Injury Woes For Liverpool Means A Tough Task Against City
Carroll searches for his first Liverpool goal...
Manchester City make the short trip to Anfield tomorrow night in what should be a decent game for the home crowd. After suffering a 3-0 defeat earlier in the season under Roy Hodgson Liverpool will surely be looking to gain some dignity back and also a needed 3 points after the disappointing loss at the hands of West Brom last weekend.
Liverpool have been hit hard with a bout of injuries. Daniel Agger has suffered another set back and will be out for the rest of the season. Glen Johnson is also out with a hamstring injury so Liverpool are facing some problems in defence when you throw in the fact that Martin Kelly is also still unavailable.
The news that Steven Gerrard has undergone surgery too backs up all the circulating rumours that are now confirmed; the captain will be out for the rest of the season too. Obviously this is a major blow but at least this gives Dalglish the opportunity to mix it up a bit in the midfield and Spearing will surely be given some more chances to prove his worth.
Fabio Aurelio is a doubt for Liverpool and so too is Jonjo Shelvey. Both are coming back from injuries and have been out of action for a considerable amount of time but a bench position wouldn't be out of the question.
Manchester City are without Boateng, Given and Micah Richards. Mancini will also be without the option of starting Kolo Toure due to the Ivorian being suspended.
The Reds are unbeaten in their last 6 matches at home and Machester City haven't won at Anfield in their last 7 meetings with Liverpool.
I personally can see this one being something like a 2-2 draw. With the set up City have got i expect goals coming from them but i can also sense Suarez enjoying the chance of flaunting his skills against a quality side.
It would be nice for Carroll to get his first Liverpool goal in a game such as this but importantly, supply to the big Geordie needs to be sufficient and of good quality.
I'm sure some of you have seen on Twitter or read this week the stat about Maxi Rodriguez, apparently he's created 31 scoring opportunities for team mates this season without any of them resulting in a goal. For me, even though the latter half of the stat is disappointing, Maxi needs to start. The pairing of Maxi on the wing and Carroll up front has seen only 110 minutes out of a possible 450 minutes since we signed the number 9. Maybe we could benefit from Maxi starting the game tomorrow night?
A win tomorrow of course would help us create a bigger gap between ourselves and Everton. If our realistic hopes of 4th and 5th have gone, nobody wants to see the Toffees sneak up and leap frog us by the end of the season.