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Suarez Sublime In Norwich Win

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Finally, the Reds can chalk up a victory in the Premier League under boss Brendan Rodgers and in some style too. Rodgers after clearly being impressed by some of his youngsters filtering through the side went for a rather different starting XI against Norwich on Saturday, add to this that Suarez was on song, it was a comfortable victory for Liverpool with the only downside being that they conceded.

Rodgers gave Suso and Wisdom their first Premier League starts whilst opting to play Raheem Sterling once again. Also included was Sahin who scored two against West Brom in the league cup.

Possession according to the BBC ended up 50/50 after the 90 minutes but vitally for Liverpool this time they had maintained their portion of the ball and made sure they hit the back of the net at the same time.

Luis Suarez immediately cemented his love for Carrow Road just 2 minutes in. Glen Johnson cut inside and attempted to play a ball through to Sahin but he couldn't quite collect, the defensive …

Reds Really Need A Win

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Liverpool are at Carrow Road for Saturday's fixture as Brendan's boys look to carry their momentum through from their win in the league cup. The game against West Brom included several of Liverpool's youngsters and it will be interesting to see if any of them feature at the weekend.

Norwich are without Kane who broke his foot midweek and they also have doubts hanging over Pilkington and Bassong. Liverpool are still without Shelvey who is serving a ban and Borini is also a doubt. Daniel Agger however could make a return after he picked up a knock in a collision during the United game.

Nobody will have forgotten the last meeting between the two sides because it included that rather special Luis Suarez hat trick! Norwich haven't played us as regularly as some teams and so they have to go back to 1993 to find a win for themselves.

Norwich only recorded their first league win this season in their last match and Liverpool are still waiting for their own. Whilst Norwich have…

Turkish Delight

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Sahin who was born in Germany but plays for Turkey celebrates his brace...
Liverpool took on Steve Clarke's West Brom at The Hawthorns on Wednesday night and despite things not immediately going to plan the Reds very youthful side eventually managed to calmly and confidently win the game and take their side through to the next round of the Capital One Cup.

Brendan Rodgers made eleven changes to the team that lined up in front of Manchester United and the majority of that eleven were academy products. After the success of Raheem Sterling in the first team and the glimmer of Suso during the Manchester United game it is clear the boss is not afraid to put his faith in the younger lads.

Carragher was easily the most experienced for Liverpool but Downing and Henderson also added some support for the rest of the side.

It didn't take long for the first goal of the game to crop up, unfortunately for Liverpool it was a goal that could of been prevented. Brad Jones commanded his area an…

Baggies In The Cup

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Wednesday night Liverpool are faced with a second trip to The Hawthorns in the space of 7 weeks as they look to get the better of the Baggies in the Capital One Cup. 
West Brom are pretty healthy squad wise and Shane Long who the fans will have missed could also make a return in time for Wednesday. Liverpool on the other hand picked up some problems during the Manchester United game, Kelly is out until next year and both Borini and Agger have knocks so will probably not feature.
For the Reds the league cup holds fond memories after they were victorious last year under Kenny Dalglish. This season has already got off to a slow start and so it would be nice I feel for us to progress through to the next round of this competition.
The last time the two sides met in the league cup was back in 1997, the game which was again at The Hawthorns ended in a 2-0 Liverpool win.
The Reds have had a contrasting season compared to the Baggies so far as Steve Clarke's side can boast of their best e…

Persie Penalty Sinks Liverpool

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Manchester United were the guests at Anfield on Sunday afternoon and on the whole both fans and staff helped Liverpool in their pre match releasing of balloons, giving of flowers and showing of mosaics. It was an emotional time for many present on Sunday none more so than for the families and respect was offered from the majority. Anfield and Liverpool Football Club did a tremendous job of marking the release of the truth.

Despite a lot of the focus being on Hillsborough and rightly so, there was still a football match to play and soon both sets of fans were showing that famed rivalry.

Brendan Rodgers resorted back to his last league line up for this one whilst Ferguson made a couple of changes and Giggs instead of Nemanja Vidic came out as captain.

Liverpool got off to a very lively start and it was clear the intention was to hit the ground running and attempt to grab an early goal. Whilst the Reds were creating several attacks and making sure a man was available for every pass, Man…

It's As Much About Respect As It Is About Football

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On Sunday afternoon Liverpool welcome their fiercest rivals to Anfield. The two sides have met too many times to mention in their history and whilst the rivalry is something that cannot be compared to, on Sunday Anfield will appeal to everyone in the ground, just for a moment, to put that rivalry aside.

There's no point me hiding from the fact here on the blog the problems that may arise on Sunday, after all I've never hid anything and will always speak my mind. We all know that both sets of fans have a minority, a minority that for some bizarre reason are determined for the world to see how sick they are, how they have no sense of sympathy for the loss of football fans and players, effectively members of their own sporting family.

On Sunday there may well be some of the minority present but I know and I am confident that the majority will show the world that as football fans we can unite as one.

Both Alex Ferguson and Brendan Rodgers have appealed to their fans to be on thei…

Youth Thrive In Goal Fest

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Liverpool turned the tables on Young Boys on Thursday evening after their manager suggested it was the Reds that may find themselves embarrassed. Eventually though after the enthralling fixture ended in a 5-3 Liverpool win it was the home side left red faced.

Brendan left several Liverpool regulars at home and I must apologise for the match preview because I read that Raheem Sterling was also left at home when in fact he was on the bench. Pacheco started up front and the only real experience in the side was the likes of Jamie Carragher and Stewart Downing.

It didn't take long for the games first goal to appear which isn't surprising now knowing it ended with 8 goals. The home side actually gifted Liverpool a head start after a comedic mix up in their defence. A cross from Stewart Downing was relatively unchallenged by any Liverpool players but an attempted clearance ended up smacking defender  Ojala in the face and going into the back of the net. Hilarious.

What made me laugh…

Youngsters Off To Young Boys

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Liverpool have their first Europa League group game on Thursday evening as they travel to Switzerland to face Young Boys. With Manchester United awaiting the Reds at the weekend manager Brendan Rodgers has decided to shake up his side for this away trip.

Injuries stop some from starting in Switzerland but with the boss taking the likes of Suso, Yesil, Morgan and Coady with him it would have been a hard task for anyone fighting with fitness to start anyway. Ironically Raheem Sterling perhaps the star youngster at the moment has been left at home (thinking of United I'm sure!) along with Gerrard and Suarez.

Young Boys have only lost 1 of their 6 opening fixtures in all competitions so far this season and are currently placed 5th in the league.

Most fans will remember the recent meeting of Young Boys with Tottenham, whilst Spurs battered them at home the Swiss side grabbed a 3-2 win.

Liverpool's league season hasn't been very successful at all and the Reds are still looking …

Suarez Goal Enough To Seal A Point

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It was a struggle to say the least on Saturday for Liverpool but eventually the Reds managed to find themselves a goal and in turn a point at the Stadium Of Light. A first half goal from Steven Fletcher set the tone as Liverpool looked to correct their sloppy start, Suarez's goal thankfully saved Liverpool some dignity.

As I mentioned in the match preview, Sunderland isn't exactly an easy away trip for any side but it was pretty poor from Liverpool on Saturday.

Brendan Rodgers opted to start Raheem Sterling again to the delight of many. Suarez and Borini were the main attacking options and Jonjo Shelvey got another start in the midfield.

It wasn't exactly an emphatic start from Liverpool but despite that the lads were managing to create some chances. Borini and Shelvey had efforts early on buy Mignolet and accuracy prevented them from putting Liverpool ahead.

Whilst Sunderland were struggling to create any clear cut chances and the Liverpool defence were dealing with any …

Reds Need Win At Sunderland

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After the international break and what was a momentous occasion on Wednesday with the release of the Hillsborough documents Liverpool are back into the swing of things on Saturday as they travel to the North East to face Sunderland.

Brendan Rodgers was present at the vigil on Wednesday and for Saturday's clash he has some thinking to do over team selections. Enrique still has a doubt hanging over him but will be assessed before the match and Lucas is obviously still unavailable with his long term injury. Joe Allen who was ill and missed international duty is fighting fit again now though.

For Sunderland they only have one real problem and that is with Adam Johnson who is doubtful to start after suffering a thigh injury.

The last two meetings between the two sides have been unfavourable for Liverpool who have suffered a defeat and had to accept a 1-1 draw at the beginning of last season.

Since Martin O'Neill took over Sunderland have become a somewhat more stable team but in f…

The Liver Bird Is 3!

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That's right folks, today marks the 3rd birthday of my little blog The Liver Bird. I'd usually make a special post to mark the day but as you all know at this moment in time there are much more important matters with the release of the Hillsborough Independent Panel Report yesterday so this will be a short post just to stamp a mark.

3 years in and I honestly don't feel any different from when I started it, I still thoroughly enjoy writing up my posts even though my imagination seems to have dipped recently haha! And I still love chatting with everyone via comments and on Twitter after and before games, it's part of my life now.

In July this year something amazing happened for the blog after my readers and Twitter followers voted for it in the Football Blogging Awards and it only went and soddin won best female football blog of 2012! I was so chuffed and still can't quite grasp that my blog is an award winner and it's all thanks to you readers! I'm very pro…

THE TRUTH

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23 years in waiting, 23 years just to be told the truth. Today, Wednesday 12th September, finally, the truth was revealed.

The Hillsborough Independent Panel produced a report after tirelessly and forensically sifting through over 450,000 documents and what they found was simply shocking.

Most Liverpool fans know very well what happened that day, the real truth, but the wider world does not. For 23 years the families, survivors and anyone affiliated with Liverpool Football Club have had mud slung at them.

"A lie can travel halfway round the world before the truth has put it's shoes on." as they saying goes but in the face of adversity the likes of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, the Hillsborough Justice Campaign and Hope For Hillsborough NEVER gave up.

People never understood, why were they still fighting? "Move on" they said, well today shows you why.

It was known that the report would be harrowing, shocking and despite the hurt some of the revelations …

Podolski Scores In Arsenal Win

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Liverpool lined up against Arsenal on Sunday with their two front men Fabio Borini and Luis Suarez, after the loaning out of Carroll on deadline day, these two men have the weight of the world on their shoulders as they are Liverpool's front line until January and they need to score goals.

Arsenal on the other hand had plenty of attacking options and the big man Podolski was up front. Unlike ourselves, Arsenal still had options after losing one of their strikers and van Persie was a hell of a lot more influential for them.

The first half for Liverpool began very unsteadily. For a side that is apparently aiming to be so possession focused we only had Joe Allen to show for it. Steven Gerrard as noticed by a few people has been a bit sloppy with his passing a few times already this season and unfortunately Sunday was no different.

A couple of half chances for the Reds were nothing really to shout about and soon enough Arsenal took their opportunity to break. Steven Gerrard's mis…

Liverpool Aim To Go One Better Against Arsenal

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After a brilliant performance against Manchester City last weekend Liverpool will certainly fancy their chances against Wenger's Arsenal side that have recently lost the extremely influential Robin van Persie. The Reds deserved to win last weekend but a couple of silly mistakes cost them.

Injury wise for Liverpool the very bad news is that Lucas Leiva will be out for up to 3 months, I'm absolutely gutted for him and wish him the speediest of recoveries. Other than that Liverpool are in a pretty strong position with Daniel Agger also returning after serving a one match ban. For Arsenal, there is a doubt hanging over Szczesny who missed their last fixture.

I can't really get through this post without discussing Friday's transfer deadline day to be honest, I'll try to make it short and sweet because this is supposed to be an Arsenal preview after all.

Friday left us without Andy Carroll, Charlie Adam and Jay Spearing. Whilst Jay Spearing and Charlie Adam were moves w…