MOTD- Fulham 1-3 Liverpool

Daniel Sturridge perform's some fancy footwork against Fulham

Daniel Sturridge performs some fancy footwork against Fulham

Daniel Sturridge’s hat-trick has given Liverpool solid, although meaningless, 3-1 win against Fulham in The Cottager’s last match at Craven Cottage of the season.  Liverpool started the match looking the better side, keeping much of the possession in the opening minutes.  Philippe Coutinho came close to putting The Red’s in front in the fourteenth minute when he beat a Fulham defender before unleashing a fierce shot on goal from twenty-five yards out, which Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer brilliantly pushed away.  Although Fulham began to gain confidence, Liverpool managed to keep most of the possession.

Fulham looked dangerous on the counter-attack, and in the thirtieth minute the home side almost took the lead through Eyoung Enoh.  Enoh’s dipping volley from thirty-yards out forced Reina to awkwardly catch it, but it was no real danger to Liverpool.  Two minutes later Fulham surprisingly took the lead through Dimitar Berbatov’s fourteenth league goal of the season.  Sascha Riether’s superb cross from the right found Berbatov unmarked six yards out from goal, and the forward brilliantly headed it into the corner of the net to put Fulham up.  The Cottager’s lead was short lived though, and Liverpool equalized only three minutes later when Andre Wisdom’s long ball found Daniel Sturridge open in the Fulham half Continue reading

Suarez accepts 10-match ban

Liverpool forward Luis Suarez has chosen not to appeal to the ten match ban given to him by the English FA for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during Liverpool’s 2-2 draw against The Blues in the Premier League.   Although the Uruguayan apologized to Ivanovic over the incident, and claimed that a three-match ban would suffice, he has chosen not to appeal to the ban.  Suarez, who had until midday on Friday to appeal to the ban, accepted the punishment and issued another apology via Twitter and his official website.

“I am truly very sorry about the incident with Branislav Ivanovic,” a statement on his official website read. “I hope that all the people who I have offended at Anfield last Sunday will grant me forgiveness. I know that all the things that are happening to me in England will help me improve my conduct on the field. Right now I just want to focus on becoming a better footballer on and off the field. Continue reading

Suarez handed ten match ban

Liverpool forward Luis Suarez has been handed a mammoth ten match ban by The Football Association his bite Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.  A three-man independent regulatory commission opted to enlarge the usual three match ban that the FA handed Suarez for violent conduct, and added seven matches to his ban, possible leaving Suarez sidelined until October.  Although Liverpool and Suarez accepted the three-match ban given to Suarez, as referee Kevin Friend did not see the incident, Liverpool said they were “shocked and disappointed” at the severity of the punishment now given. Continue reading

Suarez apologizes to Ivanovic

Liverpool forward Luis Suarez has apologized to Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, following the Uruguayan biting Ivanovic during Liverpool’s 2-2 draw against Chelsea at Anfield.  In the seventieth minute of the Premier League match, Suarez moved his face towards Ivanovic while the two were tussling inside the Chelsea, before biting the Serbian in the arm.

Suarez has taken to Twitter to apologize to Ivanovic, calling his behavior “inexcusable.” Continue reading

MOTD- Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea

Liverpool have astoundingly come back from behind to earn a draw through Luis Suarez’s ninety-sixth minute goal, although the Uruguayan should have been sent off by that point for biting Branislav Ivanovic. Liverpool started the match brightly, and Brenden Rodgers’ side almost took the lead only five minutes into the half when Jordan Henderson played the ball to Luis Suarez, who turned and threaded a pass through the Chelsea defense to Glen Johnson. Johnson was one on one with Cech, but instead of rounding the keeper Johnson poked the ball wide. Chelsea felt their way into the match, and slowly started to dominate play. Eden Hazard laid the ball off to Ramires in the twentieth minute, and the Brazilian’s dipping shot from twenty-five yards out swerved right in front of Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina, forcing the Spaniard to punch the ball away awkwardly.

The Blues continued to pressure, and took the lead in the twenty-seventh minute off a corner. Juan Mata curled the ball to the near post, and Oscar peeled off of Daniel Agger, before heading past Reina inside the near post into the back of the net. Two minutes later Chelsea almost doubled their lead when Henderson brought down Ramires thirty-five yards from goal. Luiz stepped up to take the kick, and Renia dropped the Brazilian’s dipping effort, but managed to catch it just before it it crossed the line. Liverpool started to find their way back into the match, and Stewart Downing ran into the box from the right before slipping a ball to the run of Suarez, but Cech palmed the Uruguayan’s first time shot away. Continue reading

MOTD halftime- Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

Rafa Bentiz’s side is leading at Anfield, with The Reds needing to turn things around if they are to make a comeback.  Liverpool started the match brightly, and Brenden Rodgers side almost took the lead only five minuted into the half when Jordan Henderson played the ball to Luis Suarez, who turned with the ball before threading a pass through the Chelsea defense to Glen Johnson.  Johnson was one on one with Cech, but instead of rounding the keeper Johnson poked the ball wide.  Chelsea felt their way into the match, and slowly started to dominate the match.  Continue reading

MOTD preview- Liverpool vs Chelsea

Rafa Benitez will return to his old club Liverpool, with Chelsea set to take on the Reds at Anfield in a heated Champions League qualification battle.  Benitez was appointed Chelsea interim manger following the sacking of Roberto Di Mateo despite the fans disliking of the manager to to his history with Liverpool.  Now, for the first time since 2010, Benitez will make the familiar walk through the gates of Anfield.  He took over as Liverpool in 2004, and while he lives in a one-bedroom flat in London, Benitez’s family still live in Liverpool, and although being sacked in 2010 his bond with the club ticks most Chelsea fans off. Continue reading