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Reds Look To Keep European Hopes Alive

Liverpool are off down south on Saturday to face Pochettino's Southampton side. The Reds are heading into this game on the back of 3 wins in the league and if Southampton want to bolster their hopes of keeping out of the relegation zone they are going to need to put in a very good performance.

Southampton are currently placed in 16th just a point away from the drop zone whilst Liverpool find themselves in 6th place on 45 points. It's a long shot but the Reds are still mathematically involved in the race for 4th and so Liverpool will relish the chance at picking up another 3 points on Saturday.

Injuries for Liverpool mean that there is still a doubt hanging over Pepe Reina and so we could see Brad Jones between the sticks again. Southampton have no real injury worries at all and Pochettino has a full side to choose from.

The last time the two sides met was in December last year, Liverpool won 1-0 with Daniel Agger finding the back of the net. The last time Liverpool made the t…

Hat Trick For Suarez In Wigan Win

A well-oiled Liverpool side put 4 past Roberto Martinez's Wigan on Saturday and took all 3 points from the DW. Stewart Downing headed home Liverpool's first making it only his second league goal for the Reds and Luis Suarez was left to work his magic scoring a hat trick in great style.

There was no Daniel Sturridge for the Reds and once again Jamie Carragher was preferred in defence to the out of favour Martin Skrtel. Looking back after the result it makes you realise that there could have been even more goals because Sturridge would have surely found the back of the net in that game, we're in a comfortable position for a change when it comes to attack.

It only took the Reds a couple of minutes to get off the mark and it was Phillipe Coutinho impressing the masses. Some lovely skill from the ex Inter Milan player allowed him to play in a lovely cross to an awaiting Stewart Downing, the presented header was too easy to miss and Liverpool were 1-0 up.

Liverpool's second…

Hulk Makes Reds Angry

Liverpool fell to a 2-0 defeat in Russia on Thursday evening after once again having most of the chances and then completely losing the plot in the last half of the game. In a similar fashion to the West Brom game Liverpool were hit when they least expected it after having what looked like control.

Brendan Rodgers fielded a very strong side after making it clear this week that he wasn't going to rest anybody. He obviously realised the size of the task ahead and the importance of gaining a result in Russia.

The first half consisted of several missed chances for both sides and on a rather questionable playing surface Luis Suarez was one of a few players struggling to compete with the ground at times. Without the cup tied Daniel Sturridge once again Liverpool found themselves lacking an option and despite the best efforts of Suarez, he couldn't find the Reds an opening goal.

Luckily for Liverpool when the attacks came in from Zenit Pepe Reina and Jamie Carragher were confidently…

Baggies Park The Bus Then Snatch 3 Points

Liverpool were the victims of a real smash and grab at Anfield on Monday evening as they struggled to accept a late West Brom win after creating almost all of the chances themselves. Liverpool troubled Foster throughout the game but after Steven Gerrard missed a penalty it was clear something special would be needed to take the lead. The Baggies didn't even have a shot until 80 minutes but they made it count, scoring and then finding the net again 10 minutes later.

There was no Daniel Sturridge for Liverpool as he continued to nurse a thigh injury and it would quickly become evident how much we missed the forward. Jamie Carragher was named in defence once again and it was Shelvey chosen to partner Luis Suarez up front.

The first half for Liverpool was a relatively decent one. I popped online at half time and most of Twitter appeared to be annoyed with the performance so far, I however was focusing on the positives after all, Pepe Reina was completely untroubled and all the chance…

Goalless Draw At Liberty For Liverpool

Liverpool had to settle for a 0-0 draw at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday as Swansea held out the Reds attack and failed to find the net themselves. It was probably a fair result in the end but Liverpool did appear to have the better of the chances, unfortunately for Brendan's side though they were not converted.

Liverpool had recalled Henderson and Downing to the starting line up after they featured in the Europa League and Brendan also decided to utilise Jose Enrique's presence in attack pushing him forward on the wing.

It was a very balanced 90 minutes from both sides perhaps boiling down to the fact that both managers enjoy a passing game, it was so similar we cancelled each other out at times and it was always going to take something special for a lead to be gained.

The early exchange of attacks saw Swansea force Reina into action just after the 10 minute mark when Routledge put in a strong strike. Shortly afterwards a searching cross into the box from Glen Johnson left En…

Reina Set To Break European Record

Liverpool welcome Young Boys to Anfield on Thursday evening as they look to quickly get their Europa League form back on track. With two games left in the group the Reds face a real prospect of getting thrown out if they are beaten by the away side. On a positive note, Pepe Reina is expected to start and if he does he will become the goalkeeper with the most appearances in Europe for Liverpool, overtaking Ray Clemence.

The two ties with Anzhi for Liverpool saw the Reds pick up a win at Anfield but lose in Russia. Perhaps an unexpected result but the Reds don't have time to dwell on their downfalls. A loss to Udinese hasn't helped their case either but their most comfortable performance came against Young Boys on their home turf.

It's hard to judge what sort of side Brendan will go for on Thursday evening, a clash with his old club Swansea at the weekend may discourage him from going too strong but as we have seen before he'll need some talent and experience on the fie…

Goals Required For Success At Bridge

Liverpool are in London on Sunday to face Di Matteo's Chelsea and if the Reds want to walk away with all three points then they are going to have to hope Suarez is on form or somebody else fancies a pop at goal. Liverpool too many times this season have taken control of a game but then failed to score.

Injury wise Liverpool are actually in a pretty strong position, discounting the long term ones there aren't any real absences and it looks like Glen Johnson and Pepe Reina will be fit to start for Sunday's clash. Chelsea on the other hand are missing Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole, John Terry will likely feature though after serving his 4 match ban.

Chelsea have had a brilliant start to their league season and look as though they could be challenging for the title come May but they have taken some knocks especially recently after a draw with Swansea and a loss at the hands of Manchester United.

Liverpool's last two league games have resulted in draws and the Reds hit a s…

Doubts Over Reina For Reading

Football is back! Real football I mean, not the one where you travel all the way to Poland with your national side only to be told you can't actually play the game because the pitch is now a massive puddle... Internationals ay?!

Anyway, fear not, the boys in Red are back and their opponents this Saturday are Reading.

Unfortunately for Liverpool the break has also offered the chance for injuries to be aired and Pepe Reina will have to undergo a late fitness test to see whether he will be able to start after picking up a hamstring problem. Fabio Borini will also be unavailable for up to 3 months after fracturing a bone in his foot, with Suarez our only real forward left I don't even want to start thinking about what may happen.

Reading on the other hand are relatively strong and only have one real concern with a doubt hanging over Noel Hunt.

The last time the two sides met I am sure you will remember was in the FA Cup. In January 2010 Reading came to Anfield after sealing a dra…

Suarez Goal Secures Liverpool Progress

Liverpool secured their progress to the group stages of the Europa League last night after a 1-1 draw with Hearts. The Reds were supposed to go through with ease but a rather dire majority of the game was only livened up when Hearts found a goal late on, luckily for Liverpool Luis Suarez managed to find a return.

Rodgers made quite a few changes to his side and true to his word he played Stewart Downing in a left back role, explaining to the player and the press recently that if he wanted to stay here he would need to fight for his place and think about trying out that position. Adam Morgan also started for the Reds to the excitement of many fans.

The first half for Liverpool despite being in the lively Anfield was very similar to the one at Tynecastle. Hearts this time though were less effective themselves but were dealing pretty well with the Liverpool attacks.

Luis Suarez for had a few chances to nick the lead in the first half but he was taking a few too many touches for me, some…

2011/2012 Season Round Up

It was a very mixed season for Liverpool that ended in the departure of Kenny Dalglish. It started well but as the league campaign continued, things began to get difficult for the Reds. Two cup finals and one cup win gave the lads some glory but an 8th place finish in the league provided a dark shadow over the season.

August 2011
Liverpool started their league campaign at home to Sunderland. I was lucky enough to be watching in Majorca but was disappointed with a Liverpool draw and having to put up with stick from a fair few Sunderland fans in the pub.

To be fair to the Reds though they didn't lose in August and it included a 2-0 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates, the first time the lads had won at Arsenal in 10 years. A Carling Cup victory in August would also be the first of many for Dalglish's side.

In the news...
- The London riots were in full swing during the British summer and sparked copycat riots all over the country.
- The start of the La Liga was delayed due to pl…

Reds Face Chelsea In FA Cup Final

As if you didn't know there's an FA Cup Final on Saturday and Liverpool are only bloody well in it! After successfully knocking out Everton in the semi finals the Reds are ready to square up against Di Matteo's Chelsea at Wembley.

Liverpool's league form this season has been pretty terrible and so for most fans the past few weeks have just consisted of Wembley dreams. After winning the Carling Cup at Wembley, we've already had a taste of the glory and beating Chelsea in the FA Cup final would surely top this.

Luckily for Liverpool Dalglish has no shock injuries or suspensions to worry about with only Lucas and Adam unavailable. Chelsea are without Luiz and Cahill but don't have any other concerns.

The last time the two sides met almost coincidentally was in the League Cup. In November Liverpool put two past the London side with Maxi Rodriguez and Martin Kelly on the score sheet.

The last time Chelsea beat Liverpool was in May 2010 and to be fair to the Reds th…

Games Gone By: 2006 FA Cup Final

In the run up to Liverpool's trip to Wembley on Sunday for the Carling Cup final i thought it would be nice to take a trip down memory lane and revisit the last time the Reds got to a final. Of course Liverpool didn't reach Wembley this time but the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff provided easily one of the best FA Cup finals ever.

The final on the 13th May 2006 saw Liverpool line up against Alan Pardew's West Ham United. The Reds finished that season in 6th place with West Ham finishing 9th. Pardew had done a decent job and his side were more than ready for the memorable 125th FA Cup final.

The Reds were actually first to grab a goal but unfortunately it was in the wrong net. Jamie Carragher quite a regular culprit for own goals gave West Ham the lead much to Reina's and the travelling Liverpool fans dismay but at this stage only 20 minutes had passed.

Dean Ashton made things worse for Liverpool though when his strike after a Reina mistake inside the area put The Hammer…

Reds In Goalless Draw With Spurrs

Liverpool fought hard on Monday night in an attempt to take three points from Tottenham Hotspur but with no goals from either side the highlight of the game ended up going to a little mischievous cat. The Reds played well but just couldn't find a goal as Spurs showed some staunch defending.

Anfield was excited to see Luis Suarez back but the Uruguayan had to settle for the bench as Carroll was chosen again to lead the line. Jose Enrique was out with a mild injury and so Glen Johnson was moved to left back with Martin Kelly on the right.

The first half didn't provide many clear cut chances for Liverpool but it was still those in Red shirts attacking more often than those in White. Spurs were relatively quiet and Reina had nothing of note to do during the first 45 minutes.

Part of the reasoning behind Reina having nothing to do was the fact that Dirk Kuyt and Jay Spearing were working their socks off to stop the likes of Bale and Modric breaking through the Liverpool midfield. …

Stoke In League Cup For Liverpool

Liverpool make a second trip to the Britannia Stadium on Wednesday night for their latest Carling Cup tie. After shots galore at the Stoke goal earlier this season, Liverpool failed to come away victorious with Stoke taking all three points.

Liverpool are lucky enough not to have any injuries to worry about and Lucas is also available again after being suspended for the Norwich game. For Stoke there are doubts hanging over Pennant and Woodgate. Higginbotham, back from a long term injury though is predicted to start to help get some game time under his belt.

The last time Liverpool met Stoke in the League Cup was in 2000. The Reds put eight goals past a stunned Stoke side with Robbie Fowler getting a hat trick in the process.

After the last Carling Cup game against Brighton, it was clear to see manager Kenny Dalglish was not going to take this competition lightly. Most big clubs at these stages like to play their fringe players but the King had no intentions of doing this at all. His …

For Sale: 23, 8 & 9.

Maxi celebrates in his very colour coded snood, i'm sure Tevez and Nasri will be devastated that he's taken the fashion a step further!...
Time after time as Liverpool fans we hear the same old story. "Oh you're a two man team." . "You can't score without Gerrard or Torres." , "Your defence would be nothing without Carragher." (Maybe not so much the latter one haha) point being last night it was quite clear we could not only survive without our big names but pull out a solid result too.
No doubt about it Aston Villa aided us in looking good but even after subtracting the offside goal there could be no arguments from anyone watching that game who felt Liverpool were below par.
With Torres a late missing piece after having to go to hospital to welcome into the world another mini Nando, Roy Hodgson was left to make a snap decision and started Ryan Babel up front with David Ngog.
To be perfectly honest i was sceptical as i always am when Babel get…

We're Through

Jovanovic celebrates after putting Liverpool ahead...
Liverpool yesterday secured their progression into the knockout stages of the Europa League after a 1-1 draw with Steaua Bucharest. Our opposition also look likely to qualify too depending on their last result.
A shaken up team from Roy Hodgson saw players like Babel, Jovanovic, Kelly and Wilson get another chance to shine. Joe Cole was also back from his injury, some refreshing news for Liverpool fans still deliberating on the damage of losing both key players Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher.
Fernando Torres was rested and even striker Ngog had to wait for his chance to feature in the game. Pepe Reina remained in goal and Aurelio was chosen in defence.
A steady first half start made it clear that Liverpool were not going to be on full throttle. As mentioned in my preview, we were never going to push ourselves too much when we didn't need to.
Roughly 20minutes in and Liverpool put themselves into the lead. A nice cross from Mr.Po…

Reina Prevents Reds Defeat

Yer wha?! I can't hear yer!
It was a tough game yesterday for Liverpool and to be honest by the end of the 90minutes it could have been a less flattering scoreline. Despite the best efforts from the Reds it was the heroics of Pepe Reina that kept our dignity and in turn the point.
I did say in my match preview that this away fixture wouldn't be a walk in the park but analyzing Liverpool's chances/play it wasn't particularly fantastic.
Roy decided to go with Maxi Rodriguez in place of the injured Dirk Kuyt which i was quite happy to see. The rest of midfield was made up of Lucas, Poulsen and Jovanovic. Gerrard sat behind Torres, Reina in goal and a back four of new man Konchesky along with Carragher, Skrtel and Glen Johnson.
It was a match built up to be entertaining but one that unfortunately failed to meet expectations. Birmingham started the game well and were strong in attack, Liverpool appeared caught off guard, they knew the Blues would come at them but their rate of …

It Felt Like A Loss

Right just to clear this up before i go on with my comments etc, due to being at work when the match was on my only view of it was from a television which was pretty far away, also with no sound and although i saw pretty much the whole match i was not able to watch it as intently as i usually would due to having to serve customers at the same time. Also, i would usually watch the analysis on MOTD, but i was celebrating me fella's and a mates birthday last night so missed that too.
I managed to catch, which were as far as i am aware the three main moments for Liverpool, the Lucas booking, the Kyrgiakos goal and the Kuyt chance right at the end. I also saw Huth's goal clearly. What i did miss however was a lot of Maxi Rodriguez, i saw him brought on in place of Degen but did not manage to catch enough of his performance to make a personal comment.
Right so Benitez fielded a strong XI under the circumstances. He also gave a chance for Kyrgiakos to make an impact on the first team. …

Martinez's Lactics Travel To Anfield

Wigan are next up at Anfield tomorrow night in what should be an unpredictable midweek fixture for the lads. Firstly going by our own recent form, anything could happen and secondly looking at Wigan, they beat Chelsea, but they also fell to a massive 9-1 defeat from Spurs so which Wigan will turn up?

For Liverpool Riera, Kelly, NEZ and Babel are all still expected to be unavailable. Wigan's only problem is Emmerson Boyce after a head injury he sustained in the Stoke match.

Martinez is not expecting this to be an easy fixture though even with our boys on the back of some bad results he was quoted saying:

"Liverpool are on the back of a disappointing result, but they have a world-class squad which alone makes them a very dangerous side."Effectively he is right we do arguably have a world class squad especially in the likes of Gerrard, Torres, Reina, Mascherano etc but from the performances so far this season you wouldn't think so would you? It's only a matter of time…