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April 19, 2014 · by Steven McMillan · Match Preview, Premier League

Dreamland

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has been around the block enough times to know that Sunday’s meeting with Norwich City is all that matters. Some people might point to next weekend’s potential title decider with Chelsea, but the Captain knows that nothing can be done about that now — Carrow Road is the destination and three points is what’s on offer.

The Reds may have enjoyed immense pleasure at Norwich in the past, but no one is about to take anything for granted. With a mere four matches left in this years Premier League campaign, Gerrard is a close as he’s ever been to claiming the one trophy that’s eluded him during a career that’s as storied as they come. Four more matches; four more cup finals.

April 12, 2014 · by Steven McMillan · Match Preview, Premier League

Two former City players get ready

We’ve spent the vast majority of the season playing down our chances, discounting our immense run of form and patiently waiting for the worst to play itself out. After too many years saying that this year was the one where Liverpool re-assert their dominance and finally claim their first title of the Premier League era, it’s been a long, strange ride, but it looks like we’ve finally arrived at the station.

In what will be the Reds last match before the 25th Anniversary of the Hillsborough Stadium disaster, it’s only fitting that they sit top of the table and poised to continue their run of nine-wins on the hop. Win, lose or draw, the atmosphere promises to be something out of this world, and Manchester City — early favorites to reclaim the crown they lost to cross-town rivals United last year — have what’s sure to be their most difficult game of the season ahead of them.

April 5, 2014 · by Steven McMillan · Match Preview, Premier League

Coutinho and the Captain get ready

It’s all a bit surreal; after spending the last week and a half on vacation in the Caribbean, I’ve spent the days leading up to this weekends meeting with West Ham United to watch our last three matches and let our situation soak in. Eight wins on the hop and top of the table? We could very well do this thing.

There’s still a lot of football to be played, and with the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea on the horizon, there’s still some major hurdles to overcome, but the belief swirling around Brendan Rodgers side is infectious and even the most conservative factions of the Reds support is beginning to let more than just smiles slip out — including yours truly.

March 21, 2014 · by Steven McMillan · Match Preview, Premier League

Get up, get out, get three points

I suppose that therein lies the problem; it’s fine to spend a good portion of the season brushing off your chances of reaching your goals, but when it comes to crunch time and you’re obviously on course to not only obtain it, but exceed it, unless you’re Jose Mourinho, you can’t get away with playing down expectations any longer – the fans really are expecting you to hit those targets.

While the “Special One” would likely deny to your face that Chelsea are through to the next round of the Champions League and top of the Premiership, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is going to have to fess up to the fact that Liverpool are now serious title contenders. It may be the job of the manager to absorb, or deflect, pressure away from his players, but there’s no longer a chance of hiding it. We can all add – and numbers don’t lie.

March 16, 2014 · by Steven McMillan · Match Reaction, Premier League

Click on these two show boats for the highlights

Victories at Old Trafford have been hard to come by for Liverpool through the years, but from the get go, the result hardly looked in doubt.. With Manchester United looking a mere husk of the side that galloped to the title last season, the anxiety in their game was palpable and Liverpool, confident in possession and assured going forward, took advantage time and again.

From the first whistle, you could feel it in the air; penalties on either side of the half saw Steven Gerrard hand Liverpool a massive lead before Luis Suarez poked home from close range to seal the points. If the Reds had dreams of the league title returning to Anfield going into this fixture, they come out of it with something entirely tangible – a real, honest to goodness shot at bringing it home.

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