Showing posts from April, 2011

Carroll Awaits Ex Team Mates

"Hmmm, still reckon i can catch that Callaghan..."
In what will surely be a tense tie at Anfield tomorrow all eyes will be on the £35million pound man Andy Carroll. After the Geordie left his boyhood club in January in such quick style it will be interesting to see the reactions he gets from the fans in black and white tomorrow.

Newcastle currently find themselves in a rather secure 11th place on 41 points. Their last three results have saw them hold an impressive goalless draw with title chasers Manchester United, a slim victory over Aston Villa and a draw with Ian Holloway's Blackpool side.

The Magpies are quite a formidable opposition at St James' Park but i can see them coming undone tomorrow at Anfield. With the form Liverpool are in at the moment, especially after that battering of Birmingham last weekend, Pardew will need to be weary if he doesn't want to travel back to the North East with nothing from the game.

Newcastle have doubts hanging over Kevin Nola…

Maxi Nets A Hat Trick In 5-0 Rout

Can't remember what game it was, think it was a terrible footy game on the Gamecube but i finally got to mimic the Japanese sounding commentator... "Joh-Coh-Gohlll!" ...
After recent fixtures against the Midlands side it was looking as though this one could be tough for Liverpool. The refreshing resurgence since the arrival of manager Kenny Dalglish has still seen us falter on a few occasions and Birmingham were ready to try to cause an upset.

An emphatic performance from Liverpool though saw them embarrass Alex McCleish's side in a 5-0 win without Andy Carroll who was in the stands and also minus a goal from Luis Suarez who put in more of an assisting role for a superb 90minutes.

It took just shy of 7 minutes for Liverpool to add a spark to the game. A stinging effort from Jay Spearing was parried away by Ben Foster only to come out into the path of Maxi Rodriguez, the Argentine made no mistakes and sent the ball into the Birmingham net.

Jay Spearing was yet again an…

Birmingham Look For Win At Anfield

Flanagan will look to impress again...
Birmingham City are the guests at Anfield tomorrow as Liverpool look to break this drawing business with the Midlands side. The last time a win was recorded for Liverpool was a League Cup tie in the 06/07 season and even then only a 1 nil lead held them up.

Some interesting clashes in recent seasons including the now infamous "Ngog penalty" match mean tomorrow could be an interesting one for Dalglish and his boys.

For me, Birmingham don't really have any star players but they work excellently as a team. With Ben Foster having a good stint in goal and being protected by the likes of Ridgewell and Carr it may explain why they've only conceded 6 goals in their last 5 matches, this included a tough match against Chelsea. Ok that's averaging more than a goal a game but for a side of Birmingham's calibre you can't fault it.

Players like Zigic will look to cause problems in our shaken defence but if the performance from Flan…

102nd Minute Penalty Grabs Liverpool A Point

Awful sight: Jamie Carragher out cold after collision with Flanagan...
Liverpool gave 110% yesterday in a hard fought battle at the Emirates. With the thoughts looming from some fans of handing United the title it was nice to see the lads were on the same wavelength as myself and were going to strive to get the better over Arsenal.

It's a shame some fans wanted us to hand Arsenal a boost because to be honest, Arsenal have been victims of their own downfall, if we drew, lost or won yesterday Arsenal have already made so many mistakes and will probably continue to do so.

The same side put out by Dalglish would quickly become disorganised for Liverpool as the bad luck continued injury wise.

Just 20 minutes in and an injury to Fabio Aurelio who has only just come back to fitness meant he had to be replaced with youngster Jack Robinson. The teenager made an appearance at the end of last season making him the youngest to ever feature in a Liverpool first team.

With John Flanagan playing …

Can Liverpool Break Their Emirates Curse?

Carragher helps reveal the new Liverpool away kit...
Liverpool are off to London tomorrow to face slim hopers Arsenal who are still in with a chance of grasping the title, more so mathematically than realistically but nonetheless the Gunnars will be looking for all 3 points.

Liverpool have never won at The Emirates but we've collected plenty of draws in the past. After the brilliant performance against Manchester City on Monday night it would be brilliant to finally bust the trend and turn Arsenal over on their own turf.

The emotional Hillsborough service yesterday will surely have taken it's toll on the players and also manager Kenny Dalglish but hopefully the lads have had chance to clear their heads and I'm sure they are up for the challenge tomorrow.

Injuries for Liverpool mean we are still without captain Steven Gerrard who was seen on crutches at the memorial service yesterday. Also with him was Daniel Agger who is out for the rest of the season after a knee injury. M…

Carroll Brace In 3-0 Win For Liverpool

A minutes silence before kick off to remember the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives at Hillsborough and also to remember a soldier who recently lost his life in Afghanistan and ex super sub David Fairclough's wife. The silence was impeccably observed by both sets of fans.
A Liverpool side stricken with injuries yesterday managed to pull out all the stops and confidently beat Manchester City whilst maintaining a clean sheet. Three goals for the Reds were the result of a strong attack from kick off. Considering the midfield also had a major hole in it after the absence of Steven Gerrard, the lads could have fooled anyone into thinking we had drafted in Iniesta to look after the place for 90minutes.

Most fans looking at this fixture were fearing the worst. City are above us in the table and can pack a punch when their stars are up for it. Last night however Mancini's side only backed up my opinions about them, it's ok spending millions on top class players but you can'…

Injury Woes For Liverpool Means A Tough Task Against City

Carroll searches for his first Liverpool goal...
Manchester City make the short trip to Anfield tomorrow night in what should be a decent game for the home crowd. After suffering a 3-0 defeat earlier in the season under Roy Hodgson Liverpool will surely be looking to gain some dignity back and also a needed 3 points after the disappointing loss at the hands of West Brom last weekend.

Liverpool have been hit hard with a bout of injuries. Daniel Agger has suffered another set back and will be out for the rest of the season. Glen Johnson is also out with a hamstring injury so Liverpool are facing some problems in defence when you throw in the fact that Martin Kelly is also still unavailable.

The news that Steven Gerrard has undergone surgery too backs up all the circulating rumours that are now confirmed; the captain will be out for the rest of the season too. Obviously this is a major blow but at least this gives Dalglish the opportunity to mix it up a bit in the midfield and Spearing wi…

Justice For The 96

Ian's actual match ticket for the Leppings Lane end...
For this year's Hillsborough anniversary i am proud to say that i have paired up with Ian from PassionatelyRED (@Ian_LFC) to make a blog post. At this surely emotional time i would like to thank Ian for bringing up this idea and helping me make a post which will hopefully reach a few people and help educate them about the disaster. Without further ado i shall hand you over to Ian...

It is an incredible twenty two years on but it still feels like yesterday to me.  I was one of the lucky ones; I survived the hell that was Hillsborough Disaster.  Meanwhile ninety six fellow football fans died on the Leppings Lane terrace.

I was there – you can read about that here PassionatelyRed – Still Hurting After all These Years . But the focus of this blog, on which Kirsty has kindly agreed to collaborate with me, is to continue the call for justice for the people lost and their families.

That nobody has been prosecuted for their failing…

Hodgson Gets Last Laugh Over Liverpool

Hodgson and Daglish shake hands before kick off...
A tough game for Liverpool from the onset after injuries meant a complete reshuffle of the defence early on. Skrtel put the Reds in front but the talented Odemwingie just back from injury was fit enough to cause several problems for Liverpool's back four and West Brom took all three points with two conversions from the penalty spot.

Hodgson isn't the kind of man to set out for revenge but if i was him even i would be smiling sweetly tonight. Perhaps we put elements to our own downfall but there is no denying the Baggies played well and Roy must have learnt something from his time managing at Anfield because his set up did the trick today.

An early Kuyt header saved from close range by Scott Carson set the tone for Liverpool who would have few chances and be unlucky when they arose. Luck wasn't on our side either when two injuries within the first twenty minutes meant Glen Johnson had to be replaced with Sotirios Kyrgiakos a…

Liverpool To Face Hodgson's New Side

And we're back. Don't you hate those pesky international breaks? Not so bad when Carroll and Kuyt get a goal each though i suppose. Anyway, with minimal damage in terms of injuries Liverpool are up against Roy Hodgson's West Brom this weekend.

The clash at The Hawthorns could be an interesting one for the Reds and Hodgson will surely be out to attempt to prove a point. I think after experiencing Hodgson's managerial style for ourselves he won't try to outwit the opposition he will simply defend against it. I can see a strong back four being the key to Hodgson's plan tomorrow.

King Kenny on the other hand will surely be out to show Hodgson who's boss. With Carroll and Suarez fast becoming the most feared front line in the league the relegation battling West Brom side will certainly be worried.

Injuries for the Baggies mean they are without Graham Dorrans. I personally think he is one of their best players and feel they will miss him as a vital …