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Reds Through To Wembley Semi Final

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Liverpool progressed to the semi finals of the FA Cup on Wednesday evening after a 70 minute Philippe Coutinho strike was enough to see Brendan Rodgers’ side through. It was a tough game for the Reds who held a lot of possession but did little with it.

The game appeared to start well for Liverpool who quickly created chances via the likes of Raheem Sterling and Joe Allen. At 27 minutes though an already bodged Liverpool back four saw Mamadou Sakho leave the pitch with what looked like a hamstring problem. Kolo Toure took Sakho’s place in what turned out to be a pretty good move. Toure had a right mare against Arsenal however he is an experienced defender and these are the sort of games he thrives in.

For the majority of the first half it seemed as though Gary Bowyer had instructed his team to remain tight, keep hold of the scoreline and see what happens. Luckily for the home side nothing did happen as the Reds were wasteful in their efforts. Some long range Coutinho shots perhaps cou…

MATCH PREVIEW: Blackburn V Liverpool

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Liverpool travel to Blackburn on Wednesday evening as they aim to secure a place in the semi finals of the FA Cup. The Reds are still attempting to recover after a disastrous defeat to Arsenal at the weekend and with rumours of dressing room bust ups also doing the rounds, it is vital that Liverpool are focused on Wednesday in what realistically is their last hope of any glory this season.

Injuries for the Reds mean they are still without Jordan Ibe whilst Mario Balotelli will be subject to a late fitness test. Brendan Rodgers will however be unable to call upon Steven Gerrard, Emre Can and Martin Skrtel who are all serving bans.

For Blackburn they are unable to field Jay Spearing who is cup tied, whilst doubts are hanging over the likes of Gestede, Hanly, Conway, King and Dunn.

Cast your minds back to early March and you will remember the first leg of this quarter final tie. The game at Anfield ended 0-0 leaving Liverpool with a trip to Ewood Park. Blackburn have the goalscoring tal…

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…

Carroll's Bonce Gives Liverpool Late Win

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Liverpool grabbed themselves a win in dramatic style at Ewood Park on Tuesday night in a 3-2 victory over Blackburn Rovers. Two early goals from Maxi Rodriguez gave the Reds a cushion in just 16 minutes but after goalkeeper Doni was sent off for Dalglish's side, Blackburn managed to get two goals in to bring things level. Andy Carroll was there when Liverpool needed him most though and sealed three points with his head.

The Liverpool side had several new faces within it as Dalglish kept an eye on Saturday's clash with Everton in the FA Cup semi final. Maxi Rodriguez was one face we haven't seen in a while and the likes of Glen Johnson and Sebastian Coates were opted in defence.

Liverpool for the first time in weeks actually capitalised on their lively early start against Blackburn with a goal just after 12 minutes. Maxi Rodriguez is a clever little fella and always seems to get himself in the right place at the right time, something that appears to have been difficult for…

Reds Midweek Match At Ewood Park

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Liverpool have a midweek trip to Blackburn on Tuesday as they aim to improve on their draw in the league with Aston Villa. It's no secret that goals and wins have been evading the Reds lately and with an important FA Cup Semi Final against Everton at the weekend, they need to find form, fast.

Injuries for Blackburn mean Steve Kean could have to readdress his starting line up, Olsson gained a knock in Blackburn's last match and so is a doubt and Kean is also without Modeste who is suspended.

Liverpool still have long standing injuries within the squad but thankfully after Agger made an appearance against Aston Villa it is expected he will feature once again. Doni is also sure to start in goal as Reina serves his second match ban.

Blackburn have lost their last three in the league but have still produced some decent and sometimes threatening performances. At times during their game against Manchester United it looked like they may keep them out but they went on to lose 2-0.

Bla…

Maxi Heads Home In Blackburn Draw

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It was a score draw at Anfield for Liverpool on Boxing Day after the Reds struggled to find a winner against Blackburn. The away side took the lead at the end of the second half but Liverpool found an equaliser via Maxi Rodriguez. Steve Kean must have been over the moon with his sides performance and will be very grateful of the sole point.

Dalglish chose to start Andy Carroll up front with Luis Suarez, something most fans weren't expecting. Maxi was also given the start on the wing and perhaps the biggest news of the day was that captain Steven Gerrard was on the bench for Liverpool.

For the first half, Liverpool had their fair share of chances and once again it was a fluid start from the Reds that appeared to filter out. With Liverpool at the moment, it seems so important to capitalise on the early attacks because when the Reds fail to do so, they begin to struggle for ideas.

During the first half there were chances from Suarez, Adam and Henderson but every time the ball was wh…

Boxing Day Against Blackburn

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Liverpool welcome Blackburn Rovers to Anfield on Boxing Day for a festive feast of footy. Blackburn have been very poor of late and with unbearable pressure on manager Steve Kean it could work in Liverpool's favour. Blackburn have sometimes shown signs of taking teams to the cleaners but they've lost their nerve at vital moments.

Liverpool have Jay Spearing back for selection after he served his final ban against Wigan. Steven Gerrard is back in training but it is assumed he will not be back for the Boxing Day clash.

Blackburn have several injuries and to add to this goalkeeper Paul Robinson has torn a calf muscle. Such is his hunger for the cause though, Robinson is believed to be starting still and playing on through the pain. Blackburn are also without Nelsen, Dann, Olsson and Givet.

Liverpool are currently in 6th place, 2 points behind Arsenal whilst Blackburn are left propping up the table.

The last time the two sides met was in January. Blackburn beat us 3-1 in what was…

Benjani Brace Helps Blackburn To Victory

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He's in a Premier League sack race, don't worry, there will be no egg and spoon race to follow...
Well, where do i start? The predictable reintroduction of the bumbling Paul Konchesky? The fact that Blackburn put three goals past us? Or the familiar scene of Roy on the sidelines brushing his face with his fingertips?
Fact is, i don't know where to start, perhaps the beginning, middle and end layout for my regular blog posts can be scrapped and i'll just start at the Gerrard goal and forget everything else happened?
I'm past the point of caring now and i must say it's a horrible feeling. To get to a stage where i honestly do not even care that we've lost or a more accurate description may be that i am no longer surprised... Well it's a sad day in my time as a Liverpool fan.
I could waste sentences on getting into the whole Roy Hodgson argument but i won't bore you with my rant like nonsense. What i will say is that now, surely even he can see it is time …

Blackburn? Ronaldinho?! What? He Best Not Fly In Tomorrow.

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If the poultry farmers pull this off then fair play!...
Liverpool travel to Blackburn tomorrow who after the shock sacking of Sam Allardyce have been left with Steve Kean in the meantime. Blackburn are currently in 12th place on 25 points after 21 games whereas Liverpool are in 9th place with the same points and two games in hand.
Blackburn were always described as a tough physical side but perhaps that was due to the influence from Sam Allardyce, although Steve Kean appears to have followed in Big Sam's footsteps, Blackburn just seem more like the team they should be when you rip away the manager. Blackburn are one of those sides for me that always seem to be made out that they are tough to beat, that you should be weary when really, if you're playing good football, you shouldn't.
In fact, as wrong as it is to say, all you have to do to beat Blackburn is encourage Diouf into the box with Torres and wait until he gets frustrated with his quick feet then Bob's yer Uncle, p…

One Small Step In The League... Still A Giant Leap Left For Roy Though...

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Skrtel celebrates with Nando after the number 9 nets the winner...
Liverpool yesterday managed to bring their games won tally up to two in the Premier League, finally catching up with the amount of court cases they have won in the last month. The 2-1 win over Blackburn still leaves a lot to be asked and there's certainly many more steps to clamber up on this elongating ladder, but there were many positives to be taken from the clash with Sam Allardyce's boys, mainly the fact it actually looked like a side that wanted to go out there and get three points.
Fair play to Roy, the side he fielded despite having injury problems was a good one. Gerrard was played in a preferred position behind Torres. Meireles and Lucas made the centre with Cole and Maxi on the wings. Carragher, Konchesky, Skrtel and Kyrgiakos made up the defence with Reina in goal.
Although Roy's choice of starting XI was pleasing, he's not out of my cross-hair's sight yet, i can't easily forget the wor…

This One Has Draw Written All Over It

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Let's hope we see similar pictures tomorrow...
Liverpool line up against Sam Allardyce's Blackburn tomorrow at Anfield. After a somewhat better performance against Napoli, more of the same would be appreciated tomorrow. Blackburn are a hard side to beat, not to mention the fact that Big Sam would absolutely love to kick the Reds while they're down, especially at Anfield.
For Liverpool we can recall the likes of Fernando Torres, Steven Gerrard and Raul Meireles who were all left at home in midweek. Still injured is Dirk Kuyt and Glen Johnson who was hoping to feature tomorrow but it's looking like a no go for the England international. Daniel Agger is also said to be missing out which leaves a shake up to be made in defence. Perhaps meaning that Carragher will again be out of position.
Blackburn are without Samba who is suspended and Keith Andrews, Jason Roberts and Vince Grella are all out through injury.
The last time the two sides met it ended with a 2-1 win for Liverpoo…

"We Prefer To Talk On The Pitch."

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I didn't realise Allardyce was German...
Was easily my Rafa Benitez quote of the day for yesterday. There is nothing more satisfying as a manager of a winning side, and nothing more dissatisfying as a manager of the losing side, when as the loser you come out before hand, running off things such as Liverpool are fatigued, they have been "digging games out" etc in an attempt to dislodge the victory train.
As Benitez's quote suggests though, it was the manager on the winning side that had the last laugh. The tension between our Gaffa and Big Sam is continually growing and I'm afraid the ex Bolton manager is simply no match for our rather clever and brilliantly subtle sarcastic Spaniard.
With Skrtel out through injury, there was an open space left in the back four. Mascherano was somewhat surprisingly chosen at right back, although we have witnessed him have a successful stint here earlier in the season when a sending off shook up the formation.
Aurelio had started at …

Let's Hope It's More Entertaining Than Last Time

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Fat...(igued)?
Liverpool will face Blackburn tomorrow in another Sunday fixture, these are set to become more prominent as we continue our run in the Europa League.
Our last meeting with Blackburn earlier in the season ended in a rather disappointing 0-0 draw. So there is no doubt Liverpool will be looking to improve on the previous outcome.
We currently sit 6th with a tally of 45 points. Tottenham are to face Everton tomorrow, Villa will not be playing a Premier League fixture this weekend due to their League Cup Final clash with Manchester United.
After Manchester City managed to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge today 4-2 that leaves us slightly on the back foot. However, providing we can get a win that will see us just the one point behind City.
In all honesty, looking at our recent results and the fact that we are at home for this clash, you have to feel quite confident against Sam Allardyce's Blackburn side.
Allardyce appears confident that Blackburn can somehow capitalize on Liver…

Stalemate

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Liverpool left Ewood Park on Saturday with a belly full of pies but not a belly full of pride. 90 minutes could not provide a separation between the two teams after the game ended goalless.Rafa started a slightly different looking side with both Benayoun and Riera making starts, nevertheless minus Torres it was a good side, fully capable of picking up the three points here and perhaps even a few goals.
The first half was uneventful to say the least. The most memorable moments were the numerous free-kicks, offsides and chances gone wide.
So with nothing notable to report in the first half of Steven Gerrard's 500th game the lads came out fresh and ready for the next 45minutes. 0-0 is not a scoreline to be worried about at half time but as it pushes nearer and nearer to the 80minute mark you start to wonder if it will be your day...
Barely 5 minutes into the second half and Rafa makes a substitution, i can't remember the last time i saw a substitution from Rafa that came before 60mi…