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Reds Hope To Continue Winning Streak

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Liverpool welcome Sunderland to Anfield on Saturday as they look to continue their winning streak. Having seen off Stoke and beaten Leicester 3-1, the Reds for once are feeling quite optimistic. With news this week that work will start on the Anfield redevelopment from Monday too things are looking rosy for the Reds.

However Brendan Rodgers knows all too well than to get ahead of himself and it's an important week for Liverpool who have Basel to face in the week also.

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are still without Mario Balotelli (don't even bother bringing up today's news from the FA because that's a whole other blog post, follow me on Twitter for my opinions on that). Positively for Liverpool Philippe Coutinho is back and it's thought Jose Enrique may also feature as he slowly regains match fitness.

For Sunderland they have a big doubt hanging over striker Steven Fletcher whilst Sebastian Coates is ineligible to play against us.

The last time the two sides m…

Reds After A Win At Leicester

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Liverpool travel to Leicester on Tuesday evening, ready to face the foxes after finally picking up a win in the Premier League at the weekend. Leicester are currently bottom of the table having picked up 10 points.

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are still without Mamadou Sakho and Mario Balotelli. Leicester have a few issues with the team as Nigel Pearson is unable to call upon Dean Hammond and Matthew Upson. David Nugent is also a doubt with a calf problem.

The last time the two sides met was way back in 2004 it was hardly an exiting affair though as the game ended 0-0. The last time Leicester beat Liverpool was in 2001, a 2-0 defeat for the Reds. The sides have met on a total of 88 occasions in the league. Liverpool have won 36 times, Leicester 33 times and there has been a total of 19 draws.

As mentioned in the opening Leicester currently find themselves bottom of the table. They have failed to win any of their last eight matches. The last time they picked up three points was ag…

Pressure Builds As Potters Come To Anfield

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After a somewhat unconvincing yet slightly improved performance against Ludogorets in the week, Brendan Rodgers finds himself deeply under the spotlight. The pressure is on the Reds boss because Liverpool have only managed to collect one point in their last four matches.

Injuries for the Reds mean they are still without strikers Daniel Sturridge and Mario Balotelli. Stoke have suffered a blow after a virus apparently swept the the training ground this week meaning some players could fail to start. A thigh problem for Victor Moses keeps him out whilst there are doubts hanging over Erik Pieters and Marc Wilson.

The last time the two sides met was in January this year. With eight goals scored in the match it certainly was a must see game for the neutral. The game kicked off with an own goal by Ryan Shawcross just three minutes in. Liverpool then scored their other four via Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez.

The Reds fortunately have a fantastic record against Stoke at Anf…

Sturridge News A Huge Blow As Reds Prepare For Palace

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First of all can I just say another final thank you to all of you who took the time to vote for me in the football blogging awards. I was over the moon to accept my award for the fans' vote for "Best Female Blog" last Thursday and really do appreciate your support, you're all awesome!

It always feels like months have gone by without me doing a post when there's an international break but we're back again and as always seems to be the case after these breaks, we're back with bad news. After suffering another injury in training it was revealed earlier this week that Daniel Sturridge will be out of the Liverpool squad for a further six weeks.

Gutted is an understatement. We'd waited so long for him to come back, he'd built himself up only to have his efforts crushed without mercy. Daniel Sturridge has always had his problems with injuries but nobody could have expected this to happen. Liverpool however cannot dwell on the fact we are still without o…

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'…

Balo Scores In Late Swansea Win

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Liverpool left it very late to progress past Swansea City in the league cup on Tuesday night but eventually with the help of a Mario Balotelli goal the Reds did enough to squeeze through. Dejan Lovren's goal in the fifth minute of time added on secured the win for Brendan Rodgers' side.

The game got off to a steady yet unproductive start for the home side as Liverpool were maintaining a lot of possession but struggling to create any real danger in the final third. Brendan Rodgers had certainly shook up the side with Fabio Borini getting his first start in a while. The Italian put on a good display in front of the Anfield crowd but his real moment to shine would occur later in the game when his Italian compatriot would enter play.

Philippe Coutinho or "the magician" as many like to call him, was another positive on display for Liverpool. His skill and speed allowed him to crack through the Swansea defence on occasion but there was still no end product for the Reds. I…

Goalless Draw Against Hull

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Liverpool could only manage a 0-0 draw with Hull on Saturday as Brendan Rodgers' side looked lacking in ideas. The defence looked a little more competent but only because Hull were quiet in front of goal. With the newspapers choosing to focus on Balotelli once again, I'm not even going to bother going there this week you can read my current thoughts on Mario here. Despite all the controversy from the Real Madrid game, Balotelli did start.

Liverpool's first real chance came early in the second half after a Steven Gerrard corner found its way to Dejan Lovren. The defender's header was blocked off the line and two follow up efforts from the same player also failed to find the back of the net.

Shortly afterwards Balotelli got his first chance of the game after deciding to shoot from an angle. His effort was saved and to be honest it was always going to be from that area.

The Reds began the game with some half chances but it was quickly becoming clear that it was going to …

"Sheer Madness"

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"Sheer madness" that is the descriptive phrase Mark Lawrenson has selected after watching Liverpool lose 3-0 to Real Madrid. Surely a reaction like that can only be warranted by the poor defensive performance? No? ... No. Apparently it is "sheer madness" that Mario Balotelli would swap his shirt with an opposition player at half time, forgive me for thinking Lawro has pushed the 'overkill' button here.

I never set out for this report to be so heavily focused on Mario but after watching the media reaction bubble from a molehill to a mountain, I simply had to voice my opinion.

Several Liverpool fans never wanted Balotelli in the first place, that's fine. These people are not the ones I hold a frustration with, nor am I necessarily frustrated with the rest of our fanbase who are rightly raising questions about Balotelli's performances. My issue lies with those who are making him a scapegoat and the media who love nothing more than to write sensational…

Classic European Night In Store For Reds

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Spanish giants Real Madrid will make their way onto the Anfield turf on Wednesday night as Liverpool attempt to recreate one of numerous classic European nights in front of the Kop. With news filtering through that Gareth Bale will also be missing for the tie, every bonus will aid Brendan Rodgers' side as he searches for a landmark win.

Despite the Welshman being missing from their squad Real Madrid are also without Sergio Ramos who has a calf problem. For Liverpool they are without Daniel Sturridge, Mamadou Sakho and Jon Flanagan. Brendan Rodgers will select an XI from a now much stronger squad after boosts in fitness.

The last time the two sides met was in an unforgettable 4-0 win at Anfield back in March 2009. In one of the peak Rafa seasons, the Reds absolutely ripped apart Madrid with goals from Torres, Gerrard and Dossena.

Real Madrid have the small matter of Barcelona to deal with at the weekend and it will be hard for manager Carlo Ancelotti not to maintain one eye on tha…

Injury Blow For Reds Prior To QPR Clash

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Liverpool make the trip to Loftus Road on Sunday as Brendan Rodgers' side aim to pick up where they left off in the league. News of Daniel Sturridge picking up another injury though has left kopites concerned as the Reds look for an alternative option in attack.

Mario Balotelli is obviously the man Brendan will be looking to but in my opinion there's no point playing him unless you forge the team to support him. There have been several calls from fans on Twitter to sit Steven Gerrard behind Mario tomorrow and I personally would love to see this.

Injuries for Liverpool as we know begin with the devastating loss of Daniel Sturridge. Jon Flanagan is also out long term but there are several players for the Reds who are nearing fitness. Late decisions will be made on the likes of Lovren, Sakho, Allen and Can.

For Queens Park Rangers they are without Mutch, Faurlin and Barton but may be able to call upon Krancjar who has offered to have a pain killing injection in order to play wit…

Balotelli Off The Mark In Late Ludogorets Win

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It was a difficult night at Anfield for Liverpool as the Reds prepared to return to the magic of the Champions League in front of a rousing Kop. Brendan Rodgers said pre match that he would treat Ludogorets as if they were Real Madrid and it's a bloody good job he didn't expect this match to be a walk in the park!

It was a poor start to the tie from Liverpool who initially just looked as though they were settling in to the game. However the Reds never seemed to reach full stride and as the clock ticked on, the visiting Bulgarians became more and more confident.

Liverpool offered little in front of goal despite having the likes of Balotelli, Coutinho, Lallana and Sterling on. Ludogorets were dealing well with any pressure and causing trouble by attempting to counter attack. A few half chances early on for Liverpool from Sterling and co quickly fizzled out and it became clear that this was going to be a slog of a game for Brendan's side.

The most positive thing for me from …

Dismal Display In Villa Loss

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Liverpool fell to a 1-0 defeat at Anfield on Saturday after Paul Lambert's Villa side found an early goal and protected their lead. With Sturridge missing and Sterling rested, Brendan Rodgers opted for a very different team and a very different set up for this fixture and unfortunately it just didn't work out.

The Reds began the game in a slow fashion. There was no real sense of urgency from the lads and for me the set up lacked balance. With the likes of Markovic, Coutinho, Lallana and co all jostling to collect the ball and push forward, it just felt like nobody was on the same page and this was immediately noticeable.

Balotelli leading the line for me was always going to be an issue because he's just not that sort of player, he needs support which is why the missing Daniel Sturridge is a bigger problem than just us lacking his goal tally.

A half chance for Liverpool to start with saw Markovic turn a header wide. It became evident though that Liverpool would struggle to…

Moreno Stunner Seals Win

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Liverpool served up another hammering for Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday as the Reds found the back of the net on three occasions with no return from the home side. All eyes were on Mario Balotelli from the off but it was Sterling, Gerrard and Moreno who got themselves on the score sheet.

The Reds did not take long at all to get into the game and trouble Hugo Lloris. An early move from Liverpool saw a cross from Daniel Sturridge travel all the way to Mario Balotelli, his header was saved much to the dismay of the travelling Kop. I really, really wanted that goal to go in as it would have been brilliant for Mario to score in his first game but it just wasn't his day goal wise.

Liverpool didn't have to wait much longer for their opening goal of the game though when just before the eight minute mark the Reds made a move. Initiated by Henderson who passed the ball to Sturridge, the number 14 then continued his run into the box and flicked the ball around to Raheem Sterling who finis…

Brendan's 100th Match At Spurs

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Liverpool travel to White Hart Lane on Sunday as they prepare to face Pochettino's Spurs side. The Reds fell to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester City last Monday and will be looking to improve on mistakes made within that game.

Brendan Rodgers looks as though he is going to introduce Mario Balotelli straight into the starting XI after the Italian has impressed in training. I am so excited to see Balotelli play for us I just hope he can get off to a good start. Another positive for Liverpool is that Lallana should be available to play. The Reds though do have some injury issues in defence with Johnson, Skrtel, Moreno and Enrique all needing to be assessed.

For Spurs they are in a pretty strong position injury wise with just a doubt hanging over Roberto Saldado.

Rodgers has the extra incentive tomorrow of matching records set by Rafael Bentiez and the great Bill Shankly. If Brendan can get all three points he will have won 56 matches out of his first 100 at the club, a feat …

Costly Mistakes In 3-1 City Loss

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Liverpool fell to a 3-1 defeat at the Etihad on Sunday as Brendan Rodgers' side suffered from defensive mistakes in a game that became extremely frustrating. The Reds started brightly and retained the majority of possession, creating problems for City but perhaps not finding that clinical final ball. An early mistake from Moreno eventually opened the doors for the home side who went from strength to strength once Jovetic converted in the 40th minute.

Rodgers had several new signings to choose from for this game but it was only Alberto Moreno who was given his debut in defence. Sturridge led the attack with Coutinho and Sterling offering support. Mario Balotelli having sealed his £16 million move to Anfield was watching on from the stands.

The first 30 minutes or so were definitely owned by Liverpool. Weaving runs from Coutinho and Sterling forced City's defense to be alert and with some half chances present it looked as though the Reds would be able to capitalise on their ear…

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 …