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Reds Take One Point After Leading 2-0

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Liverpool managed to lose their grip on victory at the Emirates on Wednesday evening after scoring twice with no Arsenal return. Giroud brought the home side back into the game though just after the hour mark and a Walcott goal soon after levelled things up for the Gunners.

Liverpool started with a slightly changed line up as Pepe Reina was reintroduced between the sticks and Jamie Carragher was added to the back four. Up front for the Reds were Suarez and Sturridge.

Liverpool started the game with real intent, determined to put behind them their loss at Boundary Park, Brendan's boys were eager to pile the pressure on Arsenal. The effort paid off almost immediately as the Reds found their first goal of the night just 5 minutes in.

Arsenal's defence were quite simply all over the shop, failing to clear in the first instance the ball eventually fell to Sturridge for an effort, after half heartedly clearing again the ball fell to Suarez who took his chance head on and slipped th…

Reds Look To Redeem Themselves At Arsenal

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Liverpool are in London on Wednesday evening preparing to face Arsenal and hoping to put behind them their League Cup loss. After losing to Oldham in the FA Cup this weekend the Reds have had their pride knocked a bit, if they can pull off a result at the Emirates though they may be able to recoup some bragging rights this week.

Thankfully for Liverpool the injury situation is looking a lot better. Glen Johnson, Jose Enrique and Pepe Reina should all be available to start on Wednesday . For Arsenal they are without ex Everton man Mikel Arteta, Fabianski and Coquelin who are all still recovering from injuries. Also unavailable is Gervinho who is at the African Cup Of Nations.

The last time Liverpool and Arsenal met was in September last year. The match at Anfield ended badly for Liverpool who succumbed to a 2-0 defeat. Our last visit to the Emirates though makes for more positive reading, in August 2011 Liverpool won the match 2-0 after an own goal and a Luis Suarez effort.

Both teams…

League 1 Oldham Knock Out Lacklustre Reds

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Liverpool fell to an embarrassing defeat at Boundary Park on Sunday evening as Oldham found an early lead via their influential forward Matt Smith. The Reds found an equaliser shortly afterwards but another Smith goal in the first half left Brendan's boys with a lot of work to do. Wabara's goal in the second half rubbed even more salt into the wounds and despite a stunning Joe Allen strike late on, Liverpool just couldn't find the equaliser that would earn them a replay at Anfield.

Rodgers made some changes to the starting line up which was most notably missing the likes of Pepe Reina, Daniel Agger and Steven Gerrard, although the side was slightly weakened an attack consisting of Raheem Sterling, Fabio Borini, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge meant the Reds were certainly gunning for it.

Paul Dickov set up a strong side to face Liverpool and as mentioned in the preview Wesolowski was made captain in midfield, the boyhood Liverpool fan leading the way in terms of attitude…

Oldham In Fourth Round For Reds

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Liverpool make the rather short trip to Boundary Park on Sunday as they prepare to face Oldham Athletic in the fourth round of the FA Cup. After their emphatic win over Norwich last weekend Liverpool are certainly looking like the favourites going into this tie.

Liverpool are still without Pepe Reina who is recovering from a thigh injury and they are also missing Jose Enrique who isn't quite fit enough to start again in defence. For Oldham they are without Dean Furham who is taking part in the Africa Cup Of Nations.

Oldham are currently 19th in League 1 whilst Liverpool are sitting 7th in the Premier League. Of course league positions don't tend to matter in the FA Cup and even less so when you're facing your opposition on their home turf, anything can happen. Oldham's captain James Wesolowski is also apparently a big Liverpool fan and so I'm sure he'd love to lead his side to victory over the mighty Reds.

We don't have to go far back at all to find the la…

Give Us A Vote?

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Afternoon folks! I'm delighted to announce that I've been shortlisted for the Sportskeeda Blogger Awards! I must admit I've never come across the site before but was very happy to receive the email this morning and I've since had chance to look around, it's a very comprehensive sports website and it would be brilliant to receive an accolade from the folks over at Sportskeeda.

As you all know I was over the moon last July after winning best female blog at the football blogging awards and I'd really appreciate your help in my quest to try and gain the blog another gong.

I know my blog isn't the most technical, that's not what I'm here for and we all know that I'm no footballing genius but one thing I'm sure you will vouch for is my effort, since starting in September 2009 I have only missed one match preview and my blog has become a massive part of my life!

The Liver Bird is the only Liverpool FC blog in the category and we can't have som…

Reds In Norwich Rout

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Liverpool put 4 past Norwich and accepted a gifted own goal to finish their 5-0 rout at Anfield on Saturday as the doubters of the Sturridge and Suarez partnership were hushed once again. In a game where Steven Gerrard found the back of the net and Jordan Henderson too it was a brilliant performance from the Reds who look to be finding their feet.

Liverpool were without Pepe Reina and Martin Skrtel for this one and so Brad Jones was between the sticks with Jamie Carragher brought back into the defence. Norwich were thankful to be able to start their main man Grant Holt up front as they would need the extra fire power.

Immediately for Liverpool it was clear that Sturridge and Suarez (despite the small amount of time they've been working together) had an awareness about them. Sturridge knew exactly where Suarez was and Suarez knew exactly where Sturridge was, to be playing that freely already and feeling confident in your partner is fantastic and it wasn't long until Suarez was…

Norwich At A Snowy Anfield

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Liverpool are apparently ready despite the wave of snow hitting the country to face Norwich on Saturday afternoon at Anfield. With preparations well underway the main problem lies with the travel arrangements of the fans who have a long way to commute however assuming systems are still go I'll try and give you some sort of match preview!

Liverpool have no new injury worries but many are wondering whether new signing Daniel Sturridge will get a start or not after scoring in both games he's featured in so far. Norwich are in a better position too with players like Surman returning from injury and Grant Holt may also be ready to start after suffering a hamstring problem recently.

Norwich are currently 12th in the league 5 points behind Liverpool who are placed in 8th. Norwich are on a rather poor run at the moment losing 4 out of their last 5 Premier League games, Liverpool however have won 3 out of their last 5.

The last time the two sides met was in September and it ended up b…

Reds Fail To Make A Comeback At Old Trafford

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Liverpool fell to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester United on Sunday after a poor first half performance allowed the home side to take the lead, another goal in the second half almost put Brendan's boys to bed but Liverpool managed to apply a lot of pressure and found a consolation goal via Daniel Sturridge.

All eyes were on both teams strikers for this one as Van Persie and Suarez both started up front. An injured Rooney was unavailable for Manchester United whilst Liverpool kept new signing Sturridge on the bench. Also back for Liverpool was Fabio Borini and for a change there was an abundance of fire power present for the Reds.

Liverpool began the game very much on the back foot, considering beforehand pundits and fans alike suggested our midfield would boss the possession, it didn't exactly go to plan. United were the ones retaining the ball and on several occasions when Liverpool intercepted they quickly lost possession.

With the United keeper untroubled throughout…

Suarez And Van Persie Look To Seal Their Side The Win

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It's that time of year again, the time when Liverpool make the short trip to Manchester and attempt to wipe that smug grin off Alex Ferguson's old wrinkly face. He can chew all the extra he wants, everything that comes out of his mouth still stinks and on Sunday the Reds will look to pull off a rare victory at Old Trafford.

With Daniel Sturridge scoring on his debut for Liverpool and Luis Suarez in excellent form it certainly feels as though the Reds are capable of scoring, the thing that worries me is can we hold on to a lead if we manage to find one?

For Liverpool there are no new injury worries but with the news about Jose Enrique recently there has been a shuffle in defence with Glen Johnson switching sides and Andre Wisdom most likely taking the right back position for this one. I like Wisdom a lot but I get the feeling he's going to have a tough time against United.

The Red Devils are minus their scouse talisman Wayne Rooney but it won't worry them too much what…

Sturridge Scores In Stags Win

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Liverpool are through to the next round of the FA Cup after beating Mansifeld Town 2-1 on Sunday. Some controversy arose about the manner in which the Reds scored their second goal but Mansfield failed to make their chances late on in the game despite finding a consolation.

Brendan Rodgers made several changes for this fixture and he also gave Daniel Sturridge his first Liverpool start whilst Luis Suarez had to settle for the bench.

The Reds didn't take long to get themselves off the mark at Mansfield and I quickly began to regret not popping some money on Sturridge for first goalscorer before we got to the pub...

The ex Chelsea man immediately stamped his authority on the side after a timed pass from Jonjo Shelvey the forward confidently finished without any hesitation and put Liverpool 1-0 up. I've felt a bit like the black sheep lately on Twitter in terms of opinions on Sturridge because I personally was pretty pleased with the signing, albeit a bit more expensive than I&#…

Reds Face Stags In FA Cup

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The Reds are off to the East Midlands on Sunday as they prepare to face their conference opposition; Mansfield Town in the FA Cup. After a run that saw them go all the way to the final last year, it's certainly a competition Liverpool want to stamp their mark on and they have a real chance to progress here at Field Mill.

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are without Jose Enrique. I was gutted to hear that he'll be out for up to 6 weeks after his hamstring pull. Reds fans will also eagerly await to see whether Sturridge will get his first game in a Liverpool shirt. Mansfield from what I can find have no new injury worries and they also have a boost with Jake Speight and Richie Sutton being available.

The two sides have met only twice before back in 1970 for the League Cup. Mansfield managed to hold on to a 0-0 draw at home but the tie at Anfield saw the game end 3-2 to Liverpool.

Mansfield are currently placed 9th in the Conference but have played fewer fixtures than most of th…

Suarez, Sterling & Gerrard Steal The Sunderland Show

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Liverpool put in a superb performance at Anfield on Wednesday night as they topped off the festive season with a 3-0 win over Sunderland. Brendan was back on the sidelines after his illness whilst the likes of Suarez and Co were making the opposition feel sick as they took hold of the game.

In a game where Liverpool produced 27 shots and 16 on target, the pace and pressure was high immediately. It was a refreshing change to the sometimes unproductive passing regime that has taken hold of the Reds lately.

The first goal of the game came just before 20 minutes and it fell to our starlet Raheem Sterling to get Liverpool off the mark. Strength from Steven Gerrard firstly allowed him to get the ball to Suarez who then also showed his armour and with real awareness put a ball over to Raheem. Sterling knew exactly what he planned to do with this chance and he cheekily lobbed keeper Mignolet leaving Sunderland stunned.

It was a cracking goal and just proves the potential there is in Raheem S…

Black Cats At Anfield

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Liverpool welcome Sunderland to Anfield tomorrow and hopefully Brendan Rodgers will be well enough to oversee this one as the Reds look to take another 3 points in the league. It was a confident win for Liverpool against QPR but Sunderland perhaps pose a stronger threat.

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are without the influential Jose Enrique who pulled his hamstring against QPR there is also the problem looming around camp of the illness that the manager has had, some of the players like Brad Jones picked up the virus too and it is hoped the rest of the side have escaped catching the illness.

Sunderland have no new injury worries except the absence of John O'Shea who like Enrique pulled his hamstring in the Black Cats tie with Spurs at the weekend.

Liverpool are currently placed 9th in the league whilst Sunderland are in 13th, 6 points behind the Reds.

The last time the two sides met was in September 2012, the game ended in a 1-1 draw with Luis Suarez and Steven Fletcher findin…