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New Year, New Start? Probably Not, No.

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I think we missed Maxi last match...
As much as i would like to get excited about the prospect of 2011 being a brand new fresh start for Liverpool, i can't really see it can you? After Wednesday night's pathetic display against Wolverhampton Wanderers it does make you wonder how much more embarrassing things could get.
Bolton under Owen Coyle are a decent side and even the factor of us being ok at home has been slashed now after falling to a side bottom of the table with no real return in terms of attempts at goal.
Bolton Wanderers are currently in 6th position which is a fantastic start to the season for them, in the meantime Liverpool are hovering in 12th with some points to make up in order to even get close to a more respectable position.
Liverpool still have injuries to Spearing and Carragher. A possible doubt is Joe Cole who suffered an ankle knock and Steven Gerrard although he should start has questionable fitness especially after watching him towards the end of the game a…

Hungry Wolves Make A Meal Of Liverpool

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He looks down himself, please stop dragging us with you!...
Folks, i apologise in advance for the nature of this post, it's rant driven and probably more of a moan than an analysis but i can't be blamed after that performance last night!
As you will know if you follow me on Twitter i went into town (Wolverhampton) to watch the match with a few mates and me fella (Wolves fan). The Litten Tree in town is always a top atmosphere to watch matches in but this wasn't going to be like when i go to watch Liverpool v Manchester United and both sets of fans have roughly equal amounts, oh no.
I think i heard/noticed a few Liverpool fans but i'd take a punt at the pub being 98% gold and black, certainly all the people around the area where we were standing up were all following the home side. So that sets the kind of scene i was in for you.
First shock of the night was Roy's chosen line up. Admittedly i wasn't too worried at first with Kuyt on the left and Meireles on the righ…

There's More At Stake Than Just Three Points...

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I don't care if i still haven't collected yet, i'm still putting another quid on the big Greek for first goalscorer tomorrow!...
There's the small matter of bragging rights too.
Yes folks, it's that time of the season once again, after Wolves managed to stay in the Premier League last season i once again got to add tomorrow's fixture to my list of favourites. As a Liverpool fan living in Wolverhampton that alone makes the match a hell of a lot more exciting but add to that having my other half being an avid Wolves fan well the banter is just immense.
Come kick off tomorrow i will be sat in a pub in Wolverhampton with me fella and some mates, few drinks at hand and completely lacking confidence in Liverpool's abilities.
The plus side for Liverpool of course (and it's the ONLY plus side) is that our form at Anfield has been good. 4 games on the bounce unbeaten and only one goal conceded in that time.
To help support our quest for some confidence in the run up …

A Gold And Black Perspective

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So for those of you that don't know by now (where have you been?!) my lovely other half is a massive Wolves fan. Of course with me living in Wolverhampton that's hardly shocking is it? Anyways, as i did last season i have requested that he gives The Liver Bird a taste of how they are feeling on the opposite side in the run up to Wednesday night's clash.
My match preview will be up at some point tomorrow but for the time being enjoy...
One to watch Matt Jarvis...
Wolves head to Anfield on the back of a demoralising home defeat to relegation rivals Wigan Athletic. It certainly spoilt my Boxing Day, though it came as no major surprise.
That defeat probably marks the lowest point of our season. Beaten at home by Wigan and bottom of the league. Not quite bottom at Christmas, but close enough. In truth, it's looking pretty hopeless.
But we are just the sort of team who could pull out a result on Wednesday night. Last season, we were beaten home and away by Portsmouth but did the …

Boxing Day At Blackpool

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If the match is off i say we all throw snowballs at Gary Neville...
Liverpool's Boxing Day trip to Blackpool may be off before we've even thought of who's going to be in the starting line up. Blackpool are the only Premier League club who don't have under soil heating. With well equipped grounds in the country already struggling to cope it's looking doubtful that Blackpool's pitch and surrounding areas will be usable/safe.
For this reason this match preview is going to be ridiculously short (yes that's right even shorter than usual! haha) although fingers crossed the game actually goes ahead.
Liverpool still have injuries to Carragher, Agger and Spearing. Captain Steven Gerrard was believed to be making his return against Fulham but after the match was postponed this still remains a mystery. Should the game go ahead on Boxing Day though you would like to think the number 8 will start.
Blackpool are holding out ok concerning injuries with their main men still av…

Roy Set To Face His Old Fulham Side

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Any more of this face rubbing and i'm gonna have to go Phantom Of The Opera-stylee...
Fulham fans will probably be quite pleased to see Roy Hodgson tomorrow when they make the trip to Anfield. Mark Hughes hasn't exactly got them off to a good start and Roy is still a well respected figure down South. Of course, we all know the reason behind this... Because Roy is a Fulham level Manager. However i still wouldn't fancy a swap deal for Hughesy would you??
For Liverpool some perhaps positive news in the hope that Captain Steven Gerrard will be ready to start against Fulham tomorrow. Spearing, Carragher and Agger however are still out and i'm getting more and more concerned with Agger's case, i just don't believe what they're telling us. After reading those comments in the Danish press, i just can't get the thought that something more serious is wrong out of my head.
Fulham have injuries to Senderos, Zamora, Stoor, Halliche, Dembele and Briggs. However most of …

Sparta Prague, Stevie & "Scouse Scum"

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Well folks, just a quick update on the latest LFC news. I'm sure you've all already been frantically tweeting and Sky Sports News watching today in order to find out who Liverpool's next opponents would be in the Europa League and we've landed ourselves with an away trip to Prague.
Sparta Prague in all honesty are probably one of the better few teams in the competition but we could have had a lot worse. The second leg being at home provides some confidence at least, so i'm sure you're all with me in looking forward to our next stage of the competition we have not yet lost in.
In other news, Captain Steven Gerrard was looking strong in training today. The pictures released by www.liverpoolfc.tv show that the number 8 is recovering well and also support the idea that our star man will be back to face Fulham tomorrow. I hope he is because we could do with that spark.

(Image courtesy of: www.liverpoolfc.tv)
And to end on, just when you thought hilarious mishaps were go…

Bore Draw Ensures Liverpool Top The Group

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The defender was impressive again...
We knew it wasn't going to be a thriller yesterday but my word it was difficult to keep my eyes open towards the end. In fact the only thing keeping me awake was the possibility of Kyrgiakos scoring and winning me 20 quid. I can't begin to think how bored the thousands of kids who got in for free were.
A shadow of a regular Reds side was fielded by Roy Hodgson who unfortunately didn't start Fernando Torres after saying that he would earlier in the week. Apparently this was due to advice from medical staff.
Not even Pepe Reina was in goal for this one, the man who tends to never miss out on a game had a seat in the stands instead so it was Brad Jones' chance to shine between the sticks.
Martin Skrtel was captain on his 26th birthday and Babel with young starlet Nathan Eccleston lead the line.
The Utrecht fans arguably provided more entertainment than their own side as they continued to supply an atmosphere throughout the 90minutes.
Liver…

Can Liverpool End Group Stages On A High?

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I'd like to see Pacheco tomorrow night...
Utrecht are making the journey to Anfield for tomorrow night's final group stage fixture of the Europa League. With Liverpool already through to the knockout stages, all that remains to be decided is whether the Reds can top the group or not. Liverpool of course could actually lose and still finish first in the group but it all depends on Steaua's result and how many goals they score.
The Reds however will not want to lose and go out on a low. Especially after last weekends terrible loss to Newcastle, full side or not they will surely want to provide some entertainment for the fans and be victorious against Utrecht.
A nice gesture from new owners John Henry & Co also means that kids get in free tomorrow night and the prices of adult tickets have been slashed too.
Still injured for Liverpool are Carragher, Gerrard, Agger and Spearing. David Ngog also suffered in a clash with Kyrgiakos at the weekend and had to receive stitches abov…

Early Christmas Carroll For Liverpool Sings Of Woeful Season

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Kuyt got Liverpool's only goal...
An embarrassing 3-1 defeat yesterday for Liverpool has only piled even more pressure onto manager Roy Hodgson and onto the lads to fork out some consistency. Of course different fans have different views on the reasons why Liverpool's season has been so atrocious but i think one thing we can agree on is something needs to change.
1 win in our last 9 away fixtures is not acceptable. For a side like Liverpool, faltering or not, that kind of away form would stand you in good stead for relegation favourites if it were paired up with a matching home form, thank god it's not but it's just not good enough.
Newcastle's first goal came within the first 15minutes. The Reds beforehand had a few chances from the likes of Kyrgiakos and Maxi but nothing really to threaten the Magpies. Kevin Nolan capitalised on his chance and managed to get the ball past Reina at his near post. The assist came from Andy Carroll who would later pop up again, i didn&…

Is Alan Pardew A First Game Victory?

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Truly flying at the moment, surely a threat for Liverpool tomorrow...
Liverpool travel to St. James' Park tomorrow evening in one of the first Saturday matches i can remember in a long time for the Reds. Newcastle of course have been all over the news this week after the sacking of manager Chris Hughton and his replacement in Alan Pardew.
I could get into the whole situation and make several comments on my thoughts of Newcastle's decision and how Mike Ashley runs his beloved football club but i shant get into it. For their fans sake though, i do hope Pardew does well for them.
Back to the game and Liverpool are still having some injury problems, Carragher has successfully had his operation so is on the mend but will not be around for a few months. Jay Spearing is still out and Daniel Agger still unavailable although the latest is that he's doing well in training and hopes to feature before Christmas.
Captain Steven Gerrard is fighting hard but has been ruled out by Roy Hodgson…

Ignorant Remarks About Hillsborough Are Proof People Still Need To Be Educated

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Alex Beam's quote - "..still agonizing over a 21-year-old soccer riot that killed 96 people" has angered thousands of Liverpool fans...
An American journalist writing for The Boston Globe has proven once again why it is vital Liverpool fans continue to strive and fight to educate people of the ins and outs of the Hillsborough tragedy and get justice for those 96 innocent football fans that lost their lives in April of 1989.
It really sickens me that this hasn't happened just once this year but on several occasions. The slipping of Hillsborough into a sentence is not something anyone in a writing job or job of importance should do. Unless you know your facts, you've been there and done the research, then just don't bother.
You are utterly disgracing the names of those 96 innocent people who's families still haven't been given closure.
Why on God's green earth these people feel the need to just tear to shreds the hearts and minds of Liverpool fans i do…

For Sale: 23, 8 & 9.

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Maxi celebrates in his very colour coded snood, i'm sure Tevez and Nasri will be devastated that he's taken the fashion a step further!...
Time after time as Liverpool fans we hear the same old story. "Oh you're a two man team." . "You can't score without Gerrard or Torres." , "Your defence would be nothing without Carragher." (Maybe not so much the latter one haha) point being last night it was quite clear we could not only survive without our big names but pull out a solid result too.
No doubt about it Aston Villa aided us in looking good but even after subtracting the offside goal there could be no arguments from anyone watching that game who felt Liverpool were below par.
With Torres a late missing piece after having to go to hospital to welcome into the world another mini Nando, Roy Hodgson was left to make a snap decision and started Ryan Babel up front with David Ngog.
To be perfectly honest i was sceptical as i always am when Babel get…

Houllier Returns To Anfield

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I should imagine a nice reception awaits Houllier tomorrow...
Liverpool fans welcome back Gerard Houllier who gained the club 7 pieces of silverware in his time at Anfield. Nobody will will forget particularly his UEFA Cup win in 2001 and as a manager he was always well respected by both players and fans in his stint at the club.
Now at Aston Villa, he already has some flavours of Liverpool past under his belt with players such as Heskey, Friedel and Warnock who have all spent time with the Reds. Another familiar face also spending some quality time with Houllier is none other than Gary McAllister, who is also well aquainted with Anfield territory.
Currently Villa are not in the greatest of positions although Houllier's boys have managed to pull off respectable draws against tough opposition in the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United.
The only victory Villa have over Liverpool in the last 17 meetings between the clubs is a 3-1 win from right at the start of the 2009/2010 campaign. …

We're Through

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Jovanovic celebrates after putting Liverpool ahead...
Liverpool yesterday secured their progression into the knockout stages of the Europa League after a 1-1 draw with Steaua Bucharest. Our opposition also look likely to qualify too depending on their last result.
A shaken up team from Roy Hodgson saw players like Babel, Jovanovic, Kelly and Wilson get another chance to shine. Joe Cole was also back from his injury, some refreshing news for Liverpool fans still deliberating on the damage of losing both key players Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher.
Fernando Torres was rested and even striker Ngog had to wait for his chance to feature in the game. Pepe Reina remained in goal and Aurelio was chosen in defence.
A steady first half start made it clear that Liverpool were not going to be on full throttle. As mentioned in my preview, we were never going to push ourselves too much when we didn't need to.
Roughly 20minutes in and Liverpool put themselves into the lead. A nice cross from Mr.Po…

Can Liverpool Secure Their Progression To The Knockout Stages?

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Can Lucas be as effective as last time?...
It's Europa League time again for Liverpool and an away trip to Steaua Bucharest tomorrow means once completed there will be only one game left in the group stages for the Reds. Still unbeaten in the competition it is fair to say that we are going pretty strong within Europe.
For tomorrow night's fixture though Liverpool are lacking in some valuable experience with the likes of Carragher and Gerrard. Torres however is still available but whether it's worth taking the risk is a different story.
Last time out of course when Steaua came to Anfield, Liverpool managed an impressive 4-1 victory with Lucas and Joe Cole on the score sheet. In realistic terms though you'd have to say that Liverpool will probably come away with a draw here. I can't see us going full steam ahead when we don't need too and i also think Roy will be fielding a lower par side.
Steaua however are no mugs, they have not lost since their trip to Anfield s…