Image via:’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 Martin Skrtel start their three match bans on Saturday. Skrtel in particular will be a huge loss for Liverpool as Brendan Rodgers aims to forge an unfamiliar back three once again.For Arsenal they have a few injury woes as Diaby, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Debuchy and Arteta are all unavailable. There is also a doubt hanging over Danny Welbeck who will be subject to a late fitness test prior to the game.The last time the two sides met was in December last year. In a game that ended 2-2, Liverpool lost Fabio Borini in the 90th minute after he received a red card. I remember this game particularly well because I’d had a punt on Skrtel last goalscorer on his own and also a quid on the 2-2 scoreline. When Skrtel netted in the 90th minute I went mental! Haha.At the Emirates, things become tricky for the Reds who have failed to win there in the majority of their recent visits. They did however collect all three points in August 2011 after an Aaron Ramsey own goal and a Suarez effort.Stat SandwichIf Liverpool can keep a clean sheet on Saturday they will set a club record of seven consecutive away clean sheets in the league.Arsenal have found the back of the net in every one of their 22 league and cup matches at home so far this season.The Reds have picked up 26 points in 2015, only Arsenal have picked up more (27).I don’t mean to bring the mood down but I’m not holding out much hope for a win tomorrow. We may be able to nab a score draw but I just can’t see us collecting all three points on Saturday. With the missing Skrtel and also potentially a missing Daniel Sturridge I think Liverpool may struggle both in attack and defence at the Emirates.Arsenal play some very nice football and as proven in the meat of the stat sandwich above, they know how to find the back of the net. Of course Liverpool can rely on their brilliant clean sheet record and here’s hoping we can pull off another one but at present it feels like a very difficult task.I will almost certainly be having a few bets tomorrow so follow me on Twitter to see where my money goes –¬†@LFCKirstyLFCIn the meantime however be sure to follow my new venture¬†@PuntCheeky. It’s just a simple Tumblr blog where I will be posting betting previews for random football games. A betting preview for the Arsenal V Liverpool game will be available later this evening over on the Punt Cheeky Blog.Retweets/shares and follows are very much appreciated as I try to get this blog off the ground and see where it takes me!Enjoy the match folks! Wherever you are watching.Like “The Liver Bird” on Facebook –

Liver Bird: Football Blogging Awards – Short List Announced

The Liver Bird is in the running for best female football blog and it’s all thanks to you lot! Image: The Football Blogging Awards released the list of nominees in each category last night and The Liver Bird is in the female short list along with some other great blogs! You can see the list of nominees here. I can’t thank you enough for voting for the blog and your support means the world. It would be lovely to be rewarded for doing something I love and being on the short list is just fantastic! The awards will be held in Greater Manchester on July 14th and that is when all of the winners will be announced. It looks like a brilliant event and I think they are planning on streaming it live so I will be sure to keep you posted on how you can follow it via Twitter updates. Thank you once again! #YNWA Kirsty

Liver Bird: Vote For The Liver Bird As Best Female Footy Blog

Folks, as you may well have noticed from my tweets and updates on the Facebook page, I’ve entered the “Football Blogging Awards”. They have 10 categories and The Liver Bird is up for best female football blog. There are some top candidates in that section and there are lasses with blogs from all over the place and from all sorts of different clubs but wouldn’t it be fantastic for The Liver Bird and Liverpool to do well? There are two ways to vote you can simply follow this link - select “The Liver Bird” which takes less than 2 seconds. Or alternatively… If you are a Twitter user you can tweet “@TheFBAs @Username #Female” simply replace the username with “LFCKirstyLFC” For a full breakdown of the rules follow this link. I would really appreciate your votes, shares or retweets, it all helps and if any of you have blogs in the other categories let me know so I can return the favour and vote back! Thanks folks! #YNWA #LFCFamily VOTE RED, VOTE THE LIVER BIRD.