It's been a nervous start for Liverpool FC but they've already picked up their first trophy of the season
Liverpool FC did extremely well winning the league last season and their opening game of the season was against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions Cup. Picking up the first trophy of the season is always a good start to the season and gives confident to both players and fans. The Reds was off to a bad start when they had Luis Suarez sent off after only fourteen minutes played. Losing their star striker was a massive blow but having tactical advantage helped them to control the game despite playing with ten men. Ten minutes before the break James Rodriguez played a great pass to David Luiz. It was a scorcher of a shot from Luiz and too much to handle for Tim Krul. Going into half time a goal up gave the players belief in winning the game and when Spurs had Anthony Martial sent off in the first minute of second half, The Reds knew they could go on to win it. Second half became very dull but The Reds won't mind as it meant they won their first trophy of the season.
The first league game of the season saw The Reds travelling to Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal. A team with a good manager and they did good last season. The Reds set up with counter attacking football but depsite having tactical advantage they found it hard to play against The Gunners. Gabriel Barbosa hit the bar twice inside the first eight minutes. The first half an hour was dominated by the home side and The Reds was lucky to manage to keep it scoreless. Their first chance of the game fell to Hector Bellerin who hit the outside of the post. It was scoreless at half time and The Reds knew a single goal could be enough to win it. But playing without Luis Suarez isn't easy and Neymar wasn't at his best in this encounter. The Reds performed better in second half and once again Hector Bellerin came really close to score the opening goal. Once again James Rodriguez found Bellerin. His shot smashed against the post and the rebound fell to Bellerin. But under heavily pressure he didn't take it. The game ended scoreless and it's good to avoid losing the opening game but the football The Reds played isn't good enough to defend the title.
Round 2 saw neighbours Everton take the short trip over Stanley Park to try to get something against their rivals. Once again The Reds set up nicely, having tactical advantage against The Toffees. But the visitors got off to a good start and dominated the first twenty minutes. And when the home side thought they had taken control of the game, The Toffees countered them and scored a brilliant first goal. Seamus Coleman played a great cross to Alexandre Lacazette who scored a spectacular goal from a bicycle kick. The Reds knew at half time they had to turn the game around but found it hard to play against a well organized Everton defence. Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez had chances to level the score but the home side didn't have any luck and had to see their rivals run away with all three points.
Liverpool knew they had to win away to Queens Park Rangers in round 3 after failing to win their first two games. They got tactical advantage for the forth game in row and this time they made it count. Luis Suarez, Bobby Firmino, Neymar and James Rodriguez had all chances to score early on but The Reds had to wait until three minutes before the break to take the lead. Cesc Fabregas sidestepped his marker and with a crafty shot he managed to score. A great time to get the opening goal but The Reds knew there was still fourty-five minutes left of the game. They managed to keep the ball within the team and when Nicolas Otamendi scored with twenty minutes left of the game, The Reds knew they had picked up their first win of the season. It's always nice to get the first win but at the same time you need to keep winning if you want to defend the title. This is the ninth season of FMFA and only Manchester United has been able to pick up back to back titles.
On to round 4 were The Reds hosted Newcastle United at Anfield. Neymar should have put the home side in front early on but instead The Magpies got a helping hand from Mats Hummels. He played a horrible backpass to Simon Mignolet and Mignolet couldn't prevent it from going in. A tough goal to take and it meant The Reds had to turn the game around. With seventy minutes left of the game they had more than enough time to save something from this game. The goal shocked the host but they drew level two minutes before half time when Bobby Firmino scored from a header. The Reds dominated second half but the visitors defended heroic and deserved to get something from this game. The home side had 10 attempts on target and hit the post three times as well. It was a game The Reds should have won but in current form they didn't manage to make their possession play count.
Another home game awaited The Reds in round 5 when they took on Aston Villa. For the first time this season The Reds played brilliant and despite winning 2-0 the score should have been much bigger. They created 35 attempts on goal, 23 of them hitting the target. Only an outstanding Mark Bunn prevented The Reds from outclassing The Villans. The two goals came from Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho. Suarez scored the opening goal a minute before half time and should have had two before the break but the official ruled out the second. Clearly a wrong decision but nothing to do about it. Philippe Coutinho made sure of the win after an hour played when he came one on one with Mark Bunn and lobbed him to make it 2-0. A good home win for the home side and they had now gone three games unbeaten. After a tough start they've managed to be more consistent in their performance.
Round 6 saw The Reds travelling to Old Trafford facing their bitter rivals Manchester United. The Red Devils sat two points above The Reds in the table and despite being early in the season, The Reds couldn't afford to fell five points behind their rivals. Reds manager Thomas Edvardsen decided to play with normal tactic for the first time this season and despite seeing The Red Devils having 63 % possession, they didn't manage to break down the visitors defence. The Reds played with five men at the back and the home side found little space to work in. Six minutes before half time, Luis Suarez recieved a pass from Neymar and made the most of it when his thundering shot slipped through David De Gea's hands. A marvelous goal from Suarez and an extremely important goal. The Reds had few problems in second half and came away with a narrow win. Winning at Old Trafford is a huge achievement and The Reds is looking much better than the start of the season. For the first time this season they picked up back to back wins and find themselves in 3rd, three points below Newcastle United who has started the season brilliantly. If The Reds can keep performing like this, they will have every chance of defending the title.
The FMFA Cup has started as well and The Reds was drawn in Group D, playing Crystal Palace, Newcastle United and West Ham United. The opening game of group stages saw The Reds travelling up north to face Newcastle United at St James Park. It was a pretty even game but The Reds came away with a 2-1 win. Daniel Sturridge sent The Reds in front but the home side levelled the score after an hour played when Richard Peniket scored. The Reds got themselves back in front eight minutes later when Neymar made it 2-1 and they managed to take the win after holding off the home side the last twenty minutes of the game. The Reds hosted West Ham United in game 2 of the group stages and it was a tough game for the home side. The Hammers came to Anfield playing defensive football and when they managed to take the lead through Charlie Austin, the home crowd thought it was lost. But Neymar scored ten minutes into second half and Scot Bennett should have scored to win the game for The Reds but it all ended 1-1. An okey start to the campaign for The Reds but they need at least a couple of wins to be able to get into knockout stages.
In other news we've seen The Reds expand their stadium and Anfield is now able to take 74,200 inside the stadium. It cost The Reds £70,000,000 but it's a good invenstment for the club and makes the club more competitive. We've also seen a couple of transfers being made at Anfield. Kalidou Koulibaly was signed from Napoli for a massive £135,000,000 to improve the quality in their defence. Late last night The Reds came to an agreement with Gaston Ramirez and the Uruguyan international will move to Anfield for £30,000,000. James Mahon and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is sent out on loan to get first team football and get much needed experience. Both players is of high quality and Reds manager Thomas Edvardsen is hoping to see them developing in Wolf League and come back as better footballers.