Preview: Spotlight on Luis Suarez
The Uruguayan is undoubtedly the man of the moment in England. His undisputable talent was exhibited in midweek when Liverpool hosted Norwich City. The game was of high importance – not so much because of the opposition’s size on paper, but because of the Merseyside Reds’ obligation to bounce back from their shocking 3-1 loss away to Hull City last weekend.
Buoyed by his individual great record against Norwich, Luis Suarez went on to do more than what was expected of him. He scored four goals – all of which were stunning – and provided an assist to Sterling as his side rounded up a fantastic 5-1 win.
Preview: Liverpool poised to get back on track
The Merseyside Reds had an off day last Sunday. They underperformed and were punished by Hull City, losing 3-1 in the end. Key player Glen Johnson did not win a single tackle in the match while Luis Suarez seemed to miss his partnership with injured forward Daniel Sturridge. Manager Brendan Rodgers was left in shock by the defeat.
“If we were going to lose a game in that run of five, I wouldn't have expected it to be at Hull. That's no disrespect to them but this was a game where we should come and do much better,” the ex-Swansea boss told Sky Sports on Monday.
Preview: Reds looking for a big win against the Tigers
Brendan Rodger’s men have pulled off an unexpected start to the season and currently find themselves second in the league table just four points behind leaders Arsenal, a difference they will be hoping to narrow down on Sunday.
The Reds possess one of the most potent attacks in England’s top tier league and with both Suarez and Sturridge in the form of their lives, the Hull City defense will have to be at their very best to gain anything out of this match.
Preview: Roberto Martinez hoping to relish in Merseyside derby debut
Saturday’s encounter will see two former Swansea bosses go head to head and for the Everton Boss it will be his first Merseyside derby. Games between Everton and Liverpool have always been very high intensity matches and form and league standings have no significance when the two sides meet one another.
Roberto Martinez has recognized the importance of the celebrated fixture and has termed the Merseyside derby as being ‘unique’ for the energy it produces.
Preview: Liverpool to take advantage of struggling Fulham
The Cottagers have been more inconsistent than any other team in the Premier League and will surely have to make amends soon enough if they are to remain in England’s top flight league ahead of this season.
Martin Jol’s men began the new campaign on a five game winless streak, which was followed by three victories in four games. However their good run was very short lived as the Londoners lost all of their three subsequent matches.
In their last outing against Manchester United, Fulham gave the impression of a team which did not come out to win maximum points. Lack of concentration and some lazy defending allowed Man United to cruise to a 3-1 victory.
Preview: Tough clash at a tough time for Arsenal
The Gunners are eager to put on a great show at the Emirates Stadium this evening, following the 2-0 loss to Chelsea in the Capital One Cup in midweek. That was a rather disappointing result looking at the team’s current hot form. At the end of the day, Jose Mourinho’s tactical tricks and the players’ great execution on the field proved too strong for Arsene Wenger’s side to overcome.
Arsenal’s fixture list is very tough, with a crucial UEFA Champions League battle away to Borussia Dortmund coming up next week. As of now though, the focus is on keeping maximum points at home against Liverpool.
Historically both the teams have defied one another of title winning opportunities on a number of occasions. After being out of the limelight for quite some time both Liverpool and Arsenal have made strong starts to the new campaign and are in contention for a league title. Both the teams will be aiming to gain maximum points in a bid to further enhance their chances of a Premier League crown this season.
Here we take a look at five matches in the recent past which truly define the rivalry between the two English giants.
Liverpool 0-2 Arsenal: May 26, 1989
Preview: SAS to end Liverpool’s bad spell against the Baggies?
West Bromwich Albion are very tricky opponents and Liverpool know it. The latter have lost each of their last three Premier League meetings against the Baggies, conceding six goals and scoring none. The Reds will be careful to avoid yet another upset. This season, West Brom have pulled a few stunning results already.
They made the most of their home advantage to demolish Sunderland 3-0 last month and followed up on this achievement with two remarkable results: a 2-1 victory over David Moyes’ struggling Manchester United at Old Trafford and a 1-1 draw against Arsene Wenger’s high-flying Arsenal.
Preview: Three more points for the visitors at St James’ Park?
Liverpool resume their EPL campaign as joint leaders with Arsenal. Both teams have won five matches, drawn one and lost one. If Brendan Rodgers’ side are behind, it is only because they have scored less goals (11) than the Gunners (14). However, the goal difference (+6) is the same as Liverpool have a better defensive record.
This is mainly thanks to the heroics of Simon Mignolet whose national team, Belgium, has been tipped to dazzle in Brazil. Speaking about the World Cup qualifiers, some of Liverpool’s players enjoyed a great international break – notably Steven Gerrard who scored and inspired England to victory over Poland en route to World Cup qualification.
Preview: Climbing back on top of the EPL is the Reds’ ambition
Things are looking good for Liverpool in the English Premier League. With no European cup matches to play in midweek and the Capital One Cup out of the way already, the Reds have a physical advantage over other teams.
As if glory had deserted Manchester to land at Merseyside, Liverpool seat in the Top Four like city rivals Everton. Brendan Rodgers’ side could rocket to the top of the table for at least 24 hours as current league leaders Arsenal only play on Sunday.
Preview: Merseyside Reds eying EPL Top Three position ahead of October
Sunderland are enduring an horrible start to their 2013/14 English Premier League campaign. With only one point from the a possible 20, the Black Cats are totally rooted at the bottom of the table. If they don’t start picking points, they may well wave goodbye to the competition come May next year.
However, with the sacking of Paulo Di Canio, the club’s board is expecting better results. The first of those came in the Capital One Cup in midweek when they made the most of Peterborough’s inferiority to triumph 2-0.
Preview: Robin Van Persie out, Luis Suarez in – who wins?
After missing last Sunday’s Manchester Derby through injury, Dutch striker Robin Van Persie has still not been passed fit to feature in Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup home fixture against Liverpool. In contrast, Liverpool have been boosted by the return of prolific Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez. Whether he starts from the bench or not, the former Eredivisie star will certainly inject fear in Man United’s shaky defence.
“Everyone knows the depth of his qualities, and his attitude – his non-stop in his commitment,” said Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers on Monday.
“I'm sure once he gets back onto the field again he'll show what he has shown since he's been here, which has been top quality.”
Preview: Liverpool looking to maintain top spot at the expense of the saints
The Reds are now unbeaten in the last 12 games after their 2-2 draw against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on Monday. Brendan Rodger’s side has bagged 10 points from four matches so far in what has been an impeccable beginning to the campaign for a side which has not won the league crown in over two decades.
Visitors Southampton are however the last team to have beaten Liverpool, when goals from Morgan Schneiderlin, Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez downed the Reds who lost the match 3-1 at the St Mary's back in March.
Preview: Liverpool hoping to score and win on Swansea's turf
Liverpool fans have yet to mourn the absence of suspended striker Luis Suarez since Daniel Sturridge has been a true revelation for the club this season. The England international, who was voted by the fans as the ‘August Player of the Month’, is not the only threat for oppositions.
Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and defender Kolo Toure have also turned into key players for the Merseyside Reds. In fact, Brendan Rodgers can be proud of his team’s defence which is yet to concede in the English Premier League.
Swansea lost to Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in August but bounced back with a 2-0 win away to West Bromwich Albion on the first day of September. Fifteen days later, the challenge that awaits the Swans is huge but exciting.
Biggest clubs eying transformation
Last season, these squads suffered from lack of balance in attack, midfield or defence – due to injuries or loss of form by some of their players. They have since been busy letting names out or bolstering themselves with new acquisitions.
With the appointment of David Moyes at Manchester United, the return of Jose Mourinho to Chelsea, the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, and the appointment of Pep Guardiola by Bayern Munich, several players have been linked with moves to the respective clubs of these aforementioned gentlemen.
And this year’s most hyped transfer stories are not just about the Red Devils, the Blues, Los Blancos or Hollywood FC. Other popular clubs like Arsenal, Barcelona, Juventus, Liverpool, Man City, Milan and Spurs complete LiveSoccerTV.com’s 2013 Summer Transfer Guide.
As transfer deadline day approaches many players stepped up to the plate in an attempt to ensure their position within the first team was made concrete with some decisive moments proving key to the score-line.
The weekend was dominated by the first exclusive Super Sunday, with Liverpool narrowly defeating Manchester United with a clever touch from Daniel Sturridge four minutes into the game. The lively game at Anfield was followed by an intense end-to-end North-London derby which saw Arsenal overcome Spurs with a goal from French forward Olivier Giroud, proving that Daniel Levy’s large expenditure on a host of players may take time to blend.
Preview: Merseyside Reds out to protect perfect record
Since years now, it has been rare to find Liverpool occupy a position higher than Manchester United’s on the league table. As of now, though, the Merseyside Reds boast a perfect record. Only Tottenham Hotspur share this achievement in the 2013/14 English Premier League season.
Liverpool have played a game less than the Red Devils and could do two things on Sunday: open up a five-point gap against their rivals and rocket to the top of the EPL standings above currently leaders Chelsea.
Even in the absence of goal poacher Luis Suarez who is still under suspension for biting Branislav Ivanovic last season, Brendan Rodgers’ team has exhibited its great fighting spirit. With Mignolet’s sharpness in post and Daniel Sturridge’s liveliness in attack, the home crowd will be hopeful of witnessing a great spectacle against Man United.
Sturridge vs RVP
The Manchester United striker has carried on where he left off last season and pretty much the same goes for Daniel Sturridge who since making the move to Liverpool from Chelsea earlier this January, has shown just why he is so highly rated by Brendan Rodgers. Both men are free-scoring players and a lot will fall on these two to deliver the goods for their respective teams.
De Gea vs Mignolet
Since leaving Sunderland for Liverpool, Simon Mignolet has been one of the best player for the Reds.
LiveSoccerTV wishes to inform its users that the live telecast of the English Premier League game – Cardiff City vs Everton – has switched to NBC Sports Network. NBC Sports Group announced this change in a press release on Monday. This fixture, scheduled for August 30th, will now be part of four live EPL matches to air live on NBCSN this weekend. LiveSoccerTV has updated TV schedules on the following channel pages:
mun2: Catch the thrilling North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at 11:00am ET on Sunday, September 1, 2013. It comes as the only EPL live match broadcast on mun2 this weekend.
NBC: Saturday’s late kick-off sees Crystal Place face Sunderland on home soil.