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Preview: Liverpool vs Wigan Athletic

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Steven Gerrard of Liverpool lifts the trophy in victory after the Carling Cup Final match between Liverpool and Cardiff City at Wembley Stadium.
Steven Gerrard of Liverpool lifts the trophy in victory after the Carling Cup Final match between Liverpool and Cardiff City at Wembley Stadium.

What we needed last week was three points. What we got was another dominate display by Wigan, showing the rest of the world how not to win a football match. If every team had as many chances as we made in that one game then game scores would be in the teens.

Its just so hard to believe how we can not score from six yards out repeatedly. Okay our goal came from that range, but to be fair it bounced back for him to tap in. Both Franco Di Santo and Mohamed Diame missed what I can only call open goals. Yes Ben Foster made some great saves, but come on my nan could score some of them.

So with that in mind. The top two home draw specialists meet at Anfield this weekend. And if we are expecting any kind of result then it would be a draw. So I am going for Liverpool to win this one.

Hold on, you may cry out, Liverpool have been even less consistent than us this season. So really the game is open for anyone to win it, but I wouldn't just be jumping for joy yet.

We may have Hugo Rodallega back up front for us. I would like to hope he could scored from six yards out, but this season I am far from convinced. But our ability to score in front of goal still looks weaker than weaker, I would take the off form Andy Carroll off Liverpool, for all three of our strikers.

So what can we expect from Liverpool. Passion and drive to make up for an appalling loss against QPR, and captain Steven Gerrard will be the heard of a spear trying to really rack home the pressure on top of Latics. Gerrard has looked nothing but his best since returning from injury and a player like him will only hurt our half open defence, if out midfield don't close him down.

That said, with Shaun Maloney now playing the central role it may not be as easy for Steven. Shaun the past two games has ran and moved about more of the pitch than Jordi Gomez has done all year, that maybe be a slight exaggeration, but it really doesn't feel it.

The Scottish midfielder showed us what we paid £1 million for and it looks a good £1 million invested the hope for Wigan is that he may be able to spark us into some renewed vigor to fight our way out of the dog fight we are in.

The odds are really against Wigan, but the only way we can go is up.