The winter transfer window is never the busiest one, but some clubs do beef-up their options in the areas that they?ve identified weak links in their sides through the first half of the season.
It often takes January signings a while to settle in, and they often don?t perform at their optimum levels while they get used to the physicality and busy fixture list in the UK.
Many of the big clubs have struggled in one position or another and both Manchester clubs, Liverpool FC and Chelsea were all expected to make some big name signings to fill in the positions that they had identified as problem areas.
Liverpool FC has had an interesting season so far with the sacking of Brendan Rogers and the excitement of hiring Jurgen Klopp, amongst quite a lengthy
by Steve, Reading
It's blatantly obvious that Real Madrid are going to qualify from Group B. Two wins out of two, a 5-1 drubbing of FC Basel and a solid win against Ludo Razgrad mean that things are looking quite good at the moment for the world's greatest team. There seems to be large gap in quality between Madrid and the other three clubs in the Group and as such it's safe to say they are heading towards the top spot with ease.
With that in mind it leaves three teams searching for that second spot, and since Ludo Razgrad don't seem likely to shake things up in Group B the question is: Who will qualify, FC Basel or Liverpool?
A lot of people would jump the gun and say Liverpool are going to get that
Updated 21st October 2014 at 03:30 PM by Veritas
Goal of the Week this week is Luis Suarez with his shot from the half-way line to complete his hat-trick for Liverpool at Norwich City.
This week's Suspensions List includes the two bans to Liverpool goalkeepers Pepe Reina and Doni that rules them out of tomorrow's FA Cup semi-final with Everton at Wembley.
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Three Match Ban (09/04,14/04,21/04)
Two Match Ban (11/04,16/04)
Not that it was needed, but Steven Gerrard enhanced his reputation as a Liverpool legend with his hat-trick in last night's Mersey derby victory against Everton at Anfield.
The 31 year-old marked David Moyes’ tenth anniversary as Everton manager by becoming the first player to score three goals in this fixture since Ian Rush hit four at Goodison Park in November 1982.
Steven is only the fifth Liverpool player to notch a Mersey derby hat-trick at Anfield. The most recent came from Fred Howe in September 1935.
Only Ian Rush has scored more Reds goals (19) against the Toffees than Steven's eight. He shares second position with Harry Chambers and Jack Parkinson.
It all came on the night that he became the 25th player to reach the 400 appearances mark in the Premier League.
Thius week's Premier League goal of the week (and contender for goal of the season) is of course Robin Van Persie’s late winner for Arsenal at Liverpool.
- The Footballer of the Year-elect made Liverpool pay for their own profligacy in front of goal at Anfield when he snatched victory for the Gunners with an expertly struck side-foot volley from Alex Song's cross from a narrow angle in the second of eight minutes of added time.
- It was his 25th goal of the Premier League season and the tenth winning goal.
- It was reminiscent of his stunning strike against Everton earlier in the season and was gleefully hailed by manager Arsene Wenger:
“When you see the ball landing at the feet of Van Persie you know he can deliver a special goal. He
It has been widely reported that Brighton & Hove Albion created FA Cup history yesterday when they 'scored' three own goals in their 6-1 Fifth Round tie defeat at Liverpool.
Although very rare, three own goals by the same team in a game is not unique.
In fact, it happened as recently as last Tuesday (14 February). Peterhead's 6-1 loss at Elgin City in the Scottish Third Division included OG's by David Ross, Rory McAllister and Callum MacDonald.
The Premier League's only own goal hat-trick was especially extraordinary.
In a relegation season, Sunderland lost 1-3 at home to Charlton Athletic in February 2003 with the visitors benefitting from three gifts from their generous hosts in the
This week's suspension list shows those players who'll be unable to take part in the weekend's FA Cup Third Round ties.
It also includes in the controversial eight-match ban for Liverpool's Luis Suarez.
Three Match Ban (02/01,14/01,21/01)
Three Match Ban (31/12,02/01,07/01)
Our goal of the week winner is Glen Johnson for Liverpool’s winner at Chelsea
- On a day when the media spotlight fell on Chelsea’s former Liverpool striker, the key game was won by Liverpool’s former Chelsea right-back.
- Taking a precision pass from Charlie Adam in his stride, Glen Johnson beat England left-back Ashley Cole and held off the challenge of Florent Malouda before calmly producing a composed finish with his left foot.
- The goal gave Liverpool a vital win that takes them level on points with Chelsea in the Premier League table and gives them a significant psychological advantage before next week’s Carling Cup quarter-final meeting at Stamford Bridge.
Aston Villa & West Bromwich Albion
· None of the ten Premier League meetings between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion have been decided by more than a one goal margin.
· Aston Villa’s defeat at West Bromwich Albion in April is one of only two losses they have suffered in their last 16 Premier League games.
· This is West Bromwich Albion’s 100th away game in the Premier League.
Bolton Wanderers & Sunderland
· Sunderland have avoided defeat in six of their eight previous league and cup visits to the Reebok Stadium, winning both of the last two.
· Bolton Wanderers are the only team in the Premier League and Football League who have yet to gain a point from their home