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Liverpool Win Record 8th League Cup

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Wembley was a sea of dancing red shirts on Sunday night as Liverpool lifted their 8th League Cup after extra time and penalties with Cardiff City. The Welsh side were a formidable opposition but it was Liverpool who remained the most composed during penalties despite misses from Steven Gerrard and Charlie Adam.

Kenny Dalglish made sure he put his signings on show in an eleven including Suarez, Carroll and Downing. Cardiff saw the return of their first goalkeeper and fielded their big man Gestede up front.

After a day and a half of desperately trying to convince my mate to take us up to Liverpool to watch the match he eventually agreed and I'm so glad he did! We tried to get in to Cafe Sports England but it was fully booked, the doorman recommended a bar called "Rubber Soul" in Mathew Street, we went in but weren't too convinced. It seemed lively but was pretty small and so we went on the hunt for Walkabout.

Eventually we found it and the big screen was massive! So i…

Liverpool Ready For Wembley!

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The last time Liverpool got into a final was in 2007, which for a club like Liverpool is quite a long time ago. And the last time they actually won a final was in 2006, the penalty win over West Ham was the last time Liverpool fans truly got to celebrate but on Sunday they are in with a chance to bring some silverware back to Anfield once again.

16 years since they last visited Wembley, Liverpool this time have Cardiff waiting there for them. The Championship side took two of their games all the way to penalties in their road to Wembley with Liverpool winning outright in all of their games.

Cardiff's form isn't at it's best, not that this sort of thing tends to matter in finals but the Welsh side have only won 1 in their last 5 league games. Liverpool's run of form in the league isn't exactly any better, with 1 win out of their last 5 league games too. Liverpool have been successful in their two FA Cup games over this period though beating Manchester United and pu…

Games Gone By: 2006 FA Cup Final

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In the run up to Liverpool's trip to Wembley on Sunday for the Carling Cup final i thought it would be nice to take a trip down memory lane and revisit the last time the Reds got to a final. Of course Liverpool didn't reach Wembley this time but the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff provided easily one of the best FA Cup finals ever.

The final on the 13th May 2006 saw Liverpool line up against Alan Pardew's West Ham United. The Reds finished that season in 6th place with West Ham finishing 9th. Pardew had done a decent job and his side were more than ready for the memorable 125th FA Cup final.


The Reds were actually first to grab a goal but unfortunately it was in the wrong net. Jamie Carragher quite a regular culprit for own goals gave West Ham the lead much to Reina's and the travelling Liverpool fans dismay but at this stage only 20 minutes had passed.

Dean Ashton made things worse for Liverpool though when his strike after a Reina mistake inside the area put The Hammer…

Hat Trick Of Own Goals Dunk Brighton Out Of Cup

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Liverpool secured their place in the quarter finals of the FA Cup on Sunday after beating Brighton 6-1 at Anfield. Stoke were drawn out of the hat for Liverpool and the Reds will once again be at home as they look to close down on Wembley for a second time this season.

Gus Poyet set aside some time to share an embrace with his fellow countryman Luis Suarez before kick off but his little chat didn't appear to put Suarez off after the forward finished the game with Liverpool's 6th.

Dalglish despite some thoughts that he may field some youngsters went for a very strong side. The only real change strangely was the introduction of Carragher into the defence and most people wouldn't really moan at that anyway.

The Reds took less than 5 minutes to get off the mark after taking their chance from a Gerrard corner. A rising Skrtel at the near post put Liverpool ahead with a confident header.

Brighton after conceding so early still looked pretty strong and the final scoreline was pe…

FA Cup Brings Brighton To Anfield

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Liverpool welcome Gus Poyet's Brighton & Hove Albion to Anfield on Sunday for the 5th round of the FA Cup. The two sides have already met this season when the Reds got the better of Brighton on their home turf in the League Cup.

Brighton don't have any major injury worries and their two on loan players from Manchester City are expected to make their debuts; Abdul Razak & Gai Assulin.

For Liverpool there are no new injury worries but something that certainly slipped my radar was the fact that Maxi Rodriguez had picked up a foot injury? Apparently he's ok now though and may be in contention for Sunday's clash. Manager Kenny Dalglish has also dropped the hint that he might start some of the young uns.

The last time the two sides met Craig Bellamy and Dirk Kuyt scored whilst an Ashley Barnes penalty gained Brighton some consolation.

Brighton were very strong in that game though and almost caused an upset for Liverpool. With the tie being at Anfield Liverpool can p…

Rooney Brace Sinks Reds

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This match was always going to be focused on the saga between Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra and unfortunately things didn't get off to a very good start in a game which saw Liverpool lose 2-1.

Luis Suarez decided not to shake Patrice Evra's hand to which Evra reacted physically to by attempting to pull Suarez's hand away from De Gea's. For me, it wasn't a surprise but i did hope Suarez would at least offer his hand however he didn't and if you don't get on with somebody, shaking hands isn't always the most ideal thing to do, especially when you think the person is a liar.

Suarez though does not make things easy for himself and i feel if he'd of just shaken Evra's hand then the dust may have settled. I see both sides of the fence and the possibility that Suarez may have felt he was showing guilt if he did shake Evra's hand but i still think he should have went for it. The fans who have read that 115 page FA report, (the one which so many have…

Liverpool Off To Old Trafford

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Liverpool make the short trip up the M62 on Saturday to face their North West rivals Manchester United. After knocking United out of the FA Cup last month Liverpool will certainly feel like they have a great chance on Saturday despite the match being played on United's home turf.

The majority of the focus of course will end up being on both Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra and quite frankly it shouldn't. Suarez has served his ban, it's done. You can guarantee though that in the build up to the match there'll be slow mos of a camera zooming in to a disgruntled Evra's face or replays of him and Suarez walking round in the box... The media have a responsibility to stand by what they preach, they keep saying that they wish it would be about the football when things like this happen, so they know full well what they have to do Saturday; focus on it.

Moving swiftly on...

Both Liverpool and Manchester United have little to worry about injury wise with nothing new for the tea…

Reds In Goalless Draw With Spurrs

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Liverpool fought hard on Monday night in an attempt to take three points from Tottenham Hotspur but with no goals from either side the highlight of the game ended up going to a little mischievous cat. The Reds played well but just couldn't find a goal as Spurs showed some staunch defending.

Anfield was excited to see Luis Suarez back but the Uruguayan had to settle for the bench as Carroll was chosen again to lead the line. Jose Enrique was out with a mild injury and so Glen Johnson was moved to left back with Martin Kelly on the right.

The first half didn't provide many clear cut chances for Liverpool but it was still those in Red shirts attacking more often than those in White. Spurs were relatively quiet and Reina had nothing of note to do during the first 45 minutes.

Part of the reasoning behind Reina having nothing to do was the fact that Dirk Kuyt and Jay Spearing were working their socks off to stop the likes of Bale and Modric breaking through the Liverpool midfield. …

Suarez Returns For Spurs Fixture

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Liverpool welcome Tottenham to Anfield Monday night as they look to continue their good run of form and pick up some more points in the League. With Luis Suarez completing his ban, the Anfield faithful can't wait to see him back on the pitch, an extra threat for Spurs to be aware of.

Liverpool don't have any new injury worries, as mentioned Suarez is back and also Gerrard will be made available after missing out on the Wolves game in the week.

For Spurs, they have worries up front with Defoe, Van Der Vaart and Adebayor all having doubts hanging over their fitness. Also unavailable are Huddlestone and Gallas but new signing Louis Saha could be an option for Harry Redknapp.

Liverpool are currently 7th in the table and 11 points behind Tottenham who are in third. Harry Redknapp it must be said is doing a great job with the Spurs side but there's still always a label that sticks to them, that they'll fall at the last hurdle.

Liverpool are still fighting for 4th place and …

Reds Put 3 Past Lacklustre Wolves

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Liverpool put three past a lacklustre Wolves side yesterday at a freezing cold Molineux. Andy Carroll got himself on the score sheet whilst Wolves struggled to find a goalscorer at all. The win moved Liverpool into 5th in the table.

Wolves had less worries than originally thought injury wise as Frimpong ended up being able to start in midfield for McCarthy's side. As for Liverpool there was one very big name missing - Steven Gerrard.

I got given the team sheet in the boardroom and must admit was happy with the line up. I was chuffed to see Bellamy starting and perhaps it's quite bad to say, but i wasn't really bothered that Downing only made the bench. He just hasn't been impressing me of late. Kuyt and Carroll up front was also a positive for me, i felt that partnership worked well against United.

I missed the first ten minutes or so of the match as i had to cash up. Wasn't all bad though as Maxi Rodriguez had to squeeze past me in the boardroom to get out to his…