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Brendan Absent But Reds Beat QPR

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Liverpool bagged themselves all three points in a confident win at Loftus Road on Sunday. Manager Brendan Rodgers was absent through illness but it didn't matter because the Reds had all bases covered and thanks to Luis Suarez and Daniel Agger they found the back of the net thrice.

It didn't take Liverpool long to get off the mark after a lively start. Luis Suarez with another one of his famous attacks in the box put the Reds ahead after taking on the QPR defence and finishing confidently. The early goal was a blessing for Liverpool but they needed to ensure they used it to their advantage and didn't lose their lead so quickly as they did against Stoke.

Luckily for Liverpool, Luis Suarez was in one of his moods and when the Uruguayan is on form, the Reds are very dangerous. This time Suarez came into the box from an angle, his attempt at a cross was deflected back to him and he smashed the ball home high into the goal.

We knew QPR hadn't been playing the best football…

In Need Of A Win At Loftus Road

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Liverpool are away at Loftus Road on Sunday as they look to put out a better performance than the one that unfolded at the Britannia on Boxing Day. So far it's not been a tremendous festive period for the Reds and many fans have lost their confidence in Brendan's boys at the moment.

Liverpool have no new real injury worries but Luis Suarez picked up a slight knock in the game against Stoke and has been nursing the problem this week, it is assumed he will still start on Sunday though. There's also a doubt hanging over Joe Allen who has had a problem with his pelvis.

For Queens Park Rangers they are without Onuhoa, Cesar and Park Ji-sung. There is also a doubt hanging over Ryan Nelsen who has picked up a virus this week.

Queens Park Rangers are currently dead last in the drop zone but after new manager Harry Redknapp turned up they've been given a new lease of life. Liverpool on the other hand had the chance to start knocking on the door of the top four if they'd of…

Stoke Confidently Beat Reds

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Liverpool fell to a dismal defeat at the hands of Stoke on Boxing Day as the Reds struggled to keep hold of their very early lead. It started so well for Brendan's boys but quickly turned sour when Stoke equalised and then took hold of the game.

Liverpool fielded an unchanged side from their last outing and it was Luis Suarez who immediately got things underway. The Uruguayan found an early run into the box and Ryan Shawcross felt he was unable to deal with him deciding instead to tug on his shirt from outside the box and all the way into it. It was a clear penalty.

Steven Gerrard stepped up to take the penalty and there was no doubt where this spot kick was going. His effort was placed perfectly into the bottom left corner of goal.

At this stage I was very pleased, I'd mentioned an early goal would help and after scoring so early surely we could capitalise on this and only improve? Who was I kidding? I should have known not to hold out so much hope with us lot at the moment.…

Boxing Day At Britannia

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Liverpool face Stoke on Boxing Day as they look to continue what they started against Fulham last weekend. The Reds are only 5 points off 4th place and it makes you realise what a loss means at this stage of the season, if Liverpool can do well over the festive period they could seriously propel themselves up the table.

Stoke are without Charlie Adam who has taken leave after his Father passed away. Another ex Red Michael Owen though could be available after returning from a recent injury. For Liverpool, thankfully there are no new injury worries.

The last time the two sides met was in October and the game ended in a 0-0 draw at Anfield. In terms of the Reds at Stoke there's been a lot of draws recently and Stoke also picked up wins in 2011 and 2010. This is usually the sort of game for Liverpool that would see them get just the one point but if the lads can play like they did against Fulham then Stoke could become very flustered.

Stoke haven't lost in their last 6 Premier Le…

Four Goals Stun Fulham

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Liverpool notched up a very successful 4-0 win at Anfield on Saturday as they brushed aside Martin Jol's Fulham team. It was a far cry from the Villa game and Liverpool found their goals from four different scorers, a perfect way to start off the festive season.

Liverpool started with Suso and Shelvey for this one with many wondering why Sterling had been dropped and some calling for the improved Henderson to start instead. I personally was happy with this line up, Suso is somebody who I felt should have featured in the Villa game. He's a bit of a rough diamond at the moment but he adds an angle that the opposition aren't expecting.

Fulham haven't been playing their best football of late and so it was a good time for the Reds to face them as they had the chance to move into 8th place. It didn't take Liverpool long at all to cement their intentions with unlikely goalscorer Martin Skrtel getting things well and truly under way.

A corner from Steven Gerrard fell to M…

Festive Fulham At Anfield

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Here's hoping it's a fun festive atmosphere for Liverpool by the end of the 90 minutes as Brendan's boys get ready to face the Cottagers. It's been a week since Liverpool's rather disappointing defeat at the hands of Aston Villa and most fans were left pretty miffed by the result so here's hoping an early Christmas present is on the cards.

For Liverpool they are once again able to call upon Jose Enrique and Nuri Sahin who now has a fixed nose either that or he's playing the part of Rudolph. Out and not available for Liverpool though is Assaidi. Fulham are nearly at full strength squad wise but Steve Sidwell is serving a ban.

The Reds are currently two points ahead of Fulham placed 12th in the table. Liverpool were hoping to apply some pressure on the teams above them with three points from their last game but after that failed to occur Brendan will surely be even more eager to ensure he takes the win this time around at Anfield.

The last time the two sides…

Reds Were The Real Villains As Midlanders Take 3 Points

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Liverpool fell to a shocking defeat at the hands of Aston Villa on Saturday after Benteke bossed the front line and the Reds were unable to create any clear cut chances. With 16 on target though, Brendan's side should have perhaps done better. The moral of the story is, don't allow me to attend Premier League games...

I was so excited Saturday morning, getting up early, putting on the new Warrior shirt and my retro Liverpool scarf, I wasn't super confident that we would win but I expected better than what I saw. I was in the Main Stand again but a bit further to the left than where I was for the Unirea match, it was an alright view to be fair but I struggle to see the Kop End even with my glasses on so the second half was going to be less fun, even more so when the game began to unfold!

Brendan opted to start Stewart Downing in defence replacing the injured Jose Enrique whilst back up front leading the line was Luis Suarez. Jonjo Shelvey also featured in the midfield afte…

Suarez Back For Villa Clash

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Liverpool are up against Paul Lambert's Aston Villa on Saturday as they look to continue their good form within the league. The Reds are currently 10th  in the league and only 4 points away from that elusive 4th spot. At the start of the season it seemed like something that was out of grasp but if Brendan's side can keep doing what they're doing and pick up some more wins then it may be a reality.

There are no new injury worries for Liverpool aside from Jose Enrique who is due to have a late fitness test before Saturday's game and Brendan Rodgers will have almost a full side to choose from. Luis Suarez is once again available suggesting that Jonjo Shelvey will either be pushed back into midfield or start from the bench.

In fairness to Liverpool though they proved against West Ham that they don't necessarily need their top goalscorer to find the back of the net and it was fantastic to see scorers from other areas of the pitch.

Brendan this week has been noting how …

London Lads Lead Liverpool Win

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Liverpool collected all three points at Upton Park on Sunday but it was close to being a different story for the Reds when they lost their lead in the first half. On the score sheet for Liverpool were Glen Johnson and Joe Cole, Shelvey almost got the last touch for the third goal too, making it a very Southern affair.

With no Luis Suarez, Brendan Rodgers did make the decision to start Jonjo Shelvey up front with Sterling and Downing supporting him. It's obviously not a natural role for Jonjo but he played in the number 9 position in the Europa League and actually did quite well.

The game started encouragingly for Liverpool who burst out the blocks intent on attack. West Ham had picked up some good results of late and we certainly couldn't afford to take them lightly. The first real chance of the game fell to Diame but it was a comfortable stop for Reina.

Glen Johnson was very lively to start with and he was beating winger Matt Jarvis with ease enabling him to either head for …

Trip To West Ham But There's No Carroll

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Liverpool have an away trip to Upton Park on Sunday as they prepare to face Sam Allardyce's West Ham. Ex Liverpool man Andy Carroll won't be present though as he's unavailable through injury and would be ineligible to play against his old side.

Other injury worries for West Ham mean Vaz Te, Diarra and Collison are out but Yossi Benayoun could be available to start on Sunday. For Liverpool their main problem is the absence of Luis Suarez who misses the game after picking up his 5th yellow card against Southampton.

West Ham are currently in 8th whilst Liverpool are down in 11th however the gap is only 3 points. The Reds last match in the league saw them notch up a win against Southampton and coupled with their win over Udinese they go into Sunday's game in decent form.

The problem Liverpool will have to assess though is where they're going to get their goals from, with Suarez out it makes things tens times harder. Jonjo Shelvey has played a few times further up the …

Reds Through Despite Di Natale Shock

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The hard work was nearly in tatters in the dying minutes for Liverpool after Di Natale threatened to very much spoil the party but thankfully the legendary forward missed on this occasion. The Reds only needed a goal from Jordan Henderson to secure all three points and they ended the 90 minutes top of group A.

Brendan Rodgers opted for a side consisting of both youth and experience for this clash with Udinese. The back four had veteran Jamie Carragher in it whilst Suso was up front supporting Suarez. It was Luis's first away appearance in Europe for Liverpool. The big team news coming from the Italians though was that Di Natale would start from the bench.

It was a pacey start for Liverpool who knew that they had to give everything in this game in order to secure their progression. Unfortunately for the Reds though Nuri Sahin was quickly sidelined with a nose bleed, after the medical staff were unable to stem the bleeding he was replaced with Jonjo Shelvey just after the 10 minute…

Forza Rossi

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It's an early kick off for Liverpool on Thursday evening as they prepare to face Italian's Udinese. The Reds need a win to secure their progression through to the knockout stages of the Europa League but a draw may be ok if Anzhi draw with Young Boys, if Liverpool lose, they are out.

Left at home are Steven Gerrard, Daniel Agger and Lucas Leiva which causes some concern for me but the positive for Liverpool is that due to Luis Suarez being suspended from the weekend tie with West Ham, he can play for the full 90 minutes against Udinese. Udinese themselves have no fresh injury worries and Pinzi is also back for them.

Udinese are unable to make it through to the knockout stages and so some would feel they may use this game as a run out for their fringe players but even so, the Italian's will not want to lose at home to a side like Liverpool, pride is very much at stake.

Despite not travelling with the squad Daniel Agger has been speaking out about the team this week saying &…

Agger Do

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Liverpool notched up a 1-0 win over Southampton at Anfield on Saturday with defender Daniel Agger heading home in the first half for the Reds. It was an improved performance from Liverpool and whilst finishing still could have been better there were plenty more chances than there have been of late.

Starting for Liverpool was Lucas Leiva, a real staple for the side in most people's eyes he retained his old position in the centre of midfield allowing Steven Gerrard a lot more freedom. Up front for Liverpool was Suarez as always whilst Southampton had the rather dangerous Rickie Lambert leading their attack.

Liverpool began the game with a real tempo and applied great pressure on the Southampton defence. Chances from Shelvey and Suarez were thick and fast and the supply from the likes of Glen Johnson and Jose Enrique on the flanks was plentiful. With Steven Gerrard entitled to move around a lot more too it was clear more direct balls were going through. Liverpool have played the pas…