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Liverpool takes out Stoke in Carling Cup

26 Oct

Luis Suarez was en fuego for Liverpool today, netting two second half goals in a 2-1 win over Stoke in the Carling Cup to send LFC to the quarterfinals. The Reds were clearly the more threatening team in the first half, but could not hit the broad side of a barn, much like Saturday’s contest against Norwich. Of course, Stoke took the lead just before half on an Kenwyne Jones header on pretty much their only chance of the half. The Stoke goal was largely set up by Sebastian Coates’ failure to clear the ball out of a dangerous area, so yeah, might want to work on that.

Suarez finally got tired of seeing his shots get saved/go wide in the second half, scoring his first after juking a defender at the edge of the box and unleashing a gorgeous shot into the far side. He scored the game winner on a header (take notes, Andy Carroll) off a pinpoint cross from Jordan Henderson in the 84th minute.  Well done by all parties on that one.

The Reds have been playing decent football in their last few games, but have been struggling to put the ball in the back of the net. Today’s match was the first time since the derby win on Oct. 1 the team has netted twice. Hope this means the floodgates have opened for Suarez, who has been playing well but struggling recently to hit the net.

LFC has a good chance to go into the international break with a couple Ws, taking on West Brom this weekend and Swansea next week, however, they have got to learn to put teams away. LFC has struggled against teams lower in the table and stepped up against the big guys and that has to change, they need to play with the same kind of intensity and desire in every game. Dropping points against a team like Norwich or in upcoming games against West Brom and Swansea could really come back to bite them in the ass.

Manchester teams looks to continue strong start

26 Aug

Both Manchester United and Manchester City have started the season in dominating fashion and will look to continue that form Sunday against Arsenal and Tottenham, respectively, teams both fighting for their first wins of the season.  Meanwhile, Liverpool aims to improve on last season as they take on Bolton, where they only won once in the first eight games of the year (yikes).  Definitely a solid slate of games this weekend, especially considering the top four clash between Aston Villa and Wolves kicks off action for game week three.

TV SCHEDULE
Saturday, August 27

Aston Villa vs. Wolves – 7 a.m. ET/ESPN2 (Live)
Wigan vs. QPR – 7:23 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer Plus (Live)
Swansea vs. Sunderland – 9:53 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer Plus (Live)
Chelsea vs. Norwich – 10 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)
Blackburn vs. Everton – 10 a.m. ET
Liverpool vs. Bolton – 12:30 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)

Sunday, August 28
Newcastle vs. Fulham – 7:53 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer Plus (Live)
Tottenham vs. Manchester City – 8:30 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)
West Brom vs. Stoke – 9:53 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer Plus (Live)
Manchester United vs. Arsenal – 11 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)

Premier League predictions

12 Aug

The 2011-12 Premier League season starts tomorrow and I can’t wait. I am so ridiculously excited.  My prediction?  This is one of the closest title races in a long time and it comes down to the last couple weeks. As much as I hate to say it, I think that Manchester United will win its second straight title as Chicharito takes the league by storm. I peg Man City as runners-up as the team builds on its success last year. Even without Tevez, Sergio Aguero is more than capable of picking up the slack. Liverpool makes a triumphant return to the top four after two years out and Chelsea rounds out the top four.

Champion: Manchester United
Top Four: Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea
Relegated: Swansea, West Brom, Wolves
Golden Boot: Chicharito, MU

TV SCHEDULE
Saturday, August 13
Blackburn vs. Wolves – 2 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer Plus (Delayed)
Fulham vs. Aston Villa – 9:30 a.m. ET/ESPN2 (Live)
Liverpool vs. Sunderland – 10 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)
QPR vs. Bolton – 9:55 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer Plus (Live)
Wigan vs. Norwich – 2:30 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Delayed)
Newcastle vs. Arsenal – 12:30 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)

Sunday, August 14
Stoke City vs. Chelsea – 8:25 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer Plus (Live)
West Brom vs. Manchester United – 11 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)

Monday, August 15
Manchester City vs. Swansea – 3 p.m. ET/ESPN 2 (Live)

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Reds falter at West Brom

4 Apr

Yeah, the team clearly wasn’t helped by two defensive injuries in the first 25 minutes of the game, but that’s hardly an excuse for the way Liverpool played in a 2-1 loss to West Brom.  They looked like team USA (prior to the other team scoring the opening goal of course).  That is definitely not a compliment.  LFC couldn’t string together passes and just looked sloppy all over the field (although not as bad as Sunderland looked against Manchester City, but I digress).  Giving away two penalties is a mistake uncharacteristic of the squad.

Sotirios Krygiakos played poorly, but what other option did Kenny Dalglish have, other than going to a three-back formation?  It’s not like the team has a wealth of healthy defenders and the team has not played well with three backs.  Andy Carroll was ineffective up top and let his temper get the best of him several times.  Raul Meireles and Jay Spearing never really clicked into a solid partnership in the middle of the field, although Meireles did supply the assist for Martin Skrtel’s goal (off a corner).  The team missed Steven Gerrard’s distribution in the middle as well as Daniel Agger’s confidence and passing out of the back.

The bottom line is that this was a must-win game for Liverpool.  Yeah, it’s great when you can step up and beat up on the big boys, but you’ve also got to be able to win against teams like West Brom and West Ham.  The Reds are five points back from Tottenham and Spurs still have a game in hand.  A spot in European competition is looking increasingly unlikely and would likely require Spurs to fall apart in addition to some stellar results from LFC.  A clash with Manchester City is up next.

The international break is finally over

1 Apr

After what seemed like an eternity, the international break has mercifully come to a close. Heck, I practically forgot the Premier League race was still on. (Kidding…) In case you forgot, Sir Whines A Lot and his Red Devils sit at the top of the table, five points clear of Arsenal. Meanwhile, my Liverpool boys are in sixth and four points back of Tottenham and a spot in Europe.

On the positive side, no LFC players got hurt over the break, which I believe is a first for the season. Even more positive? We could possibly see the return of one Steven Gerrard. Remember him? He’s the captain and #8.  The Reds are back in action against West Brom and former failed manager Roy Hodgson on Saturday.  Liverpool is unbeaten against West Brom in nine meetings and has not conceded a goal, so let’s hope they can continue that streak tomorrow.

There’s no mouth-watering clashes this weekend, but we’ve got a full slate of games to keep us all entertained.  While the top of the table isn’t too exciting at the moment, it’s the relegation battle that is shaping up to be a good one.  The bottom EIGHT teams in the league are separated by only three points.  Things could get interesting, folks with only eight (or nine) games remaining on the schedule.

Saturday, April 2
West Ham vs. Manchester United – 7:30 a.m. ET/ESPN2 (Live)
West Brom vs. Liverpool – 10 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer Plus (Live)
Stoke vs. Chelsea – 10 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)
Newcastle vs. Wolves
Everton vs. Aston Villa
Birmingham vs. Bolton
Wigan vs. Tottenham
Arsenal vs. Blackburn – 12:30 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)

Sunday, April 3
Fulham vs. Blackpool – 8:30 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer Plus (Live)
Manchester City vs. Sunderland – 11 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)

The Prem is back!

10 Sep

The Premier League is back in action tomorrow after two excruciating weeks of international breakage. Huzzah!  The Everton/Manchester United game should be a good one, especially as the recent allegations against Wayne Rooney should lead to some entertaining chants. (One I heard about earlier was ‘No Woman, No Kai’. Inappropriate? Yes. Funny? Yes.)  Anyways, Tottenham will be missing Jermaine Defoe for up to six weeks and that’s bound to have an impact on the team.  Spurs plays at West Brom tomorrow.

Weekend Schedule

Saturday, Sept. 11
Everton vs. Manchester United – 7:30 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer Plus (Live)
Arsenal vs. Bolton – 10 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)
Fulham vs. Wolves
Man City vs. Blackburn – 10 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer Plus (Live)
Newcastle vs. Blackpool
West Brom vs. Tottenham – 2 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Delayed)
West Ham vs. Chelsea – 9:55 a.m. ET/ESPN2 (Live)
Wigan vs. Sunderland

Sunday, Sept. 12
Birmingham vs. Liverpool – 11 a.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)

Torres scores, Liverpool wins

30 Aug

Fernando Torres’ long goal-scoring drought is finally over and Liverpool picked up its first Premier League win of the season.  Coincidence?  I think not.  Torres’ strike was his 50th Anfield goal and 41st in 43 Premier League appearances at home.  Talk about a superb strike record.  Can you imagine what it could be if he stayed healthy for an entire season?  Regardless of his number of goals, he very much needed the confidence boost of a goal.  Hopefully this means we’ll be seeing his name on the scoresheet a lot more often.

Even though a 1-0 win over West Brom isn’t the most impressive scoreline in the world, it was a win the Reds desperately needed.  It’s good for the team to go into the international break (yes, already) on a positive note.  The team currently sits 13th in the table, but is one of six teams sitting on four points.

The victory comes as Liverpool announced the signing of Portuguese midfielder Raul Meireles to replace Javier Mascherano.  Meireles didn’t play yesterday, but will be available for the next game against Birmingham.  The Reds are also close to signing left back Paul Konchesky from Fulham.  I believe that move is dependent on a medical.

Manager Roy Hodgson is also hoping to sign another striker before the transfer window closes on Wednesday.