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LIVERPOOL
TEAM NOTES
Coach: Rafael Benitez (since June 2004) Premiership
Record: 13-5-6
Rank: 3rd, 45 points
Last Result: 2-0 loss at Charlton Athletic, February 8
Streak: Lost 2 Next Game: at Wigan Athletic, February 11 Champions League Last Result: 0-0 tie at Chelsea, December 6 Next Game: Round of 16 at Benfica, February 21 FA Cup Last Result: 4th Round 2-1 win at Portsmouth, January 28 Next Game: 5th Round vs. Manchester United, February 18 Liverpool certainly held their own against Chelsea in the Champions League group games earlier this season. But in the Premiership the Reds lost to the Blues again, a 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge following the 4-1 defeat at Anfield earlier in the season. Chelsea's superior finishing proved the difference as they scored through William Gallas and Hernan Crespo. Liverpool's hopes were not helped when goalkeeper Jose Reina was sent off for shoving Arjen Robben in the face although the Dutchman was widely criticised for 'acting' an forcing the referee to show a red card. Liverpool coach Rafa Benitez was incensed: "If that was a red card it was crazy. I know Reina made a mistake by touching Robben's face but when the player went down it looked as though he would spend a week in the hospital. It was crazy that we had to play with 10 men because of that." To make matters worse for Liverpool, they then suffered their third league defeat in four games going down 2-0 at Charlton Athletic. Darren Bent opened the scoring after a controversial penalty decision and Luke Young added Charlton's second goal. Meanwhile, the Argentine club Banfield say their 20 year-old defender Gabriel Paletta will travel to England this weekend to open talks about a summer move to Liverpool. On Saturday, Liverpool will be away to Wigan Athletic having beaten them 3-0 at home in December.
SCOREBOARD
FINAL
Arsenal 0
Liverpool 1
Match Summary
LIV - Sanz Luis Garcia, 87th min.

PREMIER LEAGUE STANDINGS
Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
Chelsea 26 21 2 3 52 16 66
Manchester United 26 16 4 6 52 27 54
Liverpool 26 15 5 6 32 17 51
Tottenham Hotspur 26 12 5 9 35 22 45
Arsenal 26 12 9 5 39 21 41
WEST HAM UNITED 26 12 9 5 39 34 41
Bolton Wanderers 24 10 5 9 30 23 39
WIGAN ATHLETIC 26 12 11 3 30 32 39
Manchester City 26 11 11 4 36 30 37
Blackburn Rovers 25 11 10 4 31 31 37
Everton 26 11 12 3 19 32 36
Charlton Athletic 25 10 12 3 32 37 33
Fulham 26 9 12 5 36 37 32
Newcastle United 25 9 11 5 24 29 32
Aston Villa 26 7 10 9 32 35 30
Middlesbrough 25 7 11 7 33 44 28
WEST BROMWICH 26 7 14 5 24 38 26
Birmingham City 25 5 15 5 21 37 20
Portsmouth 26 4 16 6 18 45 18
SUNDERLAND 25 2 19 4 18 46 10

c-league champion, r-relegated to lower division
LIVERPOOL SCHEDULE
Date Time Teams Stories
Sat. January 1st 07:45 a.m. ET Chelsea 1, Liverpool 0  
Sat. January 15th 07:30 a.m. ET Manchester United 1, Liverpool 0  
Sat. January 22nd 07:45 a.m. ET Southampton 2, Liverpool 0  
Tue. February 1st 03:00 p.m. ET Liverpool 2, Charlton Athletic 1  
 

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