Battle in Bulgaria
There are only so many ways I can say that, “Liverpool blew another one.” It seems that since the start of these posts, that’s the only thing I’ve been saying in the match recaps. When Mignolet took that shot off his chest 2 minutes in and Liverpool went down 1-0, I had my doubts that we could come out of there with any sort of points and/or dignity. But the Reds did fight back. Ricky Lambert put his second goal in 2 weeks into the net after some sloppy defensive play, making him the only Reds striker worth a damn. Jordan Henderson also finished a sweet Raheem Sterling pass to put the Reds up 2-1, but we all knew where this was going to end. The final score was 2-2, but both of the teams had their chances to finish and take all 3 points. Liverpool surprisingly controls their own fate and can actually advance with a win over Basel in Liverpool on December 9. That’s surely to be the biggest match to date, but we’ll have to wait and see what type of form we’re in over these next 2 weeks before we get too excited. Basel did beat us 1-0 on their home soil back in September, but who knows what will happen on the return trip. Keep that date marked on your calendar as it represents one of the few chances Liverpool have for some joy at Anfield this season.

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Around the Interwebs
Just like in the offseason, Liverpool may be looking at Southampton to help boost their squad. They are rumored to be interested in right back Nathaniel Clyne even though they just bought numerous defenders in the offseason. Hopefully this means that Glen Johnson can finally head over to Roma where he is (presumably) wanted and Liverpool can try and fix their sloppy D. But what type of rumors are out there for our new star 32 year old striker? (The only one that has scored for us.) Oh just a transfer back to your old club. That’s right. Thanks for scoring, see ya later. Of course, that rumor is dependent on Rodgers bringing over another striker in January and who knows where that stands.

Stoke Stroke
Liverpool haven’t won in their last 5 games (4 Losses, 1 draw) but Stoke is no Chelsea. Rodgers looks to right the ship as the Potters head to Anfield with both teams trying to jump into the top half of the table. After this match, it’s a quick turnaround before a Tuesday game vs. Leicester, and then it’s Sunderland on Saturday the 6th. It’s another busy week, but we’re only 34 days away from the January transfer window! Get the heart pills ready Liverpool fans. Another month of (some) ups and (mostly) downs is upon us.

Prove me wrong Reds!