlines regardless of the result, and following a decent draw with a second string side against Bordeaux in midweek, Liverpool need the three points to keep up pace with United, who beat them last week, and Arsenal with both teams still only 3 points ahead of them. Norwich …
Premier League Preview - Match Day 6

Premier League Preview - Match Day 6

A shock defeat of last season's Premier League-winning team, a debut goal for Manchester United's new striker, a Watford goal... last weekend in the Premier League had it all. What can we expect for next weekend, the sixth round of games, in the Premier League? Allow your friends at BookieSmash to make some predictions. It doesn't get any easier for Chelsea. After that Saturday-afternoon defeat by Everton, at a time when some kids were still watching cartoons, comes an encounter …
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