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Blackburn? Ronaldinho?! What? He Best Not Fly In Tomorrow.

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If the poultry farmers pull this off then fair play!...
Liverpool travel to Blackburn tomorrow who after the shock sacking of Sam Allardyce have been left with Steve Kean in the meantime. Blackburn are currently in 12th place on 25 points after 21 games whereas Liverpool are in 9th place with the same points and two games in hand.
Blackburn were always described as a tough physical side but perhaps that was due to the influence from Sam Allardyce, although Steve Kean appears to have followed in Big Sam's footsteps, Blackburn just seem more like the team they should be when you rip away the manager. Blackburn are one of those sides for me that always seem to be made out that they are tough to beat, that you should be weary when really, if you're playing good football, you shouldn't.
In fact, as wrong as it is to say, all you have to do to beat Blackburn is encourage Diouf into the box with Torres and wait until he gets frustrated with his quick feet then Bob's yer Uncle, p…

Liverpool Crash Out Of FA Cup

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I asked in my last blog post whether Liverpool could mount a serious challenge in the FA Cup, the answer?
A resounding no.
Even if that fluky own goal from Bertrand was what allowed us to scrape through, i still wouldn't have felt confident even against Burnley on the basis of that performance.
Very disappointed and it truly does feel like a new low at this moment in time, this loss is not like any other from the rest of the season, this one feels like a turning point.
Question is, what will be the change? Because all i know is the lads need a massive boost. Soon.
The starting 11 was again a very strong one put out by Rafa, who realised the importance of progress through the competition. With the only exception perhaps being Cavalieri in goal and Degen starting due to Johnson still being out, it was a full force team from the boss.
Even with the majority of our key players on the pitch, the spark was never there. Reading appeared comfortable for the majority of the first half and it was…

Bad Performance, Bad Result And A Bad Reaction From Some Fans

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I'm afraid this match report is going to probably appear very negative and low, even being one of the most optimistic fans myself, i struggled dearly to find any real positives from Saturday's clash at Fratton Park. It was quite possibly the worst i have ever seen us play but despite this, i still refuse to jump on a band wagon filled with mostly a deluded fan who is following other peoples train of thought just because at the time, it seemed correct.

We all know the situation with Benitez and we all know as fans that there will always be a difference of opinion but time after time after time there is ALWAYS a select few who bash the manager after a poor result, no real reason or points, they just cause a knee jerk reaction, this then snowballs and many fans who do not take time to think are switched inadvertently to the "Rafa out" way of thinking.

Now don't get me wrong, i have no problem with a fan that can wholeheartedly explain in a calm manner why they do not …

A Long Needed 3 Points

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Liverpool beat Martinez's Wigan yesterday at Anfield and secured a much needed win. The boys managed to put two past ex Liverpool keeper Chris Kirkland although it was still some of the same old story after the lads conceded another very late goal which sort of put a spoil on what could have been a better result.
Nevertheless, despite the performance and the late goal Liverpool got those crucial 3 points and after Man City dropped points themselves we are now in a safer looking 6th and closing the gap.
A very fitting result for the lads on the night that Liverpool celebrated the great man that is Bill Shankly, legends such as Ian St.John, Keegan and good old Rushy were all present for the North West clash and The Kop End portrayed a massive mosaic all part of the great show put on in memory of one of the best Manger's ever to grace football.
Liverpool got off to a great start after getting an early goal via David N'Gog, a glancing header saw the ball home and we were in fron…

Martinez's Lactics Travel To Anfield

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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…

A Game Of Two Halves

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Arsenal repeated a bit of history yesterday as it was the first time since 2003 that Liverpool had lost a game at Anfield after taking the lead. Arsenal were the team responsible in '03 and here they are 6 years later at it again.

It was a very clear cut game straight down the middle, we saw one Liverpool the first half and another one the second. Again you could argue luck was not on our side, the referee made some bad decisions and many other things but I'm not really one for excuses this time out.

Liverpool started brilliantly, with the re-ignition of the Gerrard and Torres partnership it wasn't long before the pair were back to old tricks. Most notably the brilliant link up when Gerrard finds himself in space on a great run Fernando Torres has already set off, awaiting that perfect ball through. Gerrard waits and waits until he places the perfect pass to the feet of the number 9, in a position we've seen him score from so many times before, his attempt to bend it ro…

Liverpool 2 Manchester United 0 ... Crisis?

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So with the whole of the footballing world who wasn't related to Liverpool FC & even some of our own kopites looking at this fixture and just praying that the defeat was not a humiliation it appeared that the result was written out in permanent ink before the game had even started.

Liverpool were going through a big dip in form, no players had particularly been up to scratch lately and the world had turned it's attention to Rafael Benitez. Somehow he was solely to blame, the talk of the boss having no job by Monday morning was transforming from a snowball into an avalanche. The pressure was on, on Rafa, on the players, on Liverpool FC.

Even the most optimistic fan like myself would have sat down at Anfield, in the pub, or in front of Richard Keys in their living room this afternoon thinking realistically if we don't go out and do this, our season could be over in October.

With nerves on end and excitement bubbling the news that Steven Gerrard would not make the bench only…

Match Preview - Chelsea V Liverpool

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It's time to gather the stats together again, head to head, goals scored, last time out etc etc. Chelsea as we all know are going to be without the suspended Petr Cech for Sunday's match and it is most likely that Hilario will start in his place. In terms of other restrictions the Blues only have Alex and Mikel as doubts. Liverpool have Aquilani out (still sorting out this ankle injury) and with Mascherano having a hamstring problem he is not an option along with Daniel Agger who is still unavailable.

Torres is the best goal threat from both teams, two goals in front of DidhishairDrogba. Fernando Torres also goes into this game on the hunt to claim the credit of reaching 50 goals quicker than anyone in the clubs history.He needs 4 goals in a massive 15 games, how's about that for an incentive?

Chelsea have not managed to get on the score card in the past three league matches with Liverpool which some may find quite surprising. Chelsea go into this match on the back of a leag…

Liverpool 6 Hull 1

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A brilliant display from the Red's this afternoon with the highlight being on the hat-trick hero Fernando Torres. Steven Gerrard also was back onto the score sheet and super sub Ryan Babel made an impressive impact with two goals after coming off the bench. Hull's only offer was an equalizer from Geovanni which didn't last long.

The Red's got on with the job in hand fairly early into the first half with Torres setting off the scoring just after the ten minute mark, he picked up a lovely cross from Riera on the left wing and swiftly side stepped Sonko with ease, once the space was created he slotted the ball home. Just 5 minutes later and were in the same situation we have been in several times within our last few premier league fixtures and we had lost the lead already. A somewhat clumsy header from Martin Skrtel is headed into the path of Geovanni who takes full advantage and the ball flies into the net. 1-1.
At this still early stage i find myself bewildered, why is th…

Liverpool 3 West Ham 2

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An action packed tea-time down at Upton Park this evening and a concerning one nonetheless, okay so the crucial 3 points are bagged and for now that's all that matters but i couldn't help but focus on some of the flaws in today's game.

Benitez fielded a team with only one change, Mascherano in for Riera and had pushed Yossi further up field to create a 4-2-3-1 formation. Two minutes into play our first defensive mistake, Jamie Carragher a man usually known for his reliability is left day-dreaming, far too slow in reacting and as a result we are robbed of possession via a certain Hines who later turns out to have a great match for the home side. Nobody is perfect but Carragher really had no excuses this time.

Ten minutes in and Liverpool have themselves a penalty claim only to be shunned by the referee who disagreed that a cross whipped in from Torres appeared to hit the arm of a West Ham player. Shortly after a lively Fernando Torres with a brilliant solo effort leaves the e…

Re-Writing The History Books ... Again

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Fernando Torres this morning has made it clear that he is not satisfied with his record breaking debut season last year with his collection of a massive 33 goals.

Speaking to http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/ the number 9 went on to say: "My first season does not matter now, I want this one to be better than that was. Three goals in six games is not bad, but I want more."

I think it is absolutely brilliant that we have a striker that is not content with 33 goals a season and that 1 goal every 2 games is also not enough. When you have a striker that hungry for goals it's easy to predict the outcome.

If Fernando can just keep himself fit this season and keep training, who knows what his overall goal tally will be. Predictions anyone?

In other news this morning, Liverpool Reserves beat Manchester United Reserves 1-0. N'Gog scoring very early in the game sealed the victory. Liverpool struggled to keep hold of their 1-0 lead after Plessis was sent off ten minutes before half time fo…