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Northampton Give Liverpool Reality Check

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Ohhh Cobblers!...
As Liverpool fans this season will know, the preparation for a very average season was made in the summer and we all knew it would be a tough time for the Reds in their start under Roy. What we couldn't have predicted though was to crash out of the league cup after being beaten by the sole league 2 side left in the competition and in all honesty not even be able to say we played well.
As always i shall say it as i see it but if you think your about to read some nonsense excuses or some stories about Rafa or how it's Roy's fault then i'd stop reading now. I'm not here to fuel people's bandwagon, nor am i here to supply ammo for the negative brigade, i'm here to be fair and try to look at things rationally.
As expected Roy started a mixed XI with the only real regular starters being Lucas and Jovanovic. The side also fielded familiar faces in Kyrgiakos, Agger, Babel and Ngog. Wilson, Spearing, Kelly and Pacheco made up the rest of the out field…

Cole Gets Ball Rolling In Liverpool Rout

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Lucas dedicates his celebration to his unborn child...
It was a rather wet and windy setting for Liverpool's game last night against Steaua Bucharest but who needs sunshine to brighten things up when you have the Reds on superb form?
It was a mixed team fielded by the boss and it was a side missing the likes of Carragher, Gerrard and Torres. Ngog was given another chance up front and the XI also included academy boys Spearing and Kelly who were more than willing to impress Hodgson and the fans.
I was still getting settled and into a comfortable position when Liverpool first decided to raise the eyebrows of everyone watching. After just 30 seconds a very sloppy defensive pass from the Romanians meant Joe Cole could sneakily steal the ball, after making the run his shot wide past the keeper almost seemed as though he had missed the target but his effort found it's way in and Anfield was jumping.
I'm so pleased for the lad, we all know he's not necessarily here for banging lo…

Second Leg In Trabzon

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Ngog will certainly fancy his chances...
After the poor result against Man City on Monday night Liverpool will be looking for a much better performance and result tomorrow night in Turkey.
With suggestions that Fernando Torres will not be playing it is reasonable to assume that Ngog will get another go up front for the Reds. Steven Gerrard will also miss out, suffering from a minor back problem the skipper will be rested instead and the worrying realisation that we have no real attacking midfielders anymore after the loaning out of Aquilani means it could be difficult tomorrow.
Of course Lucas Leiva's original title surprisingly enough was an "attacking midfielder" not in fact the defensive one he has been moulded into. With this in mind i expect it may well be himself and Poulsen in the midfield tomorrow. Be safe to suggest Kelly might get another chance in defence too.
There will be changes but Roy still needs to keep enough experience and talent in the side to ensure we …

Joe Cole Sees Red In Draw With Arsenal

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Aww... The poor sod! Someone give him a bear hug and a whiskey...
Liverpool came away from Anfield yesterday with a draw, at first glance, a more than respectable result but after the circumstances and sheer madness of the match, the Reds were right to feel hard done by after such a hard fought game.
Roy set up his team with Reina in goal, Skrtel and Carragher in the centre with Agger as left back and Glen on the right. Gerrard sat with surprise inclusion Javier Mascherano in the centre of the park. Jovanovic and Kuyt were the wing men with Cole sitting behind David N'Gog.
For the first 45minutes Liverpool looked steady, fireworks weren't exploding but we were more than holding up against Arsenal i thought. That being said it was clearly dangerous to think Arsenal may not pop up with a flash of brilliance.
Liverpool were eager to get going and keen youngster N'Gog was caught offside on a few occasions in the first half after he set off just that slight bit too early. Persisten…

Win Over Rabotnicki Means Trip To Trabzon

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Gerrard more than pleased the home crowd...
Liverpool notched up their first Anfield win of the season last night after they put two past Rabotnicki in their Europa League clash. A lively Anfield despite it not being a sell out provided all of the atmosphere as the away support was minimal. Chants from the kop gave a great welcoming taster of the famous atmosphere to new signings Joe Cole and Milan Jovanovic.
The side fielded by Roy was a real mixture of experience, youth and players who wouldn't always get a chance to shine. With Reina's understudy Cavalieri in goal it was Kelly, Carragher, Skrtel and Glen Johnson who made up the defence.
Jovanovic, Lucas and Gerrard made up the three man centre with Joe Cole chosen to sit behind the two front men: Pacheco and Ngog.
Liverpool got stuck in immediately and were strong even without the ball. Possession was great and the lads were playing with confidence. David Ngog notably who had two superb chances to get on the score sheet very e…

Magic In Macedonia

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Ngog converts his first effort...
David Ngog led Liverpool to a secure 2-0 victory last night in Macedonia as Roy's first competitive game gets him off to a great start. The new manager perhaps took a big risk in leaving the likes of Reina, Carragher, Gerrard, Kuyt and many others at home to sit this one out, but it's safe to say the risk paid off and an unfamiliar Liverpool side were more than comfortable against the team from Skopje.
Hodgson fielded a very mixed XI, Cavalieri started in goal with Agger, Skrtel, Kyrgiakos and Kelly making up the back four. Aquilani, Lucas, Spearing and new signing Jovanovic made up the midfield with Ngog and Amoo up front. Darby, Dalla Valle and Eccleston also made sub appearances.
It took just under 20minutes for Liverpool to make their mark on the game. An ever aware Ngog was on the chase after a defensive and goalkeeping misjudgement meant he was able to easily send the ball home and make it 1-0.
Liverpool could now lay off the pace a bit afte…

Reliance

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Can Benayoun make a repeat of his performance against Burnley in September?
Liverpool face the short trip to Burnley tomorrow as the Lancashire side attempt to remain in the Premier League. Liverpool would hand Burnley a massive blow should they be victorious tomorrow and would see Burnley be relegated.
Not only this they would also hand relegation battlers Wolverhampton Wanderers security. With the Chelsea game also looking more important for other teams rather than ourselves, it is going to be a very peculiar end to the season. Reliance on ourselves from other football clubs is a very scary thing, what worries me is a lot of the time this season, we have not been able to rely on our own performance, let alone giving somebody else a hand.
A win tomorrow could see Liverpool jump into 5th depending on the margin of the win and the Manchester City result. Anything at this moment in time can be taken as a positive because it is just becoming so unlikely that Liverpool will manage to scrape…

Extra Officials? Beneficial? Don't Be Daft.

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A frustrated Dirk Kuyt portrays everyone's emotions...
One goal separated the two sides last night at the Vicente Calderon, scored within 9minutes in rather bizarre and scrappy circumstances, it was enough to see Atletico Madrid take glory in the first leg of our Europa League Semi Final.
Benitez reintroduced Mascherano and dropped Maxi Rodriguez for this fixture due to him being ineligible for the competition. The remainder of the XI was the same fielded against West Ham.
It wasn't long before Liverpool's defence was undone. With barely any chance to settle down Atletico punished with a fast paced attack originating from their own half.
Frustratingly, Forlan was unmarked, the player who i was so certain we should be able to deal with was allowed too much space. When the cross came in, a diving Kyrgiakos could not connect, Agger was too far away from the action and Carragher was still checking back after he was pulled out of position.
When Forlan made contact though, something …

Bellyoun

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David N'Gog gets Liverpool's second...
Anfield attendance was of a lowered tally for Monday nights clash, possibly due to the numerous amount of people still stuck abroad. A lack in the Anfield faithful though was not going to put a downer on the team or the performance against the London side battling to stay in football's top league.
After the injury to Fernando Torres and the ongoing injury to Emiliano Insua, Benitez had to field another different looking Liverpool side. This time out he opted to start N'Gog leading the line with Kuyt sitting very closely off the French youngster.
The midfield saw Mascherano dropped with Benayoun and Maxi on the wings, whilst Gerrard and Lucas slotted in the centre. The back four was the same used against Fulham, Agger still remaining as stand in left back and Reina was in goal.
Liverpool started the game with good possession and fluidity, West Ham were being made to look dysfunctional but with some skillful flashes from the likes of Co…

Far From Eggs-cellent

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Gerrard celebrates passionately in front of the fans... What?...
You didn't seriously think i would go through the Easter weekend without adding a really bad Easter related pun in somewhere did you?
On a more sombre note though, yesterday's result saw the grey clouds regather over an already subdued and annoyed Liverpool fan base. There were numerous moments throughout the game that were top of the moaners lists.
Make no bones about it, i had a moan myself, but quite astonishingly it is again clear as to what most fans feel and what most fans are more concerned about at this moment in time.
Whilst my first reaction was the sheer fear of what finishing out of fourth place could do to us. I.e. with Hicks and Gillett already dragging the club into so much debt, they idiotically based our finances on assumption of qualification into the Champions League, failing to do so could see us add another £40million or so to our already unsteady financial situation.
With the deadline having to be…

My First Ever Anfield Experience Ends With A Win

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My view...
So this was it. Date: Thursday 18th February, Time: 3:00pm, Destination: Anfield.
First point of call was the local BP station, Dave needed petrol, Emz needed some sort of beverage and i needed a paper and something edible. After stocking up on junk we got back into the car and headed straight for the notorious M6.
After hearing the old "oh you're going on the M6 car park are you?" for days before i was expecting the worst, in all honesty, it wasn't all that bad.
Sat Nav at the ready for when we came off the M6 we did end up on the motorway for quite a long time. The first moment of worry was when the overhead signs began to read "slow, incident ahead". I just hoped this incident would be passable in quick time.
Dya know what it was? ...
A National Express coach that had stopped dead in the middle lane of the M6 with some fat driver looking quite bemused at the wheel. I don't know if the passengers knew where they were but it certainly wasn&…

Liverpool Fail To Attack Wolves

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Liverpool were held to a very frustrating and disappointing 0-0 stalemate last night at Molineux. For my first ever experience of seeing the lads play, there weren't too many positives.

After meeting Kenny Dalglish moments before i sat down to watch the match, i was beginning to think nothing could top that now, and it didn't. I also met that Farley bloke after he came into the boardroom to do some of his now famous Liverpool impressions, however, the match that followed would not provide much to smile about.

So the first shock of the night came when i was handed the team sheet in the boardroom, i could not believe Gerrard was starting, i knew it was now highly likely that he would be on the bench, but i would never of guessed he would of started let alone play the full 90minutes.
I was glad to see the likes of Kyrgiakos, Riera, Carragher and Reina on too, all for different reasons. One thing that did puzzle me slighlty was the option of Kuyt on his own. Although i know it has wo…

Reds Require Replay

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Liverpool will have to settle for an FA Cup replay at Anfield before they can dream of lifting the famous cup again after the match ended in a 1-1 stalemate. The magic of the FA Cup as they say was well and truly alive for a feisty Reading who will be raring to go for the Anfield fixture, Liverpool however will have to hope the magic will reappear.

Rafa had started a very strong side and i for one was very happy with the way he treated this cup game and clear opportunity. With Reina, Carragher, Gerrard and Torres all starting along with the regular faces of Insua, Kuyt and Lucas it was a very experienced side put out to face the royals.
Stephen Darby - local lad and a hope for the future was also given a start at the heart of the back four, with Johnson out injured Carragher was pushed out to the right and so the vacant space was given to the promising youngster.
The first real moment of prospect for a slow starting Liverpool side was when David N'Gog hit a powerful effort from outsi…