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Liverpool at Crystal Palace 11.23.14

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8:30am ET, live in the US on CNBC

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.

Liverpool v Chelsea 11.08.14

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7:45am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
0-2 Chelsea (h) 04.27.14
1-2 Chelsea (a) 12.29.13
2-2 (h) 04.21.13
1-1 (a) 11.11.13

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 0-1 Real (a); 0-1 Newcastle (a); 2-1 Swansea (h)
Chelsea: 1-1 Maribor (a); 2-1 QPR (h); 2-1 Shrewsbury (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Sterling 3; Gerrard 2; Coutinho, Henderson, Lallana, Moreno, Sturridge 1
Chelsea: Costa 9; Hazard, Oscar 3; Ivanovic, Schürrle 2; Drogba, Fabregas, Matic, Ramires, Remy, WIllian 1

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Liverpool are unbeaten in the eight matches Anthony Taylor has been the referee for since Brendan Rodgers became manager (5W-3D).

Reds Dream Of A Miracle At The Bernabeu

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Liverpool prepare to face Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on Tuesday evening as Brendan Rodgers' side aim to keep their hopes of progressing to the next stage of the Champions League alive. Daniel Sturridge has travelled with the team but surely it's too early for him to feature? He will apparently be subject to a late fitness test.

Liverpool at Real Madrid 11.04.14

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2:45pm ET, live in the US on Fox Sports 1

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 0-1 Newcastle (a); 2-1 Swansea (h); 0-0 Hull (h)
Real: 4-0 Granada (a); 4-1 Cornelia (a); 3-1 Barcelona (h)

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

Goalscorers (CL):
Liverpool: Balotelli, Gerrard 1
Real: Benzema 4; Ronaldo 3; Bale, James 1

Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)

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

Screw it.

Liverpool at Newcastle 11.01.14

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8:45am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
2-1 Liverpool (h) 05.11.14
2-2 (a) 10.19.13
6-0 Liverpool (a) 04.27.13
1-1 (h) 11.04.12

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 2-1 Swansea (h); 0-0 Hull (h); 0-3 Real Madrid (h)
Newcastle: 2-0 City (a); 2-1 Tottenham (a); 1-0 Leicester (h)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Sterling 3; Gerrard 2; Coutinho, Henderson, Lallana, Moreno, Sturridge 1
Newcastle: Cisse 4; Aarons, Ameobi, Janmaat, Obertan, Perez, Williamson 1

Referee: Andre Marriner

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Manquillo Skrtel Lovren Moreno
Gerrard
Henderson Allen
Borini Balotelli Sterling

Fabio Borini should and seemingly will start after his performance in the midweek league cup match.

Reds Face Swans In League Cup

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Liverpool have not been left with much time to dwell on their 0-0 draw with Hull at the weekend as Brendan Rodgers prepares his side to face Swansea at Anfield in the league cup on Tuesday evening. With both sides perhaps opting to shake things up a bit it could be a very different XI fielded by the Reds.

Liverpool v Swansea 10.25.14

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4pm ET, live in the US on BeIN Sports

Last four head-to-head:
4-3 Liverpool (h) 02.23.14
2-2 (a) 09.16.13
5-0 Liverpool (h) 02.17.13
0-0 (a) 11.25.12

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 0-0 Hull (h); 0-3 Real Madrid (h); 3-2 QPR (a)
Swansea: 2-0 Leicester (h); 1-2 Stoke (a); 2-2 Newcastle (h)

Goalscorers (all):
Liverpool: Gerrard, Sterling 3; Balotelli, Coutinho, Henderson, Lallana, Moreno, Rossiter, Sturridge, Suso 1
Swansea: Bony, Dyer 4; Routledge, Sigurðsson 2; Emnes, Gomis, Ki, Shelvey 1

Referee: Keith Stroud

This'll be the first Liverpool match that Keith Stroud has done.

Hull Of A Game For Reds

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After an eye opening game against Real Madrid midweek, Liverpool will certainly be looking to show those watching what they are really capable of. With the tie coming so quickly after a Champions League game though and with a relatively thin squad, you have to wonder how this will pan out for Brendan Rodgers on Saturday.

Liverpool v Hull 10.25.14

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

Last four head-to-head:
2-0 Liverpool (h) 01.01.14
1-3 Hull (a) 12.01.13
0-0 (a) 05.09.10
6-1 Liverpool (h) 09.26.09

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 0-3 Real Madrid (h); 3-2 QPR (a); 2-1 West Brom (h)
Hull: 2-2 Arsenal (a); 2-0 Palace (h); 2-4 City (h)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Sterling 3; Gerrard 2; Coutinho, Henderson, Lallana, Moreno, Sturridge 1
Hull: Diame, Jelavic 4; Hernandez 3; Chester 1

Referee: Neil Swarbrick

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

It's just a guess, but I suspect Balotelli will be left on the bench after his performance against Real, and I don't know how I feel about this.

Liverpool v Real Madrid 10.22.14

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2:45pm ET, live in the US on Fox Sports 1

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 3-2 QPR (a); 2-1 West Brom (h); 0-1 Basel (a)
Real: 5-0 Levante (a); 5-0 Athletic Bilbao (h); 2-1 Ludogorets (a)

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

Goalscorers (CL):
Liverpool: Balotelli, Gerrard 1
Basel: Benzema, Ronaldo 2; Bale, James 1

Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)

Rizzoli's actually done one previous Liverpool match: the 3-0 win against Eden Hazard's Lille during the 2009-10 Europa League run.

Job Dunne

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It's a rare occasion when ten minutes of a match end up making the bulk of your match report but that's exactly what has happened after Sunday's eventual win over QPR. An own goal from Richard Dunne after an hour of play appeared at one stage to be the only difference between the two sides however mayhem would ensue within the final moments of the game, denying a gutted Harry Redknapp his second win of the season.

Injury Blow For Reds Prior To QPR Clash

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Liverpool make the trip to Loftus Road on Sunday as Brendan Rodgers' side aim to pick up where they left off in the league. News of Daniel Sturridge picking up another injury though has left kopites concerned as the Reds look for an alternative option in attack.

Mario Balotelli is obviously the man Brendan will be looking to but in my opinion there's no point playing him unless you forge the team to support him.

Liverpool at QPR 10.19.14

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

Last four head-to-head:
1-0 Liverpool (h) 05.19.13
3-0 Liverpool (a) 12.30.12
2-3 QPR (a) 03.21.12
1-0 Liverpool (h) 12.10.11

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 2-1 West Brom (h); 0-1 Basel (a); 1-1 Everton (h)
QPR: 0-2 West Ham (a); 1-2 Southampton (a); 2-2 Stoke (h)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Sterling 3; Gerrard 2; Henderson, Lallana, Moreno, Sturridge 1
QPR: Austin 2; Caulker, Kranjcar 1

Referee: Phil Dowd

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

Well shit.

In Search Of A Win Against The Baggies

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Liverpool prepare to face West Bromwich Albion at Anfield on Sunday as Brendan Rodgers aims to turn his side's fortune around. After losing to Basel midweek confidence is definitely at a low but where better to get things back on track than in front of the Anfield faithful?

With the brilliant news this evening of Daniel Sturridge signing a new long term contract, this game may still be a bit too soon for him however he will face a late fitness test.

Liverpool v West Brom 10.04.14

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10am ET, live in the US on NBC Sports

Last four head-to-head:
1-1 (a) 02.02.14
4-1 Liverpool (h) 10.26.13
0-2 West Brom (h) 02.11.13
2-1 Liverpool (a; League Cup) 09.26.12

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 0-1 Basel (a); 1-1 Everton (h); 2-2 Boro [14-13 pens] (h)
West Brom: 4-0 Burnley (h); 3-2 Hull (h); 1-0 Tottenham (a)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Sterling 3; Gerrard 2; Moreno, Sturridge 1
West Brom: Berahino 4; Dawson, Dorrans, Morrison 1

Referee: Michael Oliver

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

Allen, Can, Flanagan, Sakho, and Johnson all remain out.

No Sturridge For Basel Tie

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Liverpool prepare for their second Champions League fixture of the season on Wednesday night as Brendan Rodgers will pair his XI up against Basel's. Unfortunately for the Reds Daniel Sturridge is still unavailable through injury whilst Mamadou Sakho has not made the line up also due to injury but perhaps also down to his antics prior to the Everton game.

Liverpool at Basel 10.01.14

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2:45pm ET, live in the US on Fox Sports 2

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 1-1 Everton (h); 2-2 Boro [14-13 pens] (h); 1-3 West Ham (a)
Basel: 1-1 Thun (h); 3-1 Vaduz (h); 4-0 Winterthur (a)

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

Goalscorers (CL):
Liverpool: Balotelli, Gerrard 1
Basel: Gonzalez 1

Referee: Jonas Eriksson(SWE)

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

Once again, it's still too soon for Daniel Sturridge, who didn't travel with the team to Switzerland.

Reds Gear Up For Merseyside Derby

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After a mammoth session midweek against the might of Middlesbrough the Reds will be hoping things run more smoothly against bitter rivals Everton on Saturday. However, with a run of poor form recently and a real shaky defence, Everton are probably the last team Brendan Rodgers wants to be facing this weekend.

Liverpool v Everton 09.27.14

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7:45am ET, live in the US on NBCSN

Last four head-to-head:
4-0 Liverpool (h) 01.28.14
3-3 (a) 11.23.13
0-0 (h) 05.05.13
2-2 (a) 10.28.12

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 2-2 Boro [14-13 pens] (h); 1-3 West Ham (a); 2-1 Ludogorets (h)
Everton: 0-3 Swansea (a); 2-3 Palace (h); 4-1 Wolfsburg (h)

Goalscorers (league):
Liverpool: Sterling 3; Gerrard, Moreno, Sturridge 1
Everton: Naismith 3; Mirallas, Lukaku 2; Baines, Coleman, Eto'o, McGeady 1

Referee: Martin Atkinson

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

I dislike derbies at the best of times– even remembering how the last one ended – but this match definitely comes a week or so too soon.

Liverpool v Middlesbrough 09.23.14

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2:45pm ET, not live on TV in the US. Delayed on BeIN Sport at 4pm ET.

Last four head-to-head:
2-0 Boro (a) 02.28.09
2-1 Liverpool (h) 8.23.08
3-2 Liverpool (h) 02.23.08
1-1 (a) 01.12.08

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 1-3 West Ham (a); 2-1 Ludogorets (h); 0-1 Villa (h)
Middlesbrough: 4-0 Brentford (h); 1-0 Cardiff (a); 2-1 Huddersfield (a)

Previous rounds:
Liverpool: n/a
Middlesbrough: 3-1 Preston (h); 3-0 Oldham (a)

Goalscorers (all):
Liverpool: Sterling 3; Gerrard 2; Balotelli, Moreno, Sturridge 1
Middlesbrough: Leadbitter 7; Kike 5; Tomlin 2; Adomah, Ayala, Bamford, Williams 1

Referee: Mike Jones

Guess at a line-up:
Mignolet
Manquillo Skrtel Lovren Moreno
Lucas Rossiter
Lallana
Markovic Lambert Borini

I have but one request.

Reds Face Boro In League Cup

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After a somewhat dismal week for Liverpool, manager Brendan Rodgers will be hoping his side can pick themselves up and progress past Middlesbrough in tomorrow night's league cup tie. The two sides have met on numerous occasions and were last drawn against each other in this competition back in 1998!

Liverpool Left Shell-Shocked By West Ham

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Liverpool fell to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Sam Allardyce's West Ham team on Saturday after a ruthless start from the home side. The Reds barely had chance to compose themselves before the Hammers found the back of the net and things quickly went from bad to worse for Brendan Rodgers' side.

English Premier League

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 [...]

This Could Be Newcastle’s Best Team For West Brom

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We have to assume that both PapissCisse and Cheick Tiote will be available to play for Newcastle at West Brom on Sunday, because they will then both be off to play in the African Cup of Nations for their countries, and Cheick in particular hasn't played for us for weeks. Mehdi Abeid could keep [...

Abeid, Obertan, Ameobi, Cisse All Start – Aarons On Bench

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Alan Pardew has just named his team to play Liverpool today, with the kick-off being in less than an hour, and Mehdi Abeid makes his first start for Newcastle in the Premier League. Newcastle(4-3-3): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Mehdi Abeid, Jack Colback; Gabriel Obertan, Papiss Cisse, [.

This Could Be Newcastle’s Best Team For Tottenham

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We still don't know who exactly is fit to play this afternoon at Tottenham, but we'll assume Papiss Cisse, Mike Williamson, Cheick Tiote and Sammy Ameobi are all fit for the important game at White Hart Lane. Papiss Cisse assume he can play today The news earlier in the week was that Mike Williamson, [.

Steven Taylor Starts Against Leicester

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Alan Pardew has just announced his team for the home game with Leicester City and there's a return for local lad Steven Taylor. The rest of the team is as expected but it's a return for the longest serving player at Newcastle at the moment, but it looks like Mike Williamson may be injured as [...]

What’s Newcastle’s Best Team For Swansea?

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Alan Pardew said yesterday that he would make a couple of changes from the team that lost 1-0 at Stoke last Monday night for tomorrows game at Swansea. Gabby Obertan at Gillingham Could get start tomorrow Papiss Cisse could well come into the reckoning and Ayoze Perez scored four goals for a Newcastle team that [.

Krul, Janmaat And Tiote All Start – Cisse On Bench

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Alan Pardew picked the team we thought he would pick tonight, with Cabella in the withdrawn striker role and Sissoko and Gouffran on the wings. We would have preferred young Armstrong to have started in the number 10 position but this is still a very strong team we are fielding tonight, with Riviere the [.

Tiote And Dummett Start For Newcastle – Cisse On Bench

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Alan Pardew has made two changes to his team to play Hull City at home this afternoon, and in come Dummett and Tiote for Haidara and Anita. But it's a surprising selectionand Haidara was our Man of the Match last week, but he's been dropped and replaced by Paul Dummett go figure that one [...]

United

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.

Battle of the star galacticos

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The usual format for an article is to open with a witty introduction filled with crudely constructed similes and metaphors designed to distract the reader from what is unlikely to be the most interesting piece of sports journalism they will read this week. Sunday's match needs no introduction. This derby is massive.

United determined to avoid the Sunday blues

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Clash of the Titans

It could get messy on Sunday. Eamonn Holmes at an all you can eat buffet messy. Everyone is aware of a possible humiliation, but there is reason to be positive. A talented and ambitious group of players, a big game manager at the helm and an electric Old Trafford atmosphere.

The Rest

Have Manchester Not Been Tested Yet?

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FollowEddieon Twitter Gary Neville doesn't seem to think so. The ex-Manchester United defender and captain gave his thoughts in a recent interview to Manutd.com. "It's going to be tough for...

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