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Two Magical Strikes Seal Man City Win

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Liverpool picked up a victory at home over Manchester City on Sunday afternoon as the Reds put a massive dent in Pellegrini's title hopes. Two simply sublime strikes from Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho took the game away from City who only found the back of the net thanks to a Dzeko goal.

The line up was familiar as Brendan Rodgers stuck with his favoured system of three at the back and no natural striker. I don't like this set up as we all know and hilariously I spent half time tweeting about how "a few moments of magic may not be enough to beat City" however, thankfully I was wrong and magic was just what we needed.

It didn't take the Reds long at all to turn their fast paced start into a lead. After just ten minutes an assist from Raheem Sterling allowed Jordan Henderson to create a bit of space outside the box. He'll often have a pop from range but this time he'd struck his effort with perfection. His powerful shot…

Mario's Gone But They're Probably Still Super

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Liverpool are faced with the tough task of Manchester City at the Etihad on Sunday afternoon and with the Reds doing so well to start with in the Arsenal game, Brendan's boys will certainly fancy their chances of causing problems for the Champions. However, the Reds will need to keep their concentration if they are able to gain a lead.

Liverpool are in a pretty good situation injury wise with no new troubles and the trio of Enrique, Johnson and Reina all back. It is believed new signing Coutinho will have to wait for his first start in a Liverpool shirt though. Man City are without Vincent Kompany which is a big blow for them but Mancini is hopefully both Richards and Maicon will be available.

Liverpool are currently placed 7th in the table whilst Manchester City are hanging 7 points behind Manchester United in 2nd place.

The last time the two sides met was in August last year. With Skrtel and Suarez on the score sheet Liverpool managed to collect a point from the game. The last …

City Give Liverpool Early Season Blues

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Hmm, i wonder if Mascherano has answered my voicemail...
It was always going to be a pretty tough fixture for Liverpool last night but i don't think many would have predicted such a one sided affair from the home team. Liverpool looked like a team still in pre-season with sloppiness and slow reactions, not to mention a shoddy section of defence. It was just an altogether unpleasant game of football to watch as a Liverpool fan.
Hodgson started Reina in goal with Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel and Agger across the back. Midfield was missing Javier Mascherano who had apparently said he no longer wished to play for Liverpool to Hodgson earlier in the day. It was Gerrard & Lucas then who made up the centre with Kuyt and Jovanovic on the wings. Ngog and Torres led the 4-4-2 formation.
At first glance i felt intrigued by this formation and was interested to see if it could work after so long going 4-5-1 but it didn't take long to start to see the flaws in this plan.
The first incident of…

Reds Face Moneybags City

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Hmm... I wonder where i put my scarf...
Well folks after a weekend away with my other half in rather wet Torquay i have been slammed back to reality this Monday afternoon and here i am back in regular routine supplying you lot with a short and sweet match preview... It's ok, there's no need to thank me...
Moving on, if you aren't excited yet for tonight's game i don't know what's going to spur you on. It's a different kind of excitement to the Arsenal game, perhaps due to the realisation that Man City will probably be one of our closest rivals in terms of battling for places just underneath the top four this season, of course we hope for more but that has to be the realistic target for now.
Hodgson has been speaking today/yesterday about how Torres fared against Trabzonspor in his 45minutes on the field and his comments suggest he was very pleased. Torres therefore has got a good chance of starting against this unpredictable City side and boy are we going to n…

Let's Put Things Into Perspective

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RB:"Your scarf makes you look like a pillock." .........."I'm serious."
Liverpool had to settle for just the 1 point yesterday, after both teams failed to score in a 0-0 stalemate. Despite the massive boosts of Torres and Benayoun making shock appearances on the bench and also being utilised, the lads could not get anything past Shay Given.
Neither side really caused problems for each others goal keeper with Reina only being called to make one super save and Given much the same.
City were without Tevez and did not opt to start Craig Bellamy, they were set up in a similar fashion to ourselves and it appears that both formations were cancelling each other out.
In a post match interview Benitez was quoted saying that the idea was to try and break City down but it just didn't work... Too right it didn't.
Before we get all up in arms about it though, let's take a step back and analyse things properly.
Let's look at Aston Villa's run in first...
They are…

Liverpool To Face Mancini's City

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Bellamy could cause problems...
New look Man City under Roberto Mancini have not exactly been setting the league on fire since they opted to get rid of Mark Hughes. Liverpool travel to The City Of Manchester Stadium tomorrow with 3 points being the aim.
Man City's last 5 fixtures read LWLWD. Within that time they have suffered defeats to Everton and even relegation battling Hull, they have also dropped points against Stoke and were lucky to have even left with the 1 point.
On the other hand, despite our 1-0 loss to Arsenal, we are on the back of a steady run of form WDWWL compared to City's up and down, at least we have some consistency not to mention 4 clean sheets out of the 5 matches.
We also had a successful night in the Europa League after the lads managed to beat Unirea Urziceni 1-0, again keeping a clean sheet.
So we have more than enough positives to go out and fight for this win.
Man City however unsteady they may have been of late though should not be shunned for their ab…

Play Off For Last Champion's League Spot: Why I Disagree

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Champion's what? ... League?
As I'm sure you have all heard/read about by now the latest idea from the fat cats of the Premier League, still not content with how the best footballing league in the world is being run they have come up with this proposal:
A play off for the fourth and final remaining spot for Champion's League qualification, involving whatever teams happen to be placed from 4th to 7th position.
In case you haven't already guessed by the tone of my typing, i am against the whole idea. Most people therefore assume that as a Liverpool fan you must be against it because you are worried? Wrong.
I'd take Man City, Birmingham, Spurs, Villa, Everton, Blackburn, Fulham... anyone in a play off and I'd always have utmost confidence in Liverpool but the point is in my book, finishing 4th and striving throughout the season to get into that spot and then having to involve yourself in more games just to prove that you in fact are worthy of that last Champion's …

Not Such A Surprise, More Of A (FORM)ality.

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Liverpool walked away from Anfield this afternoon collecting just 1 point from their clash with Manchester City. The fixture was never going to be a walk in the park but the 3 points were definitely attainable.
However as i spoke of in my match preview and just as many fans had predicted, the outcome was a score draw. After City's collection of one-pointers and our own recent shaky form it was quite easy to predict the final result.
It was clear that goals were not going to be a problem in this game for Liverpool but maintaining a lead successfully would be.
Liverpool began the game positively and had a lot of good possession. With a pretty strong team considering the circumstances and a good start to the first half, even this early it was easy to become optimistic.
Things took a turn for the worst though when Agger was involved in a clash eventually seeing him stretchered off. Agger made contact with the head of Kolo Toure and the injury was immediately noticed after a wound instant…

Liverpool Welcome Sky Blues To Anfield

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With the international break now over, Liverpool look to revamp there season once again after continuing a bad run of form via the draws picked up against Birmingham and Lyon.

Currently sitting 7th in the table on a total of 19 points Liverpool have the prospect of leap-frogging City and at best sealing 5th place on goal difference.
This is a key match in terms of the fight for a top four finish, with Liverpool's desire to continue to compete in the Champion's League and even more so the need for the revenue, City and their megabucks are looking to break into the top four and shake things up a bit
So will the cash of City compete with the tactics of Rafa?
You only have to look at Rafa's last few signings:
£17.5m – Glen Johnson,£17.1m – Alberto Aquilani, £2m, Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Daniel Ayala for £160,000 a total of just over £36m. Then glance over to Manchester City and realise that Robinho and Tevez were almost that alone.
Benitez not only faces a team with more cash, he also…