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Transfers For LFC So Far...

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I'm sure you've all been keeping an eye on that transfer window so far this summer and hasn't it been interesting? Usually as a Liverpool fan you end up sitting around bored at this stage of the season until some relatively unknown youngster forces the L4 transfer window open and we finally see a bit of action. It's different this year though, there's been a hell of a lot of talk and a decent amount of action and below is a round up of the ins and outs at Liverpool Football Club so far...

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First in for manager Brendan Rodgers was the out of contract Kolo Toure. After finishing up with Manchester City the 32 year old seemed keen to continue his career at a top level and whilst some people have been having digs at the signing I think for a free transfer Brendan's done a savvy deal there. With the missing experience of Jamie Carragher, Toure even if he doesn't play week in, week out will bring some wisdom to the dressing room, an invaluable asset in my eyes…

Derby Sunday

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Liverpool make the short hop to Goodison Park on Sunday as they line up to play their 219th Merseyside derby. As a neutral the fixture is often unmissable and even more so if you are a Blue or a Red. The clash never fails to entertain and I'm sure Sunday will be no different.

Liverpool only have two injury problems (discounting long term) with Pepe Reina having to wait on a late fitness test and Glen Johnson being a doubt after picking up a knock against Anzhi.

Everton were worried whether the influential Fellani would be able to start on Sunday but the general consensus is that he will feature. Unavailable for Moyes' side though is Steven Pienaar who is serving a ban.

The last time the two sides met was in the semi final of the FA Cup last season. Suarez and Carroll were on the score sheet to send Liverpool to Wembley for the third time that year.

The last meeting at Goodison was in October 2011 where Liverpool were victorious but we only have to go back to October a year ea…

Liverpool Aim To Go One Better Against Arsenal

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After a brilliant performance against Manchester City last weekend Liverpool will certainly fancy their chances against Wenger's Arsenal side that have recently lost the extremely influential Robin van Persie. The Reds deserved to win last weekend but a couple of silly mistakes cost them.

Injury wise for Liverpool the very bad news is that Lucas Leiva will be out for up to 3 months, I'm absolutely gutted for him and wish him the speediest of recoveries. Other than that Liverpool are in a pretty strong position with Daniel Agger also returning after serving a one match ban. For Arsenal, there is a doubt hanging over Szczesny who missed their last fixture.

I can't really get through this post without discussing Friday's transfer deadline day to be honest, I'll try to make it short and sweet because this is supposed to be an Arsenal preview after all.

Friday left us without Andy Carroll, Charlie Adam and Jay Spearing. Whilst Jay Spearing and Charlie Adam were moves w…

Reds Win In Edinburgh

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It wasn't exactly a pretty performance nor was it very controlled but it was a win nonetheless and by the end of the 90 minutes Liverpool's experience had helped them to a 1-0 victory over a plucky Hearts side.

A mixed side from Brendan saw plenty of youth given the chance with the likes of Martin Kelly, Jack Robinson and starlet Raheem Sterling all starting. Jamie Carragher and Daniel Agger added some experience in the back four though as they lined up against a strong Hearts.

Andy Carroll travelled with the squad but was unable to feature due to a knock previously mentioned by Rodgers, Fabio Borini instead played up front.

Hearts had a very good first half and forced Pepe Reina into a couple of saves. Players like Templeton were oozing with confidence and causing Liverpool plenty of problems. Liverpool on the other hand were sort of tootling along, nothing special and a few sloppy passes but it was a weakened side.

One person that did stand out though for Liverpool was Rahe…

Sami Returns To Anfield

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In the last friendly of the season for Liverpool, Sami Hyypia brought his Bayer Leverkusen side to Anfield on Sunday. It was brilliant to see Sami back at the club he spent most of his career at, I must admit, I've missed that smile of his.

Liverpool scored 3 goals in the game whilst Leverkusen could only find one return. Raheem Sterling scored the first, this young man is just oozing confidence. Taking on two defenders he then curled his strike into the back of the net, it was a cracking goal.

Lucas scored Liverpool's second with an easy tap in after a terrible clearance from the Leverkusen defender.  It's nice to see Lucas back and even grabbing a goal! Haha. The last goal was scored by the big man Andy Carroll, at one stage it seemed like he may be off but here's hoping Brendan has had a change of heart because Carroll offers "the trick up the sleeve" he's a contrast to what is expected from a Rodgers side and that may well aid us in some stages through…

Competitive Seasons Kicks Off At FC Gomel

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Liverpool have made the trip to Belarus for their first competitive match of the season as they look to take advantage in the first leg of their Europa League tie with FC Gomel. The Reds were not in Europe last season and missed out on a Champions League place but manager Brendan Rodgers will look to take his side through this years Europa League.

FC Gomel finished 3rd in their league last year and play their home games at Central Stadion which has a crowd capacity of just over 14,000. Interestingly Fabio Borini has revealed this week on the club website that he and his family used to do some charity work for children from Gomel. Gomel was one of many areas affected by the Chernobyl disaster.

The majority of Gomel's squad are from Belarus but they also have some Russian forwards. Gomel have actually introduced a fair few players for the 2012/2013 season just to add to the unknown.

Brendan Rodgers has a full squad to choose from but Andy Carroll apparently hasn't travelled wit…

Reds Called Up For England Duties

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With the Euros starting on Friday, kicking off with host nation Poland facing Greece I thought it would be nice to do a round up of the Liverpool players at the England camp in Poland. Injuries to some of the England players meant that the original 4 Liverpool squad members was increased to 6 by Roy Hodgson.

Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard is England's captain for Euro 2012 as chosen by Roy Hodgson. As Liverpool's long standing captain we all know he has a real presence over 90 minutes and can encourage or spark a performance out of most players.

More so than ever though Steven Gerrard is left in a tough position because Hodgson's side this year is one of change and of youth. There's some experience next to Gerrard in Scott Parker but many of the midfielders and forwards are lacking in England caps.

Gerrard is of course more effective in a more attacking role but in this particular England set up and in Roy's plans he will have to settle for a more defensive one. The…

2011/2012 Season Round Up

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It was a very mixed season for Liverpool that ended in the departure of Kenny Dalglish. It started well but as the league campaign continued, things began to get difficult for the Reds. Two cup finals and one cup win gave the lads some glory but an 8th place finish in the league provided a dark shadow over the season.

August 2011
Liverpool started their league campaign at home to Sunderland. I was lucky enough to be watching in Majorca but was disappointed with a Liverpool draw and having to put up with stick from a fair few Sunderland fans in the pub.

To be fair to the Reds though they didn't lose in August and it included a 2-0 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates, the first time the lads had won at Arsenal in 10 years. A Carling Cup victory in August would also be the first of many for Dalglish's side.

In the news...
- The London riots were in full swing during the British summer and sparked copycat riots all over the country.
- The start of the La Liga was delayed due to pl…

Late Goal Seals Swansea Win

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We all hoped that the last game of the season would bring us some joy, but, as predicted, it didn't. A slightly changed Liverpool XI couldn't muster much of a performance for the final game and it was only Andy Carroll that really threatened the Swansea keeper. Danny Graham scored the winner for the Swans in the 85th minute.

Reina was left out for this one and so was Martin Skrtel. Doni was between the sticks with Carragher and Kelly added to the defence. Maxi also started in what was probably his last game for the club.

Liverpool made a slow start to the game and unfortunately for the Reds it was much of the same for the first 45 minutes. Swansea as mentioned in the match preview have made themselves a hard side to beat and so they were quite happy to allow Liverpool to pass the ball around but ensure any attempts to break through the defence were blocked.

Swansea troubled Doni several times throughout the game but the understudy to Pepe Reina made some brilliant saves. If t…

Chelsea For Second Time In 3 Days For Reds

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Chelsea travel up to Anfield on Tuesday night after their victory over the Reds in the FA Cup Final at Wembley. It's a tough pill to swallow for the Liverpool after an Andy Carroll header nearly put them back into the match but it wasn't to be.

Liverpool have no new injury worries for this one and Chelsea are also still without defenders Luiz and Cahill. Fernando Torres could be chosen to start by manager Roberto di Matteo after he was left out for the FA Cup Final.

For Tuesday nights game Liverpool will be wearing a slightly different home shirt with sponsor Standard Chartered replaced with "Seeing Is Believing". The charity helps combat avoidable blindness in developing countries around the world.

Standard Chartered have also agreed to match the bids for the signed shirts from players after the match and the club as a whole is hoping to raise a lot of money for this worthwhile charity.

I shant bring up the last time the two sides met as I usually would now because…

Carroll Scores But Chelsea Clinch FA Cup

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Well, it's the day after the FA Cup final, the beer has been washed out of my hair and I'm pretty sure I've pulled my side after celebrating a none existent Andy Carroll goal but you can't win them all can you? A poor start from Liverpool allowed Chelsea to take advantage and it was far too easy for Di Matteo's side to score. A consolation goal from Andy Carroll was all the Reds could manage.

Those of you on Twitter will know that I went up to Liverpool to watch the match with my brother and despite the result we had a right laugh, this post will probably contain snippets of my day mixed in with a round up, you don't get that sort of match report anywhere else! Haha.

Dalglish opted to start Luis Suarez on his own up front and although Bellamy and Gerrard were started in order to help the Uruguayan, that plan never seemed to get into action. For Chelsea, they ended up deciding on Drogba up front with Fernando Torres on the bench.

Chelsea didn't take long to…

Reds Face Chelsea In FA Cup Final

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As if you didn't know there's an FA Cup Final on Saturday and Liverpool are only bloody well in it! After successfully knocking out Everton in the semi finals the Reds are ready to square up against Di Matteo's Chelsea at Wembley.

Liverpool's league form this season has been pretty terrible and so for most fans the past few weeks have just consisted of Wembley dreams. After winning the Carling Cup at Wembley, we've already had a taste of the glory and beating Chelsea in the FA Cup final would surely top this.

Luckily for Liverpool Dalglish has no shock injuries or suspensions to worry about with only Lucas and Adam unavailable. Chelsea are without Luiz and Cahill but don't have any other concerns.

The last time the two sides met almost coincidentally was in the League Cup. In November Liverpool put two past the London side with Maxi Rodriguez and Martin Kelly on the score sheet.

The last time Chelsea beat Liverpool was in May 2010 and to be fair to the Reds th…

Baggies Snatch Win At Anfield

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Liverpool fell to yet another defeat in the league on Sunday as Roy Hodgson's side got the better of the Reds. Liverpool had chances aplenty and maintained pressure throughout the 90 minutes but they just couldn't find the back of the net.

Liverpool started without captain Steven Gerrard who was left out as a precaution according to manager Kenny Dalglish. Suarez and Carroll were opted up front with Kuyt and Maxi on the wings. Pepe Reina was also back between the sticks.

The first real chance for Liverpool fell to Dirk Kuyt who found himself in the area, his shot flew wide past the post and really he should have done better, but as always, it was too early to panic, or at least it would be for most teams because there was still plenty of time to grab a goal...

Later in the first half West Brom had a couple of great chances in the midst of a Liverpool attacking fest. The Baggies were denied though by two brilliant saves from Pepe Reina. Other than these two moments, West Brom …

Can Carroll Score Again?

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Liverpool will welcome West Brom to Anfield on Sunday after they've got rid of those giant puppets wondering around the Kop End! And West Brom coming to Anfield means nothing less than the return of the face rubber himself; Roy Hodgson.

The first piece of team news for Liverpool has been eagerly anticipated... That's right, Reina is back. Despite a great performance from Brad in the FA Cup I think everyone has missed the security of Pepe Reina and thank god he's returned. Other than the long term injuries within the squad, Dalglish doesn't really have anything to worry about and can select a side from a pretty in shape squad.

West Brom have doubts hanging over the fitness of Fortune because he's suffering from a hamstring problem but Olsson is expected to return for the Baggies.

The last time the two sides met was in October when Liverpool were victorious scoring two goals without a return from West Brom. Andy Carroll was on the scoresheet that day. Most fans will…

Liverpool Through To FA Cup Final

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After an afternoon at Wembley that began with both the Red and Blue sides observing a minutes silence for the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives at Hillsborough it was the Reds who could boast about their ticket to the final. An 86th minute header from Andy Carroll grabbed Liverpool their win.

Dalglish has started quite a strange team in a sense, whilst it had both Suarez and Carroll up front which was expected it had Daniel Agger playing at left back. It wasn't a perfect idea but it doesn't really matter now because it all worked out in the end. Brad Jones as predicted started in goal for the Reds.

For those of you that enjoy the posts i do when i end up chatting to you about my day watching the match then you'll probably like this one, it's bound to contain anecdotes of me and my brother in the pub haha.

Liverpool started lively as they have done so often in many matches both in the league and the cup, fortunately for Liverpool though things tend to turn out bet…