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Suarez Goal Secures Liverpool Progress

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Liverpool secured their progress to the group stages of the Europa League last night after a 1-1 draw with Hearts. The Reds were supposed to go through with ease but a rather dire majority of the game was only livened up when Hearts found a goal late on, luckily for Liverpool Luis Suarez managed to find a return.

Rodgers made quite a few changes to his side and true to his word he played Stewart Downing in a left back role, explaining to the player and the press recently that if he wanted to stay here he would need to fight for his place and think about trying out that position. Adam Morgan also started for the Reds to the excitement of many fans.

The first half for Liverpool despite being in the lively Anfield was very similar to the one at Tynecastle. Hearts this time though were less effective themselves but were dealing pretty well with the Liverpool attacks.

Luis Suarez for had a few chances to nick the lead in the first half but he was taking a few too many touches for me, some…

Liverpool Look To Book Place In Group Stages

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Liverpool welcome Hearts to Anfield on Thursday evening as they aim to book their place in the Europa League group stages. With a 1-0 win at Tynecastle it's the Reds who hold the advantage but the tie is far from over.

After a strong performance against Manchester City (minus those silly mistakes) Liverpool are in a more comfortable position going into this fixture compared to the match at Hearts which was played after Liverpool had fell to a 3-0 defeat.

Brendan Rodgers will surely look to make some changes to the side that lined up against Manchester City. Daniel Agger may feature after serving his ban and also new signing Nuri Sahin may get his first chance to impress the Anfield faithful.

Raheem Sterling is the starlet on everyone's lips at the moment and although some people feel he may not start due to playing the whole 90 minutes at the weekend I think there's a very big chance we'll be seeing him Thursday night.

Hearts on the other hand I would assume will not …

Skrtel Slip Up Lets City Steal Draw

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Liverpool put in a fantastic performance on Sunday at Anfield and should have collected all three points, unfortunately for the Reds a Skrtel mistake late on allowed Man City to find an equaliser.

Brendan Rodgers proved that he had faith in his youngsters as he started Martin Kelly and Raheem Sterling. Sterling at 17 had massive pressure on his shoulders but most Liverpool fans like myself knew he would rise to the occasion.

Liverpool's start to the game wasn't an ideal one after Lucas Leiva pulled up just 4 minutes in. Apparently he picked up the problem in the warm up but they thought he may be ok to play. I think it was definitely best to take him off though, there's no point risking a bad injury after the amount of time he's been out. Jonjo Shelvey took his place.

Liverpool quickly adapted to the change in their line up and Shelvey was impressive replacing the big boots of Lucas. Alongside him in midfield was Joe Allen who was easily controlling possession for the…

Champions Come To Anfield

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Liverpool welcome Mancini's side to Anfield on Sunday as they look to improve on their performance against West Brom last weekend. Most fans looking at this fixture would agree that anything is a bonus and so the pressure is somewhat off, this is the kind of game last season that we'd come out in and we always seemed to fair better against bigger opposition, but will it be the same again for Brendan this year?

Liverpool are without Daniel Agger who is serving a ban for the red card he picked up last weekend and Joe Cole is still out injured. It is believed Jose Enrique is available for selection again. Manchester City suffered a big blow after Aguero was ruled out with a knee injury. Also unavailable for City are Richards and Barry.

The last time the two sides met was in January this year when Liverpool secured their progression to the Carling Cup final at Wembley. Craig Bellamy was on the score sheet in the 2-2 draw.

Liverpool today have agreed a loan deal to bring Nuri Sahi…

Reds Win In Edinburgh

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It wasn't exactly a pretty performance nor was it very controlled but it was a win nonetheless and by the end of the 90 minutes Liverpool's experience had helped them to a 1-0 victory over a plucky Hearts side.

A mixed side from Brendan saw plenty of youth given the chance with the likes of Martin Kelly, Jack Robinson and starlet Raheem Sterling all starting. Jamie Carragher and Daniel Agger added some experience in the back four though as they lined up against a strong Hearts.

Andy Carroll travelled with the squad but was unable to feature due to a knock previously mentioned by Rodgers, Fabio Borini instead played up front.

Hearts had a very good first half and forced Pepe Reina into a couple of saves. Players like Templeton were oozing with confidence and causing Liverpool plenty of problems. Liverpool on the other hand were sort of tootling along, nothing special and a few sloppy passes but it was a weakened side.

One person that did stand out though for Liverpool was Rahe…

Brendan's Boys In Bonnie Scotland

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Hearts are the opposition for Liverpool on Thursday night as they continue their attempts to proceed through the Europa League rounds. The Reds will look for a result to take back to Anfield and with Manchester City looming at the weekend they will surely want to go about this in the easiest way possible.

Injury problems aren't major for both sides but Joe Cole pulled up in the West Brom game and there are also doubts over Jose Enrique for the Reds. For Hearts, striker Zaliukas is a doubt after suffering a knock on the weekend.

The sides haven't met since 1929 and with Liverpool rarely playing Scottish opposition competitively this game is sure to be an interesting one. The short away trip will also help provide an exciting atmosphere in Edinburgh.

Whilst Hearts will have the desire and the ability to field a full strength team, Liverpool will perhaps go into this one feeling a bit like it should be a done deal. The City game on Sunday may encourage Brendan to field players l…

Ten Man Liverpool Fall To Day One Defeat

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It was a poor start for Brendan Rodgers on Saturday as his Liverpool side fell to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Steve Clarke's West Brom. A contrasting first half for the Reds made it look like a victory was possible even when Gera netted a peach but in the second half things went from bad to worse after Daniel Agger was given his marching orders.

Brendan started a very good side including both new signings; Borini and Allen. Gerrard was slotted in behind Suarez and Borini but this wasn't a set formation with Suarez and Borini often interchanging or dropping back on some occasions. Kelly was in for Enrique who apparently has a small injury.

It was a confident first half for Liverpool and although it was clear this was a side coming to terms with a completely new set up, it still looked promising. Joe Allen certainly did his job and more and he seemed to have no problem getting to work in the Liverpool midfield. Luis Suarez was easily the most lively though but unfortunately fo…

Reds Kick Off League Campaign With Trip To Baggies

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Brendan Rodgers faces a relatively kind start to his Premier League season as Liverpool travel to the Midlands on Saturday to face West Bromwich Albion. The pre season friendlies and the start to the Europa League provided some relief to those football withdrawal symptoms but it's safe to say we're very close to being in full swing now.

Liverpool are in a good state concerning injuries with no real problems after Joe Cole made a quick recovery from a hamstring pull. For West Brom they will have to take a look at Morrison and Olsson who gained small injuries whilst on international duty. Also unavailable for the Baggies is the pretty influential Graham Dorrans.

The last time the two sides met was in April this year. Another rather embarrassing defeat for Liverpool saw Roy Hodgson's side collect all three points after an Odemwingie goal sealed the win. In general terms, Liverpool have a pretty good record against West Brom winning 46% of all 137 matches between the two side…

Sami Returns To Anfield

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In the last friendly of the season for Liverpool, Sami Hyypia brought his Bayer Leverkusen side to Anfield on Sunday. It was brilliant to see Sami back at the club he spent most of his career at, I must admit, I've missed that smile of his.

Liverpool scored 3 goals in the game whilst Leverkusen could only find one return. Raheem Sterling scored the first, this young man is just oozing confidence. Taking on two defenders he then curled his strike into the back of the net, it was a cracking goal.

Lucas scored Liverpool's second with an easy tap in after a terrible clearance from the Leverkusen defender.  It's nice to see Lucas back and even grabbing a goal! Haha. The last goal was scored by the big man Andy Carroll, at one stage it seemed like he may be off but here's hoping Brendan has had a change of heart because Carroll offers "the trick up the sleeve" he's a contrast to what is expected from a Rodgers side and that may well aid us in some stages through…

Joe Allen: Welcome To Anfield

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Liverpool have completed the signing of Joe Allen making it the shock of the century after he was spotted watching the lads versus Gomel, I hope whoever planned that one doesn't have to organise a surprise birthday party...

But nevertheless he's here and we're happy. At 22 he's a youthful signing from Brendan and of course the manager knows him extremely well from his time spent working with him at Swansea. So much for not going after their players ay? I'm sure a Christmas card to the chairman will sort everything out if they don't feel it's in their best interest.

Allen was clearly keen to link back up with his former boss but there seemed to be a bit of a tussle over the price. In the end Liverpool are believed to have paid in the region of £15million. Slightly more than I would have liked us to have paid if I'm honest but definitely not extortionate.

The midfielder is renowned for being a great passer of the ball, in a side that Brendan wants to make su…

Borini Scores In Liverpool Win

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It was of complete contrast to the game out in Belarus as Liverpool easily put 3 goals past Gomel and sealed their place in a play off against Hearts. It's a nice draw for the Reds and will also provide a good atmosphere as fans make the short hop to Scotland. The second leg at Anfield is always a nice addition too.

Rodgers started a very strong side considering that he could have easily fielded a below par one. Pepe Reina was back in goal which was great to see and Lucas started in the centre. Borini and Suarez both started and Gerrard was freed up immensely due to Lucas and Shelvey in the middle of the park.

Liverpool got off to a very lively start as they looked to impress a near capacity Anfield crowd. Also in that crowd was Swansea's Joe Allen, it certainly looks like he'll be the next man revealed in a Liverpool shirt.

The first goal for the Reds came just after the 20 minute mark and who was the scorer? The man himself Fabio Borini. I know I wasn't the only one…

Brendan's First In Front Of Kop

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Gomel will be the opposition at Anfield on Thursday evening as Brendan Rodgers looks to send Liverpool through to the next round of the Europa League in his first match as manager in front of the Kop.

The first leg ended in a Liverpool win after Stewart Downing found the back of the net but it wasn't an easy victory for the Reds as Gomel provided the defence with several problems. Perhaps the unpredictability played into their hands but it is always dangerous to underestimate the opposition.

With the home crowd behind Liverpool though and the magic of Anfield you have to feel the home side will wrap this one up and in a more successful manner.

Last time out Brendan had Borini up front but with Suarez back from the Olympics after Uruguay were knocked out there is a possibility the number 7 may feature. It will also be interesting to see whether Daniel Agger features in this one too, last time he didn't travel supposedly because he had to work on his conditioning back at Melwoo…

Downing Strike Seals First Leg Win

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Liverpool had a rather shaky start in Belarus but managed to find some composure as the game went on and Stewart Downing found a goal from nowhere with his 25 yard strike. Gomel did threaten the Reds goal though on several occasions namely a bout of shots late on in the first half that Brad Jones and the defence had to deal with.

Brendan Rodgers fielded a rather strong side in his first competitive match as manager and included in that line up was Jamie Carragher. A fan favourite and legend to many, he was making his 700th appearance for the club, an amazing feat for any footballer. Due to the special occasion captain Steven Gerrard gave up his armband for this one.

Also in the starting XI was new signing Fabio Borini and Joe Cole who would be looking to prove a point.

Early on Gomel showed their intent to fluster Liverpool as they got stuck in and a foul on Stewart Downing was met with a yellow card for Klimovich.

The Reds in this match were certainly portraying the passing & po…

Competitive Seasons Kicks Off At FC Gomel

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Liverpool have made the trip to Belarus for their first competitive match of the season as they look to take advantage in the first leg of their Europa League tie with FC Gomel. The Reds were not in Europe last season and missed out on a Champions League place but manager Brendan Rodgers will look to take his side through this years Europa League.

FC Gomel finished 3rd in their league last year and play their home games at Central Stadion which has a crowd capacity of just over 14,000. Interestingly Fabio Borini has revealed this week on the club website that he and his family used to do some charity work for children from Gomel. Gomel was one of many areas affected by the Chernobyl disaster.

The majority of Gomel's squad are from Belarus but they also have some Russian forwards. Gomel have actually introduced a fair few players for the 2012/2013 season just to add to the unknown.

Brendan Rodgers has a full squad to choose from but Andy Carroll apparently hasn't travelled wit…