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We're Through

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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…

Can Liverpool Secure Their Progression To The Knockout Stages?

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Can Lucas be as effective as last time?...
It's Europa League time again for Liverpool and an away trip to Steaua Bucharest tomorrow means once completed there will be only one game left in the group stages for the Reds. Still unbeaten in the competition it is fair to say that we are going pretty strong within Europe.
For tomorrow night's fixture though Liverpool are lacking in some valuable experience with the likes of Carragher and Gerrard. Torres however is still available but whether it's worth taking the risk is a different story.
Last time out of course when Steaua came to Anfield, Liverpool managed an impressive 4-1 victory with Lucas and Joe Cole on the score sheet. In realistic terms though you'd have to say that Liverpool will probably come away with a draw here. I can't see us going full steam ahead when we don't need too and i also think Roy will be fielding a lower par side.
Steaua however are no mugs, they have not lost since their trip to Anfield s…

Cole Gets Ball Rolling In Liverpool Rout

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Lucas dedicates his celebration to his unborn child...
It was a rather wet and windy setting for Liverpool's game last night against Steaua Bucharest but who needs sunshine to brighten things up when you have the Reds on superb form?
It was a mixed team fielded by the boss and it was a side missing the likes of Carragher, Gerrard and Torres. Ngog was given another chance up front and the XI also included academy boys Spearing and Kelly who were more than willing to impress Hodgson and the fans.
I was still getting settled and into a comfortable position when Liverpool first decided to raise the eyebrows of everyone watching. After just 30 seconds a very sloppy defensive pass from the Romanians meant Joe Cole could sneakily steal the ball, after making the run his shot wide past the keeper almost seemed as though he had missed the target but his effort found it's way in and Anfield was jumping.
I'm so pleased for the lad, we all know he's not necessarily here for banging lo…

Steaua Grapes

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Cole could be back for tomorrow nights tie...
It's quite clear that Liverpool have a European history to be proud of but will Steaua Bucharest tomorrow night look back on the match as an achievement or will the beams of jealously begin to emerge as Liverpool get off the starting blocks in the group stages of the Europa League.
With the match being shown on channel 5, the KO at 5 past 8, it's a game that will be watched by many a Red. With the pressure on from all of the onlooking kopites can Liverpool get the win desired to send us on our way.
Of course, any team you welcome to Anfield you have to fancy our chances but in particular when it is European opposition. This is no Olympiakos in the Champions League but you can still guarantee an atmosphere.
Roy is still unable to select both Dirk Kuyt and Fabio Aurelio due to their injuries but has choice of the rest of his squad. Joe Cole is of course also available due to his match ban not being applicable in this competition. Joe has…