Posts

Showing posts from February, 2013

Reds Valiant Effort Couldn't Pull Them Through

Image
Liverpool were just 1 goal away from progressing through to the next stage of the Europa League last night but an early mistake by stalwart Jamie Carragher made things even more difficult for the Reds. They found their 3 goals though courtesy of Luis Suarez and Joe Allen but that fourth goal remained too elusive for Brendan's boys.

Liverpool started their strongest possible side with Luis Suarez leading the line. It's been a blow not being able to start Sturridge in these fixtures and so it was clear it would fall to Suarez and Gerrard to find the back of the net unless of course a more unlikely source popped up.

Liverpool started in a very positive but slightly nervy manner in my opinion. There was such a rush to find that first goal that at times mistakes were being made, Zenit were too good a side to gift them with possession and thankfully Liverpool eventually calmed down.

It may have been the Europa League and not the Champions League that we all love so much but Anfield…

Reds Need Some European Magic

Image
Liverpool welcome Zenit St Petersburg to Anfield on Thursday evening as manager Brendan Rodgers sits hoping for one of those famous, magical European nights. Of course this isn't the Champions League and nobody is expecting an Olympiakos type of night but wouldn't it be brilliant to watch us pull off this result and go through to the next stage?

Liverpool are unable to play Sturridge and Coutinho who frustratingly are both cup tied, both men were on the score sheet in the emphatic win over Swansea and the Reds will need to look elsewhere for their goals. Also unavailable is Fabio Borini who has dislocated his shoulder. Zenit have no new injury worries and it is predicted manager Spalletti will put out the same team.

I'm sure it hasn't been long enough for you to forget the scoreline when the teams last met but just in case you missed it all, Liverpool lost 2-0 in Russia and Zenit had the very influential Hulk on the score sheet.

Liverpool have shown against Swansea th…

Reds Finally Beat A Side Above Them In The Table

Image
Liverpool produced an emphatic win over Swansea on Sunday with 5 different goalscorers finding the back of the net. In complete contrast to their last outing in the league against West Brom, this time the Reds created and took their chances leaving a weakened Swansea side with a lot to deal with.

Brendan put out a very strong XI for this fixture and new signing Coutinho also got his first start. Laudrup though made 7 changes to his Swansea side perhaps with one eye on Wembley. Sturridge was back up front for Liverpool who missed him dearly in the Europa League.

Liverpool began the first half at Anfield in a confident fashion, shots from the likes of Coutinho, Suarez and Sturridge didn't take long to appear at all but the home crowd would have to wait until just after the half hour mark to see their first goal of the game.

At 33 minutes Luis Suarez was taken down in the box by Agustein, the Uruguayan had been challenged earlier in the box too but appeals were waved. Nevertheless L…

Reds Look For Win Against Swansea

Image
It's Swansea at Anfield on Sunday for Liverpool and the Reds will be looking to find their way back to winning ways after two defeats on the trot. The loss against Zenit followed the same suit as the West Brom game and it's a worrying prospect that Liverpool are able to crumble so easily but in contrast, when looking at the performances againt Arsenal and Man City, it's clear Liverpool can still get a result.

There are no new injury worries for Liverpool and so Brendan will have the pick of the bunch for this tie against Swansea. The Welsh side on the other hand will be without the influential Chico Flores who has ruptured his ankle ligaments (ouch!) and Neil Taylor is also still out with a broken leg.

The last time the two sides met was in November last year. The game ended in a 0-0 draw despite 9 shots on target from Liverpool. The last time Swansea were at Anfield was in October for the League Cup, the game ended badly for Liverpool who conceded 3 with only one return …

Hulk Makes Reds Angry

Image
Liverpool fell to a 2-0 defeat in Russia on Thursday evening after once again having most of the chances and then completely losing the plot in the last half of the game. In a similar fashion to the West Brom game Liverpool were hit when they least expected it after having what looked like control.

Brendan Rodgers fielded a very strong side after making it clear this week that he wasn't going to rest anybody. He obviously realised the size of the task ahead and the importance of gaining a result in Russia.

The first half consisted of several missed chances for both sides and on a rather questionable playing surface Luis Suarez was one of a few players struggling to compete with the ground at times. Without the cup tied Daniel Sturridge once again Liverpool found themselves lacking an option and despite the best efforts of Suarez, he couldn't find the Reds an opening goal.

Luckily for Liverpool when the attacks came in from Zenit Pepe Reina and Jamie Carragher were confidently…

To Russia With Love

Image
Liverpool make the rather long trip to Russia on Thursday evening whilst unwittingly creating several arguments between couples on Valentine's night as one pleads to watch the match and the other drags them out for a meal. I went for a blatant pun in the title for this post but as most of you will know there isn't much love being given to the Zenit fans at the moment and I doubt that will change on Thursday evening after they revealed their true opinions about black and gay players last year. I, for this reason alone hope we absolutely hammer them.

Liverpool have no new injury worries and Brendan Rodgers has also indicated that he will be taking all his big names and resting no one. Zenit are also in pretty good shape with their manager able to choose from an almost full side.

Don't hold me completely to it but my research had indicated that Liverpool have never met Zenit and so unfortunately I can't offer any "the last time these two sides met" paragraphs i…

Baggies Park The Bus Then Snatch 3 Points

Image
Liverpool were the victims of a real smash and grab at Anfield on Monday evening as they struggled to accept a late West Brom win after creating almost all of the chances themselves. Liverpool troubled Foster throughout the game but after Steven Gerrard missed a penalty it was clear something special would be needed to take the lead. The Baggies didn't even have a shot until 80 minutes but they made it count, scoring and then finding the net again 10 minutes later.

There was no Daniel Sturridge for Liverpool as he continued to nurse a thigh injury and it would quickly become evident how much we missed the forward. Jamie Carragher was named in defence once again and it was Shelvey chosen to partner Luis Suarez up front.

The first half for Liverpool was a relatively decent one. I popped online at half time and most of Twitter appeared to be annoyed with the performance so far, I however was focusing on the positives after all, Pepe Reina was completely untroubled and all the chance…

Out Of Form Baggies At Anfield

Image
Liverpool welcome Midlanders West Brom to Anfield on Monday evening as ex Reds assistant Steve Clarke looks to lead his new side to a result against Brendan's boys. Liverpool though have produced some brilliant displays and were almost hard done by only picking up draws against both Manchester City and Arsenal.

Liverpool are leaving the decision on Daniel Sturridge's fitness until the last minute after the forward suffered a thigh injury. Other than that there are no new injury worries for the Reds and positively Liverpool are now able to call upon new signing Coutinho.

West Brom are without Popov after the player spat at Kyle Walker during the Tottenham game, a disgraceful thing to do. He begins his 3 match ban. Also available again for the baggies is Peter Odemwingie, it will be very interesting to hear the response from their fans should he get the start on Monday.

The last time the two sides met was in September last year in the League Cup. Liverpool won the game 2-1 with…

Gerrard Strike Gains Reds A Point

Image
Liverpool lined up to face Champions Manchester City on Sunday evening looking to go one better than their draw at the Emirates. Despite another great performance from the Reds though the away side had enough left in their closet to pick up a point and the game ended 2-2 again for Brendan's boys.

The line up consisted of Jamie Carragher once again in defence, his experience and leadership obviously still standing him in good stead and up front for Liverpool was the new SAS. I'm overly impressed with these pair.

The game started positively for Liverpool who began very much in the same way as they did against Arsenal. This match meant a lot to both sides but perhaps you could argue City needed the 3 points more as they look to chase Manchester United. They needed the points and most people pre-match would have predicted Mancini's side to win but Liverpool weren't going to go down without a fight.

It was unfortunate that the Reds conceded the first goal because we were a…

Mario's Gone But They're Probably Still Super

Image
Liverpool are faced with the tough task of Manchester City at the Etihad on Sunday afternoon and with the Reds doing so well to start with in the Arsenal game, Brendan's boys will certainly fancy their chances of causing problems for the Champions. However, the Reds will need to keep their concentration if they are able to gain a lead.

Liverpool are in a pretty good situation injury wise with no new troubles and the trio of Enrique, Johnson and Reina all back. It is believed new signing Coutinho will have to wait for his first start in a Liverpool shirt though. Man City are without Vincent Kompany which is a big blow for them but Mancini is hopefully both Richards and Maicon will be available.

Liverpool are currently placed 7th in the table whilst Manchester City are hanging 7 points behind Manchester United in 2nd place.

The last time the two sides met was in August last year. With Skrtel and Suarez on the score sheet Liverpool managed to collect a point from the game. The last …