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1000 not out!

We’ve been up for just under 5 months, but we have already surpassed 1000 views! After a steady start, the sites traffic has been going up every month. Which shows great sign of progress for us!

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It’s not just the figures we’re proud about, but also the sheer global scale of our views. The site has been viewed from all over the world, as you can see from the graphic below. :)

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With the podcast up and running, more regular posts and increased Facebook & Twitter followers, we hope to push on even more.

So once again, thanks to everyone who has taken their time to visit us!

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Rahman Red Reflection: Ludogorets Lacerated by Last-gasp Liverpool

Last night, Liverpool returned to Europe’s greatest club competition and kicked off their Champions League adventure with a late, hard-fought victory over Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad.

The Reds finally made the breakthrough in the 82nd minute through Mario Balotelli – his first goal for the club. Holding off two defenders, he brilliantly steered the ball into the net with the outside of his right foot. Dani Abalo looked to have snatched a point in the last minute for Ludogorets after rounding Simon Mignolet. However in the second minute of stoppage time, the visiting goalkeeper Milan Borjan failed to control the ball in his 18-yard box and conceded a penalty for fouling Liverpool right-back Javier Manquillo. Steven Gerrard assumed his spot-kick duties and calmly placed his penalty into the bottom-right corner to give the Reds a winning start to their European campaign.

I was particularly impressed with the full-backs – Alberto Moreno and Javier Manquillo were excellent. Moreno’s brilliant left-wing cross enabled Balotelli to open his Liverpool goalscoring account. Manquillo was in an advanced position very late into the game and ultimately won the crucial penalty that secured all three points for the Reds.

Obviously, Mario Balotelli deserves credit for his goal. It looked like it was going to be another frustrating game for the Italian but when given the chance, he took the opportunity with aplomb. Balotelli is off the mark and that goal will give him confidence. I thought he wasn’t in the box more frequently enough as he was usually found hovering outside the area to collect and hold up the ball, but playing as the lone striker probably didn’t help his cause either as he was often left isolated. When Fabio Borini was brought off the bench, this helped to improve Liverpool’s shape and eventually led to them winning the game (although I do feel the Reds were very fortunate and have the Ludogorets keeper to thank for that) and must improve if they are to progress this season.

Brendan Rodgers should continue to deploy the 4-4-2 diamond formation and I believe that this would allow Mario Balotelli to flourish – he would receive support from a fellow striker and from the midfield, particularly if Raheem Sterling is positioned at the tip of the diamond.

In summary, it wasn’t the best Liverpool performance by any means. However, they showed character and resilience to win a game that they could easily have drawn or even lost. That in itself is a positive, considering the poor performance last weekend against Aston Villa. The most important aspect of this game was the result but Rodgers and his players know that greater tests lie ahead in their Champions League quest.

Next up. Basel.

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Premier League Rapid Review!

Twitter style 140 character game reviews for all of games from last weekend…. It’s harder than it looks!

Arsenal v City

The game of the week! Both sides shared moments of domination. Arsenal scored some crackers, City exposed the Gunner’s vulnerable defence.

Chelsea v Swansea

Battle at the Top.Swansea in front after an own goal. Chelsea storm back for a 4-2 win. New signings Costa and Fabregas still firing at 100%

Crystal Palace v Burnley

Not a great match, both teams still looking for their first win of the season. Burnley denied a late win after Speroni saved the spot kick

Southampton v Newcastle

The Saints continue to prove their pre season doubters wrong. A crushing victory, NCFC rooted to the bottom, The end looks nigh for Pardew

Stoke 0 Leicester 1

The Foxes first win of the season, at a tough away fixture. Ulloa carries on fine form. For Stoke, a return to earth after their City win

Sunderland 2 Tottenham 2

2 goals in first the opening  5 mins. Eriksen appeared to have won all 3 points, before a late Tottenham own goal shared the spoils.

West Brom 0 Everton 2

More misery for the Baggies. Lukaku opens his account early on, Miralles with the second, a comfortable 3 points. WBA need to improve quick

Liverpool 0 Aston Villa 1

Liverpool stumble at home, Agbonlahor’s early goal was enough to take all 3 points. Best start for Villa in over 10 years, Pool toothless

Manchester United 4 QPR 0

New look United finally register their first win. Di Maria inspirational, Rooney, Herrera, Mata also on target. QPR’s 2nd 4-0 defeat so far.

Hull 2 West Ham 2

Surprisingly entertaining game. A début goal for Hull’s Abel Hernandez. Some cracking goals from Enner Valencia and DIame. A draw was fair

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The Özil Conundrum

This time last season, Mesut Özil was the sign of the new dawn for Arsenal. The £42m record signing broke Arsenal’s long run of underwhelming transfers. Not only had Arsenal smashed their previous transfer record, but they had secured the signature of one of the best Midfielders in the world. A year on, after a bright start, he has not yet shown what Arsenal paid for, and although the talent is most certainly there, some fans are yet to be convinced he will come good in the long term.

It all started well enough,  until the New Year, he had already racked up 9 assists in all competitions. and scored 5 goals for the club. The highlight being a fantastic curling finish against Napoli to open his Arsenal account. It was looking like the investment may have been worthwhile, with Özil playing an influential role in the team. Alongside a resurgent Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal were riding high, and were top of the table for a large portion of the season until January. With the combined pace of Walcott, the target man Giroud and the technique of Ramsey. Things were looking great for Özil. Who was showing that he would have no problems settling into the league.

The turn of the year saw a mirror image of what came before. A variety of factors contributed to a poor second half of the season. Ozil works best when there are runners up front, for which he can fire pinpoint passes to release forwards. Long term injuries to Ramsey and Walcott blunted Arsenal, and in turn Özil. Ramsey was having a sensational season, but he limped off against West Ham during Christmas, and did not reappear till April. Walcott, was ruled out for the season after a Knee injury suffered in the North London Derby in January. With the main outlets missing, Özil was not as influential as he would have liked to be. He was also played on the left side of the front 3. Playing out wide is not his best position, and his weak defensive contribution is highlighted due to being played on the wing. He is just not the type of player who will track back, so playing him out wide exposes his weaknesses. Confidence seemed to become a larger issue throughout the season. The Champions League tie against Munich was an example of this low confidence, after a blistering start at the Emirates, Özil himself earned a penalty with some neat footwork. The German took responsibility with the kick, and after a weak effort earlier in the season against Napoli, he repeated the same tame attempt which was saved. Arsenal lost their early wave of momentum, and went on to lose the game. That miss seemed to epitomize his second half of the season. Ending the season with figures of 14 assists (9 in League) and 7 goals (5 in League) was a decent return, and he did win that much eluded trophy for Arsenal in his first year. But for a player of his caliber, much more was expected on the field and in the big games, but many saved their concerns, as the first season is usually tough for most overseas players.

The World Cup may have been a great tonic for a reasonable club campaign, although he did win the World Cup, he was a peripheral figure,  out shone by the likes of Muller, Kroos and Gotze. A shadow of a performance compared to his breakthrough on the world stage four years ago in South Africa.

The new season bought new hope for Arsenal fans, the arrival of Alexis Sanchez had further established Arsenals new reputation, and the thought of Özil linking up with Sanchez had many fans excited.  Whereas Alexis has started the season rather well, with 3 goals, and his great work rate. Özil has yet to shine. The lack of pre-season after the World Cup would not have helped him find his groove. It is still early days of the season, but the reluctance of Wenger in not playing Ozil in his preferred role in the center is not doing anyone any favors. Arshavin befell a similar fate, although a genius on the ball, tracking back and a high work rate was not his forte,  these were exposed greatly in his last few seasons in England. Özil still has the chance to prove his growing list of doubters wrong. Until he plays in the Number 10 role regularly, he cannot be fully judged. Once Walcott returns, combined with the dynamic Alexis, it will be hoped Wenger moves Özil into the center, where he can fully utilize his passing abilities to supply the pacey forwards. Sadly, Özil’s situation has not been helped with the return of Cesc Fabregas to the league, a player Arsenal had declined, mainly due to the presence of Özil. Fabregas has returned where he had left off, already claiming 6 assists in his 4 games. Many fans are over reacting, and want to sell Özil in January. This is frankly a ridiculous suggestion. A player of his proven quality will come good, class is permanent.  But he really needs to step up soon, and when he is eventually played in the middle, he has to deliver right away. Otherwise, the fans may not be as forgiving.

Rahman Red Reflection: Vivacious Villa Emerge Victorious

Gabriel Agbonlahor’s ninth-minute strike for Aston Villa was enough to punish a lifeless Liverpool and secure three well-deserved points for the visitors.

Brendan Rodgers was forced to reshuffle his pack as Daniel Sturridge, Joe Allen and Emre Can were confined to the sidelines after picking up injuries during international duty, handing Anfield debuts to Adam Lallana, Mario Balotelli, Lazar Markovic and Alberto Moreno. The Reds fell behind after failing to deal with a corner, allowing Villa striker Agbonlahor to prod the ball in from close range. Liverpool continued to show nervousness from set pieces and could easily have conceded more goals. As the match wore on, Liverpool dominated possession but the away side were rarely troubled. Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan was hardly tested as Rodgers’ side mustered eighteen shots in total – with only one shot on target.

Daniel Sturridge’s absence was clearly felt in this game. He is a peripheral figure for Liverpool and they need him to return to fitness as soon as possible. I was also surprised that Raheem Sterling was on the bench – Rodgers was clearly looking towards Tuesday’s Champions League group match against Ludogorets Razgrad. I wouldn’t want to place so much pressure on his young shoulders as he is only 19 but I would have started him for this match, especially as our recent record at home against Aston Villa has been poor. Did he not get enough time to rest after returning from international duty? When I saw Rodgers’ team selection, I initially thought that Sterling could come on later in the game and make a positive impact but sadly for Liverpool, this did not happen on this occasion.

Adam Lallana made his first appearance of the season and I thought he played relatively well. He was replaced on the hour mark and was lacking match sharpness, but he showed glimpses of his qualities and a sign of things to come. The former Southampton skipper needs a good run of games and hopefully it will not be long until Liverpool see the types of displays that led to his acquisition from the south coast.

Mario Balotelli struggled to make an impact and was on the receiving end of some rough treatment from the opposing defenders. It was a difficult game for the Italian but he was good at holding the ball up and spreading the play to the wide players. Balotelli created a good chance for Lallana – his low drive from distance flashing just wide of Guzan’s near post.

Overall, it was a poor Liverpool performance but Aston Villa deserve great credit for their victory. Paul Lambert’s side were organised, stubborn, disciplined and had frustrated the Reds on a disappointing evening at Anfield.

Bring on the Champions League!

Rahman Red Reflection: Moreno of the Same Please?

Last Sunday, Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool returned to winning ways with an impressive 3-0 away win over Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur. Mario Balotelli produced a lively display on his Reds debut, presented with excellent chances but unable to convert them into goals. However, his inaccuracies were insignificant as Liverpool delivered another brilliant attacking display at White Hart Lane.

The Reds gained an early lead when Raheem Sterling slotted in at the far post – Daniel Sturridge identified Jordan Henderson’s clever forward burst, who unselfishly squared across the face of the goal for the 19-year-old to steer past Hugo Lloris. Spurs right-back Eric Dier conceded a spot-kick for tugging back Joe Allen, with Steven Gerrard confidently burying his penalty after 49 minutes. The home side’s demise was confirmed at the hour mark as Liverpool’s Alberto Moreno dispossessed Andros Townsend, before charging forward into space at blistering speed and then firing a low shot into the far corner to secure the points.

It was a brilliant performance from the Reds, reminiscent of the types of displays that Liverpool frequently showed throughout last season. Balotelli had a good debut despite failing to open his goalscoring account but as his fitness and understanding of the team’s playing style improves with time, one can only think he will make progress. £16m to secure his services was an excellent piece of business – time will tell if he is a success at Anfield and Balotelli knows that he needs to make the most of this opportunity.

I was particularly pleased with Alberto Moreno. He received a lot of criticism for his inability to prevent Manchester City’s opener at the Etihad, but he responded in superb fashion against Spurs. Defensively he was solid but the highlight has to be his stunning solo goal. Signed for £12m from Sevilla and only 22 years of age, he can only get better. Still a long way to go of course, but Moreno looks like he will be a vital player if he continues to burst down the wings and provides another dimension to Liverpool’s attacking play. Most importantly, he is a full-back so he must carry out his defensive duties too as this is an area that Liverpool must improve on, after their back-line frailties were exposed in the last campaign.

Last but not least, we have Raheem Sterling, who was just exceptional. Liverpool have such a talented young player in their hands and he is so good to watch. I remember my first visit to Anfield when I watched Liverpool draw 2-2 with Aston Villa. A game that most Liverpool supporters would probably want to forget but when I watched Sterling on the ball, he looked a player who could really make things happen. He would get you out of your seat. He was unpredictable – you didn’t know if he would cut inside or go round the outside. He was a serious threat against Spurs, playing in a more central role and constantly striking fear into the opposition with his pace and direct running. Many will have loved the moment when he was dancing into the penalty area, beating players as if they weren’t even there… until you get to the part where he weakly prodded the ball straight into the grasp of Hugo Lloris. What a moment that could have been…

It has been a decent start in the league for Liverpool so far. 2 wins out of 3 is respectable, especially when the defeat at Manchester City is also taken into account. As mentioned before, there is a still a long way to go and Rodgers’ side will be closely examined as the sesason progresses. It certainly is a massive season for him and the club.

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The Deadline Day Scramble

Football can be a funny business, you have most of the Summer to wrap up all your deals, yet minutes from the 11pm deadline on Monday night, managers were rushing to push through last minute transfers.  All this frenzy may have been whipped up by Sky Sports and the tabloids, but it sure makes for good viewing for all us fans!

It was a monster transfer window for the Premier League this Summer, with over £800m being spent on transfers in England. Manchester United have been on a mission to rediscover their cutting edge, and had already signed Angel Di Maria for a club record fee. it was United again making the biggest move of the day, with the sensational capture of Colombia striker Falcao on a season long loan (for a reported fee of £6m). Several top clubs across Europe were interested, but in the end, it was United who stumped up his huge wage demands. His signing was officially confirmed late into the night. Daley Blind of Ajax was much touted to arrive at Old Trafford all Summer, and the defensive midfielder was signed for a fee of £14m.

The impending Falcao deal would mean that the completion for the spots upfront would be incredibly tough. Danny Welbeck was already on the periphery of the United team, and the introduction of the Colombian would have further pushed him away from the first team. Arsenal’s need for a striker was well observed in a struggling draw at Leicester. and many fans were hoping Wenger would sign a player to take the burden off the much maligned Yaya Sanogo. The deal made sense for both parties, and a £16m deal was agreed to take the United striker down south. Welbeck may not be the most clinical, but his hardworking ethic made him a fan favourite, hopefully he can now shine for the Gunners. United lost another Striker, in Javier Hernandez. After a successful debut season, he has not be able to replicate that form, and has been frustrated by his time on the bench. He has moved to Real Madrid on a loan.

Manchester City had a quite day, but Alvaro Negrado, who had an impressive season last year moved back to Spain, on loan to Valencia. With an attack of Aguero, Dzeko and Jovetic, Negrego was clearly seen as surplus. A shame to see him go, but it will be seen if Valencia, who are struggling with financial troubles, can buy him end of this season. Full back Micah Richards has also departed on loan to Fiorentina, hopefully given him a chance to resuscitate his career after such a great start earlier in his career..

QPR and Harry Redknapp would have been certainties to be active on Deadline Day. The familiar face of Niko Kranjcar has once again been signed by Redknapp, the 4th time the QPR boss has signed him! Redknapp  made another recurring signing, this time Sandro on a long term deal from Spurs.  Speaking of Tottenham, they did sign Benjamin Stambouli from France, but not many fans will be fully aware of him. Not only did they lose Sandro to QPR, but Lewis Holtby also departed on loan to Hamburg.

Several other deals were confirmed on the day. Hatem Ben Arfa has moved down the coast from Newcastle to Hull City. Hull have also secured the services of Mohamed Diame from West Ham. Oussama Assaidi who had a memorable time on loan to Stoke last season, is once again back at the Britannia, on another loan from Liverpool. For Sunderland, they made their 9th transfer of the Summer, Ricardo Alvarez from Inter flies into Tyneside on loan.

For Chelsea and Liverpool, it was a relatively comfortable day, they had made all their signings early on, and were happy not to be drawn into the drama (and inflated prices!) of the Deadline Day pandemonium. One thing of note were the large number of loan deals, rather than a direct transfer. Many are sceptical about the reasons behind this, suggesting it could be a way to get around FFP regulations.

So the transfer window has closed, the teams are now left to deal with all the trials & tribulations the Premier League throws at  their 25 man squad. The craziness will return on Monday 2nd February, when the window once again closes for January!

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Champions League 2014/15~ The Brits

Real Madrid secured their much treasured ‘La Decima’ in May, but only a few months later, the biggest club competition in Europe is back up and running. With the annual, some may say overly drawn out, draw for the group stages on this years Champions League.  The draw for the English clubs have thrown up some familiar foes and exciting ties.

Defending Premier League champions Manchester City have not been able to replicate their recent domestic form across into European football. Their job has been made much harder by their low seeding for the competition. Largely due to the fact they have only featured in the last few seasons. City once again have been put in with defending German champions Bayern Munich, just as they were last season. City were just pipped to being group winners last season by the Germans,  with head to head goal difference being the deciding factor. It cost City as they were drawn against Barcelona in the following round and knocked out.  Munich will provide the hardest test in their group, but they did win at the Allianz Arena last time around.  A long midweek journey to Moscow also awaits them, as CSKA Moscow prepare to take on the English side. Another case of Deja Vu, the Russians were also in City’s group last season, finishing bottom. City beat Moscow both times last season, and they will be looking to do the same again this time around against the Russian champions. Pot 4 had some wildcards, in the likes of Roma and Monaco, who most would have liked to avoid. But the Italian side cap off the group.  Roma had a successful season last year, finishing runners up in the league, with a squad containing the likes of Strootman, Gervinho, Totti and Pjanic, the Italains have more than enough to provide City an uncomfortable few games. On paper, Both City and Munich should go through, but Roma will also fancy their chances on stealing a qualification spot.

Liverpool finally make their return to Europe’s top table since the 2009-10 edition. It was a long time away for a club such as Liverpool. This had a large effect on their coefficient, which meant a tricky group would be possible, and it cant get any more tricky than being drawn with the current European champions, Real Madrid. In what should be one of the group stages most tantalizing games. Liverpool will have good recent memories of Madrid, beating them 5-0 over two ties in 2009, with a Torres inspired 4-0 win at Anfield. Madrid are now a totally different beast, so they will be looking to at least avoid defeat in their matches. FC Basel of Switzerland will provide a stern test for the Reds. Basel have been prominent in the last few editions of the Champions League. They beat Chelsea twice in the group stages last season, and knocked out Manchester United in the group stages in 2011. They  may have lost key players such as Xherdan Shaqiri and Mohamed Saleh since then, they are still a team Liverpool should not underestimate. Ludogorets Razgrad make up the final spot in the group. Ludogorets are the current Bulgarian champions, and earned their place in the group stages with an amazing tie with neighboring Romanian champions Steaua Bucharest. With the game edging towards penalties. Ludogorets had their keeper sent off. Which meant defender Cosmin Moti took up the gloves for the shoot out. Moti became a club hero saving two penalties, and sending the team to the group stages, though they will not be expected to get any further from here. Liverpool will be hoping to take that 2nd qualification spot, but Basel will proved stiff competition.

Alexis Sanchez has already helped pay back his vast transfer fee for Arsenal, by scoring the vital goal against Besiktas which took Arsenal to the Champions league group stages once more. Their consistency in the competition meant they were among the top seeds, but they have still been assigned to a difficult group. For the 3rd time in 4 seasons, they have been drawn with German side Borussia Dortmund. Last season, in a very tough group, in which Arsenal, Dortmund and Napoli all ended up on 12 points, it was Dortmund who took top spot via goal difference, and Napoli who cruelly had to miss out. Dortmund will once again provide the hardest test this time around, although the loss of Robert Lewandowski to Munich will have hurt their cutting edge, players such as Marco Rues,Mkhitaryan and Großkreutz are still there. They will be Arsenals main challenge for top spot once again. Turkey and Galatasaray will await the Gunners in winter. The Turkish side managed to make it to the Last 16 last season, only to get knocked out by Chelsea. Didier Drogba has since departed and returned to Chelsea. Wesley Sneijder and Felipe Melo are still there, but they will have to be at the top of their game if they want to progress, Arsenal will most certainly have an awkward night at the Türk Telekom Arena. Finally, its a trip over to nearby Belgium for the final group opponent. Belgian champions Anderlecht did not have the best of times last season in the Champions League, finishing last in their group, without registering a single win.  Things may not get any better this year in another tough group for them.  Arsenal will be hoping to top the group this time around, last season they were looking good to finish 1st, but in the end, the 2nd place finish meant a trip to Munich, in which they once again went out to the German champions,

Chelsea will be the most satisfied by their draw. They have been drawn with Schalke 04, Sporting Lisbon and Maribor. As with City and Arsenal, Chelsea once again meet a team from last season. Schalke 04, who finished 3rd last season in Germany will most likely provide the hardest test to the English side. A squad that contains Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and the much sought after Julian Draxler. But Chelsea dispatched the Germans with ease last season, winning 3-0 on both occasions.  Sporting Lisbon may be one of Portugal’s most illustrious teams, but they are not the powerhouse they once were. They have not featured in the Champions League since 2008-9.  Sporting will want to make a good impression on their return, and boost their coefficient. Nani has returned from United on loan, and may spark his career back on track. They may make a run for that 2nd spot. Maribor of Slovenia are the last team in the group. Maribor have been in the spotlight recently, after being involved in the fall out between the Celtic/Legia Warsaw farce. After Celtic were provided a second chance, Maribor took it away from them, with a convincing win at Celtic Park. Maribor are one of the lowest ranked teams in the group, so not much is expected from the team. Chelsea should have more than enough to win this group, with their great squad depth. Though they should be cautious not to let complacency set in.

Hopefully, come the new year, we will see all 4 English teams in the draw for the last 16, the last few years have not been too kind on the English coefficient, with the German & Spanish leagues featuring largely in the later stages. Lets see if this season provides an English fight back!

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‘The Second Yellow’ Podcast: The Debut!

After a few months of running this site, things are rolling along well,.So its time to expand our site with the addition of a podcast! The first one has been recorded and uploaded for your pleasure. You can listen to it via the plug in below. In this pilot, Me & Ibrahim discuss all the news from the opening weekend, and we give our thoughts on the games coming up this weekend (which at the time of recording, was Week 2!). We hope to make this a regular event, with a new podcast every month or so. So all comments will be appreciated!

Enjoy,

Team TSY :D

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Rahman Red Reflection: Clinical City Rifle the Reds

Liverpool suffered their first defeat of the season as Stevan Jovetic and Sergio Aguero inspired Manchester City to a comfortable 3-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium.

For much of the first half, Liverpool looked comfortable in possession and were rarely troubled. For 40 minutes, Manchester City were yet to register a shot on target, until a defensive lapse in the 18-yard box allowed Jovetic to pounce and blast his powerful strike through the legs of the despairing Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. Ten minutes into the second half, Jovetic doubled his tally with a wonderful team goal that was initiated and dispatched by the Montenegro striker. Sergio Aguero was introduced midway through the second half and within seconds, he dashed onto an excellent pass from Jesus Navas, finishing from a tight angle to all but end the contest. Liverpool secured a consolation after Rickie Lambert attacked a Daniel Sturridge cross and pressured Pablo Zabaleta to turn the ball into his own net.

Before Jovetic scored, I thought Liverpool played well in the first half. They had plenty of the ball and it looked like they would be going in level at half-time. Alberto Moreno made his debut and it was a difficult place to make an immediate impression. Unfortunately for him, he will be scrutinised for his error that led to Manchester City’s first goal. Moreno is 22 and can only get better. The home side were clinical in taking their chances and ultimately deserved the three points.

However, I am still concerned about the defence. Rodgers must address this as first priority. Liverpool conceded far too many goals last season and many have argued that this was the main reason why they failed to win the Premier League title. It will take time for Liverpool’s new signings to settle in and adapt to Brendan Rodgers’ philosophy. Mario Balotelli should be available for Sunday’s visit to White Hart Lane and hopefully Liverpool can return to winning ways as soon as possible.

At such an early stage of this season, I would not be too alarmed at this result as there is still a very long way to go. Rodgers must know that the defence needs to improve and hopefully they will work on this on the training ground. The new signings will understandably need time to gel and adjust to the high intensity of English football. Manchester City had the best home record in the league last season and I would not be surprised if Manuel Pellegrini’s side achieved this feat again. They have a fantastic squad – for a manager to be able to bring on a player like Aguero demonstrates their superior strength in depth and can only reaffirm the fact that they are one of the favourites to claim the title this season.

It’s still very early days and we shall see what happens…

Written by Ibrahim Rahman – 27/08/2014