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Liverpool Suffer Champions League Knock

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So,we're down but we are definitely not out. We all expected the trip to Italy to be a tough tie but i don't think many were expecting the lashing Liverpool appeared to get tonight. The viola's star player who i read about this morning in several articles was definitely portrayed correctly as "a threat".

Benitez fielded a side with one swap, the injured Mascherano out for Aurelio who would be sitting on the left wing for the start of this Champions League match. A rocky start to say the least after a rather slow opening to the game but it began to become a bit more lively for Fiorentina who had started the match in exactly the right mind-set by the looks of things.

Dirk Kuyt and Glen Johnson appeared to be the only means of attack running up to the 20minutes mark after several pushes forward were confidently stopped by the experienced back four of Fiorentina. As for the Italians the young Jovetic was already causing our defence some havoc, with his skill and speed …

Firing Up In Fiorentina

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Fiorentina Preview

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Fiorentina tomorrow in the Champions League and for me this is an interesting fixture. Fiorentina in my opinion are the hardest opposition in the group although alot of people seem to differ from my opinion and feel as though Lyon will be more of a threat, either way, this one isn't going to be a walk in the park.
Fiorentina's last 6 matches has seen them win four, draw 1 and lose 1. Fiorentina have not won a home game in the Champions League since March 2000. Hold your horses! This fact is true but when you consider the sides absence from the competition you realise this is not a real reflection of things to come.
A somewhat worrying stat i dug out this morning is that if you look at Fiorentina'sUEFA Cup (now Europa League) stats they have never lost at home to English opposition. A very strong side at home it seems so can we break them down?
So what do we have to back up our chances? Well our last 4 visits to Italian opposition in general have seen us not concede a single g…

Liverpool 6 Hull 1

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A brilliant display from the Red's this afternoon with the highlight being on the hat-trick hero Fernando Torres. Steven Gerrard also was back onto the score sheet and super sub Ryan Babel made an impressive impact with two goals after coming off the bench. Hull's only offer was an equalizer from Geovanni which didn't last long.

The Red's got on with the job in hand fairly early into the first half with Torres setting off the scoring just after the ten minute mark, he picked up a lovely cross from Riera on the left wing and swiftly side stepped Sonko with ease, once the space was created he slotted the ball home. Just 5 minutes later and were in the same situation we have been in several times within our last few premier league fixtures and we had lost the lead already. A somewhat clumsy header from Martin Skrtel is headed into the path of Geovanni who takes full advantage and the ball flies into the net. 1-1.
At this still early stage i find myself bewildered, why is th…

Liverpool V Hull

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We welcome Phil Brown and his lads down to Anfield today. It is no secret that Hull are in a very bad place at the moment, they have not won away from home since March the 4th, they last won at home against Bolton.

They haven't scored more then one goal in 20 consecutive matches compared to a Liverpool team that has scored in all of their last 17 premier league games. Last season however as we all know Hull were one of the teams that caused that dreaded draw, one of which added to the slipping of the title out of our hands. I don't think this will be the case today, Hull were a far stronger team at that time last season.
We have met Hull 8 times in the league, winning 6 and drawing the remaining two.
My prediction - 2-0.
In other news Fiorentina have agreed to remove fencing surrounding the area of the ground in which the travelling fans will be staying during the European match next week. Fiorentina have also made a fan zone near to the stadium where free refreshments are availa…

Benitez Bingo

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So, we all know how the Gaffa likes to shake things up now and again. Sometimes it's just the one player he switches but you can almost guarantee they'll be a change within the starting 11 almost every match.

To capitalize on this I've decided to add everyone's favourite game "Benitez Bingo".

Rules: Each match day on the specific "Benitez Bingo" post add what you think will be the starting 11. Posts must all be made before the official team news is given out.

Rewards: After the official team news has been given out points will be awarded to the person who correctly selected ALL 11 players. I shall award 1 point if you correctly guess a Premier League 11, 2 for a Champions League and 3 points if you guess the correct starting 11 for an FA Cup or League Cup team. I shall keep a tally of points in a scoreboard in the sidebar on my Blog. Can you be the winner by the end of the season?

Game will start on 26th September. Please register your interest below as…

Liverpool 1 Leeds 0

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May i start by saying this match was almost nothing like what i was expecting, i thought it would be end to end stuff but not in a sense that both teams would be goalless for the majority of the match, i thought this was going to be a scrappy affair with 4+ goals in the game. My prediction was way out, but never mind ay? I'm not mystic Meg.
So 9 changes made from the manager for this fixture which was unsurprising really.
Team sheet;

Cavalieri
Carragher
Aurelio
Degen
Krygiakos
Dossena
Riera
Spearing
Mascherano
N'Gog
Babel
So Leeds got the start to our League Cup campaign underway. The first distinctive moment of the game was in fact a Leeds goal which was disallowed as it was claimed to be offside. I myself at first thought the referee had made a good decision but after seeing the clip several times now it is clear the referee had got it wrong. Both Beckford and Becchio were onside when the ball was played. The confusion was caused though as it first appeared Beckford had got a touch to the…

Liverpool V Leeds Match Preview

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So Liverpool's Carling Cup campaign gets underway tomorrow with a trip to Yorkshire. The last time the two teams met was in 2004 a game which ended in a stalemate (2-2). Leeds are currently going well in League One, with their main goalscoring threat a certain Jermaine Beckford, widely praised in the footballing world at the moment.

Word about town today is that Rafa will be resting Gerrard & Torres. Not surprising though, i also would take a punt that Reina will take the day off too as Cavalieri featured alot in last season's league cup campaign. It will be interesting to see if Jay Spearing is given the opportunity to shine, if there's going to be a chance to do so this is it i would imagine.

Leeds last win against Liverpool at Elland Road was in 2000 when they beat the Red's 4-3, Viduka scoring the quartet of goals.

Liverpool are unbeaten in the last 6 games with Leeds United.

The last time the two teams met in the League Cup was in 1972.

Leeds have one of the best …

Liverpool 3 West Ham 2

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An action packed tea-time down at Upton Park this evening and a concerning one nonetheless, okay so the crucial 3 points are bagged and for now that's all that matters but i couldn't help but focus on some of the flaws in today's game.

Benitez fielded a team with only one change, Mascherano in for Riera and had pushed Yossi further up field to create a 4-2-3-1 formation. Two minutes into play our first defensive mistake, Jamie Carragher a man usually known for his reliability is left day-dreaming, far too slow in reacting and as a result we are robbed of possession via a certain Hines who later turns out to have a great match for the home side. Nobody is perfect but Carragher really had no excuses this time.

Ten minutes in and Liverpool have themselves a penalty claim only to be shunned by the referee who disagreed that a cross whipped in from Torres appeared to hit the arm of a West Ham player. Shortly after a lively Fernando Torres with a brilliant solo effort leaves the e…

Liverpool V West Ham - Time For Those Football Stats

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So today is destination West Ham folks, the trip down South to Upton Park. Usually a fine place for success but lets just have a look back at some of the previous clashes with the Hammers in years gone by.




Last time out was May 2009 with the reds scoring 3 goals, 2 of which came from Steven Gerrard. West Ham unable to get on the score sheet this time around.

January 2008 was not such a good result, losing 1-0 to West Ham on the day albeit to an injury time penalty.

In 2007 the scoreline at Upton park read 2-1, Peter Crouch securing the win that time.

April 2006 was much of the same with the lads again beating West Ham 2-1.

And in February 2003 Liverpool again winning 3-0 at Upton Park, with a certain Norwegian setting up two fantastic goals.
Not a bad run when you look at it, the Red's achieving those goals and those crucial points on the majority of occasions. Now we know how we've fared it's time for some of those little facts you may have forgot, or just didn't know:
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Re-Writing The History Books ... Again

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Fernando Torres this morning has made it clear that he is not satisfied with his record breaking debut season last year with his collection of a massive 33 goals.

Speaking to http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/ the number 9 went on to say: "My first season does not matter now, I want this one to be better than that was. Three goals in six games is not bad, but I want more."

I think it is absolutely brilliant that we have a striker that is not content with 33 goals a season and that 1 goal every 2 games is also not enough. When you have a striker that hungry for goals it's easy to predict the outcome.

If Fernando can just keep himself fit this season and keep training, who knows what his overall goal tally will be. Predictions anyone?

In other news this morning, Liverpool Reserves beat Manchester United Reserves 1-0. N'Gog scoring very early in the game sealed the victory. Liverpool struggled to keep hold of their 1-0 lead after Plessis was sent off ten minutes before half time fo…

Liverpool 1 Debreceni 0

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A slightly unconvincing start to this seasons group stages but a successful one none the less.

Liverpool started the same 11 fielded against Burnley for the tie against Debreceni and it was newly positioned Kuyt who was granted with a goal. After a slow start the red's began to pile on the pressure, frustratingly numerous chances whistled past the post with Kuyt, Gerrard, Torres and Riera all shooting wide within the first 20 mins.

Steven Gerrard was penalised not long after the 25 minute mark for taking a free kick before the referee (Proenca) blew his whistle, i myself felt this was a bit harsh although the referee did make it clear to Gerrard that he wished for him to wait. Another possibly silly booking for the squad which could prove a problem during the latter stages of the groups if the skipper is not on his best behavior.

During the next minutes up until the goal we saw a few flashes from Alberto Riera, sometimes not a fan favourite although i myself am personally a big fan, …

Picture Special

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Liverpool V Debreceni

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So with our first match of this seasons Champions League game getting underway tonight and with our opponents being our 104th different opposition within this competition i thought it would be a perfect time to produce some stats because if your like me you didn't know anything about Debreceni until we drew them in our group.

Debreceni are the first Hungarian team to qualify for thegroup stages of the Champions League since the season of 95/96.

They are current national champions.

They have won 5 of their 6 games leading up to them qualifying for the group stages and have kept 4 clean sheets in the process.

The squad consists of 14 home grown Hungarian players with the foreign talent only being made up of 5 players including a Brazilian defender.

The average age of the squad is 26.20.

Their top scorer is J. Varga.

These facts still make the opposition a bit of a mystery, but i would like to feel confident in Liverpool at Anfield for this fixture. Full squad options if Masch is given the …

Rafa Reaches 300

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For the Debreceni game on Wednesday night Rafael Benitez will reach a huge 300 games of management over the Red's. One of only eight managers in the clubs history to do so. Due to this milestone the statistics have been dragged up and i must say if you didn't already know, they are pretty impressive on Rafa's part.



On a time scale of 300 games in charge:



Dalglish = 61%

Paisley = 57%

Benitez = 57%

Shankly =52%

Houllier = 51%

Watson = 44%

Kay = 40%

Patterson = 37%



In all fairness to Mr.Benitez and some of the fans who find him not quite their cup of tea, you can't argue with that stat, he's up there with the greats. Better than Shankly and level with Paisley, we all know this will never put him on a par with these men after what they did by changing the club and making it great but this stat is one of the only "facts" excuse the pun, that can boost confidence into those that doubt him. Compare this fact to a certain Mr.Ferguson from across the concrete pond and you&#…

Sponsorship Deal Confirmed

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The news of a brand new sponsorship deal this morning has been confirmed "Standard Chartered Management" have signed a four year deal with the club starting from the 2010/2011 season, not only is it the clubs biggest ever sponsorship deal but it also replaces a string of sponsorship "C's" what with Crown Paints, Candy and now Carlsberg soon to be a distant memory. Carlsberg have been a loyal and proud sponsor and i've always thought the branding fitted well with the shirt but with recent news that advertising alcohol is soon to be banned, as done with cigarettes i'm glad we have sealed a new lucrative deal before the season closes. Standard Chartered Bank itself is a huge and expanding company hopefully this will only benefit our club not only through it's sponsorship but through improving the fan base; worldwide. I shall look forward to seeing the new sponsor along with the new shirt next season, and hopefully this will be the start of a long term par…

The Zonal Marking Debate

We all have our preferences and we all know how the pundits like to point the finger every time the Liverpool defence concede from a set piece. I'm sure you all remember the Cahill incident on two occasions last season which i personally found almost unbearable, how did we allow it to happen twice? It was almost identical.

Despite this i still myself believe in our zonal marking system, I'm convinced it works more times than not and that it is basically used as a scapegoat or excuse when we concede.

Carragher has been commenting on the matter quite recently in the news, he was quoted saying;

"People always say when you man-mark you know whose fault it is when the goal goes in. But because we know the zonal system a bit better than you guys, we know who's at fault when someone's not done their job, and we talk about that on the training ground to put it right. "

The defence themselves often show great support towards the system and the way the manager enforces it …

First Post

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Just a quick post to say hello and welcome, very new to the whole blogging scene but i am really hoping that this will be the start of something good. Looking forward to hearing from people and starting up some discussions and debates, votes and polls etc.

Please note there is no specific order as to how and when i will blog, this may be after a match, during a match, after hearing relevant news or just randomly but i hope to maintain a constant stream and blog as often as i see possible.

Talk soon :)