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Tough Away Tie At Southampton For Reds

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Liverpool travel to St Mary's Stadium on Saturday as they prepare to face Southampton. The Reds have just come off the back of a dramatic Swansea win and will no doubt be aiming to fix their evident defensive issues in this fixture however Southampton beat the Reds at home earlier in the season and so they will certainly be applying pressure on the Liverpool goal.

Injury wise Liverpool have seen the return of Lucas Leiva and Mamadou Sakho to training, a late decision will be made by Rodgers and co to determine whether they will feature. For Southampton they are in a relatively strong position but will also have two players subject to late fitness tests with doubts hanging over both Wanyama and Hooiveld.

Southampton are currently 9th in the league and have been pretty consistent in recent months losing only one of their last six matches. Southampton notched up the loss at West Ham conceding three goals in the process.

Liverpool have also been consistent in their recent fixtures an…

Leaky Defence But Attack Too Strong For Swansea

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Liverpool are renown for failing to make things easy for themselves but Sunday's performance against Swansea at Anfield was just taking the biscuit. In a game that saw the Reds lead 1-0, 2-1, 3-2 and finally 4-3 it was a bit too much to take for the Kopites present who were left wondering why their defence had leaked so freely. Vitally though Liverpool collected all three points to keep the pressure on the top of the table.

Brendan Rodgers made two changes to his Liverpool side with Glen Johnson and Daniel Agger coming into the XI replacing Cissokho and Toure.

The game couldn't have started much better for the Reds who were on the score sheet after just three minutes. A lovely ball from Raheem Sterling set Sturridge on his way, the forward then took the ball around the keeper and finished with ease to put Liverpool ahead. The goal was also a milestone for Sturridge who now levels a Ruud Van Nistolrooy record being the only player(s) to score in 8 consecutive league games.

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Swansea Enter Anfield Fortress

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Brendan Rodgers welcomes his old side Swansea to Anfield on Sunday as Liverpool look to put their loss in the FA Cup behind them and make a real challenge in the league. With Gary Monk now in the hot seat for the Welsh side it will be interesting to see what he can bring to this fixture.

An injury update from Rodgers on Friday made unpleasant hearing for some Liverpool fans as it was announced Jose Enrique had been to America to see a specialist about his knee injury and could potentially be out for the rest of the season. On the plus side Glen Johnson is back for the Reds but Lucas and Sakho are both still unavailable.

For Swansea they are unable to call upon Michu who has an ankle injury but Jonjo Shelvey came back for the side to feature against Napoli in the Europa League.

Swansea currently find themselves 10th in the league. Current form for the Swans has been a bit hit and miss, they managed to hold Napoli to a draw in the week but in the league they have lost three out of thei…

Arsenal Knock Liverpool Out Of FA Cup

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Liverpool were knocked out of the FA Cup on Sunday at the hands of an Arsenal side who perhaps couldn't believe their luck at 90 minutes. Liverpool were arguably the better of the two sides but unfortunately for the Reds there wasn't an end product. Some strange penalty decisions also left Liverpool fans berating Howard Webb.

Liverpool began the game having made three changes to the side with Allen replacing Henderson, Agger replacing Toure and Brad Jones replacing Simon Mignolet between the sticks. In a busy week for Arsenal, Arsene Wenger also made some changes swapping a total of seven of his team members from their last fixture.

The first half for Liverpool consisted of some chances mainly via Daniel Sturridge. Very early on in the game a lovely pass from Steven Gerrard had Sturridge through on goal but his effort was perhaps too direct for a prepared Fabianski. Shortly afterwards another ball through to Sturridge saw him smash his effort off the side netting. The Reds we…

Cup Clash With Arsenal

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Liverpool travel to the Emirates on Sunday as they prepare to face an Arsenal side that they beat 5-1 just over a week ago. With Arsenal having one eye on their Champions League tie with Bayern Munich it may be a slightly weakened team from Wenger whilst Liverpool may prefer to go out strong.

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are still without Lucas, Sakho and Enrique. Glen Johnson however is nearly back to fitness and it is possible too that the newly returned Daniel Agger will feature in the starting line up. For Arsenal they are without Walcott, Ramsey and a few other key players whilst Cazorla who is suffering from an illness may also be left out on Sunday.

The last time the two sides met as we all know was on 8th February, Liverpool were brilliant in that fixture but it's not always been plain sailing against Arsenal, especially not at the Emirates. Liverpool's last trip ended in a 2-0 loss with goals via Ramsey and Cazorla.

The last time the Reds won at the Emirates was …

Reds Had To Fight For Glory At Fulham

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It was a nerve-wracking 90 minutes to say the least for Liverpool on Wednesday evening as the Reds went behind twice in their clash with Fulham. Some sloppy defending created problems immediately for Liverpool but a more composed second half eventually ended with the Reds being awarded a penalty and Steven Gerrard saving the three points.

Brendan Rodgers decided to field the same side that faced Arsenal for this fixture, it was a vital game for the Reds who needed to prove they are capable of beating the lesser teams and can also perform well away from home.

Things didn't start brilliantly for Liverpool though after Simon Mignolet was forced into a save very early on when Ryan Tunnicliffe took a chance. Shortly afterwards things got even worse. A cross from Richardson made its way into the Liverpool box, Kolo Toure had Darren Bent behind him and whilst I agree he had to do something I just can't understand how he's managed to slice the ball into his own net. It was a shoc…

They Beat The Top But Can They Beat The Bottom?

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Liverpool travel to London on Wednesday evening as they prepare to face the league's bottom side, Fulham. The Reds are on a real high after completely battering Arsenal but the feat will be pointless if they can't get the better of the Cottagers who had a good weekend themselves after gaining a draw at Manchester United in the last minute of the game hahahahaha! *cough* sorry.

Injuries for Liverpool leave them in a similar situation to the weekend with long term absentees Johnson, Lucas, Agger, Sakho and Enrique all still unavailable. For Fulham are in a strong position with Etheridge and Briggs being the only missing members.

Fulham currently find themselves stone dead last in the table but they are only four points shy of an escape, with things so tight at the bottom of the table the Londoners will be desperate to grab as many points as they can. Form for Fulham has not been very positive of late with just one win and one draw from six games propping up a string of four los…

"We're Just A Foal"

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Brendan Rodgers distanced his side from being stallions after Jose Mourinho's crazy horse talk this week but the Reds must feel as though they pose a serious threat now in the race after demolishing Arsenal on Saturday at Anfield. Liverpool found the back of the net on five occasions via Martin Skrtel, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge. Arsenal could only find a consolation via a penalty in the second half.

Liverpool began the game in the best possible fashion when less than one minute into the game Mertesacker gave away a free kick after a challenge on Luis Suarez. Steven Gerrard stepped up to take the set piece and his ball found its way to Martin Skrtel who poked home the goal and proceeded to go absolutely mental. I too went absolutely mental, firstly because we'd netted against Arsenal within a minute but also because I'd popped a quid on Martin Skrtel anytime a few minutes before kick off haha! Bonus.

Despite the fact everybody was elated it was obviously too soo…

Table Toppers At Anfield

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After a somewhat unexpected draw at The Hawthorns last weekend Liverpool now have to face the might of Arsene Wenger's Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday. The Reds appear to have lost some of their consistency of late and it will be interesting to see which side turns up this weekend as Liverpool attempt to create a stumbling block for the Londoners.

Injuries for Liverpool are still pretty much the same with Johnson, Agger, Sakho, Enrique and Lucas all still out. Whilst Arsenal are missing Jack Wilshere and Mathieu Flamini who is half way through a four match ban.

Arsenal are currently top of the pile having lost only three matches all season. The Gunners have also won five out of their last six league fixtures, drawing the other match against Southampton. It's worth noting that two of Arsenal's three losses were away from home to Manchester United and Manchester City and they too also struggled to beat West Brom at The Hawthorns drawing 1-1. So does this mean all hope is not…

Mistake Costs Liverpool The Win

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Liverpool had to settle for a draw at The Hawthorns on Sunday as a scrappy game turned sour when Kolo Toure made a massive mistake setting up Anichebe just after the hour mark. Liverpool were not playing at their best but an early Daniel Sturridge strike looked as though it may be enough to see them through to 90 minutes. Pepe Mel's side though did not give up and a stroke of luck was all they needed to rein in Liverpool's lead.

As with a lot of Liverpool games this season I think you can successfully judge the likely outcome of a game after about 10-15 minutes of us playing. Yesterday it was clear that this was going to be one of Liverpool's off days, nothing was smooth, we were losing possession and we also don't perform as well away from home. The thing was though after such a brilliant win over Everton, everybody, including myself just assumed that this would be a win, perhaps some of this mentality filtered through to the players because at times it definitely lo…

SAS Look To Punish Baggies

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After the disappointment of the January transfer window Liverpool will look to put their lack of purchases behind them on Sunday as they prepare to face West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns. Liverpool's last outing saw them emphatically beat Everton and so Brendan Rodgers will be looking for a repeat performance from his side.
Injuries for the Reds mean they are still without Sakho, Enrique and Agger but they have some good news with the return of Joe Allen. West Brom are unable to call upon Nicolas Anelka who has received stitches in a knee injury. Sessegnon is also unavailable but the Baggies have a relatively strong side to choose from.
The last time the two sides met was in October last year. The game at Anfield went extremely well for Liverpool who converted four goals via Luis Suarez who scored a hat trick and Daniel Sturridge. James Morrison scored the only goal for the Albion with a penalty on 66 minutes.
Liverpool's last league visit to The Hawthorns however was les…