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Pride Of Merseyside

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Liverpool were met with success yesterday after putting two past a lively Everton side and also managing to keep a clean sheet for the first time away from home this season.
Liverpool started a strong side although Fernando Torres was still not available after his late fitness test. Aurelio, Riera and Benayoun were all options after the 'horse placenta' continued to prove it's worth. Nabil El Zhar was also on the bench back from injury and of course Aquilani.
It only took 12 minutes for Liverpool to capitalize after Javier Mascherano opted for a punt from outside the area, after the shot took a deflection from Everton's Yobo it headed past a beaten Howard and the lads were 1-0 up. Mascherano was absolutely ecstatic judging by his celebration, it's just a shame that the "dubious goals committee" appear to have awarded it to Jospeh Yobo nevertheless the passion from Mascherano was clear to see.
For the rest of the first half there were many points to highlight…

The Merseyside Derby

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Liverpool make the short trip across Stanley Park tomorrow as the blue side of Liverpool welcomes it's fierce local rivals for the 212thMerseyside derby. A derby which is often referred to as "the friendly derby" but despite what may happen in the stands when families are split between blue and red shirts, on the pitch it is a very different story.
Famous throughout the footballing world this fixture is always one on a neutrals list.


This season the derby has come at a very interesting time for both clubs. With Liverpool's wobbly form and Everton's poor run of results you don't immediately feel as though this will be a match full of goals and excitement. Liverpool have also just suffered the blow of exiting the Champions League, but will we be able to put this behind us and get a win at Goodison Park on Sunday?
Everton's Last four fixtures have resulted in 3 losses and 1 win. Liverpool's last four fixtures have resulted in them collecting 3 draws and 1 w…

Liverpool Exit Champions League

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Liverpool last night managed to provide their part of the bargain in Budapest but a dominant Fiorentina spoiled the party with a 1-0 win over Lyon in Florence.
It is always a very surreal feeling when you are watching a match in which your team have took the lead yet you are more concerned about a result 590miles away as your Champion's League story depends on it.
I said in my match preview that win, lose or draw this game would not be forgotten. It certainly won't be remembered for an outstanding performance but for the disappointment of winning and not raking in any benefits from the result.
The game started very lively and within 4 minutes we had taken the lead courtesy of a somewhat untidy N'Gog goal but a goal nonetheless. N'Gog is becoming more and more focused each game, his ability to hold up the ball and continue play is excellent. His skill and strength are also major aspects he keeps highlighting in his recent games and his goalscoring record? Well that speaks …

How To Make A Memorable European Night

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Ingriedients:
Liverpool. Debrecen. Fiorentina. Lyon. Two kick offs at the same time. A list of injuries. A run of bad results. An atmospheric stadium. An unhealthy reliance on another result. Faith.
Anyone who is not looking forward to the game in Hungary tomorrow night must be mental. Even though this could spell out a nightmare for Liverpool the sheer roller coaster ride of the combination of getting our result and praying that the other result will come in is going to be phenomenal.

The same as several seasons gone by, we find ourselves needing a miracle to progress past the group stages. And just like in 2005 when Olympiakos came to Anfield, the right results tomorrow night could lead to an epic European clash against Fiorentina.

Debrecen have lost all 4 games they have played in the Champion's League. They have scored 5 goals, all against Fiorentina on two separate occasions.
The task is made harder for Debrecen as they do not play their Champion's League home games at their actual hom…

Not Such A Surprise, More Of A (FORM)ality.

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Liverpool walked away from Anfield this afternoon collecting just 1 point from their clash with Manchester City. The fixture was never going to be a walk in the park but the 3 points were definitely attainable.
However as i spoke of in my match preview and just as many fans had predicted, the outcome was a score draw. After City's collection of one-pointers and our own recent shaky form it was quite easy to predict the final result.
It was clear that goals were not going to be a problem in this game for Liverpool but maintaining a lead successfully would be.
Liverpool began the game positively and had a lot of good possession. With a pretty strong team considering the circumstances and a good start to the first half, even this early it was easy to become optimistic.
Things took a turn for the worst though when Agger was involved in a clash eventually seeing him stretchered off. Agger made contact with the head of Kolo Toure and the injury was immediately noticed after a wound instant…

Liverpool Welcome Sky Blues To Anfield

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With the international break now over, Liverpool look to revamp there season once again after continuing a bad run of form via the draws picked up against Birmingham and Lyon.

Currently sitting 7th in the table on a total of 19 points Liverpool have the prospect of leap-frogging City and at best sealing 5th place on goal difference.
This is a key match in terms of the fight for a top four finish, with Liverpool's desire to continue to compete in the Champion's League and even more so the need for the revenue, City and their megabucks are looking to break into the top four and shake things up a bit
So will the cash of City compete with the tactics of Rafa?
You only have to look at Rafa's last few signings:
£17.5m – Glen Johnson,£17.1m – Alberto Aquilani, £2m, Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Daniel Ayala for £160,000 a total of just over £36m. Then glance over to Manchester City and realise that Robinho and Tevez were almost that alone.
Benitez not only faces a team with more cash, he also…

Past Players: Volume 1 - Robbie Fowler

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Robbie Fowler, the man that the Liverpool faithful simply refer to as "God". A career spanning 6 clubs, 2 continents and a mass haulage of goals.

The Basics:
Full Name: Robert Bernard Fowler
Nickname: God
D.O.B:09/04/1975
Height:5'11
Weight: 12st 10lbs

Family Life:
Fowler got married in 2001 to Kerrie Ann Hannon, together they have 4 children, Madison, Jaya, Mackenzie and Jacob.

Outside Of Football:
Fowler is part of a company called "The Macca and Growler partnership". It is a company which invests in racehorses, Steve McManaman is also part of the company. He has seen a few successes through this venture and horse racing is a passion of his outside the footballing world.

Career:
Robbie Fowler made his debut for the Liverpool first team on the 22nd of September 1993. The game against Fulham in the league cup also resulted in him gaining his first Liverpool goal.

Fowler had worked his way up through Liverpool's academy system and there was always a big sense of hope whe…

Quite Shankly, I'm Amazed.

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So with the eve of 50 years since Shankly showed up at the Liverpool quarters nearly upon us, the 1st of December will mark exactly 5 decades since the great man began his reign at Liverpool Football Club.

William (Bill) Shankly was born on the 2nd September 1913. A small, isolated village in Ayrshire - Scotland would be host to the young life of arguably the greatest ever manager to grace the football league.

Shankly began his footballing career in 1931 when he became a player for his local team - Cronberry Eglinton. A year later he headed for Carlisle United but it wasn't until he again moved clubs to Preston North End that his playing abilities were truly realised.

His successes at PNE included;

Playing statistics:
Debut: 9th December 1933 v Hull City
Games: 297
Goals: 13
Honours:
1933-34 Runners Up Division 2
1936-37 F.A. Cup Runners Up
1937-38 F.A. Cup Winners

Shankly has his own stand at Preston NE with his face depicted using the seats and colours of the club see here.

Shankly had a mem…

A Story Of Wasted Chances

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Liverpool were held to a 2-2 draw at Anfield last night and no matter how you look at it you can't help but feel that result is unsatisfactory. With a generally strong 11 fielded, numerous chances and an opposition that shouldn't have really posed much of a threat it is no wonder many a fan is more than disappointed.

Along with the run of results in the league, the situation of Champions League qualification and just general bad luck it appeared that things couldn't get much worse for Liverpool and Birmingham City at home was the ideal fixture to start the league turn around.
13 minutes in and after David N'Gog's persistence, eventually he drives the ball past Joe Hart with a superb effort. The ball is crossed in by Riera, N'Gog connects perfectly and smashes the ball into the roof of the net.
So after starting positively and getting on the score sheet early on in the game, the positivity seemed to be heading back but as you can guess, the script simply wasn't…

SOS - Let's educate the fans.

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Ok folks so if you are anything like me you will be fully aware of the Liverpool FC supporters union; Spirit Of Shankly. The first of it's kind in England, the union aims to bring Liverpool back to what Liverpool FC should be.
Primarily their aim in the current climate is to remove Hicks & Gillet from their Anfieldpodiums after the turmoil, debt and quite frankly in some terms crisis that they have left the club in.
However a lot of people do not realise the full detail of how they work, what their plans are and what else they have to offer i.e. driving down the costs of travel to and from matches.
So if you would like to find out more about Spirit Of Shankly, learn more about them and possibly even join the cause firstly i recommend you read these two excellent articles on Gareth Robert's Well Red Liverpool FC Blog below;
Article 1 Article 2
Then secondly, get yourself over to the official website - http://www.spiritofshankly.com/
Topics such as this are often a vital aspect tha…

Liverpool Welcome Birmingham City To Anfield On Monday Night

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Birmingham City travel to Anfield tomorrow and i should hope that Alex McLeish turns up more prepared than he did to The Molineux yesterday after forgetting his remembrance day poppy. Luckily he did manage to sort the situation out and eventually took his seat in the stand complete with poppy but will he be able to sort out the situation at Anfield?

Birmingham are currently sitting 15th in the table with the prospect of moving further down depending on results today. So there is no doubt that the Blues will be looking to improve on their current league position and will be more than up for the game at Anfield.

Top goalscorer at the moment for the Midlands side is Lee Bowyer although a grand total of 3 in all competitions is hardly something to be too weary about. Goals appear to be a key aspect Birmingham are lacking, let's hope that this problem continues to occur on Monday.
So with the news flying around that Gerrard may start, he may not start, Torres may start, he may not start i…

Lyon Take 2

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So after throwing away some valid points at Anfield last time out it is of utmost importance that tomorrow we come away with 3 points. A draw would not mathematically put us out of the situation but boy would that be a mountain to climb.

With injuries/absences galore, the news that Torres appears to also have surgery and just that negative vibe lurking around the place this will prove to be a tough away trip for the lads.

We currently sit on 3 points in the group putting us in third place. A win along with a Fiorentina win would not change our positioning but if we succeed and Fiorentina get anything less than a win we move second so it is a massive game in terms of group positioning. Not forgetting that first point of call is to qualify but we realistically need to try and aim for top spot to avoid the big boys next draw. Although for now setting our sights to qualify is all we need to do, any improvement is a bonus.

The stats are relatively similar to the last time out, Lyon's top …

A Treat Was Far From On The Card's Today As Liverpool Crash To Frightful Defeat

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Almost an indescribable stream of events at Craven Cottage today for a yo-yoing Liverpool side. After triumphantly beating Manchester United in superb style last weekend Liverpool suffered a 3-1 defeat to a rampant Fulham who were determined to punish at maximum for Liverpool's mistakes.

The starting eleven under the circumstances was a good team, the only exception being Kygriakos, Voronin and possibly Degen depending on how you look at him. Despite this, the fact is, that 11 were more than capable of coming away from Craven Cottage with 3 points. At minimum a draw, that team had too much talent/experience in to fall to a defeat.
The starting eleven in the first half were clearly the better side, with bags of possession and numerous shots, it should have only have been a matter of time before we netted. 24 minutes and in the midst of a Liverpool dominated half Zamora is allowed to send his chance goal bound and against the run of things Liverpool are left trailing in the first half…