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GUARDIAN – Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers praises Steven Gerrard after beating West Ham United video

Brendan Rodgers admires the captain’s ‘coolness’ after Liverpool win 2-1 against West Ham United. Rodgers’ side were down 1-0 before half-time but two penalties from Gerrard ensured Liverpool took three points. Despite the win, Rodgers says his side were lacking in aggressive play. Liverpool are now first in the Premier League table with 74 points Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – League title is in Liverpool’s hands claims ‘fearless’ Brendan Rodgers

Manager says Liverpool are mentally ready for Manchester City Claims his youngsters are tough enough for title run-inBrendan Rodgers has promised that Liverpool will show no fear against Manchester City next Sunday after they found a way past a stubborn West Ham side at Upton Park to secure their ninth successive victory and move back to the top of the league.Two penalties from Steven Gerrard, either side of Guy Demel’s controversial equaliser, were enough for Liverpool in a match stalked by debatable refereeing decisions by Anthony Taylor. However, Liverpool proved their character by surviving the physical test posed by Sam Allardyce’s side and ensured their quest to win the league for the first time since 1990 remains in their hands. Victory moved them two points in front of Chelsea and four ahead of City, and Rodgers’s young side will win the league if they win their final five matches. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – West Ham 1-2 Liverpool | Premier League match report

Not for the first time this season, Liverpool could be grateful to Steven Gerrard for his nerveless precision from the penalty spot. The captain scored his 10th and 11th spot-kicks in all competitions as his club maintained their Premier League title challenge and made light of a remarkable refereeing blunder into the bargain.One of the principal talking points of a dramatic afternoon in the East End came at the end of the first-half when Andy Carroll, West Ham’s former Liverpool striker, who looked to be on a mission to prove and score points against his old team, clattered the visiting goalkeeper, Simon Mignolet, following a Mark Noble corner. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – West Ham v Liverpool live! | Nick Miller

Premier League updates from the match at Upton ParkEmail nick.miller.casual@theguardian.comOr get in touch via Twitter: @NickMiller79Latest Premier League tableKeep up with all today’s latest scores 3.00pm BST THEY’RE GONNA WIN THE LEAGUE! THEY’RE GONNA WIN THE LEAGUE! AND NOW YOU BETTER BELIEVE THEM AND NOW YOU BETTER BELIEVE THEM AND NOW YOU BETTER BELIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEVE THEEEEEEEEEEEEM, THEY’RE GONNA WIN THE LEAGUE!You can’t help thinking that, impressive as Liverpool have been this season, some of their supporters are setting themselves up for a fall, as they chase their first league title since football was invented, such is their glee at their current position. Hubris is sweeping Merseyside like hot cakes (or something), and in some respects you can hardly blame these success-starved Scousers getting a little giddy about the whole thing, especially with the lads down the road in such a frightful mess, but you wonder if some of their more excitable fans should be reining it in a little, before they let hope take over their souls, making the potential crushing disappointment of failure even more crushing and disappointing. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool to move on Premier League title in stages

With six games to go Liverpool are in prime position for the title but Brendan Rodgers insists he will take no fixture for grantedBrendan Rodgers has been playing down Liverpool’s title hopes all season, apart from the short time where he built them up and performances suffered, but as of last week the club’s cover has been blown. Liverpool touched the top of the table with six games to play and, though the same could be said of Manchester City, the title is theirs to lose.”The finish line is a long way off, there is still a lot of work to do,” Rodgers said. “Some people think that with six games to go the finishing line is in sight, but every club will have difficult games between now and the end of the season. I only think of the next game. If we win that, I start thinking about the one afterwards. It is usually a mistake to look too far ahead, it gets too daunting. That’s why you plan ahead in stages. We don’t do it in one hit.” Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Andy Carroll: I have point to prove to Roy Hodgson not Brendan Rodgers

The West Ham striker prepares to face the side where he failed to fit, Liverpool, but bears no grudges because a place in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad is his priorityAndy Carroll is looking forward to confronting the club that discarded him but West Ham United’s centre-foward remains adamant he harbours no bitterness towards Liverpool. When it comes to proving a point, he is more concerned about jogging Roy Hodgson’s memory than trying to change Brendan Rodgers’ mind.A little more than three years on from his 35m move from Newcastle United to Anfield, Carroll would relish ruining the Liverpool manager’s weekend by scoring the winning goal at Upton Park on Sunday, yet he still hopes Rodgers’ team win thetitle. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool no longer fear big men like Andy Carroll

Manager says Skrtel and Agger can handle West Ham forward Iago Aspas tells Liverpool he wants to leave this summerBrendan Rodgers has said he is no longer concerned by Liverpool’s ability to handle direct, physical opponents, as he prepares for Sunday’s reunion with Andy Carroll at West Ham United.The Liverpool manager has admitted in the past that his defenders have been bullied by powerful centre-forwards or lapsed at aerial challenges. The former 35m Liverpool striker Carroll will pose that threat when the league leaders take their title challenge to Upton Park but Rodgers insists there has been a vast improvement in that aspect of his side’s game. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – West Ham United v Liverpool: match preview

Liverpool are yet to show signs of choking in their charge for the title but West Ham have the potential to make life awkward for them. Upton Park has been a graveyard for potential champions in the past and for Liverpool the fear must be that they will come unstuck at the hands of two of their former players, Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing. West Ham’s defence, which has kept 13 clean sheets this season, poses another problem – but Brendan Rodgers has Luis Surez. Jacob SteinbergKick-off Sunday 4pm

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