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Sebastian Larsson produces a cross, clearance made by John Flanagan.
Cameron Jerome gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Carragher. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
The ball is sent over by Liam Ridgewell, Shot from deep inside the area by Craig Gardner clears the crossbar.
Stephen Carr sends in a cross, Jack Robinson manages to make a clearance.
Jay Spearing takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.
Rodriguez Maxi scores a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Liverpool 1-0 Birmingham.The assist for the goal came from Jay Spearing.
The ball is delivered by Luis Suarez, blocked by Roger Johnson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jay Spearing on Alexander Hleb. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
The ball is sent over by Liam Ridgewell, Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.
Short corner taken by Leiva Lucas from the left by-line.
Lee Bowyer gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jay Spearing. David Ngog on for Rodriguez Maxi. Free kick crossed right-footed by Joe Cole from left wing, save by Colin Doyle.
The ball is delivered by Luis Suarez, save by Colin Doyle.
Joe Cole gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Liverpool 5-0 Birmingham.Assist by Dirk Kuyt.
The ball is crossed by Sebastian Larsson, save by Jose Reina.
Jonjo Shelvey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sebastian Larsson. Raul Meireles leaves the field to be replaced by Joe Cole. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from right wing, John Flanagan makes a clearance.
Kevin Phillips takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
Kevin Phillips takes a shot. Comfortable save by Jose Reina.
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Colin Doyle makes a save.
The ball is crossed by Dirk Kuyt, comfortable save by Colin Doyle.
Unfair challenge on Rodriguez Maxi by Lee Bowyer results in a free kick. Jonjo Shelvey joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jack Robinson. Craig Gardner leaves the field to be replaced by Kevin Phillips. Free kick taken by Leiva Lucas.
David Bentley takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
Craig Gardner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Flanagan. Jose Reina takes the indirect free kick.
Centre by Sebastian Larsson, clearance made by Jamie Carragher.
Rodriguez Maxi takes a shot. Colin Doyle gets a block in.
A goal is scored by Rodriguez Maxi from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Liverpool 4-0 Birmingham.Assist on the goal came from Raul Meireles.
Stephen Carr takes a shot.
A cross is delivered by Dirk Kuyt, save by Colin Doyle.
Rodriguez Maxi has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dirk Kuyt by Craig Gardner. Jamie Carragher takes the indirect free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Rodriguez Maxi. Colin Doyle takes the indirect free kick.
David Bentley joins the action as a substitute, replacing Alexander Hleb.
Rodriguez Maxi finds the net with a goal from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Liverpool 3-0 Birmingham.Assist on the goal came from Luis Suarez.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from the right by-line, Dirk Kuyt makes a clearance.
Keith Fahey takes a shot. Martin Skrtel gets a block in.
Sebastian Larsson sends in a cross, clearance made by Martin Skrtel.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Skrtel on Roger Johnson. Colin Doyle takes the indirect free kick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Raul Meireles, Roger Johnson makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Keith Fahey, Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.
Sebastian Larsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Suarez. Luis Suarez has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
Liam Ridgewell is caught offside. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
Corner taken by Raul Meireles, clearance by Stephen Carr.
Cameron Jerome gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leiva Lucas. Leiva Lucas takes the indirect free kick.
Unfair challenge on Raul Meireles by Lee Bowyer results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by John Flanagan.
Foul by Jack Robinson on Cameron Jerome, free kick awarded. Jack Robinson goes into the referee's book. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from right by-line, save made by Jose Reina.
Foul by Roger Johnson on Dirk Kuyt, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Leiva Lucas.
Sebastian Larsson takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a comfortable save.
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Save made by Colin Doyle.
Keith Fahey takes a shot from long distance which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Shot from a long way out by Craig Gardner goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Unfair challenge on Alexander Hleb by Leiva Lucas results in a free kick. Liam Ridgewell takes the free kick.
Lee Bowyer concedes a free kick for a foul on John Flanagan. The ball is crossed by Raul Meireles, Dirk Kuyt produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
The ball is delivered by Raul Meireles, clearance made by Martin Jiranek.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dirk Kuyt by Liam Ridgewell. Leiva Lucas takes the free kick.
Rodriguez Maxi takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Carr.
Ben Foster leaves the field to be replaced by Colin Doyle.
Long range shot from Jack Robinson misses to the left of the target.
Leiva Lucas takes a shot. Blocked by Roger Johnson.
The ball is crossed by Raul Meireles, save made by Ben Foster.
Inswinging corner taken by Raul Meireles from the left by-line, clearance made by Roger Johnson.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Raul Meireles from the left by-line, Keith Fahey fouled by Martin Skrtel, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
John Flanagan delivers the ball, clearance made by Keith Fahey.
A cross is delivered by Raul Meireles, clearance made by Stephen Carr.
Keith Fahey concedes a free kick for a foul on Dirk Kuyt. Leiva Lucas restarts play with the free kick.
Sebastian Larsson takes a shot. Comfortable save by Jose Reina.
Leiva Lucas produces a cross.
Rodriguez Maxi sends in a cross, clearance by Liam Ridgewell.
Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Ben Foster gets a block in.
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Blocked by Ben Foster. Dirk Kuyt finds the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Liverpool 2-0 Birmingham.
The ball is crossed by Lee Bowyer.
Lee Bowyer delivers the ball, clearance by Jamie Carragher.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Sebastian Larsson, clearance made by Leiva Lucas.
Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball, clearance by Jack Robinson.
Alexander Hleb fouled by Jay Spearing, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from left channel, save made by Jose Reina.
The referee blows for offside. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
Dalglish deal "a matter of time" - Lucas
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.
There is no doubt in the mind of Lucas it will happen sooner rather than later, with the Brazil international admitting the whole squad are keen to continue working with the 60-year-old to continue their progress.
"The way he came to the club and the way he changed a lot, it is just a matter of time (before) he will agree his new deal," said the 24-year-old, who has been the club's most consistent performer this season.
"As players we just have to hope he will be here next year with us.
"We will try to win the next five games, if we do that we will be helping him as well.
"Kenny and Steve Clarke (the former Chelsea assistant who arrived as coach just after Dalglish) have done really well.
"They have changed the principles of the training sessions with Sammy Lee, who has been here a few years already.
"The way they have changed things, giving all the team confidence, is really important.
"Kenny is the key to keeping everyone together and keep the confidence of everyone."
Late checks will be made on the fitness of Jamie Carragher and Andy Carroll ahead of the game.
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.
Birmingham manager Alex McLeish has revealed he tried to persuade Carroll to play for Scotland as he prepares to face the Liverpool striker.
McLeish was aware of Carroll being eligible to play for Scotland via his grandmother being born north of the border.
But he failed in his attempt - as did current national boss Craig Levein - and Carroll has since played for England, scoring his first international goal last month against Ghana at Wembley.
McLeish said: "Andy Carroll has come on leaps and bounds and I did try and get him to play for Scotland when I was manager.
"I was aware that he had got Scottish connections through his family.
"He was about 19 at that stage, a reserve player really at Newcastle, and I was quite hot on trying to get him to play for Scotland at that stage.
"But unfortunately he said 'no' and we all know what he has already achieved in his career.
"Certainly since he has gone to Liverpool, he has formed a great partnership with Luis Suarez."
McLeish is close friends with his former Scotland team-mate Kenny Dalglish and is not surprised he has been an instant success since returning to manage the Reds.
He said: "He is a legend, he has already stamped his mark on the team since going back in charge of Liverpool.
"He is a really great pal of mine but I've got to try and put one over on him."
Blues will be boosted by the return of centre-back Martin Jiranek who has missed the last three games through a groin injury and an abdominal problem.
But McLeish is also hoping striker Nikola Zigic will be able to play some part before the end of the season after his groin setback.
He said: "We would love to get Ziggy back at some stage. He is still feeling a bit of pain but it would be good if he can contribute over the next few games."
Maxi shines in Reds romp
A Maxi Rodriguez hat-trick inspired Liverpool to their biggest win of the season as they swept aside Birmingham 5-0.
The little Argentinian was not necessarily brilliant but just put himself in the right places to capitalise on some impressive team play by a side brimming with the confidence instilled by Kenny Dalglish
There were positives all over the field with Dirk Kuyt scoring his seventh goal in six league matches while even substitute Joe Cole, who has endured a disappointing maiden season, got among the goals with a late deflected effort.
Five goals and all this achieved without #35million record signing Andy Carroll, who was unavailable due to an injury sustained in last Sunday's draw at Arsenal which allowed Kuyt to move back up front.
Adaptability was the name of the game as the Reds adopted a midfield diamond formation to get the best out of Raul Meireles' attacking intent.
Crucial to making it work, however, were the superb Lucas Leiva at its base and Rodriguez and Jay Spearing.
Rodriguez is becoming something of a lucky charm for the side he joined in January 2010 as although his goals are few and far between - just seven in 49 matches - they have all coincided with victories.
He is more suited to the midfield set-up which Kenny Dalglish went with at the start but it also brought the best out of Spearing, who had a hand in the opening goal - although not as much as Foster in the seventh minute.
Kuyt's lay-off saw the 22-year-old midfielder fire in a swerving shot which the Birmingham goalkeeper spilled into the path of Rodriguez who made no mistake from close range for his first goal since December 3.
Birmingham briefly responded, without really threatening, before they were caught by a classic Liverpool counter-attack in the 23rd minute.
Jose Reina intentionally picked out Meireles just over the halfway line and he flicked on into the path of Luis Suarez who did well to hold off the challenge of Martin Jiranek.
Foster may have been at fault for the first but he saved well from the Uruguay international and again from Kuyt's follow-up but he could do nothing to prevent the Holland international getting up to slot home the rebound.
The England goalkeeper injured himself in the process and was replaced 10 minutes later by Colin Doyle, who watched one Kuyt header sail across goal and wide of the far post before gratefully clasping Suarez's shot to his chest just before the end of the half.
Almost unnoticed in all the pass-and-move mayhem Liverpool were creating was the performance of the Reds' teenage full-backs, 18-year-old John Flanagan on the right and Jack Robinson, a year younger.
The latter certainly did not look like a youngster making his first start after two substitute appearances 11 months apart when, in the opening minutes, he coolly dispossessed the far more experienced Alexander Hleb as Birmingham threatened an early attack having swept through the inside-left channel.
Having moved into a comfortable 2-0 lead Dalglish almost immediately reverted to more orthodox 4-4-2 formation to ensure Blues were afforded no way back.
Alex McLeish's side provided more of a challenge in the second half but were always chasing the game and their cause became a lost one in the 66th minute when Rodriguez scored his second.
Suarez was played onside by Carr, trailing slightly behind his defensive colleagues, and the forward raced onto Martin Skrtel's pass and crossed to the far post where Rodriguez side-footed home.
Rodriguez saved his best goal for last, collecting Suarez's 73rd-minute pass and shooting low at Doyle who half-saved his effort only for Meireles to force the ball back into the danger area for Rodriguez to convert.
There have not been many instances since his arrival when Suarez has been outshone and as if to remind people of his talents the Uruguay international produced an audacious behind-the-leg shot which would have really rubbed salt in Birmingham's wounds.
That honour was left to Cole who, within seconds of replacing Meireles, cut in from the right to hit a deflected shot past Doyle for the fifth.
While this result was a barometer of the confidence at Anfield it will have done little for spirits within the Birmingham camp, with the club still looking over their shoulders five points above the relegation zone.
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