I missed last years trip to Anfield, I was indulging in my other love of playing Soul music and was in Germany. Though I did manage to watch the game in a bar in Frankfurt city centre, with one half of the bar screaming for Bayern Munich and a few lonely Brits and one lonesome German watching Liverpool.
The bizarre experience of watching the game in down town Frankfurt was quickly made that bit more bizarre as Latics took the lead at Anfield, that lead had come on the back of a dominating first half performance. Roberto Martinez’s side continued in the same vain during the second half and despite being drawn level Gary Caldwell’s wonder goal ensured all three points travelled back down the East Lancs, the win did wonders for confidence last season and ensured that our mini revival had a real shot in the arm.
We travel to Anfield in the middle of a run of form that can only be described as patchy, well earned wins over West Ham and Spurs have been sandwiched between defeats against Bradford and West Brom.
Saturday’s match gives us the opportunity to get back on track, it wasn’t that long ago that a lot of the Latics faithful expected Roberto Martinez to be the man in charge at Anfield as the Latics travelled to Merseyside this season but luckily for us he decided to stay and start what he calls phase two of his project after receiving backing from this week’s lifetime achievement award winner Dave Whelan.
Liverpool decided to appoint Brendan Rodgers a man with less Premier League experience than Roberto much to the relief of the Liverpool fans who had threatened to boycott Anfield and protest until Roberto had been relieved of the job he hadn’t yet been appointed to.
Latics now sit a point below Liverpool in the league and have the chance to overtake the Merseyside club with a win tomorrow.
The game against West Brom showed in a lot of ways how far we have progressed in recent years but also managed to highlight how far we have to go, we dominated all areas of the game against the baggies from possession, and shots on targets to corners and passes but we couldn’t convert that dominance to a win.
Roberto has a few minor injury concerns to deal with, Ali Al Habsi picked up a knock in the warm up before last weekends game, whilst James McArthur is set to miss out once again with the dead leg that kept him out of the last two games, Albert Crusat misses out once again but there is more positive news where Ryo Myiachi is concerned and he could return to the bench for the first time since September.
At Anfield we need a performance like the one at White Hart Lane a couple of weeks ago where we are as strong and comfortable in defence as we are in attack, if we can keep out in the inform Luis Suarez we may well have a chance, of course there is no reason why we should fear going to Anfield. We’re unbeaten in five games against Liverpool and gained our first win on that glorious march afternoon earlier this year.
Let’s hope for the same again this weekend.