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Blackburn Force FA Cup Replay

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Liverpool have created themselves an extra fixture as they head towards the final portion of the season after picking up a 0-0 draw with Blackburn in the FA Cup quarter final. It was a game that really on paper the Reds should have had wrapped up but a lack of chances and poor conversion left Liverpool winless.

The first big moment of note in the game involved Martin Skrtel. After he fell awkwardly from a Gestede challenge he actually lost conciousness momentarily on the pitch. Medics were very concerned and couldn't take any risks and so the defender left the field on a stretcher giving a thumbs up as he went. Thankfully Skrtel was fine and after the match he indicated how he wanted to play on but he wasn't allowed to, gotta love the man haha.
The injury shook up Liverpool's already slightly different defence. Brendan Rodgers had pushed Can up into midfield from the back three. Now at the start of the season I would have preferred Can here but after forging such a good p…

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Blackburn

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The Reds welcome Blackburn to Anfield on Sunday evening as Brendan Rodgers aims to steer his side through to the semi-finals of the FA Cup. After being knocked out of the Europa League by Besiktas, this competition remains Liverpool's only hope of silverware this season.

The Reds will be unable to call upon Jordan Ibe for this fixture and the game may come just too soon for the likes of Steven Gerrard and Mamadou Sakho. For Blackburn they are unable to call upon Josh King who has a hamstring problem.
The last time the two sides met was in April 2012.  The game was filled with goals as the Reds eventually won the tie 3-2.  Maxi Rodriguez and Andy Carroll were on the score sheet that day for Liverpool.
Blackburn's last trip to Anfield ended in a 1-1 draw with Charlie Adam gifting the visiting team an equaliser on that occasion.
The last time Blackburn won at Anfield was actually in the FA Cup in 2000. Perhaps an omen for the weekend's game. Nathan Blake scored the only goal…

Reds Comfortably Beat Burnley

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Liverpool picked up yet another precious three points on Wednesday evening as they continue to pursue a place in the top four. It was Jordan Henderson who netted first again for the Reds after scoring against Manchester City, followed by a Daniel Sturridge effort.

The game started well for Liverpool who flustered Burnley immediately with constant pressure in attack. Burnley were not to be taken lightly as opposition of course as they'd caused trouble for the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea already this season. Brendan Rodgers though had instructed his team to keep up the high tempo and it was just too much for the Clarets.
With the ball, Liverpool were dangerous and without it they were relentless in attempting to gain that possession back. Burnley had no time on the ball and this showed as only the odd flash of trouble arose for Simon Mignolet.
The Reds found their first goal of the game just before the 30 minute mark. For a man who doesn't score very often, Jordan Hend…

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Burnley

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Liverpool welcome Burnley to Anfield tomorrow as the Reds look to continue a sublime run of form. After beating Manchester City at the weekend Brendan Rodgers has his sights firmly set on the top four and will be aiming to pick up another three points against the Clarets.

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are unable to call upon Jordan Ibe who has picked up a knee ligament injury. Also unavailable are Steven Gerrard and Lucas Leiva. Doubts also hang over the fitness of  Mamadou Sakho and Glen Johnson.

For Burnley, they are relatively strong but manager Sean Dyche will be unable to call upon Marney, Long and Taylor.

The last time the two sides met was in December last year, a Raheem Sterling goal just after the hour mark was enough to give the Reds a win at Turf Moor.  A trip to Turf Moor in 2010 also ended well for Liverpool as the Reds netted four goals with no return. On the scoresheet that day were Steven Gerrard, Maxi Rodriguez and Ryan Babel.

Another recent meeting between the tw…

Two Magical Strikes Seal Man City Win

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Liverpool picked up a victory at home over Manchester City on Sunday afternoon as the Reds put a massive dent in Pellegrini's title hopes. Two simply sublime strikes from Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho took the game away from City who only found the back of the net thanks to a Dzeko goal.

The line up was familiar as Brendan Rodgers stuck with his favoured system of three at the back and no natural striker. I don't like this set up as we all know and hilariously I spent half time tweeting about how "a few moments of magic may not be enough to beat City" however, thankfully I was wrong and magic was just what we needed.

It didn't take the Reds long at all to turn their fast paced start into a lead. After just ten minutes an assist from Raheem Sterling allowed Jordan Henderson to create a bit of space outside the box. He'll often have a pop from range but this time he'd struck his effort with perfection. His powerful shot…