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Both Strikers Score In Villa Win

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Scroll through the numerous updates on social media regarding Liverpool Football Club and you're guaranteed to find several tweets from disgruntled fans moaning about the fact we have to rely on Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert up front. Whilst some of the tweets will be completely warranted, others are unfounded drivel. Borini and Lambert are clearly not the perfect package but they are strikers and they will, given the chance, score goals.

In Saturday's clash with Aston Villa they both found the back of the net. It's no secret that I'm not a big fan of playing without a striker and so to see Borini given the chance to start was very pleasing. In the second half most people were distraught at the sight of Rickie Lambert preparing to come on whilst I found myself again feeling positive.

It was Liverpool who got the better start in the game at Villa Park and after just 24 minutes the Reds had found themselves an opening goal. A brilliant cross from Jordan Henderson foun…

Burnley On Boxing Day For Reds

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Liverpool line up to face Burnley for their Boxing Day fixture this year and Brendan Rodgers will certainly be looking for a win after a hard fought draw against Arsenal last weekend. A bonus for the Reds boss is the return of Mario Balotelli who was serving a ban for the last match.

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are without Joe Allen and the usual list of long term absentees. Fabio Borini is also unavailable after picking up a red card against Arsenal. For Burnley they are without Stephen Ward and Michael Duff. There is also a doubt hanging over Matt Taylor who has recently returned from an Achilles problem.

The last time the two sides met was back in 2010. On the score sheet that day were Steven Gerrard, Maxi Rodriguez and Ryan Babel in the 4-0 win. Interestingly, the fixture at Anfield that season also ended 4-0 after a Benayoun hat trick and a Dirk Kuyt goal.

The last time Burnley got the better of us was after a win in the FA Cup in 2005.

Burnley currently find themselves 18t…

Skrtel Saves The Day With Heroic Header

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Battered and bloodied after an accidental boot to the head, Martin Skrtel at 90 minutes netted a simply glorious header to salvage a point for Liverpool on Sunday as the Reds pushed back into the top half of the table. In a game that saw the Reds dominate possession there were several positives to gain from this match as Brendan Rodgers looks for more of the same from his side over the Christmas period.

It was another typical Liverpool display for the majority of the first half as the Reds (again without a natural striker) managed to create several promising attacks but just couldn't find that end product. The likes of Markovic and Sterling in particular were causing issues for Arsenal who struggled to deal with the injection of pace.

Liverpool also had their own issues to deal with though as Brendan Rodgers bravely decided to field three at the back allowing Arsenal some freedom down the wings.

It was the Reds though who grabbed the first goal of the game and deservedly so. A ri…

Suarez Who? Reds Haven't Lost Their Bite

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It was an emphatic win for Liverpool on Saturday at St James' Park after the Reds found 6 goals without their influential forward; Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan has been all over the news this week and I don't need to fill you in with the details but Brendan Rodgers insured his side would be in the headlines for totally different reasons this weekend.

Liverpool started with Sturridge up front and the skillful Coutinho in midfield. Fabio Borini was also back on the bench which was another positive for the Reds. There was a boost for Newcastle too who had Tiote and Cisse back.

The game started extremely well for Liverpool who quickly got themselves off the mark via defender Daniel Agger. An assist from Coutinho allowed Agger to head home Liverpool's first near the 3 minute mark. It was a refreshing change to Liverpool's recent performances in the league that have ended in nil-nil draws.

Newcastle haven't exactly been playing the most brilliant of stuff lately and they …

Reds Need Some European Magic

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Liverpool welcome Zenit St Petersburg to Anfield on Thursday evening as manager Brendan Rodgers sits hoping for one of those famous, magical European nights. Of course this isn't the Champions League and nobody is expecting an Olympiakos type of night but wouldn't it be brilliant to watch us pull off this result and go through to the next stage?

Liverpool are unable to play Sturridge and Coutinho who frustratingly are both cup tied, both men were on the score sheet in the emphatic win over Swansea and the Reds will need to look elsewhere for their goals. Also unavailable is Fabio Borini who has dislocated his shoulder. Zenit have no new injury worries and it is predicted manager Spalletti will put out the same team.

I'm sure it hasn't been long enough for you to forget the scoreline when the teams last met but just in case you missed it all, Liverpool lost 2-0 in Russia and Zenit had the very influential Hulk on the score sheet.

Liverpool have shown against Swansea th…

Doubts Over Reina For Reading

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Football is back! Real football I mean, not the one where you travel all the way to Poland with your national side only to be told you can't actually play the game because the pitch is now a massive puddle... Internationals ay?!

Anyway, fear not, the boys in Red are back and their opponents this Saturday are Reading.

Unfortunately for Liverpool the break has also offered the chance for injuries to be aired and Pepe Reina will have to undergo a late fitness test to see whether he will be able to start after picking up a hamstring problem. Fabio Borini will also be unavailable for up to 3 months after fracturing a bone in his foot, with Suarez our only real forward left I don't even want to start thinking about what may happen.

Reading on the other hand are relatively strong and only have one real concern with a doubt hanging over Noel Hunt.

The last time the two sides met I am sure you will remember was in the FA Cup. In January 2010 Reading came to Anfield after sealing a dra…

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 …

Reds Win In Edinburgh

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It wasn't exactly a pretty performance nor was it very controlled but it was a win nonetheless and by the end of the 90 minutes Liverpool's experience had helped them to a 1-0 victory over a plucky Hearts side.

A mixed side from Brendan saw plenty of youth given the chance with the likes of Martin Kelly, Jack Robinson and starlet Raheem Sterling all starting. Jamie Carragher and Daniel Agger added some experience in the back four though as they lined up against a strong Hearts.

Andy Carroll travelled with the squad but was unable to feature due to a knock previously mentioned by Rodgers, Fabio Borini instead played up front.

Hearts had a very good first half and forced Pepe Reina into a couple of saves. Players like Templeton were oozing with confidence and causing Liverpool plenty of problems. Liverpool on the other hand were sort of tootling along, nothing special and a few sloppy passes but it was a weakened side.

One person that did stand out though for Liverpool was Rahe…

Reds Kick Off League Campaign With Trip To Baggies

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Brendan Rodgers faces a relatively kind start to his Premier League season as Liverpool travel to the Midlands on Saturday to face West Bromwich Albion. The pre season friendlies and the start to the Europa League provided some relief to those football withdrawal symptoms but it's safe to say we're very close to being in full swing now.

Liverpool are in a good state concerning injuries with no real problems after Joe Cole made a quick recovery from a hamstring pull. For West Brom they will have to take a look at Morrison and Olsson who gained small injuries whilst on international duty. Also unavailable for the Baggies is the pretty influential Graham Dorrans.

The last time the two sides met was in April this year. Another rather embarrassing defeat for Liverpool saw Roy Hodgson's side collect all three points after an Odemwingie goal sealed the win. In general terms, Liverpool have a pretty good record against West Brom winning 46% of all 137 matches between the two side…

Borini Scores In Liverpool Win

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It was of complete contrast to the game out in Belarus as Liverpool easily put 3 goals past Gomel and sealed their place in a play off against Hearts. It's a nice draw for the Reds and will also provide a good atmosphere as fans make the short hop to Scotland. The second leg at Anfield is always a nice addition too.

Rodgers started a very strong side considering that he could have easily fielded a below par one. Pepe Reina was back in goal which was great to see and Lucas started in the centre. Borini and Suarez both started and Gerrard was freed up immensely due to Lucas and Shelvey in the middle of the park.

Liverpool got off to a very lively start as they looked to impress a near capacity Anfield crowd. Also in that crowd was Swansea's Joe Allen, it certainly looks like he'll be the next man revealed in a Liverpool shirt.

The first goal for the Reds came just after the 20 minute mark and who was the scorer? The man himself Fabio Borini. I know I wasn't the only one…

Competitive Seasons Kicks Off At FC Gomel

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Liverpool have made the trip to Belarus for their first competitive match of the season as they look to take advantage in the first leg of their Europa League tie with FC Gomel. The Reds were not in Europe last season and missed out on a Champions League place but manager Brendan Rodgers will look to take his side through this years Europa League.

FC Gomel finished 3rd in their league last year and play their home games at Central Stadion which has a crowd capacity of just over 14,000. Interestingly Fabio Borini has revealed this week on the club website that he and his family used to do some charity work for children from Gomel. Gomel was one of many areas affected by the Chernobyl disaster.

The majority of Gomel's squad are from Belarus but they also have some Russian forwards. Gomel have actually introduced a fair few players for the 2012/2013 season just to add to the unknown.

Brendan Rodgers has a full squad to choose from but Andy Carroll apparently hasn't travelled wit…

Reds Return From North America

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For this season's preparations Liverpool made the trip across the pond to take part in a North American tour, facing the likes of Roma, Spurs and Toronto it was a great chance for Brendan Rodgers to get to know his squad properly and also play around with some of his many ideas.

The first match against Toronto saw the Reds grab a 1-1 draw. The Major League Soccer side were perhaps the most unfamiliar of opposition for Liverpool but that didn't stop youngster Adam Morgan getting on the score sheet.

Amarikwa scored for Toronto as a substitute in the second half but Morgan quickly cancelled out their lead with his goal just before the 70 minute mark. Raheem Sterling deserves a mention here also because it was his efforts that set up Morgan and Raheem had a brilliant game.

It was a great show all round for Liverpool's youth with Dani Pacheco impressing the crowds also.

Next up for the Reds was AS Roma. With Aquilani and Borini in the squad we'd be facing familiar oppositi…

LFC's North American Tour

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So, Rodgers and Co are currently in North America, last spotted doing some training at the famous Harvard University. The Reds this year have three matches in their pre-season tour against Toronto, AS Roma and Tottenham Hotspur.

Rodgers has taken a fair few youngsters across the pond and Fabio Borini also cut short a holiday to join the Reds on tour. There's no Pepe Reina who has been granted extra time off after Spain were victorious in the Euros. The lads who played for England this summer have also travelled but are expected to be rested until the Roma game.

More good news to come out of the tour is that Lucas Leiva is expected to make an early return and feature in at least one of the fixtures. Lucas suffered a cruciate ligament injury to his knee last year in November and is seemingly ready to play 2 months earlier than the original prediction.

This is a fabulous opportunity to face some interesting and also familiar opposition in the likes of Spurs and so Rodgers can really…

Reds Bag Fabio Borini

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It's felt like an age waiting for the transfer window to fully be pushed open and whilst it has been clear for a week or so that Brendan Rodgers had his eye on a few players it was difficult to judge when he would seal his first new signing as Liverpool manager.

Today we wait no longer as Fabio Borini successfully passed a medical at Melwood and completed all the necessary paper work. It is believed that in the region of £8 million has been paid to Roma for the services of the Italian who finished last season with 9 goals.

Many people are excited by the signing of Fabio and rightly so, in terms of minutes per goal he is above the likes of Wayne Rooney and Edinson Cavani from last year. If he can hit the ground running and adapt to life in the Premier League he could be a steal for the price paid by Rodgers & Co. Himself and Luis Suarez on form is a frightening thought for any opposition.

Of course Rodgers is all too familiar with Borini after working with him at both Chelsea …