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Why Arsenal fans should not worry about UCL play-offs

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Fenerbahce reaction by Stefan

I think that most Arsenal fans were really hoping to avoid the Dutch club PSV Eindhoven and the Turkish club Fenerbahce in the draw for the Champions League play-offs today. I might even have jinxed us here by writing a post about why we didn't want Fenerbahce, I'm afraid.

Arsenal handed worst possible Champions League draw

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The fantastic and joyous summer for Arsenal fans continues, with the draw for the Champions League play-offs today(I am joking of course). There were two teams we particularly wanted to avoid, PSV Eindhoven and Fenerbahce, because they are the strongest of the unseeded teams. There is also the factor of travelling to Turkey for Fenerbahce, which is never a good place for football fans and players to visit.

Liverpool

I AM SEETHING WITH RAGE AT FSG

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So, its out with the old and in with the new, yet its still the same old story.

Penny-pinching owners who care more about their draft players in Boston than investing a few quid into their pet-project, namely Liverpool Football Club.

Brendan Rodgers, to his immense credit, got rid of alot of deadwood at Anfield; Adam, Carroll, Kuyt, Maxi and Ecclestone, reducing the wage-bill and getting costs down.

On Suarez and Gerrard at West Brom

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"Even if Liverpool gets better production from the supporting cast – and honestly, there's seemingly nowhere to go but up in that category – as [Suarez and Gerrard] go, so goes Liverpool."

I hate being right.

And yesterday, in the first match of the league campaign, Suarez misfired and Gerrard had little influence on proceedings, and Liverpool failed to take advantage when in control then succumbed to a wonder goal followed by multiple defensive errors and a sending-off.

On Craig Bellamy and Squad Turnover

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With the summer departures of Bellamy, Kuyt, and Aurelio (as well as Maxi and Aquilani), Liverpool now have just six players who have been on the books since the 2007-08 season: Carragher, Gerrard, Reina, Agger, Lucas, and Skrtel. Just six of the 27 players who have made at least first team appearance for Liverpool.

On Maxi, Summer Signings, and FSG's Business Model

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Well, while waiting on pins and needles in the hopes that Liverpool have signed Fabio Borini (look, there's a picture of him in training gear!), we get news that Maxi Rodriguez's inevitable exit has finally come to pass.

Which Liverpool did an excellent job of promoting, as has become par for the course.

On Dirk Kuyt

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Expected, but out of the blue. Kuyt to Fenerbahce is official, not long after initial reports surfaced early this morning.

So, what will you remember most? His hat-trick against United probably leads the list, and rightfully so, but we're not wanting for choices. There's his five strikes against Everton, including two game-winners.

Parting Ways with Kenny Dalglish

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"It has been an honour and a privilege to have had the chance to come back to Liverpool Football Club as Manager...I would like to thank all of the staff at the Club for their effort and loyalty. I said when first approached about coming back as Manager that I would always be of help if I can at any time and that offer remains the same.

Kuyt: “I’d love to stay at Liverpool”

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Liverpool's Flying Dutchmen admits he is becoming increasingly frustrated due to lack of first team football at Anfield under manager Kenny Dalglish.

Kuyt scored just two goals in 26 Premier League appearances this season, with Dalglish leaving the 31-year-old on the bench for large periods.

Late Goal Seals Swansea Win

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Andy Carroll tries a trick...We all hoped that the last game of the season would bring us some joy, but, as predicted, it didn't. A slightly changed Liverpool XI couldn't muster much of a performance for the final game and it was only Andy Carroll that really threatened the Swansea keeper.

Liverpool 0-1 Swansea

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Goals:
Graham 86'

What an appropriate end to the season. As the Premier League explodes everywhere else, Liverpool fumbled aimlessly and purposelessly before unnecessarily conceding late on. The longest nine months in memory gave birth to this. Glimpses of potential, hints of rebuilding, few and far between blessed high points, but mostly just frustration and disappointment.

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.

Liverpool crushes Chelsea 4-1; ends hope of a top four finish

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Liverpool snapped a four match winless streak at Anfield with a 4-1 victory on Tuesday night. Chelsea, who needed a win to keep their chances of a top four finish alive, started off poorly and never recovered.

It started with a Michael Essian own goal in the 19th minute then continued with goals from Jordan Henderson (25th minute) and Daniel Agger (28th minute).

Liverpool 4-1 Chelsea

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Goals:
Essien OG 19'
Henderson 25'
Agger 28'
Ramires 50'
Shelvey 61'

Well that was strange. And even though that 90 minutes was approximately the exact opposite of what we've become used to at Anfield, "strange" is entirely expected after this marathon campaign.

Liverpool v Chelsea 05.08.12

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3pm ET, live in the US on FSC

Last four head-to-head:
1-2 Chelsea (n; FA Cup) 05.05.12
2-0 Liverpool (a; League Cup) 11.29.11
2-1 Liverpool (a) 11.20.11
1-0 Liverpool (a) 02.06.11

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 1-2 Chelsea (n); 0-1 Fulham (h); 3-0 Norwich (a)
Chelsea: 2-1 Liverpool (n); 0-2 Newcastle (h); 6-1 QPR (h)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Suarez 11; Bellamy 6; Gerrard 5; Carroll, Maxi 4; Adam, Kuyt, Skrtel 2; Coates, Henderson, Johnson 1
Chelsea: Lampard, Sturridge 11; Mata, Torres 6; Drogba, Terry 5; Ramires 4; Ivanovic 3; Luiz, Malouda 2; Boswinga, Cahill, Kalou, Meireles 1

Referee: Kevin Friend

Guess at a line-up:
Reina
Kelly Carragher Coates Robinson
Henderson Gerrard Shelvey Downing
Carroll Suarez

It's not wholly meaningless, especially considering the opposition.

Kuyt eyes cup final hat-trick

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With an impressive knack of scoring crucial goals in big games, Liverpool's flying Dutchman has trained his sights on his own cup final hat-trick when his team take on Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday.

Kuyt has scored in a Champions League final, Carling Cup final and now he is hoping to feature at Wembley this weekend to repeat the trick in Saturday's FA Cup final.

Liverpool v Chelsea 05.05.12

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12:15pm ET, live in the US on FSC

Last four head-to-head:
2-0 Liverpool (a; Carling Cup) 11.29.11
2-1 Liverpool (a) 11.20.11
1-0 Liverpool (a) 02.06.11
2-0 Liverpool (h) 11.07.10

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 0-1 Fulham (a); 3-0 Norwich (a); 0-1 West Brom (h)
Chelsea: 0-2 Newcastle (h); 6-1 QPR (h); 2-2 Barcelona (a)

Goalscorers (all):
Liverpool: Suarez 17; Bellamy 9; Carroll, Gerrard 8; Maxi 6; Kuyt 5; Skrtel 4; Adam, Downing 2; Agger, Coates, Henderson, Johnson, Kelly, Shelvey 1
Chelsea: Lampard 16; Sturridge 13; Mata 12; Drogba, Torres 11; Ramires 10; Terry 6; Ivanovic, Kalou, Meireles 5; Luiz, Malouda 3; Cahill 2; Boswinga 1

Referee: Phil Dowd



Guess at a line-up:
Reina
Johnson Skrtel Agger Enrique
Henderson Spearing
Kuyt Gerrard Bellamy
Suarez

For those who think formation doesn't matter, that the tactical eggheads who reduce the game to numbers and minutiae are ruining the fun for normal people, well, you're wrong.

Liverpool v Fulham 05.01.12

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2:45pm ET, live in the US on espn2

Last four head-to-head:
0-1 Fulham (a) 12.05.11
5-2 Liverpool (a) 05.09.11
1-0 Liverpool (h) 01.26.11
0-0 (h) 04.11.10

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 3-0 Norwich (a); 0-1 West Brom (h); 2-1 Everton (n)
Fulham: 0-4 Everton (a); 2-1 Wigan (h); 1-1 Chelsea (h)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Suarez 11; Bellamy 6; Gerrard 5; Carroll, Maxi 4; Adam, Kuyt, Skrtel 2; Coates, Henderson, Johnson 1
Fulham: Dempsey 16; Pogrebnyak 6; Johnson 3; Duff, Murphy, Ruiz 2; Dembele, Diarra, Sa, Senderos, Sidwell 1

Referee: Lee Probert

Guess at a line-up:
Reina
Kelly Skrtel Coates Enrique
Henderson Spearing
Kuyt Shelvey Maxi
Carroll

There will be changes.

Liverpool at Norwich 04.28.12

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12:30pm ET, live in the US on FSC

Last four head-to-head:
1-1 (h) 10.22.11
2-1 Liverpool (a) 01.03.05
3-0 Liverpool (h) 09.25.04
2-1 Liverpool (a) 04.29.95

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 0-1 West Brom (h); 2-1 Everton (n); 3-2 Blackburn (a)
Norwich: 0-2 Blackburn (a); 1-6 City (h); 2-1 Spurs (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Suarez 8; Bellamy 6; Gerrard 5; Carroll, Maxi 4; Adam, Kuyt, Skrtel 2; Coates, Henderson, Johnson 1
Norwich: Holt 13; Morison, Pilkington 8; Surman 4; Hoolahan 3; Jackson, Johnson, Martin 2; Barnett, E Bennett, Howson, Wilbraham 1

Referee: Mark Halsey

Guess at a line-up:
Reina
Johnson Skrtel Agger Enrique
Henderson Gerrard Spearing Downing
Suarez Carroll

Yes, yes.

Liverpool v West Brom 04.22.12

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

Last four head-to-head:
2-0 Liverpool (a) 10.29.11
1-2 West Brom (a) 04.02.11
1-0 Liverpool (h) 08.29.10
2-0 Liverpool (a) 05.17.09

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 2-1 Everton (n); 3-2 Blackburn (a); 1-1 Villa (h)
West Brom: 1-0 QPR (h); 0-4 City (a); 3-0 Blackburn (h)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Suarez 8; Bellamy 6; Gerrard 5; Carroll, Maxi 4; Adam, Kuyt, Skrtel 2; Coates, Henderson, Johnson 1
West Brom: Odemwingie 9; Long 7; Morrison 4; Scharner 3; Andrews, Dorrans, Fortune, McAuley, Olsson 2; Brunt, Mulumbu, Reid, Ridgewell, Tchoyi, Thomas 1

Referee: Neil Swarbrick

New referee link; all the ref's previous Liverpool matches, via LFCHistory.

Confirmed Line-Up vs. Everton

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Liverpool: Jones, Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Agger, Gerrard, Spearing, Henderson, Downing, Carroll, Suarez. Subs: Gulacsi, Enrique, Maxi, Kuyt, Shelvey, Kelly, Bellamy.

Liverpool v Everton 04.14.12

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7:30am ET, live in the US on FSC

Previous rounds:
Liverpool: 2-1 Stoke (h); 6-1 Brighton (h); 2-1 United (h); 5-1 Oldham (h)
Everton: 2-0 Sunderland (a); 1-1 Sunderland (h); 2-0 Blackpool (h); 2-1 Fulham (h); 2-0 Tamworth (h)

Last four head-to-head:
3-0 Liverpool (h) 03.

Liverpool at Blackburn 04.10.12

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3pm ET, live in the US on FSC

FYI: For the second time in the last three matches, I'll have to miss this game due to prior commitments. Unlike the Newcastle abomination, I'll have a review up later in the evening. Just no live tweets or semi-immediate match write-up. This is what this season has done to me; I honestly forgot Liverpool were playing when scheduling a meeting.

Dalglish Angered By Refereeing Decisions

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After another less than impressive result for Liverpool on Saturday, the hangman's noose is slowing tightening around Dalglish's future with the club. Liverpool remain winless in their last 4 matches having lost 3 consecutively prior to yesterday's draw.

Of course, as is the custom nowadays, Reds manager Kenny Dalglish blamed the referee for the result claiming that his were unfairly denied opportunities that could have changed the outcome of the game.

Liverpool v Aston Villa 04.07.12

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10am ET, live in the US on Fox Soccer Plus

Last four head-to-head:
2-0 Liverpool (a) 12.18.11
0-1 Villa (a) 05.22.11
3-0 Liverpool (h) 12.06.10
1-0 Liverpool (a) 12.29.09

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 0-2 Newcastle (a); 1-2 Wigan (h); 2-3 QPR (a)
Villa: 2-4 Chelsea (h); 0-3 Arsenal (a); 1-0 Fulham (h)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Suarez 8; Bellamy 6; Gerrard 5; Carroll 3; Adam, Kuyt, Maxi, Skrtel 2; Coates, Henderson, Johnson 1
Villa: Bent 9, Agbonlahor 5; Petrov 4; Keane 3; Albrighton, N'Zogbia 2; Bannan, Collins, Dunne, Heskey, Ireland, Lichaj, Warnock, Weimann 1

Referee: Michael Oliver

Guess at a line-up:
Doni
Flanagan Skrtel Carragher Enrique
Gerrard Spearing
Downing Shelvey Bellamy
Suarez

I don't really want to see Suarez as a lone striker again, but I also don't expect Carroll to start after Sunday's display.

Van Der VAart

Alemania 2 Holanda 1 Eurocopa 2012 Grupo B

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Con 18 minutos para el final, Holanda soñaba. Alemania seguía a lo suyo. Pero el escenario cambió. Van Persie jugó más cerca de Huntelaar, creció el juego de los de van Marwijk, aunque sin reflejo en el marcador.Los alemanes tiraron de oficio y se llevaron una victoria que les acerca a la siguiente ronda.

Where is the Oranje?

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So why is it that the Oranje has a solid squad with only top football talent and skill, yet could not manage to not shake when facing Germany?

I do not have the answer. Maybe you do?

The Dutch faced the Germans today for their second group match in EURO 2012 needing a victory after losing 1-0 to Denmark -and, for the initial 50 minutes seemed like a child who was too shy to join the rest of the kids in play-time.

Dinamarca 1 Holanda 0 Eurcopa 2012 fase grupos

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Ficha del partido:0. Holanda: Maarten Stekelenburg; Van der Wiel (Kuyt, min.85), Heitinga, Vlaar, Jetro Willems; Van Bommel, Nigel de Jong (Van der Vaart, min.71), Robben, Wesley Sneijder; Ibrahim Afellay (Huntelaar, min.71) y Robin van Persie.1. Dinamarca: Andersen; Jacobsen, Kjær, Agger, Simon Poulsen; Zimling, Kvist; Rommedahl (Mikkelsen, min.

fa cup final

Premier League Preview: Liverpool vs Chelsea

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Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is likely to start £35million striker Andy Carroll against Chelsea following his goal in the FA Cup final against the Blues on Saturday.
Carroll's introduction from the bench during the final gave Liverpool a fresh impetus and he came very close to scoring an equalizer but for a good save from Petr Cech.

Fulham 1-0 Liverpool: The View From South Texas

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(Rich's report was eaten by the internet, so here's the next best thing: HatterDon's View From South Texas)

Historic Victory for Fulham At Uninspired Liverpool

Ho-hum, yet another double by the Mighty Whites.

There's a point to be made that Liverpool purposely fielded a weakened XI against Fulham Tuesday evening, since they have the FA Cup Final on Saturday.

Fulham 1-0 Liverpool: The View From South Texas

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(Rich's report was eaten by the internet, so here's the next best thing: HatterDon's View From South Texas)

Historic Victory for Fulham At Uninspired Liverpool

Ho-hum, yet another double by the Mighty Whites.

There's a point to be made that Liverpool purposely fielded a weakened XI against Fulham Tuesday evening, since they have the FA Cup Final on Saturday.

The Rest

Spartak Moscow Beat Fenerbahce 2-1

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Three goals in 10 minutes saw Spartak Moscow beat Fenerbahce 2-1 at home in a first-leg playoff match, with striker Emmanuel Emenike on target against his former club.
Emenike, who joined Spartak last year after just two months at Fenerbahce, scored on 59 minutes Tuesday, hammering the ball into the net after pouncing on a low left-wing cross from Dmitry Kombarov.

Match Preview: Swansea vs Liverpool

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Swansea play host to Liverpool at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday as both sides look to end the season in style.
The home team will be aiming to reward their fans by taking another famous scalp after a memorable first season in the Premier League.
Swansea has won just one of their last eight top-flight games, but they comfortably achieved their aim of securing safety among the elite.