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Thursday, 31 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 was in January when the game ended 2-2, I remember it well as I won about £30 on the scoreline! This time out though we want a win not the cash! Luis Suarez and Jordan Henderson were on the score sheet at the Emirates that day.

We have to go back to the begging of the 11/12 season to find a win for Liverpool in this tie though. An own goal from Ramsey aided the Reds on their way and a last minute winner from Luis Suarez sealed all three points.

Liverpool don't have an amazing record at the Emirates but it isn't that terrible either. One thing to note is that a draw here is often a popular result and the Reds in five out of their last eight trips to the Emirates have come away with a score draw.

Stat Sandwich

  • Luis Suarez has scored six times in his last four games for Liverpool.
  • Arsenal are unbeaten in eight matches in the league.
  • Daniel Sturridge is currently the league's top goalscorer having found the back of the net eight times.

This is one of those games that you can't hide your excitement for, a match against Arsenal is always pretty big and important but it hasn't felt this important in a very long time. Games between the two sides always involve goals and excitement and I think on Saturday it will be no different.

Liverpool have created a simply awesome partnership in Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez but Arsenal have an attack that is hard to deal with all of their own. Their signing of Ozil late in the window has brought more strength and belief to the side than they could have hoped for and despite Liverpool's good start I think the Reds will have their work cut out at the Emirates this weekend.

I would like to predict that Liverpool will collect all three points I really would but unfortunately I just can't see it, I do however see us collecting another draw in London and I also think both teams will score. Both sides will have strength and confidence in attack and I think it will boil down to the ability of the defence to deal with counter attacks and set pieces which is an aspect that worries me about Liverpool at the moment. I can see Suarez or Sturridge getting the game underway but then I can also see us conceding a silly goal failing to deal with a corner again.

Taking all of this into account I expect a lively game on Saturday and I also expect goals, I'd love us to some how gather a win but my prediction for this one is 2-2.

I usually ask you each week to send in your score predictions but as you may have noticed the match preview is a bit early this week (I'm off out to celebrate my birthday early on Friday) and so I never got chance to ask you for your predictions! But please stay tuned to @_TheLiverBird on Saturday/Sunday because I will be asking for your match reaction in 140 characters and some of the best ones will feature in the match report!

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Sunday, 27 October 2013

"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 managed to get themselves on the score sheet after just ten minutes and in superb fashion. Suarez after receiving the ball from Kolo Toure took on three Albion defenders, took it through the legs of one and then finished without even looking at the target. The Baggies were left dumbstruck whilst Suarez felt vindicated after appealing for a shirt pull in the box earlier on.

West Brom themselves also felt they had a case for a penalty prior to the Suarez goal when Skrtel was involved in a shirt pull himself. Things got worse for the Albion when they were denied again later in the match but this was after another stunning goal from yes you guessed it; Luis Suarez

A cross from Aly Cissokho made its way to Luis Suarez who had the confidence to "have a pop" at a header. Most players wouldn't even consider giving it a go from here because the feat looks impossible but nothing seems to phase Luis Suarez. From 17 yards out he smashed his perfectly placed header at more than 30mph into the back of the Albion net. It was literally gob smacking, fans in the crowd were left with mouths agape as the rest of the Liverpool team jumped to celebrate with their Uruguayan magician.

I'm not sure how West Brom were supposed to even attempt to deal with Luis Suarez on Saturday but what made things more difficult for Steve Clarke's side is that they weren't creating any chances either.

Shortly after the Suarez goal Jordan Henderson nearly saw an effort go in but his shot curled well but fell wide of the mark. I'm not sure if Alex Ferguson bothered to keep up to speed with our fixture whilst he was watching his shower of crap against Stoke but he may have felt like revoking some of his comments... unlikely!

Both Henderson and Steven Gerrard had a fantastic game on Saturday and they've shut any doubters up with performance and not hollow words.

After Henderson's effort West Brom managed to get a break and Anelka very nearly put himself through on goal his first touch was ok but he took it past the keeper that bit too far and allowed Martin Skrtel in to make a clearance. The resulting corner was then scrambled away by Mignolet and the Liverpool defence to ensure the Reds kept their clean sheet. In the midst of the scramble though West Brom were appealing heavily for a penalty after another incident involving Martin Skrtel. I do feel they had a case to be honest and whilst I agree with the argument that a game poised at 2-1 could have been very different for the visitors I seriously don't think the Baggies would have picked up any points on Saturday even in that position, Liverpool were just on fire.

In the second half Liverpool once again didn't waste much time getting into the swing of things. The Reds found themselves with a free kick on the left wing early on. A lovely cross in from Steven Gerrard was then met easily by a free Luis Suarez who converted another, less impressive header! The Reds were now 3-0 up and looked completely out of sight. Shortly after Suarez's completed hat trick our other star man Daniel Sturridge saw an effort smash out off the bar but he wouldn't be too disappointed come the end of the 90 minutes.

Just after the hour mark West Brom perhaps received some justice when the linesman awarded Steve Clarke's side a penalty. The referee didn't look as though he had any intentions of giving the spot kick but in the end he pointed to the spot and the Baggies had a chance to put one in the back of the net. James Morrison who entered the field of play just before half time successfully converted the penalty for his side.

The real magic of the game though came at 76 minutes. Luis Suarez indicated the confidence levels of our front two with his header in the first half but Daniel Sturridge futher instilled this with perhaps one of the best goals seen in a Liverpool shirt.

From outside the box Daniel Sturridge saw a chance that nobody else would, with the keeper not even off his line Sturridge decided to risk a chip. Timed, weighted and placed to perfection the ball majestically hung in the air for what seemed like forever and then cascaded into the back of the net behind a stunned Myhill.

The goals sent Anfield crazy, most people would have never seen anything like that and Liverpool were seriously looking immense. Daniel Sturridge of course followed his goal with the now famous dance of his, it would have been an absolute travesty if he didn't. A simply awesome goal.

And with that, Liverpool had sealed all three points.

The Reds now find themselves nicely placed in 2nd. Chelsea are to play City today and a draw for me would be ideal here, if things work out well in other results the Reds could find themselves heading into the Arsenal game with the prospect of going top of the league and having the control of it in their own hands!

This is both an exciting and scary prospect at the moment but I cannot wait until next weekend now!

As always I asked you to send in your thoughts on the game and here are a few of the tweets I received, thank you to everybody that replied!


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Friday, 25 October 2013

Baggies Aim For Three On The Trot At Anfield

The last three players to score against West Brom have all left, the 4th... Martin Skrtel (pop a quid on it!)
Image: telegraph.co.uk
 
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 have a pretty strong squad to choose from.
 
The last time the two sides met was in February of this year, two late goals sealed a win for the Baggies as Liverpool failed to find the back of the net. West Brom have a pretty good recent record against the Reds, they also won at Anfield back in April 2012 with Odemwingie scoring their only goal that day. Liverpool notched up a win against the Midlands side in September of last year though via a brace from Nuri Sahin... remember him?
 
Fact is though Liverpool's record against the Albion of late isn't very promising at all and I think the Reds are blessed that this fixture is at home at this stage of the season because as mentioned at the beginning of this post we could really do with those three points and it's not going to be an easy task.
 
The positive for Liverpool is that West Brom have faltered slightly in their start to the season, they've picked up a few draws but they haven't let many goals in. Their form for the last six matches reads - DDWWDL and they find themselves 10th in the league currently. Liverpool have also picked up a couple of draws and have conceded in each one of their last six fixtures except their win over Manchester United. The Reds are currently placed 6th in the table but goal difference is part of the problem here, a win on Saturday would see the Reds potentially jump to 2nd.

Stat Sandwich
  • Liverpool have kept a clean sheet at home in 13 of their last 23 league games under Rodgers.
  • West Brom's Olsson has made the most clearances so far this season with 86.
  • Steven Gerrard has created more than anyone else in the league when it comes to goalscoring chances, the captain has supplied 21.
 
With Liverpool back in the swing of things now after the international break there is hope that the Sturridge and Suarez partnership tomorrow will be on song. The thing Liverpool need to focus on though is their defensive play from set pieces, West Brom will get their chances this way and it wouldn't surprise me if that's how we concede. I would like to be positive and suggest the Reds will maintain a clean sheet on Saturday but I just don't think that's going to happen, that said I still think Liverpool will win the game and my scoreline prediction is definitely a bit optimistic as I'm going for a 3-1 which appears to be a popular choice this week.
 
You tweeted me some of your scorer/scoreline predictions last night and today and here are a few of the ones I received, thanks to everybody that tweeted!


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Sunday, 20 October 2013

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 net in this game but I think I'm right in saying that most Liverpool fans didn't expect to see Newcastle to get off the mark first.

The Magpies goal in fairness was a great one and I don't feel we can complain too much about conceding in that manner. Yohan Cabaye took a chance with a right footed shot from outside the area and the ball flew all the way into the back of the net past Simon Mignolet.

With the Reds now on the back foot it was important that Liverpool worked to find a goal before half time, they couldn't afford to allow Newcastle to settle in here and thankfully they didn't. It was clear the international break had a detrimental effect on Brendan Rodgers' side, the link up play between Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez was definitely there but the extra games appeared to have taken their toll slightly.

At just before the 40 minute mark Steven Gerrard who did so well for his country in the week had his chance to step up for a penalty and mark 100 goals in the league. The penalty was awarded to Liverpool after Luis Suarez was clearly taken down in the box, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was shown the red card after being the last man and I really don't think Newcastle fans have too much to complain about there.

Steven Gerrard very rarely misses from the spot and with a powerful strike he sent his penalty to Krul's right and secured the Reds an equaliser.

Liverpool had scored at just the right moment and with 10 men on the pitch now for Newcaslte, the second half for the visitors should have technically been easier, however it wasn't as simple as that.

Just 10 minutes into the second half and Liverpool had conceded again. Unlike the first goal that was a flash of brilliance, this time Liverpool were very much to blame. It appears that no matter how hard we try at the moment we just can't deal with set pieces effectively. Paul Dummet eventually found the back of the net for his side but Liverpool's defensive layout was a bit of a shambles to say the least and Brendan Rodger's side should have done a lot better.

Now 2-1 down and finding themselves with a mountain to climb once again Liverpool could at least cling on to the fact that Newcastle still only had 10 men. Just after the hour mark Liverpool made a substitution bringing on Luis Alberto in place of Sakho. The passing from Alberto definitely aided Liverpool and the Reds did look as though they were going to find an equaliser with this slight tactical change.

At 70 minutes Liverpool found their chance, some lovely link up play between Suarez and Sturridge saw the Uruguayan play a perfect ball across goal that was met by the head of Daniel. Sturridge is now on 9 goals and in immense form, there was no dancing celebration yesterday though as he picked up the ball and encouraged his side to quickly restart play.

Liverpool of course knew they would be missing a real chance here if they were to only take away a point instead of three. The thing was though you found yourself being unable to complain too much because the Reds had come from behind twice but again, you found yourself then thinking "but they've only got 10 men..."

It was a strange situation because Liverpool didn't actually play that bad. A late chance from Luis Suarez that crashed off the bar and a final free kick that wasn't quite good enough meant Liverpool were left to accept the sole point. One thing I also had to note was that the Reds showed great fight to come back into that game twice and I know hindsight is a wonderful thing but I really don't think we'd have seen that kind of response in a game like that last season.

The Reds were momentarily top of the league on Saturday but quickly found themselves down in 3rd after Chelsea and Arsenal both won. It's certainly not the end of the world for Liverpool but we really need to capitalise fully on games like yesterday's because there will come a point where we've lost contact and if we're really serious about getting this top four place then we need to focus and grind out those three points.

However on the whole I don't feel too disappointed, yesterday wasn't good enough, we know this but thankfully we've done well enough so far this season to allow for a few mistakes at this early stage. With West Brom at home next Liverpool seriously need the three points there because a very tasty and perhaps very meaningful tie against Arsenal is the next game after that.

I asked you for your thoughts on the game and here are just a few of the ones I received, once again thanks for getting in touch and stay tuned on @_TheLiverBird timeline so you can send in your score predictions next week!

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Friday, 18 October 2013

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.
I think we've really missed Glen, you don't know what you've got until it's gone in my opinion!
Image: telegraph.co.uk
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 at St James' Park was a nightmare for the Magpies who failed to find the back of the net, had a man sent off and conceded six goals. On the score sheet that day was Daniel Agger, Fabio Borini and both Sturridge and Henderson who both scored a brace.

The last meeting at Anfield between the two sides was on my 23rd birthday (boo hiss boo to getting older /// 4th November). Luis Suarez scored in that game and Newcastle, despite earning a point that day, once again had a man sent off.

Newcastle have notched up wins against the Reds on their home turf in recent years though, winning in both 2010 and 2007.

Form for Newcastle shows them recording three wins out of their last five league games. Their two losses came against Everton and Hull but the Geordies still managed to score twice on both occasions. Newcastle are currently placed 11th in the table.

Liverpool on the other hand find themselves joint top with Arsenal and with the Gunnars facing Norwich at home this weekend, Liverpool need to ensure they also collect all three points. The Reds' last five games also show them winning three fixtures and then recording a loss and a draw. Liverpool may have slipped up on a couple of occasions this season but they are still going strong and with the return of some key players Liverpool you would hope will be able to walk away from St James' Park on Saturday victorious.

Stat Sandwich
  • The Reds have not lost in their last seven away games in the league.
  • Newcastle's last 12 goals in the league have all been scored by Frenchmen.
  • Liverpool have still only scored once in the second half so far this season.

As usual I sent out a tweet asking you all for your score predictions and here are a few of the tweets I received this week, thanks to all who replied!


I don't think I'm going to get chance to put a bet on tomorrow but if I could I'd be placing my quid on a 2-1 Liverpool win. I feel as though Newcastle will definitely find the back of the net but the Reds should be confident enough to score more than once and also hold on to a lead, I do feel Liverpool need to score first though.

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Sunday, 6 October 2013

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 problems for the Palace defence. The goal in particular is one to note for Suarez's critics because it indicated the level of commitment that the Uruguayan has.

Despite falling over in the box, Suarez still managed to fling a foot at the ball and turn his effort past Speroni. Under 15 minutes had past and Liverpool were already 1-0 up. This was a cracking start for Rodgers' side.

The early goal certainly seemed to fluster Ian Holloway's boys as they struggled to deal with the ensuing pressure from Liverpool. Shortly after the Suarez goal Liverpool had found themselves another by our other impressive forward Daniel Sturridge.

After a weaving run in the box Sturridge appeared to be angering some on lookers who were screaming for him to pass the ball but sometimes being selfish is exactly the right thing to do and he was spot on to take on this chance himself. A fine finish from the number 15 successfully doubled Liverpool's lead.

A period of 5-10 minutes in the first half saw Palace eventually put Liverpool under some pressure but it wasn't long before Liverpool had turned the tables again and found themselves being awarded a penalty.

I must admit I do feel it was a bit harsh on Crystal Palace and I personally don't think I'd of given the decision but in fairness I don't think Palace were going to pick anything up from this game anyway and at 2-0 up I'm not sure it had a massive bearing on the overall 90 minutes.

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard took the penalty awarded for a challenge on Raheem Sterling and the captain converted calmly and coolly as always putting Liverpool 3-0 up with just over five minutes left of the first half.

It was a perfect start for the Reds, they were creating lots of chances and had scored three goals via three different goalscorers. Some minor problems to deal with in defence were dealt with relatively easily and in all honesty it looked as though Liverpool would come out in the second half and turn this into an absolute rout, however that wasn't quite the case.

Some immediate substitutions in the second half saw Palace replace Jerome and Kebe with Gayle and Campana. After a quiet start from both sides Liverpool also decided to make some changes after the hour mark bringing on Luis Alberto and Daniel Agger in place of Sakho and Moses.

Luis Suarez was once again lighting up the Liverpool display in the second half, his partner Daniel Sturridge also appears to have a natural connection with the Uruguayan. Several times both men knew exactly where the other one was and even though there was no final product at this stage, the passing and movement was sublime.

At 75 minutes Raheem Sterling was put into the book for a foul on the edge of the box. The free kick taken by substitute Campana was met by the head of another substitute Gayle who headed the ball past Simon Mignolet.

It was frustrating for Liverpool fans to watch because we can't seem to deal with set pieces at the moment and to concede so late on from a set piece after playing so well was very annoying. Goal difference at the moment too is also quite important for the Reds and so it would have been very nice to have kept the clean sheet.

Towards the end of the match another chance from Daniel Sturridge had hearts racing but his shot bounced out off the post. And that was that, well, aside from Aspas coming on at 87 minutes and somehow managing to get himself booked!

I asked for your thoughts on the game and there were quite a few of you mentioning the set piece problem but the overall vibe was good, here's a couple of the best tweets below...

Liverpool as I type this are still currently top of the league but Arsenal are playing West Brom. The Reds have a trip to Newcastle up next after another bloody international break!

P.s. I can only apologise about the incorrect fixture information in the sidebar, Blogger will not allow me to edit my gadgets at the moment and until they fix the problem I can't correct it, sorry about that!
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Friday, 4 October 2013

No Lucas For Palace Clash

Anyone fancy this on VHS?! Haha!
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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 in their last six. Crystal Palace however have only been able to pick up one win in the league so far this season although strangely it was a carbon copy of Liverpool's result with Sunderland.

The last time the two sides met was in 2005 in the Carling Cup. On the score sheet for Liverpool that day was Steven Gerrard but Palace walked away winners finding the back of the net via Dougie Freedman and Marco Reich. The last time the teams met in the league was also in 2005 at Selhurst Park, Palace again were victorious in a 1-0 win.

The last match at Anfield between the two sides had goals galore. Most Liverpool fans will remember this match for the Milan Baros hat trick including two spot kicks. The Czech scored from the spot at 23 minutes, Kolkka then equalised at 44 minutes for Palace but Milan Baros shortly found a return. A goal from Michael Hughes for Palace levelled things up once again in the second half but in the 89th minute Milan Baros won another penalty and converted it.

Stat Sandwich
  • Steven Gerrard has created more chances from a set piece than any other player so far in the league.
  • Crystal Palace have made 146 tackles in the league this season.
  • Luis Suarez's second half goal against Sunderland was the first for the Reds this season.

I must admit I feel quite confident going into this one and I suppose you have to be really, no offence to Crystal Palace but if Liverpool can't get all three points at home on Saturday then something is terribly wrong. Palace have only scored more than once on one occasion this season and have failed to find the back of the net at all in three of their fixtures.

The only downside for Liverpool is the possible situation with Lucas being out. A lot of people don't realise how much he can bring to a team and whilst I assume Jordan Henderson will be instructed into a more defensive role on Saturday which he will handle, I think this could be slightly detrimental to the team as Hendo is a lot better in attack and has been playing well in Rodgers' recent system. I feel if Henderson is in the middle though then Raheem definitely needs to start in my opinion.

You've tweeted me in some of your score predictions once again this week and here are a couple of them...


Keep your eyes peeled on @_TheLiverBird timeline after the game as I'll be asking for your thoughts on the match, best tweets will feature in the match report!

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