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LIVER BIRD – Is This Liverpool’s Biggest Game In 24 Years?

I’m back from Budapest and bringing you what hopefully will turn out to be an iconic match preview in the build up to a game that is easily the most important one in my lifetime as a Liverpool fan when concerning the league. The Reds prepare to face the might of Manchester City on Sunday whilst also assembling a fitting memorial to the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives at Hillsborough as we near the 25th anniversary of that fateful day.Every game in England will kick of 7 minutes late this weekend with Liverpool’s tie starting at 13:37. There will also be a special display using scarves donated from a variety of clubs and fans to remember the 96 and a mosaic will also be presented by the fans before kick off.Injuries for Liverpool leave them without Jose Enrique, the positive news though is that Daniel Agger is available again, Rodgers will have to decide whether to bring him back into the starting line up. Annoyingly for Liverpool, Man City’s injury worries appear to have been improved at exactly the right time. A knock for Yaya Toure is no longer deemed a problem and Sergio Aguero is also back in the team. The only player Pellegrini is unable to call upon is Nastasic.Liverpool are currently sitting top of the pile on 74 points. The Reds have not lost a game since 29th December and have won their last nine in the league. Manchester City currently find themselves third in the league beneath Chelsea on 70 points. City though have two games in hand thus adding the stratospheric importance to this game for Liverpool. If we manage to beat Pellegrini’s side, the title is well and truly in our own hands. City have won five out of their last six games and their last loss came at the hands of Chelsea.The last time the two sides met was in December last year. Liverpool played very well at the Etihad and most fans will find themselves recalling the ridiculous offside decision given against Raheem Sterling. City won the game 2-1 but Brendan’s side showed real promise in the game.The three meetings prior to this have all ended 2-2 with two games in the league and one in the Carling Cup. Manchester City may be a powerhouse now but they have not won a game at Anfield since May 2003. Milan Baros was on the score sheet that day in the 2-1 City win.Stat SandwichThe Reds have won all four of their home meetings with members of the top seven clubs, scoring 14 goals in the process.City have not lost in their last 10 away league matches.Liverpool have failed to score in only two of their league games this season.I asked you for your score predictions for this one and here are a few of the tweets I received, it appears some people are getting a bit carried away! Haha.I must admit I’m still not feeling nervous for this one I’m just stupidly excited, I’m sure the nerves will kick in tomorrow morning though but I still do honestly feel as though we can beat them. I also think there will be goals in this game hence why I’m going to pop a quid on 3-2 to Liverpool and also probably Martin Skrtel anytime.Whatever happens tomorrow it’s not all over, anything can happen and whilst it would be a massive blow we have to keep doing what we are doing and play to the end. But here’s hoping that tomorrow we will all be going absolutely ape shit knowing we’ve just battered Man City and are sitting top of the league with the title in our hands!Enjoy the match folks, it’s set to be a stunner!Like “The Liver Bird” on Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheLiverBirdsBlog

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LIVER BIRD – Reds Aim To Hammer Home Their Title Credentials

Liverpool make the trip down south on Sunday afternoon as they prepare to face Sam Allardyce’s West Ham side. With the Reds sitting proudly on their perch, an away game against a side that can cause problems is a daunting task for Liverpool and as Brendan Rodgers has said many times we must take each game as it comes. The title is in our hands but we must win, continuously.Injuries for Liverpool are pretty much none existent with just Jose Enrique still missing. For West Ham, they are without the likes of McCartney and Collins. They also have a problem with front man Nolan who has suffered a back injury recently.Just in case you didn’t know, Liverpool currently find themselves top of the soddin league! On a very nice 71 points and with a plethora of goals the Reds must feel confident going into this game. West Ham find themselves 11th in the league currently on 37 points. Big Sam may not be famed for sexy football, sexy anything for that matter but he seems to have pleased the West Ham fan base in hopefully securing them another season in the Premier League.Liverpool have won all of their last six fixtures in the league whilst West Ham have won three and lost three and have conceded in every game.The last time the two sides met was in December last year. Liverpool won the game 4-1 with Suarez getting a brace on the day. Liverpool’s last trip to Upton Park was in December 2012, the game was a close one with a Gerrard own goal putting us behind in the game. Joe Cole found us an equaliser though and a winner from Jonjo Shelvey sealed the deal. The game ended 3-2.West Ham have picked up wins in recent times on their turf against the Reds though winning 3-1 in February 2011 and 1-0 in January 2008.Stat SandwichGlen Johnson has scored against West Ham in three of his last five games in this fixture.West Ham have had 20 shots from opposition hit the woodwork at Upton Park this season.60% of Liverpool’s goals have been scored in the first half this season.I’ve said this several times possibly on here and definitely on my Twitter, I’m finding myself really nervous for the smaller (no offence) clubs compared to the bigger ones. The perfect example for me was the Spurs game, I was nervous (of course I was considering what is at stake here!) however I was nowhere near as bad as I was before the Sunderland game.For me the likes of Chelsea and City simply have to open up and come at us which in my opinion suits us perfectly especially at Anfield, we’ll simply catch you on the break and score more goals that you. Teams like West Ham and Sunderland though? They’re gonna park the bus and make it extremely hard for us to break through and whilst I have confidence we will somehow find a way and grab a goal I still get mega nervous for these games!It makes it worse this weekend as I’m off on a city break to Budapest and my flight takes off the minute we kick off! It’s gonna be absolute agony.Nevertheless I am hoping and praying that Liverpool don’t slip up and I’ll go for a 2-0 win. Apologies for not asking you all for your score predictions this week, I didn’t know which day I would be doing this preview and so I never got chance to ask but feel free to drop me a tweet with your predictions anyway!Enjoy the match folks, wherever you are watching!P.s. don’t forget the match report for this game will be missing from the blog, normal service resumed for the City game!!Like “The Liver Bird” on Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheLiverBirdsBlog

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