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Suarez Who? Reds Haven't Lost Their Bite

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It was an emphatic win for Liverpool on Saturday at St James' Park after the Reds found 6 goals without their influential forward; Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan has been all over the news this week and I don't need to fill you in with the details but Brendan Rodgers insured his side would be in the headlines for totally different reasons this weekend.

Liverpool started with Sturridge up front and the skillful Coutinho in midfield. Fabio Borini was also back on the bench which was another positive for the Reds. There was a boost for Newcastle too who had Tiote and Cisse back.

The game started extremely well for Liverpool who quickly got themselves off the mark via defender Daniel Agger. An assist from Coutinho allowed Agger to head home Liverpool's first near the 3 minute mark. It was a refreshing change to Liverpool's recent performances in the league that have ended in nil-nil draws.

Newcastle haven't exactly been playing the most brilliant of stuff lately and they …

Reds Travel To Newcastle

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Liverpool make the trip to St James' Park on Saturday as they look to end their season on a high even if it will be without the influential Luis Suarez. With just 3 games left after this clash it's important the Reds don't lose their focus because they still could drop out of the European places.

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are still without long term absentees but Fabio Borini may reappear on the bench. The Reds are also obviously without Luis Suarez who starts his 10 match ban, Daniel Sturridge will most likely start up front though to be honest I'm not sure why he hasn't been starting anyway.

For Newcastle they are without Tim Krul and Slyvain Marveaux but their captain Coloccini is set to return. Tiote is also back for the magpies.

Newcastle are currently 16th in the league just 6 points off the drop zone. Liverpool are currently positioned in 7th on 51 points. Liverpool have lost just one out of their last 6 league games but their last 3 have all been dr…

Suarez Leaves Liverpool Fans Biting Their Tongues

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It was an eventful day to put it kindly on Sunday in Merseyside as Liverpool prepared to applaud the memory of Hillsborough campaigner Anne Williams and the victims of the Boston marathon whilst also welcoming ex manager and fan favourite Rafael Benitez back. As if the headlines weren't big enough before the whistle they'd soon swell up even further post match after the footballing public looked back on what appeared to be almost certainly a bite on Ivanovic from Luis Suarez. Pushing all of that aside Liverpool actually fought hard and picked up a good result with the game ending 2-2 and of course it was Suarez who found the winning goal.
I feel as though I should start with the Suarez incident really for this post just because it's such a pressing topic and to voice my opinion then get it out the way to do a match roundup would perhaps be a better order of things. 
The first moment that caused a reaction from me was when I saw Ivanovic sitting on the floor trying to tell Ke…

Benitez Back At Anfield

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Sunday will not only be a big game for Liverpool as they search to pick up all three points against rivals Chelsea but it will also mark the return of a very special man to most; Rafael Benitez. Whatever people's opinion of him he did a hell of a lot for this football club and I'm not afraid to admit that I love the man, I expect a very good reception for the man who brought the European Cup back to Anfield on Sunday but once the whistle is blown he and the fans both know he'll be a sworn enemy.

There are no new injury worries for Liverpool but there's still a long list of players out including Fabio Borini and Joe Allen. Chelsea are also looking pretty strong squad wise but there are slight doubts hanging over Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill.

Chelsea have lost 2 out of their last 5 fixtures in all competitions going into this game whilst Liverpool have only lost 1. Liverpool though have been on a bit of a goal drought, no goals scored against both Reading and West Ham wa…

Hillsborough 24 Years On

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The TRUTH is finally out and justice WILL follow.
May the 96 Liverpool fans who tragically lost their lives at Hillsbrough rest in peace and may they never walk alone.
Always in our hearts & minds.

#JFT96

Chances Galore But No Goals In Reading Draw

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Liverpool were unable to find the back of the net yesterday as they were faced with an outstanding performance from Reading goalkeeper McCarthy. It was another game for Liverpool where despite throwing everything they had there was no real plan B, no other route to take when things weren't quite going according to plan.

A strong side fielded by Brendan Rodgers saw Liverpool play with Suarez, Sturridge and Coutinho in attack. It was a fairly good start for Liverpool really who fully utilised their strengthened attack namely the link up between Suarez and Coutinho. These two appear to click together like puzzle pieces and one always seems to know what the other is doing.

In a game that saw plenty of chances for Liverpool too many to discuss the first fell to Luis Suarez after a ball was fed through to him from Coutinho. Suarez as always was creating chances and if it wasn't for Chris Gunter on the line saving Reading's bacon the Uruguayan could have put the Reds ahead.

It d…

Reds Ready For Reading

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Liverpool make the trip to Reading on Saturday as they look to improve on their rather ineffective performance against West Ham. Reading are on a very poor run of form but even that doesn't help us decipher whether the Reds will be turning up as Jekyll or Hyde. Consistency has been a real problem this season but here's hoping a win is on the cards this weekend.

Reading are without both Jimmy Kebe and Hope Apkan the latter who suffered an ankle injury in Reading's last fixture. For Liverpool they are able to call on Downing again who is now fit after coming off against West Ham, Raheem Sterling though is unavailable through a thigh problem.

Reading are currently rock bottom of the Premier League and are looking for a miracle really to keep them out of relegation, the worrying thing is though, this is the type of situation and opposition Liverpool may struggle with, anything out of the unknown this season and Liverpool appear to struggle to create a new plan of action wheth…

Dire Draw As Reds Fail To Score

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Well it was a rather dire 90 minutes to endure for anyone sitting at Anfield on Sunday as Liverpool failed to find the back of the net and West Ham put everyone behind the ball hoping for a break. If anything this game proved that the Reds have no real plan B when a side faces them and plays the long ball, similar to Stoke, we appear to struggle to take anything from the game and just can't break through.

Brendan started a strong side with Suarez leading the line, Sturridge had to start from the bench although he featured early on after replacing Stewart Downing.

Coutniho and Suarez were the most lively in Red shirts and a very early chance from Phillipe forced Jaaskelainen into a save. At 25 minutes Daniel Sturridge was brought into play and it was soon clear Liverpool would need all the firepower they could get if they were going to find a way through the West Ham defence.

West Ham were gifted a chance just before half time when Carragher put pressure on Lucas who didn't ge…

Carroll & Cole Won't Make Anfield Return

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West Ham are the visitors to Anfield on Sunday as they look to really cement their stay in the Premier League. After coming back from a goal down to beat Aston Villa last weekend Liverpool showed real fight and with the Anfield crowd behind them you would hope to see a home win and all 3 points collected.

For Liverpool there are no new injury worries and although they won't be available there was some positive news this week with Fabio Borini and Martin Kelly spotted back in training. West Ham are unable to use Andy Carroll due to the terms of his loan agreement and another ex red Joe Cole will be unable to play, he remains out with a hamstring injury. The Hammers are also without Mark Noble.

The last time the two sides met was in December last year, in a game packed full of goals Liverpool were the eventual winners, the game ended 3-2. Joe Cole, Glen Johnson and Jonjo Shelvey were on the scoresheet for the Reds that day.

The last time West Ham paid a visit to Anfield was in Nove…

Rodgers On Suarez, Gerrard, Carra & Anfield

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Like Thursday's post on the blog I've kindly been given quotes from Yahoo! for the second half of their interview with Brendan Rodgers. This time it's mainly all about the magical Uruguayan - Luis Suarez.
After being asked whether Luis Suarez was the most talented player he had worked with Brendan was a bit reluctant to make that claim saying it wasn't fair on other people he had and was yet to work with but he did say:
"What I am sure of though, is his warrior spirit and I love his humility, work rate, attitude to training and his desire to be a winner."
The neutrals will always have their negative opinions of Luis Suarez but I don't think anybody can deny his work rate and attitude, even on an off day when he hasn't got his shooting boots on you'll never find Suarez giving up, he chases down balls that everybody else has rendered pointless, he's always on full cylinders.
Next Rodgers was asked whether Suarez will be in with a chance of winni…

Rodgers On Sturridge, Coutinho & His Start To Liverpool Life

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I don't usually make posts like this but after being given access to some nice quotes from Yahoo! I figured I should get something written up because I know it would be of interest to you readers! I'd like to point out that as always I'm not being funded for this, you know from looking around the blog that I don't even pair up with advertising at the moment let alone paid posts, it's just not my style.

With a few games left in the season it seems as though Brendan Rodgers will be able to steer his side to the Europa League but the early hopes of Champions League football have been dashed. It's been a bit of an inconsistent start from Rodgers but these things take time, he was dignified enough to realise early on that his original blue print of the Swansea set up wasn't going to work for Liverpool and some good signings plus some reverse psychology with the likes of Stewart Downing have allowed him to form a real attacking side this season. It hasn't go…

Stadio Giuseppe Meazza - San Siro

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The last time Liverpool made a visit to the iconic San Siro was in March 2008, looking for their place in the Champions League quarter finals the Reds managed to overcome Inter Milan winning 1-0 after the home side had a man sent off, a typical Fernando Torres goal sealed the victory.

I've always had an interest in Italian football which is quite bizarre considering outside of Liverpool Football Club I show minimal interest in other teams and sides in England. There's just something I've always found intriguing about Italy as a country and its calcio. Plus if the stuff on the pitch isn't at its best there's always the bags of controversy off pitch that goes along with it.

So last week, I was lucky enough to visit the magical San Siro, a venue for not only our very own special European night in 2008 but many others. I decided to do this post because there is a relation to Liverpool here and I figured because I have a lot of readers from other countries, in a simila…

Benteke Summa That!

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Villa's big man up front may have given his side a first half lead but Liverpool remained composed and focused and after a lovely finish from Jordan Henderson sent them level the Reds were soon able to regain the lead via a Steven Gerrard penalty. The ever prominent Benteke though wasn't quite finished with Liverpool and in the dying moments would have rescued his side a point if he hadn't of been offside.

Reina was back in goal for the Reds and up front was Luis Suarez supported by the skillful Phillipe Coutinho, there was no place in the starting line up for Daniel Sturridge this week.

The game didn't start brilliantly for Liverpool some half chances and a lot of possession being lost meant it was difficult for the Reds to really impose themselves on the game. Villa's routine was clear before kick off, get the ball and get it to Benteke. The big man is more than a problem in the box and in this case even just outside of it.

An assist from Agbonlahor allowed Bent…