Showing posts from August, 2013

Make Shankly Proud

It's the big one on Sunday, the bitter clash with Manchester United, the perch thieves. This game needs no introduction really but I'm going to give you one anyway in this match preview. Sunday's fixture is made even more special as the great Bill Shankly would have been 100 years old this Monday. It's said too often but they seriously don't make managers like him anymore or even men for that matter, he truly was and always will be a legend at Liverpool Football Club and here's hoping the Reds can pull a massive win out the bag for his memory this weekend.
Injuries for Liverpool mean they are without Coates, Allen and new signing Cissokho. There is also a massive doubt hanging over Kolo Toure though being the machine he is don't be surprised if he starts! Suarez again is obviously also missing. For United they are unable to call upon Rafael, Hernandez and Nani, some key names especially for a fixture like this.

The last time the two sides met at Anfield was…

Complacent Reds Fight Back In Extra Time To Win 4-2

Liverpool found themselves on the ropes on Tuesday evening after a solid first half performance quickly deteriorated when Notts County found themselves two goals to level the game up in the second half. Two excellent goals from Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge in the first 45 minutes looked to have already bagged a confident Liverpool side the win but with complacency setting in Notts County were rewarded for their hunger and pushed the tie to extra time. With 3 injuries for Liverpool and all their subs used, after Kolo Toure went down the Reds were left with 9 men, thankfully though another goal from the brilliant Sturridge and an awesome solo goal from Jordan Henderson ensured Liverpool would progress to the next round.

With Manchester United to face on Sunday many fans were surprised by the strength of the team fielded by Brendan Rodgers, I found it admirable that the boss was taking this competition seriously but I was also assuming that the likes of Sturridge and Gerrard woul…

Can We County On A Win?

Haha, that pun in the title is terrible! Anyway... Liverpool welcome Notts County to Anfield on Tuesday evening as they look to progress to the next stage of the Capital One Cup. After two wins on the trot in the Premier League the Reds are in some good form but I'd be surprised if the same XI featured in the league will start on Tuesday.

Notts County are struggling with a few injuries at the moment. They are missing their captain Dean Leacock, they are also without Sheehan and Showunmi and Danny Haynes originally had a hamstring pull but it has since been redescribed as a knock and so it's unknown as to whether he will feature.

For Liverpool they are without Sebastian Coates who looks as though he may be out for the whole season and they are of course still without Luis Suarez.

The last time the two sides met was way back in March 1992. Liverpool won that game 4-0. To find a Notts County win we have to go all the way back to March 1956 when Notts County got the better of the …

Another Sturridge Stunner Gives Reds Another Win

Liverpool lined up at Villa Park on Saturday evening looking to notch up another win in the league. After Daniel Sturridge's first half goal their prayers were met and the Reds had won two on the trot in the Premier League for the first time in 5 years. A solid first half from Liverpool saw them dominate in possession but momentum was lost slightly in the second half. Thankfully Simon Mignolet was on song when called into action and it was a good result for Brendan's side who would have probably lost or drawn a game like this last season.
It was the same starting XI from the Stoke game chosen by Brendan Rodgers and the travelling Kop would have been very much looking forward to the link up play between the likes of Coutinho, Aspas and Sturridge again. In defence cult hero Kolo Toure was once again paired with Daniel Agger.

It was a calm and composed start from Liverpool who had a large quantity of possession for the majority of the first half. There appeared to be a man free t…

Reds Look To Continue Winning Start

Firstly, if you're wondering where the Stoke match report was, hopefully you saw my Twitter/Facebook updates explaining that I was abroad and hence the missing post. I've only ever missed two in total since I've started this blog and so hopefully you can all forgive me!

I did however watch the match in a Celtic bar in Tenerife and I was very pleased with the overall performance from the lads. The first thing I thought at the final whistle was "that was exactly the sort of game we'd have lost last season". It was just fantastic to see such a tenacious team performance and it was clear that the team felt very together after celebrating the awesome double save from Mignolet, what a legend he is! As for the front three of Sturridge, Aspas and Coutinho, some of the play coming from them was pure class, Aspas and Coutinho especially seem to be working up a good partnership and I was very excited by their first Premier League match together. Sturridge's goal to…

Liverpool Start The Season Against Stoke

The Reds look to get their Premier League season underway on Saturday at Anfield when they face Mark Hughes' Stoke side. If you're reading this that means my scheduled post has worked and I'm currently sitting on a beach in Tenerife, sorry to rub it in! Haha. For this reason as you can probably tell this match preview is a bit thin on the ground compared to my usual posts but I didn't want to miss it completely so this was typed up on Monday 12th August.

We all know how Liverpool's pre-season went with 6 wins out of 7 and only 2 goals conceded. For Stoke, their pre-season has also gone pretty well, they lost just one game on their American tour, beat Wrexham and picked up a draw against Genoa.

With Tony Pulis out the door many people are suggesting that Stoke's well known style of play has been filtered out under Hughes but I'll make my own decision on that when we see them in the league. If this is true though expect some more attacks at Anfield from the …

Reds Put 4 Past Valerenga But Lose To Celtic

By the reaction on Twitter after Saturday's loss to Celtic you would think the world was about to end! And yes, whilst the performance was poor I can't be the only one requesting the drama queens to calm their passions. I love Twitter I really do but sometimes it just does your nut in! Unsurprisingly the reaction to the 4-1 win over Valerenga was a lot brighter on social media.

Suarez was left out of the Valerenga group that travelled to Norway, apparently due to injury but we all know better than that and John Henry certainly made the club's stance on Luis Suarez a lot clearer after the Norway trip.

It was a young side fielded by Rodgers in Norway but he also made 10 changes at half time. It was an easy win for the Reds who had goals from new signings Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas whilst Raheem Sterling and Martin Kelly also joined the score sheet. The first goal conceded in their pre-season also appeared in this game for Liverpool as Gonzalez found the back of the net for…

Captain Fantastic In Olympiakos Testimonial Win

Today saw our Captain Fantastic finally step out at Anfield through his guard of honour to play his long awaited and much anticipated testimonial game. The opposition carefully selected after that monumental night "ohhhhhh you beauty", the stage was set for a wonderful day at Anfield to mark the career of one of the most loyal, genuine and talented men in football; Steven Gerrard.

With training photos leaking the day before showing Jamie Carragher and Robbie Fowler, there was sure to be a nice little treat for the sell out crowd. It was always in Gerrard's interest to keep this clash as a proper pre-season game but with the addition of the recently retired Carra and God... Well, that was more than enough cherries on top of the cake.

I was lucky enough to be able to be present at Gerrard's testimonial and had a fantastic seat on The Kop in Block 304. I've never had chance to watch a game from The Kop so far and so you can imagine my excitement for this one. It ma…