Liverpool 0-1 Aston Villa – Reds Creativity Found Lacking

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By Jonathan Carroll

Expectations were high going into Saturdays game against Aston Villa. Paul Lambert’s side aren’t exactly supposed to be challenging for the top four based on their recent history so this was a game Brendan Rodgers would have hoped his Liverpool side could dispatch quite easily. Villa scored an early scrappy goal through Gabriel Agbonlahor and held on quite easily against a side void of ideas in the end.

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Norwich 2-3 Liverpool – Another Step Taken

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By Jonathan Carroll

The build up to Norwich away was all about taking the same intensity from the Manchester City game and applying it to the lowly canaries. Realistically that was always going to be a big ask seeing as the emotional and physical drain that the previous Sunday must have taken out of Brendan Rodgers and his team. Norwich did play their part in making life more than difficult however. Continue reading

Liverpool 3-2 Man City – Fortune Favors the Brave

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By Jonathan Carroll

Sundays win over Manchester City could prove to be crucial in deciding where the title ends up. It was a game that had everything. A rampaging Liverpool team that ripped City apart for the first twenty-five minutes. A comeback from the visitors that rocked the home team and truly tested their spirit and character and an amazing winner from a little Brazilian magician. It was an appropriate way to mark the ninety-six lives lost at Hillsborough. A tragedy that will be twenty-five years old on Tuesday April 15th. Continue reading

West Ham 1-2 Liverpool – A Test of Character

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By Jonathan Carroll

Sunday saw the reds travel to London to take on Sam Allardyce’s West Ham. In true big Sam fashion, Brendan Rodgers will have prepared his team to face a physical onslaught with a good helping of long balls into their eighteen yard box. West Ham who are now relatively safe from relegation had nothing to lose. Liverpool on the other hand were looking to hold their nerve in a true test of character in the title race. Continue reading

Liverpool 4-0 Spurs – Reds Cruise Into Top Spot

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By Jonathan Carroll

Tim Sherwood hinted that Liverpool may be nervous about their title run in prior to Sundays game at Anfield but it was Spurs who looked out of sorts. Brendan Rodgers let his players do the talking in the form of goals from Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho, Jordan Henderson and an own goal from Younes Kaboul. Liverpool are now top of the league with six games to play. Win all six and they will be crowned champions.

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Fulham 2-3 Liverpool – “We Are Not Title Contenders”

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By Jonathan Carroll

Brendan Rodgers post match interview with Martin Tyler on Wednesday night included a reference from Tyler that Steven Gerrard’s winning penalty and the resulting celebration was one of possible title contenders. Rodgers didn’t agree with Tyler but instead wisely opted with the route “we’ve got to keep pushing”. While no direct acceptance was made in relation to Liverpool being contenders, a direct “We are not title contenders” would be a better approach. This Liverpool squad is young. Title run in experience is lacking. Rodgers needs to let the squad focus on playing without pressure so he can instill that belief that they can win the title behind closed doors but publicly alleviate pressure. Continue reading

Liverpool 2-2 Aston Villa – Complacency Costs Reds

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By Jonathan Carroll

Following a fantastic away win at Stoke City where Liverpool were previously winless in the Premier league, Brendan Rodgers readied his team for the visit of Aston Villa as well as John Henry from Boston. There was a certain complacency with the tactics used on Saturday as Rodgers looked to utilize Steven Gerrard as a deep lying midfielder as Villa stunned Anfield by racing into a two goal lead in the first half due to the lack of presence in the middle for the home side. Continue reading