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PREVIEW: Napoli v Liverpool

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Liverpool are in Italy on Wednesday night to face Carlo Ancelotti's Napoli. Carlo is a manager I truly admire and Italian football is something I love so I am very much looking forward to our Champions League tie this week and hope the Reds can come away with a win.


One of the top supported clubs in Italy, Napoli have started their season well and currently sit second in Serie A, six points behind leaders Juventus. Their record in the European Cup is relatively strong and Naples always proves to be a difficult venue for travelling teams.

Players like Insigne and Hamsik can pose a real threat in this match with the former being 2nd in the top scorers' list in Italy at the moment. 

There are no injury concerns for Napoli and Jurgen Klopp now has Dejan Lovren back and could potentially call upon the World Cup finalist for his back four selection.

Napoli and Liverpool have only ever crossed paths twice before this game, that was in the Europa League in the 2010/2011 season. The Reds d…

Manninger, Alisson, Philippe sold: A tale of the Liverpool transfer window.

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Beautiful South anyone? 

The Yorkshire band may have a point in the lyrics of Song for Whoever... "I forget your name." That phrase could easily be applied to several mind-boggling Liverpool transfers of the recent past, but not this year!

Gone are the days where the Reds would offer a short-term contract to an ageing Austrian goalkeeper (Manninger). In are the days where Liverpool break the world record transfer fee for a goalkeeper (Alisson) and in are the days where L4 completes shrewd business allowing star players to leave but for a considerable profit (Philippe Coutinho).

It wasn't that long ago when Kopites up and down the country were sat in front of the blinding Sky Sports yellow ticker tape, reading the breaking news that the Reds had spent £35 million on Andy Carroll.

In recent years, transfer windows for Liverpool fans have been something to fear, not look forward to. A sense of panic would always arise leading to inflated prices, the purchase of players in posit…

Kop Art

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So the folks over at Art of Football were kind enough to send me a couple of prints to review and I'm chuffed to pieces with what came through the post last week.
Everybody has one of those moments in football that they will never forget and for many a Liverpool fan from a certain era, that moment came on a May evening in 2005. The Champions League in Istanbul is by far the most iconic moment of my time so far as a Liverpool fan, we've had our moments in other cups and there's even been a title run under Brendan Rodgers but nothing comes close to the victory that Rafa Benitez miraculously steered his side to in Europe.
These prints capture the excitement and the nerves of that night with great simplicity. 

Captain Fantastic

One Night In Istanbul
The prints come beautifully presented, are reasonably priced and would make a wonderful gift for any football fan in your life. I'm already considering getting the fella one of his idol Steve Bull haha.
Need to get myself some nice f…

Liverpool FC 2014/2015 Season Review

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Month by month, if you seriously want to relive it, here is the season review.

*All images in this post are taken from www.guardian.com*

August


After finishing second in the league at the end of the 2013/2014 season but also losing their star striker Luis Suarez, it was always going to be an interesting season for Liverpool. The Reds appeared to get off to a good start in August as they managed to collect wins over both Southampton and Spurs.

A late goal from Daniel Sturridge sealed all three points against Ronald Koeman's side whilst goals from Sterling, Gerrard and Moreno secured the win against Spurs.

A 3-2 loss to Man City was difficult to take however Liverpool have often struggled at the Etihad. Brendan Rodgers took his side into September with optimism.

In the news...
- British actor Richard Attenbrough dies at the age of 90.
- Cristiano Ronaldo wins the UEFA Best Player In Europe award.
- Barack Obama orders an independent inquiry into the shooting of Michael Brown.

September


Stoke Put Six Past Liverpool

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Liverpool fell to an embarrassing defeat on Sunday as Stoke utterly demolished the Reds on the last day of the season. It wasn’t a pleasant sight seeing Steven Gerrard lose his last game in a Liverpool shirt but thank god the captain managed to find a consolation goal.

Prior to kick off and before we’d seen the starting XI I was pretty convinced we were going to lose this game and so it was no real surprise that we failed to take any points from the game. What was surprising was the manner in which we lost the game. We were a shambles at the back and we had no striker on, not even Raheem Sterling was playing as a forged striker today because he’d been a naughty boy and had to simmer on the bench.

To be honest I’m not sure how I felt about leaving Sterling on the bench. Part of me thought we should teach him a lesson but the other part of me realised that we needed him on the pitch in order to have any real hope of winning the game.

Watching the game live, it felt as though we had cru…

MATCH PREVIEW: Stoke V Liverpool

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In a week that Raheem Sterling's agent decided to call Jamie Carragher "a knob" I fear this match preview may be pretty pointless. As we spiral into an ever expanding transfer saga with one of our most talented yet egotistical players I seriously wish I could just skip the endless weeks of rumours ahead.

As we stand, Aidy Ward is saying Sterling will not sign, even for a billion quid a week or some bollocks. In the meantime, Brendan Rodgers is adamant that Sterling will see out his contract, either way it's going to be a crap situation for the club to be in. He leaves? We're all pissed off about the manner in which he has left and the real possibility of him playing for a rival team. He stays? We're pissed off because he's been a bit of an arsehole and he seems incapable of mending the wounds he has created.

I'm sick of it all to be honest, he's not even that good a player. He's clearly brimming with potential but he only flourishes when he h…

Not Quite The Perfect Ending

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It wasn't quite the fairy-tale ending that Steven Gerrard would have dreamt of at Anfield on Saturday evening but the Liverpool captain was given an overwhelming reception from his supporters, his team mates, opposition fans and admirers all over the world. It was an emotional day for the captain but unfortunately the Reds couldn't pick up a win to complete the number eight's last performance in front of the Kop.

It was a poor performance from Liverpool who began the game under building pressure from Crystal Palace. For the first 15 minutes or so the Reds had some decent bouts of possession but they were failing to create anything meaningful with it.

Crystal Palace on the other hand were looking more and more dangerous with Bolasie at the head of their attacks. At 25 minutes though against the run of play, Liverpool had found the back of the net thanks to Adam Lallana. Lallana remained strong in the build up and for me it looked like he'd taken the ball too far howeve…

Steven Gerrard: A Career In Number Ones

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Seventeen years Steven Gerrard has been at Liverpool Football Club. Why not take a look at some of the number ones from that era? (Warning: Some of them are absolutely terrible haha!)

Debut 1998



Season Start 1999



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League Cup Win 2001



FA Cup Win 2001 and UEFA Cup Win 2001



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League Cup Win 2003



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Olympiakos Goal 2004



Champions League Win 2005



Season Start 2005



FA Cup Win 2006



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League Cup Win 2012



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Season Start 2013



Season Start 2014



Last Ever Appearance At Anfield



I couldn't leave this one out could I?

Oh You Beauty

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Steven Gerrard.

The mere completion of his name generates countless memories, moments of sheer genius and warrior like fight as he stood as captain of the football club he idolised so much.

A legend. A talisman. A hero.
A dreamer. A captain. A leader.
A WINNER.


Steven Gerrard has remained a Liverpool player for 17 years and 708 games (710 hopefully). I'd just turned nine years old when Gerrard made his debut against Blackburn Rovers and whilst I can't claim to fully remember his cheeky face and slim frame, I was beginning to find my love for football. Little did I know I was watching a man I'd love more than football itself, a man who I would grow up with.

There aren't many footballers in the world that can have such an effect on a fans' life. Players come and go for millions of pounds, you don't relate to that, it's unfortunately the norm. Gerrard however is the diamond in the rough, he's just a regular person like you or me. He chased his dream and m…

Gerrard Scores In Chelsea Draw

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Liverpool managed to pick up a draw at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon in what would have ordinarily been a good result. The Reds though needed a win to stand any real chance of sneaking back into the top four and the one point just won’t be good enough for Brendan Rodgers’ men.

There was no start for Mario Balotelli in this game, despite the fact he was fit. Instead Rodgers opted to play Rickie Lambert up front with Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling in support.

The game got off to a bad start for Liverpool when Chelsea managed to find the back of the net before the game was even five minutes old. It was a defensive mess from Liverpool who allowed John Terry to score but I still found myself wondering why Rickie Lambert was marking one of the most serious aerial threats? It’s a daft policy in my book! It happened recently with Mario Balotelli, I can’t remember the exact game (memory like a sieve) but he was deffo marking a strong header of the ball.

Of course pl…

Captain Fantastic Heads Home The Winner

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I must admit when I sat down to watch us play QPR on Saturday afternoon, I wasn't expecting it to be the most exciting sporting moment of the day. However after watching a relatively dull "fight of the century" in a snorefest atmosphere last night, having stayed up for close to 22 hours for the privilege... It was rather nice to celebrate an emphatic Steven Gerrard winning header!

I would just like to take this opportunity to pay my respects to Rio Ferdinand and his family. Rio's wife sadly passed away after a short battle with breast cancer. Both teams wore black armbands.

The game started with a pathetic fly over banner from the extreme "Rodgers Out" brigade. Whilst I'm not personally Rodgers' biggest fan at present, not by any stretch of the imagination I do find it embarrassing that some Liverpool fans (allegedly) have gone to the extent of paying for a plane to fly the message "Rodgers Out, Rafa In". I love Rafa too, but lets get rea…

Liverpool Out Of FA Cup

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Liverpool fell to a heartbreaking FA Cup semi-final defeat at Wembley on Sunday afternoon as Aston Villa secured a fully deserved place in the final against Arsenal. The Reds were extremely poor in a game where Villa shone and showed real determination and desire.

The Reds looked lacklustre from the off and were struggling to make any promising moves as Villa zipped the ball around the pitch with ease. Liverpool who perhaps took their opposition for granted took ages on the ball and failed to penetrate the Villa defence with any real threat until scoring at the 30 minute mark.

It was a goal the Reds desperately needed as things began to look more and more difficult for Brendan Rodgers’ side in a game that really they should have had under control. The goal saw a link between Sterling and Coutinho, the latter  netting from inside the box after a deflection from the Villa defence. It was elation for Liverpool as they had finally sprung into action.

As predicted though, it wasn’t long b…

MATCH PREVIEW: FA Cup Semi-Final

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Wem-ber-leeeeey, Wem-ber-leeeey! We're the famous Liverpool and we're going to Wembely, Wem-ber-leeeeey... oh soz! It's match preview time innit? I do apologise only I've been MEGA excited for this match and it's all sort of bubbling over now. At 3pm tomorrow the Reds will line up at Wembley to face Aston Villa in the FA Cup semi-final. In a season that appears to be ending with the Reds just missing out on the top four (not set in stone yet) there is a hell of a lot riding on this game.

Injurires for Liverpool mean they are almost certainly going to be without striker Daniel Sturridge who has a hip problem. Also unavailable for the Reds is Mamadou Sakho whilst Adam Lallana will be subjected to a late fitness test. It is presumed that Mario Balotelli will return after a period of illness and positively both Steven Gerrard and Martin Skrtel are back from serving suspensions.
For Aston Villa, boss Tim Sherwood has quite a substantial injury list to deal with. The li…

MATCH PREVIEW: Blackburn V Liverpool

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Liverpool travel to Blackburn on Wednesday evening as they aim to secure a place in the semi finals of the FA Cup. The Reds are still attempting to recover after a disastrous defeat to Arsenal at the weekend and with rumours of dressing room bust ups also doing the rounds, it is vital that Liverpool are focused on Wednesday in what realistically is their last hope of any glory this season.

Injuries for the Reds mean they are still without Jordan Ibe whilst Mario Balotelli will be subject to a late fitness test. Brendan Rodgers will however be unable to call upon Steven Gerrard, Emre Can and Martin Skrtel who are all serving bans.

For Blackburn they are unable to field Jay Spearing who is cup tied, whilst doubts are hanging over the likes of Gestede, Hanly, Conway, King and Dunn.

Cast your minds back to early March and you will remember the first leg of this quarter final tie. The game at Anfield ended 0-0 leaving Liverpool with a trip to Ewood Park. Blackburn have the goalscoring tal…

MATCH PREVIEW: Arsenal V Liverpool

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I'm back! Don't pretend not to be well excited...

You may have missed my blog posts here on The Liver Bird over the past couple of weeks, you may have not been arsed but I can assure you it feels bloody good to be back blogging and off we go with an Arsenal match preview! (P.s. I'm so glad I didn't have to write a report for that United game, 6am I was up to watch that... unbelievable!)

The Reds currently find themselves 5th in the table on 54 points after losing their first league game in 14 against Manchester United on 22nd March. It was a big blow for Liverpool who could have leap frogged van Gaal's side if they had collected all three points. Arsenal are sitting in third on 60 points having won their last six fixtures in the league.

Injuries for Liverpool have improved somewhat over recent weeks however the game may come too soon for Daniel Sturridge whilst Adam Lallana is also unavailable. The real problem for the Reds is the fact that both Steven Gerrard and…

MATCH PREVIEW: Southampton V Liverpool

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Liverpool travel down south on Sunday as they aim to pick up another win in the Premier League away at Southampton. The Reds are currently on a brilliant run of form and have also picked up wins in the Europa League and the FA Cup recently. Can Brendan Rodgers get the better of Ronald Koeman though?

Injury news for Liverpool mean they are still unable to call upon captain Steven Gerrard who will be out for a while longer. Raheem Sterling though is expected to start after getting some game time against Besiktas.

For Southampton they are looking relatively strong as Ronald Koeman expects to see the return of Shane Long, Morgan Schneiderlin and Matt Targett.

Form wise Southampton are also in pretty good shape. They have only lost one in their last nine and that came against Swansea. Their last fixture in the league saw them draw 0-0 with West Ham. They have scored four goals in their last five league games.

For Liverpool they are unbeaten in their last nine. …