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Can Roy Hodgson Continue To Roll Back The Years For Fulham?

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With a trip to Craven Cottage tomorrow Liverpool face a new look Fulham. After the success of 7th place last year when Roy Hodgson helped guide the cottagers to their best finish in the Premier League it appears the years have truly rolled back at Fulham.After just a season before finding themselves in a fierce relegation battle and only surviving on a better goal difference Hodgson is clearly doing a wonderful job in London.

The last time Fulham beat us at Craven Cottage was in 2007. Last season Liverpool managed a 0-0 draw and a 1-0 win over Fulham in the two Premier League fixtures. This season we are not only looking to prevent those silly draws but we are also in a position where we almost have to win.After beating Manchester United on the weekend and again shunning all the criticism and people who persist to write us off so early in the season it is key that we collect 3 points. The win over Manchester United will be forgotten if we do not capitalize against Fulham, there is no p…

Liverpool Exit Carling Cup After Losing 2-1 To Arsenal

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A good performance from the lads at The Emirates this evening but unfortunately not good enough. Liverpool lost 2-1 after finding it difficult at the final push to get an equaliser but despite the defeat there were positives aplenty to gain from this match.

The starting eleven consisted of several players we rarely see in Liverpool's first eleven so tonight's game gave us another insight into the players that are shadowed by Liverpool's first choices.

Kyrgiakos;
After just coming back from an injury that was orginally thought to have been worse than it actually was the Greek was somewhat of a presence in the defence for Liverpool tonight. In all honesty he didn't have a superb game, a few silly mistakes were made but between himself and Skrtel tonight i would say he was the more defensively sound.

It was a good chance to look at his dominance in defence as i had heard alot about his strength and power he used at AEK Athens and also his invaluable experience. I hope he cont…

Gooners Here We Come

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We face Arsenal in the League Cup tomorrow at The Emirates Stadium and you can be sure that both teams will be anything but predictable. With Arsene Wenger a fan of playing his youth throughout this tournament and Rafa often opting to play a weakened side it should be a very interesting game.

With the likes of Kyrgiakos, Riera and obviously Aquilani only just coming back you would hope that these players could feature in a game such as this. Kyrgiakos to gain more play time with the Red's, for Riera this would be a great match for him to start before returning for the Premier League fixtures. As for Aquilani, this game would be perfect for his first experience in English football. Although Arsenal's 11 will still be a strong and skillful side as we all know what Wenger's boys are like this would give Aquilani the chance to cope with ultimately the pace of the game.
Aquilani although it seems certain he will not start it is apparent that he may well be on the bench for this …

Liverpool 2 Manchester United 0 ... Crisis?

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So with the whole of the footballing world who wasn't related to Liverpool FC & even some of our own kopites looking at this fixture and just praying that the defeat was not a humiliation it appeared that the result was written out in permanent ink before the game had even started.

Liverpool were going through a big dip in form, no players had particularly been up to scratch lately and the world had turned it's attention to Rafael Benitez. Somehow he was solely to blame, the talk of the boss having no job by Monday morning was transforming from a snowball into an avalanche. The pressure was on, on Rafa, on the players, on Liverpool FC.

Even the most optimistic fan like myself would have sat down at Anfield, in the pub, or in front of Richard Keys in their living room this afternoon thinking realistically if we don't go out and do this, our season could be over in October.

With nerves on end and excitement bubbling the news that Steven Gerrard would not make the bench only…

Is This The Turning Point Of Our Season Already?

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Liverpool welcome Manchester United to Anfield on Sunday and after a bad run of results the home side are hard under fire from the media, pundits and even fans. Not only are we struggling with injuries but after failing to succeed against the likes of Sunderland and not managing to hold on to a point against Lyon the chance of coming away from this fixture victorious are looking nothing but slim.

So what stats have i digged up this week?

In the last 14 matches between the two clubs Liverpool have won three, there has been only one draw and United have won of 10 occasions.
There has been a total of 31 goals scored within these 14 matches an average of just over 2 goals per game.
6 players have been sent off in the head to heads since 2002.
Liverpool's worst defeat was a 4-0 loss in 2003 at Old Trafford.
Liverpool's best victory was the Gerrard kisses the camera moment from last season after we beat the home side 4-1.
Liverpool have conceded on 12 occasions out of the 14 matches.
One th…

Aquilani Special

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So after Aquilani made his first appearance in a Liverpool shirt last night i thought it was high time that i dedicated a post to him.

The Basics:

Full Name: Alberto Aquilani
Birthday: 7th July 1984
Birth Place: Rome, Italy
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 12.4st
Age: 25
Position: Midfielder

A Short Biography:

There have been many aspects that Aquilani has been credited for but it is safe to say that his best assets are his passing range & success rate. Alberto Aquilani was always noted as something special, when he was just 16 years old he was targeted by both Arsenal and Chelsea, Aquilani however had other plans, he wanted to pursue his childhood dreams and play football for his beloved Roma.

His day came at the age of 18 when a certain Fabio Capello gave him his debut in 2003. A season later he was sent on loan to a Serie B club (Triestina) this was so the young Italian could gain some valuable first team experience.

Aquilani returned back to Roma the following season and successful…

Liverpool Suffer 2nd Champion's League Defeat

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Liverpool suffered another defeat after Lyon netted the winning goal at Anfield in the 90th minute. The lads have now gone on a run of four successive defeats, the last time this happened was in 1987. These are testing times at Liverpool and after tonight's performance, Champions League qualification is set to become a less than ideal struggle for the Reds.
Liverpool started the game with the right tempo and mentality and had fielded a relatively strong 11 under the circumstances. The only exceptions being N'Gog in for Torres and a certain Martin Kelly drafted in for Glen Johnson who was ruled out with a groin problem.

All seemed steady for Liverpool for the beginning of the first half at Anfield with the team making good passes, good movement and creating a couple of chances. Liverpool also had the ball in the net within the first twenty minutes as Kuyt headed home but the goal was disallowed for a push on the Lyon defender.

At 25 minutes a situation we never needed to be faced …

Lyon Arrive At Anfield Tomorrow

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After a weekend to forget for Liverpool the lads face current table toppers Lyon for their third Champions League group game this season. Liverpool will not only be looking to win to shake off the woes from Saturday's performance but it is also a very important game in terms of their position in the group.
If Liverpool win it could put them to the top of the group (depending on goal difference & the Fiorentina outcome). If Liverpool draw They would only have a chance to go second again depending on the Fiorentina result. If Liverpool lose we will remain in third spot. Fiorentina are probably favourites to beat Debrecen although a draw is definitely possible however it would be unrealistic to think that Debrecen will get three points so Liverpool need to win in order to get any real positive from the result.Lyon's main attacking threat at the moment is a player called BafetimbiGomis, who is top goalscorer for the club with 4 goals. Lyon have scored a total of 15 goals in th…

The Beach Boy's Were In Town But Benitez's 11 Weren't Feeling Good Vibrations

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Bad luck? Bad play? Just plain bad is all i can say. It appears that we have no excuses but to hold our hands up and admit that we were nowhere near up to scratch today. Benitez fielded let's say an interesting 11 after Gerrard and Torres were already ruled out the manager was also facing tiredness and fatigue from many players back from international duty. Benitez set out a 5-4-1 formation with three central defenders (Skrtel, Carragher,Agger) with Johnson & Aurelio positioned slightly further up the pitch. The midfield consisted of Spearing and Lucas in the heart of the line up with Benayoun and Babel on the wings and Kuyt the lone striker and of course Reina in goal.

Kick-Off and Liverpool are ready to try to turn around the smell of defeat with a victory at The Stadium Of Light. Sunderland get the game started and almost immediately the three central defenders are forced into action after a good move by Darren Bent. The striker at the moment is on fire and it simply wasn…

Liverpool V Sunderland Match Preview

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A journey up to the North East for this weeks clash then at The Stadium Of Light. Sunderland are looking to capitalize on their emphatic efforts against Manchester United and put an end to successive losses against Liverpool.

Liverpool have won the last six meetings between the two clubs and have also managed to keep a clean sheet on all 6 occasions. Sunderland may not have the upper hand in terms of meetings but they come into this game on the back of a better run than Liverpool; Liverpool:WWWLL
Sunderland:WLWWD

Sunderland are also on the back of four wins at their home ground. And just to add to all these positives their current on form striker; Darren Bent has scored 5 goals in his last 4 games for the club. He will surely be looking to punish us on his home turf and further improve that record.
So where are the stats that back up our lads i hear you say? Well I'm afraid at this moment in time there isn't much, what i did dig up though is that Sunderland have scored a total of …

Rafa Results

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Rafa Results So a couple of posts back I decided to talk about the so called “Rafa debate” like it or lump it the matter is on most people's lips so I figured it would be a good issue to raise on the blog.

What did I want to find out?I thought it would be very interesting to attempt to collect views on the manager from not necessarily just Liverpool fans, but fans of other clubs within the Premier League. After posting on two website forums; Footbo & FourFourTwo I did manage to gather a few opinions and views.

What were the findings?
Firstly just so you get an idea of what everyone was being asked, this was the general question that was posted on both forums:

What do YOU think about Mr.Rafael Benitez? I'm looking for serious and honest opinions as the posts will be featured in my blog. It doesn't matter if your Liverpool, United, Celtic, Barcelona wherever you are please let us know what you think. Do you like his tactics? His formations? His play in the transfer market? Do…

International Break - Time For A Vote

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So if you're anything like me, the majority of the international break is just frustrating if anything, hanging around waiting for the next premier league game but fear not! I present you with a simple form of "something to do". Below are ten YouTube videos i have picked out (excuse some of the quality of images, i hunted down the best clarity one's i could find),10 goals scored by past or present Liverpool players on the international stage. There's a couple from the likes of Steven Gerrard & Fernando Torres, a golden oldie from "God" and that famous Michael Owen goal, even if you have had a change of opinion on him lately there's no denying that was a top goal.

So, why? I hear you ask, well it's quite simple I'd like you to place your vote for your favourite (find the voting options in the sidebar) and we shall see what your favourite goal from a Liverpool player on the international stage is. Also, if there are any goals in particular …

The Rafa Debate

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Is he actually the managerial version of Marmite at this point in time? Because it truly does seem "you either love him or you hate him". Time and time again i have voiced my opinion on the matter and it seems alot of fans have very different views on the Gaffa. I've been reading some articles again this week on the Boss and Gilett and Hicks, just the general "Liverpool have lost three games let's dig up the dirt and cause a panic" nonsense. Upon doing this i stumbled across several interesting articles namely this piece from the Times Online which I'm sure you would find a good read.
What struck me the most was infact a comment left by a Manchester United fan, and fair play to the lad, it made sense. He went on to say;
Rafa was only put in charge of transfers this year, so you can't blame him for the many failed ones before. Besides, the only ones remaining from when he took over are Gerrard and Carragher, two of the better players. Getting rid of th…