Let us rake in the points, boys

A week is a long time in football. So, Liverpool fans, enough with the moanings and let’s get over the disappointment of allowing Manchester United to make a lucky escape at Anfield last week.

It’s time to look forward, and the good news is that the fixture gods are being kind to the Reds in the next fortnight.

There are three winnable matches coming up, beginning with Norwich City visiting the Kop today.

A trip to the Hawthorns for a date with ex-boss Roy Hodgson follows next Saturday, and a home tie against Swansea coming up the following weekend.

With both Newcastle and Tottenham, our strongest rivals for the fourth and final Champions League spot, not wavering in recent weeks, nothing less than nine points from the three matches will be acceptable.

A quick glance at the standings shows that Liverpool are not in a comfortable position despite managing to remain sandwiched in fifth spot between the Magpies and Spurs.

Ninth-placed Norwich are just three points adrift, and it is time to hunker down and work on putting points on the board to distance ourselves from the chasing pack and get closer to the top three.

While the big three (plus not-so-big Arsenal) were sweating it out in the Champions League in midweek, the Reds played a friendly against Glasgow Rangers.

King Kenny handed several fringe players, including the likes of Craig Bellamy and Danny Wilson, a run out in Scotland.

The good news from the friendly, which the Reds lost 1-0 through an own goal (no, it was not Carragher), was Glen Johnson’s first appearance this season.

Martin Kelly is doing a fine job in the rightback position, but having the versatile and attack-minded Glen back will definitely give more options in defence.

Norwich have only won once on the road this season – against Bolton. But unlike the other two promoted sides, the Canaries are no easy meat and have not lost by more than a two-goal margin. They gave a good account of themselves at Old Trafford before losing 0-2.

I expect the Canaries to provide some stiff resistance to frustrate the Reds’ forwardline. Suarez and Carroll need to be less profligate in front of goal and finish off the chances created by the midfielders.

But still, this is Anfield and with Stevie G back on the scoring chart, trust the Reds to conjure a winning performance at home.
Source-The Star

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