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LIVER BIRD – Reds Comfortably Beat Burnley

Image: telegraph.co.ukLiverpool picked up yet another precious three points on Wednesday evening as they continue to pursue a place in the top four. It was Jordan Henderson who netted first again for the Reds after scoring against Manchester City, followed by a Daniel Sturridge effort.The game started well for Liverpool who flustered Burnley immediately with constant pressure in attack. Burnley were not to be taken lightly as opposition of course as they’d caused trouble for the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea already this season. Brendan Rodgers though had instructed his team to keep up the high tempo and it was just too much for the Clarets.With the ball, Liverpool were dangerous and without it they were relentless in attempting to gain that possession back. Burnley had no time on the ball and this showed as only the odd flash of trouble arose for Simon Mignolet.The Reds found their first goal of the game just before the 30 minute mark. For a man who doesn’t score very often, Jordan Henderson is on a roll! An attack initially created by Coutinho saw the ball splay out to Jordan Henderson, a powerful strike from 20 yards put the Reds into the lead.It’s fantastic to see Henderson scoring because he deserves it, he gives his all every game and will often have a pop at goal but it just never seems to turn in his favour, luckily it did last night.The game itself wasn’t that exciting to be honest which is a weird feeling when you win 2-0. As the second half got underway the team talk didn’t appear to have spurned Burnley on and it was much of the same from Liverpool.At 50 minutes the Reds had found the back of the net again. This time it was goal scorer Jordan Henderson providing an assist. Some lovely movement from Daniel Sturridge who had been a bit off in the first half allowed him to steer clear of the Burnley defence and head home Liverpool’s second goal of the night.I much prefer a striker on the pitch and this goal proved why. Daniel Sturridge or whoever it is up front allows an option for the wingers and midfielders, Sterling as a false nine simply does not know where he should be.And so that was that, the Red managed to keep Burnley’s real threats such as Danny Ings at bay and the away side could therefore only catch glimmers of hope.It is another brilliant win for Liverpool who now have an FA Cup tie at the weekend to look forward to.I asked you for your thoughts on the game and here are a few of the tweets I received:@LFCKirstyLFC we have struggled in these games recently , so was great to see Henderson winning this game for us , teamplay over individual— Mr_G (@Mr_G_YNWA) March 5, 2015 @LFCKirstyLFC very easy tbh. Sturridge almost scored in the first min and really it was one way after that. Breaking at speed at will l’pool— Tommy Hoban (@tomehoban) March 4, 2015 Next up for Liverpool is Blackburn at home. Stay tuned to The Liver Bird for s special match preview with a Q&A  with @annalouiseadams Like “The Liver Bird” on Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheLiverBirdsBlog

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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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