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LIVER BIRD – MATCH PREVIEW: Aston Villa V Liverpool

Liverpool travel to the Midlands on Saturday as they prepare to face a struggling Aston Villa side. Paul Lambert’s team are currently 13th in the table on 22 points. With the return of Raheem Sterling after a club sanctioned holiday this week, Brendan will be hoping his star man can steer his side to victory at Villa Park.Injuries for Liverpool mean there are doubts hanging over both Adam Lallana and Steven Gerrard. Joe Allen and Glen Johnson are also still out along with Daniel Sturridge, the forward however returned to training this week and it is hoped he will be back relatively soon.For Aston Villa they are unable to call upon Ciran Clark who is serving a ban. Also unavailable are Vlaar and Senderos whilst Joe Cole will be subject to a late fitness test.Aston Villa have failed to win a league game in their last six fixtures. They last picked up three points against Leicester back in early December after a 2-1 win. Liverpool find themselves in 8th having won three out of their last six league fixtures. The Reds last lost a game at the hands of Manchester United, conceding three goals and failing to score.The last time the two sides met was in September last year. Liverpool lost the game 1-0 after an Agbonlahor goal just nine minutes into the match. The Reds last visit to Villa Park ended in a reverse scoreline as Daniel Sturridge scored the only goal in that game.Overall Liverpool have a good record against the Midlands side and with Villa failing to find the back of the net in their last four games you have to feel Liverpool will have this game wrapped up. However it’s not as simple as that with Liverpool is it? It’s usually teams we should beat that absolutely embarass us. I’m still a bit sceptical after the Sunderland result because despite the fact that it’s always nice to grind out a win we lacked a clinical finish. There were positives from the game but with our unpredictable defence too we play in a dangerous manner at the moment, here’s hoping for an improved performance on Saturday.Stat SandwichLiverpool have not drawn an away league game so far this season.Villa have averaged a point per game in their last 63 fixtures in the Premier League at home.Gerrard has scored 12 goals against Aston Villa in his career.I asked you for your score predictions and here are a few of the tweets I received:@_TheLiverBird Reds win 2-1. The confidence is improving, even Balotelli may score. #YNWA— Luis Humberto Olvera (@beto_red) January 16, 2015 @LFCKirstyLFC 0-0 #LFC— Janne Hirvonen (@FaldoEspoo) January 15, 2015As always, I would like to see Balotelli start tomorrow but, as always, he probably won’t. I’m pleased that Sterling will be returning and can see him scoring on Saturday. If I was to pop a quid on the game I’d go for a 1-0.Enjoy the match folks, wherever you are watching!Like “The Liver Bird” on Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheLiverBirdsBlog

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LIVER BIRD – MATCH PREVIEW: Sunderland V Liverpool

Liverpool travel to the Stadium of Light on Saturday as Brendan Rodgers aims to steer his side to a win over Sunderland. The January transfer window has swung open but for the time being it looks as though the Reds will have to wait to bring new faces to Anfield.Injuries for Liverpool mean they are without several players due to long term injury and recently Adam Lallana was added to the list with a calf problem. The Reds are also unable to call upon Toure who has now gone out to the Africa Cup of Nations, good luck Kolo!!For Sunderland they are unable to call upon Coates who is ineligible to play against us. They also have doubts hanging over Lee Cattermole and Jack Rodwell.Sunderland are currently 14th in the league with 20 points. Sunderland lost their last game against Manchester City but put up a good fight scoring two goals with City netting three. In their last six games in the league they have only won once; an emphatic 1-0 win over Newcastle.Liverpool find themselves 8th in the league and on a total of 29 points. A successful win over Swansea for the Reds in December led most fans to think Liverpool had turned a corner however the 4-1 win over the Swans was soon forgotten when Brendan’s side managed to throw away a 2-0 lead at home to Leicester and ended up collecting just a point in the 2-2 draw.The last time the two sides met was in December last year a dire 0-0 was definitely one to miss for Reds fans however the clean sheet was most welcome. The last time Sunderland notched up a win over the Reds was back in 2009 Darren Bent scored a goal on the fifth minute for Sunderland that day with Liverpool failing to find a return.Stat SandwichLiverpool have only lost one of their last eight games in the league.Sunderland have picked up 52 yellow cards so far this season, the most for any team.The Reds have yet to draw away from home this season.I asked you for your score predictions and here are a few of the tweets I received:@LFCKirstyLFC 3 1 Liverpool reckon we get back to winning ways— Phillymadkopite (@phillymcgauran) January 9, 2015 @LFCKirstyLFC 2-1 Sunderland— Gabri LFC (@gabri_fan) January 9, 2015 @LFCKirstyLFC Sunderland 1-3 Liverpool— Ollie (@ollie_lynch) January 9, 2015I think it’s gonna be one of those horrible scrappy games tomorrow, no doubt Sunderland will find a goal from a set piece as Liverpool unveil their terrible attempt at defending. I’d also love to see Balo given a chance but I know that’s not going to happen so I’m left relying on a line up probably without a striker and also possibly without the magic of Sterling who is rumoured to be rested. We’ll probably go 70 minutes without scoring then someone will muster up a goal and it’ll probably end in a draw… Mega positive me this week?! Haha!Enjoy the match folks wherever you are watching!Like “The Liver Bird” on Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheLiverBirdsBlog

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LIVER BIRD – Gerrard Brace In Wimbledon Win

Liverpool put themselves through to the next round of the FA Cup on Monday night as a brace from captain Steven Gerrard ensured the Reds would go on to face Bolton Wanderers. In his first game after announcing he will leave Liverpool Football Club, Gerrard took control of the game being clinical where others failed.It took Liverpool just ten minutes to get off the mark in the game. Despite an early bright spell from Wimbledon, the Reds managed to convert via a Steven Gerrard header in the centre of the box. He was assisted by Manquillo.It was a set up for Liverpool that involved a striker, something I am always crying out for. More importantly though, it involved Gerrard sitting behind the striker, a role he relishes in. Whilst Lambert was ineffective, the captain made the most of his chance in a more attacking role than he has been used to of late.For Wimbledon all eyes were on their big man up front; Adebayo Akinfenwa. For a man of his stature he doesn’t half get about and he was certainly causing problems for a shaky Liverpool defence. Set pieces for the Reds have always been an issue and when you have a player like Akinfenwa wrestling for the ball, it’s easy for things to go wrong and quickly.At 35 minutes, things did go wrong for Liverpool. Simon Mignolet completely and utterly lacking in confidence failed to punch the ball clear and despite a goal line clearance after a combined effort from Lucas and Skrtel, the ball eventually splayed out into the melee and allowed Akinfenwa to get his much sought after goal. A Liverpool fan as a boy, he must of been chuffed to bits to bag that.Going into the second half it was clear that the Reds would need to create something a bit different in order to break Wimbledon down. Whilst Markovic and Coutinho made weaving and pacey runs, it was predictable for the home side and they stemmed the flow on several occasions.As the second half continued with no breakthrough it was Liverpool who once again found a lifeline. A free kick awarded to the Reds won by Philippe Coutinho allowed Steven Gerrard to set up his sights. His resulting free kick was a beauty and as it neatly swooped its way into the back of the net it left both fans and commentators asking the question again about Gerrard’s decision to leave.Right or wrong decision for the right or wrong reasons, Gerrard had proven once again how much we rely on him. He of all people would love to end his career at Liverpool in an FA Cup final and thank god he helped us through to the next round!In the latter stages of the second half Brendan Rodgers finally introduced Mario Balotelli. It’s no secret how much I want him to do well and despite the fact he never got on the score sheet he immediately got stuck into the game and created more in his 15 minutes that Rickie Lambert did the whole game.Next up for Liverpool is Sunderland.Like “The Liver Bird” on Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheLiverBirdsBlog

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LIVER BIRD – Liverpool Face Wimbledon In FA Cup

They may not be the crazy gang anymore and we certainly aren’t the culture club at the moment but Liverpool playing in Red will be going for gold on the green. It’s the first time the two clubs have met since the old Wimbledon morphed into MK Dons and so it should be an interesting FA Cup tie for both sides.Liverpool will be able to call upon Martin Skrtel again on Monday night after he served his suspension during the Leicester game. Dejan Lovren is also available for the Reds after returning from a groin injury. For Wimbledon they are unable to call upon their defenders Jack Smith and Andy Frampton who have hamstring and ankle problems respectively.Wimbledon’s last five games in the league have seen them win three and lose two, scoring ten goals along the way. Liverpool have won two out of their last five league games, drawing two and losing the other. The Reds have scored nine goals within that time.Whilst AFC Wimbledon were created as a phoenix club, the name “Wimbledon” will forever unravel memories for Liverpool fans of a certain age when the old Wimbledon beat the Reds in the 1988 FA Cup final.In a side that contained Dave Beasant in goal and the infamously aggressive Vinnie Jones in midfield the crazy gang got the better of Liverpool on that May afternoon in a 1-0 win. Wimbledon had odds of 30/1 to beat the Reds at kick off and it’s still on of the biggest shocks in the history of the FA Cup.Liverpool’s run in the FA Cup last season saw them overturn Oldham in the third round after beating them 2-0 at Anfield. The Reds fourth round tie against Bournemouth also went well as Rodgers’ side put two past Bournemouth. Liverpool however then came unstuck when they drew Arsenal in the fifth round. A 2-1 win at the Emirates for Arsene Wenger’s side put them through and they eventually won the whole competition.Liverpool rarely tend to be done over by clubs lower down in the leagues in this competition however there have been a few scares over the years and it’s therefore important not to underestimate Wimbledon who will be well up for this game on their home turf.If I was popping a quid on the game I’d probably go for a 2-1 tomorrow night. I reckon Wimbledon will bag a goal from somewhere but I’m just hoping we have the experience and stamina to get the better of them.I asked you for your score predicitons and here are a few of the tweets I received:@LFCKirstyLFC 1-3. Two for Ricky, one for Mario.— Phil (@Phil_A01) January 4, 2015 @LFCKirstyLFC 2-2— Emil Mouritsen (@EmilMouritsen) January 4, 2015 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 Lose Lead In Leicester Draw

Liverpool threw away a 2-0 lead on New Year’s Day as the Reds failed to hold on to their somewhat gifted position. After being awarded a penalty that wasn’t a penalty and another one shortly afterwards, captain Steven Gerrard converted both with ease however a tenacious Leicester did not give up and soon found themselves two goals to walk away with a point.The news overnight though that Steven Gerrard will leave Liverpool at the end of the season seems to have made this game insignificant. If you follow me on Twitter you will have seen my thoughts as for here on the blog there will be a special post on our captain at the end of the season as it just seems wrong to do it now.The game started in a lively fashion for visitors Leicester who saw an early free kick from Mahrez clip the inside of the post. Schlupp shortly afterwards sent in a cross to Mahrez who sent an effort wide.The Foxes were definitely causing Liverpool problems and it was mere fortune that the Reds would eventually get a chance to take the lead. At 16 minutes Raheem Sterling broke into the box and appeared to kick the ball off Morgan’s hand. As Morgan protested that the ball had actually hit his face, the replays showed the poor decision and it was definitely not a penalty. Leicester were rightly disgruntled.Steven Gerrard stepped up for the penalty and in true Gerrard fashion put home the spot kick calmly and confidently sending the ball to the left of the keeper.At 39 minutes Liverpool were awarded another penalty. This time I think correctly so. Simpson had his arms out and made contact with the ball, some people appear to think this was harsh but I think we’d of been unlucky not to have been awarded a penalty there.Steven Gerrard stepped up once again, this time sending his effort to the keeper’s right. Now 2-0 up it looked like the Reds had secured this win but things would change immensely in the second half.A moment of potential brilliance occurred in the latter stages of the first half though after a Steven Gerrard corner found its way to Jordan Henderson, he smashed a volley from distance and was unlucky to see it miss the target.The second half began very well for Leicester who found themselves a goal just ten minutes into the half. A wonderful strike from Nugent put his side right back into the game. It was a shock for Liverpool but the Reds should have been more prepared as the Leicester onslaught began. The away side had been creating issues throughout the whole game and it was only a matter of time before they made it count. Sitting on the back of two penalties, failing to score again and failing to defend was unacceptable from Liverpool.Just two minutes after their first goal Leicester had scored their equaliser. A strike from Schlupp from outside the box put his side level but he was far too free as the Liverpool defence failed to deal with the issue. Leicester definitely deserved to be level, they had played very well, the worry now was could Liverpool hold on to the point? Because we didn’t look like winning the game.Fabio Borini was brought on later in the game sending a shot over the bar. A Markovic header late on saw the substitute send a header wide for the Reds.And that was that. It was an annoying result to be honest because Leicester probably deserved all three points not just the one, however Liverpool were 2-0 and they simply must hold on to that.I did ask you for your thoughts on the game but with all the madness on Twitter at the moment surrounding the Gerrard saga it’s a bit difficult to sift through the relevant tweets, apologies!Next up for Liverpool is AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup.Like “The Liver Bird” on Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheLiverBirdsBlog

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LIVER BIRD – Lallana Shines In Swansea Win

Brendan Rodgers steered his Liverpool side to an emphatic 4-1 win over Swansea at Anfield on Monday night as the Reds finally began to look like a side that could frighten the opposition and be successful in attack.I’m the first to admit that when I saw the starting line up, it wasn’t completely my cup of tea. Particularly because Balotelli was missing (you all know I’m practically in love with the man now so just leave me be haha) but also that fact Can was deployed in defence. I realise Can has played in this position before but I much prefer him in an attacking role and wanted to see him further up the pitch.However, as is often the case with me, I was completely wrong to question that line up. It did take a while to find the first goal but once we’d broken the deadlock the Reds really began to get into the game and for the first time in a very long while we were genuinely exciting to watch. Can as well played brilliantly in his defence role, extremely calm and composed.The first half consisted of a lot of possession for the Reds who appear to be very good at this yet struggle to make it count when it comes to converting that possession into goals. Swansea were not troubling Mignolet at all and in fairness their open attacking set up suited the Reds perfectly who used the freedom available to them perfectly.Liverpool find it extremely hard to break down teams such as Stoke or West Ham who remain very compact and suck all the life out of the football, which is fine of course. Swansea however will not sacrifice the style of their play just to boost their chances away from home, which in a way is admirable, however their tactics played very much to our strengths and at 32 minutes Liverpool finally grabbed their first goal of the game.A cross from Jordan Henderson on the right hand side of the box found its way to Alberto Moreno who had continued an earlier run into the box. His left footed shot probably sent every Liverpool fan wild but particularly me who had popped a quid on him to be the first goalscorer before kick off and in the process won £26 haha, I was well chuffed!The second half saw Swansea make an immediate substitution bringing on Angel Rangel who replaced Ashley Richards. The Swans barely had chance to make their substitute count though as the Reds found themselves a second goal just five minutes into the second half.A fortuitous moment for Adam Lallana arose when he decided to close down the keeper Fabianski. After a failed clearance smashed off Lallana, the resulting rebound found its way into the back of the net, much to the delight of the Anfield faithful.Luck was definitely on our side for that goal but there was a growing air of positivity around Anfield, unfortunately for Liverpool though, these vibes were momentarily dampened after Swansea found themselves a goal just one minute later.The Gylfi Siguurdsson shot sent the away fans crazy whilst Liverpool were left wondering how they’d been undone so easily. Just seconds ago we had a 2-0 lead now all of a sudden the Welsh side were right back in the game.Nine minutes later though and Liverpool had found themselves a third goal and what a beauty it was! A cheeky little back flick from Philippe Coutinho set up Adam Lallana perfectly and with solid composure, Lallana finished brilliantly to put Liverpool 3-1 ahead.It was a brilliant game for Lallana who deserves all the praise from last night. He hasn’t exactly been given a proper chance so far in a Red shirt and he really came to life last night.At 70 minutes things got worse for Swansea as Jonjo Shelvey had a lapse in concentration whilst defending a Jordan Henderson corner. His header sent the ball into the back of the Swansea net and gave Liverpool their fourth goal.It was a fantastic game for the Reds who have struggled for a while now to truly make their performance count, convert chances and win games. However I do feel it’s dangerous to assume that the Reds have turned a corner at this stage, as mentioned earlier, I feel Swansea’s style of play definitely aided our performance and therefore I will not be counting my chickens before they have hatched.However, it was a far better display from the Reds and maybe, just maybe I need to stop moaning about not playing with a striker (not gonna happen haha).I asked you for your thoughts on the game and here are a few of the tweets I received:@LFCKirstyLFC the closest we’ve been to the team of 2013/14 since spurs away last season. very encouraging.— Tim Bolton (@timbolton1) December 30, 2014 @LFCKirstyLFC having two cb’s that can pass the ball allow Coutinho and lallana to move into pockets of space which make them very dangerous— Matthew Ward (@MattWard99) December 30, 2014 @LFCKirstyLFC lallana— K. (@kxndrx) December 29, 2014 Next up for Liverpool is Leicester, match preview available on the blog tomorrow.Like “The Liver Bird” on Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheLiverBirdsBlog

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LIVER BIRD – Reds Through To Semi Final

Liverpool finally got themselves back to winning ways on Wednesday evening as they put three past Championship toppers Bournemouth. A much improved performance from the Reds’ attack allowed Liverpool to punish the Cherries early on after they missed some chances of their own. A second half consolation goal wasn’t enough for the home side to spring a comeback and Brendan Rodgers’ side are now through to face Chelsea over two legs in the semi finals.A decent first fifteen minutes for Liverpool was almost scuppered by Bournemouth when a couple of real chances nearly enabled them to take the lead. The Reds though remained in control and at 19 minutes Liverpool had got themselves off the mark.A lovely headed pass back across goal from Jordan Henderson fell perfectly to Raheem Sterling who made sure he finished well. Sterling is easily our star player but he hasn’t been converting his chances of late and so it was brilliant to see him score, it’s just what he needed especially with Arsenal coming up at the weekend!Once again Rodgers opted to play without a real striker which to be honest I hate however against Bournemouth it was a lot more beneficial for us and almost made me accept the fact that he’d only started Lambert and Borini on the bench… almost.A few minutes later and Liverpool were at it again. This time it was Lazar Markovic who managed to get himself into a bit of space in the centre of the box when the ball splayed out to him. A cracking strike sent Liverpool 2-0 up before we’d even reached the 30 minute mark.It was a really bizarre feeling to be playing pretty well and scoring multiple goals at this stage. Of course, there was another whole half to go but I honestly thought this was going to be a tough battle for the Reds.For the second half Brendan Rodgers made a substitution replacing Dejan Lovren with Mamadou Sakho.Just five minutes into the second half and Raheem Sterling had found the back of the net again. A lovely right footed shot sent to the left of goal looked like it had sealed Liverpool’s progression into the semi finals.Bournemouth though were not down an out. Despite being 3-0 down they had created issues for Liverpool who still have several problems with their out of form defence.At 56 minutes Dan Gosling converted for the Cherries. He’d been creating issues for the Reds for a while and deserved his goal. Shortly afterwards another effort from Gosling smashed off the post leaving Liverpool dumbstruck, with 20 minutes of the game still left it started to become a bit nervy for Brendan Rodgers’ boys.Thankfully though the Reds were able to safely see themselves through to the semi finals, only to watch Jamie Redknapp pull out Chelsea as our opponents! Oh well, at least it’s over two legs.I asked you for your thoughts on the game but for some reason the embed codes off tweetdeck are playing up and I can’t add them into my HTML. Apologies for that! Please tweet in your score predictions for the Arsenal game though and hopefully we’ll be back on track.Like “The Liver Bird” on Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheLiverBirdsBlog

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LIVER BIRD – Reds Prepare For Old Trafford

Liverpool make the short trip to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon as the two titans of English football prepare to meet for the 163rd time in the league. The two sides are far from titanic at the moment though as both Brendan Rodgers and Louis van Gaal have struggled to get their seasons underway.Whilst Manchester United have come into a bit of form, Liverpool are still struggling after being knocked out of the Champions League by Basel on Tuesday night.Injuries for Liverpool mean they are still without long term absentees Daniel Sturridge and Jon Flanagan. Positively for the Reds though Kolo Toure, Adam Lallana and Mario Balotelli are all believed to be available for tomorrow’s game.For Manchester United they are without Chris Smalling, Angel di Maria and Luke Shaw. Already struggling with injury problems, the missing Angel di Maria is a big problem for manager Louis van Gaal.The last time the two sides met was in March this year. Liverpool won the game 3-0 at Old Trafford after two Steven Gerrard penalties and a Luis Suarez goal. In the last eight meetings in all competitions between the two sides there have been no more than three goals scored.It’s always a pretty close affair in general when Liverpool and Manchester United line up against each other. Past meetings are sprinkled with 2-1’s and 1-1’s and I wouldn’t be surprised if the result is similar tomorrow.Liverpool currently find themselves 9th in the table and seven points behind Manchester United who are in 3rd. The Reds have won two games out of their last six, losing three and drawing one in the process. United however have won five out of their last six, losing just one game. Four out of United’s five wins have been secured by just one goal.Stat SandwichLiverpool have conceded 13 goals in seven away games so far this season.Manchester United have won five league games in a row for the first time since Fergie retired.Mario Balotelli scored twice against United in his last league appearance against them for Man City.I asked you for your scored predictions and here are a few of the tweets I received:@LFCKirstyLFC 1-2 LFC— Daniel Sturridge (@DanceSturridge) December 13, 2014 @LFCKirstyLFC 2-1 loss or 1-1 can’t see us winning— Julien (@King_Julien1984) December 13, 2014 @LFCKirstyLFC 1-0 win moreno— Choong-Hyun Lee (@LeeBlinder91) December 13, 2014I’m hoping we might just be able to nick a 2-1 win tomorrow but in all honesty I think we’re going to get beat. A lot of it depends on the starting XI Rodgers decides to go with and at the moment there’s no telling what that will be.Enjoy the match folks, wherever you are watching!Like “The Liver Bird” on Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheLiverBirdsBlog

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LIVER BIRD – Basel Brush Liverpool Aside

Liverpool were knocked out of the Champions League last night after a forgettable performance against Basel. Absent from the competition for five years, the Reds in the end could only muster a win over Bulgarian side Ludogorets in the group stages. Despite an improved performance in the second half, after Lazar Markovic was given his marching orders at 60 minutes, not even a magical Steven Gerrard set piece was enough to spur the Reds on to a win.It was an odd starting line up from Brendan Rodgers as he opted to field both Lucas and Allen in the midfield in a game that Liverpool were desperate to win. Pushing Henderson out wide in the process it was clear to many that this set up was not going to work.The first half for Liverpool was a struggle from the off. Aside from an occasional dangerous break from Raheem Sterling the Reds looked lacking in ideas and were unable to break through the middle of the Basel back line. The Swiss side on the other hand were oozing with confidence, undeterred by the famous Anfield folklore.At 25 minutes, Basel had found their goal. A wonderful strike from Fabian Frei left the away fans in mass celebration. It was only a matter of time before they found the back of the net and things were now even more difficult for Liverpool. The Reds knew from the onset that only a win would do however Basel also knew they could go through with a draw, they had the upper hand in every sense.It was evident that Liverpool required some changes immediately in the second half. I personally was hoping for Coutinho to come on and replace Allen. Instead we got Moreno and Markovic. This decision baffled me initially to be honest. Firstly because Rodgers had put Moreno on, a man who will break regularly and put crosses into the box but then had taken off Rickie Lambert meaning nobody was in the bloody box! Granted Lambert wasn’t massively effective in the first half but I just don’t see the point of not playing a striker?!Secondly, I’m the first to admit that I don’t exactly have a lot of faith in Markovic’s abilities, however as soon as he came on he fought hard, ran at players and made things difficult. His fresh legs were a breath of fresh air for the Reds but unfortunately, he wouldn’t be on the pitch for long.At 60 minutes Lazar Markovic was given a straight red card for poking Behrang Safari in the nose. I don’t care what anybody says, that incident, never in a million years warranted a red card, it was bloody ridiculous! I honestly don’t think we would have won the game with or without him but I was just so pissed off because of that decision, shocking stuff.Fortunately for Liverpool going down to ten men actually had a somewhat positive effect on them. Tactics tend to accidentally go out the window when you lose a man and Liverpool were the better for it.At 80 minutes Liverpool were awarded a free kick just outside the box. Step up captain Steven Gerrard. You watch him step up for a free kick in a match like this and you just pray that he can pull something out the bag like he so often does and boy did he. His free kick flew beautifully into the back of the net putting Liverpool right back in the game with 10 minutes left to save their place in the Champions League.Some exciting play from the Reds in the dying minutes created some almost fruitful chances particularly when a Jordan Henderson header almost trickled over the line. Even Martin Skrtel was playing as a striker by the time the final whistle was blown! But the Reds just couldn’t do it and to be honest after watching 75% of that performance, we didn’t deserve to go through.Brendan Rodgers once again has to take a proportion of the blame but the players also must sit down and take in that lack of desire and heart. It’s just simply not good enough and with Manchester United to face at the weekend, things could become even more embarrassing for Liverpool.I asked you for your thoughts on the game and here are a few of the tweets I received:@LFCKirstyLFC in a word, gutted!— tom collins (@TpipC) December 9, 2014 @LFCKirstyLFC Terrible first half. Not great for most the second. There doesn’t seem to be a plan anymore. Our captain gave us hope. Europa!— Daniel Brewin (@hithisisdan) December 9, 2014 @LFCKirstyLFC Absolute joke that we waited until the 81st minute to turn up. Rodgers got the line up/tactics/subs all wrong. Bad bad bad.— James McGhan (@JMcGhan94) December 9, 2014Like “The Liver Bird” on Facebook – www.facebook.com/TheLiverBirdsBlog

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