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The Draw Is Not Enough

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On another day in another season a 1-1 draw with Chelsea would have been a fantastic result but after 90 minutes on Tuesday evening Reds fans were left thinking "what if?" 
What if that free kick which wasn't a free kick wasn't actually given? What if we'd of beaten Swansea? What if Sadio Mane had of been around for a few extra games? 
It's so frustrating because there was definitely improvement from Jurgen Klopp's side. A lively start to the game was quickly diminished after said free kick was awarded and David Luiz left Simon Mignolet dumbfounded. Maybe I've got a bias head on but it was never a foul to me, just a coming together. In fairness though even after the free kick was awarded there is no excuse for the way Migs was caught so off guard. 
With the visitors in the lead the remainder of the first half saw a somewhat deflated performance from Liverpool who had let that Luiz goal go straight to their heads. 
The second half was far better. It was cl…

Five Things We Learned From The Chelsea Game

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1) Best ever finish with a black eye? Who knew Dejan Lovren had it in him?! Opening up the scoring after 17 minutes, the defender pulled off a finish any striker would have been proud of. Not only this but his positioning and decision to remain up top meant he was in exactly the right place at exactly the right time.

I was pretty merry last night after several ciders in celebration but I still found myself questioning at 2am this morning in the taxi home "How'd he do that though? As if Lovren scored that".

I'm going to stick my neck out and say that is the best goal scored by somebody with a black eye. If you have any other entries please feel free to tweet me.

2) Jordan Henderson can get it right I love Jordan Henderson, I honestly do but I find him extremely frustrating at times, none more so than when he tries to have a pop at goal from 25 yards out and ends up sending his effort out the ground. That wasn't the case on Friday night though after the ball splay…

Liverpool: Conte's Toughest Test Yet?

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Antonio Conte isn't the type of manager to shy away from a fight and looking back at Chelsea's run of fixtures it looks as though Liverpool are going to be the first real test for the Italian. Up to yet Chelsea have faced West Ham, Watford, Bristol Rovers, Burnley and Swansea.

Conte has steered his side to four wins in the process and one draw in their most recent game against Swansea which ended 2-2. Despite hailing from a country renowned for its defensive capabilities (put on show during his time as Azzurri boss) Conte has been unable to shaw things up at the back with Chelsea only managing to keep one clean sheet so far this season (Burnley 3-0).


Conte may have the answer to some of his back four issues though as he announced in Thursday's presser that David Luiz would be brought in for Friday night's game. Most on Twitter however laughed at the fact the man Chelsea sold and then bought back from PSG is supposed to be the remedy.

It's no secret that I'm eve…

Final Home Game Ends In A Draw

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Liverpool's last game at Anfield this season ended in a 1-1 draw thanks to a last minute equaliser from substitute Christian Benteke. A cross from fellow sub Sheyi Ojo created enough danger for keeper Begovic to palm the effort unsuccessfully clear of goal leaving an awaiting Benteke to head home for the Reds.

Weakened Team? As often happens, I completely missed Klopp's presser this week and so I was unaware of his plans to field a full strength team until I saw the team sheet earlier this evening. I can see the theory of wanting to play the same side and giving them a run of games to prepare them for the final next Wednesday but I honestly expected to see a weakened team for the last match at Anfield.

I guess I'm just one of those fans that can't get the thought of an horrific injury out of my head, the last thing I wanted was to see was somebody like Daniel Sturridge collapse in a meaningless game against Chelsea. Some may disagree but I seriously did not give a crap…

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Chelsea

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I HAVE FINISHED UNIVERSITY! You probably don't care but hey, at least now I can get back on track with the blog eh? First up in my renewed sense of organisation is the Chelsea match preview. The Reds welcome Hiddink's side to Anfield on Wednesday evening and to be honest I fully expect to see an extremely weakened side fielded by Jurgen Klopp. The manager will have everything focused on our Europa League final next week and as nice as it would be to beat Chelsea, I don't think anyone is really that bothered at the moment.

Injuries Injuries for Liverpool mean they are still unable to call upon the likes of Jordan Henderson and Divock Origi however it is unlikely Jurgen Klopp will be worrying too much about the injury situation as he will probably look to field fringe players.

For Chelsea, manager Guus Hiddink has a strong side to choose from with just Rodriguez, Remy and Zouma unavailable.
Previous Meetings The last time the two sides met was in October last year. Philippe …

Reds Give Chelsea A Fright

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So, if you didn't know, on Saturday morning I travelled all the way up to Liverpool from Wolverhampton, just so I could watch the soddin' match! Wolves were playing Birmingham and even my favourite pub in town wasn't going to be showing the Liverpool match so I ditched my home town and travelled north.

Whilst I'm so glad I acted upon my sometimes questionable impulse, I also ended up regretting it somewhat because going all that way but not really being able to celebrate a 3-1 win over Chelsea with anyone you know... Bit naff! Haha.

Jurgen Klopp started the game without a recognised striker as Roberto Firmino had to take up the position. It wasn't that surprising that Christian Benteke was left on the bench but it definitely felt like we were going to need him.

It took just four minutes for Chelsea to get on the score sheet and I immediately began to regret travelling to Liverpool. Mourinho looked smug as hell, the whole of Stamford Bridge were acting like it was …

MATCH PREVIEW: Chelsea V Liverpool

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(Image via bbc.co.uk) 
It's The Normal One’s chance to get the better of the faltering Special One on Saturday as Jürgen Klopp prepares his side to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The Londoners currently find themselves 15th in the table with the Reds sitting in 9th.
Injuries for Liverpool mean there is a doubt hanging over Christian Benteke, I seriously hope he's fit to start because we're going to really struggle without him. James Milner will also be available after serving a ban. 
For Chelsea, it is not clear whether striker Diego Costa will be fit enough to start but Nemanja Matic returns to the side. Courtois and Ivanovic are both unavailable. 
The last time the  two sides met was in May this year. Steven Gerrard was on the scoresheet but the game ended 1-1. The last win at Stamford Bridge for Liverpool  in the league was in November 2011. Daniel Sturridge netted for Chelsea that day but it was Glen Johnson who sealed the deal for the Reds.
Whilst it's fair to say ou…

Gerrard Scores In Chelsea Draw

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Liverpool managed to pick up a draw at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon in what would have ordinarily been a good result. The Reds though needed a win to stand any real chance of sneaking back into the top four and the one point just won’t be good enough for Brendan Rodgers’ men.

There was no start for Mario Balotelli in this game, despite the fact he was fit. Instead Rodgers opted to play Rickie Lambert up front with Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling in support.

The game got off to a bad start for Liverpool when Chelsea managed to find the back of the net before the game was even five minutes old. It was a defensive mess from Liverpool who allowed John Terry to score but I still found myself wondering why Rickie Lambert was marking one of the most serious aerial threats? It’s a daft policy in my book! It happened recently with Mario Balotelli, I can’t remember the exact game (memory like a sieve) but he was deffo marking a strong header of the ball.

Of course pl…

MATCH PREVIEW: Chelsea V Liverpool

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Blue versus Red... doesn't that sound overwhelmingly familiar after Thursday? But hey, I'm not going to start talking about politics on the blog, I don't want to lose half my readership haha! Whether you're feeling glum at the result or rather pleased, come and take your mind off it all as I provide one of the last match previews of the season!

Injuries for Liverpool have not exactly improved this week as the club have now confirmed Daniel Sturridge will be out for several months after undergoing a hip operation. The Reds are also unable to call upon Mamadou Sakho who won't quite make fitness for the game it seems. Positively though Mario Balotelli and Lucas Leiva could be back in contention.

For Chelsea who have already secured the Premier League title, they are without Oscar who has been ruled out and there are also doubts hanging over Diego Costa. Mourinho may choose to field a very different team though as he has nothing to play for but pride.

The last time th…

Ivanovic Goal Knocks Reds Out In Extra Time

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Liverpool suffered an agonising loss at the hands of Chelsea on Tuesday evening after a hard fought performance at the Bridge ultimately led to nothing. The Reds allowed early chances to go begging and whilst they held their nerve for the 90, Ivanovic broke hearts three minutes into extra time with a header from a set piece.

The first talking point from the game surrounded that man Diego Costa. He's the kind of player that you cannot stand when he's in an opposition shirt but it's hard to argue that you wouldn't like him playing for your own team. Nevertheless the incident at 12 minutes was unforgivable and Costa was extremely lucky to remain on the pitch.

A deliberate stamp on Emre Can right in front of an applauding Jose Mourinho went completely unpunished. I hate dwelling on decisions and "ifs" and "buts" however you can't help but feel it would have been a totally different game for Liverpool with Chelsea down to ten men so early in the gam…

MATCH PREVIEW: Chelsea V Liverpool

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The Reds make the trip down south tomorrow as they prepare to face Jose Mourinho's Chelsea side and aim to make it to the League Cup final. The match at Anfield ended very fortunately for Chelsea who did little but convert a penalty early in the game. An inspired performance from Liverpool eventually saw them score via Raheem Sterling but they will need to be on top form tomorrow to have any hope of going through.

Liverpool are in a similar position injury wise as they were at the weekend. A positive for the Reds though is that Daniel Sturridge could make the bench giving Brendan Rodgers a valuable option. Steven Gerrard should also be recalled to the line up. Mario Balotelli? Who knows, it's guess work.

For Chelsea, they are predicted to recall players such as John Terry and Diego Costa who did not feature in the Blues' embarrassing loss in the FA Cup at the hands of Bradford. Manager Jose Mourinho may also have an eye on his side's clash with Manchester City at the …

Reds Pile On Pressure But Game Ends In Draw

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Liverpool put on an inspired performance against a monotonous Chelsea on Tuesday night as the Reds looked to get the best start possible in their League Cup semi final. With Jose Mourinho clearly setting up his side with buses in mind, the away side did nothing the whole game aside from net a peno. Liverpool deserved a win but they just couldn't quite find another goal and being clinical in front of goal was once again a problem, this time, the only problem.

As the game kicked off with the last line of our anthem still ringing around Anfield, it was clear this was going to be an electric atmosphere. Brendan's side burst out the blocks and immediately caused issues for a Chelsea side containing stars such as Hazard and Costa. Admired for their attacking abilities it was evident that they wouldn't necessarily be on display tonight as Jose Mourinho opted once again to play the dreary negative football he is always so quick to criticise.

Don't get me wrong, I'm quite …

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Chelsea

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Liverpool prepare to face Jose Mourinho's Chelsea at Anfield on Tuesday evening as the Reds look to get the better of the Blues in the first leg of this very important League Cup semi-final. With Liverpool's season not exactly going perfectly to plan, the chance of silverware is a very attractive prospect for the Anfield faithful who will feel it is their best chance of glory this season.

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are unable to call upon Glen Johnson and Joe Allen with the game almost certainly being too early for striker Daniel Sturridge also. Mario Balotelli should return to the side after missing out on the Villa game due to illness.

Chelsea have a very strong team available to them with just a doubt hanging over Azpilicueta. Didier Drogba who has also been out with illness should be available once again for manager Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea made it through to the semi-final after beating Derby 3-1. Goals from Hazard, Luis and Schurrle sealed the deal and it was a conf…

Can Nets First Goal But Liverpool Lose To Cheslea

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Liverpool welcomed Chelsea to Anfield on Saturday afternoon in what was always going to be a difficult tie for the Reds. After a relatively good performance against Real Madrid in the week, many Kopites presumed there would be a change of tact from Rodgers but his insistence to use the same formation was perhaps detrimental to his side's overall chances.

Things began well for the Reds when Emre Can quickly put a stamp on the game. An early effort from range smashed off John Terry and flew wide but the German followed soon after with an almost identical shot. This time his strike deflected off Cahill and fortuitously flew into the right of goal leaving Courtois with no chance.

To have scored so early against Chelsea was a real shock for me and despite the buoyancy in the side after scoring I still couldn't convince myself that we would go on to get anything from the game. Why? Because we're so lacking in firepower at the minute and playing in such an ineffective formation …

Reds Face Mourinho's Men

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After putting on a rather gutsy performance against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, Brendan Rodgers may find himself with several questions to be answered over who to field in the starting line up tomorrow. Whilst it is evident Liverpool were lacking in attack midweek they improved dramatically defensively and this could result in somebody losing their place in the back four.

Injury wise Liverpool still have a few men on the list. Daniel Sturridge firstly is still unavailable with a long term injury. Also out for the Reds are Enrique, Sakho and Flanagan. For Chelsea, they are very strong with their only injury worries; Remy and Mikel both expected to return back to the squad tomorrow.

The last time the two sides met was a pretty heartbreaking affair for Liverpool fans after that now infamous "Gerrard slip". The Reds would have probably been on their way to a 19th title if they could have held out against Chelsea but perhaps admirably Brendan Rodgers opted to attack Chelsea'…

19th Century Football

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Jose Mourinho once described the tactics of West Ham United as a display of "19th century football" his comments were derogatory and never intended to be received in a positive way. On Sunday however, the master of hypocrisy as opposed to the "master of tactics" also produced some sublime "19th century football". Whilst I begrudgingly commend him for coming to Anfield with a plan, getting some luck and seeing it out, I mostly still find the man repulsive, arrogant and somebody who only sees things as "right" when he himself says or produces them.

Liverpool on the other hand as Brendan Rodgers proudly responded post match were to play this game in the manner they have all season - they would attack. Whilst some feel Rodgers got it wrong and that he should have played for a draw, I feel this is where the real admiration is. Rodgers played great football and if it wasn't for a Steven Gerrard slip Chelsea would have been sitting on a frankly wo…

Liverpool Ready For Chelsea At Anfield

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Liverpool welcome Jose Mourinho's Chelsea to Anfield on Sunday and whilst Brendan Rodgers bats away the ex Inter Milan coach's mind games, Liverpool are 100% ready to go out and walk another step closer to that elusive Premier League title.

Mourinho began this week by saying he would rest key players in the fixture, perhaps having one eye on a shot at another Champions League. Whilst the media stirred up a storm as the board also agreed to allow Mourinho to field a weakened side, I found myself annoyed but genuinely not bothered. Jose Mourinho can field whatever soddin' team he wants, it makes no difference whatsoever, his whole team is worth tonnes more than ours and we're gonna have them.

For this reason I'm not providing any injury news for Chelsea, it's guess work trying to see who they are going to start anyway. For Liverpool though Daniel Sturridge will be subject to a late fitness test whilst Jose Enrique is still unavailable.

Chelsea are currently seco…

Chelsea Pose A Hazard Whilst Key Decisions Cost Reds

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Liverpool were once again unfortunate to not get anything from a game against one of their rivals away from home. A performance that lacked a bit compared to their City display still left the Reds in a great position when they scored via Martin Skrtel just three minutes into the game but some poor refereeing decisions right from the off and a difficulty dealing with the likes of Hazard and Willian left Brendan Rodgers' side having to accept defeat.

Liverpool began the game knowing they had a weakened back four with Agger out of position having to deal with Eden Hazard who had switched wings. It wasn't an impossible feat but Agger was clearly going to need a lot of support if Liverpool were going to cancel out any attacks down this side.

The first moment of the game worth noting from a Reds perspective was the very early poor challenge on Jordan Henderson from Eto'o. His studs scraped down the front of Henderson's shin, Howard Webb saw it and yet, nothing happened. Par…

Reds Confident For Chelsea

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After a brilliant performance despite a loss at the Etihad on Boxing Day, Liverpool find themselves in high spirits in the run up to their tie with Chelsea on Sunday. The Reds performance against City has made a few people finally wake up and smell the coffee and with the option of also strengthening the team, Liverpool could be right in the mix come the end of the season if they continue to play as they are.

Chelsea on the other hand are well positioned in the table but they haven't exactly been playing well. Of course in football it's always a bonus to be playing poor but winning games, however I feel on Sunday their run of luck may come undone.

Injuries for Liverpool mean they could still be without Jon Flanagan and also still out are Gerrard and Sturridge. For Chelsea they are without Ramires who picked up a fifth yellow card and so he misses the game but other than that they have a pretty strong squad to choose from.

Liverpool's form records them winning four out of …

Suarez Leaves Liverpool Fans Biting Their Tongues

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It was an eventful day to put it kindly on Sunday in Merseyside as Liverpool prepared to applaud the memory of Hillsborough campaigner Anne Williams and the victims of the Boston marathon whilst also welcoming ex manager and fan favourite Rafael Benitez back. As if the headlines weren't big enough before the whistle they'd soon swell up even further post match after the footballing public looked back on what appeared to be almost certainly a bite on Ivanovic from Luis Suarez. Pushing all of that aside Liverpool actually fought hard and picked up a good result with the game ending 2-2 and of course it was Suarez who found the winning goal.
I feel as though I should start with the Suarez incident really for this post just because it's such a pressing topic and to voice my opinion then get it out the way to do a match roundup would perhaps be a better order of things. 
The first moment that caused a reaction from me was when I saw Ivanovic sitting on the floor trying to tell Ke…