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Niko looks at bigger picture

Posted on 20 January 2010  - 12:00

Niko Kranjcar has taken an objective approach to tonight's crunch game with top four rivals Liverpool at Anfield.

Niko looks at bigger picture

Niko Kranjcar has taken an objective approach to tonight's crunch game with top four rivals Liverpool at Anfield.

With many billing the clash as a ‘six-pointer' in the race for a Champions League spot, the Croatian midfielder feels it is just one of a number of games that could decide the fate of our season.

However, despite Liverpool being one of the major contenders for a top four Premier League finish, Harry Redknapp's side have the chance to open up a seven-point lead over them with victory on Merseyside.

So this is what the lads are aiming for, and Niko is fully confident our current crop can claim a first league victory at Anfield in 17 years.

He said: "It could be a potential six-pointer. Winning away to Liverpool could see us create a gap. So it is a game we are looking to win considering the form we are in, the players we have got, and the quality we have got.

"But I don't think it will define the season for either side. It can help a bit or go the other way. It is not one game that will take you to the top four, it is all the other games that will help in that respect."

However, Niko is fully aware that our league games against the recognised ‘big four' so far this season have not been a success story.

Aside from our opening day victory against Liverpool at the Lane, subsequent defeats at home to Manchester United and away at London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal leave us determined to prove ourselves against the country's best sides.

But Niko feels we are an ever-improving team, adding: "It didn't happen for us in those three games but we believe we had our chances in all three - especially in the beginning of the games.

"It was possibly experience in these big games that was lacking, but over the course of the season we have played some great football and we now have a good momentum behind us."