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Lucas to Lazio and more transfer talk

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It looks increasingly likely that Italian outfit Lazio will seal the signing of Lucas Leiva this week for £5 million. The Brazilian entered his 10th year at Liverpool Football Club in 2017 and while it's impossible to deny that his time here has consisted of some ups and downs, overall he has been a phenomenal servant to the club.


Signed by Rafa Benitez weirdly also for £5 million in 2007, he started his first game in November of that year. Lucas Leiva was the first ever Brazilian to score for Liverpool, a fact I always forget.

Throughout his Liverpool career I always appeared to be that fan who was constantly backing Lucas up, whilst others became frustrated I just saw dips in form as just that, a blip.

Lucas was invaluable at times to Liverpool and for me he was one of those players who you didn't really appreciate until he was gone. His ability to control the game defensively from the midfield, breaking up the play of the opposition assisted Liverpool on countless occasions…

Emre Can, What A Hero

Liverpool took a huge three points from Watford on Bank Holiday Monday thanks to a wonder strike from Emre Can. The German international performed some insane acrobatics to reach Lucas Leiva's cross and scissor kick home the Reds' only goal of the night. 
As the race for the top four continues to be too close to call, Jurgen Klopp simply had to steer his side to victory against Watford.  
The plan didn't start very well though after Philippe Coutinho was forced to leave the field early on. Replaced by Adam Lallana to cheers from the travelling Kop it was still a real concern as Lallana himself had only just returned to fitness. 
Lallana however looked completely match fit and had an instant impact on the game including an awesome volley in the first half which smashed out off the bar. Most fans thought that would be the only stroke of magic for the evening but Emre Can had other plans. 
I tried to explain that goal in the intro but I don't think words do it justice. Just w…

Firmino Goal Seals Another Three Points

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Without getting too tied down in football cliches it certainly was a scrappy game at The Hawthorns for Liverpool on Sunday afternoon. The Reds walked away with all three points thanks to a single goal from Roberto Firmino but it wasn't exactly plain sailing.

West Brom are notoriously hard to break down, Tony Pulis' sides pride themselves on defence and it's no surprise that this is the first time in Premier League history that the Reds have picked up a win away from home against a Pulis team.

Firmino's goal came right at the end of a dire first half. The Reds had topped the possession stats but with little to show in front of the net. It was ironic then when the Reds found their chance from a set piece. A free kick flicked into the box was knocked on by the tiny Lucas Leiva to Firmino who headed home past Ben Foster. For set piece specialists the Baggies looked rather deflated after conceding on the stroke of half time but they weren't out of the game.

The second half…

Five Things We Learned From The Merseyside Derby

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1.The Reds still have itThe 3-1 win over Everton on Saturday afternoon showed that the Reds haven't lost it. When push comes to shove Liverpool have one of the most exciting attacks in the Premier League and while there have been some lacklustre performances of late against smaller sides, this victory highlighted all the positives.
As a Derby it had everything you would expect: goals, crunching tackles and heated moments from players, managers and fans. A cracking performance from Jurgen Klopp's side has put them safely in the mix for the top four.  2.Anybody seen Lukaku?Genuinely, did he even do anything? For a top goalscorer who believes he deserves a better deal than Goodison Park he's going to have to prove he can perform against top opposition to convince everyone. 
He went completely missing on Saturday, utterly silenced by a combination of Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and the tenacious Lucas Leiva.  3.Great goals The three goals from Mane, Coutinho and Origi were all fantas…

Ranieri Who?

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It was just bound to happen wasn't it? A managerless Leicester turn up at the King Power having failed to find the back of the net in 2017 yet manage to put three past Liverpool with absolute ease. 
It would have been a bad time for any side to face Leicester to be honest but as mentioned in the match preview, this fixture had all the makings of a banana skin for the Reds. After two weeks off and a trip to La Manga, a win was the only acceptable result on Monday night but after some dodgy team selections and tactics in general Jurgen Klopp has a lot to answer for. 
The obvious first question being, why the hell was Lucas Leiva in defence? I love Lucas, always have, he'll give you his all no matter what but he's not a defender. Leicester from the whistle knew to pile the pressure on the Brazilian and he was caught off guard on several occasions. Lucas doesn't have the pace or the height to deal with the counter attacks and set pieces that the Foxes threw at us for the maj…

I Scored Last Week In Training...

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Get in. Thank god we got past Plymouth, as a Liverpool fan from Wolverhampton I would have never heard the last of it. I was so desperate for us to win last night it was ridiculous, who'd of thought you could get as nervous for Plymouth away in an FA Cup replay as you did for the Champions League final? Haha. 
Anyway, we did win... just about. 
Klopp fielded a strong side that included Coutinho, Sturridge AND Origi. I certainly wasn't expecting to see that much experience in the XI but none of them ended up being the catalyst. 
That responsibility fell to none other than Lucas Leiva. I've always loved Lucas, he's had his moments throughout the years but I've always stood by him and just when I needed him most he pops up with a cracking header. The look on his face after he scored Liverpool's only goal of the game was priceless. The passion he has for the club visible in his eyes. What put the icing on the cake though was his post match interview... when asked &q…

MATCH PREVIEW: Crystal Palace V Liverpool

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After confidently beating Manchester City at Anfield during the week, Liverpool travel to Selhurst Park on Sunday as Jurgen Klopp looks to collect another three points in the league. At the time of writing the Reds have played 27 games, two fewer than most in the league and theoretically could still pile pressure on the race for fourth if they put a string of victories together.

Injuries Liverpool were handed a big blow this week as it was announced veteran Lucas may be out for up to six weeks. Fortunately though both Mamadou Sakho and Daniel Sturridge returned to training. Coutinho didn't feature in the City game but it is believed he will be available to start on Sunday.

For Palace, they are unable to call upon McArthur and Puncheon while Wickham and goalkeeper Hennessey will be subject to late fitness tests.
Previous Meetings The last time the two sides met was in November last year when Palace got the better of Liverpool at Anfield. Yannick Bolasie opened up the scoring with P…

Injury Woes For Reds But Ibe Nets Winner

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Liverpool managed to collect a much needed victory at the Britannia on Tuesday evening despite losing both Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren during the first half due to hamstring injuries. In the second half Kolo Toure also played through what appeared to be another hamstring issue but it was Jordon Ibe who found the back of the net for the Reds and secured the win in the first leg.

The advantage going into the second leg of the semi final at Anfield will be invaluable for the Reds who may still be suffering injury wise come the end of January. Jurgen Klopp opted to start without a recognised striker for this fixture and also missing from the XI was Jordan Henderson and Mamadou Sakho.

The game started brightly for the Reds as the trio of Lallana, Firmino and Coutinho put their magic on show. Some wonderful moves and link up play from the threesome left Stoke quickly on the back foot and I must admit I was surprised to see Liverpool start so confidently.

Unfortunately we didn't …

Reds Face Mourinho's Men

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After putting on a rather gutsy performance against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, Brendan Rodgers may find himself with several questions to be answered over who to field in the starting line up tomorrow. Whilst it is evident Liverpool were lacking in attack midweek they improved dramatically defensively and this could result in somebody losing their place in the back four.

Injury wise Liverpool still have a few men on the list. Daniel Sturridge firstly is still unavailable with a long term injury. Also out for the Reds are Enrique, Sakho and Flanagan. For Chelsea, they are very strong with their only injury worries; Remy and Mikel both expected to return back to the squad tomorrow.

The last time the two sides met was a pretty heartbreaking affair for Liverpool fans after that now infamous "Gerrard slip". The Reds would have probably been on their way to a 19th title if they could have held out against Chelsea but perhaps admirably Brendan Rodgers opted to attack Chelsea'…

Reds Make Comeback To Take A Point

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Liverpool managed to salvage a point from their clash with Villa on Saturday after initially looking as though they would be lucky to collect any points at all. The Reds got off to a terrible start with Paul Lambert's side finding the back of the net twice in the first half. A late goal before the half time whistle and a controversial penalty in the second half though allowed Liverpool to level the game up.

Aston Villa began the game in a very lively fashion and their form on the road was certainly shining through. Paul Lambert had organised his side well and it was clear that Rodgers' decision to leave out Lucas would end up creating more problems that he anticipated.

After consistent pressure with barely any response from Liverpool, Aston Villa would eventually see their efforts rewarded. An early effort from Agbonlahor was sent wide to the right of goal and shortly afterwards Mignolet was called into action after Westwood sent a shot straight at him. Liverpool were left ho…

No Lucas For Palace Clash

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Liverpool welcome Crystal Palace to Anfield on Saturday as the Reds are gifted with the opportunity of heading back to the top of the Premier League table. It may only be for a short while but this should be more than enough incentive for Liverpool to continue where they left off against Sunderland.

The Reds have no new injury worries with the likes of Coutinho, Johnson, Cissokho, Allen and Coates all still unavailable. The real problem for Brendan Rodgers though is the missing Lucas Leiva, he's already picked up five yellow cards this season and so will have to sit this one out leaving the manager with a slight problem in midfield. The recent set up of 3 - 5 - 2 will perhaps not be on show on Saturday.

For Palace they are without McCarthy, Bolasie and Delaney and they also have doubts hanging over Williams, Hunt and Price, though it is thought Price should be available for Ian Holloway.

Form for both sides is very different with Liverpool recording four wins, a draw and a loss …

Out Of Form Baggies At Anfield

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Liverpool welcome Midlanders West Brom to Anfield on Monday evening as ex Reds assistant Steve Clarke looks to lead his new side to a result against Brendan's boys. Liverpool though have produced some brilliant displays and were almost hard done by only picking up draws against both Manchester City and Arsenal.

Liverpool are leaving the decision on Daniel Sturridge's fitness until the last minute after the forward suffered a thigh injury. Other than that there are no new injury worries for the Reds and positively Liverpool are now able to call upon new signing Coutinho.

West Brom are without Popov after the player spat at Kyle Walker during the Tottenham game, a disgraceful thing to do. He begins his 3 match ban. Also available again for the baggies is Peter Odemwingie, it will be very interesting to hear the response from their fans should he get the start on Monday.

The last time the two sides met was in September last year in the League Cup. Liverpool won the game 2-1 with…

Sami Returns To Anfield

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In the last friendly of the season for Liverpool, Sami Hyypia brought his Bayer Leverkusen side to Anfield on Sunday. It was brilliant to see Sami back at the club he spent most of his career at, I must admit, I've missed that smile of his.

Liverpool scored 3 goals in the game whilst Leverkusen could only find one return. Raheem Sterling scored the first, this young man is just oozing confidence. Taking on two defenders he then curled his strike into the back of the net, it was a cracking goal.

Lucas scored Liverpool's second with an easy tap in after a terrible clearance from the Leverkusen defender.  It's nice to see Lucas back and even grabbing a goal! Haha. The last goal was scored by the big man Andy Carroll, at one stage it seemed like he may be off but here's hoping Brendan has had a change of heart because Carroll offers "the trick up the sleeve" he's a contrast to what is expected from a Rodgers side and that may well aid us in some stages through…

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…

Oldham Make Short Trip To Merseyside

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Ahh, the magic of the FA Cup. 6 years now since the last time we got our hands on it, feels longer doesn't it? Well Liverpool have Oldham standing in their way at the moment and if they have any aspirations of reaching the final, they will need to deal with Paul Dickov's side first.

For readers outside the UK, Oldham Athletic are a long-standing football club within the English Leagues. They are based in Greater Manchester and are currently in League One.

Oldham's manager Paul Dickov has been encouraging his side to play with freedom on Friday night and why not? If you're coming to Anfield as underdogs, the best thing to do it go for it. Oldham don't have any real injury worries so the manager will have plenty of choice for his starting XI.

For Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish he of course still has the missing Lucas Leiva and now Luis Suarez out serving his 8 match ban. It will be interesting to see whether Dalglish makes full use of this fixture to bring Gerrard…

Point A Piece

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Liverpool had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Anfield on Sunday after fighting hard against a City side that began to tire as the 90 minutes went on. Joe Hart kept the away side in the game with minutes to spare after a great save to deny Andy Carroll. Both sides had a bit of luck but neither left victorious.

The start to the game was put into great perspective after the sad news that Wales manager Gary Speed had died at the age of 42, applause and silence was given to his memory and also respect was paid to Brad Jones and his wife after the loss of their son Luca to leukemia before kick off.

Craig Bellamy was pulled out of the game due to his close relationship with Gary Speed undoubtedly having an effect on his emotions and preparedness to play.

Man City were the most lively of the two sides to start with, after a spell of twenty minutes or so with Liverpool having to deal with a string of attacks. Efforts from Yaya Toure and Silva were dealt with but it was certainly Mancini's sid…

7 Days, 7 Guests - Boo Boys

For 7 days The Liver Bird is being hijacked by guest bloggers. I am delighted to be showing you some fantastic pieces from Liverpool fans who you can also follow on Twitter.
First up this week with an article on the "Boo Boys" is Ian, you can find Ian on Twitter as @Ian_LFC and you can also check out his bloghere.
Lucas Has Survived the Boo Boys – Who’s Next?
“I’ve paid my money so I’m entitled to my opinion” is something I’ve heard spoken many times in The Kop over the years. In recent years, in the pubs packed on a match day, you’ll hear similar albeit with the money paid going over the bar. So what are the protestations about and who makes them?
Liverpool supporters, the “greatest fans in the world” have always had an element of the fan base that will get on a Liverpool player’s back, constantly, often ignorantly; and game in, game out.
This has always rankled with me. Yes of course we’ve had players not good enough to be in our team, you know them so I won’t name them. Oh…

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…

Yes, We Know, 3-0 Against West Ham, We Shouldn't Get Carried Away...

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Maxi celebrates after his header...
Liverpool showed signs of an amicable performance yesterday after they beat West Ham in a comfortable 3-0. Of course, we shouldn't get up on our high horses though due to the Hammers' current form and table position, even if we'd of won this one by a cricket score nobody was ever going to dish out the compliments and rightly so.
Despite this it's always a nice feeling to watch the boys win. A good first 45minutes was perhaps cancelled out by a slower second half but as so many people have said, we'd rather have a slow second half than a slow first.
Roy had to make changes to the side with the injury to Steven Gerrard and suspension of Lucas Leiva causing him the most selection troubles. Ironically the lack of two of our top performers meant that Hodgson was pretty much forced into playing Raul Meireles in his correct position of centre midfield.
It was clear straight away that the lad was more comfortable here and i just hope Roy pi…