Lads, Just Win It For Me!
Can Reina keep his 6th clean sheet of the competition?...
Liverpool welcome Napoli to Anfield tomorrow for another Europa League tie. The match sharing a special day tomorrow as yours truly will be turning 21! So here's hoping my birthday gift from Liverpool is a nice secure win.
After Roy's boys picked up three points with a late winner against Bolton on the weekend and before that managed to beat Big Sam's Blackburn surely the newly instilled winning mentality can be rubbed off in the competition we are still unbeaten in.
The tie in Napoli was somewhat disappointing but with no Gerrard or Torres we did well to keep a clean sheet and come away with a respectable 0-0 draw.
Jonjo Shelvey was a surprise inclusion in the last meeting and had a superb game. Whether Roy this time out will opt for a changed side what with the Chelsea game on the weekend i do not know but if he does choose to field a less familiar side i'd certainly welcome the likes of Shelvey and Kelly again.
For Napoli Dossena will be sure to raise a few eyebrows as he steps onto the Anfield turf once again. Marek Hamsik will also be looking to get on the score sheet, the man with a rather questionable hair styling routine is Napoli's top scorer in the league and showed flashes over in Italy.
It would again be nice to see Lucas and Meireles in midfield but i have a feeling the unused Poulsen will be given a game tomorrow. Up front as much as i feel Torres needs some more good performances i feel Hodgson will and perhaps should start Ngog, top goalscorer in the competition for Liverpool, it's about time he got himself another goal.
The injury list for Liverpool has gained another name after Joe Cole picked up a hamstring injury against Bolton. Believed not to be too serious, Joe will be out for at least two weeks. Worryingly Daniel Agger is still out due to sickness and a calf problem, i still think behind the scenes there is more to this, but i just hope that my train of thought is wrong.
It just feels slightly strange that no real news on his situation has been released and i'm not buying the whole "sickness" excuse from a man like Agger. I'm worried that his reoccurring back problem is catching up on him but hopefully he's back on the pitch soon.
Still unavailable too is Dirk Kuyt and Glen Johnson will again be subject to a late fitness test.
Doubt we are in for anything fantastic tomorrow but any sort of win will be acceptable for me. With just two games left in the group stages we can't really afford to draw and Napoli at home looked beatable so the Anfield atmosphere should supply an extra bit of help.