2012, wasn’t the best year we have had on the field, however without a doubt off the field it was the best ever. Below is a run-down of the top 5 events that marked the year. Don’t forget to bet on superbowl or the FA Cup Final.
Hillsborough Independent Panel Report
1) Hillsborough Independent Panel Report.
After 23 years of lies and injustice, the truth finally came out on the 12th of September 2012. Although most of the findings of the report wasn’t new for most Reds (as it reinforced what we have known all along), it finally forced those who lied to admit the truth. Apologises flowed in however the damage done by the likes of Kelvin Mackenzie, Irvine Patnick and The S*n will never go away. The Panel however has finally opened a door towards justice which hopefully will come in 2013.
Inquests Quashed, new ones ordered
2) Inquests Quashed, new ones ordered.
Following the Hillsborough Independent Panel Report, the ball was put in motion to get justice for the 96 and their families. The first step came a few days ago when the High Court Quashed the Hillsborough Inquests and opened the door for new ones to be held.
Christmas No 1.
3) Christmas No 1.
The new inquests and legal fees has put new financial strains on the families, MP Steve Rotheram’s idea was to put together a group of singers together and record a charity single for the families.
“He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother” was played at Goodison Park as a tribute to the 96 just days after the Hillsborough Independent Panel report was released. Taking the inspiration of Reds & Blues coming together the sleeve cover featured the picture from Goodison of the two mascots. The song did make it to No 1 and not only did it earn some good charity money but it sent a very strong message that the authorities must allow the course of justice to proceed.
Liverpool win the Carling Cup.
4) Liverpool win the Carling Cup.
After a six year trophy drought, Steve Gerrard was able to hold a trophy aloft over the skies of Wembley Stadium. The trip to the new Wembley was the first time the Kop faithful travelled there however we will end up making the trip three times in 2012.
Liverpool beat Everton to reach the FA Cup Final.
5) Liverpool beat Everton to reach the FA Cup Final.
Andy Carroll sent the Reds to the FA Cup Final, an 87 minute header prevented extra time and sent the Red side of Mersey back to Wembley. The Reds faced Chelsea in the final, unfortunately Andy Carroll’s 2nd goal was not given and Liverpool lost 2-1. A Carling Cup victory and an FA Cup Final wasn’t enough however to secure Kenny Dalglish’s job. The Gaffer was fired a few days later and then in August Carroll was loaned out to West Ham.
Liverpool rounded out 2012 with a confident 0-3 win over Premier League strugglers Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road. With much of the squad laid low with flu (including the absent Brendan Rodgers), Liverpool were still very much the better side, with Suarez bagging an early brace before Agger headed home the third… Post match The Redmen TV.com bring you uncensored match analysis and the reactions of Liverpool fans worldwide
Liverpool travelled to London for their last match of 2012 hoping to bounce back with a win after their poor performance and result at Stoke on Boxing Day. It has been a rollercoaster of season for the men from Anfield, so a win at QPR would set them up nicely for the New Year. QPR have struggled this season, but their form has picked up recently under new manager Harry Redknapp and Liverpool would know to expect a tough match.
Brendan Rodgers made a few changes to the side that lost at Stoke, with Sterling, Henderson and Joe Allen returning to the side, with Suso, Lucas and Shelvey dropping to the bench. The full team read as, Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique, Sterling, Downing, Allen, Gerrard, Henderson and Suarez, who was passed fit, although nursing a swollen ankle.
Brendan Rodgers wasn’t in attendance for the match at Loftus Road due to illness and was sent to his sick bed to prevent the chance of his illness spreading through the camp.
Rodgers must have felt a bit better with the way his team started the match as they took the game to the hosts. Suarez forced a save in the third minute when he shot from distance after rounding his man.
Then in the 10th minute Liverpool took the lead after a good passing move resulting in Henderson finding Suarez 30 yards out, the striker mesmerised Clint Hill before placing the ball into the bottom corner.
Six minutes later the advantage was doubled when Suarez slalomed into the box and crossed for Raheem Sterling. The ball was cleared into the Uruguayan’s path and he again proved himself clinical, increasing his tally for the season to 16 in all competitions.
Liverpool were in the mood now and QPR couldn’t cope with their passing and movement as they tried to hang on. But Liverpool scored a third courtesy of Daniel Agger heading a cross from Gerrard into the net after a short corner with Downing.
Gerrard and Henderson had chances to add to the score, but QPR managed to hang on until half-time.
The second period began in the same way as the first, Suarez testing Julio Cesar, this time with a left-foot whack from just inside the area.
But that was where the similarities ended. QPR were now displaying resolve, and Armand Traore almost instigated a goal when he flashed the ball across the six-yard box. Jamie Mackie just couldn’t extend his foot far enough.
Liverpool found it more difficult in the second half to create chances with QPR reverting to three centre backs which made it more difficult for Liverpool to create chances. But although QPR had more possession in the second half, Liverpool were always comfortable and held on for a very good away win to end the year. The only disappointment was an injury to Enrique limping off in the second half.
Rodgers had to make changes after the poor performance at Stoke and it was good to see Henderson, Sterling and Joe Allen returning to the side. A great start to the match, similar to the Fulham match with the brilliantly taken early Suarez goal. Liverpool just kicked on from there and to get a second goal so quickly really helped Liverpool to show their quality as QPR couldn’t cope with the movement and Liverpool should have scored more, although Agger finished the match as a contest with a third. The second half Liverpool took their foot off the gas, and QPR did play better, without threatening and Liverpool strolled through the second half for a comfortable 3-0 win. Luis Suarez was once again the best player on the park and scored two brilliant goals to cap his performance. Gerrard was also impressive in midfield and has looked more like his old self in recent games. A good performance and very important win for Liverpool to bounce back from the Stoke defeat.
Luis Suarez struck twice as Liverpool recorded a comfortable 3-0 win over struggling QPR to end 2012 with all three points at Loftus Road. The Uruguayan’s brace, added to by a header from Daniel Agger, secured the points for the Reds, sending Liverpool up to ninth.
It was a much-needed victory after the dismal defeat at Stoke, and it was gained despite the absence of manager Brendan Rodgers, who was struck down with a virus, leaving assistant manager Colin Pascoe to take up the reins.
Despite the pre-match turmoil, the away side began brightly, enjoying the majority of the possession and finding time and space on the ball almost effortlessly, while haranguing the QPR players when out of possession, forcing errors. Suarez gave the home side an early scare, jinking past Clint Hill before having his shot beaten away by Julio Cesar.
The R’s failed to heed the warning. Suarez recieved the ball on the edge of the area before darting past Hill and poking home past Cesar. It was the early goal the Reds would have hoped for, and QPR looked shellshocked.
Suarez was carving the QPR rearguard apart, with Hill dealt the brunt of his merciless skill, swerving past at will. It didn’t take long for him to add his second. The Uruguayan combined with Stewart Downing on the right before crossing only for Nedum Onuoha to slide in to divert the ball away as Raheem Sterling prepared to pounce. However, the ball found its way back to Suarez, who fired in from close range to leave QPR firmly staring down the barrel of another defeat.
QPR were lacking in most areas of the pitch, and while Jamie Mackie chased lost causes and raced up and down the right wing, his tireless industry was unmatched by most of his teammates. The home side were lacking in luck also, Adel Taraabt denied a penalty when his free kick struck Jordan Henderson’s raised arm.
Liverpool were still creating chances, aided by defending from the home side which was at times woeful. Glen Johnson was denied by a last-ditch block after he was allowed the latch on to Martin Skrtel’s clearance, while Steven Gerrard was left in acres of space to steer a shot at Cesar when found by Downing on the edge of the area from a corner.
It was another corner which led to the Reds’ third. Gerrard was again the reciever, and was afforded time to swing in a cross, met by Agger, whose powerful header found the bottom corner.
Henderson fired a shot from range wide and Suarez was foiled by Ryan Nelsen’s block as Liverpool pressed for further goals. Gerrard came closest, firing Suarez’ cut back towards goal only for Armand Traore to block and Nelsen to hack clear off the line.
QPR improved after the break, but still didn’t come close to finding a way past the almost untroubled Pepe Reina, while Liverpool continued to look menacing, threatening to add more to the scoreline. Suarez almost had a hat-trick when Cesar tipped his effort onto the bar, while Henderson blazed over when given space in the area from a corner.
Stephane Mbia’s free kick was saved by Reina and the QPR midfielder also drove wide late on, but was the most the home side could muster, having looked a beaten side from the moment Suarez opened the scoring.
The Reds closed out the win to send themselves up to ninth, eight points adrift of 4th placed Tottenham. The deficit is large, but by no means insurmountable. If Rodgers’ Reds can find some much-needed consistency, then Liverpool’s league performance in 2013 will surely more prosperous, and hopefully less disappointing, than that of 2012, and fans can be optimistic that the Reds will be challenging for the Champions League places come May.