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New Reds Boss - Rodgers

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According to the BBC and the likes of @GuilemBalague Liverpool have just appointed Brendan Rodgers as their new manager after he agreed to sign a three year contract.

It's been a long list of candidates but has been clear in the last couple of days that it was between Wigan's Roberto Martinez and Swansea's Brendan Rodgers. For most Liverpool fans the idea of looking down the Premier League table instead of perhaps abroad was a hard one to grasp but most if not all Liverpool fans were willing to get fully behind whoever was appointed.

An article from the telegraph discussing with Rodgers his "total football" ideologies and his belief that you can't win games without the ball/high focus and passing and movement has been doing the rounds on Twitter and this proves what Rodgers likes to do with his teams and certainly will aim to do with Liverpool.

For those that follow me on Twitter you'll know that I'll always voice my honest opinions and most importan…

27 Years On

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Remembering the 39 football fans that lost their lives at Heysel on 29/05/1985.
May they rest in peace.
It is a sad day in Liverpool's history.
Our thoughts are with the families and close ones of the victims and of course with our friends Juventus.

2011/2012 Season Round Up

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It was a very mixed season for Liverpool that ended in the departure of Kenny Dalglish. It started well but as the league campaign continued, things began to get difficult for the Reds. Two cup finals and one cup win gave the lads some glory but an 8th place finish in the league provided a dark shadow over the season.

August 2011
Liverpool started their league campaign at home to Sunderland. I was lucky enough to be watching in Majorca but was disappointed with a Liverpool draw and having to put up with stick from a fair few Sunderland fans in the pub.

To be fair to the Reds though they didn't lose in August and it included a 2-0 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates, the first time the lads had won at Arsenal in 10 years. A Carling Cup victory in August would also be the first of many for Dalglish's side.

In the news...
- The London riots were in full swing during the British summer and sparked copycat riots all over the country.
- The start of the La Liga was delayed due to pl…

Liverpool Part Ways With King Kenny

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Liverpool Football Club have today announced that Kenny Dalglish will no longer be the manager at Anfield next season. The Liverpool legend won the Carling Cup and sent the Reds to an FA Cup final but it was his league position that appeared to create the problem.

The statement from the club says that Dalglish's contract was terminated.

I must admit and you'll know from reading my blog, I was well and truly on the fence about the future of Dalglish. I couldn't and still can't quite decide whether replacing him is the right way to go.

If Dalglish did stay it was clear that several new and successful signings would be required. Dalglish's signings and current team players when he arrived need to have a look at themselves over this summer because some of those lads were as much if not more to blame for the 8th place finish in the league.

For me, it was clear something at Liverpool needed to change. Whether the change of deciding to get rid of Kenny Dalglish is the ri…

Late Goal Seals Swansea Win

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We all hoped that the last game of the season would bring us some joy, but, as predicted, it didn't. A slightly changed Liverpool XI couldn't muster much of a performance for the final game and it was only Andy Carroll that really threatened the Swansea keeper. Danny Graham scored the winner for the Swans in the 85th minute.

Reina was left out for this one and so was Martin Skrtel. Doni was between the sticks with Carragher and Kelly added to the defence. Maxi also started in what was probably his last game for the club.

Liverpool made a slow start to the game and unfortunately for the Reds it was much of the same for the first 45 minutes. Swansea as mentioned in the match preview have made themselves a hard side to beat and so they were quite happy to allow Liverpool to pass the ball around but ensure any attempts to break through the defence were blocked.

Swansea troubled Doni several times throughout the game but the understudy to Pepe Reina made some brilliant saves. If t…

Reds Face Swans To End Season

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Liverpool's last game of the 2011/2012 season sends them into Wales for an away tie with promoted Swansea.  The Swans have been a breath of fresh air to the Premier League and have established themselves as a tougher nut to crack than some may think.

Injuries for Swansea mean they are without Agustien and Bodde but manager Brendan Rodgers has not other worries. For Dalglish he is still without Adam and Lucas who both have long term injuries and it's expected that Steven Gerrard may be left out again after he missed the home game against Chelsea.

Swansea and Liverpool haven't met very often in recent times but their last match in November saw both sides gain one point in a 0-0 draw. Before this, the last meeting between the two sides was in 1990 in the FA Cup. The Reds put 8 goals past Swansea with no return.

With the summer transfer window just around the corner it will be interesting to see the reactions of the players chosen by Dalglish on Sunday. Most are aware that Ma…

Liverpool Put 4 Past Dismal Chelsea

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Liverpool ended their last league game at Anfield this season in style with a 4-1 win over Chelsea. They say revenge is a dish best served cold but the Reds were on fire yesterday as they redeemed themselves after Chelsea won in the Cup.

Chelsea manager di Matteo started a changed side due to the fact his team face Bayern Munich in a few days time for the Champions League final. The Londoners could have been fighting for 4th spot in the league if they'd have won this fixture but obviously they decided the final was more important. Liverpool went with Carroll and Suarez up front and missing were Gerrard and Enrique who had minor injuries.

Liverpool started the game in a completely opposite fashion in comparison to their start at Wembley. The Reds clearly had a point to prove and fair enough, Chelsea had a weakened side but it still didn't excuse their defending.

Liverpool's first goal came just before the 20 minute mark. Suarez on a mazy run from a tight angle left the Che…

Chelsea For Second Time In 3 Days For Reds

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Chelsea travel up to Anfield on Tuesday night after their victory over the Reds in the FA Cup Final at Wembley. It's a tough pill to swallow for the Liverpool after an Andy Carroll header nearly put them back into the match but it wasn't to be.

Liverpool have no new injury worries for this one and Chelsea are also still without defenders Luiz and Cahill. Fernando Torres could be chosen to start by manager Roberto di Matteo after he was left out for the FA Cup Final.

For Tuesday nights game Liverpool will be wearing a slightly different home shirt with sponsor Standard Chartered replaced with "Seeing Is Believing". The charity helps combat avoidable blindness in developing countries around the world.

Standard Chartered have also agreed to match the bids for the signed shirts from players after the match and the club as a whole is hoping to raise a lot of money for this worthwhile charity.

I shant bring up the last time the two sides met as I usually would now because…

Carroll Scores But Chelsea Clinch FA Cup

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Well, it's the day after the FA Cup final, the beer has been washed out of my hair and I'm pretty sure I've pulled my side after celebrating a none existent Andy Carroll goal but you can't win them all can you? A poor start from Liverpool allowed Chelsea to take advantage and it was far too easy for Di Matteo's side to score. A consolation goal from Andy Carroll was all the Reds could manage.

Those of you on Twitter will know that I went up to Liverpool to watch the match with my brother and despite the result we had a right laugh, this post will probably contain snippets of my day mixed in with a round up, you don't get that sort of match report anywhere else! Haha.

Dalglish opted to start Luis Suarez on his own up front and although Bellamy and Gerrard were started in order to help the Uruguayan, that plan never seemed to get into action. For Chelsea, they ended up deciding on Drogba up front with Fernando Torres on the bench.

Chelsea didn't take long to…

Reds Face Chelsea In FA Cup Final

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As if you didn't know there's an FA Cup Final on Saturday and Liverpool are only bloody well in it! After successfully knocking out Everton in the semi finals the Reds are ready to square up against Di Matteo's Chelsea at Wembley.

Liverpool's league form this season has been pretty terrible and so for most fans the past few weeks have just consisted of Wembley dreams. After winning the Carling Cup at Wembley, we've already had a taste of the glory and beating Chelsea in the FA Cup final would surely top this.

Luckily for Liverpool Dalglish has no shock injuries or suspensions to worry about with only Lucas and Adam unavailable. Chelsea are without Luiz and Cahill but don't have any other concerns.

The last time the two sides met almost coincidentally was in the League Cup. In November Liverpool put two past the London side with Maxi Rodriguez and Martin Kelly on the score sheet.

The last time Chelsea beat Liverpool was in May 2010 and to be fair to the Reds th…

Own Goal Gives Fulham Win

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Fulham won at Anfield on Tuesday night for the first time ever. That's right, they've never won at Anfield and that in a nutshell seems to sum up Liverpool's league form this season, especially at home. Things were made worse because it was a Martin Skrtel own goal that won it for Fulham.

9 changes to the line up were bound to create some sort of havoc but it was hoped a positive could be created from this... It wasn't.

Fulham put themselves on the score sheet just five minutes in after creating some pressure in the box. Unfortunately for Martin Skrtel he was the one who ended up gifting the Cottagers their lead.

The sad thing was, other than this involvement from the Liverpool defence, not much else happened. It was unbelievably dire. Considering this was a chance for the players to prove they should start on Saturday, they didn't seem to care.

Ex Liverpool men Riise and Murphy got a great reception from the Anfield crowd and Riise had a couple of chances in fron…