SCLOG 111119 LIVE-R-POOL
Pre-Chelski rent blues v the REdS
(& our LUIS "smeared" by biased League/media?)
Sunday we plan to watching the game on Live Tv from a distance, the last I was at this game, Xabi score the winning goal for LIVERPOOLn breaking a record number of chelski home games without defeat and setting us on a run that took us as close as we had been since 20 years to the title…In many another season with that many points (and only TWO defeats all season) we could have had enough points to win it, that’s Life!
Kenny Dalglish is hoping to maintain a proud record when he takes Liverpool to Stamford Bridge on Sunday. & has never lost to Chelsea as Liverpool manager in any competition - winning eight and drawing three of the 11 meetings.
Here are the rest of the facts and figures ahead of the big game from Lfc's Ged Rea.
Head to head (league only):
Overall: Liverpool 62 wins, Chelsea 46 wins, 28 draws.
At Chelsea: Liverpool 17 wins, Chelsea 37 wins, 14 draws.
A win will put Liverpool level on points with Chelsea and a three goal margin of victory will take the Reds above their London rivals. Last season Liverpool recorded their second Premier League 'double' over Chelsea. The Reds won 2-0 at Anfield thanks to two Fernando Torres goals in the first half and a tremendous rearguard action after the break.
Raul Meireles scored the only goal of the game after 69 minutes of the return in London last February - a game that saw Torres wear a Chelsea shirt for the first time.
The 'double' was only the Reds' second over the Blues in 21 seasons. All of the Reds' wins at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League era have been by a 1-0 scoreline. Last season's victory followed Xabi Alonso's winner in 2008 and Bruno Cheyrou's in 2004.
Despite a recent improvement, Liverpool have picked up just 13 points out of a possible 57 in league visits to Chelsea. The Reds have lost 11 of their last 15 league visits to the Bridge and won only three of the last 21 on the ground. Since the inception of the Premier League Liverpool have won 15 and lost 16 of the 38 meetings. Liverpool have scored just eight times at Stamford Bridge in 19 league visits.
They have not scored more than once in a league game on this ground in their last 15 visits since a 2-2 draw in December 1995 when Steve McManaman scored both goals.
Pepe Reina was controversially dismissed in the league meeting on this ground in February 2006, while Steven Gerrard also received his marching orders at Stamford Bridge in 2003.
Glen Johnson played 72 times for Chelsea in all competitions from 2003-07, scoring four times. His first ever league goal was scored on this ground eight years ago this month in a 5-0 win over Newcastle.
Jordan Henderson made his career league debut on this ground in November 2008. His Sunderland team lost 5-0. However, he was in the Black Cats side that recorded a shock 3-0 win at the Bridge a year ago last weekend.
Patrik Berger scored Liverpool's last hat-trick against Chelsea - at Anfield in October 1997. That is one of only four occasions when Reds players have scored three in a game against Chelsea - the others being James Stewart (1910), Fred Pagnam (1915) and Gordon Hodgson (1930). All were scored at Anfield. No player has ever scored a hat-trick for Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool's clean sheet last season was only their fourth in the last 16 league visits.
The Reds' biggest victory on this ground came in December 1989 when they won 5-2.
Liverpool's heaviest ever defeat at Stamford Bridge came on the opening day of the 1937-38 season when they lost 6-1. Only Fabio Aurelio, Lucas and Dirk Kuyt of the current squad have scored for Liverpool at Stamford Bridge - all in the Champions League. In fact, Aurelio's last Liverpool goal came in the 4-4 European draw at the Bridge in April 2009.
The Reds are looking to record back-to-back league wins at Stamford Bridge for the first time since the 1974-75 season. Liverpool have won twice in the last three visits and have won four of the last six league meetings home and away. They have lost only two of the last nine. In the last seven league meetings between the sides only one of the teams has managed to score. The last occasion when both teams scored was in the 1-1 draw at Anfield in August 2007.
Charlie Adam could make his 250th career club appearance in all competitions. Going into this weekend's fixtures only the United's of Manchester and Newcastle (three each) have conceded fewer league goals on the road than Liverpool's five. Liverpool are looking for a third successive league clean sheet for the first time since last February, when they kept four in a row. The last in that sequence was the 1-0 win at Chelsea.
The Reds have won four away games in succession in all competitions. The last time they won five was in May 2006 (ultimately they won six in a row) while they bid to register three in a row on the road in the Barclays Premier League for the first time since May 2009. Chelsea have scored only six times against Liverpool in the last 10 league meetings home and away.
They have lost only six of their last 144 league games at home, the last coming in that 5-3 loss to Arsenal in the last fixture in front of their home fans. Chelsea's last hat-trick in the fixture was scored by George Mills in August 1937 at Stamford Bridge.
Didier Drogba has scored 10 goals against Liverpool during his career - the first two for Marseille and eight for the Londoners.
Fernando Torres scored seven goals in eight games against the Londoners. Since moving to Stamford Bridge he has scored five goals in 30 games in league and cup. He scored 13 times in his last 30 Liverpool games. He has scored more league goals for Liverpool in 2011 than he has for Chelsea - four for the Reds, three for the Londoners.
By comparison Luis Suarez has scored 11 in his 27 games for the Reds, while Andy Carroll has five in 21 appearances.
Raul Meireles scored five goals in 44 appearances for the Reds with his penultimate goal for the club coming on this ground. He has found the net once in his 11 games for Chelsea - scoring his side's first in a 5-0 Champions League win over Genk.
Nicolas Anelka played for the Reds during the 2001-02 season while on loan from Paris St Germain, scoring five times in 22 games in league and cup. along with Fernando Torres, David Luiz also made his Chelsea debut in this fixture last season, while Salomon Kalou, John Obi Mikel and Alex have all made their Blues' debuts against Liverpool in recent seasons.
The Blues have kept only two clean sheets in the last 10 games in all competitions and the 1-0 win at Blackburn last time out was their first Premier League shut-out since the opening day. They have not kept a league clean sheet at Stamford Bridge since beating West Ham 3-0 in April.
|make it another HAPPy away-day please, lads!|
Frank Lampard is Chelsea's leading scorer this season with seven goals, six in the league. He has scored five times in his last five league games, including a hat-trick at Bolton last month. Earlier this season he became only the fifth player in history to make 500 Premier League appearances.
John Terry and Ashley Cole are the only players to play in every Chelsea league game this season. Chelsea have had five players sent off this season: Alex, Torres, Jose Bosingwa, Didier Drogba and Ross Turnbull.
They have conceded nine goals at home in five league games. They shipped only 13 in 19 league games last season at the Bridge. In 11 league games they have conceded 15 goals this season - the same number they let in during the whole of Jose Mourinho's first season in charge.
Leading scorers this season (league in brackets):
Liverpool: Suarez 7 (4), Carroll 3 (2), Adam 2 (2), Bellamy 2 (1), Gerrard 1 (1), Henderson 1 (1), Kuyt 1 (0), Maxi 1 (0), Skrtel 1 (1), own goals 2 (2).
Chelsea: Lampard 7 (6), Sturridge 5 (4), Torres 4 (2), Mata 3 (2), Ramires 4 (3), Terry 3 (3), Kalou 2 (0), Anelka 1 (1), Bosingwa 1 (1), Drogba 1 (1), Ivanovic 1 (0), Luiz 1 (0), Malouda 1 (1), Meireles 1 (0).
|TRUE REdS = TRUE SUPPORTERS!|
Chelsea fan Max Saunders'; "post-Abramovich it seems that a new breed of Chelsea fans have been born. The type who turn up, never sing and sit behind you loudly assessing the match as if they are Alan Hansen. When they usually haven't got a clue. They go to watch a performance rather than to support their team, and this I find extremely infuriating. Although they are still the minority and this problem isn't exclusive to Chelsea - it's apparent in every stadium across the country."
Lucas ; returned to Melwood a day ahead of our other international stars having played in both of Brazil's friendly wins in the Middle-East. He has some interesting insights on the similarities between playing for club and country. "With Liverpool, of course the expectation is always really high," he said. "Everyone expects Liverpool to be fighting for titles and winning big matches. For Brazil it's no different.
"We felt more pressure after the defeat in the Copa America, but the team is improving and I'm confident that both Liverpool and Brazil will have a successful season."
About Suarez…."Luis had a successful career at Ajax and now for Liverpool. They are different players - Luis has his power and he can create a lot of goals for himself. Messi with a lot of ability and pace is someone who is unstoppable. It's very hard to compare, But at the moment, Luis and Messi are two of the best players in the world. Luis is a player who you don't know what he's going to do, which makes it even more difficult. Even in training it's really hard to play against him."
Lucas revealed how former Red Xabi Alonso has been an inspiration during his transformation into a defensive midfielder. The 24-year-old was described as a 'box to box' player by Rafael Benitez upon his arrival on Merseyside in 2007. Since then Lucas has become a Liverpool and Brazil regular by playing a holding position in front of the defence
- a role he has perfected by studying players like Alonso. "I've changed in all ways," the former Gremio man told Liverpoolfc.tv when asked how his game had evolved. "Everyone knows I used to play further forward on the pitch and I had to adapt to a new style of game, a new pace, more physical. I think I've adapted well and I'm really enjoying my role in the team."
"Xabi is a player I always watch and try to learn from. I had a few years with him here and I could see how good he was. Xabi would be my choice at the moment." Lucas's calibration into a holding player has earned him numerous accolades in recent years, including LFC Player of the Season in 2010-11. Another award came his way this week after he was named North-West Player of the Year.
STEVEN GERRARD has backed Stewart Downing to replicate his England form with Liverpool FC.
The winger produced a man-of-the-match performance at Wembley on Tuesday night as the national side defeated Sweden 1-0. Downing, one of seven new arrivals to Anfield in the summer, has yet to produce the displays which prompted Liverpool to part with nearly £20m to secure his transfer from Aston Villa.
But Gerrard is convinced the 27-year-old and the Reds are a perfect match with Downing in an ideal position to realise his potential as one of the best wide men in the Premier League.
“I think the move was perfect for him at this point in his career,” said Gerrard. “He was the star at Middlesbrough and I think he moved up to Villa and proved he could be one of the best players in the league. “I think at the age he’s at it was perfect for him to sign for us. I felt he was a player we needed and that we were a club he needed to be at. “He now has a platform here to prove over the next five or six years that he’s one of the best players in the league. He can really nail down that left-side role and make it his own.”
DIRK Kuyt told Liverpoolfc.tv: "Everyone knows how tough it can be at Stamford Bridge, but we all look forward to the big games. We did really well against Arsenal away, and hopefully we can get the same result at Chelsea. "The key is to stick together, be a team, have a great performance and believe in our qualities. We have a great team and have the possibility to beat them. "We have a lot of quality in the team and we can only get better and better.
"I am always confident because I believe this team can win every game."
Liverpool emerged victorious in last season's corresponding Barclays Premier League fixture, winning 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in February. However, Kuyt feels the Reds' summer transfer dealings make them an even stronger proposition this time around.
"I think we have more strength in the team now and definitely more depth," he said.
"They have also added a couple of quality players - it will be interesting to see Raul Meireles again and everybody knows how good Mata can be. "It will be an interesting game and we're all looking forward to the big games, we can't wait to play them, and hopefully we can get the three points." As well as Meireles, Liverpool are also likely to come up against another former Anfield old boy in the form of Fernando Torres.
Kuyt said: "We've played against Fernando already, and that's always strange. The first time is always the most difficult, but once you're on the pitch you want to do and you try to do everything to do that."
Pepe Reina believes concentration levels could be key in determining which side prevails on Sunday. "It is always tough to play there and we will have to be ready to get a result," said the Reds goalkeeper. "We have to maintain our philosophy and be clever. We have to be ready from the very first minute and make sure we don't make mistakes that can cost us."
LEAGUE attempting to SMEAR LUIS SUAREZ!!
The Club received notification from the Football Association of their decision to charge Luis Suarez and will take time to properly review the documentation which has been sent to Lfc who will discuss the matter fully with him when he returns from international duty, but he will plead not guilty to the charge and we expect him to request a personal hearing. Luis remains determined to clear his name of the allegation made against him by Patrice Evra. The Club remain fully supportive of Luis in this matter.
ChriS>and its SUPPORTERS are backing OUR Luis!!
FORMER Liverpool FC player Howard Gayle has expressed his disbelief after Luis Suarez was charged with racially abusing Patrice Evra. The Football Association yesterday made their decision following the row which erupted on October 15 when the Manchester United full-back accused LFC striker Suarez of using a racist insult ‘at least 10 times’ during the Premier League game at Anfield. Suarez has always denied the allegations and Liverpool have vowed to help the Uruguayan clear his name with the 24-year-old expected to request a personal hearing with the FA upon his return from international duty.
Both players have been interviewed by the football authority as part of their month-long investigation but the pair are now likely to have to go in front of an independent disciplinary panel. Should the charge be upheld, Suarez faces a sizeable fine and possibly a ban but Liverpool were robust in their reaction to the developments from Soho Square yesterday, saying the club are ‘fully supportive of Luis’. And Gayle – who played for the Reds between 1980-81 and was seen as a pioneer for black players at the club – believes Liverpool would not be showing such backing to Suarez if he were guilty.
“I travel to most Liverpool home games and the stewards and staff wear ‘Kick Racism Out of Football’ badges all year round so you know there is an ongoing campaign against racism or any racist chants in the ground,” said Gayle. “So I couldn’t see them shouting one thing on one hand and turning a blind eye on the other. “They have an image and brand to protect and couldn’t see that they would throw their weight behind Luis Suarez if the allegations were true.” Read More ; http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-fc/liverpool-fc-news/2011/11/17/ex-liverpool-fc-striker-howard-gayle-adds-his-support-to-luis-suarez-in-fa-racism-charge-row-100252-29792186/#ixzz1dxJ9KVNu
ChriS> IT STINKS… the majority of the london-based manc/london biased contingent amongst the "Football authorities" are jealous (who every true Reds supporter knows have been biased against us since the dominationation of British & European football by our club 1964-1990) They were against us throughout those great years, and through Heysel & Hillsborough…more recently the authorities and media picked on Rafa when he exposed ferguson's "tricks" and now they fear that WE have a world-beater in Suarez, to make a "anti - rascist" statement at this time smacks of POLITICS! People trying to use Luis as a scapegoat. WE must not let this happen..
(the League has today issued the following statement: "The English game has been at the forefront of tackling racist behaviour and other forms of discrimination. "Everybody in the game in England understands any form of racism is totally unacceptable. "There are still issues, as there are in society, so with our partners, Kick It Out, the PFA and The FA, we must remain committed and vigilant to maintaining the standards we have set and confronting any incidents that occur. "There is no place for discrimination in football and we will continue to strive to eliminate it.")
ChriS>its BIG brother again! …don’t let them fool you…a vendetta is typical of the small minds that infect the FA, UEFA, FIFA and all these so called NGO's that jump on the bandwagon… little people bigging themselves up through "politics" its BULLsh*TE!!
….announced the signing of U17 USA captain Marc Pelosi, the signing shows that we are now competing with all of the top teams for the most talented youngsters across the globe. There were a lot of sides interested both home and abroad The recent international matches illustrated how we are moving in the right direction from a domestic point of view too. We had no fewer than four lads playing for England U19s when they beat Denmark 1-0, with Andre Wisdom, Conor Coady, Adam Morgan and Jon Flanagan all involved.
ChriS>lets get the Balkans network sorted out, via "REdNeT".. ;)
BE "alternative" @ MonTV too.. ;)