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Monday, 30 May 2011

Guest Bloggers Wanted


So with no football for a few weeks (i know, stop reminding people!) i thought it would be a nice idea to spread some love on the blog and give my readers a chance to experience some of the fantastic work done by other bloggers. I follow a lot of writers on Twitter and also people who just have fantastic opinions so I'd love to hear from you if you fancy getting one of your posts up on my blog.

Idea is simple really, gonna have 7 different posts from 7 different bloggers over 7 days.

RULES:

1) Must have your own #LFC blog or website so i can leave the link.
2) Article must be on Liverpool FC (No limits to what you can write about though, ex players, certain matches, a trip to your first match, anything!).
3) Don't make it too brilliant else I'll get jealous! Lmao

So if you're interested, best way to catch me is to drop us a tweet - @LFCKirstyLFC or send me an email - lfckirstylfc@hotmail.co.uk

Let me know what your idea is for the article and i'll give you the low down.

Cheers folks! YNWA

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Sunday, 29 May 2011

Amicizia: 26 Years On

Today marks the 26th anniversary of the Heysel disaster, a dark day in Liverpool's history and a tragic one for 39 football fans. My thoughts go out to the victims families and to Juventus. You will never walk alone.

May they rest in peace.


Rocco Acerra (29)
Bruno Balli (50)
Alfons Bos
Giancarlo Bruschera (21)
Andrea Casula (11)
Giovanni Casula (44)
Nino Cerullo (24)
Willy Chielens
Giuseppina Conto (17)
Dirk Daenecky
Dionisio Fabbro (51)
Jacques François
Eugenio Gagliano (35)
Francesco Galli (25)
Giancarlo Gonnelli (20)
Alberto Guarini (21)
Giovacchino Landini (50)
Roberto Lorentini (31)
Barbara Lusci (58)
Franco Martelli (22)
Loris Messore (28)
Gianni Mastroiaco (20)
Sergio Bastino Mazzino (38)
Luciano Rocco Papaluca (38)
Luigi Pidone (31)
Benito Pistolato (50)
Patrick Radcliffe
Domenico Ragazzi (44)
Antonio Ragnanese (49)
Claude Robert
Mario Ronchi (43)
Domenico Russo (28)
Tarcisio Salvi (49)
Gianfranco Sarto (47)
Amedeo Giuseppe Spolaore (55)
Mario Spanu (41)
Tarcisio Venturin (23)
Jean Michel Walla
Claudio Zavaroni (28)

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Saturday, 28 May 2011

Let's Look Back On The Season

AUGUST 2010

Well it started off at rock bottom for Liverpool, Hicks and Gillett were still at the helm, the life sucking hold on the club felt like it would never go away. Rafa had gone and his replacement of Roy Hodgson didn't exactly instill confidence into the masses. Nevertheless, the Anfield faithful were ready to give him a chance and we started the season in the best spirits we could.

July saw us manage our Europa League qualifiers but August's first match saw us lose to Borussia Monchengladbach. The first game an Anfield was played against Rabotnicki (always thought it sounded like a Sonic enemy) two goals saw the Reds continue their progress in the Europa League.


Joe Cole was sent off in a draw with Arsenal, we were battered by Man City in a 3-0 loss and some Torres magic saw us beat West Brom.


In the news...
-Forest fires swept across Russia in bizarre conditions of extremely warm weather around the capital Moscow.
-The Pakistan floods worsened as the country desperately tried to deal with the disaster.
-The World Health Organisation declared the pandemic over for virus H1N1.



SEPTEMBER 2010




September saw Jamie Carragher finally hold his testimonial game. Pepe Reina pulled of a great performance to allow us to hold on to a point against Birmingham. We drew one Europa League game and confidently put four past Steaua in the second.

Our first clash of three with Manchester United saw us score twice courtesy of captain Steven Gerrard but collect no points. We also crashed out of the League Cup at the hands of Northampton and drew 2-2 in the league with Sunderland.

In the news...

-The Pope comes to Britain in his trusty Popemobile!
-BP finally managed to stop the oil leak.
-My blog celebrated it's first birthday.


OCTOBER 2010

We were in the relegation zone and things weren't looking good, pressure was mounting on manager Roy Hodgson and results weren't getting any better. October started with a loss at home to Blackpool and an embarrassing 2-0 defeat at Goodison Park.

A 2-1 win over Blackburn and victory over Bolton rounded off the month (it also provided my best ever post title with the pun filled "Torres Trick Sets Up Maxi Treat" haha). The Reds also got a draw in Italy in their first leg against Napoli.

Hicks was dealt with and Liverpool welcomed John Henry and his Fenway Sports Group for a new era at the club.



In the news...
-October saw the last of the trapped Chilean miners brought to safety.
-Earthquake off the coast of Sumatra causes a tsunami, 400+ people were killed.
-A man in the affluent area of Sandbanks couldn't hold it in any longer, after leaving his car to go to the toilet, he came back to find it in the sea!
-We finally waved goodbye to the reign of Hicks and Gillett and welcomed Fenway Sports Group.


NOVEMBER 2010

I was a very happy bunny for the first match of November after the lads beat Napoli 3-1 on my birthday - a lovely Gerrard hat trick. Followed by a fantastic 2-0 victory over Chelsea, arguable Hodgson's best result as Liverpool boss meant that things were looking up for the Reds.




A draw with Wigan, loss to Stoke and Tottenham (remember Skrtel scoring at both ends?) though meant only the 3-0 win over West Ham could salvage this months efforts. Gerrard also suffered his first big injury of the season.

In the news...

-Republic of Ireland is granted a rescue package from the EU.
-North Korea shot at an island owned by their Southern land sharers, causing South Korea to retaliate.
-Wikileaks began revealing it's tasty secrets.
-And of course, i turned 21! :)

DECEMBER 2010




Before we lost 1-0 to Wolves and after...


December brought snow and with it postponed matches. Whilst Liverpool managed to continue to progress in the Europa League. Defeat at the hands of Wolverhampton Wanderers (especially hard to take for myself) and to Newcastle meant the 3-0 victory over Aston Villa was the only real positive note.

At the end of December if i remember rightly Liverpool were in 19th, it was hard to believe, unbearable to look at. Something was clearly wrong, the side may not have been playing at his best but there was no way the players resembled a side worthy of 19th place. Time to look at the manager?

In the news...

-A lady rang 999 to report the theft of a garden snowman.
-England lost their world cup bid and had to congratulate Russia as the winners.
-We witnessed a lunar eclipse.


JANUARY 2011

January saw Liverpool part ways with Roy Hodgson, a short stint but after just 7 wins in 20 games something needed to be done. Dalglish was brought in to the delight of Liverpool fans but only for a temporary basis.




His first game was an FA Cup tie with none other than Manchester United. A penalty was all that split the two sides, Mr Injunction put one past Reina and even with Gerrard getting sent off there was an air of change to the 90minutes.

A 2-2 draw with Everton at Anfield and a 3-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers with a Meireles stunner were the highlights of January. Fernando Torres also scored his last goals in a Liverpool shirt at Molineux.

We brought in Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez.



In the news...
-Sudan takes a vote on independence, the result means that the country will be split into two later this year.
-Domodedovo International Airport in Moscow was attacked, a bomb killed at least 37 people and injured hundreds more.
-Dalglish arrives!


FEBRUARY 2011

February was a fantastic month for Liverpool fans, everyone was falling back in love with the football, results were improving and best of all Suarez was set to make his debut.

Meireles' goal scoring streak stood him in good stead and his goal at Stamford Bridge saw us complete the double over Chelsea. Quite embarrassing for a certain Fernando Torres.




The Reds completed another tie in the Europa League to see off Sparta Prague and Scott Parker spoiled our month when he started the goal scoring in our loss to West Ham.

In the news...

-Protests in the Middle East gather momentum as the Egyptian president resigns.
-Footballer Richard Dunne earned himself a 6 month driving ban.
-A lady finally retires at the age of 90 after working for 76 years in the same shop.


MARCH 2011

With only four matches in March two of which saw us crash out of the Europa league and one of which was a 2-0 victory over Sunderland it was left to our third meeting with United to steal the show.

Dirk Kuyt got himself a hat trick at Anfield as we put United to shame. Clambering up the table we were finally beginning to gain some respect. Compared to our first clash with them, we were a totally different side.




In the news...
-Devastating 9.1 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan causes a massive tsunami leaving 8000+ people missing and more than 15,000 dead. Nuclear plants were also in a state of emergency.
-Dalai Lama plans to retire.
-As tension in the Middle East rises, Libyan air-strikes begin.


APRIL 2011




April saw us meet again with Roy Hodgson, now manager of West Brom, he managed to get the last laugh in a 2-1 victory for his side. However 9 goals and only one conceded in a draw with Arsenal meant Liverpool after being in the relegation zone just a few months back were now fighting for Europe, still mathematically involved with the Champions League.

In the news...

-Prince William marries Kate Middleton.
-Wayne Rooney swears down a television camera after netting a hat trick.
-A ban on under 18s using sun beds in the UK is enforced.


MAY 2011




May saw us end the season in a sort of round up of it as a whole really with 2 wins and 2 defeats. A brilliant game against Fulham saw us put 5 in the net at Craven Cottage. We ended the season unfortunately with a 1-0 loss at the hands of Darren Bent and Aston Villa.

In the news...

-Barack Obama announces that Osama Bin Laden has been killed. He was found in a complex in Pakistan.
-A Lib Dem MP reveals Ryan Giggs as the footballer with a super injunction.
-The Icelandic volcano Grimsvotn erupts.


Those of you who like the blogs Facebook page voted in the Questions section and I'm pleased to announce you voted Lucas Leiva player of the season, your favourite fixture was the 3-1 win over Manchester United and your predictions for our league position come the end of next season was 1st. Must say i agreed with you all up until that last one, I'm dreaming about it but i think we'll finish 4th.


All in all i think it's safe to say it's not the sort of season we would ever want again but in terms of drama, exhilarating results and all time lows i think we pretty much covered all grounds. With new owners, Dalglish now signed permanent, the opportunity to strengthen the team in this transfer window and a decent end to the season i think as Liverpool fans we can all be very excited for next season, very excited indeed.


Thanks again for reading this season! YNWA

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Monday, 23 May 2011

1-0 Loss Rounds Up Liverpool's Season

Gerrard watches on with the fans...

Well, it wasn't the brilliant end we expected but nevertheless i think looking back to last August and our position in the league in December, all the ups and downs, we can't complain with our 6th place finish.

Entering the game still with a possible chance of gaining that Europa League spot it was all to play for. Villa who really only wanted to win to get one over Liverpool however were the ones who set out with the right mindset.

It was a strange end of season and a strange match altogether, the travelling fans were in good voice as always but it would be a lie to say that half the stadium weren't more concerned with rival results elsewhere than the final whistle at Villa Park.

Dalglish fielded a slightly different eleven, Joe Cole was given a start and Fabio Aurelio was back from injury with another chance at playing left back before the end of the season. Andy Carroll was also missing from the line up.

An early tone was set by Villa when they got stuck in, a Reo Coker challenge on Jay Spearing eventually saw the local lad having to come off. Jonjo Shelvey was the replacement.

Marc Albrighton - also a substitute played his part in the only goal of the game after setting up Downing. A lovely strike from the unmarked England international sent Villa 1-0 up.

For Liverpool i wouldn't describe it as a terrible performance but there was certainly an element of lethargy. Meireles and Suarez were probably our most lively and it was the pairing of those two that saw Liverpool's best chance.

Some clever work from Suarez into the box saw him set up Meireles who with a stinging shot was prevented by Friedel who made some great saves throughout the 90minutes.

Martin Sktrel has played every minute of every league game this season for Liverpool and i think although clumsy at times the big man needs to be applauded. Also in defence John Flanagan had another great game, fans will surely hope he's in the plans for next season when Liverpool look to mount a title challenge.

Joe Cole was subbed at 70minutes and on came David Ngog. Both players i feel unfortunately could be on their way in the transfer window. Cole although clearly putting the effort in just hasn't justified his wage packet and Ngog although i feel is a good player seems like he'll be making way to help balance the books despite money not being that much of a problem anymore, these owners work properly and efficiently, there will be no buying for the sake of it without selling too.

Villa collected all three points and finished the season in 9th, a respectable ending considering their start to the season and managerial change.

For Liverpool all thoughts are towards the future in what will surely be the best summer transfer window for the Reds in years, the excitement in the ranks is ever growing.

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Saturday, 21 May 2011

Season Ends For Reds At Villa

Bent will be looking to spoil the end of season party for Liverpool...

It's a trip to Birmingham for Liverpool tomorrow as they end their season with a match against Aston Villa. With the chance of 5th still slightly alive the Reds will be looking to end 2010/2011 on a high note. Dalglish has had a fantastic start to his tenure as Liverpool boss and a win over Villa would be the perfect jump start to what is set to be a very busy transfer window.

Aston Villa quite remarkably have no injuries what so ever for tomorrow. I think that's the first time ever after checking up before kick off that any team in a match preview has had no injuries, join me in my shock! For Liverpool however we still have Gerrard, Kelly and Agger out with long term injuries and it also looks as though Raul Meireles will be unavailable.

Last time out against Villa Roy Hodgson pulled off one of his better results in his short time as Liverpool manager  a 3-0 victory put Villa to shame at Anfield.

The pairing of Houllier and McCallister mean personal gain is also part of the incentive tomorrow, with Villa already safe there is little but this and dignity to play for.

Villa are coming off the back of an impressive win over Arsenal though and danger man Darren Bent will be the key person to keep track of tomorrow.

Liverpool however with the ever strengthening partnership of Suarez and Carroll can easily supply some goals to collect all three points.

Here's to a win to top off the season!

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Monday, 16 May 2011

Liverpool's Winning Streak Comes To An End

A disgruntled Dalglish...

Spurs gave Liverpool a reality check yesterday at Anfield in a 2-0 defeat for the Reds. A slow start for Liverpool meant they never really got out of the blocks, with 5th place still not settled it was in Dalglish's interest to see his side to another victory, unfortunately Redknapp was also up for that last European spot.

It didn't take long for the away side to get on the score sheet. Just 8 minutes in and a corner for Tottenham caused problems in the box, a defensive header saw the ball not quite cleared and fall to Van Der Vaart. To be honest his goal was a great one and i don't think there was much we could have done about it. The defenders were focused on the incoming corner and perhaps reactions were slow once the ball was cleared but again, i highly doubt we could of prevented Van Der Vaart's effort.

The quick pace of the Spurs start appeared to catch Liverpool off guard. In recent games it's been the Reds supplying the tempo, it was now time for a change of plan.

The problem was for once, there didn't appear to be any plan. I hate to say it but Andy Carroll despite his best attempts was pretty absent. With so much influence on the long ball throughout the 90 minutes too you'd think he would have got himself into better positions.

Suarez once again was supplying most of the magic for Liverpool but unfortunately his partners of Kuyt and Maxi who have been playing so well of late also appeared to be having an off game. There are a lot of people saying the missing Raul Meireles was a big factor but would a collection of neat passes within the midfield really have provided enough for Liverpool to get off the mark yesterday? I personally don't think so.

Tottenham's second goal came after half time and in quite controversial style. Howard Webb isn't exactly top of the Christmas card list for most Liverpool fans and yesterday's decision didn't help him much either. A penalty decision given to Tottenham meant Modric would eventually put the ball in the centre of goal and send his team two nil up.

Frustratingly though, it wasn't a penalty. I struggle to even see how anyone could argue against that statement. For a starters since when were you not allowed to use power and force with your shoulders? In or out of the box for that matter and if anything Flanagan had as much of a barge as Pienaar did and when they both fell to the floor it was 50/50. There was absolutely nothing wrong with Flanagan's efforts and I'm gutted for the lad because he shouldn't feel responsible. Howard Webb isn't going to come out and apologise though is he?

Spearing was replaced by Shelvey on the hour mark, a good decision i felt as Shelvey operates in a calmer manner. Spearing has been fantastic of late but his concentration appeared to be slipping in the second half. Shelvey immediately made his presence clear with a shot that was sent wide to the right of goal as Liverpool tried to put one in the net.

Ngog was also brought on to replace Maxi Rodriguez and so to Joe Cole for Andy Carroll but the replacements couldn't help the Reds in their search to gain one back on Spurs and Redknapp's boys took all three points.

Bad refereeing decision for sure but we can't use that as an excuse, we offered little if nothing yesterday to truly threaten Cudicini and a tight Tottenham midfield meant it was hard for us to break through.

With Spurs having to face Birmingham next, a side fighting for their lives we certainly aren't out of the 5th place race just yet. A win over Aston Villa for Liverpool is ultimately the target and then all we can do is see what happens in their fixture.

It's a sad day when the entertainment for Liverpool fans was left down to a streaker who left his socks on!

Just a quick note, similar to last time I'll be doing some sort of round up of the season in a few weeks time, keep your eyes peeled for Questions on The Liver Bird's Facebook page as I'll be adding what i find into the review. Thanks!

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Saturday, 14 May 2011

From Relegation Zone To Europe

The King signed permanently this week, here's to a wonderful three years!...

In a weekend of Eurovision madness can Liverpool tomorrow ensure Harry Redknapp's Spurs gain nul points after 90minutes of football? Three points for Liverpool would not only add to their fantastic form of late but it would also secure mathematically 5th place.

For Spurs it appears their plans and claims of breaking into, even winning the league by manager Harry Redknapp have been completely forgotten about. A decent run in the Champions League - fair play but have they had the consistency to back up their claims that they are in fact a top four side? No.

Liverpool claiming victory tomorrow will not only show our determination, even when faced with the somewhat hindrance of the Europa League but it will also prove to the media and maybe some deluded Spurs fans that just like us, they still have a lot to do.

Spurs are missing quite a few men for tomorrow's tie at Anfield. Doubtful is Wilson Palacios and so too Gareth Bale who suffered an ankle injury recently. Out of action are Assou Ekotto, Huddlestone, Hutton, Woodgate, Jenas, Khumalo and Gallas. So too is goalkeeper Gomes, he's a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde i think for Tottenham but he's pulled out some good displays for the London side, without him in goal you'd feel Liverpool had an extra edge but his replacement will probably be Cudicini who certainly knows his way around a penalty area.

For Liverpool we have doubts hanging over Raul Meireles who had to be substituted in the 5-2 win over Fulham and also Carroll although back in training may not feature. Agger and Milan Jovanovic are both out with knee problems whilst Aurelio and Kelly are both still nursing their hamstrings. Captain Steven Gerrard is also obviously still unavailable.

Youngster Flanagan is certainly making a name for himself in the side and i have no doubt he'll be picked again tomorrow by Kenny Dalglish. The 3 year contract signed by the King this week means we can look forward to more infiltration of the best of Liverpool's young talent.

With Kuyt, Maxi and Suarez on such great form and the pairing of Lucas and Spearing making the midfield a hard place to break through i feel very confident tomorrow, especially with the added extra of being on our own turf.

Tottenham haven't won a match in their last 6 games. Their last four fixtures in the league have seen them draw with West Brom, lose to Chelsea and City and draw with a fighting Blackpool side. The Reds in contrast can boast wins over Fulham, Newcastle and Birmingham plus a draw with Arsenal.

Stat Sandwich
- Dirk Kuyt has scored 9 goals in his last 8 games.
- Spurs have scored 12 league goals from outside the area this season, more than any other team.
- Liverpool are unbeaten in 16 games against Spurs at Anfield.

Confidence is running through the ranks and Dalglish will be back to work tomorrow sprinkling his instructions with the help of Steve Clarke and a clipboard wielding Sammy Lee. With one game left after this i do feel sad but at the same time the excitement for next season is immense. For now however let's secure that 5th spot!

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Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Liverpool Victorious In 7 Goal Thriller

7 goals in 3 matches ain't bad at all...

There can't have been many people predicting an exciting clash last night at Craven Cottage and if anyone had a punt on 5-2 then I'll eat my hat! In a game which saw Maxi score his second hat trick in three games, Kuyt score his fifth goal in as many games and Suarez sprinkle magic from the defence all the way into the Fulham net, the travelling fans were rewarded with an emphatic display!

An unchanged eleven from Dalglish sprung immediately into action with Suarez on a run into the box, his pass aimed at the approaching Kuyt and Meireles took a deflection and Schwarzer managed only to get a foot to it to make a clearance. After splaying out the ball came to an awaiting Maxi Rodriguez who struck to put the Reds 1-0 up in what i had down as 32 seconds - phenomenal.

Little time to even catch a breath and Liverpool were on the attack again, Glen Johnson saw his chance when Salcido failed to encroach on his attack down the wing, a floating cross fell beautifully to none other than Maxi Rodriguez, the Argentinian sent the volley into the back of the net and a lovely finish meant Liverpool were 2-0 up in 6 minutes.

It's something we never saw under Hodgson and something that faded away at the end of the Rafa era, that punch to the start of a game, an attacking threat that requires no build up, it is simply always present. Any time Suarez touched the ball the switch would flick and Fulham's defence would crumble. It's brilliant to see and worrying for any sides who are still to face our Uruguayan.

After looking on the chalkboard stats Fulham actually held their own in terms of passing and interception but although Liverpool allowed Fulham to get a lot of balls to their man what they didn't do was allow them to get into space. Oppositions usually have pockets where they can play one or two threatening balls through but with players like Spearing working overtime, constantly harassing the likes of Danny Murphy, Fulham were struggling to create play. The tightness of the Reds flustered Mark Hughes' side and forced them into putting in shots they'd never think of in order to get on the score sheet.

16 minutes and Kuyt who is on that super scoring run scored Liverpool's third. Glen Johnson was again involved after playing an inviting through ball to Kuyt. His shot from just inside the area was more of a punt than anything else but after a poor error from Schwarzer, the Fulham goalkeeper was beaten at his near post and Dirk had got his five in five.

Not even half time and Dalglish was making a mockery of the Craven Cottage fortress it had become of late, with the lads all carrying out instructions and still the clear threat of more goals to come this was a brilliant night out for the make shift Kop End that had travelled all the way to London.

Kuyt himself paid tribute to the noise levels and i think it's safe to say the atmosphere created was fantastic!

Towards the end of the first half with Liverpool having a rest on the scoring front it was only really Clint Dempsey causing problems for Fulham, an attempt that was cleared by Glen Johnson and a decent shot that was sent just wide nearly saw the American grab his side a goal.

Fulham boss Mark Hughes brought on Zamora at half time and took off Davies. Liverpool made no substitutions but Raul Meireles pulled up a couple of minutes into the second half and was replaced with Jonjo Shelvey.

Fulham managed to get on the score sheet via Dembele just after the 50 minute mark. A poor pass from Skrtel meant Fulham gained some possession and they finally got themselves a consolation goal.

A spell of Fulham attacks now ensued but even with a boost of confidence the cottagers failed to put pressure on the scoreline immediately.

Big name Gudjohnsen was replaced with plain old English Johnson after an ineffective spell from the ex Chelsea player.

Before Johnson could even get settled he found his side conceding yet again after Maxi completed his second hat trick in 3 starts for the Reds. A speculative strike from outside the box swept past Schwarzer in stunning style. (I promise you i never noticed that bombardment of alliteration until i proof read this! Haha.)

If you're gonna finish off a hat trick you may as well do it in style! The heartbeat tune had been ringing out around Craven Cottage for most of the match but a particularly vociferous version was bellowing out now. You'd be fooled for thinking Liverpool were chasing 5th it felt more like it was the start of next season. High spirits are the trend at the moment and the excitement is clear to see.

5 goals in and apparently this still wasn't enough entertainment for either side. Luis Suarez felt after the amount of work he'd put in, he probably deserved a bit of celebration himself. A delightful pass from Jonjo Shelvey fell perfectly to the number 7 who took it round a surely embarrassed Schwarzer and put it calmly into the net.

Another 5 goals after the battering of Birmingham and this time it from away from home. Anyone still doubting the Dalglish factor needs to clean their glasses!

Maxi got a standing ovation as he was replaced with Joe Cole at 80 minutes and the beaming smile on Maxi's face was wonderful to see. There were times when it felt like he might end up drifting into a squad role but thankfully the King is man managing him to perfection.

Fulham got themselves a second before the 90 minutes were up and Steve Sidwell can take a bow after a peach of a strike taken in similar fashion to the Maxi one earlier in the game. No celebration though which was a shame because it was a superb goal.

Mark Hughes admitted faults in his post match interview whilst Dalglish when asked about chasing fourth replied with something like "I want to be 1st". I know sometimes we get carried away but all the signs are there for a brilliant season if we can get off to a good start in August.

With Spurs up next wouldn't it be brilliant to put them in their place?!

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Sunday, 8 May 2011

Can Kuyt Make It Five In Five At Fulham?

Will it be a Thriller?...

The Reds travel to Craven Cottage tomorrow for their Monday night clash with Mark Hughes' Fulham side. With both teams in pretty good form and Liverpool still mathematically in a chase for the Champions League, three points is what the lads will be after.

Still out injured for Liverpool are captain Steven Gerrard, Fabio Aurelio, Daniel Agger and Martin Kelly. Also added to the list is the unfavoured Milan Jovanovic who picked up a knee injury last month, he may still be an option for Dalglish though on Monday as his recovery is going well.

Fulham have Halliche and Gera out and also Duff who has an Achilles problem. Perhaps most worryingly for the side from London though is the fact that Dempsey may be unable to start. A hamstring pull means the star man may be kept out. The American brings a lot to the Fulham side and is a vital link in their system.

Familiar face Danny Murphy will be raring to go tomorrow, the ex Liverpool man always looks forward to meeting his old employees and I'm sure he wouldn't mind grabbing a goal either.

Dirk Kuyt after scoring in his last 4 matches will surely make the start again for Liverpool tomorrow. I also think after similar performances Maxi will probably get the shout again too. Meireles for me has had a few off games i feel personally so i wouldn't mind if somebody else got given a chance tomorrow night, as long as it's not Poulsen!

With Spearing setting the midfield alight and confident performances from Flanagan i reckon we can have them whatever side we put out.

Carroll will hopefully start too after only managing to come on in the second half against his old club Newcastle. I know everybody always says it but when you look at that strike partnership of ours now, it is hard to believe!

The last time we played Fulham at the Cottage we lost 3-1 in that horror story with two red cards back in October 2009.

A tough game i feel but with the way we've been playing these last few weeks we should be able to pick up three points here and perhaps smash in a few goals.

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Sunday, 1 May 2011

Comfortable Win Sees Liverpool Move Into 5th

Maxi! Maxi Rodriguez runs down the wing for me...

The 3-0 victory over Newcastle United at Anfield was completed in sleek, calm and effortless style. The unity Dalglish has brought to the club is highly visible on the pitch and with three separate goalscorers, it's no wonder people are starting to look at Liverpool in a different light.

Carroll started from the bench after all the "will he, won't he?" before kick off and so it was down to the rest of the lads to upset the Magpies. Johnson was called back into defence and Argentinian Maxi Rodriguez was once again chosen to start after a superb display against Birmingham.

It took the Reds just ten minutes to start the scoring and it was none other than Maxi himself. A great cross into the box from Flanagan caused problems immediately for Newcastle's defence, a failed clearance saw the ball splay out to an awaiting Maxi who in great style took it first time and sent the volley into the back of the net.

For Newcastle they were pretty unproductive, Ameobi despite Kevin Nolan being on the pitch was probably their main threat. Joey Barton who has been linked with Liverpool this week was also involved in a lot of the action but failed to show anybody why he's worthy of a transfer here, not to mention most people don't want a moaning, foul mouthed, arrogant, pathetic excuse for a man tainting the Liverpool side. (In case you haven't guessed, I can't stand him.)

Meanwhile Spearing and Lucas were once again showing how it's done in midfield. The partnership between these two is forever getting stronger and although Spearing is getting most of the praise, fans are realising what a stonking great season Lucas Leiva has had for us, an unsung hero to say the least.

It took until the hour mark for another goal in the game and it came courtesy of Liverpool once again. A penalty decision which i think will see views split 50/50 meant Kuyt could step up for the Reds.

A tug on Suarez as he was entering the box saw him make the most of it and the referee decided it was a penalty. If I'm honest i don't think it was a penalty but once again similar to the Lucas case the other week, Suarez is that sort of player, he does what good strikers do, he feels that contact in or outside the box and he's going down.

Kuyt with another good penalty sent Liverpool 2-0 up with roughly half hour to go.

Suarez wasn't out of the action for long when he set out on a run into the box, a risk to play the ball through saw it deflect off the Newcastle defender and out to Kuyt. The Dutchman immediately played the ball back to Suarez who continued his run. An easy finish completed Liverpool's goalscoring and the lads were sailing 3 goals to the good.

Andy Carroll, Jonjo Shelvey and Joe Cole all made appearances for Liverpool towards the end of the game but at the final whistle the score remained 3-0. Newcastle had very little to offer and it was an extremely comfortable victory for the Reds.

A clean sheet is always nice too and the three points sees us jump into 5th. I must say, it is hilarious watching Spurs falter and even for those of you that think the Europa League is a pile of shite, it's got to be worth it to see Harry Redknapp's face!

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