Showing posts from September, 2011

Merseyside Derby At Goodison

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 th…

5 Snaps From Derby Past

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 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.

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

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.

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.

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 …

Will Gerrard Start Against Wolves?

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 dir…

Bellamy Gets Off The Mark In Liverpool Win

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 …

Brighton In The Cup For Reds

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…

Spurs Send Four Past Lacklustre Liverpool

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 …

Reds Search For Win At Spurs

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 t…

Stoke See Out 1-0 Win

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…

Can Crouch Spoil The Party?

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 ge…