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Own Goal? Who Cares, Isn't It About Time Liverpool Had A Date With Lady Luck?

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Ohhhh pants...
Liverpool's 1-0 victory over Fulham last night has sent the Reds into the dizzying heights of 7th place. It wasn't a perfect performance and a few nervy moments towards the end of the 90minutes nearly saw Liverpool lose their lead. Strong heads from the likes of Pepe Reina and Meireles though meant Liverpool could celebrate a second win under Kenny Dalglish.

After Lucas apparently was unfit, Christian Poulsen kept his place in the starting line up even with the reintroduction of Steven Gerrard. The rest of the side was the same put out against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The first half for Liverpool indicated that Fulham were going to be harder to break down than Wolves at the weekend. Although the Reds were taking their chances; mainly via Fernando Torres, the likes of Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele were causing problems regularly for the defence and Pepe Reina.

Steven Gerrard had a decent first 45minutes even with his three games out he looked pretty fresh. His …

Fulham Travel To Anfield

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Can Torres continue his run of goals?...
Well, Roy Hodgson never got to face his old side Fulham in charge of Liverpool FC... (thank god) and so it's Kenny's turn to attempt to add another win to his sides superb 3-0 victory at Molineux last weekend.

Fulham have hit a run of form recently after beating Stoke City, West Brom and also drawing with Wigan Athletic in their last three matches. Ok, there's more formidable oppositions within the Premier League but some steady results and goals mean they will have some confidence heading into this fixture at Anfield.

Clint Dempsey has been on fire of late scoring three goals in his last three Premier League matches. Personal opinion means i for one will be most weary of him tomorrow.

Fulham do have quite an extensive injury list with Briggs, Zamora and Senderos all out injured and Schwarzer out on international duty. Etuhu and Hughes are also doubts after picking up hamstring injuries at the weekend.

Liverpool are still without Jam…

The Redmen - Independent Liverpool FC Show

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If you haven't seen or heard about this You Tube phenomenon yet then where on earth have you been???

Paul Machin and Chris Pajak plus a team of dedicated people bring to you the uncensored views of Liverpool fans from across the globe. It's by the fans, for the fans and that's what makes it so special.

With regular features every week this time out we have the fans reactions to the 3-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers. You can find a little snippet of my thoughts on the game there and even some dancing from Antoine Zammit of @empireofthekop along with summaries from a bunch of other Liverpool supporters.



The work put it to bring this light hearted yet informative show needs rewarding so i urge and ask you to tune in to The Redmen!

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Pass And Move It's The Liverpool Groove

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My view yesterday from the Billy Wright stand (i was sat with the Wolves lot)...
Ok so the song was bloody awful "they talk dead funny but they play dead great" but the meaning of the song, the passing and moving style of Liverpool Football Club, well it's what we all love. Yesterday the lads in Red proved that it wasn't unrealistic to go back to those days, with King Kenny in the dugout it truly felt like we'd rolled back the clocks.
The starting eleven did raise some questions from most fans before kick off, namely for the inclusion of scapegoat Christian Poulsen. I'm not going to lie, i myself have been one to highly criticize the midfielder and it was no different yesterday after seeing him on the team sheet. My natural reaction was "oh god" however, to be fair to the bloke, he totally shut my mouth after his stint.
Wolves set up in a 4-4-2 style with Fletcher and Doyle leading the eleven. Hennessey was in goal for the side in gold and black and ca…

Dalglish Takes Reds To Molineux In Search Of First Win

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Wolves celebrate after scoring the winner at Anfield...
It's the big one for me tomorrow! It's the one day each season i am guaranteed to see the lads play because i work at Molineux, might have to sit in with the Wolves fans but i can't complain! Super excited because i haven't seen Torres play before so well up for that, also hoping to see Carragher and Gerrard go through the boardroom. Literally bubbling with anticipation here!

For everyone else of course the main point of tomorrow is to finally get King Kenny off the mark and earn a well needed 3 points. How can we forget Wolves beating us fair and square at Anfield? I'm sure they will be confident coming into this fixture.

New signing Adam Hammill could also feature in McCarthy's line up tomorrow, no doubt the ex Liverpool man will relish the chance to face the Reds.

Wolves are without George Elokobi who got a red card for being knocked unconscious recently haha. Doubtful is Edwards who has a hamstring prob…

Special In Depth Wolves Preview

Right folks, i don't know if many of you use the forums on www.redandwhitekop.com but i do and usually have a right laugh flipping through the posts & pictures, anyways, they do a special feature before each game called "Spyin' Kop".
Basically what happens, a member of the forum offers to volunteer to do the preview, they email a website with opposition fans or ask some fans of the opposition that they already know to answer some generic questions (you can also add your own questions as i did) and then it gives the Liverpool fans a nice insight into how the opposition are feeling in the run up to kick off, who they might field, which Liverpool player they are fearing etc etc.
Without further interuption, here is my attempt, i'll also be doing a regular little match preview probably on Friday but for now... Enjoy!
So after the embarrassing 90minutes endured against Wolves at Anfield last month i think it’s safe to say no Reds are going to want a repeat performanc…

Performances: Better, Results: Need Work

It was always going to be a special moment when King Kenny stepped out for his first game back at Anfield. The fact that it was against the Bluenoses too only added to the excitement of the occasion, as his sole footsteps gave him an echoed soundtrack whilst he made his way up the stairs and out the tunnel, the Anfield faithful were anticipating the arrival of the King.

An emphatic display of flags, chants, cheers, claps, waves and smiles made it clear how good it really can be for a manager at Liverpool Football Club. As one of the more moving versions of You'll Never Walk alone rang out around each of the four stands, despite Everton's best attempts at drowning it out, Dalglish appeared to have a tear in his eye.

Everybody was raring to go now, the fans, the manager and most certainly the players. The Merseyside derby was up and running.

A lively start from Liverpool caught me off guard if i'm honest, i knew Liverpool would be a more positive and attacking side under Dal…

Nobody Wants More January Blues!

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Never touched him.... *cough*I say we just start the Greek to see off Fellaini...
Is this the moment when the Liverpool dream becomes unstuck from pause? Tomorrow we welcome Everton to Anfield, after they beat us at Goodison Park earlier in the season, it already adds a new sense of bitterness to the tie. Add to this of course Dalglish once again stepping out on the sidelines, well we know what a win could do here.

This could be the official start of the King's reign. His crown jewels need to perform though ; (no we're not talking trouser department) the players.

As Jamie Carragher talked about himself earlier today on the Soccer Saturday panel (wasn't he looking dashing in his suit and talking football sense instead of dribbling mispronounced players names like bloody Merson! Lmao) we've had three managers now throughout this tough period, it's time the players looked at themselves. I wholeheartedly agree.

Jamie Carragher of course even though he is back in trainin…

Torres Nets In Blackpool Defeat

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Meanwhile, in Fernando Torres' head... "Just ignore Skrtel... If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all..."
Liverpool fell to defeat yesterday as Blackpool with their 2-1 victory completed a league double over the Reds. Perhaps at fault directly was the poor defensive display from Liverpool and a sloppy midfield who were clearly suffering without Steven Gerrard. Despite all of this i think it's important to note that not many of us realistically expected three points anyway, previous matches with or without Hodgson have proved changes needed to be made.

The difference is however, i feel comfortable and confident in giving that all important "time" to Kenny Dalglish whereas i feared for my life as a football fan when handing more weeks to Roy Hodgson.

My only real problems with Dalglish's chosen line up were firstly the starting of Poulsen but given the circumstances he didn't have too many choices for the centre of midfield but i…

Dalglish's First Win?

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The big Greek got the goal for Liverpool last time out...
Liverpool travel to Blackpool tomorrow for the rescheduled game after snow prevented it in the latter half of last year. A trip to the Las Vegas of England is perhaps a more exciting prospect now Kenny Dalglish is in charge but i think we all know this will be no walk in the park, after a great performance from Holloway's boys at Anfield they will surely fancy themselves again at home.
Injuries for Liverpool mean we are still without Jamie Carragher and both Joe Cole and Paul Konchesky are doubts. Blackpool are without Gilks, Martin, Harewood, Clarke and Basham whilst Carney is out on International duty. Grandin is a doubt with a hamstring problem.
Kyrgiakos scored Liverpool's only goal last time out in the 2-1 defeat. And it took the Reds nearly 60minutes to get one back against a confident Blackpool side.
Varney is a real talent for them and clearly one to watch, no wonder bids made for their star man have been rejected t…

Liverpool Out Of Cup, But Solidarity Shines Through

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Can't help but smile! The King is back...
Liverpool bowed out of the FA Cup yesterday after a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester United. In a strange sort of after match feeling though, for once, everything seems and feels ok. It's all down to seeing the legend that is Kenny Dalglish standing on the sidelines at Old Trafford yesterday.
The scoreline may not have quite turned back the clock but the performance, seeing Kenny and Fergie in the dugout, the fans, the "YNWA" rendition at the end... It all seemed like a different time.
As Dalglish himself said in a pre match interview, there is no point in everyone pulling in different directions, we all need to be together. As proved yesterday by the fans, the manager, the staff and the team, we were all one and i felt Dalglish just being there instantly instilled a new sense of solidarity.
For Dalglish's first team back in the hot seat he started Pepe Reina in goal. His back four already put smiles on many fans faces,…

Roy Makes Way For The King

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Photo quality is terrible but just went to fish this out my draw, it's my autograph from Kenny Dalglish when i met him in the Molineux boardroom last year! :)...
Liverpool Football Club today have parted ways with manager Roy Hodgson. In a move that was predicted to happen sooner rather than later it sees Roy leave on the back of just 7 wins out of 20games played in the league.
With the humiliating defeat to Merseyside rivals Everton, a home defeat to Blackpool and an embarrassing loss at home at the hands of bottom side in the league at the time - Wolverhampton Wanderers, well it was no surprise that Roy's time was coming to an end.
A highlight perhaps of some of his achievements are only really an unbeaten run in the early stages of the Europa League and a home victory over Chelsea. Fair play to Hodgson for his time here and i do wish him all the best because i'm not some sort of bitter fan who will do my utmost to continue a disliking for our ex manager. I wish Roy all th…