Can Benayoun make a repeat of his performance against Burnley in September?
Liverpool face the short trip to Burnley tomorrow as the Lancashire side attempt to remain in the Premier League. Liverpool would hand Burnley a massive blow should they be victorious tomorrow and would see Burnley be relegated.
Not only this they would also hand relegation battlers Wolverhampton Wanderers security. With the Chelsea game also looking more important for other teams rather than ourselves, it is going to be a very peculiar end to the season. Reliance on ourselves from other football clubs is a very scary thing, what worries me is a lot of the time this season, we have not been able to rely on our own performance, let alone giving somebody else a hand.
A win tomorrow could see Liverpool jump into 5th depending on the margin of the win and the Manchester City result. Anything at this moment in time can be taken as a positive because it is just becoming so unlikely that Liverpool will manage to scrape 4th place, but where there's a will. there's a way, as my Grandad used to say.
Liverpool unfortunately have been dealt another injury to add to the ever expanding list. David N'Gog picked up a back problem in the Atletico Madrid game mid-week, it is believed he will be assessed but it's not looking likely that he will be available for tomorrow.
Martin Kelly, Martin Skrtel, Fabio Aurelio, Emiliano Insua and of course Fernando Torres are also unavailable for manager Rafael Benitez.
Many people are suggesting that Pacheco may be able to make a start as replacement for David N'Gog and to be honest, i think that would be fantastic to see. Realistically though and perhaps cautiously you have to think that Benitez will either use Kuyt as the lone forward or utilise Ryan Babel in a more forward role.
Burnley have few injury worries, David Nugent looks set to make his comeback after missing The Clarets last match. Clarke Carlisle however looks to be unavailable.
With one eye on the second leg of our Europa League clash, it would be nice for this game to be a simple 1-0 for Liverpool who could then relish the three points and focus on the next game whilst continuing to hope other results go their way.
This though is very unlikely to happen, Burnley to have any sort of slim hope have to win, they know that and they will be more than up for a fight with a tentative looking Liverpool side.
Influential players like defender Alexander and striker Steven Fletcher will look to pump Brian Laws' teams attitude. It will be a tough game for Liverpool but a more than winnable one to say the least.