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LIVER BIRD – Pre-Season And Transfers Update

So, as I’m sure you will have heard, Liverpool have missed out on the signing of Loic Remy after the Frenchman failed a medical in Boston with Reds staff. With speculation travelling around about the whole ordeal no matter how the final decision was made and who made it, Liverpool fans can’t help but feel disheartened after missing out on the striker.In other transfer news, Dejan Lovren has finally sealed his dream move to the Reds and seems very excited at the prospect of playing in front of an Anfield crowd. I like Lovren but as many will have seen from my Twitter updates, I just don’t feel currently he’s much better than the players we already have in our defence, however I do feel as though Brendan will be able to get the best out of him and Lovren is afterall only 25, his potential can flourish and I sincerely hope it does after paying £20 million for the privilege.It’s hard to feel massively excited with Liverpool’s transfer dealings so far in this window however there is still time left and I get the feeling Brendan will want to make at least one key signing utilising that stash of Suarez cash. Currently we have definitely improved the squad but there are no real shining stars that have been purchased, some would argue we don’t need one and perhaps we don’t but it would be nice to see us grab a big name if possible though I can’t see it happening.In terms of the pre-season games Liverpool have been going pretty steady. I haven’t had chance to catch the games live due to a multitude of reasons but I’ve been reading up and catching highlights. For anyone unable to watch also the Reds started their USA tour against the Italian side Roma.Liverpool lost this game late on due to a Daniel Agger own goal and Totti featured for Roma at the grand old age of 37! Next up for the Reds was their tie against Olympiakos late last night, a very early goal from Raheem Sterling after a Daniel Sturridge deflection was the only goal of the game.Next up for the Reds is Man City and then it’s on to the Milan game to end the American tour.What are your thoughts on Liverpool’s transfer window and who do you think we should target now Remy is a no go? Drop us a comment below.Like “The Liver Bird” on Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheLiverBirdsBlog

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LIVER BIRD – Reds Start Pre-Season At Brøndby

Blink and you’d of missed it. That’s right, after all the madness of the World Cup, pre-season friendlies are here! Liverpool face their first opposition this evening in a match against Daniel Agger’s old Brøndby side in Denmark.Brøndby are a successful team in Denmark having won the title ten times, last season they finished fourth and they will surely be excited at the prospect of facing Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool outfit.With new signing Lazar Markovic sealed yesterday. Rodger’s has the Serbian as an option along with the other new boys – Lallana, Can and Lambert.Liverpool’s Pre-Season schedule can be seen below (info taken from www.liverpoolfc.com)July19 – Preston (A)24 – Roma (H)27 – Olympiakos (H)30 – Man City (H)August2 – Milan (H)10 – Dortmund (H)The Roma game sees the start of the Reds’ American tour with some cracking opposition I think you will agree! Afterwards the lads will return to face Dortmund at Anfield before the season begins on 17th August.Friendlies never mean anything in my book and I’m never one of these people that looks at performances in the pre-season and then starts crying because I think that’s how they are going to play in the first game. I enjoy watching them though where possible as it gives you a good chance to get a look at some of the new signings and also different systems and tactics that Brendan may be playing with.The main positive of course is that pre-season means you’re closer to the real season’s start and that is always exciting!Like “The Liver Bird” on Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheLiverBirdsBlog

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LIVER BIRD – 29th Anniversary Of The Heysel Disaster

On the 29th May 1985, 39 people lost their lives at the Heysel stadium in Brussels after trouble broke out prior to the European cup final between Juventus and Liverpool. It was a dark day for football and also for Liverpool Football Club. May they rest in peace.Rocco Acerra 29 Bruno Balli 50, Alfons Bos 35, Giancarlo Bruschera 21, Andrea Casula 11, Giovanni Casula 44, Nino Cerullo 24, Willy Chielens 41, Giuseppina Conti 17, Dirk Daenecky 38, Dionisio Fabbro 51, Jacques François 45, Eugenio Gagliano 35, Francesco Galli 24, Giancarlo Gonnelli 20, Alberto Guarini 21, Giovacchino Landini 50, Roberto Lorentini 31, Barbara Lusci 58, Franco Martelli 22, Loris Messore 28, Gianni Mastroiaco 20, Sergio Bastino Mazzino 38, Luciano Rocco Papaluca 38, Luigi Pidone 31, Benito Pistolato 50, Patrick Radcliffe 38, Antonio Ragnanese 49, Claude Robert ?, Mario Ronchi 43, Domenico Russo 28, Tarcisio Salvi 49, Gianfranco Sarto 47, Amedeo Giuseppe Spolaore 55, Mario Spanu 41, Tarcisio Venturin 23, Jean Michel Walla 32, Claudio Zavaroni 28.Amicizia.Like “The Liver Bird” on Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheLiverBirdsBlog

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LIVER BIRD – 2013/2014 Season Round Up

Well, what a crazy season that was! In August last year the majority of us would have snapped your hand off for 4th and guaranteed Champions League yet we found ourselves right in the mix of a Premier League race, something unfamiliar to many younger Liverpool fans. We pushed all the way to the last day but unfortunately some mistakes in our last few matches meant it was Manchester City’s to lose, nevertheless it was a fantastic season for the Reds under Brendan Rodgers.AugustLiverpool started the season home to Stoke and I was in sunny Tenerife! This game will be remembered not for Daniel Sturridge’s winning goal but for Simon Mignolet’s superb double save to deny Stoke a penalty and a Kenwyne Jones follow up. Who’d have known the season we would have after that display of heroics?The next game for the Reds was Aston Villa away where Daniel Sturridge scored once again to give the Reds all three points.August ended for the Reds with a league cup tie against Notts County. The Reds were perhaps a bit complacent in the game but eventually won in extra time 4-2.In the news…- Peter Capaldi announced as the 20th Doctor Who.- A burger grown from stem cells is cooked and eaten in London.- Area 51 is acknowledged officially by USA.- Sir David Frost dies at the age of 74.SeptemberSeptember started with a massive game for the Reds against their old foes Manchester United. After getting off to a rather poor start themselves, the Anfield faithful had every hope that they would do over United on this occasion. Daniel Sturridge scored once again to give Liverpool yet another 1-0 win. This one felt special though!This was perhaps the best result for the Reds in September as they fell at the hands of Southampton and only managed a draw with Swansea (Shelvey was a right pain in the arse that game!). A 3-1 win over Sunderland to end the month though meant the Reds could move into October on a high.A league cup tie with Manchester United sandwiched in September took the shine off the Reds win over them in the league though as United sealed a 1-0 win. This game also saw the return of Luis Suarez who had missed the first five games through serving a ban.In the news…- 68 people are injured after a series of collisions on the Sheppey Crossing in thick fog.- 6000 people are forced to evacuate after an eruption of Mount Sinabung in Indonesia.- GTA V is released, millions of wives and girlfriends weep as they lose their fellas to a games console.- 67 people are killed after terrorists take over the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi.OctoberOctober saw the Reds only feature in three matches. Part of the reason Liverpool were so successful this season had to be the fact they had less games but during the month of October there were still some imperfections.Emphatic wins over Crystal Palace (3-1) and West Brom (4-1) left the Reds very happy but a 2-2 draw with Newcastle in the middle of the month left Liverpool feeling they could have perhaps done better.In the news…- Tom Clancy dies at the age of 66.- Divers finda portion of the Chelyabinsk meteor that landed in Russia in February 2013.- The St Jude storm batters the United Kingdom.- The Boston Red Sox win the World Series.NovemberThis was an interesting month for Liverpool. It began with a loss to Arsenal at the Emirates that featured a great goal from Ramsey. The next fixture saw the Reds beat Fulham 4-0 with Skrtel, Gerrard and Suarez on the score sheet.The month ended though with a truly brilliant Merseyside derby. Coutinho opened the scoring but Mirallas quickly equalised. Luis Suarez then put the Reds ahead but Lukaku scored in the 72nd minute. As Liverpool searched for a winner it was Everton who looked like they’d found one when Lukaku scored again but substitute Daniel Sturridge found Rodgers’ side an equaliser in the 89th minute! I was in work for this match and that goal resulted in me doing the Studge in a corporate restaurant whilst I was supposed to be taking bets! Haha.In the news…- Typhoon Haiyan causes devastation in the Phillippines as one of the strongest ever typhoons in history. Vietnam, China, Micronesia and Palau are also affected.- Sheffield City Council makes plans to demolish Don Valley athletics stadium, much to the dismay of athletes such as Jessica Ennis.- Nine people died after a helicopter crashed into a Glasgow pub.- Australia win the Rugby League World Cup.DecemberThis was a busy month for Liverpool and an important one if they were serious about challenging for the title. The month got off to a bad start for the Reds after a 3-1 loss away to Hull. This was soon forgotten though with three fantastic results following.A 5-1 win over Norwich saw Luis Suarez bag four goals against what must be his favourite team. Then the Reds secured a 4-1 win over West Brom and an emphatic 5-0 win over Tottenham followed.This was a brilliant run of form for Liverpool and the month only got better when the Reds beat Cardiff on the 21st to put them top for Christmas!!The real test though for Liverpool came at the end of December with Manchester City and Chelsea to face away from home. The Reds were very unlucky in the City game after playing well and seeing Raheem Sterling called offside in one of the poorest decisions of the campaign. They eventually lost 2-1.The Chelsea game still saw Rodgers’ boys show fight and promise but Mourinho’s men won the game 2-1. It was a blow for Liverpool but this was a marathon, not a sprint after all.In the news…- The draw for the 2014 World Cup is completed.- Nelson Mandela dies at the age of 95.- Uruguay legalises the growth, use and sale of the drug marijuana.- Part of the ceiling of the Apollo Theatre in London collapses injuring 81 people.JanuaryAs we moved into 2014 the Reds were dropped into the FA Cup. Their first match against Oldham at Anfield saw Iago Aspas net his first Liverpool goal in a 2-0 win. A match later in the month against Bournemouth in the FA Cup also saw the Reds win 2-0 and progress.League games this month began against Hull and Liverpool made sure they got their revenge in a 2-0 win with goals from Daniel Agger and Luis Suarez.A crazy game in the middle of the month away to Stoke saw the Reds eventually beat Mark Hughes’ side 5-3. Goals from Suarez, Sturridge and a Steven Gerrard penalty secured the three points. A 2-2 draw with Aston Villa followed but the month would end brilliantly!A 4-0 win over Everton was recorded at Anfield as the Reds blew their cross city rivals away. Two goals from Sturridge, one from Suarez and one from Gerrard sent Anfield wild and it could have been even better for the Reds had Sturridge not missed a penalty. He was gutted to miss the chance of a Merseyside derby hat trick!In the news…- Thomas Hitzlsperger the former German international footballer announces he is gay.- Yaya Toure wins the African Footballer of the Year award.- Australian Open matches had to be postponed after temperatures soared to 43C.FebruaryFebruary could have started better for the Reds if it wasn’t for a lack of concentration from Kolo Toure. At this stage of the season Liverpool needed all the points they could get but they had to settle for a point after walking away with a 1-1 draw against the Baggies.The next fixture against Arsenal at Anfield looked daunting after the West Brom slip up and also considering Arsenal had spent a lot of their time at the top of the table this season. However, this game turned out to be one of the best of the season!Four goals came from the Reds in the first half with Martin Skrtel scoring in the first minute! I was absolutely delirious during this game, I couldn’t believe how quickly and efficiently we were scoring against Arsenal and Skrtel had also won me some money so I was well happy!A 3-2 win over Fulham for Liverpool followed meaning they remained on track in their title race.Next though was an FA Cup match for Liverpool and Arsenal fully took their chance to get revenge on the Reds for humiliating them earlier in the month and knocked us out of the cup with a 2-1 win.Liverpool ended the month with a 4-3 win over Swansea, just one of several matches this season that showed Liverpool’s defensive weakness however the Reds were simply prepared to “score more” and so at the time, as long as the points were coming in, that’s all that mattered.In the news…- Part of the South Devon railway is washed away into the sea leaving the tracks hanging after another heavy storm hits the UK.- A new species of giant jellyfish is discovered off the coast of Australia.- The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics begin.MarchMarch began with two away victories for Liverpool and both with three goals. The first came against Southampton with the second against Manchester United. The United game saw Liverpool awarded two penalties, a rarity at Old Trafford! Gerrard scored them both and Luis Suarez also netted in the game.A 6-3 win over Cardiff, a 2-1 win over Sunderland and a 4-0 win over Spurs meant Liverpool ended March unbeaten. The Reds were really proving themselves as title challengers as we moved to the business end of the season.In the news…- Alan Pardew headbutts David Meyler.- Flight MH370 goes missing after leaving Kuala Lumpar.- A mudslide kills 41 people in Washington state.- Russia annexes Crimea.AprilApril began with a win over West Ham but it was the following City game that really mattered. With three teams left in the race Liverpool had to beat City to be in with a real chance of winning the title and in one of the most exciting games I have watched as a Liverpool fan, this match will forever be remembered for COUTINHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Who sealed Liverpool all three points by scoring late on to win the game 3-2.Liverpool now had the title in their hands and with only four games to go, everybody was daring to dream. After going on such a long winning streak it seemed almost certain that Liverpool would be able to do it, along with the form they were in and considering they’d just beaten City? Anything felt possible.Things began well for the Reds in the pursuit of the title after they beat Norwich 3-2 but the next game against Chelsea was where dreams were crushed.Mourinho parked a bus and Rodgers’ admirably refused to do the same, with a draw feasibly enough for Liverpool some question why Brendan went down this route but if it wasn’t for a Steven Gerrard slip you have to wonder whether Chelsea would have walked away with all three points.In the news…- The 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster is marked at an Anfield ceremony.- An 8.2 magnitude earthquake strikes the coast of Chile.- Pineau De Re wins the Grand National.- A ferry filled with school children capsises off the South Korean coast.MayStill in with a shot of the title but definitely needing to win against Crystal Palace, May began with a real horror show. After going 3-0 up against Palace and bossing the game the Reds completely lost concentration and eventually conceded three goals. Whenever I think about this match I still can’t believe what happened, fair enough they scored their first but all the lads had to do was calm down and focus however it wasn’t to be.Going into the last day of the season against Newcastle at Anfield, Liverpool had to hope and pray that West Ham would beat Manchester City to be in with a shot of the title however City beat West Ham and whilst Liverpool also beat Newcastle there was a mixture of sadness and pride in the air.In the news…- Football remembers the 39 people that lost their lives in the Heysel disaster.- Football remembers the 56 people that lost their lives in the Bradford fire.- An explosion at a mine in Turkey kills 230+ miners and leaves many more trapped.—————————————————————————————–The Reds ended May second in the league and were only pipped to the post by moneybags City. Whilst most argue this was our best chance for the title in a long time, I disagree, yes of course next season will be harder and the season after that but I think with a couple of new additions in the side (namely in defence) Liverpool could push once again next season and best of all we’re back in the Champions League!Thanks for reading this season folks, as always it is much appreciated. Keep your eyes peeled for a past players/managers post over the summer and some updates on transfers/friendlies etc. Have a top summer!Like “The Liver Bird” on Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheLiverBirdsBlog

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LIVER BIRD – Win Over Newcaslte Sees Reds Finish Second

I travelled up to Liverpool on Sunday so that I could watch the final game of a brilliant season surrounded by Liverpool fans as opposed to my cat and me Ma and Pa. With a faint glimmer of title lifting dreams still alive, I knew that whatever happened I’d have a brilliant day in one of my favourite places and after the Reds topped off the season eventually with a win over Newcastle, all in all it was a cracking end.Brendan Rodgers had made two changes to his starting line up for this game bringing in both Daniel Agger and Jordan Henderson. They replaced Lucas Leiva and Mamadou Sakho.It was an average start for Liverpool who had spent most of the season blowing teams away at Anfield, this time however there was a lot more patience as the Reds aimed to find a goal to hopefully put some pressure on Manchester City.Early in the first half the Reds found themselves with an opportunity when Suarez was taken down on the right wing. Suarez being the clever sod that he is decided to take the free kick immediately, chipping the ball all the way over the defence, over Tim Krul and into the back of the net. As celebrations began referee Phil Dowd soon put an end to them though claiming it was a moving ball.It was cheeky of Suarez but you’ve seen things like that given before and so it was definitely worth a try and it would have been a brilliant goal had it of stood.Shortly after the disallowed goal, things got worse for Liverpool. A break from Newcastle saw Gouffran put a cross into the box, it looked like a relatively simple cross to deal with as there was no real danger but a slice from Martin Skrtel sent the ball into the back of the net leaving Mignolet with no chance.This, quite clearly was not the plan of action. With the City game still 0-0 at this point too, it was a frustrating moment for Liverpool fans who at least wanted to end the season with a win no matter what happened in the City game.With Newcastle still causing problems it was Gouffran again shortly after the goal who forced Mignolet to save after a one on one with the keeper. Mignolet had kept Liverpool in the game with their now even slimmer title hopes still somewhat alight.Just before the half hour mark Liverpool had a great chance when Jordan Henderson whipped in a cross. Meeting the head of Daniel Sturridge you felt sure he would hit the target but he unfortunately turned his header wide.Even worse for Liverpool was the news filtering through that Manchester City had scored. I think Liverpool’s best hope on Sunday was for West Ham to hold on to a 0-0 for as long as possible and with City scoring at a great time just before the whistle, this was probably the moment where I genuinely stopped dreaming of a miracle. Instead I focused on celebrating the end of the season and willing Liverpool to do it in style.Liverpool began the second half by replacing Jon Flanagan with Aly Cissokho. Ten minutes in and Coutinho was also brought on replacing Joe Allen.Still featuring in a rather dull game Liverpool really needed to find another goal to lift both themselves and the crowd. Just after the hour mark they got their chance when Sterling was brought down just outside the box.Captain Steven Gerrard stepped up for this one and his resulting effort made its way to Daniel Agger who acrobatically stuck out a leg and turned home Liverpool’s equaliser.Two minutes later and in an almost identical position, Liverpool gained another free kick. Once again Steven Gerrard stepped up to take it and whipped in another brilliant ball. This time it was Daniel Sturridge who got on the end of it as he tapped home Liverpool’s winner.After the goal Newcastle’s Shola Ameobi was shown a yellow card but he then gained himself a second booking as the magpies prepared to restart the game. Phil Dowd appeared to have booked him for dissent and he was daft enough to do it again. This left Newcastle with ten men in a game they were now losing.At 86 minutes Newcastle shockingly received another red card. Paul Dummett who had only been on the pitch for five minutes was shown a straight red card after a challenge on Luis Suarez. I missed this incident live as I was jostling to try and find my cider, the bloody pub was rammed! However after watching the incident again on MOTD, I have no idea why he was shown a straight red. It was extremely harsh, it was a free kick alone in my opinion.With Liverpool’s job made easier now facing a nine man Newcastle, there were no further goals for the Reds. However they had done their part, they had won, unfortunately Manchester City had also won.As the game went on, for me this was when I really began to look back on what a fantastic season Liverpool have had. Yes, we have nobody to blame but ourselves for letting this slip and I only wish things could have been different but finishing second is a brilliant result for Liverpool.With the money spent by teams around us it is frankly superb what Brendan has done this season. As many have said and as I have said about fifty times – If you’ve of told me at the start of the season that we’d finish second I’d of laughed in your face.I asked you to try and sum up your thoughts on the season and here are a few of the tweets I received.As always folks, thanks for reading/clicking and following me through a rollercoaster of a season here on The Liver Bird. Here’s hoping we’re back bigger and better next season and best of all, we’re back in the Champions League!!!As most of you will know I’m currently at University but in September I start a year’s placement in my sandwich year, so I’m basically in full time work whilst also holding down my second job as a betting cashier, for this reason I have no idea yet how this will impact on the blog. I fully aim to continue doing this and I will try my best to keep updates regular but there’s a high chance some posts will be late or uploaded at strange times so please bear with me!Keep an eye on The Liver Bird too in the next couple of weeks as a round up of the season will appear complete with news highlights. It’s usually a fun post and even more so this year after such a fantastic season.Thanks again folks and enjoy your summer!!!Like “The Liver Bird” on Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheLiverBirdsBlog

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LIVER BIRD – We’ve Taken It To The Wire

Whilst it’s highly unlikely Manchester City will slip to defeat at the hands of West Ham United on Sunday it’s frankly miraculous that Liverpool have managed to put themselves in a position where they are still in with a shot at the title on the final day. If you’d of asked any Liverpool fan at the start of the season what they were expecting, nobody would have said this.I personally predicted we’d finish 5th and at best maybe push for 4th. Yet here we are, second in the league and still grasping on to a glimmer of hope as we head into the final game of the season against Newcastle United. Yes it’s our own fault that we aren’t in a better position but when you really stand back and take a look at the season, Liverpool have been phenomenal. To finish second to one of the richest teams in the world would just about be ok.There are no new injury worries for Liverpool but Brendan Rodgers will surely be pleased that he can call upon Jordan Henderson again who has finished his three match ban. Newcastle have a few problems and Alan Pardew will be unable to utilise Papiss Cisse and Davide Santon for the final game of the season.Newcastle are currently sitting 9th in the league and will end the season there no matter what the result on Sunday. With five losses out of their last six in the league, you have to feel Liverpool will get the better of them at Anfield and possibly score a fair few goals along the way.Liverpool are of course lying in second. Dropping form at a most crucial stage of the season and whilst a lot of fans knew Chelsea and Palace would be hard games I don’t think anyone will make excuses for the lads conceding those three goals against Tony Pulis’ side, it was suicidal.However, there is no point whatsoever dwelling on that now, it’ll get us nowhere, I’m very much a positive person and whilst it is still mathematically possible I believe we all have a duty to go absolutely mental and back the lads until there is zero chance left.The last time the two sides met was in October last year. The game ended in a 2-2 draw with Gerrard and Sturridge on the score sheet for Liverpool. Newcastle’s last trip to Anfield went pretty well for the magpies as they collected a 1-1 draw. Newcastle have not won at Anfield though since 1995 in a league cup match.Stat SandwichLiverpool are five goals away from breaking Chelsea’s record Premier League tally of 103.Newcastle have only won one of their last seven away games in the league.Sturridge and Suarez are five goals away from breaking Cole and Beardsley’s Newcastle record partnership of 55 goals.I asked you all to name your favourite moment of the season this week instead of asking for score predictions as I thought it would be a nice move for the last match preview of the season. Unsurprisingly Coutinho’s goal against Manchester City was a favourite.Thank you for your tweets, I love reading them even if they don’t get featured though I must admit, most of them this week were just – COUTINHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!I’m off to watch the match in a bar in Liverpool tomorrow, I love being up there and so whatever happens I’m bound to have a top day.Wherever you are watching, enjoy the match folks!One last time, we go again.Like “The Liver Bird” on Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheLiverBirdsBlog

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LIVER BIRD – "Exactly The Same… We Go Again."

After a scintillating fixture with Manchester City last weekend, Liverpool fans find themselves ever more excited as the blue side of Manchester also slipped up against Sunderland in the week dropping more points. As the Reds assess their situation they could even draw with Chelsea now and still go on to win the league but first there is the yellow and green of Norwich standing in our way.Injuries for Liverpool are pretty much the same with Jose Enrique out long term. What looked like a bad injury for Daniel Sturridge though is thankfully not as bad as expected and the striker will be subject to a late fitness test for this one. Personally I would save him for the Chelsea game.For Norwich they are unable to call upon Yobo and Bennett but their captain Sebastien Bassong should be available to start for manager Neil Adams.Liverpool are currently still sitting loud and proud at the top of the table. After the defeat of Manchester City at Anfield the Reds really are feeling buoyant on 77 points and with a goal difference of 51.Our opposition Norwich currently find themselves sitting in 17th as I write this post. The Canaries are very much in the midst of a relegation battle and with some tough fixtures to come there is a lot of weight on Neil Adams’ shoulders! I personally don’t understand why they got rid of Chris Hughton at the time they did, it seems like a strange decision to me, but who knows they might well pull off an escape.Norwich have lost four out of their last six games in the league. Drawing one and winning their match against Sunderland.The last time the two sides met was in December last year. The 5-1 drubbing saw Luis Suarez pick up four goals in this clash against what appears to be his favourite team. Our last trip to Carrow Road also ended favourably with Liverpool once again getting five goals this time with no return from Norwich.The Canaries’ best performance against us of late was back in 2011 when they managed to hold out for a 1-1 draw. Craig Bellamy and Grant Holt were the goalscorers that day. To find a Norwich win over Liverpool we must go all the way back to 1994.Stat SandwichLiverpool have taken 31 points from a possible 51 in away games this season.Norwich have lost their last three games without finding the back of the net.Martin Skrtel is the league’s highest goal scoring defender this season having netted seven times.I asked you for your score predictions for this one and here are a few of the tweets I received.I am genuinely concerned about this game, just as I am with the Crystal Palace one. Those on Twitter will have seen me raising my thoughts about these games and I’ve probably covered it on the blog too. I find myself very confident for Chelsea at home and also the Newcastle game but Norwich and Crystal Palace for me are potential banana skins.You would hope with Norwich’s current run that they will not pose as much of a threat and with Liverpool’s momentum and goal scoring record, on paper it should definitely be a Liverpool win but football is a funny old game. I haven’t seen much at all of Norwich this season and whilst most appear to be writing them off before a ball has been kicked, I personally feel that is a very dangerous attitude to have.As Gerrard said “we go again”.Each game is as important as the last now, we need to face this one the same way we faced City and hopefully we can pick up another three points.I’m not sure I’m gonna be putting any bets on tomorrow as I don’t think I’ll get chance however I feel as though Norwich will get an opportunity to score most probably from a set piece, I can see them nicking a goal for this reason but I also feel Liverpool will eventually have the upper hand. If I was popping some money on it would be on 2-1 Liverpool and Skrtel anytime, my new favourite bet haha!Enjoy the match folks, wherever you are watching!Like “The Liver Bird” on Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheLiverBirdsBlog

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GUARDIAN – Touts selling Liverpool-Manchester City tickets for £5,000 a pair

Tickets for £52 seat advertised for £2,453 Cheapest Kop ticket costs £85 more than season ticketLiverpool supporters desperate to be at Anfield for Sunday’s game against Manchester City are being asked to pay 5,000 a pair by online ticket touts.With Brendan Rodgers’s team two points clear on top of the Premier League table, the demand for tickets was always going to rocket for what has been termed by Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho as the club’s “biggest game in 24 years”. Continue reading…

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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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LIVER BIRD – Can Liverpool End March On A High?

Liverpool welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Anfield on Sunday as they aim to collect a more convincing win after a somewhat nervy 90 minutes with Sunderland midweek. After confidently beating Spurs on their own turf, Brendan Rodgers will surely have faith in his side to seal the deal in the reverse fixture this weekend.Liverpool are still in a strong position injury wise with just long term absentee Jose Enrique missing. Spurs on the other hand have a few injury worries with Adebayor and Dembele both being subject to late decisions and Capoue and Lamela out.Tottenham are currently placed 6th in the league on 56 points. The London side have had a tough run in of games recently losing to both Chelsea and Arsenal on the trot but picking up a win against Southampton at White Hart Lane.Liverpool are still sitting nicely in 2nd and as I write this there is a potential for us to go top tomorrow as Chelsea are having a bit of a mare (this surely can’t last?!). No matter what happens in that game though, the challenge remains the same for Liverpool who need to keep the pressure on and collect three points. Liverpool haven’t lost in their last 12 games and that loss came at the hands of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.The last time the two sides met was of course the 5-0 win for Liverpool back in Decemeber, it was an emphatic performance for the Reds. The last visit to Anfield for Spurs also ended in a loss with Liverpool winning that game 3-2, Suarez, Downing and Gerrard were on the score sheet that day.Stat SandwichLiverpool have only lost one game at home in all competitions so far this season.Spurs have not lost a game from a winning position so far this season.Liverpool have scored before half time in a record 21 games.I asked you for your score predictions for this one on Twitter and here are a few of the tweets I received.I’m strangely less nervous about this game than I was for the Sunderland one. I have no idea why but I feel more confident against the bigger teams I think they way they have to play enables us to fully punish them with our attack, something that didn’t happen perfectly against the five strong defence of Sunderland.However I am of course still nervous as this is a massive game, my punt for this one is 3-1 Liverpool.Enjoy the match folks, wherever you are watching!Like “The Liver Bird” on Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheLiverBirdsBlog

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