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Thanks Dan - we're slowly ticking them off again this season, but the ultimate aim is to lead a team of British players to European glory... The board aren't bothered with the Capital One Cup until we win it, and then they are delighted - weird!

Thanks Johno - we all know Tom Cleverley had it in him... right? But I was as shocked as any, and he scored some decent goals for us so far this season.

Thanks both for continuing to follow!


March 2016

Results

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After beating Leicester in the League Cup, we faced them again in the league at Anfield. The scoreline was a little more one sided this time though, as Ings (2), Sturridge and Morrison gave us a great 4-1 win. This then set us up for an away day on the South Coast in the FA Cup - a 2-2 draw with Southampton, which was a disappointing result.

We then had two good clean sheets, 2-0 at home to Wigan and 1-0 at Southampton, both in the league, before our first leg against Juventus! The Italian Old Lady arrived at Anfield, and we somehow won 4-1! Sturridge has been in great form this season, and scored twice against Juve.

Two more home games to end the month, a 1-0 win over Norwich - Danny Ings seizing his chance to play and score as we rested a couple from the Juve game - before we lost 2-1 against Southampton in the FA Cup... the board were not happy with this!

A good month all in all though... in my opinion!

League Table

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Back on top after a very good March means we're in the driving seat as we enter the last six games of the season... going to be a close run thing between ourselves and Chelsea, but can never write off United!

In other news...

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Manager of the Month for March! Delighted but all four were very winnable games.
April 2016

Results

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With the disappointment of losing to Southampton, we still had the Premiership and Champions League to focus on, and we were back on league duty with a 1-0 win at West Ham. Our next game was a biggy though - Barcelona in the Champions League quarter final... and five goals later we were on the losing side. Sturridge netted twice, which was very pleasing, but we let in three away goals, meaning we have to go to Barca and attack them!

Before the second leg though, the small matter of Manchester City at home, which we can through unscathed with a fantastic 3-0 win... so off to Spain we go, and we did score three goals in the Nou Camp - but they scored four. We've given them a great go over the two legs, which is very pleasing, but we are sadly out of the tournament at the expected stage.

Our win over West Brom opened up a three point lead over Chelsea, which with three games to go would have been incredible... particularly with Chelsea next. A win over our title rivals would all but give us the title (does this sound familiar yet?)... it wasn't going to be that easy though, and we lost 2-1.

We ended the month smashing Sunderland 4-1, and Chelsea lost their game, so the gap is three points going into the last game, but our goal difference is +10 on Chelsea, so we should be pretty safe so long as Spurs don't hump us and Chelsea don't go too mad with their remaining game.

League Table

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So three points ahead, one game to go...
Missed this last month...

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Back to back Manager of the Month awards!

May 2016

Results

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Tom Ince and Danny Batth scored for us as we drew with Spurs, which guarantees us the title regardless of Chelsea's result. They won their game, so we take the title by 1 point.

League Table

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Premier League Champions once again! Really closely fought this season and really tough season. Two title wins, zero Premiership medals for Gerrard.

In other news

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Daniel Sturridge wins the Player's Player of the Year award. He's been fantastic this season, and stepped up with some big goals.

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Sterling is Young Player of the Year, another good season for him too.

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Manager of the Year for the second season in a row, and really pleased to pick this award up.

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Danny Batth and Sturridge in the Team of the Year is really pleasing. Batth is really turning into a very special player, and I hope he remains at the club for a long time. His call up to the England squad is way overdue, but he continues to be overlooked.

Player Statistics

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No surprises that Daniel Sturridge's 39 goals in 37(5) games sees him at the top of the ratings chart, but pleased that Hanley and Batth are up there too. Sterling was our top assister with 18, but Lallana, JWP and Sturridge all contributed over 10 assists this season too.

Another season in the bag, three trophies and a very big squad once the loanees return. Already looking forward to the new season!
Another great season, surprising you've won the league two seasons out of two now especially with so many changes
Wow, back to back league title
Thanks Johno, really shocked and of course pleased that we've done the title back to back, and it's been a real challenge so far - particularly from Chelsea - but I hope the other teams will apply pressure now as it would be fun to not win the title if that makes sense, but have a really good top of the table battle - of course third time in a row would also be very acceptable!

A quick update before the summer transfer window...

Fan's Player of the Year

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Very pleased that Danny Batth picked up this award, he's been brilliant and I hope it will earn him the England call up he deserves.

New Contract

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New contract for me, a four year deal which is great with my contract due to end at the end of the coming season. Hopefully we can continue to be succesful in this time, and it might make my job a bit more secure.

Euro 2016

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Great news for Sturridge, as he won the Golden Boot award as England walked to victory in the tournament. Hodgson retired, and was replaced by Louis van Gaal. I applied, but didn't get it.

Anfield Expansion

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Still nowhere near Old Trafford, but we're getting more and more seats as the fans flock to watch us. We need to either relocate or expand again if we want to keep the money flowing in through the turnstyles.

U19 Review

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We won the European U19 Championships, smashing Spain in the final. We lost in the group stage against Italy, but qualified second after beating Germany and Scotland. Holland were our semi final opponents, before Spain in the final.

I have since resigned from the post, as it wasn't allowing me to pick a number of players who were eligible, and to be honest finishing after the Championships felt like the right time.
August 2016

Transfers

Nothing of real note went out the door, we managed to shift the last couple of foreign players, and other than the youth regens that we've picked up from our feeder network, the squad is almost entirely British!

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Bryn Morris was signed on a free from Boro, and I think he's going to be an outstanding player in the future. No fee means we can really get something out of him, whether it's through playing or selling down the line. He's highly rated, so fingers crossed he turns into an Anfield midfielder.

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Lewis Cook is very much in the same place as Morris, in the fact that he could become a very good player for us, or he could be sold on. I think he's got the ability, but he'll be loaned out this season to play games and hopefully return to fight for his place.

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Patrick Roberts is quite well known to most managers on here, but I've never signed him before. We picked him up fairly reasonably I think, and loaned him back to Fulham as part of the deal. Will be keeping tabs on him.

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Adam Matthews was another freebie, and with being able to play anywhere across the back, he will replace Glen Johnson I think as my versatile squad player. Looks decent, and was at the right price!

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Michael Efete is pure potential, and I hope he can develop into a player for us. Another freebie, so no pressure really and anything that does happen will be a benefit!

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Jay DaSilva was released by Chelsea, and I think he should have a chance to make it with us with the right focus from training. Again, probably will be loaned out.

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Calum Chambers was expensive, but I think he could be the last piece of the defensive jigsaw. Chelsea were in for him, as were City, so I am shocked he agreed to join us as both clubs reputations are still higher than ours.

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Finally, Michael Keane signed. Burnley are in the Championship now, and £8m is a good price for him I feel. He'll stay at Turf Moor on loan, so hopefully the game time will develop him, and then next season is going to be very tough.

It's going to be a nightmare next summer, as we've got a massive squad now, and whilst loaning these guys out helps, it's going to come to a tipping point, where we need to figure out what exactly to do.

Daniel Sturridge decided he wanted to play for Real Madrid, and thankfully he has a £65m release clause in his contract, so when they enquired, I told them that, and they said no. He moaned, but since the window has shut, he has decided he is happy here.

If they'd offered £40m+ it might have been a different story, but I think he's worth keeping a little longer!
August 2016

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Expectations:

Champions League - Quarter Finals

Achievable again, and a respectable expectation

Premier League - Title Challenge

Achievable again, and a respectable expectation

FA Cup - Finalists

Don't really agree with this expectation, would prefer to focus on CL

Capital One Cup - Not bothered

Good opportunity to rotate and keep everyone happy, easier with no pressure

Results

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Community Shield versus Chelsea saw Sturridge continue his form from the summer with a hat-trick, and we added the trophy to our growing trophy cabinet. Always nice to beat Chelsea, as they look like our closest rivals again this year.

All four of our games in August were on TV, as Theo Walcott and Raheem Sterling gave us a 2-0 win at Leicester, before Sturridge, Walcott and Sterling netted in a 3-2 win at Anfield over Southampton.

Then the derby, at Old Trafford. We normally lose these games, but Sterling gave us the lead before United pegged us back. Happy with the draw, and it relieves some personal pressure that we've struggled against them in the past.

Table

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Decent enough start, fifth after three games. Annoyingly below Everton, and Chelsea have started like a house on fire!

Young Player of the Month

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This kid is going to need his own trophy room soon, Sterling picking up this award again, and it feels like it'll only be a matter of time before he wants to move to a 'bigger club'

Champions League draw

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Leverkusen, Inter and Steaua should be a negotiable group, although it's difficult to tell how each team are in comparison with current day. Will be fun to play at the San Siro though!
Did amazing with England U's19 Good signings you have made Roberts tends to turn out amazing in the future.
Thanks Johno, fastest comment on my story ever I think!! Thanks for continuing to follow and support this career.

September 2016

Results

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September was a strong month for us, starting with a 4-0 win over West Brom. Theo Walcott scored a hat-trick, and Daniel Sturridge continued his goalscoring form, before both players scored again at the San Siro to give us a 2-1 win over Inter. It was a massive result, and it gives me confidence that we'll win the group now.

Back to league duty, and a changed side struggled past Swansea, with Tom Ince's second goal winning the game in the 88th minute. We then had our game against Middlesbrough in the League Cup, and I used a mix of youth and experience, with Sturridge scoring twice along with a great strike by Josh Murphy.

Two big games to finish the month, starting at the Emirates where a 2-2 draw was a fair result in an entertaining game. Sturridge and Ings both scored to keep our unbeaten start to the season going. Leverkusen then visted Anfield, and we made light work of them with a Ravel Morrison double and an own goal giving us a comfortable 3-0 win.

Table

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Our two draws with United and Arsenal have meant that we're just off the pace, but only one point behind Chelsea after six games. They are scoring for fun, so we need to up our game, and games against them this season are going to be huge for us.

Spurs are surprise candidates for a title charge, along with Newcastle who have been formidable under Harry Redknapp.
Decent start Especially draw at Arsenal and Man Utd.
Thanks Johno, happy to take points off our potential rivals early on!

October 2016

Results

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A confident win over Newcastle to kick off October was what we needed to maintain confidence. Bad news to start off though, as Daniel Sturridge has broken his leg, and will miss the majority of the season. Time for Ings and Walcott to step up, as they will lead the line more often than not. And Ings started well with two goals at Newcastle, with goals from Lallana, Morrison and Murphy finishing the 5-0 rout. We followed it up with a 3-1 win over Hull, with Ings bagging another brace, supported by a Walcott penalty.

Our good form in the Champions League continued, with a 2-0 win at home to Steau, Cleverley this time scoring along with Ings. An away day at Chelsea resulted in a 1-1 draw, Josh Murphy netted the only goal, before we faced Newcastle again, this time in the League Cup. Ings scored twice again, along with a double from Sterling. Finally, we punished Brentford 3-1 in the last game of the month to end a very enjoyable October!

Table

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Top of the league, but the top four are split by a solitary point. If this continues, it's going to be a great season for the neutral!
November 2016

Results

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We began November with another win over Steau, and it was a big result for us as it was our fourth win of the group and all but guaranteed our place at the top of the group and the better draw in the next round. We followed it with two 4 goal hauls - beating Derby 4-1 and Villa 4-0. Ings scored four goals in the two games, and continues to deputise well for the injured Sturridge.

We then had three big games to define how well the season would go, with a 2-1 win at home to Inter, followed by a 2-0 win at Manchester City. We were really good in both games, and it was a real relief as the Inter game secured first place. We rotated heavily for the game in Germany, as we drew 1-1 in Leverkusen thanks to Danny Ing's 93rd minute goal.

Table

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Top of the league, and a point clear of Chelsea. We've opened up a good gap over Spurs and Arsenal, which is a massive relief as it was getting very cosy at the top.

In other news...

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Callum Chambers has been amazing for us this season, and he fully deserves this award. It's also pleasing to see Patrick Roberts pick up second place.

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Despite having a broken leg, Daniel Sturridge is still in consideration for the Golden Ball award. It's a massive shame he's missed so much of this season already!
December 2016

Results

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After a thrilling November, we started December with a trip to Goodison, where we fell flat on our faces. A 3-2 defeat against our local rivals saw the board and fans disappointed... devastated. But it was just one result, and we moved on to a double header with Spurs. A 4-1 win in the league was followed up by a 2-1 win in the League Cup, and I feel it's vital that we keep a hold over them as they are serious contenders this season.

Four league games to round off the year, and we played well in all of them. Theo Walcott really stood out for me this month, and scored seven goals in seven games as we gave Ings a rest due to a slight knock. Walcott scored the only goals as we beat Sunderland 2-0 and QPR 1-0, before opening the scoring on Boxing Day at West Ham. He also scored a brace as we played Crystal Palace on New Years Eve.

I've been so lucky that Ings and Walcott have stepped up to cover Sturridge's injury this season!

Table

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Seven point gap now over Arsenal, with Chelsea, City, Everton and Tottenham in tow. Manchester United are well adrift this season, as pressure builds on Jorge Jesus at Old Trafford.

In other news...

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Quite rightly, Walcott took the Player of the Month title for December, and I can't think of a player who deserves the plaudits any more than he does!
January 2017

Results

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Busy January is an understatement, with eight games in three different competitions! A 3-0 win over Leicester was a cracking start to the new year, but we then nearly came a cropper at Portsmouth in the FA Cup. A youthful side wasn't good enough, but 2-2 and back to Anfield we go.

Our performances weren't much better in the league, as we struggled past Southampton, before losing at home to Manchester United. This was more disappointing than the Everton result as we really need to beat struggling sides, and United have been poor this season (in comparison to previous years).

Fortunately, we overcame Portsmouth with ease at Anfield, winning 3-0, before beating Brentfor 2-1. This set us up for the Capital One Cup, as we hosted Chelsea in the first leg of the semi final... a game we won 3-1 and I'm confident we can get to the final now! We ended the month with a win at Swansea, although we left it very late.

A bit of a poor month performance wise, but we've got some important wins under our belt.

Table

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Seven points clear of Spurs, with a game in hand... we're having a great season and heavily relying on a massive slice of lady luck. If we can get another good month under our belt, then we should be well on our way to a third successive title!

Transfer News

A very quiet January for me, the squad is in good nick, and whilst I was looking to bring a striker in to cover Sturridge, I couldn't find one who would fit the bill. Berahino is out of contract in the summer, but WBA wanted a lot of money for him, and even an eye over the lower leagues didn't spark anything of note.

The scouts in Scotland are working well for me though, and I've snapped up three youngsters from north of the wall.

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Will need re-training to cover either AM slot, but looks a decent player for just 17 years of age. High determination and acceleration are good signs, with crossing and dribbling areas for improvement. Bargain at £1m.

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A brilliant young forward, with some amazing stats already. 17 for finishing is the most striking, but physical stats are all in double figures, along with flair, determination, and off the ball all 15+.

I really have high hopes for Inglis, and I hope to give him some game time where I can! Picked him up for £2m.

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With Glen Johnson nearly passing his peak, this was a no brainer as the young right backs we have are a while off pushing for the first team. With Trippier, Richards and Chambers all in the squad already, buying a youngster is good business as I hope he will develop into a first team player. Bought for £1m.
February 2017

Results

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The second leg of the semi final was a lot easier than I though, as we cruised past Chelsea 3-0 at their place. Lallana gave us the lead before late goals from Walcott and Sterling secured the tie. This set us up well to overcome Newcastle 2-0 in the league, but our FA Cup bogey side Southampton reared their head again, and we went out of the cup 1-0. The board were disappointed, so I hope we don't have too many ramifications from this, but their expectation was pretty high!

Fortunately, it didn't damage morale, and we got off to a great start in Germany, beating Schalke 2-1. Another game against Chelsea was next up, and a 2-0 win at Anfield saw AVB get sacked... very pleased with that one! Two games to finish off, as we struggled past West Brom before the Capital One Cup final.

A tough draw with Arsenal you'd have thought... but no we were on fire, with Walcott scoring twice against his old side, before Ings and McGregor completed the rout. Capital One Cup won - again!

Table

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Two games in hand, and our lead is down to 4 points. With the games in our favour, it could look a lot better this time next month, although one of our games in hand is against Arsenal who are hot on City's heels.

In other news...

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One of our players may not have won the award, but Ojo and Hughes are impressing at their loan clubs which is good for us going forward. Loaning them to Premiership sides should hopefully give me an indication for next season.

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A very pleasing month, and a good set of results. Nice to pick up the award!
March 2017

Results

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A 2-2 draw to start March, and it was enough to get us through in the Champions League. We will now face Inter (again) in the next round, with the English sides well represented as we move forward.

I really fancied our chances of winning every game this month, and we got off to a flier beating Hull 3-0 before beating Brentford 2-0 at home. We had commanded both games with ease, and both sides were struggling. Next up were Derby, who are having a good season in mid-table, and they held us to a draw. Then came the big one... Arsenal at home, and again Walcott scored as we won 3-2!!

Delighted with the results, a win against Derby would've made me a lot happier, but can't be too greedy.

Table

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All square on games, and we're ten points clear with 8 games to go. Spurs and City have opened up a gap over Arsenal now, with Chelsea and United outside of the Champions League places. Everton and Newcastle have drifted after good starts, and Aston Villa look all but relegated!
April 2017

Results

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April Fool's day, and a 1-0 defeat to Man City wasn't the way I wanted to start the month. A win would've been amazing for us, as it would've put us so close to writing their title chances off, but we forget it and move on... to a 2-1 win over Everton! After losing the first meeting between the two, this was big for me and the fans and set us up well for the trip to Inter.

A 3-3 draw in Italy was disappointing on one hand, but three away goals will be massive for us when they come to Anfield. We then all but relegated Aston Villa with a 3-0 win at Vile Park, before Inter arrived. A 4-2 win, 7-5 on aggregate, and we're into the semi finals to face Bayern. Manchester United face Real Madrid in the other semi.

Back to league duty, where a win would put a nail in Spurs' title ambitions, but we were dreadful and tired. Youngster Ashley Inman grabbed his first goal for the club, but other than that it was a poor performance all round.

Last game of the month, and we demolished Sunderland to maintain our lead at the top of the table. Ings grabbed a couple before Sterling, McGregor and a Cattermole own goal completed the result.

Table

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Nine points clear, nine points to play for... we are nearly there!
Having a superb season bud, titles all but yours and wouldn't surprise me if you take the CL crown too!
Thanks Dan, we've had a great season and it's now coming to a close...

May 2017

Results

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The month started in Germany, where we again scored twice in the first leg. Two valuable away goals to bring back home with us. Unfortunately, Bayern won 3-2, so we have to score at least once against them at Anfield! QPR were sandwiched by our Bayern games, and despite rotating the squad, we came away 3-1 victors. Debutant Ciaran Kelly netted, and has a lot of potential to improve.

LIVERPOOL ARE CHAMPIONS!

So the win was enough to maintain our lead beyond the amount that Spurs could raise, and we retained the title for the third successive season. Back to the real business now, as Bayern showed up, and Danny Ings scored the only goal to put us through to the final to face Manchester United. Delighted United won, as they should be a lot easier to beat than Real Madrid!

For our final two league games, I rotated the squad far beyond it's normal levels, with a few more youngsters tasting first team football. We drew at Palace, before losing our final league game to West Ham. Not fussy about these results, but no fresh injuries for the final is the most important thing!

Table

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So there we have it, Champions by seven points! Manchester United have sacked their manager, and will be looking to a new coach to come in, whilst Spurs finished miles ahead of City and Arsenal.

Villa were down a while ago, with Brentford and QPR joining them.

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Theo stepped up this season in Sturridge's absence, and he fully deserves this award. Delighted that he picked it up, and he dedicated it to me... ahh!

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Aaron Kuhl has been pushing for the first team this season, and due to rotation, he's featured a lot during May. He's been brilliant, and I am really pleased that he has got this award. Jack Grealish and Mason Bennett came in second and third, and we've been keeping a close eye on both - despite their clubs pricing them out of a move.

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Very happy to pick this up again, and that puts me into the Hall of Fame! Woo hoo!

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Batth and Chambers into the Team of the Year, again pleased with both and Batth picked up Fan's Player of the Year too.

So that's it... oh wait... just the Champions League final to go...

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A team full of British players, in an all English Champions League final (in Germany) lifts the trophy aloft, as Liverpool become

CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE!
Luke Shaw obviously wanted a move to your all British side, fancy that to be him scoring the own goal! well done sir!
Thanks Dan, what to do now though? The Rangers job became available, and I was really tempted by that to go and rebuild them, and try to get them back into the Champions League. I didn't apply in the end, and they hired Zinedine Zidane! Interesting.

I also have the German and Spanish leagues loaded now, so hopefully something will come up, or I will find a reason to keep going with Liverpool. It's been fun so far, so it might be a time to start focussing on the youth at the club and bringing it through which would be my final objective.
June 2017

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Four players in the Champions League dream team, as Batth, Caulker, Henderson and Ings take their place in the starting XI. Fully deserved by each one, in particular Ings for stepping up in Sturridge's absence, and Henderson who is an unsung hero for us!

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Dean Wilson signs for a minimal fee, but the scouts were raving about his potential. At only 16 he's got a long way to go, but I hope that he will push on and develop here.

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Sean Murray arrives on the cheap as his contract was up. He's got a lot of good attributes, but he needs games to progress. I hope to get him out on loan this season to develop further, but looks a great prospect.

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Another 16 year old, who looks like he's going to be a very quick player as he develops. Acceleration and agility are good, as is his work rate. Really pleased to be bringing in players that we can develop, now they have to prove themselves.

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Lundstram arrives from Everton, we paid £1m for him as his contract was up this summer. I am surprised he has signed, and we had to give him "First team" squad status for him to sign. He looks some way off that at the moment.

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Danny Batth is Fan's Player of the Year. He's amazing, picking up loads of awards, and he was one of the cheaper defenders I purchased. Continues to be overlooked by the England selectors, but hope he will make it in there soon!

Player Stats

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Sturridge and Kuhld id reall well in teh games they were part of, with Sturridge only managing 9 games after breaking his leg. Kuhl should feature more going forward, but three defenders are the main talking point. Chambers, Batth and Caulker were brilliant this season, and we need them again to be strong for the new season.

Ings and Walcott scored 32 and 27 goals respectively, which is pleasing, with Sterling firing in 19 as well. Sturridge got 9 in 9, so I wish he'd stayed fit.

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Loanees did really well, with Hughes the pick of the bunch. He'll be staying around Anfield next season, and I hope I can fit him into our side every game. He's competing directly with Lallana, Sterling and McGregor to name but three!
July 2017

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With his brother already at the club, we decided to move for Jacob Murphy who looks like another decent player. He'll be out on loan for the season, but if we can get him to the standard that his brother is, this is a great investment for us!

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Taken a punt on this one, well regarded in reality, but always struggles on Football Manager in my past games. He usually ends up around Championship level, but I hope with the right coaching he could become part of the first team squad here.

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He may only be 19, but I think he's got a lot to prove as his technical stats are all fairly low. However, he's got decent physicals, and as he grows I hope that he will develop his technique with our coaches. Versatile player on the right, free transfer so no pressure.

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Another young freebie, as if we don't have enough players who can play this role, but he's got great acceleration, pace and natural fitness for a youngster, with flair and technique high too. Could be a very tricky player to contend with.

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Cover for both full backs, young and a free transfer. Stamina levels are high, along with natural fitness so he should do well. Technical needs improvement, but I think he'll be enough cover should we need it going forward. He may be loaned out this season to get games.
August 2017

Results

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Disappointed to lose the Community Shield to Chelsea on penalties, but it was a great showing from Will Hughes on his full debut. Two goals at Wembley, and whilst we didn't retain the trophy, we can be happy with the performance.

A new trophy was then added, as we won the European Super Cup against Manchester City. Steven Caulker grabbed the only goal, and we're delighted to add this to the trophy cabinet.

Two league games to start the season, and we won both 3-1. Firstly at home to West Brom, with goals from Hughes, Sturridge and Walcott, before we travelled to Norwich where Sturridge scored again, with Caulker and Kuhl also netting.

Table

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Nothing much in the table after two games, but happy we've taken maximum points so far!

In other news...

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Chris Smalling signs from Manchester United for around £5m, he is out of contract at the end of the season and United decided to cash in. He's still only 27, so I hope he will come in and compete with the other defenders.

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John Ruddy and Karl Darlow are both out of contract at the end of the season, so when I was weighing up who was the better option to retain, I saw that Butland was available. We signed him for £8m + Aaron Matthews (who was listed anyway), so I am happy to add him.

Ruddy or Darlow will have their deal extended to offer backup, but not sure which yet!

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Wow, expectations are high this season! This could be make or break, depending how true to their word the board are:

Champions League: Semi Final
Premier League: Winners
FA Cup: Winners
League Cup: No interest

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Very happy with the Champions League draw, with Dortmund the only real threat, we should progress to the knockout phase.
Nice CL draw and a good start to the season too!
Thanks Kez_7, it's been an interesting start to the season already, but we couldn't have asked for an easier group draw to be honest! Thanks for following

September 2017

Results

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Two draws to kick the month off really wasn't what I had hoped. At home to Southampton, we were toothless and couldn't break the deadlock, before Will Hughes' goal at Old Trafford could only see us grab a draw. Our journey into Europe began, as we travelled to Greece to beat Olympiakos 3-0, with Sturridge scoring twice.

Unfortunately, we returned to England with a bum, losing 2-1 at home to Chelsea. A tough result to take, but hopefully we won't regret it down the line. Will Hughes and Jesse Lingard (x2) scored against Brentford as our reserves made Brentford look a lot better than they were, before Walcott and Batth grabbed us a win at Sunderland.

Table

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Fifth after six games, not too worried, but Spurs have started brilliantly so we need to claw some points back on them asap!

In other news...

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Ian Holloway believes that me building a squad of home-grown players is bad for the game, and that I am holding the game back... a quick tour of the trophy cabinet should shut him up!
October 2017

Results

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Theo Walcott scored a hat-trick in 18 minutes (6 minutes between each goal) as we overcame Thun at home in the Champions League. The Swiss side had nothing really going for them, and we were comfortable winners.

We then went on a scoring run that I cannot believe! Arsenal arrived at Anfield and were sent packing 5-1 as Sturridge, Henderson (x2), Caulker and James Ward Prowse scored - we had scored four by half time! We then hit West Ham for 5, with Sterling (x2), JWP, Sturridge and Morrison finding the net.

Dortmund at home next, a more difficult fixture... but we won 4-1! Couldn't believe how the game went, as Sterling, JWP and Sturridge had us 3-0 up after 18 minutes. We repeated the scoreline against Palace, with Sturridge (x2) and Sterling both scoring along with Walcott.

We ended the month with a comfortable 5-1 win over Swansea in the Capital One cup. Lundstram opened his account for the club, before Morrison scored to make it two. Sturridge scored a hat trick to round off an incredible month for us!

Table

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Three wins in the league sees us up to third, but we're still adrift of the leader. Tottenham have faltered, but Chelsea have stepped up, but we're only two points behind them at this stage of the season.

In other news...

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Manager of the Month, very happy to pick this up after an indifferent start to the season.
Thanks Dan, stuttering league form backed up with stuttering story writing... thanks for continuing to follow!

November 2017

Results

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Table

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In other news...

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