Liverpool v Aston Villa: Lambert’s men enter Fortress Anfield

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Photo courtesy of liverpoolfc.com

By Séamus Leonard

For a number of years, stretching from the end of Rafael Benitez’s reign, through the horror show of Roy Hodgson, Kenny Dalglish’s second coming and Brendan Rodgers’ first season in charge, stepping onto the hallowed turf at Anfield held little fear for visiting teams. Continue reading

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Aston Villa v Liverpool: Time to build momentum

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Photo courtesy of liverpoolfc.com

By Séamus Leonard

What a difference a save makes. Well, two saves really. Simon Mignolet’s late heroics to repel a Jonathan Walters penalty and then deny Kenwyne Jones on the follow-up gave Liverpool fans something rare to enjoy last Saturday – an opening day victory. Not since the 2008/09 season when a Fernando Torres winner put Sunderland to the sword at the Stadium of Light have the Redmen started the season on the front foot. Continue reading

Liverpool 1-0 Stoke – Mignolet Rescues Reds

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By Jonathan Carroll

Simon Mignolet earned his place in the hearts of Liverpool supporters early in his career at Anfield with a last gasp penalty save on the opening day of the 2013-2014 Premier League season against Stoke City. Indeed it was a familiar story for the home supporters as Liverpool dominated the majority of the game and almost paid the price for not putting the game away early on. Continue reading

Start as you mean to go on: Liverpool v Stoke City

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Photo courtesy of liverpoolfc.com

By Séamus Leonard

After a summer spent wondering whether Luis Suarez would remain a Liverpool player and then getting sick of hearing about the saga, Liverpool will finally kick a ball in anger again when Stoke City arrives at Anfield to open the 2013/14 Premier League season. Continue reading

The Scintillating and Simulating Suarez

By Justin Fitzgerald

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Sometimes doing the right thing isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be, and may not actually even be the right thing to do anymore, depending on the timing and unintended consequences. I’m talking of course, about Luis Suarez’s recent admission of simulation in a match against Stoke City earlier this year. I know what you’re thinking, “Suarez dove?!” You don’t say… Also the Earth is round, water is wet, and Sir Alex Ferguson often has choice words for any referee whose name doesn’t rhyme with ‘Schmoward Schmeb.’

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Rodgers pleased with performance against Stoke but disappointed in missed chances

Brendan Rodgers during Liverpool training session in Toronto, 21-07-2012.

Brendan Rodgers applauded his young team’s ability to cope with Stoke City’s physical play, but lamented Liverpool’s missed chances. Photo Courtesy Bernard Chan

 By Kevin Koczwara

Stoke City is no one’s favorite opponent. Tony Pulis’ side is well-organized and physical from the first whistle — it showed in the six yellow cards Stoke received on Sunday. Brendan Rodgers isn’t first or the last manager who was unable to crack the Potters defense. But things could have been different if Liverpool had found the final pass and the final touch. Rodgers’ side dominated the game and despite being a young side, again, the team didn’t back down from Stoke’s physical play, which is encouraging.

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Liverpool 0-0 Stoke City – Kenny Dalglish’s Side Frustrated at Home Once Again

By Justin Fitzgerald

Stoke City traveled to Anfield this weekend and secured a point in what amounted to 90 minutes of truly uninspiring football. Another pedestrian effort from the Reds saw them register their 7th league draw at home this season. Seven. At home. Continue reading