I doubt whether many of us expect to get anything out of our visit to Liverpool this evening, but you never know. Apparently we haven’t won there since 1963. A point would certainly be very acceptable, particularly as a little bit of a gap is starting to open up between us and 9th place. It looks as though Faubert will be replaced by Nobby Solano. Boa Morte is likely to keep his place because Matty Etherington is still not fit. However, I expect him to play on the left of a five player midfield, with Ljungberg given a freer role to drift up to help Cole when needed. I suppose the brave move would be to drop Boa Morte and play Dean Ashton up front with Cole in a 4-4-2. We’re in a Catch 22 here because if Ashton isn’t given the games he’s never going to rediscover his form. Only by playing will he do that.
Perhaps I am being too pessimistic about tonight. After all, it was only 5 weeks ago that we beat them fair and square at Upton Park. Make that glass half full, not half empty!