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Reds Look For Revenge Against Hull

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After failing to get anything from Stamford Bridge on Sunday the Reds will now be looking to get the better of Hull at Anfield after Steve Bruce's side embarrassed the Reds earlier in the season. Hull have been playing some good football and Liverpool need to be careful in this fixture ensuring they respect the opposition.

Injuries for Liverpool have been increased but there are also some positives. Daniel Sturridge is expected to be back sooner than thought and Steven Gerrard will be subject to a late fitness test with a chance to start the game. The Reds have added Joe Allen and Mamadou Sakho to their injury list though and so Brendan Rodgers finds himself working with a thin squad.

For Hull, they are looking relatively strong with no new injury concerns aside from Robbie Brady who has a groin problem. Hull beat Fulham emphatically 6-0 in their last game and it is expected Steve Bruce will field the same side.

Hull are currently 10th in the league on 23 points. The Tigers have …

Chelsea Pose A Hazard Whilst Key Decisions Cost Reds

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Liverpool were once again unfortunate to not get anything from a game against one of their rivals away from home. A performance that lacked a bit compared to their City display still left the Reds in a great position when they scored via Martin Skrtel just three minutes into the game but some poor refereeing decisions right from the off and a difficulty dealing with the likes of Hazard and Willian left Brendan Rodgers' side having to accept defeat.

Liverpool began the game knowing they had a weakened back four with Agger out of position having to deal with Eden Hazard who had switched wings. It wasn't an impossible feat but Agger was clearly going to need a lot of support if Liverpool were going to cancel out any attacks down this side.

The first moment of the game worth noting from a Reds perspective was the very early poor challenge on Jordan Henderson from Eto'o. His studs scraped down the front of Henderson's shin, Howard Webb saw it and yet, nothing happened. Par…

Reds Confident For Chelsea

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After a brilliant performance despite a loss at the Etihad on Boxing Day, Liverpool find themselves in high spirits in the run up to their tie with Chelsea on Sunday. The Reds performance against City has made a few people finally wake up and smell the coffee and with the option of also strengthening the team, Liverpool could be right in the mix come the end of the season if they continue to play as they are.

Chelsea on the other hand are well positioned in the table but they haven't exactly been playing well. Of course in football it's always a bonus to be playing poor but winning games, however I feel on Sunday their run of luck may come undone.

Injuries for Liverpool mean they could still be without Jon Flanagan and also still out are Gerrard and Sturridge. For Chelsea they are without Ramires who picked up a fifth yellow card and so he misses the game but other than that they have a pretty strong squad to choose from.

Liverpool's form records them winning four out of …

Reds Unlucky To Walk Away With Nothing From City

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Liverpool could have, should have and nearly did come away from the Etihad on Thursday night with a result after an emphatic performance against title favourites Manchester City. The Reds did not shy away and caused plenty of problems for the home side but missed chances and mistakes let Brendan's side down and they were extremely unfortunate to walk away as losers.

With Flanagan injured Brendan Rodgers decided to field Aly Cissokho in his place. Suarez once again was up front as captain with the likes of Coutinho and Sterling in support.

The first major moment of the game was a terrible, terrible decision from the lines man. A lovely ball through to Raheem Sterling from Luis Suarez sent the youngster on his way, one on one with Joe Hart. A late flag from the linesman though indicated that he'd been called offside, it was only until we all saw the replay that the mistake and the gravity of it became evident. Raheem was at least two yards on side, it was just a shocking decisi…

Boxing Day Belter At City

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Well, it's Christmas Eve and Liverpool are top of the table. I don't know about you but I don't need any other presents after that! On Boxing Day though the Reds have a massive game against Manchester City at the Etihad and if Liverpool could pull off a result here and then again at Chelsea, 2014 could be a fantastic year for the Reds!

The injury situation for Liverpool is still very much the same with the likes of Steven Gerrard, Jose Enrique, Sebastian Coates and Daniel Sturridge all out long term. Update: There is a doubt hanging over Jon Flanagan. For Manchester City they also have some problems with Sergio Aguero unavailable along with Zabaleta, Richards and Nastasic.

I'd just like to apologise for forgetting to ask you to tweet in your score predictions for this match, I completely lost track what with it being Christmas and all but from what I can make out on Twitter a lot of you appear to be predicting score draws. I personally have been saying 1-1 for a long …

Top For Christmas?

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Liverpool currently find themselves top of the pile after successfully beating Cardiff 3-1 at Anfield on Saturday afternoon. The Reds are nicely poised and with Arsenal to face Chelsea on Monday it's a very real prospect that kopites all over will have an extra present on the 25th seeing Brendan Rodgers' side in first place.
It wasn't as smooth a game as we have seen this season but nevertheless you find yourself unable really to complain after finding the back of the net three times and only conceding once. A substituted Flanagan seemed to have more of an effect on the game than predicted and momentarily Liverpool began to falter but the Reds held their nerve and saw the game out to 90 minutes.
Cardiff's real focus of course was on manager Malky Mackay, the Bluebirds made it abundantly clear that they were 100% behind their manager on Saturday with banners of "Tan Out" strewn across the away end. The owner of course did not seem one bit bothered but Malky M…

Bluebirds Face The Red Bird

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Well there may be Christmas cheer at Anfield this weekend but it's a different story for Cardiff fans and their manager Malky Mackay after owner Vincent Tan has essentially told the boss to pack his bags. It's quite frankly shocking the manner in which he has been treated and I'm sure Liverpool fans will support Cardiff in any chants they throw at their owners tomorrow.

Injury wise Cardiff are in a pretty healthy state with most of their team available however Craig Bellamy will be subject to a late fitness test, it would be nice to see him feature at Anfield to be fair. For Liverpool they are still without Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge and Jose Enrique.

Cardiff currently find themselves 15th in the league on 17 points whilst Liverpool stand in 2nd on 33 points. Cardiff have made a decent start to the season but their win last week against West Brom was their first in six league games. Liverpool on the other hand are on a run of three wins in the league and will certai…

Five For Reds As Boas Is Sacked

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Nobody predicted it and certainly nobody expected it but on Sunday evening Liverpool successfully thrashed Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 at White Hart Lane. The Reds had failed to win there since 2008 and had managed to hand Spurs their worst defeat at home in 16 years. 
It was a Liverpool side without captain Steven Gerrard and the influential Daniel Sturridge but it didn't matter one iota as the Reds took to their stride immediately and embarrassed a Tottenham side well before they fell down to ten men. 
There were rumours pre match that Brendan Rodgers may opt to go back to a 3-5-2 set up that he has previously experimented with but in the end it was a back four consisting of Flanagan, Sakho, Skrtel and Johnson that made up the defence. In midfield the missing Steven Gerrard was replaced with Lucas whilst captain Luis Suarez led the line.
It didn't take long at all for it to become evident that Spurs were looking weak at the back. Liverpool started very lively as I feel you have t…

Tough Task For Reds At Tottenham

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Liverpool get the festive period under way on Sunday as they prepare for a gruelling set of fixtures away from home broken up only by a visit to Anfield from Cardiff on the 21st. This weekend though the Reds travel to White Hart Lane to face Andre Villas Boas' Tottenham side.

Injuries for Liverpool for this one mean they are without the prominent pairing of Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge. The positive for Liverpool though is that Jordan Henderson has recovered from an ankle injury and Daniel Agger is also available after missing the game against West Ham.

For Spurs they are without Kaboul, Chiriches and Vertonghen. Danny Rose and Christian Eriksen will also be subject to late fitness tests after missing the game against Anzhi in the Europa League.

Spurs currently find themselves 6th in the league with 27 points. After a recent dry spell the Londoners appear to have got back into the swing of things with two wins on the bounce against Sunderland and Fulham. Tottenham have def…

Reds Take 3 Points Whilst Teams Around Them Falter

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It was another confident win for Liverpool as the Reds walked away with a 4-1 win over West Ham on Saturday. The visitors unwittingly aided Liverpool's victory with two own goals whilst Martin Skrtel scored for the Hammers at a point where the game could have ended very differently. Two late efforts from Suarez though (one given to him and one not) meant Liverpool had safely sealed the win and pushed themselves into 2nd place.

Liverpool started with a slightly different line up after Brendan Rodgers opted for Sakho in defence. West Ham on the other hand had a striker up front who hadn't scored in months on end.

It took nearly the full first half for a goal to enter the game and in fairness to West Ham they did have a few chances in the first half. Liverpool however were clearly the dominant party and it would surely only be a matter of time before the Reds took the lead at home.

The goal did arrive but it was gifted to Liverpool via a mishap between keeper and defender. Jaask…

Reds On For A Winner Against West Ham

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After a brilliant if somewhat solo performance from Liverpool and Luis Suarez against Norwich midweek, the Reds will be looking to continue their streak against West Ham at home this Saturday. This is certainly the kinder half of December for Liverpool and so fans will be hoping for more of the same and another three points wrapped up this weekend.

Injuries for Liverpool are still the same with Enrique, Coates and Sturridge all out long term. For West Ham they have a few injury problems to contend with. Still out are Vaz Te and Carroll and midfielder Ravel Morrison will be unable to feature as he is serving a one match ban.

West Ham currently find themselves in 17th on 13 points. The Londoners are on a bit of a poor run at the moment having only won one of their last six games, this came in a match against Fulham at home. Liverpool find themselves in 4th place on 27 points and the Reds have won three out of their last six league games.

The last time the two sides met was in April ear…

The Suarez Show

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In stark contrast to their shocking defeat at the hands of Hull, Liverpool completely turned their fortunes around on Wednesday night in a 5-1 rout over Norwich. The magical Luis Suarez scored four times whilst Raheem Sterling netted the fifth. The game sees the Reds remain fourth in the table with West Ham at home for their next fixture.

Brendan Rodgers made some changes to the starting XI for this one, namely the reintroductions of Daniel Agger and Joe Allen. Philippe Coutinho was also given the start which was music to most fans ears.

Norwich certainly appear to have found their "bogey team" in the Premier League and after this result you have to feel sorry for goalkeeper John Ruddy who must be sick to the back teeth of Luis Suarez.

The game quickly got underway for Liverpool who had a succession of efforts blocked followed by two Jordan Henderson misses early on. Henderson didn't quite have his shooting boots on but his team mate Luis Suarez had his laces firmly tie…

Liverpool Require A Win To Get Back On Track

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Liverpool welcome the Canaries to Anfield on Wednesday evening as the Reds look to redeem themselves after a terrible performance against Hull at the weekend. Brendan's side looked completely lacklustre and it is assumed the boss will this time field a different starting XI.

Liverpool are of course without Daniel Sturridge who could be out for six weeks. The Reds are also missing Jose Enrique and Sebastian Coates who are out long term. Kolo Toure will be subject to a late fitness test before the game but there are many fans who believe he has earnt a seat on the bench for this match after his last performance.

For Norwich, manager Chris Hughton has quite a few bodies missing. Bunn and Wolfswinkel are both unavailable with ankle problems whilst Bennet and Snodgrass have knee injuries. Pilkington and Tettey are also out leaving Norwich in a bit of a pickle when trying to select their best XI.

Norwich currently find themselves in 14th with 14 points and it has been a mix bag of resu…

Tigers Roar To 3-1 Win

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Liverpool fell to an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Hull on Sunday in what should have been a straight forward win for the Reds. With questions being asked over the selected XI by fans before kick off, come 90 minutes it was clear that Brendan Rodgers needs more than two signings in the January window. The Reds lacked creativity and the defence was sloppy to say the least, a Steven Gerrard free kick was the only thing to smile about as Liverpool had to congratulate Hull on an organised performance.

The Reds didn't take long to set a tone for this game, in a vociferous KC Stadium it appeared as though Hull were definitely out to cause an upset. The worrying thing was, even so early on in the game, too many of the Liverpool side didn't look bothered, simple passes even appeared to be a problem and whilst at this point it was annoying, the worry hadn't quite set in for me at this stage (that came in the second half).

Hull on the other hand looked comfortable, they had s…