Welcome to all from Liverpool and in particular to Gerard Houllier, Phil Thompson and Sammy Lee. Congratulations to them on winning the Worthington Cup, by which they have again secured their place in Europe for next season, and they are currently going well in the UEFA Cup.
I find the criticism Gerard has received of late to be totally unjustified and the success outlined above shows what he can give Liverpool.
Our main concern going into this game is - as it has been for too many games this season - the six or seven players we have out through injury plus the suspension of Darren Anderton and Dean Richards. That puts a big burden on us but it is one we have to shoulder and carry through.
We have trained very well this week with a very positive attitude and I know that whatever team we send out there this afternoon will be hyped up, focused and in a very positive frame of mind.
We were extremely poor in our performance at West Ham where the result was disappointing and, I am sad to admit, deserved. But sometimes when you perform like that you want to put it right straight away and, although we have had to wait, this is our first opportunity to do that.
We will need the support of our fans and I can sense the frustration of our supporters, which is understandable. We share that frustration in the way we have had to work this season because we have never managed to get a firm grip on the injury front and to get ahead of ourselves by having a full squad available. That's obviously something that concerns me because it needs to be put right if we are to challenge at our very best.
Unless we do that we will never achieve consistency and, as anyone in the game will tell you, that's the key. It's like trying to write a best seller with half the keys missing from your typewriter.
That is the difficult scenario in which we are trying to work, but I still feel that we can achieve our aim, which is Europe this year, but we need - and we must have - those players back in the next two weeks if we are to fulfil that ambition. If that can happen then I still believe that we have enough games left and enough points to win to get there.
However, that European slot is going to be down to four or five teams and it could go right to the wire. But what we do need is get our supporters behind us like never before. We must pull together as a club and, whatever team we send out, we'll be stronger with you in our corner.