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Benitez Back At Anfield

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Sunday will not only be a big game for Liverpool as they search to pick up all three points against rivals Chelsea but it will also mark the return of a very special man to most; Rafael Benitez. Whatever people's opinion of him he did a hell of a lot for this football club and I'm not afraid to admit that I love the man, I expect a very good reception for the man who brought the European Cup back to Anfield on Sunday but once the whistle is blown he and the fans both know he'll be a sworn enemy.

There are no new injury worries for Liverpool but there's still a long list of players out including Fabio Borini and Joe Allen. Chelsea are also looking pretty strong squad wise but there are slight doubts hanging over Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill.

Chelsea have lost 2 out of their last 5 fixtures in all competitions going into this game whilst Liverpool have only lost 1. Liverpool though have been on a bit of a goal drought, no goals scored against both Reading and West Ham wa…

Top 5 Ex Reds You Love To Hate

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As you'll probably remember, during last week I asked my readers on the blog and on Twitter to vote for their "Ex Reds" that they love to hate. Some hatred is evidently a bit tongue and cheek but when board members and previous owners are allowed onto the list, it's always going to get a bit heated.

Unsurprisingly those lovely leeches Hicks and Gillett topped the list followed by El Hadji Diouf, Fernando Torres, Michael Owen and Christian Purslow. So why are these five men, (well, six men really as H & G are a duo... though I'd question if either count as "men" after their shenanigans!) the top "Ex Reds" that you lot love to hate?

Christian Purslow
You voted him in at number 5, it's Christian Purslow.

With a middle name like Cecil you could be hated on that reason alone but Purslow ruffled a few feathers in his time on the Liverpool board.

He was made managing director in 2009 but before I get on to the bad I think Purslow has to be credit…

Reds Aim To Show Torres & Meireles What They're Missing

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Liverpool make the trip down South on Sunday to face Chelsea in the first of two clashes this month with the London side. This game has had enough spice sprinkled over it in the recent weeks, the factors of Torres and Meireles will surely add to the already predictable atmosphere and both clubs could seriously do with a big win.

Without delving in to it too much the news around both Luis Suarez and John Terry will also play a part on Sunday. Both players insist they are innocent but with Suarez actually being charged before kick off, we can't afford to let off field situations filter on to it.

Team news means that Suarez may not be available to start anyway after a slight back problem he picked up in the international break. Jamie Carragher is back and a choice for manager Kenny Dalglish but captain Steven Gerrard is still out.

For Chelsea it's only Michael Essien who is unavailable but Drogba and Sturridge are doubts after just recovering from knocks.

Liverpool have won the …

Games Gone By: Manchester United 1 Liverpool 4

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It was a bright March morning two years ago when Liverpool fans were rising and preparing for the massive game against Manchester United. The trip to Old Trafford, the pub or even to the armchair is sometimes a nervy experience before games like this but the excitement and adrenaline always prevail.

My morning back in March 2009 consisted of me getting ready for work and having to pull myself away from the television and the ramblings of the sexist dinosaur, ahem I mean Richard Keys.

The games preceding the Manchester United fixture in March saw Liverpool beat Sunderland 2-0 and lose to Middlesborough by the same scoreline. But a brilliant 4-0 win over Real Madrid just four days earlier helped the Reds' confidence levels.

 A season in which Rafael Benitez had helped fuel a title challenge meant the Manchester United result mattered more than it had done for a long while.

After the regular build up and mind games from the Manchester United camp, Liverpool quietly kept themselves t…

Let's Look Back On The Season

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AUGUST 2010

Well it started off at rock bottom for Liverpool, Hicks and Gillett were still at the helm, the life sucking hold on the club felt like it would never go away. Rafa had gone and his replacement of Roy Hodgson didn't exactly instill confidence into the masses. Nevertheless, the Anfield faithful were ready to give him a chance and we started the season in the best spirits we could.

July saw us manage our Europa League qualifiers but August's first match saw us lose to Borussia Monchengladbach. The first game an Anfield was played against Rabotnicki (always thought it sounded like a Sonic enemy) two goals saw the Reds continue their progress in the Europa League.


Joe Cole was sent off in a draw with Arsenal, we were battered by Man City in a 3-0 loss and some Torres magic saw us beat West Brom.


In the news... -Forest fires swept across Russia in bizarre conditions of extremely warm weather around the capital Moscow. -The Pakistan floods worsened as the country desperatel…

Liverpool Show No Signs Of Sadness In Victory At Stamford Bridge

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Fernando Who?...
After all the hype and build up to yesterdays fixture, a mix of the general rivalry in clashes with Chelsea, oh and the added sprinkle of Fernando Torres playing his first game in a blue shirt, well by kick off the whole fan base was ready and raring to go.
It was always going to be a slightly heated atmosphere after the timing of Torres' leave and although some fans have taken the peaceful and well wishing option, there were also plenty portraying the more vexed option.
Liverpool started in a similar fashion to the Stoke fixture. The reintroduction of Jamie Carragher was the only change for the Reds. 
A daunting looking strike force from Chelsea in the threesome of Drogba, Anelka and Torres looked a lot scarier on paper that it did on the pitch.
Liverpool immediately set to work in closing off the Chelsea attack and Jamie Carragher especially was in no way going to allow former Liverpool colleague Fernando Torres to give his new side the lead. A typical thrown in bloc…

Stamford Bridge Is Falling Down...

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*cough* Chelsea's famous (donated) atmosphere on display...
With debt repayments... Haha.

On a more serious matter, despite Chelsea releasing stats on record losses of roughly £70million i believe, it didn't stop old Roman and Co splashing the cash to lure away our number 9 did it. Fair enough, he didn't seem to need much luring but £50million quid to spend all of a sudden?

If that's not a sign of "oh my god we're not gonna win the league this year, I'll be bored of not winning things and i still haven't won the Champions League, please, we need help!" then i don't know what is.

In all honesty and this is pushing my clear biased view aside, i don't think this move for Fernando is going to be the dream one he and Chelsea have been drooling over. Of course, i have been proved wrong, far too many times, all I'm saying is, i don't want any Chelsea fans running to me when he hasn't scored in ten games and his hamstrings playing up.

D…

New Owners, New Manager, New Players; New Era

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Well for once it was an extremely exciting and eventful transfer window for Liverpool fans. After years of turmoil under Hicks and Gillett, the transfer window was something we feared not looked forward to.

Yesterday spelt major ins and major outs for Liverpool. After it was clear Fernando Torres would be leaving the club, it was no real surprise when Dalglish and the owners upped their pursuit of starlet Andy Carroll. The Newcastle striker has impressed football fans all over England with his strength and consistency up front for the magpies, of course he has more to learn but Liverpool is a club that can help a player to grow.




£35million is the believed fee and if we are all brutally honest, i don't think anyone would say that is a fair price. However in this day and age, you have to pay silly money to get your man, Torres going on current form was perhaps not worth £50million either but that's the price it took for Liverpool to agree a deal and rightly so.

Moving on to Tor…

Own Goal? Who Cares, Isn't It About Time Liverpool Had A Date With Lady Luck?

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Ohhhh pants...
Liverpool's 1-0 victory over Fulham last night has sent the Reds into the dizzying heights of 7th place. It wasn't a perfect performance and a few nervy moments towards the end of the 90minutes nearly saw Liverpool lose their lead. Strong heads from the likes of Pepe Reina and Meireles though meant Liverpool could celebrate a second win under Kenny Dalglish.

After Lucas apparently was unfit, Christian Poulsen kept his place in the starting line up even with the reintroduction of Steven Gerrard. The rest of the side was the same put out against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The first half for Liverpool indicated that Fulham were going to be harder to break down than Wolves at the weekend. Although the Reds were taking their chances; mainly via Fernando Torres, the likes of Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele were causing problems regularly for the defence and Pepe Reina.

Steven Gerrard had a decent first 45minutes even with his three games out he looked pretty fresh. His …

Fulham Travel To Anfield

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Can Torres continue his run of goals?...
Well, Roy Hodgson never got to face his old side Fulham in charge of Liverpool FC... (thank god) and so it's Kenny's turn to attempt to add another win to his sides superb 3-0 victory at Molineux last weekend.

Fulham have hit a run of form recently after beating Stoke City, West Brom and also drawing with Wigan Athletic in their last three matches. Ok, there's more formidable oppositions within the Premier League but some steady results and goals mean they will have some confidence heading into this fixture at Anfield.

Clint Dempsey has been on fire of late scoring three goals in his last three Premier League matches. Personal opinion means i for one will be most weary of him tomorrow.

Fulham do have quite an extensive injury list with Briggs, Zamora and Senderos all out injured and Schwarzer out on international duty. Etuhu and Hughes are also doubts after picking up hamstring injuries at the weekend.

Liverpool are still without Jam…

Pass And Move It's The Liverpool Groove

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My view yesterday from the Billy Wright stand (i was sat with the Wolves lot)...
Ok so the song was bloody awful "they talk dead funny but they play dead great" but the meaning of the song, the passing and moving style of Liverpool Football Club, well it's what we all love. Yesterday the lads in Red proved that it wasn't unrealistic to go back to those days, with King Kenny in the dugout it truly felt like we'd rolled back the clocks.
The starting eleven did raise some questions from most fans before kick off, namely for the inclusion of scapegoat Christian Poulsen. I'm not going to lie, i myself have been one to highly criticize the midfielder and it was no different yesterday after seeing him on the team sheet. My natural reaction was "oh god" however, to be fair to the bloke, he totally shut my mouth after his stint.
Wolves set up in a 4-4-2 style with Fletcher and Doyle leading the eleven. Hennessey was in goal for the side in gold and black and ca…

Dalglish Takes Reds To Molineux In Search Of First Win

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Wolves celebrate after scoring the winner at Anfield...
It's the big one for me tomorrow! It's the one day each season i am guaranteed to see the lads play because i work at Molineux, might have to sit in with the Wolves fans but i can't complain! Super excited because i haven't seen Torres play before so well up for that, also hoping to see Carragher and Gerrard go through the boardroom. Literally bubbling with anticipation here!

For everyone else of course the main point of tomorrow is to finally get King Kenny off the mark and earn a well needed 3 points. How can we forget Wolves beating us fair and square at Anfield? I'm sure they will be confident coming into this fixture.

New signing Adam Hammill could also feature in McCarthy's line up tomorrow, no doubt the ex Liverpool man will relish the chance to face the Reds.

Wolves are without George Elokobi who got a red card for being knocked unconscious recently haha. Doubtful is Edwards who has a hamstring prob…

Performances: Better, Results: Need Work

It was always going to be a special moment when King Kenny stepped out for his first game back at Anfield. The fact that it was against the Bluenoses too only added to the excitement of the occasion, as his sole footsteps gave him an echoed soundtrack whilst he made his way up the stairs and out the tunnel, the Anfield faithful were anticipating the arrival of the King.

An emphatic display of flags, chants, cheers, claps, waves and smiles made it clear how good it really can be for a manager at Liverpool Football Club. As one of the more moving versions of You'll Never Walk alone rang out around each of the four stands, despite Everton's best attempts at drowning it out, Dalglish appeared to have a tear in his eye.

Everybody was raring to go now, the fans, the manager and most certainly the players. The Merseyside derby was up and running.

A lively start from Liverpool caught me off guard if i'm honest, i knew Liverpool would be a more positive and attacking side under Dal…

Torres Nets In Blackpool Defeat

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Meanwhile, in Fernando Torres' head... "Just ignore Skrtel... If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all..."
Liverpool fell to defeat yesterday as Blackpool with their 2-1 victory completed a league double over the Reds. Perhaps at fault directly was the poor defensive display from Liverpool and a sloppy midfield who were clearly suffering without Steven Gerrard. Despite all of this i think it's important to note that not many of us realistically expected three points anyway, previous matches with or without Hodgson have proved changes needed to be made.

The difference is however, i feel comfortable and confident in giving that all important "time" to Kenny Dalglish whereas i feared for my life as a football fan when handing more weeks to Roy Hodgson.

My only real problems with Dalglish's chosen line up were firstly the starting of Poulsen but given the circumstances he didn't have too many choices for the centre of midfield but i…

Cole Sinks Coyle's Side In Late Win For Liverpool

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Cole nets the winner...
Liverpool shockingly managed to kick off 2011 with three points yesterday after a hard fought game against Bolton Wanderers eventually saw the Reds come from behind to beat Owen Coyle's boys.
Whilst the pressure has eased on manager Roy Hodgson according to the press i think it's more realistic to say that whilst most fans were pleased with the improved performance it's safe to say that opinions on who is at the Anfield helm have not changed.
Fair play to Roy on one aspect though after reintroducing Maxi Rodriguez into the side and also on the inclusion of Daniel Agger. It was a risk to start the big Dane but i thought Agger had a fantastic game. Another key point to the starting line up was the missing Steven Gerrard, apparently fatigued after the Wolves match he was left out of the midfield. Reina was in goal as always with Johnson, Skrtel and surprisingly Fabio Aurelio making up the rest of the back four (it was nice to see Aurelio there instead of …

New Year, New Start? Probably Not, No.

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I think we missed Maxi last match...
As much as i would like to get excited about the prospect of 2011 being a brand new fresh start for Liverpool, i can't really see it can you? After Wednesday night's pathetic display against Wolverhampton Wanderers it does make you wonder how much more embarrassing things could get.
Bolton under Owen Coyle are a decent side and even the factor of us being ok at home has been slashed now after falling to a side bottom of the table with no real return in terms of attempts at goal.
Bolton Wanderers are currently in 6th position which is a fantastic start to the season for them, in the meantime Liverpool are hovering in 12th with some points to make up in order to even get close to a more respectable position.
Liverpool still have injuries to Spearing and Carragher. A possible doubt is Joe Cole who suffered an ankle knock and Steven Gerrard although he should start has questionable fitness especially after watching him towards the end of the game a…