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Here’s a reminder from us at Two Liverpool Fans that we have indeed moved to a new website address.

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Liverpool’s Possible Lineups Next Season


Liverpool are to kickstart the next season by hosting Sunderland in their opening match. With Jordan Henderson the only signing Kenny Dalglish has managed to complete so far, we could be seeing the likes of Stewart Downing, Eden Hazard or Bojan Krkic at Anfield by the end of the transfer window.

In this post, we will be checking out Kenny Dalglish’s possible lineups next season.

1. If Eden Hazard arrives

It’s hard to say where Eden Hazard will end up at the end of the transfer window. With top European clubs like Arsenal, Barcelona and Manchester United all having developed major interests on the Lille youngster, Kenny Dalglish will definitely have to face a big competition if he is to win Eden Hazard’s signature.

Nonetheless, the arrival of Eden Hazard will definitely put a broad smile on the faces of all the Liverpool fans (which includes me of course!). A speedy winger with wonderful skills and abilities to go past defenders in just a blink of an eye, I wouldn’t be surprised if I see Eden Hazard dominate the world of football after the likes of Xavi, Steven Gerrard or Cristiano Ronaldo have retired.

Here’s the lineup we might see if Eden Hazard happens to sign for Liverpool.


2. If Bojan arrives

It’ll be a big signing, and I believe the chances of seeing Bojan Krkic at Liverpool is actually higher than Eden Hazard’s as the Spanish international has pretty much fallen out of favour at the fantastic Barcelona starting 11 due to the likes of David Villa, Lionel Messi and Pedro. Bojan famously made his Barcelona debut at the age of just 17 (back in 16 September 2007) when he came on to replace former Barcelona winger Giovani Dos Santosin the 78th minute when Barcelona faced CA Osasuna,breaking Lionel Messi’s record of the youngest Barcelona player to feature in a La Liga fixture.

Bojan, only 20 years of age, has already made his 100th league appearance for the Catalan club when Barcelona took on Getafe. He currently has 104 appearances to his name with a total of 26 goals. The Barcelona-number 9 is under contract at Camp Nou until 2015 after signing an extension at December last year.

Here’s the possible Liverpool lineup if manager Kenny Dalglish successfully captures Bojan Krkic.


3. If Zapata arrives

Yes, Liverpool are in desperate need for a top class centre-back, and Cristian Zapata can be the one who brings solid stopping power to the table for The Reds. The Udinese defender has previously reported that he is close in completing a deal to Liverpool, and also stated that he hopes to join a ‘big club’ like Liverpool.

We will see everything at the end of the Copa America, but I can say that contacts with Liverpool are at an advanced stage.

I hope to join this big club.

Cristian Zapata

His arrival might ultimately bump Danish centre-back Daniel Agger to the bench, or will Kenny Dalglish play a 5-3-2 (Agger at left back position while Carragher, Skrtel and Zapata in the middle) to keep Agger’s place in the starting lineup?

Here are a few possible lineups :

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Players Liverpool ACTUALLY Need – Part 3


Welcome to the third and final part of the Players Liverpool ACTUALLY Need article. This post is followed by the first two episodes – which we previously discussed about the ‘ideal’ center backs and left backs for Liverpool.

Click here to read the first part.

Click here to read the second part.

As we all know, Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has been busy searching for a left winger in the transfer market as he continues to rejuvenate the squad following the major signing of Jordan Henderson. In this post, we’ll be taking a closer look at the ‘ideal’ left wingers for Liverpool – apart from the ones like Ashley Young, Eden Hazard or Charlie Adam that King Kenny has been monitoring.

 

1. Diego Capel

A Spanish international who is currently playing for La Liga side Sevilla FC. The 23-year-old is a Sevilla Youth Academy graduate after a brief spell at the Barcelona youth team. Having helped Spain to the 2006 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship glory, Capel has 2 senior caps to his name so far – making his impressive debut for the senior side by coming out as a second half substitute in a 3–0 friendly away win over Denmark, setting up two goals.

Premiership sides Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are said to be interested in luring the Sevilla star away from his country soil.

 

 

2. Pedro Leon

Operates at both sides down the flank. The Real Madrid winger has pretty much fallen out of favour at the Santiago Bernabeu after enduring a disappointing season under Jose Mourinho. The 24-year-old is yet to feature in Spain’s senior side yet, having capped 6 times in the Under-21 national side. Pedro Leon only managed 6 appearances in the La Liga this campaign, with only 1 goal in the UEFA Champions League all season.

He is known for his excellent touch on ball with both his feet and is also a fast player capable of playing down both wings. West London club Chelsea have reportedly been setting their sighs on the Spanish winger.

 

 

3. Ryan Babel

I was utterly disappointed when I first saw the news that former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel signed for German side TSG 1899 Hoffenheim last season. This boy’s got a huge talent to be honest, scored a few excellent goals during his time at Liverpool and was really enjoying to watch. He hasn’t been that impressive in the Bundesliga so far, only scoring once from a very limited 15 appearances – a season which saw Hoffenheim lie in an uncomfortable 11th league position.

He hasn’t been given that much opportunities under former coach Rafa Benitez. To be honest, I personally think Babel is way better than Maxi Rodriguez – don’t mention the huge age margin, Babel’s just a lot more faster and fitter than Maxi, and also a lot more skillful as well!

 

 

4. Pablo Piatti

‘La Liga’s Hidden Jewel’ is what they call him. Standing at only 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in) tall, the 22-year-old sheds a slight resemblance with Barcelona’s sensation Lionel Messi (seriously!). Piatti’s had quite a decent campaign last season, with 8 goals and 4 assists from a total of 35 appearances for Almeria in Spain’s top division. Almeria may only be a tiny club located on the historical and geographical periphery of the Spanish game, but Piatti is certainly a player who demands a great deal of attention.

Like Lionel Messi, Pablo Piatti has pure intelligence in ball control and also precision in front of goal, a deadly finisher. Premiership side Everton have previously been told by Almeria to get £38 million for Piatti if negotiations between the two clubs are to start (which Everton of course rejected).

 

That’s all for the Players Liverpool ACTUALLY Need article, thanks for viewing guys! Don’t go too far away from Two Liverpool Fans as we will be provide the freshest transfer news each day 🙂

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Players Liverpool ACTUALLY Need – Part 2


Here is the second part of the Players Liverpool ACTUALLY Need post. Well in the first part of the post, we discussed about the ‘ideal’ centre backs for Liverpool, click here to read the previous part.

As I stated, we’ll be checking out the ‘ideal’ left backs for Liverpool in this episode. Thus, these are the left backs Liverpool should consider.

1. Marcelo Vieira 

Real Madrid’s most promising left back at the moment. Marcelo, aged 23, is known for his lightning speed and durability.

Despite not being the best of tacklers around, the Brazilian has managed to mark down Barcelona’s unprecedented Lionel Messi in several occasions during the El Clasico matches. Marcelo has got 3 goals and 5 assists from a total of 32 appearances for Real Madrid in the Spanish La Liga last season – a stat that is absolutely not bad at all for a defender.

 

2. Domenico Criscito

Some may think I must be joking. Or worse, some might have not even heard of this lad before. In actual fact I am not!

Criscito starred in the 2010 FIFA World Cup for Italy after numerous eye-catching performances for Genoa (now at Napoli) in the Italian Serie A. The 24-year-old has managed 3 assists from a total of 36 Serie A matches last season. His solid displays in Italy has now put him on German powerhouse Bayern Munich’s transfer radar.

 

3. Miguel Veloso

Mainly operates as an offensive left back. The Portuguese international is excellent in breaking the opposition’s possession and also making well-timed tackles, the exact kind of player Liverpool need – so can someone tell me why he hasn’t been on Liverpool’s shopping list?

Premiership sides Manchester City, Bolton and Tottenham Hotspur have all been monitoring the 24-year-old’s situation, and with Veloso only making 19 appearances after a not-so-impressive season, the Genoa man could well be on his way to a top club soon if Liverpool are still not keeping an eye on him.

 

So that’s all for this episode, the post on the ‘ideal’ wingers Liverpool ACTUALLY need will be up really soon, thanks for reading guys.

 

 

 

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FIFA 12: The Game Of Our Generation? [VIDEO]


The guys down in Canada have done it again, another addition to the FIFA franchise and it looks like a keeper. Amazing graphics, and simply looking absolutely stunning

Ok, so what I have beside me here is a screenshot from last year’s game, FIFA 11, and what’s amazing about this year’s game is that they have rectified a lot of the problems, including that occasional glitch where you can literally slice through a player’s legs, and come out completely unscathed.

I really hate it when I look at the replays at a high zoom in level and I see stuff like that happening so kudos to the guys at EA for making in better and better each year.

This time FIFA takes into account a wide range of variables when it comes to the hard tackle; balance, weight, momentum, direction and impact area are all factored into your opponent’s reaction making the physical element of the game look visually stunning.

The impact engine looks amazing as well, with jostles looking amazing in full HD and tackles beautifully presented in the trailer for it’s new element of the game, which is the Impact Engine. So that’s something that I’m looking forward to seeing in action.

Another cool thing mentioned about this year’s game is that you’ll also have to be more careful with choosing your decisions in the career and tournament modes. For example, a player whom has recently pulled his hamstring won’t exactly be the best player in the world when immediately thrown back into the mix as soon as he gets back from the physio and is far more likely to be back on the bench if he takes another blow to the hamstring without time to fully recover.

So as promised, here’s a video of FIFA 12’s new Impact Engine in action!

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Manuel Giandonato: Who is He? [VIDEO]


After scoring a sensational goal against Manchester United that sealed Juventus’ win against Manchester United for Gary Neville’s testimonial, I decided to do some digging on the Italian midfielder

His stock as risen incredibly days after he scored that sensational free kick against Manchester United at Old Trafford. To think that he had the audacity to even attempt a shot from such an almost impossible angle. The curve, the power, all spot on and right on the dot.

Apparently, he is now being chased by Italian clubs Siena and Fiorentina and they do indeed seem highly likely to sign the Italian teenager….. on loan, as Juventus have revealed that they don’t have any intentions to sell the midfielder nor to guarantee him first team football next season.

He has featured a few times for ‘The Old Lady’ this term, but he certainly hurt his chances when he got a red card in one of his first few games for him.

I know his quality well and that free kick is part of his repertoire. I’m glad he showed his skills in such an important stadium, as he already proved his character every time he was called upon this season in Serie A or the Europa League.

agent Silvio Pagliari told TMW

So it wasn’t just a one-timer. So what do you guys think? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Juventus Are Out Of The Race!


Serie A side Juventus’ hopes of qualifying for the prestigious UEFA Champions League next season turned hopeless after their disappointing 2-2 draw at home to Chievo Verona.

Despite being 2-0 down just 10 minutes into the second half, relegation-threatened Chievo Verona fought back bravely to a earn 2-2 draw – getting their much needed point to assure themselves of another season in Italy’s top division.

With only 2 games left to be played, Juventus are lying in an uncomfortable 7th position with 57 points and are currently 5 points adrift of Udinese, who are favourites to occupy the last UEFA Champions League spot.

Juventus manager Del Neri said that his side were shocked beyond words after seeing themselves concede 2 crucial goals in just a minute.

We have paid a high price for a minute’s madness, there was a blackout.

The boys played a good game, but were hit hard by the very rapid counter-attacks by Chievo – such as the two occasions we conceded goals.

Meanwhile, Del Neri was philosophical about his chances of seeing out the only year left on his contract.

I still have my pride, so I will do everything to my best abilities till the end of the season. Then, the club will decide.

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