After picking up our first three points of the season, Sunday sees us make the difficult trip to Anfield to take on Brendan Rodgers' new look Liverpool side.
It’s been a good news week with those three points and Ryan Shawcross' long overdue England call-up but all minds will be focused on getting a result against a side that not only played (and lost) Thursday night, but one who have looked decidedly shaky at the back as they learn the ways of their new leader and his methods. On the other hand, we go into the weekend fresh and ready for battle and with the performances of late there is a new found optimism to away games so I'm really looking forward to a trip to the North West and am hopeful of coming away with at least a share of the spoils.
I don’t believe we have any injury concerns so should have a full squad to pick from, apart from Wilkinson who completes the final game of his three-match ban, though even if he was fit I’d expect the impressive Geoff Cameron to keep the right-back spot, as well he should based on his performances there to date. The impressive midfield will need to be on form again and given he will be playing against his old club I’m hoping Charlie Adam is keen to make an impression and that we start to see some of these ‘£10m’ corners Sir Alex assured us we’d be getting. Adam isn’t the only ex Liverpool player of course, we’ll also have an in-form Peter Crouch who will be disappointed that he wasn’t called up for England along with his captain. We also have Jermaine Pennant available, though given his exclusion over the past few weeks and the apparent need for more hard work away from home, I’d expect him to make the bench at most. Then there is Michael Owen. I wouldn’t expect to see him start but wouldn’t be surprised to see him get a generous amount of time on the pitch if things go our way.
In terms of team predictions, I don’t see any reason to change a winning side;
Cameron – Shawcross – Huth – Wilson
Walters – Whelan – Adam – N’Zonzi – Kightly
Rightly or wrongly, I go into this match hopeful of coming away with something and if we make a positive start, have a strong referee to keep an eye on some of our more theatrical opponents, and keep the Anfield crowd quiet we’ve every chance of doing exactly that. I daren’t tempt fate by predicting a win so will go for a 1-1 draw.
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