The Liverbird

LIVER BIRD – We’ve Taken It To The Wire

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

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