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Reds Face Swans To End Season

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Liverpool's last game of the 2011/2012 season sends them into Wales for an away tie with promoted Swansea.  The Swans have been a breath of fresh air to the Premier League and have established themselves as a tougher nut to crack than some may think.

Injuries for Swansea mean they are without Agustien and Bodde but manager Brendan Rodgers has not other worries. For Dalglish he is still without Adam and Lucas who both have long term injuries and it's expected that Steven Gerrard may be left out again after he missed the home game against Chelsea.

Swansea and Liverpool haven't met very often in recent times but their last match in November saw both sides gain one point in a 0-0 draw. Before this, the last meeting between the two sides was in 1990 in the FA Cup. The Reds put 8 goals past Swansea with no return.

With the summer transfer window just around the corner it will be interesting to see the reactions of the players chosen by Dalglish on Sunday. Most are aware that Ma…

Liverpool Put 4 Past Dismal Chelsea

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Liverpool ended their last league game at Anfield this season in style with a 4-1 win over Chelsea. They say revenge is a dish best served cold but the Reds were on fire yesterday as they redeemed themselves after Chelsea won in the Cup.

Chelsea manager di Matteo started a changed side due to the fact his team face Bayern Munich in a few days time for the Champions League final. The Londoners could have been fighting for 4th spot in the league if they'd have won this fixture but obviously they decided the final was more important. Liverpool went with Carroll and Suarez up front and missing were Gerrard and Enrique who had minor injuries.

Liverpool started the game in a completely opposite fashion in comparison to their start at Wembley. The Reds clearly had a point to prove and fair enough, Chelsea had a weakened side but it still didn't excuse their defending.

Liverpool's first goal came just before the 20 minute mark. Suarez on a mazy run from a tight angle left the Che…

Chelsea For Second Time In 3 Days For Reds

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Chelsea travel up to Anfield on Tuesday night after their victory over the Reds in the FA Cup Final at Wembley. It's a tough pill to swallow for the Liverpool after an Andy Carroll header nearly put them back into the match but it wasn't to be.

Liverpool have no new injury worries for this one and Chelsea are also still without defenders Luiz and Cahill. Fernando Torres could be chosen to start by manager Roberto di Matteo after he was left out for the FA Cup Final.

For Tuesday nights game Liverpool will be wearing a slightly different home shirt with sponsor Standard Chartered replaced with "Seeing Is Believing". The charity helps combat avoidable blindness in developing countries around the world.

Standard Chartered have also agreed to match the bids for the signed shirts from players after the match and the club as a whole is hoping to raise a lot of money for this worthwhile charity.

I shant bring up the last time the two sides met as I usually would now because…

Put The Champagne On Ice

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We're going to Wembley thrice?


Well, that's certainly Liverpool's aim as they travel down to Wembley with the blue half of the city on Saturday. A win here for the Reds could send them to their second Wembley final of the season and as many Liverpool fans will admit another trophy in the cabinet would just about balance out the poor league campaign this season.


Injuries for Liverpool mean that Lucas, Adam, Kelly and Robinson are all unavailable but luckily for the Reds Daniel Agger and Glen Johnson have now got some game time under their belts after coming back from injury. Suspensions also mean that goalkeepers Pepe Reina and Alexander Doni will miss out.


For Everton their only real missing puzzle piece is Rodwell who has a hamstring injury. Pienaar is also cup tied but other than that the manager should have a free choice from his squad.


The last time the two sides met in the FA Cup was as recently as 2009. In a season where the Reds finished second in the league Everton act…

Carroll's Bonce Gives Liverpool Late Win

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Liverpool grabbed themselves a win in dramatic style at Ewood Park on Tuesday night in a 3-2 victory over Blackburn Rovers. Two early goals from Maxi Rodriguez gave the Reds a cushion in just 16 minutes but after goalkeeper Doni was sent off for Dalglish's side, Blackburn managed to get two goals in to bring things level. Andy Carroll was there when Liverpool needed him most though and sealed three points with his head.

The Liverpool side had several new faces within it as Dalglish kept an eye on Saturday's clash with Everton in the FA Cup semi final. Maxi Rodriguez was one face we haven't seen in a while and the likes of Glen Johnson and Sebastian Coates were opted in defence.

Liverpool for the first time in weeks actually capitalised on their lively early start against Blackburn with a goal just after 12 minutes. Maxi Rodriguez is a clever little fella and always seems to get himself in the right place at the right time, something that appears to have been difficult for…

The Wenger Bus Pulls In To Anfield

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Arsenal make the long trip up North on Saturday to face a Liverpool side coming off the back of a brilliant win in the League Cup. The Reds beat Cardiff on penalties at Wembley but are now being brought back down to earth with the challenge of trying to take 3 points from Arsene Wenger's boys.

Team news contains a blow for Liverpool who will be without the immense Daniel Agger for a few weeks after he cracked a rib in the League Cup Final. Jamie Carragher will more than likely take Agger's place. Steven Gerrard also has a doubt hanging over him after he had to come off early in the England friendly against the Netherlands.

Arsenal are also in a spot of bother with some questions over the fitness of van Persie, Rosicky and Vermaelen.

The last time the two sides met was in August and Liverpool came away from the Emirates with a 2-0 win. We have to go back to January 2007 to find an Arsenal win at Anfield and so on paper the Reds would be favoured to get a result on Saturday.

Ar…

FA Cup Brings Brighton To Anfield

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Liverpool welcome Gus Poyet's Brighton & Hove Albion to Anfield on Sunday for the 5th round of the FA Cup. The two sides have already met this season when the Reds got the better of Brighton on their home turf in the League Cup.

Brighton don't have any major injury worries and their two on loan players from Manchester City are expected to make their debuts; Abdul Razak & Gai Assulin.

For Liverpool there are no new injury worries but something that certainly slipped my radar was the fact that Maxi Rodriguez had picked up a foot injury? Apparently he's ok now though and may be in contention for Sunday's clash. Manager Kenny Dalglish has also dropped the hint that he might start some of the young uns.

The last time the two sides met Craig Bellamy and Dirk Kuyt scored whilst an Ashley Barnes penalty gained Brighton some consolation.

Brighton were very strong in that game though and almost caused an upset for Liverpool. With the tie being at Anfield Liverpool can p…

Second Leg With City In League Cup

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Manchester City travel to Anfield on Wednesday night for the second leg of the Carling Cup tie between the two sides. With Liverpool holding the slight advantage, the game is perfectly poised for an exciting clash and the winner is off to Wembley.

Liverpool of course haven't been to the new Wembley, not that any more incentive is required but it sure would be nice to see the Reds there fighting for some silverware.

Man City have a few problems suspension wise, Vincent Kompany serves the last of his four match ban and Mancini's side are left with a dilemma over Balotelli. He's been charged by the FA with violent conduct and unless Man City appeal before 6:00pm on Wednesday, then the striker will miss the match starting his four match ban.

Speaking of suspensions, it's Luis Suarez's birthday this Tuesday and the striker doesn't have long left before he's allowed back into the team. Jay Spearing is a doubt also for manager Kenny Dalglish who will perhaps look…

Liverpool Require Win After Poor Run In League

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Liverpool make the trip to Bolton on Saturday for another Premier League fixture. After a disappointing draw against Stoke at Anfield, the Reds will be looking to put that behind them and take all three points from a struggling Bolton side.

Liverpool don't have any new injury worries although Jay Spearing still hasn't recovered from his hamstring problem. Luis Suarez is also still unavailable as he continues his suspension.

Bolton are welcoming back goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen as he returns from an injury to his thigh, it isn't certain whether he will start though.

The last time the two sides met was in August last year. Liverpool won the game 3-1 with Henderson scoring his first Liverpool goal. Trips to the Reebok have been pretty kind to the Reds too, we have to go back to 2006 for a slim win for Bolton.

Bolton are currently lying in 19th whilst Liverpool are in 7th. A win for Liverpool could potentially move them up to 6th.

Stat Sandwich

Liverpool have only scored 24 g…

Anfield Welcomes Stoke

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Liverpool face Stoke at Anfield on Saturday in the Premier League. After a winning performance at the Etihad in the League Cup, the Reds are brimming with confidence. Interestingly, the last time visitors Stoke lost in the league was at the Etihad, Pulis's boys are on a bit of a roll.

Liverpool still have Lucas Leiva out on long term injury and to make things worse in midfield, Jay Spearing sits this one out with a hamstring problem. Jose Enrique is expected to take back his starting position in the defence  after starting from the bench in the League Cup.

For Stoke, there are doubts hanging over Marc Wilson, Jonathan Woodgate and Ryan Shotton. But manager Tony Pulis can still field a consistent side if these players aren't fit enough.

Liverpool have already clashed with Stoke twice this season both times at the Britannia. Liverpool were victorious in their League Cup tie after a Suarez brace but Stoke got the better of Liverpool in the Premier League.

The last time Stoke won…

Maxi Heads Home In Blackburn Draw

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It was a score draw at Anfield for Liverpool on Boxing Day after the Reds struggled to find a winner against Blackburn. The away side took the lead at the end of the second half but Liverpool found an equaliser via Maxi Rodriguez. Steve Kean must have been over the moon with his sides performance and will be very grateful of the sole point.

Dalglish chose to start Andy Carroll up front with Luis Suarez, something most fans weren't expecting. Maxi was also given the start on the wing and perhaps the biggest news of the day was that captain Steven Gerrard was on the bench for Liverpool.

For the first half, Liverpool had their fair share of chances and once again it was a fluid start from the Reds that appeared to filter out. With Liverpool at the moment, it seems so important to capitalise on the early attacks because when the Reds fail to do so, they begin to struggle for ideas.

During the first half there were chances from Suarez, Adam and Henderson but every time the ball was wh…

Liverpool Face Latics At DW

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Will Carroll get a start?...
Liverpool make the short trip to the DW Stadium on Wednesday to face a rejuvenated Wigan side. Martinez's team are still hovering around the bottom of the table but some inspired performances of late have given them some much needed confidence. This could be a surprise package for the Reds who on paper would be down for three points by anyone's standards.

Injuries for Liverpool mean that once again Steven Gerrard and Lucas Leiva are unavailable. Jay Spearing is serving the last of his three match ban and it is believed that Dalglish may rest Welshman Craig Bellamy. With the outcome of the Suarez case being one Liverpool did not expect to hear (club statement) we may also see Suarez left out.

For Wigan, they are expected to be without defender Emmerson Boyce and there is also a doubt over Hugo Rodallega which could be a big blow for Wigan.

Our most recent meeting with Wigan was in February of this year. The match ended in a 1-1 draw for Liverpool wi…

Reds Away To Villa

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Downing returns to Villa...
Liverpool make their way down to the Midlands on Sunday for a game against Alex McLeish's Aston Villa. Villa at the moment appear to be struggling to score goals and with Liverpool creating chances but perhaps not converting as many as they should be, this could be an interesting fixture.

Injuries for Aston Villa aren't a real problem but Gabby Agbonlahor will miss out due to a one match ban for collecting 5 yellow cards.

For Liverpool, Steven Gerrard is still out and so too is Lucas of course. Jay Spearing will also be unavailable due to his 3 match ban he picked up at Fulham.

Most fans will remember the last meeting between the two sides. Stewart Downing scored the winner for Villa in a rather dry affair for the Reds. Times however have changed and now perhaps Downing will be able to find his first goal in a Red shirt at his old stomping ground?

Other than the 1-0 win for Aston Villa we have to go back to 1998 to find them another win at home agai…

Suarez Header Secures 3 Points

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Luis Suarez grabbed the winner for Liverpool on Saturday in a 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers. The Reds had bags of chances whilst QPR barely troubled goalkeeper Pepe Reina. The away side however showed great courage in ensuring Liverpool didn't get anything else past Radek Cerny.

Dalglish made some changes in the line up for Saturday's fixture. Namely the inclusion of Maxi Rodriguez and Dirk Kuyt.

Stewart Downing was at the forefront of the Liverpool attack during the first half and had one of his better games for the club. The winger found himself some space on several occasions and set up Suarez numerous times.

On the other wing Maxi Rodriguez too was flustering the QPR defence, this set up appeared to allow more freedom for the wingers with Henderson and Adam in the centre. Jordan Henderson when played on the wing unfortunately at the moment doesn't appear to have as much confidence going forward so he is left helping cover with the central midfielders. Maxi Rodrigue…

Trip To Craven Cottage

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Liverpool make the long trip down to Fulham for a Monday night fixture this week. The Reds have just come off the back of a 2-0 win over Chelsea in the League Cup and are in fighting form at the moment. Fulham however suffered defeat to FC Twente in the week and have to go back to October for a win in the Premier League.

Injuries for Liverpool mean that Steven Gerrard is once again unavailable and after the terrible news on Lucas Leiva, we now know the Brazilian will miss the rest of the campaign.

For Fulham Damien Duff will be unavailable for manager Martin Jol and doubts hang over Dembele and Dempsey but Fulham are hoping they will be fit enough to start.

Most people will vividly remember the last clash between the two sides. The 5-2 victory last season for Liverpool was a hell of a game, Maxi Rodriguez even grabbed a hat trick. We don't have to go too far back to find a Fulham win at home though, the Cottagers beat us in 2009 on Halloween the confident, 3-1 win certainly left …

Liverpool Through To Semi Finals

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Liverpool have booked themselves a place in the Carling Cup Semi Finals after beating Chelsea for the second time in ten days at Stamford Bridge. The 2-0 win saw Martin Kelly and Maxi Rodriguez bag the Reds their goals whilst Chelsea couldn't even muster a consolation.

Dalglish was true to his word and fielded a lot of different faces, Enrique, Reina, Lucas and Henderson however kept their positions after the Man City draw at the weekend.

Villas-Boas had also thrown in some non regulars in the likes of Turnbull, Bertrand, Lukaku etc. Arguably the Chelsea second string seemed a lot weaker than Liverpool's.

Very early on in the game there were two penalty decisions before a third was given. David Luiz went down in the box after a Coates challenge and the referee decided to give Luiz a yellow card for simulation. I think to be honest in a different game the penalty may have been given but it was good to see that Dowd did give a card, too many referees see a player diving in the …

Reds On A Run But So Are City

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Manchester City make the short trip to Anfield on Sunday for what is set to be an exciting fixture between the two sides. Liverpool are coming off the back of a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge whilst Manchester City can boast an unbeaten run in the league.

Jamie Carragher is back to full fitness again for Liverpool and is expected to be on the bench again tomorrow for the Reds. Steven Gerrard still isn't back after suffering an ankle infection.
For Manchester City they have no injury worries but of course there will be no sight of Carlos Tevez who is wondering around Argentina, trying to get a deal with Milan, refusing to involve himself in football; ever again, something like that.
The last two clashes between the two sides have been complete opposites of each other. In April this year Liverpool put three past City with no return and Andy Carroll on the score sheet but in August 2010 it was City who got the better of us keeping a clean sheet and putting three past Pepe Reina.
For the…

Maxi And Glen Grab Win At Bridge

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Liverpool took all three points away with them from Stamford Bridge on Sunday as the Reds put two past the home side. A brilliant work up to Maxi Rodriguez's first was followed by a Glen Johnson winner in the 86th minute. Despite Chelsea beating Reina at the hands of Daniel Sturridge, they couldn't quite keep their heads for the whole 90 minutes.
Dalglish changed the line up and it saw a first start given to Maxi Rodriguez. Suarez started with Craig Bellamy as his partner, there was no Stewart Downing and still no Jamie Carragher. Chelsea decided not to start ex Reds Torres and Meireles and Villas Boas chose Drogba to lead his attack.
The first half was easily the better half for Liverpool, they had control of the game and although Chelsea had their chances it was the away side that looked the more likely to change the scoreline.
Maxi Rodriguez was causing problems all over the pitch for a slow starting Chelsea side. The Argentinian hasn't started for Liverpool in the lea…

Carroll Scores In Carling Cup Win

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Liverpool confidently put three past league one side Exeter last night as the home side only managed a consolation goal from the penalty spot. It was a high tempo clash and Exeter can hold their heads high I feel after getting stuck in for most of the 90 minutes.

A lack of chances for the Grecians was perhaps the main thing holding them back, along with the class of Suarez and boot of Andy Carroll. Liverpool are now safely into the third round of the competition.

The first 20 minutes saw both sides switching possession. Although Exeter were struggling to create chances they were certainly capable of making interceptions and flustering the Liverpool passing system in midfield on a few occasions.

In Liverpool's favour though, whilst in possession, we were beginning to trouble the Exeter goalkeeper. A string of corners from Charlie Adam about 15 minutes in were a danger to deal with for the home teams defence.

The only down side for Dalglish in the early play was that Raul Meireles …

Liverpool Score Six In Malaysia

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Charlie Adam gets off the mark for Liverpool...
It was another game filled with goals for Liverpool in the impressive stadium in Kuala Lumpar. Filled to the rafters with Liverpool fans, i think the Malaysia XI may have felt a bit small.

Kenny Dalglish was missing from the sidelines as he's home sorting out the the small matter of Stewart Downing. Also this week we've waved goodbye to Paul Konchesky. Good luck getting along with his Mom Leicester!

Anyway...

Liverpool got off the mark with a Charlie Adam penalty. His first goal in a Red shirt was delayed slightly after being forced to take his penalty again. He put both in the back of the net and sent Liverpool on their way. A soft penalty decision i thought but never mind ay?

Malaysia XI equalised shortly after with a super free kick from their captain, Brad Jones could do little to stop it.

Ngog went on to score twice in the second half. His first after a little bit of luck when the Malaysian defence had a lapse of concentratio…