Liverpool FC: Winning in Style

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With Manchester City failing to beat Sunderland Liverpool’s title dream is getting closer to reality with every passing day.

The Reds have some tricky must win fixtures ahead starting with Norwich, a home fixture against Chelsea, away to Crystal Palace and wrapping the season up with Newcastle United at Anfield.

Even though winning is all that matters during this stage of the season Rodgers wants his players to play the best football and remember the class and traditions of the club as they bid to win a 19th top-flight crown:

We will try to do it in the right way – I take great pride in winning in the most sporting way we can.  If you look at us we are top of the Premier League and we are top of the Fair Play League. We don’t surround referees. We want to win, but it shows you a mark of our behaviour.  They are the values of this club. It’s a club that has won many trophies in the past but had the humility and the class. One word I always had in my mind when I joined Liverpool is ‘class.’ So that is important to me – that those values are restored.  I believe you can’t affect refereeing decisions. Absolutely. There will be little bits of luck that go for and against you but I like to think as a sporting team and a team that’s trying to work well we’ve got our rewards this year.

With topping the Fair Play league and playing some of the finest football whilst scoring 100 plus goals Liverpool are worthy winner of the Premier league medal if they manage to pass the next four hurdles.

“Liverpool will win the title” Jamie Carragher

Jamie Carragher - 2014

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool will win the Premier League title this season after the reds went top of the Premier League yesterday after thrashing Tottenham 4-0 at Anfield to take advantage on points dropped by main title rivals Chelsea and Manchester City

Carragher reckons there is a belief amongst the players and the fans that Brendan Rodgers’s side can claim a first Premier League title.

Manchester City, who trail Liverpool by four points have two games in hand and still remain the bookmakers’ favourites to win the Premier League.

Carragher told Monday Night Football:

“I think Liverpool will win it now.  The feeling before the weekend was ‘we’ve got a chance’, but those results and the intensity Liverpool played with on and off the pitch has changed that.  I’m talking about the crowd, I’m talking about the Kop. You heard the roar at the end of the game and you know something’s happening.  They are chanting for Brendan Rodgers throughout the game and I’ve never heard that before as much. They are normally singing Kenny Dalglish’s name or for Rafa Benitez a little bit, but it was all for the manager Brendan Rodgers.  After this game there is a major belief that Liverpool will go on and win the league. There’s a banner in the crowd now: ‘make us dream’ and I think they’re making the supporters believe now.  With the way they are playing – and the pace and energy they’ve got – it will be very difficult for Man City to go there and take three points.  I can only see Liverpool winning that game.”

If Liverpool continue to play the remaining of the 6 games in the same intensity and desire then we stand a great chance of winning the league – come on you reds!

Goals, goals and more goals

Cardiff 3-6 Liverpool

Liverpool continued their season of great goal scoring with their sixth win in a row by smashing Cardiff City 6-3.

Suarez was at his brilliant best again on Saturday marking his third hat-trick of the season and with with just eight matches to play, Liverpool find themselves firmly in the race for a first league championship since 1990, being just four points behind the leaders Chelsea with a game in hand.  

Suarez and Sturridge (SAS) are the most prolific strike force in Europe, with Suarez now having scored 28 times this season.

Brendan Rodgers said:

“Luis is a remarkable player who has terrific determination, desire and will and he gets his rewards. He is world class player who is enjoying his football.  Look at the runs he makes and the determination to get himself back into position when he doesn’t get the ball.

Daniel (Sturridge) also shows that great desire. He’s strong and he worked so hard to get into the box to get on to the end of Luis’ cross. The back heel for Luis’ goal was outstanding too.

Wednesday will be a great night for us. We have five games at home and three away and for us it is about the immediate future.  The fans can believe in dreams and when you see your side score six goals, you are allowed to do that.”

Defending seems to be the only problem with the Reds now and I wonder whether the carelessness at the back is due to the overconfidence the defenders have on the attacking capabilities of  front duo Suarez and Sturridge. Even though it wont be much of a problem against the lesser sides, Rodgers should make sure Liverpool don’t take this attitude when they welcome the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City which are going to be crucial matches if we want to win the title.

Suarez: I’ll stay even without Champions League qualification

Luis Suarez

Striker Luis Suarez says that he will stay at the club next season whether Liverpool qualifies for the Champions League or not.

Suarez has scored 24 Premier League goals for the current Barclay’s premier league campaign with his latest coming in the 3-0 win over Southampton which helped the Reds move into second place in the table.

The Uruguayan international who recently committed his long term future with the reds claims he is enjoying his best season since arriving at Anfield from Ajax in January 2011.

With Liverpool currently second in the table, six points ahead of fifth-place Tottenham, there is every chance Suarez could achieve his ambition of getting Liverpool back in the top four.

Quizzed whether he would stay at Liverpool if the Reds failed to secure a top-four finishes, Suárez said:

“I think so. I signed my new contract because I’m very happy here and I want to stay where I’m enjoying football and life. Playing in the Champions League isn’t dependent on that.  Any player would miss the Champions League.  We’ve not been good enough since I’ve been here to qualify, but this could definitely be our year.  It would be a frustration not to get fourth because we’ve done everything possible and given our maximum to qualify.”

There is no doubt that the likes of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich will come knocking at Liverpool’s door for Suarez once the season ends.Do you think the Reds will be able to keep hold of Suarez if they miss on top four once again?

Suarez eligible to play against Fulham

Liverpool No 7 Luis Suarez has been given permission by the Uruguay FA to play in Saturdays Premier league clash with Fulham after it was initially feared the FIFA would deny this since the rule states the players have to be released from club duty five days beforehand to link up with their national side.

Liverpool will send Suarez by their private plane to Istanbul on Saturday evening following the clash with Fulham

With most of the key players returning from Injury it would be interesting to see if Rodgers would go back to the 4-3-3 formation which could see the return of Victor Moses on the Left hand side and Joe Allen in place of Injured Gerrard.

The front three of Suarez, Moses and Sturridge with Coutinho behind looks very promising but except for the Arsenal defeat, Liverpool have been performing well with their 3-5-2 formation.

Do you think Liverpool should stick with their 3-5-2 formation in spite of all the attacking talents at disposal?

Sturridge ruled out for England

Daniel Sturridge

Liverpool star striker Daniel Sturridge has failed to recover from a thigh injury in time to play for England’s fixture with Moldova at Wembley on Friday evening.

The injury, which Sturridge suffered prior to Sundays clash with Manchester United, is not considered to be serious. However it is unclear whether the 24 year old will be fit to play against the Ukraine next Tuesday.

An FA statement read:

“As Roy Hodgson prepares his England team to face Moldova on Friday evening, Daniel Sturridge has returned to Liverpool for further treatment.  The squad departed St. George’s Park on Thursday afternoon ahead of the World Cup qualifier at Wembley, but the Liverpool forward will return to his club with the intention of joining the England squad again at the weekend and traveling to Ukraine.”

Looks like the international break has come at a good time for Liverpool and hopefully Sturridge will be fully recovered and ready to play against Swansea next weekend.

LFC: Liverpool beat Manchester United!

Three games in, nine points earned and the Reds sit at the top of the Barclays Premier League table life doesn’t get much better than this.

Ex Everton manager David Moyes’s first visit to Anfield with Manchester United ended in defeat on Sunday after in form Striker and birthday boy Daniel Sturridge gave Liverpool a fantastic start, heading past the united keeper during the 4th minute mark.

Liverpool had to bring back Martin Skrtel to pair up with Daniel Agger after the injury to Kolo Toure and what a change that turned out be as both Skrtel and Agger hardly gave a yard of space to the Dutchmen Robin Van Persie.

The last time Liverpool started a Premier League season with three consecutive wins was back in 1994/95 but Boss Rodgers urged the fans and the players to not get carried away insisting there is still a lot of hard work to do:

“It’s another step [forward] for us. I mentioned in the press the other day, since we last played Manchester United in January, we had both played 18 league games and there were only two points difference.  Today was another indicator that the winning mentality we’re growing and evolving all the time in the group is becoming stronger. You could see from the reaction that the togetherness is very good and that is going to be important for us this year.  We drew too many of the big games last year and we lost home and away to Manchester United, so today was another step to show we’re going in the right direction – but there’s still a long way to go.”

Mamadou Sakho from Paris Saint-Germain, Tiago Ilori from Sporting Lisbon and Victor Moses from Chelsea were all present at the stands watching the game and the Boss confirmed the signings will be announced tomorrow:

“We hope they can be completed. I don’t think there will be any confirmation until tomorrow.  We need that depth and we need more numbers.  The players that we want, if we can get them over the line, are all quality players and will really help us going forward.”

What did everyone think of the fantastic performance? Will there be another surprise signing on deadline day?