Mario Balotelli

Liverpool vs Ludogrets Preview

As it always is the first night of Champions League football is an exciting but, important time for clubs it helps them get underway with the competition and settles the nerves. It is an especially special occasion for any concerned with Liverpool because it’s the clubs return after a five year gap which can only make the atmosphere in Anfield tonight more intense. For Liverpool fans there is nothing like a european night at Anfield anywhere in the world, the stands will be rocking. What most fans including myself will be looking forward to is when we sing You’ll Never Walk Alone because as a Liverpool player if that doesn’t get you fired up nothing will.

Liverpool will be hoping to get off to a good start and set a fast tempo today because as we all saw last season they could win games in the first 20 minutes if the pressing and passing were on point. Mario Balotelli will obviously play a large role in the team today with the absence of Daniel Sturridge but, more so because of his european and international experience.

Ludogrets will face a harsh time tonight if they are sluggish to close down and stop Liverpool having most of the possession as it is becoming more important to break up the play and stop any rhythm and momentum they may have. Due to how unknown Ludogrets are Liverpool may be in for a surprise but who can tell as european nights do often throw up the odd anomaly of games.

Frankly, Liverpool should walk away with all 3 points and be topping the group on goal difference, as Madrid face a tough task in the form of Basel who have shown their resilience against the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea.

Liverpool vs Aston Villa Post Match Review

Surprisingly Liverpool lost 1-0 to Aston Villa at Anfield on Saturday which will have come as a big shock to all those watching the game. Liverpool assuredly had the best part of the possession which adds to the confusion of the result, Rodgers will have been pleased how we controlled the game, change the tempo and knowing when to speed the play up.

As always Liverpool were weak at the back and until this is resolved we will leak goals and lose games we are in control of. Aston Villa with no disrespect should be a straight six points bearing in mind how much Liverpool have spent on signings this year. Balotelli, Coutinho and Raheem sterling to name a few, are capable enough to win a game single handed, so why when Daniel Sturridge is injured do we lose with no explanation.

Not taking away any plaudits from Aston Villa they have played very well this season, could this possible be one of the final rungs on the development ladder and see a mature Villa side. The start to the season will give great hope and encouragement for the year to Paul Lambert who did have some job concerns the previous campaign.

Overall, I would categories this as a missed opportunity for Liverpool to push on and show the form which saw them achieve Champions League football last season.

Liverpool vs Aston Villa Preview

Liverpool has gotten off to a reasonable start gaining 6 points out of 9 which considering the quality of opposition is pretty good going. The minor blip against City which showed some defensive frailties was easily resolved in the changing rooms afterwards where Rodgers discussed the importance of concentration at all times. Against Tottenham, Liverpool picked up where they left off last season picking them apart bit by bit leading to numerous opportunities for Mario Balotelli to open the scoring on his debut. Liverpool usually finds Aston Villa to be tricky customers some may say Liverpool’s bogey team who seem to highlight flaws within the side.

Aston Villa has still to feel their first loss of the season, which will fill them with confidence going into the game away at Anfield. So far this season Fabian Delph has looked the bright spark in a Paul Lambert side that tend to struggle for goals and his performances have awarded him the chance he received against Norway to make his first international appearance for England. The impressive Ron Vlaar will not have to concern himself with the illusive Luis Suarez, which will take a lot of pressure off his shoulders.

For me Liverpool have too much firepower not to win Villa comfortable but as previous results have suggested you can never really put it past them.