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Carroll Returns To St James' Park

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Liverpool make their way to the North East on Sunday as Andy Carroll looks to make a good impression on his return to St James' Park. Newcastle are currently above the Reds and are doing extremely well in their league campaign. After some poor results for Liverpool though, can the lads get all three points?

Liverpool have a few injury problems and the latest man added to the list is Charlie Adam, a knee problem keeps him out. Also out for Liverpool are Daniel Agger, Glen Johnson and Martin Kelly. Newcastle on the other hand don't have too many problems although Coloccini will be unavailable after tearing his hamstring.

The last time the two sides met was in December last year when Liverpool confidently beat Newcastle 3-1.

For a Newcastle win we only have to go back to December 2011 when  the Magpies reversed the previous scoreline and put 3 past Pepe Reina. Newcastle have quite a decent home record against Liverpool and so Sunday's fixture will not be easy for the Reds, e…

Wigan Win At Anfield

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Liverpool were beaten once again in the league on Saturday after Wigan put two past Reds keeper Pepe Reina. A penalty and a goal from Caldwell gave Wigan a much needed three points as Martinez tries to steer his side away from the drop.

Dalglish introduced young John Flanagan to the line up and it was Luis Suarez alone up front but with some support from Dirk Kuyt on the wing.

A fairly unconvincing first half from Liverpool left them struggling for ideas. Some half chances didn't really supply fans with much hope at Anfield although a shot from Stewart Downing that went wide to the right of goal was nearly enough to change things.

Shortly after though, Liverpool found themselves in trouble. A challenge from Martin Skrtel in the box left referee Lee Mason with an easy decision. Skrtel's foot was far too high and he caught Victor Moses in the face.

Shaun Maloney had to wait a while to take the penalty due to treatment for Moses but the nerves didn't get to him as he put a c…

Wigan Up Next For Out Of Form Reds

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Liverpool face Wigan at Anfield on Saturday and after falling to a terrible defeat against Queens Park Rangers in the week, the Reds are desperately after all 3 points. Wigan themselves have more than one reason to be battling for the points as they look to get themselves out of a relegation battle.

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are without Bellamy, Johnson and Agger and also doubtful is Charlie Adam. Martin Kelly picked up a knock against QPR but he is expected to be available on Saturday. For Wigan they are without Rodallega, Jones and their reserve keeper Pollitt.

Liverpool's current form in the league as we all know hasn't been fantastic. 4 losses out of the Reds' last 5 league games leaves them battling for their right to 7th with the likes of Swansea and Sunderland. Wigan's form isn't much better but perhaps consistent with 3 draws in the midst of a win and a loss.

The last time the two sides met, neither of them managed to score and this 0-0 is the first…

Coates Stunner Not Enough For Liverpool

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Liverpool fell to an embarrassing defeat on Wednesday evening at Loftus Road. Queens Park Rangers came from 2-0 down to beat Liverpool with three goals in less than 15 minutes. It was a shock to watch Liverpool crumble so quickly and easily after what started off as a good performance.

Dalglish decided it was time to reintroduce Charlie Adam to the starting XI for this one and he also dropped Carroll to the bench. Queens Park Rangers had a front line including ex Liverpool man Djibril Cisse.

The game got underway and was very much in Liverpool's favour. A first half consisting of mainly Liverpool possession left Queen Park Rangers struggling for ideas.

Chances from Kuyt, Suarez and Downing put the Reds just centimetres away from a first goal but as the chances kept coming it was clear it was going to be another one of those days. Liverpool just can't seem to finish and although sometimes it's down to a great save, most of the time it isn't and to be honest, there'…

Off To Loftus Road

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Liverpool have a trip down to Loftus Road on Wednesday evening to face Mark Hughes' Queens Park Rangers. The Reds go into this game on the back of a victory over Stoke in the FA Cup and a 3-0 win in the Merseyside derby.

Injuries for Liverpool mean Dalglish is still unable to call on Daniel Agger and Glen Johnson. QPR have doubts hanging over Macheda, Helguson, Campbell and Hall and so Mark Hughes has a few problems to address when picking his starting XI.

The last time the two sides met was back in December when Liverpool recorded a 1-0 win and the last time QPR beat Liverpool was in October of 1994.

Liverpool have been super strong in their Cup competitions lately and Dalglish's tactics in my opinion have been better in these situations, however, when it comes to the League, Liverpool have been faltering.

As we all know, when we face the big boys or the likes of Everton (no offence intended... well... maybe a bit.) it's almost like a switch flicks on and we run rings ar…

Liverpool Book Place At Wembley Semi Final

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The Reds knocked Stoke out of the FA Cup on Sunday in a 2-1 win. Dalglish's side have now drawn either Everton or Sunderland (depending on the outcome of their replay) in the semi finals at Wembley. The goals came from Luis Suarez and Stewart Downing.

Pulis's side entered the game in the sort of fashion we were all expecting, they got stuck in and attempted to break down the passing movement especially within the Liverpool midfield. It took it's time to work but eventually Stoke did begin to frustrate Liverpool.

Despite Stoke's best efforts, it was Liverpool that grabbed the first goal. A superb finish from Luis Suarez left Stoke keeper Sorensen stunned as the Reds went 1-0 up.

Liverpool couldn't celebrate for long though as Stoke found themselves with a cluster of corners to take advantage of. Despite the fact that their last corner that led to the goal blatantly wasn't one, Liverpool quite frankly should have dealt with the threat better.

The corner was whip…

Stoke At Anfield In FA Cup

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I feel sorry for all those Mother's of Liverpool fans on Sunday because i predict a delivery of card and perhaps garage court flowers before a dash to a television or Anfield for most of your sons and daughters. The Reds face Stoke in the FA Cup and with the prospect of another trip to Wembley looming, everybody is excited for this one.

For Liverpool they are still without Daniel Agger and Glen Johnson whilst Stoke are missing Ricardo Fuller who is serving a ban.

Stoke have had a bit of a bumpy run of form in the league of late, losses to Chelsea and Fulham have been mixed in with wins over Swansea and Norwich. For Liverpool, their 3-0 victory over bitter rivals Everton in the Merseyside derby has hopefully boosted the sides performance. Before this the Reds had lost 3 league games in a row.

Liverpool have beaten Brighton, Manchester United and Oldham to get to this stage of the FA Cup whilst Stoke have pushed aside Crawley Town, Derby and Gillingham .

The last time the two sides…

Sweet Gerrard Hat Trick Stuns Toffees

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A much improved performance from Liverpool after their defeat at the hands of Sunderland on the weekend saw the Reds put 3 past David Moyes' Everton side. His team had been going strong but he couldn't get them to pull a performance out of the bag for his 10th anniversary at the club.

Dalglish made some changes to the side, predominantly the dropping of an ineffective Charlie Adam. The midfielder has had a few off games recently and it was nice to see Kenny had saw exactly what the fans did. Spearing took his place in centre midfield alongside Gerrard.

Liverpool made a lively start to the game with the likes of Suarez, Gerrard and even Martin Kelly causing problems in the box. Some frustrating calls for offside sometimes stopped the flow of things but the Reds quickly got back into a rhythm.

Liverpool's first goal came just after the half hour mark. With all the pressure on Tim Howard and none really on Pepe Reina, it was nice to see Liverpool convert a chance whilst they…

Reds Search For Win In Merseyside Derby

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The Merseyside Derby? On a Tuesday night? Yes please. The Red and Blue side of Liverpool both line up on Tuesday evening after the fixture had to be moved due to the Carling Cup. Liverpool are having a dismal time in the league at the moment whilst Everton as usual have revived their second half of the season.

Liverpool still have a minor doubt hanging over the fitness of Glen Johnson and Everton's only real worry is over Darren Gibson.

A poor performance from Liverpool against Sunderland on Saturday has left many worrying at the prospect of losing 4 games in a row in the Premier League. It's blatantly obvious that the lads need to buck their ideas up for this one and perhaps Kenny may want to rethink his starting line up as he gets ready to face Moyes' boys.

Everton don't need spurring on for this one and have collected some superb results recently in the league pushing aside the likes of Tottenham, Chelsea and Man City but for Liverpool the key thing to remember her…

Liverpool Lose 3rd League Game In A Row

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Liverpool fell to a 1-0 defeat at the Stadium Of Light on Saturday when a fortuitous goal separated the two sides. The third in a string of defeats breaks a record for the Reds who haven't lost three in a row in the league since 2003. It was a dire game for the neutral to watch and unfortunately contained a very poor performance from a lacklustre Liverpool side who are hitting a bit of bad form in the league at the moment.

Some changes to the side were made by Dalglish who introduced Coates and Bellamy. Suarez was once again the lone man up front and captain Steven Gerrard was able only to start from the bench.

The first half was uneventful to say the least, neither side caused major problems in the box and there was no real flow to the game. The Liverpool midfield appeared to be unsettled and with Charlie Adam having one of his poorer games, we were struggling to create any real passing from the centre of midfield and out to the wings or cut through to the likes of Suarez.

Charl…

Reds Face O'Neill's Sunderland

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Liverpool travel to the Stadium Of Light on Saturday to face a renewed Sunderland side. Martin O'Neill's side are almost unrecognisable compared to the side Steve Bruce was managing earlier in the season and Liverpool will surely be looking for a victory in a game which they drew at the start of the season.

That's right folks, the fixtures are at the reverse stage. It's annoying that instead of watching it in 30 degrees heat in an Irish bar in Majorca that I'll have to watch it in my living room this time out though!

Liverpool are without Daniel Agger for this clash but Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson are expected to be back in the line up. For Sunderland they are without Cattermole and Sessegnon who are both serving bans and Richardson is also a doubt for the black cats.

Sunderland's last game saw them pick up a point in the Tyne & Wear derby. Before that though, they fell to a shocking defeat when Roy Hodgson's West Bromwich Albion beat them 4-0.

Liv…

Robin van Persie Puts Two Past Reds

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Liverpool fell to defeat at the hands of Arsenal on Saturday as the van Persie show turned up at Anfield. The Reds were arguably the better of the two sides but whilst Wenger's boys converted their chances, Liverpool didn't. Even a penalty couldn't aid Liverpool's score sheet and it fell to an Arsenal player to get the Reds their sole goal.

Dalglish made some changes to the side which was expected after the injuries to Gerrard and Agger. Spearing was drafted in to midfield and Carragher was in the back four. Suarez was fielded up front and Martin Kelly replaced Glen Johnson.

Arsenal despite their doubts over the fitness of van Persie, Vermaelen and Rosicky ended up starting all three players.

The early drama fell in Liverpool's favour when referee Halsey gave a free kick for a challenge on Luis Suarez. Szczesny came out to close down Suarez and in the first instant it didn't to me actually look like a penalty, it looked like Suarez had just over reacted. Howev…

The Wenger Bus Pulls In To Anfield

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Arsenal make the long trip up North on Saturday to face a Liverpool side coming off the back of a brilliant win in the League Cup. The Reds beat Cardiff on penalties at Wembley but are now being brought back down to earth with the challenge of trying to take 3 points from Arsene Wenger's boys.

Team news contains a blow for Liverpool who will be without the immense Daniel Agger for a few weeks after he cracked a rib in the League Cup Final. Jamie Carragher will more than likely take Agger's place. Steven Gerrard also has a doubt hanging over him after he had to come off early in the England friendly against the Netherlands.

Arsenal are also in a spot of bother with some questions over the fitness of van Persie, Rosicky and Vermaelen.

The last time the two sides met was in August and Liverpool came away from the Emirates with a 2-0 win. We have to go back to January 2007 to find an Arsenal win at Anfield and so on paper the Reds would be favoured to get a result on Saturday.

Ar…