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Suarez Stunner Sinks Sunderland

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Celebrations for Lucas's newborn baby boy...
"STEVE BRUCE! You've got a big fat head! You've got a big fat head!"... Oh sorry, that's right, i have a match report to type up.

Bruce's Sunderland fell to a 2-0 defeat yesterday at the hand of Dalglish's Liverpool. A progressive performance which got better as the 90minutes went on saw Kuyt, Suarez and Spearing conspire to find the Reds those 3 points.

With Sunderland's Gyan having an intense rivalry with Suarez after the World Cup saga, we knew from the start the reaction our Uruguayan would get on the ball. Starting up front with our number 7 was none other than Andy Carroll, back in his more familiar number 9 jersey this was the Geordie's first Premier League start.

In midfield Dalglish had once again opted for youngster Jay Spearing with Lucas alongside him. Meireles and Kuyt made up the rest of the midfield line up with Agger, Skrtel, Carragher, Johnson and Reina making up the defence.

Sunderl…

Can Carroll Get Off The Mark Against Old Rivals?

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Suarez returns...
Liverpool are off to the Stadium Of Light tomorrow to face Steve Bruce's Sunderland side. Sunderland are currently 8th in the league included in the pack pushing behind Liverpool and have had a respectable season.

Injuries for the black cats mean they are without Meyler and Turner who both have knee injuries and also unavailable is Campbell. Their main men though; the likes of Gyan, Malbranque and Cattermole are all fully fit so expect several attacks making their way from the wings.

For Liverpool we are still without Steven Gerrard and will be for a while. Also doubtful are Shevley and Agger along with Aurelio and Kelly. Aurelio and Agger have been spotted in training so depending on fitness levels assessed at Melwood we may see them on the bench.

Whenever we play Sunderland now, everybody always makes the gag about the now infamous beach ball, but to be honest, the jokes on Sunderland, that goal provided only Sunderland's second victory over Liverpool in the…

Liverpool Flop Out Of Europa League

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Reina played his 300th game for Liverpool last night...
I use the word "flop" because it is highly appropriate. I don't think we deserve "crash" out of the Europa League because really we didn't provide enough action to be subject to a "crash", don't know about you but last time i checked a "crash" involves movement from two objects or in this case sides and we sure as hell weren't providing enough movement! "Drop" i also don't think we deserve because it's nowhere near harsh enough...

To "flop" out of the Europa League of course is quite embarrassing, but no less embarrassing than having to compete in the competition in the first place. We can fall back on several excuses but when it boils down to it, despite a long unbeaten run within this competition we'd been dragging out and scraping through performances, i can't remember a good performance.

Despite this, because it's Liverpool and our …

Must Win Game To Progress To Quarter Finals

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Meireles could be star man...
After the heated, intense and bitter fight to stay awake last week i think several Liverpool fans are hoping that the lads can provide a match worthy of not sleeping through this time out. Of course, this time it's slightly different, for a starters it's at Anfield (always better) and secondly we have to win.

Braga have the lead on aggregate and things could get messy if they get an away goal. Liverpool need to level it up as soon as possible and then search for a winner. 
I think for once in the Europa League we could be in for an exciting match, with the real possibility of Andy Carroll starting too i think we might be in for a good night.
Liverpool were dealt the major blow of Steven Gerrard having to have surgery and so will be without their captain for tonight's game against Braga. Also still out are the likes of Fabio Aurelio and Jonjo Shelvey although both have been spotted in training. Martin Kelly is also still unavailable after a hamstri…

Past Players: Volume 4 - Michael Owen

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There was a time for Liverpool fans when the name "Michael Owen" was uttered, we felt proud. Nowadays however, after the Liverpool starlet went from Anfield to Bernabeu to St James' Park and then to Old Trafford, feelings have somewhat changed.

I've been meaning to do a past players post on Michael Owen for months, partly because i can start by voicing my own opinions on the saga but secondly because it's a real talking point it would be great to hear some of your thoughts in the comments or on Twitter.

As a 21 year old, i grew up with Michael Owen, from the stupid childhood crush to the amazement at his pace and ability to weave through defences, he was my idol. Back then he epitomized what Liverpool FC was to me, i loved him so much i named my pet rabbit after him, i afterwards found out the rabbit was female though poor bunny.

My brothers room was plastered with Michael Owen posters and i think it's safe to say he was my first ever favourite player. I find…

Penalty Gives Braga 1-0 Victory

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Carroll impressed the fans...
It was another drab performance in the Europa League for Liverpool and as much as we all try to, it was hard to find a positive from such a game. The main excitement was the chance to see Andy Carroll again and thankfully the Geordie did get some game time.

Braga who have done well against Arsenal at their home ground of The Quarry before were well up for the task ahead of them. A lacklustre Liverpool struggled to find strength in attack with Luis Suarez ineligible and Steven Gerrard out injured. The missing link in midfield despite Meireles' best supporting efforts meant that Dirk Kuyt was a shadow of the player that jogged out against United.

A decision just before 20minutes was the only real highlight of the whole game. Braga were awarded a penalty after a poorly timed challenge from Sotirios Kyrgiakos, perhaps an unneeded one too. Alan converted for the home side despite Pepe Reina diving in the right direction.

The most action seen by the travelli…

Reds Travel To Portugal

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Those of you who intently watched Euro 2004 will recognise Braga's fantastic stadium with one face being the wall of an old quarry...
Liverpool travel to Portugal tomorrow to face S.C. Braga in the Europa League. The Reds are still unbeaten in the competition and will surely look to continue that run with a good away result here to bring back to Anfield.

Braga are a sort of behind the pack team and regularly within the Portuguese League finish under the more famous clubs such as Porto, Benfica and Sporting Lisbon. However we shouldn't underestimate Braga who have beaten the likes of Celtic in their Champions League run before dropping down into this competition.

Liverpool will be without influential captain Steven Gerrard. A statement from the website was very vague this morning, no real information on the reasons why but he has not been included in the travelling side.

Andy Carroll is expected to make his first Liverpool start. An exciting time for anyone watching, after a fli…

Kuyt Hat Trick Means Liverpool Aren't Quite "Off Their Perch" Just Yet

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Happy chappy!...
With Andy Carroll on the bench, Suarez starting, Gerrard in the side despite a rumoured injury, Dalglish and Fergie squaring up in the dugouts, no Ferdinand or Vidic for United... Most people would have chosen one of those to steal the headlines, how wrong our predictions were. Meanwhile working his arse off in the background as always was none other than Dirk Kuyt, the Dutchman stole the show in a confident Liverpool victory!

It felt this time out the Liverpool could actually turn United over. After the disappointment of the dodgy penalty in the FA Cup, we could all see we held out the United attack well and with a few more matches under his belt Dalglish easily improved on the 1-0 defeat.

Due to injuries what seemed to be the favoured three at the back was scrapped and the King fielded Aurelio, Skrtel, Carragher and Johnson in defence. Maxi was also included after missing his chance to start against West Ham.

Immediately it was clear Liverpool had a tactical plan set…

12th Man Key In Search For United Victory

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The fans will confidently back the Reds tomorrow in what has to be the best clash in the Premier League...
Anfield tomorrow is the destination for Alex Ferguson's Manchester United. It needs no build up, I'm sure the majority of you, like me, are already buzzing for the match and after United fell to a Chelsea defeat and Liverpool to a West Ham one, both sides will be looking not only for three points but as always, for bragging rights.

For those of you going to the match, no doubt the atmosphere will be phenomenal, I'm just wondering whether Gary Neville will brave enough to get in with the away fans this time like he did at Stamford Bridge...

I'm soddin' gutted as for the first time this season I'm at work when our match is on. I can't really complain because last season i was at work on several occasions with fixture clashes, just annoyed that the first one this season is the most exciting clash. It's not all bad as i can still watch the match on the …