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Liverpool FC comment, analysis and opinion from our team of writers here at This Is Anfield.

Jeff Goulding wants to face Borussia Dortmund in this season's Champions League. He reminisces about encounters with German sides during the halcyon era at...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 17, 2014: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers before the Premier League match against Southampton at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The 4-2-2 diamond was successfully used at times by Brendan Rodgers last season, and with Mario Balotelli needing to be accommodated, it should now...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND. TUESDAY, MAY 3rd, 2005: Liverpool supporters on the Spion Kop sing "You'll never walk alone" before before the UEFA Champions League Semi Final 2nd Leg against Chelsea at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool return to the Champions League for the first time in five years this season, and will learn their opponents for the 2014/15 campaign...

Will Mario Balotelli prove to be Liverpool's wildcard in the game of poker between the top four this season? Liverpudlian, Ian Clarkson, thinks so. With...

There was much to debate and discuss following Liverpool's 3-1 defeat to Man City on Monday evening, with teething problems apparent in the early...
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Monday, August 25, 2014: Liverpool's Javier Manquillo in action against Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta during the Premier League match at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A disappointing evening saw Liverpool beaten by Premier League champions Manchester City, and Henry Jackson assesses each Reds player on the night. SIMON MIGNOLET- 6...

We take a look at the backpages and media reactions in wake of Liverpool's 3-1 defeat to Manchester City on Monday night. Liverpool's defence came...

Mario Balotelli is now officially a Liverpool player, after the club completed a stunning deal to bring the 24-year-old move to Anfield from AC...
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Sunday, March 16, 2014: Liverpool's goalkeeper Simon Mignolet celebrates after a 3-0 victory over Manchester United during the Premiership match at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool head to Man City tonight, the scene of Simon Mignolet's error that allowed Alvaro Negredo to score last season. Rebecca Parry takes a...
LONDON, ENGLAND - Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012: Manchester City's Mario Balotelli pleads innocence during the Premiership match against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Brendan Rodgers excels in getting the most out of his players, squeezing individuals for everything that they can offer - can he do the...
CHARLOTTE, USA - Saturday, August 2, 2014: AC Milan's Mario Balotelli before the International Champions Cup Group B match against Liverpool at the Bank of America Stadium on day thirteen of the club's USA Tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Much has been said and written about Mario Balotelli's attitude and character, but Joseph Copeland is keen to focus on the footballer. Latest on Balotelli's...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, April 13, 2014: Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Correia celebrates scoring the winning third goal against Manchester City with team-mates captain Steven Gerrard and Jon Flanagan during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League encounter with Manchester City on Monday night, Jack Lusby selects his combined XI from the two sides. Manchester City vs....
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, April 13, 2014: Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard in action against Manchester City's James Milner during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool head to the Etihad Stadium on Monday night where they face the first mouth-watering clash of the new Premier League season. Ben Twelves...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, April 13, 2014: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers and Manchester City's manager Manuel Pellegrini during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Ahead of Monday night's trip to Eastlands to face Manchester City, Jack Lusby talks to Citizens' fan Rob Pollard. Manchester City vs. Liverpool. Etihad...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, March 30, 2014: Liverpool's Martin Skrtel celebrates his side's 4-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The latest Monday Night Football debate saw Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville discuss the modern back four. Here, Jack Lusby asks if Liverpool are...
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Tuesday, November 6, 2012: Manchester City's Mario Balotelli, Samir Nasri, Sergio Aguero and Matija Nastasic complain at referee Peter Rasmussen after the UEFA Champions League Group D match against AFC Ajax at City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by Vegard Grott/Propaganda)

Much of the resistance to Liverpool’s imminent signing of Mario Balotelli revolves around his reputation as a trouble maker. Neil Poole has a look...
LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 15, 2013: Liverpool's captain captain Steven Gerrard in action against Tottenham Hotspur's Sandro Raniere during the Premiership match at White Hart Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

James Bullock provides some compelling reasons why Liverpool will not "do a Tottenham" this season despite losing their star player and bringing in many...
17.11.2010, Worthersee-Arena, Klagenfurt, AUT, Freundschaftliches Landerspiel, Italien vs Rumanien, im Bild Barwuah Mario Balotelli, ITA, #10 // during international frindly footballmatch, Italy vs Romania at Worthersee-Arena Klagenfurt on 17/11/2010. EXPA Pictures (C) 2010, PhotoCredit: EXPA/ E. Scheriau

Matt Sproston looks at why Mario Balotelli should fit in nicely at Anfield. Some things never change. Sturridge pops up with a late (against the...
CHARLOTTE, USA - Saturday, August 2, 2014: AC Milan's Mario Balotelli and Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard during the International Champions Cup Group B match at the Bank of America Stadium on day thirteen of the club's USA Tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli is set to become Liverpool’s latest summer signing, and Jack Lusby believes the Italian would be perfect for the...
LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, April 6, 2014: Liverpool's Lucas Leiva celebrates with manager Brendan Rodgers after beating West Ham United 2-1 during the Premiership match at Upton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The inclusion of Lucas Leiva against Southampton on Sunday was a rare tactical mistake by Brendan Rodgers, writes Jack Lusby. In the build-up to Sunday’s...
CHARLOTTE, USA - Saturday, August 2, 2014: AC Milan's Mario Balotelli and Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard during the International Champions Cup Group B match at the Bank of America Stadium on day thirteen of the club's USA Tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool are reportedly lining up a move for Mario Balotelli if their ambitious pursuit of Radamel Falcao doesn't materialise. We get the opinions of...
NEW YORK, USA - Wednesday, July 30, 2014: Liverpool's Jordan Henderson scores the first goal against Manchester City during the International Champions Cup Group B match at the Yankee Stadium on day ten of the club's USA Tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Natalie Cork charts the development of Jordan Henderson and tips him as the successor to Steven Gerrard as LFC captain. 9th June 2011 - Liverpool...

Lee Coates enjoyed last season like the rest of us, but it's all about getting business done this season. Alright lads, you've had your fun. So,...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SUNDAY, APRIL 9th, 2006: The Paisley Gateway outside the Spion Kop at Liverpool Football Club's Anfield home. The gates are a tribute to the most successful manager in English football history, Bob Paisley OBE, who managed the Merseyside club from 1974-1983. (Pic by Dan Istitene/Propaganda)

Marco Lopes explains why Liverpool must take 60+ points against the bottom 13 teams and concede no more than 35 goals in 38 games. Lies,...
WIGAN, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 3, 2011: Arsenal's Alex Song in action against Wigan Athletic during the Premiership match at the DW Stadium. (Pic by Vegard Grott/Propaganda)

Barcelona midfielder Alex Song has been made available on a “free loan”, reports claim. Jack Lusby believes this is an ideal opportunity for Liverpool. With...

Ezequiel Lavezzi has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield before the end of the transfer window, but how good an addition would...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 17, 2014: Liverpool's Dejan Lovren in action against Southampton during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Following Sunday’s 2-1 win at home to Southampton, Jack Lusby provides an in-depth analysis of the performance of new-boy Dejan Lovren at Anfield. On Sunday,...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 7, 2013: Liverpool's Joe Allen in action against West Ham United during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Joe Allen's second-half appearance against Southampton on Sunday helped turn the game in Liverpool's favour, and should see him start against Manchester City and...

Dan Holland looks back at the eagerly anticipated first game of the season from Anfield. As I walked towards and into Anfield today there were...
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 17, 2014: Liverpool's Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring the first goal against Southampton during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Brendan Rodgers recently compared Raheem Sterling's goal against Man City in pre-season to that of a finish akin to Lionel Messi. Jack Lusby believes...