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Six Nil, No Big Deal For Klopp

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Liverpool walked away from Villa Park on Sunday afternoon absolutely beaming after putting six past goalkeeper Bunn. The Reds converted with the help of six different goalscorers but it was the returning Daniel Sturridge who got off the mark first. Villa looked predictably deflated but what must be worrying for fans of the Midland side is that the players appeared to have given up. Obviously it's hard for any side to be on the end of a battering but for some of the Villa players there was just no fight in them at all.

"Interviewer: Have you ever won 6-0 away from home before? Jurgen Klopp: I think so... yeah... for sure. Sorry *laughs*"
The Magician feeds the forward There were several doubts hanging around about Daniel Sturridge before kick off but the majority of fans know better than to question the striker's ability. No matter how long he is out for or what the issue is, he always returns with a goal.
Even better for the Reds was the fact it was Philippe Coutinho w…

MATCH PREVIEW: Aston Villa V Liverpool

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The Reds travel to the Midlands on Valentine's Day in search of a more convincing performance after being knocked out of the FA Cup in the final minute of extra time against West Ham earlier in the week. There is a dash of romance in the air though, certainly for Liverpool fans, who will be hoping two of their most loved players may make the start on Sunday; Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho.


Injuries Liverpool are unable to call upon Joe Allen who has picked up a hamstring injury. Dejan Lovren and Martin Skrtel are both back in training but the game comes too soon for the defenders. Positively for the Reds along with Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho, Divock Origi is also available for manager Jurgen Klopp.

For Aston Villa, Jordan Ayew is serving a suspension whilst Jack Grealish has an ankle injury. Rudy Gestede and Carlos Sanchez may be able to feature but both players will be subject to late fitness tests.
Previous Meetings The last time the two sides met was in Sept…

Sturridge Back On Form As Reds Beat Villa

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Liverpool collected all three points at Anfield on Saturday afternoon as Brendan Rodgers let out a sigh of relief having watched his side secure a much needed win. The victory though wasn't as sweet as it could have been with the Reds conceding two goals in the process.

Things got off to a brilliant start for Liverpool as James Milner bagged a goal just after a minute into the game. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho, the ex Villa man picked up the ball just outside the box and sent his effort low to the right. To be fair, an early goal was exactly what the Reds needed, mainly to calm the fans down and to steady the nerves of the team and  the manager.
The remainder of the first half was uneventful really as Liverpool created some half chances namely via the likes of Ings and some long range efforts. Villa also had some opportunities particularly after a poor clearance from Emre Can allowed the ball to fall to Gestede however his shot flew wide.
In the second half the game began to fe…

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Aston Villa

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As the plot continues to thicken around the managerial future of Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool simply have to collect all three points in order to take some pressure off the boss and in order to get themselves moving in the right direction in the league.

The Reds have picked up some additions to their injury list recently after Roberto Firmino and Dejan Lovren both came off during the League Cup clash with Carlisle. Also unavailable is Christian Benteke who is nursing a hamstring problem.

For Aston Villa, they have suffered a blow after Agbonlahor picked up an injury against Birmingham. Also potentially unavailable is Adama Traore who may not make the start and a doubt hangs over the fitness of Idrissa Gana.

The last time the two sides met was in the FA Cup semi-final last year. I was so annoyed at the end of this game and I still can't ever support a decision to bring on Glen Johnson when you're 2-1 down in a semi-final?! Villa of course won the game and Christian Benteke was o…

Liverpool Out Of FA Cup

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Liverpool fell to a heartbreaking FA Cup semi-final defeat at Wembley on Sunday afternoon as Aston Villa secured a fully deserved place in the final against Arsenal. The Reds were extremely poor in a game where Villa shone and showed real determination and desire.

The Reds looked lacklustre from the off and were struggling to make any promising moves as Villa zipped the ball around the pitch with ease. Liverpool who perhaps took their opposition for granted took ages on the ball and failed to penetrate the Villa defence with any real threat until scoring at the 30 minute mark.

It was a goal the Reds desperately needed as things began to look more and more difficult for Brendan Rodgers’ side in a game that really they should have had under control. The goal saw a link between Sterling and Coutinho, the latter  netting from inside the box after a deflection from the Villa defence. It was elation for Liverpool as they had finally sprung into action.

As predicted though, it wasn’t long b…

MATCH PREVIEW: FA Cup Semi-Final

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Wem-ber-leeeeey, Wem-ber-leeeey! We're the famous Liverpool and we're going to Wembely, Wem-ber-leeeeey... oh soz! It's match preview time innit? I do apologise only I've been MEGA excited for this match and it's all sort of bubbling over now. At 3pm tomorrow the Reds will line up at Wembley to face Aston Villa in the FA Cup semi-final. In a season that appears to be ending with the Reds just missing out on the top four (not set in stone yet) there is a hell of a lot riding on this game.

Injurires for Liverpool mean they are almost certainly going to be without striker Daniel Sturridge who has a hip problem. Also unavailable for the Reds is Mamadou Sakho whilst Adam Lallana will be subjected to a late fitness test. It is presumed that Mario Balotelli will return after a period of illness and positively both Steven Gerrard and Martin Skrtel are back from serving suspensions.
For Aston Villa, boss Tim Sherwood has quite a substantial injury list to deal with. The li…

Both Strikers Score In Villa Win

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Scroll through the numerous updates on social media regarding Liverpool Football Club and you're guaranteed to find several tweets from disgruntled fans moaning about the fact we have to rely on Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert up front. Whilst some of the tweets will be completely warranted, others are unfounded drivel. Borini and Lambert are clearly not the perfect package but they are strikers and they will, given the chance, score goals.

In Saturday's clash with Aston Villa they both found the back of the net. It's no secret that I'm not a big fan of playing without a striker and so to see Borini given the chance to start was very pleasing. In the second half most people were distraught at the sight of Rickie Lambert preparing to come on whilst I found myself again feeling positive.

It was Liverpool who got the better start in the game at Villa Park and after just 24 minutes the Reds had found themselves an opening goal. A brilliant cross from Jordan Henderson foun…

MATCH PREVIEW: Aston Villa V Liverpool

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Liverpool travel to the Midlands on Saturday as they prepare to face a struggling Aston Villa side. Paul Lambert's team are currently 13th in the table on 22 points. With the return of Raheem Sterling after a club sanctioned holiday this week, Brendan will be hoping his star man can steer his side to victory at Villa Park.

Injuries for Liverpool mean there are doubts hanging over both Adam Lallana and Steven Gerrard. Joe Allen and Glen Johnson are also still out along with Daniel Sturridge, the forward however returned to training this week and it is hoped he will be back relatively soon.

For Aston Villa they are unable to call upon Ciran Clark who is serving a ban. Also unavailable are Vlaar and Senderos whilst Joe Cole will be subject to a late fitness test.

Aston Villa have failed to win a league game in their last six fixtures. They last picked up three points against Leicester back in early December after a 2-1 win. Liverpool find themselves in 8th having won three out of th…

Dismal Display In Villa Loss

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Liverpool fell to a 1-0 defeat at Anfield on Saturday after Paul Lambert's Villa side found an early goal and protected their lead. With Sturridge missing and Sterling rested, Brendan Rodgers opted for a very different team and a very different set up for this fixture and unfortunately it just didn't work out.

The Reds began the game in a slow fashion. There was no real sense of urgency from the lads and for me the set up lacked balance. With the likes of Markovic, Coutinho, Lallana and co all jostling to collect the ball and push forward, it just felt like nobody was on the same page and this was immediately noticeable.

Balotelli leading the line for me was always going to be an issue because he's just not that sort of player, he needs support which is why the missing Daniel Sturridge is a bigger problem than just us lacking his goal tally.

A half chance for Liverpool to start with saw Markovic turn a header wide. It became evident though that Liverpool would struggle to…

Balotelli Main Man In Villa Game?

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Liverpool face Aston Villa at Anfield on Saturday after an international break that created an injury scare for Jordan Henderson and left Daniel Sturridge unable to feature for the Reds for three weeks. With Brendan seething at England officials believing the striker's injury was preventable, it is now down to Mario Balotelli to lead the Liverpool line.

Along with Sturridge, Liverpool are also unable to call upon Skrtel, Johnson, Flanagan and Can. Joe Allen will be subject to a late fitness test. Aston Villa on the other hand are relatively strong with only Benteke and Kozak out.

The last time the two sides met was in January this year. The tie at Anfield finished in a 2-2 draw after Villa initially dominated the game finding two goals in just over half an hour. A goal on half time from Daniel Sturridge though was followed in the second half by a Steven Gerrard penalty.

Villa's visit to Anfield in December 2012 was a positive story for them after a Benteke brace and a Weimann…

Reds Make Comeback To Take A Point

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Liverpool managed to salvage a point from their clash with Villa on Saturday after initially looking as though they would be lucky to collect any points at all. The Reds got off to a terrible start with Paul Lambert's side finding the back of the net twice in the first half. A late goal before the half time whistle and a controversial penalty in the second half though allowed Liverpool to level the game up.

Aston Villa began the game in a very lively fashion and their form on the road was certainly shining through. Paul Lambert had organised his side well and it was clear that Rodgers' decision to leave out Lucas would end up creating more problems that he anticipated.

After consistent pressure with barely any response from Liverpool, Aston Villa would eventually see their efforts rewarded. An early effort from Agbonlahor was sent wide to the right of goal and shortly afterwards Mignolet was called into action after Westwood sent a shot straight at him. Liverpool were left ho…

Reds Look To Continue Winning Streak In 2014

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With the missing piece of their star striker set up firmly back in place, Liverpool will be hoping that both Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez can find the back of the net again on Saturday as they prepare to face Aston Villa at Anfield.

Liverpool are in a healthier position injury wise as both Mamadou Sakho and Joe Allen return to the side. Aston Villa are also in pretty decent shape with their only new injury worry being Nathan Barker who suffered a concussion in the game with Arsenal.

Aston Villa currently find themselves in 11th place having lost four out of their last six league games. Their sole win in the same time period came against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light where the Midlanders won 1-0. Liverpool on the other hand are nicely placed in 4th going rather steadily in the league, safe in the knowledge that the only "big" side they are yet to face away from home is Manchester United... And they don't exactly look much of a threat these days.

The last time th…

Another Sturridge Stunner Gives Reds Another Win

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Liverpool lined up at Villa Park on Saturday evening looking to notch up another win in the league. After Daniel Sturridge's first half goal their prayers were met and the Reds had won two on the trot in the Premier League for the first time in 5 years. A solid first half from Liverpool saw them dominate in possession but momentum was lost slightly in the second half. Thankfully Simon Mignolet was on song when called into action and it was a good result for Brendan's side who would have probably lost or drawn a game like this last season.
It was the same starting XI from the Stoke game chosen by Brendan Rodgers and the travelling Kop would have been very much looking forward to the link up play between the likes of Coutinho, Aspas and Sturridge again. In defence cult hero Kolo Toure was once again paired with Daniel Agger.

It was a calm and composed start from Liverpool who had a large quantity of possession for the majority of the first half. There appeared to be a man free t…

Reds Look To Continue Winning Start

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Firstly, if you're wondering where the Stoke match report was, hopefully you saw my Twitter/Facebook updates explaining that I was abroad and hence the missing post. I've only ever missed two in total since I've started this blog and so hopefully you can all forgive me!

I did however watch the match in a Celtic bar in Tenerife and I was very pleased with the overall performance from the lads. The first thing I thought at the final whistle was "that was exactly the sort of game we'd have lost last season". It was just fantastic to see such a tenacious team performance and it was clear that the team felt very together after celebrating the awesome double save from Mignolet, what a legend he is! As for the front three of Sturridge, Aspas and Coutinho, some of the play coming from them was pure class, Aspas and Coutinho especially seem to be working up a good partnership and I was very excited by their first Premier League match together. Sturridge's goal to…

Benteke Summa That!

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Villa's big man up front may have given his side a first half lead but Liverpool remained composed and focused and after a lovely finish from Jordan Henderson sent them level the Reds were soon able to regain the lead via a Steven Gerrard penalty. The ever prominent Benteke though wasn't quite finished with Liverpool and in the dying moments would have rescued his side a point if he hadn't of been offside.

Reina was back in goal for the Reds and up front was Luis Suarez supported by the skillful Phillipe Coutinho, there was no place in the starting line up for Daniel Sturridge this week.

The game didn't start brilliantly for Liverpool some half chances and a lot of possession being lost meant it was difficult for the Reds to really impose themselves on the game. Villa's routine was clear before kick off, get the ball and get it to Benteke. The big man is more than a problem in the box and in this case even just outside of it.

An assist from Agbonlahor allowed Bent…

Reds On The Hunt For Easter Sunday Win

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Liverpool make the trip to Birmingham on Easter Sunday as they prepare to face Aston Villa. The meeting between the two sides at Anfield was less than favourable for the Reds and after Liverpool's last match before the international break ending in a scoreline that matched their loss to Villa it will be interesting to see whether Brendan's boys can pull themselves together for this one.

Injuries for Liverpool mean that Borini and Allen are both unavailable. Pepe Reina should be able to start again between the sticks though which is a positive for Brendan Rodgers. Aston Villa are without Clark and Holmann but Paul Lambert will have full choice from the rest of his team.

The last time the two sides met was in December last year. Those who follow me on Twitter will know I rarely get to see the lads play but I managed to attend this game, unfortunately for me it wasn't exactly a brilliant one to watch. A real dire performance from the lads was only made a touch better with a …

Festive Fulham At Anfield

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Here's hoping it's a fun festive atmosphere for Liverpool by the end of the 90 minutes as Brendan's boys get ready to face the Cottagers. It's been a week since Liverpool's rather disappointing defeat at the hands of Aston Villa and most fans were left pretty miffed by the result so here's hoping an early Christmas present is on the cards.

For Liverpool they are once again able to call upon Jose Enrique and Nuri Sahin who now has a fixed nose either that or he's playing the part of Rudolph. Out and not available for Liverpool though is Assaidi. Fulham are nearly at full strength squad wise but Steve Sidwell is serving a ban.

The Reds are currently two points ahead of Fulham placed 12th in the table. Liverpool were hoping to apply some pressure on the teams above them with three points from their last game but after that failed to occur Brendan will surely be even more eager to ensure he takes the win this time around at Anfield.

The last time the two sides…

Reds Were The Real Villains As Midlanders Take 3 Points

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Liverpool fell to a shocking defeat at the hands of Aston Villa on Saturday after Benteke bossed the front line and the Reds were unable to create any clear cut chances. With 16 on target though, Brendan's side should have perhaps done better. The moral of the story is, don't allow me to attend Premier League games...

I was so excited Saturday morning, getting up early, putting on the new Warrior shirt and my retro Liverpool scarf, I wasn't super confident that we would win but I expected better than what I saw. I was in the Main Stand again but a bit further to the left than where I was for the Unirea match, it was an alright view to be fair but I struggle to see the Kop End even with my glasses on so the second half was going to be less fun, even more so when the game began to unfold!

Brendan opted to start Stewart Downing in defence replacing the injured Jose Enrique whilst back up front leading the line was Luis Suarez. Jonjo Shelvey also featured in the midfield afte…

Suarez Back For Villa Clash

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Liverpool are up against Paul Lambert's Aston Villa on Saturday as they look to continue their good form within the league. The Reds are currently 10th  in the league and only 4 points away from that elusive 4th spot. At the start of the season it seemed like something that was out of grasp but if Brendan's side can keep doing what they're doing and pick up some more wins then it may be a reality.

There are no new injury worries for Liverpool aside from Jose Enrique who is due to have a late fitness test before Saturday's game and Brendan Rodgers will have almost a full side to choose from. Luis Suarez is once again available suggesting that Jonjo Shelvey will either be pushed back into midfield or start from the bench.

In fairness to Liverpool though they proved against West Ham that they don't necessarily need their top goalscorer to find the back of the net and it was fantastic to see scorers from other areas of the pitch.

Brendan this week has been noting how …

Draw With Villa For Reds

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Liverpool managed to make a slight improvement on recent form as they held Aston Villa to a 1-1 draw at Anfield on Saturday. Aston Villa took the lead with a goal from Chris Herd but Luis Suarez equalised late on for the Reds.

Dalglish appeared to give Andy Carroll a reality check as he was allowed only to start from the bench. That man Kuyt who never gives up was opted to start and aided Suarez up front. With Reina beginning his suspension, Doni was chosen to play between the sticks.

Villa got their goal very early on and almost sadly, it wasn't even a surprise. This sort of thing was expected because Liverpool of late have just been terrible. The good thing was that with 80 minutes left, just maybe we could do something about it.

A ball was whipped in by Warnock and whilst Doni's punch wasn't confident it was enough to put the ball out of danger and get himself back into position. Unfortunately for Liverpool though the ball fell to Chris Herd who with a lovely strike be…