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Parker Starts The Party For West Ham

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Gutting to see Kelly pull up, wish him a speedy recovery...
An inspired performance from West Ham saw Liverpool fall to a rather embarrassing defeat yesterday as the Hammers put three past Pepe Reina whilst the Reds could only muster one return goal. No arguments i feel, we just have to own up to the fact that West Ham were the better team.

A side consisting of Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez, Martin Kelly and Danny Wilson (two of which were injury doubts) meant that Liverpool had some fresh legs and a strong eleven on display.

An early effort for Liverpool got us off on the right foot after Raul Meireles got himself into a decent position heading into the Hammers area. A headed attempt which needed a lot of effort just to reach in the first place was sent just wide.

This early positive wasn't going to set the theme for Liverpool though as West Ham quickly began to gain a hold.

I mentioned in my match preview that in order for West Ham to be successful their star man Parker would need …

Dalglish Takes Reds To West Ham

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Havin' a quid on him tomorrow i think, if i remember haha...
Liverpool travel to London tomorrow to face Avram Grant's struggling West Ham side. With the Hammers searching for a win in their pursuit to get out of the relegation zone and Liverpool looking for three points to strengthen their holds on 6th (and possibly breath some fear on the backs of Chelsea) it could be an interesting game tomorrow.

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 8 matches and in that time we have only let in 3 goals. For any side coming up against a Liverpool team in that sort of form, they have to be weary.

A negative point for Liverpool however is the ever growing list of injuries. Andy Carroll, Steven Gerrard, Daniel Agger, Glen Johnson, Jonjo Shelvey, Fabio Aurelio and Martin Kelly all compile a list of doubtful options. Some players like Gerrard and Kelly could still feature but Dalglish i would think is going to be forced into playing a slightly different side tomorrow.

For West Ham they are withou…

Late Kuyt Goal Secures Liverpool Progression

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He's well chuffed!...
A slightly different starting eleven fielded by Dalglish for the home tie against Sparta Prague meant Danny Wilson, Daniel Agger and Sotirios Kyrgiakos were included in defense. Glen Johnson and Jamie Carragher did not feature and with captain Steven Gerrard still out Pepe Reina was named as captain.

A start which showed similarities to the dismal display in Prague meant that Liverpool were creating slow build up in attack. Still without Suarez and awaiting the start of Carroll the Reds were suffering slightly. However Dirk Kuyt and Raul Meireles were good sources and their efforts throughout the 90minutes were superb.

Martin Kelly was impressive once again for Liverpool, dedicated to the cause and some brilliant whipped in crosses meant that a watching Fabio Capello would surely have been pleased.

Speaking about being dedicated to the cause, what a man Kyrgiakos is. He was bashed in the mouth and bleeding so had to be treated for that. Clattered in the throat…

Sparta Second Leg

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Fans will be looking towards on target Raul Meireles for goals...
Sparta Prague travel to Anfield tomorrow for Kenny's second game in Europe as Liverpool manager and his first at home. After a match capable of putting people to sleep last week in the Czech Republic, fans are all hoping for a more exciting fixture this time out.

For Liverpool there are still doubts hanging over Steven Gerrard who will probably not feature even if he is able to start. It's too much of a risk in a game that is winnable without him really. Andy Carroll is recovering quicker than first thought but will still be out for this clash.

Also unavailable is Jonjo Shelvey and Fabio Aurelio is also a doubt after he picked up an abductor injury in the 0-0 draw in Prague.

With Luis Suarez ineligible for the competition we will be relying once again on players like Meireles and Kuyt to find a goal. With the away goal rule things could get tense if Sparta manage to net one before we get off the mark but after wi…

Snore Draw Ensures A Tastier Tie At Anfield

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"I am the God of Hell Fire and i bring you... FIRE! du du duuu, i'll take you to burn."
Well it was hardly an enthralling battle was it? But nevertheless Liverpool have come away from the Czech Republic with a respectable 0-0 draw. A perfect base for an Anfield victory and progression to the next round.

With the likes Steven Gerrard, Daniel Agger and Luis Suarez unavailable it was a slightly different side put out by manager Kenny Dalglish. However the King still opted for his now favoured, three at the back set up. David Ngog was given the chance as the sole man up front but unfortunately, the top goalscorer struggled to impress.

Solid displays from Carragher and Kyrgiakos meant the defence had pretty much everything covered. It wasn't only the veterans shining though with Danny Wilson putting in a great 90minutes.

For Liverpool, efforts from Glen Johnson and Raul Meireles were early indicators that goals were not going to be a theme for the night. Some positive runs …

Liverpool In With A Sterling Chance

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Raheem in action...
Liverpool travel to the Czech Republic tomorrow for their first knockout stage clash of the Europa League against Sparta Prague. Youngster Raheem Sterling who has only just turned 16 has been named within the squad and should he make an appearance he will break the record currently held by Jack Robinson as the youngest ever player to play in Red for the first team.

Captain Steven Gerrard has not travelled, it is believed he was too much of a risk and is being saved for our next Premier League tie when he will hopefully be back to full fitness.

Also unavailable is Daniel Agger who picked up an injury whilst on international duty for Denmark. Jay Spearing is back in training but still not available to start.

Jonjo Shelvey it has been revealed will be out for some time after an injury to his knee. Andy Carroll has also been back in training and although he will not feature in the game, Dalglish is taking the Geordie boy on the plane so that he can feel a part of the sq…

Meireles Scores In Wigan Draw

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Raul Meireles scores once again for Liverpool...
A side clearly suffering from fatigue yesterday meant that Liverpool could only muster a draw against Wigan Athletic. With key men Daniel Agger and Steven Gerrard unavailable plus several players only just back from international duty, the match took its toll into the second half and by 90minutes, 1-1 was probably a fair result.

A first half goal from the on fire Raul Meireles saw Liverpool take the lead. A deflected Fabio Aurelio cross eventually found its way out to the number 4 who with a great finish sent the effort into the left of goal and past Wigan keeper Al Habsi.

The linking up of new recruit Luis Suarez and Dirk Kuyt in the first half was perhaps the most prominent thing to note. A strange almost immediate link between the pair meant clever flicks and passes within the oppositions box were a regular occurrence.

Suarez once again put on display his technical ability with the skill and confidence of a player who had been in the …

Incentive For Reds As They Search For 5th Win & 5th Clean Sheet

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It will be no surprise if the on fire Raul Meireles scores again tomorrow...
Liverpool are in search of a 5th win on the bounce tomorrow as they welcome Wigan to Anfield. Also on the back of four clean sheets, Dalglish's side will surely be brimming with confidence going into this fixture against a side in 18th place.

With results seeing a major improvement at Liverpool it is very hard to look at this clash and not predict a Liverpool win. With solid defensive displays and clear attacking options, even without using our two new signings, surely 3 points are within our reach tomorrow.

However, it is vital we don't push aside Wigan's valiant efforts in a mad weekend of football last week. A battle with Blackburn saw them eventually take all three points after beating fellow Lancashire neighbours 4-3.

Liverpool have never lost to Wigan at home but despite this strong home record, as recently as March of last season i am sure you will all remember a 1-0 defeat at the hands of W…

Liverpool Show No Signs Of Sadness In Victory At Stamford Bridge

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Fernando Who?...
After all the hype and build up to yesterdays fixture, a mix of the general rivalry in clashes with Chelsea, oh and the added sprinkle of Fernando Torres playing his first game in a blue shirt, well by kick off the whole fan base was ready and raring to go.
It was always going to be a slightly heated atmosphere after the timing of Torres' leave and although some fans have taken the peaceful and well wishing option, there were also plenty portraying the more vexed option.
Liverpool started in a similar fashion to the Stoke fixture. The reintroduction of Jamie Carragher was the only change for the Reds. 
A daunting looking strike force from Chelsea in the threesome of Drogba, Anelka and Torres looked a lot scarier on paper that it did on the pitch.
Liverpool immediately set to work in closing off the Chelsea attack and Jamie Carragher especially was in no way going to allow former Liverpool colleague Fernando Torres to give his new side the lead. A typical thrown in bloc…

Stamford Bridge Is Falling Down...

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*cough* Chelsea's famous (donated) atmosphere on display...
With debt repayments... Haha.

On a more serious matter, despite Chelsea releasing stats on record losses of roughly £70million i believe, it didn't stop old Roman and Co splashing the cash to lure away our number 9 did it. Fair enough, he didn't seem to need much luring but £50million quid to spend all of a sudden?

If that's not a sign of "oh my god we're not gonna win the league this year, I'll be bored of not winning things and i still haven't won the Champions League, please, we need help!" then i don't know what is.

In all honesty and this is pushing my clear biased view aside, i don't think this move for Fernando is going to be the dream one he and Chelsea have been drooling over. Of course, i have been proved wrong, far too many times, all I'm saying is, i don't want any Chelsea fans running to me when he hasn't scored in ten games and his hamstrings playing up.

D…

Suarez Scores On Stoke Debut

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Suarez celebrates after scoring at the Kop End on his Liverpool debut...
An unconventional line up chosen by Dalglish for last nights clash with Stoke, almost had people doubting the King (i stress the word almost) but as all great managers work, there is method behind the madness. A superb tactical set up meant Liverpool were extremely hard to break down, a Stoke side renowned for battling in games found it difficult to get anything through. This paired with enough attacking balance meant Liverpool came away with a deserved three points.
The man at the centre of all the talking - Luis Suarez was named on the bench and so he would have to wait to light up Anfield.
For Liverpool, a relatively new concept of "Wing Backs" meant despite the defensive looking line up, we had several attacking options. This was proved almost straight away when a cross whipped in from Martin Kelly was met by Glen Johnson, only denied due a great save from the Stoke keeper.
With Torres gone, many outsid…

Competition! WIN: The Champions League Final/Road To Istanbul DVD

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Right folks, whether you're a Liverpool blogger, a Liverpool Tweeter or just a passionate fan who reckons they can write up a decent article... I have a proposition for you.

Here at The Liver Bird i like to think i do my best to support other amateur writers, websites, people who make LFC videos etc etc. Point is, I'm always willing to put on parade the talent of Liverpool fans from across the world wide web.

I write this blog for fun but I'd be nowhere without my readers so it's time to give something back.

For this competition i simply want you to write a 250-300 word article on your favourite ever Liverpool player. Think about what made/makes them so great? Your favourite moment or goal from the player?

Try to steer clear of foul language although I'm not too strict as you can see from my own blog posts. Also if you require any stats/figures try to use trusted websites, I'd recommend www.lfchistory.net

Once you have completed your article, double check your …

Suarez Expected To Make Debut Against Stoke

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Suarez arrives...
Earlier in the season Liverpool fell to a 2-0 defeat at the Britannia but as we all know, several things have changed since then. With Kenny Dalglish settling in nicely to his new job and clearly boosting the sides performances in the past few weeks, hopefully this time out Liverpool can get the better of Stoke.

On the back of a win in the FA Cup against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Stoke may have some confidence coming into this fixture but with two losses and a win in their last three games in the league perhaps this backs up a case for Liverpool's confidence.

The Reds recent form reads two wins and a draw with the attack looking a lot more lively too. Raul Meireles has been on fire of late and should he start tomorrow expect another electric stint from the midfielder.

Steven Gerrard I'm sure too tomorrow will be filled with excitement and will no doubt be looking to support Luis Suarez in his bid to find his first Liverpool goal.

The Reds are still unable to ca…

New Owners, New Manager, New Players; New Era

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Well for once it was an extremely exciting and eventful transfer window for Liverpool fans. After years of turmoil under Hicks and Gillett, the transfer window was something we feared not looked forward to.

Yesterday spelt major ins and major outs for Liverpool. After it was clear Fernando Torres would be leaving the club, it was no real surprise when Dalglish and the owners upped their pursuit of starlet Andy Carroll. The Newcastle striker has impressed football fans all over England with his strength and consistency up front for the magpies, of course he has more to learn but Liverpool is a club that can help a player to grow.




£35million is the believed fee and if we are all brutally honest, i don't think anyone would say that is a fair price. However in this day and age, you have to pay silly money to get your man, Torres going on current form was perhaps not worth £50million either but that's the price it took for Liverpool to agree a deal and rightly so.

Moving on to Tor…