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Reds Look For Win At Molineux

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Liverpool travel to my hometown of Wolverhampton on Tuesday night as they prepare to face Wolves in the Premier League. Liverpool are on a massive high after knocking both Manchester City and Manchester United out of the League and FA Cup, but can the Reds compose themselves in exactly the sort of fixture that has caused them to stumble in the league?

Liverpool don't have any new injury worries and with Craig Bellamy only featuring in the United game, it is probable the Welshman may start. There were rumours going around from The Times newspaper that Steven Gerrard picked up an injury but I'm not certain how true those rumours are as i haven't read anything else on the matter.

For Wolves, they're in a bit of trouble, especially in midfield. Karl Henry is serving a one match suspension and so misses out and injured are O'Hara and Frimpong. The on loan Arsenal player had an immediate impact in the Wolves side so they will be looking for somebody to step up against L…

Evra Mistake Allows Kuyt To Knock United Out Of The FA Cup

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Liverpool successfully knocked Manchester United out of the FA Cup on Saturday in a 2-1 win at Anfield. The Reds can now boast getting the better of both teams in Manchester in less than a week. A Dirk Kuyt winner grabbed Liverpool the glory in a game where United had most of the possession.

Kenny Dalglish made some changes to the side that started against Manchester City, namely the introduction of Jamie Carragher and Martin Kelly. The Reds played four at the back with Carragher sitting behind the midfield. Andy Carroll was up front.

For United, they were without the likes of Rooney and Nani but as we all know, this never usually matters, United always seem to find a way through, minus their stars or not.

Liverpool began the game well and were creating half chances despite appearing to allow United to play their own game and keep the ball. United were attempting to create attacks through Giggs and Valencia but their final balls weren't quite cutting it.

A Liverpool corner early …

United In Cup For Liverpool

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The FA Cup has brought Liverpool a massive clash on Saturday as Manchester United make the short trip to Anfield. This is the first meeting between the two sides since the Suarez and Evra case, here's hoping both sets of fans act responsibly, focus on the football and provide a fantastic atmosphere.

After Liverpool's victory over Manchester City, Kenny Dalglish may have to assess his starting XI due to fitness levels of some of the players.

The good news for Liverpool is that Jay Spearing is back in training and so could be a choice for Dalglish.

Manchester United have quite a few injury worries for Saturday. Doubts are hanging over Nani, Jones, Ferdinand and Rooney.

The two sides met in the FA Cup January last year. Liverpool put in a good performance but Manchester United walked away with a 1-0 win.

The last time United beat us at Anfield however was in 2007. The Reds have built up a good run of form against Ferguson's boys at home so here's hoping that continues on…

Liverpool Set For Wembley After 16 Year Wait

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 Liverpool booked their place in the League Cup final at Wembley on Wednesday night after beating Manchester City 3-2 on aggregate. It was a fantastic tie for the neutral as City took the lead twice at a boisterous Anfield but the home side were the better team over the two legs and Craig Bellamy's 73rd minute goal made sure the Reds would be fighting for some silverware next month.

Liverpool haven't been to Wembley in 16 years, which is quite hard to believe considering the caliber of the side. Kenny Dalglish was visibly delighted after the final whistle, the teary eyed manager showed the world what it meant to him to be back managing Liverpool and helping them get back to winning trophies.

Dalglish chose not to start Andy Carroll but instead Dirk Kuyt up front. Craig Bellamy as expected though was more of a forward than a winger for this one, the Welshman wasn't expected to start due to his knee problem that usually prevents him from starting two games in a row but the …

Second Leg With City In League Cup

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Manchester City travel to Anfield on Wednesday night for the second leg of the Carling Cup tie between the two sides. With Liverpool holding the slight advantage, the game is perfectly poised for an exciting clash and the winner is off to Wembley.

Liverpool of course haven't been to the new Wembley, not that any more incentive is required but it sure would be nice to see the Reds there fighting for some silverware.

Man City have a few problems suspension wise, Vincent Kompany serves the last of his four match ban and Mancini's side are left with a dilemma over Balotelli. He's been charged by the FA with violent conduct and unless Man City appeal before 6:00pm on Wednesday, then the striker will miss the match starting his four match ban.

Speaking of suspensions, it's Luis Suarez's birthday this Tuesday and the striker doesn't have long left before he's allowed back into the team. Jay Spearing is a doubt also for manager Kenny Dalglish who will perhaps look…

Bellamy Scores In Dismal Bolton Display

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If i walked into a club, thinking and acting like i was better than everybody else, i'd most probably, within an hour and a half or so, get battered. Which is exactly what happened to Liverpool on Saturday. They walked into Bolton's club, acting like they were better than them, like the three points were theirs before they'd kicked a ball and then, they were battered.

Inferiority complex is usually something i disagree with because i used to believe that footballers, whoever they play for, always want to beat the opposition, they can't be content with just thinking they are better and hope that magic does the rest.

Not everyone on the pitch yesterday suffered from this complex, Craig Bellamy is a good example, but too many players who should have been embarrassing a Bolton side, didn't look arsed.

Dalglish made his thoughts clear post match by saying "If that's the level they expect this football club to play at, they won't be here long." And fai…

Liverpool Require Win After Poor Run In League

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Liverpool make the trip to Bolton on Saturday for another Premier League fixture. After a disappointing draw against Stoke at Anfield, the Reds will be looking to put that behind them and take all three points from a struggling Bolton side.

Liverpool don't have any new injury worries although Jay Spearing still hasn't recovered from his hamstring problem. Luis Suarez is also still unavailable as he continues his suspension.

Bolton are welcoming back goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen as he returns from an injury to his thigh, it isn't certain whether he will start though.

The last time the two sides met was in August last year. Liverpool won the game 3-1 with Henderson scoring his first Liverpool goal. Trips to the Reebok have been pretty kind to the Reds too, we have to go back to 2006 for a slim win for Bolton.

Bolton are currently lying in 19th whilst Liverpool are in 7th. A win for Liverpool could potentially move them up to 6th.

Stat Sandwich

Liverpool have only scored 24 g…

Drab Draw With Stoke

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Liverpool were held to another draw at Anfield yesterday as they struggled to get anything past Tony Pulis's Stoke side. The Potters played in their stereotypical way and whilst they would have been extremely happy with the point Liverpool were left frustrated.

It was a rather strange side fielded by Dalglish with Kuyt as the sole man up front and a 3 man defence with Enrique and Johnson pushed forward. A lot of people have been defending Dalglish to the hilt but i have to be honest, even King's make mistakes and i believe Dalglish should hold his hands up and say he got it wrong on Saturday.

Whether a different team would have got the three points who knows but that line up wasn't ideal.

Liverpool once again maintained a lot of possession, something they have become pretty good at this season but there's no spark, no cutting edge. Possession stats always get on my nerves because people use them as a positive, there is no use having bags of possession and doing nothin…

Anfield Welcomes Stoke

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Liverpool face Stoke at Anfield on Saturday in the Premier League. After a winning performance at the Etihad in the League Cup, the Reds are brimming with confidence. Interestingly, the last time visitors Stoke lost in the league was at the Etihad, Pulis's boys are on a bit of a roll.

Liverpool still have Lucas Leiva out on long term injury and to make things worse in midfield, Jay Spearing sits this one out with a hamstring problem. Jose Enrique is expected to take back his starting position in the defence  after starting from the bench in the League Cup.

For Stoke, there are doubts hanging over Marc Wilson, Jonathan Woodgate and Ryan Shotton. But manager Tony Pulis can still field a consistent side if these players aren't fit enough.

Liverpool have already clashed with Stoke twice this season both times at the Britannia. Liverpool were victorious in their League Cup tie after a Suarez brace but Stoke got the better of Liverpool in the Premier League.

The last time Stoke won…

Gerrard Penalty Gives Liverpool Win

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Liverpool were victorious in the first leg of the Carling Cup Semi Final with Manchester City last night courtesy of a Steven Gerrard penalty. Manager Kenny Dalglish used tactics to his advantage as Liverpool began to park the bus in the second half. Man City could do nothing to get an effort past the Liverpool defence let alone past Pepe Reina who was left relatively jobless throughout the 90 minutes.

Liverpool's back four was missing the influential Jose Enrique but most agreed that this was a tactical decision by Dalglish. Martin Kelly took his place.

Man City were without Vincent Kompany after he started his 4 match ban. Stefan Savic took Kompany's place in the defence. City were also without Toure and David Silva. Despite the fact that City clearly has a diminished side many critics forgot to point out that Liverpool were missing two quality players too in the likes of Luis Suarez and Lucas Leiva.

It took just over ten minutes for the most important part of the game to h…

League Cup Semi Final Take One

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Liverpool are off to the Etihad once again as they prepare to face Manchester City in the first leg of the Carling Cup Semi Final on Wednesday night. The most recent clash between the sides saw City put three past Liverpool, the Reds made a good performance, they just couldn't find the net.

Liverpool don't have any new injury worries and Dalglish is expected to bring back Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel, Jose Enrique and Glen Johnson into his defence after he chose a totally different back four in the FA Cup game against Oldham.

Manchester City have doubts hanging over the fitness of Balotelli, David Silva and Dzeko. City also have another big blow after Kompany's appeal against his red card received in the FA Cup was rejected, the defender starts a four match ban beginning Wednesday night.

Liverpool last faced Manchester City in the League Cup in 1995. The Reds put 4 past City at Anfield but we all know that things have changed since then, mainly in terms of money for the bo…

Reds Beat Oldham 5-1

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Liverpool put five goals past an Oldham side that took the lead at Anfield on Friday night. A very different starting line up for Liverpool allowed Dalglish to try something new and for once Liverpool could be described as clinical rather than wasteful.

Oldham opened the scoring just before the half hour mark with a superb strike from Robbie Simpson. There were no complaints from the Reds for this goal, it flew past Reina with great speed. Cracking goal.

In the build up to Oldham's first goal, the away side were holding themselves well. For a League One side playing at Anfield they had their fair share of possession.

When Liverpool conceded though, the players immediately realised that trouble was on the horizon and thankfully Craig Bellamy quickly equalised to put the Reds straight back in the game.

Just 2 minutes after the Oldham goal and a Jonjo Shelvey strike carried itself into the path of Craig Bellamy who stuck his head on the end of it to ensure a goal. Bellamy once again…

Oldham Make Short Trip To Merseyside

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Ahh, the magic of the FA Cup. 6 years now since the last time we got our hands on it, feels longer doesn't it? Well Liverpool have Oldham standing in their way at the moment and if they have any aspirations of reaching the final, they will need to deal with Paul Dickov's side first.

For readers outside the UK, Oldham Athletic are a long-standing football club within the English Leagues. They are based in Greater Manchester and are currently in League One.

Oldham's manager Paul Dickov has been encouraging his side to play with freedom on Friday night and why not? If you're coming to Anfield as underdogs, the best thing to do it go for it. Oldham don't have any real injury worries so the manager will have plenty of choice for his starting XI.

For Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish he of course still has the missing Lucas Leiva and now Luis Suarez out serving his 8 match ban. It will be interesting to see whether Dalglish makes full use of this fixture to bring Gerrard…

Liverpool Lose 3-0 At Etihad

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Manchester City put three goals past Liverpool on Tuesday night despite the away side retaining a lot of possession. A goalkeeping mishap and a dubious penalty helped City on their way but despite this, Liverpool still couldn't find a goal to put the pressure on Mancini's side.

Andy Carroll made the start for Liverpool with the likes of Craig Bellamy, Steven Gerrard and Maxi Rodriguez on the bench.

Manchester City were gifted their first goal just before the ten minute mark. A shot from outside the penalty area by Sergio Aguero should have been dealt with by the experienced Pepe Reina but unfortunately the Spaniard allowed the shot to go underneath him and into the back of the net.

It was a rare mistake from Pepe Reina but Liverpool didn't let it knock them. Possession in the middle of the park for Liverpool was top notch but the lack of flair in front of goal was clear. Dirk Kuyt and Stewart Downing saw some chances but there was no creativity.

The possession gained to g…

Round 1 Of 3 Versus City

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Liverpool travel to the City of Manchester Stadium on Tuesday evening to face Mancini's side for the first of three times this month. The Reds will be looking to take advantage of City after they lost to Sunderland on Sunday. Three points for Liverpool would see them move into 5th place.

Both sides are in pretty good shape and have little if no injuries, although Balotelli could be a doubt after sitting out the last match with an ankle problem. For Liverpool there are no real worries and it is hoped after two appearances from the bench that Steven Gerrard may start.

Craig Bellamy is a key talking point for Tuesday's clash. His performance against Newcastle was superb and with him falling out of Mancini's favour whilst he was at Man City, I'm sure he would relish the chance to put a goal or two past Joe Hart.

The last time Liverpool beat Manchester City away from home was in 2008. The Reds have a decent home record against them but there is also a large collection of d…