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Liverpool

Reds Kick Off Festive Period Against Arsenal

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Liverpool will face Arsenal at Anfield on Sunday after successfully getting the better of Bournemouth in their league cup clash earlier in the week. Manager Brendan Rodgers will be unable to call on Mario Balotelli though who has ridiculously been banned by the FA for a social media post.

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are still without long term absentees Daniel Sturridge and Jon Flanagan.

Liverpool v Arsenal 12.21.14

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11am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
1-2 Arsenal (a; FA Cup) 02.16.14
5-1 Liverpool (h) 02.08.14
0-2 Arsenal (a) 11.02.13
2-2 (a) 01.30.13

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 3-1 Bournemouth (a); 0-3 United (a); 1-1 Basel (h)
Arsenal: 4-1 Newcastle (h); 4-1 Galatasaray (a); 2-3 Stoke (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Gerrard, Own Goal, Sterling 3; Henderson, Lallana 2; Can, Coutinho, Johnson, Lambert, Moreno, Sturridge 1
Arsenal: Alexis 9; Giroud 4; Cazorla, Ramsey, Welbeck 3; Chambers, Koscielny, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Özil, WIlshere 1

Referee: Michael Oliver

Guess at a line-up:
Jones
Toure Skrtel Sakho
Henderson Gerrard Lucas Markovic
Coutinho Lallana
Sterling

I'd be fairly surprised if it's not the same formation and XI as against Bournemouth.

Reds Through To Semi Final

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Liverpool finally got themselves back to winning ways on Wednesday evening as they put three past Championship toppers Bournemouth. A much improved performance from the Reds' attack allowed Liverpool to punish the Cherries early on after they missed some chances of their own. A second half consolation goal wasn't enough for the home side to spring a comeback and Brendan Rodgers' side are now through to face Chelsea over two legs in the semi finals.

Reds In League Cup Quarter Final

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The Reds make the long old trip down south tomorrow as they prepare to face Championship side Bournemouth in the quarter final of the league cup. After suffering a 3-0 loss at the hands of Manchester United at the weekend and with rumours of dressing room instability Brendan Rodgers could do with a win tomorrow night.

Liverpool at Bournemouth 12.17.14

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Last four head-to-head:
2-0 Liverpool (a; FA Cup) 01.25.14
4-1 Liverpool (h; FA Cup) 01.30.68
0-0 (a; FA Cup) 01.27.68
4-1 Liverpool (h; FA Cup) 01.12.27

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 0-3 United (a); 1-1 Basel (h); 0-0 Sunderland (h)
Bournemouth: 5-3 Cardiff (h); 2-1 Wolves (a); 2-2 Millwall (h)

Previous rounds:
Liverpool: 2-1 Swansea (h); 2-2 Boro [14-13 pens] (h)
Bournemouth: 2-1 West Brom (h); 3-0 Cardiff (a); 3-0 Northampton (h); 2-0 Exeter (a)

Goalscorers (all):
Liverpool: Gerrard 5; Henderson, Sterling 3; Balotelli, Lallana, Lambert 2; Coutinho, Can, Johnson, Lovren, Moreno, Rossiter, Sturridge, Suso 1
Bournemouth: Wilson 12; Pitman, Pugh 6; Kermorgant 5; Gosling, Ritchie 4; Arter, Cook 3; Rantie, Surman 2; Daniels, Francis, Fraser O'Kane, Stanislas 1

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Guess at a line-up:
Jones
Manquillo Toure Sakho Moreno
Markovic Henderson Can Lallana
Balotelli Lambert

Domestic cup XIs are difficult to predict at the best of times, and this most certainly is not the best of times, so I'm guessing what I'd prefer to see instead.

Slip slidin’ away, the neutrals’ favourite are in town

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This world has seen many atrocities. Natural disasters, genocides, chemical warfare, Kerry Katona. Each as upsetting and as mentally scarring as the last. Features of this existence that make many question whether it's worth bringing children into this world. Only one event could single headedly overshadow these barbaric occurrences.

Reds Prepare For Old Trafford

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Liverpool make the short trip to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon as the two titans of English football prepare to meet for the 163rd time in the league. The two sides are far from titanic at the moment though as both Brendan Rodgers and Louis van Gaal have struggled to get their seasons underway.

Liverpool at Manchester United 12.14.14

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8:30am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
3-0 Liverpool (a) 03.16.14
1-0 United (a; League Cup) 09.25.13
1-0 Liverpool (h) 09.01.13
1-2 United (a) 01.13.13

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 1-1 Basel (h); 0-0 Sunderland (h); 3-1 Leicester (a)
United: 2-1 Southampton (a); 2-1 Stoke (h); 3-0 Hull (h)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Gerrard, Own Goal, Sterling 3; Henderson, Lallana 2; Can, Coutinho, Johnson, Lambert, Moreno, Sturridge 1
United: van Persie 6; Rooney 5; Mata 4; di Maria 3; Fellaini, Herrera 2; Blind, Falcao, Smalling 1

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Johnson Skrtel Toure Moreno
Lucas
Henderson Gerrard
Lallana Balotelli Sterling

Did Liverpool learn anything from its disappointing Champions League exit?

Reds Aim To Take Inspiration From Past Champions League Ties

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There may be the small matter of an FA Cup draw later this evening but Liverpool have their eyes firmly on a very important tie with Basel in the Champions League on Tuesday night. Brendan Rodgers' side must win in order to progress through to the round of 16.

With memories flooding back of that emphatic tie against Olympiakos way back in 2005 it's hard to fend off that magical Champions League spirit as a kopite at the moment, however Liverpool are struggling in both attack and defence and Basel will be a difficult side to deal with.

Liverpool v Basel 12.09.14

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Last three matches:
Liverpool: 0-0 Sunderland (h); 3-1 Leicester (a); 1-0 Stoke (h)
Basel: 3-0 Luzern (h); 2-1 Zürich (a); 0-1 Madrid (h)

Previous CL matches:
Liverpool: 2-2 Ludogorets (a); 0-1 Real (a); 0-3 Real (h); 0-1 Basel (a); 2-1 Ludogorets (h)
Basel: 0-1 Madrid (h); 4-0 Ludogorets (h); 0-1 Ludogorets (a); 1-0 Liverpool (h); 1-5 Madrid (a)

Goalscorers (CL):
Liverpool: Balotelli, Gerrard, Henderson, Lambert 1
Basel: Gonzalez 2; Embolo, Gashi, Streller, Suchy 1

Referee: Björn Kuipers(NED)

Kuipers has actually been in charge of three previous Liverpool matches, all three ending in Liverpool wins.

Saints or sinners? United look to extend winning run

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Showdown

The only way to start this preview is to simply to say, even Liverpool beat this lot.

Something that after last season is said with immense satisfaction. Part of the reason for this satisfaction is that last season this fixture would have been labelled a "mid table clash" with very little consequence.

Reds Hope To Continue Winning Streak

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The show of support last time we face the black cats...

Liverpool welcome Sunderland to Anfield on Saturday as they look to continue their winning streak. Having seen off Stoke and beaten Leicester 3-1, the Reds for once are feeling quite optimistic.

Liverpool v Sunderland 12.06.14

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10am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports Live Extra

Last four head-to-head:
2-1 Liverpool (h) 03.26.14
3-1 Liverpool (a) 09.29.13
3-0 Liverpool (h) 01.02.13
1-1 (a) 09.15.12

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 3-1 Leicester (a); 1-0 Stoke (h); 2-2 Ludogorets (a)
Sunderland: 1-4 City (h); 0-0 Chelsea (h); 0-0 Leicester (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Gerrard, Own Goal, Sterling 3; Henderson, Lallana 2; Can, Coutinho, Johnson, Lambert, Moreno, Sturridge 1
Sunderland: Fletcher 4; Larsson, Wickham 2; Cattermole, Gomez, Johnson, Rodwell 1

Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Johnson Skrtel Sakho Moreno
Can Allen
Henderson Coutinho Lallana
Borini

Okay.

Gerrard Scores In Leicester Win

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That Steven Gerrard is past it lad... Except he isn't is he? After a vintage goal and more touches on his heat map than a teenager's iPad, Steven Gerrard proved exactly why he hasn't "lost it" last night as he helped his side to a 3-1 victory over Leicester.

It was a lively game for the Reds who perhaps should have performed better in the first half.

Reds After A Win At Leicester

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Liverpool travel to Leicester on Tuesday evening, ready to face the foxes after finally picking up a win in the Premier League at the weekend. Leicester are currently bottom of the table having picked up 10 points.

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are still without Mamadou Sakho and Mario Balotelli.

Liverpool at Leicester 12.02.14

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Last four head-to-head:
0-0 (a) 03.28.04
2-1 Liverpool (h) 09.20.03
1-0 Liverpool (h) 01.30.02
4-1 Liverpool (a) 10.20.01

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 1-0 Stoke (h); 2-2 Ludogorets (a); 1-3 Palace (a)
Leicester: 2-3 QPR (a); 0-0 Sunderland (h); 0-2 Southampton (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Own Goal, Sterling 3; Gerrard 2; Can, Coutinho, Henderson, Johnson, Lallana, Lambert, Moreno, Sturridge 1
Leicester: Ulloa 5; Cambiasso, Schlupp 2; Mahrez, Nugent, Vardy, Wood 1

Referee: Lee Mason (sigh)

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Johnson Skrtel Lovren Moreno
Can Allen
Lallana Gerrard Sterling
Borini

Will Rodgers leave Gerrard on the bench for the second-straight match?

Pressure Builds As Potters Come To Anfield

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After a somewhat unconvincing yet slightly improved performance against Ludogorets in the week, Brendan Rodgers finds himself deeply under the spotlight. The pressure is on the Reds boss because Liverpool have only managed to collect one point in their last four matches.

Injuries for the Reds mean they are still without strikers Daniel Sturridge and Mario Balotelli.

Liverpool v Stoke 11.29.14

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Last four head-to-head:
5-3 Liverpool (a) 01.12.14
1-0 Liverpool (h) 08.17.13
1-3 Stoke (a) 12.26.13
0-0 (h) 10.07.12

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 2-2 Ludogorets (a); 1-3 Palace (a); 1-2 Chelsea (h)
Stoke: 1-2 Burnley (h); 2-1 Tottenham (a); 2-2 West Ham (h)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Own Goal, Sterling 3; Gerrard 2; Can, Coutinho, Henderson, Lallana, Lambert, Moreno, Sturridge 1
Stoke: Diouf, Walters 3; Adam, Crouch 2; Bojan, Moses, Shawcross 1

Referee: Craig Pawson

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Johnson Skrtel Lovren Moreno
Gerrard
Henderson Coutinho
Lallana Lambert Sterling

What changes from Wednesday's match at Ludogorets will Rodgers' retain?

Make Or Break In Champions League For Reds

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Liverpool prepare to face Ludogorets on Wednesday evening in their adopted home of Sofia. Ludogorets' ground does not meet UEFA standards and so the game will be played in the capital. Sharing the nickname of Crystal Palace "The Eagles" could have another embarrassment in store for Rodgers' Reds tomorrow evening.

Liverpool at Ludogorets 11.26.14

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Last three matches:
Liverpool: 1-3 Crystal Palace (a); 1-2 Chelsea (h); 0-1 Real (a)
Ludogorets: 1-1 CSKA Sofia (a); 2-0 Lokomotiv Plodiv (h); 0-4 Basel (a)

Previous CL matches:
Liverpool: 0-1 Real (a); 0-3 Real (h); 0-1 Basel (a); 2-1 Ludogorets (h)
Ludogorets: 0-4 Basel (a); 1-0 Basel (h); 1-2 Real (h); 1-2 Liverpool (a); 1-0 Steaua (h); 0-1 Steaua (a); 2-2 Partizan (a); 0-0 Partizan (h); 1-1 F91 (a); 4-0 F91 (h)

Goalscorers (CL):
Liverpool: Balotelli, Gerrard 1
Ludogorets: Marcelino 3; Dani Abalo, Bezjak 2; Anicet Abel, Espinho, Minev, Wanderson 1

Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Manquillo Skrtel Toure Moreno
Lucas
Henderson Allen
Markovic Balotelli Sterling

As has become usual, the above XI is more what I'd hope than what I expect.

Liverpool at Crystal Palace 11.23.14

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Last four head-to-head:
3-3 (a) 05.05.14
3-1 Liverpool (h) 10.05.13
1-2 Palace (a; League Cup) 10.25.05
0-1 Palace (a) 04.23.05

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 1-2 Chelsea (h); 0-1 Real (a); 0-1 Newcastle (a)
Palace: 0-1 United (a); 1-3 Sunderland (h); 2-2 West Brom (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Own Goal, Sterling 3; Gerrard 2; Can, Coutinho, Henderson, Lallana, Moreno, Sturridge 1
Palace: Campbell, Jedinak 3; Hangeland 2; Bolasie, Chamakh, Gayle, Puncheon, Zaha 1

Referee: Jon Moss

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Manquillo Skrtel Lovren Moreno
Gerrard
Henderson Coutinho
Lallana Lambert Sterling

Evidently, time doesn't heal all wounds.

Sturridge News A Huge Blow As Reds Prepare For Palace

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First of all can I just say another final thank you to all of you who took the time to vote for me in the football blogging awards. I was over the moon to accept my award for the fans' vote for "Best Female Blog" last Thursday and really do appreciate your support, you're all awesome!

It always feels like months have gone by without me doing a post when there's an international break but we're back again and as always seems to be the case after these breaks, we're back with bad news.

Reds Face Mourinho's Men

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After putting on a rather gutsy performance against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, Brendan Rodgers may find himself with several questions to be answered over who to field in the starting line up tomorrow. Whilst it is evident Liverpool were lacking in attack midweek they improved dramatically defensively and this could result in somebody losing their place in the back four.

Newcastle United

This Could Be Newcastle’s Best Team Against Sunderland

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We will hope to stop the rot against Sunderland at home tomorrow, and hopefully get only our second win against the Black Cats since Newcastle have been managed by Alan Pardew. Moussa Sissoko key player tomorrow Alan's record is not good against Sunderland and in 7 matches played we have won only one and [.

Tiote, Cisse Miss Out – Cabella And Riviere Start

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has just announced the team for the important game at Tottenham in the quarter finals of the Capital One Cup tonight, and there's some bad news that Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse are not in the squad. Here's the side that Alan Pardew announced and it's a 4-2-3-1 formation as expected [.

Coloccini, Cabella and Ameobi Start Against Chelsea

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Alan Pardew has just announced the Newcastle team for today's game at home to Chelsea, and there's a shock that Sammy Ameobi is in the side, after Alan had said little about Sammy's injury over the last couple of days. The good news is that Coloccini is back to partner Steven Taylor at the back, [.

Elliot, Janmaat, Williamson, Haidara And Abeid All Start

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Alan Pardew has just announced the side for the game at Turf Moor tonight and the four players who were doubts- Janmaat, Williamson, Haidara and Abeidall start the game. Here's the team and it looks like it's a 4-2-3-1 formation tonight: Newcastle: Elliot; Janmaat, Williamson, Dummett, Haidara; Abeid, Tiote (c); Gouffran, Perez, Ameobi; Cisse.

Could This Be Newcastle’s Line-Up Tonight At Turf Moor?

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The news after yesterday's press conference from Alan Pardew was all about Newcastle's long injury list, and we have a number of players who did not travel to Burnley, and Moussa Sissoko and Jack Colback are suspended for the game. Massadio Haidara - doubtful for tonight The other bad news we heard yesterday is that [.

Elliot Starts – Tiote Captains Side For West Ham

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Alan Pardew has just announced the Newcastle team for today's game at West Ham, and Rob Elliot makes his first start of the season in the league, and Cheick Tiote is back from injury and captains the side. Here are the two teams for today's game: West Ham (4-2-3-1): Adrian; Carl Jenkinson, James Collins, James [.

Is This Newcastle’s Best Team For West Ham?

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Theres some worrying news in the press this morning that Tim Krul has damaged his ankle and he could be out for up to a month, and that would certainly be a blow to Newcastle. Fabricio Coloccini could return tomorrow And it puts some light on what is a weakness at Newcastle we [...]

Michael Owen Backs Newcastle

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Newcastle seem to have a tough game today at home to QPR, but former striker and now pundit Michael Owen thinks we will be able to win and make it six wins in a row. Michael Owen former Newcastle striker and now pundit And Michael makes some good points in his analysis of the [...]

Is This Newcastle’s Best Team For QPR?

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Now that we have a better understanding of the injury situation at Newcastle, we can go about thinking about what the best starting team is tomorrow at home against second bottom QPR. Ryan Taylor could get start tomorrow We'll assume Steven Taylor is out injured along with captain Coloccini so our latest starting [.

Steven Taylor, Cisse, Aarons Out – Cabella, Perez Start

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Alan Pardew has just announced the Newcastle side for the game at West Brom today and there's one or two surprises no Steven Taylor, Papiss Cisse or Rolando Aarons in the line-up although Papiss Cisse makes the bench. Teams: West Brom (4-4-2): Ben Foster; Andre Wisdom, Craig Dawson, Joleon Lescott, Sebastien Pocognoli; Graham [.

This Is Newcastle’s Probable Starting Eleven At West Brom

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We still have a few injuries Davide Santon, Siem de Jong and now Gabby Obertan are out for a while and we also have some doubts today at West Brom with Papiss Cisse, because of that knee of his, and also with 18 year-old Rolando Aarons, who took a knock in training this [...]

United

No easy games: Villa vs United match preview

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After United breezed past one mid-table side last weekend with relative ease, fans hope this weekend will be just as formulaic. It is likely that Aston Villa will provide a sterner test than the side that arrived at Old Trafford a week ago, who were what can only be described as a real poverty team.

Four good reasons for United to kick on

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Whisper it, but United might be on the way to redemption. They're not quite there, of course, but November was as encouraging a month as we had witnessed since lifting the trophy in May 2013. Three games, nine points, two clean sheets and a first away win, all while United's direct rivals for fourth place which, like it or not, is the only realistic target for this season dropped points, allowing Louis Van Gaal's troops to sneak into the top four.

United’s Christmas crunch time commences

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If anyone has come down from the result last weekend then I'd recommend watching a clip of Kieran Gibbs' face on repeat after the fullback inadvertently directed the ball into his own net on Saturday evening. United have seen victory more times at the Emirates than Olivier Giroud has seen his wife over the last 12 months, but this time it felt different.

Time for United to shed the inferiority complex

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While we wait to find out whether Daley Blind's knee injury will keep him out for six days, six weeks, six months or six years, proper football makes a welcome return as the third international break in as many months is finally behind us.

As it's becoming the norm this season, United are decimated by injuries and confidence isn't exactly sky-high ahead of a testing trip to the Emirates.

Time to shatter dreams: United vs Crystal Palace Preview

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In May last year Yannick Bolasie tore past Glenn Johnson, exposing him for the over weight, overrated and over priced footballer he really is. Powering into the penalty area and whipping in a delightful cross for Dwight Gayle to stab into the net, willed on by United fans across the globe, and in doing so destroying all hope for Liverpool fans that it might finally be their year.

The Rest

Players that have been Devils & Villans.

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With Manchester United playing Aston Villa at Villa Park this Saturday, I thought I would take a look at the players who have turned out for both teams ahead of this weekend's clash. Jimmy...

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