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Reds To Face Canaries

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Liverpool face the Canaries on Saturday as they look to end April on a high. Norwich have lost their last two league games but they have been a breath of fresh air since they were promoted from the Championship last year.

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are without Charlie Adam but captain Steven Gerrard was back in training and is expected to be available for Saturday's game. Norwich are without ex Reds man Daniel Ayala who is suffering from a knee injury and also unavailable is Marc Tierney.

The last time the two sides met was in October. A 1-1 draw in which Liverpool played quite well was a string of many poor results at Anfield for the Reds this season.

The last time Norwich beat Liverpool at Carew Road was in 1993 which to be fair isn't that long ago considering how infrequently the sides have met.

Stat Sandwich

Liverpool have won 7 away league games this season.Norwich have only kept two clean sheets this season in the league.The Reds have only converted 9% of shots into…

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 …

Coates Stunner Not Enough For Liverpool

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Liverpool fell to an embarrassing defeat on Wednesday evening at Loftus Road. Queens Park Rangers came from 2-0 down to beat Liverpool with three goals in less than 15 minutes. It was a shock to watch Liverpool crumble so quickly and easily after what started off as a good performance.

Dalglish decided it was time to reintroduce Charlie Adam to the starting XI for this one and he also dropped Carroll to the bench. Queens Park Rangers had a front line including ex Liverpool man Djibril Cisse.

The game got underway and was very much in Liverpool's favour. A first half consisting of mainly Liverpool possession left Queen Park Rangers struggling for ideas.

Chances from Kuyt, Suarez and Downing put the Reds just centimetres away from a first goal but as the chances kept coming it was clear it was going to be another one of those days. Liverpool just can't seem to finish and although sometimes it's down to a great save, most of the time it isn't and to be honest, there'…

Liverpool Lose 3rd League Game In A Row

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Liverpool fell to a 1-0 defeat at the Stadium Of Light on Saturday when a fortuitous goal separated the two sides. The third in a string of defeats breaks a record for the Reds who haven't lost three in a row in the league since 2003. It was a dire game for the neutral to watch and unfortunately contained a very poor performance from a lacklustre Liverpool side who are hitting a bit of bad form in the league at the moment.

Some changes to the side were made by Dalglish who introduced Coates and Bellamy. Suarez was once again the lone man up front and captain Steven Gerrard was able only to start from the bench.

The first half was uneventful to say the least, neither side caused major problems in the box and there was no real flow to the game. The Liverpool midfield appeared to be unsettled and with Charlie Adam having one of his poorer games, we were struggling to create any real passing from the centre of midfield and out to the wings or cut through to the likes of Suarez.

Charl…

Robin van Persie Puts Two Past Reds

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Liverpool fell to defeat at the hands of Arsenal on Saturday as the van Persie show turned up at Anfield. The Reds were arguably the better of the two sides but whilst Wenger's boys converted their chances, Liverpool didn't. Even a penalty couldn't aid Liverpool's score sheet and it fell to an Arsenal player to get the Reds their sole goal.

Dalglish made some changes to the side which was expected after the injuries to Gerrard and Agger. Spearing was drafted in to midfield and Carragher was in the back four. Suarez was fielded up front and Martin Kelly replaced Glen Johnson.

Arsenal despite their doubts over the fitness of van Persie, Vermaelen and Rosicky ended up starting all three players.

The early drama fell in Liverpool's favour when referee Halsey gave a free kick for a challenge on Luis Suarez. Szczesny came out to close down Suarez and in the first instant it didn't to me actually look like a penalty, it looked like Suarez had just over reacted. Howev…

Liverpool Win Record 8th League Cup

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Wembley was a sea of dancing red shirts on Sunday night as Liverpool lifted their 8th League Cup after extra time and penalties with Cardiff City. The Welsh side were a formidable opposition but it was Liverpool who remained the most composed during penalties despite misses from Steven Gerrard and Charlie Adam.

Kenny Dalglish made sure he put his signings on show in an eleven including Suarez, Carroll and Downing. Cardiff saw the return of their first goalkeeper and fielded their big man Gestede up front.

After a day and a half of desperately trying to convince my mate to take us up to Liverpool to watch the match he eventually agreed and I'm so glad he did! We tried to get in to Cafe Sports England but it was fully booked, the doorman recommended a bar called "Rubber Soul" in Mathew Street, we went in but weren't too convinced. It seemed lively but was pretty small and so we went on the hunt for Walkabout.

Eventually we found it and the big screen was massive! So i…

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…

Reds Look For Win At Molineux

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Liverpool travel to my hometown of Wolverhampton on Tuesday night as they prepare to face Wolves in the Premier League. Liverpool are on a massive high after knocking both Manchester City and Manchester United out of the League and FA Cup, but can the Reds compose themselves in exactly the sort of fixture that has caused them to stumble in the league?

Liverpool don't have any new injury worries and with Craig Bellamy only featuring in the United game, it is probable the Welshman may start. There were rumours going around from The Times newspaper that Steven Gerrard picked up an injury but I'm not certain how true those rumours are as i haven't read anything else on the matter.

For Wolves, they're in a bit of trouble, especially in midfield. Karl Henry is serving a one match suspension and so misses out and injured are O'Hara and Frimpong. The on loan Arsenal player had an immediate impact in the Wolves side so they will be looking for somebody to step up against L…

Evra Mistake Allows Kuyt To Knock United Out Of The FA Cup

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Liverpool successfully knocked Manchester United out of the FA Cup on Saturday in a 2-1 win at Anfield. The Reds can now boast getting the better of both teams in Manchester in less than a week. A Dirk Kuyt winner grabbed Liverpool the glory in a game where United had most of the possession.

Kenny Dalglish made some changes to the side that started against Manchester City, namely the introduction of Jamie Carragher and Martin Kelly. The Reds played four at the back with Carragher sitting behind the midfield. Andy Carroll was up front.

For United, they were without the likes of Rooney and Nani but as we all know, this never usually matters, United always seem to find a way through, minus their stars or not.

Liverpool began the game well and were creating half chances despite appearing to allow United to play their own game and keep the ball. United were attempting to create attacks through Giggs and Valencia but their final balls weren't quite cutting it.

A Liverpool corner early …

Drab Draw With Stoke

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Liverpool were held to another draw at Anfield yesterday as they struggled to get anything past Tony Pulis's Stoke side. The Potters played in their stereotypical way and whilst they would have been extremely happy with the point Liverpool were left frustrated.

It was a rather strange side fielded by Dalglish with Kuyt as the sole man up front and a 3 man defence with Enrique and Johnson pushed forward. A lot of people have been defending Dalglish to the hilt but i have to be honest, even King's make mistakes and i believe Dalglish should hold his hands up and say he got it wrong on Saturday.

Whether a different team would have got the three points who knows but that line up wasn't ideal.

Liverpool once again maintained a lot of possession, something they have become pretty good at this season but there's no spark, no cutting edge. Possession stats always get on my nerves because people use them as a positive, there is no use having bags of possession and doing nothin…

United, Bring It On!

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Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has a fully fit squad to choose from for the big game against Manchester United on Saturday. It was a fruitful affair last time for Liverpool as Dirk Kuyt put a hat trick past the Red Devils at Anfield. 
This game requires no build up, win, lose or draw it is always an exciting clash and Alex Ferguson has been quoted this week saying "I have always considered it to be the game of the season in English football." 
Since Dalglish has been in charge, excitement levels have been higher in general but even more so when these sort of fixtures come around. Kenny of course is no stranger to intense matches and he's certainly no stranger to Fergie's mind games.
Confidence is the key for Saturday, we know United have had the better start to the season but Liverpool haven't faltered much, even in the loss against Stoke we bombarded the goal with shots and were unlucky.
Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll are two players who will be looking to be in rec…

Bellamy Gets Off The Mark In Liverpool Win

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It was end to end stuff last night in Brighton as Gus Poyet's boys looked to cause an upset for Liverpool. An inspired performance from Brighton was threatening to take the game from the Reds on several occasions but in the end the home side had to settle for a consolation goal from the penalty spot.

Craig Bellamy opened the scoring for Liverpool with Kuyt getting the second. Captain Steven Gerrard made his first appearance for 6 months and all things considered it was a good win for the lads.

The first goal of the night came just 6 minutes in after a lively Liverpool start. Dalglish had fielded a strong line up, backing his seriousness to take on this competition, but Andy Carroll was one big names on the bench. Instead Welshman Craig Bellamy got a start, still awaiting his first goal this was the perfect sort of game for Bellamy to get off the mark, and that he did.

An assist from Suarez allowed Bellamy to send the ball home from inside the box and put Liverpool ahead.

Bellamy …

Reds Search For Win At Spurs

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Liverpool make the long journey down South tomorrow to face Harry Redknapp's Tottenham Hotspur. The London side got off the mark properly in their last league game against Wolves whilst Liverpool hit a stumbling block at Stoke.

Liverpool are without Glen Johnson for this one as his niggling hamstring injury appears to be back. Steven Gerrard was expected by some to feature tomorrow but it is perhaps more likely that Dalglish will ease him in, starting with the cup game against Brighton, i wouldn't be too surprised to see him on the bench though.

As for Tottenham, Ledley King who came back and was vital in the Wolves win is a possible doubt. So too are Gallas, Van Der Vaart and Lennon. Michael Dawson is also out but with a squad as big as Spurs, Harry shouldn't have too many problems choosing replacements for the missing faces.

We have to go back to 2008 to find a Liverpool win at White Hart Lane. The Reds won 2-0, Spurs in all three other occasions in the league at home t…

Reds Lacklustre In Turkey Friendly

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Daglish's side fell to a 3-0 defeat in the humid Turkish capital tonight. The 90 minutes were certainly no delight for Liverpool and despite substitutions, the Reds struggled from the onset to threaten Galatasaray.

Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson were left out of the trip to Istanbul but keeper Doni got another chance to show what he can do between the sticks. A mixed line up saw the likes of Joe Cole and Philip Degen in midfield, Flanagan and Kyrgiakos in defence and Andy Carroll chosen to start up front.

Galatasaray didn't take long at all to make clear their intentions, to the soundtrack of a raucous new home stadium the boys from Turkey were nearly off the mark in less than a minute courtesy of Milan Baros.

And it eventually fell to the ex Liverpool man to deliver the first blow. Some poor Liverpool defending after Kelly and Kyrgiakos were dragged out of position meant the Czech could put a neat little chance past Doni.

Liverpool appeared unable to compl…

Liverpool Score Six In Malaysia

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Charlie Adam gets off the mark for Liverpool...
It was another game filled with goals for Liverpool in the impressive stadium in Kuala Lumpar. Filled to the rafters with Liverpool fans, i think the Malaysia XI may have felt a bit small.

Kenny Dalglish was missing from the sidelines as he's home sorting out the the small matter of Stewart Downing. Also this week we've waved goodbye to Paul Konchesky. Good luck getting along with his Mom Leicester!

Anyway...

Liverpool got off the mark with a Charlie Adam penalty. His first goal in a Red shirt was delayed slightly after being forced to take his penalty again. He put both in the back of the net and sent Liverpool on their way. A soft penalty decision i thought but never mind ay?

Malaysia XI equalised shortly after with a super free kick from their captain, Brad Jones could do little to stop it.

Ngog went on to score twice in the second half. His first after a little bit of luck when the Malaysian defence had a lapse of concentratio…

From Relegation Zone To Europe

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The King signed permanently this week, here's to a wonderful three years!...
In a weekend of Eurovision madness can Liverpool tomorrow ensure Harry Redknapp's Spurs gain nul points after 90minutes of football? Three points for Liverpool would not only add to their fantastic form of late but it would also secure mathematically 5th place.

For Spurs it appears their plans and claims of breaking into, even winning the league by manager Harry Redknapp have been completely forgotten about. A decent run in the Champions League - fair play but have they had the consistency to back up their claims that they are in fact a top four side? No.

Liverpool claiming victory tomorrow will not only show our determination, even when faced with the somewhat hindrance of the Europa League but it will also prove to the media and maybe some deluded Spurs fans that just like us, they still have a lot to do.

Spurs are missing quite a few men for tomorrow's tie at Anfield. Doubtful is Wilson Palacios…

Liverpool Victorious In 7 Goal Thriller

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7 goals in 3 matches ain't bad at all...
There can't have been many people predicting an exciting clash last night at Craven Cottage and if anyone had a punt on 5-2 then I'll eat my hat! In a game which saw Maxi score his second hat trick in three games, Kuyt score his fifth goal in as many games and Suarez sprinkle magic from the defence all the way into the Fulham net, the travelling fans were rewarded with an emphatic display!

An unchanged eleven from Dalglish sprung immediately into action with Suarez on a run into the box, his pass aimed at the approaching Kuyt and Meireles took a deflection and Schwarzer managed only to get a foot to it to make a clearance. After splaying out the ball came to an awaiting Maxi Rodriguez who struck to put the Reds 1-0 up in what i had down as 32 seconds - phenomenal.

Little time to even catch a breath and Liverpool were on the attack again, Glen Johnson saw his chance when Salcido failed to encroach on his attack down the wing, a floati…

Can Kuyt Make It Five In Five At Fulham?

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Will it be a Thriller?...
The Reds travel to Craven Cottage tomorrow for their Monday night clash with Mark Hughes' Fulham side. With both teams in pretty good form and Liverpool still mathematically in a chase for the Champions League, three points is what the lads will be after.

Still out injured for Liverpool are captain Steven Gerrard, Fabio Aurelio, Daniel Agger and Martin Kelly. Also added to the list is the unfavoured Milan Jovanovic who picked up a knee injury last month, he may still be an option for Dalglish though on Monday as his recovery is going well.

Fulham have Halliche and Gera out and also Duff who has an Achilles problem. Perhaps most worryingly for the side from London though is the fact that Dempsey may be unable to start. A hamstring pull means the star man may be kept out. The American brings a lot to the Fulham side and is a vital link in their system.

Familiar face Danny Murphy will be raring to go tomorrow, the ex Liverpool man always looks forward to meet…

Comfortable Win Sees Liverpool Move Into 5th

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Maxi! Maxi Rodriguez runs down the wing for me...
The 3-0 victory over Newcastle United at Anfield was completed in sleek, calm and effortless style. The unity Dalglish has brought to the club is highly visible on the pitch and with three separate goalscorers, it's no wonder people are starting to look at Liverpool in a different light.

Carroll started from the bench after all the "will he, won't he?" before kick off and so it was down to the rest of the lads to upset the Magpies. Johnson was called back into defence and Argentinian Maxi Rodriguez was once again chosen to start after a superb display against Birmingham.

It took the Reds just ten minutes to start the scoring and it was none other than Maxi himself. A great cross into the box from Flanagan caused problems immediately for Newcastle's defence, a failed clearance saw the ball splay out to an awaiting Maxi who in great style took it first time and sent the volley into the back of the net.

For Newcastle …

Maxi Nets A Hat Trick In 5-0 Rout

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Can't remember what game it was, think it was a terrible footy game on the Gamecube but i finally got to mimic the Japanese sounding commentator... "Joh-Coh-Gohlll!" ...
After recent fixtures against the Midlands side it was looking as though this one could be tough for Liverpool. The refreshing resurgence since the arrival of manager Kenny Dalglish has still seen us falter on a few occasions and Birmingham were ready to try to cause an upset.

An emphatic performance from Liverpool though saw them embarrass Alex McCleish's side in a 5-0 win without Andy Carroll who was in the stands and also minus a goal from Luis Suarez who put in more of an assisting role for a superb 90minutes.

It took just shy of 7 minutes for Liverpool to add a spark to the game. A stinging effort from Jay Spearing was parried away by Ben Foster only to come out into the path of Maxi Rodriguez, the Argentine made no mistakes and sent the ball into the Birmingham net.

Jay Spearing was yet again an…