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Liverpool FC: Luis Suarez is not a diver, says Jose Enrique

JOSE ENRIQUE insists Luis Suarez is no diver and believes the Liverpool FC striker was harshly treated in the 1-1 draw with Norwich City at Anfield.

Liverpool FC 1 Norwich City 1 – James Pearce sees LFC struggle to make their superiority tell

OLD habits die hard for Liverpool FC at Anfield. Much has changed for the better since the turn of the year but the failure to put away inferior opposition remains a recurring theme.

Neil Jones’ Liverpool FC analysis: Wasteful Reds lack a ruthless streak

LIVERPOOL have been here before this season. Just last week, in fact. But while a frustrating 1-1 draw with Manchester United proves just how far Kenny Dalglish’s side have come in the past nine months, this week’s stalemate against Norwich City shows how far they still have to go if they are to re-establish themselves among the Premier League’s elite.

Hillsborough campaigner Trevor Hicks call for revamp of coroner system

A PROMINENT Hillsborough campaigner today called for a revamp of the coroner’s court system.

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Steven Gerrard says that a top four place may be Liverpool’s priority this season, but he still wants to be lifting trophies.
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That Was the Week That Was

Today marked the end of what could turn out to be a
momentous week for Liverpool Football Club and the 96 Angels that watch over us
every day.  On Monday evening we had the
parliamentary debate regarding the full release of the papers relating to the
Hillsborough disaster.  A debate that was
started by Steve Rotherham MP with a rousing speech that set the tone for the
next four hours and twenty minutes.  It
was a very emotional occasion and finally the light is beginning to shine
through the end of the tunnel.  The
motion was passed and the government have promised to release all the papers
without any alterations or deletions which is victory for everyone that has
campaigned for this over the last twenty two years.  A victory that was epitomised by the mural
today on the KOP dedicated to the 96.

Football wise, it was a day that should have
finished with a totally different result. 
Liverpool was playing Norwich for the first time in seven years and was
expected to win the game.  Norwich after
all were one of the minnow’s the Premiership having come up from the
Championship at the end of the last season, but they had already proved that
they can give the ‘bigger clubs’ a run for their money by playing well at
Manchester United and Chelsea.

The way they played during these two games should
have sent the alarm bells ringing through the rest of the Premiership and
ensure that the teams they put out were ones that could beat an up and coming
Norwich eleven.   Eleven players that are
very rarely changed, so they are fully aware of each other strengths and
weaknesses. This as we know is how the winning mentally is installed and kept
within the playing staff and Paul Lambert is proving what a fantastic manager
he is.

 

Now Kenny being the intelligent man that he is, was
fully aware of this and the team he chose was on paper a very powerful one,
although I would have preferred Martin Kelly rather than Glen Johnson to have
been on the pitch.  There was also a
first start for Craig Bellamy, who during his long footballing career had
played for Norwich and he was one of the player’s that stood out this
evening.  We were of course missing Lucas
due to his ban and his absence certainly showed during the second half.

The match itself was nail-biting from the moment
Peter Walton blew the whistle to signal its start. Liverpool appeared to have
the upper hand right from the beginning and the pass and move form of football
was in evidence immediately.  So much so
that Norwich did not seem to know what had hit them.  Martin Skrtel was the first Liverpool player
to show intent by picking a ball from Charlie Adam and heading it towards the
goal but the ball was the first of many to hit the post during the game. This
was also the end result of balls aimed into the box by Suarez.  Now Suarez who last season had a great knack
of scoring goals  appears to be going
through a barren spell which was probably made worse today by the added stress
caused by this week’s events.

Norwich though were not going to give up and as the
half progressed so did they, their confidence was growing all the time and
there were times when if it had not been for Pepe Reina they would have put the
ball in the back of net. Our defence was beginning to falter and for around
fifteen minutes Liverpool appeared to fall asleep, which as we all know is
something that happens far too easily and far too often at the moment.   But with the first drawing to a close Craig
Bellamy picked up the ball and after a great run, it found the back of the net.

Liverpool for the moment were out of jail and
providing they could either score further goals or indeed keep hold of the
lead, it looked as though, it would go down as a home win. 

With Anfield buzzing the two teams came out for the
second half, a half that was to prove once more that the Liverpool players have
a lot of work to do on the training pitch. 
The second half began where the first half finished, Liverpool were
denied another scoring chance when a Suarez ball deflected off Martin and onto
the post. 

This signalled to Paul Lambert that he needed to
have a re-think about his squad and make a change if necessary.  Now this change meant that Holt would come of
the bench and score the goal that would put Norwich back onto a level playing
field.  In fact, he nearly scored several
minutes later had Pepe Reina not caught his shot.  Norwich were now gaining in confidence and
began to give Liverpool problems.

Problems that meant Kenny made what I would call
bizarre substitutions.  He took of
Bellamy who was having a fantastic game and replaced him with young Jordan Henderson,
which to me, was a very bad mistake. Craig Bellamy is the master of moving
forward quickly and I am sure if he had been left on the pitch, another goal
might possibly have come.  Jordan
unfortunately did not have the same impact as last week and seemed very
ordinary today.  The next substitution
was also strange to me with Kenny replacing Stewart Downing with Andy
Carroll.  Now again I would have left
Stewart Downing on the pitch and replaced Luis Suarez with Andy because he was
having such a bad day and his frustration was beginning to show once more.

Now I know, he is one of our best players but, as I
said earlier in this article, he has been under immense pressure this week
because of outside influences and although I suspect some of his dives today
were worth free kicks, there were far too many off them.  All he is doing is causing problems for
himself and I believe Kenny needs to take him aside and explain that there are
other ways of trying to ensure your team wins.

For the final few minutes Daniel Agger replaced Dirk
Kuyt, who as usual worked extremely hard, but again the shot he had, did not
find the back of the net.  This then
signalled the frantic work rate that appears now to be norm at the end of our
games, but although Andy Carroll was in a great scoring position the ball he
picked up but the shot was sent wide.

The game then finished as a score draw.  Liverpool had dropped much needed points at
home once more and this is something that needs to change if a Champions League
spot is to be the target for next season. 
You cannot take anything away from Norwich though and they deserve to be
congratulated for playing as well as they did.

 

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A survivor of the 1985 fire at Bradford City in which 56 people died has profoundly criticised the judge who conducted the official inquiry into that disaster…
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Johnson: LFC is a happy place

Glen Johnson says that Liverpool Football Club is a happy place since the arrival of new owners FSG.
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Liverpool boss disappointed

Kenny Dalglish was unhappy with Liverpool’s 1-1 home draw with Norwich City and believes they deserved the victory.
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