For the first several months of the season, Liverpool have been one of the leagues surprise packages. The Reds have been dismantling clubs with a dizzying array of attacking prowess, which has so far served to cancel out some subpar defending.Liverpool (9-4-2) have hit some adversity heading into the busy festive period, winless in two consecutive matches and missing their most dynamic creative player heading into Wednesday nights encounter with Middlesbrough at Riverside Stadium.Liverpools attacking midfield corps of Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have been making opponents heads spin for most of the season, but Coutinho is out for about five weeks after suffering an ankle injury against Sunderland on Nov. 26. Manager Jurgen Klopp hasnt quite figured out how to replace him in the two matches that followed -- a 4-3 loss at Bournemouth and 2-2 draw with West Ham United at home on Sunday.Klopp utilized a 4-3-3 against Bournemouth with a front three of Mane, Firmino and Divock Origi. Sundays lineup featured the same front three with Lallana returning to the starting 11 after his own injury spell.Things started well for the Reds as Lallana put the hosts up after just five minutes, but Dimitri Payets well-taken free kick equalised for West Ham in the 27th. The visitors then went ahead in the 39th as a deflected long pass landed at the feet of Mikhail Antonio, who slid it past an out-of-position Loris Karius.Origi did well to equalise just minutes after the restart as the sides were forced to share the spoils, but as good as the attack has been, the defence has been equally shaky, conceding two preventable goals Sunday.Klopp conceded that his club has things to work on in the defensive third.As a manager, if you concede goals, how can you be happy about this? But they are all different, thankfully, he told reporters. We have to work on all the different things, but its quite difficult to work a lot on free-kicks or on deflected passes in defence.I think for us, and especially for me, the most important thing is that in absolutely most of the situations, we are really good in defending. (Against West Ham) we had a little bit of a problem but its a clear rule that the boys are responsible for the good things and I am responsible for the bad things in the game.Klopp gave an assessment of what his club will face Wednesday.Unfortunately, they are a very difficult side to play, because they havent scored a lot until now but they dont concede a lot, the German commented at Mondays pre-match press conference. They are a football-playing side with quite skilled players. We made the opposition analysis this morning and its really interesting to see what they are capable of. Its an interesting challenge, I would say.Middlesbrough, for their part, continue to scrap and claw as a promoted side looking to hit that magical 40-point mark that almost guarantees safety. At 3-6-6, they have some work to do towards that end, but a win Wednesday would certainly help.Boros results have been up and down, as any promoted clubs are They have been surprisingly sold in the defensive third, having only conceded 16 goals in 15 games to make up for a struggling offence. The Teesiders gave a good account of themselves in Sundays 1-0 defeat to Southampton at St. Marys Stadium, but were done in by a 53rd-minute strike from Sofiane Boufal.Despite the loss, Aitor Karankas boys must turn their attention to Liverpool.Its an important period in the Premier League, Karanka told Sky Sports. We lost (Sunday), but I think the performances have been really good so were looking forward to those games.We are a recently-promoted team and we have shown we will create chances and compete against every single team. We are together and we are going in the same direction.Middlesbroughs last Premier League encounter with Liverpool ended in victory, 2-0 at the Riverside in February 2009. In the last meeting in all competitions, the Merseyside outfit progressed from a League Cup tie 14-13 on penalties after a 2-2 draw at Anfield.Liverpool havent won a Premier League game in Middlesbrough since March 2002, drawing four and losing three contests there since. Jerseys NFL China . Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC failed to make the postseason while Montreal Impact fell at the first hurdle losing heavily to Houston Dynamo in the Eastern Conference Knockout Round. NFL Jerseys Cheap . Reigning world champion Eve Muirhead of Scotland opened with a 12-2 rout of Winnipegs Jennifer Jones in a battle of teams bound for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. http://www.authenticnfljerseyscheap.com/ . 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MOSCOW -- Extra security measures are planned for the 2018 World Cup in Russia following hooligan violence at the European Championship, new FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura said on Tuesday.Russian fans, some equipped with martial arts gear, clashed with English supporters in Marseille city center and inside the stadium during the tournament in France.Asked during her first visit to Moscow about fears that such violence could be repeated in Russia, Samoura said there will be additional measures, including known troublemakers being banned from stadiums.Samoura said FIFA observers attended all host cities during the European Championship, and their recommendations would form a key part of future security policy.All these lessons learned will be used not only here but also in the future by FIFA in any country where we identity a high risk of security, she said.Samoura did not provide specifics of the new measures or say whether any FIFA observers were present for the violence in Marseille.Security during the World Cup in the Russian Federation is guaranteed by the government, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said. The security will be unobtrusive, but serious.It is not the first time security plans for the 2018 World Cup have been altered. Last year, organizers said there would be a greater focus on securing fan zones from terrorism in the wake of attacks in Paris.Russia has tighteened its anti-hooligan measures in the run-up to the World Cup, introducing legislation to ban offenders from stadiums.ddddddddddddAn amendment to that law, signed this week by President Vladimir Putin, means blacklisted fans names will be published by Russian police.Russian authorities provided just 30 names of suspected troublemakers to French police ahead of Euro 2016, against 2,500 supplied by Germany.However, Marseille authorities thanked Russian police for sharing intelligence which led to the convictions of three Russian fans for involvement in the Marseille violence and the deportation of 20 more.Samoura announced the tightened security measures for the World Cup as FIFA revealed the ticket prices for the 2018 tournament.The cheapest tickets for foreign fans at group stage games will rise more than 16 percent since 2014, with the new prices set at $105 -- a $15 increase on the equivalent tickets in Brazil two years ago.Tickets for the final cost between $455 and $1,100, and those for the opening game between $220 and $550.Russian residents can benefits from sharp discounts, with the cheapest tickets for the domestic audience selling for 1,280 rubles ($20), roughly the same as those for local fans at the previous tournaments in Brazil and South Africa. 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