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Wednesday, 29 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.

Rocco Acerra 29
Bruno Balli 50
Alfons Bos 35
Giancarlo Bruschera 21
Andrea Casula 11
Giovanni Casula 44
Nino Cerullo 24
Willy Chielens 41
Giuseppina Conti 17
Dirk Daenecky 38
Dionisio Fabbro 51
Jacques François 45
Eugenio Gagliano 35
Francesco Galli 24
Giancarlo Gonnelli 20
Alberto Guarini 21
Giovacchino Landini 50
Roberto Lorentini 31
Barbara Lusci 58
Franco Martelli 22
Loris Messore 28
Gianni Mastroiaco 20
Sergio Bastino Mazzino 38
Luciano Rocco Papaluca 38
Luigi Pidone 31
Benito Pistolato 50
Patrick Radcliffe 38
Antonio Ragnanese 49
Claude Robert ?
Mario Ronchi 43
Domenico Russo 28
Tarcisio Salvi 49
Gianfranco Sarto 47
Amedeo Giuseppe Spolaore 55
Mario Spanu 41
Tarcisio Venturin 23
Jean Michel Walla 32
Claudio Zavaroni 28


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Monday, 27 May 2013

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 appreciate your support :).


Liverpool's first game of the season saw them face FC Gomel. It was Stewart Downing who sealed the Reds' first competitive win of the season. The away leg was also successful with the Reds recording a 3-0 win. You have to turn that scoreline around though to find Liverpool's first Premier League result of the season after losing to the recently dismissed Steve Clarke's West Brom.

A tense 2-2 draw with Manchester City instilled some faith in the Liverpool side though for their second league game in August and they also picked up a win at Hearts and a draw against them at Anfield in the Europa League.

Sami Hyypia also popped over to Anfield in August with his Bayer Leverkusen side.

In the news...
- Anders Breivik is senteced to 21 years in jail in Norway.
- Disgraced athlete Lance Armstrong is banned from cycling for life.
- Category 1 Hurricane Isaac makes landfall in America.


September kicked off poorly for the Reds after they lost 2-0 to Arsenal at Anfield. A 1-1 draw with Sunderland and a loss to Manchester United also didn't help their league campaign but a 5-2 smashing of Norwich saw Suarez net a divine hat trick.

Liverpool also notched up wins against Young Boys in the Europa League and West Brom in the Capital One Cup in September but the real news of the month was surrounding Hillsborough.

The Hillsborough Independent Panel released their long awaited report and whilst all Liverpool fans knew the truth, now the world could see it in all its glorious light. The report revealed some information that was extremely shocking, 164 police statements had been amended and even more sickening was the information that if emergency teams had responded adequately and correctly 41 of the 96 fans who died that day may have been saved. #JusticeForThe96

In the news...
- The Hillsborough Independent Panel Report is released.
- The closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games brings the whole of London 2012 to an end.
- Andy Murray wins the US Open.
- My blog turned 3 years old.


October was another rather dire month for Liverpool who struggled with consistency throughout the season. Michael Owen returned to Anfield with Stoke for the first league match of this month but Liverpool only managed a draw. The win over Reading after a Sterling strike provided some happiness for Reds supporters but a draw in the Merseyside derby and a disallowed goal meant the fans' thirst for victory wasn't quite met.

The legendary Di Natale spoilt the Anfield party also when Udinese came to Anfield in the Europa League  group stages but the Reds managed to pick up a win against Anzhi.

Unfortunately October ended on a real low after Swansea came back to haunt Brendan Rodgers knocking Liverpool out of the league cup with ease, they won the match 3-1.

In the news...
- The decision to award the West Coast Mainline to First Group is scrapped.
- The oldest woman ever dies aged 132.
- A football fan is jailed after attacking Chris Kirkland.
- A group of scientists in Italy are jailed for "failing to predict" the L'Aquila earthquake.
- #RIPUncleRay


November saw Liverpool pick up 4 draws against Newcastle, Chelsea, Swansea and Young Boys in the Europa League. Steven Gerrard played his 600th game against Newcastle. The Reds also notched up wins against Wigan and Anzhi in the Europa League but they were unable to beat Spurs. Gareth Bale scored at both ends in this game.

In the news...
- Hurricane Sandy batters the American East Coast.
- Turin is chosen as the 2015 European capital of sport.
- Bradley Wiggins ends up in hospital after being hit by a car whilst cycling.
 - Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores that bicycle kick against England.
- I turned 23.


December consisted of 6 league games and 1 Europa League game for the Reds. It was a decent month for the Reds mainly marred by a poor performance against Aston Villa which annoyed me to the hilt as I attended that match, it's typical that when I finally get a window to go I see a match as terrible as that!

The Reds ensured they kept their Europa League hopes up in December after beating Udinese via a Henderson goal. They also collected wins against Fulham and West Ham but they lost to a forceful Stoke. They ended the month on a high though after putting 3 goals past QPR. Daniel Agger and Luis Suarez were on the score sheet. Brendan Rodgers was actually ill that day if you remember leaving Colin Pascoe in charge.

In the news...
- The High Court quashes the accidental death verdicts after the Hillsborough Disaster.
- Sir Patrick Moore dies.
- Typhoon Bopha causes hundreds of deaths in the Phillippines.
- Lionel Messi wins the player of the year award.


Liverpool opened January on a positive note after beating Southampton 3-0. Luis Suarez bagged two goals with Raheem Sterling also finding the back of the net. Daniel Sturridge scored as a new signing against Mansfield in the FA Cup for the Reds but Liverpool were knocked out of the competition in their clash with Oldham a couple of weeks later.

Sturridge also scored after coming on as a substitute against Manchester United at Old Trafford but the Reds didn't have enough left in the bag and lost the game 2-1. Norwich also came to Anfield in January and the Reds put 5 past them once again. An own goal along with a cracking Henderson effort, a Suarez goal, a Gerrard goal and a Sturridge goal left Norwich fans pretty red faced.

Liverpool ended January with a draw after going 2 nil up against Arsenal, goals from Giroud and Walcott though meant the game ended level. At the January stage Liverpool were out of two cups but still in the Europa League and in 7th place, a space they would eventually end up in.

In the news...
- Malala Yousafzai leaves a Birmingham hospital.
- 130+ wildfires were burning on Australia's East Coast.
- Horse meat was in EVERYTHING.


February wasn't really a fun month for Reds fans again. This month saw them knocked out of their last cup competition as Zenit beat the Reds at home, they lost at Anfield but picked up an away goal that sealed their progression.

February saw another City draw with Steven Gerrard and the ever impressive Sturridge on the score sheet. An emphatic win over Swansea at Anfield saw Coutinho, Sturridge, Gerrard, Suarez and Jose Enrique scoring. The Swansea game was the first time in the season that Liverpool had beaten a side above them in the table. The Reds also lost to Steve Clarke's West Brom again.

In the news...
- Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
- Nigeria win the African cup of nations.
- The Pope resigns, the first one to do so since 1415.


March consisted of 4 league games for Liverpool who could now solely concentrate on the league. March perhaps best portrayed Liverpool's inconsistency throughout this season after the Reds picked up wins against Wigan (Suarez bagged a hat trick), Aston Villa and the highly placed Tottenham Hotspur. Steven Gerrard sealed the Spurs win with a penalty.

Annoyingly for the Reds though they were confidently beaten by Southampton. The game ended 3-1 with Coutinho on the score sheet and spoiled the Reds otherwise perfect month of March.

In the news...
- Latvia makes an application to enter the Eurozone.
- The president of Venezuela; Hugo Chavez dies after battling cancer.
- Snow cripples parts of the UK, as always it cleared and most of the disaster was averted.


April started with West Ham at home but there would be no return of Andy Carroll or Joe Cole. The game ended 0-0 and was followed the week after by another 0-0 against Reading. The match against Chelsea provided some entertainment for Liverpool fans and Rafael Benitez was given a heroes welcome, much more appreciation was on show from the fans at Anfield than his own fans but as soon as the whistle was blown it was all about finding 3 points. Neither side was able to do so and the game ended 2-2. Suarez and Sturridge scored. The game will always be remembered though for that bite from Suarez on Ivanovic, a moment that meant we would be without our star forward for the rest of this and the start of next season.

April ended on a real high for Liverpool though after they absolutely trounced Newcastle proving that they could still win without Suarez. Two goals from Sturridge and Henderson were met with goals from Borini and Agger to create the biggest away win for any side in the Premier League this season.

In the news...
- The 24th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster was marked with a memorial ceremony at Anfield.
- The inspirational Anne Williams dies after a hard fight against cancer.
- The not so inspirational Margaret Thatcher dies.
- Terrorists target the Boston Marathon, 3 people were killed and hundreds injured.


May would signal the end of Liverpool's rather average season and it would also be the last time the legendary Jamie Carragher would play for Liverpool Football Club. A 0-0 draw with Everton was one of the least exciting Merseyside Derbies I've seen but the next match against Fulham helped with the cheering up process after the Reds won 3-1 after a Sturridge hat trick.

Carragher's final game against QPR was perfectly ended with a goal in the 23rd minute from Coutinho, an accidental tribute to the masterful defender that the Reds have relied on for so many years, it was also apt that Liverpool ended the game with a clean sheet.

In the news...
- A huge tornado strikes causing 24 deaths and miles of damage in Oklahoma, USA.
- A soldier is murdered in a barbaric terrorist attack in London.
- Jamie Carragher retires from football.
- Football remembers the 39 people who lost their lives in the Heysel disaster.

And so, that was that, the Reds finished in 7th place on 61 points. I don't think anybody was expecting to really finish in the top 4 in Brendan's first season but I must admit I was expecting to finish a bit more strongly than we did. If I'm being honest I've felt pretty bored this season and very frustrated, there have only been flashes of genuine excitement and this is a real shame.

Despite this feeling it is also clear that there is something to build on here, Liverpool at times have looked like a well oiled machine, I've been extremely happy with the addition of both Sturridge and Coutinho and I think if Rodgers can buy well in this window Liverpool may just be able to pull off a good season next year. At the moment I don't feel myself being as optimistic to predict us getting back into the Champion's League but I am predicting 5th place at this moment in time for next season, of course I hope for better!

Thanks again for sticking with me this season folks and for reading/sharing the posts, as always it has been a pleasure! #YNWA

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Monday, 20 May 2013

Carra Hits Post In Final Game For Reds

There will never be another like him; Jamie Carragher...
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 problems and setting up his team mates. He's been fantastic since we signed him and if anybody deserved to find the back of the net yesterday (aside from Carra) it was Coutinho.

Coutinho actually had the ball in the back of the net earlier in the game but the referee ruled no goal and so Coutinho would have to wait a bit longer to give the Reds the lead.

At 22 minutes he got his chance. After an assist from the 17 year old Jordan Ibe making his debut, Coutinho struck a powerful shot from outside the area and sent his effort low to the left of goal. It was a cracking goal really and just what Liverpool needed.

QPR weren't really troubled Pepe Reina too much, especially in the first half but it was Loic Remy who was taking the chances for his side. Some efforts early on went just shy of goal for QPR as they looked to find an equaliser before half time.

In the Red corner, it was Jamie Carragher getting harassed to push forward for the Reds, almost every time he got the ball. It would have been such a story for Carragher to have scored on his debut 16 years ago and then score on his final day in a Red shirt. The dream nearly came true too after a stinging shot from long range smashed back out off the post, unbelievable! It would have been an absolutely brilliant goal, the Anfield faithful had their hearts in their mouths but it just wasn't to be.

It wasn't a terribly exciting game but Liverpool were definitely the better of the two teams, Rob Green kept his side in with a chance after saving efforts from the likes of Enrique and Johnson but QPR just couldn't find themselves a goal.

Jamie Carragher the man of the moment was substituted at 85 minutes and to rapturous applause. Anfield began a rendition of "team of Carraghers" as the legend left the field for the last time. He was replaced by Coates.

And so folks that is the end of the season and the end of an era. Liverpool finished in 7th place on 61 points. And Jamie Carragher finishes on 737 games, a feat only bettered by Ian Callaghan.

What did you make of this season? Were you happy with it? Do you feel we've underachieved? Leave your thoughts below.

As always on The Liver Bird at some point in the next week there will be a mini pocket sized round up of the season with some snippets of what was going on in the news at the time as well, once again, thank you all for stopping by on my little blog here and roll on 2013/2014!

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Saturday, 18 May 2013

Cheerio Carra!

We all dream of a team of Carraghers...
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 Carraghers" will be ringing around Anfield, all in all it should be a very special occasion. So special in fact that even Carragher's Mom will be attending the game.

Onto the match...

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are without Steven Gerrard and Daniel Agger. Also out is Suarez, still serving that ban but there is a hope that Skrtel may be able to feature this time after missing out on the last match. For QPR they are without Taarabt, Campbell and Wright-Phillips but they won't be too worried as they're only really playing for pride.

The last time the two sides met was in December last year, on the score sheet were the missing duo of Daniel Agger and Luis Suarez, Suarez getting 2 for his side. In terms of QPR's visits to Anfield, they don't come often and so we have to go back to March 1991 to find a win for the Londoners.

Stat Sandwich

  • The Reds have scored the most league goals since January scoring 39 times.
  • QPR haven't won in their last 8 games.
  • Daniel Sturridge has found the back of the net 6 times in his last 4 games.

I think Liverpool have the win sealed here, with no real pressure on them and everybody wanting the side to end on a high and with the added emotion of it being Carragher's last game. This will be Carragher's 737th game, a truly remarkable achievement I'm sure you will agree and I seriously hope we can send him off in style with a win and somebody please, set the poor lad up! Lol


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Monday, 13 May 2013

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 fans gasping early on after a stinging shot from range was saved by Mark Schwarzer. Despite the Reds perhaps getting the better of the starts Fulham did manage to settle into a rhythm and it was Dimitar Berbatov who found the first goal of the game.

Liverpool wasted no time in finding an equaliser though as Daniel Sturridge found his chance 3 minutes later. A lovely long ball from Andre Wisdom in defence allowed Sturridge to pick up the pass on the edge of the box, with still a lot left to do the forward wasn't necessarily expected to score but a powerful effort from an angle saw his chance fly high into the back of the net.

Liverpool were now in a comfortable position ready for the second half and it was Daniel Sturridge again who found the Reds their second. Just after the hour mark after an assist from Coutinho, Sturridge slotted home his effort from inside the box.

Sturridge was on fire but shortly before his second goal Fulham found themselves aggrieved after Lucas Leiva appeared to handle the ball in the box. The referee chose not to award Fulham the penalty and this perhaps allowed Liverpool to catch them off guard.

With 15 minutes left to go Fabio Borini was brought into the game and replaced Jonjo Shelvey. The Italian quickly had an influence on the game seeing and effort rebound off the far post.

Sturridge completed his first ever hat trick with 5 minutes left on the clock his goal into the top right corner completed a well deserved hat trick and left Fulham wondering what the hell had happened. It was nice to see both Liverpool and Sturridge pull out a performance after the slight disappointment of the Merseyside Derby.

Here's hoping that they can put on a similar display in the final game against QPR.

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Saturday, 11 May 2013

Penultimate Match Of The Season At Fulham

Skrtel could be back for Sunday's clash...
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, Steven Gerrard, Stewart Downing and Luis Suarez. Interestingly due to the missing Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel should be given his chance back in the starting line up on Sunday and what better way to prove he's not lost it than bagging a goal as well?

Liverpool's last visit to Craven Cottage wasn't as pleasant though as the Reds lost the game 1-0 and saw youngster Jay Spearing sent off.

Stat Sandwich

  • The Reds have only lost one of their last ten league games.
  • Fulham haven't won a game this season where the opposition has scored first.
  • Liverpool have had more shots per game than any side in the top 5 leagues in Europe.

I don't really know what to expect from this fixture to be honest but it would be nice for Daniel Sturridge to find the back of the net after being rather disappointing in the Merseyside Derby. If I was going to pop a quid on the game I'd probably go for a 2-0 Liverpool win.

Enjoy the match folks!

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Monday, 6 May 2013

Goalless Derby Draw

Well I think we all know what Suarez made of that...
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, some from yards away up the other end of the pitch but unfortunately the set ups weren't enough to encourage Daniel Sturridge to get his shooting boots on. The forward had a bit of an off day on Sunday and despite having several chances he struggled to get them on target.

As mentioned in the first paragraph of this post the most controversial moment of the game was Everton's disallowed goal in the second half. I've looked at the incident a couple of times and I have to admit I think the referee has been extremely harsh for this one, I can understand why Everton feel hard done by and to be honest if they'd of collected that goal I'd struggle to see Liverpool gaining one back.

The Reds saw Steven Gerrard have some chances a couple of times throughout the match but most significantly when a shot from him was cleared off the Everton line by the man who's goal was disallowed earlier; Distin.

Coutinho was again impressive for Liverpool but the ex Inter man didn't really get many chances in front of the goal mouth. His play outside of the box though was as always brilliant and really his team mates should have been producing more with the pin point balls he was delivering.

Fabio Borini was brought into the game late in the second half but the Italian couldn't quite find enough to put Liverpool in the lead, his goal against Newcastle must have filled him with some confidence but it was clear that Everton were going to be hard to break down.

By the final whistle it was clear that this had actually been a hard fought draw and the Reds really could count themselves lucky that they'd collected a point after the disallowed goal, however on another day Gerrard's goal would have found its way in or Sturridge would have been more accurate.

The stats for the game saw it end 50/50 in possession which I think sums up perfectly the kind of game it was. Hopefully Liverpool can improve on their performance when they face Fulham next week.

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Saturday, 4 May 2013

Carra's Last Merseyside Derby

Carra says farewell at the end of the season...
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 through the fair play league due to their commitments in Asia and Australia for summer friendlies. I personally thought this was ridiculous, if you'd rather play friendlies than competitive football matches then in my book something is wrong. Luckily Brendan appears to have spoken out yesterday saying that the club would of course accept the place. It doesn't seem hard to fulfil both commitments really, we have a squad for a reason, utilise all of it.

Anyway, back to the match preview...

The last time the two sides met was in October last year. It was an exciting fixture as always and the Reds lost their 2-0 lead meaning the game ended 2-2. Luis Suarez was on the score sheet that day.

Suarez was also on the score sheet for the last meeting at Anfield and so too was on loan striker Andy Carroll. The last time Everton won at Anfield, most football fans will remember because the game in 1999 saw 2 Liverpool players and 1 Everton player sent off in the fixture where Kevin Campbell scored after 4 minutes.

Stat Sandwich

  • Liverpool V Everton is the fixture in the league with the most ever red cards shown.
  • Everton have only lost 1 out of their last 8 matches in the league.
  • Steven Gerrard is 2 goals away from 100 in the league.

I'm pretty excited for this fixture, you have to hand it to Everton they've had a pretty good season and have been playing well but if Liverpool can portray some of the magic they showed against Newcastle then Everton could find themselves under pressure immediately. Players have been talking down the derby this week but we all know it means everything to them, losing is not an option!

Enjoy the match folks!

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