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Gerrard Scores From Acute Angle In Newcastle Win

Liverpool put three past Newcastle United at Anfield on Friday night after finally figuring out how to convert their chances. In a game where the Reds didn't have many attempts at goal, the finishing was this time on song. Newcastle took the lead but the Reds came back to take all three points.

The start to the game had no essence of fixtures gone by between these two clubs and for a while it didn't seem like things were going to get exciting. With no real chances from either side it was hard for both sets of fans to find where their goals were going to come from.

Just before the half hour mark, Newcastle saw their chance. A whipped in ball into the box was met by Yohan Cabaye, on it's way toward goal it was clipped by Demba Ba but the prolific forward was the first to point to team mate Cabaye and support his claim for the goal.

To be fair to Liverpool this was a bit of an unlucky goal to concede, there wasn't much Reina could do with the nature of the way the ball c…

Magpies Fly To Anfield

Newcastle make the trip to Anfield on Friday bringing with them Demba Ba, the man who has stepped up to fill the massive boots left by Andy Carroll. Unfortunately for Liverpool it's Demba Ba who can boast the greater goal tally but with Luis Suarez serving a ban for this match will Andy Carroll take his chance to put a sock in the critics mouths?

Injury wise it's good news for Liverpool, with Gerrard featuring against Blackburn he is expected to start from the bench again on Friday. The only real missing party is Luis Suarez who as mentioned above is serving a ban.

For Newcastle they have no new injury worries and Dan Gosling is also back after completing his three match ban.

The last time the two sides met, Liverpool put 3 past Newcastle. Interestingly, the previous two occasions for Liverpool at home to Newcastle also ended in a 3-0 victory (I know where my money's going haha). For a Newcastle win at Anfield we have to go all the way back to 1995.

Newcastle did comforta…

Maxi Heads Home In Blackburn Draw

It was a score draw at Anfield for Liverpool on Boxing Day after the Reds struggled to find a winner against Blackburn. The away side took the lead at the end of the second half but Liverpool found an equaliser via Maxi Rodriguez. Steve Kean must have been over the moon with his sides performance and will be very grateful of the sole point.

Dalglish chose to start Andy Carroll up front with Luis Suarez, something most fans weren't expecting. Maxi was also given the start on the wing and perhaps the biggest news of the day was that captain Steven Gerrard was on the bench for Liverpool.

For the first half, Liverpool had their fair share of chances and once again it was a fluid start from the Reds that appeared to filter out. With Liverpool at the moment, it seems so important to capitalise on the early attacks because when the Reds fail to do so, they begin to struggle for ideas.

During the first half there were chances from Suarez, Adam and Henderson but every time the ball was wh…

Boxing Day Against Blackburn

Liverpool welcome Blackburn Rovers to Anfield on Boxing Day for a festive feast of footy. Blackburn have been very poor of late and with unbearable pressure on manager Steve Kean it could work in Liverpool's favour. Blackburn have sometimes shown signs of taking teams to the cleaners but they've lost their nerve at vital moments.

Liverpool have Jay Spearing back for selection after he served his final ban against Wigan. Steven Gerrard is back in training but it is assumed he will not be back for the Boxing Day clash.

Blackburn have several injuries and to add to this goalkeeper Paul Robinson has torn a calf muscle. Such is his hunger for the cause though, Robinson is believed to be starting still and playing on through the pain. Blackburn are also without Nelsen, Dann, Olsson and Givet.

Liverpool are currently in 6th place, 2 points behind Arsenal whilst Blackburn are left propping up the table.

The last time the two sides met was in January. Blackburn beat us 3-1 in what was…

Festive Fun: Guess The Liverpool Players

Merry Christmas to all my readers out there!

I just thought for a laugh and to get us all into the Christmas spirit i'd make a short and sweet post giving you the chance to have a bit of fun.

Below are ten Liverpool players from past and present but Santa, baubles, stars and all sorts of things have got in the way, can you guess who they are?

To find out the answer simply highlight the sections between the brackets. If you want to see the original photos simply click the link. See how many you can get and let me know how you get on!


To view the answer highlight between ( John Barnes ) me. Link to original.


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To view the answer highlight between ( Steve Nicol ) me. Link to original.


To view the answer highlight between ( Luis Suarez ) me. Link to o…

No Goals At Wigan

Liverpool left the DW Stadium last night with just the one point after a resilient Wigan would not allow anything past them. The home side also had their fair share of attempts at goal in what was a pretty lively game for a 0-0 draw.

Liverpool started Luis Suarez and i think this was an excellent decision by manager Kenny Dalglish. By not starting him, the conspiracy theories would have been out. It was also nice to see Dalglish and the players fully supporting Suarez in their number 7 shirts.

Maxi Rodriguez also got a start after Craig Bellamy was chosen to start from the bench due to our two recent games being in quick succession.

Liverpool's best portion of the game was easily the first 20 minutes or so. The Reds kept their shape and plenty in the form of attack was being created from both the wings and through the centre of midfield. Luis Suarez was as lively as ever and the link up play between him and Maxi Rodriguez was fantastic.

Al Habsi had a different plan to the sea of…

Liverpool Face Latics At DW

Will Carroll get a start?...
Liverpool make the short trip to the DW Stadium on Wednesday to face a rejuvenated Wigan side. Martinez's team are still hovering around the bottom of the table but some inspired performances of late have given them some much needed confidence. This could be a surprise package for the Reds who on paper would be down for three points by anyone's standards.

Injuries for Liverpool mean that once again Steven Gerrard and Lucas Leiva are unavailable. Jay Spearing is serving the last of his three match ban and it is believed that Dalglish may rest Welshman Craig Bellamy. With the outcome of the Suarez case being one Liverpool did not expect to hear (club statement) we may also see Suarez left out.

For Wigan, they are expected to be without defender Emmerson Boyce and there is also a doubt over Hugo Rodallega which could be a big blow for Wigan.

Our most recent meeting with Wigan was in February of this year. The match ended in a 1-1 draw for Liverpool wi…

Skrtel Scores Second In Villa Win

Liverpool scored two goals in the first fifteen minutes at Villa Park to secure a much needed three points. In the slot under the top four at the moment Liverpool are slowly but surely putting some pressure on and the win lifted them up to 6th. Craig Bellamy and Martin Skrtel were the goalscorers.

A slightly different side fielded by Dalglish saw a five man midfield and a start for Jonjo Shelvey. Maxi Rodriguez was on the bench and Luis Suarez led the line.

Aston Villa were without their main men in Darren Bent and Gabby Agbonlahor so from the onset it was bound to be a difficult game for Villa, a side who even with the men mentioned previously are struggling to find the back of the net.

Stewart Downing received a rather noisy reception as the home fans made sure the winger was subjected to boos each time he was on the ball. Unfortunately for the home fans though, Downing would eventually get the last laugh.

Liverpool's first goal came just 10 minutes in. A corner whipped in by S…

Reds Away To Villa

Downing returns to Villa...
Liverpool make their way down to the Midlands on Sunday for a game against Alex McLeish's Aston Villa. Villa at the moment appear to be struggling to score goals and with Liverpool creating chances but perhaps not converting as many as they should be, this could be an interesting fixture.

Injuries for Aston Villa aren't a real problem but Gabby Agbonlahor will miss out due to a one match ban for collecting 5 yellow cards.

For Liverpool, Steven Gerrard is still out and so too is Lucas of course. Jay Spearing will also be unavailable due to his 3 match ban he picked up at Fulham.

Most fans will remember the last meeting between the two sides. Stewart Downing scored the winner for Villa in a rather dry affair for the Reds. Times however have changed and now perhaps Downing will be able to find his first goal in a Red shirt at his old stomping ground?

Other than the 1-0 win for Aston Villa we have to go back to 1998 to find them another win at home agai…

Suarez Header Secures 3 Points

Luis Suarez grabbed the winner for Liverpool on Saturday in a 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers. The Reds had bags of chances whilst QPR barely troubled goalkeeper Pepe Reina. The away side however showed great courage in ensuring Liverpool didn't get anything else past Radek Cerny.

Dalglish made some changes in the line up for Saturday's fixture. Namely the inclusion of Maxi Rodriguez and Dirk Kuyt.

Stewart Downing was at the forefront of the Liverpool attack during the first half and had one of his better games for the club. The winger found himself some space on several occasions and set up Suarez numerous times.

On the other wing Maxi Rodriguez too was flustering the QPR defence, this set up appeared to allow more freedom for the wingers with Henderson and Adam in the centre. Jordan Henderson when played on the wing unfortunately at the moment doesn't appear to have as much confidence going forward so he is left helping cover with the central midfielders. Maxi Rodrigue…

Queens Park Rangers To Meet The King's Boys

After the drama at Craven Cottage on Monday night, Liverpool welcome promoted side Queens Park Rangers to Anfield on Saturday. A missed opportunity to collect three points for the Reds means this fixture becomes even more important but I'm sure Neil Warnock will be thinking exactly the same thing.

Injuries for Liverpool as you all know by now mean unfortunately there is no Lucas Leiva or Steven Gerrard for manager Kenny Dalglish to select. Also unavailable is Jay Spearing who starts his three match ban (*cough* disgrace) so the Liverpool midfield will look somewhat different.

For QPR they have a big problem in goal, both Paddy Kenny and Brian Murphy are out so Radek Cerny starts again for the London side.

Queens Park Rangers have had a bit of a strange season since being promoted. A side fielded by Neil Warnock will always have a never say die attitude but whilst they managed to beat Chelsea and nearly got the better of Man City they had big defeats at the hands of Bolton and Ful…

Late Dempsey Winner Leaves Liverpool Deflated

Liverpool fell to a late defeat at Craven Cottage on Monday night after the home side grabbed a winner courtesy of Clint Dempsey. Liverpool by no means deserved to lose and after a frustrating battle with rotten luck and some questionable refereeing decisions the Reds found themselves gutted by the end of the 90 minutes.

Dalglish chose to play Jay Spearing in the gap left by the injured Lucas Leiva and it was Henderson and Bellamy selected for the wings. Dempsey and Dembele did start in the end after doubts over there fitness and Jol went with Zamora as his front man.

Before i get into the swing of things I'd just like to point out from the onset that i am not making excuses, I'm not blaming the referee, I'm just going to be highlighting the fact that Liverpool were seriously unlucky. On another day, decisions would have been different and the soddin bar and post would have moved an inch! Anyway...

It was a lively start from both sides at the Cottage with Dembele getting …

Trip To Craven Cottage

Liverpool make the long trip down to Fulham for a Monday night fixture this week. The Reds have just come off the back of a 2-0 win over Chelsea in the League Cup and are in fighting form at the moment. Fulham however suffered defeat to FC Twente in the week and have to go back to October for a win in the Premier League.

Injuries for Liverpool mean that Steven Gerrard is once again unavailable and after the terrible news on Lucas Leiva, we now know the Brazilian will miss the rest of the campaign.

For Fulham Damien Duff will be unavailable for manager Martin Jol and doubts hang over Dembele and Dempsey but Fulham are hoping they will be fit enough to start.

Most people will vividly remember the last clash between the two sides. The 5-2 victory last season for Liverpool was a hell of a game, Maxi Rodriguez even grabbed a hat trick. We don't have to go too far back to find a Fulham win at home though, the Cottagers beat us in 2009 on Halloween the confident, 3-1 win certainly left …