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Skrtel Scores At Both Ends In Hard To Take Defeat

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Kyrgiakos finally gets on the field after Carragher with a dislocated shoulder still manages to yell some instructions to his defensive partner...
It wasn't just the wind that was bitter at White Hart Lane yesterday evening, it was the feelings of the travelling Liverpool fans too after a gutting end to an otherwise entertaining hour and a half of football.
Realistically before kick off not many fans or neutrals thought Liverpool were in with a chance here. A few thought the Reds would manage to get themselves a draw but nobody saw a win on the cards.
Annoyingly for Liverpool it appeared on a few occasions that we were going to prove everybody wrong, but luck hasn't necessarily been a partner in our league campaign and Tottenham eventually rose towards the end with a kick in the teeth for a hard working Liverpool side.
Spurs had early problems when Van Der Vaart who was believed to have been "50/50" pulled up with what looked like a hamstring injury. Perhaps the risk fr…

Difficult Task For Liverpool At Spurs

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I'd bank on him netting or setting one up...
Liverpool travel to White Hart Lane on Sunday on the back of a convincing 3-0 win over fellow Londoners West Ham United. Arguably the victory isn't a worthy example of decent form but as proved against Chelsea this season the Reds don't necessarily need good form to be beating big teams.
Spurs are on the back of uplifting wins over Werder Bremen in the Champions League and a hard fought victory over bitter rivals Arsenal in the Premier League last weekend. With players such as Gareth Bale looking a stronger threat as each game goes by, Liverpool need to be on their toes for Sunday's fixture.
The Reds are without influential captain Steven Gerrard who we will sorely missed. Also still out is Daniel Agger. Jay Spearing is the latest to be added to the injury list after he cracked a bone above his ankle. Some good news though is the possible re-emergence of Joe Cole, Hodgson is hoping to reintroduce the winger in the clash with Sp…

Yes, We Know, 3-0 Against West Ham, We Shouldn't Get Carried Away...

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Maxi celebrates after his header...
Liverpool showed signs of an amicable performance yesterday after they beat West Ham in a comfortable 3-0. Of course, we shouldn't get up on our high horses though due to the Hammers' current form and table position, even if we'd of won this one by a cricket score nobody was ever going to dish out the compliments and rightly so.
Despite this it's always a nice feeling to watch the boys win. A good first 45minutes was perhaps cancelled out by a slower second half but as so many people have said, we'd rather have a slow second half than a slow first.
Roy had to make changes to the side with the injury to Steven Gerrard and suspension of Lucas Leiva causing him the most selection troubles. Ironically the lack of two of our top performers meant that Hodgson was pretty much forced into playing Raul Meireles in his correct position of centre midfield.
It was clear straight away that the lad was more comfortable here and i just hope Roy pi…

Gerrard Injury Is Massive Blow For Liverpool

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Gerrard grips his hamstring after over 80minutes against France...
Liverpool were already in the midst of a struggle and after poor performances against Stoke and Wigan the fixture against West Ham doesn't necessarily look as pleasing as it should be.
West Ham are currently bottom of the table with just 9 points. Pressure is on Avram Grant and with a goal difference of -11, things aren't going well for the Londoners.
West Ham have injuries to Ben Haim and Hitzlsperger. Three of their players are also out due to knee injuries - Collison, Kurucz and Hines. However the team regularly fielded by Grant should not be affected.
For Liverpool we are without Lucas Leiva who received a red card against Stoke so will have to serve a one match ban. Also out are Joe Cole and Daniel Agger and of course Captain Steven Gerrard. Furious Liverpool staff blew their tops after Gerrard was played for longer than the agreed time, it wouldn't feel as bad if it wasn't a friendly but to see our nu…

Deserved Win For Stoke Highlights Poor Liverpool Display

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Martin Skrtel's interesting defensive techniques yesterday could have made it a better margin for Stoke...
Liverpool fell to a Stoke defeat on Saturday evening and again made a lacklustre performance look almost like a crafted art form. The terrible display from the Reds only adds to the ever growing pressure on manager Roy Hodgson and is backing up many a fans theory about how Hodgson and the boys are set up for away fixtures.
Liverpool held out for the first 45minutes but barely so. Stoke were playing well and Liverpool were asking to be punished. A hardly electric performance from star man Torres didn't help but other effective players such as Kuyt and Meireles were also nonchalant.
Skrtel who was looking super unsteady was also causing nervy situations when Stoke were on the attack and the Reds were subject to many attempts at goal from Tony Pulis's side within the first 45minutes.
I knew from kick off this wasn't going to be a walk in the park but this was just unacce…

Can We See Off Stoke?

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Liverpool drew 1-1 at Stoke last season...
Liverpool travel to the Britannia Stadium tomorrow for an evening clash with Stoke City. After the dismal performance at Wigan, this away trip is again posing questions for Liverpool fans, even with Stoke on such poor form (perhaps some of it can be brushed off as bad luck) i still don't think Liverpool will get anything at all if we set up tactically and play as we did at the DW.
Liverpool seem to have an ever growing injury list, just as somebody gets fit another gets injured. Ryan Babel is suffering from bruised ribs. Meireles came off at half time against Wigan due to sickness. Brad Jones is still injured and so too Daniel Agger. Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Glen Johnson with both have late assessments and rumour has it that Roy will be making a late call on Joe Cole.
Liverpool can still boast being unbeaten in 4 league games but Stoke will be well aware of the Reds lack lustre performance midweek. Stoke themselves have just got their first wi…

Reds Hold On To Draw

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Rodallega punished again...
Liverpool just about managed to come away from the DW with a point yesterday, after a promising early start it only got worse for the Reds and with several threats from Wigan, at one stage it looked like we could be staring defeat in the face.
A steady start from Liverpool meant that the Reds could capitalize within the first ten minutes. Showing similarities to the start of the Chelsea game, it was Fernando Torres who again began Liverpool's goalscoring.
A lovely pass from Steven Gerrard meant the number 9 could collect the ball and make a run. Using his strength he battled with the Wigan defender and with another cool finish got himself his third goal in two games.
A top start and a goal already, it was looking fine and dandy for Liverpool who lost here last season and drew the season before. Martinez must have been weary of a Liverpool side who were on the back of three wins in the league but to be fair to Martinez, he and his side never let their guard …

Can We Make It Four Wins On The Bounce?

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Reina celebrates after the Reds big win over Chelsea...
Liverpool make the short trip to Wigan this evening for their midweek fixture. After an emphatic win over Chelsea anything seems possible but can Liverpool transfer the skills from beating the champions into skills to grind down lower caliber opposition?
Injuries for Liverpool mean we are still without Joe Cole and Daniel Agger. Brad Jones is also injured and Sotirios Kyrgiakos is still recovering from his bout of tonsillitis.
Fernando Torres simply has to start. Clearly justified from his most recent performance the number 9 would surely benefit from another 90minutes and i for one would bank on him scoring tonight. Defence could be slightly different tonight depending on whether Roy sticks with Kelly or brings Johnson back. Midfield i feel has been working well and it's no coincidence that the performances have been better with the absence of Poulsen.
For Wigan they are without James McCarthy, Steve Gohouri and Emmerson Boyce. …

Torres Shows Chelsea How It's Done

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Torres celebrates emphatically after netting his wonder of a second goal...
Lets be perfectly honest folks, not one of us thought we'd be able to get something from yesterdays clash with Chelsea, the odd few perhaps fancied our chances of a draw but most of us, such as myself were fearing the worst.
Chelsea even without the likes of Lampard and Essien were still going to be super tough to beat, the added bonus of Drogba starting on the bench only relieved a little pressure and with Liverpool having their own last minute injury worries after Kyrgiakos woke up with tonsillitis well it was a worrying few hours before kick off.
Before i continue i must first get out the old "fair play" phrase and direct it at Roy Hodgson. I'm still not fully convinced he's right but you've got to hand it to him for yesterday, yes the side too deserves credit as everyone gave 100% if not more but full praise to Hodgson who with a sudden lack of the big Greek was brave enough to start…

Chelsea Travel To Anfield

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Will we see some more of Gerrard's magic today?...
Liverpool welcome the blue of Chelsea to Anfield tomorrow in what will certainly be a massive tie for the boys in Red. On the back of an eventually convincing win over Napoli in which Gerrard played a major part, can Liverpool, with the eyes of everyone just waiting to watch them fail, perform a miracle?
Lets face it, our start to the season needs no explanation, it doesn't back up a plan to do over Chelsea really does it? The only thing we have to go on is that we are on some sort of streak. Blackburn, Bolton and Napoli aren't necessarily a champion of a run but we'll take anything at the moment.
Beating Chelsea has always been hard even at the best of times for Liverpool so at this point it should be even more difficult but as seems to be the case with Liverpool, when the cards are down, sometimes we just pop up and shock the hell out of everybody. Let's hope today it will be one of those cases.
For Chelsea they have…

Gerrard - Different Class

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Gerrard celebrates with Lucas after completing his hat trick...
Just as it seemed the cards were down for Liverpool, just when Napoli had capitalised on early strength, the boys in Red thought all hope was lost. But a certain number 8 had a totally different plan of action and when brought on by Roy Hodgson for the second half, Liverpool's game was lifted.
Hodgson fielded another youthful side with the likes of Spearing and Shelvey appearing. Ngog was up front and it was an experienced choice of defence in front of Pepe Reina.
The first half for Liverpool despite its moments was perhaps one to forget. Some half chances from Kyrgiakos and Meireles were our only real threats on the Napoli goal. The Italians however were gaining a hold of the game, Lavezzi was looking stronger and stronger and Hamsik was again causing problems in and around the penalty box.
Lavezzi pounced on his good start just before the half hour mark sending Napoli 1-0 up. A lovely headed ball through to Lavezzi allo…

Lads, Just Win It For Me!

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Can Reina keep his 6th clean sheet of the competition?...
Liverpool welcome Napoli to Anfield tomorrow for another Europa League tie. The match sharing a special day tomorrow as yours truly will be turning 21! So here's hoping my birthday gift from Liverpool is a nice secure win.
After Roy's boys picked up three points with a late winner against Bolton on the weekend and before that managed to beat Big Sam's Blackburn surely the newly instilled winning mentality can be rubbed off in the competition we are still unbeaten in.
The tie in Napoli was somewhat disappointing but with no Gerrard or Torres we did well to keep a clean sheet and come away with a respectable 0-0 draw.
Jonjo Shelvey was a surprise inclusion in the last meeting and had a superb game. Whether Roy this time out will opt for a changed side what with the Chelsea game on the weekend i do not know but if he does choose to field a less familiar side i'd certainly welcome the likes of Shelvey and Kelly again.
Fo…

Torres Trick Sets Up Maxi Treat

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Maxi celebrates the winner for Liverpool...
There were no horrors in store for Liverpool yesterday after their Halloween clash with Bolton Wanderers ended in a 1-0 win. The victory takes the Reds up into 12th and finally out of the relegation zone. Perhaps not a perfect performance and it did begin to get worrying as we got closer to the 90minute mark but refreshingly, the lads didn't give up and in the end we deserved the win.
Roy fielded an unchanged line up which meant thankfully Christian Poulsen was on the bench. Glen Johnson was still deemed unfit so Jamie Carragher was again played out of position making Skrtel and Kyrgiakos the centre pair.
Liverpool started well, Joe Cole was quick off the mark sending in some lovely balls and Konchesky was trying his best to push up field to help with the threat. Fernando Torres was unlucky a few times with an unsuccessful header and an offside call but it was clear the Spaniard was causing problems.
For Bolton, Stuart Holden was perhaps the…