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Wolves 2 Liverpool 1: My Nightmare In The North Bank

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Well, it's the morning after the night before as I type this and I'm still not quite sure why I voluntarily put myself through that match sat in the home end...
As you all know by now I'm surrounded by Wolves fans in my life so for a laugh and to ensure I took a chance to see us in the flesh (I don't get to go to matches very often) I figured I'd sit in the north bank with me fella and me brother. What an ordeal that was. 
When the team sheets came out it was clear that Nuno had decided to go for it with Wolves after he named a very strong XI with perhaps the keeper Ruddy being the main notable change. Liverpool, on the other hand, had started a very weakened team but even with the changes, I was looking at names like Shaqiri and Sturridge thinking yeah, we have enough to cause concern here against a strong Wolves side.
That isn't how it panned out though. The game started badly for the Reds as Lovren had to be subbed off after just six minutes with an injury, thi…

FA CUP: Wolverhampton Wanderers V Liverpool

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For those of you who are regulars on the blog or on my Twitter feed, you will know that this fixture is a special one. I'm a Liverpool fan from Wolverhampton and tomorrow I'll be sat in the North Bank with me fella and me brother trying desperately not to celebrate if we find the net haha.

I'd usually say "when" we find the net but to be honest, I have no idea what XI Klopp will choose and I don't really care I'm just excited to see us in the flesh as it's not something I get to do very often. I was supposed to go to the league match at Molineux but it clashed with our work's Christmas do that I was helping to organise. I was so pleased when we pulled Wolves out the hat!

Regulars will also remember that I worked at Molineux as a betting cashier for several years and I haven't really been back since I stopped taking bets in 2016.

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed in press conferences this week that two names definitely on the team sheet will be Simon Mig…

REPORT: Wolves 0 Liverpool 2

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Top at Christmas, best present ever. Thankfully I did not have to deal with a festive period stuffed with jokes from my Wolves supporting fella, family and friends, I seriously do not think I would have coped. To be fair to Wolves though, they didn't do too badly at all but they just couldn't quite cope with Jurgen Klopp's side.

Wolves have taken points off Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea so far this season making it feasible that they might cause issues for the Reds. I put on a confident front but I genuinely did have concerns about this match and if Wolves had made the most of their own chances the result could have been very different.

It was Liverpool though who opened the scoring with a lovely goal from Mo Salah. The Egyptian took the original free kick which found its way over to the right side of the pitch where Fabinho and Mane played a wonderful one-two. Fabinho then fizzed a ball into the box for the encroaching Salah who flicked the ball in…

PREVIEW: Wolves V Liverpool

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Liverpool travel to Wolverhampton on Friday evening, my hometown and a place I love dearly. As a kid growing up, my brother was mad on the Reds so my football allegiance was aligned early to the lads from L4 but with a fella, family and friends supporting the boys in gold I always want them to do well, apart from tomorrow that is. 
After all we've been through this season, still top of the league and still unbeaten, I don't think I could take it if them Wolves lot managed to beat us. The scary thing is, they are fully capable. Wolves have had a brilliant start to the season and while they've struggled against sides like Huddersfield, they have absolutely thrived against the likes of Man City and Chelsea. 
I think a lot of neutrals weren't sure what to expect from the Midlands side when they got promoted. I remember having a debate with several fans on Twitter first day of the season as some were calling Nuno's side a one-man team after a 2-2 draw with Everton. I was …

Hungry Like The Wolves

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So, yesterday was perhaps one of the worst matches I have ever had the misfortune to watch as a Liverpool fan, a Liverpool fan who hails from Wolverhampton. For those of you not following my Twitter updates throughout the day, this post should give you an idea of how I was feeling from kick off to the final whistle.

I arrived in the pub about an hour and a half before kick off, sat square in front of the big screen with my Liverpool shirt on I was soon joined my my fella, my brother and my brother's best mate, all in Wolves shirts. Full English downed and smiley pre-match photograph taken, I was feeling relatively positive prior to kick off.

After seeing that Jurgen Klopp had chosen to start Firmino, Wijnaldum and Origi I was pleasantly surprised. I expected it to be an even weaker side than the XI he chose to start. What I didn't expect was us to be in dire need of the likes of Coutinho and Sturridge within 45 minutes.

Wolves scored before the first minute of the game had even p…

Yam Yam Reds Fan

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It's not often that your home town team, a team that is supported by your fella and the majority of your family and friends is picked out of the hat to face your own club at Anfield in the FA Cup, but that's exactly what happened earlier this month. 
Sat down watching the draw with the fella (knowing of course we still had to beat Plymouth to get through) we were both praying for a Liverpool V Wolves fixture. You don't ACTUALLY think it's gonna happen though, when ball number 22 came out Rich knew it was Wolves and I practically kicked him off the bed in sheer excitement. Unbelievable. "We've got to go!!!" , "We've got to go!!!" I shouted. 
Unfortunately, despite my brother and his mate's best efforts they couldn't get tickets. Wolves sold out their 8,000+ allocation before it even went to a members sale. So, Plan B it was. 
Plan B means me sitting in my favourite pub in Wolverhampton centre where I watch most of our matches. The downsi…

Reds Put 3 Past Lacklustre Wolves

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Liverpool put three past a lacklustre Wolves side yesterday at a freezing cold Molineux. Andy Carroll got himself on the score sheet whilst Wolves struggled to find a goalscorer at all. The win moved Liverpool into 5th in the table.

Wolves had less worries than originally thought injury wise as Frimpong ended up being able to start in midfield for McCarthy's side. As for Liverpool there was one very big name missing - Steven Gerrard.

I got given the team sheet in the boardroom and must admit was happy with the line up. I was chuffed to see Bellamy starting and perhaps it's quite bad to say, but i wasn't really bothered that Downing only made the bench. He just hasn't been impressing me of late. Kuyt and Carroll up front was also a positive for me, i felt that partnership worked well against United.

I missed the first ten minutes or so of the match as i had to cash up. Wasn't all bad though as Maxi Rodriguez had to squeeze past me in the boardroom to get out to his…

Reds Look For Win At Molineux

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Liverpool travel to my hometown of Wolverhampton on Tuesday night as they prepare to face Wolves in the Premier League. Liverpool are on a massive high after knocking both Manchester City and Manchester United out of the League and FA Cup, but can the Reds compose themselves in exactly the sort of fixture that has caused them to stumble in the league?

Liverpool don't have any new injury worries and with Craig Bellamy only featuring in the United game, it is probable the Welshman may start. There were rumours going around from The Times newspaper that Steven Gerrard picked up an injury but I'm not certain how true those rumours are as i haven't read anything else on the matter.

For Wolves, they're in a bit of trouble, especially in midfield. Karl Henry is serving a one match suspension and so misses out and injured are O'Hara and Frimpong. The on loan Arsenal player had an immediate impact in the Wolves side so they will be looking for somebody to step up against L…

Liverpool See Off Wolves

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Liverpool put two past a gallant Wolves side yesterday in an entertaining fixture for the Reds. The first half was pretty much one way traffic but second half substitutions from Mick McCarthy allowed Wolves to get back into the game with a goal from Steven Fletcher.

Liverpool opened the scoring with a little dash of magic from lady luck. Charlie Adam saw his chance to have a pop at goal and struck with power, the attempt looked as if it was going wide but Wolves captain Roger Johnson made the decision to stick his head on it and put the ball past Hennessey and into his own net.

It was almost laughable because nobody could see why Johnson put his head in the way, whether it was because he didn't have time to think i don't know but it was a bad mistake from the defender.

Some controversy in the build up to the goal too meant Johnson had words with referee Kevin Friend. Whilst watching live i personally think Johnson went down like a sack of spuds and to me the push was more of …

Will Gerrard Start Against Wolves?

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Liverpool face Wolverhampton Wanderers tomorrow at Anfield as they look to get back to winning ways in the Premier League. Putting the win over Brighton aside, the Reds have hit a bit of bad form of late, losing to both Stoke and Tottenham on the trot.

Wolves aren't having the best run either, they too were winners in their league cup tie against Millwall but a defeat at the hands of Queens Park Rangers at home and a loss to Tottenham too mean they are also looking to get some points on the board.

As you should all know by now, Wolves are probably the team i know the most about aside from obviously the boys in red. Living in Wolverhampton has it's upsides i suppose and cutting down research before blog posts is one of them!

Steven Fletcher did not feature against Millwall for Wolves but it is believed he may be available to start tomorrow. From the Wanderers' point of view this would be a massive bonus as Ebanks - Blake is still injured and Kevin Doyle has been rather dir…

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…

Dalglish Takes Reds To Molineux In Search Of First Win

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Wolves celebrate after scoring the winner at Anfield...
It's the big one for me tomorrow! It's the one day each season i am guaranteed to see the lads play because i work at Molineux, might have to sit in with the Wolves fans but i can't complain! Super excited because i haven't seen Torres play before so well up for that, also hoping to see Carragher and Gerrard go through the boardroom. Literally bubbling with anticipation here!

For everyone else of course the main point of tomorrow is to finally get King Kenny off the mark and earn a well needed 3 points. How can we forget Wolves beating us fair and square at Anfield? I'm sure they will be confident coming into this fixture.

New signing Adam Hammill could also feature in McCarthy's line up tomorrow, no doubt the ex Liverpool man will relish the chance to face the Reds.

Wolves are without George Elokobi who got a red card for being knocked unconscious recently haha. Doubtful is Edwards who has a hamstring prob…

Hungry Wolves Make A Meal Of Liverpool

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He looks down himself, please stop dragging us with you!...
Folks, i apologise in advance for the nature of this post, it's rant driven and probably more of a moan than an analysis but i can't be blamed after that performance last night!
As you will know if you follow me on Twitter i went into town (Wolverhampton) to watch the match with a few mates and me fella (Wolves fan). The Litten Tree in town is always a top atmosphere to watch matches in but this wasn't going to be like when i go to watch Liverpool v Manchester United and both sets of fans have roughly equal amounts, oh no.
I think i heard/noticed a few Liverpool fans but i'd take a punt at the pub being 98% gold and black, certainly all the people around the area where we were standing up were all following the home side. So that sets the kind of scene i was in for you.
First shock of the night was Roy's chosen line up. Admittedly i wasn't too worried at first with Kuyt on the left and Meireles on the righ…