Preview: Suarez poised to shine as Reds face Norwich
The Uruguayan international is the league’s top scorer having scored 29 goals so far and considering his goal scoring antics against his counterparts on Sunday, the former Ajax man could verily overtake Alan Shearer and Cristiano Ronaldo as the player to have scored the most goals in a single season in a 38 match Premier League format.
The 27 year old has scored 11 times against the canaries in just four appearances and should he score a hat-trick against the Yellows at Carrow Road, it will be his third successive at the stadium.
Preview: Liverpool host City in potential title decider
The outcome of the match could verily decide who runs away with the Premier League title this season with only five matches left to play. Whereas Chelsea will remain in the mix of things Liverpool and Man City both have been in ravishing form as of late and have remained undefeated in their last five matches.
Liverpool in particular have been nothing short of spectacular and have won all of their last nine games in the Premier League. Much of their good form has been inspired from their magnificent strike duo of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge who share 49 goals between them in the league.
Preview: Liverpool expected to hammer the hosts
The Hammers have been floating in the middle of the Premier League standings, waiting to break into the top half at the expense of Stoke City against whom they lost 3-1 in mid-March.
However, Liverpool have been invincible in 2014. Not only are they yet to lose a league match this year but they have also picked maximum points in each of their last eight encounters. The last team to steal points away from the Reds was West Bromwich Albion on February 2nd. Kolo Toure was to blame as an horrific error in defence allowed Victor Anichebe to cancel Daniel Sturridge’s first-half opener.
Preview: Reds eyeing the top spot in the Premier League
Favorable results for Liverpool have provided them with a wonderful opportunity to end this week as the league toppers. Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace has left the door wide open for Brendan Rogers’ men who with a victory on Sunday can take their tally to 71 points and thereby occupy the top spot in the table.
The situation could not have come at a better time with the current season only six weeks away from conclusion. Liverpool have been rampant in recent weeks having won seven games in a row and are very close to clinching only their first league title in the Premier League era. The mood has definitely lifted at the Anfield but Brendan Rodgers has insisted that the kop faithful must stay calm and support the team in every circumstance.
Preview: Reds hoping to narrow gap on top of the table
A win on Wednesday could allow Liverpool to reduce the difference between them and Chelsea to just one point and with the two sides yet to play at Anfield this season Liverpool will definitely be confident of clinching their first league title in over 20 years.
The Reds were involved in yet another goal frenzy as their last outing against Cardiff resulted in nine goals scored with Liverpool scoring six of these. The Reds went down 2-1 to the Bluebirds courtesy of goals from Jordon Mutch and Fraizer Campbell in the first half but Liverpool responded strongly and put any hopes of a comeback to rest.
From seventh to winning the Barclays Premier League in a season would be some feat for any club but Liverpool's turnaround in Brendan Rodgers second campaign in charge has been somewhat impressive.
Following a miserable stint under Kop legend Kenny Dalglish, despite winning some silverware the Merseysiders played predictable football, passing the ball from side-to-side without really penetrating the opposition's final third. The club spent big on Andy Carroll which didn't work out and the club was losing its heritage of fielding top quality players in front of the fans at Anfield.
Preview: Merseyside Reds poised to extend unbeaten run in 2014
Buoyed by their massive triumph at Old Trafford last weekend, the soldiers of Brendan Rodgers will be expecting to pass today’s challenge in Wales. By the time a ball will get kicked, Liverpool may find themselves in third position – that is if Arsenal avoid defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in Saturday’s lunch time kick-off.
In any case, the chase for the English Premier League title is right on for the Merseyside Reds. The flattering idea of finally putting their hands on this trophy for the first time ever is having a positive effect on captain Steven Gerrard and his team mates.
Preview: Liverpool hoping to catch Chelsea in title race
Both the teams will enter the pitch with different ambitions, Liverpool’s recent form has given the kop faithful a new found belief and Liverpool fans will be hoping their team can lift the league title for the first time in the Premier League era. The Red Devils on the other hand after a title winning campaign last season are still hoping to finish the season in the top four.
For Man United to land a Champions League place, it will take a miracle of epic proportions.
Preview: Costa Rica hoping to return to winning ways
La Sele have lost all of their last three matches and will be hoping to round off their preparations for the World Cup on a winning note with a positive performance against Paraguay. Costa Rica have failed to score in any of their last three defeats, with their previous encounter against South Korea ending in a 1-0 loss. Their other defeats include a 4-0 hammering at the hands of Chile as well as a 1-0 to Australia who have also successfully qualified for this year’s World Cup to be held in Brazil.
Preview: Red’s hoping to move up in the league table
With Manchester City not playing this weekend owing to their participation in the final of the Capital One Cup, Liverpool have the chance to leapfrog the Citizens for the third spot and might as well finish this week in second place if Arsenal loose in their Premier League encounter against Stoke City.
Brendan Rodger’s men have been in ravishing form and their four goals against Swansea last time out allowed them to overtake Man City as the league’s top scorers.
Preview: Liverpool back on the pitch after being out during a European week
Champions League football; these are the three words resounding on the minds of Liverpool’s board, management, players and supporters worldwide. The five-time European winners have been out of the continent’s most prestigious competition for too long. However, they are on track to fulfilling their dream of a Top Four finish in the Premier League this season.
Fired up for Sunday’s fixture at home to Swansea City, striker Luis Suarez explained to Liverpool Echo:
Preview: Recent defeat and Champions League will be on Arsenal's mind
It was not too long ago that both Arsenal and Liverpool met at Anfield. Things did not go so well for the Gunners, who headed home with a heavy defeat, with four of Liverpool’s five goals coming in the opening 20 minutes of the match.
They will now get a chance to bounce back against the Reds, but this time at the Emirates.
One of Arsenal’s concerns will be their upcoming fixture against Bayern Munich. The North London side will go head-to-head with the German champions mid-week, which could cause Arsene Wenger to make some changes to his squad.
Preview: Reds looking to close down gap between the top three
After a scintillating performance over the weekend which saw Liverpool record a highly impressive 5-1 victory over title favourites Arsenal, Brendan Rodger’s men will be hoping to continue their good form in order to close down the gap between themselves and the top three.
Liverpool’s powerful performance against the Gunners saw them dethroning Arsenal from the top of the league and considering the form they are currently in Liverpool will be fancying to have a go for the title and perhaps make it a four horse race for the title.
Preview: Liverpool will try to break a bad streak against the Gunners
It has been quite some time since Liverpool has managed to defeat the Gunners in Premier League play at Anfield. You have to go all the way back to 2007, when the Reds defeated Arsenal 4-1, with a hat-trick from Peter Crouch.
Nearly seven long years since that victory, Brendan Rodgers will hope his squad can change their fortunes.
Earlier this season when these two sides met at the Emirates, the North London side came out on top 2-0. A first half goal from Santi Cazorla was capped off with a brilliant strike from Aaron Ramsey. The Welsh international will not feature due to an injury, but Liverpool's back-four will have to keep a close eye on the Spaniard.
For those familiar with 90’s music, if the Barclays Premier League was a song this season, it might have been the “Wind of Change” the Scorpions so passionately belted out. Arsenal topped the table until Manchester City took over in midweek. United is trying to get into…
Preview: Both managers looking for first Merseyside derby victory
The last three meetings between the two sides finished in a draw including the 3-3 thriller earlier in the season at Goodison Park. This implies that neither Brendan Rodgers nor Roberto Martinez have recorded a victory in the local derby as yet.
Only a single point separates the two sides as Liverpool enjoy a slender advantage over their counterparts but a defeat could allow the Toffees to overtake their counterparts and occupy the fourth spot.
Preview: Some icing on Luis Suarez’s birthday cake?
Brendan Rodgers will want to see his team improve on its defensive capabilities. The Merseyside Reds have not been quiet upfront this year, with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge offering supporters a lot to cheer about. However, there have been several holes at the back.
During the last 180 minutes in the Premier League, Liverpool have conceded as many as five goals – three against Stoke City and two against Aston Villa. As AFC Bournemouth appear to be weaker opponents than the Potters and the Villains, the need for the Reds to improve defensively looks imperative.
Preview: Can Liverpool add yet another win to their repertoire and stay in the title race?
Liverpool allowed a two goal lead to disappear into thin air against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium last weekend. However, they showed enough mental strength to earn their lead back and eventually secure a 3-5 victory. Aston Villa showed plenty of grit in their showing too. Unfortunately for them, their spirited fight back against the leaders Arsenal was not enough to earn them a point.
The Gunners struck twice within one minute in the first half; in the second half, they seemed rather laid back as they focused their attention to closing out the game. Villa had other ideas and pounced on Arsenal’s lackadaisical second half showing. When Christian Benteke scored, the Gunners seemed unsure. Villa attacked with vigor and could have scored another but the leaders held out. If anything, the display definitely brought the best out of their fans.
Preview: Liverpool looking for first league win at Britannia Stadium
Even though the Reds have fared well at the venue in the league cup matches against Stoke which includes the famous 8-0 victory in 2000, the Merseyside outfit have never scored a league victory at the Britannia Stadium.
Since Stoke were promoted to England’s top-tier league in 2008, the two teams have met five times at the Britannia Stadium and not once have Liverpool recorded all three points. This time around Liverpool will be looking to end the voodoo by putting a strong performance against the hosts.
Despite not featuring in European football, today’s football fixture lists are so congested especially in the Premier League that not having a deep squad can ruin a team’s chances of acquiring its preseason goals.
And Liverpool, after making an excellent start to the Premier League campaign, risk undoing all good they have achieved these past few months due to injuries to key players and not having enough players for a particular department. For this reason, Brendan Rodgers needs to identify players he can target in the January transfer window and bring them to Anfield in order to address this concern.