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Pardew, Palace and Playing the Returning Hero

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Pardew, Palace and Playing the Returning Hero - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Alan Pardew spent his New Year's Day watching on from the stands at Villa Park, watching his former club and soon-to-be employers Crystal Palace play out their second consecutive nil-nil draw since Neil Warnock was shown the door after a Boxing Day loss to Southampton.


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Each of these word clouds represents the terms used within BBC match reports for each individual side during the 2011/2012 season. All twenty of the sides that competed in the Premier League during last season are represented. These word clouds give an indication as to what players were mentioned most during the season.



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So our skipper & leader for so many years is hanging up his boots at Anfield for one last time at the end of this Season.

Impossible to measure just how much the Huyton-born Red has contributed over the last 17 years.

Safe to say, he has been a legend of Liverpool fc and is so highly regarded and respected throughout the Football World, that a "This Is Your Life" show is in order for him.

Chelsea Star Thinks Liverpool Hired Wrong Manager

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Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has revealed he was surprised Liverpool did not offer Steve Clarke the chance to take over at Anfield following the departure of Kenny Dalglish.
Clarke was part of Dalglish's backroom staff at Liverpool, but when the Reds parted ways with the Scot, the former-Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers was hired by the Anfield hierarchy.

Dalglish Denies Suárez Racism Row Cost Him Liverpool Job

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Kenny Dalglish has said he was not dismissed as Liverpool manager due to his defence of Luis Suárez and believes more senior Anfield figures should have taken responsibility for the club's handling of the striker's racism charge.
Dalglish was at the forefront of Liverpool's belligerent support for Suárez after he was found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra and handed an eight-match ban last season.

Us and Them.

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After two games without conceding a corner, we have the opportunity to play a team who are sure to attack and thank goodness for that. Our stats show that either our defence is the best in world (ever) or that our opposition have been too afraid to offer anything other than estacionar el autobús football I would love to believe the former.

Us and Them.

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After two games without conceding a corner, we have the opportunity to play a team who are sure to attack and thank goodness for that. Our stats show that either our defence is the best in world (ever) or that our opposition have been too afraid to offer anything other than estacionar el autobús football I would love to believe the former.

Us and Them.

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After two games without conceding a corner, we have the opportunity to play a team who are sure to attack and thank goodness for that. Our stats show that either our defence is the best in world (ever) or that our opposition have been too afraid to offer anything other than estacionar el autobús football I would love to believe the former.

On Andy Carroll and Charlie Adam

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I've said it before. If a manager doesn't like a player, doesn't want a player, it's almost always better to cut bait immediately.

But that doesn't mean I have to like it.

There's little I can add to James Tyler's wonderful piece for ESPN FC on Andy Carroll.
The new Liverpool is one of Raheem Sterling and Joe Allen.

2012-13 Liverpool Season Preview

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Year Zero? Year Zero.

Is this the third year zero or the first? It's the third year in a row where Liverpool have started the season with a new manager, something that's never happened in the club's 120-year history. Brendan Rodgers replaces Dalglish who replaced Hodgson who replaced Benitez.

Olympics 2012 Soccer – Dalglish ‘was sacked over Suarez’

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Manchester United Bos Sir Alex Ferguson says Kenny Dalglish was sacked by Liverpool for his manipulation of the Luis Suarez anti-Semitism serration. HTTP://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/image/61697000/jpg/_61697999_ferg2.jpgMore to cum on goalpost.tv from Olympic 2012 Soccer

Arsenal MUST NOT let Theo Walcott go to Liverpool (or anywhere else)

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Liverpool are in for Walcott? by KJ The latest Arsenal transfer news over the last two days has come from the Liverpool camp. They've shown interest in our English winger, Theo Walcott. Brendan Rodger has shown real intent to fix up the mess that Kenny "King" Dalglish has left at Liverpool with the impressive signing [.

Does Carroll Loan Deal Make Sense For Newcastle?

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The new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that he will consider sending Andy Carroll out on loan next season, after the big striker disappointed last season with just 9 goals in 47 appearances for The Reds. Andy Carroll while on Tyneside The problem Liverpool have had is that at least with ken Dalglish, the team didn't play to Andy's [.

Premier League Has Strongest Set of Football Managers Of All-Time

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Since the 2011-12 season ended, the managerial merry go round in the Premier League has been more of a spinning top than a relaxing ride. Dalglish out, Rodgers in; Hodgson out, Clarke in; McLeish out, Lambert in; Di Matteo in ...

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Joe Cole eager for central role at Liverpool

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Liverpool attacking midfielder Joe Cole, currently on loan in French club Lille is hoping Liverpool's new manager will be open to the idea of building a team around him, insisting a central midfield role is his "best position".

The 30-year-old midfielder, who was not at all favored by Dalglish has insisted he still wants to prove himself at Liverpool, where he returned this week, after a successful period on loan with Lille.

Dalglish Out!

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I honestly don't know this club anymore. I'd better get used to that fact.

Look, we're all aware this season's results were horrendous. The denizens of the Andromeda Galaxy are aware of that. The fact remains it was one season, the season after Hicks and Gillett nearly destroyed the club and Hodgson helped dig the hole deeper.

Sack Dalglish and Liverpool FC will become a mid-table club in years to come

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Don't get me wrong, I'm neither a pro-Dalglish regime nor against him. Yes, we...

Reds Face Swans To End Season

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Tara a bit Maxi!...Liverpool's last game of the 2011/2012 season sends them into Wales for an away tie with promoted Swansea. The Swans have been a breath of fresh air to the Premier League and have established themselves as a tougher nut to crack than some may think.

Injuries for Swansea mean they are without Agustien and Bodde but manager Brendan Rodgers has not other worries.

Liverpool at Swansea 05.13.12

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10am ET, live in the US on Fuel TV.

I don't know if your cable service gets Fuel TV. Given Fox's ubiquity, chances are it does, especially if you have any extra sports packages. I suspect most providers bundle it with the same package Fox Soccer comes on. It is channel 618 on DirecTV.

Also, once again, I'd like to thank Fox for this "Survival Sunday," televising six matches with three others available via the internet and City v QPR on espn2.

Chelsea For Second Time In 3 Days For Reds

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Gerrard models Tuesday night's shirt...Chelsea travel up to Anfield on Tuesday night after their victory over the Reds in the FA Cup Final at Wembley. It's a tough pill to swallow for the Liverpool after an Andy Carroll header nearly put them back into the match but it wasn't to be.

Liverpool have no new injury worries for this one and Chelsea are also still without defenders Luiz and Cahill.

Reds Face Chelsea In FA Cup Final

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Up for grabs...As if you didn't know there's an FA Cup Final on Saturday and Liverpool are only bloody well in it! After successfully knocking out Everton in the semi finals the Reds are ready to square up against Di Matteo's Chelsea at Wembley.

Liverpool's league form this season has been pretty terrible and so for most fans the past few weeks have just consisted of Wembley dreams.

Fulham To Face Before Cup Final

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Stewart Downing; Ventriloquist extraordinaire...Liverpool welcome Fulham to Anfield on Tuesday evening for their last league game before the massive FA Cup final at the weekend. The Reds recorded a confident win over Norwich on Saturday thanks to a glorious Luis Suarez hat-trick and here's hoping that sort of result is repeated.

Suarez Sinks Stunning Hat-Trick Against Canaries

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Suarez celebrates...Liverpool put three past Norwich at Carew Road on Saturday as the Reds got themselves back to winning ways in the League. A stunning hat-trick from Luis Suarez sent the away fans wild and with little left to play for in the League other than perhaps topping Everton, it was an exciting and refreshing 90 minutes from the Reds.

Gerrard Ready To Return

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Liverpool boss Kenny Daglish has confirmed that captain Steven Gerrard is fully fit and there are no issues over his fitness.
Gerrard was left out of Sunday's defeat to West Brom, with worries over a hamstring injury.
But Daglish has admitted that it was a precaution to leave him out last week and he has been training all week with no issues.

Liverpool Through To FA Cup Final

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The Don't Buy The Sun posters were out in full force as the team and fans paid their respects for the minutes silence...After an afternoon at Wembley that began with both the Red and Blue sides observing a minutes silence for the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives at Hillsborough it was the Reds who could boast about their ticket to the final.

Brad Jones promises to keep Liverpool safe

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Brad Jones made his unexpected Premier League debut for Liverpool, after Alexander Doni was sent off in the 3-2 win at Blackburn on Tuesday. The Aussie has not played in the FA Cup since conceding two in ­Middlesbrough's sixth-round defeat at Goodison during ­Everton's run to the final in 2009.

Comedian Alan Davies Apologises Over Hillsborough Comments, Donates £1,000 To Justice Campaign

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By Chris Wright

"It's Creek on the left, dips inside..."

Comedian Alan Davies has apologised over comments he made on his football podcast about Liverpool's refusal to play on the anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster a steadfast decision that has had the knock-on effect of leaving Chelsea with just three days between their game against Tottenham (Sunday 15th April)  and the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Barcelona.

Draw With Villa For Reds

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Gerrard, Suarez and Shelvey get ready...Liverpool managed to make a slight improvement on recent form as they held Aston Villa to a 1-1 draw at Anfield on Saturday. Aston Villa took the lead with a goal from Chris Herd but Luis Suarez equalised late on for the Reds.

Dalglish appeared to give Andy Carroll a reality check as he was allowed only to start from the bench.

No Laughing Matter

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Reina let's the occasion get the better of him...Liverpool fell to a 6th defeat out of 7 league games on April Fool's day as Papiss Cisse confidently put two past the later dismissed Pepe Reina. In an embarrassing display which actually began with a lively start from Liverpool, fans were left completely deflated as they made their way back from St James' Park.

Dalglish: Player’s Need To Learn How To Deal With Their Frustrations

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It should have been a dream return for Andy Carroll to St. Jame's Park, instead it turned out to be a nightmare as Liverpool lost 2-0 to further complicate their chances of playing in Europe next season. Sunday's loss makes it the third consecutive loss for Dalglish who is starting to feel the heat of the job.

Liverpool Kenny Dalglish in pointlessly narky press conference shocker

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Kenneth Dalglish, the great press conference raconteur, has yet again turned an innocuous question from a journalist into a talking point. The Liverpool manager responded to a straightforward question about the role of one of the club's hottest prospects in his now customary passive aggressive style.

Liverpool set to offer trials for three rising stars from Ghana

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The Reds have offered trials for Bright Gyenfi, a 16-year-old defender and 18-year-old midfielders James Akaminko and Nurudeen Amed are on the books of Prampram Mighty Royals.

According to skysports, A number of Premier League giants are interested the trio but the the teenagers are set to arrive at Anfield by April.

Kenny hints at a change in tactics

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The Reds suffered their fifth defeat in six Premier League games at home to Wigan on Saturday with the manager blaming tiredness and injuries for their slump in form.Dalglish believes the criticism his side have attracted has been unfairly warranted and suggested that he will be changing his tactics to a more direct style of play if they are to improve on an underwhelming Premier League season to date.

Liverpool 1-2 Wigan

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Maloney 30' (pen)
Suarez 47'
Caldwell 63'

We should have learned by now. It can always get worse.

After this most recent atrocity, Liverpool have taken all of eight points in 2012: two wins, two draws, and seven losses. An average of 0.73 points per game.

Liverpool v Wigan 03.24.12

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11am ET, live in the US on Fox Soccer Plus

Last four head-to-head:
0-0 (a) 12.21.11
1-1 (h) 02.12.11
1-1 (a) 11.10.10
0-1 Wigan (a) 03.08.10

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 2-3 QPR (a); 2-1 Stoke (h); 3-0 Everton (h)
Wigan: 1-1 West Brom (h); 1-1 Norwich (a); 0-2 Swansea (h)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Bellamy, Suarez 6; Gerrard 5; Carroll 3; Adam, Kuyt, Maxi, Skrtel 2; Coates, Henderson, Johnson 1
Wigan: Di Santo, Gomez 4; McArthur, Moses, Watson 3; Caldwell, Diame, Rodallega 2; Crusat 1

Referee: Lee Mason

Liverpool's bad luck charm in past campaigns, Mason did an excellent job in the away leg of the Carling Cup semi-final and Liverpool have won the three matches when he's been in charge this season.

Dalglish Speechles After QPR Comeback

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The QPR-Liverpoool fixture was always going to be a tough one. Both sides needed a win badly to turn their current misfortunes in the league. For Liverpool, a win would have brought them within 2 points of 6th place Newcastle United and guaranteed them a Europa League slot, however, the Reds failure to capitalise on the chances that came their way condemned them to a 5th away loss in their last 6 outings.

Three players who could leave Liverpool this summer

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Dirk Kuyt

The Flying Dutchman has struggled to nail down a regular starting place in Dalglish's first XI with summer recruit Jordan Henderson taking his position on the right-side of midfield. Kuyt has featured in only 29 games in all competitions this season, finding the back of the net four times, while Liverpool struggle in seventh place on the Premier League table.

Off To Loftus Road

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Ohh sod it!...Liverpool have a trip down to Loftus Road on Wednesday evening to face Mark Hughes' Queens Park Rangers. The Reds go into this game on the back of a victory over Stoke in the FA Cup and a 3-0 win in the Merseyside derby.

Injuries for Liverpool mean Dalglish is still unable to call on Daniel Agger and Glen Johnson.

Liverpool at QPR 03.21.12

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4pm ET, live in the US on Fox Soccer Plus

Last four head-to-head:
1-0 Liverpool (h) 12.10.11
2-1 Liverpool (a) 02.11.96
1-0 Liverpool (h) 08.30.95
1-1 (h) 02.11.95

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 2-1 Stoke (h); 3-0 Everton (h); 0-1 Sunderland (a)
QPR: 1-2 Bolton (a); 1-1 Everton (h); 0-1 Fulham (h)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Bellamy, Suarez 6; Gerrard 5; Carroll 3; Adam, Maxi, Skrtel 2; Henderson, Johnson, Kuyt 1
QPR: Helguson 8; Mackie 4; Barton, Bothroyd, Cisse, Smith, Young, Zamora 2; Buzsaky, Campbell, Faurlin 1

Referee: Howard Webb

Guess at a line-up:
Kelly Skrtel Coates Enrique
Henderson Gerrard Spearing Downing
Suarez Carroll

No matter how well Liverpool's consistent line-up has worked over the last two matches, three games in a week makes the same XI unlikely.

The Rest

Not A Shred Of Evidence, Suarez?

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Luis Suarez is continuing to fulfil his role as a victim perfectly at Liverpool in his recent statements about his eight match ban for the racial abuse of Patrice Evra. A born and bred scouser would be proud of Suarez's efforts to appear innocent and blameless.

"My conscience is clear [on Evra]," he said.