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1st Jan '17 10:20:34 PM metallion
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*** As of 2016/17, question marks hung over the left back position previously inhabited by the talented but inconsistent Alberto Moreno and currently held by James Milner [[note]] Milner is a right sided midfielder by trade, though has proved capable of playing on both wings and in the centre of midfield in the past. He is also considered to be the definition of a competent, reliable, hard working and uncomplaining professional.[[/note]], which Klopp steadfastly refused to buy someone to fill. New goalkeeper Loris Karius immediately breaking his hand only made matters worse, as shown in a dire 2-0 defeat to Burnley. However, results have ultimately vindicated the decision, helped by the success of dynamic wing forward Sadio Mane, who immediately formed a dazzling partnership with Brazil stars Roberto Firmino and Philippe Countinho, ably supported by the reinvented Adam Lallana, a WeakButSkilled player who has since added some substance to his style. Among those results was a 4-3 opening day win away to Arsenal, a respectable draw against Tottenham (who didn't lose a league match until December), a 4-1 demolition of champions Leicester in the first match at the expanded Anfield, a 5-1 thrashing of Hull, a draw against Manchester United in which despite a de facto eight man defence, United were only saved by the heroics of goalkeeper [[TheAce David de Gea]] has left a sense of cautious optimism, with betting firms putting them down as second favourites to win the title - 7 points from encounters with the previous season's top three is no mean feat, nor is a comfortable 2-1 win away to Chelsea. That, along with a 6-1 destruction of Watford put Liverpool top for the first time in 2 years. The international break led to a loss of momentum as did a bad injury to the talismanic Coutinho, drawing 0-0 to Southampton, losing 4-3 to Bournemouth after being 3-1 up with 15 minutes to go slowed them up a bit then drawing 2-2 to West Ham, letting Chelsea go six points clear, but since then they've kept up their unlikely title challenge by responding to every Chelsea win with their own, with victories over Middlesbrough (3-0) and Stoke (4-1) as well as hard fought 1-0 wins over Everton (injury time winner by Mane) and Manchester City (holding on to a 1-0 lead for 82 minutes despite City getting the bulk of the possession), ensuring they enter 2017 still six points behind Chelsea and four clear of 3rd placed Manchester City.

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*** As of 2016/17, question marks hung over the left back position previously inhabited by the talented but inconsistent Alberto Moreno and currently held by James Milner [[note]] Milner is a right sided midfielder by trade, though has proved capable of playing on both wings and in the centre of midfield in the past. He is also considered to be the definition of a competent, reliable, hard working and uncomplaining professional.[[/note]], which Klopp steadfastly refused to buy someone to fill. New goalkeeper Loris Karius immediately breaking his hand only made matters worse, as shown in a dire 2-0 defeat to Burnley. However, results have ultimately vindicated the decision, helped by the success of dynamic wing forward Sadio Mane, who immediately formed a dazzling partnership with Brazil stars Roberto Firmino and Philippe Countinho, ably supported by the reinvented Adam Lallana, a WeakButSkilled player who has since added some substance to his style. Among those results was a 4-3 opening day win away to Arsenal, a respectable draw against Tottenham (who didn't lose a league match until December), a 4-1 demolition of champions Leicester in the first match at the expanded Anfield, a 5-1 thrashing of Hull, a draw against Manchester United in which despite a de facto eight man defence, United were only saved by the heroics of goalkeeper [[TheAce David de Gea]] has left a sense of cautious optimism, with betting firms putting them down as second favourites to win the title - 7 points from encounters with the previous season's top three is no mean feat, nor is a comfortable 2-1 win away to Chelsea. That, along with a 6-1 destruction of Watford put Liverpool top for the first time in 2 years. The international break led to a loss of momentum as did a bad injury to the talismanic Coutinho, drawing 0-0 to Southampton, losing 4-3 to Bournemouth after being 3-1 up with 15 minutes to go slowed them up a bit then drawing 2-2 to West Ham, letting Chelsea go six points clear, but since then they've kept up their unlikely title challenge by responding to every Chelsea win with their own, with victories over Middlesbrough (3-0) and Stoke (4-1) as well as hard fought 1-0 wins over Everton (injury time winner by Mane) and Manchester City (holding on to a 1-0 lead for 82 minutes despite City getting the bulk of the possession), ensuring they enter 2017 still six points behind Chelsea and four three clear of 3rd placed Manchester City.Arsenal.
1st Jan '17 10:18:23 PM metallion
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*** As of 2016/17, question marks hung over the left back position previously inhabited by the talented but inconsistent Alberto Moreno and currently held by James Milner [[note]] Milner is a right sided midfielder by trade, though has proved capable of playing on both wings and in the centre of midfield in the past. He is also considered to be the definition of a competent, reliable, hard working and uncomplaining professional.[[/note]], which Klopp steadfastly refused to buy someone to fill. New goalkeeper Loris Karius immediately breaking his hand only made matters worse, as shown in a dire 2-0 defeat to Burnley. However, results have ultimately vindicated the decision, helped by the success of dynamic wing forward Sadio Mane, who immediately formed a dazzling partnership with Brazil stars Roberto Firmino and Philippe Countinho, ably supported by the reinvented Adam Lallana, a WeakButSkilled player who has since added some substance to his style. Among those results was a 4-3 opening day win away to Arsenal, a respectable draw against Tottenham (who didn't lose a league match until December), a 4-1 demolition of champions Leicester in the first match at the expanded Anfield, a 5-1 thrashing of Hull, a draw against Manchester United in which despite a de facto eight man defence, United were only saved by the heroics of goalkeeper [[TheAce David de Gea]] has left a sense of cautious optimism, with betting firms putting them down as second favourites to win the title - 7 points from encounters with the previous season's top three is no mean feat, nor is a comfortable 2-1 win away to Chelsea. That, along with a 6-1 destruction of Watford put Liverpool top for the first time in 2 years. The international break led to a loss of momentum as did a bad injury to the talismanic Coutinho, drawing 0-0 to Southampton, losing 4-3 to Bournemouth after being 3-1 up with 15 minutes to go slowed them up a bit then drawing 2-2 to West Ham, letting Chelsea go six points clear, but a 3-0 thrashing of Middlesbrough and a 1-0 derby victory over Everton seems to have set them back on track.

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*** As of 2016/17, question marks hung over the left back position previously inhabited by the talented but inconsistent Alberto Moreno and currently held by James Milner [[note]] Milner is a right sided midfielder by trade, though has proved capable of playing on both wings and in the centre of midfield in the past. He is also considered to be the definition of a competent, reliable, hard working and uncomplaining professional.[[/note]], which Klopp steadfastly refused to buy someone to fill. New goalkeeper Loris Karius immediately breaking his hand only made matters worse, as shown in a dire 2-0 defeat to Burnley. However, results have ultimately vindicated the decision, helped by the success of dynamic wing forward Sadio Mane, who immediately formed a dazzling partnership with Brazil stars Roberto Firmino and Philippe Countinho, ably supported by the reinvented Adam Lallana, a WeakButSkilled player who has since added some substance to his style. Among those results was a 4-3 opening day win away to Arsenal, a respectable draw against Tottenham (who didn't lose a league match until December), a 4-1 demolition of champions Leicester in the first match at the expanded Anfield, a 5-1 thrashing of Hull, a draw against Manchester United in which despite a de facto eight man defence, United were only saved by the heroics of goalkeeper [[TheAce David de Gea]] has left a sense of cautious optimism, with betting firms putting them down as second favourites to win the title - 7 points from encounters with the previous season's top three is no mean feat, nor is a comfortable 2-1 win away to Chelsea. That, along with a 6-1 destruction of Watford put Liverpool top for the first time in 2 years. The international break led to a loss of momentum as did a bad injury to the talismanic Coutinho, drawing 0-0 to Southampton, losing 4-3 to Bournemouth after being 3-1 up with 15 minutes to go slowed them up a bit then drawing 2-2 to West Ham, letting Chelsea go six points clear, but a 3-0 thrashing of since then they've kept up their unlikely title challenge by responding to every Chelsea win with their own, with victories over Middlesbrough (3-0) and a Stoke (4-1) as well as hard fought 1-0 derby victory wins over Everton seems (injury time winner by Mane) and Manchester City (holding on to have set them back on track.a 1-0 lead for 82 minutes despite City getting the bulk of the possession), ensuring they enter 2017 still six points behind Chelsea and four clear of 3rd placed Manchester City.
23rd Dec '16 4:54:58 AM DarkPhoenix94
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*** As of 2016/17, question marks hung over the left back position previously inhabited by the talented but inconsistent Alberto Moreno and currently held by James Milner [[note/]] Milner is a right sided midfielder by trade, though has proved capable of playing on both wings and in the centre of midfield in the past. He is also considered to be the definition of a competent, reliable, hard working and uncomplaining professional.[[/note]], which Klopp steadfastly refused to buy someone to fill. New goalkeeper Loris Karius immediately breaking his hand only made matters worse, as shown in a dire 2-0 defeat to Burnley. However, results have ultimately vindicated the decision, helped by the success of dynamic wing forward Sadio Mane, who immediately formed a dazzling partnership with Brazil stars Roberto Firmino and Philippe Countinho, ably supported by the reinvented Adam Lallana, a WeakButSkilled player who has since added some substance to his style. Among those results was a 4-3 opening day win away to Arsenal, a respectable draw against Tottenham (who didn't lose a league match until December), a 4-1 demolition of champions Leicester in the first match at the expanded Anfield, a 5-1 thrashing of Hull, a draw against Manchester United in which despite a de facto eight man defence, United were only saved by the heroics of goalkeeper [[TheAce David de Gea]] has left a sense of cautious optimism, with betting firms putting them down as second favourites to win the title - 7 points from encounters with the previous season's top three is no mean feat, nor is a comfortable 2-1 win away to Chelsea. That, along with a 6-1 destruction of Watford put Liverpool top for the first time in 2 years. The international break led to a loss of momentum as did a bad injury to the talismanic Coutinho, drawing 0-0 to Southampton, losing 4-3 to Bournemouth after being 3-1 up with 15 minutes to go slowed them up a bit then drawing 2-2 to West Ham, letting Chelsea go six points clear, but a 3-0 thrashing of Middlesbrough and a 1-0 derby victory over Everton seems to have set them back on track.

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*** As of 2016/17, question marks hung over the left back position previously inhabited by the talented but inconsistent Alberto Moreno and currently held by James Milner [[note/]] [[note]] Milner is a right sided midfielder by trade, though has proved capable of playing on both wings and in the centre of midfield in the past. He is also considered to be the definition of a competent, reliable, hard working and uncomplaining professional.[[/note]], which Klopp steadfastly refused to buy someone to fill. New goalkeeper Loris Karius immediately breaking his hand only made matters worse, as shown in a dire 2-0 defeat to Burnley. However, results have ultimately vindicated the decision, helped by the success of dynamic wing forward Sadio Mane, who immediately formed a dazzling partnership with Brazil stars Roberto Firmino and Philippe Countinho, ably supported by the reinvented Adam Lallana, a WeakButSkilled player who has since added some substance to his style. Among those results was a 4-3 opening day win away to Arsenal, a respectable draw against Tottenham (who didn't lose a league match until December), a 4-1 demolition of champions Leicester in the first match at the expanded Anfield, a 5-1 thrashing of Hull, a draw against Manchester United in which despite a de facto eight man defence, United were only saved by the heroics of goalkeeper [[TheAce David de Gea]] has left a sense of cautious optimism, with betting firms putting them down as second favourites to win the title - 7 points from encounters with the previous season's top three is no mean feat, nor is a comfortable 2-1 win away to Chelsea. That, along with a 6-1 destruction of Watford put Liverpool top for the first time in 2 years. The international break led to a loss of momentum as did a bad injury to the talismanic Coutinho, drawing 0-0 to Southampton, losing 4-3 to Bournemouth after being 3-1 up with 15 minutes to go slowed them up a bit then drawing 2-2 to West Ham, letting Chelsea go six points clear, but a 3-0 thrashing of Middlesbrough and a 1-0 derby victory over Everton seems to have set them back on track.
23rd Dec '16 4:54:06 AM DarkPhoenix94
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** AKA "The Reds" or much more rarely "The Anfield Reds"[[note]] Anfield is their home ground, which was formerly occupied by crosstown rivals Everton. Anfield is only added to the name to distinguish the team from the other red team at Manchester[[/note]] is the other Merseyside club. Won everything in sight in the 1970s and 80s, and have 18 league victories. They have the most Champions' League wins in England (5) and they have never let anyone forget it. Fans famously sing "You'll Never Walk Alone", a song originally from the musical ''Theatre/{{Carousel}}'', which is so bound up with the club's identity that the title is the club's motto, on the badge and atop the famous Shankly Gates. Something of an EarWorm, it has since become one of the best known and most popular anthems in football, having been adopted by Celtic FC of Scotland, Club Brugge of Belgium, Feyernoord, FC Twente and FC Cambuur of the Netherlands and [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Borussia Dortmund, as well as about half the other teams in the German Bundesliga]], even by teams as far afield as FC Tokyo of Japan.

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** AKA "The Reds" or much more rarely "The Anfield Reds"[[note]] Anfield is their home ground, which was formerly occupied by crosstown rivals Everton. Anfield is only added to the name to distinguish the team from the other red team at Manchester[[/note]] is the other Merseyside club. Won everything in sight in the 1970s and 80s, and have 18 league victories. They have the most Champions' League wins in England (5) and they have never let anyone forget it. Fans famously sing "You'll Never Walk Alone", a song originally from the musical ''Theatre/{{Carousel}}'', which is has become so bound up with the club's identity that it is not only the [[CrowdSong Club Anthem]], but the title is the club's motto, on the badge and atop the famous Shankly Gates. Something of an EarWorm, it has since become one of the best known and most popular anthems in football, having been adopted by Celtic FC of Scotland, Scotland (leading to a long running controversy about which team adopted it first), Club Brugge of Belgium, Feyernoord, FC Twente and FC Cambuur of the Netherlands and [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Borussia Dortmund, as well as about half the other teams in the German Bundesliga]], even by teams as far afield as FC Tokyo of Japan.



** At the same time, ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers The Sun]]'', with its infamous headline 'The Truth', smeared Liverpool fans by claiming that they attacked police officers, as well as that they urinated on and stole from the dead, all in order to deflect blame from the South Yorkshire Police, in collusion with the Government as part of a cover-up (slurs, incidentally, which were disproved and dismissed by the Taylor Report and over 150 witness statements were later proved to have been altered to show the police in a better light. To this day, you quite literally cannot give away a copy of ''The Sun'' in the city of Liverpool, despite numerous grovelling apologies of dubious sincerity. After decades of campaigning by groups such as 'Justice for the 96' and latterly by local Labour MP and then Culture Secretary Andy Burnham, who brought a new prominence to the cause by raising it in Parliament after being heckled with cries of 'Justice for the 96' when giving a speech at the 20th Anniversary of the Disaster, triggering the Second Hillsborough Inquiry. This exonerated the fans in 2012 and changed their official cause of death to 'unlawfully killed' after concluding that 'up to 41' might have survived had the emergency services coordinated better. Afterwards, campaigning groups and Burnham pushed for further inquests into just who was responsible, forcing the resignation of a number of senior police figures. His campaigning earned him cheers at the 25th Anniversary of the Disaster in contrast to the earlier heckling, and a speech in Parliament in April 2016 which included a vicious excoriation of the involved Police departments and others responsible and which drew thunderous applause in defiance of Parliamentary convention and, you know, actual rules.

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** At the same time, ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers The Sun]]'', with its infamous headline 'The Truth', smeared Liverpool fans by claiming that they attacked police officers, as well as that they urinated on and stole from the dead, all in order to deflect blame from the South Yorkshire Police, in collusion with the Government as part of a cover-up (slurs, incidentally, which were disproved and dismissed by the Taylor Report and over 150 witness statements were later proved to have been altered to show the police in a better light.light). To this day, you quite literally cannot give away a copy of ''The Sun'' in the city of Liverpool, despite numerous grovelling apologies of dubious sincerity. After decades of campaigning by groups such as 'Justice for the 96' and latterly by local Labour MP and then Culture Secretary Andy Burnham, who brought a new prominence to the cause by raising it in Parliament after being heckled with cries of 'Justice for the 96' when giving a speech at the 20th Anniversary of the Disaster, triggering the Second Hillsborough Inquiry. This exonerated the fans in 2012 and changed their official cause of death to 'unlawfully killed' after concluding that 'up to 41' might have survived had the emergency services coordinated better. Afterwards, campaigning groups and Burnham pushed for further inquests into just who was responsible, forcing the resignation of a number of senior police figures. His campaigning earned him cheers at the 25th Anniversary of the Disaster in contrast to the earlier heckling, Disaster, and a speech in Parliament in April 2016 which included a vicious excoriation of the involved Police departments and others responsible and which drew thunderous applause in defiance of Parliamentary convention and, you know, actual rules.convention.



** Since 1990, their fortunes have been decidedly mixed, with high points including a Treble (they won three trophies) in 2001, an epic underdog comeback Champions League win in 2005 against AC Milan, then one of the best teams on the planet (while even Liverpool's own players didn't think that their squad was exactly vintage) who raced into a 3-0 half time lead. Six second half minutes later, it was 3-3 and Liverpool won on penalties. For this reason it is generally referred to as 'the Miracle of Istanbul'. Then there was the FA Cup Final of 2006 against West Ham, in which the score was also 3-3 and was almost singlehandedly won by Steven Gerrard, another Champions League Final appearance in 2007 (in which Milan got their revenge), a League Cup triumph in 2012 and highly creditable title challenges in 2001/2002 and 2008/9. After that, it went decidedly downhill for a few years, before the title challenge of 2013/14. However, this was followed by another steep decline, confirming the club's reputation as a footballing yo-yo. For this reason, 'Liverpool fan' is sometimes considered synonymous with 'masochist'.

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** Since 1990, their fortunes have been decidedly mixed, with high becoming known as the team most likely to come third in any competition you care to name. High points including a Treble (they won three trophies) in 2001, an epic underdog comeback Champions League win in 2005 against AC Milan, then one of the best teams on the planet (while even Liverpool's own players didn't think that their squad was exactly vintage) who raced into a 3-0 half time lead. Six second half minutes later, it was 3-3 and Liverpool won on penalties. For this reason it is generally referred to as 'the Miracle of Istanbul'. Then there was the FA Cup Final of 2006 against West Ham, in which the score was also 3-3 and was almost singlehandedly won by Steven Gerrard, another Champions League Final appearance in 2007 (in which Milan (Milan got their revenge), a League Cup triumph in 2012 and highly creditable title challenges in 2001/2002 and 2008/9. After that, it went decidedly downhill for a few years, before the title challenge of 2013/14. However, this was followed by another steep decline, confirming the club's reputation as a footballing yo-yo. For this reason, 'Liverpool fan' is sometimes considered synonymous with 'masochist'.



** Infamous (like Arsenal) for [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut fizzling out]] dramatically; they made a decent challenge for the title in 2008/09, but hit a stumbling block around November the following season. They had to rely on Chelsea, Tottenham, and ''Portsmouth'' to get into Europe by the skin of their teeth.
*** Then they did it again in 2013/14 under Brendan Rodgers, when they very nearly won it with an entire season of stylish attacking football, tearing almost of all of their rivals to shreds in one CurbstompBattle after another, only fizzling out in the last couple of matches due to a mixture of exhaustion, nerves and a very unfortunate slip by Steven Gerrard. After that, their confidence collapsed. Their 2014/15 got off to a decent start, and in the middle of the season, they went on a thirteen game undefeated streak, before stalling against rivals United and Arsenal. After that, they went out of the FA Cup in the semi-finals to Aston Villa and they limped to a 6th place finish after an absolutely dire final game of the season, also the final game of [[TheCaptain Steven Gerrard's]] Liverpool career, when they were thrashed 6-1 by Stoke. This was their worst defeat since ''1963''.
*** Following a somewhat limp start to the 2015/16 season [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness that led to boos from the Kop,]] Rodgers was sacked after a 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby. His replacement was charismatic German Jurgen Klopp, famous for full throttle ''gegenpressing'' football and for breaking Bayern Munich's stranglehold on the German title with Borussia Dortmund, winning it back to back, then taking them to the Champions League final, Since the clubs are FriendlyFandoms, sharing an anthem and a philosophy, [[OneHundredPercentAdorationRating this was considered a match made in heaven]] and met with naked envy by nearly everyone else. Results seemed to bear this out as Liverpool [[CurbstompBattle thrashed Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge and Manchester City 4-1 at the Etihad]], though a 3-0 hammering by Watford served as a reality check. Nevertheless, they reached the League Cup Final, but lost on penalties to Manchester City. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge They immediately got revenge]] by [[CurbstompBattle crushing City 3-0]] at Anfield, though, before edging out [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter bogey team]] Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park, despite going 1-0 down and having a player sent off. Then they took on hated rivals Manchester United in a Last 16 Europa League tie, the first European encounter between the two teams, kicked them up and down Anfield in a 2-0 win, then sealed the deal with a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, drew 1-1 away to competition favourites Borussia Dortmund, then pulled off a breathtaking 4-3 comeback win at home, scoring three goals in half an hour, before finally coming back from a 1-0 first leg defeat to Villareal to crush them 3-0. This run of form revived dreams of taking the Champions League place given to the winner of the Europa League, but they lost to Sevilla, losing 3-1, having failed to translate first half dominance into enough goals to put the game to bed.
*** As of 2016/17, question marks hung over the left back position previously inhabited by the talented but inconsistent Alberto Moreno and currently held by James Milner (who, though a right sided midfielder by trade, is the definition of a hard working and uncomplaining professional), which Klopp steadfastly refused to buy someone to fill. New goalkeeper Loris Karius immediately breaking his hand only made matters worse, as shown in a dire 2-0 defeat to Burnley. However, results have ultimately vindicated the decision, helped by the success of dynamic wing forward and record signing Sadio Mane, who immediately formed a dazzling partnership with Brazil stars Roberto Firmino and Philippe Countinho. Among those results was a 4-3 opening day win away to Arsenal, a respectable draw against Tottenham (who didn't lose a league match until December), a 4-1 demolition of champions Leicester in the first match at the expanded Anfield, a 5-1 thrashing of Hull, a draw against Manchester United in which despite a de facto eight man defence, United were only saved by the heroics of goalkeeper [[TheAce David de Gea]] has left a sense of cautious optimism, with betting firms putting them down as second favourites to win the title - 7 points from encounters with the previous season's top three is no mean feat, nor is a comfortable 2-1 win away to Chelsea. That, along with a 2-1 win over bogey team West Brom, a [[RuleOfThree 2-1]] League Cup win over Tottenham, a 4-2 demolition of Crystal Palace and a 6-1 destruction of Watford put Liverpool top for the first time in 2 years. The international break led to a loss of momentum and a bad injury to the talismanic Coutinho caused them to stumble, drawing 0-0 to Southampton and losing 4-3 to Bournemouth after being 3-1 up with 15 minutes to go slowed them up a bit, letting Chelsea go six points clear, but a 3-0 thrashing of Middlesbrough seems to have set them back on track.
** Pursuant to the above, Liverpool are known for bringing their A-Game in Europe, even (especially) when technically speaking they are completely outclassed, thriving on ridiculous odds and underdog status. This is a club that tends to regard a three goal deficit against a technically superior team as a ''challenge.'' The 2005 Champions League final (3-0 down 45 minutes in, level at 3-3 on the hour, after 3 goals in 6 minutes) and the 2016 Quarter Final Second Leg against Borussia Dortmund (3-1 down at 60 minutes, 4-3 up at 92 minutes) demonstrate this perfectly. And these are just two of the more recent examples. As a result, they're sometimes known as Europe's Comeback Kings (as in, after the Dortmund match, #[=ComeBackKings=] was trending on Twitter). They're also not shy of handing out thrashings, either, crushing Real Madrid 4-0 at Anfield in 2009 and having in 2007 responded to a 1-0 first leg defeat by Turkish team Besiktas by breaking the Champions League's goal scoring record, obliterating them ''8-0.'' In short, Liverpool are not a team you want chasing a game in Europe, nor is 'Fortress Anfield' a place you particularly want to go.

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** Infamous (like Arsenal) for [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut fizzling out]] dramatically; they made a decent challenge for the title in 2008/09, but hit a stumbling block around November the following season. They had to rely on Chelsea, Tottenham, and ''Portsmouth'' to get into Europe by the skin of their teeth.
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teeth. Then they did it again in 2013/14 under Brendan Rodgers, when they very nearly won it with an entire season of stylish attacking football, tearing almost of all of their rivals to shreds in one CurbstompBattle after another, only fizzling out in the last couple of matches due to a mixture of exhaustion, nerves and a very unfortunate slip by Steven Gerrard. After that, their confidence collapsed. Their 2014/15 got off to a decent start, and in the middle of the season, they went on a thirteen game undefeated streak, before stalling against rivals United and Arsenal. After that, they went out of the FA Cup in the semi-finals to Aston Villa and they limped to a 6th place finish after an absolutely dire final game of the season, also the final game of [[TheCaptain Steven Gerrard's]] Liverpool career, when they were thrashed 6-1 by Stoke. This was their worst defeat since ''1963''.
*** Following a somewhat limp start to the 2015/16 season [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness that led to boos from the Kop,]] Rodgers was sacked after a 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby. His replacement was charismatic German Jurgen Klopp, famous for full throttle ''gegenpressing'' football and for breaking Bayern Munich's stranglehold on the German title with Borussia Dortmund, winning it back to back, then taking them to the Champions League final, final. Since the clubs are FriendlyFandoms, sharing an anthem and a philosophy, [[OneHundredPercentAdorationRating this was considered a match made in heaven]] and met with naked envy by nearly everyone else. Results seemed to bear this out as Liverpool [[CurbstompBattle thrashed Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge and Manchester City 4-1 at the Etihad]], though a 3-0 hammering by Watford served as a reality check. Nevertheless, they Etihad]]. They reached the League Cup Final, but lost on penalties to Manchester City. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge They immediately got revenge]] by revenge,]] [[CurbstompBattle crushing City 3-0]] at Anfield, though, Anfield before edging out [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter bogey team]] Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park, despite going 1-0 down and having a player sent off. Then they took on hated rivals Manchester United in a Last 16 Europa League tie, the first European encounter between the two teams, kicked them up and down Anfield in a 2-0 win, then sealed the deal with a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, drew 1-1 away to competition favourites Borussia Dortmund, then pulled off a breathtaking 4-3 comeback win at home, scoring three goals in half an hour, before finally coming back from a 1-0 first leg defeat to Villareal to crush them 3-0. This run of form revived dreams of taking the Champions League place given to the winner of the Europa League, but they lost to Sevilla, losing 3-1, having failed to translate first half dominance into enough goals to put the game to bed.
*** As of 2016/17, question marks hung over the left back position previously inhabited by the talented but inconsistent Alberto Moreno and currently held by James Milner (who, though [[note/]] Milner is a right sided midfielder by trade, though has proved capable of playing on both wings and in the centre of midfield in the past. He is also considered to be the definition of a competent, reliable, hard working and uncomplaining professional), professional.[[/note]], which Klopp steadfastly refused to buy someone to fill. New goalkeeper Loris Karius immediately breaking his hand only made matters worse, as shown in a dire 2-0 defeat to Burnley. However, results have ultimately vindicated the decision, helped by the success of dynamic wing forward and record signing forward Sadio Mane, who immediately formed a dazzling partnership with Brazil stars Roberto Firmino and Philippe Countinho.Countinho, ably supported by the reinvented Adam Lallana, a WeakButSkilled player who has since added some substance to his style. Among those results was a 4-3 opening day win away to Arsenal, a respectable draw against Tottenham (who didn't lose a league match until December), a 4-1 demolition of champions Leicester in the first match at the expanded Anfield, a 5-1 thrashing of Hull, a draw against Manchester United in which despite a de facto eight man defence, United were only saved by the heroics of goalkeeper [[TheAce David de Gea]] has left a sense of cautious optimism, with betting firms putting them down as second favourites to win the title - 7 points from encounters with the previous season's top three is no mean feat, nor is a comfortable 2-1 win away to Chelsea. That, along with a 2-1 win over bogey team West Brom, a [[RuleOfThree 2-1]] League Cup win over Tottenham, a 4-2 demolition of Crystal Palace and a 6-1 destruction of Watford put Liverpool top for the first time in 2 years. The international break led to a loss of momentum and as did a bad injury to the talismanic Coutinho caused them to stumble, Coutinho, drawing 0-0 to Southampton and Southampton, losing 4-3 to Bournemouth after being 3-1 up with 15 minutes to go slowed them up a bit, bit then drawing 2-2 to West Ham, letting Chelsea go six points clear, but a 3-0 thrashing of Middlesbrough and a 1-0 derby victory over Everton seems to have set them back on track.
** Pursuant to the above, Liverpool are known for bringing their A-Game in Europe, even (especially) when technically speaking they are completely outclassed, thriving on ridiculous odds and underdog status. This is a club that tends to regard a three goal deficit against a technically superior team as a ''challenge.'' The 2005 Champions League final (3-0 down 45 54 minutes in, level at 3-3 on the hour, after 3 goals in 6 minutes) minutes later) and the 2016 Quarter Final Second Leg against Borussia Dortmund (3-1 down at 60 minutes, 4-3 up at 92 minutes) demonstrate this perfectly. And these are just two of the more recent examples. As a result, they're sometimes known as Europe's Comeback Kings (as in, after the Dortmund match, #[=ComeBackKings=] was trending on Twitter). They're also not shy of handing out thrashings, either, crushing Real Madrid 4-0 at Anfield in 2009 and having in 2007 responded to a 1-0 first leg defeat by Turkish team Besiktas by breaking the Champions League's goal scoring record, obliterating them ''8-0.'' In short, Liverpool are not a team you want chasing a game in Europe, nor is 'Fortress Anfield' a place you particularly want to go.
16th Dec '16 7:36:15 AM DarkPhoenix94
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** Hope was kindled by Wenger finally opening the purse strings and spending big, with hopes of a strong win in the first game of the season, a home game against Liverpool, who had only won once at either the Emirates or Highbury in 20 attempts and had well publicised frailties at the back, including naturally right-sided midfielder James Milner playing at left back. Liverpool promptly went through Arsenal like a buzzsaw, going 4-1 up within an hour, and only a late rally by Arsenal and those frailties in the Liverpool defence gave the result (4-3) a fig leaf of respectability. However, that result remains their only loss in the last seven months and as of Halloween 2016, they are level on points at the top with Manchester City and Liverpool, in second place on goal difference.

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** Hope was kindled by Wenger finally opening the purse strings and spending big, with hopes of a strong win in the first game of the season, a home game against Liverpool, who had only won once at either the Emirates or Highbury in 20 attempts and had well publicised frailties at the back, including naturally right-sided midfielder James Milner playing at left back. Liverpool promptly went through Arsenal like a buzzsaw, going 4-1 up within an hour, and only a late rally by Arsenal and those frailties in the Liverpool defence gave the result (4-3) a fig leaf of respectability. However, that result remains their only loss in the last seven months and as of Halloween December 2016, they are level on points at the top with Manchester City and second placed Liverpool, in second third place on goal difference.



** After early issues, including a 2-1 defeat at home to a Liverpool side in imperious form, new manager Antonio Conte has rearranged his team into a smooth running match winning machine, setting them on a run of form that has taken them past stumbling early season leaders Liverpool and Arsenal, putting them - at the time of writing - six points clear at the top of the table.



** The club is well known outside of football for the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillsborough_disaster Hillsborough Disaster]], where 96 fans were crushed to death prior to an FA Cup semi-final. The youngest victim, ten year old Jon-Paul Gilhooley, was the cousin of a then 9 year old little boy named Steven Gerrard. Gerrard grew up to become a club legend, talismanic captain of club and country and is widely considered one of the best players of his generation, a {{Determinator}} who never, ever gives up, with luminaries such as [[TheAce Zinedine Zidane]] calling him the best midfielder in the world in his prime. What could motivate such a man? [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Well, in 2006 he revealed that he played for Jon-Paul.]]

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** The club is well known outside of football for the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillsborough_disaster Hillsborough Disaster]], where 96 fans were crushed to death prior to an FA Cup semi-final. Coming only a few years after the Bradford City Stadium Fire, the resultant inquiry led to the Taylor Report, which instituted all-seater stadia and other policies that led to a near total neutralisation of England's notorious hooliganism problem, reforms which, along with the creation of the Premier League, kickstarted the revival of English football.
** At the same time, ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers
The Sun]]'', with its infamous headline 'The Truth', smeared Liverpool fans by claiming that they attacked police officers, as well as that they urinated on and stole from the dead, all in order to deflect blame from the South Yorkshire Police, in collusion with the Government as part of a cover-up (slurs, incidentally, which were disproved and dismissed by the Taylor Report and over 150 witness statements were later proved to have been altered to show the police in a better light. To this day, you quite literally cannot give away a copy of ''The Sun'' in the city of Liverpool, despite numerous grovelling apologies of dubious sincerity. After decades of campaigning by groups such as 'Justice for the 96' and latterly by local Labour MP and then Culture Secretary Andy Burnham, who brought a new prominence to the cause by raising it in Parliament after being heckled with cries of 'Justice for the 96' when giving a speech at the 20th Anniversary of the Disaster, triggering the Second Hillsborough Inquiry. This exonerated the fans in 2012 and changed their official cause of death to 'unlawfully killed' after concluding that 'up to 41' might have survived had the emergency services coordinated better. Afterwards, campaigning groups and Burnham pushed for further inquests into just who was responsible, forcing the resignation of a number of senior police figures. His campaigning earned him cheers at the 25th Anniversary of the Disaster in contrast to the earlier heckling, and a speech in Parliament in April 2016 which included a vicious excoriation of the involved Police departments and others responsible and which drew thunderous applause in defiance of Parliamentary convention and, you know, actual rules.
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youngest victim, victim of the Hillsborough Disaster, ten year old Jon-Paul Gilhooley, was the cousin of a then 9 year old little boy named Steven Gerrard. Gerrard grew up to become a club legend, talismanic captain of club and country and is a player widely considered by his peers to be one of the best players of his generation, a {{Determinator}} who never, ever gives up, with luminaries such as [[TheAce Zinedine Zidane]] calling him the best midfielder in the world in his prime. world. What could motivate such a man? [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Well, in 2006 his autobiography in 2006, he revealed that he played for Jon-Paul.]]



*** As of 2016/17, question marks hung over the left back position previously inhabited by the talented but chronically under-confident and unreliable Alberto Moreno and currently held by James Milner (who, though a right sided midfielder by trade, is the definition of a hard working and uncomplaining professional), which Klopp steadfastly refused to buy someone to fill. New goalkeeper Loris Karius immediately breaking his hand only made matters worse, as shown in a dire 2-0 defeat to Burnley. However, results have ultimately vindicated the decision, helped by the success of dynamic wing forward and record signing Sadio Mane, who immediately formed a dazzling partnership with Brazil stars Roberto Firmino and Philippe Countinho. Among those results was a 4-3 opening day win away to Arsenal, a draw against Tottenham which could be regarded as two points dropped rather than one point won (even more impressive since at the time of writing Tottenham have yet to lose a league match), a spectacular 4-1 demolition of champions Leicester in the first match at the refurbished and expanded Anfield, a 5-1 thrashing of Hull, a draw against Manchester United in which despite a de facto eight man defence, United were only saved by the heroics of goalkeeper [[TheAce David de Gea]] has left a sense of cautious optimism, with betting firms putting them down as second favourites to win the title - 7 points from encounters with the previous season's top three is no mean feat, nor is a comfortable 2-1 win away to Chelsea. That, along with a gritty 2-1 comeback win against Swansea, a 2-1 win over bogey team West Brom, a [[RuleOfThree 2-1]] League Cup win over Tottenham, a 4-2 demolition of Crystal Palace and a 6-1 destruction of Watford, has put Liverpool top of the league table ahead of the November international break for the first time in 2 years, 1 point ahead of Chelsea, with an enviable record of 11 games unbeaten, 9 wins in 10 matches, and 30 goals scored in the process, the most in the league at this stage.

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*** As of 2016/17, question marks hung over the left back position previously inhabited by the talented but chronically under-confident and unreliable inconsistent Alberto Moreno and currently held by James Milner (who, though a right sided midfielder by trade, is the definition of a hard working and uncomplaining professional), which Klopp steadfastly refused to buy someone to fill. New goalkeeper Loris Karius immediately breaking his hand only made matters worse, as shown in a dire 2-0 defeat to Burnley. However, results have ultimately vindicated the decision, helped by the success of dynamic wing forward and record signing Sadio Mane, who immediately formed a dazzling partnership with Brazil stars Roberto Firmino and Philippe Countinho. Among those results was a 4-3 opening day win away to Arsenal, a respectable draw against Tottenham which could be regarded as two points dropped rather than one point won (even more impressive since at the time of writing Tottenham have yet to (who didn't lose a league match), match until December), a spectacular 4-1 demolition of champions Leicester in the first match at the refurbished and expanded Anfield, a 5-1 thrashing of Hull, a draw against Manchester United in which despite a de facto eight man defence, United were only saved by the heroics of goalkeeper [[TheAce David de Gea]] has left a sense of cautious optimism, with betting firms putting them down as second favourites to win the title - 7 points from encounters with the previous season's top three is no mean feat, nor is a comfortable 2-1 win away to Chelsea. That, along with a gritty 2-1 comeback win against Swansea, a 2-1 win over bogey team West Brom, a [[RuleOfThree 2-1]] League Cup win over Tottenham, a 4-2 demolition of Crystal Palace and a 6-1 destruction of Watford, has Watford put Liverpool top of the league table ahead of the November international break for the first time in 2 years, 1 point ahead years. The international break led to a loss of Chelsea, momentum and a bad injury to the talismanic Coutinho caused them to stumble, drawing 0-0 to Southampton and losing 4-3 to Bournemouth after being 3-1 up with an enviable record 15 minutes to go slowed them up a bit, letting Chelsea go six points clear, but a 3-0 thrashing of 11 games unbeaten, 9 wins in 10 matches, and 30 goals scored in the process, the most in the league at this stage. Middlesbrough seems to have set them back on track.
12th Nov '16 12:18:48 PM DarkPhoenix94
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*** 2014/15 got off to a bumpy start, with [[OldMaster Louis Van Gaal]] taking the helm. The first half of the season was marked by the injury-plagued squad scraping wins and draws by the skin of their teeth, while van Gaal tested out different formations and played some players out of position. As of April, they are finding their form, holding onto fourth place on the table (by the skin of their teeth) and managing to defeat Tottenham, Liverpool and Aston Villa with something of the style they were once known for under Ferguson. Many United fans remain unconvinced, particularly due to the protracted transfer saga involving star Goalkeeper David De Gea, the last minute purchase of the 19 year old unknown Anthony Martial for ''£36 million'', making him the most expensive teenager in footballing history and a fairly toothless start to the 2015/16 season.

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*** 2014/15 got off to a bumpy start, with [[OldMaster Louis Van Gaal]] taking the helm. The first half of the season was marked by the injury-plagued squad scraping wins and draws by the skin of their teeth, while van Van Gaal tested out different formations and played some players out of position. As of In April, they are finding found their form, holding onto fourth place on the table (by the skin of their teeth) and managing to defeat Tottenham, Liverpool and Aston Villa with something of the style they were once known for under Ferguson. Many United fans remain remained unconvinced, particularly due to the protracted transfer saga involving star Goalkeeper David De Gea, the last minute purchase of the 19 year old unknown Anthony Martial for ''£36 million'', making him the most expensive teenager in footballing history and a fairly toothless start to the 2015/16 season.season. This proved to be justified, and United limped to a 5th place finish, losing out on 4th place by goal difference - and, to rub salt in the wound, to arch-rivals Manchester City. Van Gaal was consequently fired and replaced with Jose 'The Special One' Mourinho, who promptly bought highly rated Juventus (and former United youth player) Paul Pogba for a world record £89 million, among others. However, his start has been less than stellar, with United sitting in 6th on 18 points after 11 games, while arch-rivals Liverpool, on 26 points, and City, on 24, battle it out for the top spot.
6th Nov '16 12:43:53 PM metallion
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*** As of 2016/17, question marks hung over the left back position previously inhabited by the talented but chronically under-confident and unreliable Alberto Moreno and currently held by James Milner (who, though a right sided midfielder by trade, is the definition of a hard working and uncomplaining professional), which Klopp steadfastly refused to buy someone to fill. New goalkeeper Loris Karius immediately breaking his hand only made matters worse, as shown in a dire 2-0 defeat to Burnley. However, results have ultimately vindicated the decision, helped by the success of dynamic wing forward and record signing Sadio Mane, who immediately formed a dazzling partnership with Brazil stars Roberto Firmino and Philippe Countinho. Among those results was a 4-3 opening day win away to Arsenal, a draw against Tottenham which could be regarded as two points dropped rather than one point won (even more impressive since at the time of writing Tottenham have yet to lose a league match), a spectacular 4-1 demolition of champions Leicester in the first match at the refurbished and expanded Anfield, a 5-1 thrashing of Hull, a draw against Manchester United in which despite a de facto eight man defence, United were only saved by the heroics of goalkeeper [[TheAce Davide de Gea]] has left a sense of cautious optimism, with betting firms putting them down as second favourites to win the title - 7 points from encounters with the previous season's top three is no mean feat, nor is a comfortable 2-1 win away to Chelsea. That, along with a gritty 2-1 comeback win against Swansea, a 2-1 win over bogey team West Brom, a [[RuleOfThree 2-1]] League Cup win over Tottenham and a 4-2 demolition of Crystal Palace, has put Liverpool level on points with Manchester City and Arsenal, in third place on goal difference, given Liverpool an enviable record of 11 games unbeaten and 8 wins in 9 matches.

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*** As of 2016/17, question marks hung over the left back position previously inhabited by the talented but chronically under-confident and unreliable Alberto Moreno and currently held by James Milner (who, though a right sided midfielder by trade, is the definition of a hard working and uncomplaining professional), which Klopp steadfastly refused to buy someone to fill. New goalkeeper Loris Karius immediately breaking his hand only made matters worse, as shown in a dire 2-0 defeat to Burnley. However, results have ultimately vindicated the decision, helped by the success of dynamic wing forward and record signing Sadio Mane, who immediately formed a dazzling partnership with Brazil stars Roberto Firmino and Philippe Countinho. Among those results was a 4-3 opening day win away to Arsenal, a draw against Tottenham which could be regarded as two points dropped rather than one point won (even more impressive since at the time of writing Tottenham have yet to lose a league match), a spectacular 4-1 demolition of champions Leicester in the first match at the refurbished and expanded Anfield, a 5-1 thrashing of Hull, a draw against Manchester United in which despite a de facto eight man defence, United were only saved by the heroics of goalkeeper [[TheAce Davide David de Gea]] has left a sense of cautious optimism, with betting firms putting them down as second favourites to win the title - 7 points from encounters with the previous season's top three is no mean feat, nor is a comfortable 2-1 win away to Chelsea. That, along with a gritty 2-1 comeback win against Swansea, a 2-1 win over bogey team West Brom, a [[RuleOfThree 2-1]] League Cup win over Tottenham and Tottenham, a 4-2 demolition of Crystal Palace, Palace and a 6-1 destruction of Watford, has put Liverpool level on points top of the league table ahead of the November international break for the first time in 2 years, 1 point ahead of Chelsea, with Manchester City and Arsenal, in third place on goal difference, given Liverpool an enviable record of 11 games unbeaten and 8 unbeaten, 9 wins in 9 matches.10 matches, and 30 goals scored in the process, the most in the league at this stage.
2nd Nov '16 9:42:28 PM DarkPhoenix94
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** As of 2015/16, they became a serious threat to any team that came their way in the first half of the season, with extremely talented youngsters Romelu Lukaku (considered the heir to Didier Drogba's crown) and Ross Barkley (becoming, at the tender age of 21, the fulcrum around which the England team revolves) in scorching form, ably supported by former Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu leading to extraordinary demolitions of Sunderland and Aston Villa, 6-2 and 4-1 respectively. However, their defence wasstill thoroughly suspect, with Tim 'Secretary of Defence' Howard losing his edge and John Stones (rated as the best young defender in Europe) having his inexperience exposed at times. In the second half of the season, teams with better front lines, such as Leicester, managed to take advantage of this. Local arch rivals Liverpool were one of those teams. Despite having their most in-form striker injured in a brutal tackle by an Everton centre back who was immediately sent off and compounded his crime by beating the badge, trying to imply that he'd done it for the club (earning a well deserved DopeSlap from his assistant manager), [[HumiliationConga they sauntered to a 4-0 win, one so comfortable that with nearly a quarter of the match to go, Liverpool were practically camped outside the Everton box and trying to get fan favourite defensive midfielder/centre back Lucas Leiva to score.]] [[CherryTapping Lucas has played regularly for Liverpool for nine years. In that time, he has scored a grand total of one goal, in an FA Cup match against a side in the sixth division of English football, so far down that the teams are officially amateurs, way back in January 2008.]] This was a tactic so ridiculous that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was caught on tv ''laughing.'' This unsurprisingly led to the sacking of Everton manager [[NiceGuy Roberto Martinez]].

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** As of 2015/16, they became a serious threat to any team that came their way in the first half of the season, with extremely talented youngsters Romelu Lukaku (considered the heir to Didier Drogba's crown) and Ross Barkley (becoming, at the tender age of 21, the fulcrum around which the England team revolves) in scorching form, ably supported by former Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu Deulofeu, leading to extraordinary demolitions of Sunderland and Aston Villa, 6-2 and 4-1 respectively. However, their defence wasstill was still thoroughly suspect, with Tim 'Secretary of Defence' Howard losing his edge and John Stones (rated as the best young defender in Europe) Europe and bought by Manchester City for an eye watering £47 ''million'' in the summer transfer window) having his inexperience exposed at times. In the second half of the season, teams with better front lines, such as Leicester, managed to take advantage of this. Local arch rivals Liverpool were one of those teams. Despite having their most in-form striker injured in a brutal tackle by an Everton centre back who was immediately sent off and [[note]] He compounded his crime by beating the badge, club badge as he walked off, trying to imply that he'd done it for the club (earning and the fans, and earned himself a well deserved DopeSlap from his assistant manager), coach in the process.[[/note]], [[HumiliationConga they sauntered to a 4-0 win, one so comfortable that with nearly a quarter of the match to go, Liverpool were practically camped outside the Everton box and trying to get fan favourite defensive midfielder/centre back Lucas Leiva to score.]] [[CherryTapping Lucas has had played regularly for Liverpool for nine years. In that time, he has had scored a grand total of one goal, in an FA Cup match against a side in six goals, the sixth division last of English football, so far down that the teams are officially amateurs, way back in January 2008.]] which had been scored]] ''[[UpToEleven six years ago.]]'' This was a tactic so ridiculous that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was caught on tv ''laughing.'' This unsurprisingly led to the sacking of Everton manager [[NiceGuy Roberto Martinez]].



** Famous for, when they're playing well, [[AttackAttackAttack fast, skilful and downright mesmerising attacking football which makes up for an often dubious defence,]] spearheaded by lightning fast strikers who usually do phenomenally well, then get snapped up by Real Madrid, Barcelona or Chelsea (and frequently suffer a collapse in form thereafter. Michael Owen and Fernando Torres have certainly never quite been the same. [[KarmaHoudini Luis]] [[TokenEvilTeamMate Suarez]], on the other hand, seems to be doing just fine). It's generally best summed up by the popular Kop chant created during the 2013/14 season when Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool swaggered from one CurbstompBattle to the next, before falling at the final hurdle, called 'Poetry in Motion'. When they're not playing well... well, since the defence is still dubious, the results are generally a little embarrassing. Internationally very popular, with hundreds of millions of fans worldwide. Their rivalry with Manchester United is so intense it's pretty much hatred.

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** Famous for, when they're playing well, [[AttackAttackAttack fast, skilful and downright mesmerising attacking football which makes up for an often dubious defence,]] spearheaded by lightning fast strikers who usually do phenomenally well, then get snapped up by Real Madrid, Barcelona or Chelsea (and frequently suffer a collapse in form thereafter. Michael Owen and Fernando Torres have certainly never quite been the same. [[KarmaHoudini Luis]] [[TokenEvilTeamMate Suarez]], on the other hand, seems to be doing just fine). It's generally best summed up by the popular Kop chant created during the 2013/14 season when Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool swaggered from one CurbstompBattle to the next, before falling at the final hurdle, called 'Poetry in Motion'. When they're not playing well... well, since the defence is still dubious, the results are generally a little embarrassing. Internationally very popular, with hundreds of millions of fans worldwide. Their rivalry with Manchester United is so intense it's pretty much hatred.



*** Then they did it again in 2013/14 under Brendan Rodgers, when they very nearly won it with an entire season of stylish attacking football, tearing almost of all of their rivals to shreds in one CurbstompBattle after another, only fizzling out in the last couple of matches due to a mixture of exhaustion, nerves and Chelsea, who beat them at home with a sucker punch or two in the last ten minutes. After that, their confidence collapsed. Their 2014/15 got off to a decent start, and in the middle of the season, they went on a thirteen game undefeated streak, before stalling against rivals United and Arsenal. After that, they went out of the FA Cup in the semi-finals to Aston Villa and they limped to a 6th place finish after an absolutely dire final game of the season, also the final game of [[TheCaptain Steven Gerrard's]] Liverpool career, when they were thrashed 6-1 by Stoke. This was their worst defeat since ''1963''.
*** Following a somewhat limp start to the 2015/16 season that led to boos from the Kop, Rodgers was sacked after a 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby. His replacement, charismatic German Jurgen Klopp, famous for full throttle ''gegenpressing'' football and for breaking Bayern Munich's stranglehold on the German title with Borussia Dortmund, winning it back to back, then taking them to the Champions League final, [[OneHundredPercentAdorationRating was met with hearty approval by Liverpool fans]] and naked envy by nearly everyone else. Since the clubs are FriendlyFandoms, sharing an anthem and a philosophy, this was considered a match made in heaven. Results seemed to bear this out as Liverpool [[CurbstompBattle thrashed Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge and destroyed title contenders Manchester City 4-1 at the Etihad]], though a 3-0 hammering by Watford served as a reality check. Nevertheless, they reached the League Cup Final, but said final was against Manchester City, and while Liverpool pushed them all the way to Penalties, they were eventually beaten. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge They immediately got revenge]] by [[CurbstompBattle crushing City 3-0]] at Anfield, though, before edging out [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter bogey team]] Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park, despite going 1-0 down and having a player sent off. Then in the first leg of their Last 16 Europa League tie with hated rivals Manchester United, the first European encounter between the two teams, kicked them up and down Anfield in a 2-0 win and sealing the deal with a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, before going on to hold competition favourites Borussia Dortmund 1-1 away pulling off a breathtaking 4-3 comeback win at home, scoring three goals in half an hour, before coming back from a 1-0 first leg defeat to Villareal to crush them 3-0. This run of form at the very least revived dreams of taking the Champions League place given to the winner of the Europa League, but in the end they fell at the final hurdle to Sevilla, losing 3-1, having failed to translate first half dominance into enough goals to put the game to bed.
*** As of 2016/17, question marks hung over the left back position previously inhabited by the talented but chronically under-confident and unreliable Alberto Moreno and currently held by James Milner (who, though a right sided midfielder by trade, is the definition of a hard working and uncomplaining professional), which Klopp steadfastly refused to buy someone to fill - which, considering the prices of those on offer, wasn't entirely surprising. This has compounded Liverpool's defensive woes, with new goalkeeper Loris Karius immediately breaking his hand, and those woes being on open display in a dire 2-0 defeat to Burnley. However, results have ultimately vindicated the decision and the immediate success of dynamic wing forward and record signing Sadio Mane, as well as a dazzling 4-3 opening day win away to Arsenal, a draw against Tottenham which could be regarded as two points dropped rather than one point won (even more impressive since at the time of writing Tottenham have yet to lose a match), and a spectacular 4-1 demolition of champions Leicester in the first match at the refurbished and expanded Anfield, has left a sense of cautious optimism, with betting firms putting them down as second favourites to win the title - 7 points from encounters with the previous season's top three is no mean feat, nor is a comfortable 2-1 win away to Chelsea. That, along with a gritty 2-1 comeback win against Swansea, a 2-1 win over bogey team West Brom, a [[RuleOfThree 2-1]] League Cup win over Tottenham and a 4-2 demolition of Crystal Palace, has put Liverpool level on points with Manchester City and Arsenal, in third place on goal difference, given Liverpool an enviable record of 11 games unbeaten and 8 wins in 9 matches.
** Pursuant to the above, Liverpool are known for bringing their A-Game in Europe, even (especially) when technically speaking they are completely outclassed, thriving on ridiculous odds. This is a club that tends to regard a three goal deficit against a technically superior team as a ''challenge.'' The 2005 Champions League final (3-0 down 45 minutes in, level at 3-3 on the hour, after 3 goals in 6 minutes) and the 2016 Quarter Final Second Leg against Borussia Dortmund (3-1 down at 60 minutes, 4-3 up at 92 minutes) demonstrate this perfectly. And these are just two of the more recent examples. As a result, they're sometimes known as Europe's Comeback Kings (as in, after the latest against-the-odds-victory, #[=ComeBackKings=] was trending on Twitter). They're also not shy of handing out thrashings, either, crushing Real Madrid 4-0 at Anfield in 2009 and having in 2007 responded to a 1-0 first leg defeat by Turkish team Besiktas by breaking the Champions League's goal scoring record, obliterating them ''8-0.'' In short, Liverpool are not a team you want chasing a game in Europe, nor is 'Fortress Anfield' a place you particularly want to go.
*** Having won five Champions League trophies (in '77, '78, '81, '84 and '05), they are the first and only (thanks to a rule change in 2009) English team to be allowed to keep the trophy, a new one being made for the following season.
** Liverpool's fans, colloquially known as 'the Kop' or 'Kopites', after the Kop End, which itself is named after the hill on which the Battle of Spion Kop was fought in 1906, are some of the most famous in the footballing world and certainly among the most vocal, giving Anfield a reputation as one of the most atmospheric stadiums on the planet, famed for 'the Anfield Roar' - which, following the expansion of the Main Stand, taking the capacity from 45,000 to 54,000 (with a further expansion to 59,000 in vague planning stages), has only got that much louder. No matter how well or badly the club is doing, the sight and sound of the Kop in full voice is truly breathtaking. This makes Anfield an intimidating place to go, and when on a particularly strong streak, it's referred as 'Fortress Anfield'. Speaking of the fans, they're also a fairly cosmopolitan bunch, with, like Manchester United, a global fanbase estimated to be in the hundreds of millions. The club takes advantage of this with its summer tours to the US, Australia and South East Asia. More local support is drawn from Wales, Ireland and Scotland, with a long tradition of club legends from those countries, such as all time top scorer Ian Rush (Welsh) and defenders Mark Lawrenson (Irish) and Alan Hansen (Scottish). There's also a certain fondness for Liverpool in Germany, partly because of Liverpool's new manager Jurgen Klopp being widely beloved by fans of his former team, Borussia Dortmund. More puzzlingly, there's a [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff massive fan base in Norway.]] No one is quite sure why, though cheap ferry (and in recent year, plane) tickets to Liverpool probably have something to do with it. One other possible explanation is the prominence of the usually under-represented Norwegians in Liverpool sides down the years, such as fan favourite John Arne Riise, Champions League winner with Liverpool, famous for having a left foot that regularly did passable impersonations of [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Mjolnir.]] Once when he took a free kick against Manchester United in 2006, Alan Smith, the unfortunate player standing in the way [[UpToEleven ended up out for eight months with his leg broken in two separate places.]] He was never quite the same again. Matchgoers in particular are pathologically loyal to the club; it takes ''a lot'' to make them stop singing for any length of time and if they have done so, it's a very bad sign. If they have started booing and you are the manager, you are likely to be fired soon afterwards. Recently, they demonstrated their displeasure at a proposed ticket price hike to £77 and did so by leaving in the 77th minute of Liverpool's match with Sunderland. Liverpool, who had been winning 2-0, drew 2-2. The owners hurriedly backed down.

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*** Then they did it again in 2013/14 under Brendan Rodgers, when they very nearly won it with an entire season of stylish attacking football, tearing almost of all of their rivals to shreds in one CurbstompBattle after another, only fizzling out in the last couple of matches due to a mixture of exhaustion, nerves and Chelsea, who beat them at home with a sucker punch or two in the last ten minutes.very unfortunate slip by Steven Gerrard. After that, their confidence collapsed. Their 2014/15 got off to a decent start, and in the middle of the season, they went on a thirteen game undefeated streak, before stalling against rivals United and Arsenal. After that, they went out of the FA Cup in the semi-finals to Aston Villa and they limped to a 6th place finish after an absolutely dire final game of the season, also the final game of [[TheCaptain Steven Gerrard's]] Liverpool career, when they were thrashed 6-1 by Stoke. This was their worst defeat since ''1963''.
*** Following a somewhat limp start to the 2015/16 season [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness that led to boos from the Kop, Kop,]] Rodgers was sacked after a 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby. His replacement, replacement was charismatic German Jurgen Klopp, famous for full throttle ''gegenpressing'' football and for breaking Bayern Munich's stranglehold on the German title with Borussia Dortmund, winning it back to back, then taking them to the Champions League final, [[OneHundredPercentAdorationRating was met with hearty approval by Liverpool fans]] and naked envy by nearly everyone else. Since the clubs are FriendlyFandoms, sharing an anthem and a philosophy, [[OneHundredPercentAdorationRating this was considered a match made in heaven. heaven]] and met with naked envy by nearly everyone else. Results seemed to bear this out as Liverpool [[CurbstompBattle thrashed Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge and destroyed title contenders Manchester City 4-1 at the Etihad]], though a 3-0 hammering by Watford served as a reality check. Nevertheless, they reached the League Cup Final, but said final was against lost on penalties to Manchester City, and while Liverpool pushed them all the way to Penalties, they were eventually beaten.City. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge They immediately got revenge]] by [[CurbstompBattle crushing City 3-0]] at Anfield, though, before edging out [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter bogey team]] Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park, despite going 1-0 down and having a player sent off. Then in the first leg of their Last 16 Europa League tie with they took on hated rivals Manchester United, United in a Last 16 Europa League tie, the first European encounter between the two teams, kicked them up and down Anfield in a 2-0 win and sealing win, then sealed the deal with a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, before going on drew 1-1 away to hold competition favourites Borussia Dortmund 1-1 away pulling Dortmund, then pulled off a breathtaking 4-3 comeback win at home, scoring three goals in half an hour, before finally coming back from a 1-0 first leg defeat to Villareal to crush them 3-0. This run of form at the very least revived dreams of taking the Champions League place given to the winner of the Europa League, but in the end they fell at the final hurdle lost to Sevilla, losing 3-1, having failed to translate first half dominance into enough goals to put the game to bed.
*** As of 2016/17, question marks hung over the left back position previously inhabited by the talented but chronically under-confident and unreliable Alberto Moreno and currently held by James Milner (who, though a right sided midfielder by trade, is the definition of a hard working and uncomplaining professional), which Klopp steadfastly refused to buy someone to fill - which, considering the prices of those on offer, wasn't entirely surprising. This has compounded Liverpool's defensive woes, with new fill. New goalkeeper Loris Karius immediately breaking his hand, and those woes being on open display hand only made matters worse, as shown in a dire 2-0 defeat to Burnley. However, results have ultimately vindicated the decision and decision, helped by the immediate success of dynamic wing forward and record signing Sadio Mane, as well as who immediately formed a dazzling partnership with Brazil stars Roberto Firmino and Philippe Countinho. Among those results was a 4-3 opening day win away to Arsenal, a draw against Tottenham which could be regarded as two points dropped rather than one point won (even more impressive since at the time of writing Tottenham have yet to lose a league match), and a spectacular 4-1 demolition of champions Leicester in the first match at the refurbished and expanded Anfield, a 5-1 thrashing of Hull, a draw against Manchester United in which despite a de facto eight man defence, United were only saved by the heroics of goalkeeper [[TheAce Davide de Gea]] has left a sense of cautious optimism, with betting firms putting them down as second favourites to win the title - 7 points from encounters with the previous season's top three is no mean feat, nor is a comfortable 2-1 win away to Chelsea. That, along with a gritty 2-1 comeback win against Swansea, a 2-1 win over bogey team West Brom, a [[RuleOfThree 2-1]] League Cup win over Tottenham and a 4-2 demolition of Crystal Palace, has put Liverpool level on points with Manchester City and Arsenal, in third place on goal difference, given Liverpool an enviable record of 11 games unbeaten and 8 wins in 9 matches.
** Pursuant to the above, Liverpool are known for bringing their A-Game in Europe, even (especially) when technically speaking they are completely outclassed, thriving on ridiculous odds.odds and underdog status. This is a club that tends to regard a three goal deficit against a technically superior team as a ''challenge.'' The 2005 Champions League final (3-0 down 45 minutes in, level at 3-3 on the hour, after 3 goals in 6 minutes) and the 2016 Quarter Final Second Leg against Borussia Dortmund (3-1 down at 60 minutes, 4-3 up at 92 minutes) demonstrate this perfectly. And these are just two of the more recent examples. As a result, they're sometimes known as Europe's Comeback Kings (as in, after the latest against-the-odds-victory, Dortmund match, #[=ComeBackKings=] was trending on Twitter). They're also not shy of handing out thrashings, either, crushing Real Madrid 4-0 at Anfield in 2009 and having in 2007 responded to a 1-0 first leg defeat by Turkish team Besiktas by breaking the Champions League's goal scoring record, obliterating them ''8-0.'' In short, Liverpool are not a team you want chasing a game in Europe, nor is 'Fortress Anfield' a place you particularly want to go.
*** Having won five Champions League trophies (in '77, '78, '81, '84 and '05), they are the first and only (thanks to a rule change in 2009) English team to be allowed to keep the trophy, a new one being made for the following season. \n Liverpool fans frequently gloat about this.
** Liverpool's fans, colloquially known as 'the Kop' or 'Kopites', after the Kop End, which itself is named after the hill on which the Battle of Spion Kop was fought in 1906, are some of the most famous in the footballing world and certainly among the most vocal, giving Anfield a reputation as one of the most atmospheric stadiums on the planet, famed for 'the Anfield Roar' - which, following the expansion of the Main Stand, taking the capacity from 45,000 to 54,000 (with a further expansion to 59,000 in vague planning stages), has only got that much louder. No matter how well or badly the club is doing, the sight and sound of the Kop in full voice is truly breathtaking. This makes Anfield an intimidating place to go, and when on a particularly strong streak, it's referred to as 'Fortress Anfield'. Speaking of the fans, they're They're also a fairly cosmopolitan bunch, with, like Manchester United, a global fanbase estimated to be in the hundreds of millions. The club takes advantage of this with its summer tours to the US, Australia and South East Asia. More local support is drawn from Wales, Ireland and Scotland, with a long tradition of club legends from those countries, such as all time top scorer Ian Rush (Welsh) and defenders Mark Lawrenson (Irish) and Alan Hansen (Scottish). There's also a certain fondness for Liverpool in Germany, partly because of Liverpool's new manager Jurgen Klopp being widely beloved by fans of his former team, Borussia Dortmund. More puzzlingly, there's a [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff massive fan base in Norway.]] No one is quite sure why, though cheap plane and ferry (and in recent year, plane) tickets to Liverpool probably have something to do with it. One other possible explanation is the prominence of the usually under-represented Norwegians in Liverpool sides down the years, such as fan favourite John Arne Riise, Champions League winner with Liverpool, famous for having a left foot that regularly did passable impersonations of [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Mjolnir.]] Once when he took a free kick against Manchester United in 2006, Alan Smith, the unfortunate player standing in the way [[UpToEleven ended up out for eight months with his leg broken in two separate places.]] He was never quite the same again. Matchgoers in particular are pathologically loyal to the club; it takes ''a lot'' to make them stop singing for any length of time and if they have done so, [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness it's a very bad sign. sign.]] If they have started booing and you are the manager, you are likely to be fired soon afterwards. Recently, they demonstrated their displeasure at a proposed ticket price hike to £77 and did so by leaving in the 77th minute of Liverpool's match with Sunderland. Liverpool, who had been winning 2-0, drew 2-2. The owners hurriedly backed down.



** A fun fact for those interested in the business of football (and sport more generally): Liverpool FC is presently the property of Fenway Sports Ventures. Yes, that's Fenway as in Fenway Park. In UsefulNotes/{{Boston}}. With the [[UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} Red]] [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams Sox]]. Same owners - who are, incidentally, actually quite popular thanks to the stadium expansion, investment in the transfer market, visible involvement with the club and securing the services of Jurgen Klopp, with whom the fanbase has an ongoing love affair.

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** A fun fact for those interested in the business of football (and sport more generally): Liverpool FC is presently the property of Fenway Sports Ventures. Yes, that's Fenway as in Fenway Park. In UsefulNotes/{{Boston}}. With the [[UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} Red]] [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams Sox]]. Same owners - who are, are incidentally, ticket price incident aside, actually quite popular thanks to the stadium expansion, investment in the transfer market, visible involvement with the club and securing the services of Jurgen Klopp, with whom the fanbase has an ongoing love affair.
29th Oct '16 4:26:19 PM DarkPhoenix94
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** Hope was kindled by Wenger finally opening the purse strings and spending big, with hopes of a strong win in the first game of the season, a home game against Liverpool, who had only won once at either the Emirates or Highbury in 20 attempts and had well publicised frailties at the back, including naturally right-sided midfielder James Milner playing at left back. Liverpool promptly went through Arsenal like a buzzsaw, going 4-1 up within an hour, and only a late rally by Arsenal and those frailties in the Liverpool defence gave the result (4-3) a fig leaf of respectability.

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** Hope was kindled by Wenger finally opening the purse strings and spending big, with hopes of a strong win in the first game of the season, a home game against Liverpool, who had only won once at either the Emirates or Highbury in 20 attempts and had well publicised frailties at the back, including naturally right-sided midfielder James Milner playing at left back. Liverpool promptly went through Arsenal like a buzzsaw, going 4-1 up within an hour, and only a late rally by Arsenal and those frailties in the Liverpool defence gave the result (4-3) a fig leaf of respectability. However, that result remains their only loss in the last seven months and as of Halloween 2016, they are level on points at the top with Manchester City and Liverpool, in second place on goal difference.



** Famous for, when they're playing well, fast, skilful attacking football, spearheaded by lightning fast strikers who usually do phenomenally well, then get snapped up by Real Madrid, Barcelona or Chelsea (and frequently suffer a collapse in form thereafter. Michael Owen and Fernando Torres have certainly never quite been the same. [[KarmaHoudini Luis]] [[TokenEvilTeamMate Suarez]], on the other hand, seems to be doing just fine). It's generally best summed up by the popular Kop chant created during the 2013/14 season when Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool swaggered from one CurbstompBattle to the next, before falling at the final hurdle, called 'Poetry in Motion'. When they're not playing well... well, the results are generally a little embarrassing. Internationally very popular, with hundreds of millions of fans worldwide. Their rivalry with Manchester United is so intense it's pretty much hatred.

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** Famous for, when they're playing well, [[AttackAttackAttack fast, skilful and downright mesmerising attacking football, football which makes up for an often dubious defence,]] spearheaded by lightning fast strikers who usually do phenomenally well, then get snapped up by Real Madrid, Barcelona or Chelsea (and frequently suffer a collapse in form thereafter. Michael Owen and Fernando Torres have certainly never quite been the same. [[KarmaHoudini Luis]] [[TokenEvilTeamMate Suarez]], on the other hand, seems to be doing just fine). It's generally best summed up by the popular Kop chant created during the 2013/14 season when Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool swaggered from one CurbstompBattle to the next, before falling at the final hurdle, called 'Poetry in Motion'. When they're not playing well... well, since the defence is still dubious, the results are generally a little embarrassing. Internationally very popular, with hundreds of millions of fans worldwide. Their rivalry with Manchester United is so intense it's pretty much hatred.



*** Then they did it again in 2013/14 under Brendan Rodgers, when they very nearly won it with an entire season of stylish attacking football, tearing almost of all of their rivals to shreds in one CurbstompBattle after another, only fizzling out in the last couple of matches due to a mixture of exhaustion, nerves and Chelsea, who beat them at home with a sucker punch or two in the last ten minutes. After that, their confidence collapsed. Their 2014/15 got off to a decent start, and in the middle of the season, they went on a thirteen game undefeated streak, before stalling against rivals United and Arsenal. After that, partly because of a kind of long term HeroicBSOD, because they had to sell their brilliant striker, Luis Suarez [[ManBitesMan who was unfortunately prone to biting people during matches]] and because of injuries, their confidence collapsed, they went out of the FA Cup in the semi-finals to Aston Villa and they limped to a 6th place finish after an absolutely dire final game of the season, also the final game of [[TheCaptain Steven Gerrard's]] Liverpool career, when they were thrashed 6-1 by Stoke. This was their worst defeat since ''1963''.
*** Following a somewhat limp start to the 2015/16 season that led to boos from the Kop, Rodgers was sacked after a 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby. Some consider this unfair, pointing out that Liverpool weren't far off first place at the time, Rodgers had been given a considerable transfer kitty in the summer and argued he just needed time. However, his replacement, charismatic German Jurgen Klopp, famous for full throttle ''gegenpressing'' football and for breaking Bayern Munich's stranglehold on the German title with Borussia Dortmund, winning it back to back, then taking them to the Champions League final, [[OneHundredPercentAdorationRating was met with hearty approval by Liverpool fans]] and naked envy by nearly everyone else. Since Dortmund are a club of similar philosophy to Liverpool, to the point where they adopted Liverpool's club anthem, 'You'll Never Walk Alone' and the clubs being FriendlyFandoms, this was considered a match made in heaven. Results seemed to bear this out as Liverpool [[CurbstompBattle thrashed Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge and destroyed title contenders Manchester City 4-1 at the Etihad]]. This had some fans dreaming of a title win, while realists dreamed of a top 4 place. After a 3-0 hammering by Watford, those dreams faced a reality check. Nevertheless, they reached the League Cup Final, but said final was against Manchester City, and while Liverpool pushed them all the way to Penalties, they were eventually beaten. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge They immediately got revenge]] by [[CurbstompBattle crushing City 3-0]] at Anfield, though, before edging out [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter bogey team]] Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park, despite going 1-0 down and having a player sent off. Then in the first leg of their Last 16 Europa League tie with hated rivals Manchester United, the first European encounter between the two teams, kicked them up and down Anfield in a 2-0 win and sealing the deal with a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, before going on to hold competition favourites Borussia Dortmund 1-1 away pulling off a breathtaking 4-3 comeback win at home, scoring three goals in half an hour, before coming back from a 1-0 first leg defeat to Villareal to crush them 3-0. This run of form at the very least revived dreams of taking the Champions League place given to the winner of the Europa League, but in the end they fell at the final hurdle to Sevilla, losing 3-1, having failed to translate first half dominance into enough goals to put the game to bed.
*** As of 2016/17, question marks remain over the left back position previously inhabited by the talented but chronically under-confident and unreliable Alberto Moreno and currently held by James Milner (who, though a right sided midfielder by trade, is the definition of a hard working and uncomplaining professional), which Klopp steadfastly refused to buy someone to fill - which, considering the prices of those on offer, wasn't entirely surprising. This has compounded Liverpool's defensive woes, with new goalkeeper Loris Karius immediately breaking his hand, and those woes being on open display in a dire 2-0 defeat to Burnley. However, the immediate success of dynamic wing forward and record signing Sadio Mane, as well as a dazzling 4-3 opening day win away to Arsenal, a draw against Tottenham which could be regarded as two points dropped rather than one point won (even more impressive since at the time of writing Tottenham have yet to lose a match), and a spectacular 4-1 demolition of champions Leicester in the first match at the refurbished and expanded Anfield, has left a sense of cautious optimism, with betting firms putting them down as second favourites to win the title - 7 points from encounters with the previous season's top three is no mean feat, nor is a comfortable 2-1 win away to Chelsea. That, along with a gritty 2-1 comeback win against Swansea, has put them in 4th place on 16 points after 7 games, only behind 3rd placed Arsenal on goal difference and 1st placed Manchester City by 2 points.

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*** Then they did it again in 2013/14 under Brendan Rodgers, when they very nearly won it with an entire season of stylish attacking football, tearing almost of all of their rivals to shreds in one CurbstompBattle after another, only fizzling out in the last couple of matches due to a mixture of exhaustion, nerves and Chelsea, who beat them at home with a sucker punch or two in the last ten minutes. After that, their confidence collapsed. Their 2014/15 got off to a decent start, and in the middle of the season, they went on a thirteen game undefeated streak, before stalling against rivals United and Arsenal. After that, partly because of a kind of long term HeroicBSOD, because they had to sell their brilliant striker, Luis Suarez [[ManBitesMan who was unfortunately prone to biting people during matches]] and because of injuries, their confidence collapsed, they went out of the FA Cup in the semi-finals to Aston Villa and they limped to a 6th place finish after an absolutely dire final game of the season, also the final game of [[TheCaptain Steven Gerrard's]] Liverpool career, when they were thrashed 6-1 by Stoke. This was their worst defeat since ''1963''.
*** Following a somewhat limp start to the 2015/16 season that led to boos from the Kop, Rodgers was sacked after a 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby. Some consider this unfair, pointing out that Liverpool weren't far off first place at the time, Rodgers had been given a considerable transfer kitty in the summer and argued he just needed time. However, his His replacement, charismatic German Jurgen Klopp, famous for full throttle ''gegenpressing'' football and for breaking Bayern Munich's stranglehold on the German title with Borussia Dortmund, winning it back to back, then taking them to the Champions League final, [[OneHundredPercentAdorationRating was met with hearty approval by Liverpool fans]] and naked envy by nearly everyone else. Since Dortmund are a club of similar philosophy to Liverpool, to the point where they adopted Liverpool's club anthem, 'You'll Never Walk Alone' and the clubs being are FriendlyFandoms, sharing an anthem and a philosophy, this was considered a match made in heaven. Results seemed to bear this out as Liverpool [[CurbstompBattle thrashed Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge and destroyed title contenders Manchester City 4-1 at the Etihad]]. This had some fans dreaming of a title win, while realists dreamed of a top 4 place. After Etihad]], though a 3-0 hammering by Watford, those dreams faced Watford served as a reality check. Nevertheless, they reached the League Cup Final, but said final was against Manchester City, and while Liverpool pushed them all the way to Penalties, they were eventually beaten. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge They immediately got revenge]] by [[CurbstompBattle crushing City 3-0]] at Anfield, though, before edging out [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter bogey team]] Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park, despite going 1-0 down and having a player sent off. Then in the first leg of their Last 16 Europa League tie with hated rivals Manchester United, the first European encounter between the two teams, kicked them up and down Anfield in a 2-0 win and sealing the deal with a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, before going on to hold competition favourites Borussia Dortmund 1-1 away pulling off a breathtaking 4-3 comeback win at home, scoring three goals in half an hour, before coming back from a 1-0 first leg defeat to Villareal to crush them 3-0. This run of form at the very least revived dreams of taking the Champions League place given to the winner of the Europa League, but in the end they fell at the final hurdle to Sevilla, losing 3-1, having failed to translate first half dominance into enough goals to put the game to bed.
*** As of 2016/17, question marks remain hung over the left back position previously inhabited by the talented but chronically under-confident and unreliable Alberto Moreno and currently held by James Milner (who, though a right sided midfielder by trade, is the definition of a hard working and uncomplaining professional), which Klopp steadfastly refused to buy someone to fill - which, considering the prices of those on offer, wasn't entirely surprising. This has compounded Liverpool's defensive woes, with new goalkeeper Loris Karius immediately breaking his hand, and those woes being on open display in a dire 2-0 defeat to Burnley. However, results have ultimately vindicated the decision and the immediate success of dynamic wing forward and record signing Sadio Mane, as well as a dazzling 4-3 opening day win away to Arsenal, a draw against Tottenham which could be regarded as two points dropped rather than one point won (even more impressive since at the time of writing Tottenham have yet to lose a match), and a spectacular 4-1 demolition of champions Leicester in the first match at the refurbished and expanded Anfield, has left a sense of cautious optimism, with betting firms putting them down as second favourites to win the title - 7 points from encounters with the previous season's top three is no mean feat, nor is a comfortable 2-1 win away to Chelsea. That, along with a gritty 2-1 comeback win against Swansea, a 2-1 win over bogey team West Brom, a [[RuleOfThree 2-1]] League Cup win over Tottenham and a 4-2 demolition of Crystal Palace, has put them in 4th place Liverpool level on 16 points after 7 games, only behind 3rd placed Arsenal on goal difference and 1st placed with Manchester City by 2 points. and Arsenal, in third place on goal difference, given Liverpool an enviable record of 11 games unbeaten and 8 wins in 9 matches.



** Liverpool's fans, colloquially known as 'the Kop' or 'Kopites', after the Kop End, which itself is named after the hill on which the Battle of Spion Kop was fought in 1906, are some of the most famous in the footballing world and certainly among the most vocal, giving Anfield a reputation as one of the most atmospheric stadiums on the planet, famed for 'the Anfield Roar' - which, following the expansion of the Main Stand, taking the capacity from 45,000 to 54,000 (with a further expansion to 59,000 planned), has only got that much louder. No matter how well or badly the club is doing, the sight and sound of the Kop in full voice is truly breathtaking. This makes Anfield an intimidating place to go, and when on a particularly strong streak, it's referred as 'Fortress Anfield'. Speaking of the fans, they're also a fairly cosmopolitan bunch, with, like Manchester United, a global fanbase estimated to be in the hundreds of millions. The club takes advantage of this with its summer tours to the US, Australia and South East Asia. More local support is drawn from Wales, Ireland and Scotland, with a long tradition of club legends from those countries, such as all time top scorer Ian Rush (Welsh) and defenders Mark Lawrenson (Irish) and Alan Hansen (Scottish). There's also a certain fondness for Liverpool in Germany, partly because of Liverpool's new manager Jurgen Klopp being widely beloved by fans of his former team, Borussia Dortmund. More puzzlingly, there's a [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff massive fan base in Norway.]] No one is quite sure why, though cheap ferry (and in recent year, plane) tickets to Liverpool probably have something to do with it. One other possible explanation is the prominence of the usually under-represented Norwegians in Liverpool sides down the years, such as fan favourite John Arne Riise, Champions League winner with Liverpool, famous for having a left foot that regularly did passable impersonations of [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Mjolnir.]] Once when he took a free kick against Manchester United in 2006, Alan Smith, the unfortunate player standing in the way [[UpToEleven ended up out for eight months with his leg broken in two separate places.]] He was never quite the same again. Matchgoers in particular are pathologically loyal to the club; it takes ''a lot'' to make them stop singing for any length of time and if they have done so, it's a very bad sign. If they have started booing and you are the manager, you are likely to be fired soon afterwards. Recently, they demonstrated their displeasure at a proposed ticket price hike to £77 and did so by leaving in the 77th minute of Liverpool's match with Sunderland. Liverpool, who had been winning 2-0, drew 2-2. The owners hurriedly backed down.

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** Liverpool's fans, colloquially known as 'the Kop' or 'Kopites', after the Kop End, which itself is named after the hill on which the Battle of Spion Kop was fought in 1906, are some of the most famous in the footballing world and certainly among the most vocal, giving Anfield a reputation as one of the most atmospheric stadiums on the planet, famed for 'the Anfield Roar' - which, following the expansion of the Main Stand, taking the capacity from 45,000 to 54,000 (with a further expansion to 59,000 planned), in vague planning stages), has only got that much louder. No matter how well or badly the club is doing, the sight and sound of the Kop in full voice is truly breathtaking. This makes Anfield an intimidating place to go, and when on a particularly strong streak, it's referred as 'Fortress Anfield'. Speaking of the fans, they're also a fairly cosmopolitan bunch, with, like Manchester United, a global fanbase estimated to be in the hundreds of millions. The club takes advantage of this with its summer tours to the US, Australia and South East Asia. More local support is drawn from Wales, Ireland and Scotland, with a long tradition of club legends from those countries, such as all time top scorer Ian Rush (Welsh) and defenders Mark Lawrenson (Irish) and Alan Hansen (Scottish). There's also a certain fondness for Liverpool in Germany, partly because of Liverpool's new manager Jurgen Klopp being widely beloved by fans of his former team, Borussia Dortmund. More puzzlingly, there's a [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff massive fan base in Norway.]] No one is quite sure why, though cheap ferry (and in recent year, plane) tickets to Liverpool probably have something to do with it. One other possible explanation is the prominence of the usually under-represented Norwegians in Liverpool sides down the years, such as fan favourite John Arne Riise, Champions League winner with Liverpool, famous for having a left foot that regularly did passable impersonations of [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Mjolnir.]] Once when he took a free kick against Manchester United in 2006, Alan Smith, the unfortunate player standing in the way [[UpToEleven ended up out for eight months with his leg broken in two separate places.]] He was never quite the same again. Matchgoers in particular are pathologically loyal to the club; it takes ''a lot'' to make them stop singing for any length of time and if they have done so, it's a very bad sign. If they have started booing and you are the manager, you are likely to be fired soon afterwards. Recently, they demonstrated their displeasure at a proposed ticket price hike to £77 and did so by leaving in the 77th minute of Liverpool's match with Sunderland. Liverpool, who had been winning 2-0, drew 2-2. The owners hurriedly backed down.
17th Oct '16 12:09:06 PM BringTheNoise
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*** As a result of the 2014 debacle, the last of the old guard was cleared out, old captain Steven Gerrard retiring from international football. The only real survivors were new captain Wayne Rooney and goalkeeper Joe Hart (who was widely considered to have not had much of an ability to prevent the rest of his team from folding like wet paper). Instead, an exciting generation of youngsters and former outsiders was pushed to fore for the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, including highly rated striker and 2015/16 Premier League top scorer Harry 'Hurricane' Kane, £49 million winger Raheem Sterling, attacking midfielders Dele Alli and Ross Barkley and centre back John Stones, as well as the steady maturing of the aforementioned Hart, striker Daniel Sturridge and defenders Kyle Walker, Chris Smalling and Danny Rose all coming into their prime, as well as Jamie Vardy bursting onto the scene as a Premier League champion and runner up to Kane for top scorer by 1 goal. This was underlined by England executing a faultless qualifying campaign, being the only team not to drop a point and the first to qualify after the hosts, France. Despitethat a 3-1 hammering of Scotland and a close fought draw with Italy demonstrating that this new look England side had spine as well as generally favourable friendlies against superpowers Spain (lost 2-0), hosts and favourites France (won 2-0, but only a few days after the Bataclan gun attacks, meaning that French hearts weren't quite in it) [[note]] And in any case, that particular match was more notable for [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming the heartwarming response]] by the Football Association and the English fans, with Wembley lit up in the colours of the French tricolore, the motto of the Republic emblazoned on the side, the usual massive St. George's Cross at the home end replaced with a tricolore and the entire stadium impeccably observing the [[DueToTheDead minute of silence]] before raucously joining in with the French national anthem. [[/note]] and World Champions Germany, in which England executed a stunning 3-2 comeback victory in Berlin, England once again performed their usual crash and burn, by going out in the Last 16 to ''Iceland''. Yes, population-of-300,000-with-a-popular-app-to-check-if-you're-accidentally-dating-a-relative-never-been-in-a-tournament-before Iceland. This is widely considered to be England's worst result since losing 1-0 to the US at the 1950 World Cup and [[EpicFail the most spectacular failure of the modern era.]] England manager Roy Hodgson unsurprisingly resigned immediately after the match, presumably in the hope that enraged England fans wouldn't lynch him. Following that, Sam 'Big Sam' Allardyce, known for [[CombatPragmatist pragmatic and very physical tactics]], being a pioneer in new sports science techniques and (either depressingly or encouragingly depending on your point of view) usually being hired to save struggling teams from relegation. The upside of this is that he's never been relegated and he's very good at instilling team spirit and motivation, something England teams of recent years have sorely lacked. The downside of this is that the England job has gone from being a possible career for some of the best regarded coaches in the modern game to being one that you can hardly give away.

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*** As a result of the 2014 debacle, the last of the old guard was cleared out, old captain Steven Gerrard retiring from international football. The only real survivors were new captain Wayne Rooney and goalkeeper Joe Hart (who was widely considered to have not had much of an ability to prevent the rest of his team from folding like wet paper). Instead, an exciting generation of youngsters and former outsiders was pushed to fore for the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, including highly rated striker and 2015/16 Premier League top scorer Harry 'Hurricane' Kane, £49 million winger Raheem Sterling, attacking midfielders Dele Alli and Ross Barkley and centre back John Stones, as well as the steady maturing of the aforementioned Hart, striker Daniel Sturridge and defenders Kyle Walker, Chris Smalling and Danny Rose all coming into their prime, as well as Jamie Vardy bursting onto the scene as a Premier League champion and runner up to Kane for top scorer by 1 goal. This was underlined by England executing a faultless qualifying campaign, being the only team not to drop a point and the first to qualify after the hosts, France. Despitethat a 3-1 hammering of Scotland and a close fought draw with Italy demonstrating that this new look England side had spine as well as generally favourable friendlies against superpowers Spain (lost 2-0), hosts and favourites France (won 2-0, but only a few days after the Bataclan gun attacks, meaning that French hearts weren't quite in it) [[note]] And in any case, that particular match was more notable for [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming the heartwarming response]] by the Football Association and the English fans, with Wembley lit up in the colours of the French tricolore, the motto of the Republic emblazoned on the side, the usual massive St. George's Cross at the home end replaced with a tricolore and the entire stadium impeccably observing the [[DueToTheDead minute of silence]] before raucously joining in with the French national anthem. [[/note]] and World Champions Germany, in which England executed a stunning 3-2 comeback victory in Berlin, England once again performed their usual crash and burn, by going out in the Last 16 to ''Iceland''. Yes, population-of-300,000-with-a-popular-app-to-check-if-you're-accidentally-dating-a-relative-never-been-in-a-tournament-before Iceland. This is widely considered to be England's worst result since losing 1-0 to the US at the 1950 World Cup and [[EpicFail the most spectacular failure of the modern era.]] England manager Roy Hodgson unsurprisingly resigned immediately after the match, presumably in the hope that enraged England fans wouldn't lynch him. Following that, Sam 'Big Sam' Allardyce, known for [[CombatPragmatist pragmatic and very physical tactics]], being a pioneer in new sports science techniques and (either depressingly or encouragingly depending on your point of view) usually being hired to save struggling teams from relegation. The upside of this is that he's never been relegated and he's very good at instilling team spirit and motivation, something England teams of recent years have sorely lacked. The downside of this is that the England job has gone from being a possible career for some of the best regarded coaches in the modern game to being one that you can hardly give away. Oh, and then he got sacked 18 DAYS later in a newspaper sting where he talked about getting around FA rules on player contracts
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