Saturday April 23, 2011 Day 34 Finished Anfield

Liverpool 5 - 0 Birmingham City

  • Rodríguez 7’, 66’, 73’
  • Kuyt 23’
  • Cole 86’

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  1. Maxi hat-trick sinks Birmingham

    Maxi hat-trick sinks Birmingham

    Maxi Rodriguez plundered a hat-trick as Liverpool clinched a 5-0 win over Birmingham in their Premier League encounter at Anfield. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Liverpool
    • Birmingham City
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+3' The full-time whistle goes at Anfield, and Liverpool have thrashed Birmingham 5-0 with Maxi Rodriguez netting a sparkling hat-trick and Dirk Kuyt and Joe Cole also on the scoresheet! Thanks for joining us.
    • 90+2' The home fans are in full voice as their side enjoy the final stages of what has been a superb performance!
    • 90+1' Johnson has his clearance blocked by Cole, but he manages to punt upfield at the second attempt.
    • 90' Three minutes will be added at the end of this second half with Liverpool chasing a sixth.
    • 88' Rodriguez departs to a standing ovation and quite rightly so as Dalglish ensures that he gets his reception!
    • 86' GOAL!!!!! JOE COLE MAKES IT FIVE! It's a shocking piece of goalkeeping from Colin Doyle to gift Cole the goal, as he turns the ball into his own net at the near post!
    • 85' Kevin Phillips comes on to replace Gardner, and the forward is given a go far too late.
    • 83' Meireles comes off as Joe Cole is given a late run out by Kenny Dalglish - what can he do?
    • 82' Meireles is denied superbly by Doyle, who dives at the feet of the midfielder to save.
    • 81' Jerome drops deep in search of the ball, but to no avail as Lucas brings the ball out once more.
    • 80' Suarez takes the ball off Flanagan and races down the right, and he's giving Ridgewell a torrid time.
    • 79' Shelvey and Kuyt combine superbly for the hosts as the pair keep the ball outwide on the right.
    • 77' Flanagan wins a free kick for his side as he looks to hurtle down the right once more.
    • 76' Bentley comes on for Hleb, and Birmingham make their second change.
    • 75' The changes start to be made by both bosses as Jonjo Shelvey comes on for Liverpool at the expense of Jack Robinson, with McLeish poised to follow.
    • 73' GOAL!!!!!! RODRIGUEZ NETS HIS HAT-TRICK! The Argentine seals his hat-trick, having a rasping drive parried by Foster, but then inadvertently deflected into his path by Johnson, and he makes no mistake from close range!
    • 71' Reina bides his time at the back for Liverpool, and the hosts build patiently.
    • 70' Carr attempts a frankly absurd long shot from at least 30 yards, and it flies over the bar!
    • 69' Gardner is booked for a clumsy foul on Spearing, and it warrants the yellow card it receives.
    • 67' Flanagan races down the right at pace, and the right back is enjoying a very fine match.
    • 66' GOAL!!!!!! MAXI MAKES IT THREE! What a wonderful team goal from Liverpool, as a sweeping move is started by Skrtel at the back, before Suarez skips down the right and dinks over an exquisite delivery for Maxi to volley in from the back post!
    • 65' Spearing finds Reina with a safety-first approach as the visitors harry furiously in the final third.
    • 64' Skrtel heads clear, before Suarez takes the ball down the left at pace for Liverpool.
    • 63' Fahey produces a fine driving run to win Birmingham their second corner of the match.
    • 62' Larsson whips a deep delivery into the box, but Carragher is on hand to head clear under pressure from Jerome.
    • 61' It's a fine delivery from Meireles which tests Johnson, who beats Skrtel to head clear.
    • 60' Suarez wins the hosts' fourth corner of the game with a powerful run down the right.
    • 59' It's all a bit too intricate from Suarez, who attempts to beat three Birmingham defenders inside the box but to no avail.
    • 57' Flanagan shows terrific composure in turning past Hleb with real skill, and the home fans love it!
    • 56' Hleb completely misreads the run of Larsson as he passes the ball straight out of play, and that was poor from the midfielder.
    • 55' Ridgewell brings the ball out of defence for Birmingham, and the visitors are settling better now.
    • 54' The forward curls his effort over the crossbar, and that's a disappointing effort after such a long build up.
    • 53' Suarez lines up the free kick 25 yards out, and this could be dangerous...
    • 52' Suarez takes the ball down with impeccable control in the Birmingham half, before he is bundled over by Carr clumsily.
    • 51' Jerome fouls Lucas, and this second half has started in very scrappy fashion.
    • 50' Bowyer tugs back Meireles cynically, and Liverpool have a free kick on halfway.
    • 49' Kuyt and Lucas exchange passes in midfield as the pair look to force the issue once more for their side.
    • 48' Webb takes an age to force Liverpool's wall back 10 yards, before finally Larsson's free kick is cleared away by Carragher.
    • 47' Robinson lunges in recklessly on Jerome, and the defender is booked for that challenge.
    • 46' The second half is underway at Anfield, and McLeish's side look very fired up after no doubt being given a very stern talking to.
    • 45+4' The half-time whistle goes at Anfield, and it's 2-0 to Liverpool courtesy of goals from Kuyt and Rodriguez! Birmingham have it all to do if they are to salvage anything from this match.
    • 45+3' Suarez skips past two Birmingham defenders before driving a low shot straight at Foster!
    • 45+2' Fahey battles away furiously with Meireles, but he shoots over the bar after making space.
    • 45+1' Gardner is given too much space on the edge of the Liverpool box, but he drags his low shot well wide.
    • 45' Four minutes will be added at the end of this first half as Reina punts the ball upfield.
    • 44' Bowyer puts in a typically robust challenge to win the ball off Spearing, and the midfielder is incredibly fired up.
    • 43' Kuyt almost converts a deep cross from Lucas at the back post, but he only manages to deflect it wide.
    • 42' Meireles whips over a devilish delivery from the right at pace, but Johnson clears the danger.
    • 41' Doyle comes on for Birmingham, and immediately has to thump a goal kick upfield to Jerome.
    • 40' A dismal day for Foster gets even worse as he trudges off injured, and he will be replaced by Colin Doyle.
    • 39' Again, Johnson is on hand to clear the set-piece, and Birmingham continue to be held under the cosh.
    • 38' Maxi wins a corner with a bright run down the left, and Meireles will whip the ball over into the Birmingham box.
    • 37' Nothing comes of the corner, and Birmingham have a chance to clear upfield through Foster.
    • 36' Fahey concedes a corner as Suarez skips down the left at pace, and Liverpool have a dangerous set piece.
    • 35' Spearing makes a strong challenge on Hleb, and he wins the ball and makes his mark.
    • 34' Bowyer dispossesses Meireles with a fine interception on halfway, but he then loses it to Kuyt.
    • 33' Carr steals in to clear inside the six-yard box, and that's more stout defending from the right back.
    • 32' Liverpool have enjoyed 75 per cent of the possession in the last five minutes, and they continue to keep the ball.
    • 31' Carr floats over a testing delivery from the right, but Larsson cannot get the ball on target as he meets it.
    • 30' Maxi gets to the byline and cuts the ball back to Meireles, but Ridgewell slides in to clear the danger superbly!
    • 29' Suarez has a pop from range, but it flies over the bar as another move peters out poorly.
    • 28' Johnson races across to clear as Spearing drives a low cross into the box, and that's good defending.
    • 27' Lucas and Larsson clash in midfield, but the referee waves play on with both keen to get on with the game too.
    • 26' David Bentley looks set to come on as McLeish tells him to warm up down the touchline.
    • 25' Birmingham again find themselves under the cosh as they are forced to defend.
    • 24' McLeish is absolutely furious after that second goal was conceded, and his side's defending has been very sloppy.
    • 23' GOAL!!!!! KUYT MAKES IT TWO! The Dutchman is on hand to roll the ball into the back of the net after Suarez's initial effort is saved by Foster, who produces two stops before it is finally bundled home!
    • 22' Liverpool enjoy some good possession inside the Birmingham half, but the move breaks down once more.
    • 21' Another long ball from Carragher is dealt with very effectively by Carr, who shepherds it back to Foster.
    • 20' Johnson wins two powerful headers at the back for Birmingham as he is tested by long balls.
    • 19' Carragher is on hand to clear upfield as the ball comes into the box from Hleb once more.
    • 18' Robinson slides in to concede a corner with a terrific challenge on Jerome, and that's fine defending.
    • 17' Skrtel races across to alleviate any danger as Hleb occupies the right wing for Birmingham, constantly swapping flanks.
    • 16' Spearing is all action as he heads upfield under pressure from Gardner, and that's terrific play.
    • 15' Flanagan defends obdurately as he clears from under the nose of Larsson at the back post from Bowyer's excellent cross.
    • 14' Again, the Spaniard shows superb composure to jink past Jerome with the ball and clear upfield.
    • 13' Reina shows his opposite number how it's done as he races off his line to clear upfield superbly!
    • 12' Foster receives a good jeering from the home fans as he clears upfield, but this time he makes decent contact.
    • 11' Jerome fouls Carragher as another potential move for the visitors breaks down.
    • 10' Reina lumps a long ball upfield towards Suarez, who takes the ball down in his stride and makes ground down the left.
    • 9' It's a real missed opportunity for Birmingham! Cameron Jerome almost gets a shot away inside the Liverpool six yard box as he races in to meet Steve Carr's low cross, and he really should have made contact!
    • 8' Birmingham stroke the ball around at the pack patiently as they build slowly, but it's very slow going.
    • 7' GOAL!!!!! MAXI PUTS LIVERPOOL IN FRONT! It's an absolute clanger from Ben Foster, who parries a speculative shot from Spearing straight into the path of the onrushing Maxi, who slots the ball home!
    • 6' Flanagan makes a bright start from right back with a number of positive moves down the flank.
    • 5' Birmingham survive an extended stint of pressure from the hosts as Liverpool enjoy a very fine spell of possession.
    • 4' Lucas picks up the ball very deep for Liverpool, but Maxi completely misses the ball out on the left as he receives it from the midfielder.
    • 3' Foster slices a clearance straight up in the air following a very awkward back pass from Jiranek, and fortunately for the keeper, Johnson heads clear.
    • 2' Carroll is sat up in the stands as Suarez and Kuyt harry the Birmingham back four with some eager running in the visitors' half.
    • 1' The first half is underway at Anfield, and Liverpool get the ball down and stroke it around at the back.
    • 14:55 Birmingham boss Alex McLeish also makes two changes from the side which lost to Chelsea, with Lee Bowyer and Martin Jiranek replacing Stuart Parnaby and Barry Ferguson.
    • 14:50 Teenager Jack Robinson makes his first start for Liverpool as manager Kenny Dalglish makes two changes. The 17-year-old reserve team defender - who became the club's youngest first-team player when he made his debut as a substitute in the final match of last season - impressed in only his second appearance last week at Arsenal.
    • 14:45 There has been one result already in the Premier League with Liverpool's rivals and challengers for sixth spot Everton having played Manchester United. Result from Old Trafford
    • 14:40 It's prediction time ahead of this afternoon's clash: who do you think will prevail at Anfield? Will Birmingham stay in the Premier League this season, and will Liverpool secure sixth spot? Post your views below...
    • 14:35 Birmingham manager Alex McLeish has revealed he tried to persuade Andy Carroll to play for Scotland as he prepares to face the Liverpool striker at Anfield. McLeish was aware of Carroll being eligible to play for Scotland via his grandmother being born north of the border. Full story
    • 14:30 Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is still awaiting confirmation of his permanent appointment at Anfield, but midfielder Lucas Leiva is confident it will only be "a matter of time". The Scot has overseen such a remarkable turnaround in fortunes in such a short period there can be little argument against the man rated the club's greatest player being given the job on a long-term basis. Read more
    • 14:25 The teams are in at Anfield! Carragher makes the starting line up, but Andy Carroll does not. The referee for this afternoon's clash is Howard Webb.
    • 14:20 Liverpool: Reina, Flanagan, Carragher, Skrtel, Robinson, Meireles, Spearing, Lucas, Maxi, Kuyt, Suarez. Subs: Gulacsi, Cole, Kyrgiakos, Ngog, Poulsen, Shelvey, Coady
    • 14:15 Birmingham: Foster, Carr, Johnson, Jiranek, Ridgewell, Larsson, Bowyer, Gardner, Fahey, Hleb, Jerome. Subs: Doyle, Phillips, Bentley, Derbyshire, Parnaby, Beausejour, Davies
    • 14:10 Luis Suarez has been a revelation since arriving at Anfield in January, and he features in our goal of the month video!
    • 14:05 TEAM NEWS: Late checks will be made on the fitness of Jamie Carragher and Andy Carroll. Carragher, captaining the side in the absence of Steven Gerrard, was knocked unconscious in a clash of heads with young full-back John Flanagan during Sunday's draw at Arsenal. Carroll jarred a knee against the Gunners and was taken off as a precaution, but left-back Fabio Aurelio is unlikely to feature this weekend after sustaining a thigh problem at the Emirates Stadium.
    • 14:00 Sixth placed Liverpool host relegation-battling Birmingham City in their Premier League encounter at Anfield.
  • Summary

    • 86' GOAL!!!!! JOE COLE MAKES IT FIVE! It's a shocking piece of goalkeeping from Colin Doyle to gift Cole the goal, as he turns the ball into his own net at the near post!
    • 73' GOAL!!!!!! RODRIGUEZ NETS HIS HAT-TRICK! The Argentine seals his hat-trick, having a rasping drive parried by Foster, but then inadvertently deflected into his path by Johnson, and he makes no mistake from close range!
    • 66' GOAL!!!!!! MAXI MAKES IT THREE! What a wonderful team goal from Liverpool, as a sweeping move is started by Skrtel at the back, before Suarez skips down the right and dinks over an exquisite delivery for Maxi to volley in from the back post!
    • 30' Maxi gets to the byline and cuts the ball back to Meireles, but Ridgewell slides in to clear the danger superbly!
    • 23' GOAL!!!!! KUYT MAKES IT TWO! The Dutchman is on hand to roll the ball into the back of the net after Suarez's initial effort is saved by Foster, who produces two stops before it is finally bundled home!
    • 9' It's a real missed opportunity for Birmingham! Cameron Jerome almost gets a shot away inside the Liverpool six yard box as he races in to meet Steve Carr's low cross, and he really should have made contact!
    • 7' GOAL!!!!! MAXI PUTS LIVERPOOL IN FRONT! It's an absolute clanger from Ben Foster, who parries a speculative shot from Spearing straight into the path of the onrushing Maxi, who slots the ball home!
    • 14:20 Liverpool: Reina, Flanagan, Carragher, Skrtel, Robinson, Meireles, Spearing, Lucas, Maxi, Kuyt, Suarez. Subs: Gulacsi, Cole, Kyrgiakos, Ngog, Poulsen, Shelvey, Coady
    • 14:15 Birmingham: Foster, Carr, Johnson, Jiranek, Ridgewell, Larsson, Bowyer, Gardner, Fahey, Hleb, Jerome. Subs: Doyle, Phillips, Bentley, Derbyshire, Parnaby, Beausejour, Davies

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • J. Reina
      • J. Flanagan
      • J. Carragher
      • M. &#352krtel
      • J. Robinson Yellow Card Substitution Out (79′)
      • J. Spearing
      • Lucas
      • Raul Meireles Substitution Out (85′)
      • M. Rodríguez Goals×3 Substitution Out (89′)
      • D. Kuyt Goal
      • L. Suarez

      Subs

      • J. Cole Substitution In85′ Goal
      • C. Poulsen
      • D. N'Gog Substitution In89′
      • J. Shelvey Substitution In79′
      • S. Kyrgiakos
      • P. Gulacsi
      • C. Coady
    • Starting line-up

      • B. Foster Substitution Out (41′)
      • S. Carr
      • M. Jiránek
      • R. Johnson
      • L. Ridgewell
      • K. Fahey
      • C. Gardner Substitution Out (79′)
      • S. Larsson
      • L. Bowyer
      • A. Hleb Substitution Out (67′)
      • C. Jerome

      Subs

      • K. Phillips Substitution In79′
      • D. Bentley Substitution In67′
      • S. Parnaby
      • C. Doyle Substitution In41′
      • M. Derbyshire
      • C. Davies
      • J. Beausejour
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