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We Go Again - Liverpool Reds

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Welcome to We Go Again - Liverpool Reds, a blog about Liverpool Football Club with a Swedish perspective written in English. My name is Leif Larsson and I am a Swede living in Sweden. I have been a Liverpool supporter for over 40 years. I will write about all kinds of things that concerns Liverpool FC. Sometimes I will hand out praise, other times it will be the opposite. I will continuously add different categories to the blog.

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Our only top flight win at Hull

History Posted on Mon, April 27, 2015 09:50:15

Tomorrow Liverpool travel to Hull for the fourth top flight meeting between the clubs at KC Stadium. The Reds have recorded just one win, it came in the spring of 2009. Let´s go back six years and check out the 3-1 victory.

This season Liverpool was close to winning the league but had to settle for a second place finish behind Manchester United. On the 25th of April when we faced Hull away the title chance was still very much a possibility. Though diminshed because we drew against Arsenal in the previous match and lost ground to the league leaders. So Liverpool was a bit downhearted and dispirited coming to relegation battlers Hull.

It showed in Liverpool´s performance. It was a shoddy display but somehow the Reds managed to down a fighting home side. Luckily Hull was not so prominent in attack and Liverpool produced quality on a few occasions and that was enough to grab the three points.

The first half was about to end goalless when Xabi Alonso in the dying seconds smashed home on the volley from his own freekick rebound. Hull got a man sent-off and Liverpool took control and played a little bit better. In the 63rd minute Dirk Kuyt popped up to steer the ball into the net with his head. Game over? Not quite. Hull kept plugging away and when the Kop defence took a nap Geovanni made it 1-2 in the 73rd minute. The match hanged in the balance until the last minute when Dirk Kuyt scored his second and the points were finally in the bag.

To win when not playing well is often the trademark of a league winner. But not his time. Despite just losing two out of 38 league fixtures and amassing 86 points Liverpool came up short and finished four points behind Man Utd.

I wouldn´t be surprised if Liverpool in the current state produce another bad showing tomorrow. But as always the win is the important thing when:

We Go Again.


Owen hits 4 and 100 vs Albion

History Posted on Thu, April 23, 2015 19:00:44

The season is all but dead and buried but Liverpool still has to show pride in the last six fixtures. Why not begin on Saturday when we face West Bromwich away and do what the Reds did in 2003, winning 6-0.

The historical match this time is only twelve years gone. It was on the 26th of April 2003 when the pulverisation took place. In fact almost a dozen years to the day for our upcoming clash with the Baggies.

Despite the 6-0 scoreline it was not plain sailing all the way. At least not in the first half. Liverpool dominated completely but found the net just once when Michael Owen scored in the 15th minute.

In the second half the Reds turned on the heat from the first whistle. In the 47th minute Milan Baros made it 2-0 from close range. Just two minutes later Liverpool took a firm grip when Owen rounded the keeper for 3-0. The England striker completed his hattrick in the 61st minute when bundling the ball over the line. It was one of eight league hattricks in Owen´s career and the second goal was his 100th in the Premier League.

Liverpool wasn´t satisfied with four goals. They kept harrassing the home team at that stage already destined for relegation and a home defence being without a recognized central defender. Owen was red hot this Saturday afternoon and sprinted through the Albion backline to make it 5-0 in the 67th minute. His partner up front, Baros, got his second in the 84th minute to round off the romp.

This was the 36th league match of the season and Liverpool was in 5th place, same as now. In the last match the Reds faced Chelsea away and a win would have secured a Champions League spot but we went down 2-1 and handed the CL position to Chelsea. Hopefully history won´t repeat itself and we once more misses out on CL and land in 5th. A 6-0 scoreline on the other hand is something I can live with. With the right winners of course. Do it Reds and make sure us fans can live with hope and keep saying:

We Go Again.


Fowler broke Villa hearts

History Posted on Sat, April 18, 2015 15:59:19

If statistics has any bearing on the case then Liverpool will win the FA Cup semifinal tomorrow. With ease, at that. In seven FA Cup encounters with Aston Villa Liverpool has prevailed in six and Villa´s only victory came in 1897, yes, 118 years ago. Let´s take a look on one of the historical wins, a match 21 years ago.

Just like tomorrow the last time Liverpool and Aston Villa met in the FA Cup it was in the semifinal. The game took place on the 31st of March in 1996 at Old Trafford. A crowd just shy of the 40 000 mark watched how Liverpool progressed to the final, but it was not a walk in the park. And it had no reason to be. Liverpool was at the time third in the Premier League table, Aston Villa right behind three points adrift.

Just four weeks earlier Liverpool demolished Aston Villa 3-0 at Anfield and the scoreline was fixed within eight minutes and two of the goals were scored by Robbie Fowler. Villa was warned but apparently not enough.

After 16 minutes in the semifinal Robbie Fowler was at it again making it 1-0 connecting with a Jamie Redknapp cross. But after that Villains sprung to life. They created a host of chances in the first half leaving the Red defence on the rocks. Liverpool somehow managed to keep a clean sheet.

In the second half the teams exchanged opportunities – but no-one could break through. Fans were nervous wrecks until Liverpool settled the matter in the 86th minute. And surprise, surprise, it was a certain mr Fowler coming to the rescue. Another Redknapp pass found him and the striker controlled the ball with his chest before firing home with a glorious left foot volley. In the dying moments Jason McAteer put icing on the cake when poking home for 3-0.

This season was Robbie Fowlers best goal-wise, he netted 28 times in the league and scored eight times in domestic cups. Aston Villa must have hated his guts. The forward called God by Liverpool fans scored five times against Villa that season and 14 times during his Red career. No other team conceded so many Fowler goals.

Sadly he lost his goalscoring touch in the final won by Manchester United 1-0. Liverpool was not remebered for their football on that occasion but for their fashion craze. The infamous white suits worn before the match correlated perfectly to their nickname Spice Boys.

Hopefully this time the Red football is the main attraction when:

We Go Again.


Reds turned 2-5 to 6-5 versus Newcastle

History Posted on Sun, April 12, 2015 16:54:38

Two 4-3 Liverpool wins versus Newcastle at Anfield in the nineties are remebered fondly by many Kopites. Through the years the teams has produced a lot of other high-scoring and entertaining games. Let´s travel back over 100 years to relive perhaps the most exceptional battle between them when the Reds beat the Magpies 6-5 at L4.

Our historic match this time has belonged to the history books for 106 years. It was on the 4th of December 1909 when Liverpool welcomed Newcastle to Anfield for a match in the top division. The home side sat in sixth place and the visitors in seventh. The stage was set for an evenly contested duel. But few could have guessed in which amazing manner the match would fold out.

After one minute Newcastle was in front but just a minute later the Reds were back on level terms when Jimmy Stewart scored. But throughout the first half a lot went wrong for Liverpool. Newcastle scored five times with their legendary striker Albert Shepherd scoring four. Liverpool managed to score once more, through Jack Parkinson, in the opening half but was trailing 2-5 at the break.

All seemed lost but Liverpool came out fighting in the second period. The Kop outfit had not given up. Centreforward Jack Parkinson added another goal, his second and Liverpool´s third. Hope began to rise but Liverpool missed some chances and 3-5 stood for a while. Then Ronald Orr made it 4-5 with a shot from 20 yards. And the same man made the comeback complete when he equalized for the home team. Liverpool didn´t stop at that and was not satisfied with a draw. And lo and behold a winning goal also materialised. Captain Arthur Goddard was the man to wrap up the scoring in this eleven goal thriller.

You might have thought that Liverpool now was in the mood for more golafests. But funnily enough the next home game, seven days later, against Newcastle´s north-east neighbour Middlesbrough, ended in a 0-0 stalemate.

Liverpool was mixing results the whole season and just after the turn of the year the Reds beat Arsenal and then Chelsea 5-1 in two successive home games. And in April 1910 Liverpool demolished Nottingham at home, 7-3, to climb to second place in the table, our final position.

Liverpool face Newcastle at Anfield tomorrow but another 6-5 win is hardly plausible, but a victory is a must as:

We Go Again.


Fowler killed off Arsenal at the death

History Posted on Tue, March 31, 2015 11:53:52

It´s do or die for Liverpool on Saturday when we face Arsenal at Emirates. We must win to keep top four hopes alive. The Reds has through the years had trouble beating Arsenal away but 20 years ago we did in a most satisfying fashion. The current team can study how it happened and copy it.

It was on the 12th of April 1995 when 5th placed Liverpool travelled to London to face 12th placed Arsenal at Highbury. The Reds came from a home defeat in the previous game when Leeds won 1-0 at Anfield. Arsenal was in a far worse state. They had suffered five losses in the six preceding matches.

Liverpool featured 19 year-old winger Mark Kennedy, the most expensive teenager in British football at the time. He played his second game in red and was accompanied by two other Marks coming in from the bench. Mark Wright and Mark Walters was fielded early in the second half beacause defenders Rob Jones and John Scales got injured. But it was another guy who was on the mark, God himself, Robbie Fowler.

But Liverpool fans had to wait long for the only goal of the game. Liverpool had few problems keeping Arsenal at bay but couldn´t find so many openings themselves either. It appeared to end in a goalless stalemate something the home side was looking for. But after missing a chance just before the end Robbie Fowler popped up in the 90th minute to smash home the winner, set-up by Steve McManaman.

For the third time that season Liverpool broke Arsenal hearts and Fowler was the slayer twice and Ian Rush the other time. In the league in August Fowler scored his famous four minute hattrick, still a Premier League record, and in January Ian Rush scored in the fifth round of the League Cup giving Liverpool a 1-0 win at Anfield.

The 1994/95 season ended in a decent way for Liverpool landing in fourth place in the league and winning the League Cup. For Arsenal it was a disaster, they ended up in the bottom half in the 12th position and lost the final in the Cup Winners Cup.

The game in 1995 was the start of a six match unbeaten run Liverpool had away to Arsenal. Let´s hope we can begin a similar sequence on Saturday. Another 1-0 victory will do fine, with Philippe Coutinho hitting the winner in the last minute, enabling us to say:

We Go Again.


Reds bashed United in amazing thriller

History Posted on Sat, March 21, 2015 13:30:17

To win narrowly, and hit the winner at the death, is one of the most satisfying things in football. At least afterwards. During the match fans hearts takes some beating. The game at Anfield tomorrow between Liverpool and Manchester United has all the ingredients to be a nail-biting affair. Hopefully Liverpool comes out on top and the team can check the history books to learn how to do it – even if it´s tight. Just do like the Red team did 49 years ago. Like this:

It was on New Years Day 1966 when Liverpool hosted Man Utd in a top of the table clash. The home side featured stars like Ian St John, Ian Callaghan and Roger Hunt. The vistors could boast fine talent aswell in Bobby Charlton, George Best and Denis Law. In the managerial seats it was even more high-profiled. Bill Shankly was the Liverpool boss and Matt Busby was in charge of Man Utd.

It was an important match with Liverpool leading the table and Man United being five points adrift in third. The clash turned out to be a spine-chiller. Home fans were early on in for a shock. Denis Law put United in front in the second minute and the vistors then kept the attacking home side out until the 39th minute when Liverpool hard man Tommy Smith drove home the equalizer.

In the second half Liverpool chased the winner and created a lot of gilt-edged opportunities. St John hit the bar twice and several other chances were squandered. It appeared that the home onslaught would be fruitless. But finally Liverpool managed to break through the opposing wall.

In the 88th minute defender Gerry Byrne tried a shot from 25 yards and somehow it travelled past a lot of bodies and a final headed touch from midfielder Gordon Milne made the ball hit the back of the net. The fans went crazy and the well-deserved win more or less ended title hopes for the visitors. The Reds, on the other hand, marched on and lifted the league trophy gaining 61 points. Liverpool lead the league from November to the final day of the season. Leeds in second place was six points behind and Manchester United another four in fourth place.

I wouldn´t mind a similar scenario tomorrow with Steven Gerrard smashing home a 25 yard screamer for the winner in the last minute in his last encounter with the old foe from down old East Lancs Road. I cross my fingers and hope for it to happen (including a camera kiss) when:

We Go Again.


Rush put Welsh compatriots to the sword

History Posted on Sun, March 15, 2015 16:23:06

Chase for top four places hottens up as Liverpool travels to Swansea tomorrow. Here is an historical lesson of how to down Swans in their own den. In 1982/83 the Reds triumphed 3-0.

We have pretty miserable record away to Swansea. In eleven league games through the years the home side has been victorious on seven occasions and Liverpool just twice. But in the league winning season of 1982/83 there was no question that Liverpool really ran the rule over Swansea.

In the 35th match, out of 42, Liverpool downed the Swans 3-0 at home and all but secured the league title. In fact Liverpool didn´t win any of the remaining seven fixtures but still won the league with an eleven point margin to runners-up Watford. Earlier in the season the same 3-0 scoreline beamed at the final whistle at Vetch Field, then home of Swansea City. But in the reverse order of course since Liverpool was the winner.

It was a game with many Liverpool-Swansea connections. Swansea manager was John Toshack, a former Liverpool favourite. And in the home line-up two former Red players featured, Ray Kennedy and Colin Irwin. Bob Latchford, a former Everton striker, also played for Swansea.

But none of this helped. The visitors were in no mood to give any favours. The only thing occupying Liverpool minds this September Saturday was to grab the three points.

Halfway into the first half it was as good as game over. A certain Ian Rush scored in the 15th and 23rd minute to put Liverpool firmly in the driver´s seat. Swansea couldn´t get near the guests and in the 84th minute Craig Johnston put the issue beyond any reasonable doubt hitting home for 3-0.

This was the sixth game of the season and Liverpool had won four and drawn two. A month later the Reds climbed to the summit and stayed there for the rest of the season. It was a glorious campaign. Liverpool won 24 matches, scored 87 goals and the league title was the second in a row. A third on the spin was achieved the following season.

This season, 1982/83, Ian Rush really came to the fore as the most lethal marksman in English football. He had scored 17 league goals the season before and this time he found the net on 24 occasions. The following season was his best ever, the Welshman smashed home 32 league goals and a grand total och 47 cup and league goals.

If Liverpool is to keep up hopes for Champions League places then we must beat Swansea in Wales for the third time in our league history. It can be done, so the rallying cry for tomorrow is:

We Go Again.


First cup win versus Blackburn in 1899

History Posted on Fri, March 06, 2015 18:18:51

If Liverpool beat Blackburn at home in the FA Cup on Sunday then a Wembley semi-final awaits. We have met the current Championship side five times at Anfield in the FA Cup and won on four occasions. The first one as early as 1899. Why not take a trip down memory lane and check out what happened in these ”ancient” times 116 years ago.

In those days the FA Cup was smaller and the teams from the top division entered in the first round played in January. On the 28th that month Blackburn came to Anfield to try to avenge the 3-1 league defeat at the same venue 35 days earlier, on Christmas Eve. But Liverpool was in no mood to let that happen.

In the first half winger Jack Cox, who made his cup debut for Liverpool, broke the deadlock and put the home side 1-0 up. The scoreline remained the same until the 87th minute when centre-forward George Allan secured the Liverpool win hitting home 2-0. It was his 50th goal in a Liverpool outfit. He stayed for just three seasons at Anfield but made quite a name for himself clocking up 96 league and cup appearances scoring 56 goals.

Jack Cox became an even more famous Liverpool player, in fact a legend. The local lad signed for Liverpool as a 20-year-old in 1898 and scored on his debut. He was only picked twice that season but established himself the year after. He was on Liverpool books for twelve seasons, making 361 appearances in total and finding the net 80 times. A fine goalscoring record for a winger. He was a key figure when Liverpool won the league for the first time in 1900/01 scoring ten goals and scored another eight when the Reds grabbed their second league title in 1905/06.

Jack Cox must have had a love affair or a beef with Blackburn because during his Liverpool career he scored ten times against them. It was of course the best tally against any team, his second best tally was five – versus Manchester City. So one eighth of his goals came aginst the Lancashire club. Pretty odd.

The 1899/90 ended on a sad note. Liverpool had a campaign of near misses. In the FA Cup we reached the semi-final and had Sheffield United on the ropes twice. But it wasn´t to be. The first meeting ended in a 2-2 draw with the Blades equalizing in the 70th minute. In the replay it was even worse. Liverpool lead 2-0 but Sheffield United pegged back to 2-2. Then the Reds gained another two goal lead but two late goals made it 4-4. In the second replay Liverpool went down 0-1.

It was a similar story in the league. In the penultimate game of the season Liverpool downed Blackburn 2-0 and had it all in their own hands as they met Aston Villa away. Both teams stood on 43 points and a Liverpool win would have secured the league title. But Villa was superior that day and won 5-0. Liverpool had to settle for the runners-up spot but rectified it two years later lifting the trophy for the first time.

Hopefully this season doesn´t end in a similar FA Cup misery as it did in 1899, but in glory, and a first step is to beat Blackburn in the quarter finals when:

We Go Again.


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