Liverpool 0-1 Aston Villa – Reds Creativity Found Lacking

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By Jonathan Carroll

Expectations were high going into Saturdays game against Aston Villa. Paul Lambert’s side aren’t exactly supposed to be challenging for the top four based on their recent history so this was a game Brendan Rodgers would have hoped his Liverpool side could dispatch quite easily. Villa scored an early scrappy goal through Gabriel Agbonlahor and held on quite easily against a side void of ideas in the end.

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Premier League opener at Anfield: Liverpool v Manchester City

By Christopher Boulay

Liverpool hosts Manchester City in the home opener of the Premier League season. While the club slumped to a disappointing 3-0 defeat at The Hawthorns last weekend, the squad helped improve overall morale by taking the advantage over Heart of Midlothian in the first leg of the Europa League play-off on Thursday.

However, welcoming the defending league champions will be no easy task, even for an improved Liverpool side.

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Road to Wembley: Liverpool v Manchester City

By Christopher Boulay

Liverpool is 90 minutes away from a visit to Wembley Stadium for the League Cup final.

All the squad has to do is hold off Manchester City for 90 minutes and preserve the one goal aggregate lead. The club that survives the trip to Anfield on Wednesday will be facing Cardiff City, who shocked Crystal Palace in the second leg of the other semi-final to prevail on penalty kicks. Continue reading

League Cup semi-final: Manchester City v Liverpool

By Christopher Boulay

Liverpool heads into the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday for the first leg of the League Cup semi-final, which will pit the Reds against an opponent they are quite familiar with: Manchester City.

The club enters the match knowing the blue side of Manchester will be without some of its key players. With scoring away from home so important in cup matches, Liverpool needs to start early.

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Reds visit City with fourth in reach

By Christopher Boulay

Liverpool head to the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday to face Manchester City, and while it is only January, the fixture will have a significant effect on the race for the title and fourth place.

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Reds host league leaders: Liverpool v Man City

By Christopher Boulay

Liverpool looks to extend their unbeaten streak to 10 as the club faces arguably its most difficult test yet – a home match against league leaders, Manchester City.

The Reds have not lost in a meaningful competition since the 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Tottenham in mid-September. However, there has been a series of disappointing results during the streak, including draws against Premier League new boys Swansea and Norwich.

It certainly will not get easier going up against City, who have been exceptionally impressive this season. The Citizens have failed to lose in 12 tries this campaign, and have only drawn once – against Fulham in September. Keep in mind, the club lost to Napoli in Champions League in mid-week and will be looking for blood to get back on a positive note.

With Sergio Aguero and Mario Balotelli scoring seemingly at will as of late, there is little question that the blue side of Manchester is, at the moment, more dangerous than their red counterparts. Aguero and Edin Dzeko are tied for second in scoring, with 10 goals each, while Balotelli is not far behind, with six goals.

If City is to be stopped, it needs to be by the Liverpool defense. Jamie Carragher is back, but didn’t get the start last week in the win against Chelsea. Kenny Dalglish seems to have faith in the central defense pairing of Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger, and for now, that may be the norm.

Steven Gerrard is still out of the lineup due to his ankle injury, so Charlie Adam and Lucas may reprise their roles in the center of the midfield. In addition, Maxi Rodriguez’s spectacular showing may have quieted many doubters, and also given a reminder to the entire Liverpool faithful that he is a viable option on the wing. He could replace Stewart Downing for a second consecutive week.

Up front, Luis Suarez is still searching for the form he is so well-known for at the international level, but his inconsistencies have been helped tremendously by the strong play from some of the lineup’s role players. With Andy Carroll still riding the pine, it could be another start for Craig Bellamy, which would be much deserved after his recent form for the club.

Liverpool will need to keep in mind the counter attack, as well as the overall power of City. This is a club that wrecked Manchester United 6-1 and Tottenham 5-1. If the Reds are unable to keep up a solid charge, it is easy to fall behind significantly to such a powerful side.

Liverpool v Manchester City

When: Sunday, November 27, 1600 BST/ 1100 ET
Where: Anfield, Liverpool
Table: Liverpool 6th (22 points), Man City 1st (34 points)
Last Premier League Match: Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool, Man City 3-1 Newcastle

Manchester City Starting 11 v Newcastle: (4-4-2)

GK: Hart
DEF:Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy
MF: Milner, De Jong, Nasri, Yaya Toure
FW: Aguero, Balotelli

Bench: Pantilimon, Kolarov, Kolo Toure, Johnson, Barry, Silva, Dzeko

Projected Liverpool Starting 11: (4-4-2)

GK: Reina
DEF: Johnson, Agger, Skrtel, Jose Enrique
MF: Kuyt, Adam, Lucas, Maxi
FW: Suarez, Bellamy

Subs: Doni, Spearing, Carragher, Kelly,  Downing, Henderson, Carroll