Showing posts from October, 2013

Reds Look To Halt Arsenal's Progress

Liverpool are off down South on Saturday evening as they prepare to face rivals Arsenal. The Reds have had a far better start to the season than anyone expected and I think it's fair to say so too have Arsene Wenger's side. Arsenal are currently top of the pile on 22 points with both Chelsea and ourselves tightly behind them on 20 points. A win for Liverpool on Saturday night could put them in a position where they are top of the league and also in control.

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are still without Iago Aspas and Sebastian Coates. The positive for Brendan Rodgers though is that he should be able to call upon both Jose Enrique (late fitness test) and Philippe Coutinho. A prospect that many fans are excited by.

For Arsenal they have some big names missing in Flamini, Podolski and Walcott. Reports suggest those three won't make the fitness grade in time for kick off and also unavailable for Arsenal are Diaby and Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The last time the two sides met wa…

"Top, Top" Goals In A "Top, Top" Performance

Liverpool put on a simply sublime display at Anfield yesterday as they put four goals past West Brom. A consolation spot kick for the away side had them wondering whether they could have been in a different position if an early penalty decision had also gone their way. I think when looking back on the game though Steve Clarke would fail to deny Liverpool the win here, a hat trick from Suarez including some great goals and then an absolute stunner from Daniel Sturridge secured all three points for the Reds.

Liverpool once again decided to field a variation on their three at the back system and I must admit I wasn't expecting that for this game. People appear to have confused what I was saying on Twitter pre-match because I am a fan of three at the back, I really like it especially when Jose Enrique is available but I thought Rodgers may opt for four at the back for this one, however I'm glad he didn't!

Things got under way very quickly for Liverpool on Saturday as they man…

Baggies Aim For Three On The Trot At Anfield

Liverpool play hosts to Midlanders West Brom on Saturday as the Reds look to perform slightly better than they did on their trip to St James' Park last weekend. The Reds could really do with all three points at Anfield as they look to continue applying pressure on the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea, the latter of which face Man City this weekend. West Brom on the other hand are looking for a third win at Anfield in their last three fixtures here. Injuries for Liverpool mean Brendan Rodgers is still unable to call on Iago Aspas and Philippe Coutinho. Also out with a niggle is Jose Enrique which could be detrimental to the balance in the Liverpool side though there are many critics of the player. Sebastian Coates is also still out long term. For West Brom they have some men missing with Sinclar and Gera both out with hamstring problems. Sinclair may recover in time for the fixture though. Also unavailable for manager Steve Clarke are Foster and Thorne. In general though West Brom hav…

Reds Fail To Overcome 10 Man Magpies

Liverpool were forced to settle for a draw at St James' Park on Saturday as the Reds came from behind twice but failed to make the most of their one man advantage. Goals from Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge kept Liverpool's hopes alive but Newcastle played well and retained their point by the final whistle.

Brendan Rodgers reintroduced Glen Johnson and Aly Cissokho who were both back from injury. Joe Allen however had to settle for a place on the bench. There was also no Agger and no Enrique for this match, the latter of whom wasn't even on the bench.

The first portion of the game was relatively level pegging at St James' Park, both sides were creating chances and both sides saw efforts go wide or saved. Most fixtures between these two sides tend to have an exciting element and judging by the way this one began it was clear there was going to be goals and talking points.

The majority of pre match chat consisted of fans assuming Newcastle would find the back of the…

Reds Face Magpies With Fitness Boost

Well, that's another international break out of the way and England's progress to Rio was of course sealed by none other than Steven Gerrard but our captain has more important things to worry about now as he looks to net his 100th league goal in Liverpool's trip to Newcastle this weekend.
The one advantage of the international break for Brendan Rodgers has been that enough time has passed for three of his injured players to make a possible return. Glen Johnson, Aly Cissokho and Joe Allen are all fit according to the boss and Lucas Leiva is also back from a ban. Still out for Liverpool though are Coutinho and Coates, Iago Aspas is also suspected to be unavailable after picking up a knock.

For Newcastle they are without their captain Fabricio Coloccini who is out with a muscle problem. They are also missing Steven Taylor and Gutierrez, the latter of whom will miss the game due to a personal situation.

The last time the two sides met was near the end of last season. The game …

Three Goals, Three Points But Set Pieces Still A Problem

Liverpool recorded a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday after a powerful first half performance was followed by a slightly subdued second half. The Reds found the back of the net three times in the first half via Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and a Steven Gerrard penalty whilst Palace found a consolation goal in the second portion of the game.

As expected Jordan Henderson was deployed in the Lucas role but other than that Liverpool were set up in their recent format whilst Crystal Palace had forwards Chamakh and Jerome leading play for them.

Once again Liverpool started this clash in a very positive manner, the Reds this season have been very exciting to watch in the first 45 minutes but have often faded quickly in the second half. This was certainly on show Saturday as Liverpool quickly found the back of the net.

It was Luis Suarez's first game back at Anfield since the ban and after bringing his new born son Benjamin on the pitch before kick off, he was immediately causing…

No Lucas For Palace Clash

Liverpool welcome Crystal Palace to Anfield on Saturday as the Reds are gifted with the opportunity of heading back to the top of the Premier League table. It may only be for a short while but this should be more than enough incentive for Liverpool to continue where they left off against Sunderland.

The Reds have no new injury worries with the likes of Coutinho, Johnson, Cissokho, Allen and Coates all still unavailable. The real problem for Brendan Rodgers though is the missing Lucas Leiva, he's already picked up five yellow cards this season and so will have to sit this one out leaving the manager with a slight problem in midfield. The recent set up of 3 - 5 - 2 will perhaps not be on show on Saturday.

For Palace they are without McCarthy, Bolasie and Delaney and they also have doubts hanging over Williams, Hunt and Price, though it is thought Price should be available for Ian Holloway.

Form for both sides is very different with Liverpool recording four wins, a draw and a loss …