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Reds Lose A 3-0 Lead Massively Denting Title Hopes

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77 minutes have passed, you're 3-0 up at Selhurst Park and willing your team on to score more goals as you aim to chase down a seemingly insurmountable goal difference held by Manchester City in order to further bolster your bid for the title. A minute later Palace score, you find yourself frustrated that they dare ruin this goalscoring rout but it gets a lot worse, two minutes later, they score again. You panic but you assume Liverpool will hold out, keep their concentration and see it through and then, out of nowhere Palace score again. Unbelievable.

I would usually try to give you a round up of the game in the best way that I can but I feel this fixture calls for a different outlook. As Liverpool's last away tie all the Reds needed to do was collect all three points to keep the pressure on Manchester City but our defensive mishaps that have been present all season were easily undone by a buoyant Crystal Palace after getting some luck via a deflection for their first.

Liver…

When Gerrard Said "Exactly The Same" We Didn't Know He Meant Another 3-2!

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Liverpool in typical heart stopping fashion managed to collect another vital three points at Norwich on Sunday as they eventually won the game 3-2. A quick start for the Reds set a precedent for the game before Norwich slowly began to gain a foothold and pushed Liverpool right to the wire. Goals from Sterling and Suarez ensured Liverpool remained at the top of the table with just three games left.

Brendan Rodgers was forced into making two changes for this fixture with Daniel Sturridge out injured and Jordan Henderson suspended. Joe Allen and Lucas Leiva took their place. With Suarez in the starting line up an interesting stat read that the Uruguayan had scored 11 goals in his last four games against Norwich!

The game began brightly for Liverpool who quickly got off the mark via the brilliant Raheem Sterling. After making his own space Sterling opted to take a long range shot and with a powerful stinging effort he sent his strike straight into the back of the net leaving Ruddy with n…

Reds Keep The Dream Alive

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We are top of the league, say we are top of the league! ...

Oh yeah, I'm supposed to be rounding up the match aren't I? The beauty of running an informal blog means you can sometimes start a post in full on fan mode though! What a fantastic performance from Liverpool on Sunday as they put four goals past an extremely lacklustre Tottenham side. With Liverpool knowing they could take the top spot at the end of this fixture, Anfield was absolutely electric.

Brendan Rodgers made just the one change to his side deciding to field Raheem Sterling instead of Joe Allen creating an even larger attacking presence for the Reds.

As seems to be a trend for Liverpool, the game quickly got off to a great start as the Reds created problems in the box for Spurs. A lovely pass from Coutinho to Sterling allowed the youngster to run down the right wing, Glen Johnson then with a perfectly timed overlapping run received the ball from Sterling and whipped a cross into the danger zone. A then bumblin…

Suarez Hat Trick In Cardiff Win

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It certainly wasn't plain sailing for Liverpool on Saturday as they conceded an early goal from Cardiff making it much more difficult for themselves. Things never seem to be simple with Brendan Rodgers' side though, the way in which Liverpool play is always calling for risk but the plus side is the Reds know that they will score more goals. It's a gloriously exciting yet dangerous way to play football, especially at this stage of the season but it worked on Saturday for Liverpool.

Brendan Rodgers made only one change to the team from the Manchester United game, opting to replace Raheem Sterling with Philippe Coutinho.

Whilst on paper this game should have been a simple win for Liverpool, many fans appeared to forget that Cardiff were fighting for their lives and they would definitely get some chances on the counter attack. Unfortunately for Liverpool, these chances cropped up sooner than expected and with a less than alert defence the Reds conceded their first goal just e…

Penos-A-Plenty In Old Trafford Win

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Liverpool walked away from Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon having collected all three points scoring two penalties and one goal via Luis Suarez from open play. The Reds were awarded three spot kicks but it could have been five or six in a game that saw some controversial decisions mixed with a truly poor performance from the once exuberant Manchester United.

Brendan Rodgers had clearly put some thought into his starting line up for this one, opting once again to include Joe Allen in the midfield in order to help protect the back four. The added bonus for Liverpool too was that both Lucas and Sakho were back on the bench. A forward three consisted of Sterling, Sturridge and Suarez (complete with knitted boots!)

The game got off to a good start for Liverpool who immediately sprung into action when a Henderson pass reached Daniel Sturridge, unfortunately his resulting shot went wide. Neither side to begin with was maintaining possession long enough but this perhaps worked in Liverpool&…

Dare To Dream?

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Liverpool sent out a very clear message to the teams around them on Saturday as they confidently beat Southampton 3-0 dealing with regular pressure from the away side's attack yet maintaining a clean sheet. Reds fans may wish to distance themselves from the thoughts of an elusive title but the fact is we are four points off the top with ten games to go.

Brendan Rodgers decided to drop Raheem Sterling for this fixture, instead opting for Joe Allen in the hope that the extra protection would aid a somewhat shaky defence. It was evident Raheem would still feature at some point in the game though.

The game started well for Liverpool who were quickly causing problems via the partnership of Sturridge and Suarez. A break saw Daniel Sturridge through on goal and whilst he would usually attempt the shot himself, this time he decided to pass to Suarez, an interception from the Southampton defender though denied the Reds a very early goal.

Shortly afterwards, at the other end of the pitch S…

Arsenal Knock Liverpool Out Of FA Cup

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Liverpool were knocked out of the FA Cup on Sunday at the hands of an Arsenal side who perhaps couldn't believe their luck at 90 minutes. Liverpool were arguably the better of the two sides but unfortunately for the Reds there wasn't an end product. Some strange penalty decisions also left Liverpool fans berating Howard Webb.

Liverpool began the game having made three changes to the side with Allen replacing Henderson, Agger replacing Toure and Brad Jones replacing Simon Mignolet between the sticks. In a busy week for Arsenal, Arsene Wenger also made some changes swapping a total of seven of his team members from their last fixture.

The first half for Liverpool consisted of some chances mainly via Daniel Sturridge. Very early on in the game a lovely pass from Steven Gerrard had Sturridge through on goal but his effort was perhaps too direct for a prepared Fabianski. Shortly afterwards another ball through to Sturridge saw him smash his effort off the side netting. The Reds we…

Derby Delight

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Liverpool walked away from their Anfield fortress on Tuesday night feeling elated after emphatically beating their Merseyside rivals Everton. The game could not have gone much better for Liverpool who confidently put four past the Toffees without much concern of conceding. An opener from captain Steven Gerrard was followed by two from Sturridge and then a final goal from Luis Suarez completed the rout.

The main change to the Liverpool side saw Jon Flanagan start in defence whilst Roberto Martinez decided to risk Ross Barkley for Everton despite him recently suffering a broken toe.

The game started well for Everton who immediately caused problems with Ross Barkley fizzing an effort just over the bar only a minute into the game. Shortly after Liverpool returned the favour with an attack on the Everton goal but Jordan Henderson's effort was saved by Tim Howard.

Another chance five minutes later saw Henderson this time messing up completely, sending his effort high over the bar. Ever…

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…

Reds Net 5 To Take Back 4th

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It was an eight goal thriller at the Britannia on Sunday as both sets of fans were treated to an end to end game in a thoroughly exciting football match. There were points of frustration for Liverpool who perhaps could have avoided some of their mistakes but the general consensus is that in years gone by, the Reds would never have fought on to win that game.

Some early Liverpool pressure meant the game swung their way in less than five minutes after a somewhat fortunate goal. Sterling's pass which he appeared to mess up eventually reached Aly Cissokho on the left of the box, his strike had power but it wasn't on target. Ryan Shawcross however managed to get in the way of the effort and turned the ball into his own net.

The following portion of the game consisted of chances for both sides with Liverpool perhaps getting the more feasible attempts. However neither side had scored and we'd have to wait until 30 minutes for a change in the scoreline.

A lurking Luis Suarez was …

Liverpool Tame Tigers At Anfield

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The Reds stepped out with revenge on their minds for the start of 2014 as they aimed to get the better of Hull and put the defeat at the start December behind them. With Daniel Agger and Luis Suarez on the score sheet Liverpool need not have worried about a repeat performance from Hull who looked a shadow of the side that turned out against Brendan Rodgers' team a month ago.

Liverpool's first half consisted of calm and confident football which was a real positive considering the injuries and players out of position that the Reds have been contending with. It was Liverpool creating the lion's share of the chances in the first half and as always it was the familiar faces of Suarez, Sterling, Coutinho and Henderson getting involved. Suarez also saw an early header disallowed as he was offside.

The first goal for Liverpool came at 35 minutes after a corner. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Agger managed to get a header on and converted his effort putting the ball past th…

Top For Christmas?

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Liverpool currently find themselves top of the pile after successfully beating Cardiff 3-1 at Anfield on Saturday afternoon. The Reds are nicely poised and with Arsenal to face Chelsea on Monday it's a very real prospect that kopites all over will have an extra present on the 25th seeing Brendan Rodgers' side in first place.
It wasn't as smooth a game as we have seen this season but nevertheless you find yourself unable really to complain after finding the back of the net three times and only conceding once. A substituted Flanagan seemed to have more of an effect on the game than predicted and momentarily Liverpool began to falter but the Reds held their nerve and saw the game out to 90 minutes.
Cardiff's real focus of course was on manager Malky Mackay, the Bluebirds made it abundantly clear that they were 100% behind their manager on Saturday with banners of "Tan Out" strewn across the away end. The owner of course did not seem one bit bothered but Malky M…

Five For Reds As Boas Is Sacked

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Nobody predicted it and certainly nobody expected it but on Sunday evening Liverpool successfully thrashed Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 at White Hart Lane. The Reds had failed to win there since 2008 and had managed to hand Spurs their worst defeat at home in 16 years. 
It was a Liverpool side without captain Steven Gerrard and the influential Daniel Sturridge but it didn't matter one iota as the Reds took to their stride immediately and embarrassed a Tottenham side well before they fell down to ten men. 
There were rumours pre match that Brendan Rodgers may opt to go back to a 3-5-2 set up that he has previously experimented with but in the end it was a back four consisting of Flanagan, Sakho, Skrtel and Johnson that made up the defence. In midfield the missing Steven Gerrard was replaced with Lucas whilst captain Luis Suarez led the line.
It didn't take long at all for it to become evident that Spurs were looking weak at the back. Liverpool started very lively as I feel you have t…

Tough Task For Reds At Tottenham

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Liverpool get the festive period under way on Sunday as they prepare for a gruelling set of fixtures away from home broken up only by a visit to Anfield from Cardiff on the 21st. This weekend though the Reds travel to White Hart Lane to face Andre Villas Boas' Tottenham side.

Injuries for Liverpool for this one mean they are without the prominent pairing of Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge. The positive for Liverpool though is that Jordan Henderson has recovered from an ankle injury and Daniel Agger is also available after missing the game against West Ham.

For Spurs they are without Kaboul, Chiriches and Vertonghen. Danny Rose and Christian Eriksen will also be subject to late fitness tests after missing the game against Anzhi in the Europa League.

Spurs currently find themselves 6th in the league with 27 points. After a recent dry spell the Londoners appear to have got back into the swing of things with two wins on the bounce against Sunderland and Fulham. Tottenham have def…

Reds Take 3 Points Whilst Teams Around Them Falter

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It was another confident win for Liverpool as the Reds walked away with a 4-1 win over West Ham on Saturday. The visitors unwittingly aided Liverpool's victory with two own goals whilst Martin Skrtel scored for the Hammers at a point where the game could have ended very differently. Two late efforts from Suarez though (one given to him and one not) meant Liverpool had safely sealed the win and pushed themselves into 2nd place.

Liverpool started with a slightly different line up after Brendan Rodgers opted for Sakho in defence. West Ham on the other hand had a striker up front who hadn't scored in months on end.

It took nearly the full first half for a goal to enter the game and in fairness to West Ham they did have a few chances in the first half. Liverpool however were clearly the dominant party and it would surely only be a matter of time before the Reds took the lead at home.

The goal did arrive but it was gifted to Liverpool via a mishap between keeper and defender. Jaask…

The Suarez Show

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In stark contrast to their shocking defeat at the hands of Hull, Liverpool completely turned their fortunes around on Wednesday night in a 5-1 rout over Norwich. The magical Luis Suarez scored four times whilst Raheem Sterling netted the fifth. The game sees the Reds remain fourth in the table with West Ham at home for their next fixture.

Brendan Rodgers made some changes to the starting XI for this one, namely the reintroductions of Daniel Agger and Joe Allen. Philippe Coutinho was also given the start which was music to most fans ears.

Norwich certainly appear to have found their "bogey team" in the Premier League and after this result you have to feel sorry for goalkeeper John Ruddy who must be sick to the back teeth of Luis Suarez.

The game quickly got underway for Liverpool who had a succession of efforts blocked followed by two Jordan Henderson misses early on. Henderson didn't quite have his shooting boots on but his team mate Luis Suarez had his laces firmly tie…

Goals Galore In Derby Draw

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It was an electric Merseyside derby on Saturday as both the Blue and Red sides of Liverpool found the back of the net on three occasions. An end to end game with neither side intent on defending a lead, it was a shining example for football in the Premier League from two of its most famous clubs.

Liverpool were forced to make some changes to their line up after the fitness of Daniel Sturridge was called into question and Jose Enrique had to be left out. Jon Flanagan got a big chance to impress in the Liverpool defence whilst for Everton they had youngster Barkley plying his trade.

I've started several match previews here on The Liver Bird this season with something along the lines of "the game started in a lively fashion" and it was certainly no different for this fixture!

Liverpool took just four minutes to get onto the score sheet via the magical Philippe Coutinho. His goal may not have been pulled out of a hat but it didn't matter, he was in the right place at th…