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HUGHTON'S NOTES

Posted on 6 October 2007  - 12:00

Chris Hughton takes a look at the challenge ahead at Anfield as we prepare to face Liverpool on Sunday.

Chris Hughton takes a look at the challenge ahead at Anfield as we prepare to face Liverpool on Sunday.

LIVERPOOL are always formidable at Anfield. We've played well but haven't had the best of results there in recent seasons, although I suppose the fact that we went 73 years before getting a win there at one stage shows that things have been worse!

As I've said, we've had some good performances there of late but those performances haven't come hand in hand with victories.

The manager has chopped and changed but Liverpool arugably have the biggest squad in the Premier League and just look at the players who have been in and out - players like Benayoun, who had a wonderful time at West Ham and someone like Babel, a young midfielder who so many other clubs were interested in.

Reina tends to play most games in goal and I think he's been a fine buy for them. Many neutrals will know that he's as good as anyone - certainly anyone I've seen - at saving penalties, but shot-stopping, choices, decision making, he's done well for them.

Steve Finnan plays most games at right-back and of course you've Carragher, arguably the most consistent centre-half in the country and alongside him it might be Hyppia, although I saw them recently at Reading and Arbeloa played there. He can play across the back four. Riise will probably start left-back, but they've Aurelio as well.

They have a number of options in midfield. On the right it's Benayoun and Pennant, on the left Babel, a lad called Leto, who played in midweek and centrally the likes of Gerrard, Sissoko, Mascherano, Alonso.

Up front it's Torres, who played in that game I mentioned at Reading and was outstanding, he'll be a fantastic player for them. Throw in the likes of Crouchy, who of course we know so well here, Voronin and Kuyt and it underlines the options and the strength of the squad.

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