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Carroll Converts In Baggies Win

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Charlie Adam and Andy Carroll sent Liverpool to a 2-0 win on Saturday at the Hawthorns. A penalty decision for the Reds got them under way and a goal just before half time ensured the three points.

West Brom were pretty absent throughout the 90 minutes and for a side who have been in great form of late after winning two local derbies, they certainly didn't have much to show for it.

The penalty decision at 8 minutes annoyed West Brom manager Roy Hodgson and so too the home fans. Without beating around the bush, i thought it was a penalty, none of this "it was harsh" nonsense, i just think it was a penalty. Suarez was tripped and i don't really see what people were complaining about but to be honest, even if the penalty wasn't given, what were West Brom doing to change their fortunes? Nothing.

Charlie Adam stepped up to take the penalty and confidently put the ball past Ben Foster to send Liverpool ahead.

In a game which didn't include Gerrard or Carragher, eye…

Can Liverpool Start Taking Their Chances?

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It's West Brom on Saturday for Liverpool, the Reds return to see Roy Hodgson as he looks to continue building his start to the season. West Brom are currently 12th in the league with Liverpool in 6th.

Injuries for West Brom mean that one of their star men; Shane Long will be unavailable for kick off on Saturday. The striker picked up a knee injury recently and is expected to be out for a fair few weeks.

Liverpool once again don't really have any injury worries but Luis Suarez did pick up a slight knock in the Carling Cup midweek so he may not be risked by manager Kenny Dalglish.

The last fixture between the two sides was in April of last year. Roy Hodgson got the last laugh over the club he'd left just months earlier in a 2-1 win for West Brom. Prior to this, we had to go back all the way to 1981 to find a West Brom win over the Reds at the Hawthorns.

The two goals scored by West Brom in their win last year are the only two goals Liverpool have conceded in their last 11 ga…

Suarez Brace At Britannia

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Liverpool have booked their place in the quarter finals of the League Cup after Luis Suarez put two goals in the Stoke net. Manager Kenny Dalglish was visibly delighted at the result and clearly the Reds are taking this competition very seriously.

The Liverpool team saw a lot of changes from the eleven that started against Norwich but the likes of Reina, Carragher and Suarez still made the start. Tony Pulis also fielded a strong side in what was set to be a good battle.

The home side were first on the score sheet but it took nearly 45 minutes for either side to score. Liverpool had a fair few chances coming from the strike partnership of Suarez and Carroll, particularly when the pair had shots in succession. Carroll was denied by Sorensen and Suarez couldn't quite get his effort on target after the rebound.

Stoke however took their chance via Kenwyne Jones. A poor mistake from Coates, despite his best efforts to get back and redeem himself meant Walters was able to whip a cross i…

Stoke In League Cup For Liverpool

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Liverpool make a second trip to the Britannia Stadium on Wednesday night for their latest Carling Cup tie. After shots galore at the Stoke goal earlier this season, Liverpool failed to come away victorious with Stoke taking all three points.

Liverpool are lucky enough not to have any injuries to worry about and Lucas is also available again after being suspended for the Norwich game. For Stoke there are doubts hanging over Pennant and Woodgate. Higginbotham, back from a long term injury though is predicted to start to help get some game time under his belt.

The last time Liverpool met Stoke in the League Cup was in 2000. The Reds put eight goals past a stunned Stoke side with Robbie Fowler getting a hat trick in the process.

After the last Carling Cup game against Brighton, it was clear to see manager Kenny Dalglish was not going to take this competition lightly. Most big clubs at these stages like to play their fringe players but the King had no intentions of doing this at all. His …

Missed Chances Leave Liverpool Disappointed

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Similar to the Stoke game and the draw with Manchester United, it was yet again a story of missed chances for a frustrated Liverpool side. Norwich fought hard, particularly in the second half and were spurred on by their goal but despite over 20 attempts at goal and 11 shots from Suarez alone, Liverpool couldn't find a winner.

A starting line up which saw Bellamy start and Carroll left on the bench was an interesting selection from manager Kenny Dalglish. Many fans were excited to see how this set up would work and why not try it against Norwich at home?

It didn't take long for Dalglish's decision to pay dividends after Craig Bellamy got Liverpool a goal just before the half time whistle. The Welshman had a bit of luck after his effort took a deflection before hitting the back of the net.

The goal was deserved looking back on a decent first half performance from Liverpool with two attempts hitting the woodwork. We couldn't get comfortable though as Norwich proved to h…

Canaries Come To Anfield

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Liverpool welcome promoted side Norwich City to Anfield this weekend as the Canaries look to continue their  decent start to the season. Norwich are currently 9th in the table whilst the Reds are in 5th.

There aren't many injury worries for either side but there is a doubt hanging over Zak Whitbread for Norwich. The defender is back in training but has only just recovered from a hamstring injury. For Liverpool we have no injuries at all but Lucas Leiva after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season against Manchester United will have to sit this one out.

The last time the two clubs faced each other was in 2005. Liverpool came away from Carrow Road with a 2-1 victory. The last time Norwich notched up a win at Anfield was in 1994, a slim 1-0 win saw the Canaries walk away with all three points.

Liverpool i think most will admit have been looking very lively of late. The draw with Manchester United didn't reflect the efforts of Dalglish's side in a game where if chance…

Rangers Result & Deal With Nacional

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McCulloch scores (Image source www.bbc.co.uk/football)
The friendly with Rangers on Tuesday night ended in a 1-0 loss for Liverpool. Kenny Dalglish's side just couldn't find the back of the net in the match at Ibrox.

Liverpool didn't go easy on Rangers and players such as Charlie Adam, Andy Carroll and Glen Johnson were just some utilised by the manager.

Lee McCulloch scored for the home side in the first half which secured Rangers the win by 90 minutes. Doni who let the goal in was the only injured party for Liverpool after he suffered a dislocated finger, but the goalkeeper managed to get some good game time in and this will surely be valuable for a player who has to face facts that Reina will long be the first choice.

In other news, Liverpool are close to reaching a deal with Uruguayan club Nacional. The deal would mean Liverpool could have first pickings on the clubs young players that come up through the academy.

I personally think this is a fantastic move, we know Su…

Hillsborough Debate & Rangers Friendly

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A landmark day in the fight for justice when this evening Hillsborough was debated in the house of commons. A truly moving and inspirational opening speech by Steve Rotherham was applauded by the house and families watching in the gallery.

The home secretary has promised to release the files without making any changes to them and handing them over to the panel and the families. These groups will then be able to decide whether information will be taken out, i.e. medical records etc that would be no benefit to the public.
It's been 22 years since that fateful day in April of 1989 and nobody has ever given up hope on finding out the truth.
MP's from all over the country stood up in the house of commons this evening and made it clear that they all wanted the same thing, for the families to finally step that little bit more closer to the truth and to justice.
Here's hoping that once the panel have sifted through the masses of new information, the report that is released will f…

Reds Take One Point From United Game

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Liverpool were forced to settle for a draw against Manchester United on Saturday with captain Steven Gerrard converting a fantastic free kick in the process. Manchester United found their equalizer with ten minutes left on the clock courtesy of front man Javier Hernandez.

Alex Ferguson obviously thought it would be better to leave Wayne Rooney on the bench for this fixture. After his Dad making the headlines and him tragically (note the sarcasm) missing 3 games in the World Cup, for some reason that means he can't handle 90 minutes. 
Liverpool took this as a positive but it appeared Manchester United had a bit of a game plan in place. They certainly seemed more happy in keeping out attacks than they did pushing forward anyway.
For Liverpool, Steven Gerrard made the start in midfield and Luis Suarez was opted on his own up front with Andy Carroll on the bench. I was very pleased with the starting eleven and it felt good knowing we had everybody fit and so plenty of options on the …

United, Bring It On!

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Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has a fully fit squad to choose from for the big game against Manchester United on Saturday. It was a fruitful affair last time for Liverpool as Dirk Kuyt put a hat trick past the Red Devils at Anfield. 
This game requires no build up, win, lose or draw it is always an exciting clash and Alex Ferguson has been quoted this week saying "I have always considered it to be the game of the season in English football." 
Since Dalglish has been in charge, excitement levels have been higher in general but even more so when these sort of fixtures come around. Kenny of course is no stranger to intense matches and he's certainly no stranger to Fergie's mind games.
Confidence is the key for Saturday, we know United have had the better start to the season but Liverpool haven't faltered much, even in the loss against Stoke we bombarded the goal with shots and were unlucky.
Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll are two players who will be looking to be in rec…

Games Gone By: Manchester United 1 Liverpool 4

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It was a bright March morning two years ago when Liverpool fans were rising and preparing for the massive game against Manchester United. The trip to Old Trafford, the pub or even to the armchair is sometimes a nervy experience before games like this but the excitement and adrenaline always prevail.

My morning back in March 2009 consisted of me getting ready for work and having to pull myself away from the television and the ramblings of the sexist dinosaur, ahem I mean Richard Keys.

The games preceding the Manchester United fixture in March saw Liverpool beat Sunderland 2-0 and lose to Middlesborough by the same scoreline. But a brilliant 4-0 win over Real Madrid just four days earlier helped the Reds' confidence levels.

 A season in which Rafael Benitez had helped fuel a title challenge meant the Manchester United result mattered more than it had done for a long while.

After the regular build up and mind games from the Manchester United camp, Liverpool quietly kept themselves t…

Liverpool V United In Pictures

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Just to get you in the mood for this weekend's clash with Manchester United here are a few snaps from past clashes.


















Carroll Scores In Derby Win

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The Merseyside derby was once again packed full of twists and turns as Liverpool eventually walked away with all three points. The Reds managed to put two past a ten man Everton side with Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez getting themselves on the score sheet.

Early proceedings saw Luis Suarez denied by a good save from Tim Howard and Everton's Louis Saha unlucky on several occasions. It was pretty level pegging but already the tackles were flying in.

The first real incident involved Jack Rodwell. Referee Martin Atkinson believed the foul on Luis Suarez was so bad, it deserved a straight red card.

From the way Suarez hit the deck, it looked a lot worse that it was and after looking at the replays, Everton certainly had a case. In my eyes in wasn't even a foul, a warning would have sufficed. A red card for such an incident is quite shocking but i can't say i was too bothered at the time.

The thing is, even if Rodwell was still on the pitch, it was too early to tell which way th…