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LIVER BIRD – Reds Face Magpies With Fitness Boost

Well, that’s another international break out of the way andEngland’s progress to Rio was of course sealed by none other than Steven Gerrard but our captain has more important things to worry about now as he looks to net his 100th league goal in Liverpool’s trip to Newcastle this weekend.I think we’ve really missed Glen, you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone in my opinion!Image: telegraph.co.ukThe one advantage of the international break for Brendan Rodgers has been that enough time has passed for three of his injured players to make a possible return. Glen Johnson, Aly Cissokho and Joe Allen are all fit according to the boss and Lucas Leiva is also back from a ban. Still out for Liverpool though are Coutinho and Coates, Iago Aspas is also suspected to beunavailable after picking up a knock.For Newcastle they are without their captain Fabricio Coloccini who is out with a muscle problem. They are also missing Steven Taylor and Gutierrez, the latter of whom will miss the game due to a personal situation.The last time the two sides met was near the end of last season. The game at St James’ Park was a nightmare for the Magpies who failed to find the back of the net, had a man sent off and conceded six goals. On the score sheet that day was Daniel Agger, Fabio Borini and both Sturridge and Henderson who both scored a brace.The last meeting at Anfield between the two sides was on my 23rd birthday (boo hiss boo to getting older /// 4th November). Luis Suarez scored in that game and Newcastle, despite earning a point that day, once again had a man sent off. Newcastle have notched up wins against the Reds on their home turf in recent years though, winning in both 2010 and 2007.Form for Newcastle shows them recording three wins out of their last five league games. Their two losses came against Everton and Hull but the Geordies still managed to score twice on both occasions. Newcastle are currently placed 11th in the table.Liverpool on the other hand find themselves joint top with Arsenal and with the Gunnars facing Norwich at home this weekend, Liverpool need to ensure they also collect all three points. The Reds’ last five games also show them winning three fixtures and then recording a loss and a draw. Liverpool may have slipped up on a couple of occasions this season but they are still going strong and with the return of some key players Liverpool you would hope will be able to walk away from St James’ Park on Saturday victorious. Stat SandwichThe Reds have not lost in their last seven away games in the league.Newcastle’s last 12 goals in the league have all been scored by Frenchmen.Liverpool have still only scored once in the second half so far this season.As usual I sent out a tweet asking you all for your score predictions and here are a few of the tweets I received this week, thanks to all who replied!I don’t think I’m going to get chance to put a bet on tomorrow but if I could I’d be placing my quid on a 2-1 Liverpoolwin. I feel as though Newcastle will definitely find the back of the net but the Reds should be confident enough to score more than once and also hold on to a lead, I do feel Liverpool need to score first though.Enjoy the match folks!_______________________________________Like this post?Please support The Liver Bird,take two seconds to click below and tweet:http://clicktotweet.com/sPd7zYou will have then voted for the blog as BEST FEMALE, much appreciated!#YNWALike “The Liver Bird” on Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheLiverBirdsBlog

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LIVER BIRD – Give Us A Vote?

Image: sportskeeda.com Afternoon folks! I’m delighted to announce that I’ve been shortlisted for the Sportskeeda Blogger Awards! I must admit I’ve never come across the site before but was very happy to receive the email this morning and I’ve since had chance to look around, it’s a very comprehensive sports website and it would be brilliant to receive an accolade from the folks over at Sportskeeda. As you all know I was over the moon last July after winning best female blog at the football blogging awards and I’d really appreciate your help in my quest to try and gain the blog another gong. I know my blog isn’t the most technical, that’s not what I’m here for and we all know that I’m no footballing genius but one thing I’m sure you will vouch for is my effort, since starting in September 2009 I have only missed one match preview and my blog has become a massive part of my life! The Liver Bird is the only Liverpool FC blog in the category and we can’t have somebody like Republik Of Mancunia winning it now can we?! Lol. TO VOTE simply follow this link, scroll to the bottom of the page and select “The Liver Bird” for “Best Club Fan Site” then cast your votes for the other categories (Fellow Liverpool blogger Feint Zebra is in the video category, drop him a vote please!) then simply enter your email and submit! Your votes are very much appreciated, I will keep you updated as things progress, voting ends 31st January! #YNWA Like “The Liver Bird” on Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheLiverBirdsBlog

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LIVER BIRD – Boxing Day At Britannia

Will Raheem be back for this one?…Image: mirror.co.uk Liverpool face Stoke on Boxing Day as they look to continue what they started against Fulham last weekend. The Reds are only 5 points off 4th place and it makes you realise what a loss means at this stage of the season, if Liverpool can do well over the festive period they could seriously propel themselves up the table. Stoke are without Charlie Adam who has taken leave after his Father passed away. Another ex Red Michael Owen though could be available after returning from a recent injury. For Liverpool, thankfully there are no new injury worries. The last time the two sides met was in October and the game ended in a 0-0 draw at Anfield. In terms of the Reds at Stoke there’s been a lot of draws recently and Stoke also picked up wins in 2011 and 2010. This is usually the sort of game for Liverpool that would see them get just the one point but if the lads can play like they did against Fulham then Stoke could become very flustered. Stoke haven’t lost in their last 6 Premier League games whilst Liverpool have lost twice. I’m afraid there’s no stat sandwich today due to my match preview being rather early but I’m sure you’ll all have enough turkey sandwiches to keep you going! Stoke have a very good record at home and for me this is always a tough game for Liverpool, unfortunately I can see it being a score draw. If Gerrard is freed up as much as he was at the weekend though that would improve our attacking options, we need full force to break through the Stoke defence and I would also think an early lead would do us wonders, we can’t afford to be wasting chances. Whatever the score I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas! Best Wishes from me here at The Liver Bird.Like “The Liver Bird” on Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheLiverBirdsBlog

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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: footballbloggingawards.co.uk 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

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