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Reds Keep The Dream Alive

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We are top of the league, say we are top of the league! ...

Oh yeah, I'm supposed to be rounding up the match aren't I? The beauty of running an informal blog means you can sometimes start a post in full on fan mode though! What a fantastic performance from Liverpool on Sunday as they put four goals past an extremely lacklustre Tottenham side. With Liverpool knowing they could take the top spot at the end of this fixture, Anfield was absolutely electric.

Brendan Rodgers made just the one change to his side deciding to field Raheem Sterling instead of Joe Allen creating an even larger attacking presence for the Reds.

As seems to be a trend for Liverpool, the game quickly got off to a great start as the Reds created problems in the box for Spurs. A lovely pass from Coutinho to Sterling allowed the youngster to run down the right wing, Glen Johnson then with a perfectly timed overlapping run received the ball from Sterling and whipped a cross into the danger zone. A then bumblin…

Can Liverpool End March On A High?

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Liverpool welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Anfield on Sunday as they aim to collect a more convincing win after a somewhat nervy 90 minutes with Sunderland midweek. After confidently beating Spurs on their own turf, Brendan Rodgers will surely have faith in his side to seal the deal in the reverse fixture this weekend.

Liverpool are still in a strong position injury wise with just long term absentee Jose Enrique missing. Spurs on the other hand have a few injury worries with Adebayor and Dembele both being subject to late decisions and Capoue and Lamela out.

Tottenham are currently placed 6th in the league on 56 points. The London side have had a tough run in of games recently losing to both Chelsea and Arsenal on the trot but picking up a win against Southampton at White Hart Lane.

Liverpool are still sitting nicely in 2nd and as I write this there is a potential for us to go top tomorrow as Chelsea are having a bit of a mare (this surely can't last?!). No matter what happens in tha…

Nervy Finish But Reds Grind Out 3 Points

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It was a nervy ride to say the least on Wednesday evening as kopites everywhere tried to stay calm whilst Liverpool ground out a 2-1 win over Sunderland. After a heroes reception before kick off with the fans welcoming the team bus outside Anfield, the game generated the atmosphere of a European night and with the tension that rose throughout the 90 minutes it certainly did feel like it.

The game started slower than expected for Liverpool who were creating chances but perhaps struggling a bit with the five across the back fielded by Gus Poyet. Some poor crosses and passes from Glen Johnson too also led to early frustration, it just wasn't his day at all on Wednesday night!

Eventually though the pressure applied by the Reds came good when a last ditch challenge from Vergini saw Suarez taken down. In my opinion Vergini was very lucky to remain on the pitch, it was a bad challenge and I also felt he was last man with Suarez otherwise clear on goal. I definitely feel there was a case…

Reds Back At Anfield For Sunderland Tie

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Liverpool are back on the hallowed turf of Anfield on Wednesday evening as they prepare to face Sunderland. After a thoroughly exciting if somewhat worrying tie with Cardiff at the weekend, the Reds will be looking for a smoother win this time out.

Good news for Liverpool as Brendan Rodgers has no new injuries to contend with. In the Cardiff game he opted to start Coutinho instead of Sterling and it will be interesting to see which of the two he chooses to start in this clash.

For Sunderland they cannot field Fabio Borini as he is ineligible being one of our players on loan. They are also missing Alonso who is serving a suspension and out with an ankle injury is Steven Fletcher.

Sunderland are currently 18th in the table and they are in the midst of a bad run of form too, losing three out of their last four games. Liverpool on the other hand still find themselves in 2nd chasing Chelsea whilst hoping Manchester City will slip up at some point too.

The last time the two sides met was i…

Suarez Hat Trick In Cardiff Win

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It certainly wasn't plain sailing for Liverpool on Saturday as they conceded an early goal from Cardiff making it much more difficult for themselves. Things never seem to be simple with Brendan Rodgers' side though, the way in which Liverpool play is always calling for risk but the plus side is the Reds know that they will score more goals. It's a gloriously exciting yet dangerous way to play football, especially at this stage of the season but it worked on Saturday for Liverpool.

Brendan Rodgers made only one change to the team from the Manchester United game, opting to replace Raheem Sterling with Philippe Coutinho.

Whilst on paper this game should have been a simple win for Liverpool, many fans appeared to forget that Cardiff were fighting for their lives and they would definitely get some chances on the counter attack. Unfortunately for Liverpool, these chances cropped up sooner than expected and with a less than alert defence the Reds conceded their first goal just e…

Reds On A Roll

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Liverpool travel to Wales on Saturday on the back of a brilliant win at Old Trafford. Brendan Rodgers' will be aiming to keep the moment going and avoid a slip up at Cardiff as the Reds aim to keep the pressure on in their ever more serious title challenge. With Chelsea also hosting Arsenal this weekend, it could be another interesting weekend for Liverpool.

Liverpool are in very good shape injury wise this week with just Jose Enrique left out with that long term injury. For Cardiff they are unable to call on Hudson and have doubts hanging over both Taylor and Turner and so Solskjaer may select his team late on.

Cardiff are currently 19th in the league on a worrying 25 points. Luckily for the Welsh side there are teams around them also struggling and so all hope is not lost. With 52 goals against though Solskjaer's team will struggle to keep out the Liverpool attack this weekend.

The Reds are currently sitting pretty, second in the league with a game in hand which is to be pl…

Penos-A-Plenty In Old Trafford Win

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Liverpool walked away from Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon having collected all three points scoring two penalties and one goal via Luis Suarez from open play. The Reds were awarded three spot kicks but it could have been five or six in a game that saw some controversial decisions mixed with a truly poor performance from the once exuberant Manchester United.

Brendan Rodgers had clearly put some thought into his starting line up for this one, opting once again to include Joe Allen in the midfield in order to help protect the back four. The added bonus for Liverpool too was that both Lucas and Sakho were back on the bench. A forward three consisted of Sterling, Sturridge and Suarez (complete with knitted boots!)

The game got off to a good start for Liverpool who immediately sprung into action when a Henderson pass reached Daniel Sturridge, unfortunately his resulting shot went wide. Neither side to begin with was maintaining possession long enough but this perhaps worked in Liverpool&…

Confident Liverpool Aim To Take Advantage At Old Trafford

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Liverpool travel to Old Trafford on Sunday as they prepare to face old rivals Manchester United in an important Premier League tie. A trip away to United would usually pose some concern for Liverpool fans but with the way this season has panned out so far the majority of the fear has been dismissed and Brendan Rodgers must feel his side can get the better of David Moyes' boys this weekend.

Injuries for Liverpool have improved somewhat with Sakho and Lucas back in training, it's unknown whether they will feature on Sunday though. Manchester United are also in a relatively strong position with Nani, Evans and Hernandez all newly fit and available.

The Reds currently find themselves 2nd in the league, 7 points behind Chelsea but with a game in hand. Manchester City also have 3 games in hand however Liverpool have the advantage of facing both Chelsea and City at Anfield later in the season, thus adding great importance to this clash with Manchester United.

Moyes' side are cur…

Dare To Dream?

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Liverpool sent out a very clear message to the teams around them on Saturday as they confidently beat Southampton 3-0 dealing with regular pressure from the away side's attack yet maintaining a clean sheet. Reds fans may wish to distance themselves from the thoughts of an elusive title but the fact is we are four points off the top with ten games to go.

Brendan Rodgers decided to drop Raheem Sterling for this fixture, instead opting for Joe Allen in the hope that the extra protection would aid a somewhat shaky defence. It was evident Raheem would still feature at some point in the game though.

The game started well for Liverpool who were quickly causing problems via the partnership of Sturridge and Suarez. A break saw Daniel Sturridge through on goal and whilst he would usually attempt the shot himself, this time he decided to pass to Suarez, an interception from the Southampton defender though denied the Reds a very early goal.

Shortly afterwards, at the other end of the pitch S…