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LIVER BIRD – Both Strikers Score In Villa Win

Scroll through the numerous updates on social media regarding Liverpool Football Club and you’re guaranteed to find several tweets from disgruntled fans moaning about the fact we have to rely on Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert up front. Whilst some of the tweets will be completely warranted, others are unfounded drivel. Borini and Lambert are clearly not the perfect package but they are strikers and they will, given the chance, score goals.In Saturday’s clash with Aston Villa they both found the back of the net. It’s no secret that I’m not a big fan of playing without a striker and so to see Borini given the chance to start was very pleasing. In the second half most people were distraught at the sight of Rickie Lambert preparing to come on whilst I found myself again feeling positive.It was Liverpool who got the better start in the game at Villa Park and after just 24 minutes the Reds had found themselves an opening goal. A brilliant cross from Jordan Henderson found its way to Fabio Borini who with a fantastic finish slotted his effort home to put Liverpool 1-0 up. Running away with his famous “dagger in the mouth” celebration, it was brilliant to see the Italian rewarded for his efforts of late. You may dislike him but he desperately wants to prove himself here at Liverpool and I for one, at least for now feel he deserves to be given the chance.Shortly after the goal the Reds created some more half chances firstly a Coutinho header that was saved by Guzan followed by a break from Raheem Sterling that resulted in his chipped effort being saved.In the second half it was Aston Villa who began to force the tide to turn but not before another chance for Liverpool. A Jordan Henderson corner was whipped into the box and met by the head of Martin Skrtel, with some power on his shot a flick on from Fabio Borini almost sent the ball into the back of the net only for Guzan to save once again.As Villa began to raise the pressure things got troublesome for the Reds. A strong Benteke strike later into the second half was superbly stopped by Mignolet who then followed up with another save straight afterwards to keep his side in the game.Shortly afterwards for Villa a Fabian Delph corner found its way to Baker but he sent his header just over the bar. Delph was involved in the action for Villa’s next real chance too when he played a lovely ball through to Benteke. This time it was Martin Skrtel with a perfectly timed challenge who prevented the danger for the Reds.Baker would soon find himself with another brilliant chance for Villa when receiving the ball in the box. The number two completely missed timed his kick though and the chance passed him by.As Liverpool appeared to weather the storm it was Lucas Leiva up the other end of the pitch who had a pop at goal. An effort from range for the midfielder almost curled its way in but yet again Guzan got down well and saved.At 78 minutes, just eight minutes after entering play it was Rickie Lambert’s time to shine. A wonderful turn to take the defender completely out of the race left Lambert with a chance to secure the Reds’ three points. With a lovely finish the ex Southampton man celebrated emphatically with the rest of his team mates and Liverpool were 2-0 up.Again, it was brilliant to see Lambert score, just like Borini he deserves his chance I feel. With few options up front at the moment and the apparent stubbornness of Brendan Rodgers not to play Mario Balotelli, I will always back a striker (I say always, there are exceptions) today we played two strikers and two strikers scored.I asked you for your thoughts on the game and here are a few of the tweets I received:@LFCKirstyLFC it’s all about 3 points, play ugly, keep a clean, win. Henderson immense, grafting, hard working and skilled display today.— susan macneill (@liverbirdsuz) January 18, 2015 @LFCKirstyLFC Lucas’s leap into the crowd summed it up … Feels like we’re on the cusp of something now. Tricky second half but

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LIVER BIRD – Markovic Scores In Sunderland Win

Liverpool successfully ground out a 1-0 win over ten man Sunderland on Saturday after a Lazar Markovic goal in the first half sealed the deal for the Reds. It wasn’t a perfect performance from Brendan’s side by any stretch of the imagination but there were certainly positives to take from the game including the clean sheet and influential performance from Markovic.The Reds began the game in a very bright fashion with an early through ball from Philippe Coutinho reaching Markovic, the Serbian was then taken down by Wes Brown but the referee deemed the incident not to be worthy of a penalty.Luckily for Liverpool their next brush in with a refereeing decision worked very much in their favour. With just eight minutes gone in the game another quick break from Markovic down the right wing allowed him to pass the ball to Steven Gerrard. The captain then opted to pass to Borini who was quite clearly fouled as he attempted to get the ball back to Markovic, thankfully though the referee made a great decision opting to play advantage. Markovic then continued his run and slotted the ball through the keeper’s legs to put Liverpool 1-0 up.It was a well deserved goal for Markovic who despite not always being effective enters every game with exactly the right attitude. He’s willing to give his all and really push forward in attack, Sunderland were clearly flustered and not even a quarter of the game had been played.Another great chance for Liverpool arose shortly after the goal when Alberto Moreno won the Reds a free kick on the left hand side of the box. Steven Gerrard stepped up and with a brilliant effort forced Pantilimon into a save.As Liverpool continued to press in the first half whilst Sunderland struggled, it was Lazar Markovic again wowing the crowds. As the ball splayed out to Lazar who was hovering outside the box, he opted to go aerial in his effort, jumping before smashing an excellent shot at goal only to see it crash out off the post, onto Pantilimon and away from danger. It would of been an absolutely fantastic goal but luck wasn’t on Lazar’s side in that instance.Towards the end of the first half Fabio Borini was almost rewarded for his efforts in attack. A superb ball from Emre Can allowed the Italian to break into the box, his first touch took the ball nicely around the keeper but he was unable to find the end product from the tight angle. For me Fabio Borini had a great game. As many are aware I much prefer playing with a striker and whilst Borini is by no means the best he offers a lot to our game. His ability to draw the defenders’ focus on to him creates space therefore allowing players such as Markovic to break into the box and really create problems.In the second half things went from bad to worse for Sunderland who were still really struggling to create any real chances leaving Mignolet with no real job on. Bridcutt who had been booked in the first half found himself receiving a second yellow after taking down Emre Can on the wing. In my opinion it was pretty harsh to give Bridcutt the second booking here and I do think Sunderland were unlucky to see him sent off however the home side appeared to play a lot better once they were down to ten men.Sunderland’s best chance of the game fell to Adam Johnson who from distance in the second half struck a fluid shot. It’s movement had completely beat Simon Mignolet but the crossbar came to his rescue and ensured Liverpool would hang on to all three points.I asked you for your thoughts on the game and here are a few of the tweets I received:@LFCKirstyLFC Hard fought victory in difficult conditions. Markovic showed signs of potential while Lovren showed us why hes a liability— LFCKopiteReds (@alanredmen79) January 11, 2015 @LFCKirstyLFC Excellent first half then BRs poor tactics were exposed with the subsequent changes he made. 3 onfield changes for Gerrard!!!— Mia Culpa (@UBSixT) January 11, 2015 @LFCKirstyLFC important clean sheet.Markovic shows more of his potential. Coutinho another steady performance with class.Still need striker— Cliff Morton (@CliffMorton) January 10, 2015 For me of course all that really matters is the three points but it’s quite worrying to realise that the only reason you beat Sunderland was due to a decent decision from a referee. We still really struggle to be clinical and I’m not certain that will be fixed any time soon even with the return of Daniel Sturridge.However the Reds are on a positive run and I do try to remain positive going forward. Next up for Liverpool is Aston Villa away.Like “The Liver Bird” on Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheLiverBirdsBlog

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LIVER BIRD – Reds Aim To Take Inspiration From Past Champions League Ties

There may be the small matter of an FA Cup draw later this evening but Liverpool have their eyes firmly on a very important tie with Basel in the Champions League on Tuesday night. Brendan Rodgers’ side must win in order to progress through to the round of 16.With memories flooding back of that emphatic tie against Olympiakos way back in 2005 it’s hard to fend off that magical Champions League spirit as a kopite at the moment, however Liverpool are struggling in both attack and defence and Basel will be a difficult side to deal with.The added bonus of the game being at Anfield means Liverpool can relish in the unique atmosphere our ground provides but the Reds need goals to win and at the moment they’re short in supply.Liverpool’s last meeting with Basel on the 1st October ended in a 1-0 loss. It’s an interesting tie because the Reds simply have to attack which will undoubtedly leave them open at the back. Basel however can go through with a draw and so the desire to go all out may be restrained in order to tactically see themselves through to the next round, making it hard for Liverpool to break them down.Injuries for Liverpool are still very much the same story with Sakho, Balotelli and Sturridge all out amongst others. For Basel they are without Ivanov.Basel have won their last four games in the league and have score 12 goals in the process. Liverpool have won two of their last four, lost one and drew one. Goals scored – five.I asked you for your score predictions and here are a few of the tweets I received:@LFCKirstyLFC 3 – 2 #LFC— Pedro Henrique (@hnrqpdr) December 8, 2014 @LFCKirstyLFC Liverpool 2-1 Basel— Luke Farley (@LukeFarley101) December 7, 2014 @LFCKirstyLFC 2-1 but will be very hard.basel are very good on counter.— christine_JFT96_LFC (@kittie_lfc25) December 7, 2014A lot of the tweets I received were predicting a 2-1 Liverpool win and if I managed to pop a bet on tomorrow that’s the scoreline I’ll be going for. To be honest it’s more wishful thinking than confidence I just hope that the combination of pressure and atmosphere will be enough to push Liverpool over the line and into the next stage.I bloody love the Champions League and it’s killed me having to wait this long to see us get back into it. To crash out now would be devastating for me and at the minute it doesn’t look like we’ll be returning any time soon!Enjoy the match folks, wherever you are watching!Like “The Liver Bird” on Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheLiverBirdsBlog

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LIVER BIRD – No Goals In Sunderland Draw

Liverpool kept only their fourth clean sheet of the season in a dismal attacking display against Sunderland on Saturday. The Reds managed just two shots on target whilst the black cats only managed only one. It was hardly a “must see” game for the neutral and whilst the Reds may perhaps feel happy they didn’t lose another game, the fact is we should be doing much better against teams like Sunderland.I didn’t get chance to watch the game yesterday because I was at work and so this is just a match round up, no real opinions as I’ve only seen highlights and there weren’t many highlights to mull over haha.The first moment of note for Liverpool in the game came when Martin Skrtel played a risky tackle in the box. Sunderland perhaps had reason to question the call from the referee but Neil Swarbrick called no peno.Coutinho from what I saw along with Sterling were the only real players of note for the Reds. A chance from Coutinho in the first half saw him shoot from inside the box but his effort was easily saved by Pantilimon.Sunderland quickly followed the Liverpool break with a similar one from Wickham. The youngster broke all the way into the box but went down far to easily when challenged by the Liverpool defence.A header from Wes Brown later in the second half flew over the bar and the ex Manchester United player should have done better.The second half for Liverpool saw no changes and it was Lucas Leiva a man who is very shy of goals who would have the first real effort for the Reds in the second half. His long range shot however was again pretty simple for the keeper and Pantilimon once again kept out the danger.At 66 minutes a rested Steven Gerrard entered the fray. Gerrard from what I saw had an immediate impact on the game with his passing and awareness but even a sprinkle of the captain’s magic was not enough to help the Reds find a goal.Perhaps the best chance of the second half fell to Coutinho. A simply sublime run from Raheem Sterling saw him weave his way down a significant length of the pitch and then into the box, his pass to Coutinho was perfect but unfortunately the Brazilian’s effort was saved.Shortly afterwards a long range shot from Gomez kept Simon Mignolet alert, it was a great save from the Belgian who had little to deal with really throughout the game.Finally in the latter stages of the game, Raheem Sterling appeared to be taken down in the box, the cries for a penalty were not met by the referee however Liverpool perhaps had a case. As I always say though, in games like this I absolutely hate the fact that we have to rely on the possibility of a penalty to push teams aside, it shouldn’t come to that!Nevertheless, at least we didn’t lose, which to be honest if it happened, I wouldn’t of been surprised. A clean sheet as well is always a plus but this is perhaps a bit deceptive, our defence didn’t have many attacks to deal with and so there is still a long way to go before we are secure at the back.I asked you for your thoughts on the game and here are a few of the tweets I received:@LFCKirstyLFC 2 clean sheets in a row, a point against a team growing in confidence. Worked hard but still lacking a cutting edge.— peter joyce (@cheshirevenom) December 6, 2014 @LFCKirstyLFC a bore draw Kirsty, only enjoyment provided by Gus Poyet on the touchline he was a hoot.— Peter Davidson (@Peterad49) December 7, 2014Normal service will be resumed for the Basel game which I will definitely be watching. Tune in for a match preview tomorrow night!Like “The Liver Bird” on Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheLiverBirdsBlog

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LIVER BIRD – Second String Liverpool Keep Out First Rate Ronaldo

Looking at the starting line up yesterday you would have been a fool to suggest Liverpool would only concede once at the Bernabeu. After Brendan Rodgers fielded what was essentially a B team there was disappointment from several Kopites on Tuesday evening who had been looking forward to a glittering tie with Real Madrid.I was another fan raising questions about the choice of line up, mainly because I felt it was a bit disrespectful to be honest but as always, whoever Brendan picks I will back them 100%. One player I was happy to see introduced was Kolo Toure. I’ve been calling for him to be back in defence for a while now and boy did he put on a cult hero’s display.It quickly became evident in the first half that despite the slightly unconvincing starting XI, there was a method in Rodgers’ madness. He’d instructed his team to remain compact, disciplined and when you manage to keep Cristiano Ronaldo silent for the majority of the game… there has to be credit given when due.The issue for Liverpool though was that they had no fire power. It was a big risk from Brendan to decide to field that team and then also fail to start one man out of the following list; Steven Gerrard, Mario Balotelli, Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling.When Liverpool made breaks and the ball fell to Lazar Markovic, you couldn’t help but feel that the Real Madrid back four would have been bricking it if the likes of Sterling were on the end of it.It took Real just 25 minutes to find the back of the net when a Marcelo cross found its way to Karim Benzema. The Frenchman finished with a shot high into the net and celebrated with a fist pump as the home fans for once made more noise than the travelling ones!Maybe that’s an exaggeration but from what I heard last night and from the videos I have been watching, the travelling Kop were in brilliant voice and considering they had every right to complain, they put on a brilliant show.In the second half Rodgers eventually made the decision to bring on Sterling, Gerrard and Coutinho. Whilst chances increased, we never found that final product and to be honest by the end of the 90 minutes I genuinely felt as though we deserved a draw.The work rate of some of the players last night was immensely high, a bit of a slip up for the goal aside and we would have battled out a 0-0 draw at the Bernabeu, something nobody was expecting. The ifs and buts about what would have happened if Rodgers fielded a proper side will forever remain but at least we didn’t get battered!We’re still in with a shout of going through but require two victories to do so, in order for that to happen we’re going to have to buck our ideas up a bit I think! However this game will have certainly given Brendan something to think about line up wise.I asked you for your thoughts on the game and here are a few of the tweets I received:@LFCKirstyLFC Rodgers keeps on about intensity! I didn’t see any last night. Possession was good but they looked scared going forward.— John Bocking (@bonospal) November 5, 2014 @LFCKirstyLFC Baffled by the Starting XI, was expecting a horror show but was proved wrong. Everyone played really well, Toure was brilliant— James McGhan (@JMcGhan94) November 4, 2014 @_TheLiverBird “Kolo”— Connor Axiotes (@connoraxiotes) November 4, 2014Next up for Liverpool is Chelsea.__________________________________Voting for the football blogging awards ends on Friday night. If you’ve got a second and you enjoy what I do here on The Liver Bird, please take a second to tweet this “I am voting in@TheFBAs for @LFCKirstyLFC as best #Female blogger”I’d really appreciate it!Like “The Liver Bird” on Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheLiverBirdsBlog

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LIVER BIRD – Sterling Start To The Season

Brendan Rodgers got his team off to a winning start on Sunday afternoon as Liverpool eventually got the better of an effective Southampton side. An opening goal from Raheem Sterling was soon cancelled out by a creative Southampton goal. Daniel Sturridge though was present for Liverpool late on to seal all three points.Rodgers selected new signings Manquillo and Lovren to feature in defence for Liverpool with a front three of Sturridge, Sterling and Coutinho.The game started steadily for the Reds who built up play to some half chances. The first real effort came from Daniel Sturridge who from a long way out saw his strike fly just high and wide to the left of goal.Capitalising on this positive play though Liverpool soon found their opening goal. Some hard work from Jordan Henderson to regain possession allowed him to find space. Spotting Raheem Sterling, Henderson then made a sublime long range pass which the youngster was able to latch on to. One on one with the keeper, Sterling slotted his effort past Fraser Forster to put Liverpool in front.It was a cracking goal for Liverpool and with Luis Suarez still fresh on everybody’s mind it was nice to see that the flair was still present in the side.After the goal Southampton appeared the more determined side for a long period and it was Koeman’s team who looked more likely to find the next goal of the game.A Ward-Prowse free kick late in the second half forced Simon Mignolet into action and shortly afterwards a great effort from Schneiderlin forced Mignolet into yet another full stretch save.With Liverpool still ahead going into the second half, it was hoped the Reds could regain control of the game however Southampton had no plans of giving up and at 55 minutes undid a Liverpool defence who looked pretty solid up until this stage.The link up between Tadic and Clyne was fantastic, a back heel from the former to the latter completely beat a lackadaisical Liverpool defence and Clyne converted with a top finish.Southampton now back in the game looked a very dangerous outfit, they may have been missing key players sold mainly to us but Koeman had done a great job setting up his side with some of his new signings also shining through.For Liverpool’s signings things were also going pretty well, Manquillo performed well in his Premier League debut, stemming a lot of action from the left hand side of Southampton whilst Lovren appeared to pair well with Martin Skrtel who also had a good game.Shortly after scoring it was almost deja vu for Liverpool when Tadic and Clyne paired up again to break down the defence but thankfully the danger this time was cleared.At the other end Liverpool who had now brought Lambert into action created a chance for the ex Southampton man but his effort wasn’t accurate.A stint of Liverpool pressure though eventually provided Daniel Sturridge with the opportunity to win the game for the Reds. A cross into the box from Jordan Henderson eventually fell to Raheem Sterling who flicked the ball on to Sturridge. A rather simple finish that he made look difficult saw Sturridge tap the ball to the right of Fraser Forster and into the back of the net.There was late drama for Liverpool though in the midst of celebration as Schneiderlin smashed an effort off the crossbar having been tipped on to it by top class reactions from Simon Mignolet. The rebound then fell to Shane Long who completely misplaced his header.It was a tough, tough game for Liverpool and whilst the start of the season is always difficult there were definitely areas noticeable that could do with improving. However, Sterling and Sturridge were on the score sheet and most importantly Liverpool collected all three points.I asked you for your thoughts on the game and here are a few of the tweets I received. @LFCKirstyLFC I thought the new guys had very good debuts. Manqullo solid, Lovren assured, Lambert changed the game.— No Locals Blog (@NoLocalsBlog) August 18, 2014 @_TheLiverBird #lfc we won tho imo didn’t play well but a win is a win :) 2 great goals SAS :) we will improve tho think we need a striker— Lisa Southgate (@lfclee2011) August 17, 2014 @LFCKirstyLFC the more clinical team won. Great performances from Manquillo, Henderson and Sterling. Allen looked stronger today too.— Mark Shannon (@Cricketdel) August 17, 2014Next up for Liverpool is a huge tie against Manchester City!JD Score PredictorYou may have noticed on here or on Twitter that I’ve set up a score predictor league. If you haven’t joined but would like to, you still can! You will have missed the first week of scores but JD just gives late comers the average score from the whole league to start you off with so just follow this link -http://predictor.jdsports.co.uk/And join my league:League name – The Liver BirdPassword – 5times***UPDATE***Top of the league this week is actually one of my mates from home which is bloody annoying! HahaJosh with his team “Brurgh” … brilliant name. Is top of the league on 18 points with the Chelsea game tonight still to come.Hilariously, I am 50th out of 58 in my own league… I told you I was crap at this!Here’s hoping I can do better next week.Any questions about the league, just drop me a tweet -@LFCKirstyLFCLike “The Liver Bird” on Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheLiverBirdsBlog

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LIVER BIRD – Reds Must Beat Palace To Keep League Title Hopes Alive

After watching Everton fail to do anything right on Saturday evening Liverpool find themselves hoping for another twist in this title race as they prepare to face Crystal Palace. Whatever happens Liverpool still need to be victorious in this game to stand any chance of getting a shot at the league. With Manchester City playing Aston Villa on Wednesday night and then West Ham on the last day as the Reds face Newcastle, we can only see what happens.Injuries for Liverpool mean they are still without Jose Enrique and also unavailable is Jordan Henderson who serves the last game of his three match ban. For Crystal Palace they are in a relatively strong position and Tony Pulis has no new injury worries affecting his team decision for Monday night.Crystal Palace currently find themselves in 11th after an almost miraculous take over from Tony Pulis. His style of football often gets stick but he’s steered this club to safety and picked up some big results along the way making the fans extremely happy. Their last fixture against Manchester City was their only loss in their last five matches in the league.Liverpool have slipped into second place, joint with City on goal difference and with the blues having a game in hand. Liverpool’s loss to Chelsea at Anfield last weekend was their first loss in 16 matches, an unbelievable record. Ever the optimist I’m usually the first one to start getting everybody’s spirits up but losing to Chelsea was a massive blow and with Everton failing to do us a favour? Well now I just hate the world. On a serious note though, of course I’ll keep the faith, there’s no point giving up now is there? I just can seem to find the positiveness that is oozing from a lot of you.The last time the two sides met was in October last year. Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge were all on the score sheet that day in a 3-1 win for the Reds. Liverpool and Crystal Palace haven’t met a lot over the years but in the five most recent matches at Selhurst Park, Liverpool have only won once.I’d usually provide you a stat sandwich here but it appears I’ve beaten the statties today and so you’ll have to make do this bank holiday without that sandwich.This week prior to the Everton game I asked you whether you thought Liverpool would go on to win the league instead of asking for score predictions and here are a few of the tweets I received.Enjoy the match folks, wherever you are watching!Like “The Liver Bird” on Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheLiverBirdsBlog

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LIVER BIRD – The 25th Anniversary Of The Hillsborough Disaster

Today marks the 25th anniversary of Hillsborough disaster, with the inquests on going I hope the families can finally get some peace and closure after one of the biggest cover ups in English history.It could have been any club on that sunny afternoon in April 1989. Football fans should stand together when remembering the 96 fans who lost their lives that day. Nobody should attend a football match and never return home.Justice for the 96. #YNWA #DBTSLike “The Liver Bird” on Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheLiverBirdsBlog

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LIVER BIRD – SAS Look To Punish Baggies

After the disappointment of the January transfer window Liverpool will look to put their lack of purchases behind them on Sunday as they prepare to face West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns. Liverpool’s last outing saw them emphatically beat Everton and so Brendan Rodgers will be looking for a repeat performance from his side.Injuries for the Reds mean they are still without Sakho, Enrique and Agger but they have some good news with the return of Joe Allen. West Brom are unable to call upon Nicolas Anelka who has received stitches in a knee injury. Sessegnon is also unavailable but the Baggies have a relatively strong side to choose from.The last time the two sides met was in October last year. The game at Anfield went extremely well for Liverpool who converted four goals via Luis Suarez who scored a hat trick and Daniel Sturridge. James Morrison scored the only goal for the Albion with a penalty on 66 minutes.Liverpool’s last league visit to The Hawthorns however was less than satisfactory. West Brom netted three goals with no response from the Reds who also had to deal with Daniel Agger being sent off.The Baggies are currently placed 17th in the table hovering above the relegation zone. They’ve only won one game in their last six and that came at home to Newcastle. Compared to last season the Midlands side seem to be struggling quite a lot, it will be interesting to see whether new manager Pepe Mel can turn things around.Liverpool are sitting in 4th having gained some ground on the teams above them after slip ups by Chelsea and Arsenal. The Reds will be hoping to pick up another three points on Sunday to further cement their place.Stat SandwichSteven Gerrard has scored in Liverpool’s last three league games.West Brom have only won one of their last 13 fixtures.Suarez and Sturridge have played 33 games combined and netted 36 goals between them.For me, this has to be a Liverpool win however I’m not sure it will be as easy as it looks on paper. I think West Brom have the potential to break a still unsteady Liverpool defence but I also feel Liverpool are too strong in attack and so I will opt for a 2-1 Liverpool win on Sunday.Enjoy the match folks wherever you are watching!Like “The Liver Bird” on Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheLiverBirdsBlog

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LIVER BIRD – Liverpool Tame Tigers At Anfield

The Reds stepped out with revenge on their minds for the start of 2014 as they aimed to get the better of Hull and put the defeat at the start December behind them. With Daniel Agger and Luis Suarez on the score sheet Liverpool need not have worried about a repeat performance from Hull who looked a shadow of the side that turned out against Brendan Rodgers’ team a month ago.Liverpool’s first half consisted of calm and confident football which was a real positive considering the injuries and players out of position that the Reds have been contending with. It was Liverpool creating the lion’s share of the chances in the first half and as always it was the familiar faces of Suarez, Sterling, Coutinho and Henderson getting involved. Suarez also saw an early header disallowed as he was offside.The first goal for Liverpool came at 35 minutes after a corner. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Agger managed to get a header on and converted his effort putting the ball past the Hull keeper. Shortly after the goal the Reds saw themselves with another fantastic chance after a lay off to Jordan Henderson, his shot drifted wide though and he should of perhaps done better.It was important that Liverpool won this game after the disappointing Christmas period which should have ended so differently and so it was nice for the Reds to be ahead before the break.The second half began in a lively fashion for the Reds who had found an opportunity to cause more havoc early on when a free kick was awarded for a foul on Luis Suarez. Who else but the Uruguayan himself was going to take this one?There just aren’t enough words to describe Luis Suarez at the moment and so I find myself turning to his native Spanish language – “clase mundial”. His free kick was superb curling its way into the top left hand corner to surely secure Liverpool’s three points from the game.The second half for both sides but particularly Liverpool was a lot quieter and the Reds didn’t create as many clear cut chances. Hull on the other hand had gone one step further, failing to create a shot on target throughout the whole 90 minutes.A late solo chance from Coutinho saw him take on the Hull defence and weave his way through to the box, his resulting shot though left a lot to be desired and that signalled the end of the game for Liverpool.As many have mentioned it is worth noting the missed chances again because in some matches we would not have been let off there however I think for the time being we can focus on the positives, Liverpool collected the win in a game where they may once have struggled and things are still looking quite rosey for the Reds.I asked you for your thoughts on the game and here are a few of the tweets I received. Thank you to everybody that replied.Next up for Liverpool is Oldham in the FA Cup.Like “The Liver Bird” on Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheLiverBirdsBlog

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