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HUGHTON'S NOTES

Posted on 21 September 2006  - 12:00

Chris Hughton's regular assessment of our forthcoming opponents - next up, Liverpool at Anfield in a 12.45pm kick-off on Saturday.

Chris Hughton's regular assessment of our forthcoming opponents - next up, Liverpool at Anfield in a 12.45pm kick-off on Saturday.

ANFIELD is a tough place to go irrespective of the form they are in and, at the same time, a wonderful place to go and play.

There is a magic about the place from the moment you arrive at the stadium, but nothing will take away from the focus we have on the game.

We played well there last season and only lost to a wonderful goal from Harry Kewell, but from the time up to the goal going in and afterwards, we deserved a draw.

We can't be sure what side Liverpool are going to put out, but biggest threat comes from forward areas in Crouch, who is a danger against anyone, not just in the air but on the ground as well. As someone who knows him very well, it will be nice to see him.

Bellamy is a wonderful acquisition for them, full of pace and will cause anyone problems. Martin knows Kuyt very well and has always rated him very highly and he got off the mark in an important win against Newcastle on Wednesday. Fowler is there as well, so they have plenty of quality options up front.

They have quality and strength in midfield as well. Gerrard, who could start on the right or centrally, a wonderful player. Garcia, Alonso, who is one of the best passers in the Premiership and scored that fantastic goal in midweek, Sissoko is full of running and is still a young man, he will get better.

All that is all built around what has always been a solid defence marshalled by Carragher, one of the of the players they look up to, with Agger starting recently as well.

We are getting some sort of continuity with players who have played a few games now this season. Now it's about our performance. We won't go there with any fear and we're capable of getting a result."