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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

111130 Battering the (sky) blues and giving it to the rent-blues AGAIN! (editor; NOT english patient)

111130 Battering the (sky) blues 

and giving it to the rent-blues AGAIN! 

(editor; NOT english patient)  ;)

never mind the rest!

...WE ARE the BEST team in the league 

start BELIEVING it, dont talk about "qualification"

..go for number ONE and we WILL go to the TOP

...Shanks said;"aim for the sky, not the ceiling"...

First on sunday we battered citeH 1-1 !!!

IMO its 2 points lost because we should always consider ourselves "title contenders" But dont be surprised if we win in manchester TWICE before the end of the season!! ;)

Proven again sunday against citeh we were the better Team (I am not talking about a collection of talented players) Its got to be REALISED that we have the BEST TEAM in the Premiere league, when  we can translate that superiority into results EVERY game we will go to the top, don’t talk about "qualification" lets go foR Number one  position, that’s where WE should be WE are LIVERPOOL!

Liverpool had to settle for a 1-1 draw despite dominating league leaders Manchester City for large parts of Sunday's encounter. A Joleon Lescott OG drew the Reds level after Vincent Kompany opened the scoring - but no one has given City's title credentials such an examination so far in 2011-12. A raft of chances were spurned by the home side in the second period, but City hung on despite having Mario Balotelli sent off with seven minutes to go.

On a day when football seemed insignificant following the tragic death of Wales manager Gary Speed, players and supporters paid their respects - a minute of silence in memory of both Speed and the son of Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones, who died aged five last weekend after a battle with leukaemia. With the lights switched on over Anfield, attention then turned to a match between the Barclays Premier League's last remaining unbeaten team and a side who hadn't lost in nine.

Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson were recalled for Liverpool, with Maxi Rodriguez and Craig Bellamy making way. The opposite side of the teamsheet was an illustration of the resources available to Roberto Mancini. Messrs Johnson, Balotelli and Dzeko started from the bench, meaning a front three of David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri took to a pitch on which City have rarely prospered down the years.

The latest example of this was a 3-0 defeat in April, but since then the Citizens have scored six and five at Old Trafford and White Hart Lane respectively.The visitors started brightly, producing an anxious moment at the Kop end on six minutes which ended when Micah Richards spun a shot over the crossbar. A late challenge on Luis Suarez which earned Kompany a yellow card seemed to galvanise the Reds somewhat but Pepe Reina was still required to burst from his box to prevent Aguero capitalising on a weak back-pass from Jose Enrique.

The game was developing into a coy affair until wham - two goals in two minutes. 
First Kompany headed a Silva corner diagonally beyond Reina, a superb finish which was celebrated wildly in the away end - but their section soon fell quiet. Shortly after the game restarted Liverpool broke, Suarez finding Dirk Kuyt on the left. A heavy touch took the Holland international away from goal but his cutback to Adam was enough to undo Mancini's defence. The strike which followed may have been covered by Joe Hart but a wicked deflection off Lescott gave the England goalkeeper no chance.

Roused by the home support, Liverpool surged. Adam was denied by the tip of Hart's boots; Glen Johnson, who scored the winner at Stamford Bridge a week ago, bent the ball narrowly over from the corner of City's penalty area. The second half began with Liverpool still looking the more likely.

On 52 minutes a Downing cross ricocheted to the back post where Kuyt lurked, but the Dutchman could not generate either power or accuracy with his header.

By the 65th minute Mancini had grown impatient and opted to swap Nasri for Balotelli. But again Liverpool probed, with Downing's bouncing shot from the edge of the area requiring a fingertip save from Hart. A goalline scramble ensued after a deep corner from Adam, but Lescott just managed to toe it clear under harassment from Kuyt.  
Having dominated the early stages, City were now under heavy pressure, with the latest threat coming through Downing, who sprinted down the left before whacking narrowly over.

Next, Adam curled into the box towards Skrtel but Lescott intervened just in time. Seconds later Downing came agonisingly close at the back post. Edin Dzeko was introduced for City with 10 minutes to go but within seconds Mancini's gameplan was blown when substitute Balotelli received a second yellow for leading with his elbow in a challenge with Skrtel. He had been on the pitch less than 20 minutes - and his departure earned a pointed stare from his manager. Two further saves were required from the excellent Hart to deny Suarez and substitute Andy Carroll but City hung on. man of the match: Lucas Leiva

Kenny Dalglish paid a touching tribute to Gary Speed after watching his side draw 1-1 with Manchester City on Sunday. An OG from Joleon Lescott earned the Reds a point from a game they largely dominated after Vincent Kompany opened the scoring.

But the match was overshadowed by news earlier in the day of the Wales manager's death. Kenny took the decision not to include Craig Bellamy - a close friend of Speed - in his matchday squad and afterwards told reporters: "I know Gary Speed. He was a fantastic footballer but more important than that, he was a decent fella.

"There are a lot of people saddened by what has happened but the most important people at this moment in time are his wife and two boys.
"It's them your heart goes out to and they'll need as much support as they can possibly get, and I'm sure they'll get that because he had an awful lot of good friends. He was a good guy and it's disappointing for everybody.

"Gary was like a mentor to Bellars. Bellars was a bit upset and I took the decision to say, 'Look, there are more important things than playing a football match.'" The game itself witnessed a plethora of second-half chances for those in red - but a draw at least maintains an unbeaten run which now stretches to 10 matches. Dalglish added: "I don't think we could have asked for more. In terms of effort and commitment from the players, they were fantastic.

"City started the game better than us, I thought, and scored a goal just as we were getting a foothold in the game. We equalised quickly with a piece of good fortune but that's where the good luck ran out for us. "We've come up against a goalkeeper who has done what three or four others have done here (this season). He had a fantastic game. Eventually we'll come up against a goalkeeper who is not saving everything that hits him."

Substitute Mario Balotelli was sent off with seven minutes to go after receiving a second yellow card for an elbow on Martin Skrtel.  City boss Roberto Mancini claimed the reaction from Liverpool's players did not help Balotelli's cause - a suggestion which was dismissed out of hand by Dalglish.
 "The reaction of our players? I think Balotelli got himself sent off," he said. "His actions spoke more loudly than anyone else's. Sometimes you look in the mirror and get the answer.  
"Sometimes he doesn't help himself, other times maybe he doesn't get as much leeway as some others do - but if you help yourself you don't get in that situation in the first place." 
Author: Jimmy Rice at Anfield

Charlie Adam claims that just hearing the word 'Liverpool' brings a smile to his face - and admits moving to Merseyside has had a dramatic effect on his sleeping pattern. The Scot moved south from Blackpool this summer having failed to land his dream move in the January transfer window.
 His man of the match display in our victory over Chelsea last weekend was an illustration of how well he is settling in on the pitch, but things are going just as well off it.

"I've got a smile on my face every day. I'm not one for waking up in the morning but since I've came here I'm up at quarter past seven looking forward to training," said Adam. "As soon as I wake up I think 'right, I'm going to training'. I love driving into Melwood every day and it puts a smile on my face. "I just love being at this club. I'm getting up early because there's a buzz and a feel-good factor about coming in here. When you walk in the dressing room and you see the players that we've got, life could not be any better.

"When I hear the name Liverpool, a smile comes to my face and that is why I am delighted to be here. When you get here you just want the opportunity to play and fortunately enough I have been able to play in the majority of the games this season.

"My missus will tell you I'm a totally different person now to when I was at Blackpool. The last six months there was hard because I knew what I wanted and that was to go. I was disappointed not to come here in January and everyone knew that. I knew it was time to go and that I needed the change and I was grateful for the opportunity I was given.

"So coming here every day is a dream for me, it's a dream for anybody.
 "Some people don't realise that there's a small minority that get the opportunity to join this club so you have to grasp it with both hands and hopefully I can do that in the next few years and try to play a number of games for this club." Despite his smooth transition from playing for Ian Holloway's upstarts to performing in front of a packed Anfield every week, Adam admits there is an extra pressure that comes with wearing a Liver bird on your chest.

"When you come to a club like this you are expected to win every week because of who you play for and the quality of the players that we have," he said. "The size of the club is ginormous. When you are at a big club the next game is just as important as the last one. When you are in the Premier League with Blackpool you could get away with thinking, 'Okay, we've beaten Liverpool, let's enjoy it for a couple of days.' Here you can't.

"As soon as the Chelsea game was finished we spoke about the game, obviously, but then the focus is on the next match. We beat Chelsea but that's out of the way and the focus is 'Who have we got next week?' You need to be at the top of your game every week and playing well in every match.  "I'm used to this because when I was young I was at Rangers so I was expected to win every day in training. The pressure is on you from day one and it's drummed into you that everything you do you have to win, so that probably helped me coming here. I wasn't fearful coming here.

"If I had any doubts I could have sat at Blackpool for another five years. "I wanted to come here and there has been a rapid rise in my career since I left Rangers. It has only gone one way and I am delighted with that." Meanwhile, the 25-year-old claims he is in the best shape of his life.
"Okay, my shape does not look like I'm stick thin or anything like that, I know that myself. But fitness-wise, I don't think anyone could question me," he said.

"If you can get stats or if you asked the physios and fitness staff here they'll say that I'm in the top one or two in terms of metres covered, but people will still call it as they see it. Not everyone has the same thoughts about each player but if anyone wants to know about me they can call the club and ask for the stats."

Jose Enrique claims Lucas Leiva - not Joe Hart - was the best player on the pitch during Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Manchester City.

Hart pulled off a raft of top-class saves to stop Liverpool getting the reward for a marvelous second-half surge. But it was Lucas who won man of the match on both and host broadcaster Sky - and Opta stats reveal why. The Brazilian had a passing accuracy of 92 per cent, made six interceptions and won 81.3 per cent of his 'duels'. Enrique said: "Joe Hart was good for them but Lucas was the best player on the pitch - he was amazing. "He is playing really well with Charlie who is scoring some important goals for us this season.

"They are both really important for us. Stewart Downing came back into the side and also did well.
"City have some very good strikers but Pepe Reina made some very good saves. At times Pepe was like another centre-back for us! "But it's not just down to the back four and the 'keeper, the whole team are playing really well." The result means Liverpool have drawn four successive home league games for the first time since 1971 as the Reds have met with a string of in-form goalkeepers. "I think we deserved to win the game," Enrique added. "In the first half maybe they played better but in the second half we played very well.

"We had some good chances but Joe Hart played brilliantly for them. "I don't know what's happening with goalkeepers here this season. Against Swansea and Norwich it was the same.
"I think we have been really unlucky in many home games this season. It's a lot of points we have lost here but a draw at home to City is not bad. "In the last two games we've played not just two of the best teams in England but in the world in City and Chelsea. "We won at Chelsea and we deserved to beat City as well so that shows we can beat anyone. "We have an amazing squad and we just have to try to keep improving."
Author: Jimmy Rice

 JOSE ENRIQUE believes Liverpool’s dominant performance in the 1-1 draw with Manchester City proves they are capable of beating anyone in the Premier League this season. The Spanish left-back insisted a point was scant reward for the Reds’ efforts as they outplayed the unbeaten leaders for long periods. Joleon Lescott’s own goal cancelled out Vincent Kompany’s header but Kenny Dalglish’s men were denied a winner by the heroics of City keeper Joe Hart.  
It means Liverpool have drawn four successive home league games for the first time since 1971. “I think we deserved to win the game,” Enrique said. “In the first half maybe they played better but in the second half we played very well.
“We had some good chances but Joe Hart played brilliantly for them. "I don’t know what’s happening with goalkeepers here this season. "Against Swansea and Norwich, it was the same. " I think we have been really unlucky in many home games this season.

IT'S becoming a familiar sight at Anfield this season. At the final whistle Manchester City's relieved players rushed to congratulate their goalkeeper for ensuring they escaped with a share of the spoils. Joe Hart became the latest visiting shot-stopper to take the plaudits from his team-mates and depart clutching a bottle of bubbly. The England international followed in the footsteps of David de Gea, John Ruddy and Michel Vorm as his heroics ensured the Reds were held to a fourth successive home stalemate for the first time since 1971. Same result but the mood around Anfield was very different.Of course there was frustration at the fact Liverpool failed to make their second-half dominance count and still haven't won at home since September.

But the overriding feeling was one of pride at how Kenny Dalglish's side had comprehensively outplayed a team threatening to run away with the Premier League title. Three weeks ago Liverpool departed to a smattering of boos after being held by newly-promoted Swansea, this time there was a standing ovation from an appreciative crowd. Sheikh Mansour has splashed an eye-watering £1billion on transforming Manchester City's fortunes over the past three years. As their record-breaking annual loss of £195million illustrated, they operate on a different planet to any of their rivals.

Roberto Mancini's expensively assembled squad had made the best ever start to a top flight season since Kenny Dalglish's Liverpool side of 1990/91. In notching 11 wins and a draw in 12 games prior to yesterday they had plundered a remarkable 42 goals, including six at Old Trafford.
But the Reds showed the oil rich owner from Abu Dhabi that there are some things money can't buy. The spirit and sense of togetherness Dalglish has fostered since his return to the hot-seat last January was showcased in all its glory.

LIVERPOOL manager Kenny Dalglish believes the scheduling of the Carling Cup quarter-final is “irresponsible”. The Scot was outraged when he discovered his side would have to play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge two days after yesterday’s league match at home to Manchester City. Liverpool held discussions with the Premier League, Football League and Sky television in an attempt to get one of the games moved but it was to no avail. The Premier League were reluctant to bring the league match forward because of concerns it would cause major inconvenience to fans at short notice. Also the Metropolitan Police could not sanction a move to Wednesday because of a Trades Union Congress rally taking place in central London that day and Tottenham’s Europa League game at home to PAOK Salonika. Dalglish is likely to make a number of changes for their second trip to Chelsea in just over a week - having won 2-1 the weekend before last - but that has not stopped him speaking out again about the timing. 

Forty-eight hours is a bit irresponsible for the people who’ve organised the dates of the matches. It’s not just us, it’s Man City,” he said. “To ask any team or any players to play two games of high intensity in 48 hours is a bit of a joke. “I don’t know why the PFA (Professional Footballers’ Association) don’t come in and say something about it - it’s their players. For me it’s difficult to understand why they don’t come out and say something. Or do they agree with it? “We know we’ve got to accept it although we don’t agree with it, and it won’t affect the application or give us an excuse. “There’ll be one or two bumps and bruises I would have thought, and maybe one or two missing, but we have a strong squad and we’ve made changes in other Carling Cup matches. “It will be a late shout because we have to give everyone the best possible opportunity to recover. “We’ve sold out our tickets for the match, we know what’s expected, the players know what’s expected of them, so all we can do is try our best and see what happens.” Chelsea played on Saturday so they have had an extra day to recover. Dalglish believes Andre Villas-Boas will keep disruptions to his side down to a minimum. “I don’t expect Chelsea to have to make changes,” he added. “He (Villas-Boas) has said he’ll use the competition to try to develop three young players he has that he likes, so I suppose those three will play.”

ChriS>when the authorities (especially the POLICE) cover up their neglect, whilst we are trying to expose their CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE they wont DO ANYTHING  (never have done) to help LIVERPOOL, city, team or our Supporters, the bizzies hate that we have something on them!

making the rent-blues bluer again,.............. ;)

chelski 0 LIVERPOOL 2 (maxi, KELLY!)

Author: Paul Hassall

Martin Kelly helped fire Liverpool into the semi-finals of the Carling Cup with his first goal in red against Chelsea - and then declared: 'I can score more'. The England U21 international headed home Craig Bellamy's pinpoint free-kick to put the seal on a brilliant night for Kenny Dalglish's charges, after Maxi had fired the visitors in front.
"I was made up with the goal and it was a long time coming getting my first one for Liverpool," said Kelly.  "It was a great cross from Craig and I managed to get a free header. We were attacking the end with all the away supporters and it was brilliant seeing all their emotions as they celebrated. It's fantastic to get a goal for such a big club. "I scored a couple of goals for England U21s recently and it was great to score against Chelsea and help us reach the semi-final of the Carling Cup. "We have beaten Chelsea twice now in the space of a few weeks and it was a great team effort out there. "We definitely deserved the win. With the possession we had in the first half we knew the goal was coming and we are delighted to get the victory 

Lucas and Charlie Adam celebrate the equaliser against Manchester City

personal comment;

Thanks to all those who sent a birthday card in the hope that it eventually finds my ESTRANGED little girl NOela ( 10 years old on 28th November)

Last picture taken of Noela in our garden before the ambush/abduction

and on a "lighter note"

in a GREAT mood after last night..but, still, sux weeks pf "in-validity" due to broken ankle means "immobile" for next xmas, so Chrissie-(xmas)/new year parties or dancing are unlikely ..probably! looking for a "girl/lady friday/nurse"..URGENT WANTED; a good lady, of no special age, but who has a feeling for life, who cares, , but who can laugh at life, (and at me sometimes!!) help with the shopping and a occasional chores/outings; with sensitivity, who hopefully enjoys my stories and the essence of life ; "live-in(g)" if poss ;0 free (inc meals and some "pocket money") ideal for any language student who wants to exchange english-serbian/montenegrin ...And who will help make this a "Happy ChriSmith" ;)
p.s. must have own sexy nurse's uniform (only joking, lass! ) <smile>
p.p.s if are interested send me a pm, if u arent keep yr comments to yourself, lol x

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

111127 LIVERPOOL v citeH preview & "NOT the English but, the Euro-Scouse patient" - ?


LIVERPOOL v citeH preview

 & "NOT the English but, the Euro-Scouse patient" - ?

Personal comment and intro..

A "new experience" ….I have played footy almost since I was a bairn, youth team, local league, captained my team, then tournaments, traning coaching kids, senior/vets footy, abd recently 6-a-side in Pg, went over on my ankle, having "celebrated" the Reds win at chelski,
I was slightly inebriated…but still played, a mistake..(?) …my own fault!...all those year hard tackling, ball-winning against bigger guys than me , without more than the occasional cut or bruise……had some pain , but applied "hot and cold" in the hope it would cure itself until yesterday, I felt my first fears confirmed, I still was "hobbling"..a medical student told me go to the health centre, wrong….another taxi, to the emergency centre,,wrong…then another taxi to the main klinic emergency unit (orthopedic) -x-ray confirmed a break! (fractured fibula) and I am now up to me knees in plaster, at least 6 weeks out,(house-bound) and maybe an "op" to correct it…its another reminder (if I need it!) to trust my first instincts ("its broken" I said Sunday night) I shd have gone direct to hospital then…now I will find out who is truly a "friend"…(any one got "crutches" I can borrow,,then I can do my "long-john silver impersonations" ) lol … :D

…. there was a Funny Dr "alex the great" (who "corrected " my bone with his hands, (and no warning, shd have given me "Rakija" ..) and I met momo in the unit, assisting the doctor, chatting about LFC, the REDs are everywhere… ;) and I saw Ugo as I was coming out of the emergency unit, he called a taxi for me, good lad! (hope yr bro, gets well soon….

Theres a lesson again…as  I'd  had a few drink to celebrate LIverpool winning at chelski last sunday, THEN played 6-a-side football with the lads in Podgorica later that evening, my "timing" was off brain didnt connect with my feet and went over on my ankle, I heard a "crack" ...hoped it was a minor thing, BUT then yesterday doctor confirmed a fractured ....amazing and frustrating because I never had a leg injury in all the years i played footy,,but , of course I will surivive.. ;)

Saturday ‎09h …"(above) this is the GUILTY ankle, heavily disguised by white plaster…I now seek a "live-In(g) Nurse" / girl Friday…free board (bed and meals) and "pocket money" TBN … ;) Please all of you, don’t rush to Monty all at once...(i wonder what Jul. Binoche is doing now, keep thinking about her from the "english patient" this could be the sequel..."the not english but euro-scouse patient" lol ??)

I see no reason why we cant get "at" the mancs in sky-blue, bunch of prima donnas with a lot of talent, BUT its 11 v 11 plus US the 12th , 13th and 7 millionth man, get behind our team, support Kenny and the lads 1000 % make it like a big european night and BATTER them…

We had a great result last Sunday , we beat their youth team 3-1 last week too, and turned em over 3-0 already earlier this Year, they can be beaten (as in Napoli ) and IF we can perform to our best, and most importantly TAKE all the chances we make WE can take an important step to the top and make people realise WE are a team to be scared of..come on REdS..whether the Team, Supporters, at Anfield or watching Worldwide , make the "holy TRINITY" WHOLE again!!  ..WE ARE LIVERPOOL!

Next Pre-View V the biggest team in manchester <smile>

KENNY DALGLISH has praised the attitude and application of his Liverpool FC first team squad players who impressed on duty for the reserves. Jay Spearing, Sebastian Coates, Jon Flanagan and Danny Wilson all played 90 minutes for Liverpool FC in yesterday’s 5-1 thrashing of Sunderland at the Kirkby Academy. Spearing struck twice and Coates was also on target in front of a crowd which included Dalglish and striker Luis Suarez.

The quartet are battling to force their way into the manager’s plans with only Spearing in the 18-man squad for last weekend’s victory at Chelsea. They are all likely to feature in next Tuesday’s Carling Cup quarter-final at Stamford Bridge, which comes just 48 hours after Sunday’s Premier League clash with Manchester City at Anfield. And Dalglish believes they will have benefited greatly from their involvement with Rodolfo Borrell’s second string side.

“They applied themselves very well and they will be better for getting 90 minutes,” Dalglish said. “They need to play games and it was good for them to be involved. It’s better for them than training. “Some people look at it as a form of punishment asking them to play for the reserves but that’s certainly not the case. “It was a necessity and it’s important we give everyone opportunities to play matches. “For the likes of Seb and Jay, it gives them the chance to get match fit and they did well. We need a strong squad with players who are ready to step in when they’re needed.”

One area where Dalglish certainly has an embarrassment of riches is at right-back. Glen Johnson, who netted a stunning winner against Chelsea, currently occupies that spot but he has stiff competition from home-grown talents Martin Kelly and Flanagan.

Kelly scored twice during his recent two outings for England Under-21s, while Flanagan is also part of Stuart Pearce’s international squad.
“We are lucky we have the three of them,” Dalglish said. 

“It’s a very pleasant problem. We have three boys who are very capable of playing at right-back. We have an England international playing there at the moment. “It’s brilliant for us. Kells played at centre-back for the under-21s and that’s where he started here, that’s where he set out to be and maybe that’s where he will go back to.

“The two goals Martin got for the under-21s will not do him any harm. It will give him a greater appetite to play here, we know he has done well for us.
“We don’t leave players out because of their age, we leave anyone out because you feel it’s right.
“Just because somebody is older, that won’t affect us. You do have to keep the spirits of the young ones up and keep them going.”
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Steve Clarke believes Maxi Rodriguez's impressive Chelsea display was just rewards for the Argentinean's professionalism in training. 
The 30-year-old marked an energetic first Barclays Premier League start of the season by putting the finishing touches on a well-worked move to net the opening goal in the Reds' 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Clarke insists nobody within the Liverpool ranks was surprised by Maxi's impact and paid tribute to the way the forward has worked hard on the Melwood training pitches to ensure he was primed to take his opportunity.

The first-team coach told "Everybody here knows the qualities of Maxi. "He's been unfortunate this year that he's not had an extended run in the team, but what it does say about him is that he is a complete professional. "When you're not in the team, it's difficult to come in every day, work hard and be prepared for your chance. Maxi has worked hard every day in training.

"Not just Maxi, but all the squad of players - they've worked hard in training, they wait for their chance. When Maxi went in, he did a fantastic job for us." Clarke added: "Everybody has spoken about the squad we've got this year. We feel it's an improvement on what we inherited when Kenny and I came to the club. "The squad is stronger this year and I think the weekend proved that. If you look at the bench, it was very strong.
"What you try to create at a club like Liverpool is competition for places. Everybody has that competition for their place now and it can only be helpful for the group going forward." 

Maxi was one of a number of stand-out performers for Liverpool on a highly-satisfying afternoon in west London. Glen Johnson claimed many of the headlines, however, with his stunning solo effort on 87 minutes helping Liverpool clinch all three points. It was only the England defender's fourth start of the season after injuries hampered the beginning of his campaign, but Clarke believes the goal proves he is well on his way back to peak form. 

"Glen has been really unfortunate with injury this year," said the Scot. "He's slowly getting back to where we all know that he can be.
"It's another step in the right direction for him, it's another 90 minutes under his belt, and the fact he scored a goal and made a valuable contribution to the team means it will give him confidence in the games going forward. He's improving all the time."

Johnson netted after collecting Charlie Adam's pin-point cross-field pass and surging into the area before retaining his composure to slot into bottom corner with his left foot. "It's great when your full-backs can get forward and create chances or score goals," said Clarke. "We've already spoken about how important the full-back is in the modern game in an attacking sense.

"The timing of Glen's movement was fantastic. We'd had a passage of play on the opposite side of the pitch, and when the ball came to Charlie, Glen realised there was space in front of him and he made the break to go forward. It was a fantastic pass from Charlie, and obviously Glen did the rest." Johnson was one component of a back four that stood firm under pressure from Chelsea in the early stages of the second half on Sunday.
Though Daniel Sturridge netted what proved to be a consolation for the Blues, Liverpool now have the joint-best defensive record in the division along with Manchester City and Newcastle United having conceded just 11 goals.

Clarke admits he's been pleased with the Reds' resilience in recent weeks - but insists the hard work will continue in training to make the team's rearguard even more imperious. "I've said before, it's important to defend well. The foundation of any win comes from a solid defence. "I think we've got the fewest goals against in the Premier League, which is good, and by and large we've defended very well. "You also need your moments of luck - and there was a great save from Pepe on Sunday when the game was 1-1. All those moments are vital in a game. "Up to now we can be pleased with our defensive performances, but that's not to say we're going to sit back and relax."

While delighted at the manner of Liverpool's display at the Bridge, Clarke refuses to be drawn on whether it was the team's best performance of an impressive 2011-12 season so far. Instead, the 48-year-old insists it was vital the Reds bounced back to winning ways following the goalless Anfield draw with Swansea in their previous outing.

Clarke said: "Rather than trying to rank it where it is in terms of the season, it was just a very important performance at a time when as a team we needed a big performance. It's a testament to the players we were able to produce that kind of performance.
"I think it was important after the disappointment of dropping points at Swansea that we went down there, had a positive attitude and tried to get ourselves back on track. I think we did that.

"If you look at the performance overall, the manner we approached the game was one of the most pleasing aspects. We had a shape and we wanted to play a certain way, and I think the players did that.
"You can prepare for the game, but at the end of the day the players have to go on the pitch and do it and what you want them to do. That's what they did and we got the win we deserved."
Author: James Carroll

Jose Enrique insists helping Liverpool achieve a top-four finish is his primary objective this season.

The full-back admits he was disappointed to be overlooked by Spain for their recent international friendlies with England and Costa Rica, but is adamant he is only focused on ensuring the Reds enjoy a successful 2011-12 campaign. "I was a little bit disappointed," said Enrique. "I think I am at one of the best clubs, not just in England but in the world.

"For me Liverpool is one of the best three in the world alongside AC Milan and Real Madrid. "But to be honest I don't really think about it too much. My focus is on Liverpool and trying to help us improve. "My objective for this season is to help Liverpool play in the Champions League next season." Enrique has started every Barclays Premier League game for Liverpool this season following his summer switch from Newcastle United.

The 25-year-old has excelled in the left-back berth for Kenny Dalglish's side, establishing himself as a firm favourite on the Kop in the process. Nonetheless, while Enrique is satisfied with his early form for the Reds, he's not about to rest on his laurels. "I think playing in that first game (against Sunderland on the opening day of the season) was really important," said the No.3. "When you come to a new team and then start playing, it helps you settle.

"After that, the important thing is to play well, but I have to say thank you to the manager for giving me that first opportunity. "After two weeks I felt as though I had been here three months with being involved in those early games and developing an understanding with the other players. "I am happy with my start here. The most important thing for any player is to play and at the moment I have been playing in every game. "I am really happy about that. "I feel that I have done well, but of course I have to develop some things and if I can keep on playing, I think I can improve more."
Author: James Carroll

LIVERPOOL FC’S Lucas Leiva believes his double act with Charlie Adam is starting to click. The central midfielders were two of  Liverpool FC's outstanding performers in Sunday’s dramatic 2-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Lucas worked tirelessly to win back possession and Adam played a big part in both of Liverpool’s goals. They have started 11 of the club’s 12 Premier League games this season alongside each other and the Brazilian is relishing playing with the Scotland international.

“Charlie is an offensive player and I try to give him the licence to go forward and make a key pass,” Lucas said. “You could see the pass he put on for Glen Johnson for the winning goal. “When we’re defending he gets back and tries to help me. Charlie is learning a lot about the defensive role. “There are a lot of new players in the team and it takes a little bit of time to get an understanding but like everyone I’m really happy and enjoying playing with Charlie.

“If we play more games together then we will be even better because the understanding will improve.” Victory over Chelsea kick-started Liverpool’s push for Champions League qualification after the frustrating home draw with Swansea City. Lucas says Kenny Dalglish’s side must go into every game with the attitude they showed in the capital – starting with this Sunday’s showdown with leaders Manchester City at Anfield.
“If we approach every single game like we approached the Chelsea game, then we would be in a better position,” Lucas said. Read More

Kenny Dalglish believes the race for a top four spot is as competitive as ever as Liverpool prepare to host league leaders Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.

The Reds currently lie sixth, level on points with both Chelsea and Arsenal, and just three adrift of third-placed Tottenham.
Dalglish insists he has been unsurprised by the majority of the contenders for a Champions League berth and is delighted that his team are firmly in the mix.

Dalglish told his pre-match press conference: "Apart from the positions of the teams, I don't think there is much of a surprise. It is only Newcastle that you would have said, which has been a pleasant surprise for the Geordies. They will be delighted they are up there in the hunt for it."

He continued: "It's good to see us up there, that's most important thing for us. I don't care how many are involved. If we were sitting there out of sight, it would be even better for us. As long as we are involved that is all that we are concerned with. Whatever any other club is going to do, we can't do anything about it until we play them."
The Reds entertain leaders Manchester City on Sunday hoping to build on their impressive record against the Barclays Premier League's top sides.
Dalglish's men ran out 3-0 victors when the two teams met at the end of last season but the boss is expecting a different challenge on this occasion.
He said: "They have fantastic resources to go and get who and what they want to buy. They've had a fantastic start to the league season this year. I don't think there will be any surprises.

"I think there will be changes from the team they played the other night (Champions League). We know what to expect and we'll give them all due respect. We'll make sure we are right, that's the important thing.
"Their style may have changed but their principles haven't. Maybe bringing in certain individuals has altered it a little bit. Certainly their position in the league has changed and they've had some fantastic performances."

He continued: "We won't sit here and disclose what our thoughts are on the Man City game in detail. What was apparent in the game last season was that Tevez came off after 20 minutes with a pulled hamstring. That helped us a bit more than it did them, I think. But we played well and got our rewards. "They've got different personnel now and so have we, so it might not be the same type of game this time around.

"We'll decide what's best for us and let them worry about us more than we will worry about them. At the same time we respect and appreciate how good they are. "Not much has changed in them really. Obviously their results are better and the way they gone about their games has been fantastic. When they have got their noses in front they have gone on and punished teams. They played fantastic at Tottenham and at Old Trafford, so maybe they are due a bad one - let's keep our fingers crossed."

Last season Andy Carroll got off the mark for Liverpool with a sensational double at the expense of Roberto Mancini's outfit.
Asked if that would have any bearing on whether the big No.9 would feature on Sunday, Dalglish said: "You take into account first and foremost what is happening at this moment and take it from there.

"Andy scored two great goals against them last year. We got our reward for that and so did Andy. That's not to say that because he scored two last year, he'll score two this year.
"We'll all start afresh for the game on Sunday. If we can repeat the same result as last year, everyone will be happy."

He added: "I went on record as saying his (Andy's) best games for us were against Stoke and West Brom. That tells you how he is doing."

Reporters also suggested that the Reds could use the clash with the runaway leaders as a barometer for their progress this term.
"We don't need one game to give us an incentive to bite on and look forward to the future," replied Dalglish. "We will look a lot further than that. We won't get carried away by one game whether we win it or lose it. We are just looking to progress and build something here that will last for a long time.
"I think we are moving in the right direction. Whether Sunday is a positive result for us or not, it won't be a determining factor in the progress of the football club." The clash will also see Luis Suarez go head-to-head with Sergio Aguero in a battle between two South American stars currently settling the Barclays Premier League alight. Asked to compare to two, Dalglish said: "I've not seen a lot of Aguero. He's done well there and scored a few goals. For us, we are delighted to have Luis."
Author: Paul Hassall at Melwood

Charlie Adam has revealed why he believes working with Steve Clarke will help the Liverpool squad improve both as a collective and as individuals.

The midfielder admits his fellow Scot is one of the best coaches he's been trained by in his career and feels the 48-year-old's methods on the Melwood training pitches are having a big impact on the field.
Adam told LFC Magazine: "No disrespect to the people I've played with before, but I think the quality of players here is so high. The standard of training is superior too. 

"I'd heard about Steve Clarke before I came here and I knew by his record that he was highly rated.
"He's been at some top clubs and been successful.

"He's a very good coach and, as time goes on, we'll get better thanks to his methods. "I think working with him helps us to become better individuals and a better group."  He added: "I really do feel there are good times ahead here if we continue to work hard. "We need to just focus on the next game and we'll be okay. We also need to enjoy it too, because that's part of it as well." Pasted from  <>

Kenny Dalglish is confident Jamie Carragher will continue to be a major influence on Liverpool's defence.
The Reds' vice-captain was an unused substitute during the 2-1 win at Chelsea after recovering from a calf injury that had ruled him out of the previous two encounters. Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel have both excelled in his absence but the boss is confident the No.23 will play a prominent role in the weeks ahead.

Dalglish said: "Carra has only been back a week after his calf injury. He's an important part of this football club and of this squad, now and going forward. He knows that and we know that. "It's always a positive for anyone who is selected and it's a disappointment for those who aren't selected. You have to make decisions. 

"We know what he's done for the football club. The respect and admiration he has here from myself and everyone else connected. He understands." Last season Dalglish was faced with a similar situation when Carragher returned from a long-term shoulder injury to star in the 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge.

However, he feels the system deployed in London last weekend meant he could afford to be more cautious with the veteran defender. The boss added: "We did it the time before. When we went to Chelsea last time we threw Carra straight back in when we played with three centre backs. He was brilliant. If we had played the same way he might have been thrown back in."
Meanwhile, Dalglish feels Liverpool's recent nine-match unbeaten run in all-competitions is partly down to rediscovering their mean streak in defence. The Reds have conceded just 10 goals in 12 Barclays Premier League matches this season and the boss reckons the whole team deserve credit for making them hard to defeat. "I think we defended well (at Chelsea)," said Dalglish. "Along with Man City, we now have the joint best defensive record in the league so we must be doing something right.
"It's not just Pepe (Reina) and the lads at the back who are responsible for that. It's everyone.

"The game was our ninth without defeat in all competitions. That's a good response to the losses at Stoke and Spurs back in September. We'll just keep going now and see how far we can stretch this run." He continued: "It will be difficult against Man City, we know that. They have a fantastic array of players there, probably two for each position, if not more in some cases. "They're top of the league and are playing very well.

"Not being in Europe means we have a week to prepare for their visit. City had a Champions League game on Tuesday night and might make a few changes to their line-up.
"We'd much rather be in Europe than not be. But for us it's not about having the time to get ready, it's how we use that time to prepare. 

We'll do that properly and see what the weekend brings." Manchester City currently lead the Barclays Premier League after building a star-studded line-up courtesy of their owners' vast funds. Dalglish concedes some teams may look on with envy at the millions Roberto Mancini has to spend but remains focused on achieving his own success at Anfield.

"If you're a football club in the fortunate position Manchester City are in, everyone is going to be delighted," he explained. "They are exactly the same. They are in a position where they can compete financially for any player in the world, whether it's wages or transfer fee. (snip) "It may make the transfer market skewed, but hasn't that always been the case? It's always been harder for some than for others. "Nobody wouldn't want the financial strength they have got. We have to accept that, not worry about it." 

Dalglish believes one way of competing at the top of the table is to foster a formidable spirit within his squad.

The Reds boss feels he now has a group who relish the competition for places and points to the celebrations following last week's second goal at Chelsea as an example of what it means to them all.

"Did you see Downing's face when Glen Johnson scored? Print that picture rather than me using any words to describe how he felt. It says more than I could say," said Dalglish.

"That is always the strength of the squad - those who aren't playing. That is where you get your success from. "At the end of the day, it is hard for the ones who don't play. It is hard to keep them motivated and to keep them going. That is understandable. "If they come in with really good attitudes when they are left out, it is helpful to everyone.

 Certainly, the 11 that started at Chelsea did very well. It was great for the three boys that came on as well. They have only been in the door two minutes. "For them to come in with positive attitudes has shown their attitude and determination. It hasn't done anyone any harm.
"If they are not committed to playing, it is not going to be my problem - it is going to be their problem. We will go and get people who are determined to play. 

"It is not pleasant but it is understandable that there is disappointment if you are not playing every game. But it is a long season and everyone is going to be given their chance."
Author: Paul Hassall

Jan Molby is convinced Anfield's famous 12th man can play a role in helping Liverpool to pass what he regards as their toughest test of the season so far. The great Dane has been hugely impressed by Roberto Mancini's league leaders this term and believes the Reds support can play a vital role in helping to overcome them. Molby said: "Sunday's game with Manchester City will be Liverpool's biggest examination of the season yet, no doubt about it. "City are the only top side Liverpool are yet to face, and head to Anfield well clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League table.

"And while Kenny Dalglish's side have faced the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham, and won so impressively at Chelsea last weekend, City will pose a completely different threat. One that Liverpool will need to be very, very wary of. "And if the Reds are to get a result on Sunday - against a side that has won 11 of its 12 league matches this season, don't forget - then I feel the fans will have a major role to play.

"Anfield needs to be a cauldron for games like this. It was when City last visited, back in April, and Roberto Mancini's side didn't handle it at all well. Andy Carroll got amongst them and they wilted. "Kenny will want something similar this time out, I'm sure. "He will know the threat City pose from all areas. People single out David Silva, and he is a fantastic player of course, but they have players all over the pitch who can hurt you - Balotelli, Dzeko, Toure, Aguero, Johnson, Milner.

"Liverpool need to be aggressive. They need to play at a high tempo and try to ruffle City. "For that, the crowd can play its part. "It won't be easy, of course. The likes of Silva and Dzeko played here last season, and they will know what Anfield is all about. They are experienced players, class players, and will not be fazed. "But they are arriving at Anfield on the back of a poor defeat in Napoli, and there could be a hangover from that.
"The press have had a field day on their 'failings' in the Champions League, but the Premier League is their bread and butter. "Liverpool will need to be on their game on Sunday, and the Anfield crowd could make the difference."
Author: Paul Hassall


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One of the biggest movie stars on the planet has outed himself as a Liverpool fan. Brad Pitt (who is he?) revealed his affection for the Reds during an interview about his latest film, Moneyball. Asked who his favourite football team was, he replied: "I have some friends who are very close to Liverpool, so if I went another way I might be disowned."
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Angelina Jolie is a well-known Kopite. Her support stems from the time she filmed Tomb Raider in North Wales, during which her adopted son Maddox spent three days receiving treatment at Alder Hey Hospital. Maddox became a huge Liverpool fan as a result - and his love for the Reds seems to be spreading through Hollywood.

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