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Reds Aim To Show Torres & Meireles What They're Missing

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Liverpool make the trip down South on Sunday to face Chelsea in the first of two clashes this month with the London side. This game has had enough spice sprinkled over it in the recent weeks, the factors of Torres and Meireles will surely add to the already predictable atmosphere and both clubs could seriously do with a big win.

Without delving in to it too much the news around both Luis Suarez and John Terry will also play a part on Sunday. Both players insist they are innocent but with Suarez actually being charged before kick off, we can't afford to let off field situations filter on to it.

Team news means that Suarez may not be available to start anyway after a slight back problem he picked up in the international break. Jamie Carragher is back and a choice for manager Kenny Dalglish but captain Steven Gerrard is still out.

For Chelsea it's only Michael Essien who is unavailable but Drogba and Sturridge are doubts after just recovering from knocks.

Liverpool have won the …

1-0 Loss Rounds Up Liverpool's Season

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Gerrard watches on with the fans...
Well, it wasn't the brilliant end we expected but nevertheless i think looking back to last August and our position in the league in December, all the ups and downs, we can't complain with our 6th place finish.

Entering the game still with a possible chance of gaining that Europa League spot it was all to play for. Villa who really only wanted to win to get one over Liverpool however were the ones who set out with the right mindset.

It was a strange end of season and a strange match altogether, the travelling fans were in good voice as always but it would be a lie to say that half the stadium weren't more concerned with rival results elsewhere than the final whistle at Villa Park.

Dalglish fielded a slightly different eleven, Joe Cole was given a start and Fabio Aurelio was back from injury with another chance at playing left back before the end of the season. Andy Carroll was also missing from the line up.

An early tone was set by Villa …

From Relegation Zone To Europe

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The King signed permanently this week, here's to a wonderful three years!...
In a weekend of Eurovision madness can Liverpool tomorrow ensure Harry Redknapp's Spurs gain nul points after 90minutes of football? Three points for Liverpool would not only add to their fantastic form of late but it would also secure mathematically 5th place.

For Spurs it appears their plans and claims of breaking into, even winning the league by manager Harry Redknapp have been completely forgotten about. A decent run in the Champions League - fair play but have they had the consistency to back up their claims that they are in fact a top four side? No.

Liverpool claiming victory tomorrow will not only show our determination, even when faced with the somewhat hindrance of the Europa League but it will also prove to the media and maybe some deluded Spurs fans that just like us, they still have a lot to do.

Spurs are missing quite a few men for tomorrow's tie at Anfield. Doubtful is Wilson Palacios…

Meireles Scores In Wigan Draw

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Raul Meireles scores once again for Liverpool...
A side clearly suffering from fatigue yesterday meant that Liverpool could only muster a draw against Wigan Athletic. With key men Daniel Agger and Steven Gerrard unavailable plus several players only just back from international duty, the match took its toll into the second half and by 90minutes, 1-1 was probably a fair result.

A first half goal from the on fire Raul Meireles saw Liverpool take the lead. A deflected Fabio Aurelio cross eventually found its way out to the number 4 who with a great finish sent the effort into the left of goal and past Wigan keeper Al Habsi.

The linking up of new recruit Luis Suarez and Dirk Kuyt in the first half was perhaps the most prominent thing to note. A strange almost immediate link between the pair meant clever flicks and passes within the oppositions box were a regular occurrence.

Suarez once again put on display his technical ability with the skill and confidence of a player who had been in the …

Liverpool Show No Signs Of Sadness In Victory At Stamford Bridge

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Fernando Who?...
After all the hype and build up to yesterdays fixture, a mix of the general rivalry in clashes with Chelsea, oh and the added sprinkle of Fernando Torres playing his first game in a blue shirt, well by kick off the whole fan base was ready and raring to go.
It was always going to be a slightly heated atmosphere after the timing of Torres' leave and although some fans have taken the peaceful and well wishing option, there were also plenty portraying the more vexed option.
Liverpool started in a similar fashion to the Stoke fixture. The reintroduction of Jamie Carragher was the only change for the Reds. 
A daunting looking strike force from Chelsea in the threesome of Drogba, Anelka and Torres looked a lot scarier on paper that it did on the pitch.
Liverpool immediately set to work in closing off the Chelsea attack and Jamie Carragher especially was in no way going to allow former Liverpool colleague Fernando Torres to give his new side the lead. A typical thrown in bloc…

Suarez Scores On Stoke Debut

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Suarez celebrates after scoring at the Kop End on his Liverpool debut...
An unconventional line up chosen by Dalglish for last nights clash with Stoke, almost had people doubting the King (i stress the word almost) but as all great managers work, there is method behind the madness. A superb tactical set up meant Liverpool were extremely hard to break down, a Stoke side renowned for battling in games found it difficult to get anything through. This paired with enough attacking balance meant Liverpool came away with a deserved three points.
The man at the centre of all the talking - Luis Suarez was named on the bench and so he would have to wait to light up Anfield.
For Liverpool, a relatively new concept of "Wing Backs" meant despite the defensive looking line up, we had several attacking options. This was proved almost straight away when a cross whipped in from Martin Kelly was met by Glen Johnson, only denied due a great save from the Stoke keeper.
With Torres gone, many outsid…

Own Goal? Who Cares, Isn't It About Time Liverpool Had A Date With Lady Luck?

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Ohhhh pants...
Liverpool's 1-0 victory over Fulham last night has sent the Reds into the dizzying heights of 7th place. It wasn't a perfect performance and a few nervy moments towards the end of the 90minutes nearly saw Liverpool lose their lead. Strong heads from the likes of Pepe Reina and Meireles though meant Liverpool could celebrate a second win under Kenny Dalglish.

After Lucas apparently was unfit, Christian Poulsen kept his place in the starting line up even with the reintroduction of Steven Gerrard. The rest of the side was the same put out against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The first half for Liverpool indicated that Fulham were going to be harder to break down than Wolves at the weekend. Although the Reds were taking their chances; mainly via Fernando Torres, the likes of Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele were causing problems regularly for the defence and Pepe Reina.

Steven Gerrard had a decent first 45minutes even with his three games out he looked pretty fresh. His …

Pass And Move It's The Liverpool Groove

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My view yesterday from the Billy Wright stand (i was sat with the Wolves lot)...
Ok so the song was bloody awful "they talk dead funny but they play dead great" but the meaning of the song, the passing and moving style of Liverpool Football Club, well it's what we all love. Yesterday the lads in Red proved that it wasn't unrealistic to go back to those days, with King Kenny in the dugout it truly felt like we'd rolled back the clocks.
The starting eleven did raise some questions from most fans before kick off, namely for the inclusion of scapegoat Christian Poulsen. I'm not going to lie, i myself have been one to highly criticize the midfielder and it was no different yesterday after seeing him on the team sheet. My natural reaction was "oh god" however, to be fair to the bloke, he totally shut my mouth after his stint.
Wolves set up in a 4-4-2 style with Fletcher and Doyle leading the eleven. Hennessey was in goal for the side in gold and black and ca…

Performances: Better, Results: Need Work

It was always going to be a special moment when King Kenny stepped out for his first game back at Anfield. The fact that it was against the Bluenoses too only added to the excitement of the occasion, as his sole footsteps gave him an echoed soundtrack whilst he made his way up the stairs and out the tunnel, the Anfield faithful were anticipating the arrival of the King.

An emphatic display of flags, chants, cheers, claps, waves and smiles made it clear how good it really can be for a manager at Liverpool Football Club. As one of the more moving versions of You'll Never Walk alone rang out around each of the four stands, despite Everton's best attempts at drowning it out, Dalglish appeared to have a tear in his eye.

Everybody was raring to go now, the fans, the manager and most certainly the players. The Merseyside derby was up and running.

A lively start from Liverpool caught me off guard if i'm honest, i knew Liverpool would be a more positive and attacking side under Dal…

Off To Old Trafford

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Reina trains on a snowy Melwood pitch...(Image courtesy of www.liverpoolfc.tv)
So with the pressure most certainly at it's highest over Roy Hodgson's time at the club it's perhaps possible that we won't even have a manager for Sunday's FA Cup clash against bitter rivals Manchester United. Although it pains me to say it i reckon Sammy Lee might fancy giving it a pop in his one game in charge and doing Fergie's side over! Haha.
Assuming our new owners do what i am expecting though and wait until after the weekend to give their decision then we will in fact still be left with Hodgson. Yes we played pretty well at Old Trafford earlier in the season but after watching several more games i think it's quite evident that it was the players that rose to the occasion that day not necessarily Roy's quick thinking.
Nevertheless the occasion shall hopefully spur on the true Reds for Sunday's massive game. As much as i realise how important it is for us to focus on …

Yes, We Know, 3-0 Against West Ham, We Shouldn't Get Carried Away...

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Maxi celebrates after his header...
Liverpool showed signs of an amicable performance yesterday after they beat West Ham in a comfortable 3-0. Of course, we shouldn't get up on our high horses though due to the Hammers' current form and table position, even if we'd of won this one by a cricket score nobody was ever going to dish out the compliments and rightly so.
Despite this it's always a nice feeling to watch the boys win. A good first 45minutes was perhaps cancelled out by a slower second half but as so many people have said, we'd rather have a slow second half than a slow first.
Roy had to make changes to the side with the injury to Steven Gerrard and suspension of Lucas Leiva causing him the most selection troubles. Ironically the lack of two of our top performers meant that Hodgson was pretty much forced into playing Raul Meireles in his correct position of centre midfield.
It was clear straight away that the lad was more comfortable here and i just hope Roy pi…

Torres Shows Chelsea How It's Done

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Torres celebrates emphatically after netting his wonder of a second goal...
Lets be perfectly honest folks, not one of us thought we'd be able to get something from yesterdays clash with Chelsea, the odd few perhaps fancied our chances of a draw but most of us, such as myself were fearing the worst.
Chelsea even without the likes of Lampard and Essien were still going to be super tough to beat, the added bonus of Drogba starting on the bench only relieved a little pressure and with Liverpool having their own last minute injury worries after Kyrgiakos woke up with tonsillitis well it was a worrying few hours before kick off.
Before i continue i must first get out the old "fair play" phrase and direct it at Roy Hodgson. I'm still not fully convinced he's right but you've got to hand it to him for yesterday, yes the side too deserves credit as everyone gave 100% if not more but full praise to Hodgson who with a sudden lack of the big Greek was brave enough to start…

Are Liverpool In For A Fright?

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Ok, you can take your halloween mask off now Kev... Oh...
Liverpool travel to Bolton tomorrow to face Owen Coyle's side in what could be an eventful clash. Bolton are in the top half of the table at the moment and going well. They've lost no games at home so far this season so could be hard to break down.
As for Liverpool well we all know where we are, in the bloody relegation zone. Liverpool are also yet to get an away win chalked up on the board so if the tides are beginning to turn in our favour after a pleasing Blackburn win then really we need to beat Bolton on their home turf.
Problem is, yet again, confidence is running low for me. Going on the Blackburn display i'd fancy us, but going on our recent collective displays... Well it's a worry.
Bolton have quite a big injury list and will be without Gardner, Davis, O'Brien and Samuel. Goal threats Elmander and Kevin Davies however will be available for Coyle.
Liverpool are still without Dirk Kuyt and Daniel Agger who …

This One Has Draw Written All Over It

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Let's hope we see similar pictures tomorrow...
Liverpool line up against Sam Allardyce's Blackburn tomorrow at Anfield. After a somewhat better performance against Napoli, more of the same would be appreciated tomorrow. Blackburn are a hard side to beat, not to mention the fact that Big Sam would absolutely love to kick the Reds while they're down, especially at Anfield.
For Liverpool we can recall the likes of Fernando Torres, Steven Gerrard and Raul Meireles who were all left at home in midweek. Still injured is Dirk Kuyt and Glen Johnson who was hoping to feature tomorrow but it's looking like a no go for the England international. Daniel Agger is also said to be missing out which leaves a shake up to be made in defence. Perhaps meaning that Carragher will again be out of position.
Blackburn are without Samba who is suspended and Keith Andrews, Jason Roberts and Vince Grella are all out through injury.
The last time the two sides met it ended with a 2-1 win for Liverpoo…

Decent Result, Drab Performance

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Torres had his chances but couldn't help Liverpool to an away win...
A rather drab display from Liverpool last night meant the Reds could only come away from the Stadion Galgenwaard with a 0-0 draw. Despite looking at the positives with the clean sheet and unbeaten run continued, plus the fact a draw away isn't exactly a terrible result, it all just seems unworthy looking at the poor display from the boys. We can only ride luck for so long and if these dismal displays start to become a regular occurrence, we could find ourselves in real trouble.
Roy fielded a strong XI aside from the rested Steven Gerrard. Pepe Reina was between the sticks and with Martin Kelly at left back it was Skrtel, Carragher and Johnson who made up the rest of the back four. Cole, Kuyt, Lucas, Poulsen, Meireles and Fernando Torres made up the rest of the side.
The first half for Liverpool in honesty was pretty darn poor. At times it was nice to see the ball being played through the midfield, the old pass a…

Reina Prevents Reds Defeat

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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 …

Can Liverpool Come Away With More Than Just The 1 Point?

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Raul trains with Reds before Birmingham clash...
So after what seemed like a hell of a long international break, Liverpool swing back into action on Sunday against Midlanders - Birmingham City. Liverpool were quite lucky in terms of injuries with all the players coming back from duties with their countries in good shape, Dirk Kuyt however was an exception after he injured his shoulder. He is expected to be out for quite a while so this could prove problematic for Roy.
Liverpool are also without Fabio Aurelio who is still recovering from an achilles problem and David Ngog also picked up a knock but may still be available for Roy to select on Sunday.
As pictured new signing Raul Meireles was also training with the rest of the boys so could most certainly feature in this difficult clash against the Blues.
Not forgetting too for the Reds that Joe Cole still has one match left on his ban for receiving his red card at the start of the season.
Birmingham also have a couple of injury worries and e…