image via irish mirrorLiverpool face QPR on Saturday afternoon in what could easily be another disappointing result for the Reds. QPR are currently sitting right in the middle of the relegation zone and with time running out, three points are absolutely essential.Injury news has brought more woes for Liverpool as we were informed that Jon Flanagan is likely  to be out for another nine months. I just feel gutted for the lad, from the little we have seen from him he looks like a great talent, a confident defender, I seriously hope he gets another shot.Mario Balotelli also is unavailable for the Reds after picking up a knock against Hull. Sturridge is also still out and has travelled to the States for treatment, also missing is Mamadou Sakho.QPR are also struggling injury wise with Traore, Doughty and Vargas all out. Zamora, Zarate and Ferdinand will all be subject to late fitness tests.The last time the two sides met was in October last year. It was a high scoring game which the Reds won 3-2 thanks to two own goals and an effort from Philippe Coutinho. The last time the two sides met at Anfield, Coutinho was on the scoresheet again in a 1-0 win for Liverpool.The last time QPR notched up a win in the fixture was in March 2012. A quality goal from Sebastian Coates was not enough for Liverpool that day as Rangers scored three goals late on to win the match 3-2.Stat Sandwich• The Reds haven’t found the back of the net in their last two league games, the last time they went three games without doing so was in 2005.• QPR are unbeaten in their last two away games in the league.• In games where Liverpool were behind at half time, the Reds have failed to win any of those matches this season.I hate to admit it but I’ve almost given up with this season now, it’s such a downer at the minute and I hardly expect things to change tomorrow either. It will be interesting to see who Rodgers decides to field with new injury concerns and some complaints about his tactics in recent games but I honestly think some of our players have already got their minds on a holiday. They just don’t seem bothered, QPR meanwhile are scrapping for their lives so we’ll see if Liverpool can tough it out on Saturday.Enjoy the match folks, wherever you are watching!Like “The Liver Bird” on Facebook –


Liverpool travel to West Brom on Saturday afternoon as they aim to put their last meeting with a Midlands side behind them. The Reds put on a dire performance in the FA Cup semi-final while the Baggies collected a good win away from home at Crystal Palace.Injuries for Liverpool mean they will be unable to call upon Daniel Sturridge and Lucas Leiva with Mamadou Sakho also out. Adam Lallana will be subjected to a late fitness test for the Reds. West Brom are relatively strong with just three players out; Dawson, Foster and Andre Wisdom who is unable to play against his parent club.The last time the two sides met was in October 2014. Lallana and Henderson scored on that day with a Berahino penalty sandwiched in between. The last meeting at The Hawthorns between the two sides was in February 2014 in a game that ended 0-0.West Brom last notched up a win against Liverpool in February 2013. The game at Anfield ended 2-0 for the Baggies with Lukaku last on the score sheet. Overall Liverpool have a relatively good record at The Hawthorns however a recent loss in August 2012 saw the Reds lose 3-0 with Daniel Agger being sent off in the process.Liverpool are currently 5th in the table, desperately clinging on to the minor miracle of sneaking a way into 4th. If the Reds want any chance at all of following that pipe dream they have to get past West Brom who are currently 13th on 36 points.Stat Sandwich• If Gerrard plays it will be his 500th Premier League appearance for Liverpool.• Tony Pulis has never lost a league game as manager at home against Liverpool.• The Reds would be top of the league table if only goals from English players counted this season.I’m not feeling very confident for this one and it may sound cliché but I feel the big loss at Wembley will have a knock on effect. The Baggies will be feeling confident after watching their local rivals tear us apart and with the home crowd behind them The Hawthorns can be a difficult place to play.Add to this Pulis’ record as a manager against Liverpool and his preferred style of play and I feel Liverpool will struggle to break down the West Brom defence. This task will of course be made harder as the Reds are forced to play without Daniel Sturridge. I really wish Brendan would just try something different tomorrow, after all what have we got to lose really? For me, two up top would be worth trying but then I am rather bias here.I’m not sure whether I’ll get chance to place a bet tomorrow but keep an eye on Twitter in case – @LFCKirstyLFCP.s. If you missed it be sure to check out my Q&A with Albion Till We DieEnjoy the match folks, wherever you are watching!Like “The Liver Bird” on Facebook –

LIVER BIRD – MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V Manchester City

View image | gettyimages.comLiverpool face Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday afternoon as they look to put their loss in the Europa League behind them. The Reds have been on fantastic form in the league lately but will face a tough challenge in Pellegrini’s side.Injuries for Liverpool have taken a bit of a boost with the return of Philippe Coutinho. The game however may be too early for Jordan Henderson and it looks like Steven Gerrard will also remain on the sidelines.Mancehster City are very strong and Pellegrini is able to call upon a full sqaud with the return of Yaya Toure after he served a suspension and missed the Champions League tie with Barcelona.The last time the two sides met was in August 2014. Liverpool fell to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of City and only found the back of the net thanks to an own goal. The last time the two sides met at Anfield was COUTINHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO… sorry… was in April 2014. The game ended in an utterly brilliant fashion with a rather late winner from Philippe Coutinho.In fact, Liverpool actually have a strong record against Manchester City at home, City haven’t picked up a win at Anfield since December 2003.Whilst our record against them bodes well at home I fear Liverpool will struggle on Sunday. We may have collected several points of late and be chasing down 4th but in my opinion our performances as a whole haven’t actually been that good, luck has sometimes gone our way and I feel we may come unstuck on Sunday.Not to mention the fatigue some of the players will be feeling after that monster game against Besiktas.Stat SandwichLiverpool have not lost any of their last seven games at Anfield.Manchester City have the best away record in the Premier League so far this season.The Reds have had 14 different goalscorers so far in the league this season.I apologise for the thin on the ground preview again folks but I’ve been mega, mega busy this week. This post is actually a scheduled one as I had to write this Friday night because I’m off to Cardiff tomorrow.Anyway, here’s hoping for all three points and an exciting game!Enjoy the match folks, wherever you are watching!Like “The Liver Bird” on Facebook –

LIVER BIRD – Mario Fantastico, Mario Magnifico, Mario, Don’t Take The Penalty Though

View image | gettyimages.comJust when I thought I could finally write about Mario Balotelli without having to somehow justify his ability, here we go again with penalty gate. If you weren’t aware Liverpool actually won last night thanks to a Balotelli spot kick but you’d be forgiven for not realising that what with the uproar.Rodgers fielded a strong team and stuck with his now cemented formation of three at the back and Daniel Sturridge up top.The first half resembled almost every Liverpool game of late. Loads of movement, some real fluidity which, granted is brilliant to see however I personally find it very frustrating watching this style of play when you are forever waiting for an end product.Liverpool have countless players with the talent to create space and make dangerous breaks but what’s the point when you can’t balance that with goals? I don’t want to sound too harsh because we’ve been doing really well lately but I’d just much prefer to see us play with two up top sometimes.The first half rattled on with the odd chance, an absolute screamer from Alberto Moreno stood out particularly but the Reds just couldn’t get off the mark. Besiktas meanwhile positively for the Reds were looking very lacklustre. They’re extremely reliant on Demba Ba and he only managed to trouble Mignolet on a few occasions.The second half began in very much the same fashion for the Reds. Once again Brendan Rodgers stuck with his formation clinging on to the hope that we would eventually find a goal and to be fair, we usually do find a goal but on Thursday evening this wasn’t the case.Until of course Brendan realised he had to change something and brought on Mario Balotelli. I’m not a massive fan of Lovren but his introduction allowed Can to move forward and created a formation that I much prefer if I’m honest.Balotelli’s input was immediately noticeable, he was causing problems for Besiktas, winning balls and fouls left, right and centre. And contrary to popular belief he was moving, getting himself in good positions. At one stage you could be forgiven for thinking Sturridge and Balotelli had swapped places as a selfish goal obessed run from the former left the latter lurking in space in front of goal wondering why he hadn’t received a pass. But that’s alright, nobody cares when it’s Balo, switch the roles there and you’d never hear the last of it.And then of course, we’re on to the penalty.At 84 minutes Jordan Ibe was brought down in the box after being set up by a brilliantly timed Balotelli pass. Ibe needs highlighting here because despite not scoring he looks a quality player and is really growing with confidence, it’s only a matter of time before he finds the back of the net. For me, seeing Balotelli, Sturridge, Ibe AND Sterling on the pitch was very, very exciting.It was definitely a penalty, for once that isn’t what everybody was arguing about. Instead it was all eyes on Balo. This is a man with an immense penalty record, slate him all you want he’s as cool, confident and as calm as anyone from a spot kick and in my opinion if Steven Gerrard is not on the pitch Mario Balotelli should be taking the penalties everytime.After making it clear to Hendo that he wanted the spot kick, there was no “snatching” of the ball as the papers would have you believe, there was a disgruntled conversation which ended with Hendo being very diplomatic and passing Balotelli the ball. Henderson needed to be challenged in my opinion and Mario Balotelli was right to stand his ground.He of course converted a cracking penalty and had once again played a big part in Liverpool winning the game after featuring heavily against Crystal Palace assisting the winner and netting another winner against Spurs.His spot kick had sealed the Reds the win but the debacle didn’t end there. Captain Steven Gerrard with a few slips of the tongue chatted on ITV like he was in the dressing room. At a time when Balotelli is finally doing well and the team as a whole is performing well it seemed a bit strange for our usually perfect captain to be so divisive. I honestly think Gerrard’s point was more related to the fact that Henderson was undermined and not that Balotelli had taken the peno but the fact is, Henderson needed to be undermined. I love Henderson but he should not be top of our peno takers list, no way.Brendan Rodgers has thankfully (after being petulat post match and not admitting who the designated penalty taker was) now explained the situation. When Gerrard is off and Balotelli is off the penalty taker is Henderson, when Balotelli is on it’s Balo, when Gerrard is on it’s Gerrard.Apparently there was some confusion because Balotelli didn’t start the match but for me that’s daft anyway because as soon as Balotelli comes on you should know as a team that he’s your man for a peno.I simply cannot believe the way this has been blown out of proportion, people are genuinely angry with Balotelli, there’s fans who feel he was disrespectful etc etc and each to their own opinions of course, everybody is entitled to them. However I just don’t get it, they ask for Balotelli to prove himself so he takes a massive decision to cause a bit of a dispute, own the penalty that his initial ball effectively won and put the weight on his shoulders to ensure, after all the stick he’s been getting that he converts the peno and wins the important game for his club. He should be getting credit here but once again he can’t win.It’s bloody ridiculous.Anyway, the main point is Liverpool did in fact win and thank god because it’s going to be hard enough playing in Turkey with a lead let alone without one!I asked you for your thoughts on the game and here are a few of the tweets I received:@LFCKirstyLFC Based on last night Jordan Ibe is going to be a monster player for us AND he’s still only 19!— R Thomas (@GRravski) February 20, 2015 @LFCKirstyLFC Balotelli right. Sturridge Greedy and childlike. Mignolet solid again.— Gavin (@GavlarLFC) February 20, 2015 @LFCKirstyLFC Mario should of took the penalty Danny had a bad game and Henderson was wasteful from set plays all night— Lfc die hard (@Lfc19888) February 20, 2015Next up for Liverpool is Southampton.Like “The Liver Bird” on Facebook –

LIVER BIRD – MATCH PREVIEW: Crystal Palace V Liverpool

Liverpool travel to London tomorrow as they prepare to face Crystal Palace in the fifth round of the FA Cup. The Reds have a Europa League tie with Besiktas coming up soon but the FA Cup is perhaps Brendan Rodgers’ best chance of steering his side to some silverware.Injuries for Liverpool mean they will unfortunately be without captain Steven Gerrard for this tie who is out for three weeks after picking up a hamstring injury against Spurs. Also unavailable is Lucas Leiva while Jordan Ibe is cup tied. Raheem Sterling will undergo a late fitness test.For Crystal Palace they are unable to call upon Jedinak and there are doubts hanging over the fitness of Sanogo and McArthur.Crystal Palace are currently behind Liverpool in the Premier League sitting in 13th place with the Reds in 7th. Palace drew their last fixture in the league after a 1-1 draw with Newcastle whilst Liverpool notched up a late win over Tottenham thanks to a Mario Balotelli winner.The last time the two sides met was in November last year. It was a sorry affair for Liverpool when the Reds fell to a 3-1 defeat at Selhurst Park. Rickie Lambert found the back of the net in just two minutes but it wasn’t enough for the Reds to collect any points.In the meeting prior to this, again at Selhurst Park it was even worse for Liverpool. In the midst of a title run and desperately needing a win Brendan Rodgers’ side somehow managed to throw away a 3-0 lead to eventually draw the game. It was devastating to watch and that’s not an exaggeration.So on the whole, we haven’t exactly been in brilliant form away at Palace of late. In fact, the last time we won at Selhurst Park was in 1997.Stat SandwichLiverpool have only kept three clean sheets in their last 19 FA Cup games.The Eagles have only won six of their last 29 matches in the FA Cup.Sturridge has scored nine goals in his last 11 FA Cup starts.I asked you for your score predictions and here are a few of the tweets I received:@LFCKirstyLFC 3-2 liverpool— mutley (@mutt1975) February 13, 2015 @LFCKirstyLFC I’m going for a draw & LFC win in the replay. We have a few knocks, likely to rotate a few & palace looking ok under Pardew— Andy (@YNWAANDY28) February 13, 2015I think it’s going to be a tough but exciting game tomorrow. With so many injuries as well it’s a good excuse for Brendan to try something new with the team, whether he will is a different story.For me I am of course hoping to see Balotelli after his goal in the week. I think this would be the perfect opportunity to pair Mario and Sturridge together but once again I doubt we will see that.Enjoy the match folks, wherever you are watching!Like “The Liver Bird” on Facebook –

LIVER BIRD – Late Coutinho Stunner Sends Reds Through

A late burst of magic dust from our trickster Philippe Coutinho was enough to see Liverpool progress to the 5th round of the FA Cup on Wednesday night. The Reds eventually managed to beat Bolton after the home side netted a penalty in the 58th minute. A dismissal followed soon after for Bolton and Sterling found an equaliser pushing the Reds on to find their last gasp winner.The first half was pretty poor for Liverpool with the same predictable outcome being put on display. Get the ball to Coutinho or Sterling and hope they can weave through and bag a goal. Problem was though that Bolton were not prepared to let us through and were more than content in creating attacks of their own.By the end of the first half though, there was no real excitement and both goalkeepers had remained relatively quiet. The only moment of note really was a yellow card picked up by Danns that would prove to be vital in the second half for Liverpool.At 53 minutes Liverpool replaced Adam Lallana with Jordan Henderson. Whilst the Reds continued their predictable attack Bolton began to gain more of a foothold through their skillful youngster Zach Clough. Bolton found their chance to take the lead at 58 minutes.The penalty awarded to the Trotters was perhaps a bit of a soft one but Martin Skrtel did mistime his challenge as Clough was far too quick. With Eidur Gudjohnsen stepping up for the penalty there was no way the veteran was going to miss and he converted with ease.The home side now had a renewed sense of optimism, at 0-0 they were still very much in the game and looked more like winners than we did but at 1-0 up they could easily hold on to this victory. Just after the hour mark though after a very poor and silly challenge Danns got himself sent off after a second yellow, much to the dismay of manager Neil Lennon.With a ten man Bolton side now the opposition you would have thought Liverpool would quickly gain the upper hand but the minutes passed and Liverpool failed to make their attacking nous count. The introduction of Daniel Sturridge gave us some hope but still we just couldn’t find the back of the net.Then at 85 minutes just as it looked as though Liverpool were about to crash out, a lovely assist from Emre Can was bettered by a brilliant finish from Raheem Sterling. His effort flew through the legs of the keeper Lonergan and kept the Reds in the competition.With five minutes left of the game it felt like we were destined to go to extra time but Liverpool kept the pressure on and eventually, in the first minute of time added on Philippe Coutinho popped up with an absolute beauty.Assisted by Jordan Henderson the Brazilian saw an opportunity and with a sublime strike that flew high and then dipped low into goal he sealed Liverpool the win.I asked you for your thoughts on the game and here are a few of the tweets I received:@LFCKirstyLFC Everything about Emre Can is improving every week, even his already glorious haircut.— Alex (@AlexGibbo) February 5, 2015 @LFCKirstyLFC Every cup competition in three words: “Survive and Advance.” We did both last night. Hopefully our good run of form continues.— GV (@njny) February 5, 2015 @LFCKirstyLFC Typical FA Cup game. Penalty was a bit soft. Magician Coutinho master class. 1 touch passing superb.— Cliff Morton (@CliffMorton) February 4, 2015It was a good win for Liverpool but it was another pretty average performance really. Our results of late have masked a lot of our issues and whilst I am undoubtedly pleased that we have reached the next round of the FA Cup I do worry about our form in the long run if we are unable to convert our chances more often.Next up for Liverpool is Everton!Like “The Liver Bird” on Facebook –

LIVER BIRD – Ivanovic Goal Knocks Reds Out In Extra Time

Liverpool suffered an agonising loss at the hands of Chelsea on Tuesday evening after a hard fought performance at the Bridge ultimately led to nothing. The Reds allowed early chances to go begging and whilst they held their nerve for the 90, Ivanovic broke hearts three minutes into extra time with a header from a set piece.The first talking point from the game surrounded that man Diego Costa. He’s the kind of player that you cannot stand when he’s in an opposition shirt but it’s hard to argue that you wouldn’t like him playing for your own team. Nevertheless the incident at 12 minutes was unforgivable and Costa was extremely lucky to remain on the pitch.A deliberate stamp on Emre Can right in front of an applauding Jose Mourinho went completely unpunished. I hate dwelling on decisions and “ifs” and “buts” however you can’t help but feel it would have been a totally different game for Liverpool with Chelsea down to ten men so early in the game. It has since come out today that Diego Costa has been served a ban which he may yet appeal but that’s no bloody use to us now is it?!Liverpool created several chances in the first half of the clash but as always no player in a Red shirt could quite find the finish. A break from Raheem Sterling and Steven Gerrard is one that particularly sticks in the mind, if only Raheem had laid the ball to the captain things could have been so different.Sterling wasn’t the only player throughout the game though showing signs of selfishness or making the wrong decision. What should have been an easy header later in the game from Jordan Henderson was sent wide and Philippe Coutinho, Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert were all guilty of completely missing the target and wasting opportunities.The annoying thing for Liverpool was that they played really well. The Reds applied constant pressure with Chelsea failing to trouble Mignolet really until very late on. When Mignolet was called in to action, what a game he had. The keeper has been on the end of a lot of stick lately (I hold my hands up to it too) but he made some superb saves on Tuesday night and kept us in with a shout.Talking points surrounding refereeing decisions soon revolved around Diego Costa once again when he followed up his deliberate stamp on Can with a deliberate stamp on Skrtel. The pair had been getting in each other’s faces throughout the game and to be fair how Chelsea were not awarded a penalty for Skrtel’s challenge on Costa I will never know. Sometimes you get the decision, sometimes you don’t, we may have been lucky to have not gifted Chelsea a peno but they were thanking their stars with Costa not being given his marching orders.I was extremely surprised to see Mario Balotelli chucked into play by Brendan Rodgers and whilst 90% of my Twitter feed cannot stand the bloke and thought he did shite I found myself being a bit more appreciative once again.Yes it was an average performance but he brought some movement and quality passes into the game, some skill and ingenuity. “Mario, moving?!” I hear you say… Several naysayers were quick to shout that Balo was “lazy” last night but whilst I will give you most of your criticisms, one thing he definitely was not last night was “lazy”.As for the goal, there are a lot of people blaming Mario for it. Of course, because it’s all his fault innit? For me, a striker no matter what his build should not be instructed to mark one of the most prominent aerial threats. Balo was part of a zonal system that apparently meant Glen Johnson could just wander around and do what ever he wished until danger arose and it was too late.Fact is, it was an easy header for Ivanovic and of course it shouldn’t have been that easy but Chelsea ultimately took their opportunity whilst Liverpool were left looking back on all their missed chances.We never gave up and played to the whistle but the Reds just couldn’t find that all important goal to take it to penalties. This game has just highlighted the importance for Liverpool to convert their chances and I can only hope that this will begin to resolve itself with the reintroduction of Daniel Sturridge.I asked you for your thoughts on the game and here are a few of the tweets I received:@LFCKirstyLFC Costa should have walked after 12 mins that would have changed everything poor poor decision Ref must have seen it .— Stewart (@sc_soly56) January 28, 2015 @LFCKirstyLFC we just lacking a clinical finisher once @D_Sturridge comes back this team is going to another level— Mr_G (@Mr_G_YNWA) January 28, 2015 @LFCKirstyLFC massively improved team but lack of predator type strikers costing us.— Pamie (@Pamela171171) January 28, 2015Next up for Liverpool is West Ham.Like “The Liver Bird” on Facebook –

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 –

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 –