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Thursday, 29 May 2014

29th Anniversary Of The Heysel Disaster

On the 29th May 1985, 39 people lost their lives at the Heysel stadium in Brussels after trouble broke out prior to the European cup final between Juventus and Liverpool. It was a dark day for football and also for Liverpool Football Club. May they rest in peace.

Rocco Acerra 29 Bruno Balli 50, Alfons Bos 35, Giancarlo Bruschera 21, Andrea Casula 11, Giovanni Casula 44, Nino Cerullo 24, Willy Chielens 41, Giuseppina Conti 17, Dirk Daenecky 38, Dionisio Fabbro 51, Jacques François 45, Eugenio Gagliano 35, Francesco Galli 24, Giancarlo Gonnelli 20, Alberto Guarini 21, Giovacchino Landini 50, Roberto Lorentini 31, Barbara Lusci 58, Franco Martelli 22, Loris Messore 28, Gianni Mastroiaco 20, Sergio Bastino Mazzino 38, Luciano Rocco Papaluca 38, Luigi Pidone 31, Benito Pistolato 50, Patrick Radcliffe 38, Antonio Ragnanese 49, Claude Robert ?, Mario Ronchi 43, Domenico Russo 28, Tarcisio Salvi 49, Gianfranco Sarto 47, Amedeo Giuseppe Spolaore 55, Mario Spanu 41, Tarcisio Venturin 23, Jean Michel Walla 32, Claudio Zavaroni 28.



Monday, 19 May 2014

2013/2014 Season Round Up

Well, what a crazy season that was! In August last year the majority of us would have snapped your hand off for 4th and guaranteed Champions League yet we found ourselves right in the mix of a Premier League race, something unfamiliar to many younger Liverpool fans. We pushed all the way to the last day but unfortunately some mistakes in our last few matches meant it was Manchester City's to lose, nevertheless it was a fantastic season for the Reds under Brendan Rodgers.


Liverpool started the season home to Stoke and I was in sunny Tenerife! This game will be remembered not for Daniel Sturridge's winning goal but for Simon Mignolet's superb double save to deny Stoke a penalty and a Kenwyne Jones follow up. Who'd have known the season we would have after that display of heroics?

The next game for the Reds was Aston Villa away where Daniel Sturridge scored once again to give the Reds all three points.

August ended for the Reds with a league cup tie against Notts County. The Reds were perhaps a bit complacent in the game but eventually won in extra time 4-2.

In the news...
- Peter Capaldi announced as the 20th Doctor Who.
- A burger grown from stem cells is cooked and eaten in London.
- Area 51 is acknowledged officially by USA.
- Sir David Frost dies at the age of 74.


September started with a massive game for the Reds against their old foes Manchester United. After getting off to a rather poor start themselves, the Anfield faithful had every hope that they would do over United on this occasion. Daniel Sturridge scored once again to give Liverpool yet another 1-0 win. This one felt special though!

This was perhaps the best result for the Reds in September as they fell at the hands of Southampton and only managed a draw with Swansea (Shelvey was a right pain in the arse that game!). A 3-1 win over Sunderland to end the month though meant the Reds could move into October on a high.

A league cup tie with Manchester United sandwiched in September took the shine off the Reds win over them in the league though as United sealed a 1-0 win. This game also saw the return of Luis Suarez who had missed the first five games through serving a ban.

In the news...
- 68 people are injured after a series of collisions on the Sheppey Crossing in thick fog.
- 6000 people are forced to evacuate after an eruption of Mount Sinabung in Indonesia.
- GTA V is released, millions of wives and girlfriends weep as they lose their fellas to a games console.
- 67 people are killed after terrorists take over the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi.


October saw the Reds only feature in three matches. Part of the reason Liverpool were so successful this season had to be the fact they had less games but during the month of October there were still some imperfections.

Emphatic wins over Crystal Palace (3-1) and West Brom (4-1) left the Reds very happy but a 2-2 draw with Newcastle in the middle of the month left Liverpool feeling they could have perhaps done better.

In the news...
- Tom Clancy dies at the age of 66.
- Divers find a portion of the Chelyabinsk meteor that landed in Russia in February 2013.
- The St Jude storm batters the United Kingdom.
- The Boston Red Sox win the World Series.


This was an interesting month for Liverpool. It began with a loss to Arsenal at the Emirates that featured a great goal from Ramsey. The next fixture saw the Reds beat Fulham 4-0 with Skrtel, Gerrard and Suarez on the score sheet.

The month ended though with a truly brilliant Merseyside derby. Coutinho opened the scoring but Mirallas quickly equalised. Luis Suarez then put the Reds ahead but Lukaku scored in the 72nd minute. As Liverpool searched for a winner it was Everton who looked like they'd found one when Lukaku scored again but substitute Daniel Sturridge found Rodgers' side an equaliser in the 89th minute! I was in work for this match and that goal resulted in me doing the Studge in a corporate restaurant whilst I was supposed to be taking bets! Haha.

In the news...
- Typhoon Haiyan causes devastation in the Phillippines as one of the strongest ever typhoons in history. Vietnam, China, Micronesia and Palau are also affected.
- Sheffield City Council makes plans to demolish Don Valley athletics stadium, much to the dismay of athletes such as Jessica Ennis.
- Nine people died after a helicopter crashed into a Glasgow pub.
- Australia win the Rugby League World Cup.


This was a busy month for Liverpool and an important one if they were serious about challenging for the title. The month got off to a bad start for the Reds after a 3-1 loss away to Hull. This was soon forgotten though with three fantastic results following.

A 5-1 win over Norwich saw Luis Suarez bag four goals against what must be his favourite team. Then the Reds secured a 4-1 win over West Brom and an emphatic 5-0 win over Tottenham followed.

This was a brilliant run of form for Liverpool and the month only got better when the Reds beat Cardiff on the 21st to put them top for Christmas!!

The real test though for Liverpool came at the end of December with Manchester City and Chelsea to face away from home. The Reds were very unlucky in the City game after playing well and seeing Raheem Sterling called offside in one of the poorest decisions of the campaign. They eventually lost 2-1.

The Chelsea game still saw Rodgers' boys show fight and promise but Mourinho's men won the game 2-1. It was a blow for Liverpool but this was a marathon, not a sprint after all.

In the news...
- The draw for the 2014 World Cup is completed.
- Nelson Mandela dies at the age of 95.
- Uruguay legalises the growth, use and sale of the drug marijuana.
- Part of the ceiling of the Apollo Theatre in London collapses injuring 81 people.


As we moved into 2014 the Reds were dropped into the FA Cup. Their first match against Oldham at Anfield saw Iago Aspas net his first Liverpool goal in a 2-0 win. A match later in the month against Bournemouth in the FA Cup also saw the Reds win 2-0 and progress.

League games this month began against Hull and Liverpool made sure they got their revenge in a 2-0 win with goals from Daniel Agger and Luis Suarez.

A crazy game in the middle of the month away to Stoke saw the Reds eventually beat Mark Hughes' side 5-3. Goals from Suarez, Sturridge and a Steven Gerrard penalty secured the three points. A 2-2 draw with Aston Villa followed but the month would end brilliantly!

A 4-0 win over Everton was recorded at Anfield as the Reds blew their cross city rivals away. Two goals from Sturridge, one from Suarez and one from Gerrard sent Anfield wild and it could have been even better for the Reds had Sturridge not missed a penalty. He was gutted to miss the chance of a Merseyside derby hat trick!

In the news...
- Thomas Hitzlsperger the former German international footballer announces he is gay.
- Yaya Toure wins the African Footballer of the Year award.
- Australian Open matches had to be postponed after temperatures soared to 43C.


February could have started better for the Reds if it wasn't for a lack of concentration from Kolo Toure. At this stage of the season Liverpool needed all the points they could get but they had to settle for a point after walking away with a 1-1 draw against the Baggies.

The next fixture against Arsenal at Anfield looked daunting after the West Brom slip up and also considering Arsenal had spent a lot of their time at the top of the table this season. However, this game turned out to be one of the best of the season!

Four goals came from the Reds in the first half with Martin Skrtel scoring in the first minute! I was absolutely delirious during this game, I couldn't believe how quickly and efficiently we were scoring against Arsenal and Skrtel had also won me some money so I was well happy!

A 3-2 win over Fulham for Liverpool followed meaning they remained on track in their title race.

Next though was an FA Cup match for Liverpool and Arsenal fully took their chance to get revenge on the Reds for humiliating them earlier in the month and knocked us out of the cup with a 2-1 win.

Liverpool ended the month with a 4-3 win over Swansea, just one of several matches this season that showed Liverpool's defensive weakness however the Reds were simply prepared to "score more" and so at the time, as long as the points were coming in, that's all that mattered.

In the news...
- Part of the South Devon railway is washed away into the sea leaving the tracks hanging after another heavy storm hits the UK.
- A new species of giant jellyfish is discovered off the coast of Australia.
- The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics begin.


March began with two away victories for Liverpool and both with three goals. The first came against Southampton with the second against Manchester United. The United game saw Liverpool awarded two penalties, a rarity at Old Trafford! Gerrard scored them both and Luis Suarez also netted in the game.

A 6-3 win over Cardiff, a 2-1 win over Sunderland and a 4-0 win over Spurs meant Liverpool ended March unbeaten. The Reds were really proving themselves as title challengers as we moved to the business end of the season.

In the news...
- Alan Pardew headbutts David Meyler.
- Flight MH370 goes missing after leaving Kuala Lumpar.
- A mudslide kills 41 people in Washington state.
- Russia annexes Crimea.


April began with a win over West Ham but it was the following City game that really mattered. With three teams left in the race Liverpool had to beat City to be in with a real chance of winning the title and in one of the most exciting games I have watched as a Liverpool fan, this match will forever be remembered for COUTINHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Who sealed Liverpool all three points by scoring late on to win the game 3-2.

Liverpool now had the title in their hands and with only four games to go, everybody was daring to dream. After going on such a long winning streak it seemed almost certain that Liverpool would be able to do it, along with the form they were in and considering they'd just beaten City? Anything felt possible.

Things began well for the Reds in the pursuit of the title after they beat Norwich 3-2 but the next game against Chelsea was where dreams were crushed.

Mourinho parked a bus and Rodgers' admirably refused to do the same, with a draw feasibly enough for Liverpool some question why Brendan went down this route but if it wasn't for a Steven Gerrard slip you have to wonder whether Chelsea would have walked away with all three points.

In the news...
- The 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster is marked at an Anfield ceremony.
- An 8.2 magnitude earthquake strikes the coast of Chile.
- Pineau De Re wins the Grand National.
- A ferry filled with school children capsises off the South Korean coast.


Still in with a shot of the title but definitely needing to win against Crystal Palace, May began with a real horror show. After going 3-0 up against Palace and bossing the game the Reds completely lost concentration and eventually conceded three goals. Whenever I think about this match I still can't believe what happened, fair enough they scored their first but all the lads had to do was calm down and focus however it wasn't to be.

Going into the last day of the season against Newcastle at Anfield, Liverpool had to hope and pray that West Ham would beat Manchester City to be in with a shot of the title however City beat West Ham and whilst Liverpool also beat Newcastle there was a mixture of sadness and pride in the air.

In the news...
- Football remembers the 39 people that lost their lives in the Heysel disaster.
- Football remembers the 56 people that lost their lives in the Bradford fire.
- An explosion at a mine in Turkey kills 230+ miners and leaves many more trapped.


The Reds ended May second in the league and were only pipped to the post by moneybags City. Whilst most argue this was our best chance for the title in a long time, I disagree, yes of course next season will be harder and the season after that but I think with a couple of new additions in the side (namely in defence) Liverpool could push once again next season and best of all we're back in the Champions League!

Thanks for reading this season folks, as always it is much appreciated. Keep your eyes peeled for a past players/managers post over the summer and some updates on transfers/friendlies etc. Have a top summer!

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Monday, 12 May 2014

Win Over Newcaslte Sees Reds Finish Second

I travelled up to Liverpool on Sunday so that I could watch the final game of a brilliant season surrounded by Liverpool fans as opposed to my cat and me Ma and Pa. With a faint glimmer of title lifting dreams still alive, I knew that whatever happened I'd have a brilliant day in one of my favourite places and after the Reds topped off the season eventually with a win over Newcastle, all in all it was a cracking end.

Brendan Rodgers had made two changes to his starting line up for this game bringing in both Daniel Agger and Jordan Henderson. They replaced Lucas Leiva and Mamadou Sakho.

It was an average start for Liverpool who had spent most of the season blowing teams away at Anfield, this time however there was a lot more patience as the Reds aimed to find a goal to hopefully put some pressure on Manchester City.

Early in the first half the Reds found themselves with an opportunity when Suarez was taken down on the right wing. Suarez being the clever sod that he is decided to take the free kick immediately, chipping the ball all the way over the defence, over Tim Krul and into the back of the net. As celebrations began referee Phil Dowd soon put an end to them though claiming it was a moving ball.

It was cheeky of Suarez but you've seen things like that given before and so it was definitely worth a try and it would have been a brilliant goal had it of stood.

Shortly after the disallowed goal, things got worse for Liverpool. A break from Newcastle saw Gouffran put a cross into the box, it looked like a relatively simple cross to deal with as there was no real danger but a slice from Martin Skrtel sent the ball into the back of the net leaving Mignolet with no chance.

This, quite clearly was not the plan of action. With the City game still 0-0 at this point too, it was a frustrating moment for Liverpool fans who at least wanted to end the season with a win no matter what happened in the City game.

With Newcastle still causing problems it was Gouffran again shortly after the goal who forced Mignolet to save after a one on one with the keeper. Mignolet had kept Liverpool in the game with their now even slimmer title hopes still somewhat alight.

Just before the half hour mark Liverpool had a great chance when Jordan Henderson whipped in a cross. Meeting the head of Daniel Sturridge you felt sure he would hit the target but he unfortunately turned his header wide.

Even worse for Liverpool was the news filtering through that Manchester City had scored. I think Liverpool's best hope on Sunday was for West Ham to hold on to a 0-0 for as long as possible and with City scoring at a great time just before the whistle, this was probably the moment where I genuinely stopped dreaming of a miracle. Instead I focused on celebrating the end of the season and willing Liverpool to do it in style.

Liverpool began the second half by replacing Jon Flanagan with Aly Cissokho. Ten minutes in and Coutinho was also brought on replacing Joe Allen.

Still featuring in a rather dull game Liverpool really needed to find another goal to lift both themselves and the crowd. Just after the hour mark they got their chance when Sterling was brought down just outside the box.

Captain Steven Gerrard stepped up for this one and his resulting effort made its way to Daniel Agger who acrobatically stuck out a leg and turned home Liverpool's equaliser.

Two minutes later and in an almost identical position, Liverpool gained another free kick. Once again Steven Gerrard stepped up to take it and whipped in another brilliant ball. This time it was Daniel Sturridge who got on the end of it as he tapped home Liverpool's winner.

After the goal Newcastle's Shola Ameobi was shown a yellow card but he then gained himself a second booking as the magpies prepared to restart the game. Phil Dowd appeared to have booked him for dissent and he was daft enough to do it again. This left Newcastle with ten men in a game they were now losing.

At 86 minutes Newcastle shockingly received another red card. Paul Dummett who had only been on the pitch for five minutes was shown a straight red card after a challenge on Luis Suarez. I missed this incident live as I was jostling to try and find my cider, the bloody pub was rammed! However after watching the incident again on MOTD, I have no idea why he was shown a straight red. It was extremely harsh, it was a free kick alone in my opinion.

With Liverpool's job made easier now facing a nine man Newcastle, there were no further goals for the Reds. However they had done their part, they had won, unfortunately Manchester City had also won.

As the game went on, for me this was when I really began to look back on what a fantastic season Liverpool have had. Yes, we have nobody to blame but ourselves for letting this slip and I only wish things could have been different but finishing second is a brilliant result for Liverpool.

With the money spent by teams around us it is frankly superb what Brendan has done this season. As many have said and as I have said about fifty times - If you've of told me at the start of the season that we'd finish second I'd of laughed in your face.

I asked you to try and sum up your thoughts on the season and here are a few of the tweets I received.

As always folks, thanks for reading/clicking and following me through a rollercoaster of a season here on The Liver Bird. Here's hoping we're back bigger and better next season and best of all, we're back in the Champions League!!!

As most of you will know I'm currently at University but in September I start a year's placement in my sandwich year, so I'm basically in full time work whilst also holding down my second job as a betting cashier, for this reason I have no idea yet how this will impact on the blog. I fully aim to continue doing this and I will try my best to keep updates regular but there's a high chance some posts will be late or uploaded at strange times so please bear with me!

Keep an eye on The Liver Bird too in the next couple of weeks as a round up of the season will appear complete with news highlights. It's usually a fun post and even more so this year after such a fantastic season.

Thanks again folks and enjoy your summer!!!

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Saturday, 10 May 2014

We've Taken It To The Wire

Whilst it's highly unlikely Manchester City will slip to defeat at the hands of West Ham United on Sunday it's frankly miraculous that Liverpool have managed to put themselves in a position where they are still in with a shot at the title on the final day. If you'd of asked any Liverpool fan at the start of the season what they were expecting, nobody would have said this.

I personally predicted we'd finish 5th and at best maybe push for 4th. Yet here we are, second in the league and still grasping on to a glimmer of hope as we head into the final game of the season against Newcastle United. Yes it's our own fault that we aren't in a better position but when you really stand back and take a look at the season, Liverpool have been phenomenal. To finish second to one of the richest teams in the world would just about be ok.

There are no new injury worries for Liverpool but Brendan Rodgers will surely be pleased that he can call upon Jordan Henderson again who has finished his three match ban. Newcastle have a few problems and Alan Pardew will be unable to utilise Papiss Cisse and Davide Santon for the final game of the season.

Newcastle are currently sitting 9th in the league and will end the season there no matter what the result on Sunday. With five losses out of their last six in the league, you have to feel Liverpool will get the better of them at Anfield and possibly score a fair few goals along the way.

Liverpool are of course lying in second. Dropping form at a most crucial stage of the season and whilst a lot of fans knew Chelsea and Palace would be hard games I don't think anyone will make excuses for the lads conceding those three goals against Tony Pulis' side, it was suicidal.

However, there is no point whatsoever dwelling on that now, it'll get us nowhere, I'm very much a positive person and whilst it is still mathematically possible I believe we all have a duty to go absolutely mental and back the lads until there is zero chance left.

The last time the two sides met was in October last year. The game ended in a 2-2 draw with Gerrard and Sturridge on the score sheet for Liverpool. Newcastle's last trip to Anfield went pretty well for the magpies as they collected a 1-1 draw. Newcastle have not won at Anfield though since 1995 in a league cup match.

Stat Sandwich

  • Liverpool are five goals away from breaking Chelsea's record Premier League tally of 103.
  • Newcastle have only won one of their last seven away games in the league.
  • Sturridge and Suarez are five goals away from breaking Cole and Beardsley's Newcastle record partnership of 55 goals.
I asked you all to name your favourite moment of the season this week instead of asking for score predictions as I thought it would be a nice move for the last match preview of the season. Unsurprisingly Coutinho's goal against Manchester City was a favourite.

Thank you for your tweets, I love reading them even if they don't get featured though I must admit, most of them this week were just - COUTINHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

I'm off to watch the match in a bar in Liverpool tomorrow, I love being up there and so whatever happens I'm bound to have a top day.

Wherever you are watching, enjoy the match folks! 

One last time, we go again.

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Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Reds Lose A 3-0 Lead Massively Denting Title Hopes

77 minutes have passed, you're 3-0 up at Selhurst Park and willing your team on to score more goals as you aim to chase down a seemingly insurmountable goal difference held by Manchester City in order to further bolster your bid for the title. A minute later Palace score, you find yourself frustrated that they dare ruin this goalscoring rout but it gets a lot worse, two minutes later, they score again. You panic but you assume Liverpool will hold out, keep their concentration and see it through and then, out of nowhere Palace score again. Unbelievable.

I would usually try to give you a round up of the game in the best way that I can but I feel this fixture calls for a different outlook. As Liverpool's last away tie all the Reds needed to do was collect all three points to keep the pressure on Manchester City but our defensive mishaps that have been present all season were easily undone by a buoyant Crystal Palace after getting some luck via a deflection for their first.

Liverpool's first goal came from none other than Joe Allen. The Welsh lad did brilliantly to escape his marker and then rise to send home his header. The goal came at a great time for Liverpool who were creating chances but struggling to fully break down a confident Crystal Palace side.

Selhurst Park was a fortress of noise but the 12th man couldn't do much to help their side in the initial portion of the second half. A second goal for Liverpool came from Daniel Sturridge, he created himself some space and took his chance on the edge of the box sending home his strike with the aid of a slight deflection.

At this point Liverpool were in the midst of a great spell and just two minutes later we'd scored again. This time a move between Sterling and Suarez saw the former pass to the latter at an angle in the box. The Uruguayan with a typical finish then secured Liverpool another goal putting them 3-0 up.

Despite the fact we were still requiring a slip up from City with this result, the mood really was electric. It was feasible to suggest City might gain only a draw from one of their last two games and whilst Liverpool looked certain to go on and win this game as fans we all sat back beaming.

How things can change in football though.

In true Istanbul-esque style, Tony Pulis' Crystal Palace who had nothing left to play for began to take control of the game. Delaney saw his chance to have a shot from distance and after a massive deflection from Glen Johnson, he'd scored his what appeared to be a consolation goal.

But whilst Palace began to gain a foothold, Liverpool looked more and more nervous. Why? Why were we getting nervous? We were 3-1 up and still creating chances?

Things went from bad to worse for the Reds as Dwight Gayle netted a right footed shot from the centre of the box. At this point the worry really did begin to set in but with just 10 minutes left on the clock all Liverpool had to do was maintain a calm head, clear anything that came their way and secure these vital three points.

But no. After what can only be described as a shambles in defence, Dwight Gayle was allowed the time and space to score his second of the night and Crystal Palace's third. By this point my head had dropped, tears were in my eyes and I found myself wondering what the hell had just happened. My head came back up though to perhaps idiotically cheer on the lads praying they would find a winner, a melee in the box late on nearly led to glory only for Victor Moses to somehow forget how to put a ball into a basically empty goal?

It was bizarre. Here we are top of the league because we'd drew and yet here I was fucking pissed off.

Yes, of course it's not over  until it's over and I will be there, screaming like a lunatic until it is mathematically impossible for Liverpool to clinch the title but the fact is, we messed up big time last night and we have nobody to blame but ourselves.

I could go on for hours about the frustration combined with the admiration of our season but I will save that for the final match report.

I apologise for the slightly different and shorter match report today but I feel this was a better route to go down. Of course there were penalty decisions that could have gone our way but what's the point discussing them? You just can't throw away a 3-0 lead.

I asked you for your thoughts on Twitter but in the midst of many conversations on there last night I'm afraid I can't remember which ones were responses and which ones were general chit-chat. Please tweet me in your Newcastle score predictions though when I request them.

All we can do now is see what happens to City on Wednesday night, even if they do win, this title is still going to the last day of the season and Liverpool should be very proud of that.

Here's hoping for a miracle.

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Sunday, 4 May 2014

Reds Must Beat Palace To Keep League Title Hopes Alive

After watching Everton fail to do anything right on Saturday evening Liverpool find themselves hoping for another twist in this title race as they prepare to face Crystal Palace. Whatever happens Liverpool still need to be victorious in this game to stand any chance of getting a shot at the league. With Manchester City playing Aston Villa on Wednesday night and then West Ham on the last day as the Reds face Newcastle, we can only see what happens.

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are still without Jose Enrique and also unavailable is Jordan Henderson who serves the last game of his three match ban. For Crystal Palace they are in a relatively strong position and Tony Pulis has no new injury worries affecting his team decision for Monday night.

Crystal Palace currently find themselves in 11th after an almost miraculous take over from Tony Pulis. His style of football often gets stick but he's steered this club to safety and picked up some big results along the way making the fans extremely happy. Their last fixture against Manchester City was their only loss in their last five matches in the league.

Liverpool have slipped into second place, joint with City on goal difference and with the blues having a game in hand. Liverpool's loss to Chelsea at Anfield last weekend was their first loss in 16 matches, an unbelievable record. Ever the optimist I'm usually the first one to start getting everybody's spirits up but losing to Chelsea was a massive blow and with Everton failing to do us a favour? Well now I just hate the world. On a serious note though, of course I'll keep the faith, there's no point giving up now is there? I just can seem to find the positiveness that is oozing from a lot of you.

The last time the two sides met was in October last year. Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge were all on the score sheet that day in a 3-1 win for the Reds. Liverpool and Crystal Palace haven't met a lot over the years but in the five most recent matches at Selhurst Park, Liverpool have only won once.

I'd usually provide you a stat sandwich here but it appears I've beaten the statties today and so you'll have to make do this bank holiday without that sandwich.

This week prior to the Everton game I asked you whether you thought Liverpool would go on to win the league instead of asking for score predictions and here are a few of the tweets I received.

Enjoy the match folks, wherever you are watching!

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