Vital Football

Latest QPR News

Premier League Preview - Liverpool

Premier League Preview - Liverpool

NICKNAME: Reds

MANAGER: Brendan Rodgers

STADIUM: Anfield (45522)

LAST SEASON: 8TH

You don't need me to tell you that 'King Kenny' is a name that was more apt in years gone by, and indeed it was a title that weighed heavily as Dalglish lurched from one disaster to the next - taking breath to pluck the League Cup from a spirited Cardiff City side. It was a rare positive in a season blighted by underperforming stars.

The irony being is that his predecessor, Roy Hodgson, fared far better, but was ousted as Dalglish was the chosen 'in-house` appointment. The aforementioned League Cup win could not mask the club's worst club finish in 18 years. Stewart Downing was rather a fall guy, singled out as a winger with no assists - with maybe the exception of his boss' dismissal.

IN: Joe Allen (Swansea, £15m), Fabio Borini (Roma, £10m)

OUT: Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbache, £1m), Craig Bellamy (Cardiff, undisclosed), Alberto Aquilani (Fiorentina, undisclosed), Maxi Rodriguez (Newell's Old Boys, undisclosed) Fabio Aurelio (Gremio, free), David Amoo (Preston North End, free), Stephen Darby (Bradford, free)

PREVIEW:

A new season; a new manager. Brendan Rodgers is a manager that divides opinion but one can not help but admire the job he completed at Swansea City. However will his appointment be a masterstroke or another white elephant in a turbulent recent history at Anfield - when the season begins in earnest all will unfold before our eyes.

Liverpool is a club with spadefuls of history, but this counts for very little in modern football when clubs are emerging all the time as potential forces. It has struck me that Liverpool have been behind the times for some time, a relic living in their rich history, unwilling to accept the changes that modern football presents and getting dragged into the mire of putting 'legends` at the helm. This latest step is a bold one, but to what extent with success be borne out?

KEY PLAYER: Steven Gerrard

Well this was a bit of a no brainer - Steven Gerrard has been loyal and rock-steady in the heart of Liverpool's midfield for some time. Whether times are good or indifferent, Gerrard has been consistent and by far and away the Reds' best performer. He has toyed with a move away in the past, but he is now looking like remaining at Anfield for the duration.

PREDICTION: 6TH

I think Liverpool will improve, but they must place faith in Rodgers now that he has been selected as the man to take them forward. Too many times clubs fall into the trap of panicking and ousting the newly-formed ideas in terms of the tried and tested. Swansea reaped the benefits from a style that Rodgers put forward - if he can perform Swansea writ large then there is no telling where he could take the Reds.

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Boxer
Date:Thursday August 16 2012
Time: 8:50PM

Best of Vital Network

Login to post a comment

Recent Queens Park Rangers Articles

No More Quarter Final Replays For QPR

Should Queens Park Rangers progress through to an FA Cup quarter final from the 2016/17 season onwards, the game will no longer be subject to a replay.

QPR's Parachute Payments In 2015/16

With the 2015-16 season behind us, the final television allocation money based on final league positions have been confirmed - and here's what Queens Park Rangers...

QPR - FL Dates 2016/17 (23/5/16)

The Football League have released the key dates for the coming 2016/17 season.

Who Will QPR Face In 2016/17 (22/5/16)

With no matches remaining in the regular 2015/16 campaign, some promotions and relegations in the football pyramid are already known.

Archived Vital QPR Articles

Vital QPR articles from
As featured on NewsNow: Real Madrid news
Real Madrid News 24/7  

Site Journalists

Boxer
Editor email
Profile
sandydl
no email
Profile
Superhoop50
no email
Profile
danielqpr
no email
Profile
JackSupple
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MotM v Bristol City
Suggested By:
Ingram13%
Onuoha1%
Hall0%
Hill12%
Kpekawa1%
Gladwin1%
Henry15%
Faurlin52%
El-Khayati0%
Chery1%
Washington3%
Hoilett0%
Petrasso0%
Polter1%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Burnley 46 26 15 5 93 37
P Middlesbrough 46 26 11 9 89 32
3 Brighton 46 24 17 5 89 30
4 Hull City 46 24 11 11 83 34
5 Derby County 46 21 15 10 78 23
6 Sheff Wed 46 19 17 10 74 21
7 Ipswich 46 18 15 13 69 2
8 Cardiff 46 17 17 12 68 5
9 Brentford 46 19 8 19 65 5
10 Birmingham 46 16 15 15 63 4
11 Preston 46 15 17 14 62 0
12 Q.P.R. 46 14 18 14 60 0
13 Leeds Utd 46 14 17 15 59 -8
14 Wolves 46 14 16 16 58 -5
15 Blackburn 46 13 16 17 55 0
16 Forest 46 13 16 17 55 -4
17 Reading 46 13 13 20 52 -7
18 Bristol City 46 13 13 20 52 -17
19 Huddersfield 46 13 12 21 51 -11
20 Fulham 46 12 15 19 51 -13
21 Rotherham 46 13 10 23 49 -18
R Charlton 46 9 13 24 40 -40
R MK Dons 46 9 12 25 39 -30
R Bolton 46 5 15 26 30 -40
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Queens Park Rangers Results (view all)

Queens Park Rangers Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.QPR4Me16
2.Superhoop506
3.dustman4
4.DMD_QPR4
5.rodneeranger3
6.jezza993
7.jdqpr18823
8.silvertrowel2
9.Clarets R Mad2
10.cartouche2