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Friday, 30 September 2011

Merseyside Derby At Goodison

Dirk Kuyt looks for his 50th goal in the league and his 6th Premier League goal against Everton...
It's that time again, when a city is split in two, families divide and half the squad get booked with 3 sendings off... That's right, it's the Merseyside derby!

Year in year out, it never fails to entertain and although Everton are still miles behind with their silverware collection, they're never too far behind over 90 minutes.

Everton have had a decent start to the campaign despite losing the influential Arteta. New signings in the likes of Vellios and Drenthe have added a new element to David Moyes' side who will obviously be looking to do one over their neighbours on Saturday.

Unavailable for Everton is Victor Anichebe who is out with a groin injury and Tim Cahill is a doubt. For Liverpool we are still without Daniel Agger, though the Dane is back in training. A doubt too is Glen Johnson and we're expecting Gerrard to once again start from the bench.

I'd offer some of my daft opinions on Saturday's clash but the fact is, you just never know with the Merseyside derby. Everton's side have a lot of members who have played in this fixture before, whereas Liverpool's starting eleven has changed quite a bit.

The experience of Jamie Carragher and Pepe Reina will no doubt keep the defence calm but it will be interesting to see what Luis Suarez, Andy Carroll and Craig Bellamy do depending on who the manager picks.

Andy Carroll was a hell of a lot better against Wolves and although he failed to score there were plenty of aspects in that game that if used in this fixture could cause trouble for the Toffees.

Everton have beaten us 4 times in the last 10 years at Goodison Park, most recently of course in October last year. The home side put two past the Reds in a dismal display under manager Roy Hodgson.

You can bet somebody will get sent off tomorrow, I just hope that the red mist doesn't descend on Suarez, I'm awaiting the moment when he pushes the ref too far and if he does it against Everton, it would be disastrous.

I've had the Uruguayan in a cheeky 3-1 punt. Not realistically what i think is going to happen but it's certainly something that could happen.

Got to watch the match at work in the boardroom, at least i get to see it I suppose rather than completely missing it or having to watch a dodgy stream.

Enjoy the match folks! Let's do these bitters!

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Thursday, 29 September 2011

5 Snaps From Derby Past

Liverpool 3 Everton 2 (1989)

Ian Rush scores in Liverpool's 3-2 FA Cup win. The match started in a solemn fashion as both sets of fans remembered the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster.

Everton 4 Liverpool 4 (1991)

Everton troubled the Reds in this 90's FA Cup tie, manager Kenny Dalglish saw out his last game as Everton forced a replay after coming back four times in the match. Everton won the replay.

Liverpool 0 Everton 1 (1999)

This is the last time Everton won at Anfield. In 1999, Kevin Campbell got the winner for the Toffees.

Liverpool 3 Everton 1 (2006)

Steven Gerrard looks shocked as referee Phil Dowd shows him a second yellow and gives him his marching orders after just 20 minutes on the pitch. Liverpool went on to win the game 3-1.

Everton 1 Liverpool 2 (2007)

Kuyt converts a penalty in a slim 2-1 victory for Liverpool. Sami Hyypia scored an own goal in the game and Everton's Tony Hibbert was sent off.

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Sunday, 25 September 2011

Liverpool See Off Wolves

Liverpool put two past a gallant Wolves side yesterday in an entertaining fixture for the Reds. The first half was pretty much one way traffic but second half substitutions from Mick McCarthy allowed Wolves to get back into the game with a goal from Steven Fletcher.

Liverpool opened the scoring with a little dash of magic from lady luck. Charlie Adam saw his chance to have a pop at goal and struck with power, the attempt looked as if it was going wide but Wolves captain Roger Johnson made the decision to stick his head on it and put the ball past Hennessey and into his own net.

It was almost laughable because nobody could see why Johnson put his head in the way, whether it was because he didn't have time to think i don't know but it was a bad mistake from the defender.

Some controversy in the build up to the goal too meant Johnson had words with referee Kevin Friend. Whilst watching live i personally think Johnson went down like a sack of spuds and to me the push was more of a case of Andy Carroll steadying himself for the header, after watching it on the highlights though maybe Wolves did have a case, either way, fouled or not, that isn't an excuse to stick you're head in the way of a harmless attempt.

Wolves were pretty absent in the first half and Pepe Reina was left jobless. Liverpool on the other hand were looking strong, Downing was constantly threatening on the wing and Suarez also was causing numerous problems for the Wolves defence.

It was Suarez who would put the second past Wolves shortly before half time. An attempt to play the Uruguayan offside by Wolves failed miserably as the number 7 set off towards goal.

Some lovely footwork saw Suarez leave Berra dumbstruck as he weaved back and forth and took time in his set up. Beating Hennessey at his near post, a superb goal put Liverpool 2-0 up.

The assist came from Jose Enrique who i feel the need to highlight, what a player this man is. I've been nothing but impressed with the defender since we signed him, not only is he calm and collected in defence but he can certainly cause trouble with the long ball. Brilliant player.

Half time saw substitutions from the away side. Manager Mick McCarthy surely spotted that his 4-5-1 set up was not working and by putting Fletcher on up front with Doyle, it was a totally different second half. Youngster Matt Doherty also came on.

Steven Fletcher took just 3 minutes to stamp his mark on the game. The forward received a great ball from Stephen Hunt and with a lovely finish, smashed one into the back of the net.

What was worrying for Liverpool i thought was that as soon as Wolves were in celebratory mode, Anfield went from an upbeat atmosphere to an angry and frustrated one. At this stage we still had control of the game and people forget the affect an atmosphere can have on the side.

For the next 10 minutes Liverpool looked very shaky, i was beginning to think we would never settle down. If Wolves were going to find an equalizer it would have been in these moments.

Liverpool still had plenty of chances but play had now switched to a counter attack style. With Wolves continually finding more confidence, the Reds had to take their chances to break.

Suarez was denied after a fantastic save from Wolves keeper Wayne Hennessey shortly after the Fletcher goal and so too was Stewart Downing.

Wolves maintained momentum and continued to throw everything at us, but importantly, Liverpool held their nerve and defended well. It may not have looked pretty but it would have taken a lot from Wolves to break through and truly trouble Pepe Reina.

Dirk Kuyt came on for Jordon Henderson at 70 minutes and was followed soon after by Steven Gerrard who replaced a frustrated Luis Suarez.

Steven Gerrard considering he's been out for 6 months didn't seem a shadow of his old self and got stuck in immediately. Particularly when he headed the ball down to set himself up for a shot that he sent over the bar.

Wolves followed suit with the subs and Stephen Hunt made way for Guedioura with 10 minutes left. I mentioned the Algerian in the match preview and i know a lot of Wolves fans were frustrated that he didn't start. He was a lease of life for the away side and had an attempt fly over the cross bar straight after he came on.

The full time whistle saw Liverpool walk away with all 3 points. Some people are saying that Wolves deserved a point, others are saying we deserved the 3. You may think I'm bias but in my honest opinion i do feel we worked hard for those 3 points and deserved them.

Wolves no doubt were the better team second half but there's no point throwing everything at us and barely making Reina flinch. Our defence fought hard and kept out every attempt, plus in the midst of all this we had chances aplenty.

One thing i will say though is it was a cracking match to watch. I said I'd do a diary style post but figured it would be better to leave it until the end. I basically went to a pub in town that we go to quite often with two mates, there was absolutely nowhere to sit.

I spotted two or three Liverpool fans but it was rammed with those in gold and black. Managed to find a seat so plonked it right in the middle of a stack of Wolves fans in front of the big screen. Then shortly after two blokes watching the City match got up so i got us all three seats directly in front of the big screen, we were surrounded by Wolves fans, it was hilarious!

Got to say though, chanting the Suarez tune and dancing around after he netted that stunner encircled by opposition fans is a quality feeling! Haha.

Next up for Liverpool is the Merseyside derby against an Everton side going pretty well at the moment. Should be a good game, bets in early for first player to get sent off.

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Friday, 23 September 2011

Will Gerrard Start Against Wolves?

He came on against Brighton, will he start tomorrow?
Liverpool face Wolverhampton Wanderers tomorrow at Anfield as they look to get back to winning ways in the Premier League. Putting the win over Brighton aside, the Reds have hit a bit of bad form of late, losing to both Stoke and Tottenham on the trot.

Wolves aren't having the best run either, they too were winners in their league cup tie against Millwall but a defeat at the hands of Queens Park Rangers at home and a loss to Tottenham too mean they are also looking to get some points on the board.

As you should all know by now, Wolves are probably the team i know the most about aside from obviously the boys in red. Living in Wolverhampton has it's upsides i suppose and cutting down research before blog posts is one of them!

Steven Fletcher did not feature against Millwall for Wolves but it is believed he may be available to start tomorrow. From the Wanderers' point of view this would be a massive bonus as Ebanks - Blake is still injured and Kevin Doyle has been rather dire in front of goal lately.

Wolves have some quality players to watch out for in midfield in the likes of Jarvis and O'Hara. Both have been very influential in the side so far this season and i should imagine Mick will field them tomorrow. Another one to watch out for is Guedioura, after he scored an excellent goal in the league cup, many fans seem to think the manager may factor him into the side for tomorrows clash.

For Liverpool, we are finally in a bit of luck on the injury situation. Steven Gerrard is back and should play some part tomorrow. Also back is Fabio Auerlio and Glen Johnson. Daniel Agger is the only one left in the medics room.

Martin Skrtel and Charlie Adam both served their one match ban after missing the Brighton game. The pair were sent off against Spurs but will be options for Dalglish on Saturday.

I haven't decided where my quid is going yet this week, going to have a look at the odds online, might have something daft, but my realistic prediction is 2-0 to Liverpool.

Wolves have put in some good performances so far this season but i don't think they will be seeing a repeat performance of last years win at Anfield.

Liverpool with the Tottenham game aside have always showed signs of scoring goals, we were very unlucky against Stoke and i think on the back of the Brighton win the lads will be ready and raring to go.

Stat Sandwich

  • It's been two years since Liverpool have won a Premier League match in September.
  • Wolves have only kept two clean sheets away from home since their win at Anfield last year.
  • If Liverpool lose, it will be the first time since 2003 that the Reds have lost three league games in a row.

At the moment, it looks like I'm going into town on my own tomorrow to watch the match. No doubt the pub will be filled with Wolves fans but can't say I'm not used to it, i swear the managers a Liverpool fan anyways... Maybe i can sit with him? Haha.

I'd expect a diary style post for the match report folks, filled with tales from the pub!

Enjoy the match! Come on the Redmen!

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Thursday, 22 September 2011

Bellamy Gets Off The Mark In Liverpool Win

Bellamy scores his first goal back in a Liverpool shirt...

It was end to end stuff last night in Brighton as Gus Poyet's boys looked to cause an upset for Liverpool. An inspired performance from Brighton was threatening to take the game from the Reds on several occasions but in the end the home side had to settle for a consolation goal from the penalty spot.

Craig Bellamy opened the scoring for Liverpool with Kuyt getting the second. Captain Steven Gerrard made his first appearance for 6 months and all things considered it was a good win for the lads.

The first goal of the night came just 6 minutes in after a lively Liverpool start. Dalglish had fielded a strong line up, backing his seriousness to take on this competition, but Andy Carroll was one big names on the bench. Instead Welshman Craig Bellamy got a start, still awaiting his first goal this was the perfect sort of game for Bellamy to get off the mark, and that he did.

An assist from Suarez allowed Bellamy to send the ball home from inside the box and put Liverpool ahead.

Bellamy continued to cause havoc throughout the game and particularly in the first 20 minutes or so when the Reds had the majority of possession, as both a forward threat and tracking back to defend, he was fantastic.

His highlight aside from the goal of course, was a stinger of a free kick. His attempt smashed off the bar after his shot from 35 yards, he was so unlucky to not have scored a wonder goal.

For Brighton, the man that stood out was Noone, (name that suggests he is a nobody aside) he was big trouble for the Liverpool defence. Also apparently a big Liverpool supporter, you could see he was packed full of adrenaline.

Unfortunately for Brighton despite some superb performances from individuals, it seemed as if they had the stamina to get the ball into the box or in dangerous positions on the wing, but they were poor with their final decisions. Even things like corners became poor choices for them as they wasted chances to threaten the Liverpool goal.

Luis Suarez managed to hit the bar and the post before he left the field. Another night of effort from the Uruguayan but he just couldn't get on the score sheet himself.

The number 7 made way for Steven Gerrard with 15 minutes left to go. Perhaps the most noise from the away fans all night in the boisterous atmosphere of the Falmer Stadium was when the captain finally pulled on the shirt after 6 months out.

The Reds second goal came just after the 80 minute mark. Maxi Rodriguez made the right decision when he found himself in front of goal with the pressure piling on from Brighton and laid the ball out to an awaiting Kuyt who from an angle just about managed to sweep the ball into the far corner.

Flanagan came on for the Reds in the dying minutes before Brighton gained themselves a penalty. After a challenge by Jamie Carragher on Vicente, Ashley Barnes lined up to take the penalty for the home side. The top goalscorer converted easily with a brilliant penalty.

Brighton tried but failed in the remaining time to find an equalizer but the Reds remained concentrated and kept out any last ditch attempts.

Next up for Liverpool? Who knows, fans can find out on Saturday when the draw is announced.

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Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Brighton In The Cup For Reds

Brighton's new Falmer Stadium...
Liverpool travel to the home of the seagulls tomorrow for their league cup fixture against Brighton & Hove Albion. Promoted from league one last season, the seaside club are finding themselves in a bit of good form. The Reds on the other hand will be looking to quickly forget about their embarrassing defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur on the weekend and hopefully progress through the competition.

For those who don't know a lot about Brighton & Hove Albion, i will attempt to give you a bit of background information...

Brighton's perhaps most famous manager was the legendary Brian Clough, after only one season in charge however, he didn't see as much success down South as he did up North. Managerial wise it took until 2009 for Brighton to have a manager from outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Gus Poyet who hails from Uruguay is the current manager and most would agree he's doing a splendid job at the moment.

Brighton some people will also know had no home stadium for 12 years. Their home stadium up until 1997 was  the Goldstone Ground but in the midst of some bad boardroom decisions the ground was sold and Brighton barely saw any of the profit.

Gillingham shared their home ground with Brighton for a couple of years before they moved to the Withdean Stadium, a place used mainly for athletics, so it wasn't the most ideal venue for the club and it's frustrated fans.

During the times without a stadium, debts mounted up, the board paid a large amount but nearly £3million had to be raised by the club themselves who made CD's and even Christmas cards with the players in the nude on.

Brighton are now finally in their new home stadium; Falmer Stadium. They moved in on May 31st and things are now finally looking up for a club which i must say has some very determined staff, players and fans.

A familiar name to some Craig Mackail-Smith has recently signed for Brighton and has already got some goals behind him but it's the 21 year old Ashley Barnes who is their most prolific scorer so far this season.

On Liverpool's side of the fence, we still have doubts hanging over Glen Johnson and there are plenty of opinions on Steven Gerrard's chances of playing. I personally think we'll see him on the bench so Dalglish can ease him in.

The last time Liverpool faced Brighton was in the FA Cup in 1991. An exciting affair for both sides after a replay was needed when both teams scored 2 in the first fixture. The Reds went on to win the second tie away from Anfield 3-2.

I think it's safe to say we have a game on our hands tomorrow, Brighton have already knocked out Sunderland (ok they aren't playing brilliantly at the moment, but neither were we on Sunday). I still think we have enough in the tank to get the desired result but I'm expecting goals from the home side.

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Monday, 19 September 2011

Spurs Send Four Past Lacklustre Liverpool

Skrtel sees Red...
Liverpool fell to a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Tottenham this afternoon and went down to 9 men in the process. Charlie Adam and Martin Skrtel both received their marching orders in a poor game for the Reds. A sublime strike from Modric led the way for the home side and three more goals were sent past a frustrated Pepe Reina before the 90 minutes were up.

One change to the Liverpool side saw Dirk Kuyt dropped and Andy Carroll chosen to start up front with Luis Suarez.

Harry Redknapp's side were keen to stamp their authority on the game early on and after a bout of possession their first goal came just after 6 minutes in. Reina was unable to do anything to prevent the strike from Modric, a fantastic goal taken from 25 yards out.

Liverpool were already way behind the pace and picked up a few problems in the first half. Charlie Adam found himself booked just after the 10 minute mark, Mike Jones the referee appeared to be pretty trigger happy though and was dishing out the cards like nobodies business. The Reds would feel the full force of the cautions later in the game.

The other down side for Liverpool was Daniel Agger having to leave the field, on a plus note Sebastian Coates was given his chance to shine but in a defence that was already looking shaky, it perhaps wasn't the best match for him to come on in.

Liverpool did manage to get the ball in the net first half after Suarez slotted home, the short celebrations though ended quickly, Suarez was called offside and the goal never stood. Some hope in the fact that we had broken through Tottenham's defence you would think would supply the Reds with a bit more oomph but no.

Charlie Adam was sent walking half hour in after a rash challenge on Scott Parker. Some are debating he was going for the ball but it was a bad tackle in my opinion, his first yellow card for me was harsh but the second was a booking for sure.

Now down to 10 men it was even more of an uphill struggle for Liverpool. An out of position Martin Skrtel on the right flank was having a nightmare against Gareth Bale, beaten on several occasions, it was only a matter of time before frustrations got the better of him.

Spurs brought on Van Der Vaart for the second half but Kenny Dalglish made no changes. I personally felt like we could have done with a Kuyt or Maxi on in the midfield and have subbed either Henderson or Carroll but it would have taken a lot more than a clever substitution to get back into this game anyway.

On the hour mark Skrtel added to his earlier booking with another yellow card. He left his foot in but again, i think some referees wouldn't of booked the defender. Now down to 9 men but still only a goal down, it wouldn't be long before the flood gates opened.

A goal from Defoe and two from Adebayor in the last half hour completed Tottenham's rout. A mistake by Pepe Reina allowed one of the goals in but defensive errors were a plenty too and Defoe was left in bags of space for his goal despite the best efforts of Enrique.

Spurs played well but we were extremely poor. The substitutions of Spearing and Bellamy unfortunately couldn't add anything for Liverpool and with Downing off Carroll was receiving no supply.

A point I've made before though concerning the side and Carroll, why are we so darn focused on playing the long ball at the moment? Ok, we know he's a valuable asset should we whip a ball in there but that's not to say we should be doing it every five minutes and rejecting that sweet ball through or threatening pass as a viable option.

Carroll is more than capable of linking up in an attack and he's not to bad at smashing one in from outside the box too. Stop concentrating so much on feeding him, leave that to the wingers and just let the football flow naturally through the midfield.

Again, we just need to move on, embarrassing for sure but we'll learn from this hopefully, better to be making these mistakes in September i suppose.

Next up for Liverpool is a cup tie against Brighton on Wednesday night.

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Saturday, 17 September 2011

Reds Search For Win At Spurs

I fancy him to score tomorrow...
Liverpool make the long journey down South tomorrow to face Harry Redknapp's Tottenham Hotspur. The London side got off the mark properly in their last league game against Wolves whilst Liverpool hit a stumbling block at Stoke.

Liverpool are without Glen Johnson for this one as his niggling hamstring injury appears to be back. Steven Gerrard was expected by some to feature tomorrow but it is perhaps more likely that Dalglish will ease him in, starting with the cup game against Brighton, i wouldn't be too surprised to see him on the bench though.

As for Tottenham, Ledley King who came back and was vital in the Wolves win is a possible doubt. So too are Gallas, Van Der Vaart and Lennon. Michael Dawson is also out but with a squad as big as Spurs, Harry shouldn't have too many problems choosing replacements for the missing faces.

We have to go back to 2008 to find a Liverpool win at White Hart Lane. The Reds won 2-0, Spurs in all three other occasions in the league at home though have beaten us by just the one goal, so hopefully Liverpool can do something about that tomorrow.

Tottenham of course beat Liverpool in their last game of the season last year. Dalglish looked like he'd already found his footing back then so a revenge mission will be on the books for the Liverpool manager.

Despite the set back against Stoke, it was fair to say Liverpool were lively and creating plenty of chances. Unlike Stoke, i can't see Spurs defending for 90 minutes so the gaps should appear for Liverpool to create an attack.

I myself am going to say 2-1 to Liverpool tomorrow with Dirk Kuyt first goalscorer. In fact, come to think of it, if i have a quid lying around that i don't need for bus fare next week, I'm gonna put that on later! Lol.

Here's hoping for an exciting game and three points for the Reds!

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Sunday, 11 September 2011

Stoke See Out 1-0 Win

Walters converts his penalty for Stoke...
Despite 24 shots at goal Liverpool could do nothing yesterday to break through the brick wall of Stoke's defence at the Britannia. The home side put themselves in front with a penalty early on and never looked back. Tony Pulis' boys continue their unbeaten run in their fantastic start to the Premier League season.

New signing Craig Bellamy had to settle for a start from the bench and so too did Uruguayan defender Sebastian Coates. Suarez was the main man up front and Jose Enrique gained himself another start in Dalglish's defence.

The match unfortunately for Liverpool was marred by penalty decisions and missed chances.

The first incident for Mark Clattenburg to make a call on was a hand ball by Rory Delap in the box. Contact was made by the Stoke player after Kuyt had kicked the ball and from what i could see, Delap made no attempt to move his arms out the way, i realise Clattenburg doesn't have the bonus of watching replays but i think he made the wrong decision here, it was a penalty for me.

Shortly afterwards, it was down to Clattenburg again to make another important decision. Jamie Carragher was tracking Jonathan Walters into the box and used his arms to gain an advantage. In my opinion this one could have gone either way, Carragher looks to have grabbed Walters after using his arms to his advantage but i think even Carragher should know that this kind of play is dangerous in the box. I personally don't think we can make too much of a fuss about it, not as much as the Delap decision anyway.

Walters stepped up to take the penalty as Pepe Reina looked to prevent his side from going 1-0 down. Walters hit it straight down the middle with power and Reina's dive to his right left him with no chance of saving the Stoke effort.

We knew it would be difficult at the Britannia but i don't think many were expecting us to be down so early in the game. What would follow would be the parking of the bus from Stoke, content with their goal they saw a chance to defend to the death and play the long ball, their tactics not favoured by many, worked perfectly for the home side.

Suarez did his best to bring his team into the mix before half time but a slightly disappointing first half from the midfield meant it was a frustrating 45 minutes for the Reds.

Peter Crouch, who i thought would have immediately caused trouble for Liverpool didn't have the best debut for Stoke to be honest and despite annoying Carragher which had remnants of training pitch banter at Melwood back in the day, Crouch was pretty absent.

Liverpool's best collection of play came just after the hour mark and if anything gave an example of how the 90 minutes went for Liverpool, the next few minutes did.

Jordan Henderson, clear in space begins a run and is faced with only the goalkeeper. His first shot was poor and Begovic clears, the ball splays back out to Henderson who takes another shot and it's blocked again, then again! Charlie Adam fancies his chance to end this madness and has a pop at goal, Ryan Shawcross manages to get in the way but once again the ball comes back out to Adam, another shot at goal is saved by Begovic and Liverpool can only reel in shock.

How on earth none of those attempts found their way into the net i do not know, but this proved the grip Liverpool had on the game. Stoke just were amazing with dealing with the onslaught of Reds chances, if not lucky.

Andy Carroll and Craig Bellamy were brought on shortly after the five blocked chances. With those names plus Suarez up front now, on paper, that was a superb strike force.

Bellamy found himself with a chance to save the day for Liverpool, he rose for a header and made good contact but the Welshman missed to the left of goal. Andy Carroll too saw his headed effort blocked and it was just one of those days for the Reds.

Before time was up for Liverpool, there was just enough left on the clock for another penalty decision. After watching a dodgy stream, i didn't see the incident live but from the commentary, i heard Suarez was going mental and from the countless numbers of tweets coming in, it appeared everybody thought it was a penalty.

Unfortunately i have to disagree, after watching the highlights, i think it was more a case of ball to hand. Upson was hit on the leg before it made contact with his arm and from what i could see there was little he could do in the position he was in to get his arms out of the way and he certainly didn't appear to me to be putting his arms into the path of the ball.

If I'm honest i think after the two earlier decisions, one a penalty for us and the second perhaps a bit harsh, people were just getting desperate.

Suarez after receiving a yellow card never gained his penalty but he was given a chance to snatch Liverpool a point in the dying minutes. An almost open goal mouth had everyone convinced Suarez would pop this in the net but the striker didn't connect very well at all and the ball was sent wide.

A very disappointing loss for Liverpool because the efforts put in made it feel like we should have got something from the game. Credit given when due though, Stoke had a game plan and they followed it through perfectly, nothing was getting past them yesterday.

Next up for Liverpool is Tottenham Hotspur, hopefully we can quickly get back to winning ways and i hear Captain Steven Gerrard could be back for the fixture too.

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Friday, 9 September 2011

Can Crouch Spoil The Party?

I wonder how many other letters of the alphabet Crouch can make with his body?...
Liverpool travel to Stoke tomorrow for their first match after the annoying international break. Before the internationals got in the way Liverpool were playing some good football and will be looking to continue their form after that successful 3-1 victory over Bolton.

Stoke are also making a great start to their Premier League campaign, yet to lose a game this season so far.

The Britannia is a difficult place to go for any club and by no means is this any different for Liverpool. The last time we won there was in 2000. Ok, we put 8 goals past them... but they've come a long way to building up their fortress since then.

Record signing for Stoke Peter Crouch will be catching the attention of many Liverpool players and fans tomorrow as he looks to get his Stoke career up and running. The strikers presence in the box is often a hard threat to deal with but hopefully the likes of Jamie Carragher and Co will be familiar with what's to come.

For Liverpool, new signing Coates may get his first start and with Glen Johnson back fit it could be the first start of the season for him too. Steven Gerrard is still out for the Reds and Craig Bellamy is predicted by many to be on the bench for tomorrow's clash.

With all the controversy surrounding Fabio Capello's comments on Andy Carroll this week it will be interesting to see if the Geordie can put a sock in the England managers mouth by putting one in the net (the ball, not a sock).

My prediction this time out is a slim 1-0 win for Liverpool. Providing we've kept the momentum we had before the international break then i think we'll just have the edge here to get the three points.

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