Date: 12th November 2015 at 7:06pm
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With seven Premier League games remaining until the turn of the year and the season’s halfway stage, we take a look at how we think Liverpool will fare up until the start of 2016.

Vs Manchester City (A), Nov 21

How soon is it to judge the ‘Klopp effect’ at Anfield since being confirmed as Liverpool’s new manager on October 8? Well a month has already passed and these next seven games should certainly reflect his influence at the Reds so far. First up is a challenging trip to the Etihad Stadium to face joint-leaders Manchester City. With star striker Sergio Aguero set to return, we see all three points heading the Citizens’ way.

Shoot Says: Lose

Vs Swansea City (H), Nov 29

Liverpool wave goodbye to November with a home game against Swansea City, who continue to slip down the league standings dramatically after their impressive start to the campaign. With key forwards Bafetimbi Gomis and Andre Ayew unable to rediscover their goalscoring touch, last weekend’s thoroughly disappointing 1-0 defeat to fellow strugglers Norwich City highlighted the Swans’ perilous fall from grace. Klopp’s men should see off Garry Monk’s side inside Anfield.

Shoot Says: Win

9th October 2015 - Liverpool Press Conference - Jurgen Klopp speaks during a press conference after being unveiled as the new manager of Liverpool - Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

New manager Jurgen Klopp has overseen two draws, one win and a defeat in his four Premier League games in charge of Liverpool.

Vs Newcastle United (A), Dec 6

Hoping to stir up a favourable unbeaten run until the end of the calendar year; Liverpool next head north to take on Steve McClaren’s Magpies. Newcastle’s fortuitous victory over newly promoted Bournemouth last weekend saw them crawl out of the bottom three to give themselves renewed hope of beating the drop come May. St James’ Park will be a tough place to snatch all three points, so one should do for the Reds.

Shoot Says: Draw

Vs West Brom (H), Dec 13

With the Baggies noticeably better on the road (Three wins) than at home (One win), West Brom could pose a threat to Liverpool at Anfield if the likes of Salomon Rondon and Saido Berahino are on target. But given the fact that Tony Pulis’ men are the joint-lowest scoring team in the Premier League; the likes of opposing hitman Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke should be back to full fitness and back in full swing to hand Klopp a third league win.

Shoot Says: Win

Vs Watford (A), Dec 20

We predict Liverpool will secure back-to-back Premier League victories for the first time since former boss Brendan Rodgers oversaw the club’s opening two fixtures against Stoke City and Bournemouth. Watford manager Quique Flores’ defensive tactics at Vicarage Road has paid useful dividends so far this season, but the Hornets luck is bound to run out sometime before the end of the calendar year. Another three points.

Shoot Says: Win

Vs Leicester City (H), Dec 26

Three in a row? Not many clubs can boast that they have kept the likes of Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez & Co quiet in their tracks this season, with Leicester City flying high up in third place currently. But once again; Claudio Ranieri’s side are destined to encounter a hiccup in form before the turn of the New Year. England striker Vardy can’t score in every consecutive game!

Shoot Says: Win

Vs Sunderland (A), Dec 30

Having predicted a profitable run of three successive wins for Liverpool, we wouldn’t blame you for thinking that the Reds should walk away from Premier League strugglers Sunderland with an easy picking of three points. But the Black Cats need to make their home form count this campaign if they are to escape the bottom three once more. We fancy masterful tactician Sam Allardyce to keep the Reds at bay for just a point inside a apprehensive Stadium of Light to see off 2015.

Shoot Says: Draw

Overall Points: 31

League position: 7th

 
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