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Suarez Wins Battle Over Bale In Spurs Win

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Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool side showed real heart on Sunday afternoon as they fought their way past Spurs to win 3-2 at Anfield. Despite the Reds taking the lead via Luis Suarez the away side managed to find an equaliser just before half time. Thankfully for Liverpool though Spurs appeared to become a bit too complacent when they found their second goal and some concentration lapses eventually allowed Stewart Downing to equalise and Luis Suarez to win a penalty for Steven Gerrard to convert.

Liverpool had a rather familiar starting line up aside from the missing Pepe Reina who had a calf problem, Brad Jones took his place. Sturridge was also back up front for the Reds.

It was a lively atmosphere right from kick off at Anfield and there's certainly an air of positivity around the place at the moment. Slowly but surely Liverpool are moving in the right direction and the fans knew that if they could pull out a performance like they did against Wigan and Swansea then a win could …

Hat Trick For Suarez In Wigan Win

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A well-oiled Liverpool side put 4 past Roberto Martinez's Wigan on Saturday and took all 3 points from the DW. Stewart Downing headed home Liverpool's first making it only his second league goal for the Reds and Luis Suarez was left to work his magic scoring a hat trick in great style.

There was no Daniel Sturridge for the Reds and once again Jamie Carragher was preferred in defence to the out of favour Martin Skrtel. Looking back after the result it makes you realise that there could have been even more goals because Sturridge would have surely found the back of the net in that game, we're in a comfortable position for a change when it comes to attack.

It only took the Reds a couple of minutes to get off the mark and it was Phillipe Coutinho impressing the masses. Some lovely skill from the ex Inter Milan player allowed him to play in a lovely cross to an awaiting Stewart Downing, the presented header was too easy to miss and Liverpool were 1-0 up.

Liverpool's second…

Four Goals Stun Fulham

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Liverpool notched up a very successful 4-0 win at Anfield on Saturday as they brushed aside Martin Jol's Fulham team. It was a far cry from the Villa game and Liverpool found their goals from four different scorers, a perfect way to start off the festive season.

Liverpool started with Suso and Shelvey for this one with many wondering why Sterling had been dropped and some calling for the improved Henderson to start instead. I personally was happy with this line up, Suso is somebody who I felt should have featured in the Villa game. He's a bit of a rough diamond at the moment but he adds an angle that the opposition aren't expecting.

Fulham haven't been playing their best football of late and so it was a good time for the Reds to face them as they had the chance to move into 8th place. It didn't take Liverpool long at all to cement their intentions with unlikely goalscorer Martin Skrtel getting things well and truly under way.

A corner from Steven Gerrard fell to M…

Downing Strike Seals Comfortable Win For Reds

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Brendan Rodgers went for a very strong XI against Guus Hiddink's Anzhi on Thursday night after many expected a weakened side. The only real fringe players were Brad Jones in goal and Stewart Downing who would end up proving he still has at least something left in his locker.

Anzhi's megabucks line up consisted of Samba, Zhirkov and Eto'o but it was evident from the whistle that the Russian's plans were to get the ball to the latter and hope for the best.

Liverpool started confidently and were strong in keeping the ball. Possession is obviously very close to Brendan's heart and I think the majority of Thursday evenings performance backed up that mentality. Game stats did finish at exactly 50/50 in possession though.

The Reds first real chance fell to Jonjo Shelvey but he couldn't quite convert his effort into a lead for Liverpool. It was safe to say from the tone set though that the Anzhi keeper would have a lot coming his way throughout this 90 minutes.

With l…

Suarez Goal Enough To Seal A Point

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It was a struggle to say the least on Saturday for Liverpool but eventually the Reds managed to find themselves a goal and in turn a point at the Stadium Of Light. A first half goal from Steven Fletcher set the tone as Liverpool looked to correct their sloppy start, Suarez's goal thankfully saved Liverpool some dignity.

As I mentioned in the match preview, Sunderland isn't exactly an easy away trip for any side but it was pretty poor from Liverpool on Saturday.

Brendan Rodgers opted to start Raheem Sterling again to the delight of many. Suarez and Borini were the main attacking options and Jonjo Shelvey got another start in the midfield.

It wasn't exactly an emphatic start from Liverpool but despite that the lads were managing to create some chances. Borini and Shelvey had efforts early on buy Mignolet and accuracy prevented them from putting Liverpool ahead.

Whilst Sunderland were struggling to create any clear cut chances and the Liverpool defence were dealing with any …

Downing Strike Seals First Leg Win

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Liverpool had a rather shaky start in Belarus but managed to find some composure as the game went on and Stewart Downing found a goal from nowhere with his 25 yard strike. Gomel did threaten the Reds goal though on several occasions namely a bout of shots late on in the first half that Brad Jones and the defence had to deal with.

Brendan Rodgers fielded a rather strong side in his first competitive match as manager and included in that line up was Jamie Carragher. A fan favourite and legend to many, he was making his 700th appearance for the club, an amazing feat for any footballer. Due to the special occasion captain Steven Gerrard gave up his armband for this one.

Also in the starting XI was new signing Fabio Borini and Joe Cole who would be looking to prove a point.

Early on Gomel showed their intent to fluster Liverpool as they got stuck in and a foul on Stewart Downing was met with a yellow card for Klimovich.

The Reds in this match were certainly portraying the passing & po…

Reds Called Up For England Duties

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With the Euros starting on Friday, kicking off with host nation Poland facing Greece I thought it would be nice to do a round up of the Liverpool players at the England camp in Poland. Injuries to some of the England players meant that the original 4 Liverpool squad members was increased to 6 by Roy Hodgson.

Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard is England's captain for Euro 2012 as chosen by Roy Hodgson. As Liverpool's long standing captain we all know he has a real presence over 90 minutes and can encourage or spark a performance out of most players.

More so than ever though Steven Gerrard is left in a tough position because Hodgson's side this year is one of change and of youth. There's some experience next to Gerrard in Scott Parker but many of the midfielders and forwards are lacking in England caps.

Gerrard is of course more effective in a more attacking role but in this particular England set up and in Roy's plans he will have to settle for a more defensive one. The…

Fulham To Face Before Cup Final

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Liverpool welcome Fulham to Anfield on Tuesday evening for their last league game before the massive FA Cup final at the weekend. The Reds recorded a confident win over Norwich on Saturday thanks to a glorious Luis Suarez hat-trick and here's hoping that sort of result is repeated.

Fulham have the chance to go level with Liverpool in the league on Tuesday which is a worrying thought considering Liverpool haven't finished 8th or below in the league for 58 years and already find themselves in a sticky situation with the Toffees just above them.

The last time the two sides met Clint Dempsey rubbed salt into the wounds with a late winner. The problem was, really, he shouldn't have been on the pitch after the headbutt on Craig Bellamy, maybe Bellers should have jumped to the floor like Perch did for Newcastle.

Despite some good results against Liverpool over the years Fulham have actually never won at Anfield. Considering Liverpool have been poor of late at home, this is a nic…

Liverpool Book Place At Wembley Semi Final

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The Reds knocked Stoke out of the FA Cup on Sunday in a 2-1 win. Dalglish's side have now drawn either Everton or Sunderland (depending on the outcome of their replay) in the semi finals at Wembley. The goals came from Luis Suarez and Stewart Downing.

Pulis's side entered the game in the sort of fashion we were all expecting, they got stuck in and attempted to break down the passing movement especially within the Liverpool midfield. It took it's time to work but eventually Stoke did begin to frustrate Liverpool.

Despite Stoke's best efforts, it was Liverpool that grabbed the first goal. A superb finish from Luis Suarez left Stoke keeper Sorensen stunned as the Reds went 1-0 up.

Liverpool couldn't celebrate for long though as Stoke found themselves with a cluster of corners to take advantage of. Despite the fact that their last corner that led to the goal blatantly wasn't one, Liverpool quite frankly should have dealt with the threat better.

The corner was whip…

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 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…

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…

Reds Away To Villa

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Downing returns to Villa...
Liverpool make their way down to the Midlands on Sunday for a game against Alex McLeish's Aston Villa. Villa at the moment appear to be struggling to score goals and with Liverpool creating chances but perhaps not converting as many as they should be, this could be an interesting fixture.

Injuries for Aston Villa aren't a real problem but Gabby Agbonlahor will miss out due to a one match ban for collecting 5 yellow cards.

For Liverpool, Steven Gerrard is still out and so too is Lucas of course. Jay Spearing will also be unavailable due to his 3 match ban he picked up at Fulham.

Most fans will remember the last meeting between the two sides. Stewart Downing scored the winner for Villa in a rather dry affair for the Reds. Times however have changed and now perhaps Downing will be able to find his first goal in a Red shirt at his old stomping ground?

Other than the 1-0 win for Aston Villa we have to go back to 1998 to find them another win at home agai…

Suarez Header Secures 3 Points

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Luis Suarez grabbed the winner for Liverpool on Saturday in a 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers. The Reds had bags of chances whilst QPR barely troubled goalkeeper Pepe Reina. The away side however showed great courage in ensuring Liverpool didn't get anything else past Radek Cerny.

Dalglish made some changes in the line up for Saturday's fixture. Namely the inclusion of Maxi Rodriguez and Dirk Kuyt.

Stewart Downing was at the forefront of the Liverpool attack during the first half and had one of his better games for the club. The winger found himself some space on several occasions and set up Suarez numerous times.

On the other wing Maxi Rodriguez too was flustering the QPR defence, this set up appeared to allow more freedom for the wingers with Henderson and Adam in the centre. Jordan Henderson when played on the wing unfortunately at the moment doesn't appear to have as much confidence going forward so he is left helping cover with the central midfielders. Maxi Rodrigue…

Suarez Nets In Sunderland Score Draw

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First of all folks may i say how nice it is to be back blogging! If you didn't know i was in Majorca for 10 days hence the missing Valencia post, whilst i was out there i luckily managed to watch the Liverpool match in an Irish bar, it was bloody sweltering heat and i had to squint all the way through the match but I'm glad i got to watch it all instead of relying on highlights for a quick round up.

For the Reds first game of the season Dalglish shook things up a bit, in the starting eleven brand new signing Jose Enrique was given his chance, Dirk Kuyt had been dropped for Jordan Henderson. Downing started with Lucas and Adam in midfield. Reina in goal with Flanagan, Carragher and Agger in front of him and the strike force consisted of Carroll and Suarez.

It didn't take long at all for Liverpool to put a spark into the game. Referee Phil Dowd had his first major decision early on in the match after Suarez was brought down by Richardson in the box. I'm not Phil Dowd…

Reds Lose 3-0 In Hull Friendly

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Aquilani sporting the new third strip...
After goals galore in Asia it was a wake up call for the Liverpool lads this afternoon at the KC Stadium. On display for Liverpool were all three new signings, goalkeeper Doni and midfielders Downing and Henderson.

Dalglish once again made the most he could out of his bolstered squad and 22 players featured within the 90 minutes. Unfortunately for Liverpool, no amount of reshuffling could stop Hull's momentum.

Goals from Koren, Simpson and Brady meant it would take a gallant effort from the Reds to get back into the game.

Happy of the game time more than anything though i think players such as Coady and Ayala relished their opportunity in front of the boss and once again proved how our youths are beginning to shine.

Many highlighted Aquilani's first half performance in their post match thoughts. He impressed against Guangdong and it was pleasing to see him follow through on that performance against a strong Championship side.

Rumours thi…

1-0 Loss Rounds Up Liverpool's Season

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Gerrard watches on with the fans...
Well, it wasn't the brilliant end we expected but nevertheless i think looking back to last August and our position in the league in December, all the ups and downs, we can't complain with our 6th place finish.

Entering the game still with a possible chance of gaining that Europa League spot it was all to play for. Villa who really only wanted to win to get one over Liverpool however were the ones who set out with the right mindset.

It was a strange end of season and a strange match altogether, the travelling fans were in good voice as always but it would be a lie to say that half the stadium weren't more concerned with rival results elsewhere than the final whistle at Villa Park.

Dalglish fielded a slightly different eleven, Joe Cole was given a start and Fabio Aurelio was back from injury with another chance at playing left back before the end of the season. Andy Carroll was also missing from the line up.

An early tone was set by Villa …