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Captain Fantastic In Olympiakos Testimonial Win

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Today saw our Captain Fantastic finally step out at Anfield through his guard of honour to play his long awaited and much anticipated testimonial game. The opposition carefully selected after that monumental night "ohhhhhh you beauty", the stage was set for a wonderful day at Anfield to mark the career of one of the most loyal, genuine and talented men in football; Steven Gerrard.

With training photos leaking the day before showing Jamie Carragher and Robbie Fowler, there was sure to be a nice little treat for the sell out crowd. It was always in Gerrard's interest to keep this clash as a proper pre-season game but with the addition of the recently retired Carra and God... Well, that was more than enough cherries on top of the cake.

I was lucky enough to be able to be present at Gerrard's testimonial and had a fantastic seat on The Kop in Block 304. I've never had chance to watch a game from The Kop so far and so you can imagine my excitement for this one. It ma…

Transfers For LFC So Far...

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I'm sure you've all been keeping an eye on that transfer window so far this summer and hasn't it been interesting? Usually as a Liverpool fan you end up sitting around bored at this stage of the season until some relatively unknown youngster forces the L4 transfer window open and we finally see a bit of action. It's different this year though, there's been a hell of a lot of talk and a decent amount of action and below is a round up of the ins and outs at Liverpool Football Club so far...

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First in for manager Brendan Rodgers was the out of contract Kolo Toure. After finishing up with Manchester City the 32 year old seemed keen to continue his career at a top level and whilst some people have been having digs at the signing I think for a free transfer Brendan's done a savvy deal there. With the missing experience of Jamie Carragher, Toure even if he doesn't play week in, week out will bring some wisdom to the dressing room, an invaluable asset in my eyes…

Carra Hits Post In Final Game For Reds

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Liverpool played their last game of the season on Sunday against QPR at Anfield. The game didn't have any real purpose behind it though and so all of the focus was on the retiring Jamie Carragher. A guard of honour saw the number 23 out onto the pitch with The Kop creating a massive mosaic for the defender. Carragher ran towards the Kop with his son and daughter and thanked the Anfield faithful, it was an emotional moment and finally it seemed real that Carragher was in fact retiring.

In terms of the game though it may not have meant anything, but Liverpool still wanted to finish their season on a high. 7th place isn't an achievement really and finishing behind Everton just rubs more salt in the wound but here's hoping Brendan buys well in the summer and we can push on next season finding some consistency on the way!

Liverpool started the game in a confident manner whilst QPR lacked a spark. Philippe Coutinho was the star man for Liverpool though, weaving his way through …

Cheerio Carra!

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Well, here we are, the end of the season. This one in particular seems to have flown by and unfortunately I a have to admit I've found myself a bit bored this season, I just haven't felt fully entertained, only at certain points, here's hoping next season we can improve on that!

Sunday of course may be the last game of the season but with Liverpool destined to finish in 7th place win, lose or draw all of the focus is on the retiring James Lee Duncan Carragher. I've always loved Carragher, from schoolgirl crush to adult crush to having a general soft spot for traditional old fashioned defenders, I just feel that he's a credit to not only his sport but to sportsmanship and to gentlemen as a whole.

On Sunday there will be a guard of honour for Carragher who retires after 16 years at one club, something you don't see very often at all these days. There will be presentations, talks and of course banners and you can be certain a rather noisy version of "Team Of…

Carra's Last Merseyside Derby

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Sunday marks the day for the 220th Merseyside Derby. It's quite hard to believe there's been so many clashes between the red and blue side of Liverpool but any fan will tell you that this game means the world, it means even more when you realise Liverpool could close the gap on Everton with 2 league games left to go this season.

Liverpool are in a decent position injury wise with no new real worries. Suarez is obviously still unavailable but Fabio Borini who scored in the last fixture is expected to be on the bench again for this one. Everton are also in a relatively strong position although Phil Neville will miss out due to a knee injury.

Everton are currently sitting pretty in 6th place holding on to a Europa League spot. Liverpool are in 7th behind them which wouldn't be good enough for Europe this season due to Swansea winning the cup. An interesting debate was spurred up on Twitter this week after the club suggested they would turn down a place in the Europa League t…

Rodgers On Suarez, Gerrard, Carra & Anfield

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Like Thursday's post on the blog I've kindly been given quotes from Yahoo! for the second half of their interview with Brendan Rodgers. This time it's mainly all about the magical Uruguayan - Luis Suarez.
After being asked whether Luis Suarez was the most talented player he had worked with Brendan was a bit reluctant to make that claim saying it wasn't fair on other people he had and was yet to work with but he did say:
"What I am sure of though, is his warrior spirit and I love his humility, work rate, attitude to training and his desire to be a winner."
The neutrals will always have their negative opinions of Luis Suarez but I don't think anybody can deny his work rate and attitude, even on an off day when he hasn't got his shooting boots on you'll never find Suarez giving up, he chases down balls that everybody else has rendered pointless, he's always on full cylinders.
Next Rodgers was asked whether Suarez will be in with a chance of winni…

Reds Valiant Effort Couldn't Pull Them Through

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Liverpool were just 1 goal away from progressing through to the next stage of the Europa League last night but an early mistake by stalwart Jamie Carragher made things even more difficult for the Reds. They found their 3 goals though courtesy of Luis Suarez and Joe Allen but that fourth goal remained too elusive for Brendan's boys.

Liverpool started their strongest possible side with Luis Suarez leading the line. It's been a blow not being able to start Sturridge in these fixtures and so it was clear it would fall to Suarez and Gerrard to find the back of the net unless of course a more unlikely source popped up.

Liverpool started in a very positive but slightly nervy manner in my opinion. There was such a rush to find that first goal that at times mistakes were being made, Zenit were too good a side to gift them with possession and thankfully Liverpool eventually calmed down.

It may have been the Europa League and not the Champions League that we all love so much but Anfield…

Hulk Makes Reds Angry

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Liverpool fell to a 2-0 defeat in Russia on Thursday evening after once again having most of the chances and then completely losing the plot in the last half of the game. In a similar fashion to the West Brom game Liverpool were hit when they least expected it after having what looked like control.

Brendan Rodgers fielded a very strong side after making it clear this week that he wasn't going to rest anybody. He obviously realised the size of the task ahead and the importance of gaining a result in Russia.

The first half consisted of several missed chances for both sides and on a rather questionable playing surface Luis Suarez was one of a few players struggling to compete with the ground at times. Without the cup tied Daniel Sturridge once again Liverpool found themselves lacking an option and despite the best efforts of Suarez, he couldn't find the Reds an opening goal.

Luckily for Liverpool when the attacks came in from Zenit Pepe Reina and Jamie Carragher were confidently…

Reds Through Despite Di Natale Shock

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The hard work was nearly in tatters in the dying minutes for Liverpool after Di Natale threatened to very much spoil the party but thankfully the legendary forward missed on this occasion. The Reds only needed a goal from Jordan Henderson to secure all three points and they ended the 90 minutes top of group A.

Brendan Rodgers opted for a side consisting of both youth and experience for this clash with Udinese. The back four had veteran Jamie Carragher in it whilst Suso was up front supporting Suarez. It was Luis's first away appearance in Europe for Liverpool. The big team news coming from the Italians though was that Di Natale would start from the bench.

It was a pacey start for Liverpool who knew that they had to give everything in this game in order to secure their progression. Unfortunately for the Reds though Nuri Sahin was quickly sidelined with a nose bleed, after the medical staff were unable to stem the bleeding he was replaced with Jonjo Shelvey just after the 10 minute…

Reds Face Chelsea In FA Cup Final

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As if you didn't know there's an FA Cup Final on Saturday and Liverpool are only bloody well in it! After successfully knocking out Everton in the semi finals the Reds are ready to square up against Di Matteo's Chelsea at Wembley.

Liverpool's league form this season has been pretty terrible and so for most fans the past few weeks have just consisted of Wembley dreams. After winning the Carling Cup at Wembley, we've already had a taste of the glory and beating Chelsea in the FA Cup final would surely top this.

Luckily for Liverpool Dalglish has no shock injuries or suspensions to worry about with only Lucas and Adam unavailable. Chelsea are without Luiz and Cahill but don't have any other concerns.

The last time the two sides met almost coincidentally was in the League Cup. In November Liverpool put two past the London side with Maxi Rodriguez and Martin Kelly on the score sheet.

The last time Chelsea beat Liverpool was in May 2010 and to be fair to the Reds th…

Reds Search For Win In Merseyside Derby

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The Merseyside Derby? On a Tuesday night? Yes please. The Red and Blue side of Liverpool both line up on Tuesday evening after the fixture had to be moved due to the Carling Cup. Liverpool are having a dismal time in the league at the moment whilst Everton as usual have revived their second half of the season.

Liverpool still have a minor doubt hanging over the fitness of Glen Johnson and Everton's only real worry is over Darren Gibson.

A poor performance from Liverpool against Sunderland on Saturday has left many worrying at the prospect of losing 4 games in a row in the Premier League. It's blatantly obvious that the lads need to buck their ideas up for this one and perhaps Kenny may want to rethink his starting line up as he gets ready to face Moyes' boys.

Everton don't need spurring on for this one and have collected some superb results recently in the league pushing aside the likes of Tottenham, Chelsea and Man City but for Liverpool the key thing to remember her…

Chelsea In Carling Cup Quarter Final

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Liverpool make their second trip to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday in as many weeks. The Reds drew Andres Villas-Boas' side in the Carling Cup quarter final away from home and will be looking to progress to the semis.

After beating Chelsea 2-1 on their own turf last weekend, Liverpool will surely be brimming with confidence. The only problem is, when this fixture came out, Kenny Dalglish was livid at it's proximity to the big Man City game on Sunday, at the time Dalglish told travelling fans to expect a youthful side but will he now after ceasing his chance in the league play a side with a bit more experience?

Jamie Carragher immediately is somebody he could throw on to add in that experience as the defender has been on the bench for the last two games so requires no rest. Dalglish if we're looking at players not regularly utilised also has the likes of Spearing, Kelly, then looking even further down the youth system players like Coady and Suso.

I personally agree with what D…

Promoted Swansea Face Reds At Anfield

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Look at me, typing up a blog post for you all on my birthday after a full morning of Biology and Chemistry... Surely i deserve brownie points for that?? Haha!

Anyways, back on topic...

Liverpool welcome Welsh side Swansea to Anfield on Saturday. The Reds recorded a win over Roy Hodgson's West Brom in their last game whilst Swansea put three past a flailing Bolton side.

Injury news means that captain Steven Gerrard is unavailable. I'm sure you have all read the stories about his ankle infection, i just hope it's a speedy recovery. Jamie Carragher will be looked at late on after picking up a calf injury and that's all the problems for Liverpool covered, everyone else is fit.

For Swansea they are also in pretty good shape but Stephen Dobbie will be unavailable for manager Brendan Rodgers to select.

Dalglish has clearly been assessing this game carefully because it's no secret that the Reds over the past few seasons have struggled against promoted sides, especially at…

Carroll Converts In Baggies Win

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Charlie Adam and Andy Carroll sent Liverpool to a 2-0 win on Saturday at the Hawthorns. A penalty decision for the Reds got them under way and a goal just before half time ensured the three points.

West Brom were pretty absent throughout the 90 minutes and for a side who have been in great form of late after winning two local derbies, they certainly didn't have much to show for it.

The penalty decision at 8 minutes annoyed West Brom manager Roy Hodgson and so too the home fans. Without beating around the bush, i thought it was a penalty, none of this "it was harsh" nonsense, i just think it was a penalty. Suarez was tripped and i don't really see what people were complaining about but to be honest, even if the penalty wasn't given, what were West Brom doing to change their fortunes? Nothing.

Charlie Adam stepped up to take the penalty and confidently put the ball past Ben Foster to send Liverpool ahead.

In a game which didn't include Gerrard or Carragher, eye…

Carroll Awaits Ex Team Mates

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"Hmmm, still reckon i can catch that Callaghan..."
In what will surely be a tense tie at Anfield tomorrow all eyes will be on the £35million pound man Andy Carroll. After the Geordie left his boyhood club in January in such quick style it will be interesting to see the reactions he gets from the fans in black and white tomorrow.

Newcastle currently find themselves in a rather secure 11th place on 41 points. Their last three results have saw them hold an impressive goalless draw with title chasers Manchester United, a slim victory over Aston Villa and a draw with Ian Holloway's Blackpool side.

The Magpies are quite a formidable opposition at St James' Park but i can see them coming undone tomorrow at Anfield. With the form Liverpool are in at the moment, especially after that battering of Birmingham last weekend, Pardew will need to be weary if he doesn't want to travel back to the North East with nothing from the game.

Newcastle have doubts hanging over Kevin Nola…

102nd Minute Penalty Grabs Liverpool A Point

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Awful sight: Jamie Carragher out cold after collision with Flanagan...
Liverpool gave 110% yesterday in a hard fought battle at the Emirates. With the thoughts looming from some fans of handing United the title it was nice to see the lads were on the same wavelength as myself and were going to strive to get the better over Arsenal.

It's a shame some fans wanted us to hand Arsenal a boost because to be honest, Arsenal have been victims of their own downfall, if we drew, lost or won yesterday Arsenal have already made so many mistakes and will probably continue to do so.

The same side put out by Dalglish would quickly become disorganised for Liverpool as the bad luck continued injury wise.

Just 20 minutes in and an injury to Fabio Aurelio who has only just come back to fitness meant he had to be replaced with youngster Jack Robinson. The teenager made an appearance at the end of last season making him the youngest to ever feature in a Liverpool first team.

With John Flanagan playing …

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…

Suarez Expected To Make Debut Against Stoke

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Suarez arrives...
Earlier in the season Liverpool fell to a 2-0 defeat at the Britannia but as we all know, several things have changed since then. With Kenny Dalglish settling in nicely to his new job and clearly boosting the sides performances in the past few weeks, hopefully this time out Liverpool can get the better of Stoke.

On the back of a win in the FA Cup against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Stoke may have some confidence coming into this fixture but with two losses and a win in their last three games in the league perhaps this backs up a case for Liverpool's confidence.

The Reds recent form reads two wins and a draw with the attack looking a lot more lively too. Raul Meireles has been on fire of late and should he start tomorrow expect another electric stint from the midfielder.

Steven Gerrard I'm sure too tomorrow will be filled with excitement and will no doubt be looking to support Luis Suarez in his bid to find his first Liverpool goal.

The Reds are still unable to 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…