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"The Liver Bird" 21 Questions

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Hi folks, I just thought it would be a good idea to do a little blogger Q&A to help you learn a bit more about The Liver Bird and about me the author. If you've read my "About Me" section and follow me on Twitter then you'll already know the basics but I figured it would be a nice little post to fill up the gaps what with us all waiting for the football season to fully start!

So here goes...

1) Blogging since...

September 2009.

2) Was there any event, incident or anecdote in your life that pushed you to start blogging?

I'd just finished my A Levels and had a lot more spare time on my hands. I'd always been a fan of reading blogs, especially about Liverpool, loved trawling through the forums too and eventually figured, why don't I give it a shot?

3) Did you follow any blog before creating yours?

I didn't really follow any as I wasn't publicly signed up to any site that allowed me to do so but I often read blog posts after Google searches.

4) What i…

Reds Lacklustre In Turkey Friendly

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Daglish's side fell to a 3-0 defeat in the humid Turkish capital tonight. The 90 minutes were certainly no delight for Liverpool and despite substitutions, the Reds struggled from the onset to threaten Galatasaray.

Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson were left out of the trip to Istanbul but keeper Doni got another chance to show what he can do between the sticks. A mixed line up saw the likes of Joe Cole and Philip Degen in midfield, Flanagan and Kyrgiakos in defence and Andy Carroll chosen to start up front.

Galatasaray didn't take long at all to make clear their intentions, to the soundtrack of a raucous new home stadium the boys from Turkey were nearly off the mark in less than a minute courtesy of Milan Baros.

And it eventually fell to the ex Liverpool man to deliver the first blow. Some poor Liverpool defending after Kelly and Kyrgiakos were dragged out of position meant the Czech could put a neat little chance past Doni.

Liverpool appeared unable to compl…

Reds Lose 3-0 In Hull Friendly

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Aquilani sporting the new third strip...
After goals galore in Asia it was a wake up call for the Liverpool lads this afternoon at the KC Stadium. On display for Liverpool were all three new signings, goalkeeper Doni and midfielders Downing and Henderson.

Dalglish once again made the most he could out of his bolstered squad and 22 players featured within the 90 minutes. Unfortunately for Liverpool, no amount of reshuffling could stop Hull's momentum.

Goals from Koren, Simpson and Brady meant it would take a gallant effort from the Reds to get back into the game.

Happy of the game time more than anything though i think players such as Coady and Ayala relished their opportunity in front of the boss and once again proved how our youths are beginning to shine.

Many highlighted Aquilani's first half performance in their post match thoughts. He impressed against Guangdong and it was pleasing to see him follow through on that performance against a strong Championship side.

Rumours thi…

Past Players: Volume 5 - John Barnes

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I was 8 years old when John Barnes parted ways with Liverpool, for this reason i don't remember too much of the Jamaican born winger but my first memory of Barnes was watching a countdown of footballing moments programme with my Dad.


That famous moment in 1984 when John Barnes weaved through the Brazilian defence like it wasn't even there will forever amaze me, no matter how many times i replay the You Tube video. His skill in the final third at the Maracana Stadium was more like a silky smooth section of the macarena. I still struggle to this day to find many goals that live up to the calibre of that one.

So let's find out a bit more about the man they all called "Digger"...

The Basics
Full Name: John Charles Bryan Barnes
Nickname: Digger
Date Of Birth: 7th November 1963
Born in: Jamaica, Kingston
Height: 5'11"
Position: Winger

Watford

Barnes began his professional football career down South. After being spotted playing for a non league side he was given …

Liverpool Score Six In Malaysia

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Charlie Adam gets off the mark for Liverpool...
It was another game filled with goals for Liverpool in the impressive stadium in Kuala Lumpar. Filled to the rafters with Liverpool fans, i think the Malaysia XI may have felt a bit small.

Kenny Dalglish was missing from the sidelines as he's home sorting out the the small matter of Stewart Downing. Also this week we've waved goodbye to Paul Konchesky. Good luck getting along with his Mom Leicester!

Anyway...

Liverpool got off the mark with a Charlie Adam penalty. His first goal in a Red shirt was delayed slightly after being forced to take his penalty again. He put both in the back of the net and sent Liverpool on their way. A soft penalty decision i thought but never mind ay?

Malaysia XI equalised shortly after with a super free kick from their captain, Brad Jones could do little to stop it.

Ngog went on to score twice in the second half. His first after a little bit of luck when the Malaysian defence had a lapse of concentratio…

Win In China & Stewart Downing

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Conor Coady's strike gave Liverpool their third goal...
Liverpool today got their pre season off to a winning start with a game that had goals galore. It was an action packed match in the far East and Guangdong provided more excitement than most predicted.

Kenny Dalglsih had the opportunity to parade several players including youngsters Wisdom and Coady, plus new signing Charlie Adam.

The Reds were without a few familiar faces namely Reina and Gerrard who are both recovering from injuries and also our South American friends Suarez and Lucas were occupied elsewhere with the slight matter of the Copa America.

It was absolutely fantastic to see Aquilani back in a Red shirt and with the mixture of talent available to Dalglish i don't think anyone would have predicted the first goalscorer.

Poulsen of all players and with a volley connected off a Joe Cole piece and put Liverpool 1-0 up. David Ngog fancied a piece of the action shortly afterwards and slid home a second for the travell…

Deal Agreed For Charlie Adam

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CA: "I put this suit on just for you... and check the belt buckle." KD: "Hahaha, you should nae have bothered lad."
It's been a long time coming but the rumours surrounding Blackpool player Charlie Adam and Liverpool FC have finally been cleared up. Last night it was Stewart Downing dominating the tweets but after Aston Villa apparently rejected the £15million offer from Liverpool attentions turned elsewhere.

The 25 year old was linked strongly with Liverpool in the January transfer window but the deal never came to fruition. Believed to be in the region of £8 - 9million  the second deal of the window for Liverpool appears to suggest that Dalglish and co are trying to revamp the midfield. With exits in that area of the pitch also highly anticipated it is good to see some action in the window.

Dalglish will surely be raring to go with the Scottish midfielder and with the Asia Tour getting closer and closer it would be nice to see Adam alongside Henderson for Live…

Kevin Keen Joins Liverpool Staff

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He's not a player but it's still another signing for Liverpool...
Appointed as first team coach the experienced 44 year old has put his signature at the end of a contract which ties him to Anfield for 3 years. The timing was perfect as the Liverpool team came back to training at Melwood today so Kevin has jumped feet first into his new role.

Kevin has also worked with Steve Clarke who Dalgish appointed recently. The pair had a long spell together in the West Ham coaching staff so the appointment was surely a well thought out one as our new owners and Kenny look to reshape Liverpool from root to tip.

Kevin's arrival allowed Sammy Lee to leave Anfield after the assistant manager and the club agreed on mutual consent it was time for the ex Liverpool player to move on.

Whilst Liverpool fans will be pleased with the progress in reshaping the coaching staff, after the signing of Jordan Henderson, it has been very quiet in the transfer window, now fully open will we see some super…