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JOL READY FOR REDS TEST

Posted on 12 January 2006  - 12:00

Martin Jol is determined to take the game to Liverpool in our big Premiership clash at Anfield on Saturday.

Martin Jol is determined to take the game to Liverpool in our big Premiership clash at Anfield on Saturday.

In arguably our biggest game of the season so far, we travel to Merseyside sitting fourth in the table with the Reds one place above us and flying  an amazing run that had stretched to 12 successive wins was only ended last time out with a draw at Bolton.

Nevertheless, Martin is confident of banishing our FA Cup blues with a positive performance against Rafael Benitez’s men.

“Last season we did well at Anfield and in my time we’ve always had draws against Liverpool,†said Head Coach Martin. “We were on the fringe of winning there last season, we were 1-0 up and 2-1 up but they equalised twice.

“Liverpool have a quality side with quality players on the bench.

You can’t give the ball away because if you do you will be under pressure all the time

“We need to have a go at them, like Luton did in the FA Cup. Luton attacked them and used all that energy but Liverpool still had the quality to come back and score five goals.

“We have the players to play football and we have to take the game to Liverpool - sometimes you have to try and put teams like Liverpool on the back foot. You want to get the initiative in the game and create opportunities otherwise you’ll have no chance.

“If you let them put you under pressure you get the likes of Crouch up front and all the crosses they get in to him and Gerrard with his one-twos from midfield and attacking the space. We have to find a way to avoid that and if we do, we are in with a chance.â€Â