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Brendan's First In Front Of Kop

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Gomel will be the opposition at Anfield on Thursday evening as Brendan Rodgers looks to send Liverpool through to the next round of the Europa League in his first match as manager in front of the Kop.

The first leg ended in a Liverpool win after Stewart Downing found the back of the net but it wasn't an easy victory for the Reds as Gomel provided the defence with several problems. Perhaps the unpredictability played into their hands but it is always dangerous to underestimate the opposition.

With the home crowd behind Liverpool though and the magic of Anfield you have to feel the home side will wrap this one up and in a more successful manner.

Last time out Brendan had Borini up front but with Suarez back from the Olympics after Uruguay were knocked out there is a possibility the number 7 may feature. It will also be interesting to see whether Daniel Agger features in this one too, last time he didn't travel supposedly because he had to work on his conditioning back at Melwoo…

Liverpool Look To Escape The Rut

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Aston Villa are the visitors to Anfield on Saturday as the Reds look to readdress their form in the league. Dalglish's side have only had some joy of late when they beat Everton but results against the likes of Newcastle, QPR and Wigan have brought Liverpool back to a cruel reality. Aston Villa also find themselves in a bit of trouble as they risk being dragged into a relegation dog fight.

Liverpool are still without Charlie Adam but Daniel Agger could be a possible choice for manager Kenny Dalglish. The real problem of course for the boss though isn't with injuries it's concerning the fact that Pepe Reina is suspended for 3 matches. Doni or Jones will make a start on Saturday and it will be interesting to see who is chosen.

For Villa they are without Weimann who has an ankle injury and Cuellar is considered to be a doubt for Saturday's fixture.

The last time the two sides met was in December when Liverpool put 2 past the Villa side. The previous May though Villa got …

Stoke At Anfield In FA Cup

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I feel sorry for all those Mother's of Liverpool fans on Sunday because i predict a delivery of card and perhaps garage court flowers before a dash to a television or Anfield for most of your sons and daughters. The Reds face Stoke in the FA Cup and with the prospect of another trip to Wembley looming, everybody is excited for this one.

For Liverpool they are still without Daniel Agger and Glen Johnson whilst Stoke are missing Ricardo Fuller who is serving a ban.

Stoke have had a bit of a bumpy run of form in the league of late, losses to Chelsea and Fulham have been mixed in with wins over Swansea and Norwich. For Liverpool, their 3-0 victory over bitter rivals Everton in the Merseyside derby has hopefully boosted the sides performance. Before this the Reds had lost 3 league games in a row.

Liverpool have beaten Brighton, Manchester United and Oldham to get to this stage of the FA Cup whilst Stoke have pushed aside Crawley Town, Derby and Gillingham .

The last time the two sides…

Liverpool Ready For Wembley!

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The last time Liverpool got into a final was in 2007, which for a club like Liverpool is quite a long time ago. And the last time they actually won a final was in 2006, the penalty win over West Ham was the last time Liverpool fans truly got to celebrate but on Sunday they are in with a chance to bring some silverware back to Anfield once again.

16 years since they last visited Wembley, Liverpool this time have Cardiff waiting there for them. The Championship side took two of their games all the way to penalties in their road to Wembley with Liverpool winning outright in all of their games.

Cardiff's form isn't at it's best, not that this sort of thing tends to matter in finals but the Welsh side have only won 1 in their last 5 league games. Liverpool's run of form in the league isn't exactly any better, with 1 win out of their last 5 league games too. Liverpool have been successful in their two FA Cup games over this period though beating Manchester United and pu…

Reds Put 3 Past Lacklustre Wolves

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Liverpool put three past a lacklustre Wolves side yesterday at a freezing cold Molineux. Andy Carroll got himself on the score sheet whilst Wolves struggled to find a goalscorer at all. The win moved Liverpool into 5th in the table.

Wolves had less worries than originally thought injury wise as Frimpong ended up being able to start in midfield for McCarthy's side. As for Liverpool there was one very big name missing - Steven Gerrard.

I got given the team sheet in the boardroom and must admit was happy with the line up. I was chuffed to see Bellamy starting and perhaps it's quite bad to say, but i wasn't really bothered that Downing only made the bench. He just hasn't been impressing me of late. Kuyt and Carroll up front was also a positive for me, i felt that partnership worked well against United.

I missed the first ten minutes or so of the match as i had to cash up. Wasn't all bad though as Maxi Rodriguez had to squeeze past me in the boardroom to get out to his…

United In Cup For Liverpool

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The FA Cup has brought Liverpool a massive clash on Saturday as Manchester United make the short trip to Anfield. This is the first meeting between the two sides since the Suarez and Evra case, here's hoping both sets of fans act responsibly, focus on the football and provide a fantastic atmosphere.

After Liverpool's victory over Manchester City, Kenny Dalglish may have to assess his starting XI due to fitness levels of some of the players.

The good news for Liverpool is that Jay Spearing is back in training and so could be a choice for Dalglish.

Manchester United have quite a few injury worries for Saturday. Doubts are hanging over Nani, Jones, Ferdinand and Rooney.

The two sides met in the FA Cup January last year. Liverpool put in a good performance but Manchester United walked away with a 1-0 win.

The last time United beat us at Anfield however was in 2007. The Reds have built up a good run of form against Ferguson's boys at home so here's hoping that continues on…

Liverpool Set For Wembley After 16 Year Wait

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 Liverpool booked their place in the League Cup final at Wembley on Wednesday night after beating Manchester City 3-2 on aggregate. It was a fantastic tie for the neutral as City took the lead twice at a boisterous Anfield but the home side were the better team over the two legs and Craig Bellamy's 73rd minute goal made sure the Reds would be fighting for some silverware next month.

Liverpool haven't been to Wembley in 16 years, which is quite hard to believe considering the caliber of the side. Kenny Dalglish was visibly delighted after the final whistle, the teary eyed manager showed the world what it meant to him to be back managing Liverpool and helping them get back to winning trophies.

Dalglish chose not to start Andy Carroll but instead Dirk Kuyt up front. Craig Bellamy as expected though was more of a forward than a winger for this one, the Welshman wasn't expected to start due to his knee problem that usually prevents him from starting two games in a row but the …

Second Leg With City In League Cup

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Manchester City travel to Anfield on Wednesday night for the second leg of the Carling Cup tie between the two sides. With Liverpool holding the slight advantage, the game is perfectly poised for an exciting clash and the winner is off to Wembley.

Liverpool of course haven't been to the new Wembley, not that any more incentive is required but it sure would be nice to see the Reds there fighting for some silverware.

Man City have a few problems suspension wise, Vincent Kompany serves the last of his four match ban and Mancini's side are left with a dilemma over Balotelli. He's been charged by the FA with violent conduct and unless Man City appeal before 6:00pm on Wednesday, then the striker will miss the match starting his four match ban.

Speaking of suspensions, it's Luis Suarez's birthday this Tuesday and the striker doesn't have long left before he's allowed back into the team. Jay Spearing is a doubt also for manager Kenny Dalglish who will perhaps look…

Bellamy Scores In Dismal Bolton Display

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If i walked into a club, thinking and acting like i was better than everybody else, i'd most probably, within an hour and a half or so, get battered. Which is exactly what happened to Liverpool on Saturday. They walked into Bolton's club, acting like they were better than them, like the three points were theirs before they'd kicked a ball and then, they were battered.

Inferiority complex is usually something i disagree with because i used to believe that footballers, whoever they play for, always want to beat the opposition, they can't be content with just thinking they are better and hope that magic does the rest.

Not everyone on the pitch yesterday suffered from this complex, Craig Bellamy is a good example, but too many players who should have been embarrassing a Bolton side, didn't look arsed.

Dalglish made his thoughts clear post match by saying "If that's the level they expect this football club to play at, they won't be here long." And fai…

Liverpool Require Win After Poor Run In League

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Liverpool make the trip to Bolton on Saturday for another Premier League fixture. After a disappointing draw against Stoke at Anfield, the Reds will be looking to put that behind them and take all three points from a struggling Bolton side.

Liverpool don't have any new injury worries although Jay Spearing still hasn't recovered from his hamstring problem. Luis Suarez is also still unavailable as he continues his suspension.

Bolton are welcoming back goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen as he returns from an injury to his thigh, it isn't certain whether he will start though.

The last time the two sides met was in August last year. Liverpool won the game 3-1 with Henderson scoring his first Liverpool goal. Trips to the Reebok have been pretty kind to the Reds too, we have to go back to 2006 for a slim win for Bolton.

Bolton are currently lying in 19th whilst Liverpool are in 7th. A win for Liverpool could potentially move them up to 6th.

Stat Sandwich

Liverpool have only scored 24 g…

League Cup Semi Final Take One

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Liverpool are off to the Etihad once again as they prepare to face Manchester City in the first leg of the Carling Cup Semi Final on Wednesday night. The most recent clash between the sides saw City put three past Liverpool, the Reds made a good performance, they just couldn't find the net.

Liverpool don't have any new injury worries and Dalglish is expected to bring back Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel, Jose Enrique and Glen Johnson into his defence after he chose a totally different back four in the FA Cup game against Oldham.

Manchester City have doubts hanging over the fitness of Balotelli, David Silva and Dzeko. City also have another big blow after Kompany's appeal against his red card received in the FA Cup was rejected, the defender starts a four match ban beginning Wednesday night.

Liverpool last faced Manchester City in the League Cup in 1995. The Reds put 4 past City at Anfield but we all know that things have changed since then, mainly in terms of money for the bo…

Reds Beat Oldham 5-1

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Liverpool put five goals past an Oldham side that took the lead at Anfield on Friday night. A very different starting line up for Liverpool allowed Dalglish to try something new and for once Liverpool could be described as clinical rather than wasteful.

Oldham opened the scoring just before the half hour mark with a superb strike from Robbie Simpson. There were no complaints from the Reds for this goal, it flew past Reina with great speed. Cracking goal.

In the build up to Oldham's first goal, the away side were holding themselves well. For a League One side playing at Anfield they had their fair share of possession.

When Liverpool conceded though, the players immediately realised that trouble was on the horizon and thankfully Craig Bellamy quickly equalised to put the Reds straight back in the game.

Just 2 minutes after the Oldham goal and a Jonjo Shelvey strike carried itself into the path of Craig Bellamy who stuck his head on the end of it to ensure a goal. Bellamy once again…

Liverpool Lose 3-0 At Etihad

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Manchester City put three goals past Liverpool on Tuesday night despite the away side retaining a lot of possession. A goalkeeping mishap and a dubious penalty helped City on their way but despite this, Liverpool still couldn't find a goal to put the pressure on Mancini's side.

Andy Carroll made the start for Liverpool with the likes of Craig Bellamy, Steven Gerrard and Maxi Rodriguez on the bench.

Manchester City were gifted their first goal just before the ten minute mark. A shot from outside the penalty area by Sergio Aguero should have been dealt with by the experienced Pepe Reina but unfortunately the Spaniard allowed the shot to go underneath him and into the back of the net.

It was a rare mistake from Pepe Reina but Liverpool didn't let it knock them. Possession in the middle of the park for Liverpool was top notch but the lack of flair in front of goal was clear. Dirk Kuyt and Stewart Downing saw some chances but there was no creativity.

The possession gained to g…

Round 1 Of 3 Versus City

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Liverpool travel to the City of Manchester Stadium on Tuesday evening to face Mancini's side for the first of three times this month. The Reds will be looking to take advantage of City after they lost to Sunderland on Sunday. Three points for Liverpool would see them move into 5th place.

Both sides are in pretty good shape and have little if no injuries, although Balotelli could be a doubt after sitting out the last match with an ankle problem. For Liverpool there are no real worries and it is hoped after two appearances from the bench that Steven Gerrard may start.

Craig Bellamy is a key talking point for Tuesday's clash. His performance against Newcastle was superb and with him falling out of Mancini's favour whilst he was at Man City, I'm sure he would relish the chance to put a goal or two past Joe Hart.

The last time Liverpool beat Manchester City away from home was in 2008. The Reds have a decent home record against them but there is also a large collection of d…

Gerrard Scores From Acute Angle In Newcastle Win

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Liverpool put three past Newcastle United at Anfield on Friday night after finally figuring out how to convert their chances. In a game where the Reds didn't have many attempts at goal, the finishing was this time on song. Newcastle took the lead but the Reds came back to take all three points.

The start to the game had no essence of fixtures gone by between these two clubs and for a while it didn't seem like things were going to get exciting. With no real chances from either side it was hard for both sets of fans to find where their goals were going to come from.

Just before the half hour mark, Newcastle saw their chance. A whipped in ball into the box was met by Yohan Cabaye, on it's way toward goal it was clipped by Demba Ba but the prolific forward was the first to point to team mate Cabaye and support his claim for the goal.

To be fair to Liverpool this was a bit of an unlucky goal to concede, there wasn't much Reina could do with the nature of the way the ball c…

Skrtel Scores Second In Villa Win

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Liverpool scored two goals in the first fifteen minutes at Villa Park to secure a much needed three points. In the slot under the top four at the moment Liverpool are slowly but surely putting some pressure on and the win lifted them up to 6th. Craig Bellamy and Martin Skrtel were the goalscorers.

A slightly different side fielded by Dalglish saw a five man midfield and a start for Jonjo Shelvey. Maxi Rodriguez was on the bench and Luis Suarez led the line.

Aston Villa were without their main men in Darren Bent and Gabby Agbonlahor so from the onset it was bound to be a difficult game for Villa, a side who even with the men mentioned previously are struggling to find the back of the net.

Stewart Downing received a rather noisy reception as the home fans made sure the winger was subjected to boos each time he was on the ball. Unfortunately for the home fans though, Downing would eventually get the last laugh.

Liverpool's first goal came just 10 minutes in. A corner whipped in by S…

Queens Park Rangers To Meet The King's Boys

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After the drama at Craven Cottage on Monday night, Liverpool welcome promoted side Queens Park Rangers to Anfield on Saturday. A missed opportunity to collect three points for the Reds means this fixture becomes even more important but I'm sure Neil Warnock will be thinking exactly the same thing.

Injuries for Liverpool as you all know by now mean unfortunately there is no Lucas Leiva or Steven Gerrard for manager Kenny Dalglish to select. Also unavailable is Jay Spearing who starts his three match ban (*cough* disgrace) so the Liverpool midfield will look somewhat different.

For QPR they have a big problem in goal, both Paddy Kenny and Brian Murphy are out so Radek Cerny starts again for the London side.

Queens Park Rangers have had a bit of a strange season since being promoted. A side fielded by Neil Warnock will always have a never say die attitude but whilst they managed to beat Chelsea and nearly got the better of Man City they had big defeats at the hands of Bolton and Ful…

Goalless Draw At Anfield

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Liverpool were held to a 0-0 draw with Swansea at Anfield on Saturday in a match which could have quite easily contained goals for both sides. Vorm and Reina played vital roles in the 90 minutes to keep the scoreline level and despite the Reds getting the ball in the net an offside call from Sian Massey ended the celebrations early.

It was an unchanged side from Kenny Dalglish with Carragher and Gerrard still unavailable. Good news to hear that the captain is now back in training though.

Andy Carroll had the first chance of the game when he connected with a cross from Stewart Downing. Just 6 yards out, the Geordie managed to miss, it was agonizing to watch and as Dalglish said himself, if that had of gone in, who'd have known how the match would have ended.

Of course, it was a bad miss but 6 minutes in you shouldn't need to worry about missing a chance at home against Swansea, because plenty more will come, right?

They did come. And just as quickly, they passed us by. Liverpo…

Stoke In League Cup For Liverpool

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Liverpool make a second trip to the Britannia Stadium on Wednesday night for their latest Carling Cup tie. After shots galore at the Stoke goal earlier this season, Liverpool failed to come away victorious with Stoke taking all three points.

Liverpool are lucky enough not to have any injuries to worry about and Lucas is also available again after being suspended for the Norwich game. For Stoke there are doubts hanging over Pennant and Woodgate. Higginbotham, back from a long term injury though is predicted to start to help get some game time under his belt.

The last time Liverpool met Stoke in the League Cup was in 2000. The Reds put eight goals past a stunned Stoke side with Robbie Fowler getting a hat trick in the process.

After the last Carling Cup game against Brighton, it was clear to see manager Kenny Dalglish was not going to take this competition lightly. Most big clubs at these stages like to play their fringe players but the King had no intentions of doing this at all. His …

Missed Chances Leave Liverpool Disappointed

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Similar to the Stoke game and the draw with Manchester United, it was yet again a story of missed chances for a frustrated Liverpool side. Norwich fought hard, particularly in the second half and were spurred on by their goal but despite over 20 attempts at goal and 11 shots from Suarez alone, Liverpool couldn't find a winner.

A starting line up which saw Bellamy start and Carroll left on the bench was an interesting selection from manager Kenny Dalglish. Many fans were excited to see how this set up would work and why not try it against Norwich at home?

It didn't take long for Dalglish's decision to pay dividends after Craig Bellamy got Liverpool a goal just before the half time whistle. The Welshman had a bit of luck after his effort took a deflection before hitting the back of the net.

The goal was deserved looking back on a decent first half performance from Liverpool with two attempts hitting the woodwork. We couldn't get comfortable though as Norwich proved to h…