“Scouser, Born & Bred!”

As we near the end of yet another domestic football season in the UK, a look back at my last couple of weeks’ work reveals the excitement and tension that typifies the English approach to the sport. Delaying a blog post in order to accommodate a whole host of matches, rather than just the latest one or two, allows for a far more balanced review of my perspective of the beautiful game.

We start at Hull, where Liverpool were the visitors, and end at Anfield, where Liverpool were the hosts…

 

HULL CITY v LIVERPOOL

 

A match ticket for Hull City's game against Liverpool, showing the £50 price for visiting adults
A match ticket for Hull City’s game against Liverpool, showing the £50 price for visiting adults

 

Sone Aluko of Hull watches as referee Lee Probert deploys the vanishing spray
Sone Aluko of Hull watches as referee Lee Probert deploys the vanishing spray

 

Mario Balotelli looks dejected as the Liverpool player does his best impression of an elephant
Mario Balotelli looks dejected as the Liverpool player does his best impression of an elephant

 

Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool looks dejected
Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool looks dejected

 

Michael Dawson, Hull's captain and goalscorer, celebrates their 1-0 victory
Michael Dawson, Hull’s captain and goalscorer, celebrates their 1-0 victory

 

MANCHESTER UNITED v WEST BROMWICH ALBION

 

Wayne Rooney of Man Utd competes for the ball with former teammate Darren Fletcher, now of West Brom
Wayne Rooney of Man Utd competes for the ball with former teammate Darren Fletcher, now of West Brom

 

Robin van Persie of Man Utd misses with a penalty
Robin van Persie of Man Utd misses with a penalty

 

Ashley Young of Man Utd shows his frustration
Ashley Young of Man Utd shows his frustration

 

STOKE CITY v TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

 

Stoke fans are silhouetted against the back of the Boothen End
Stoke fans are silhouetted against the back of the Boothen End

 

Charlie Adam celebrates scoring Stoke's 1st goal against Tottenham Hotspur
Charlie Adam celebrates scoring Stoke’s 1st goal against Tottenham Hotspur

 

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino looks dejected
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino looks dejected

 

Mame Biram Diouf of Stoke scores their 3rd goal past Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris
Mame Biram Diouf of Stoke scores their 3rd goal past Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris

 

Mame Biram Diouf of Stoke celebrates with the fans
Mame Biram Diouf of Stoke celebrates with the fans

 

MANCHESTER CITY v QUEENS PARK RANGERS

 

James Milner of Man City (C) organises teammates Sergio Aguero (L) and David Silva (R) during their match against QPR
James Milner of Man City (C) organises teammates Sergio Aguero (L) and David Silva (R) during their match against QPR

 

Sergio Aguero chips the ball over QPR goalkeeper Robert Green to open the scoring
Sergio Aguero chips the ball over QPR goalkeeper Robert Green to open the scoring

 

Charlie Austin questions his QPR teammates
Charlie Austin questions his QPR teammates

 

Sergio Aguero of Man City slips as he shoots
Sergio Aguero of Man City slips as he shoots

 

A young QPR fan with his face painted looks dejected as his side are relegated
A young QPR fan with his face painted looks dejected as his side are relegated

 

MANCHESTER UNITED U21 v MANCHESTER CITY U21

 

A general view of Old Trafford ahead of the U21 match between Man Utd and Man City
A general view of Old Trafford ahead of the U21 match between Man Utd and Man City

 

Jose Angel Pozo of Man City battles with Joe Rothwell of Man Utd
Jose Angel Pozo of Man City battles with Joe Rothwell of Man Utd

 

James Wilson celebrates after scoring the 1st goal for Man Utd in their 4-0 win
James Wilson celebrates after scoring the 1st goal for Man Utd in their 4-0 win

 

LIVERPOOL v CRYSTAL PALACE

Steven Gerrard’s final match at Anfield

 

Souvenir t-shirts for sale commemorating Steven Gerrard's last home game for Liverpool
Souvenir t-shirts for sale commemorating Steven Gerrard’s last home game for Liverpool

 

Souvenir scarves and flags for sale commemorating Steven Gerrard's last home game for Liverpool
Souvenir scarves and flags for sale commemorating Steven Gerrard’s last home game for Liverpool

 

Steven Gerrard of Liverpool receives a guard of honour from his own teammates as well as the Crystal Palace players ahead of his last game at Anfield
Steven Gerrard of Liverpool receives a guard of honour from his own teammates as well as the Crystal Palace players ahead of his last game at Anfield

 

Fans on The Kop display a mural for Steven Gerrard of Liverpool ahead of his final game at Anfield
Fans on The Kop display a mural for Steven Gerrard of Liverpool ahead of his final game at Anfield

 

Steven Gerrard in action
Steven Gerrard in action

 

Liverpool fans keep their eyes on Steven Gerrard during his final home game for the club
Liverpool fans keep their eyes on Steven Gerrard during his final home game for the club

 

Steven Gerrard steps out of the shadows on his last appearance for the club at Anfield
Steven Gerrard steps out of the shadows on his last appearance for the club at Anfield

 

Every Liverpool player wears a Gerrard shirt after the match in honour of their outgoing captain
Every Liverpool player wears a Gerrard shirt after the match in honour of their outgoing captain

 

Steven Gerrard gives the thumbs up to The Kop after his final home match as a Liverpool player
Steven Gerrard gives the thumbs up to The Kop after his final home match as a Liverpool player
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