Monday, 31 January 2011


                                          TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY

What a day this is turning out to be Torres seems certain to be leaving for around £50 million, but rumours of Anelka coming to us in part of the deal sounds good to me as he is another striker with experience. Reports suggest Newcastle's Andy Carrol is on his way to Liverpool as both clubs have agreed on a £35 million fee. I think Carrol would be a great signing and I like the idea of him playing up front alongside Suarez who's signing should be confirmed soon. Their partnership resembles the Keegan and Toshack partnership of yesteryear. It has been such a busy day with many changes and there could be more before the day is out. Recent reports suggest our interest in Blackpool's Charlie Adam has been overtaken by Manchester United who are now the bookies favourite to land him. I would like to have seen Adam at Anfield as he is such a good passer from midfield and a good dead ball expert. The interest in Ashley Young has died down but maybe he is still on our radar, he would be a great signing if we could get him. I have also heard that left back Warnock may return to Liverpool which would be good as we are weak in that position. At the end of the day it looks like its going to be all change at Liverpool with Dalglish already making his mark on the team.

Sunday, 30 January 2011


                                                  THE LIVERWORD NEWS 30/01/11

Kenny Dalglish states he has no issue with Stoke's style of play as he prepares for Wednesday's home match against them.
THE LIVERWORD SAYS -  Stoke's style of play is not pretty but it is effective and difficult to play against with their airial assualt.

Transfer Rumour -  Liverpool and Spurs are showing a strong interest in Spain's Fernando Llorente with Spurs hoping to beat Liverpool for his signature reportedly making a bid of £26 million for him.
THE LIVERWORD SAYS -  He looks a great player to get but I don't think we can compete with Spurs' offer.

Ajax managing director Rik van den Boog has labelled Liverpool's new signing Luis Suarez a "street fighter" and he reckons Suarez will light up the place.
THE LIVERWORD SAYS -  I think he will too but if we lose Torres we need another striker in to support him.

Transfer Rumour -  Aston Villa will offer Ashley Young an improved contract to keep him out of the clutches of Liverpool and Man United.
THE LIVERWORD SAYS -  He is a very good player with plenty of pace but I think it would cost a lot of money to get him.

Transfer Rumour -  Reports suggest that Fulham will try to re-sign Paul Konchesky in the summer for £1.5 million.
THE LIVERWORD SAYS -  He's just not good enough for us a poor buy from Hodgson.

Transfer Rumour -  Liverpool are keen on a summer move for Newcastle left back Jose Enrique.
THE LIVERWORD SAYS -  He has been impressive this season and left back is a weak area in our team.

Reports suggest Liverpool will allow Torres to go to Chelsea for £50 million with a possibility of Anelka being included in the deal as Liverpool are resigned to the fact of losing Torres before the transfer window closes.
THE LIVERWORD SAYS -  If we are going to lose him then get as much as we can for him and at least getting Anelka in exchange would give us another experienced striker. But like everyone I am not happy he is going to a rival club.

Saturday, 29 January 2011

The Last 24 Hours

Liverpool signing Suarez was great news for Liverpool supporters yesterday but typical of our season was after the great news of the new signing came massive disappointment with the news that Torres had handed in a written transfer request to the club. With the obvious interest from Chelsea this felt like a dagger in the heart to me as I was at work last night and heard the news around midnight last night. The thought of one of our main players going to one of our fiercest rivals is unthinkable and worrying, I thought the Kenny Dalglish factor would have settled Torres down as he has looked unhappy throughout the season but since Dalglish came back there has been a big difference in his attitude, so his interest in wanting to leave surprises and saddens me. If we lose him we will probably be worse off than a week ago, ok we have Suarez but we have to see if he can do the business in a different country, whereas with Torres we know he can, and once again we are back to having one recognised striker with no time now to bring in another with the transfer window close to shutting. I just don't think we can keep him now as he has stated that he wants away and all I think we can do now is hold out for as much money as we can for him. Torres was loved at this club but this last 24 hours I'm sure he has lost a lot of friends especially wanting to go to a rival club, if he wanted to back to Spain then I think the supporters would understand but this move is unnacceptabe in my and many supporters eyes. Whatever happens over the next couple of days Liverpool will move on and continue to be supported by the greatest supporters in the world.


Friday, 28 January 2011


                                                   MATCH REPORT              

After a great win at Wolves last Saturday Liverpool were hoping to build on that strong performance with another win against Fulham. A difficult game with Fulham on a decent run of form. The last time Fulham visited Anfield with Dalglish in charge was in a League Cup tie in 1986 which Liverpool won 10-0, no way was there going to be a similar scoreline tonight. Fulham have been very difficult to score against and Liverpool would need to be at their best to earn another win.

                                                  THE TEAM

Dalglish once again keeping a settled team for this one with only the one change from the Wolves match, with Gerrard returning from suspension to take the place of Lucas. I like the way Dalglish is keeping a settled team I feel it gives the team a better understanding and relationship with team mates when they are playing together more often, whereas chopping and changing the team can lead to disruption and no cohesion in the team's play.

                                                 THE MATCH

Fulham started well gaining the lion's share of possession in the early stages, but it was Liverpool who had the ball in the back of the net in 6 minutes when Meireles sent Torres clear and he dispatched the ball into the Fulham net. However, the linesman flagged for offside and replays showed he got the decision wrong, unfortunate for Liverpool as this would have been the start Liverpool would have hoped for. With this let off Fulham got back into the game passing the ball about confidently. But Liverpool came close soon after with a great run and cross from Kelly found an unmarked Meireles whose glancing header was brilliantly pushed round the post by Stockdale. From the resulting corner Skrtel headed into the side netting. Liverpool were now looking dangerous on attack and on 25 minutes Glenn Johnson went close with a stinging drive from outside the box which Stockdale did well to tip over. Fulham had a good couple of chances to take the lead in a good spell 30 minutes into the game, the first was a great shot from Clinton Dempsey which brought a good save from Reina low to his right. Then Mousa Dembele should have scored after being set up by Andy Johnson, his shot from 6 yards hit weakly straight to Reina. Liverpool had the next chance when Maxi had a shot blocked from another cross by Kelly. Right on half time Torres headed on target from another Kelly cross but the half ended 0-0. The second half started with both teams having good possession but Liverpool made the breakthrough in the 52nd minute when Torres hit a shot from the edge of the box which was deflected onto the Fulham post, with Stockdale grounded and Fulham desperate to clear from Meireles, Pantsil ended up slicing his clearance into his own net. It was a real scrappy goal but Liverpool were not caring with signs of their luck changing. With Liverpool taking the lead hopes of Liverpool dominating the remainder of the game and killing the game off were cut short with the response from Fulham as they started to dominate and showed great spirit in a fight back. It looked as if it would be a matter of time before Fulham scored as Liverpool couldn't get out of their own half. Aaron Hughes went close with a header that Reina did well to save. With time running out Hangeland had a goal bound header wich was cleared off the line by Meireles. Fulham came close again in the dying minutes when a Murphy free-kick was headed across goal but Dumbele failed to get a good connection and Reina managed to scramble it away. Liverpool held on and what a relief it was to hear the final whistle. A great resiliant victory for Liverpool against a good Fulham side.


This was a very difficult match against a very good Fulham side. Fulham played brilliantly and had plenty possession and made it very difficult for Liverpool all night. I felt Liverpool had the best chances and Martin Kelly created some great chance getting down the right with some dangerous crosses. Gerrard back in the midfield for this match but I felt Fulham stifled him for most of the night and I felt he never really got going, likewise with Torres as he was well martialled by the Fulham defence. The Liverpool defence was superb once again as they were put under intense pressure in the closing stages, another clean sheet too for Liverpool which can only be great for confidence. It wasn't a pretty victory with a very scrappy goal but such a precious victory for Liverpool and now with a week to prepare for the next match at home to Stoke, Liverpool will go into the match full of confidence.

Man Of The Match -  Meireles  -   I thought he was outstanding once again as he covered every blade of grass and involved in so much good about Liverpool. He really is such a key player for us right now.


Wednesday, 26 January 2011


                                         THE LIVERWORD NEWS 26/01/11

Transfer Rumours -  Reports suggest Liverpool have stopped negotiations for Suarez and Adam as the American owners are unhappy at the valuations for the two players.
THE LIVERWORD SAYS -  I hope this is not true as they would be great additions to the team,

Transfer Rumours -  Ajax have set a deadline of Saturday for Liverpool if they want Suarez.
THE LIVERWORD SAYS -  Need to act fast or we will miss out Comolli and Americans need to show us how much ambition they have.

Transfer Rumours -  Holloway wants to keep Adam until the end of the season.
THE LIVERWORD SAYS -  With his valuation of him he can keep him for good.

Transfer Rumours -  Suarez is to hold talks in the next 48 hours with Ajax to try and reduce their £30 million asking price.
THE LIVERWORD SAYS -  I hope it works because I don't see us paying that kind of money.

Liverpool Reserves will now play Blackburn at Prenton Park on Monday 28 at 7pm. They will play Blackpool at Bloomfield Road on Thursday March 3rd at 2pm.
THE LIVERWORD SAYS -  I'm sure Kenny will take a great interest in these fixtures to see who is worth a chance in the first team.

Lucas has urged his team mates not to get carried away just yet after that good win against Wolves.
THE LIVERWORD SAYS -  I don't think any supporters will be, results have been so up and down all season long.

Mark Hughes has admitted that he's worried of the timing of this fixture as Liverpool have been rejuvenated under Dalglish's leadership.
THE LIVERWORD SAYS -  Yeh I bet he wished he could have played us on the original date.

Dalglish has told his players to use the backing of the Anfield crowd to help climb the League table.
THE LIVERWORD  SAYS -  The crowd certainly has been more vocal since Kenny returned and what a lift it gives the team. Our 12th man.

Milan Jovanovic admits he feels priveleged to be working with Kenny Dalglish.
THE LIVERWORD SAYS -  It might just be what Jovanovic needs to get his career going at Anfield by working with Kenny.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011


                                        THE LIVERWORD NEWS 25/01/11       

Liverpool transfer target Mark Van Bommel has signed for AC Milan today.         
THE LIVERWORD SAYS -  He is a bit old and a bit of a hatchet man so no big loss there.

Liverpool are hoping that Luis Suarez hands in a transfer request to force a move away from Ajax.
THE LIVERWORD SAYS -  I still hope we can get him maybe if he does this just like Charlie Adam has done then we could still get him.                     

The Liverpool owners will have to raise the stakes and show their ambition if they want to sign Charlie Adam and Luis Suarez.    
THE LIVERWORD SAYS -  Pay the money for Suarez even if he's a bit overpriced because I think he would be a great signing, But I wouldn't give silly money to Blackpool for Adam, £7 million at most.

Transfer Rumours - Reports suggest Liverpool are tracking Dulwich Hamlets youngsters Quade Taylor and Paul McCallum. Scouts from the club will be watching them play against Romford tonight in the Championship Manager Cup 4th Round tie.
THE LIVERWORD SAYS -   I like the way we seem to be looking to the future by bringing in quality youngsters to the club.

Wolfsburg are believed to have tabled a £6 million bid for Liverpool's Milan Jovanovic.
THE  LIVERWORD SAYS -  I would like to see him stay a bit longer as I think Kenny could get more out of him, but if the money helps to bring in Suarez then goodbye Milan.

Martin Skrtel believes Liverpool will soon climb the table as he looks for more clean sheets after Saturday's 3-0 win.
THE LIVERWORD SAYS -  Maybe we could get more clean sheets if he wasn't playing, good game on Saturday but he's a bombscare most times.

Lucas has been selected for the Brazil squad to face France in Paris on 9th February in a friendly.
THE LIVERWORD SAYS -  Great to see Lucas selected he deserves that he's played really well this season.

Liverpool Reserve Team Forward David Amoo has joined MK Dons on loan until 23rd February.
THE LIVERWORD SAYS -  It will give Amoo good experience to go out on loan.

Steve Clarke is hoping the Scottish influence back at the club will bring success back to Liverpool.
THE LIVERWORD SAYS -  Scots have played a big part in this club's success so hopefully it will be good for us.

Monday, 24 January 2011


                                                    THE LIVERWORD NEWS 24/01/11

Kenny Dalglish is looking forward to the return of Gerrard.
THE LIVERWORD SAYS - Kenny and every supporter of Liverpool are looking forward to that. After that great win at the weekend its another boost for us.

Transfer Rumours -  The agent of Charlie Adam has confirmed that the player has handed in a transfer request.
THE LIVERWORD SAYS - It looks like he is coming to Anfield now. Adam has been playing well for Blackpool but I am not sure he is what we are looking for. But Kenny must have an idea of what he will bring to the team.

Transfer Rumours -  Reports from Holland suggest that Liverpool's bid to sign Luis Suarez from Ajax has broken down as Liverpool's director of football Damien Comolli has been put off with the £30 million asking price.
THE LIVERWORD SAYS -  Devastating news from Holland, I was so hoping we could pull this off, he is such a good player and the signing would have made our intentions known that we can still buy top class players.

Transfer Rumours -  Reports suggest Liverpool are way off Wigan's valuation of £15 million for Charles N'Zogbia, offering £7.5 million for him.
THE LIVERWORD SAYS -  N'Zogbia is a good player and I think he could do a good job down our left. But I would just put all the money into signing Suarez and forget the rest.

Transfer Rumour - Liverpool are targetting Middlesbrough's 18 year old left winger Cameron Park who only made his Championship debut las Saturday.
THE LIVERWORD SAYS -  Its good to see us looking to the future in trying to bring youngsters in.

Kenny Dalglish has spoken of his delight with the form of Fernando Torres.
THE LIVERWORD SAYS -  He has just turned into a different player since Kenny came back. Brilliant to see.

Liverpool Reserves match against Blackpool scheduled for Thursday night has been postponed with no re-arranged date scheduled yet. Their next fixture wil be on Tuesday 1st February against Prescot Cables in the Liverpool Senior Cup Quarter Final.
THE LIVERWORD SAYS -  A pity its cancelled as I'm sure Dalglish is keen on seeing as much Liverpool team action as possible at all levels to see what he's got to work with.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Wolves 0-3 Liverpool Match Report

                                                    MATCH REPORT    

With Dalglish still looking for his first win in his second spell in charge of Liverpool this wasn't going to be the easiest of places to get it. Mick McCarthy's Wolves team are a team of battlers and don't make things easy for anybody. Although they find themselves at the wrong end of the table they have had some great results against some of the so called "big teams", beating Liverpool at Anfield at the end of the year and also having a great win away at Chelsea to name but two. Liverpool with a dire away record this season with only one win away from home all season were looking for better fortunes away from home in 2011. But Liverpool not having won at Molineaux since April 1979 knew it would not be easy.           

                                                     THE TEAM

Great to see Kenny trying to keep as settled a side as he can. With only one change from last week with Spearing making way for Poulsen. Once again Johnson on the left with the impressive Kelly keeping his place on the right side of defence.Gerrard serving the last game of his suspension.

                                                     THE MATCH

With anticipation of a first win for Dalglish there was a great travelling support for the team and they were making themselves heard. The game started in very scrappy fashion with both teams struggling for any kind of possession. But Liverpool did create the first chance of the match with Poulsen having a shot blocked after good work from Johnson and Lucas down the left. Chances were at a premium after this as the game remained scrappy on a difficult surface. Then on 21 minutes a superb Meireles pass over the top of the Wolves defence sent Torres clear but his shot was saved by Hennessey. Liverpool were having the best of the chances now and on 31 minutes Meireles hit a volley just wide of the target, then Maxi had a shot blocked by Hennessey from 8 yards. But then in the 36th minute Liverpool made the breakthrough when Poulsen played a defence splitting pass which Meireles ran onto with the Wolves defenders looking for offside. Meireles unselfishly squared a pass to Torres who passed the ball into the net. It was only what Liverpool deserved, but they had to endure some sustained pressure from Wolves just before half time as Reina made a good stop to preserve the lead.
  Liverpool started the second half better than they did last week with Hennessey making a good save from Kuyt early in the half. Then on 50 minutes Liverpool doubled their lead when Agger hit long from a free kick which was headed down by Berra only to be smashed on the volley by Meireles from 25 yards into the top corner of Hennessey's net. It was a spectacular strike. Typical of this Wolves team was their reaction to losing another goal as they pressed Liverpool back and put them under severe pressure. Fletcher hit a stinging drive from the edge of the Liverpool box which Reina saved well from. But Liverpool were still looking dangerous on the counter attack  Meireles tested Hennessey at the other end. Shelvey who came on for Poulsen had a great chance to finish the game after good work from Meireles and Torres he was sent clear on goal but he failed to hit the target with only Hennessey to beat. With the let off Wolves went all out attack and and forced Liverpool back but with all their pressure Wolves never really threatened Reina's goal as Liverpool's defence stood firm. Then in stoppage time Liverpool finished Wolves off after a 31 pass move ending up with Torres firing a third Liverpool goal from close range.


I was so pleased with this result and performance from Liverpool, like I said earlier not an easy place to go and you know you have to battle to get anything from Wolves and that is exactly what Liverpool did. So often we have wilted under pressure from teams with this attitude this season so I was so pleased to see no shrinking violets in this team today. Dalglish has installed a fresh attitude in this team and that is the most pleasing thing also with the players seemingly having a freedom to attack as we even witnessed holding midfielder Poulsen getting forward at times. The defence as a unit defended stoutly as Wolves put us under extreme pressure at times, with Wolves rarely troubling Reina. Lucas, Poulsen and Meireles battled brilliantly in the midfield and Meireles in particular having such an influence in the game. What a different player Torres is looking,puting his self about and running himself into the ground and now getting his reward with goals. Its a big win for Liverpool and hopefully now we can get some sort of run going with two home games coming up. But with the season we have had there is no way we will be getting carried away.

Man Of The Match - Meireles -  his best game yet as a Red he was superb he covered every blade of grass and created so many good attacks and also got on the end of many. Superb performance capped off by that brilliant strike giving Liverpool their second goal.


Friday, 21 January 2011

What Kenny Will Do For Us

I was in my bed sleeping on Saturday the 8th January at around mid-day because I was working nightshift that night, when my wife burst into the bedroom to ask if I was awake. Well if I had been sleeping I was awake now. She went on to tell me the news that Kenny Dalglish was the new manager of Liverpool. I was overjoyed like most Liverpool supporters with the news. I had obvious sympathy for Roy Hodgson who had came in at a difficult time but a change was needed.                    
  Dalglish has been my hero since I was a boy and he is the one reason why I started supporting this great club. The day he left the club was like a dagger in my heart, a death in the family. I think the club have made the right move bringing Kenny back. The club has had a nightmare season and needs to sort it out quickly and in my view I don't know of a better man for the job. Kenny's heart is in the club, he knows the club inside out, he knows the players even the youngsters and he was a top class manager. Yes, he has been out of management for a long time but I don't see this being a problem for Kenny. He has come in with a baptism of fire with his first game against Manchester United in the FA Cup which we unfortunately lost, followed by the trip to Blackpool which we took an early lead in but failed to hold onto, losing the match 2-1. Then last Sunday it was the Kenny's first game back at Anfield against Everton, of all teams. It was an encouraging performance eventually drawing the game 2-2.              
  Admittedly its not the start we the fans or Kenny would have hoped for results wise. But I have saw such a difference throughout the club from the fans to the players since Kenny has came in. Everybody seems to have had a massive lift with Kenny coming in. The supporters have been an extra man in recent games with their singing and the players have showed a commitment and energy so often lacking this season.     
  Dalglish will bring a more attacking team to the field which the supporters will love as we have endured too much of a cautious approach in recent years under Hodgson and Rafa. Dalglish will get more out of his players with his experience and also with his legendary status, just look at the difference in Torres already. Dalglish will also give the youngsters a chance as we have seen already with the likes of Kelly getting a run in the team and Spearing playing against Everton. Kenny will be a tremendous asset aswell in bringing new signings our way I think players will want to come and work with such a legend, he has so much respect in the game.
  So I believe if anybody is going to turn our fortunes around then Kenny is the man for the job. He cerainly has gave the club a massive lift and suddenly everybody is pulling in the same direction which can only be good for our future.


Thursday, 20 January 2011



Transfer Rumours - Liverpool are reportedly going to try and tempt £12 million rated Cluj striker to Anfield if Suarez doesn't come to Anfield.
THELIVERWORD SAYS - I hope we get Suarez but if we don't we certainly need another striker.

Transfer Rumours - Liverpool target Dimitri Payet of St Etienne has broken contract talks with the club and the right winger could leave at the end of the season.
THELIVERWORD SAYS - We do need more width in the team and good to see we are looking at wingers.

Transfer Rumours - Reports suggest Blackpool's Charlie Adam will move to Anfield this month.
THELIVERWORD SAYS - Adam has improved so much since his Rangers days and I think he may do a good job at Anfield.

Hoffenheim - Have confirmed Ryan Babel has other options as he mulls over a move away from Anfield. Hoffenheim have agreed a fee of £6 million with Liverpool for the player but Babel is keeping his options open.
THELIVERWORD SAYS - Babel has had more than a chance at Anfield and I hope we can use the money for him to help in a deal for Suarez.

Transfer Rumour - reports suggest Paul Konchesky could be loaned back to Fulham until the end of the season.
THELIVERWORD SAYS - Konchesky has not looked good enough so better playing somewhere else.

Transfer Rumours - reports suggest Liverpool and Ajax are about £8 million apart in their valuation of Luis Suarez.
THELIVERWORD SAYS - I believe we need to burst the bank for him as he is a quality player and signing him would send out a message to others of our clubs intentions to compete at the top.

Liverpool Reserves have been drawn against Prescot Cables in the quarter finals of the Liverpool Senior Cup. They will play on Tuesday the 1st February at Valerio Park.
THELIVERWORD SAYS - The reserves are doing well this season so hopefully they can defend this trophy they won last summer.

Reserve Team Coach John McMahon heaped praise on Joe Cole after his performance in last night's 1-0 win over Manchester City in the quarter final of the Lancashire Senior Cup. Danny Wilson also impressed playing 45 minutes. Argentine youngster Gerardo Bruna scored the winner.
THELIVERWORD SAYS - Great to hear Joe Cole playing well I still think he has a lot to offer and just needs a run in the team. Wilson is a tremendous prospect and I would play him in the first team instead of Skrtel.

Monday, 17 January 2011


                                                    MATCH REPORT     

Such a massive Merseyside derby this one, biggest in years regarding League positions and now with the return of Kenny Dalglish to Anfield this match became even more anticipated. With Liverpool so in need of a win after two defeats under Kenny's leadership. This could be a great lift for the club if they could win this match. With Everton in a decent run of form this would be a really tough test for Liverpool.            

                                                  THE TEAM   

Good to see Kenny trying to keep a settled defence and seeing Kelly getting a run in the team. I think everybody was surprised to see Jay Spearing in the team but a great chance for him. The rest of the team selection was no surprise for me.

                                                  THE MATCH

As expected the atmosphere was unbelievable for the return of Dalglish. Liverpool were obviously lifted by the tremendous home support as they started at a lightning pace. With only 30 seconds on the clock Torres tested Howard with a volley after Kuyt had flicked on an Agger pass. Then Everton had an early chance when Coleman hit a low shot wide of the target. Spearing showed early nerves when he misplaced a pass straight to Beckford who shot from long range and into the Kop. The game was frantic as both teams went for the opener. Kelly made a surging run down Liverpool's right before sending over a dangerous cross which was well defended. Then Torres looked to have given Liverpool the lead after a strong run into the Everton area when he curled a shot which unfortunately hit the far post, Kuyt jumped on the rebound only to see it deflected over. Liverpool were starting to dominate and took a deserved lead on 29 minutes when Kuyt was denied twice byTim Howard from close range before Meireles crashed a shot into the top left hand corner of Howard's net. Anfield erupted at this goal and it drove Liverpool on for more as they almost scored again soon after when when Torres hit a thunderbolt which Howard blocked only to rebound to Maxi but he couldn't keep his shot down. Just before half time Meireles almost scored again when Kuyt slipped a clever pass through but Howard saved once again. So at the half Liverpool went in 1-0 up and looked in control. Liverpool had to make a change at half time when Agger felt unwell so Kyrgiakos replaced him. But after all Liverpool's great work in the first half it was wiped out within a minute of the restart. Everton scored from a corner kick when Distin got above Skrtel and powered a header down into the ground past Reina, Johnson could only header off the underside of the bar and into the net as he tried to clear. It was such a shock for the home side and it got worse in the 52nd minute when Anichebe outjumped Kelly who's header found Osman and he slipped a pass into Beckford who found space to steer a low shot past Reina and give Everton the lead. This was a major blow for Liverpool who had been so dominant in the first half and they had to now show what they were made of. Then in the 68th minute Skrtel's miscued shot resulted in Howard bringing down Maxi for a penalty. Kuyt equalised from the spot sending Howard the wrong way. Great relief for Dalglish but now Liverpool wanted the winner, both teams attacked for the winner, Liverpool's best chance coming when Torres was put through but his chip was just too high and the game ended 2-2. Liverpool can take a lot of positives from this performance although disappointment at not getting the three points.


I thought it was a tremendous game, one in which Liverpool dominated for long spells and created many chances. The passion and commitment that was shown by the players was impressive and you can see this attitude has been installed by Dalglish. Great to see Meireles scoring his first Liverpool goal and Kelly is looking superb at right back another strong game from him. Lucas and Spearing battled brilliantly in midfield while Maxi's movement was superb. Kuyt had a better game as he made some telling passes and was a big factor at the first goal and kept his cool well to score from the spot. Agger going off was a major disruption to our defence. But I thought we were very unlucky with the goals we lost, the first Everton goal came from a corner when it should have been a goal kick. In the lead up to the second Everton goal Martin Kelly took a nasty collision with Anichebe and was floored but the referee played on when many referees would have stopped the play. But I feel this is the way our luck is going at the moment. Great character was shown from the team after going behind. Although we didn't win the three points I believe this could be a major performance for us and a start in the right direction.

Man Of The Match -   Torres -   I thought he was superb, caused all sorst of problems to the Everton defence as he looked more like the Torres of old. Unlucky not to score. A constant threat.


Saturday, 15 January 2011


Jamie Carragher believes Kenny Dalglish has already made an impact on the form of Torres.
THELIVERWORD SAYS - I agree with Carra Torres was a different player the other night at Blackpool chasing every ball and lost cause, Kenny seems to have installed a bit of Ian Rush in him regards to his work ethic.

Steve Clarke admits it was too tempting an offer to work with Kenny Dalglish and Liverpool.
THELIVERWORD SAYS - A shrewd move by Liverpool capturing his services, he has great experience.

Pepe Reina believes victory against Everton will turn around our season.
THELIVERWORD SAYS - If we do win I hope it doesn't end up another false dawn we have had so many this season.

Liverpool Under 18's beat Bolton 3-1 on Saturday afternoon with goals from Adam Morgan, Conor Coady and Toni Silva.
THELIVERWORD SAYS - There are some great young players in this team, which I think will be good enough for the first team in the near future. Silva catches my eye.

Transfer Rumours - Aston Villa's Stephen Warnock is poised to return to Anfield after falling out of favour at Villa Park. Liverpool look favourites to get him.
THELIVERWORD SAYS - I think he would be a really good signing as we are weak at left back. Konchesky not good enough and Aurelio's fitness a worry.

Transfer Rumour - Reports suggest Liverpool are monitoring West Ham's Scott Parker.
THELIVERWORD SAYS - He is the type of player we need in the middle of the park energetic and a ball winner.

Transfer Rumour - Reports in Italy suggest striker target Mirko Vucinic will be allowed to leave Roma at the end of the season for around £20 million.
THELIVERWORD SAYS - Don't know anything about him but we certainly need strikers and with a price tag like that he should be good.

Thursday, 13 January 2011


                                                      MATCH REPORT          

After the defeat on Sunday to Manchester United it was now a trip up to Blackpool for Liverpool as Kenny Dalglish's whirlwind start to his second stint as Reds boss continues, having more games than training sessions with his team has not been the ideal start for him as he tries to get used to his players but he has to get on with it anyway. A very tough first League fixture for Dalglish, especially given Liverpool's poor away record this season. Blackpool who had already beat Liverpool at Anfield earlier this season have been enjoying life back in the top flight. Liverpool knew they would have to compete for everything at Blackpool as Holloway's troops fight for everything.            

                                                    THE TEAM

Dalglish made three changes to Sunday's defeated team by bringing in Poulsen, Johnson and Jovanovic to the side. I like most supporters was surprised to see both Poulsen and Jovanovic start as they have not featured much this season. Johnson playing on the left was another surprise but happy to see Martin Kelly keeping his place after a great performance at the weekend. Poulsen sat in the holding role with Meireles and Lucas in the centre of midfield. Giving license for Kelly and Johnson to get forward.

                                                   THE MATCH

With the travelling support bouyed by the recent return of Dalglish, they certainly were making themselves heard and they got even louder inside three minutes when Torres gave Liverpool an early lead after a good run by Kelly who slid the ball to Torres who smashed the ball past the helpless Kingson. It was a terrific start for the Reds and typified by the look of delight on Dalglish's face. However this Blackpool side are full of battlers and don't give up on anything. Blackpool responded with an equaliser on 12 minutes when a careless pass by Meireles was picked up by David Vaughan who instantly switched possession to Taylor-Fletcher who slipped past Agger too easily before stabbing the ball past Reina from 10 yards. The game became so open as the game flowed to both ends. Adam tested Reina from the edge of the box as Blackpool were lifted by that equaliser. Then Taylor-Fletcher almost scored from a poor clearance from Reina as he hit a first time effort just wide. Liverpool came back into the game near the end of the half but their best effort being a tame Agger header. Blackpool made the sharper start to the second half as Adam hit a good shot which Reina did well to save. Then Reina made another brilliant save, fingertipping Vaughan's close range effort just over the crossbar. Liverpool almost took the lead when Kuyt crossed but Torres could only smash his volley high and wide. Kuyt and Meireles combined well to fashion another chance but Meireles failed to hit the target. Liverpool were having a better spell in the game and Kuyt's long range curler came close as Kingson tipped the ball around the post. But then on 69 minutes Liverpool were dealt a crushing blow when a high ball into the Liverpool penalty box was headed across goal by Evatt who outjumped Skrtel and the unattended Campbell headed home from close range. Liverpool pushed for the equaliser but never came close, a half hearted appeal for a penalty at one stage but another defeat away from home and Kenny now knows what a task he has on his hands.


I was surprised with the changes Kenny made to his team but they were refreshing, his ideas certainly made for an entertaining game as both teams tried to attack. But where there was plenty of heart in the team there is such a lack in quality. Skrtel and Agger very good on Sunday were more the way I expect to see them playing in this game, not strong or good enough. Agger was so easily beat at the first Blackpool goal and the same with Skrtel at the second. Meireles was very careless at the first Blackpool goal aswell , and I felt Liverpool's passing wasn't good enough throughout the game. But there was a commitment by the team that was encouraging and the Blackpool second goal did come against the run of play as Liverpool were having a good spell. Dalglish needs time to settle but I liked the way he tried to get us attacking more but I'm sure he'll make more changes for the Everton match.

Man Of The Match -  Torres - A superb goal from the striker and I thought he worked his socks off all night, more encouraging performance from him.


Sunday, 9 January 2011


                                                 MATCH REPORT

This rollercoaster of a season goes on with another twist in the last day or so. First Hodgson leaves Liverpool by "mutual consent" then Kenny Dalglish is appointed manager until the end of the season. What a turnaround on the eve of a massive FA Cup tie away to Manchester United. After Wednesday's sorry loss to Blackburn I had the feeling this news of the return of Dalglish would lift the whole club, and I was expecting a huge reaction from the players after their poor show on Wednesday night. Never an easy place to go to and with Liverpool's away form being so poor it was going to be a massive ask for Dalglish to get a result here.

                                               THE TEAM

I didn't really know what to expect from Dalglish's team selection, but I was quite pleased with it. Good to see young Kelly starting, although I think it was only because Johnson's wife was in labour. Great that Agger and Aurelio starting in defence with Meireles and Lucas in the middle with Gerrard higher up the field supporting Torres. Maxi and Kuyt the wide men. But overall a good team selection.

                                              THE MATCH

As expected a full house for this match with an electric atmosphere generated mostly by 9000 Liverpool supporters that were eager to see the return of "King Kenny". But Dalglish couldn't have anticipated a worse start when Berbatov latched on to a long ball down the right and cut into the box, Agger who was in close attendance made a slight effort of a tackle only to see Berbatov go past him then decide to hit the deck. Referee Howard Webb who was about 30 yards away and with no way of a clear view of the incident had no hesitation in giving a penalty much to the frustration of the Liverpool players, especially when the linesman signalled for a corner. Giggs took the penalty emphatically placing the ball in the left hand corner of Reina's net. It was the worst possible start for Liverpool with confidence fragile. But instead of buckling Liverpool responded, Torres miscued a shot from the edge of the box and Maxi had a shot as Liverpool came into the game. Martin Kelly made a great forward run then fizzed a low cross right across the face of goal but it was well cleared by a defender. But as Liverpool looked threatening with Gerrard pulling the strings, disaster struck, Gerrard jumped in seemingly with two feet to win the ball in a challenge with Carrick and referee Webb judged the challenge to be a straight red card and leave liverpool with a monumental task. Man United almost doubled their lead right on half time when Johnny Evans headed against Reina's right hand post. As the second half started Man United pressed for a second goal as Hernandez flashed a header just wide of Reina's goal. United passed the ball and made Liverpool chase the ball with their extra man, but Liverpool tried to push forward as they showed great courage backed by their tremendous supporters who never stopped singing. Torres smashed a volley against a defender after a clever knockdown by Kuyt. Dalglish changed things by bringing on Babel and Shelvey for Maxi and Meireles. Babel made an instant impact with a good run and long range shot which was saved by Kuszczak. Aurelio had a good effort from a free kick on the edge of the United penalty box but Kuszczak saved well. Liverpool survived an amazing sequence of United attacks on 68 minutes when Reina made five saves in the same attack to keep Liverpool in the game. United ran the clock down in the remainder of the game to go through 1-0 but Liverpool can take a lot of positives from this performance.


Not the result we all hoped for but in my view with terrible start Liverpool had I thought it ended up being a very good performance, with so many positives from a defeat. The start couldn't have been any worse and losing our captain later made it virtually mission impossible but the team stood up and showed heart and character that has been lacking in too many games this season. The defence played really well and Martin Kelly was superb in such a big game he defended superbly and got forward with good effect. I thought the whole team gave everything for Kenny. I'm afraid I have to mention the two major decisions in the game, first the penalty, when I first saw it I thought oh no penalty, but when I saw the replay I thought very soft but the thing that enraged me was that there was no way Webb got a good view of the incident and his linesman had a better view who pointed for a corner, but I just feel like most Liverpool fans that he does favour Man Unitred. My take on Gerrard's sending off was one of outrage, when I first saw Gerrard's challenge I thought strong challenge but he's won the ball, when I saw the replay I thought he's jumped in a bit but still won the ball but maybe could be a booking at worst, but when I saw Webb pull out a red card, well I can't repeat what I said as my wife had to keep my youngest child out of our living room for fear of him learning some new words. I just don't think Webb should be allowed to referee this fixture as he always wants to be star attraction and be contoversial. All in all I was proud of the performance they way the team showed heart and passion and I loved seeing Dalglish back in the dugout. I think we can go on with great encouragement from this defeat.

Man Of The Match - Martin Kelly  had a superb game at right back some great interceptions and made some good runs forward too, has made a big stake for a regular game with this performance.


Thursday, 6 January 2011


                                                MATCH REPORT

With a great win against Bolton last Saturday and the start of a New Year, Liverpool were hoping for a better record away from home this year, starting at Blackburn. Blackburn who started the game level on points with ;Liverpool albeit having played two more games, would make it difficult for Liverpool to come away with anything as they are always a physical side.

                                               THE TEAM

I couldn't understand why Hodgson changed the team around for this one, after a good win against Bolton I thought the only change would be Gerrard coming in for Meireles. But no, Roy brought in Konchesky for Aurelio and Kyrgiakos for Agger and Cole for Kuyt. I thought Agger and Aurelio played well on Saturday and Kuyt is the type of player needed in games against teams like Blackburn. The only changes I would have made would have been Gerrard for Meireles and Cole for N'Gog, as N'Gog is not strong enough for me and Cole could have played just behind Torres.

                                              THE MATCH

Liverpool made an assured start to the match and had an early effort chalked off fo a marginal offside decision. Torres flashed a header close from a Konchesky cross. But then Blackburn started to come into the game and the game became stretched. Pedersen fired a free kick off target for Blackburn and Damien Dunn lashed a volley into orbit. Blackburn should have taken the lead in the 17th minute when Olsson's superb cross found Diouf free on the edge of the six yard box, but he could only bundle the ball into Reina's grateful arms. Then Cole flashed a ball across the face of the six yard box only to see it deflected past for a corner. From the resulting corner, Blackburn broke away with Diouf ending the move with a volley off target. Then with Blackburn looking the more commited side they took the lead in the 32 minute when Dunn's pass found Diouf in acres of space and he then slid a pass behind Johnson for Olsson to run onto and he scored the opener with a low shot through Reina's legs. If Liverpool thought that was a blow it was to get worse 6 minutes later when Blackburn doubled their lead thanks to Benjani who strongly held off Kyrgiakos in the penalty area before turning and blasting a shot high into the net giving Liverpool a massive task. Skrtel should have scored right on half time when the ball broke kindly to him from a corner but he shot wildly. The second half started with Liverpool looking like a defeated team, but they gradually came into it and Gerrard was unlucky when he burst into the box before smashing a shot into the side netting. Then Cole hit a shot straight at Bunn as Liverpool tried to find a way back. But then in the 57th minute Liverpool were hit with a killer goal when Hoilett waltzed around Skrtel and Johnson before cutting the ball back to Benjani to tap in from close range. Liverpool dominated the latter stages as Blackburn looked to hold on to what they had, and Torres missed a great chance as he blasted high over the bar from close range after Cole played him through. Then Cole had a shot well saved from Bunn. Liverpool did get a goal back when Gerrard smashed a loose ball into the Blackburn net with 10 minutes to go, then in 86 minutes Gerrard was brought down in the area by Salgado for a penalty. Gerrard stepped up to take it, but he smashed high into the crowd and Liverpool's chance of a comeback was gone.


Once again like every other Liverpool supporter I was left utterly disappointed, not just with the score but in the way we played. There was such a lack of passion and commitment in the team and Blackburn sensed this and took full advantage as they bullied us off our game. Blackburn got stuck in and they chased every ball and that is why they won the match. Although our defence was a shambles, Carragher is sorely missed for his organising at the back. The space Blackburn had at their first goal was shocking and Kyrgiakos was too easily turned at the second goal. Johnson and Skrtel were a joke at the third goal they way they let Hoilett run past them. The players let the manager and more importantly us the supporters down. Hodgson was at fault too with making so many changes to a winning team and when we were 2-0 down Hodgson brought on a substitute, Agger for Kyrgiakos, I couldn't believe it, a centre half for a centre half when we need goals. I thought Cole tried hard and had a few good efforts and played a couple of nice passes. Torres looked a frustrared figure again. Maxi just didn't look interested and was eventually subbed. N'Gog is not good enough or strong enough and Glenn Johnson can't defend. I just don't know how Skrtel gets a game. Gerrard tried to drag Liverpool back into the game but he had to many passengers to carry. I fear for us on Sunday.

Man Of The Match -  Gerrard   He was quiet in the first half but he tried to bring us back into the game with some driving runs and a goal, won the penalty before missing the spot kick.

Saturday, 1 January 2011


                                                       MATCH REPORT

Well after Wednesday's loss to Wolves this made this our biggest game of the season, with Hodgson under severe pressure and so much speculation about Roy's future this had to be win at all costs. So much of Liverpool's season resting on the result of this match. Bolton coming into this match on great form and very unlucky to lose at Chelsea on Wednesday. I was fearing the worst against Bolton as we looked like a team with no confidence against Wolves.

                                                      THE TEAM

Hodgson made a few changes for this game which came as no surprise, it was a surprise to see Gerrard not starting although I believe he was suffering from cramping on Wednesday night. I was pleased to see Agger and Aurelio coming in, and good to see Meireles coming back into the middle and Maxi coming back into the left side of the team where he should have been on Wednesday night. Kuyt back in his more familiar role on the right. The rest of the team as expected.

                                                     THE MATCH

With Liverpool's obvious lack of confidence the match started off in very cagey fashion with Bolton happy to settle into the game and Liverpool looking very nervy and unsure of their mission. Torres gave the ball away so often in the early stages as he struggles to find his form. Not much happened till around 20 minutes in to the match when Torres managed to find Maxi at the back post whose volley across the face of goal was cleared by Matt Taylor. Then Meireles recieved an injury and was replaced by Gerrard giving the crowd and the team a lift. Bolton came close with a Taylor free kick hitting the side netting of Reina's goal. Gerrard made a big difference as he influenced Liverpool's attacks and Liverpool came close when a Kuyt cross was headed back across goal by Maxi hitting the top of the Bolton bar. Then just as Liverpool were starting to shade possession just before half time Bolton took the lead after a rash challenge by Aurelio out on the touchline gave Bolton a free kick, Taylor whipped in a dangerous free kick to the back post which Davies headed past Reina giving Bolton a goal at a great time. Liverpool should have equalised on the stroke of half time when Kuyt lobbed a ball to the back post which found Lucas who slid inside the six yard box only to see his effort go agonisingly wide and see Liverpool go in 1-0 down at half time.
  I'm sure some strong words were used in the Liverpool dressing room at the interval and Liverpool got the perfect start to the second half when they equalised in the 49th minute when Gerrard played a delightful pass behind the Bolton defence which Torres volleyed high into the Bolton net and lifted the whole of Anfield. Liverpool almost took the lead three minutes later when Torres cut in from the left and hit a shot just wide of the Bolton woodwork. Liverpool were a different team after scoring and Gerrard instrumental as Liverpool pushed for a winner. Both Maxi and Gerrard were both denied in the same attack by Jaaskelainen whose rebound hit the arm of Mark Davies as he was on the ground resulting in huge appeals for a penalty from the Liverpool players which were waved away by the referee. As Liverpool kept up the pressure they came close when N'Gog had a shot blocked then Torres volleyed a clever cross from Gerrard just wide of the front post. But Bolton had the odd venture forward and Mark Davies hit a rocket straight at Reina. N'gog made way for Cole and this proved to be a great substitution as with time running out Joe Cole grabbed the winner in injury time after another dangerous cross by Gerrard to the back post came off Elmander as he challenged Maxi only to see the ball fall to Cole virtually on goal line who gladly knocked in the winner and sending Anfield into ecstacy. Liverpool held on for a great result as Reina made a late save. A great result and a gritty performance from Liverpool.


I was really worried before this game as Wednesday night was just about as bad as it gets. Fair enough the ground was not full but the fans that turned up were tremendous the way they got behind the team all game and really helped the team. There was a far better show of commitment from the players and a growing of confidence as the game went on which was severely lacking on Wednesday night. I thought everybody played well even N'Gog had a better game although I still don't think he is the right partner for Torres. Aurelio played well apart from his poor tackle leading up to the Bolton goal. Gerrard was superb when he came on creating the two goals and he really did drive Liverpool on. I was very impressed with Torres aswell as he has been getting so much criticism for his performances and rumours of him not wanting to play here, but against Bolton he never hid he chased everything early on he could do nothing right as the ball bounced off him and he gave the ball away but the way he kept looking for the ball and his workrate impressed me and I was pleased to see him get his reward with a goal and that made a huge difference to his confidence as the game wore on. How big a goal could that be for Joe Cole too, really pleased for him to come on late in the game and grab such an important, dramatic late winner. Overall a great response from Liverpool and a very important result after the disappointment of midweek.

Man Of The Match -  Gerrard    I thought Torres was superb aswell but I have to give it to Gerrard the way he drove Liverpool on especially after going behind. Created both Liverpool goals too.