Showing posts from May, 2013

28th Anniversary Of Heysel

Today marks the 28th anniversary of the Heysel Disaster. In 1985 Liverpool faced Juventus in the European Cup Final at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels. 39 football fans lost their lives after a wall collapsed in the poorly maintained stadium as a result of fans fighting.

It is a black mark on Liverpool's history and the club has made efforts to rebuild its relationship with Juventus ever since. A minority certainly doesn't represent a majority and I am sure you are all with me in remembering the 39 fans who lost their lives 28 years ago today, may they never walk alone.

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Pocket Sized Season Review 2012/2013

Well it's all over, the season has finished and that "what the hell do I do with my weekends?!" feeling has began to really settle in for many so why not spend a moment of your time having a read through The Liver Bird's pocket sized season review taking a look back at the Reds journey after finishing 7th in the Premier League.

***All images within this post are taken from***

July/Early August

After Brendan Rodgers was unveiled in June Liverpool spent July on a North American tour. Italian Fabio Borini was also brought to the club in July a player Brendan had already worked with. Ian Rush and Robbie Fowler also showed their faces on the North American tour as Liverpool tried to prepare themselves as best they could for the season ahead.

In other news July was a big month for The Liver Bird after it won best female football blog at the 2012 Football Blogging Awards. Thank you once again to everybody that took the time to vote for my blog! I sincerely a…

Carra Hits Post In Final Game For Reds

Liverpool played their last game of the season on Sunday against QPR at Anfield. The game didn't have any real purpose behind it though and so all of the focus was on the retiring Jamie Carragher. A guard of honour saw the number 23 out onto the pitch with The Kop creating a massive mosaic for the defender. Carragher ran towards the Kop with his son and daughter and thanked the Anfield faithful, it was an emotional moment and finally it seemed real that Carragher was in fact retiring.

In terms of the game though it may not have meant anything, but Liverpool still wanted to finish their season on a high. 7th place isn't an achievement really and finishing behind Everton just rubs more salt in the wound but here's hoping Brendan buys well in the summer and we can push on next season finding some consistency on the way!

Liverpool started the game in a confident manner whilst QPR lacked a spark. Philippe Coutinho was the star man for Liverpool though, weaving his way through …

Cheerio Carra!

Well, here we are, the end of the season. This one in particular seems to have flown by and unfortunately I a have to admit I've found myself a bit bored this season, I just haven't felt fully entertained, only at certain points, here's hoping next season we can improve on that!

Sunday of course may be the last game of the season but with Liverpool destined to finish in 7th place win, lose or draw all of the focus is on the retiring James Lee Duncan Carragher. I've always loved Carragher, from schoolgirl crush to adult crush to having a general soft spot for traditional old fashioned defenders, I just feel that he's a credit to not only his sport but to sportsmanship and to gentlemen as a whole.

On Sunday there will be a guard of honour for Carragher who retires after 16 years at one club, something you don't see very often at all these days. There will be presentations, talks and of course banners and you can be certain a rather noisy version of "Team Of…

Sturridge Hat Trick Sinks Fulham

My favourite image from Sunday, it's just a shame there isn't a bigger version... Image: gettyimages
Liverpool came back from a goal behind at Craven Cottage on Sunday to win the game 3-1 courtesy of a Daniel Sturridge hat trick. Berbatov opened the scoring for the home side but the Reds quickly found an equaliser and went from strength to strength. Fulham were angry that they weren't awarded a penalty after the ball struck Lucas' hand in the second half and this perhaps stumped their momentum.

Liverpool began the game with a pretty different starting XI. Steven Gerrard was the main man missing but there was also no Agger or Skrtel giving Coates a chance to start. Wisdom and Shelvey also made appearances.

Liverpool began the game strongly applying pressure on the Fulham back four. One member who would appear as a substitute received a great reception from the travelling fans, John Arne Riise made clear his appreciation after the match.

Phillippe Coutinho left the away f…

Penultimate Match Of The Season At Fulham

After a rather dire Merseyside derby last weekend Liverpool will be looking to put in a good performance in their clash with Fulham on Sunday. As the penultimate game it's clear that the Reds have underachieved this season and that's mainly down to their inconsistency  With Gerrard and Agger both missing on Sunday too it will prove a difficult task to secure a win against Fulham at the cottage.

Injuries for Liverpool are still pretty much the same with the two lads mentioned above also missing out and obviously Luis Suarez isn't available. For Fulham they have had some good news with Riether and Petric back from injury, they are without Steve Sidwell who is serving a ban.

Fulham are currently 12th in the league on 40 points whilst Liverpool are in 7th on 55 chasing after Everton's almost unassailable 60 points.

The last time the two sides met was in December last year. A confident win for Liverpool saw them collect 4 goals via 4 different scorers; Martin Skrtel, Steve…

Goalless Derby Draw

Liverpool failed to collect all 3 points at Anfield on Sunday as they struggled to find the back of the net in a rather uneventful Merseyside derby. We're quite used to seeing an exciting 90 minutes when this fixture comes around but not this time. The most controversial moment of the game was a disallowed goal from Distin.

A lovely gesture from Liverpool at the start of the game saw The Kop end create a mosaic saying "Thanks" to Everton.

Liverpool's Luis Suarez had to settle for watching from the stands with his wife and daughter whilst Daniel Sturridge lead the line. Coutinho was again chosen to start and Borini was on the bench once again.

The first half on Sunday was barely anything to write home about (or blog about) surprisingly there was no real sense of urgency in a game that usually sees the excitement get the better of most players. Steven Gerrard, Coutinho and Sturridge were perhaps the most lively however.

Coutiho and Gerrard supplied some superb passes,…

Carra's Last Merseyside Derby

Sunday marks the day for the 220th Merseyside Derby. It's quite hard to believe there's been so many clashes between the red and blue side of Liverpool but any fan will tell you that this game means the world, it means even more when you realise Liverpool could close the gap on Everton with 2 league games left to go this season.

Liverpool are in a decent position injury wise with no new real worries. Suarez is obviously still unavailable but Fabio Borini who scored in the last fixture is expected to be on the bench again for this one. Everton are also in a relatively strong position although Phil Neville will miss out due to a knee injury.

Everton are currently sitting pretty in 6th place holding on to a Europa League spot. Liverpool are in 7th behind them which wouldn't be good enough for Europe this season due to Swansea winning the cup. An interesting debate was spurred up on Twitter this week after the club suggested they would turn down a place in the Europa League t…