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Derby Delight

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Liverpool walked away from their Anfield fortress on Tuesday night feeling elated after emphatically beating their Merseyside rivals Everton. The game could not have gone much better for Liverpool who confidently put four past the Toffees without much concern of conceding. An opener from captain Steven Gerrard was followed by two from Sturridge and then a final goal from Luis Suarez completed the rout.

The main change to the Liverpool side saw Jon Flanagan start in defence whilst Roberto Martinez decided to risk Ross Barkley for Everton despite him recently suffering a broken toe.

The game started well for Everton who immediately caused problems with Ross Barkley fizzing an effort just over the bar only a minute into the game. Shortly after Liverpool returned the favour with an attack on the Everton goal but Jordan Henderson's effort was saved by Tim Howard.

Another chance five minutes later saw Henderson this time messing up completely, sending his effort high over the bar. Ever…

Merseyside Derby Under The Floodlights

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Liverpool prepare for one of the most important games of the season on Tuesday evening as Everton make the short trip across Stanley Park to face the Reds at Anfield. Liverpool of course haven't been playing brilliantly recently, despite progressing to the next stage of the FA Cup their performance was a bit lacklustre and their recent draw with Aston Villa was hardly any better. Brendan will be hoping to get back into the swing of things with an emphatic win over bitter rivals Everton.

Liverpool still have some injury worries to contend with as the likes of Lucas Leiva, Glen Johnson, Daniel Agger and Mamadou Sakho are all unfit. There is also a doubt hanging over Joe Allen and so Brendan Rodgers may have to do some shuffling in order to field a strong and balanced side on Tuesday night.

For Everton they lost Oviedo after a nasty, nasty injury in their FA Cup tie this weekend. They are also without Distin and Barkley. Doubts also hang over Coleman and Pienaar and so Roberto Marti…

Early Birthday Present For Brendan As Reds Progress

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Brendan Rodgers turns 41 today and he will be pleased that his side managed to collect a win against The Cherries after a somewhat difficult start. Bournemouth got the better of Liverpool in the first half but eventually the experience shone through for Liverpool and the Reds got the job done.

The starting line up consisted of Daniel Sturridge, Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard and so it was clear this was a competition being taken very seriously by Rodgers who could have easily rested players with one eye on Tuesday night's Merseyside derby.

Bournemouth began the game in a very confident fashion, home advantage obviously played to their strengths and for a long time the Liverpool defence looked as though they were trying to deal with a Premier League attack, not a forward set up from Bournemouth who are 16th in the Championship.

Initial efforts from Surman and Pugh for the home side missed the target but The Cherries were still putting Liverpool under a lot of pressure and in certa…

Reds Aim To Get Past Bournemouth On First Attempt

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The Reds make the very long trip down South on Saturday where they will face Championship side Bournemouth in the fourth round of the FA Cup. The Reds have had some time to recover from their difficult score draw with Villa last weekend and Brendan Rodgers will be hoping he can steer his side into the next round of this historic competition.

Injuries for Liverpool leave us lacking in an already rather shaky defence. Glen Johnson joins Enrique, Agger and Sakho (knock) on the list and so it is likely we may see Jon Flanagan or Martin Kelly on Saturday. Also out for Liverpool is Lucas Leiva but thankfully his injury is not as bad as once thought. Bournemouth are in a relatively strong position injury wise and they will also be allowed to start Lee Camp in goal who could not feature in their last FA Cup game against Burton Albion.

Bournemouth's last three fixtures in the league have seen them record two draws and a loss at the hands of Wigan. Their goal difference also doesn't ma…

Reds Make Comeback To Take A Point

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Liverpool managed to salvage a point from their clash with Villa on Saturday after initially looking as though they would be lucky to collect any points at all. The Reds got off to a terrible start with Paul Lambert's side finding the back of the net twice in the first half. A late goal before the half time whistle and a controversial penalty in the second half though allowed Liverpool to level the game up.

Aston Villa began the game in a very lively fashion and their form on the road was certainly shining through. Paul Lambert had organised his side well and it was clear that Rodgers' decision to leave out Lucas would end up creating more problems that he anticipated.

After consistent pressure with barely any response from Liverpool, Aston Villa would eventually see their efforts rewarded. An early effort from Agbonlahor was sent wide to the right of goal and shortly afterwards Mignolet was called into action after Westwood sent a shot straight at him. Liverpool were left ho…

Reds Look To Continue Winning Streak In 2014

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With the missing piece of their star striker set up firmly back in place, Liverpool will be hoping that both Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez can find the back of the net again on Saturday as they prepare to face Aston Villa at Anfield.

Liverpool are in a healthier position injury wise as both Mamadou Sakho and Joe Allen return to the side. Aston Villa are also in pretty decent shape with their only new injury worry being Nathan Barker who suffered a concussion in the game with Arsenal.

Aston Villa currently find themselves in 11th place having lost four out of their last six league games. Their sole win in the same time period came against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light where the Midlanders won 1-0. Liverpool on the other hand are nicely placed in 4th going rather steadily in the league, safe in the knowledge that the only "big" side they are yet to face away from home is Manchester United... And they don't exactly look much of a threat these days.

The last time th…

Reds Net 5 To Take Back 4th

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It was an eight goal thriller at the Britannia on Sunday as both sets of fans were treated to an end to end game in a thoroughly exciting football match. There were points of frustration for Liverpool who perhaps could have avoided some of their mistakes but the general consensus is that in years gone by, the Reds would never have fought on to win that game.

Some early Liverpool pressure meant the game swung their way in less than five minutes after a somewhat fortunate goal. Sterling's pass which he appeared to mess up eventually reached Aly Cissokho on the left of the box, his strike had power but it wasn't on target. Ryan Shawcross however managed to get in the way of the effort and turned the ball into his own net.

The following portion of the game consisted of chances for both sides with Liverpool perhaps getting the more feasible attempts. However neither side had scored and we'd have to wait until 30 minutes for a change in the scoreline.

A lurking Luis Suarez was …

Stoke Win Would Send Reds Back Into 4th

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Liverpool make the short trip to the Britannia on Sunday evening as they prepare to face a new look Stoke side managed by Mark Hughes. Brendan Rodgers this week has been in the news for taking the mick out of Chelsea but here's hoping the boss has kept his concentration on what could be a difficult game for the Reds.

There is an improved situation for the Reds concerning injuries as Sturridge and Sakho are hoped to be welcomed back for this fixture. Blows though include a long sideline spell for Daniel Agger and the missing Jose Enrique.

For Stoke, they are unable to field Oussama Assaidi against his parent club and they also have some injury problems between the sticks meaning Jack Butland will start in goal. Also unavailable for Stoke is Robert Huth who recently underwent knee surgery.

The last time the two sides met I was in a boiling hot Tenerife (take me back!) and I vividly remember watching the game in a pub full of Celtic fans whilst they were all watching their game haha…

Aspas Nets First Goal In FA Cup Win

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What should have been a straight forward FA Cup tie for Liverpool on Sunday at stages looked tenuous as the Reds struggled to stamp their authority on the game with a weakened XI. A goal from Iago Aspas in the second half settled what could have been a nervy fixture and an own goal from James Tarkowski late on ensured Liverpool's progress to the next round where they will face either Burton Albion or Bournemouth.

Oldham under their young manager Lee Johnson began the game in a very positive fashion, at times it was easy to question which side was the Premier League outfit. Whilst Liverpool could perhaps note the excuse that their side was weakened it wasn't really acceptable, the side on the pitch should have been performing much better.

In the first half for the Reds it was Luis Alberto who had the best of the chances for the home side, one shot taken perfectly, unfortunately flew wide of the post and Liverpool were forced to continue to withstand some Oldham pressure in the…

Hat Trick Of FA Cup Meetings With Oldham

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This is the third time Liverpool have been pitted against Oldham in the FA Cup in as many seasons. The Reds will surely look to proceed further in this competition despite having most of their commitment pinned firmly on the league.

It is predicted that Brendan Rodgers will field a very different team for the tie at Anfield on Sunday but with Steven Gerrard recently back fit, he could feature in the starting line up boosting Liverpool's experience.

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are without Daniel Sturridge, Joe Allen and Mamadou Sakho whilst Oldham manager Lee Johnson has a relatively strong squad to choose from. Philliskirk, Dayton and MacDonald are all available after recent knocks.

Recent form for Oldham sees them having won only one of their last six matches and that was an FA Cup tie against Mansfield. League form for Oldham is currently problematic and they are placed 19th in League One on 24 points.

The last time the two sides met was in January last year and it was a p…

Liverpool Tame Tigers At Anfield

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The Reds stepped out with revenge on their minds for the start of 2014 as they aimed to get the better of Hull and put the defeat at the start December behind them. With Daniel Agger and Luis Suarez on the score sheet Liverpool need not have worried about a repeat performance from Hull who looked a shadow of the side that turned out against Brendan Rodgers' team a month ago.

Liverpool's first half consisted of calm and confident football which was a real positive considering the injuries and players out of position that the Reds have been contending with. It was Liverpool creating the lion's share of the chances in the first half and as always it was the familiar faces of Suarez, Sterling, Coutinho and Henderson getting involved. Suarez also saw an early header disallowed as he was offside.

The first goal for Liverpool came at 35 minutes after a corner. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Agger managed to get a header on and converted his effort putting the ball past th…