Showing posts from November, 2011

Liverpool Through To Semi Finals

Liverpool have booked themselves a place in the Carling Cup Semi Finals after beating Chelsea for the second time in ten days at Stamford Bridge. The 2-0 win saw Martin Kelly and Maxi Rodriguez bag the Reds their goals whilst Chelsea couldn't even muster a consolation.

Dalglish was true to his word and fielded a lot of different faces, Enrique, Reina, Lucas and Henderson however kept their positions after the Man City draw at the weekend.

Villas-Boas had also thrown in some non regulars in the likes of Turnbull, Bertrand, Lukaku etc. Arguably the Chelsea second string seemed a lot weaker than Liverpool's.

Very early on in the game there were two penalty decisions before a third was given. David Luiz went down in the box after a Coates challenge and the referee decided to give Luiz a yellow card for simulation. I think to be honest in a different game the penalty may have been given but it was good to see that Dowd did give a card, too many referees see a player diving in the …

Chelsea In Carling Cup Quarter Final

Liverpool make their second trip to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday in as many weeks. The Reds drew Andres Villas-Boas' side in the Carling Cup quarter final away from home and will be looking to progress to the semis.

After beating Chelsea 2-1 on their own turf last weekend, Liverpool will surely be brimming with confidence. The only problem is, when this fixture came out, Kenny Dalglish was livid at it's proximity to the big Man City game on Sunday, at the time Dalglish told travelling fans to expect a youthful side but will he now after ceasing his chance in the league play a side with a bit more experience?

Jamie Carragher immediately is somebody he could throw on to add in that experience as the defender has been on the bench for the last two games so requires no rest. Dalglish if we're looking at players not regularly utilised also has the likes of Spearing, Kelly, then looking even further down the youth system players like Coady and Suso.

I personally agree with what D…

Point A Piece

Liverpool had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Anfield on Sunday after fighting hard against a City side that began to tire as the 90 minutes went on. Joe Hart kept the away side in the game with minutes to spare after a great save to deny Andy Carroll. Both sides had a bit of luck but neither left victorious.

The start to the game was put into great perspective after the sad news that Wales manager Gary Speed had died at the age of 42, applause and silence was given to his memory and also respect was paid to Brad Jones and his wife after the loss of their son Luca to leukemia before kick off.

Craig Bellamy was pulled out of the game due to his close relationship with Gary Speed undoubtedly having an effect on his emotions and preparedness to play.

Man City were the most lively of the two sides to start with, after a spell of twenty minutes or so with Liverpool having to deal with a string of attacks. Efforts from Yaya Toure and Silva were dealt with but it was certainly Mancini's sid…

Reds On A Run But So Are City

Manchester City make the short trip to Anfield on Sunday for what is set to be an exciting fixture between the two sides. Liverpool are coming off the back of a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge whilst Manchester City can boast an unbeaten run in the league.

Jamie Carragher is back to full fitness again for Liverpool and is expected to be on the bench again tomorrow for the Reds. Steven Gerrard still isn't back after suffering an ankle infection.
For Manchester City they have no injury worries but of course there will be no sight of Carlos Tevez who is wondering around Argentina, trying to get a deal with Milan, refusing to involve himself in football; ever again, something like that.
The last two clashes between the two sides have been complete opposites of each other. In April this year Liverpool put three past City with no return and Andy Carroll on the score sheet but in August 2010 it was City who got the better of us keeping a clean sheet and putting three past Pepe Reina.
For the…

Maxi And Glen Grab Win At Bridge

Liverpool took all three points away with them from Stamford Bridge on Sunday as the Reds put two past the home side. A brilliant work up to Maxi Rodriguez's first was followed by a Glen Johnson winner in the 86th minute. Despite Chelsea beating Reina at the hands of Daniel Sturridge, they couldn't quite keep their heads for the whole 90 minutes.
Dalglish changed the line up and it saw a first start given to Maxi Rodriguez. Suarez started with Craig Bellamy as his partner, there was no Stewart Downing and still no Jamie Carragher. Chelsea decided not to start ex Reds Torres and Meireles and Villas Boas chose Drogba to lead his attack.
The first half was easily the better half for Liverpool, they had control of the game and although Chelsea had their chances it was the away side that looked the more likely to change the scoreline.
Maxi Rodriguez was causing problems all over the pitch for a slow starting Chelsea side. The Argentinian hasn't started for Liverpool in the lea…

Reds Aim To Show Torres & Meireles What They're Missing

Liverpool make the trip down South on Sunday to face Chelsea in the first of two clashes this month with the London side. This game has had enough spice sprinkled over it in the recent weeks, the factors of Torres and Meireles will surely add to the already predictable atmosphere and both clubs could seriously do with a big win.

Without delving in to it too much the news around both Luis Suarez and John Terry will also play a part on Sunday. Both players insist they are innocent but with Suarez actually being charged before kick off, we can't afford to let off field situations filter on to it.

Team news means that Suarez may not be available to start anyway after a slight back problem he picked up in the international break. Jamie Carragher is back and a choice for manager Kenny Dalglish but captain Steven Gerrard is still out.

For Chelsea it's only Michael Essien who is unavailable but Drogba and Sturridge are doubts after just recovering from knocks.

Liverpool have won the …

Past Managers: Volume 3 - Bob Paisley

Whenever somebody utters the name of Liverpool Football Club, it's synonymous with great managers and great players. Over the years Bill Shankly has become an icon but many people forget the achievements of his successor, Shankly began the dream, but it was none other than Bob Paisley who ensured it continued.

The Basics

Full Name: Robert Paisley
Nickname: Bob
Date Of Birth: 23rd January 1919
Born in: Sunderland
Position As A Player: Defender
Years As A Liverpool Player: 15
Years As Liverpool Manager: 9

Playing Career

Bob Paisley began his footballing career at Bishop Auckland a none league side close to Durham. Bob made his move to Liverpool in 1939 but because of World War 2 he was unable to make his debut until the beginning of January in 1946.

His first goal came against Wolverhampton Wanderers in a league fixture at Anfield. As a defender, Bob wasn't a huge goalscorer but managed to put 10 in the net over 253 appearances for Liverpool.

Coaching Career/Backroom Staff

Bob afte…

Goalless Draw At Anfield

Liverpool were held to a 0-0 draw with Swansea at Anfield on Saturday in a match which could have quite easily contained goals for both sides. Vorm and Reina played vital roles in the 90 minutes to keep the scoreline level and despite the Reds getting the ball in the net an offside call from Sian Massey ended the celebrations early.

It was an unchanged side from Kenny Dalglish with Carragher and Gerrard still unavailable. Good news to hear that the captain is now back in training though.

Andy Carroll had the first chance of the game when he connected with a cross from Stewart Downing. Just 6 yards out, the Geordie managed to miss, it was agonizing to watch and as Dalglish said himself, if that had of gone in, who'd have known how the match would have ended.

Of course, it was a bad miss but 6 minutes in you shouldn't need to worry about missing a chance at home against Swansea, because plenty more will come, right?

They did come. And just as quickly, they passed us by. Liverpo…

Promoted Swansea Face Reds At Anfield

Look at me, typing up a blog post for you all on my birthday after a full morning of Biology and Chemistry... Surely i deserve brownie points for that?? Haha!

Anyways, back on topic...

Liverpool welcome Welsh side Swansea to Anfield on Saturday. The Reds recorded a win over Roy Hodgson's West Brom in their last game whilst Swansea put three past a flailing Bolton side.

Injury news means that captain Steven Gerrard is unavailable. I'm sure you have all read the stories about his ankle infection, i just hope it's a speedy recovery. Jamie Carragher will be looked at late on after picking up a calf injury and that's all the problems for Liverpool covered, everyone else is fit.

For Swansea they are also in pretty good shape but Stephen Dobbie will be unavailable for manager Brendan Rodgers to select.

Dalglish has clearly been assessing this game carefully because it's no secret that the Reds over the past few seasons have struggled against promoted sides, especially at…