Wednesday Oct 31Posted by: Antoine Zammit  2 Comments »

League Cup : Liverpool lineup vs Swansea

Jamie Carragher skippers the Reds as we take on Swansea in the League Cup.

Starting XI : Jones, Robinson, Coates, Carragher, Henderson, Shelvey, Allen, Cole, Assaidi, Yesil, Downing.

Subs : Ward, Suarez, Gerrard, Suso, Sterling, Skrtel, Wisdom.

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Wednesday Oct 31Posted by: Guest Writer  Comments Off

96 for the 96

Funds raised for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool and The Children’s Hospital, Sheffield.

Liverpool, Wednesday, 31st October, 2012 – The 2013 Hillsborough to Anfield Run was announced today and there will be some changes from the 2012 format. The Run will take place over three days from April 4th-6th 2013 and unlike last year when the team ran 76 miles, this year it will be 96 miles in three days in memory of the 96. 96 for the 96. As last year, and schedules permitting, the Run will once again start on the pitch at Hillsborough, the home of Sheffield Wednesday and end on the pitch at Anfield, the home of Liverpool Football Club, at halftime of the game against West Ham United.

Last year the Run raised £15,000 for The Hillsborough Justice Campaign (HJC) and the Hillsborough Families Support Group (HSFG) and this year, the Run is delighted to be doing the Run in memory of the 96, while raising money for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool and The Children’s Hospital, Sheffield.

Both Hillsborough groups are whole-heartedly behind the 2013 Run. Steve Kelly of the HJC was enthusiastically behind the idea, “I can’t think of a better legacy than one that will help children who are ill. I am more than happy to wish the team the very best of luck, as someone who lost a brother at Hillsborough, I feel something so good is at last coming out of something so bad.” Margaret Aspinall, the chairwoman of the HFSG also endorsed the Run, saying, “we give them our full support and backing and very best wishes for your next run on behalf of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital, Sheffield in memory of the 96.”

Sheffield Wednesday FC (SWFC) and Liverpool FC (LFC) are committed to the 2103 version of the Run. Trevor Braithwait, the communications director of SWFC pointed out the bonds that the Run will help build, “the concept of linking the two children’s hospitals as chief beneficiaries from the Hillsborough to Anfield Run is inspired and will only strengthen the existing bond between Liverpool and Sheffield.” Andrew Parkinson, the operations director of LFC was very pleased about the two hospitals being the beneficiaries, “Liverpool Football Club is delighted to support this year’s Hillsborough to Anfield Run to help raise money for the children’s hospitals here in Liverpool and in Sheffield.”

As the beneficiaries of the fundraising, both hospitals are looking forward to what the future will bring. Chris Done, the Head of Fundraising and PR at Alder Hey said, “We are delighted to be one of the beneficiaries of this unique event which is recognising the tragic events of 1989, joining the two stadia of Anfield and Hillsborough and raising money for two of the UK’s four stand-alone children’s hospitals – Alder Hey and Sheffield.” Rebecca Staden is a senior fundraiser at The Children’s Hospital Charity Sheffield spoke also of the bringing together of so many people and groups, “we’re honoured to be one of the charities to benefit from this inspiring event, which is bringing so many people together. The money raised will go to our Make it Better appeal, to help transform The Children’s Hospital here in Sheffield and make our extraordinary hospital even better.”

The 96 are part of the DNA of Liverpool Football Club and they will never be forgotten; the 2013 Run is a perfect way to honour their memory while building a brighter future in the cities and communities of Liverpool and Sheffield. The Hillsborough To Anfield Run is deeply honoured to be part of maintaining the memory of the 96 and to be raising funds for two great and worthy children’s hospitals. Three successive days of 32 miles will not be easy, but the memory of the 96 and the work of the two hospitals will drive us on to success.

For further information please go to www.hillsborough-anfieldrun.com and to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFOERRsZqn4 for the trailer of the Run, taken from the film We Never Run Alone, the film of the 2012 Run.

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Wednesday Oct 31Posted by: Jamie Mclaughlin  1 Comment »

Youngsters Derby Experience

Youngsters Derby Experience

Brendan Rodgers is giving youth a chance at Liverpool this season, which has been applauded by most Liverpool supporters who realise there is great potential coming through at youth level.

The step up to first team level is massive and for the younger players with no experience at this level, there will be ups and downs. Most youngsters breaking into a first team only receive fleeting chances, but there has been a few at Liverpool this season that are playing regularly, Raheem Sterling, Suso and Andre Wisdom have become regulars and are having to face new challenges every week.

Sunday’s Merseyside derby was a big learning experience for Liverpool’s youngsters. The Goodison experience is a unique one, the crowd are up close to the park and the atmosphere is intense and passionate. The game itself is always blood and thunder with no time to dwell on the ball, and for all the preparation in the world you can never be prepared for what you will experience.

Liverpool’s youngsters have been a breath of fresh air this season, but on Sunday they struggled against an experienced, on form, motivated Everton side who intent on putting Liverpool in their place.

Liverpool were under pressure from the start, but found themselves 2-0 up in the first half only to be pegged back. But it was noticeable that Sterling was struggling to make any impact on the wings as he was tightly marked and physically challenged by Everton’s defenders. Suso hardly got a touch in the first half with the pace of the game passing him by, Sahin had a similar problem in the midfield. Andre Wisdom had his most torrid time from coming into the first team, mainly caused by the dangerous opponent Mirallas who he faced. Wisdom would have been glad to see him replaced at half time.

With so many players struggling to impose themselves in the match, it was tremendous for Liverpool that they came away with a positive result from the match and should have clearly won the match in the last minute.

Credit has to go to Brendan Rodgers who changed things at half time, realising that Liverpool were second best to Everton. His changes both protected the struggling youngsters and gave more of a physical presence in the shape of Shelvey and Coates replacing Sahin and Suso.

Rodgers also changed his tactics as he put Coates into defence alongside Skrtel and Agger to combat Everton’s aerial threat. Raheem Sterling was played more through the middle after struggling in the first half and immediately made an impact at the start of the second half when he almost scored when being sent clear with only Howard to beat, unfortunately his finish let him down.

But Sterling’s pace and trickery became more of a threat in the second half as Everton players regularly fouled the youngster to stop him with some rough treatment, which never affected him, especially with him on a yellow card, he never reacted to the treatment he received.

Andre Wisdom continued to struggle in the second half but once again Rodgers realised this and replaced him with Henderson.

Rodgers changes made a difference to the second half as Everton didn’t have the same domination and didn’t look as dangerous with their attacks and Liverpool looked more dangerous on the counter attack.

Brendan Rodgers showed what a good manager he is with his willingness to change things so early in the match rather than wait for things to happen. Protecting his youngsters from possible mental scarring of a difficult experience in such a high profile match was also clever by Rodgers.

But the faith Rodgers is showing in his youngsters is brave and the experience of a Merseyside derby will give them invaluable experience and they will be better and stronger for it.

Wednesday Oct 31Posted by: Guest Writer  1 Comment »

The Golden Age of Passing

Tuesday Oct 30Posted by: Guest Writer  1 Comment »

Kenny’s forgotten men out to remind Kop of their worth?

Online bookmaker, 888sport.com, is offering a best industry price of 5/2 that two of Kenny Dalglish’s former big money signings, Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson, will score at anytime during Liverpool’s Capital One Cup fixture against Swansea tomorrow night. 

The forgotten man special market has been opened in light of both Downing and Henderson’s resurgence of late.  Downing scored his first of the season against Anzhi Makhachkala last week whilst Henderson has been regularly deployed from the bench by Brendan Rodgers this season.  

  888sport.com is offering an enhanced double of 7/1 that both Joe scores and Liverpool win.  The goal would be Joe’s first for his new employers.  

Ed Nicholson, 888sport.com, spokesperson, said:  “Liverpool failed to score in both of last season’s Premier League meetings with Swansea, drawing 0-0 at Anfield and losing 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium.  With Rodgers expected to field a weakened side, we’re not expecting too many goals and believe 0 or 1 goal at 16/5 is a bet many will fancy.”

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• Swansea: 6/1
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Tuesday Oct 30Posted by: Antoine Zammit  4 Comments »

New ePetition urging Kevin Williams’ Inquest to be brought forward

As most of you know, Anne Williams lost her son Kevin at Hillsborough. She has been fighting for 23 years to get justice for her son and her request has finally been granted for a new inquest. Unfortunately she was recently diagnosed with cancer. Unfortunately the prognosis does not look good and she would like to see Kevin’s inquest brought forward before her health deteriorates.

COME ON REDS, PLEASE SIGN AND LET YOUR FRIENDS KNOW (EVEN THE NON FOOTIE FANS). This is not a Liverpool FC thing, this is not a football thing, this is a humanitarian thing.

https://submissions.epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/40925

To sign it you must be a UK resident or a British Expat living overseas. If you can’t sign it you can still spread the word, let us do it for Anne, she deserves to see justice.

 

Justice for all

-Antoine